Research Tips for Healthy Eating

We all know the internet is an endless font of knowledge, and with the proper searches most any information can be found at your fingertips. The downside of this outpouring of facts is that it works two ways, and useless and misleading stories can mislead the reader into believing false information. Here are some tips to help you find the health information you’re looking for:

Look at the source. Check the “About” page of the website and determine whether the author’s credentials are legitimate and accepted by their peers. Just because someone has a medical degree after their name doesn’t make them an expert; they should also have solid experience in their realm of expertise.

Verify the information from another source. Many fad diets are just that, and some can do more damage than good. By cross-checking the information you can find more information on the subject and make an educated decision on the facts in question.

Purchase a few good reference books. While eBooks are very popular, most medical and health reference books are only available in hardcover. If you can’t afford the price of a new volume check a site such as AbeBooks for discounts on used tomes.

Educate yourself. Bookmark reliable information sources once you’ve found them, so you know where to turn to for legitimate information. For example, we’ve all heard of the Mayo Clinic, but did you know they have an extensive online library of informational articles covering both health and nutrition?

Look for studies and compare the numbers. Often a health trend is hailed as the latest important case study, but if there were a low number of test cases the statistics may be skewed. To be valid a survey or study should compare thousands of people of all ages or a wide length of time; there should also be more than one study on the subject.

In short, don’t jump too quick when you see or hear about a new heath fact or trend. Do some research and weigh the facts carefully so you can make an educated and informed decision!

How Green Tea Extends Life

New studies on green tea show amazing improvement in a number of key health areas including your life span. A report released by Life Extension(1) put together many studies that shows how green tea(Camellia sinensis) effects DNA, osteoporosis, stroke risk, heart health, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and even how it prolongs life. Here are the ground breaking results.

HEART HEALTH Studies show that as little as 4.5 grams (.16 oz) a day of ground green tea lowers LDL cholesterol by 40%. A large scale study found that heart attacks are lower by 32% and strokes by 36%. Those who consume the most have a 64% lower risk of narrowing of blood vessels that lead to heart attacks.

BRAIN HEALTH Loss of brain function is a result of aging and toxins. Tea protects against Alzheimer’s by reducing abnormal proteins and inflammation. Learning and memory are shown to improve. Parkinson’s symptoms have also been reduced and even reversed in some cases. Tea protects against stroke by increasing oxidative enzymes and lowering artery inflammation.

BONE HEALTH Bone loss is caused by age and menopause that’s due to oxidative stress. Green tea catechins (antioxidants) stimulate new bone cells resulting in greater bone density. This is especially important for menopausal women to prevent osteoporosis.

METABOLIC SYNDROME This is defined as having three of these symptoms: excess abdominal fat, high blood pressure, abnormal lipid profiles or high glucose levels. 35% of all American adults and 50% of those over 60 years old have this problem. This is serious because it increases you chance of cancer, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes. This tea consumption results in lower blood pressure, greater insulin resistance and improved lipid profile.

LIFE EXTENSION All life depends on their genetic blueprint in their DNA that maintains healthy and renewable molecules. This tea works on the mechanism of life by reducing oxidative stress(tissue damage) and DNA damage. Matcha tea was shown to reduced DNA damage in white blood cells by 30% after a single dose. Other studies show that tea prevents and even repairs damage caused by oxidative stress. In animals studies, they lived 14% longer with this tea. If you plan to live to 80, 14% is 11 extra years of life.

IN CONCLUSION Many of these studies were done with tea extract or powder. Matcha green tea is made from ground tea leaves and comes in powder form. I use 1/2 teaspoon of matcha that I dissolve in hot water every morning for over five years now. That’s equivalent to about 50 cups of brewed tea. Since it has caffeine, I don’t need to drink coffee anymore. Its easier on my stomach, I’m alert all day, and my blood pressure is lower.

How to Store Wine

So you just bought a bottle of wine that you want to save for a special occasion. What do you do with it now? The real question should be “How do I make sure that my wine stays safe until I’m ready to drink it?”.

