Thursday, September 30, 2010

How to Interpret Packaging Dates on Food


Dates on food are written in many different ways and can be hard for the average consumer to make sense of. Interestingly, only a few of those dates tell you about the safety of consuming food past the stamped on date.

All processed factory-packaged foods are dated. Unfortunately, most of the time the date is in a code that is of no help to the consumer. These dates are used by the manufacturer and grocery store manager in a product recall and is required of all items packaged in the same place, on the same date.

The federal government requires product dating only on poultry, infant formula and some baby foods. Depending on your state regulations, some perishable foods have to have an "open date" that consumers can understand when choosing a product to be sure its fresh. For many other foods, dates are put on products voluntarily by manufacturers to ensure consumers get a "fresh" product.

If you know what those dates mean, you can know whether or not you want to purchase an item and also how long you have to use it. Here are some of the common terms and what they mean:

Packed on - This means the date the food was placed in package. If you are looking at fruit, this date will not tell when the fruit was picked, only the day it was placed in the package. So, this only helpful if you know how long that food stays fresh.

Sell by - This is the last date on which a store should sell a product to you. Another term for this is "pull date." You can usually find a "sell by" date on bread and bread products, dairy products, cold cuts and fresh fruit juices. Bakery products are commonly sold a day or so after their sell by date but for a lower price. Most foods that have gone past their "sell by" dates you can still use safely.

Milk - can be used for about a week after the "sell by" date.

Raw fish, meat and poultry - If you are not going to use by the "sell by" date you can freeze it.

Fruit juices, coffee, tea, nuts, dried fruit and fresh cranberries - If you are not going to use by the "sell by" date you can freeze them. I make it a practice of keeping my coffee, tea and nuts in the freezer to ensure optimum freshness.

Best if used by (Use by) - By this date, you should use the product if you want maximum taste. You may still consume the product after this date, it just might not have as much flavor.

Expiration date (Exp) - Expiration dates usually appear on yeast and baby formula and sometimes on milk. After the expiration date, most foods should not be used. Apparently, eggs are the exception. Eggs that are federally graded must have expiration dates not later than 30 days from the time they are put in the carton. Stores can't sells the eggs after this date, but you can use the eggs safely for the next month or so assuming you refrigerate your eggs properly.

High acid canned foods (ex. tomatoes) should be used within !8 months of purchase. You risk the chance of them exploding when you open them if you keep them too long.

Low acid canned foods - Fish, meat, most vegetable and fruits will keep in the pantry for two to five years.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Do You Know What the 5 Food Groups Are?


Healthy eating is very important. It keeps your body and emotions in top condition, can help influence children to follow suit and can work to keep your life in balance. There are 5 main food groups which if not eaten in the right proportions can lead to your health and emotional well being suffering. While people have the right to eat what they want, those who eat nothing but cakes and sweets and greasy burgers will end up causing serious damage to their body inside and out.

Grains and Cereals

This should be the food group you eat the most of. Grains and cereals include bread, pasta, rice and cereal. They provide carbohydrates to power your body along with essential vitamins and minerals. While it is best to eat wholegrain foods in this group, if you cover any grains and cereals in oily or yoghurt sauce or bread with butter for example then their health properties can be counterbalanced.

Fruit and Vegetables

The next biggest food group you should consume is fruit and vegetables. Full of vitamins and minerals as well as carbohydrates and fibre, fruits and vegetables should be consumed as often as possible. While these are low in calories and fat, you must try to eat them fresh or dried where possible. Fruit juices and frozen vegetables often contain hidden sugars and not as good for you as fresh or dried fruit and vegetables.


Dairy is again a good source of vitamins and minerals, but are a key source of calcium. Calcium is needed to build strong bones and teeth. Some dairy products like cheese, cream, and in particular ice cream, are high in fat. So eating dairy should be done in moderation. Low or reduced fat versions like skimmed milk are a useful alternative to full fat, and for some people who cannot tolerate the lactose found in dairy products can go for lactose free products. Soy milk is a tasty, alternative to cow's milk.


The food group you should eat the second least of is protein. Protein is found primarily in meats and eggs but can also be got through eating beans, lentils and other pulses. It is another source of vitamins and minerals but its special skill is building muscles. Meat products are generally high in fat, so choosing leaner cuts of meat and cooking them on a grill can reduce extra fat. Pulses are low in fat and high in fibre so are arguably a better source of protein. One other option that some people take it to include additional supplements such as omega 3 capsules to their diet. These fish oil supplements are taken in addition a healthy eating regime. They are very popular and are widely sold online and via health food stores.

Fat and Oils

While fat is an essential part of your diet, this is the food group you should eat the least. There are good fats and bad fats. Some are empty calories with few health benefits, while others are completely essential for your body; to regulate your insulin level; to metabolise sugars; and to lubricate your blood vessels and help your brain function properly. Eating fats and oils in moderation is the key to healthy eating.

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

What Kind of Foods to Eat With Type 2 Diabetes? - Recommended Fruits For Diabetes Diet


This is understood that biggest reason of the likelihood of fruits is that these are sweet? So if a person is suffering from diabetes, it makes the person to wonder whether there are certain fruits that are better for his medical condition than others. People are in dilemma that what kind of foods they should eat with type 2 diabetes? Which fruits must the diabetics incorporate in their diabetic diet? To know the answer read through the following passages.

The answer is simple. The best fruits for diabetics are either frozen or fresh. The worst fruits for diabetics are the canned one or the ones with added sugar in them. As we know whenever we buy the canned fruit it is labeled either heavy syrup or light syrup. The diabetics must understand that fruits are delicious and there isn't any need of adding more sugar.

Even more important than the kind of fruit here is the quantity of the fruit a diabetic eats. The American Diabetes Association has recommended that fruit is a replacement of starches. Both carbohydrates and glucose behave like sugars within the body. You'll be surprised to know that if you take fruit as desert after a full meal, you must cut down the quantity of pasta or rice.

Dried foods are not the preferred choices for diabetics. They contain more sugar and calories as these are the concentrated form of fresh fruits. So a diabetic must incorporate fewer dried fruits like dried figs, dried cranberries, raisins and dried peaches in his meal plan.

The serving size of different fruits are mentioned here for your ease

1 small fresh fruit means 1 serving

2 Tbsp dried fruit means 1 serving

1 cup melon means 1 serving

1 cup raspberries means 1 serving

1/2 cup fruit juice means 1 serving

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Goji Berries - The Latest Thing in the Health Food World


The Goji berry is the latest thing in the health food world, but the small, dried red fruit has actually been used for centuries in Chinese traditional medicine. Mention of the berries has been found as far back as the 7th century, but lately, the goji berry has stepped into the spotlight. The little fruit has certainly opened some eyes and stirred research as of late.

Considered beneficial to improving the immune system and vision, the goji berry also protect the liver and provide antioxidant effects. Many a tea or tincture has used the healing powers of goji berries. Several studies on the goji berry from Chinese researchers have claimed that the fruit packs a whallop of health benefits, and those claims have hit international renown.

A goji berry contains plenty of the body's daily nutritional needs. The fruit offers 68% of the recommended intake of carbohydrates and 12% of protein. In 100 grams of goji berries, there are 370 calories but only 90 of those are from fat. These little berries sure do offer a lot of health in a small package!

Goji berries have been found to regulate immunity and enhance the body's natural defenses. They improve our ability to handle daily stress by improving energy levels to increase coping ability. The goji berry can also slow the aging process and in cases of serious nutritional deficiency can help to reverse it.

The flavor is an interesting combination of tart and sweet, something in between a cranberry and raisin. People who like something a little in between those popular fruits enjoy goji berries. In their dried form, goji berries are easily snacked on. A juice can also make an interesting alternative. In fact, goji berry juice is one of the best ways for children to consume the fruit, as dried berries can be difficult to chew.

To have the extra health boost that goji berries provide, add them to your regular died. Dried, the berries can be added to many dishes. Teas are very popular and goji berry infusions are growing in popularity. For those who enjoy a faster pace of life and want nutrition on the go, a goji berry juice is probably the best choice.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to Dehydrate Kiwi Slices


Although dried fruit is available absolutely everywhere it is better to dry your own as commercially available dried fruit is treated with sulphur dioxide prior to the drying process. By using sulphur dioxide the color of the fruit after it has been dried is enhanced. These dried fruits might look prettier than fruit dried without the use of sulphur dioxide, but the sulphur dioxide can trigger asthma symptoms in people suffering from the disorder.

Drying your own fruit is healthier and as long as you limit your intake, can be a nutritional addition to your eating plan when added to plain yogurt for instance.

You Will Need:

* Kiwis (as many as you would like to dry)
* Knife
* Oven or Dehydrator
* Cookie tray (if you are using the oven)
* Airtight plastic container or plastic bag

Step 1
Wash you kiwis under the tap and carefully peel them. Peeling is optional as kiwis can be dried with the skin intact should you prefer to do so.

Step 2
Slice your kiwis into 1/4 inch slices. You do not want huge, thick slices but also be careful not to make them too thin.

Step 3
Arrange the slices on the cookie tray (if you are using the oven) or dehydrator trays making sure the edges do not overlap otherwise your slices will stick together.

Step 4
Place the trays with sliced kiwis in the dehydrator or, if you are using the oven, place the cookie tray with the kiwi slices in the oven which has been preheated to 130 degrees.

Step 5
Dry your kiwi slices until they are dry to the touch and store them in an airtight container or plastic bags.


* When picking kiwis, even if it is for drying, make sure that they are ripe, firm and without any blemishes. You will unfortunately not be able to use the forgotten fruit in your fruit bowl for drying as these will be overripe and not good candidates for dehydration.
* Your dehydrated kiwis can still look pretty without having to use sulphur dioxide. Make an ascorbic acid dip by combining one part of water with 2 tablespoons ascorbic acid and dipping your fruit into the mixture before dehydration. Not only will your dehydrated kiwis look just as good as the ones in the shops, but this method will also restore some of the vitamin C which is lost during dehydration.
* Try not to store your dehydrated kiwis in the fridge but if you have no choice, make sure that the container is airtight otherwise moisture will creep in and make your dehydrated kiwis soggy.
* To protect your dehydrated kiwis from sunlight, seal them in an airtight bag with a ziplock and then put them into a brown paper bag before storing them in a cool, dry place.
* Dried kiwis tend to taste a bit tart but you can remedy the taste by using a little bit of sugar or honey before or after the dehydration process.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

List superfruits


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Do you know what the list was the result Super Fruit? To view a complete list of anti-oxidant fruit, the federal government has made this list, you want to read the full article. But before looking at the list itself, we must truly understand what the term super fruit. The term was used in 2005 by some companies in the food and drinks. It has been used to describe the combination antioxidant fruit quality, taste and attractivehuge amounts of nutrients.

The key recognized as an excellent result is the ability to detect fruit to have the support of scientific evidence, natural features and availability. So basically the key to success in making the list of health benefits, innovation, reliability and comfort. So, let's take a look at some of the fruits of being on the list, and up-n-some candidates who come to us to be added to this popularList.

The first is a fruit, the fruit is classified as a super, while the second list are among those up-n-coming:

Or Acai
O Berry Blue
or cranberries
or grapes
O Guarana
O Mangosteen
O Noni
shell or
Thorn Seabuck or
O Wolfberry (Goji)

Here is a list of some of the fruit back and forth:

Or Cherry Tart
or black raspberry
Cassis or
or the elderly
Or Kiwi

As you can see a number of decisions have to choose if you like these to your diet. For example, sour well to combat pain caused by arthritis and gout. It is also very convenient and easily accessible throughout the year. For example, the tart cherry is the Montmorency cherry juice, tart cherry capsules, dried fruit and cherry extracts. How you can get your hands on this super popular fruit? The answer is simple,Contact Traverse Bay Farms. The company not only offers a full range of Super fruit, but tart cherry products. So the next time you are in a natural way to fight aging, fight disease and also a healthy lifestyle, active, add the super fruit, cherries, including the appearance of your diet.

