It’s been recommended that adults get at least 150 minutes of exercise per week. That’s a little over 20 minutes a day.
Below are some tips to get in more activity each day to keep you moving:
Vitamin E is fat-soluble and a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits including:
An average adult needs 15mg of Vitamin E per day, which isn’t too hard to accomplish. Here’s a list of foods with vitamin E and how much of their daily value (DV) they provide followed by the serving size:
Earlier this week we looked at how kosher salt is different from table salt. There’s one more popular variety of salt to consider: sea salt. Let’s take a look at some of the things that makes sea salt different:
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Regular table salt is typically iodized and goes through a refining process to have a uniform shape and color. Kosher salt was originally made for “koshering” meats by drawing out blood from the surface of the meat without absorbing into the meat itself. This salt could then be washed off without adding too much saltiness to the flavor of the meat.
Both have close to the same chemical makeup (sodium chloride plus or minus some additives) but the biggest difference is the structure of the crystals. Table salt is highly refined and made up of tiny square crystals. Kosher salt is made up of larger grains, almost like flakes, that have been processed less.
There are several reasons to consider using kosher salt:
It’s worth noting that due to a difference in the density of table salt versus kosher salt, you can’t follow a 1:1 substitution ratio. 1 cup of table salt will be increase the salty flavor of foods much more than 1 cup of kosher salt. You typically have to double the measurement of kosher salt if a recipe calls for table salt. The larger crystals of kosher salt mean that you can pack as much into the same area as table salt.
In less than a week, we’ll be ringing in the New Year. And with that comes the things we want to start doing (and maybe some things we want to stop doing) in the year to come. Here are some tips that can help keep you on the road to success:
It’s the time of year that you’re likely to hear songs of people proclaiming “here we come a-wassailing”, but if you aren’t sure what that means, we’re here to help.
Wassail is a hot, mulled cider drink whose name comes from the Anglo-Saxon phrase “waes hael” which means “good health”. Getting your hands on this beverage was the goal of “wassailing”, which was an English tradition that dates back to the 1600’s.
During wassailing, the less fortunate would travel the streets while singing songs of good cheer and good fortune in the hopes that someone would open up their home to them momentarily for a bite of food, warmth from their hearth, or a hot drink of wassail from their large, silver communal wassail bowl.
Traditional wassail was made of:
• mulled ale
• curdled cream
• roasted apples
Most modern recipes include (but can vary quite a bit):
• apple cider
• orange juice
• pineapple juice
• lemon juice
• brown sugar
• optional alcohol (brandy, sherry, whiskey, rum)
The modern version of the drink is typically warmed in a crockpot and shared among guests at holiday gatherings, mimicking the large wassail bowls of old but keeping the same spirit of generosity.
It’s the time of year where peppermint shows up in food, drinks, and even floating through the air to freshen a room. But is there something more to peppermint’s leaves than minty and festive refreshment? Below are some benefits that can come from peppermint tea and extracts:
Among all of the “once a year” foods that show during the holidays, festive drinks are a thing too. One of those drinks is eggnog. It’s been around since colonial times (George Washington had a recipe) but today you can buy it premade in a carton. So what’s in eggnog? Here’s what’s in traditional eggnog or what you’ll need if making it yourself:
Store-bought eggnog usually swaps the sugar for corn syrup and reduces the amount of egg yolks due to government regulations. There are also additional stabilizers like guar gum and carrageenan added. As you could probably guess, either kind of eggnog is high in calories and fat. A typical 1-cup serving with no alcohol has 343 calories and 19g fat (11g saturated) as well as 50% of your daily value of cholesterol, so enjoy in moderation.
If the Christmas spirit has you in the mood to get some chestnuts roasting on an open fire, we’re here to help. The best way to roast chestnuts is actually in your oven and it can make for a fun and delicious holiday tradition.
Be sure that the chestnuts you’re using come to a point on the end - those are called sweet chestnuts and that’s what stores will sell. The round ones you may have seen on the ground outside are horse chestnuts and they’re toxic and don’t taste good. Here are the basic steps needed to get the holiday treat going:
Chestnuts are high in fiber, copper, B Vitamins, manganese, folate, and thiamin so they're definitely a holiday tradition to feel good about!
Green tea is one of the few superfoods you can drink and its popularity continues to rise. You can either drink it or take a supplement to reap its benefits. But what are those benefits? Let’s take a look: