3 Tips for Baking Healthier Cookies

Although having a healthier cookie may not sound as enticing as being a cookie filled with sweets, fats, or sweet candy, a healthy cookie can be produced that still tastes nice. Fathoming may be a little complicated, but there are healthier recipes and alternatives that can be applied to cookies and they retain their taste, so they are not as bad for you.
Implementing small improvements in your new recipe for family cookies will help you adhere to your diet and give you the little bit of sugar you want to create up your next dinner.
With so many people turning to health conscious lifestyles, cookies do not have to be thrown out of your diet entirely. Instead consider some of the following tips to help make your family some healthier cookies.

1. Add Dried Fruit
For recipes that call for chocolate chips or any kind of extra sugar-based additives consider adding in pieces of dried fruit to your cookies. Dried fruits are healthy to consume and contain natural sugars that will still give your cookies a bit of a sweet flavoring. You can choose fruits that will complement the other flavors in your cookies, or simply experiment with various fruits that you can find at the grocery store. Here are some dried fruits that are commonly used in cookie baking and can be found at your local grocers or farmers market:


Cherries
Raisins
Figs
Prunes
Cranberries


2. Think Whole Grains
Fiber is an important part of a healthy diet, so why not incorporate fiber into your cookies? Replace your all-purpose flour with much healthier wheat flour when baking your cookies from scratch. Even if you replace half of the entire flour amount that is recommended for a recipe with whole wheat flour then you are making a healthier cookie. The wheat flour will make your cookies denser than they would be with all-purpose flour, thus carrying more nutritional value and fitting into your diet just a little bit better.
Another trick that some bakers use to add nutritional value to cookies is adding oats to the mixture. The oats will give the cookie a crunchy texture and can add additional fiber to your cookies.


3. Substitute your other Ingredients
Think of all the ingredients that you use to make your typical cookie recipe. Now, think of better ingredients that can make your cookies just a little healthier but taste as good as they are normally. The replacement of just a few different ingredients you can make a healthy cookie. Consider some of the following ingredient replacements for your healthy cookie batch:


Replace the oil and butter from your cookie recipe with applesauce
Replace eggs with an egg substitute or even just egg whites
Replace milk chocolate chips with semi-sweet chocolate pieces instead
Replace white sugar with sucanat (sugar cane) or stevia
Remember that if you want to get healthy, you have to think and make healthy food. With these simple tips, you can transform what would otherwise be an unhealthy, sugar-filled, fattening cookie into a healthier, lightly sweetened cookie snack.

Surprise Yourself By Making Healthy Choices

How many instances you’ve had this conversation? You’re trying to get others to do something and they’re saying “No, I don’t like it.” You’re asking them how many times they’ve really given it a shot and they respond that they’ve never done it, but also emphasize they know they won’t like it. That is the way that many of us behave when it comes to food and especially healthy food.


The simple reality of eating healthily is that you ought to extend your selection a little bit. Many of us are going to be bellyaching attempting a new meal, but we prefer what we’re used to.

The things we’ve eaten for years have once been new to us too, and the issue is one of being set in our ways. You will get to know diversity more if you do something different every once and a while, and choose the same stuff you really want.
There is no point in banging your head against a brick wall trying to develop a taste for something you know you do not like. However, you’ll never know if you like something until you actually try it. This is particularly true of international cuisine. It may look different, but millions of people eat it regularly, so it can hardly be poisonous. Taking a leap of faith and trying a different food is not going to be the death of you, so why not try something different once a week and surprise yourself with how much you enjoy it?

Can Drinking Tea Make You Live Longer?

Can Drinking Tea Make You Live Longer?

Tea is the second most popular beverage in the world, after water. Asian cultures drink gallons of green, oolong and other teas, and the Brits consume large quantities of black tea. In fact, everywhere in the world, tea is a regular part of life. In many cases, we drink tea because we like it, but as it turns out, it may be extremely healthy for us, too.


