Monday, February 20, 2017

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I have a question for all of you... I would really love to hear your thoughts.

When it comes to living a "healthy lifestyle", what do you think it takes to accomplish that?

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I DREAM of bananas!

If you like banana bread, you're going to fall in love with this cake recipe!

Best Ever Banana Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting

1 1⁄2 cups bananas, mashed, ripe
2 teaspoons lemon juice
3 cups flour
1 1⁄2 teaspoons baking soda
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
3⁄4 cup butter, softened
2 1⁄8 cups sugar
3 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1⁄2 cups buttermilk

1⁄2 cup butter, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 1⁄2 cups icing sugar

chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 275°F (135C).
Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
In a small bowl, mix mashed banana with the lemon juice; set aside.

In a medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream 3/4 cup butter and 2 1/8 cups sugar until light and fluffy.

Beat in eggs, one at a time, then stir in 2 tsp vanilla.
Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
Stir in banana mixture.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for one hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and place directly into the freezer for 45 minutes. This will make the cake very moist.
For the frosting, cream the butter and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Add icing sugar and beat on low speed until combined, then on high speed until frosting is smooth.
Spread on cooled cake.

Sprinkle chopped walnuts over top of the frosting, if desired.

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Another low-carb fave!

For you low-carb lovers!!!

Amy Truong Zucchini Low-Carb Lasagna

1 1⁄4 lbs ground buffalo meat
1 medium white onion, chopped
4 roma tomatoes, chopped
2 (6 ounce) cans tomato paste, no salt added
1 garlic clove, minced (add more or less to suit your taste)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3⁄4 cup water
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 eggs
1 1⁄2 cups cottage cheese or 1 1⁄2 cups ricotta cheese
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded (divided in half)
2 teaspoons flour
4 zucchini, sliced lengthwise
1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
garlic-infused olive oil (to oil pans)

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
Oil pan with garlic infused olive oil. Fry meat and onions until meat is brown and onions are tender. Drain fat.
Return meat and onions to pan and add next eight ingredients (through black pepper). Bring to a boil.
Reduce heat. Occasionally stirring.
Beat egg in a small bowl.

Add cottage cheese, red pepper flakes, sriracha sauce, 1 cup of mozzarella and flour. stir unitl mixed.
Oil bottom of large lasagna dish with garlic infused olive oil.
Add 1/2 of meat mixture. Top with half of sliced zucchinis. Add all of cottage cheese mixture. Top with remaining meat mixture, followed with layer of remaining zucchini slices.
Top with remaining half of shredded mozzerella cheese.
Top with parmesean cheese.
Sprinkle with additional black pepper and red pepper flakes (optional).
Bake uncovered for 40 minutes.
Let cool for 30 minutes (to prevent watery run between servings).

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What are minerals and why do we need them?

I recently posted a question for you all, asking you if you think it matters what kind of water you drink. I received quite a few really good responses. The reason I posted that question is because it was a beginning for the following post. 

What are Coral Minerals and Where Do They Come From?

Coral is a marine animal that lives in colonies comprised of numerous cylindrical formed polyps connected by their pedal discs. Those making up the reefs in tropical oceans form a hard skeleton by secreting calcium carbonate and other minerals. The hard shell remains after the animal dies. When pulverized, the shell yields coral calcium and lots of other minerals.

These minerals ionize on contact with water, which increases their abilities to be absorbed. The human body depends on minerals for various enzymatic reactions that play crucial roles in maintaining good health. Because soil where food grows is sometimes burned out through modern farming practices, many people are mineral deficient. A few individuals replace those minerals by taking nutritive supplements.

Longevity studies concerning people that reside in Okinawa provide some evidence that lifespans are longer in the region and the residents suffer with less illness. Their good health can be attributed to the fact that they drink water naturally filtered by coral. The water helps the body maintain a good pH level because it is alkaline.

Electrically charged minerals help the nerve system in broadcasting electrical signals all over the body. Lithium and deuterium are rare minerals found in the water, helping in assimilation of many other necessary minerals. Water molecule clusters change their structure in the presence of these minerals. This suggests the body can absorb the water easier and receive the full advantages of correct hydration.

The pH balance of body fluids and hydration are vital to many bodily functions. One or two minerals, including sodium, potassium, calcium, zinc and magnesium have an effect on pH levels across the body. Red blood cells need the right pH balance to maintain their ionic charge. This hinders clumping and clotting as the individual cells repel one another as they flow through the circulation.

Dehydration is deleterious to health in some ways. Blood cells that are not correctly hydrated change shape and can stick together. This forms clots and adversely affects circulation, which may cause numerous health problems. Common issues connected with dehydration include headaches, a loss of capability to focus, insomnia and dry skin. Hydration is necessary for the system that controls temperature and serious dehydration can cause hypothermia, kidney damage and high blood pressure.

Proper hydration is required to make certain all organ systems receive the nutrients and oxygen they need to function. The body relies on water to dump toxins and waste. It's also critical for maintaining blood volume and satisfactory joint oiling for smooth, pain free movement.

Mineral additions, including calcium, can help individuals that suffer from reduced bone density. New bone develops slower than existing bone erodes. This makes the bones thinner and more at the mercy of breaks.  Taking coral calcium supplements could benefit the human body is a variety of methods that plug overall good health. It can have positive results on the immune response, circulation, pH balance and bone development.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

A Picnic Favorite!

Picnic season is just around the corner so I thought it was time to share some of my favorite picnic recipes with you all!

Deli-Style Imitation Crab Seafood Salad

1 pound imitation crab (surimi), chopped or flaked (my KitchenAid Mixer rotor attachment with the slicing cone, made effortless work of flaking the surimi)
1 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup sweet pickle relish (or more to taste)
2/3 cup mayonnaise (or more to taste and consistency desired)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (or more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon dill weed
Salt and pepper (optional - I didn’t need any)

Mix imitation crab, onions and pickle relish together in a large bowl. In small bowl blend mayonnaise, lemon juice and dill weed, then stir into imitation crab mixture, tossing gently but thoroughly to coat. Adjust seasonings and consistency as desired.

YIELD: Fills a 1-quart serving bowl (sufficient toppings for 8-12 entrée salads or sandwiches, or about 32 servings as a chunky dip or cracker spread.

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