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Understanding Food Safety of Home Made shots


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Beef jerky is a snack at least since Egyptian known. Previously animals for meat, people eat dried together at all times, such as bears, bison, or even a whale. ground dried meat mixed with dried fruit or suet to the Indians of North America "pemmican." Biltong "is actually a dried meat of many countries in Africa. Our word" jerky "comes from the word" Spanish steps.

Beef jerky is a product which is amoisture-rich nutrients to meat products from drying easy. One pound of meat or poultry weighs about four ounces, after moving (most manufacturers will be sugar, spices and other items added to compensate). Due to the fact that the humidity up to "safe levels" removed, it is stable as a shelf. It can be stored without refrigeration - makes an ideal food for backpackers and others who have no access to refrigerators.

WithCommercial Beef Jerky products, the process in plants is federally controlled by inspectors from the UP Department of Agriculture for food security monitoring and verification service. The products can be treated or to be believed, can be smoked and dried or smoked at the United Nations, air or kiln dried. In industrial plants, are meat and the internal temperature and the percentage of water activity ( another) continues to be validated in order to regulate the process and ensure quality safeConsumer Products.

When raw meat or poultry is dehydrated at home, usually slightly open a hot oven or dryer, you must understand that you can make beef jerky from store shelf, but that all pathogenic bacteria likely to survive the dry heat a stove, and in particular the 130-140 F degrees for a typical dryer at low prices. This means that if the meat was contaminated in some way or had bought something in your process,contamination was to have imported meat, you have a high probability that the finished product in ruins after the dehydration process. If meat is not contaminated, and leave as a classic, you'll have no problem.

Illness related to salmonella and E. coli from home jerky raise further questions about the safety of traditional drying methods for the preparation of dried meat and wild game. The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline current recommendationdried meat for the production of safety, meat and poultry to heat 160 ° F to 165 ° F before starting the drying process. This step ensures that all bacteria are destroyed by moist heat. Most dehydrator instructions do not include this step, and a dehydrator not reach temperatures high enough to be meat to 160 degrees F. After heating, the heat to maintain a constant temperature of 130-140 ° C for dehydrator drying is important because the process must be fast enoughPower dry before booty, and must remove enough water that microorganisms do not grow.

The risk of dehydration of meat and poultry without cooking to a safe temperature is that the dryer does not heat the meat and poultry to 160 ° F to 165 ° F - the temperature at which bacteria are destroyed - before that dries . After drying, the bacteria are much more resistant to heat. In a dehydrator or oven evaporates at low temperature, moisture absorbed much of the heat.To begin the flesh itself, the temperature, increasing more moisture is evaporated. Therefore, when the temperature of the dried meat is finally starting to grow, bacteria have become resistant to heat and are more likely to survive. When these bacteria are pathogens to survive, they can cause foodborne illness to the consumption of beef jerky. If you make beef jerky at home is, here are some tips directly from the USDA to ensure thatProtection:

1) Always your hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after working with meat products.

2) Use of equipment and utensils clean.

3) Use meat and poultry at 40 degrees F or slightly below, or freeze meat and poultry within two days, all red meat, within 3-5 days.

4) Thaw frozen meat in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.

5) meat to marinate in the refrigerator. Do not use marinade again. With brine help keep the meatbathed in an attempt to reach 160 ° F or 165 ° F as described below.

6) Steam or roast meat and poultry to 160 ° F to 165 ° F as a dry food thermometer.

7) the meat dried in a dryer with temperature control and maintain a minimum temperature of 130-140 ° F during drying.

There are other special considerations when the dried meat of deer at home or in another gameWorthy of mention. Game meat is not regulated or reviewed by USDA before treatment. Deer may also, in some cases, heavily contaminated with faecal bacteria, because they are directly related to the degree of variation with the hunter skill, wound location and other factors. While fresh beef is usually rapidly chilled, deer carcasses are typically at room temperature (whatever the outside temperature at the time of death), however, so the potential for bacterial growth.The pain ends the internal temperature of meat 160 ° F with the game even more important that the risk of contamination is much higher.

So, what kind of "insurance" for your home, you must try bacon adventure? It 's really up to you.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

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Monday, September 20, 2010

La seu del Consell Internacional de Fruits Secs s'ubicarà al Mas Barrufet del Tecnoparc de Reus

Reus (ACN).- La Fundació International Nut and Dried Fruit Council (INC) o Consell Internacional de Fruits Secs comptarà amb una seu permanent al Mas Barrufet de Reus, situat al Tecnoparc. L'organisme, creat el 1983 a París, és l'única entitat mundial dedicada a la promoció de les iniciatives per a la millora i l'expansió del sector dels fruits secs i de la fruita dessecada. Fins ara, no comptava amb cap seu física, encara que el secretariat de la Fundació es troba a les instal·lacions de la Cambra de Comerç de Reus. Tot i que altres zones productores de fruits secs com Califòrnia o Turquia també optaven a acollir la seu del INC, finalment la junta de l'ens ha triat Reus com a 'capital mundial' dels fruits secs

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Gestational diabetes diet for pregnant women


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Gestational diabetes refers to diabetes that is first recognized or diagnosed at any time during pregnancy. Three to twelve percent of all pregnant women with gestational diabetes between weeks 24 and 28 of pregnancy. The usual symptoms of gestational diabetes are extreme thirst, hunger, fatigue, but many pregnant women are not able to detect these symptoms. However, gestational diabetes usually resolves itself after delivery in most cases.

Doctorsaware that their patients are treated with a carefully controlled diet gestational diabetes for pregnant women to maintain blood glucose within the normal range for pregnancy. should achieve this goal, educators learn your dietitian or diabetes about healthy eating and eating the right foods that your. Your diet plan gestational diabetes will probably be the following:

Limit your intake of foods high in cholesterol like egg yolks are. Consume no more300 mg of cholesterol per day.
Consume less than 10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, fruit and vegetables are nutritious and less calorie juice and dried fruit.
should avoid are foods high in fat, no more than 10 percent of total daily calories from saturated fatty acids. Try foods prepared with less than 1 gram of saturated fat per serving buying.
Increase your fiber intake by eating whole grains, legumes, fruitsand vegetables.
Do not try too much salt and low sodium items when you can buy. Watch out for foods with less than 140 mg sodium per serving, or 5 percent daily value of sodium on food labels.
Reduce alcohol consumption to a minimum. Soda and fruit drinks that are high in sugar should be avoided.

