Medifast Diet Tips – Commonly Asked Questions About Fruit, Alcohol and Splenda on the Medifast Plan

The Medifast diet is one of the most popular meal replacement diets on the market that delivers to your home. It’s known for offering safe, ultra-fast weight loss (up to 5 pounds a week).

But if you’re thinking about trying the Medifast weight loss diet, there are a few things you should know first like how it works and if you can have alcohol or fruit on the diet.

With that in mind, here are the most commonly asked questions (and answers) about this diet:

#1 How Does The Medifast Diet Work?

You eat 5 Medifast “meals” per day plus one lean and green meal that you add in yourself (lean protein and veggies).

Medifast meals consists of a variety of shakes, bars, entrees, puddings, snacks, pancakes and even cookies or brownies. These meals are higher in protein than standard meal replacement bars and low in fat. So you don’t get hungry and you feel fuller for longer.

Another thing that helps is that you’re eating every 2 – 3 hours so you keep your metabolism high.

#2. Do I Have To Eat the Lean and Green Meal at Night?

No. You can eat any of the meals, including the lean and green meal, in any order that you like. You must eat a meal every 2 to 3 hours however to prevent your metabolism from slowing down.

So you could have your lean and green meal in the morning if you want – or even break it up throughout the day.

#3. How Much Weight Can I Lose on Medifast?

You can expect to lose between 2 – 5 pounds a week during the first 2 weeks (so up to 10 pounds in 2 weeks is possible). After that your weight loss should level off a bit to about 1 – 3 pounds per week.

#4. Can I Eat Fruit on Medifast Diet?

Unfortunately no. According to Medifast, the high sugar content in fruit (technically fructose) can throw off your weight loss progress. So it will have to wait until after the diet and you’ve reached your goal.

#5. Can I Eat Splenda On A Medifast Diet?

Yes – you can have 1 package of artificial sweetener in your coffee or tea daily.

#6. What If I Don’t Have Time To Make the Lean and Green Meal?

No problem. Medifast has recently introduced several frozen meals that fit the requirements of the lean and green meal. They’re microwaveable and ready in a few minutes.

This cuts down on the meal preparation and is a great option if you’re too busy to cook – but still want to try Medifast.

#7. Can I Have Alcohol On This Diet?

Unfortunately no. There’s no alcohol allowed on Medifast. Like fruit, you’ll have to wait until after you’ve reached your goal to indulge a bit.

#8. Can I Choose My Own Medifast Meals Or Am I Stuck with “Favorites”?

You can choose your own favorite Medifast meals if you know what you want and customize your package that way.

#9. What Happens When I Reach My Goal?

Medifast has both a transition and a maintenance program that is designed to safely wean you off the diet and back on to regular food without regaining the weight.

#10. How Much Does Medifast Cost?

While this is dependent on certain things like current specials, in general, Medifast runs about $11 a day. This includes all 5 meals plus the online support and tools like message boards, recipes and more.

This doesn’t include the cost of your own lean and green meal.

So those are some of the most frequently asked questions on the Medifast diet. While this diet can be strict – you do get very fast results. And it’s incredibly easy to follow with lots of online support to cheer you on to your weight loss goal. Good luck!

Source by Karen Johnston

Five Easy Tips for Beating Festive Season Fat Traps – Without Starving Yourself

Remember that feeling of delicious excitement that we used to feel as kids at the approach of the end of year holidays? Sadly, for many of us it’s been replaced with a sense of dread… and not just at the prospect of opening our credit card bill in January!

For some an even bigger fear awaits – the prospect of facing the bathroom scale after weeks of festive food and drink.

It wasn’t for nothing that they once called holidays like Christmas “feast days”. Back in medieval times these feasts were rare islands of indulgence in oceans of famine lasting for months.

In the developed world these days, the closest we get to famine is when we work through lunch. It can be a battle to keep our weight under control in the face of everyday food temptations. End of year feasts can tip us right over the edge.

But it need not be like that. Here are five simple tips to beat the festive season fat traps… and the inevitable guilt that follows. You’ll be relieved to hear that none of them involves starving yourself. In fact, the first tip actually advises the exact opposite…

1) Eat a good breakfast

This may seem counter-productive, but this advice applies to everyday life, so why change it over the holidays? Many people sleep in and skip breakfast during the holidays. By the time lunch or dinner comes along they’re ravenous and cram far more into their mouths than they would normally.

