Mar 27, 2008

Recipe: Chicken Dinner in Foil

This is a yummy, very easy, "dinner in a packet" that was provided by Mirdza sounded so easy either in the oven or on the grill if your in a hurry and don't have time to tend the food on the grill.

2/3/16 Update: There has been a lot of talk about the dangers of cooking with aluminum foil. I still use it, but will be looking into this more. I'm sure done occasionally it should not be a problem.

Chicken Dinner in Foil (283 calories)

1/2 skinless chicken breast (opt for the organic variety)
1/2 cup chopped tomatoes, bell peppers and onions
1 medium red-skinned potato, sliced (opt for the organic variety)
Salt and pepper to taste

To prepare: preheat oven to 375 degrees. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Lay the potato slices on foil, place the chicken on top of them, and sprinkle the chopped veggies on top of the chicken. Fold the foil to seal securely, place on a cookie sheet, and cook for 30 minutes or until the meat is cooked through. This varies with different ovens.

Mar 26, 2008

Remedy Strokes with Healing Walks

Strokes are a very big health concern in my father had many small strokes over a period of 5 years that finally lead to his passing; his sister also had a small stroke; my grandmother on my mothers side had a stroke in her 60's, but lived to be 90, the last few years bedridden. So if heredity is a factor, I do have my work cut out for me. Eating anti-oxidant foods or drinking anti-oxidant drinks can be very helpful. So is the information in the following article, a little obvious, but we always need reminding, don't we?

Stroke is the nation’s third leading cause of death. Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain stops due to a blood clot or burst blood vessel. According to a new study, being only moderately fit can significantly lower your risk of having a stroke.

The study was led by Steven Hooker who heads the University of South Carolina’s Prevention Research Center in Columbia, SC. The research was reported on February 21, 2008 during Hooker’s presentation at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference in New Orleans, LA.

For their research, Hooker and his colleagues used data from a study of more than 61,000 adults at the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. After taking a treadmill test, the participants periodically answered health surveys. The latest research divided the group into four levels of fitness and looked at how many of them had strokes after following them for an average of 18 years.

The study found that men in the most fit group enjoyed a 40% reduction for risk of stroke compared to the least fit men. The most fit women enjoyed a 43% reduction in their risk of stroke compared with women in the least fit group. Hooker commented that even those who were moderately fit had a lower risk of stroke and that most people can reach that fitness range by walking briskly for 30 minutes a day, five times a week.

Spring is in the air and it’s time for all of us to put on our walking shoes. Finding 30 minutes a day to walk is easy if you try. Consider an early morning walk, a walk during your lunch break, a walk as soon as you get home from work or right after dinner. Take the dog along – take the kids along - and don’t forget your favorite Wholefood Farmacy snacks for wholesome nutrition and good, clean energy!
Updated 2/3/16

Much of the information in this post is provided by the Wholefood Farmacy

Mar 17, 2008

Video: Making Corned Beef and Cabbage

Here's a video for you showing how to make Corned Beef and Cabbage by the Bachelor Chef. It's a little different from what I do, but looks delicious and easy!

Corned Beef and Cabbage and St. Patrick's Day

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and many will be enjoying a dinner of highly seasoned beef called "corned beef", simmered for a few hours in a large pot. Then they will be adding some carrots, maybe some onions, but definitely some potatoes; then finally, some cabbage toward the end, and cooking all of it just long enough to cook all of the ingredients through. And what's so serious about that? It is a day when caution is tossed to the wind in our home...we indulge in a wonderful feast of corned beef and cabbage which is a high sodium meal each year. We enjoy it with some Irish Soda Bread and an Irish beer.

Yes, I'm a Nutritionist, here to tell you, that unless your health care provider strictly forbids it, you'll be just fine if you do all things in moderation...and this once a year tradition is definitely done in moderation. Oh, my mouth is watering...cant wait to feast!

Updated 2/3/16

Have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!!

Mar 5, 2008

Home Remedy: Food Poisoning and Charcoal

With all the news about food recalls, it makes me wonder how many people eat these foods and are sickened by them. I have had food poisoning twice in my life, it is a terrible experience.

While most of the time the body works hard when this happens to rid itself of the offending foods, if it is a mild case, taking activated charcoal may help if taken with water as soon as you begin to feel nauseous. Activated charcoal, as you probably already know, is used in water purification and other purification processes because, in simple terms, the toxins attach themselves to the charcoal and are not able to affect the body (or in the case of water purification, pass through into the drinking water).

I remember many years ago my brother was given more of a medication than he should have taken and had to be admitted to the hospital, and their remedy was activated charcoal.

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We keep a bottle of activated charcoal capsules in our medicine cabinet all the time.