What are some easy, and delicious, ways to drink more water? If you’re like a lot of people, you’re not crazy about it. Fortunately, you can jazz up the taste with a few simple tweaks. You can even sneak in some vitamins, too!
by Gemma Greene, Staff Writer, BlackDoctor.org
(BlackDoctor.org) — On Valentine’s Day, nothing comes closes to the rich, decadent experience of chocolate…just about anything chocolate. Not only delicious, but topped with health benefits as well, serving this creamy temptation is a great way to celebrate the holiday with someone special.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
• 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate cut in small pieces
• 5 tablespoons water
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1 tablespoon light sour cream, at room temperature
• 5 large eggs, separated, at room temperature
• Pinch of salt
• 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
For the best results, all ingredients should be at room temperature. In a heavy medium saucepan over low heat, melt the chocolate with the water, stirring until smooth and shiny. (The mixture must never be hot, only warm to the touch.)
Remove from the heat. Stir in the butter and light sour cream slowly until smooth. Whisk each yolk into the chocolate mixture, one at a time, gently and slowly so as not to stiffen the chocolate, but still to maintain the gloss.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the whites with the salt until foamy. Add the sugar and beat until stiff but not dry. Scrape the chocolate mixture into a medium bowl. Stir a small amount of the whites into the chocolate. Fold in the remaining whites until almost smooth.
Scrape into a serving bowl, cover loosely and refrigerate, preferably overnight. Mousse is best chilled for 24 hours. Feel free to decorate the mousse cups with chocolate sprinkles or chips, chopped nuts or a sweet touch of whipped cream.
You’ve probably already been to a holiday party or two, so you know selections can vary from delicious to deliciously dangerous. So how do you know what tasty treats to choose?
Choose: Olives Over Nuts
Like olive oil, olives are high in monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol. They’re also low in calories. Each olive has only about five calories and less than a gram of fat, while one pecan, for example, has almost 14 calories and nearly two grams of fat. And though you can toss back numerous nuts almost too easily, olives often require a little more work. And when you’re left with a plateful of pits, you’ll know exactly how many you’ve put away.
One little note about nuts…they’re high in monounsaturated fats, and they’re a good source of fiber and arginine, an amino acid that helps keep blood vessels relaxed and open. So, maybe a small handful won’t hurt you.
Choose: Soft Cheese Over Hard Cheese
Brie is hardly a health food, but some soft cheeses (like Brie and goat) are slightly lower in calories than hard cheeses (like Cheddar and Gruyère). A one-ounce serving of Brie?about the amount you’d put on two crackers?contains 94 calories; one ounce of Gruyère has 117 calories. While all cheese is high in fat?most of it the artery-clogging, saturated kind?soft cheeses have a tiny bit less fat than hard (eight grams in an ounce of Brie, nine in an ounce of Cheddar)…though hard cheeses do tend to have slightly more calcium than the softer varieties.
Choose: Veggies & Dip Over Cheese & Crackers
A platter of nutrient-rich vegetables wins over a saturated fat-filled cheese board. But even here some offerings are better than others. “Favor colorful vegetables, like red peppers, carrots, and broccoli,” suggests Kristine Clark, a registered dietitian and the director of sports nutrition at Penn State University, in State College, Pennsylvania. But remember that dips can contain higher fat sour cream or mayo, so use caution. But in general, filling your plate with a veggie mix guarantees that you’re eating a wide variety of vitamins and antioxidants.
Choose: Mini Quiches Over Pigs-In-A-Blanket
Both are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. But when
forced to choose the lesser of two evils, nutritionists agree that
quiche has more redeeming qualities?including some calcium from the
cheese, high-quality protein from the eggs, and perhaps some extra
nutrients from any vegetables that are mixed in. “The piggy option is a
highly processed meat packed with additives,” says registered dietitian
Mary Ryan, “and the ‘blanket’ is a refined carbohydrate often made with
Choose: Roast Beef Over Ham
Roast beef is less processed, contains about half as much saturated
fat, and has three times as much iron. It’s also rich in B vitamins.
Both meats are great sources of protein, but the ham has almost three
times as much sodium.
Remember that the American Medical Association has linked too much
red-meat consumption with an increased risk of colon cancer. So eat
Choose: A Gingerbread Cookie Over A Sugar Cookie
Both are empty calorie options, but the average sugar cookie has
about twice as many calories as a gingerbread cookie, thanks to large
amounts of butter. “Anything that tastes buttery and has that nice,
delicate texture is going to be really high in calories,” says Ryan.
Sugar cookies are also twice as high in saturated fat.