If you spent a decent amount of money on a wine you want to make sure that your investment matures in the right environment. If you don’t properly take care of your wine it can essentially ruin it.

Can you imagine how you would feel if you opened up a bottle of what was supposed to be white wine only to see a brownish color? It is very important to correctly store wines so that you don’t have this problem when you go to drink that leftover wine from the holidays.

Temperature

Temperature is extremely important when it comes to storing your wine. Make sure that you find a place in your home that does not fluctuate in temperature. You want a place that has a stable temperature with just the right amount of humidity. Not too cold, nor too hot. The average temperature for wine storage is any where between 45 and 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

Many wine lovers choose to buy a wine cooler to keep safe their most precious wines. While this is a great idea for a couple months, if you plan to store your wine for a longer period of time this isn’t the best idea. After longer than a few months the lack of moisture in a chilled space could cause the cork to dry out, therefore damaging the wine.

Sunlight

When it comes to storage and the amount of lighting it is best to keep your wine in a darker area to avoid UV and sunlight from damaging your wine. Regular house light bulbs might not be as damaging to the wine itself, but it could pose a problem for the coloring of the label.

Horizontal Storage

Many wine enthusiasts store their wine of the side so that the corks maintain moisture. This concept is true for those who store their wines over a long period of time. However, if you are planning to drink your wine within a few weeks or even months this isn’t as important. If your wine has an alternative seal such as a screw cap or plastic corks you do not have to worry about storing your wine on the side.

When you are looking for ways of how to store red wine and white wine there are a few differences, but ultimately for either kind it is important to store it properly.

All About Pinot Noir Wine

Pinot Noir is a red wine grape that originated in Burgundy and it is one of the oldest wine spices planted in France. The name is derived from the French words pine and black, pine to describe tightly clustered grapes. Today, Pinot Noir grapes are all around the world. The first historic evidence is associated 2,000 years ago in the French region known as Pasco Robels – this was an ideal soil to produce tightly packed clusters. Some wine experts call it “heartbreak grape” because of the thin skinned grapes capable for early ripening with overwhelming flavour.

The thin skin of these delicate grapes requires diligent management as the balance of the wine can be easily destroyed by intervention. As one of the fines wines in the world, it is recognizable by cherry aroma mixed with strawberries. Soon after the wine ages it can bring the potential to develop “barnyard” aroma and savoury fleshiness with more fruit prominent and cleaner appearance.

The international success of the Pinot Noir as the most highly prized wine is typically evident during the late 1980`s and through the next couple of decades. The 1990`s showed an increase in the world production and sale in several wine growing regions of Australia, Austria, Canada and France. This wine is very fickle and can have quite a range of aromas, depending on the vintage and the earth where it`s grown. The major Pinot Noir produced in Burgundy is usually herbaceous with earthy aromas close to wet leaves. The wine in Germany tends to offer more sweet and fruit aromas which are quite different from Italian Pinot Noir where the climate is much cooler. Pinot Nero, as the Italians call it, tends to have more colour extraction and higher alcohol content.

Australians have identified Victoria and Tasmania as being cool enough for this wine. New Zealand is capable to produce the best Pinot outside Burgundy and certainly there are many fine examples of cooler regions in which the grape can develop interesting flavours. Often described as a difficult grape to deal with, wineries around the world are really passionate about its sensuality for the purpose of making wine. The popular image persist that this type od wine creates a long lasting impression in every person`s memory. The aroma is widely accepted as one of the most complex of all varieties starting with fruits enhanced with cinnamon and mushroom as common spiciness for identifying Pinot Noir. Most of the best Pinot Noirs are bottled under screw caps, which further highlights the fresh, clean fruit of these wines.

There is one component in which Pinot Noir seems naturally quite rich, 3-4 times higher compared to other varieties, especially when it is grown in chiller and more humid environments: resveratrol. While this may not affect the aspects of sensory enjoyment, it may draw the attention of health-conscious consumers.