Over the years there’s been tons of research on the benefits of tea to our health. And, as we learn more and more, it’s becoming clear that drinking tea may be one of the best things we can do to protect our health and prolong our lives. The University of Toronto Medical Journal outlines the many benefits that drinking tea can offer. 

Prevention of Heart Disease 


Studies have shown that regular tea consumption can actually lower cholesterol levels circulating in the blood. In fact, some studies have shown tea to reduce total cholesterol by as much as 6.5% and LDL cholesterol by as much as 11%. A reduction in cholesterol prevents atherosclerosis, a condition in which the arteries that carry blood become narrowed due to a buildup of plaque. The plaque that builds up in our arteries is created when LDL cholesterol oxidizes.


Prevention of Cancer


Tea has been shown to reduce the risk of several forms of cancer. In fact, tea has been shown to reduce lung tumors by 80% in laboratory mice. Tea has also been effective in human studies on cancer, including breast cancer, colon cancer and gastric cancer.


Weight Loss


Tea has also been shown to be an effective weight loss supplement. Tea increases energy expenditure, promotes fat oxidation and decreases fat storage. Many studies have shown that drinking tea in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise can help you lose more weight than diet and exercise alone.


Improvement in Intestinal Tract Bacteria


Regular tea consumption can help improve the bacteria that live in your intestinal tract; eliminating harmful bacteria and helping beneficial bacteria to flourish. Tea has been shown to reduce the level of H pylori bacteria in the stomach. H pylori is associated with the development of ulcers.


Getting Your Daily Dose


The recommended dose of tea for health benefits is about 30 ounces per day – the equivalent of 2 ½ cans of soda. While this may seem like a lot, it’s easy to consume this amount if you replace some of the other beverages you consume with tea. Consider this:


Replace one cup of your morning coffee with a cup of tea instead – that’s 8 ounces.


Have one bottle of green tea with lunch instead of a bottled soda – that’s another 12 ounces.


For an afternoon break, make a relaxing cup of tea instead of a snack. You’ll save calories and get another 8 ounces of tea.


Have a cup of lavender or mint tea before bed – you’re getting another eight ounces of tea, and you’ll sleep better too!


Which tea is best?


There are literally thousands of varieties of tea available – so much that you may be confused about which you should be drinking. Probably the best tea for you is the one that you like, because if you like it you’ll drink more of it. However, if you’re choosing tea strictly for the health benefits, here are some suggestions to help you choose the tea that will give you the most benefit. 


Choose green tea over black – Green tea is unfermented, which means that more of the original anti-oxidants are intact. It is believed that green tea has more health benefits than black tea because these anti-oxidants remain in their natural state. If you don’t like the flavor of plain green tea, there are dozens of flavored green teas. They are just as healthy, and taste great. In addition, you can find bottled green teas that are very convenient when you’re on the go.


Choose caffeinated teas over decaffeinated – Caffeinated teas have the most health benefit. It is believed that the caffeine in tea works with the anti-oxidants to create the maximum effects. Those who are caffeine sensitive might try green tea, as its caffeine content is lower than that of black tea.

 
Make sure it’s real tea – There are many beverages that are referred to as tea that are not really tea. True tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant. Herbal teas, and teas like rooibos and mate are really tisanes -meaning they come from other plants. There’s certainly nothing wrong with these teas, but they don’t provide the health benefits that you’ll find in a true tea.

Drink it the way you like it- Tea retains the same health benefits whether you drink it hot or cold and whether or not you add milk. Just remember to skip the sugar if you’re drinking tea to help you lose weight.


With all the health benefits that we’re discovering about tea, it’s a pretty good assumption that tea may help you live longer. By putting off many of the signs and diseases of aging, you’re also likely to be healthier and more active in your old age. Tea is a natural, refreshing way to improve your health and longevity.


Jon M. Stout is the Chairman of the Golden Moon Tea Company. Golden Moon Tea carefully selects the finest rare and orthodox teas, which are processed slowly and handcrafted with extreme care. 

The Secret Ingredient to a Healthy Life

The Secret Ingredient to a Healthy Life

While in college studying nutrition, my friend heard from a teacher that it is easier for a person to change their religion than to change their eating habits.