The aim of gestational diabetes food is to maintain blood glucose as close as possibleafter and between meals. To control your diabetes, you must learn to be consistent in the type, amount and timing of meals you eat during the day. They must in any case, due diligence by relatives after your pregnancy diet plan diabetes practice!

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Saturday, September 18, 2010

Delicious and nutritious snacks of fruit and vegetables


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Lets face it we all need time to take at least five servings of fruits and vegetables, but most of us simply can not find. To ease your conscience by eating an apple half, every time you use and the ability to promise that tomorrow you will start eating your five servings of fruits and vegetables at your fingertips you'll find it with an apple.

Why is it so difficult to eat five servings a day? This is because mostWe buy fruit and vegetables to be costly for the order to go ahead now and choose the market and people tend to believe that only fruit and vegetables. The good news is that fruits and vegetables are actually really cheap and if you do not find the right time to buy fruit and vegetables, not because the canned variety? By your fruits and vegetables delicious and nutritiousGet your snack five servings a day in no time.

Here are some snack ideas:

* Vegetables cut into strips or cubes and eat them with low fat dip of your choice. This summer days warm snacks.

* Use your juicer, fresh fruit juices. You can also freeze the juice in your ice cube tray as an alternative to ice.

* Ask a bay perfect layering vanilla yogurt with fruit, cereals and certain.

* For a nutritious mealAlternative to eat a chocolate bar and eat strawberries in dark chocolate.

* You can freeze seedless grapes and eat like an icicle.

* Make a smoothie with fruit and yogurt.

* Cut the fresh fruit with yogurt dip and eat as a.

* Instead of fresh fruit, because a mixture of dried fruits and nuts as an alternative snack.

* Cut the apples into slices of cheese provides a delicious snack.

*Instead of the normal inclination, try to eat celery with peanut butter for dipping.

* Make rice crackers with cream cheese, tomatoes and avocado.

To be sure to get snacks for your right servings of fruits and vegetables, follow the instructions on what is a portion of fruit and vegetables you get 5 servings per day:

A portion of fruit and vegetables Equals:

* 1 / 2 grapefruit or advocate

* 3 largeTablespoons (about 65ml) of cooked fruit or fruit salad

* 2 kiwi, plums or fruit sized

* 1 banana, apple, orange or fruit companies

* 1 slice of pineapple or melon

* One cup (250 ml) of wild berries, cherries or raisins

* 150ml of fruit juice with no added sugar

* 1 soup spoon of filling (about 20ml) or raisins

* 3 heaped tablespoons (about 65ml) of beans, vegetables or legumes

* 1 dessert bowlSalad

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Friday, September 17, 2010

What about bananas?


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Bananas are the most popular fruits in the world, but did you know that bananas do not grow on trees, really? They are actually more grass in the world? The banana is a fruit that everyone loves, but does not seem to have all people know a lot.

Bananas on the basis of a plant that grows in clusters known as a cluster. The real name of a bunch of bananas is called "hand", and each individual pieces of fruit on hand, as "finger". Theaverage weight of a finger 1approximately 25 grams, which is in water about 75% and 25% dry matter. The fleshy part inside is soft and tasty and I liked it a lot, but are generally not eaten fried or skins. The tendinous part of the flesh as a "bundle of phloem. Bananas contain valuable sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C and potassium, that are healthy and that our body needs. Many athletes often use energy in their physical bananaRoutine.

These delicious fruits are grown in at least 107 countries worldwide, although indigenous Southeast Asia and Australia. Bananas, boiled and cooked in its yellow-green or red bananas are the staple food of many African peoples. cooked rice or fried green bananas or plantains (a banana version), can in many recipes are in the Caribbean island. Bananas can be very versatile. If they are dry, they can be eaten as a snackFood or ground into flour.

Bananas are available in different sizes and colors, including yellow, purple and red bananas. cooked green bananas and are very popular in the Caribbean and African cultures, the release of immature yellow banana. The red variety is sweeter than usual yellow and should give a slight taste of raspberry. The banana skin is tinted purple and red meat is slightly pink. This sweet variety can be eaten raw orCan be used to cook a wonderful color to different dishes add bananas.

Bananas are harvested green and shipped in an immature state due to the fact that ripe bananas are easily damaged during transport to the market. Bananas need a careful treatment and bruises.

The banana flower (or flower or heart) is often in Southeast Asian, Bengali and Indian cuisine, where it is served raw, cooked or used with dips to soups and curries. Some culturesalso the basis of race banana trunk in several countries. fried bananas are boiled or steamed and the juice extracted from the base of the system is often used to treat kidney stones. In different cultures, the leaves are useful for cooking as packaging for the realization of things, and even umbrellas (because of their waterproof properties).

With all uses of this plant, and general good taste, which is not surprising that a banana in the worldpopular fruit. Where else can you taste so delicious and healthy benefits of a hand?

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

How to create healthy snacks for children Party, eat


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Finding the right balance of healthy food that children eat during the holidays can be a challenge, especially with the popularity and awareness of fast food. But with a little 'creativity and effort that can make food tasty and healthy and fun to watch here are some suggestions.

Instead, serve with bread on it and hundreds of thousands / sprinkles, make a selection of sandwiches with various fillings such as cheese, ham, tuna, eggs, cheese and tomato or tuna andSweet corn. Small, quality sausages and chipolatas a great addition to any party and the children are very popular. Children are more likely to eat if so funny.

However, many of chocolate, dried fruit on toothpicks to make sure you use a variety of different colors to give the impression of pleasure. You muesli bars and you can buy rice cakes coated with carob. You can also carob chocolate-covered Rice Krispies is.You do not have other cereal grain free, but please make sure that you use to check the package in the homes of children with allergies.

