Category: health

5 Best Marinades

5 Best Marinades
Once your find a handful of great marinades your life will be easier and more exciting.  Good eating makes life exciting! Quick meal prep times makes life easy.  All of these require only a 5 minute prep time.  This is perfect for the protein driven eater.  Someone trying to cut down on carbs and simply eat protein sources.  Of course, you can add a tasty ready made brown rice or quinoa to the meal.  But I think you are better off marinating, grilling and eating.    Since I do a lot of my dinner prep in the morning while giving breakfast out and making lunches, I really appreciate being able to add brilliant flavor to my protein sources.  I allow it to soak all day, my husband then begins the cooking process while I finish work and when I get home – PRESTO! It is done.  All I really need to do then is teach my husband how long to cook stuff.  Since it is the beginning of grilling season, this game plan works will for me for over next 6 months.  So here are my 5 best marinades...

Letter to Costco Execs: 5 Costco items I love & 5 I need back on the shelf

Costco is awesome!  Most people I know that shop there feel the same way.  If you are a Costco executive reading this, please do not discontinue these delicious items.   These are 5 foods that I can stretch very far and they can easily be incorporated into about 10 different healthy dishes for my family.... Read more »

Does running on a treadmil place less stress on your knees than the pavement?

Does running on a treadmil place less stress on your knees than the pavement?
I have to admit that this does sound like a truthful statement.  But if you think about the physics behind force which is mass x acceleration, you can see how this is a myth.  The amount of force on the joints (the knees and ankles in particular)  is the same whether you are running on... Read more »
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10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00

10 Trader Joe's Picks that total under $30.00
I have a new intern at POW! from the University of Illinois, Department of Kinesiology.  Her name is Christy Ghiselli. We both really love to cook and enjoy vegetables.   I cook for 6 and she is a college student, so budget is a concern for us both.  We also try to do organic as... Read more »

Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?

Are frozen bananas as healthy as fresh?
Bananas are known for their high potassium.  In fact, a large bananas has over 450 mg of potassium.  Fresh bananas are a bit different than buying bananas frozen in the store.  Because commercially frozen bananas are usually blanched before they are frozen, you lose a little bit of the potassium.  Blanching is a process that... Read more »

Is it dangerous to eat too much seafood? My 4 Top Picks

Is it dangerous to eat too much seafood? My 4 Top Picks
When I was pregnant I monitored the amount of fish that I consumed.  I tried to stick to the basic guidelines to avoid the potential of mercury poisoning.  It was a silly consideration, but when you are pregnant you think more thoroughly about things- really just way too much!    So the 3 basic criteria... Read more »
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Should you buy organic? 12 most contaminated foods

Should you buy organic? 12 most contaminated foods
Is organic food really worth it?  I get his question a lot.  I believe it depends on the food.  The biggest motivation to buy organic is to eliminate foods sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizers.  Some people position themselves on the organic side for two reasons.  1.) Minimize their exposure of these chemicals, and 2.)... Read more »

The White Rice Era is Over: Meet Farro, a Perfect Grain

I buy this big bag at Costco.  They carried over the last two summers.  I missed it so much last winter that I ordered it online through amazon.  It was so expensive compared to Costco's bag.  I bought it as Christmas gifts.
There seems to be a grain movement happening in America.  The white rice era is gone, thank god!  Even Chinese restaurants like Dragonfly (on Randolph) are offering brown rice instead of white.  Chicago also has several sushi restaurants playing to the health-minded customer by offering brown and black rice as an option.  One of the most... Read more »

10 Best Tips to Improve Life: Better Body, Better Health

I am happy to be back in the groove of writing my blog again.  I took a needed break from writing not because of the holidays; but due to the construction at my business and since every little illness known to the pre-school community hit my household for the whole month of December. This list... Read more »
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5 Best Breakfast Sandwichs, They save me when my kids steal my breakfast.

Einstein’s Bros Bagels Breakfast Bagel Thins – I like their new one which is under 400 calories too.  It is egg white, swiss, asparagus and mushrooms.  I am not a bacon fan, but it is nice to have options.Wheat Bagel Thin
Calories -- 380
Total Fat -- 25 grams 
Dietary Fiber -- 07 grams
Sugar -- 05 grams
Protein -- 09 grams
Carbs -- 30 grams
I am a firm believer that you must have breakfast before leaving the house.  I would never let my kids out of the house without something in their stomach.  But truthfully, about 1-2 times a week, I cannot get my breakfast made.  It comes down to them or me.  If you are a parent, you... Read more »