Showing posts from November, 2011

Orange Glazed Marmalade Turkey and Cholesterol Levels What's Dangerous?

Normal cholesterol levels and can be determined by looking at the following cholesterol level charts. You also see whether you are at your optimal goal or your relative risk level. These charts are based upon the recommendations of the National Cholesterol Education Program and the American Heart Association in combination with Web MD.

LDL Cholesterol LDL (low-density lipoprotein) is known as "bad cholesterol." When there is too much LDL in the blood, it builds up on the inside of the blood vessels walls, making it more difficult for blood to flow freely. This increases the risk of hear disease and stroke.

LDL (BAD) CHOLESTEROLLess than 100 Optimal Goal 100 - 129 Close to Optimal 130 - 159 Borderline High 160 - 189 High190 or higher Very High

HDL Cholesterol HDL (high-density lipoprotein) is also known as "good cholesterol". HDL helps clear LDL away from blood vessels walls, decreasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Cauliflower and Health Benefits


Cauliflower is a member of the 'white' family in terms of fruits and vegetables. Included in this group are other natural foods such as bananas, mushrooms, onions, and garlic. Cauliflower contains allicin, which can improve heart health and reduce the risk of strokes, and selenium, a chemical that works well with Vitamin C to strengthen the immune system. Cauliflower can also help to maintain a healthy cholesterol level.

Folate is also found in cauliflower, which is a B vitamin that is needed for cell growth and replication. For this reason, it is often recommended that women who are pregnant or may become pregnant eat significant amounts of cauliflower in order to help their unborn children develop properly.

Of course, cauliflower is an excellent source of fiber, which helps to improve colon health and can even help prevent cancer. And, most recently, it has been discovered that cauliflower, as well as other cruciferous vegetables, such as brussel sprouts and cabbage, co…

Bean Soup and Health Benefits Recipe


 1 pound packaged dried beans
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
8 cups reduced-salt chicken broth
 1/2 cup chopped celery leaves
2 pounds ham chopped 1/2 teaspoon black pepper salt to taste Pick over the beans, rinse them, and place them in a  5 quart crockpot on low overnight. The next day, drain and rinse the beans, and place them back in the crockpot. Stir in the chicken broth, ham , black pepper,  celery leaves and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Place on high for 4 hours, stir every hour. Serve with low fat crackers.

Pumpkin Health Benefits and Recipes

Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. This  vegetable is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A.
The plant is a "vine",  creeper on the surface and needs alot of room to grow.
It is one of the vegetables which is very low calories;  provides just 26 cal per 100 g and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol; but is rich a source of dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins. Recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.Pumpkin is a storehouse of many anti-oxidant vitamins such as vitamin-A, vitamin-C and vitamin-E. and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for vision. Research studies suggest that natural foods rich in vitamin A helps body protect against lung and oral cavity cancers. Thus, it helps protect from "age related macular disease" (ARMD) in the elderly.Rich in B-complex group of vitamins like fola…

Fresh Vegetable Stir Fry and Health Benefits


 2 cloves fresh garlic
4 red, yellow or green bell peppers cleaned seeded and sliced
1 lb fresh mushrooms sliced
baby corn
broccoli florets
2 zucchini cut in slices I used one yellow and one green squash
1 pound of fresh tomatoes put through the food processor keeping a little chunky
fresh parsley and basil
sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste
dash of cayenne pepper
1/4 cup Burgundy wine
3 tablespoons olive oil for stir fry

In a large electric fry pan or large fry pan on medium heat, add olive.  After the oil is heated, add garlic, vegetables in order by how long the desired softness. Add the wine and cook 15 minutes more.  Add to steamed rice, boiled pasta.

Healthier Apple Berry Crumble

Apple Berry Crumble 6 mcintosh or gala apples cut in slices1 cup blackberries or blueberries1/4 cup honey1/2 cup chopped pecans3/4 cup all-purpose flourzest from 1 lime and juice squeezed1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed3 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces fat free vanilla ice cream  or fat free whipped cream(optional)Heat oven to 350° F. In a shallow baking dish, combine the fruits, honey, pecans, lime zest, and juice. Toss and set aside. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and butter. Using your fingertips, work the butter into the flour mixture until crumbly and sprinkle over the apples. Bake until the apples are tender and the topping is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes. Serve warm, with ice cream if desired or fat free whipped cream.