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Thursday, October 28 2010

You hear every day on TV, read in the newspapers or on internet about the importance of eating healthy natural food. The fact is that when we go shopping for food it can be difficult to determine the things that are best to eat. We often hesitate whether to take this or that apple or tomato and not so often we are sure that we've made the right choice.

Experts suggest that we need to eat food labelled as "organic" that indicates on some information about the quality as limited use of chemicals and pesticides. The fact is that you don't have to buy organic to eat well - natural foods are a very good alternative, without the hefty price tag. By natural food means foods made of simple, familiar ingredients that you can identify that came from the earth, not from a factory so the nutritional value is preserved. Also you should look for words like local and seasonal because that signifies that you are eating things when and where they supposed to be eaten. It's natural to know and consume what is grown and caught near you.

Now when you know how to choose your food, we are going to point you at the top 10 natural foods that should be eaten. You are what you eat and your life is not just one of the cooking games.

- As a great source of proteins, vitamin E, and calcium, we recommend you almonds. They also prevent from heart diseases, help decrease cholesterol and can help with weight maintenance and loss.

- The apricots, fresh or dried, are also a "super food". They are very rich in fiber, full of potassium, and low in calories.

- Maybe you are trying to avoid eating chocolate, but you must know that chocolate and cocoa are the source of powerful antioxidants that help fight diseases. Taking them in reasonable quantities help you to lower blood pressure and improve blood flow-plus. Also here is the effect of a better as an added bonus.

- Cucumbers are principally composed of water. They are mineral rich, full of potassium, phosphorus, and vitamins A and C, but low in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium.

- Figs are an excellent source of dietary fibre, as well as calcium.

- Maybe you don't like so much green bean but you should know that it is an excellent dietary supplement. It's low in sodium, saturated fat, and cholesterol but high in fibre, iron, and other vitamins and minerals.

- Hazelnuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, provide protection against many diseases, including heart disease.

- Probably you didn't know that lemons are one of the top detoxifying foods that help fight degenerative diseases, thanks to their diuretic qualities and antioxidants

- Red Peppers actually have more vitamin C than an orange, provide a great energy boost and serve as an antioxidant, fighting disease.

- Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium, helps to improve digestion and boost immunity, and increases your body's ability to absorb other beneficial vitamins and minerals.

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Tuesday, October 26 2010

Mexican food is internationally recognized for its distinctive flavors. It has a big influence of different cultures and that is what makes it so interesting and delicious. It is an amalgam of Prehispanic and European elements.

During the Prehispanic era the natives had their diet mainly based on vegetables but the most important ingredients were Corn and Chile. There were also tomatoes, cactus, avocado, pumpkin, vanilla and cocoa(chocolate). They also had animals in their diet like turkey or what they could hunt as deer, badger, quail, duck and white fish.

Since the Spanish Conquest new ingredients were added, meat like pork and cow coming from Europe. For this interesting fusion, Mexican food is considered one of the most delicious Worldwide. Some of the conquistadors also took some of their main spices and ingredients to the rest of the world so there is a lot of influence of the Mexican food in the International Gastronomy as well.

In the last 2 decades emerged a new style of Mexican food which is The Gourmet Mexican Cuisine or New Mexican Food as is called, this new trend is bringing new energy to the traditional Mexican food.

Food and Cooking are a very important in Mexico, and can be the center of social life. It is an event that binds friendships, reinforce family bonds; even important business transactions take place around Dinner or Lunch.

There are dishes for special events or parties like Mole or Tamales but even though these are festive meals menu, they can be eaten any time in the year and for no specific reason. Tequila is a very distinctive drink made in Mexico only and now Mexican Beers and Wines form Baja California and Queretaro are also internationally known.

In Mexico there are different styles of Mexican food depending on the area. In each State they have their specialties but all of them keep the Corn, Chile and Beans as the main ingredient. Corn is used for tortillas or for Pozole or Menudo. In Mexican food flour is use to make sweet bread and pastries or to make flour tortillas for quesadillas and chimichangas or buñuelos which is a sweet fry tortilla.

In Mazatlan the traditional regional food is delicious and not as hot and spicy as it is in the south of the Country, but it is very tasty. Some examples of traditional dishes Sinaloenses are: Pollo a la Plaza, Asado a la Plaza, Pozole, Menudo, the wonderful tortilla soup, chilaquiles, enchiladas and of course sea food, especially since Mazatlan is considered internationally the Shrimp Capital.

