Kitchen Hint of the Day

May 14, 2018 at 5:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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My favorite, Green Tea…………

Green tea is considered one of the world’s healthiest drinks and contains one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any tea. … Green tea is approximately 20-45 percent polyphenols by weight, of which 60-80 percent are catechins such as EGCG. Catechins are antioxidants that are said to help prevent cell damage. These also include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other impressive benefits……

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php

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Kitchen Hint of the Day! THURSDAY

March 8, 2018 at 6:00 AM | Posted in Kitchen Hints | Leave a comment
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Love that Green Tea……

From the Web MD website;

Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause………

* You can read the entire article by clicking the link below
https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/health-benefits-of-green-tea#1

Healthy Smoothie Recipes

January 20, 2017 at 7:19 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Diabetic Living On Line | Leave a comment
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From the Diabetic Living Online website its Healthy Smoothie Recipes. Fire up the blender for these delicious and healthy Smoothie Recipes. Smoothies like; Cherry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothies, Carrot-Mango-Green Tea Smoothies, and Chocolate-Banana Sipper. Find them all on one of my favorite recipe websites, Diabetic Living Online. Enjoy and Eat Healthy in 2017. http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/

 
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When you want something cold and refreshing, nothing tastes better than a fruit smoothie or icy blended drink. For a diabetes-friendly breakfast or snack, break out the blender and try some of these yogurt or nondairy diabetic smoothies packed with berries, veggies, and more.

 

 

Cherry-Blueberry-Banana Smoothies

You only need five ingredients and a blender to enjoy this Greek yogurt smoothie featuring tart cherries, sweet bananas, and smooth almond milk. Enjoy the low-fat, low-calorie, low-carb drink for breakfast or a snack…..

 
Carrot-Mango-Green Tea Smoothies

Not one, not two, but three power foods–carrots, green tea, and chia seeds–kick up the health value of this nondairy smoothie. Mango and ginger add fresh tropical flavor to the 69-calorie drink…..

 
Chocolate-Banana Sipper

Honey, vanilla, cocoa powder, and fresh banana come together in a decadent but low-calorie dessert or snack. Plus, this smoothie has 5 grams of protein and only 23 grams of carb, making it a great post-workout snack…..

 

 

* Click the link below to get all the Healthy Smoothie Recipes
http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/diabetic-recipes/drink/healthy-smoothie-recipes

Green Tea: The New Coffee

October 30, 2015 at 8:50 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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For all you Green Tea lovers out there, I’m passing along an article I came across on-line, on my favorite healthy drink Green Tea. The link to the full article is at the bottom of the post.

 

 

Green Tea: The New Coffee

On most long, busy workdays, caffeine may be your savior. Most employees cannot make it through a morning without it, usually consuming one or more large cups of steaming coffee. There are many ways to get a caffeine fix throughout the day – coffee, soda beverages, tea or even chocolate.

However, too much caffeine can create adverse effects, including insomnia, nervousness, stomach upset, irritability, increased heart rate and ultimately, caffeine dependence. A surplus of coffee may get you through the day, but it may not be beneficial for your long-term health. Green tea is an excellent substitute with similar energizing effects and far more health benefits……

 

 

Read the full article by clicking the link below.

http://www.quickenloans.com/blog/green-tea-the-new-coffee

How to Use Green Tea to Heal the Body

July 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM | Posted in green tea | 1 Comment
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A very good article on one of my favorite drinks and it’s health benefits, Green Tea. You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the end of the post on the One Green Planet website.

 

 

Green tea has been quite the hero over the last decade in its popularity to help with weight loss due to the compound it contains known as EGCG. It’s also a great remedy for reducing your caffeine intake since green tea is much lower than black tea, coffee, or sugary energy drinks that are spiked with high doses of caffeine which can lead to adrenal fatigue and caffeine dependence. But this humble plant is much more beneficial than most of us realize. Aside from reduced caffeine intake and weight loss, there are many other ways you can benefit from using green tea.

So, let’s take a look at five simple ways you can use green tea in your home for healing and then let us know if you have a favorite way that we didn’t mention here!…….

 
http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-to-use-green-tea-to-heal-the-body/

Health Benefits of Green Tea

July 12, 2015 at 5:15 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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I’ve been a Green Tea Drinker now since 2004. My Tea of preference is Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. I’m a Melanoma Cancer Survivor, and lost my left leg and almost my life to the Cancer. But I survived and I made changes to my diet and added Green Tea. I had read all the positive benefits of drinking Green Tea so that’s why I started drinking it. I’m still Cancer Free and it’s now 2015, 11 years Cancer Free! I’m sure the change in diet and exercise plays a big part in everything but I truly believe that Green Tea plays a big part in that also. Anyway here’s some facts I gathered on – The Health Benefits of Green Tea.