Choose: Cocoa Over Eggnog
Eggnog and cocoa that are both made with real milk both have lots of calcium, about 300 milligrams in eight ounces. But eggnog, as the name implies, also contains eggs and sometimes heavy cream and brandy, which translates into about 300 calories and 12 grams of fat in a five-ounce serving. “Cocoa, even when it’s made with whole milk, has only half the calories of eggnog,” says registered dietitian Kristine Clark. Cocoa also contains potent antioxidants called flavonoids that help prevent arteries from clogging and keep blood platelets from sticking together.
Eating healthy, delicious meals is more expensive than eating junk (or eating the same boring thing every single day), right?
Did you know that, with a little organization and creativity, you can save money and still eat healthy, tasty, high-quality foods?
Step 1. Plan your meals. Set aside regular blocks of time for planning meal and making your grocery list. Try looking for recipes on the Internet.
Step 2. Shop smart. Consider the time of day, day of week, and even week in the month that you shop. Generally, the grocery is the least busy early in the morning, in the middle of the week, and on any day but the first day or two of the month (when many people get paid).
Food Choices That Will Save You Money
Here are some healthy foods to add to your grocery list:
• Beans. Can be used to make nutritious, hearty soups, and can be a main course with the addition of fresh vegetables or rice.
• Brown Rice. Great addition to leftover meat and veggies. Although brown rice is slightly more expensive than white, the nutritional payoff is well worth it. Another inexpensive, easy-to-fix grain, millet, is best when bought fresh. Simply rinse and toast before using it in recipes.
• Whole-wheat Pasta. Quick and easy to prepare, and can be paired with veggies, meat, or a fresh salad. Get creative by adding different vegetables, spices and herbs.
• Fresh vegetables and fruit. These are essentials that should always be on your list. Buy when they’re in season, to ensure optimal taste and nutrition. You can also rely on frozen varieties. Veggies make great stir-fries, while fruit is good for a quick nutritious snack.
• Meat and fish. Try the newer tuna and salmon pouches, and shop for inexpensive cuts of meat that work well in stews and casseroles.
• Condiments. These add flavor and interest to your dishes. Keep a selection of dried herbs, spices, curry powder, marinades, vinegars, tomato and soy sauces, along with stock cubes, in your cupboard. Try experimenting with the new flavors as well.
Money-Saving Cooking Tips
• When cooking, make extra portions. Then, either freeze them, or use them later in the week for lunches or quick suppers.
• Save your vegetable trimmings to make your own vegetable stock. Not only do you save money, but vegetable stock also makes a nutritious base for casseroles, soups, and Crockpot cooking.
• Buying in bulk is almost always cheaper; you can freeze perishable items (such as meat, milk, and even bread) in smaller portions to use as needed. It’s always a good idea to buy non-perishable items in bulk (canned foods, dried beans and grains, etc.).
• Use less expensive cuts of meat for casseroles that you slow cook; add extra vegetables and beans to make the meal go further.
• Capitalize on one-pot dishes, which generally save prep time, money, and dishwashing, and often make great leftovers.
• Limit your dining out, especially when it comes to fast food, since you’ll find yourself spending unnecessarily on items that are high in fat, salt, and calories, which short-change you in the nutrition department.
Don’t Forget Your Daily Healthy Eating Goals:
• Limit your intake of junk food
• Drink lots of water (at least 8 cups a day)
• Limit salty and sugary foods
• Avoid eating foods high in saturated fats
Though it takes a little planning, creativity, and work, the rewards of healthy, smart shopping can be a happier body…and wallet.
Afro Fusion Cuisine introduces the Milwaukee community and beyond to a fresh, authentic and urban point of view on ethnic cuisine inspired from West Africa.
Afro Fusion Cuisine Brands LLC, based in Milwaukee, WI is a family owned culinary company operated by a native African aiming to share with the Milwaukee community and beyond the pleasure of sharing social moments around a delicious African meal. Afro Fusion Cuisine offers a cultural experience through a unique and eclectic selection of West African staples and culinary services inviting you to a yummy escape, a sensorial experience of West Africa.
Afro Fusion Cuisine products and services include:
- Organic easy to use Spice blends, dry rubs and seasonings– African inspired organic spice blends, marinades and sauces guaranteed to bring an authentic African twist to your everyday meal. Made in small batches from fresh ingredients with your health and delight in mind!
- Catering– Authentic West African appetizers and dishes along with Fusion foods for all your special occasions
- Taste of West Africa Dinners & Tasting Parties organized around the Milwaukee area in great locations to immerse the community into African food and culture
- African Cooking Classes & Diversity seminars – Excellent opportunity to engage the community on learning West African culinary heritage and sociological relationship with foods.
Afro Fusion Cuisine will be housed in Milwaukee Downtown, in the heart of the third Ward at Kasana Collective on 241 N Broadway (in the Broadway Galleries Building).
