Black-eyed peas usually make an appearance around the New Year in the hopes of ushering in good luck. While the luck thing hasn’t been proven yet 😉 the health benefits of black-eyed peas have been.
🌟 1 cup of cooked black-eyed peas contains:
0.9 g fat
35 g carbs
13 g protein
11 g fiber
6 g of sugar
24% of the daily value (DV) for iron
4% DV for calcium
14% DV for potassium
23% DV for magnesium
23% DV for copper
15% DV for zinc
89% DV for folate
41% DV for manganese
🌟 Their fiber content makes black-eyed peas great for supporting healthy digestion. They also contain prebiotic fiber, which helps feed the good bacteria in your gut. Increasing your fiber intake may even help reduce acid reflux and stomach ulcers.
🌟 Eating legumes such as black-eyed peas can help lower your LDL or “bad” cholesterol and inflammation in your body, which can help improve your heart health.
🌟 Black-eyed peas are a good source of complex carbohydrates. These take longer to digest and can help you feel satisfied longer and avoid giving into cravings.
🌟 Folate is critical to creating healthy genetic material and new cells and black-eyed peas are a fantastic source of it. This can help people of all ages but is especially helpful for pregnant women as it may help increase the development of their baby’s spinal cord and brain.
When a new year is about to begin and you’re considering what you want to do differently for the next 365 days, it can be daunting. We’ve got some tips to help keep success attainable as you strive to meet your goals:
1. Think it through.
• Take a few days to let your new goals roll around in your mind. Imagine what success will look like and determine if you think it’s possible in 365 days. You want a challenge but you have to be realistic too.
2. Have a few goals in mind.
• Having only one resolution is too much pressure on one specific aspect of your life. Having too many can make you feel trapped. Three to four is a good number to make you feel like you’re accomplishing something and let the small victories act as catalysts for the next ones.
3. Make them measurable.
• Being specific is helpful. Don’t strive to “exercise more” as that’s too open-ended. Instead set a measurement for how much more, such as four times a week. This helps define what success looks like.
4. Celebrate successes.
• Notice when you make improvements for what they are - something better than it was before, no matter how small. It can help to keep some notes about success to see it in writing and look at what may have contributed to it.
5. Mix up the time frames.
• Try to get a mix of goal time frames. Too many “daily habit” goals can make each day feel like a chore. Consider adding one goal that’s daily, one weekly, one quarterly, and one that you can do once per year.
🥛 It’s been around since medieval times.
- Most historians trace eggnog back to a warm milk-based drink from the 13th century called posset that consisted of eggs, spices, milk, figs, and wine.
🥛 It’s pretty high in calories and fat.
- One cup of nog with no alcohol yields 343 calories, 19g of fat, and 50% of your daily allotment of cholesterol, so enjoy it in moderation.
🥛 It was popular in early American colonies.
- It’s thought that early colonists brought the idea for eggnog over with them from Britain. They’d usually add rum to the warm milky mixture because alcohol such as whiskey and cognac had high taxes that made them too pricey.
🥛 George Washington was a fan of it.
- Our nation’s first president shared his own recipe of eggnog that included cream, milk, sugar, brandy, whiskey, rum, and sherry.
🥛 It may be named after a cup.
- Colonists referred to rum as “grog” and it was commonly served in little wooden mugs called “noggins”. The drink became known as “egg-n-grog” and eventually “eggnog”.
🥛 It has its own national day and month.
- Conveniently enough, December is National Eggnog Month and Christmas Eve is National Eggnog Day.
🥛 It caused a riot.
- On Christmas in 1826 at West Point Military Academy in New York, a riot broke out that became known as The Eggnog Riot. Alcohol had been snuck into the base to spike the Christmas party’s eggnog. As the party went on late into the night, nearly one-third of the academy’s cadets (around 260 men) imbibed and grew out of control. This led to broken windows, bayonets being charged, rifles being fired, broken furniture, and court-martial proceedings that lasted until March of the next year.
A recent poll asked people to choose their preferred Christmas foods in a series of head-to-head match-ups containing 58 different dishes. Here are some of the highlights with where they placed and the percentage of overall popularity.
❄️ The top five most popular were:
1. Roasted potatoes - 76%
2. Mashed potatoes - 75%
3. Turkey - 73%
4. Bread/Rolls - 70%
5. Stuffing/dressing - 70%
🎄 The bottom five were:
54. Cabbage - 29%
55. Goose - 28%
56. Turnips/turnip greens - 27%
57. Plantains - 24%
58. Tofu - 11%
🎁 Some notable entries:
11. Ham - 62%
14. Macaroni and cheese - 61%
22. Deviled eggs - 56%
32. Glazed carrots - 50%
38. Potato pancakes/latkes - 45%
52. Duck - 33%
• Collagen is responsible for providing structure and strength to skin, bones, tendons, cartilage, connective tissue, and teeth.
• It’s the most plentiful protein in your body and makes up about ⅓ of its protein.
• The word “collagen” comes from the Greek word “kólla”, meaning glue.
