A vegetarian diet has many benefits including reducing the suffering of animals in factory farms around the world, a reduction in heart disease, cancer and stroke, a decrease in body weight and a decrease in cholesterol. To celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month in October plan on making some changes to the way you eat.
If you are not a vegetarian follow these tips to celebrate the month:
Replace one meat based dish each day with a vegetarian dish.
Choose one day a week to have only vegetarian meals.
Introduce a new vegetable to your family meals each week.
Cook more often with grains.
If you are vegetarian you can celebrate by:
Bring a vegetarian dish to the office to share with your co-workers at least once during the month.
Try a new vegetable at least once a week.
Organize a neighborhood pot luck with only vegetarian meals.
Increase the number of fruit based meals you consume during the month.
Many people don’t realize that mushrooms are a type of gilled fungus that grows with our without stems above ground in the soil or on another food source. There are many varieties but they all produce tiny spores that spread the fungus on the ground.
There are many varieties of mushrooms, each variety has a unique taste but all of them are healthy and nutritious. They are fat-free, gluten-free, low calorie and contain vitamin D, riboflavin, niacin, selenium and potassium. Many people use mushrooms as a meat substitute.
There are many recipes that include mushrooms and below you’ll find a few of our favorites.
The folks at WellCat.com have created the “More Herbs, Less Salt Day” on August 29th. Reducing your salt intake is a healthy goal and using herbs as a substitute is a good idea. Consider making salt substitute herb mixes for friends and family who need to reduce the salt in their diet!
Some of the herbs you can use when creating your own salt substitute are chives, basil, cilantro, thyme, sage, parsley, marjoram, bay leaves and oregano. We have compiled a list of sites that will help you create your own herb mix.
According to Dr. David Grand, an associate professor of diagnostic imaging with the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I. wire bristles from grill brushes can make their way into barbequed food and can cause severe harm.
If someone eats food containing the wire bristles it can work it’s way down the throat and into the digestive track leaving damage behind. Some people have had to have surgery to remove the bristles and repair the damage.
Everyone loves a good outdoor barbeque or a summer picnic in the park or at the beach. What we don’t love is the illnesses that can result from improper food preparation or storage when the heat rises. According to the CDC approximately one in six Americans each year get sick from food borne illnesses and 128,000 are hospitalized.
To protect yourself and your guests during outdoor gatherings follow a few simple rules:
Wash your hands with soap and water before and after handling and cooking food.
Wash fruits and vegetables before your outdoor event.
Use a meat thermometer to make sure your meat reaches a safe internal temperature.
Do not leave any food out in the summer heat longer than two hours. This includes cooked, non-cooked and fresh produce.
Keep coolers packed with ice to store food and keep them closed as much as possible.
Purchase and use food domes to keep the bugs away.
Provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand to keep guests hydrated.
Keep raw meat covered and do not reuse platters or plates that once held raw food.
Do not provide dressings or dishes that use raw or undercooked eggs.
These simple rules will help you keep your family and friends healthy and happy so that they can enjoy the warm summer months!
Georgia is understandably proud of their blueberries. Their growing season is the longest and it lasts from late April through the end of July. Most of the blueberries grown in Georgia are of the Highbush and Rabbiteye varieties. Not only are blueberries delicious but they are healthy too. Following are some of our favorite recipes incorporating blueberries.
Nothing makes your mouth water more than the thought of breaking out the grill after a long hard winter. Warm weather is finally becoming a reality so naturally we start to think about healthy ways to enjoy barbecued food this summer.
We have done the homework and found some lovely, delicious barbecue recipes that the whole family will enjoy. If you have a recipe you would like to share with our readers please add it to the comment section of this post!
Everyone knows that a healthy diet includes fiber but most of us don’t know how to get enough for healthy digestion.
How much fiber do you need? The USDA recommends 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories consumed. It’s a good idea to check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet especially if you have any gastrointestinal diseases.
To increase your fiber intake add the following fresh items to your daily diet:
You can add fruit to cereal, yogurt and desserts and vegetables and beans to soup, stews, sandwiches, casseroles and other dishes.
Make sure to add more water to your diet while you increase fiber and be aware that, initially, you may have more gas than usual.