 
* It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits. Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.
Green tea has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol. A 2013 review of many studies found green tea helped prevent a range of heart-related issues, from high blood pressure to congestive heart failure.

What’s good for the heart is usually good for the brain; your brain needs healthy blood vessels, too. In one Swiss study, MRIs revealed that people who drank green tea had greater activity in the working-memory area of their brains. Green tea has also been shown to help block the formation of plaques that are linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

Green tea seems to help keep blood sugar stable in people with diabetes. Because catechins lower cholesterol and blood pressure, they can help protect against the damage a high-fat diet can cause.
How it Works
Premium green tea is a varietal of the Camellia sinensis bush. Green tea leaves are not oxidized or fermented. Green tea is processed with a three-stage system of steaming, rolling and firing the tea leaves which retains crucial molecules called polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants. These polyphenols, specifically catechins, and their effects on the body, have led researchers to support the health benefits of green tea.

1) Cardiovascular Health
A Japanese study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association followed 40,000 people over an 11-year period and determined that those who drank at least five cups of green tea daily were significantly less likely to suffer from cardiovascular complications and death, particularly from stroke. The results were attributed to green tea’s polyphenols and their effects on helping to prevent the thickening of artery walls.

2) Cholesterol Levels
A study published in the British Medical Journal of over 1,000 Japanese men over the age of 40 who drank large quantities of tea, daily, showed that cholesterol levels remained balanced over time. They concluded that the anti-inflammatory compounds contained in green tea help to limit the absorption of cholesterol.

3) Weight Loss
Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, a study was conducted on the health effects of green tea catechins in overweight and obese men. Over time, a lower body mass suggested that green tea’s catechins may increase metabolic function and decreased body weight.

4) Aging and Cognitive Function
Research published in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research found that the properties contained in green tea helped to improve cognitive function in the part of the brain that controls short and long term memory. Catechins contained in green tea are believed to have aided in increased brain cell production during the study.

5) Reduced Stress

Research published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently found that individuals who drank five or more cups of green tea daily were much less likely to suffer from stress than those who drank one cup or less a day.
Furthermore, the ritual of steeping green tea encourages a relaxing, Sip-by-Sip lifestyle.

The health benefits don’t end here; green tea and the effects of its antioxidants are currently being researched as an aid to treating and preventing diabetes, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Chronic Fatigue and many other ailments. It is time to discover why many tea enthusiasts have long enjoyed this nourishing beverage that contains so many healthful antioxidants.

 

Sources:
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/health-benefits-of-green-tea

 

http://the.republicoftea.com/teablog/2015/02/10/the-health-benefits-of-premium-green-tea-a-survey-of-recent-research/?gclid=CjwKEAjwt_isBRDuisOm1dTQqGISJAAfRrEA9kuoMFxfe_vgce03J7Nu2t16cpRRfzABhnNvIw66rBoC81Hw_wcB

Baked Bone-In Whole Chicken Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Mini Carrots,..

February 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM | Posted in Bob Evan's, carrots, chicken, Perdue Chicken Products | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Baked Bone-In Whole Chicken Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Mini Carrots, and Baked French Bread

 

 

 

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Last night’s predicted snow and freezing rain went north of us so we avoided that one! Cloudy with a cold wind out but not so bad to where I couldn’t get out. Went to the bank and dropped bu Kroger to pick up a few items. They are still saying a big warm up coming so I hope their right! For dinner tonight I prepared a Baked Bone-In Whole Chicken Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Boiled Mini Carrots, and Baked French Bread.

 

 

 
I used the PERDUE® OVEN READY Whole Seasoned Roaster Bone-In Breast ! As it says “Oven Ready’, already seasoned, and perdue-whole-chicken-breast-002 (1)little clean-up needed plus their always delicious. To prepare it just preheat the oven to 400ºF. Cut open outer bag and remove Oven Ready Roaster Bone-In Breast, sealed in a cooking bag. Place in a shallow roasting pan, seasoned side up. Cut one small 1″ slit in cooking bag over the breast to vent during cooking. If cooking from Fresh: Place pan with breast (still in cooking bag) on lower shelf of oven and roast for approximately 80-90 minutes, until internal temperature of the breast reaches 180ºF. Comes out piping hot, well seasoned, and delicious! Plenty leftovers for Chicken Sandwiches for lunch tomorrow.

 

 

 
For one side I prepared some Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes, microwave a total of 6 minutes and their done and just as good as anyone’s homemade Mashed Potatoes. Then I boiled some Mini Carrots that I had picked up earlier at Kroger and I baked a loaf of Pillsbury Rustic French Bread. Before baking I brushed the top of the loaf with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and sprinkled Sesame Seeds on top. For dessert later a Del Monte No Sugar Added Peach Chunk Cup.

