Hello Friends and Happy Cinco de Mayo!
Today you may be tempted to overindulge with the Mexican foods at lunch or dinner, but if you can, please keep these Super Foods in mind.
This list of Super Foods are those that help to “keep us regular” and being regular is having timely and trouble free bowel movements. When we become irregular or have diarrhea and constipation it can cause additional health concerns.
Stress, bacteria, reactions to food or medicines can cause irregularity and there are nutrients other than fiber that can help keep our digestive tracts on track.
- Bananas – fight diarrhea with bananas which is also the first part of BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast) to replace lost minerals
- Chocolate – cocoa in dark chocolate limits the development of fluids that cause diarrhea
- Rhubarb – the root extract relieves diarrhea and also keeps you regular
- Pineapple – cure for constipation
- Apples – fixes both diarrhea and constipation and an unpeeled apple contains 5 grams of fiber to keep the bowels working
- Cereal – whole-grain cereals with fiber softens and bulks up your stools to keep them moving
- Prunes – dried plums are the best natural laxatives
- Beans – eating foods high in fiber such as beans helps avoid diverticulitis
- Cauliflower – prevent constipation with high fiber veggies such as cauliflower, eaten raw or cooked
- Blueberries – high in fiber that is a sure-fire remedy for constipation
- Water – helps fiber soften your stools and helps to move them through the digestive tract
- Artichoke – eases irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – contains fiber, vitamin C and phytochemicals that stimulate bile production
- Papaya – rich in fiber and antioxidants to help soothe IBS
- Yogurt – live bacteria in yogurt helps to digest food and protects from harmful germs
- Chicory – prebiotics is good bacteria for the digestive tract
- Asparagus – vegetable that contains plenty of fiber and helps to keep away constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticulitis
- Almond Milk – regular milk may cause IBS and almond milk is a good alternative
Fiber or roughage refers to the parts of fruits, vegetables and grains that your body can’t digest. There are two types of fiber: Soluable Fiber which helps to whisk away bad cholesterol and absorb carbohydrates. Insoluable fiber passes through your digestive system and keeps your bowels moving smoothly.
Many high fiber foods are low in calories so you can actually eat more to lose weight and stay healthy and they may prevent conditions like constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, diabetes, heart attack, stroke and cancer.
So enjoy the day, eat responsibly and I’ll see ya tomorrow.
Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
Tonight my son and his date will be attending the Appoquinimink Senior High School Prom and he will be staying out much later than he ever has. You know that I won’t get much sleep until he walks back in the door, I’ll be praying that they all have a safe and wonderful time!
Monday is Cinco de Mayo, which isn’t a major holiday in Mexico; but here in America, it’s an excuse to over indulge in Mexican food and to drink lots of beer. So in honor of this holiday, today’s Friday’s Foodie Feature is an easy recipe for Ground Turkey and Bean Burritos.
Ground Turkey and Bean Burritos
1 lb Jennie-O Ground Turkey
1 – package Burrito Seasoning Mix
1 – can of Black or Pinto Beans – drained and rinsed
4 – tortillas
1 – can diced tomatoes or jar of Salsa
1 1/4 cup of water
1 – 8 oz container of Sour Cream
Cilantro and Hot Sauce (optional)
Brown Ground Turkey on medium heat until thoroughly cooked and is no longer pink. Pour in Burrito seasoning mix, add water, stir then simmer uncovered for 6-8 minutes.
In a small bowl add drained and rinsed beans and sour cream, mix together and place in microwave for 3 minutes.
Lay out a tortilla onto a plate, spread beans onto tortilla and add about a 1/2 cup of turkey mixture in center then fold tortilla into a burrito.
Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top then put into the microwave for 2 minutes to melt it.
Top with a spoonful of salsa or diced tomatoes and sprinkle on a little hot sauce if you wish.
Pop open a cold one and enjoy!
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What is your favorite Mexican dish?
Stay Blessed No Stress in 2014!
On Saturday, we took hubby to dinner at Ali Baba Middle Eastern Restaurant in Newark, http://www.alibabacuisine.com . We hadn’t been there since August and being it was Cinco de Mayo most of the students from the University were at Mexican restaurants so we were seated immediately.
The food is authentic Moroccan, very flavorful and everything is made fresh to order so you have to wait a little bit. We sat in the backroom, which is decorated in tapestries and sofa seating, the soft cushions and pillows made it a comfortable wait. Afterwards the wait staff don’t try to rush you out which also makes your dining experience pleasant.
We started with the Stuffed Grapes leaves, my son used the pita bread to wrap his, but they were perfectly warm when they arrived at the table. We each had a different entrée so that we could taste a little of each.
I ordered the Samke Harra, a flaky fresh salmon filet, baked with tahini, garlic, cumin, onion, pine nuts, lemon juice, and parsley. It was served with a side of tabouli salad which contains parsley my favorite herb. Along with a cup of mint tea it was heavenly!
Hubby had the Moroccan Chicken which had a harisa cumin sauce (spicy), served with a side of Eastern rice. It was suggested that he pull back the skin if it was too spicy but he suffered through, sniffling while enjoying this awesome chicken dish.
Tayair had the chicken kabobs, which were cubes of chicken breast marinated and grilled, served on a bed of Middle Eastern rice. He normally doesn’t eat much of anything unless it pizza, but he ate his entire meal without stopping. After he finished his meal, “itis” kicked in and he leaned back, sleepy eyed on the cushions ready to nap!
al-Malik ordered the Lamb & Beef Gyro Pita Wrap from the lunch menu, but after seeing how small it was he decided to take it home. He then ordered the lamb kabobs which were marinated and charbroiled and served on a bed of Middle Eastern rice.
Afterwards we were all fully satisfied with no room for dessert. Can’t wait for the next visit to Ali Baba!