But necessity is the mother of invention. When my dad got sick and was hospitalized for cancer, I started researching to learn how to protect ourselves and heal from cancer. While watching “A Delicate Balance,” on Vimeo I heard nutritional researcher T. Colin Campbell describe the results from the largest study ever done on nutrition and cancer as detailed in his book, the “The China Study.”

A friend had given me the book years before but it had been a deal-breaker since it advocated a vegan diet, which meant giving up all animal foods including vegetarian food like cheese and eggs. But in the fight for my dad’s life I was willing to do what it took so I read the book and couldn’t put it down. My first thought upon finishing it was “knowledge is power.”

The premise of the book is that animal protein causes cancer cells to multiply while plant protein causes cancer cells to shrink. This research is backed by empirical scientific evidence and published in scholarly journals. It is detailed in Chapter 3 of the book and would be a compelling place to start your own research. But the research is silenced by lobbyists for the food industry who don’t want this kind of information available.


After reading the China Study and realizing how many ailments are caused by the “Standard American Diet” or SAD, I vowed to go vegan. Turning vegan seemed like an easy choice to protect my health from the dreaded cancer menace. 


Although a seasoned vegetarian, I lacked skill making tasty vegan food without cheese and eggs. Committed to the health benefits of a vegan diet, I enrolled in vegan chef school and trained for three weeks with a master vegan chef.


Throughout chef school I lived exclusively on vegan food. The first thing you notice is the amazing energy gained from eating the fresh wholesome food. Antioxidants color the fruits and vegetables which fortify our own systems.


When people inevitability ask where our protein comes from one expert responds, “I get my protein from the same place your protein gets its protein.” Leafy greens, grains, nuts, legumes, beans, seeds are some “whole food plant-based” sources of protein.


And the best thing is that the food tastes magnificent. Cashew cheese, almond milk and coconut butter are staples. Toss tofu cubes with nutritional yeast, tamari and olive oil then bake for savory nuggets. Steam tempeh cubes for 20 minutes – mix with vegan mayonnaise, garlic, onion, basil and parsley. Place in pita for a “mock” chicken salad sandwich.


My passion is well-being and vegan food benefits human health, animal health, and environmental health. Looking for a place to start? Mark Reinfeld of Vegan Fusion offers a series of cookbooks on Amazon.

Green Smoothie Recipes Made Easy

Green Smoothie Recipes Made Easy

Green smoothies are super easy to make, provide energy and health benefits, and are great for natural weight loss. My favorite benefit is that it is anti-aging and nutrient dense. You will learn top 10 tips to making healthy green smoothies.


I use my Vitamix Blender to make a smoothie every morning that I can sip through breakfast and throughout the day.


Green smoothies keeps my energy level up and my hunger at bay. I enjoy a generous healthy smoothie in the morning, then I have a great lunch of my choice, sip on some more of the smoothie between lunch and dinner and have a modest dinner. 


You will naturally come to your ideal weight by doing this. We have to stop this epidemic of going on diet pills and yo-yo dieting. Unless there are medical reasons (like hypothyroidism issues which slows down your metabolism), there is no reason that you will not lose weight if you follow simple healthy living rules. 

But I digress… back to green smoothie recipes. 


Here are 10 tips to get you going on your green smoothie journey: 


1. Use one or two fresh or frozen fruits as natural sweeteners. Bananas, sweet ripe mangoes, pineapple, kiwi, pear, berries. The choices are endless.

 
2. Cucumbers, honey dew, watermelon are great as a base for extra water content. 


3. Adding half a carrot or half of a celery stick one way of sneaking in some extra veggies. Again experiment with other veggies. 

4. Add ice and/or water to make your smoothie to the consistency you like. I like thinner consistency so I can easily sip with a straw. 


5. Choose a leafy green such as spinach or kale, or parsley and cilantro. Herbs have great detoxifying properties so don’t forget those. Rotate your greens and try different ones. Add about one cupful of a leafy green of your choice or start with a smaller quantity if you are new to making smoothies. 