 

 

 
PERDUE® OVEN READY Whole Seasoned Roaster Bone-In Breast (3 lbs.)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Deliciously seasoned and juicy, whole bone-in chicken breast. Oven ready for convenience. Cooks perfectly in the bag for easy clean up.
INGREDIENTS
*Ingredients: Chicken, water, salt, potassium and sodium phosphates, brown sugar, dextrose, carrageenan, yeast extract, maltodextrin, natural flavor.

*Seasoning Ingredients: Dextrose, modified food starch, onion, maltodextrin, natural flavor, garlic, cottonseed oil, dried carrot, xanthan gum, dried parsley, calcium chloride, potassium chloride, carrageenan.
PRODUCT HANDLING
Keep refrigerated or frozen. Thaw in refrigerator or microwave. Cook thoroughly.
**If breast temperature is below 180ºF, return to oven and continue cooking, checking the temperature every 10 minutes until the temperature reaches 180ºF.

COOKING AND PREP
• Preheat oven to 400ºF. Cut open outer bag and remove Oven Ready Roaster Bone-In Breast, sealed in a cooking bag. Place in a shallow roasting pan, seasoned side up.
• Cut one small 1″ slit in cooking bag over the breast to vent during cooking. Note: Cooking bag will expand during cooking; allow enough room for the bag to expand without touching oven rack or walls.
• Cook from Fresh: Place pan with breast (still in cooking bag) on lower shelf of oven and roast for approximately 80-90 minutes, until internal temperature of the breast reaches 180ºF.**
• Cook from Frozen: Place pan with breast (still in cooking bag) on lower shelf of oven and roast for approximately 80-90 minutes until internal temperature of the breast reaches 180ºF.**
• Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes. Cut open cooking bag (use care to avoid hot steam and juices) and transfer breast to serving plate or cutting board. Remaining juices in bag can be used for a delicious seasoned gravy.

 

Nutrition Facts:

Serving Size 4oz (112g)
Servings Per Container about 11
Amount Per Serving (* % of Daily Value)
Calories 170
Calories from Fat 80
Total Fat 9g (14%)
Saturated Fat 2.5g (13%)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg (20%)
Sodium 360mg (15%)
Total Carbohydrate 0g (0%)
Dietary Fiber 0g (0%)
Sugars 0g
Protein 20g

 
http://www.perdue.com/products/details.asp?id=455&title=PERDUE%AE%20OVEN%20READY%20Whole%20Seasoned%20Roaster%20Bone-In%20Breast%20(3%20lbs.)

Is white tea the next green tea?

February 9, 2014 at 10:57 AM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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A very good article on my favorite health drink, Green Tea. It was posted on the web site of The India Times.

 

Is white tea the next green tea?

TOI explores the comparisons between the two beverages and lists down some of the benefits of consuming white tea

 

 

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me,” said famous writer CS Lewis. And for tea lovers, choices are aplenty when it comes to choosing flavours. But the latest fad seems to be white tea. Though the hot beverage comes from the same plant (Camellia sinensis) as green tea, white tea is said to have higher health benefits as compared to green tea. And what’s more? White tea is also one of the most expensive teas in the world.

 

 

What is white tea?

City-based consultant dietician Dharini Krishnan, who has done a presentation on white tea explains, “Historically, white tea is derived from the first flush buds grown only in the Fukien Province of China, but now manufactured in India and Sri Lanka, among other places. While the tea is not white in colour, it has got its name due to the silvercoloured, white hair-like picked tea bud. The beverage is pale yellow in colour.” The reason for its exorbitant rate is because white tea is plucked in a very short time. “White tea is produced from unopened buds of tea shoots. These buds are withered and dried under special conditions. Anything that is rare becomes expensive. It is also produced in small quantities, which is one of the reasons why it is very expensive,” she says.

 

 

Benefits of white tea
Similar to green tea, white tea also has a lot of health benefits. Dharini advises to have this tea in between meals to see its yield. “The benefits of this tea can be given to its flavonoids as they help in various ways such as improving vascular health, which further helps in the prevention of heart diseases. White tea also helps in weight management,” she says. Chinese and Japanese people consume substitute white tea with water since it also helps in hydration to the body.

 
Green tea vs white tea
While several people draw comparisons between green and white tea, Dharini says that both has high nutritional values. Krishnan says, “They have only catechins (antioxidants) as the flavonoid (compounds) present. Other mature teas have catechins, theaflavins and thearubigins (other antioxidants in tea leaves). There are a lot of claims that white tea has more catechins as compared to green tea. But composition data has proved this wrong. However, the bitterness in white tea is lesser than green tea because the leaves are plucked at an early stage.”

 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/Is-white-tea-the-next-green-tea/articleshow/30041291.cms

5 reasons to start drinking green tea today..

