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To Tarragon or Not to Tarragon

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05.18.08 Tarragon

05.18.08 Tarragon (Photo credit: Pquegg)

Dr Greger says Tarragon was in question then it was justified then it was back to maybe a risk to human health. If you use it a little, don’t worry but if you use it a lot, you might want to substitute another herb. Herbs have many nutritional benefits but some may be toxic and should be avoided.

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Variety is the Spice of Life

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Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables (Photo credit: nutrilover)

When eating your vegetables and fruits choose a variety of different types. Pick dark colors like reds, greens, etc. Each week try a new fruit or vegetable until you have a large selection to choose from that you enjoy.  Watch how you prepare them. Eat many raw to get the most vitamins and nutrients. Cook them by boiling or sauteing. Don’t use butter but a little good grade extra virgin olive oil. Lightly good vegetables so there is still a crunch in each byte. Homemade soup is a great and delicious way to eat a lot of different vegetables. Make your own stock and avoid excess salt levels in commercial soups and stocks. Start the French way and saute carrots, celery and onions in the pot, then add stock and other vegetables. try baby kale or spinach. All the nutrients are eaten since you eat the broth. Oatmeal in the morning with two or three different fruits is a great way to start the day and get fiber. Watch commercial brands they have high salt and sugar levels. Find one with reasonable salt levels and low sugar levels but high fiber.

It’s Hard to Eat in Restaurants Healthy!

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English: Homemade vegetarian minestrone, chunk...

English: Homemade vegetarian minestrone, chunky/country style, containing the following ingredients: extra virgin olive oil, white onion, carrot, courgette, peas, extra fine green beans, savoy cabbage, conchiglie pasta, coarse ground black pepper, table salt, garlic purée, vegetable stock, water, tinned chopped tomatoes, fresh basil, Worcestershire sauce, parmigiana cheese. Garnished with grated parmigiana and a sprig of basil. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We were at a restaurant last night that had portion size way out of control. And entre size was at least 3 times normal and maybe 4 times. Almost every item had meat in it. Under healthy options was salad with bacon. Come on bacon and healthy, isn’t that an oxymoron? There are some restaurants that try to keep portion sizes down. We typically order one entre and share it. Support restaurants that give you a choice of real healthy foods. Salads should be fresh with a variety of vegetables. Dressing should be on the side and choose balsamic alone or with a little EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil). If you choose fish get it broiled or grilled not fried! Watch the soft drinks they are a killer (literally) in sugars. Even diet drinks can still lead to diabetes. It turns out that obesity has grown even though most people drink diet drinks. Drink a glass of wine or water.

Olive Oil Improves Health

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Olive Oil!

Olive Oil! (Photo credit: Compton & Wright)

The New England Journal of Medicine says a diet of Olive Oil (Mediterranean) improves health. It lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. Their conclusion was: “Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events.” Diet has a major impact on us. Some good and some bad. What is your diet doing for you today?

Eating out Light and Healthy

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Tonight's pasta extravaganza

Tonight’s pasta extravaganza (Photo credit: HeatherMG)

 

Last night we went to our favorite Italian Restaurant in Wilmington, DE called Mezzanotte. We sometimes share an entre or we have a few appetizers or something light. Last night we each had an arugula salad and a bowl of Pasta fagiolli. The fagiolli had only a little pasta in it and delicious beans. The dinner was light, healthy and very satisfying. You can eat out and eat healthy. Rule #1 watch portion size! Most restaurants serve double and sometimes triple portions. As Americans we have increased our typical portion and waist size exponentially. Eat healthy, eat smaller portions and stay healthy. Most of all enjoy the taste of your food.

 

 

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Chipotle Mayonnaise

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English: Chipotle veggie burgers. These were s...

English: Chipotle veggie burgers. These were stupidly good. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Skinny Taste dot com has a recipe for black bean burgers that looks great. I will be trying this one. My sister Kathy sent me this link for these tasty delights. I am always asked, “What do you eat?” There is an endless amount of good healthy food that is vegan. You may also like the Skinny Bitch site and books.

Winter Means Soup Time

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Even though this winter has not been overly cold, soup is still a soothing food. I like soup because all the nutrients that normally get thrown out in the water are still there. Buy all kinds of vegetables and try various combinations. I love my soup more like a stew, thick and crunchy. I always start with a French mirepoix (meer-pwah) of carrots, celery and onions. I sauté them in olive oil until onions are translucent and carrots and celery are softer. Then I add vegetable broth and all the chopped vegetables I have. Cut vegetables into bite size pieces so you can eat the soup easily. I season with basil, hot red pepper and oregano. Try different vegetables and seasonings. The soup has a wonderful taste and is dense in nutrients. Eat for health.