• There are over 16 different types of collagen.
• As you age, your body produces less collagen and the quality of it decreases as well.
• The four nutrients used in most collagen production are: vitamin C, proline, glycine, and copper.
• Foods that can help collagen production include: citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, eggs, cabbage, asparagus, meat, seafood, tofu, organ meats, sesame seeds, cashews, and lentils.
• Behaviors that can damage collagen include: consuming too much sugar or refined carbs, excessive sun exposure, and smoking.
You may have noticed green beans making an appearance on our menu a few times recently and there’s a good reason for that. Aside from being delicious and versatile, they offer a pretty impressive amount of nutrients in a meager one cup serving:
🌱 40 calories and almost no fat (0.3g).
🌱 They contain no cholesterol but have 4g of fiber.
🌱 They’re a low FODMAP food and won’t upset things like irritable bowel syndrome or acid reflux.
🌱 2.4g of protein per cup.
🌱 They’re high in vitamins A, C, K, and manganese.
🌱 You’ll also find a decent amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, copper, and potassium in green beans.
Magnesium is helpful for everything from a healthy heart to strong bones and teeth, but today we’re looking at what it can do for your gut health.
🔳 Magnesium helps muscles to relax and contract. This works for skeletal muscles and the smooth muscles of your intestines, which can lead to more efficient digestion.
🔳 It also boosts digestive enzyme reactions to help break down fats, proteins, and carbs for better nutrient absorption.
🔳 Low levels of magnesium may cause your bowels to become sluggish and can lead to constipation and stomach cramps.
🔳 The stomach acid levels in your body can be better regulated when you’re getting the right amount of magnesium too. This helps digestion overall and can help balance indigestion and heartburn.
🔳 Stress can affect how well your digestion is doing, among other things, and magnesium can help balance stress levels by improving the strength of your neurotransmitters, leading to a more relaxed digestive system.
🔳 Foods that are rich in magnesium include almonds, spinach, pumpkin seeds, salmon, and Brazil nuts.
🏠 After Kevin attacked Buzz at dinner, what got spilled on the passports and tickets that were out on the counter?
🏠 What was Fuller’s bed-wetting-fuel drink of choice that he really needed to “take it easy on”?
🏠 What food does Kevin order once he has the house all to himself?
👉 “A lovely cheese pizza” from Little Nero’s
🏠 What is Kevin eating as he jumps on his parents’ bed when he realizes he “made his family disappear”?
🏠 What does Kevin make for his dinner the night the Wet Bandits show up?
👉 Microwavable macaroni and cheese
🏠 What does Santa give Kevin as he tells him not to “spoil his dinner”?
👉 Spearmint Tic-Tacs
🏠 What does Kevin leave out on a plate for Santa and his reindeer?
👉 Keebler Chips Deluxe Rainbow cookies, milk, and carrots
🏠 At the end of the movie, the snow that’s coming down outside the McCallister’s house is actually what food?
👉 Mashed potato flakes blown around with fans!
It may not seem like much but a mere one ounce handful of almonds (roughly 23 almonds or ¼ cup) can yield a large variety of beneficial nutrients. Here are the details:
▫ 165 calories
▫ 6g protein
▫ 14g fat (80% monounsaturated, 15% polyunsaturated, 5% saturated)
▫ 6g carbs
▫ 3g fiber (13% DV)
▫ Calcium - 7% DV
▫ Iron - 7% DV
▫ Zinc - 7% DV
▫ Potassium - 6% DV
▫ Vitamin E - 36% DV
▫ Vitamin B2/riboflavin - 14% DV
▫ Magnesium - 20% DV
▫ Manganese - 37% DV
▫ Copper - 16% DV
▫ Phosphorus - 14% DV
Ordering sushi can be a little tricky if you’re following a gluten-free diet...but it’s not impossible if you know what to avoid.
First, here are the standard components that should be gluten-free:
🍣 Rice - It’s naturally gluten-free in its plain form.
🍣 Fish - As long as there aren’t additional seasonings or ingredients with gluten, fish on its own is gluten-free.
🍣 Vegetables - Fresh vegetables with no additional ingredients are all gluten-free.
🍣 Seaweed - You’ll usually find sushi rolls wrapped up in seaweed, which is a gluten-free plant.
And here are the things you should pay close attention to and possibly avoid:
❌ Soy Sauce - Surprisingly enough, most soy sauces contain wheat and aren’t gluten-free.
❌ Teriyaki Sauce - It’s common that teriyaki sauce contains soy sauce, which isn’t gluten-free.
❌ Marinated Fish (unagi) - The marinades used are typically soy sauce or soy sauce-based.
❌ Fake Crab Meat (surimi) - It’s common for fake crab meat to contain wheat-based ingredients.
❌ Tempura - The batter used in tempura to coat the fried fish or veggies usually contains wheat.
❌ Rice Vinegar - The National Celiac Association cautions that rice vinegar may contain wheat, but the label on the bottle should tell you.