If you're vegetarian, you would like to offer products without milk or wheat / gluten-free party, so here are some different ideas to try: -

If you can or they may contain Scottish oatcakes (oatmeal cookies, wheat or gluten - check the packages for details) are an excellent choice, served with tuna and corn.

To get an idea or sweet riceChocolate cake with carob topping a great idea or delightful, one might add, cheese, pineapple, eggplant (aubergine) or a variety of pureed vegetables. Make sure that these colors must win children's eyes.

o You can add cheese to muffins (you can use these gluten-free) and put under the grill. Try adding fruit and shredded zucchini (courgettes) are in. You can also make pizza and party boy / girl youthem.

Waffles Or another good idea (even if they can not be gluten free) and you can add all sorts of things, such as fruit puree as an alternative to sweet or savory filling as soon as baked beans.

or tofu (bean curd) can also be used, although attractive to these children, you must ensure that you are an interesting way. One way to do is hit the tofu, thinly slice, then dip in an egg in place. Then add some sesame seeds and shallowFederal Republic of Yugoslavia, served hot. Adults prefer, but nothing that will not win!

Home-prepared pizzas or cut into small rectangles, so that children are easy to eat. You can add all kinds of flavors and pineapple and cheese, tomato and cheese, vegetables or cheese and vegetarian dishes are excellent. If you have someone in part, can not eat wheat or a strict vegan diet, you can then add the bean curd and wheat without using glue. You can use the party girl / Boy WonderThe guide disgust. Getting Started with children, what causes it is always a good idea because they can enjoy their party more than they have been involved in food preparation.

o You can also use a variety of foods on a stick, like cheese or fruit cubes.

No falafel (chickpea a Lebanese specialty).

No rice crackers or pita bread with hummus dip and avocado, served with carrots, zucchini and celery.

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Luo Han Guo - the sweetness of health


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In China the Luo Han Guo fruit millennium has been used almost as a natural sweetener. The official name of this vine is perennial Siraitia Grosvenor. And 'originating in southern China and is best known for its fruit.

Luo Han Guo (罗汉果, pinyin: Luohan guǒ) literally means "arhat fruit" or "fruits" of Monk, and is one of many that became known as the "longevity fruit '. It is alsocommonly known as Luo Han Guo spelled. And 'cultivated mainly in south-western Chinese province of Guangxi (mostly in the mountains of Guilin), as well as Guangdong, Guizhou, Hunan, Jiangxi. These mountains provide shade plants, and are often surrounded by mists.

Luo Han Guo is rarely found in the wild. Most plantations are located in Yongfu County and languages in China are, for the extraordinary number of centenarians are renowned. Long Jiang Town (meaning Long Jiang"Dragon River") in Yongfu, a number of specialized companies their Luo Han Guo extracts and finished products.

The dried fruits are part of everyday life in the provinces where he grew up. Are stored and beverages, tea, soups, desserts, cakes and biscuits, which are consumed throughout the year. Documents show that Luo Han Guo, in Guangxi province have been grown by the 1813th Currently, the largest plantation in the mountains of Guilin, with 16 sq.m.Km Guilin supplies over 90 percent of total domestic production and sales of fruit Luo Han Guo, the tradition of transformation, this century began at the end of the 19th during the Tang dynasty, Guilin is one of the most important Buddhist refuges . Luo Han Guo was named after a group of Buddhist monks who have attained their way of life and meditation, enlightenment.

Luo Han Guo became better known in the 20th century. Thefirst report in English was found in an unpublished manuscript in 1938 by Professor GW Groff and Hoh Hin Cheung written. The report indicates that the fruit often used as a main ingredient in remedies that treated fever or other conditions traditionally associated with warmth or heat. It was known that the juice was very sweet. Groff and Hoh clear that Luo Han Guo is an important Chinese domestic remedy for treating colds and wasPneumonia.

The fruit only recently gained importance in Chinese history, but it seems that a small group of people who had mastered its cultivation a long time ago.

Lou Han Guo came to the U.S. in the early 20th century. Francisco fruit seeds were purchased from a Chinese shop in San, and were then joined in 1941 in the general description of the botanical species a.

The sweet taste of Luo Han Guo comes mainly from Mogrosides whichthe pulp of fresh fruit. by extraction can be a powder, 80% are obtained Mogrosides. Five different Mogrosides are known, each 1-5 The key to this system mogroside mogroside-5, which was formerly known as esgoside. The results in a mix of pure sweetness mogroside which is 300 times sweeter than sugar. The mixture of 80% is about 250 times sweeter, while pure mogroside-5 can be up to 400 times sweeter.

There are no reported incidentsadverse reactions to the Luo Han Guo and there are no restrictions on the consumption of fruit or its extracts. The plant is highly valued for its own purposes sweet fruits, medications that are used to and sweetener. Luo Han Guo fruits are usually sold as dried and used for tea or soup. You are responsible for respiratory illnesses, sore throats and are used as aids longevity.

Recent research on Luo Han Guo suggests that works as mogrosideAntioxidant and helps prevent cancer. The use of Luo Han Guo as a remedy for diabetes and obesity has been said, because they can be used as a sugar substitute. Luo Han Guo has also shown that it is useful against the Epstein-Barr virus.

But his story is not healing, he drew the attention of food manufacturers in this country.

Mongrosides calories contribute little to start a healthy diet and potential side effects. AlthoughGlycosides tickle the sweet taste, the body treats them differently from carbohydrates. does not increase insulin levels in response to glycosides, since he moved to produce energy arent broken. So, you can request the packet of books. Researchers at Nihon University in Japan have identified nearly 20 compounds from Luo Han Guo with potential anti-tumor activity. Animal studies at Hiroshima University in Japan have shown that both can mongrosides to inhibit the growth of skinTumors initiated by known carcinogens.

Other studies have shown promising mongrosides not only increase blood sugar, but can actually slow the entry of sugar in the blood. Mongrosides may even help fight heart disease, prevents oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a known risk factor, particularly for people at risk of heart disease or diabetes to protect.