I’m assuming, of course that your usual breakfast is a sensible, healthy one. Starting off the day with a stack of pancakes, grits, bacon and six eggs is NOT a good way to start the day, holiday or no holiday!

2) Drink at least eight glasses of water a day

You should be drinking plenty of water each day anyway. Over the holidays this is even more important.

We all tend to drink more alcohol or sugary sodas over holiday periods. I’m not going to be a killjoy and suggest you deny yourself these indulgences, but try to alternate each “bad” drink with a glass of water. If it’s a glass of sparkling mineral water, with a slice of lime in it, you won’t look or feel out of place. Your head and stomach will thank you the next morning.

3) Fill up on fiber

Drink one of you eight or more glasses of water half an hour to forty minutes before the main meal, along with a fiber supplement. There’s no need to buy an expensive, over-hyped diet aids like ZetaCap or FiberThin, either. A product like Metamucil is far cheaper and just as effective.

You’ll feel fuller by the time the food arrives, so you’ll eat less. And thanks to the additional fiber in your diet, the food won’t hang around in your digestive system for as long, which means less of it will be absorbed to eventually find its way onto your waist or thighs.

4) Pace yourself

This applies to the festive season as a whole and to each of the big meals you encounter over this period. By all means enjoy these feasts, but resist the temptation to turn every day between Thanksgiving and New Year into a feast day.

When presented with a table groaning with all manner of delectable treats, the natural response is to heap your plate high with as much of everything you can fit on it. Go instead for more, but smaller helpings. Have a slice of turkey with some greens. Then go back for a slice of gammon and potatoes. Hmm, that sauerkraut looks good…

Chew slowly and talk to your friends and family. Feasts are by their nature leisurely affairs. Use this to your advantage and take your time. This way your stomach will have plenty of time to register that it’s full, which is not the case when you scoff down a huge plate of food.

The bonus is that you actually get to enjoy dessert, rather than forcing it down out of sense of obligation.

5) Take a hike

Yes, the holidays do offer more culinary temptations. But they also offer more opportunities for fun, fat burning activities.

Go for a leisurely swim or walk on the beach if you live in a warm climate. If not, take a relaxing hike in the woods with your kids. Or cuddle up to your significant other in front of a blazing fire… which is sure to lead to one of the most effective and enjoyable forms of exercise!

Happy holidays!

Source by Alan Cooper

Vegetable-Barley Omelet Recipe

Vegetable-Barley Omelet

A heart-healthy breakfast for egg lovers. This omelet has a contribution from every food groups except fruit. There’s barley from the Breads, cottage cheese from Dairy, eggs and beans form the Meats group, corn and peppers and salsa from the vegetables group. Try this for a Sunday brunch.

But don’t stop here. With some crusty bread and a green salad, it’s a wonderful light supper. If you have fruit for desert, you’ve got an entire Eating Right Pyramid on your plate!


2 teaspoons olive oil

7 large eggs (or 1 ¾ cups egg substitute or 3 whole large eggs plus 8 large egg whites)

1 cup 1% lowfat cottage cheese

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 ¼ cups canned and drained black or red kidney beans (or dry beans soaked, cooked and drained)

¾ cup fresh-cut or frozen whole kernel corn, thawed

½ cup finely chopped green or red pepper

¼ cup minced fresh cilantro



1 medium ripe, avocado, peeled, diced, and tossed with 1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 cup commercial salsa

½ cup nonfat sour cream



Preheat oven to 400o. Brush a 9-inch cast-iron or ovenproof skillet with olive oil; set aside.

Combine eggs or egg substitute, cottage cheese, salt, and pepper in container of an electric blender; process until smooth.

Layer barley, beans, corn, green pepper, and cilantro in skillet; pour egg mixture evenly over surface, allowing mixture to seep through layers. Bake uncovered for 30 minutes or until puffed and set. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into wedges.

Top each serving evenly with avocado, 2 tablespoons salsa, and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Variation: 1 ½ cups sliced and cooked new potatoes may be substituted for the beans and corn.

