Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Carrots - Part 1

I found this on the Very Well site and want to share it with my carrot lovers.

If you like crunchy snacks, carrots might be the perfect treat.  Carrots are easy to prepare, easy to pack and they don't need to be refrigerated so you can eat them on the go. But there are a few things about carrot calories that healthy eaters should know.
Carrot Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 medium (61 g)
Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Calories 25

Calories from Fat 0

Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g

Monounsaturated Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 42mg
Potassium 195mg
Carbohydrates 6g
Dietary Fiber 1.5g
Sugars 3g

Protein 0.5g

Vitamin A 204% · Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 2% · Iron 1%
*Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Carrots are a healthy, crunchy treat. The veggie is high in fiber and a single serving of carrots contains only 30 calories. Not bad, right? But that's if you only eat a single serving. A single serving might be a small handful of baby carrots or one large carrot.

Low carb dieters and people who need to limit carbohydrate intake might be concerned about the carbs in carrots. There are six grams of carbs per carrot and three grams of sugar, more than many other vegetables. But carrots also provide fiber. So you'll only get 4.5 net carbs per carrot

Friday, January 13, 2017

Potato Masher Twist

'Potato Masher Twist' - a straight down move and then a slight twist of the wrist.

Did you know that potato mashers have more uses than just mashing potatoes?  Well, they do.  I've found just a few and if you think about it I'm sure you can come up with more.  Here are just a couple of things I do beside mashing the potatoes.

When one of my ingredients calls for browned ground beef I've found that you can crumble it by using your trusty old potato masher.  You simply smash down and give it a little twist.  You can do this after the meat is cooked but it's a lot easier if you do it as it's cooking.

When I make my beef veggie soup I like to cook the meat until it's falling apart.  To help it along I use the 'Potato Masher Twist'.  This breaks the meat up to the size you want it to be.

Mixing butter and flour is made a little easier by using the potato masher.  It won't do the job completely but it sure is a quick start allowing you to only use your hands near the end.  This also works with cream cheese.

When I made my sausage balls this year I started my blend of flour, sausage and cheese using the masher.

These are just a few of my uses.  I would love for you to post any other uses you've found for this remarkable little tool.  There is just one thing that I have to warn you about.  Make sure you use the type pictured above.  If you try doing this with one that has holes it will work but not as well and it's a lot harder to clean up.

Waiting to hear from you!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 10 (End)

Oil Rags and Hand Cleaner

If we may state the obvious: Cars are dirty. And in inclement weather like rain or snow, they're even dirtier. In the case of a tire change or even more minor problems, save your clothes—and the inside of your car—by packing four or five rags and some hand cleaner in your emergency car kit.

Monday, January 9, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 9

Wool or Mylar Blanket

Having a spare wool blanket in the car will go along way to keeping you and your grandkids warm if you break down in the dead of winter. The American Red Cross suggests stocking your emergency kit with a mylar, or space, blanket, which is designed to reflect 80% of your body heat back to you.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 8

Triangular Folding Reflector or Flares

The shoulder of any road — highway or otherwise — is a dangerous place to be. Once you're safely pulled over as far to the right as possible, make sure you and your car are visible to approaching traffic by setting up a sand-weighted reflector triangle or roadside flare. Turning on your hazard lights is another easy precaution recommended by AAA.

Friday, January 6, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 7

First-Aid Kit

There's no shortage of things that could cut, burn, pinch, or scrape your hands when you're fiddling around under the hood or dealing with a broken car part, making a good first-aid kit essential in an emergency. Prepackaged kits are available, but if you want to create your own, Edmunds.com suggests including bandages, gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic cream, instant ice and heat compresses, scissors, and aspirin.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 6

Duct Tape

Is there anything duct tape can't do? Google search "duct tape car repair" and you'll soon find out the answer to that question: not much! Reach for a roll of duct tape to secure a hanging bumper, reattach a broken side-view mirror, or tape plastic over a broken window. For more fix-it ideas, the car advice web site AskPatty.com suggests 38 other uses for duct tape.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 5

Fluids (for you)

In winter or summer, it's a good idea to stock the car with a few bottles of water in case of a breakdown. There's nothing like no access to water to work up a desperate thirst! You'll probably also be thankful for a few granola bars and a jar of peanuts, if help is a long time coming.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 4

Fix-a-Flat Tire Sealant

If you notice a minor puncture in your tire, lots of experts (from Edmunds to CarTalk.com to Consumer Reports) recommend temporarily sealing the hole with Fix-a-Flat, and driving to a tire repair center where they can either repair your tire or give you a new one. Intended for single use on one tire, this product contains liquid rubber and air, and is designed to seal small holes and inflate your tire enough to get the rim off the ground.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 2

Fluids (for your car)
The Department of Motor Vehicles recommends storing common car fluids in your emergency kit, including:

2 quarts of motor oil
brake fluid
power-steering fluid (if applicable)
automatic transmission fluid (if applicable)
1 gallon of water
1 gallon of antifreeze

Do yourself a favor and throw in a funnel, as well. It can be hard to have a steady hand in an emergency.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 1

This is from the GrandParent site and needed to be shared.

