Category Archives: Healthy cooking

Markus Rothkranz Video Recap: Raw Sushi Recipe

In this video, lifestyle guru and motivational speaker Markus Rothkranz gives viewers how to make a raw and vegan version of sushi. It contains no rice or fish but tastes and looks like real sushi! The sushi only contains plants that you could find in your own garden. This video features Markus’ partner Cara Brotman doing the cooking.

First, Cara makes slices the sharp edges off some aloe vera and peels the skin off. Then, she rinses the aloe vera off under cold water to remove the gooey gel and bitter flavor from its surface. Next, she places the aloe vera into some beet juice to give it color and flavor.

The next step is to make “rice.” Cara uses parsnips for this. She cuts it into small pieces, then adds it to a food processor. Then, she adds some cashew butter to the rice to hold it together. Next Cara cuts a strip of toasted seaweed to make a sushi wrapper. After that, she takes a tablespoon of rice, molds it into an oval, and places it toward the bottom of the seaweed strip. She then adds the aloe vera “fish” on top of the parsnip “rice.” Finally, she rolls the sushi up and seals the seaweed strip ends.

The video ends with Cara showing off her final creation. She then tells viewers that this sushi recipe can be found in her and Markus’ “gourmet uncookbook” Love on a Plate on page 180. You can also find the recipe at rawvegansushi.com.

Save Your Brain with Dr. Daniel Amen’s Nutritional Guidelines

Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered a link between the types of foods eaten and the relation to the health of the brain and its normal functions. There are seven areas that outline the types of foods that are best to control and maintain a healthy holistic diet for the body and the brain.

Water
Each person is made up of roughly 80% water. Dr. Daniel Amen recommends that each person consume at least 84 ounces of water each day. Avoid adding sweeteners, caffeine, sugar, or alcohol. Non-carbonated drinks, herbal teas, or water infused with real fruit are qualified replacements.

Calories
Dr. Daniel Amen advises that keeping the amount of calorie intake at a minimum will aid in the control of weight and avoid obesity. Keeping track of these calories will also lower the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

Fats
The body requires certain amounts of specific fats to function properly. Fats and oils that come from fish contain a form of omega-3 fatty acids that are beneficial to the function of the gray matter of the brain, the emotional balance, and the retina portion of the eye.

Antioxidants
Antioxidants help the body to rid itself of unwanted free radicals. Dr. Daniel Amen recommends foods high in Vitamins C and E and those foods rich in beta carotene such as oranges, cranberries, and kiwi.

Balance
Dr. Daniel Amen recommends that a healthy brain diet includes a balance of fat, high fiber carbohydrates, and lean proteins. Reduce and eliminate the simple sugars and replace with healthy alternatives.

Favorite 24
Choosing a list of favorite foods to rely on is Dr. Daniel Amen’s recommendation to help keep people on track with their health goals. Having great and familiar foods to call upon will help to keep the dieter on a positive track.

Snacks
Dr. Daniel Amen recommends that there is a definite plan for snacks. Carrying such things as dried nuts and fruits will help keep the healthy focus of the diet. This will help to discourage the temptation of less healthy alternatives that may be available when hunger strikes.

Dr. Daniel Amen has discovered and developed a healthy dieting system to enhance the health of the body and the mind. His nutrient-rich diet has evoked the creation of a number of award winning books including “The Daniel Plan,” and he has gained recognition for the treatments of ADD and depression.

Cooking Healthier Food

Bend your back if you have to in order to get some healthier cooking into your diet. One of the things that you might enjoy about going home after you move out of the house is the cooking. Many parents will prepare a large meal for their children when they come home, and there are many families that will cook every day of the week instead of going to a restaurant in order to save money or to spend time with each other.

The delicious home cooking that you get might not be as healthy as you think. You can control the amount of seasonings and flavors that are added, but there are some foods that just aren’t that good for you no matter how you eat them. Most people who cook at home will eat larger portions and will spend more time on their feet in the kitchen.

These can be triggers for health issues like heart problems or a stroke. There are some cooks who will add butter, salt and other ingredients to a dish so that it taste better, but they don’t realize what it’s really doing to the bodies of those who eat the food. Hopefully we don’t have to make too many calls to North American Spine for the people who put in extra work to start eating healthier.

Big Food Portions Equal Big Bites

The more food that is on your plate, the bigger each bit you take will be. That is according to the conclusion of recent research and it seems to effect women more so than men.

The need to increase the speed of eating seemed to increase as plat portions increased. The research showed that the smaller amount of food on the late, the slower the person would eat. As the eating rate slowed, so did the amount of food and calories consumed at each meal, enabling the test subjects to lose weight or at least maintain their current weight. Larger portions of food equaled faster eating and the consumption of more food and more calories which in turn increased the weight of the test subjects.

Potion size directly effects eating behavior as the study concluded. The test subjects to reach the conclusion were healthy females, ranging in age from 18 to 65 that were overweight to the degree of having a body mass index of between 25 and 35 kg/m. Common foods, like chili con-carne over rice were fed to the testers, with each portion weighted for accuracy and served in exactly the same manner with the same tableware. The finding were always the same over the 5 study meal times – big food portions equal big bites and vise-versa.  The effect also happens with dogs, and owners that put down too much Beneful for their dogs.

New Year, More Sugar and More Deaths

Along with all the resolutions the New Year will bring, a new record will also be set – the record for the highest sugar consumption is predicted to be set in 2015. The 171 million tons of sugar predicted to be used world-wide in 2015 will set a record and also explain why we can’t (or won’t) keep our traditional New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Not exactly something to brag about, but it is reality.

 
The World Health Organization recommends that a person only consume six teaspoons of sugar each day. Many like Gianfrancesco Genoso try to stay well under that. That includes the sugar you put into your cup of coffee as well as the sugar hiding in other foods you may eat, like peanut butter, yogurt and sodas. The six teaspoons recommended translates in 23 teaspoons of actual sugar consumed per person, per day.

 
All this added extra sugar being consumed has led us down a pathway of rampant obesity and diseases associated with obesity, like diabetes and heart disease. This new world record of sugar consumption and the negative after-effects on health that the excessive consumption has caused and is continuing to cause has some believing that sugar should be treated as a controlled substance. Over three million deaths per year can legitimately be traced back to the direct over-usage of sugar, so perhaps the power-that-be are correct, perhaps sugar should be treated like a controlled substance.

Better Oils For Cooking and Frying

After looking up a new recipe while surfing the internet on FreedomPop from the train, I’m always raring to go by the time I get home. However, there are a ton of recipes that require some form of oil for me to be able to cook and eat.

So which oils are healthier, and which are to be avoided? Well essentially, you want to avoid anything that comes from an animal.

But of course, it’s also important to realize that no oil is truly healthy. They are all providing fats that can contribute to heart disease. But there are plenty that are healthier for you than others.

For example, Olive Oil is a godsend, when it comes to baking and some types of cooking. Although OO has a very low smoke point, so it’s not ideal for frying.

For that, peanut oil is your best friend. Nice high smoke point, and plenty of great benefits through their oils, this is a much better alternative than animal based, or vegetable oils. Both of which contain an uncomfortably high level of bad saturated fats.