Per serving: 270 calories, 11g fat (2 g saturated), 190 mg Cholesterol, 435 mg Sodium, 16g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 8 g fiber, 435 mg Sodium

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Source by Khoo Sin Dee

Food on a Cocktail Stick – 5 Combinations Perfect For Kids Parties

Cocktail sticks are the perfect way to serve food when aiming for a successful kids birthday party, (as long as they are not so young that they poke themselves in the eye of course). Naturally to appreciate the flavors they are best eaten in one mouthful, but kids are less adventurous, particularly when young, so it is important that the individual ingredients, which I think you will find all of these will, appeal to the palettes of our little picky eaters.

Below are my favorite cocktail stick combinations which are always a hit at my own parties.

The ingredients listed are in order of spiking.

#1 Hawaiian Pizza

o Cube of ham or concertinaed strip

o Piece of canned pineapple

o Cube of cheddar cheese

#2 Bangers & Mash (serve hot or cold)

o Piece of sausage, the regular kind, not the hot dog variety

o Dip into tomato sauce (ketchup)

o Piece of roasted potato or oven baked potato gem

Tip: If you use roasted potato you can cut them to provide a flat base for standing up, if using a potato gen just spike in the reverse order so that the sausage piece provides an even base for standing upright.

#3 Banana Pillows

o Thick slice of banana (tossed in lemon to prevent browning)

o Dip in chocolate sauce

o Whole marshmallow

#4 Cheeseburger Balls

o Piece of cheese, I use mozzarella

o Meatball, homemade or the pre packaged variety

o Dip in tomato sauce (ketchup)

o Small square of toast

Tip: Personally I like to pop the piece of cheese on the meatball and then melt under the grill before constructing. And, if you fancy a bit of a more grownup flavor then rub a clove of garlic that has been cut in half over the bread before toasting too, so so yummy.

I’ve left my personal favorite till last. Every single party my mother ever threw for us kids had these, hence the name Blast From the Past, so they always bring out the childhood memories for me. Perhaps they are a strange English party treat because I have certainly had a few weird looks from parents at the parties I have thrown for my own kids here in Australia, but trust me they are totally delish, and if per chance the kids don’t like them, you can put your feet up at the end of the party and joyfully scoff the lot.

#5 Blast from The Past

o Half a glazed cherry

o Piece of canned pineapple

o Cube of cheddar cheese

One day I aspire to put the entire party menu on a stick, hmm, now that has really go the creative juices flowing.

Source by Sarah Gasu

Kid Wrestling Tournament – Concessions

Focus on simplicity for everything including the concession stand. Consumers balk when presented too many choice. Variety maybe the spice of life, but it can also make for a difficult concession stand. Focus on one or two meal type items, no more than five beverage selections, one or two healthy items and three to five snack items.

“It’s really hard to design products by focus groups. A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” – Steve Jobs Business Week May 12, 1998

Now, I wouldn’t want to work for Steve Jobs or even spend time with him, but he did move a lot of product. So, I figure why make life complicated? Don’t spend your time making hot dogs, pizza, sloppy Joes, walking tacos, loaded baked potatoes and gyros just to have some of each left over. It’s too complicated.

Beverages – This used to the most profitable area. Back in the days of fountain soda, when the cup costed more than the liquid inside it. Many high school no longer have soda fountains and few youth programs are going to have access to them. Today it’s more common for people to donate cases of soda, water or sports drink and resell the individual containers for $1 to $2. I see events mark water and soda at $1 and sports drinks at $1.50. Great, now you have to make change and deal with quarters on half your transactions. Do this and make your like easier. The water is the healthiest item and if they want to pay extra for sugar-water, let them. If it’s donated items the margin is the same at $1 for all items.

Water $1

Soda $1

Sports Drink $1 or $2, not $1.25, $1.50 or $1.75.

Coffee $1

Meal Item – If someone is hungry and is captive, meaning they can’t run home or too a restaurant, you can sell them Pita bread and hot sauce for $2 and they will be happy. Their goal is to wrestle, watch wrestling or coach wrestling. If they were here for the food, they would be somewhere else. Pick one or two items and lean towards one.

Sloppy Joe $2 or $3 – Standard fare.

Pizza $2 – take and bake will have a higher margin than delivery

Pizza can be easy.

Hot dog $2 – Misc meat tubes floating in green water is proof spectators will eat anything.

Ham and Cheese on a Bun $1 or $2 – This was a staple when I was a kid. They would pop it in a microwave for ten seconds and I would get a delicious treat. I recommend saving labor and using larger bun to charge $2.

