Who doesn’t love a gorgeous glazed bundt cake? The sheer volume of most bundt cakes make the choice all the more worthwhile. This luscious cake is filed with apple chunks and cranberries, topped with a sweet lemon glaze and calls for Fuji apples. Fuji is a variety that is large, firm and crisp, which makes them perfect for baking.
Carbohydrates get a lot of bad press! Carbs have been unjustly labeled a food group to avoid by proponents of the ill-advised Atkins/Paleo style diet.
Carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet and ounce for ounce contain fewer calories than either fat or alcohol. Carbohydrates provide energy; they fuel our workouts and provide energy throughout the day. There are two types of carbohydrates: simple and complex.
The difference lies in the fact that commercial processing removes the fiber-rich outer hull and bran in products such as, white rice, white flour, white sugar, white bread, etc. These are some of the foods that are classified as ‘simple carbohydrates’
Fiber slows digestion and simple carbohydrates are digested very quickly, spiking blood sugar and causing a rush of energy, invariably followed soon after by a crash.
We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula.
Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation. Cow’s milk is designed to put nearly two pounds a day onto a growing calf, 40 times the growth rate of human infants (see Formula for Childhood Obesity.)
The perfect food for humans, finely tuned over millions of years, is human breast milk. Remarkably, among all mammalian species, the protein content of human milk is the lowest. The excessive protein content of cow’s milk-based formula is thought to be what sets the child up for obesity later in life.
Pancakes are delicious, quick to the table and really easy to make!
It seems that pancakes have been with us for a very long time.
The ancient Greeks and Romans ate pancakes that were sweetened with honey and in the Elizabethan era pancakes, made from a flour and egg batter were a popular breakfast food flavored with spices, rosewater, sherry and apples.
With origins in the Middle Ages, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, a day of feasting before the beginning of Lent. Traditionally lots of pancakes were eaten as a way to use up eggs, milk and sugar before the 40 days of fasting during Lent.
Delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes made healthy and delicious without eggs or dairy and contain zero cholesterol or saturated fat!
Celebrate your independence from high fat, cholesterol and saturated fat loaded foods with these delightful Red White and Blue Pancakes this 4th of July!
Whether sweet or savory, pancakes are not just for breakfast or brunch anymore. Diners and some restaurant chains are known for serving breakfast any time of day and you can enjoy these tasty and nutritious pancakes any time of the day … or year, too!
Bundt cakes get their distinctive shape from the fluted, grooved tube, baking pan similar to the traditional brioche-like gugelhupfk, which is called bundkuchen in northern Germany.
In 1950, bundt cakes became so popular that Nordic Ware trademarked the name, ‘bundt pan.’ In 1966 Pillsbury sponsored a baking contest where a bundt cake won second place and sales really took off after that.
Rich desserts are traditionally made with butter, eggs and milk. These decadent desserts tend to be notoriously high in fat, calories and cholesterol.
These wholesome and delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls come together quickly with just four ingredients and keep well in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Puff pastry is light and airy with unique properties perfect in many elegant dishes on the party circuit. Easy to use and ready to bake, frozen puff pastry is undoubtedly the simplest route to an endless array of impressive dishes.
It is important to read labels. Some popular brands of puff pastry list unbleached enriched flour as the first ingredient. That is white flour with all of the bran removed, which then has some vitamins and minerals added back. It is best to avoid refined white, flour, bread and rice because they are empty carbs with all of the goodness discarded.
Most brands use lots of butter, which adds cholesterol, saturated fat and excess calories. Equally troubling are the hydrogenated oils and other additives listed on the label of the most popular brand of puff pastry. Hydrogenated oils are trans fats, which increase bad cholesterol (LDL) and decrease good cholesterol (HDL) and also promote inflammation. Continue reading “Delectable Apricot Pastry Rolls ~ Four Ingredients!”
Drinking soymilk is the quick and easy way to get the goodness of soy into your body by replacing unhealthy cow’s milk in coffee, cereal, smoothies and protein drinks!
Humans have taken up the dubious habit of drinking the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is an excellent source of nutrition for calves and will multiply its weight 8 times over in 9 months. Unlike humans, once calves or any other mammalian species are weaned they never drink milk again.
Cow’s milk contains on average three times the protein of human milk and creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences.
The plant based lifestyle and its approach to health, wellness and disease prevention is the focus of Marie Oser’s Blog. Marie has been a food and health features writer and newspaper columnist for major metros and national publications and has been promoting the vegan lifestyle since 1990. This blog space is where she and guest bloggers share information, the latest research and creative natural solutions to issues affecting our health and wellbeing. Oh! And of course delicious vegan recipes that are rich in antioxidants, low in fat, high in fiber and entirely dairy and cholesterol free!