Herb of the week…Oregano

Oregano, Herb, Nutrition, easy recipeOregano is native to the Mediterranean Region. It comes from the Greek meaning  “delight of the mountains”. It was used by the Greeks as compresses for sore muscles and by the Chinese for fever reduction. It is rich in antioxidants (as many as 28 have been noted) and has a slightly bitter taste. Because of its versatility it lends itself well to soups and any meat dish. However it works best with any recipe that includes tomatoes. Use it freely. Better to buy it fresh, whenever possible and dry out and save for future use.

Something as simple as taking fresh organic tomatoes and then slicing them, adding olive oil, oregano, and grilling can bring you to a new level of taste.

 

How to make a quick, nutritious healthy sandwich…

A healthy nutritious sandwich does not have to be a complicated experience. Peanut butter with a layer of walnuts and agave on toasted whole grain bread is as satisfying for the adult palette as well as for a child. It is a wonderful alternative if spoilage is an issue.

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Organic, unsalted Peanut butter on toasted whole grain bread

with Agave and a layer of Walnuts

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Provides sufficient protein to ward of hunger, beneficial Omega 3 fats for taste,

and sufficient slow burning carbs for sustained energy.

Saturday’s Tip on How to Cook Healthy

There are so many vegetables available to us, especially if you live near or in a big city. Experiment with new, strange and odd looking vegetables. You will discover new taste sensations and new health benefits which some of these vegetables contain. Mistakes are O.K.,(they have led to quite a few interesting recipes) ask someone for help or just check out the internet for suggestions. Enjoy something new and exciting.

zucchini flowers, mozzarella,saute,easy recipe.Zucchini Flowers are great as a side dish. Stuff them with a little mozzarella, dip them in flower, then egg and lightly saute’ in olive oil.

February recipe of the month

Recipe of the Month
Pizza, easy recipe, nutrition

Protein Muffin Pizzas

 INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 Package English muffins ( I prefer “Food for Life” brand
  • Jar of Organic Pasta red Sauce
  • Sliced low salt Turkey
  • Sliced Provolone ( I prefer “Alpine Lace” low Fat brand }
  • Grated Locatelli cheese ( or whatever grated cheese you prefer}

In a large baking pan split the English Muffins and toast them on both sides under the broiler until they are firm but not burnt ( keep an eye on them]

Next lay them flat, put a large slice of turkey on each one, cut so they do not overhang

Follow with a slice of provolone, cut to fit

Next top with your sauce followed by grated cheese

Place again under broiler, no more than 1 to 2 min. Just until cheese melts.

Serve with a large salad

This meal provides a solid combination of good slow burning carbs, lean protein and healthy amount of fat.

Eating Healthy-Who has the time?

We set aside time every morning before we leave the house to make sure we look presentable to the outside world. We do this because how we present ourselves directly reflects the impression we emanate. We make sure our pets are fed and walked. We make sure our children leave the house with all that they need to be productive. Women spend time fixing their hair and makeup. Men spend time grooming and trimming facial hair. We take time to make sure what we are wearing is clean and pressed.

Why is it we give so little attention to what we ingest? Why is it, in spite of the fact that what we eat directly affects our energy level, we neglect to eat properly? Why does convenience and fast-food override what we should be doing to establish a healthy body? Here are some suggestions on how to prepare for a nutritious day.

1. Stocking up on nutritious foods  can provide us with healthy snacks.  As a result, this will prevent us from relying on vending machines which provide absolutely nothing beneficial.

2. Doubling or tripling the amount of what we plan to cook can provide us with 2 or 3 dinners when time is of the essence. Leftovers can also provide a great lunch the following day.

3. Brown bagging it with a healthy home made sandwich can prevent us from being at the mercy of a deli where the ingredients used might not be so wholesome.

4. Awakening a bit earlier and taking the time to prepare a solid breakfast and enjoying it in the comfort of you own environment can prove to be such a great way to start the day.

By making some of these changes in our eating habits we can eliminate so much sugar, salt and chemicals from our diet. These simple changes can prevent so much inflammation in the body as well as increase our feeling of well being.

We are all very busy, but looking at this from just a financial point of view, couldn’t our money be better spent?