Luo Han Guo is harvested in the form of a cycle of green-brown fruit, which isAnd 'Dry. Since it is difficult to store, can rarely be found in its fresh form. For this reason, the fruits are usually dried before being sold in Chinese herbal shops. This limits the use of dried fruits and extracts for the production of tea, soups and as a sweetener in products which are usually added sugar or honey. There are a number of commercially prepared products Luo Han Guo. The fresh and dried fruit extracts are usually treated in aPowder Mogrosides least 80 percent included. The powder dissolves in water and the taste is not affected by cooking, making it an ideal substitute for natural sweeteners. One of the most famous of them in the form of powder, instant Luo Han Guo, which is sold by the company Yongfu. It is sold in China, Hong Kong and Chinese shops in the West. In addition, there are a number of other products, Luo Han Guo include alone or mixed with other herbs. You can also findin some juice products, when combined with other super-fruit.

We often hear of food and other ingredients wonder overestimated in global health and nutrition. Luo Han Guo perhaps the first super-fruits of the living area could be in place in every room, as the ad campaign.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

what a macaw eats part 1

Mshorselover8 requested a vid a while ago (sorry about the delay! ^.^;) about what I feed my macaw. Part one covers his staple diet. Part two covers treats and fresh foods that we usually give him. For the list of items I mention for a day's worth of food: Pellets: I use ZuPreen, veggie and fruit flavoured. Runs about $30 for both bags which last 4 months. He gets a small handful of the veggie pellets and half of that of the fruit flavour. Dry fruit and nuts (I buy these in bulk at the grocery store so that I can get small amounts): 1 tb. raw Spanish peanuts (I try to buy locally grown and organic if possible. Ask your grocer if they don't post it). I buy 1lb and it lasts a month or two. Haven't tracked these yet. 1 tb. fruit and nut mix. My fruit and nut mix changes based on what I remember to buy to restock the stash, but it can include: dried pineapple banana chips raw cashews dried papaya and cantaloup spears dried apricot dried pear raw pumpkin seeds coconut flakes cheerios brazil nuts dried mango Don't let the bulk price per pound scare you away from buying these! The most expensive item on the list are the raw cashews at $6 something a pound, but mostly because I buy close to a pound each time. Everything else, because I'm only buying handful amounts to cut up and mix in, really only comes out to .20 and $1 something an item. The full jar of mix that you see in the vid lasts about a month or two. Haven't tracked this either, but I'll approximate it this round and ...

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Quinoa - grains


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Superfood Quinoa grain = = complete protein

The texture of the old world, quinoa is a complete protein. There is a grain that all essential amino acids, normally found in animal proteins. A healthy diet contains more whole grains. Few think that everything that grains other than wheat. A healthy diet is more than bread wheat. The old grain and great food, quinoa, was regarded by the Indians of South America, their superhuman powers.Quinoa is as easy as cooking rice, as evidenced by this recipe.

Quinoa, dried fruit and nuts
1 cup quinoa
02:01 cup pine nuts (or walnuts)
1 teaspoon of tea. Salt
1 teaspoon of soup. Lemon juice
1 teaspoon of tea. Cumin
½ teaspoon teaspoon ground coriander
2 v. soup. Olive
½ cup dried apricots (or dried fruit)
1 bunch scallions sliced end to end
½ red pepper diced

Bring 2 cups water, bring to boil.

Stir in quinoa, cover andBoil 10 minutes.

To dump in a large bowl and stir with a fork at regular intervals until cool.

Toast pine nuts in a dry skillet until golden brown.

All ingredients fluffed quinoa, stir and serve hot or cold.

= Quinoa vegetarian / vegan source of protein

This recipe is used for 4 persons, each serving has 10 grams of protein quinoa vegetarian or vegan and care for other ancient grains in their diet, which receive all theiressential amino acid. Not only is quinoa is an excellent source of protein, is cholesterol free, unlike my fellow animal protein is rich in immune-promotion. Quinoa is often classified as one of the superfoods.

(Feel free to be creative and to replace other nuts or fruits for a variety of flavors.)

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Saturday, September 11, 2010

Whole grains make great "Spanish Rice" and inserts


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If you try to forget whole grains to your diet, do not include contours traditional white rice. It's so easy to cook these recipes do subsituting brown rice, barley or other grains of refined carbohydrates and convert rice. Try these three recipes, so use the same strategy to your own recipes rice.

Spanish Rice

2 cups cooked brown rice or barley

1 cup tomato sauce

1 bunch chopped green onions (whiteParty)

1 teaspoon chili powder

2.1 teaspoon ground cumin

2.1 tsp oregano

A pinch of cayenne pepper to taste

1 cup frozen peas

04:01 cup sliced stuffed olives (optional)

cilantro or Italian parsley for garnish (optional)

Combine corn, tomatoes, onions and spices in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in peas, olives and cook for 2-3 minutes more. Garnish with cilantro or parsley, if desired.


Wild rice with dried cherries or cranberries

Here's a simple dish that is a holiday favorite in our house.

4 cups cooked wild rice

02:01 cup dried cherries, dried cranberries or other dried fruit of your choice

Mix the dried fruit in the wild rice while still hot, or heat together in the microwave.



This is a traditional Indian rice disheven tastier, healthier and certainly more than made with brown rice or barley.

1 sweet onion, chopped

1 green pepper, diced

2 carrots, diced

1 tablespoon fresh ginger

02:01 Cup broth

4 cups cooked barley or brown rice

cup golden raisins 02:01

1 16 oz can beans or pink beans, drained

A pinch of cayenne pepper or to taste

1 cup frozen peas

1 ripe tomato, chopped

04:01 cup cilantro or ItalianParsley

Can bring the onion, peppers, carrots and ginger and 1 / 2 cup of broth to a boil and cook, covered, until carrots are tender, about 15 minutes. Add other ingredients and heat through.