6. You can add juices to sweeten them more such as cranberry, orange, and pineapple. Please make sure you don’t add too much, as you get a natural sweetness from the fruits you are adding in. 


7. Adding a tablespoon of hemp powder is an awesome way to get some extra natural protein. Hemp seeds/powder is a complete protein, has Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), high in fiber and rich in minerals like iron and magnesium. 


8. Please try to buy organic whenever possible. That’s less chemicals, pesticides, and herbicides in your smoothie. 


9. I suggest you do invest in a great blender. And I am extremely biased with my Vitamix. It is a powerful blender that most smoothie enthusiasts and raw foodists use for their creations. It is pricy but once you own one, you will never look at another blender. And it will pay for itself many times over. 


10. Have fun creating your combinations. Use left over veggies and whatever fruit you have on hand and get creative. 


Here are 2 recipe samples for you. Enjoy! Please go to my site for additional green smoothie recipes and other healthiest foods recipes. 


Green Smoothie Recipe #1 


2 cups honey dew 2 cups, 1 cup spinach, 1 cucumber, 1 tablespoon hemp powder, add some ice or a little water. Blend it in your Vitamix 


Honeydew is a great water base and natural sweetener and an excellent source of Vitamin C and Foliate. It is a great base to add to a green smoothie. The honeydew and cucumber together has an incredible refreshing taste. 


Green Smoothie Recipe # 2 


cranberry or orange juice, 1 orange, 1 banana, 1/2 cup of kale, 1/2 sprig of celery, 1/2 carrot, 4-6 pieces of Ice.

To Detox Or Not To Detox

To Detox Or Not To Detox

One of the latest health trends is the Detox Cleanse. They claim to detoxify your body by flushing out toxins, while giving you more energy, making you feel less bloated and help regulate bowel movement.


So why the controversy? 


Some detox cleanses suggest fasting during the cleanse. Which is basically just another way to starve yourself to lose weight. Starving yourself may “shock” your system into losing weight but it is not the safest or healthiest way to lose weight and keep it off. 


It is essentially a crash diet which often leads to quickly regaining the weight and sometimes putting on even more than you lost. Fasting also lowers your metabolism making it difficult to burn calories while starving your body of necessary nutrients. 


Some common side effects of using a Detox Cleanse and fasting include irritability, headaches, fatigue and difficulty thinking clearly. There are healthier ways to lose weight (even quickly) without starving. 


Eating a well balanced low carb diet that is high in protein, vegetables, fruit and legumes is a much safer way to lose weight and keep it off. Replace whole grains for white bread, pasta & rice. It keeps you feeling full and energized longer than refined carbohydrates. 


Exercise is a key factor to losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is a healthy and natural way to burn calories, let off steam and relieve stress. Detox cleanses discourage exercise while fasting, making it more difficult to burn calories. 
Detox Water drinks are not a cleansing fast. They act as a natural diuretic to prevent bloating and are a great substitute for carbonated and sugary drinks. Well. Now we’re talking. Drinking lots of water is essential for losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight. 

Most Detox Water drinks are just water with fruit. However there are recipes that include vinegar and spices. Adding various fruits, vegetables and herbs to water creates a natural cleanse or diuretic. It also makes the water taste good which promotes drinking more water. The sweetness from the natural fruit also helps stave off the craving for sugary sweet drinks like juice or soda. 


Drinking more water not only makes you feel more full, it prevents dehydration which causes headaches, fatigue, muscle cramps, light-headedness and constipation. 


If you decide to try a Detox Cleanse watch carefully for these symptoms: headaches, fatigue, irritability and digestive problems. If you experience any of these symptoms you might want to rethink the fast and opt for a safer natural cleanse. 


As far as an all natural Detox Water, drink away. It is a healthy natural way to stay hydrated, prevent bloating, curb your appetite and reduce the craving for fatty sugary drinks and sweets. 


To get a free copy of my favorite Detox Water recipe go to https://www.irenegabelnick.com/free-recipe/ 


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