10 Power packed foods for your body!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What is the secret to a long and healthy life? A big part of it is in the food that we eat. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. As you may well know, all foods are not created equal.

If you eat good you can more than likely expect for your body to respond well and when you do not make good food choices you can more than likely expect your body to behave negatively. Choosing and eating the right foods may help increase your life expectancy as well as the quality of your life.

Here are ten of the top power packed foods designed to give you energy, vitality and all around good health, so eat up!

1. Beans – If they give you gas, take precautions before you eat them. Soaking them first can help. Beans of all kinds (kidney, navy, lentils, chickpeas, Northern) are high in protein. This is plant protein so it contains very little fat, carbohydrates and calories.

If fiber is a problem in your diet, eating a healthy portion of beans each day can keep your digestive system healthy. Beans can be prepared and added to recipes in a wide variety of ways from soups to salads.

2. Oatmeal – Oatmeal is coming into popularity as a food that lowers blood cholesterol. You can make it yourself with rolled oats or eat the instant kind if you are in a hurry. If you are worried about too much sugar in the instant type you can also opt for the instant plain oatmeal and add your own sweetener.

Oatmeal is a filling grain that also provides much needed fiber to keep hunger at bay and your blood sugar constant. You can also add to recipes like meatloaf, cookies or muffins.

3. Fruits – Fruits are filled with antioxidants such as Vitamin C and A. Antioxidants fight free radical damage in the body and reduce the risk of cancer. Berries such as blueberries and grapes have the highest amount of antioxidants. But choose an array of fruits in a wide variety of colors for maximum health. The antioxidants in fruit boost the immune system to fight the effects of aging in the body.

4. Allium foods – This class of foods includes garlic, onions, leeks and shallots. Garlic is known for lowering cholesterol. Allium vegetables help guard the body against the risk of cancer and many other ailments. They also help lower blood pressure and prevent blood clots. Eating these power packed vegetables in their natural state especially garlic increases their health benefits. They are also quite tasty and a staple in most of our dishes. Eating healthy never tasted so good

5. Salmon – Eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids reduces the risk of heart disease and other conditions like atherosclerosis. Wild salmon is a fatty fish but it contains good fats that has been proven to improve health in children and adults. Salmon is rich in protein which is of great use after an exercise session to build muscle tissue.

6. Flax seed – Like salmon flax seed contains omega-3 fatty acids. These seeds also contain omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. You get a lot of power to fight high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes when you eat these seeds. Ground flax seed can easily be added to fruit smoothies, sprinkled in yogurt, eaten with cereal or even added to pancake or muffin mix to name a few.

7. Peppers – Peppers contain antioxidants like beta-carotene and Vitamin C. Peppers come in several colors and range from mild and sweet to so hot you will be calling the fire department for assistance. All peppers contain a substance called capsaicin. Capsaicin has the properties of an anti-inflammatory, a pain reliever, lowers cancer risk and heart disease. They are good in raw in salads, salsa and taste wonderful cooked too.

8. Nuts and seeds – Nuts are high in fat but those fats are the good kind. Peanuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and pistachios are all providers of good fats and protein. Crush them into a fine powder and use as a coating instead of higher carb bread crumbs if you like. Nuts help to lower cholesterol. Eat them right out of the shell with no additives.

9. A├žai – This berry has been in the news lately. It is rich in antioxidants and increases energy. You can get more done and look better while doing it. You can get Acai juice and supplements in your health food store.

10. Yogurt – The fat free variety is good for you. Yogurt contains calcium, Vitamin B, and protein. If you don’t drink milk, yogurt is an alternative to get your calcium in to build strong bones and teeth. Live yogurt also contains friendly bacteria to help promote a healthy digestive system. If you don't eat dairy there are soy alternatives.

Building a better healthier body begins with what you eat. Try these super foods to get started on the right foot.

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Delicious Turkey Meatloaf

Monday, September 6, 2010

For dinner tonight I decided to make a yummy turkey meatloaf. I make it several ways so this is just one way we like it.

Seasonings:

Onion powder
Wildtree Meatloaf mix
Wildtree Scampi blend
Wildtree Garlic Pepper blend
Soy Sauce
BBQ sauce

Veggies:

Scallions
Mushrooms (Baby Bella)
Onion
Zucchini
Carrots
Spinach
Sweet Frying Peppers
Celery


Potatoes:
Regular with skin left on after being cleaned.

First I add the ground turkey, soy sauce, bbq sauce, seasoning, onions, mushrooms, peppers and zucchini  in a large bowl. I used 3lbs ground turkey. I mixed well and added some of the seasonings listed above.

Next, in the roasting pan I added a soy sauce and Wildtree Scampi blend then put spinach on top of it. I added more seasoning from those listed above on top of the spinach and layered on some carrots.

Then I started putting the meatloaf mixture on top of the bed of spinach and veggies and left room all around the edges. That is where I place the potatoes and the rest of the chopped up veggies. I added seasoning on the potatoes and then popped it in to the oven on 350 degrees.

Once the meatloaf is almost done I add BBQ sauce to the top and then pop it back in the oven to finish cooking.

It is so delicious and one of our favorites. Also everything is cooked in one dish and tastes great the next day too.















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