November 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM | Posted in green tea | Leave a comment
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Excellent article on my favorite health drink, Green Tea. I left the link to the article at the bottom of the page. Check the site out while there, seems to have a lot of good info!

 
5 reasons to start drinking green tea today

 

Kriti Saraswat November 6,

 
Fit celebrities and nutritionists alike will tell you that green tea is a vital part of a healthy diet. Ever wondered what makes this beverage such a big hit? For starters, a cup of green tea contains as little as 2 calories which makes it ideal for weight-watchers. Here are other reasons to start with your green cuppa today.

Fights cancer:
Green tea is full of antioxidants which help in preventing various kinds of cancers. Antioxidants avert the damage caused by free radicals (molecules produced when the body breaks down food or due to smoking, drinking, etc) by attacking them before they can damage healthy cells. This in turn protects the body from various ailments. (Read: Drink green tea for weight loss and to keep heart disease at bay!)

Keeps heart healthy:
Drinking green tea regularly can help you keep heart ailments like stroke at bay. This is because it lowers the bad cholesterol in your body and prevents blockage around the arteries.

Aids in weight loss:
It is a low-calorie drink no doubt. But it is also good for your metabolism as it increases it which means you burn more calories faster. It also stimulates the nervous system which enhances the fat-burning process. Team it with 30 minutes of daily exercise and right diet and you are sure to get a toned body.

Slows skin ageing:
Since green tea has antioxidants, it slows down the ageing process and makes your skin look youthful. The skin shows signs of ageing like fine lines, wrinkles, etc when it is not well-hydrated and as one nears menopause. In order to combat this, drink green tea daily which will reduce the appearance of lines by boosting collagen production. (Read: 3 secret anti-ageing potions revealed)

Regulates blood sugar levels:
Diabetics often have to worry about the spike in their blood sugar levels after a meal. Drinking green tea will regulate as it has polyphenols and polysaccharides which are effective in lowering these levels. According to researchers, a polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallete (EGCG) inhibits the production of glucose in the liver in turn lowering the blood sugar levels.

How to make green tea

Switch to green tea for your health’s sake. A cup in the morning or before bed is ideally recommended but you can have it any time according to your preference. Here’s how you can make a perfect cup of green tea:

Boil water in a vessel. Now add one teaspoon of green tea leaves in it. (If you are making more than one cup, add one tsp for every cup). Let the leaves boil for 2-3 minutes at least and then turn off the gas.

Place a sieve over the cup and strain the water in it. Now add a spoon of honey in it. You can also add a dash of lemon for that extra zing. Mix well and enjoy.

These days, there are green teabags available in the market in various flavours including mint, lemon, etc. You can use these too. Just place the teabag in the cup and add hot water. Let it settle for 2-3 minutes and then add honey and enjoy your tea.

 

 

http://health.india.com/fitness/5-reasons-to-start-drinking-green-tea-today/

You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

March 2, 2013 at 5:20 PM | Posted in green tea | 3 Comments
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You Should Be Drinking Green Tea, Already (A New Study Says It Could Even Prevent Breast Cancer)

 

A new study says green tea could lower breast cancer risk, because it can change the way we metabolize oestrogen. With about a million other research studies enumerating the health benefits of green tea (and conflicting information about whether coffee is really all that good for you), this is hardly the first report that makes us think green tea might be the better way to caffeinate. But for women, this could be a pretty big “pro” for team green tea.

Dr. Barbara Fuhrman of the National Cancer Instutute led the small-scale study, which was published in Nutrition Journal, and found that daily drinking lowered levels of oestrogen metabolites, both for pre- and post-menopausal women. In past studies, higher levels of oestrogen metabolites have been linked to a higher risk of breast cancer, so the study suggests that regular consumption of green tea could lower risk of breast cancer.

The researchers believe this is a result of green tea’s polyphenols, which include flavonoids and the ECGC found in green tea extracts. According to Nutraingredients.com, the researchers explained:

“Among postmenopausal Japanese American women, we observed that more frequent intake of green tea was associated with reduced urinary concentrations of oestrone. As a rich source of phytochemicals that can interact with and regulate xenobiotic metabolising enzymes, green tea may modify metabolism or conjugation of oestrogens and may thereby impact breast cancer risk.”

Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:
Incidentally, polyphenols are behind a long list of other green tea benefits, like:

Alzheimer’s prevention
younger looking skin
reducing inflammation
weight loss, reducing belly fat, protecting your eyes, and even beating superbugs
In conclusion? You should be drinking green tea, already.

Photo: flickr user A Girl With Tea

 

Read more: http://www.blisstree.com/2013/02/25/food/nutrition/green-tea-benefits/#ixzz2M2WrJhIZ

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