Sunday, June 27, 2010

Oil-Free, Yet Tasty, Stir Fry: Part I

Have you thought about enjoying a tasty stir fry, but didn't want the oil? Normally, stir frys start with a little olive oil or some other oil. Here's an alternative:

Use chicken or vegetable broth instead of the oil. Canned varieties of these broths are available. However, have you seen how much is in even the “low sodium” labeled varieties? Too much for me, thank you.

Make your own broth. It's so easy, it's a sin. Fill a two-quart pot with water. Put in a chicken breast. You can use either the bones or not, the choice is yours. The bones do provide extra flavor. If you want a vegetable broth, obviously, omit the chicken. Add some oregano, basil, tarragon, sage and rosemary. I've added some fresh mint and it's a kicker. :) To the herbs, add your veggies. These include some chopped onion, sliced carrots, broccoli, cabbage and potato. You can actually add any vegetable you want.

Cover and cook over medium heat until a boil starts. Stir to evenly distribute all the ingredients. Lower the heat. Simmer for another 15 minutes, until all the ingredients are cooked thoroughly. Poke with a fork for doneness.

When done, remove from heat. Remove the chicken and veggies onto a serving plate. This can be your dinner. Or, save for later use. The remaining water is your broth.

How easy is that? And...tasty..

Now that we have covered making broth...we have a base for our stir fry. Upcoming post...Stay tuned..:)

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Why You Need to Control Stress

We all know that uncontrolled stress can be the cause of numerous health ailments. Sometimes, it's obvious while other times it's not. Uncontrolled stress is the level where you feel your life is out of control. Some amounts of stress are needed. For instance, sometimes the added adrenalin gets things going. I know, for myself, that having time deadlines is stimulating and helps me stay on track. To some, the added stress of time deadlines may be too much. For me, it's welcomed. Everyone is different...For you, it may be something else.

Uncontrolled stress may result in:

Poor time management skills
Hair loss
Sleep deprivation
Poor nutrient absorption
High blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Muscle tightness
Mental instability
Excessive nervous energy
Overeating (if you use food as a comfort mechanism)
Skin disorders

On and on....

Stress management is essential.'s not that difficult.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Address the Mess

Join Steven Colbert's movement to help clean the Gulf Mess....

Easy Heart Healthy Habits

Everywhere we turn there seems to be news about how to maintain and develop a healthy heart lifestyle. Here are some suggestions, I hope you find useful. They work for me, so there's no reason they don't work for you.

Get more vitamin D.

End stressful relationships.

Play with animals, get a pet.

Engage in music therapy.

Increase your potassium intake.

Eat more whole grains.

Drink more green tea.

Exercise daily.

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Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Healthy Computer Tip

For those using a computer on a regular basis, here's something that may be helpful. Most of us need a mouse when using our computers. Instead of spending money on a new mouse pad, make your own.

Take some bubble wrap and roll it up into the size you need to lift your wrist to the proper height. Tape the bubble wrap to secure it in the roll formation. Place this roll underneath your wrist. The proper roll height will be when your hand is level with your wrist. You do not want your hand either going down or up when using the mouse. Using a mouse will help prevent the development of carpal tunnel syndrome.

Even if you need to purchase bubble wrap, it is dirt cheap compared to a new mouse pad.

Good luck and happy computing to you!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Mint To The Rescue...Marvelous Mint

Do you enjoy the taste of mint and peppermint? If so, you can gain numerous benefits other than its refreshing taste. Here are some ways the herb can help you...

Aids indigestion. When you experience stomach upsets, take some mint. Make a tea out of the herb and slowly sip it. Drink a cup of warm tea after a meal to help your digestion process. Add a tablespoon of dried peppermint leaves (organic preferred) to one cup of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes. Remove the leaves and enjoy your medical beverage. If you prefer, eat the leaves.

Controls cramps. Mint can help with your constipation, cramps and diarrhea. You can either use tea for this purpose, or take a capsule of peppermint oil extract to help relieve these symptoms.

Headache relief. Refresh your senses and ease your headache pain by using mint topically. Mix one drop of peppermint essential oil with one teaspoon of almond oil together. Apply the mixture to your fingertips. Gently rub both of your temples with the oil.

Increase alertness. Another topical use for mint can perk you up. Mix together five teaspoons of water and three drops of peppermint essential oil. Place this mixture into a spray bottle. Close the top. Shake to mix thoroughly. You can either gently spritz your face with this herbal mixture or lightly spritz your surrounding air. The choice is yours. Either way, you will begin to feel rejuvenated and alert. (This is great after one of those long BORING company meetings).

Aromatherapy. Simply smelling the fragrance of mint can improve your mental state. Grow some fresh mint and see what I mean.

Peppermint is used as a natural remedy for a variety of purposes due to its containing vitamins, menthol and essential minerals.


Friday, June 04, 2010

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