Thursday, February 3, 2011

5 Ways To Feel and Look Better with Food You See Everyday - Food Tips



It was so hard for me to get out of bed this morning. Especially since I thought there was actually chance for us to have a snow day. Thanks Fox News, and NY1 for getting my hopes up!!   I had planned all the wonderful things I was going to eat at home, like creamy, hot chocolate and fluffy pancakes. I even thought of the movies I was going to watch and the recipes I was going to try from all the new cookbooks I got. But when that bubble was popped my excitement turned to low energy.  



Then I found out that Phil the Groundhog did not see his shadow meaning there was NOT going to be 6 more weeks of winter. I was happy to hear this because I can’t wait for the Sun to come out. Seriously, can I get some sunlight in the forecast?!? But then the panic set in that sun means less clothes and I definitely have stored up some nuts during the winter months.



So I wanted to find a way to put down the Oreos and pick up a better alternative. And I know that Spring is coming but it’s not here yet. So in the meantime, I need to find some ways to help boost my mood and give me more energy.
I figured I am not alone in this quest. So, I’ve posted two recipes with ingredients that can help improve your complexion, energy and mood. These are just a few that I am trying this week and I’ll have more to come. But If you have go to foods that have or haven’t worked for you please let me know. You can comment below or on my twitter feed @AishaFoodista




Water- An Energy Booster
  Believe it or not Water is a great way to boost your energy. We need water to produce energy and drinking water hydrates your body which helps fight fatigue. 




Olive Oil – Wrinkle Fighter against Sun
A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compared the diets and skin of people living in sun-exposed areas, and found that those with the least wrinkling had high intakes of olive oil, vegetables, and legumes.







Chile Peppers - Spicy way to Burn Calories
Some scientists say capsaicin, the element responsible for the spicy kick, may help your body burn calories at a slightly faster rate. But most Scientists do agree that capsaicin decreases your appetite when consumed from whole peppers. Varieties include jalapeno, cayenne, and habanero (the hottest). You can control the heat of peppers by removing some of the seeds and ribs.






Tomatoes - Antioxidants unite 
Are full of antioxidants beta carotene, vitamin C, and lycopene, all known to protect against sun damage and skin cancer. To increase your absorption of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant, researchers recommend cooking tomatoes in a small amount of olive oil.



 Garlic - More Discreet Cure for Athlete's Food
 Because of its anti-fungal properties it can help fight fungal infections, like Athlete's Foot. Keep in mind though that 
Garlic's medicinal properties are most effective when eaten raw. So enjoy it chopped up or eaten whole. 






Onions 
 Onions accelerate the break down of fats in your food. So instead of storing them in fat cells the body excretes them. 





Spicy Marinara Sauce
     Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

·             2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
·            3 cloves garlic crushed
·            1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
·            1 tablespoon tomato paste
·            1 32-ounce can chunky-style crushed tomatoes
·            Salt, pepper and Sugar to taste
·            1 teaspoon Italian dried seasoning
·            1 handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped 
          1 onion, sliced
                                                                     

Preparation

Add the Olive Oil to a medium-size saucepan over moderate heat. Add the onions, garlic and crushed pepper to the heated olive oil.
When the garlic sizzles, add the tomato paste, cook for one minute, then stir in the crushed tomatoes. Season the sauce with salt, pepper, sugar and Italian seasoning. Cook for five minutes and stir in parsley.






Kiwi Fruit
 Kiwi is incredibly beneficial for skin. It's one of nature's richest sources of vitamin C containing 100 percent of your recommended daily intake. The vitamin C in Kiwis prevents skin damage and helps build up collagen, a protein that keeps skin elastic.










Apples
Apples are a good source of pectin, a soluble fiber that digests slowly, which helps make you feel full. 





Ginger
   Add freshly grated ginger to your food and the flavor will help you feel more satisfied, so you'll eat less.





Kiwi Lemon Ice Delight
{adapted from Famous French Desserts}

Preparation Time: 15 minutes 
Freezer Time: 1 hour 

Ingredients:(4 people)

2 Lemons
3 Apples
4 Kiwis
1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
1 1/4 cup Low-fat Milk (or skim)
Handful of Chopped Fresh Mint (optional)

How to Make It:

1. Peel and slice 2 kiwis. Cover the sides and bottoms of four individual dessert bowls (prettiest when glass).
2. Peel the remaining 2 kiwis, apples, and lemons. Remove the seeds from the apples and lemons. Place all contents in food processor or blender and reduce to a purée with milk and sugar. Pour this mixture into serving bowls, over the kiwi slices and put in freezer for one hour.
3. Before serving, sprinkle mint over top.

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