Bowl of Chilli $2 or $3 – Cheap, simple, and not common.

Loaded Baked Potato $2 or $3 – Cheap, simple and not common. I saw a lot of left overs on this. It takes 3 hours to bake 70 potatoes, so you can’t make more in a hurry.

Walking taco $2 or $3 – Cheap, but a little more complicated at the point of assembly

Healthy Snack – This is one area where I would do something more complicated. Why, because these are kids and nutrition is tightly tied to wrestling at all levels especially youth wrestling. I think every youth tournament should be offering a healthy option. This is not saying you need to offer a salad bar, a yogurt and a fruit option. Pick one or two of the items below.

Zip lock bag of grapes $1 – Buy in bulk from grocery store or warehouse like Costco or Sams, wash and bag the day before.

Grapes are a healthy snack for a wrestling tournament.

Individual bags of baby carrots $1 – Pre packaged. You are counting on Mom to help get these purchased they don’t go fast. Have a bottle of ranch dressing with condiment cups to help get these sold.

Bananas $1 – Self wrapped, healthy and no labor. What more could you ask for.

Apples $1 – Wash them and put a sign saying so.

Oranges $1 – I have trouble buying oranges for home. It seems like a crap shoot on getting the sweet juicy ones or the dry yucky ones. Also pealing an orange with a hand that has just been wrestling can be yuckiery still.

Just Plain Snacks – Chips, cookies, candy bars, hot liquid cheese, gummy stuff, donuts, licorice, or you name it. Unless you are getting people to donate these items as well, these are your lowest margin items. Don’t put too much time into them. Get a chocolate item, a sugar item and bag of chips. If someone is dying for a Snickers and all you have is an almond Hershey bar, do you think he is walking away without spending money? No, he is getting a bowl of chili with a diet soda and thinking he is healthy for not buying the Hershey bar. You come out $1 ahead on the Chili versus the Snickers bar. Pick three to five of these items. Remember keep it simple.

Chocolate Based Candy Bar $1 – Staple snack food.

Sugar Based Candy $1 – Skittles, Starburst, Smarties…

Cookie $1 – This is a snack, don’t get oatmeal raisin, unless you want a lot of oatmeal raisin cookies at your house.

Doughnut $1 – It’s usually morning so these can sell well. They look like work to me and picking up the day seems complicated.

Chips $1 – Go simple, just chips. I often buy nachos with the hot liquid cheese, but I know it’s bad for me. From the sales side it looks like a hassle.

Have a cash box ready for the day. Remember everything you include that is not an even dollar amount slows down the process, forces people to do mental math and increases the chance you run out of nickles. Also think about the clean up process in the gym when considering pop corn.

Source by Derrick Montplaisir

Social Media Marketing: A New Era of the Booming Online Business Industry

You need new and inventive ways to connect with your customers and prospects. Social media is currently a very powerful tool to reach the masses.There are many ways to utilize social media. A highly utilized method is through influencer advertising. If you think it won’t work, just look at the thousands of companies that are having successes with it. Every organization and business is now connected via social media.

Having owned Physical Therapy clinics in the past, I wish I had known social media marketing strategies as I have now. Looking back on what was accomplished with conventional marketing, (advertising in local papers, radio, bringing lunch to doctors, distributing flyers and business cards, etc.) I would have grown my private practice better with this powerful tool. Being a business owner opened my mind to self sufficiency and to always seek out better ways to position myself towards my lifestyle goals.


The best advertising method of all times is word of mouth. It costs nothing for someone to tell someone else about your products or services. Another advantage of word-of-mouth marketing is that it keeps you on your toes. You must ensure customer satisfaction for them to refer your company to others. Influencer marketing goes along the line of a friend telling a friend about an experience with a product or a service.

First you start by identifying strategic individuals within your target market. These people are going to influence others. The idea is unpretentious- instead of Taco Bell telling you how amazing their new Taco is, a spectacular review from a famous food critic can do more. The food critic is the influencer. In this hypothetical scenario, Taco Bell uses them to generate influencer marketing.


One example of influencer marketing is a company called Fab Fit Fun. This company sends out monthly box subscriptions to those who love their products. Now, you never know what is in these boxes. It could be anything from a scarf, to a throw, and even some make up and perfume. Many people are leery about monthly subscriptions that charge directly to their credit cards monthly. These boxes automatically ship whether you want it or not. So how does this company overcome this hurdle? Well, they get celebrities like Rhianna and Tori Spelling to do influencer advertising for them. A simple video of Tori Spelling opening her box subscription, going through each item enthusiastically and then sharing it on her social media network just made this subscription system a hit.

