Scrumptious Sweet Potatoes Tips

Sweet-potato-yamNutritionists consider sweet potatoes to be one of nature’s perfect foods. In fact, when it comes to nutritional lists that single out particularly noteworthy foods, sweet potatoes are almost always on those lists.

This starchy vegetable is bursting with vitamin A, fiber, potassium, and phytochemicals, which stave off aging, cancer, and arthritis. Plus, they’re very filling, naturally sweet, and so delicious.

Here’s how to make sweet potatoes healthier, without ruining a good thing with too much sugar and fat:

1. To bring out more natural sweetness, roast, don’t boil, your potatoes.

2. Mash with light sour cream, butter, salt and cinnamon.

3. A standard serving size should be ½ cup.

4. Be sure to significantly reduce, or avoid, popular toppings like marshmallows, too much sugar and too much butter.

5. If you’re whipping your potatoes, try using low-fat buttermilk, that you’ve previously warmed, instead of whole milk.

6. If you want to use a sweetener, opt for brown sugar or honey, which are more natural and better for you than processed white sugar.

7. Lastly, remember to never store sweet potatoes in the refrigerator; doing so can lead to decay, bad flavor, and a more difficult cooking experience.

Reference: Blackdoctors.org

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Ginger Shrimp Skewers Recipe

ginger shrimp skewersIngredients

  • 16 shrimp, large in shells
  • 1 1/2 cup(s) water
  • 1 teaspoon orange peel
  • 3 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar, white wine
  • 1 teaspoon oil, toasted sesame
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, fresh, grated or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper, cayenne
  • 1 clove(s) garlic, minced
  • 16 pea pods, fresh
  • 8 mandarin oranges, canned, sections
  • soy sauce, less sodium

Recipe Tip:

Marinate 1 to 2 hours.

Preparation

1. Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Peel and devein shrimp, leaving tails intact (if desired). In a large saucepan, bring the water to boiling. Add the shrimp. Cover and simmer for 1 to 3 minutes or until shrimp are opaque. Drain. Rinse shrimp with cold water; drain.

2. Place shrimp in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow bowl. Add the orange peel, orange juice, vinegar, oil, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper, and garlic to bag. Seal bag; turn to coat shrimp. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 2 hours.

3. Place pea pods in a steamer basket over boiling water. Cover and steam for 2 to 3 minutes or just until tender. Rinse with cold water; drain.

4. Drain shrimp, discarding marinade. Wrap each shrimp with a pea pod. On each of eight 6-inch skewers, thread 2 wrapped shrimp and 1 mandarin orange section. If desired, serve with soy sauce.

Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 44, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 58mg, Dietary Fiber: 0g, Total Fat: 1g, Carbs: 2g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Protein: 7g
Recipe found at Everyday Health

A Must Try

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More Omega 3’s

Spinach, Kale, and Leafy Greens

Add the omega-3 fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) to the nutritional benefits found in leafy greens. A spinach salad, a side of sauteed collard greens, and lettuce on a sandwich all boost ALA intake. That’s good because fatty acids don’t just promote heart health. Studies now suggest they may help other conditions, including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis

Seaweed

The same omega-3 fatty acid that’s found in cold-water fish can be found in seaweed and algae. Although seaweed salad can often be found on the menu at sushi restaurants, you might find it in the refrigerated case in the grocery store, too. You’re more likely to get the benefits of algae from a daily supplement. Both are good sources of omega-3s for vegetarians.

Bread, Cereal, and Assorted Grains

Pantry staples such as bread, cereal, and pasta are now available with added omega-3s. These functional foods let people eat fatty acids at every meal. It’s a good idea, though, to get at least some omega-3s in whole foods such as fish, flaxseed, soybeans, nuts, and greens.

Reference:WebMD

Healthy Tips While Watching the Super Bowl!!!

Jerrynoback                                                            Fitness Guru Jerry Anderson sent me his Super Bowl Tips….A way to stay Healthy and Party while watching the Super Bowl!!! Super Bowl Eating Tips..
5 WAYS TO SNACK – AND NOT GET SACKED
1. Before the players come out the shoot – Have Some Fruit. 2. When you see Ray Lewis celebrate – Hydrate. 3. When the 49ers come out with their swagger – Hit the Vegetable Platter. 4. When the Harbaugh brothers greet – Have Some Lean Meat. 5. After Beyonce Sing – Have a Little Bit of Everything. REMEMBER: DON`T GET SACKED ON SUPER BOWL SUNDAY – BECAUSE THOSE HABITS, WILL CARRY INTO MONDAY.