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Helpful Calories in a Banana

September 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

When dieting, some people find it imperative to follow a plan or systems so that they can ensure their success.  One of the stepping stones in this system is eating foods that are lower in calories than other foods. The calories in a banana are much less than those in a fast food. For instance, instead of ordering a pizza, you can make your own pizza that will be significantly lower in calories, and also lots of fun to make!  When purchasing foods with labels that claim “low calories,” be sure to read the nutrition facts as well, because most foods can be lower in calories due to a reduction of serving size, which is misleading to consumers.  Instead of eating fatty meats, look up some protein shake recipes.

Generally speaking, low calorie foods are more natural, with less preservatives, artificial flavors, and additives.  Anything that is put into a food alters the food, and so when looking for low calories snacks, don’t go for chips, even if they are advertised as “low calorie,” but go for something like sunflower seeds, because you don’t have to eat half of the bag to feel satisfied, and therefore you will save calories in the end.  If you buy low calorie advertised cereal, but eat two bowls, you are eating the same amount of calories as your normal cereal, so why not just buy the cereal you would like to eat and monitor your eating.

When going out make sure to drink lowest calorie alcohocl since you will ingest a huge amount of calories otherwise.

The message here is that low-calorie foods are not all that they are advertised to be, and it is better to eat smart and save you the calories, than to just jump on the low calorie band wagon.

How to choose the right wine for your meal

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It can be confusing to select the perfect wine to compliment your meal. You need to be aware of the different types of wines and how each one enhances the flavor of food as the right pairing can vastly improve a meal.

The traditional rule was red wine with red meat, white wine with white meat and to start the meal with a light wine and finish with a red. But the types of wine as well as the variety of cuisines available nowadays makes the pairing a little more complicated.

A white sparkling wine or champagne can be served as an aperitif while a chardonnay will compliment an appetizer of bruschetta.

A main meal of roast chicken should be served with a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc or a Chenin Blanc while a Zinfandel or dry Rose would go well with BBQ chicken.

A Cabernet Sauvignon or a Merlot will pair perfectly with roast beef as would a Zinfandel.

Fish is traditionally served with a white wine such as Chardonnay or a Riesling whereas fatty fish like salmon will be perfect served with a Pinot Noir. Serve prawn and lobster with a Chenin Blanc or a Sauvignon Blanc.

A Port or sherry can be served for dessert.

Car Rents in Portugal Add Transportation

September 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Car rentals are a popular choice for vacationers and people on business to get around a foreign country or place. When visiting Portugal, this option is even more popular. Car rentals in Portugal are widespread and allow easy access to anywhere in the beautiful country. Cars in Portugal tend to be of high quality, high gas mileage, and easy to drive. By renting one of these cars, your business or vacation trip’s agenda is up to you. Renting a car is convenient because you do not have to follow any mass transportation schedules or be limited by the access these go to. Adding to this convenience, car hires are able to meet you at the airport, hotel, or other agreed upon place so that you are never without transportation. Car hires are available in Algarve, Faro, and some other major cities in Portugal. Driving through this beautiful country, you will have the luxury to discover the gorgeous countryside, ride through the quaint, lovely villages, or relax at the popular, upbeat beach towns that are located all along the country’s miles of coastline.

By choosing a car hire, you will save money by having no cancellation fee, no booking fee, and no airport delivery fee. Furthermore, you will have unlimited mileage in Portugal allowing you to have no limits to the places you desire to visit.