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Hello Friends and Happy Monday
High Blood Pressure (HBP) or Hypertension affects around 50 million people in the US. It can cause heart disease, heart failure, strokes and kidney disease. HBP can be controlled with weight loss and eating right, however, sometimes medicines are also prescribed.
If you want to pass on the pills, and keep your blood pressure in check, go heavy on the fruits, veggies, whole grains and fiber. Go light on the salt, red meat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
Adding these foods to your diet can keep your blood pressure in check.
Barley – try eating it plain or added to soups and casseroles. Barley flour has more than 3x the fiber of wheat flour
Celery – reduces cholesterol and relaxes muscles that line blood vessels to ease blood pressure. Contains more sodium than most veggies so don’t go overboard
Broccoli – contains calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C all important fighters against high blood pressure
Dried Apricots – great snack filled will iron, potassium, magnesium, beta carotene and cooper which help to control blood pressure and prevent heart disease
Whole Beets – contains more potassium than bananas which is important for your blood pressure especially if you take diuretics to keep it low
Spinach – guards against so many health conditions including heart disease, lowers cholesterol, fights cancer and much more
Garlic and Onions – flavoring that helps when cutting back on salt consumption but they do more than just add flavor. Onion and garlic keeps blood platelets from clumping together and making the blood sticky
Guava Juice – This tropical fruit is packed with potassium and more than twice the vitamin C of an orange
Sunflower Seeds – loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that stops LDL, the bad cholesterol, stopping it before it can clog arteries
Peanut Butter – contains monounsaturated fat which is better for you than cream cheese, butter or fatty lunch meat, it also fills you up making it less likely that you’ll overeat.
Oatmeal – whole grain and dietary fiber lowers your blood pressure and risk for heart disease
Fish – lowers blood pressure not only the sport of fishing, which is relaxing, but also Omega-3 fatty oil helps to relax blood vessels to make the blood less sticky so it flows easier
Tofu – soy protein helps to bring down blood pressure and can easily be added to your diet
Potatoes – contain kukoamines which is a chemical that lowers blood pressure. Eat boiled, baked or mashed and stay away from fried as in french fries.
Chili Peppers – cayenne and other chilis can slow blood clotting and even dissolve existing clots. Capsaicin can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Changing your diet and eating habits can be hard, but stay Heart Smart and do everything in moderation!
Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!
Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
This week’s Foodie Feature is Slow Cooked Oxtail Stew
Oxtails or tails of cattle is a very popular dish in *South Africa and this bony, gelatin-rich meat is usually slow-cooked. In our Delaware home as soon as the weather cools Oxtails are definitely on the menu-of-must-haves and this is how I slow cook mine.
Unfortunately the cost of Oxtails in the grocery stores can be outrageous which is why I stalk Dutch Country Farmer’s Market to get them!
- Oxtails 6-8 pieces
- Vegetable Broth
- Ground Ginger
- Brown Sugar
- Vegetables: Onions/Celery/Parsley/Carrots
- Canned or Fresh Tomatoes – optional
- Garlic fresh or minced
- Oxtail Seasoning
- Dry Beans or Lentils
- Olive Oil
Put Oxtails into a plastic bag and pour in enough flour to coat, adding as little or as much of the Oxtail Seasoning, Ground Ginger and Brown Sugar according to your tastes. Seal bag and rub all dry ingredients onto Oxtails.
Pour in just enough olive oil to cover bottom of a pan, heat on low and add coated Oxtails turning to brown on all sides.
In the meantime, chop and dice veggies
I also added a little Curry to the browning Oxtails, however, this is optional.
Remove browned Oxtails from the pan, then rinse the lentils or beans. Coat inside the Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier clean up.
Put in the Oxtails…
…add lentils or beans
…top with sliced and diced veggies
Pour in 2 containers of broth or use water seasoned with Beef Bouillon Cubes – enough to cover all ingredients
Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 depending on your Crock Pot/Slow Cooker
I had to work late and none of my men took pictures so I don’t have the finished product, but trust me it was good! You can add any vegetable or potato or omit the beans and serve over rice. No matter how you make it, it’s oh so good and filling especially on a cold winter’s night!
What is your favorite Slow Cooked Stew?
* This post was written only a few hours before Mr. Mandela’s death
RIP “Giant for Justice”
Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!
Today’s Friday Foodie Feature is Hearty Beef Stew made with Crock Pot Seasonings
1 package Crock Pot Hearty Beef Stew Seasoning
2 lbs beef for stewing
5 cups of veggies – potatoes/onions/carrots
1 1/3 cup of water
Dice veggies and cube beef, however, I chose not to cut beef
Place beef and veggies into crock pot – spray with cooking oil or use liner for easy clean-up
Mix seasoning with 1 1/3 cup of water and pour over veggies and beef
If you cubed beef, stir all ingredients well
Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, 4 hours if on high
Come home to a fully cooked meal with a wonderful aroma
Serve with biscuit to sop up the gravy!
Hello Friends and Happy Sunday
I hope you had a good weekend with an opportunity to spend quality time with your family/friends and did something fun and enjoyable. Yesterday, I took my car in for an oil change and Malik was my chauffeur so I took full advantage by having him drive me all around town running errands – it was good being Mommy! I had him drive me to Dunkin Donuts, Dutch Country Farmers Market, Family Dollar, PNC Bank and then finally to Lowe’s it was fun for me, not so much for him.
We gave him Tayair’s old car, remember the 2002 Hyundai Elantra, well you would have thought it was a new Mercedes because when he realized the plants had to ride in the back seat he wasn’t happy! I purchased two hanging baskets, a Color Combo Patio plant, Sweet Basil, Heirloom Tomatoes, Curled Parsley and Cilantro and they rode shotgun in the back seat fully protected by a yard of plastic – it was hilarious!
Hanging baskets – Petunias, Calibrachoa and Lobelia
Curled Parsley – boil and drink like tea it’s great for the digestive system
Cilantro is a wonderful fragrant herb
Basil also keeps the bugs away from your garden
Hibiscus is a perfect patio plant
Love the handles on these hanging baskets
Time to check out
The plants riding in the back seat (along with vacuum cleaner)
Today I cleaned in and around the pool and cleared out my little garden which was overrun with Mint from last year.
Have a wonderful evening – Smooches!
Hello friends, I hope you are winding down from a very productive yet peaceful day. I am still tired and will be heading to bed shortly, I may even miss my favorite show, “Real Husbands of Hollywood”.
Tonight’s easy breezy crockpot meal ingredients were: chicken tenders, diced tomatoes, frozen veggies, rice, and black beans
Spray crockpot with cooking spray, layer chicken, frozen veggies and top with diced tomatoes, no other liquid is needed.
Cover, set to low and cook for 6 hours