Monday, July 24, 2017

SPICE #9



Can you rank the heat of these spices? Rank 1-4 with 4 being the hottest.

A - Sweet Smoked Paprika ____
B - Habanero Chile Powder ____
C - Cayenne Pepper _____
D - Ancho Chili Powder ____

I'm saying A - 1; B - 3; C - 2; and D - 4

Answer to SPICE #8 - D is not a type of Paprika.  I got another one right!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

SPICE #8



Do you know which of these are NOT a type of paprika?

A - Hungarian
B - California Sweet
C - Pimenton
D - English

I've heard of Hungarian and think I've heard of California Sweet.  I'm going to take a guess and say D - English.

Answer to SPICE #7 - D - Termeric has long been used to enhance the color of mustard and other foods, including stocks and rice.  I got that one wrong!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

SPICE #7



Do you know what is often added to mustard to give it its yellow color?

Choose from:
A - Cumin
B - Saffron
C - Curry Powder
D - Turmeric

I'm guessing D - Turmeric.  Check back tomorrow to see if I got it right.

The answer to SPICE #6 is B.  Cinnamon sticks come from the inner bark of laurel trees.  When harvested, the bark naturally rolls up, then it's dried.  I got that one right too.  (I think I read this somewhere a long time ago.)

Friday, July 21, 2017

SPICE #6



Do you know where cinnamon sticks come from?  The answer to that is the Laurel Tree.  But what part of the tree is used to make cinnamon sticks?

A - Root
B - Bark
C - Leaves

I'm pretty sure I know this one.  I'm staying the Bark.

Answer to SPICE #5 - A - Dried Lavender.  It's technically an herb because it comes from the plant's leaves.  It is commonly found in the French herb blend herbes de Provence.

I got that one right but my answer was only a guess.  I didn't know it was actually an herb.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

SPICE #5



Do you know which of these items is NOT a spice?

A - Dried Lavender
B - Sesame Seeds
C - Juniper Berries
D - Fenugreek Seeds

My guess is A - Dried Lavender.  As for D - I'm not sure what that is but since it's a seed I'm guessing it is a spice.  Check back tomorrow to see if I'm correct.

For SPICE #4 - the answer was B.  Mrs. Dash was invented in the early 1980's as a seasoning alternative t salt; it was called Mrs. Pinch.  I got that one right!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

SPICE #4



I think most of us have heard of Mrs. Dash seasoning but do you know what it was originally creted for?  See if you can guess.

A - a Cajun flavoring mix
B - a salt-free seasoning blend
C - a liquid flavoring mix
D a seafood seasoning mix

I've used this product off and on for years and I think I started buying it as a salt-free seasoning blend so I'm going to guess B.

What is your guess?

Answers to SPICE #3 is C.  According to Food Network Magazine Cincinnati chili generally contains cinnamon, plus other baking ingredients such as cloves, allspice and even chocolate!

I got that one wrong.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SPICE #3



Do you know which of these chilies contain the secret ingredient of Cinnamon?

A - Texas
B - New Mexico green chili
C - Cincinnati Chili
D - All of the above

I'm guessing B but I haven't looked at the answer so I could very well be wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you guessed it correctly.

Answer to yesterday's Spice #2 - A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, and E = 2
How did you do?  I actually got this one correct.

Monday, July 17, 2017

SPICE #2



Can you match the right ingredients to create the correct seasoning?

A. Italian Seasoning
B. Taco Seasoning
C. Pumpkin Pie Spice
D. Chinese Five-Spice Powder
E. Poultry Seasoning

1. Ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves, cinnamon
2. Thyme, sage, marjoram, nutmeg, rosemary, black pepper
3. Ground chiles, cumin, paprika, oregano
4. Basil, marjaram, thyme, rosemary, savory, oregano, sage
5. Cloves, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, fennel seeds, star anise

I chose A = 4, B = 3, C = 1, D = 5, E = 2

Do you think I made correct matches?  Check back tomorrow for the real answer

The answer to Spice #1 was C - Black Pepper.  It is the top-selling spice in the US.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

SPICE #1



What is the to-selling spice in the U.S.?

