Cast Iron Cookware

What Are Its Benefits And A Few Recipes

Finding The Old-Fashioned Variety From Your Grandparents Days Are The Best: More Cleaning At First May Be Necessary But The Health Advantages Are Greater

Finding The Old-Fashioned Variety From Your Grandparents Days Are The Best: More Cleaning At First May Be Necessary But The Health Advantages Are Greater

Do you consider yourself a cook or even a future chef? There are so many ways you can choose to cook in the kitchen. They include frying, sauteing, grilling, baking, roasting, and much more. Then, you have cast iron cookware. This is an entirely new ball game for many of us.   

So lets get a crash course in its benefits. Basically, using and maintaining. There are four, main reasons you should choose this cookware and they are: 

  • One, it can be used with any heat source.
  • Two, it is very easy to clean. 
  • Three, the food will not stick to its surface if the pan is prepared correctly.
  • Lastly, the crust it creates on food is hard to beat.  

Now, there are many, many recipes you can cook with cast iron cookware. For example, you can make homemade breads and the beauty about making that at home is that you can control the amount and type of flour used. Therefore, you directly control the carbohydrate grams, which is very beneficial for individuals with Diabetes, the food allergic, thyroid disease, and obesity.   

You could bake a focaccia or a cornbread. Now, focaccia is just simply a flat bread. You can use pizza dough. As for the flavors, you can use sea salt, black pepper, onion powder, dried herbs (basil, oregano, parsley), olive oil, and grated Parmesan cheese. As for the cornbread, you can replace the sugar with raw honey. Once again reducing your carbohydrate intake. The other ingredients include cornmeal, milk, eggs, butter, salt, baking powder and soda. 

So, as you can see, cooking is an extremely important aspect for various health conditions. You will find yourself eating healthier yet you  will love the taste and texture of your food. Trying different techniques and experimenting in your pantry is really the way to go.

Make cooking in your own kitchen, not only healthy but an experiment in fun. Invite the gang, the kids, the spouse or a few friends or other family members and make an hour or two of fun in your life for a change.

Healthy Diabetic Foods

Healthy Foods Which Are Good For Everybody!

Did you ever think if you were diabetic that you had to be on some type of special diet? Somewhere, someone made up this list of pro foods and con foods which is the only list you are supposed to choose from?

Start Out With A Shopping List And Stick To It For Better Results

Start Out With A Shopping List And Stick To It For Better Results

Eating nutritious foods is very important for everyone. However, it is especially imperative if you have a gastrointestinal or an endocrine condition, which is what diabetes is. Normal digestive function and glucose levels are essential in order to stay healthy and fit. If you have just recently been diagnosed with Diabetes it might seem like the entire world is over, but in reality, it really is not.   

It may be hard to believe right now but there are many, many foods available for diabetics. Just simply take a shopping trip to your local grocery store. As you take your cart  up and down each aisle, you can see this for yourself.  All you need is a little help to pick and choose a better quality version of those important foods.

Now, think about your macro nutrients such as protein, fats, and carbohydrates. There is chicken, turkey, and fin fish ( halibut, cod, salmon, tuna) that are very lean options, which are excellent for your abs and hips. You should mostly stick to roasting and grilling, but once in a while, as a treat to yourself, try frying it if you like. That way you do not feel completely deprived.

As for fats, yes, you must have good quality and healthy fats in your diet. Start thinking about extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil and certain dairy products like unsweetened Greek yogurt and raw dairy butter.

Your carbohydrates or grains should be coming from products like quinoa, millet and brown rice which gives you a double bonus of protein. Plus, each of these add a nice texture to casserole dishes. For flour and baking products, some of your nut flours and coconut flours are easy to use substitutions. Don't just jump in and start substituting them for regular flour though. It does take a little transition to get a desired finished result. All of this knowledge though easily can be obtained right from a decent cookbook.

Then, think about your micro nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. This would include a lot of fruits and vegetables such as any type of fresh berries, lentils, carrots, spinach and kale (aka dark, leafy vegetables.) You should consume an assortment of these daily to receive the essential vitamins and minerals such as A, B, C, D, E, magnesium, zinc, and iron.    

So, as you can see, there are plenty of healthy things you can find in the grocery store that are not prepackaged and filled with preservatives. Try staying with a high protein diet from lean sources of protein, add a limited amount of great quality fats from olive, coconut and flax or hemp oils. Also, excellent are fresh avocados, raw nuts and seeds. Then pick and choose your carbohydrates from fresh produce, preferably the organic varieties. For your sweet tooth, raw fresh fruits are your best bests, especially the berries families since they are high in fiber which helps to blunt your blood sugars.  With these quality selections, your stomach, intestines, and pancreas will thank you for being pro-active in aiding them.  

So, as you can tell, a healthy diabetic diet is nothing special. It's what we're all supposed to be eating anyway.

Gluten Free All-Natural Snacks

Finding gluten free natural foods can certainly be a challenge. Many of the regular products offered in grocery stores are not gluten free or are not all natural and may have chemicals in them. Sometimes even checking the labels can't ensure an entirely gluten free snack.

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Make sure to do your research and find out what products your store offers. Check the labels and try to stick to the organic food section that can be found in many grocery stores. Don't be afraid to ask questions about the foods you are buying.

Here are some simple (but delicious) gluten-free snacks to put in your lunch!

  1. Frozen grapes or banana slices - Super easy, super affordable, and most of all very tasty! 
  2. Sweet Potato Fries - Make sure to check labels or make your own right in the oven!
  3. Celery with peanut butter (or any nut butter) - Make sure the peanut butter is natural and gluten free. Some companies still add extra ingredients.
  4. Dried Fruit - Not only is this tasty, but is easy to store and transport! Check that label though - some plants use "flours" on their belt to prevent sticking.
  5. Popcorn - a favorite among kids and a nice snack (in moderation), particularly if it is homemade!
  6. Roasted Pumpkin or Sunflower Seeds - season with whatever spices you would like such as cayenne, cinnamon, sugar, and curry powder. You can have a sweet, spicy, or salty snack. Simple bake them in the oven at 400 for 10-12 minutes after seasoning.
  7. Smoothies - fresh fruit or vegetables, flax seed or chia seeds (to make it more filling) and other gluten free ingredients can make a sweet and filling treat. Just think, having a milk shake everyday without the guilt!
  8. Lettuce Wrap - use lettuce leaves to wrap hummus, tuna, tomatoes, or whatever filling of your choice. This is a healthy alternative to a traditional wrap with a lot less calories.

These are just eight simple gluten-free snacks you can try. There are many more. Keep in mind that many of these snacks are ones that can either be eaten immediately (no preparation necessary) or simply put together with basic ingredients.

There are many products currently on the market with varying costs that are gluten-free. There are already prepared gluten-free foods and meals available in the grocery store aisles which can be very convenient. But you can make your own gluten-free snacks right from home just as quick and easy!

Often by choosing the gluten-free make-at-home options, you are able to get natural foods free of other chemicals, colorings and additives. This makes these food options a very healthy choice for you and your family.