Another company came up with an idea. The Younique cosmetic company came up with a product, a mascara that gave a dramatic lift to the eyes. Now, there are more companies out there who have the same product. How did they step up their game? Their Moodstruck 3-D fiber lashes looks great on just about anyone.

To prove their point, they gave out free mascara tubes to the general public. All these recipients had to do was to post a video of themselves on social media using the mascara. What happened next was history. The company had so many orders that they were on back order for six weeks. Every woman wanted to increase their lash volume. By showing how well this mascara does, the company created a hype. The demand was overwhelming.

Now, I kind of went all girl here. Mascaras and Fab Fit Fun. However, this is just a few of the many creative ways that companies conjure to move their product on the market. What made their strategy work?

It was providing VALUE. By providing more value than the other companies and being talked about on social media gave them an edge over their competitors.


We have heard of ordinary people posting simple funny videos on You Tube, Facebook, Pinterest, on Instagram which goes viral by simply being shared multiple times on all social media networks. This just proves that people are watching. They are hanging out on social media. They see products, events, and they share it on their social media circles. This is very powerful.

It is no wonder that during the past few years, big online retailers like Amazon, Wayfair, and the rest have utilized social media advertising. Even brick and mortar businesses like Best Buy, Target, Walmart, have gone online to expand their market. It is sad to contemplate that it is also due to this era of online advertising that many companies have to close their doors. The competition has become rabid. Those who do not step up to the plate lose. The most recent one closing as you might have heard is Hhgregg.


What if you can be the influencer in your online business? Yes, you can be the Key Player in this success. Yes, it is more than possible. This is how many online entrepreneurs have positioned themselves as the experts, coaches and founders of online business systems which has created wealth for themselves and others they have mentored.

How many times do you see pop up on your Facebook page “sponsored” ads of webinars, free E-books, free courses, free videos or free reports? This is the power of social media at work.

The new era is here. An average entrepreneur can leverage his advertising budget by effectively using social media to his advantage. This is because customers hang out on social media networks. This is a very effective way of reaching out to to prospects and introducing your product or services.

Moreover, if your ad also comes with an added value, customer response is overwhelming. It is going above and beyond what everyone else offers. This has been proven many times by local businesses offering products and services. A free dental cleaning coupon from a dentist can end up in a 4-5k sales in orthodontics or other dental services because of the one free offer.

Online coaches and online business experts who offer free webinars have been known to make thousands of dollars from memberships or purchases made by participants in one webinar alone. I sure have attended some of them, and although I have never really purchased a product or a system initially, it had opened my eyes to the possibilities. There are ways to earn income online and work your way to a passive and residual income.

Whether your goal is just to make extra income to supplement your current one or to make it a full time occupation, there are multitudes of systems and programs that you can get started with online. Many have plunged into online businesses full time and never looked back.

The key is to find your niche, find what feels good and right for you. Explore your passion, your talents and your goals. Then act on it. That first step is always the hardest.

Most successful online entrepreneurs not only “engage” in their business; they also “live” it.

After all, it is up to us to explore all possibilities and take advantage of opportunities presented to us. With the onset of the Social Media Marketing Evolution, the future of digital marketing is here.

Source by Lovena Suson

Strange Korean Foods: Pig Guts Soup

Having spent the better part of five years in Korea you can believe I’ve eaten plenty of strange Korean foods.

Live octopus? Sure. Tube worm? You bet. Pickled jellyfish? Delicious.

These are all fine examples of curious Korean cuisine and worth a try if you find yourself in the Land of Morning Calm. Granted, they may not be as accessible as, say, a hamburger or fried chicken, but they’re lots more interesting!

If you’re looking for a more adventurous meal let me recommend one of my favorite strange Korean foods.

Pig Guts Soup

Chances are even if you know next to nothing about Korean food you’ve at least heard of kimchi and Korean barbecue. Both are deserving of their fame and a definite treat for the taste buds.

Korean barbecue is particularly delicious: Imagine meaty cuts of pig that fall somewhere between pork chops and bacon in taste and consistency grilled right at your table. A fabulous foody experience.