Stuck on the side of the road? You'll be ready for most anything, if you've got a duffel bag-full of these must-haves from automotive experts.

Heavy-Duty Jumper Cables

Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the former hosts of NPR's top-rated show, Car Talk, put high-quality jumper cables at the top of their list. "In our humble opinion, most jumper cables stink," they say. "They're either too short, too thin, or won't stay flexible in the cold — which is when you really need them."

Experts recommend choosing cables that are at 10 to 20 feet long, 4- to 10-gauge, and made of copper.

10 Necessities for Your Car Emergency Kit - Part 3

Flashlights and Extra Batteries

Never underestimate the value of a good flashlight. Every car expert under the sun (err, moon?) recommends packing a reliable flashlight in your emergency kit, in case of a breakdown at night. Plus, it can be hard to see what's going on under a car hood, even in the daytime, without flashlight assistance.

Tip: Always store flashlights and new batteries separately — when pre-loaded in a device, batteries can corrode and will definitely loose their juice over time. Put a couple packs of the right-size batteries next to the flashlight in your kit.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 9 (end)

9. Pork

A diet rich in lean protein mixed with moderate exercise will have you on your way to building more muscle. Increased muscle mass allows your body to burn more calories, even while you’re sleeping or sedentary. Don’t be afraid to stray from chicken, there are lots of sources of lean protein and pork is a great go-to alternative.

Comment:  I like pork, especially a tenderloin which is lean and when seasoned well is simply delicious.  I just need to work on that exercise part that goes with it.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 8

8. Salmon

This fatty fish is full of omega 3s. Ingesting this type of fat helps regulate leptin, a natural hormone in your body that controls your metabolic rate and suppresses your appetite.

Comments:  Salmon is one of my favorite fish so I have no problem of increasing this in my diet.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 7

7. Green tea

While black tea, oolong and green tea all come from the same plant, green tea leaves are prepared differently. As a result, green tea is richer in antioxidants called catechins, which may trigger a boost in metabolism (and weight loss) by stimulating the body to burn calories.

Comment:  I haven't been a hot tea drinker since childhood.  Mother used to make it for me when I was sick so my mind seems to relate it to being ill.  Might try to give it another chance.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 6

6. Coconut

These are chock full of a fat called medium chain triglycerides. MCTs promote the breakdown of excess fat stores, helping you burn fat and increase energy and stamina.

Comment:  Since I consider coconut one of the major food groups I have no problem adding this one to my diet!  Love coconut

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 5

5. Water

Yep, it’s that simple. Hydration plays a role in an efficient metabolism. Drink a large glass of water with lemon when you wake up and continue to drink throughout the day — at least eight cups. Not only will being properly hydrated help boost your metabolism slightly, but it will also help you not mistake hunger for thirst. Get chugging!

Comments:  I've always been a BIG sweet tea drinker.I drank it at every meal and all day long.  Some time back I started drinking more water and cutting down on the tea.  I now drink no tea with my meals and drink only water.  I also drink a several glasses throughout the day.  Had my physical a few weeks ago and my sugar, which was well over 100 is now 86!  So, if water does nothing else it can really lower your sugar.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 4

4. Celery

Celery is low in calories, requires a lot of noshing, and has so much fiber and water that it takes a lot of work to get it through the body. Because chewing stimulates the release of digestive enzymes, the act in itself raises your metabolic rate, or how fast and efficiently your body can absorb, store and eliminate. This is the beauty of the “thermal effect” of food; or the amount of calories burned from digesting and eliminating the things you eat.

Comment:  I've never been a very big celery fan but maybe I could become one.  Especially if it does all this.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 3

3. Chili powder

Spicy lovers rejoice. Capsaicin, an antioxidant found in red chili peppers, has been shown to curb appetite and boost your metabolism. Sprinkle cayenne pepper on your eggs at breakfast, salad at lunch, veggie side at dinner and even into your lemon water.

Comment:  I love the taste of Chili Powder but never thought about sprinkling it over my eggs.  I do see a lot of people adding hot sauce to their eggs but after trying that just once decided it just wasn't for me - too hot, but the actual chili powder might just work for me.  I think I'll even try it over my veggies and even my salad.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Best metabolism boosting foods - Part 2

2. Nuts

The monounsaturated fats found in nuts can help burn belly fat and like all fat, they help keep you satiated. The trifecta of fiber, protein and fat helps to keep hunger at bay and your body energized. Need a fast breakfast? Greek yogurt with a handful of almonds and dash of cinnamon. No time to stop and snack? Pick up a green juice and couple it with cashews. Made too much for dinner? Use the leftover quinoa, add walnuts and avocado and call it a day.

Comment:  I love nuts and and yogurt so this one will work great for me.  Just make sure you don't have any nut allergies before trying this one.