6-8 persons

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Friday, September 10, 2010

How to make a fruit basket


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When you make a fruit basket, fruit Best Buy, see

We want the market to buy fresh fruit from local farmer or directly from producers of fruit in your area. If not available, go to the local supermarket, you have the best products and knowledge. Now, many types of fruits such as apples, oranges, pears, grapefruits, etc. Consider carefully selecting and picking fruit by hand with only the larger pieces, without pressure pointsstains. If mangoes are not exotic fruits such as pineapple and kiwi, take this series because they can emphasize good fruit for your gifts of fruit. If you want to include smaller, more perishable fruit like strawberries and blueberries, you must also purchase a rigid container to protect it from damage.

What are other elements that I put in a fruit basket?

In addition to fruit, you can add the taste of chocolate mixed nuts, milkcovered cherries, summer sausage, cheese price winner garlic, almonds, dark chocolate, fruit yogurt covered pretzels, smoked salmon, pistachios, dried, gourmet popcorn, honey wheat crackers, shortbread raspberry jam, sauce, champagne and chocolate covered toffee , a bottle of cider or wine, or any other delicacies. If you know, his favorite food, even something as simple as a Twix chocolate bar, make sure to include shows that the recipient's eyesIf you made the gift basket.

What about the same basket?

Many people will find a simple wicker basket gift in a thrift shop for their fruit basket. But remember, the basket is left, the points are left after the fruit and gourmet. Packed with memories of high quality are delivered to your receiver as a living reminder of your kindness, cheap bad are quickly eliminated. So spend a few dollars more on a basket of Nice, andoccurs at regular intervals, a reminder of how much you care. Remember that the value of a basket of gourmet fruit is much more than the amount spent.

Packaging materials need to prepare fruit basket

Find all packaging materials from your local craft store you need. Need grass packaging cushioning and stability between the pieces of fruit, very good band, wrapping paper tissue, heat sealableplastic wrap, ribbons and bows. A note on the lawn of packaging, you can use the pack grass green or other colors that you use a basket of Easter, but there are herbs good for packing wood chips improved presentation was made.

Just as you start making the fruit basket?

Put about an inch of grass on the bottom of the pack basket of fruit to soften. Wrap the largest apples, oranges, pears, and two layersGifts of tissue paper and packaging, while the bottom of the basket with a layer of fruit. Other fruit headed for a second, third and perhaps fourth level. Your goal now is to create a pyramid of fruit, making each layer a little 'smaller. Add the packet of grass between the different layers, with the top end with only one or two pieces of fruit on top. If basketball is the circle, you will be with one above, if your basket oval, probably would for two. ThePears only reason you want to be apples, oranges, and because it puts the building are the basis of the fruit, and do not want to damage the fruits bruise easily, or if you make on the above.

To complete the packaging of fruit basket

Now your pyramid wrapped with a basket of fruit packed, you think, how to balance the load of fruit and food products to cover the good, the pyramid. Bank 'Remaining food products and fruits and decide that is used to create a level around the basket. Leave about an inch between the elements, so you can put the package on the lawn between the protection and stability. Other varieties of fruits, colors and products for the fits. For example, you two green apples next to each other. want your fruit and gourmet items to wrap your stay in place without the help of plastic gift if sodeleted, fruit basket can be alone. After completing the first layer, the construction of the second, third, etc. to cover the fruit in your pyramid. Another major emphasis is to take an orange and wrapped in gold leaf and include it in one of the outer layers.

To seal the fruit basket for delivery

Want to transit with a heat sealable plastic packaging to protect your fruit basket. You can purchase plastic giftWrap in various colors and designs, if you are looking for topics to meet your gift basket occasion. An important note, if you heat sealable plastic casings edible arrangements, such as fruit baskets, make sure they are in contact with food is directly allowed. Cutting paper insert plastic packaging to three times the size of the file. Place the fruit basket at the center of the plastic and put the sides on the edge of the basket handle. Save the plastic and the use ofThe hot air from a hair dryer to seal the bag. Finally fill your gift basket with ribbons and bows.

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sot soup (Norwegian Sweet Soup)


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My mother was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants, our small Wisconsin dairy farm in late 1800. When my mother was a child, sweet soup was a traditional part of Christmas Eve, served cold with julekake, Lefse, Christmas bread or sandwiches. Tapioca dessert soup is made with dried fruit.

Sot soup

6 cups water

03:01 cup sugar

1 tablespoon quick-cooking tapioca

1 / 4-1 / 2 teaspoon cinnamon (depending on the degreeThey like the taste of cinnamon, you can also stick of cinnamon)

2 cups dried fruit (use any kind you like: apples, apricots, peaches or a mixture of dried fruit)

1 cup raisins (black or gold)

1 cup prunes

1 tablespoon lemon juice (you can also use 1 teaspoon dried lemon rind or several slices of fresh lemon)

In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, tapioca, cinnamon and water. Boil, stirringconstantly. Stir in the field (including the lemon if you use slices of lemon) and heat again to boiling. Cover. Boil 15 minutes, or until the fruit is sweet.

After the fruit is sweet when you are in the lemon juice, lemon juice mix (or teaspoon of dried lemon rind). Serve hot or cold, depending on your preferences. If you remove lemon slices, cut the lemon rind before serving.

For an afternoon, the light "lunch Norwegian (afterHiking, sledding, snowshoeing and cross country), soup with bread and sweet Julekake Christmas, Christmas cookies, sandwiches and a variety of cheese slices.

sweet soup is also good served cold on a hot summer day.

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

8 ways to eat cherries irresistible


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Luscious cherries are red berries. than one of the highest levels of antioxidants than other fruits, to be sure it is not surprising that the hottest Super Fruit Antioxidant today. They also contain 19 times more beta-carotene as strawberries and blueberries, and are a good source of vitamins E and C, iron, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and fiber.

Delicious cherries are versatile and can be a part of every meal, including breakfast, soups formSalads and sandwiches, appetizers, main courses and desserts. Freeze a batch of cherries and return this super-delicious fruit when you want.

Not a Drop to sell breakfast: berries in the morning and your regular exchange for a cup of dried cherries. Add to oatmeal, pancakes, yogurt or whole grains, you give your day a boost.

Cherries moving: take a mixture of dried cherries and dried fruit to your variousantioxidants needed during the period.