Pinot Noir is not a simple wine. It is likely that it fascinates everyone by its greater complexity rich with dark fruit aromas and flavours.

If you are curious about how it tastes why don`t you take advantage and order a bottle of Pinot Noir wine from an online liquor store at extremely reasonable prices.

Benefit of Matcha Tea

With summer right around the corner, it’s no wonder everyone is rushing to do what they can to burn as much fat as possible! Whether if it’s to wear that teeny-weeny bikini or trim down for the next bodybuilding show, the new rave is all about Matcha Green Tea!

Matcha, with one serving providing the nutritional value of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, is a bright green finely ground powder once used by ancient Chinese and Japanese Monks to help them stay alert. In our modern-day, it’s well-known for metabolism boosting, cholesterol lowering, and it’s ability to help the body burn calories or what is called, ‘thermogenics’, up to 43%.

In a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, it was demonstrated that matcha has more benefits than was once thought. In addition to improving overall health such as lowering “bad” cholesterol, cancer prevention and anti-aging benefits, matcha was a leader in providing the several benefits:

1. AS A METABOLIC BOOSTER: Matcha Tea helps burn calories and helps build lean mass and burn fat. It’s the perfect partner to support your weight loss goals in an all-natural organic way by increasing your body’s metabolic rate. Matcha green tea contains polyphenol EGCG, a thermogenic component thought to boost metabolism. Whether you are an Olympic Athlete or just need premium nutrition, this is a perfect nutrient source for you. Our elite athletes and aspiring athletes love the way it enhances performance, skill and concentration. There’s no crash, addiction or negative side effects.

2. FOR SUSTAINED ENERGY, POWER & CONFIDENCE! Organic Matcha helps to boost your energy, vitality and sense of power and drive with the slow release natural energy. There is caffeine in Matcha, but it’s released slowly into the bloodstream, making it milder on the stomach, aids with digestion, cleansing, and healing. This makes it more effective and jittery free. MATCHA IS IDEAL FOR GLYCEMIC, PALEO AND KETOGENIC DIET FANS! It’s low-calorie, balances blood sugar, low glycemic and loaded with high quality nutrition.

3. THE ULTIMATE MEGA BRAIN FOOD – INCREASE MEMORY, FOCUS & CONCENTRATION! The improved energy and performance from a serving of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours. Matcha is also recognized as a natural healthy mood enhancer that makes you feel great. It helps with focus & staying “in the zone” that wonderful place also interpreted as a flow state. It is wonderful for yoga, studying and doing tedious projects. It will revolutionize your prayer and meditation practice too. Best Matcha Green Teas is a pure authentic Japanese Matcha Tea grown and harvested in the purest form in Japan.

4. IMPROVE SKIN, HAIR AND NAILS, LOWERS CHOLESTEROL. Consistent Matcha Green Tea drinkers have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time increasing higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. It rejuvenates hair, skin and nails. You can use the powder any way you like. Drink it as a tea, put it in capsules and keep in your school and gym bag, Put it in smoothies, make lattes, bake with it and put it in frozen yogurt if you want. Your brain and body will feel the power!

Tips Low Sugar Desserts

Yeah! Who doesn’t love homemade Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies? Well, these classic cookies are low in sugar & gluten free. They only have about 7 grams of focused carbs! See below how it’s done.

Prep Time:

Minutes to Prepare: 12 mins.

Minutes to Cook: 12-14 mins.

Number of Servings: 26

Ingredients:

13 oz Almond Flour

1/2 cup Erythritol Sweetener (can use splenda)

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 egg

1 stick salted butter

1 Tbls vanilla

1/2 cup Sugar Free Chocolate Chips (any brand is fine)

1/8 cup Water

Directions:

Soften Butter, mix in 1 egg, water, vanilla. In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together almond flour, salt, baking soda, and erythritol. Add wet ingredients to dry, then stir in chocolate chips. Scoop with a small scoop onto parchment lined baking sheets (so cookies do not stick).

