Food Snark

Eating more whole grains

March 23, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

All throughout the evolution of mankind we have gone through many cycles of food preparations and varieties. During old ages, before most of the modern conveniences are invented, it was whole food. The industrial revolution completely changed the way we prepare food for consumption. Now again there is renewed awareness for using whole grains.

The Dietary Guidelines for the U.S. recommends that we eat six servings of grains a day and half of which to be whole. How can we incorporate the suggested servings of whole grains to our diet? Here are some ideas.

Learn varieties of grains available. You will be amazed to see the number of grains available. Farro, spelt, rice, and kamut are some examples you can try.

Learn how to cook each whole grain. It is simply boiling but you need to learn to control the amount of water to use as well as how long to cook.

Look for substitutes. Whole grain is a good substitute for processed pasta or cleaned white rice. Also, look for nutrition in your substitute.

Seek help. Talk to your friends who may have already tried or using whole grains. They can show you some excellent ways you can incorporate whole grains.

Calories in banana – The Versatility

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Bananas are a versatile fruit that lots of people enjoy every day across the world. They are grown across the world especially in tropical areas. A part from other fruits like apples and Oranges, Bananas make up the 4th biggest fruit crop on the planet. It is suitable for an energy boost when taken on its own. One Banana can provide a pleasant energy increase whenever you feel you need one. For the gym goers, it is more useful because when taken before a workout, there are adequate Calories in a Banana for a boost in pre-workout.

Calories in a Banana depend on the size of the banana itself, varying from 72 in small bananas to 121 calories in larger ones. The calories mostly come from carbohydrates. Starch forming naturally and natural sugars create form the bulk of the carbohydrate content. Just like the Calories in an Orange, the calories in a banana changes on the ripening and age of the fruit, when it ripens the levels of sugar rises and the levels of starch decreases. This happens both when it is on the tree and off the tree. When the starch levels are low, it means that the fruit ripens and gains more color thus it is thus easier for the body to digest.

In contrast the levels of Proteins in a banana are extremely low; it makes up about 1% of its whole calorie content. The calories from fat are also negligible, making up less than a half percent. Apart from the low calories, bananas have extremely low saturated fat along with high levels of potassium(see here for a list of potassium rich foods). They do not have cholesterol and are more in dietary fiber and Potassium.

Cooking Using Healthy Meal Recipes

March 18, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Whether you are trying to lose weight or are simply trying to eat better for health reasons, healthy meals recipes are available to help you cook your way to your goals. These recipes incorporate many vegetables and nutritious low fat meats in combination to create delicious, savory, yet healthy meals. When choosing a healthy dinner recipe, consider the preparation times, ingredients, and health benefits. The recipes will give you step by step directions as to how to prepare the meal. Often, the recipes will also include images as to how the meal will look once finished, as well as during each step of the cooking and preparing processes. As always, it will be important to control portion size when preparing and eating these delicious meals.

 By joining an online community that is dedicated to helping others post and create healthy recipes for dinner and other meals. In order to get the freshest ingredients, many posters recommend purchasing vegetables, meats, spices, and other foods from a local farmer’s market. By shopping locally, you will not only have the freshest ingredients, but you will also be giving back to your community directly. In cooking these fresh, healthy meals, it is easy to treat yourself, your family, and your guests to a homecooked, satisfying meal that no one will have any regrets after eating. Whether you are an experienced gourmet chef or are just beginning to experiment with cooking healthy meal options, planning your meals that are centered around healthy ingredients will help you reach your goals of both weight loss and a healthy lifestyle.

Tips on Being a Top Chef

March 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A chef is one of the more illustrious persons in the hospitality industry. Being a top chef is a top priority for many in hospitality jobs. A top chef is admired and renowned. Some big names command celebrity status and the money that comes with it. Chefs have been known to hobnob with top political and Hollywood personalities and even give a restaurant a big name. Indeed, some restaurants can not be if the resident chief is no longer in place. Being a top chef however, comes by being determined and working hard.

To succeed at being a chef as well as any other restaurant jobs, you have to be creative. There are so many recipes to experiment with. A top chef comes out as the guy with an imaginative flair for putting all tidbits together to make a great meal. For those starting out, it is a good idea to pick a niche in which to specialize. Take seafood for example. If you excel in this niche, you become the chef to go to for those who have a taste for great seafood, or bush meat or vegetarian foods.

There are few other hospitality careers that need a managerial mindset than a chef’s job. As the head of the kitchen, the chef must have organizational and coordination skills. In a large restaurant, the kitchen staff can run into hundreds and the chef needs to be on top of issues. It is not uncommon for a chef to take a management course to complement kitchen skills.