A. Chili Powder
B. Cinnamon
C. Black Pepper
D. Garlic Powder

When I answered this question I put my choices in order.  I decided the #1 would be Garlic Powder, #2 Black Pepper, #3 Cinnamon and #4 Chili Powder.  I was wrong.  Check back tomorrow to see if you chose the right answer.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 7



You May Need More Water If You're in a Hot Area


Water is essential for regulating your body temperature, so if you're outside on a hot day or stuck inside without air conditioning, you're going to need more water as the heat causes you to sweat more. Even if you're not active, spending the day in 90-degree temperature conditions could more than double your fluid requirement. And even more if you're physically active.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 6



You May Need More Water If You're Physically Active


Increased activity like exercise or physical labor can increase the amount of fluid lost when you sweat. It's best to drink two to three cups of water before your activity begins and drink about one cup of water every 15 minutes or so while you're active. You might need even more if you're working or exercising in extreme temperatures.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 5



You May Need More Water If You Can't Think Straight

Water is essential for brain function. Studies show that a loss of about two percent of your body fluid can cause a decline in mental function, so if you're having trouble concentrating, it may be time for a water break. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 4



There are some things that can cause bad breath like eating onions or garlic. But another potential reason is a lack of normal saliva production. Even mild dehydration can reduce saliva flow so if your bad breath is accompanied by a dry mouth, drinking more water throughout the day may help. Keep a glass of water by your bedside for nighttime relief, too.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 3



Thirst is the desire to drink something. It can be triggered by the loss of fluid volume in and around cells and in the blood. Thirst is your body's way of saying you need water to avoid dehydration.


Thirst has a behavioral component as well and can be triggered by aromas and flavors, so just thinking about your favorite beverage can make you thirsty. It's also important to note that older people often have problems with the thirst mechanism and may not feel thirsty even when they're dehydrated.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 2



How Do You Know If You're Drinking Enough Water?


Most people can gauge their water intake by looking at urine color. If you're getting enough water, your urine will be pale yellow, and you'll urinate several times a day. Urine color doesn't work for everyone. Taking dietary supplements that contain riboflavin will make your urine bright yellow, and certain medications can change the color of your urine, as well. And if you have any kidney problems or other heath conditions you should talk to your health care provider about how much water to drink.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Your Body and Water - Part 1



I'm still trying to eat and drink with health in mind so when I found this I decided it was too good not to share.  It's from a site called Very Well. 

Your body contains more water than anything else, about 60 percent of your total body weight. Water helps regulate your body temperature, transports nutrients, and helps remove waste. Every day you lose water when you breathe, sweat, urinate, and defecate, and that water needs to be replenished. 

The big question is how much water do you need to drink every day? Although that's a simple question, it doesn't have an easy answer. It depends on some environmental and physical factors that can change every day. Also, it's not just the water you drink – about 20 percent of your water intake comes from the foods you eat. The remaining 80 percent comes from beverages, including water, coffee, tea, milk, and anything liquid.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academy reviewed years of research evidence on adequate water intake and has the following recommendations:
Men: 13 cups (about 10.5 cups from beverages)
Women: 9 cups (about 7 cups from beverages)
Pregnant women: 10 cups (about 8 cups from beverages)

Breastfeeding women: 13 cups (about 10.5 cups from beverages)

Saturday, April 1, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 7 - End)



Outsmart Checkout Impulses


And the last, but certainly not least dangerous contact point between you and your supermarket's products is the checkout lane. Fully stocked with sugary, salty and saturated fatty snacks, these grab-n-go items can pack a punch when it comes to piling on empty calories. Along with the plethora of candy situated in the checkout aisle are cold sodas, foamy fountain drinks, salty trail mixes and magazines touting the latest weight-loss craze. You can easily add hundreds of calories and a few extra bucks to your bill in the minutes you spend checking out. 


