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Eating Healthy and Feeling Healthy

Food and your health go hand in hand. If you eat unhealthy, you will feel unhealthy. As we get older, our diet becomes more integral to our well-being. We can longer finish a pizza then go to a club to dance the night away. But, we can still feel like a teenager if we eat the right diet. Here are a few simple tips to eating healthy and feeling healthy.

It is important to eat a variety of foods. You need over 40 different nutrients for a good health, and no single food can supply them all. In today’s modern world, we have access to a large variety of foods to choose from. Plan your meals out for the week, this way you can manage what you eat and make sure that you are getting a little bit of everything.

Make sure that you are eating enough foods that are rich in carbohydrates. More than half the calories that you take in should come from foods like bread, pasta, rice, cereals and potatoes.

You should try to eat at least five servings a day of fruits and vegetables. They provide very important protective nutrients to help you stay and feel healthy.

You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to stay healthy, you just have to eat moderate portions. Having a good diet means not over-eating. You can still enjoy your favorite ice-cream, as long as the portion size is reasonable.

It’s also very important that we eat regularly. Skipping meals can lead to overeating or snacking on junk food to replace the meal we missed.

Fluids is a big part of a healthy diet. You need to drink at least 1.5 liters of fluid a day. Water is obviously the best choice, but changing it up a little also helps. Orange juice in the morning will give you a boost of vitamins, while a warm cup of milk at night will not only provide you with some calcium, but it will also help your body relax so you can sleep better.

Eating healthy is an important factor in keeping you healthy for many years to come, but if you don’t add any physical activity in your life it may be all for nothing. I simple 30 minute walk combined with a healthy diet can keep you feeling young for years to come.

How To Entertain Dinner Guests

Anyone who has had to cook a meal, specifically a dinner for guests at home will attest to the difficulty that can arise in trying to come up with entertaining ideas. Regardless of how good the food may be, most people will agree that there needs to be an additional dimension to the evening, usually fulfilled by some kind of entertainment. There are a lot of considerations to be made from the type of entertainment to the theme, among other things. One also has to think about appropriateness as the last thing you would not want to do is to offend one of your guests.

One good way to start the evening is over a couple of drinks. In this instance, it is helpful to find out in advance if any of your guests do not drink alcohol. People of Muslim faith for instance may not be open to this for example. However, setting up a small cart garnished with such elements as glasses, a sherry, wine and some flowers can be the perfect start to the evening.  As the night progresses, keep access to the bar free and open so that people can refill their drinks if they so wish. The last thing you want is to make someone feel like an alcoholic as they continue to ask you to pour them another drink.

As you move to your appetizers, keep in mind that the guests are mainly interested in interacting with you. Though the food is a highlight, there needs to be consistent communication with the guests so that they don’t feel dumped in the dining room. If comfortable, be open to receiving help as may arise, but making sure that it’s just the minor and exciting tasks. Plating the aperitifs, filling the champagne, those can all be things that you open to the guests if they are willing.

The onus is upon the host to make sure that the conversation goes well and follows the desired track. If need be a little nudge may not be a bad idea. Keep on top of your situation ushering people to the dinner table for the main course or the lounge for snacks. The key is to decide upon an ambiance prior to the event and then work to maintain it once the dinner begins.

Health Food That Tastes Good

imageThere has been a general wave towards healthy and organic meals. With more and more people seeking out wholesome meals and incorporating life changes to enhance quality of life, one cannot ignore the importance of eating healthy. However, natural foods, particularly vegetables, have had a bad reputation over the years. Ever since childhood, memories of bland vegetables being forced on hapless children haunts many a diner. However, with a bit of creativity and culinary effort, one can transform simple food into gourmet specialties.

One great method to prepare vegetables is sautéing. This is an age – old cooking style from France, meaning ‘jump.’ It is a way in which food is thrown into a hot, oiled pan and then tossed around, making them seemingly hop about. Not only is this a quick and simple way to get a meal ready, but it is also quite healthy as a very minimal amount of oil is needed. Sautéing is largely recommended for tender vegetables like sweet corn, artichokes, mushrooms and sweet peppers.