Bake at 350 degrees in the oven for 10-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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Ooo-lala! This cheesecake recipe can be incorporated into your Rennix Weigh plan!

It is quite thick and as it cools, it becomes even more dense. Sometimes I like to top it with blueberries! I make it with an almond crust, but it can also be made with other types of flours to fit within your weight loss plan (talk to you health coach). Nia’s Sugarless, Gluten Free Cheesecake is one of our team’s favorites and often made during the holidays or other special occasions.

Ingredients:

• 3 packages (1 and 1/2 lbs) cream cheese (room temp.)

• 4 eggs (room temperature)

• 1 and 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 Tablespoon) vanilla

• 1 and 1/2 teaspoon (1/2 Tablespoon) lemon juice

• 1 and 1/3 cups sugar equivalent of artificial sweetener (I personally like liquid sweetener for the smoothness)

• 1/4 cup sour cream

Crust:

• 1 cup almond flour

• 2 Tablespoons melted butter

• 2 Tablespoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener

Preparation:

Heat oven to 375 F.

Making the Crust: Combine the ingredients for the crust, and press into the bottom of a springform pan

Bake for 8 to 12 minutes, until perfumed and just beginning to brown. (Set aside)

Raise oven heat to 400 F, or lower to 350 F if you’re using a water bath (see below).

Make the Cheesecake: Put the cream cheese in a mixing bowl, and beat until fluffy. Add the other ingredients, scraping the bowl and beaters each time (this is key), and fully incorporating each ingredient. When all ingredients are combined pour the mixture on top of the cooked crust in the pan.

Instructions for using a water bath: Wrap the bottom and sides of the springform pan in foil, put it in a baking pan and pour boiling water around the sides. Bake at 350 F for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove from the oven.

Instructions for non-water bath: For this method, you start the cake at a high temperature, and it slowly drops.

Bake for 60 to 90 minutes, checking often after an hour. When the cake is firm to touch but slightly soft in the center, or the center reaches 155 F, remove it from the oven.

Chill the cheesecake completely in the refrigerator before cutting – this will take at least two hours. Top with fruit, if desired.

Makes 16 servings

Nutritional Information: Each serving has 2.5 grams of focused carbohydrates* plus 1 gram of fiber, 6 grams of protein, and 221 calories.

 

Healthy Dessert You Need To Try

When the weather gets hot, frozen desserts like ice cream could be the best refreshing treat. During the summer, so many colorful varieties of fruit and berries are available. So, it could be a great idea to make the most of the fresh flavors of summer with tasty and nutritious fruit ice cream as a way to delight them.

Natural ice cream and fruit mousse are healthy frozen desserts made from fresh fruit mixed with water and sugar, which include all benefits of eating fruit with a lot of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. The use of sugar is optional, but for sure it is naturally fat-free. It is always possible to prepare the healthy dessert with more concentrated content of fruits, so that it will have higher fiber content. Without additives or preservatives, natural ice cream and mousse can give all vitamins and minerals your body needs.

If you wish to enjoy a healthy and tasteful dessert, then you must have your favorite flavor recipes in your hand. Then, you could rest assured the process of making it by letting the Frost Food machine to work. Frost Food is a natural ice cream machine, which can instantly help you to make healthy dessert from fruit and vegetables. This machine allows cold cooking method on food to preserve its freshness.

Using cold cooking method, there will be so many healthy dessert recipes you could create by yourself. With the help of a Frost Food machine you will not need any ice cubes anymore to make your frost dessert. Thus, the making process will be simpler as you do not have to do extra step preparing the ice cubes. As examples, here are 3 healthy dessert ideas you can try today:

  1. Healthy Coconut-Banana Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks

A half cup of coconut milk

A half cup of plain yogurt

3 tablespoons of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

A small amount of lemon or lime juice (optional for extra flavor)

Directions:

Combine banana with the rest of ingredients in a blender. Blend all until smooth. Pour the blended mixture on cold plate of a Frost Food machine. Let the emulsion frozen and mix it sometimes using spatula until getting homogeneous, thick texture of your preference.