Battle plan: Flip through a magazine you know you won't buy, chat with the person standing behind you in line, organize your groceries perfectly on the conveyor belt—anything to keep your hand from wandering to those impulse purchases. If you haven’t eaten in hours and you don’t think you can make it home, plan ahead and purchase an extra piece of fruit to eat on your ride home.



(This is a hard one to pass by!  I'm standing there waiting in line.  There are all the goodies that I know taste so good.  I tell myself, "OK. Lets just buy one this time.  I can eat it in the car and no one will know that I cheated on my diet.  That is no one but me!  and my scales!)

Friday, March 31, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 6)



Free Yourself from Free Samples


When you see little carts set up with mini toasters and microwaves handing out bits and pieces of goodies, you’ve entered the realm of free samples. This tactic is widely implemented by grocers to increase products sales because it works wonderfully. Free sample stations are great ways to demonstrate the versatility of certain products, but how often are the featured foods healthful or nutrient-dense? How often are they full of vitamins, minerals, lean protein, healthy fats and fiber? How often do they feature whole, unprocessed foods that are naturally good for you? The products grocers generally hand out to promote sales are convenience items, ones that shouldn’t be on your shopping list if you're trying to eat healthier. 

Battle plan: If the product is free of trans fats, made with whole grains or free of added sweeteners, enjoy a little nibble. Use your label-reading skills to determine if it’s a healthful item you can pick up during your next grocery trip. Look at the amount of protein, calories, fiber, added sugars, salt, and types of fats to assess how healthful the food might be.

(Boy do I fall for this one!  I sample and usually buy without reading the full label.  Also, how sanitary is this item, the cooking equipment and even the cook?  If it's in the bakery/deli dept and is placed out in a 'covered' tray to sample, how many other hands have been inside there?  Do they possibly have a cold that I'm about to catch?)

Thursday, March 30, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 5)



Bust by Bargains


You see the signs: 5 for $10! Buy two get one FREE! 2 for the price of 1!  These "bargins" can seem like a great idea, but consider the product you’re saving on. If it’s on your list of super-healthy, nutritious foods, go for it! You’ve helped your health AND your pocketbook. However, consider the product—healthfulness should trump a bargain every time. Do you really need five rolls of cookie dough or a free box of pastries? It's not likely. 


Battle plan: If you’re only getting it because it’s on sale, you probably don’t need it. The same rule goes for non-food items like toiletries, cleaning products and household items. No excuses here.

(This is a hard one to pass up.  Whether it be donuts, cookies and worse of all, those holiday items that are on sale because the holiday has passed!  Think about it.  BOGO on Easter candies!  BOGO on Christmas cupcakes!  BOGO on everything that taste good but sure isn't good for you!  Also, I've found that some of the really healthy items such as shrimp are rip-offs.  I have a store that says Buy Two Get 3 Free!  Well, they raised the price of the 2 that you buy to where they really aren't a very good buy so watch for that too.)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

7 Ways to Outsmart the Super Markets (Part 4)



Boycott the Bakery


The smell of fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and apple pie is wafting through the baked goods area as you’re picking up your whole-grain bread this week. Your senses are begging you to bring some home; it just smells too good! Many grocery stores strategically plan their baking times during the busiest hour of the day. It has been proved that shoppers pick up more items when the luscious smells are present in the store. 


Battle plan: You've heard this one before. Never shop on an empty stomach. Shopping after a meal can help stave off cravings and keep you focused on the task at hand. Think about the delicious meals you are shopping for and don't let distraction get the best of you. If you must, send in the troops to grab your items and avoid any too-tempting aisles altogether!



(Have you ever noticed that this department is either before the produce or the dairy isle?  Think about it.  Bakery items before the fruit and veggies.  How do I not look there 1st.  And I sometimes have to walk through it just to get to that container of Almond Milk that is so good for me.  Ugh!)