At any home it is common to find marlin stew or shrimp ceviche, Pescado sarandeado, or mahi mahi garlic filet, breaded shrimp, shrimp empanadas, shrimp brochette and more; any of this dishes are served with rice or guacamole on site. Do you like fruit? In this Estate you will find the freshest fruit like mango, pineapple, guava, banana, watermelon, papaya and surely coconut. There is a very characteristic drink made of fruits like a smoothie and is called "Raspado". Well I have a good recommendation for you, after eating any of this succulent treat and make it part of your daily life take a nice and slow walk by the largest boardwalk in Mexico "El Malecon de Mazatlán" just to keep in good shape and feel the cool breeze while enjoying our worldwide sunset. That is what a lot of people who have made Mazatlan their home do; and they really enjoy living in this Paradise. Many of them were captivated by the natural beauties, by the excellent Mexican food and friendly people on their very first visit and decided to swim in to Mazatlan Real Estate Ocean just to call Mazatlan their own.

Rosario was born in Mazatlan, studied Ciencias de la Comunicación at Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa and has worked for Companies related with Tourism in Mazatlan and Cabo San Lucas. For the last 2 years Public Relations for Marina Costa Bonita, Mazatlan.

 
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Thursday, October 21 2010
Everyone knows that the best gifts are from the heart. Since the economy slowed to a stop,people are afraid to do much more than give a gift card to your favorite restaurant or shop. Most people have over - looked the impact that giving a personal gift will make. The one thing that all human beings love to do is talk about themselves and have others enjoy vacation photos and that of there kids and family. With the technology we have today, you can personalize just about anything. From clothing, to glassware and even food!

The benefits of giving personalized gifts for the giver and the receiver.

You can actually get away with spending less money on this type gift and emerging with something that looks like you spent a lot.
You can easily wow your boss and co-workers for special occasions,office parties and holidays. When you make it personal it looks as if you really took a lot of time and energy to choose the gift. It is also great if you have to stick to a certain minimum. You may just get more bang for your buck and not go over the secret Santa budget!
One thing that the economy has not stopped is weddings. You can personalize gifts for your bridal party and for all your guests. Edible ones are the best memory and you can keep what it is wrapped in for life or even recycle it into a photo box or money pouch!
There are benefits to giving personalized gifts to spouses for anniversaries too. The edible kind that you can together for several days or weeks.
I think by now you know that you can not go wrong with this fast,easy, and inexpensive choice. You can now sit back and relax while you plot your holiday and special occasion gift giving.
 
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Tuesday, October 12 2010
By Jenny Everett, SELF magazine

In the produce aisle, we often find ourselves in deer-in-headlights mode when we get to the greens -- there are just so many options. Lately, kale has been getting loads of attention for being a vitamin- and nutrient-packed superfood. But, aesthetically, we're drawn to watercress, with its pretty, petite leaves.

Related: 20 Superfoods for Weight Loss


Turns out, watercress gives kale a run for its money. In fact, while much more research is needed, a recent study found that watercress might reduce your risk ofbreast cancer, thanks to a compound that inhibits a protein related to tumor growth.

"In addition to the compound in this study, a cup of watercress contains plenty of vitamins A and C and boasts an entire day's worth of vitamin K, a nutrient that helps keep your bones strong and your heart healthy -- and just four calories," says Monica Reinagel, M.S., a nutritionist, chef and blogger for our new sister site, Nutrition Data.

"It's also a mild diuretic, which can help you shed excess fluid if you're bloated from too much salt or before your period," she added.
Here are 3 smart, easy ways to add watercress to your diet:

Related: Analyze Your Diet and Create the Perfect Meal Plan


1. Pair It With Chicken or Fish. Sulforaphane, an antioxidant in cruciferous veggies, is up to 13 times more effective at fighting cancer-causing free radicals when eaten with the mineral selenium, which is found in seafood, poultry and some vegetables.

2. Mix It Into Warm Pasta. Slightly wilted greens are easier for the body to digest, which allows you to soak up more nutritious goodness. We love this recipe for Linguine With Chile, Crab, and Watercress from Nigella Lawson's "Forever Summer" cookbook.

Related: 15 New Healthy Fall Recipes


3. Make It Part of an All-Round Heart-Healthy Meal. Preliminary research has linked watercress to cardiovascular health. While more animal and human studies are necessary, there's evidence that watercress can reduce triglycerides (a risk factor for cardiovascular disease). To further boost the heart-pampering prowess, pair it with other items from SELF's hearty-healthy shopping list. And this shrimp, watermelon and watercress salad will blow your mind.

