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Friday, August 1, 2014

Summer Peaches and Recipes





Both low in sugar and in calories they are packed with vitamin C and fiber. Peaches are a perfect snack or dessert. Grilled with a little honey perfection is born! Actually grilling peaches enhances the flavor.
Actually a native to China, peaches made their way to the southern U.S. through Spanish settlers. Today California produces the most peaches with South Carolina and Georgia right behind them.

Here are some of  the different kinds:

Freestone: These come apart easy from the pit and are easy to eat, great to bake with and awesome for making preserves. Perfect for those galette pastry desserts!

Clingstone: Oh you know this type, these are the ones that stick to the pit and are very tricky to eat or cook with, most of the time piss you off!

Donut: Yes these are flat peaches or otherwise known as Saturn peach, a different shape and that's about it. They have the same taste as a round peach and yellow or white inside.

Nectarine: The peach that's fuzzless! Nectarines can be red, yellow, or white flesh and pretty tasty.

White Peach: Great for making a White Peach Sangria! These peaches can also be yellow, white or red flesh and seem to be more of a musky scent than yellow peaches, a little more of a subtler taste.

Other Peach Recipe Links see below:

Georgia Peach Coffee Cake
Peach Hand Pies
Peach Puff Pancakes
Peach Grilled Ham
Peach and Cranberry Scones
Peach Muffins

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Healthier Stuffed Peppers and Some Healthy Benefits


You will be amazed on how delicious these are and still healthy. Watching your weight can lower your blood pressure and eating the right foods to protect your heart are very critical to heart health long term. Eliminating red meat sometimes can be the way to go. Substitute brown rice, use ground turkey instead of beef or none substitute with tofu or even chopped tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini or mushrooms. Keep your vegetables first in mind for a healthy entree alternative!



Benefits of Peppers:

Any variety hot or sweet and
any color, here is what the
Red bell peppers are a good source of fiber for :

Folate, vitamin k and the minerals molybdenum and manganese.

They're especially rich in nutrients and phytochemicals such as:
Vitamin A helps preserve eyesight and fend off infections
Vitamin C helps lower cancer risk and protect from Cataracts
Vitamin B6 is vital for chemical reactions throughout the body including involving the brain and immune function
Beta-carotene which may help protect against breast cancer in woman after menopause.
Lycopene which may decrease the risk of ovarian cancer

So on to our recipe:

1/2 cup brown rice cooked to package instructions
1 lb ground turkey or substitute tofu or another vegetable like eggplant, zucchini etc.
3 or 4 peppers hollowed out any color
2 cups pureed plum tomatoes
1/2 cup water or chicken broth
2 cloves garlic minced
olive oil or canola oil
chopped fresh parsley, basil, around 2 teaspoons each
grating cheese

In a small fry pan, add 3 tablespoon olive oil,  brown the turkey if using or saute the vegetables with the garlic. Add the rice, 1 cup of tomatoes and the herbs and stir together. Stuff the hollowed out peppers, use more if you have lots of filling. Place in a baking dish. Top with more tomatoes and pour the water on the bottom of the baking dish. Place some tented foil over the top to steam for 1/2 hour on 350. Remove foil and keep baking until the peppers are soft. Last 10 minutes sprinkle with grating cheese. Serve add salt and pepper to taste



Saturday, May 10, 2014

4 Great Tips to Lose Weight this Summer


















Drink lots of water but make sure you have plenty of orange, lime and lemon slices in it. It has lots of Vitamin C in it and helps burn fat  at a cellular level! Eight glasses a day is recommended.
Believe it or not adding lots of cucumbers slices to your water cleanses the system to remove toxins.  Add 6 to 8 slices to a pitcher of water.
Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to your water, this boosts your metabolism and also there is something in the capsaicin that makes you feel full. Here's what I do, add sliced, peaches, strawberries, blueberries and with 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to your bottle of water with fruit.
Eat lots of vegetables in your salads, try radish, tomato, cucumber, carrots, cabbage slaw, raw broccoli, fresh herbs, raw mushrooms and keep eating healthy. Count calories and go online to see how many you need to get to your desired weight.