Archive for June, 2011

Hot Vegetable Soup

I know , this isn’t exactly a summer recipe but I made it because I’m about to get braces and for a little while I can not eat solid food. I do need veggies every day though. So here’s where I plan to get it from:

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 medium carrots chopped

2 small hand-full of broccoli florets

6-7 white mushrooms cut in quarters

Water(I forgot to measure, put a bit more than the veggies in the pot)

About 1/4 stick of butter

1/4 cup chopped ginger

1 shallot chopped

TECHNIQUE:

First, prepare all the veggies, then you put all the cut vegetables in a medium-sized pot with water( 1 or 2 inches above all veggies) Heat the veggies untill they are soft enough for a blender. Now you place all of the veggies+ water in the blender and blend until there’s only liquid(there can be a few big pieces for texture) Put butter in the same pot on low-medium heat and melt it. Finally, place the blended veggies back in the pot, and stir well. Bring to a simmer and let it cook for about 10 minutes(or until desired thickness)

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WOW(Workout of the week)

Last week I was fiddling around on marksdailyapple.com and I found a list of caveman workouts. Since I was looking for a new workout routine, I decided to try them. They are called the WOWs(workout of the week) Yesterday  was my first workout and man am I sore! I guess it’s a good thing to be sore sometimes and build up muscle. I think I was sore because I’m used to “regular workouts”, you know, long cardio, push ups and sit ups(obviously these are not as beneficial as caveman-like exercise). My thighs hurt while I didn’t even know I was working them so much! The work out I did was called “Grok’s Rock”  (really tough, not the best WOW to start of with, my mistake) It involved the grok crawl(crawling on all fours and pouncing on an imaginary small animal) That was what really got me. And then I also had to sprint, lunge, and do a weighted squat throw(holding weight when you squat, and throw it while coming up) I repeated the whole thing 8 times. It may not seem like much but the WOWs are really hard if you try your best. Now (when I’m not sore) I will continue doing these exercises when I can. I suggest this for anyone who wants to lose weight and get fit.

Thanks Mark these are awesome workouts!

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You Better Drink Lots of Water!

So now it’s finally summer! No more school and the start of fun. Now you can spend more time with family, take walks on cool evenings, go to beaches, hang out with friends, and enjoy the sun. One thing about summer in many places is that it’s too hot! Your body’s is asking for water, when you want something else, Coke, lemonade, and other sugary drinks that you think will satisfy you more. You need a lot of water, not anything else.

Water on earth is the reason we are alive, without water, life on earth wouldn’t exist. Scientists believe water was on earth shortly after it formed, from comets with ice bombarding earth. Thank you comets!

We need water for many different reasons. Many of the body’s functions require water, such as digestion, building muscles, cell repair and even the brain needs it. Our body is made of  at least 70% water. To make up for any water loss(sweating, bleeding) you need water to hydrate your body.

If you don’t like the taste of your tap water,  I suggest getting a filter. Bottled mineral water is bad for the environment, it’s also not very good for you either. Mineral water only has minerals for taste and usually are not nutritionally significant. So buy a filter, buy a reusable water bottle, and save the earth!

The problem with other drinks, such as sodas and vitamin water is that they contain other chemicals that bad for you(sugar, preservatives) that you do not need in your body.(Vitamin water and vitamins tablets are pointless, any healthy person can get vitamins naturally from food without a problem, especially on the paleo diet) Of course every one knows sugar and preservatives are bad for you and not paleo. If you’ve gotta have a tasty drink, then I suggest almond milk, maybe with cocoa powder and some honey occasionally or water flavored with lemon, but no sugar. But plain old water is the best.

Have a great summer and drink water when you’re thirsty!

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Paleo Lemon Bread

This is a delicious dessert recipe that contains lemon. Lemons have vitamin C, vitamin B, phosphorous, antioxidants, and some anti-cancer  properties. Enjoy!

     INGREDIENTS:

3  1/2 cup almond flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

2 medium lemons

The rind of 1 lemon

5 eggs

6 tablespoons raw honey(or any paleo approved sweetener)

3/4 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon ghee or butter(for greasing the pan)

TECHNIQUE:

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F

In a large bowl, mix the almond flour and baking powder. Then peel the lemons  and keep the rind of 1 and discard the other. Put the lemons and rind in the blender and mix. In a medium bowl whip eggs, in with lemon juice, vinegar, and honey. Combine wet ingredients to dry and mix throughly. Put the batter into a greased  9 x 5 loaf pan.  Bake for 40-45 minutes. Let it cool and cut into slices then serve.

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Sunscreen is Bad for Your Skin

Most of the people around you and probably even your doctors are telling you to use sunscreen every time you get in the sun. They all say  it stops cancer, and that’s what you think too right? But now there’s proof that, surprisingly, sunscreen actually causes cancer.