Yet another way to transform vegetables into delectable treats is stir – frying. Though quite similar to sautéing, there are some few notable differences. For one, high heat is required when one is stir – frying. In addition to that, to achieve a crisp and tasty stir – fry, one needs to continually swirled in order to prevent it from burning given the heat of the pan. While the classical stir – fry is done on a wok, a wide pan is more than sufficient to get the job done. Using an oil that withstands high levels of heat, stir – frying is an excellent option for beans carrots, onions, leeks and peas.

Albeit traditional, simmering or boiling vegetables is a trusted method for getting veggies ready in a simple manner that is hard to get wrong. Simply bringing water to a boil then tossing the vegetables in can make for a hearty meal. Potatoes, beans and other root vegetables fare very well when it comes to boiling. Preparation is often left to taste as one can decide how tender or crunchy they want their vegetables to be.

However you like your greens, there is definitely something for everyone. The important thing is to find a cooking method that is convenient and gives the best taste.

Energy Friendly Cooking Part 1

imageThe merits of moving away from take away and convenience food to wholesome, home – cooked meals are incontestable. From providing essential nutrients to avoiding toxic chemicals in one’s diet, the health benefits are numerous. However, these nutritional gains needn’t come at a high cost. While preparation of meals requires the use of different implements such as microwaves, refrigerators and stoves, there are a few energy – saving tips that can be taken advantage of, to reduce your energy bill.

To start with, when cooking, make sure to keep the lids of pots and pans firmly on, unless the recipe dictates otherwise. By keeping them covered, you ensure minimal heat loss when boiling, frying or steaming. When you leave a pot or pan open, heat passes from the stove into the pot and readily leaves the containment. This results in longer cooking periods which are both energy – inefficient and costly.

Another great hint is to turn off the stove or oven, a few minutes before the food is cooked completely. When preparing a 15 minute dish for instance, you may switch off the heat after 10 minutes. Because of the conduction process by which a burner’s plate heats up, it will take a while before it cools down. This means that you avoid wasting energy on unnecessary heating, way after the food is ready. The trick is to make sure that there is enough residual heat left over to allow the food to get well done.

In addition to the nifty tricks mentioned above, it is also a good idea to use a pressure cooker for your meals. By making use of a pressure cooker one can save hundreds in dollars annually. This effective appliance cooks food with either water or cooking oil, in a vacuum container, thus cooking the food faster than other regular ways, thereby saving energy. The best part is pretty much anything that can be prepared by boiling or steaming can be had in a pressure cooker.

There are a number of changes that one can make in the kitchen to decrease the cost associated and as an added bonus, decrease one’s carbon footprint. Because of the numerous options that are available towards energy reduction, cooking at home makes the most sense.

Cooking Healthy Meals For The Whole Family

imageIt goes without saying that most peoples’ eating habits are not the best. Due to convenience foods, eating healthy is becoming more and more difficult, as food companies continue to masquerade their products as health foods. Simply put, eating more vegetables and fruits will definitely be a step in the right direction, if you are interested in improving your diet. There are however, other measures that one can take, to ensure that the whole family has their daily fill of nutritious cooking. Minor changes can be made to your day to day diet to yield a healthier lifestyle.

A major challenge that most parents face is dishing up the right portions. Children will often eat as much as is offered and unless one regulates what they ingest, conditions such as obesity may result. One way to avert this challenge is serving more appetizers than desserts. By making hearty and healthier pre – entree meals, there is less room to eat sugary and less healthy desserts such as ice cream and cake.
As you make a transition from the usual unwholesome, processed food to healthier options, the key is to do it in moderation. By so doing, the changes you make will not be so obvious to your family, guaranteeing lesser chances of a backlash or downright rejection of the new eating plan.

Another leading cause of disease that needs to be consumed in limited quantities is salt. Rather than always seasoning your food with salt, it is a good idea to use spices wherever possible. Spices and herbs can serve as great flavouring agents which do well to replace conventional salt. The added bonus is that there are a variety of natural seasonings that give different tastes and aromas, depending on the food they are used on.

Finally, rather than forcing vegetables down your children or husband’s throat, you can add them discreetly in stews, soups and roasts. They won’t stand out as much but rather blend in and soak up the flavour of the food they are combined with.

In all, there are various ways one can introduce healthy cooking tips without suffering a total mutiny from the family. The trick is in stealth and moderation.