Sunday, December 29, 2019
Yummy Salmon Recipe
This recipe provides 4 servings.
1) 4 salmon fillets approximately 6 ounces each
2) 2 tablespoons olive oil
3) 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
4) 1/4 teaspoon pepper
5) 2 teaspoons minced garlic
6) 1 1/2 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning blend
7) 1 medium lemon
1) Heat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a large baking pan with a little olive oil. Arrange salmon fillets on the baking sheet and season with sea salt and pepper.
2) Stir together olive oil, minced garlic, Italian herb blend, and juice of 1/2 lemon. Spoon over salmon fillets being sure to rub all over the tops and sides of the salmon.
3) Thinly slice remaining 1/2 of lemon and top each piece of salmon with a slice of lemon.
4) Bake for approximately 15 minutes until salmon is opaque and flaky when pulled apart with a fork.
Recipe suggestion: Garnish with fresh thyme if desired and serve.
Saturday, December 21, 2019
1) Dark Leafy Greens
Dark leafy greens like collard greens, kale, and spinach contain an abundance of anti-inflammatory compounds, including vitamins C and E and antioxidants, which curb inflammatory processes.
2) Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
The consumption of olive oil is associated with a reduced amount of inflammatory markers in the blood. Approximately 9 different polyphenols work to limit inflammation in the body through various mechanisms, including decreasing the production of pro-inflammatory messenger molecules.
A key compound in ginger called gingerol suppresses pro-inflammatory compounds.
4) Ground Flaxseed
Flaxseed contains ALA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that helps protect against cardiovascular inflammation. They are also rich in lignans, a polyphenol that inhibits the formation of platelet-activating factor, a risk factor for inflammation.
It contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds that inhibit pro-inflammatory messengers. Along with antioxidants, it has been shown to limit the progression of atherosclerosis and to promote heart health.
Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which inhibit a pro-inflammatory enzyme called COX. Omega-3 fatty acids also counter the pro-inflammatory effects of omega-6 fatty acids.
Thursday, December 19, 2019
When you laugh, you are doing something very healthy, you are reducing levels of certain stress hormones. In doing so, laughter provides you with a safety valve, of sorts, that shuts off the flow of stress hormones and the fight-or-flight compounds that quickly take action in your body when you experience stress, anger, or hostility.
Stress hormones suppress the immune system, increasing the number of blood platelets (which can potentially cause obstructions in arteries), and drastically raise blood pressure…very serious stuff, am I not right!?
Remember, when you are laughing, natural killer cells are going to work, assisting in weakening viruses and potentially destroying other illnesses.
Remember, the mind, body and spirit loves a good laugh!
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
What is mood food?
Mood food consist of 3 ingredients: humor, music, and people.
When you find yourself stressed, in less than a good mood, distracted by obligations, etc.…remember the term, mood food.
It is a reminder of 3 things that you can do to improve your mood 1) find some humor in your daily life, listen to some jokes, watch a comedy, 2) enjoy some music that immediately begins to change your mood, and 3) surround yourself with people that put a smile on your face.
Mood food…3 ingredients!
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Caribbean Chicken Salad
This recipe provides 4 servings.
1) 2 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, fully cooked, cut into bite size chunks
2) 1/2 cup and 1 teaspoon teriyaki marinade sauce
3) 2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
4) 1/2 cup chopped onion
5) 2 teaspoons minced jalapeno pepper
6) 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
7) 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
8) 1/4 cup honey
9) 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
10) 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
11) 1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
12) 1-1/2 teaspoons lime juice
13) 1 pound mixed salad greens
14) 1 (8 ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
15) 4 cups corn tortilla chips
Place the chicken in a bowl, and cover with the teriyaki marinade sauce. Marinate at least 2 hours in the refrigerator; cook marinated chicken until internal temperature is 160 degrees F.
In a small bowl mix the tomatoes, onion, jalapeno pepper, and cilantro. Cover salsa, and refrigerate, it least 30 minutes.
In a small bowl, mix the mustard, honey, sugar, oil, vinegar, and lime juice. Cover dressing, and refrigerate, it least 30 minutes.
Arrange mixed salad greens on plates. Spoon some of the salsa over each salad, and sprinkle with 1/4 of the pineapple chunks. Break tortilla chips into large chunks, and sprinkle over salads. Lay some of the chicken chunks on each salad. Finally, drizzle dressing over each salad, and serve.
Friday, December 13, 2019
It’s the time of year for you to reflect on 2019, what goals did you set?
Did you accomplish your goals, if so what worked in the process and what necessary adjustments did you have to make along the way, if any?
It is also time to begin thinking about your goals for the upcoming year, 2020 and what action steps you will take to accomplish your goals.
Thursday, December 12, 2019
This recipe provides 6 servings
1) 4 thin-cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2) Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
3) 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
4) 2 teaspoons garlic powder
5) 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
6) 4 medium tomatoes, diced
7) ½ red onion, finely chopped
8) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
9) ⅓ Cup fresh chopped fresh basil, plus more leaves for garnish
10) Balsamic vinegar, for topping
11) Grated parmesan cheese, for topping
1. Season the chicken on both sides with sea salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken to the pan and cook until browned on both sides and fully cooked, approximately 8 minutes.
Suggestion: Serve with your favorite salad.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
If you have ever experienced stomach issues, or know someone that has, you know it is not fun, at all!
With this being said, I strongly recommend the following book. It is very insightful and informative.
“The Bloated Belly Whisperer,” by Tamara Duker Freuman, MS, RD, CDN
Insight leads to awareness and this awareness leads to goal achievement in health, mind and spirit.
Sunday, December 8, 2019
The following is an actual phone message that I received regarding a repair of our stove, arrangements made by our landlord (Linda):
“Hi Linda, this is Carol, actually…Hi Robert this is Carol from the appliance repair department, your parts are hopefully due in by Wed.
I am pre-scheduling you for Friday, if that does not work please let us know, if it does, one of the girls will give you a call on Thursday with a time for Wed.
She was distracted for whatever reason (s), for example she was not calling Linda (first error) and (second error) “a time for Wed,” when she began the sentence by saying she was pre-scheduling for Friday.
I discuss internal/ external distractions and effective communication in my book, as I have previously stated, my book is a handy reminder for such things that affect us all, on a daily basis, such as effective communication and focusing skills.
All of us make focusing and communication errors, this being said, with the insights offered in my book we are in a much better position to recognize and improve our focusing and communication skills.
When we improve our focusing and communication skills we greatly increase our chances of accomplishing our goals and realizing our dreams!
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts
This recipe provides 6 servings
1) 1 ½ pounds Brussel sprouts, cut in half through the core
2) 4 ounces pancetta, diced
3) ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
4) 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
5) Sea salt and black pepper to taste
1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place the Brussels sprouts on a sheet pan, including some of the loose leaves, which turn crispy when they’re roasted.
2) Add the pancetta, olive oil, sea salt and pepper, toss with your hands, spreading out in a single layer.
3) Roast the Brussels sprouts for approximately 25 minutes, until they are tender and nicely browned and the pancetta is cooked. Toss once during roasting.
4) Remove from the oven, drizzle immediately with the balsamic vinegar, toss again and serve hot.