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A Guide to Cooking Oils

15 Feb

 

Check out this amazing cooking oil comparison chart from cookingrules.com. I guess I should quit being such a butter-lover.

 

Enjoy!

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It’s Thursday! Time for me to tell you things you probably already know.

12 Jan

Snacks! They’re good for you.

  • Dried Fruits and Nuts – Raisins are gross. Craisins however: magnificent.
  • Healthy Dips – Hello Guacamole!
  • Low Fat Yogurt – Check the label, they’re not all good for you.
  • Oats – Keep you full longer!
  • Smoothies – Not McFlurries.
  • Chocolate? – Yep, a few squares of dark chocolate are totally justifiable. My squares just happen to be a lot larger than most people’s.
  • Fresh Fruit – Who knew, right?

 

* You can actually lose weight by snacking, as long as your eating the right kind of foods. Having a small snack in between meals gives you an energy boost and increases the amount of time in between meals (and helps prevent over eating during a meal).

 

Fun-sized Snickers? Who’s this fun for? Not me. I need six or seven of these babies in a row to start having fun. – Jeff Garlin

Mmmm a little fro-yo and some kisses? Sounds pretty sweet.

The Good, The Bad and The McDonalds

5 Jan

Here is a list of good and bad fats from Gordon Ramsy’s Healthy Appetite cookbook:

Olive Oil

  • One of the better fats to use in cooking. Classified as a monounsaturated fat that can lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol.

Vegetable Oils

  • Such as – sunflower, corn, soy. Classified as polyunsaturated oils. Consume these in moderation. Provides essential fatty acids, omega-3’s, omega-6’s and can lower bad cholesterol.

Saturated Fats

  • Found in animal products: red meat, butter, lard, hard cheeses, creams and whole milk. This fat should be eaten in moderation because it raises both good and bad cholesterol levels. Choose lean cuts of meat. Ramsay advises to never spread butter on bread. I agree. Sorry, Mom.

Hydrogenated Oils

  • We’ll call this one the McDonald’s fat (A.K.A. trans fats, or trans fatty acids). It’s used mostly in processed foods and will increase bad cholesterol, while lowering good cholesterol. Things to avoid: commercially baked pastries, shortenings, margarine. Can cause heart disease! (and alzheimer’s, cancer, depression, infertility… among other things)

Here is a list of food that should be avoided due to high levels of Trans fats:

  • Margarine
  • Canned Soups – Make your own! Check out my soup recipes!
  • Packaged foods – Cake mixes and bisquick are not your friends
  • Anything deep-fried – Does that go without saying?
  • Frozen food – May claim to be healthy. Check the label.
  • Chips and Crackers –  : (
  • Dips and Spreads
  • Packaged Cookies
  • Breakfast Cereal – Watch out for cereal bars, they’ll getcha.

New Years… no beers?

5 Jan


Dude's going to fail.

It’s that time of year again. Time for the oh-so-good intentioned pile of New Year’s Resolutions.

I can’t help you get more dates, or organize your book collection.. or whatever it is people make resolutions to do, but if you’re looking to lead a healthier lifestyle…

YOU’RE IN LUCK!

Every Thursday I’ll be posting a simple tip or trick that you can incorporate into your daily routine. That way, you can gradually introduce yourself to a healthier lifestyle. Sports Illustrated Cover, here we come!

* Almost 80% of people FAIL at their new years resolution. Small, specific changes that are implemented gradually are the most likely to succeed. Always reward yourself for following your plan! (also, you should have a plan)

McDonalds Is bad for you.
And they eat your children.

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