  1. Healthy Avocado-Vanilla Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado, halved and pitted

A half cup of vanilla yogurt

5 tablespoons of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

Directions:

Combine avocado with the rest of ingredients in a blender. Blend all until smooth. Pour the blended mixture on cold plate of a Frost Food machine. Let the emulsion frozen and mix it sometimes using spatula until getting homogeneous, thick texture of your preference.

  1. Healthy Blueberry-Strawberry Mousse with Yogurt and Honey

Ingredients:

A cup of blueberries

A half cup of strawberries

A half cup of vanilla yogurt

A half cup of skim milk

3 tablespoons of honey

Directions:

Combine blueberries with the rest of ingredients in a blender. Blend all until smooth. Pour the blended mixture on cold plate of a Frost Food machine. Let the emulsion frozen and mix it sometimes using spatula until getting homogeneous, thick texture of your preference.

For presenting your healthy, easy-to-make mousse, it is always possible to add slices of fresh fruits and pieces of mint leaves on top of it.

Guide to Choose the Best Tasting Cakes

Cakes come in different sizes, shapes and flavours. They are now creative wonders and bakers are like master craftsmen, who can make any wish come true when it comes to cakes. A few years ago, this was not the scene with fewer options in cake flavours and designs. All you could order was a butter cream cake or a plain dry white cake that honestly was just not worth the calories. With plenty of options available, customers are also perplexed how to order the best tasting cake. We help you with a few tips.

Choosing the right flavour for the special occasion is critical and perplexing. Besides choosing the colour, size and tiers, choosing the flavour is also an important task. Before jumping into conclusion and deciding a flavour, it is necessary to do your homework and know how many types of relishing flavours are available other than conventional choices.

Taste the cake

Tasting is the best part of choosing a cake. You probably already have an idea of what the cake will look like on the outside, but it’s also important to know what it tastes like on the inside. If you’re going to have a combination of flavours, taste them all – don’t presume that chocolate cake will be good no matter what. However, it is better not to taste too many combinations or flavours at one sitting. It can be overwhelming to your taste buds and it can also be too rich for your tummy.

White cakes

For weddings the first choice is a white cake. It is a classic cake and the good thing is you do not have to compromise on the flavour. You can choose a white almond cake or a simple vanilla cake. They have a hint of the nuts. Include white chocolate chunks inside the cake for a surprising taste.

Light coloured cakes

Light colours like light pink, lemon yellow and nutty green are flavoured like fruits depending on the colour. There is nothing wrong in choosing fruits for flavours. However, the downside is sometimes the flavour will not go well with the icing on the cake.

Chocolate cakes

Chocolate cake is a popular choice for any event. You can order a dark or rich chocolate or truffle. Since chocolate is a universal favourite, the cake will certainly be appreciated by the guests.

Multi-flavoured cakes

These are also preferred by many. You can go for a marble cake and give flavoured batters in the form of swirls. The cake will look pretty with distinct colours. The cakes can be multi-layered, too with each tier having varied flavours.

Carrot cakes or fruit cakes

A carrot cake or fruit cakes are a good choice and gives a surprise taste for the guests. The cakes should have good icing layer and cream. However, do not expect all the guests to appreciate it. Cheesecakes and Tiramisu are also a popular choice and you can select a variety of flavours. If you are choosing a cheesecake, serve it with toppings of fruits and cream. It will look and taste wonderful.

How Do You Know This Cake Suitable For You

Who doesn’t love desserts after a hearty meal, especially cakes? There is no denying the fact that most of you crave for a soft and delicious pastry now and then and, why not? Pastries are one of the most beloved food items in the world. What sets these items apart is the fact that there are innumerable variations of it that exist in the world. In almost every other company, you will come across cakes being made in different procedures. French bakeries also known as patisseries, for instance, are the ones that produce the best pastries.