Related: Snack Attack? Chow Down on These Sweet 100-Calorie Eats

Click here for a full nutritional analysis of watercress.

Inspire us! What's your favorite leafy green, and what's your favorite way to prepare it?

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Friday, October 08 2010

First, the best nut--peanut 
The content of protein in a peanut kernel is up to 26%, which is two times of that in wheat. What's more, it is easily absorbed by the body. Peanut contains 40% of fat, in which the unsaturated fatty acids account for more than 80%. The nutritional value of peanut is higher than that of the grains and it can be comparable with eggs, milk, meat and some other animal foods.

Cooked peanut not only is easy to digest and absorb, but also plays an important role in health care. Peanut can inhibit the dissolution of fibrin, promote the neogenesis of platelets, strengthen the contracting function of the capillaries, treat thrombocytopenia, prevent the hemorrhagic disease, etc. What's more, peanut also has the effects of lowering blood pressure and adjusting cholesterol.

The best vegetable: lotus root 
During the autumn, the weather is very dry, so eating some lotus root can play the role of replenishing the vital essence and removing heat, moistening the dryness and quenching the thirst, as well as purifying the heart and soothing the nerves. Meanwhile, lotus root is warm in nature and has the function of contracting the blood vessel, so it can also nourish the lung and blood.

In addition to the large amount of carbohydrates, lotus root also contains plenty of protein and various kinds of vitamins and minerals. What's more, it is also rich in dietary fibers, so it is very useful for the treatment of constipation.

The best drink: yellow rice wine 
Yellow rice wine is the national specialty in China, and it is also one of the oldest wines in the world. Yellow rice wine contains 18 kinds of amino acids, which are all essential to human body. What's more, yellow wine also contains abundant functional oligosaccharides, which can improve the immunity and the resistance against disease of human body. This function of yellow rice wine is incomparable by grape wine or beer.

The best fruit: pear 
Pear is not only fresh and tender, but is also very juicy, which contains 85% water. It is rich in vitamins and calcium, phosphorus, iron, iodine and other trace elements, so it is known as the "natural mineral water".

Different ways of eating pears can produce different effects. For example, eating raw pears can significantly relieve the symptoms of the infection of the upper respiratory tract such as dry throat, itching, pain and so on. While if the pear is cooked or steamed, it can play the role of replenishing vital essence and nourishing the lung, relieving the cough and eliminating phlegm. What's more, it is also very effective in the prevention and treatment of gout, rheumatism and arthritis.

Lv Hongyu is the freelance writer for e-commerce website in the chemistry. LookChem.com is just a place for you to Look for Chemicals! Our LookChem provide the most convenient conditions for the international buyers and let these leads benefit all the business person.

 
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Wednesday, October 06 2010

When it comes to preparing healthy meals at home, don't underestimate the value of your freezer. A well-stocked freezer can save you a trip to the store when you're pressed for time, which could mean the difference between making dinner and ordering in. It also lets you save meals that you prepare in big batches ahead of time, take advantage of discounts at the grocery store, and keep food that might otherwise go to waste.

Freezing is also an easy way to preserve local, in-season, fruits, and veggies that you buy at farmers markets or grow in your garden. If you want to eat delicious tomatoes in the dead of winter, for example, but are intimidated by canning, freezing is worth considering.

But just how long will that casserole or whole chicken last in the freezer? According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, food stored in a freezer set at 0 degrees Fahrenheit will stay safe indefinitely. But that doesn't mean the taste and texture will remain the same.

Here is a guide to how long you can freeze foods before you sacrifice quality. Keep in mind that quality does deteriorate the longer food sits in your freezer, so aim to defrost sooner rather than later.