But after you’ve butchered a pig for barbecuing there’s still plenty of meat leftover. From the hooves to Wilbur’s inner-workings, you’ve got lots of good eating still to do.

Koreans are big on making the most of every pig they butcher and nowhere is that more evident than in a bowl of pig guts soup.

When you dig into this strange Korean food you’ll find discover a bounty of pig intestine, liver, and bits of pork. It is quite literally a bowl of pig guts.

How does it taste? Well, the flavor isn’t as strong as you’d probably imagine, although every time I’ve enjoyed this dish there is the faintest aftertaste of manure.

It isn’t overpowering, mind you, but it’ unmistakably there. I suppose that shouldn’t come as a shock. I mean, you are after all eating a pig’s digestive track.

Like a lot of Korean cuisine you can choose to spice up pig guts soup with red pepper paste. A dollop of this ubiquitous condiment gives the dish some kick and helps to mask the aftertaste.

A Piggy’s Tale

Traditionally, pig guts soup was most popular amongst peasants, farmers, and laborers. It still has a reputation as “peasant food”.

This plebeian history tends to be reflected in the clientele scarfing down pig guts soup today. A typical restaurant serving the stuff will offer a good cross-section of low-income Korean society: poor college students, gritty blue collar types, factory workers, and folks who enjoy life’s simpler pleasures.

A bowl of pig guts soup will run you about 6,000 won at most restaurants. You won’t need to break the piggy bank to enjoy it. In addition to an affordable price, this strange Korean food does a good job of keeping you full.

I’m not sure if intestines are just very filling, but after a bowl of pig guts soup I’m set for hours.

Pass the Pig Guts Soup

If you’re up for this culinary adventure pig guts soup is easy to find throughout Korea. Just look for “naeg jeong mari guk bap” on the menu and prepare for the local’s eyes to bug when you place your order.

From my experience I’ve found that the dingier the restaurant looks the more delectable the dishes tend to be. So find yourself a dive and dig in!

Source by T Paul Buzan

Wok this Way! (Part 1 of 5)


Woks have been synonymous with Chinese cooking since the emergence of Chinese cuisine. They have been used for some 3000 years in China for a variety of cooking methods, including stir frying, boiling, and steaming. A wok is a large, thin-walled, round-bottomed, metal cooking pan, and shaped like a shallow bowl with handles. The addition of a wooden rack and cover transforms the wok into a steamer. Although woks come in sizes ranging from 10 to 32 inches in diameter, a wok that’s 11 to 14 inches should suffice for use in a household kitchen.

With the increasing popularity of Chinese cuisine, there are now many “Westernized” versions of the wok. There is the addition of a metal ring, which is set on top of a gas or electric stove to hold the wok to prevent tipping. Some have a small flat bottom instead of the traditional round bottom, for the same reason. The new versions will get the job done, but the “traditonal” large round-bottomed woks are still, by far, the preferred wok of choice.

Since the essence of Chinese cuisine is to achieve food tenderness through quick cooking to retain the natural taste, flavor, and color of the ingredients, the wok’s ingenious unique design makes it a perfect fit in Chinese cooking. Its bottom concentrates heat to achieve 2 objectives: 1) to direct the heat at the food, while sealing in the flavors and allowing food to be cooked evenly, and 2) to allow cooking food quickly with very little oil. The stir fry cooking technique shifts food around the wok quickly, coating it with oil during cooking, as opposed to using a flat frying pan where a lot more oil is required. Consequently, cooking with a wok is essential for a healthy diet. It also has curved sides to keep in food that is being tossed and flipped during stir frying. Food, when cooked, may be moved up the sloping side of the wok to stay warm without cooking further, while other food is cooked at the bottom. It is also ideal for deep frying as it requires less oil than any other kitchen cookware to do the job.

Next, in Part 2 of Wok this way!, we’ll go over selecting a wok.

Source by Helen Fan

The Truth About Danish Pastry and the Diabetic Friendly Bakery

Desserts not only make a meal more exciting. Overall, desserts are simple foods that have the ability to make life a little sweeter than the usual. Cakes and pies are the on the top of the list when it comes to this. However, aside from cakes and pies, there are other desserts that are really irresistible to the taste. One of which comes from Denmark. They call it Fruit Danish.

