January 2011 Archives
The start of a new year is a great time to make a resolution for better health and well being. There are several factors that go into achieving and maintaining good health, but one of the most important things to keep in mind is the food you eat.
Exercise as well as programs like yoga and martial arts will help keep you fit, but nothing slims a belly, increases your energy, and staves off nasty things like heart disease, cancer and diabetes like a good diet. So let us take care of you in 2011, with our special healthy selections.
Asian cultures have been eating this stuff for centuries, and only recently have they become popular here in America. But they've definitely earned their fame. With no fat, no sodium, no cholesterol, and very few carbs or calories, this is a great food to build your diet around. And it's flexible enough so that you can constantly be creating new and unique ways to use them. Many of our customers use them in stir-fries, soups, alongside meat, or as cubes in a salad. You can even buy the block so that you can cut them into any shape you want, including ravioli or lasagna. Here are three more recipe ideas that you may want to check out. Chicken and Shirataki Noodles, Pork Shirataki, Shirataki Peanut Thai stir Fry. All three taste great, and they're good for you. So eat up!
Many people underestimate the health properties in rice. Rice expands in the stomach, making you feel more full than you really are, which is an excellent way to eat less. It is also very low carbs, calories, and sodium. It's got almost no fat, and no dangerous or unnecessary additives. You can throw some meat or spices, or maybe vegetables in rice, and make it into a meal. So start with rice and work your way up. You can make a stir-fry, a vegetarian dish with steamed veggies, a home made soup, or whatever else you can imagine.
Miso is a traditional Asian food that is made from rice, beans, and/or barley. Most people know of it from the delicious Miso soup, which is typically served at sushi restaurants alongside fish or rice. While miso is probably most popular for its various soups there are many more things to be made out of it than just soup. People commonly use it to braise vegetables, or as the main ingredient in a marinade. It is common in Japan to coat corn on the cob in Miso. They also use Miso for a lot of sauces.
Most people break their diet due to snacking. You might be eating healthy meals, but if you snack on unhealthy chips and soda throughout the day it ruins any health benefits your meals are giving you. So it's important to have some crackers or chips that you can snack on that taste good, and won't ruin your diet.
It's a good idea to make a habit out of drinking tea. It isn't very expensive, it's easy to make, and it boasts several health benefits that you can't get anywhere else. Tea contains polyphenols, which have been proven to lower incidents of heart disease and some cancers, if consumed regularly. It is relaxing, and a great way to unwind after a stressful day.
If you make a routine out of all the foods listed above, as well as a steady supply of fruits and vegetables, then 2011 will be a very healthy year for you. You can expect higher energy levels, more drive, and maybe even a better outlook on life! You can also check out our Recipe Page for some more great food ideas.