  • Bacon: 1 to 2 months
  • Breads: 2 to 3 months
  • Casseroles: 2 to 3 months
  • Cooked beef and pork: 2 to 3 months
  • Cooked poultry: 4 months
  • Cookie dough: 3 months
  • Fruit: 8 to 12 months
  • Frozen dinners: 3 to 4 months
  • Hot dogs: 1 to 2 months
  • Lunch meats: 1 to 2 months
  • Sausage: 1 to 2 months
  • Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months
  • Uncooked chicken (parts): 9 months
  • Uncooked chicken (whole): 1 year
  • Uncooked steaks, chops, or roasts: 4 to 12 months
  • Uncooked ground meat: 3 to 4 months
  • Vegetables: 8 to 12 months

 

Basic tips for freezing food:

  • Freeze foods as close to purchase (or harvest if you have a garden) as possible. The fresher food is when you freeze it, the better the quality when you defrost it.
  • While most foods can be frozen, there are some foods you should keep out of the freezer. Don't freezecanned foods or eggs in shells (which can crack and allow bacteria to enter). Technically you can freeze mayonnaise, cream sauce, and lettuce, but the quality takes a big hit. Here's a list of foods that don't freeze well with details on their condition after thawing.
  • Cool cooked foods down before freezing so they freeze faster, which helps preserve quality.
  • Packaging matters and varies depending on what you're freezing. If you choose glass over plastic containers, wrap, or bags, you'll need to make sure it's tempered so it doesn't break.
  • You can freeze meat in its original packaging, but if you want to store it for long periods of time, add an additional layer of packaging, such as plastic wrap or bags.
  • It's always a good idea to label items so you know what they are and how long they've been in the freezer.
  • Resist the temptation to defrost foods on your countertop. The three safest ways to thaw foods are in your fridge, in cold water, and in the microwave.

 

How to freeze fresh produce:

  • The key to freezing fresh fruit is to spread out the cleaned, dried, and prepared (cut up) pieces of fruit on cookie sheets. Once the individual pieces of fruit are frozen, you can combine and put in freezer bags. Some people prefer to pack fruits in sugar or sugar syrup to help preserve texture and flavor. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has tips on how to freeze specific fruits such as strawberries,tomatoes, peaches, and many more.
  • Vegetables usually need to be blanched (boiled or steamed for a short time) before freezing to maintain flavor, color, and texture. Blanching times vary depending on the vegetable. The National Center for Home Food Preservation has a chart with blanching times for everything from corn to collard greens and simple instructions for how to freeze a large variety of vegetables.
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Friday, October 01 2010

Around the end of August every year, stores begin to flood with flavors and scents that conjure visions of falling leaves, hay rides, and warm cozy evening spent with family and friends. Fall fruits and veggies are an excellent way to bring both health and great taste to your table. Whether you purchase products that are derived from these fall foods or you cook up a healthy fresh serving of them, they are sure to bring to bring the wealth of the season to your taste buds.

 

  • Apples: Apples are a great fruit to enjoy in a variety of ways. A fresh apple can be a great snack as can a slice of apple pie. Apples can even be used to give extra flavor to your favorite pork dish. Not only do they taste, great but they are also extremely beneficial to your health boasting high levels of vitamin C as well as antioxidants. Stay healthy and satisfied this fall by stocking up on a variety of different apples. When you purchase apples for cooking you may want to do a little research to find out which type of apple is best for cooking and which is best for just snacking on. For example, Red delicious apples are great for a snack but not so good for pies or baking. On the other hand the tenderness of a Golden delicious apple is great for baking and pies, but doesn't rank as the absolute best one to snack on.
  • Cranberry: Cranberries also are a great fruit to add to your table during the cooler months. These tart red berries will add zing to your meals. If your unable to find fresh cranberries or don't want to prepare them yourself, many gourmet food retailers will have an abundance of unique and delicious ways to incorporate cranberries into your meals. Besides the fact that cranberries and cranberry infused products taste great, they also have positive effects on your immune system and urinary tract health.
  • Mushroom: Many mushroom growing locations become prime during the cooler and often damper fall months; because of this now is a great time to add more fresh fungi to your diet. Start including mushrooms into your meals by topping steak of chicken with mushrooms sautéed in little olive oil and minced garlic. For those of you who are looking for vegetarian meals, a nice think portabella mushroom grilled or sautéed with your favorite seasonings can serve as the perfect substitute for a burger.
  • Squash: The mere mention of squash often conjures up visions of jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies. While pumpkins carry their weight in palate pleasing properties, there are several types of squash that can add both color and great taste to your cold weather entrees. Try an acorn squash sliced in half and topped with brown sugar or honey and roasted in the oven for a sweet edition to your meal. The sweet pulp of a pumpkin can also be a great addition to cream soups or flavorful risottos. One of the greatest things about winter squash is their ability to do everything from garnish your table, to make dinners, and deserts. Make sure you take advantage of this multi faceted veggie in any form.
 
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