Birthdays and weddings are occasions where cakes are a must. Without them, the occasion seems all the more incomplete. But choosing the best cake for your wedding or any other birthday party is an extremely difficult task.

Things to consider the most appropriate cake?

• Shapes and Sizes: You need to decide what shape and size you want your confectionary items will be. It will most definitely depend on the number of guests you are expecting. Regarding the shape, there is always the stereotypical square or round shapes but you can also select a unique shaped by creating it yourself. Most bakeries will be able to recreate the shapes that you want.

• Budget: Prior to delving further, you need to fix the budget that you are willing to spend and then start thinking about the kind of confectionaries that you want. Without a proper limit, you will be extremely confused in choosing the product.

• Theme: If you are hosting a special occasion, you would naturally want your confectionary items to be designed in a manner that suits the event. For example, there are different items for birthdays, weddings, and funerals that you to carefully choose from.

• Flavour: One of the most important aspects of any food item is its flavor. It completely depends on an individual on what kind of flavor they want. It could be chocolate, strawberry, mixed fruit and several exotic kinds.

• Delivery: After you have decided on the prior aspects, you need to make sure of the delivery status of the company where you are ordering from. Obviously you would prefer one that offers fresh items on the same day of ordering.

• Bakery: Not all bakeries will provide you the same quality pastries and other desert items. There will always be variations in quality and pricing. So, you need to choose a bakery that will provide you with the best quality cakes at convenient prices.

• Give enough time: Most of you take a very casual approach to choosing the most appropriate confectionary items as they deem it to be insignificant. But on certain occasions, there are extremely important. Give your time in choosing the best one available.

You won’t be short of choices while browsing for bakeries on the internet but you need to take the points mentioned above into consideration while ordering one.

Here Is The Facts About Vegetarian Food

If you feel tired eating meat based recipes and wanted to try something new, then you might want to try out simple vegetarian recipes. Studies show that going meatless for a few days will not cause any harm to your body. In fact, many health studies today shows that an estimate of 75% of diseases are related to a person’s diet. The standard American diet, which is high in saturated fats, can caused people to become overweight and fat from animal products can lead to health problems such as clogged arteries causing heart disease and other health related ailments.

Benefits of Vegetarian Recipes

One of the best benefit that you can get from trying out a vegetarian meal is that you cut the risk of coronary heart problems. As vegetables have lower saturated fats and are high in antioxidants, you can cut your risk from 50% to 15%. Japanese people, especially those who live in Okinawa have the longest life expectancy. What is their secret? A diet that is low in meat, high in rich complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fiber rich fruits and soy.

Vegetarian recipes are high in good cholesterol, which helps lower the LDL cholesterol level while increasing the HDL level. Soya, which is a staple with most simple vegetarian recipes, is rich in flavones, which lowers cholesterol.

Aside from lowering your chance of becoming high risk, you also keep your weight down reducing the chance of becoming overweight. According to the CDC – National Center for Health Statistics, sixty-four percent of adults are overweight. People who followed a low-fat vegetarian diet were estimated to have lost on average 20 lbs in a year and have maintained that weight reduction for over five years. When one lowers down their intake of saturated fat, they can also increase their life span, it is estimated that vegetarians live seven years longer than their meat-eating counterparts do.

Many diseases that humans contract come from food borne illnesses which are usually associated with foods that are rich in protein such as meat, fish and poultry. By reducing your intake of meat, you will reduce the risk of contracting food related illness.

How to Start Your Vegetarian Lifestyle

Opting to change your diet to a vegetarian lifestyle is hard especially for meat lovers and as such, it is important that you do not change your diet overnight. Trying to go meatless once a week or two can help your body to adjust. You can also try out simple vegetarian recipes to start. A staple of vegetarian diets include consuming vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seed or nuts. Some vegetarians may also consume dairy and eggs or white meat. That said, if you have food problems or allergies, it is important that you talk with your health care provider to ensure that you have a well-balanced diet.