Sensational salads, sandwiches super: Add dried cherries, and Tang irresistible joie de vivre to salads, fruit salads, chicken salads, and sandwiches of all kinds.

No Cherries wheat: a handful of dried cherries Brighten your pasta, rice pilaf, couscous and risotto.

Fizz until the fruit: beat the heat on a hot summer day with a refreshing glass of cherry juice, soda, ice blendsThe water with cherry juice concentrate.

Cherry Parfait: A bowl of vanilla yogurt with low fat frozen a handful of cherries and a dollop of mixed grain snack is the ideal, not to ward off hunger.

Cherry Smoothie: cherry juice concentrate and frozen cherries Mix with yogurt, skim milk or skimmed a cherry smoothie feeling any time of day can be done.

Baked Cherry Cherry Cookies, cherry cheesecake, muffins cherry and cherry pie - the list isendless. Replace strawberries and blackberries and juicy red cherries for a new version of an old recipe.

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Monday, September 6, 2010

2 Guys, 120 Days

In which Gabe and I respond to people eating chocolate and dried fruit.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

How to make a healthy fruit salad - Raw Free Recipe


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If you wonder how food recipe healthy fruit salad for a quick and something that is easy for this product is so easy, requiring only minutes to prepare. You can just before serving or make ahead and refrigerate.

There are many recipes for fruit salads, but not all are healthy. This fruit salad recipes gross healthy and contains only fruit. It 'very versatile. If you forget something that will make a difference. You can select otherSubstitute fruit or other fruit. And 'one of my favorite healthy recipes for raw foods. All children and adults love to ooh and ahh and upward.

If possible, it is best to serve them before meals and enjoy the benefits of rapid digestion. Fruit usually within 15 minutes to digest and assimilate best when combined with fats and proteins. This saves energy in the body for other digestive and more. Moreover, instead of being eaten more meals, wheneveryone is full. Or simply serve only food and leave everything to help themselves.

Here sound like a recipe for a fruit salad:

Select the desired fruit. You can contact any of them, EXCEPT for the mixture of orange and banana, but you can reduces the amount of bananas. The ingredients are:

1 cup seedless grapes, halved

1 orange, peeled and thinly sliced

Reserve 1 orange - for the best

1-2 oranges a mixture

A sweet apple like aGala apple pie, or if you want, cut into cubes. In fact, any kind of Apple you happen to have a good compromise.

1 pear, cored, peeled and diced

5-6 ripe, not green, bananas, sliced

A handle of a cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

02:01 cut pieces of fresh or frozen mango

02:01 cup dried fruit, any combination - chopped dried figs, dates, raisins and / or cranberries, optional

1-2 cups strawberries, sliced, whole strawberries on top reserve 06:05

1-2 kiwi, slicedReserve tall, thin, optional

Cut the bananas into a large bowl. Add any other fruit you like. Slowly and carefully fold, taking care not to bruise the fruit. Squeeze an orange, slow to bear fruit and gently mix in, you may need two oranges if you have lots of fruit. Put a few slices of kiwi and Strawberry edges, or use your creativity. Refrigerator and serve cold.

That's it. It 'very simple and sweethealthy. Nothing cooked. Gluten, dairy products whatsoever. In other words, how to make a healthy fruit salad recipe - raw food that I love you too often

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Friday, September 3, 2010

Building a system to improve digestion with water kefir


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My first impulse in water kefir was the number of probiotics. Probiotics can help with digestion and I was like my sentiments are with the transformations. However, when I started reading more water kefir, I was so impressed by his resume: Helping report "nervous disorders, internal ulcers, bronchitis, multiple sclerosis, heart attacks, liver and gallbladder diseases, kidney diseases, stomach and intestinal disorders, diarrhea or constipation, anemia, allergies, psoriasis and other skin diseasesProblems such as eczema. "(Dolores Sanchez-Peñalver, water kefir), I was warned that the consequences would be no overnight success - and that was duly noted. But after a few weeks, I can honestly say that my digestion has improved, and I noticed an overall improvement in my physical and mental.

What is water kefir?
Water kefir grains are a tribe of the mother culture of yeasts and bacteria. These good bacteria working with yeast to startbad (which are the result of antibiotics, plus change the intake of sugar, refined foods, etc.), and the environment. So, for people with yeast overgrowth of kefir can be a welcome friend. The grains are the same size and shape of grains of milk kefir. They are called SKG - kefir grains of sugar. Do not worry about the name, but. They feed on sugar, so you do not drink a glass of water with the grains of sugar are thrown away after him, buttransformed into a drink rich in health benefits! The beans are fermented in the same way that milk kefir grains, and offer similar health benefits. However, water kefir is tasty, and even those fickle drinker sips easily. The end result is similar to flavored seltzer water.

The method of brewing
Here's a simple recipe to make your own kefir:

Wheat 2.1c
1 figs
2 T raw sugar
3 cups water

There are all methodsand "rules" and the correct methods of doing things that nobody seems to agree. But as the end result is the same, here is a simple method for the fermentation of water. Dump the ingredients in a bowl liter, cover and let the mixture ferment for 24-72 hours. More than fermentation, in addition to the final sugar content. Then, the deformation of grains in the mixture in a sieve into a glass measuring 4 (for convenience, because it close to Nice). Pourresulting liquid into a clean Mason removed the figure (unless you want to eat the seeds before ...) and fill the tank with ancient grains, fresh water, a new figure, and some more sugar. This thesis kefir sitting well covered, for 24 hours, a further decline in sugar and increase the number of probiotics. Fizz also rises in this way. You can drink now, fruit or half a cup of a blended mixture.

Changes in taste
You can experimentwith the taste by adding raisins, prunes or other dried fruit. Fresh ginger is also popular as a slice of lemon. You can also kefir with fruit juice or fresh fruit. Make sure that if it occurs, use of surplus grain - and I said, that will multiply like crazy? Share knowledge and love through the gift of grain to friends and relatives.

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Power of Words

This is my attempt to show the power of the words you speak and the effects they can have on you. The verses I used in the video are below: Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Genesis 1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so. Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health. Proverbs 18:21 Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things ...

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