What is a Danish Pastry? Where did it exactly come from? How healthy is a it?

Basically, a Danish Pastry was said to originate in Vienna and is popular as a sweet pastry treat. It was called wienerbrod, a term which translates as Viennese Bread. Known in Spanish speaking countries as factures, the Danish Pastry is called facturas.

It was believed that it came from Denmark and its popularity reached its neighboring countries in the Scandinavian region. Each country made its version of this popular pastry.

A Danish Pastry is made from the usual ingredients of a pastry like eggs, milk, yeast and flour. The amount of butter is greater than the usual to give that extra flavor in the pastry. Once the dough is made, it is then thinly rolled out. Melted butter is spread on the thin dough and folded in many layers. This process is done to make the dough easy for use later on. However, it is repeated to come up with a pastry that is flaky and fluffy. More butter is spread for flavor. As for the shaping of the pastry, the common Danish Pastry has a circle in the middle to hold the toppings in place. Other bakers make the pastry in spirals or figure-eights for variety.

Adding to the taste of the Danish Pastry is its topping. A wide selection of toppings can be added to make these delights more flavorful. Common toppings include sweet additions like chocolate, custard and icing. There are also toppings that come with a tangy twist such as fruits or jam. For a creamier taste, some go for cream cheese.

Of course, as much as anyone would like to have Danish Pastry, the sweetness and the calorie content that this pastry offers is an issue. For healthier options, specialized bakeries, such as the diabetic friendly bakery use alternatives in their ingredients. Instead of using ordinary flour, they use the more nutritious version of it which is the whole wheat flour. When it comes to sweeteners, ordinary sugars only load up to the calories so they use alternative sweeteners such as xylitol.

These options provide a healthy way to enjoy the Danish Pastry. Health conscious people as well as diabetics are now able to eat Danish Pastry without the guilt when they visit the diabetic friendly bakery.

To your enjoyment of the diabetic friendly bakery!

Source by Bobbie Hamilton

Where Can I Find Alkaline Diet Recipes?

When you first discover the alkaline diet and its many benefits – from great levels of energy and vitality to its anti-aging properties, great digestion, disease prevention and a general uplift in health – the natural question is “Where can I find alkaline diet recipes?”

The refreshing answer is that many recipes and meals that you already know and enjoy can be made more alkaline by making some simple substitutions of foods that are alkaline.

Following the alkaline diet means swapping acidic foods like meat, dairy, refined sugars and fats and other processed foods for alkaline foods such as vegetables, leafy greens, some fruits and nuts and seeds.

So for example, you can make an alkaline version of spaghetti Bolognese by swapping the minced beef for brown lentils, swapping the jar of processed Bolognese tomato sauce for a home-made version containing tomatoes, herbs and spices, some flax oil, onions and a few other unprocessed, natural ingredients blended together and swapping the durum wheat spaghetti for raw courgette noodles made with a vegetable specialize.

Another fantastic alkaline diet recipe that is so good it’s hard to believe it’s healthy for you is alkaline banana ice cream: You simply take a bunch of over-ripe bananas, peel them, cut them up into chunks and freeze them. Then when you want to eat the ice cream, take 10 or so of the frozen chunks, blend them in your high-speed blender with a little coconut or almond milk and a teaspoon of mica (a calciferous root vegetable super-food that tastes a little malt-like) if you wish. You could also add some vanilla extract or lucuma powder (custard-tasting super food) to make it more ‘creamy’. Simple, healthy, delicious! It’s truly hard to believe that this ice cream recipe has no dairy in it and the consistency is just like proper ice cream.

A question that is asked a lot is whether or not fruits are alkaline. The simple answer is that it depends: As long as fruits are eaten alone, before any other slower-digesting foods and in the context of an overall vegetable-based diet, then they complement this and help to alkalize your body. If they are not combined properly then they can ferment and cause acidification. So it’s good to inform yourself about optimum food combining protocols.

A good rule of thumb for making recipes alkaline is to keep them as unprocessed as possible – raw, natural ingredients are best – and by substituting meat and dairy products for vegetables and beans, pulses and nuts and seeds.

Some simple swaps you can easily make alkalize your diet and body: Coconut milk for dairy milk; steamed vegetables for rice, pasta and bread; pulses for meat; fruits for refined sugar products; water and herbal teas for coffee, soda and alcohol.

Source by Laura A Wilson