Sunscreen has many toxic chemicals that may increase the risk of cancer. The FDA says the cosmetics with cancerous chemicals are supposed to have a warning sign, but, obviously, it’s not enforced very well. Other cosmetics, such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, lotion, and just about every other modern skin products usually have harmful chemicals, whether they cause cancer or not.

Another thing is vitamin D. Sunscreen blocks out the sun rays. That’s a good thing right? NO. While blocking out the sun rays it also keeps the skin from absorbing the all-important vitamin D. Vitamin D helps the absorption  of calcium, and helps you stay in a good mood, and it’s also fat soluble(eat good fat!). If you do not have enough vitamin D, you have a much greater chance of cancer and other health problems.

Basically sunscreen should be avoided. If you get sunburns when you go out in sunlight for a few hours, it can be fixed- naturally. It’s not very hard, all you do is go out in the sun everyday for 5 minutes, then 10, then 15, and so on. You should wear shorts and a tank top or t-shirt. You will build up the natural protection from the sun on your skin, and won’t get sunburned! Simple!

Overall, you do not need sunscreen everyday or even sometimes; it makes your skin weak, causes cancer and many other health problems. So make it a goal to enjoy the sun everyday!

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Cheesy Marinara With Cubed Beef

This is a well rounded, healthy main course. It’s basically just chopped beef and veggies in savory sauce. To make this you’ll need 30-40 minutes. Cooking time is about 10 minutes and the rest is preparation. This would be a great topping for meatza(pizza with meat crust) Cheese is not paleo but I think it’s an acceptable indulgence. And cheese has very little lactose(milk sugar) and is high in the healthy saturated fats.

YUM....

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons ghee or 3 tablespoons butter

1 boneless steak(1 lb.)

1  1/2 cup Trader Joe’s (Giotto’s) Organic Marinara Sauce

2 chopped carrots

Handful of broccoli florets

1/2 handful of cauliflower florets

1 medium sized green bell pepper, chopped

5 smallish white mushrooms chopped in quarters

1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder

A pinch of rosemary

A pinch of basil

1/2 tablespoon dried oregano

salt and pepper to taste

1  1/2 tablespoons vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional; but I recommend  it)

TECHNIQUE:

1. Melt ghee or butter in medium to large sized frying pan. Fry steak for about 5 minutes per side on medium/medium-high heat. Aim for medium-rare doneness. DO NOT OVERCOOK.

2. Put steak aside making sure to leave oil and steak juices in pan. Add  chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, bell pepper and mushroom to pan and stir well. Add Vinegar. Let stand for a few minutes. In the mean time, cut the steak into smallish-to-medium-sized cubes.

3. Mix in the following spices with the veggies in the pan: garlic powder, pinch of rosemary, pinch of basil, salt and pepper to taste. Fry for 3-10 minutes, until veggies are soft to your liking.

4. While veggies are frying, add salt, pepper and oregano to cubed steak and massage in nicely with your hands.

5. Set Veggies aside in serving dish. Add one tbsp of ghee or butter to pan and fry chopped onions for 1 minute. Add marinara sauce, stir, bring to simmer. Add cubed steak and crumbled feta cheese. Stir and let simmer for 5 minutes.

6. Mix veggies and cubed steak back into simmering pan and let heat for about 2 more mins.

7. Serve with parsley for garnish if desired and enjoy!

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The Food Plate :(

This thursday the government changed the useless food pyramid into an even more useless food plate. It looks like this:

As you can see, they’ve made some better tweaks, the grains are smaller than veggies(I don’t think you need that many veggies though, but less grains is good; should be none though) . Less diary is good too; it’s on the side(should be gone or at least be the whole dairy with less lactose(yogurt, cream…)) They have not made big changes toward optimal health. The plate is confusing than the food pyramid, but they are off track by a huge margin.

This is the worst part:

“All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Most Dairy Group choices should be fat-free or low-fat. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group. Foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not. Calcium-fortified soymilk (soy beverage) is also part of the Dairy Group.”

– USDA

How the heck is soy dairy!! Soy is a legume that we should all avoid because of lectins and phytates. Then, there’s what you have heard a million times: low-fat and fat-free! When is the FDA going to stop being biased and corrupt and tell the frikin’ truth!? (Saturated fat is good!)The government thinks vegetable and fruit juices are a serving of veggies or fruits: you’ve got to be kidding me! Then there’s soy, bean and peas in the protein group. And they say to avoid the much-needed saturated fats too. 😦

The food plate may be a step in the right direction, but has a long way to go. Nothing is going to change until the FDA and USDA get rid of the biased idiots who mess with the research and, for once, care about people’s health, not the economy.

Join the food fight!!!

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