Upcoming events in town:
- Oct 20– 8AM-6PM- Food Exhibition at State Fair Small business expo
- Nov 2, 7PM- Taste of West Africa dinner party – call 414-326-9251 to RSVP (limited seating and Valet parking)
- Nov 16 – VIP launch Party (Invitation only)
- Nov 26 – Taste of Home cooking class downtown Milwaukee (Call 414-326-9251 to RSVP)
Make African food an option for your next big event. Whether you are planning a special meal at home, a private party or a big event let us delight your guest with a splash of flavors and an unforgettable journey to Africa in a single bite. Call us at 414-326-9251 today to request our catering menu or book your next event. Visit us online at www.afrofusionbrands.com. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/afrofusioncuisine/ and twitter @afrofusioncook
Afro Fusion Cuisine, Experience the Thrill of a culinary Safari!
MILWAULKEE, WI – Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage, Inc. has unveiled Malone’s Country Pates, a new line of delicious gourmet pork products. Using only natural ingredients, and without fillers, preservatives, artificial colors or flavorings, Glorious Malone’s makes each of the four varieties with select pork raised exclusively in the mid-western United States. With their satisfying flavor and texture, the taste and appearance of the unique pates are similar to European-style country pates.
The four flavors of Malone’s Country pates include Mildly Smoked, with its subtle smoked flavor and smooth texture, Spicy Mild with just a hint of peppercorn spice, Smokey Hot that’s seasoned with smoked paprika, and Jazzy Hot with a lively peppercorn flavor that’s guaranteed to wake up the senses. Each variety is packaged in convenient and easy-to-serve packages (approximately 8 oz. each).
“Our new Country Pates are not only delicious, they’re also very versatile,” said Daphne Jones, Glorious Malone’s CEO. “Of course they’re great for snacking on a cracker and they make a terrific sandwich, but they’re also wonderful stirred into scrambled eggs or tossed in a salad. You could even deep fry battered cubes for an irresistible appetizer.”
For 30 years, the family business has been producing exceptional all-natural headcheese and smoked sausages, and last year shipped nearly 500,000 pounds of its distinctive products to delicatessens, taverns, and in supermarkets throughout the Midwest.
Originally established by Glorious Malone with her husband George in Milwaukee, in 2011 the founder was posthumously inducted into the prestigious Meat Industry Hall of Fame, and was officially recognized as the first African-American woman to earn accreditation from the United States Department of Agriculture.
“Throughout her life my mother was an innovator,” added Jones. “In her honor we are very pleased to introduce these exciting new delicacies.”
For wholesale inquiries, contact the Product Coordinator at [email protected] or at 414-264-9894.
Privately owned and operated, Glorious Malone’s Fine Sausage, Inc. uses superior ingredients, refined production techniques and three generations of Southern culinary traditions to produce the finest quality headcheese, sausages and pates for discerning customers around the United States. More information is available at www.malonesfinesausage.com.
Delavan, Wisconsin — Who says fair food can’t be healthy and mouthwatering. At this year’s Wisconsin State Fair it’s possible to combine farm-fresh quality, flavor and local inspired tastes all in one hearty good for you meal. That’s why discriminating lamb-lovers and health-conscious eaters attending the upcoming Wisconsin State Fair, August 2 to 12 in West Allis, Wis., will want to seek out all-natural, premium farm-raised, WisconsinLamb™. Located in the Wisconsin Products Pavilion, Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, LLC, the producer of WisconsinLamb™, of Delavan, brings a new twist to fair food with an upscale version of local gourmet inspired tastes that are fresh, healthy and delicious.
New this year, WisconsinLamb™ has partnered with local artisan producers to bring a mouthwatering menu of big flavor. One can experience the savory menu featuring Roasted Slice Leg of Lamb cooked to perfection for a succulent, exquisite taste. The all-natural, premium farm-raised, WisconsinLamb™ Roasted Leg of Lamb coupled with authentic cucumber sauce made using Sugar River Dairy’s Greek Yogurt promises to be a flavor-filled experience of local indulgence. Or bite into a sweet and tangy BBQ Pulled Lamb sandwich drizzled in Papa Woody’s BBQ sauce, made locally from scratch, and placed on an artisan bun.
“We bring the mild and sweet taste of high quality locally grown and processed lamb from our farm to fairgoers,” says Steve Pinnow along with his wife Darlene Pinnow, who own and operate Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, the producer of WisconsinLamb™. “Offering exceptional flavor and mouthwatering tastes from a roasted slice leg of lamb to a BBQ pulled lamb sandwich; the State Fair is an opportune time for us as producers to make connections with those taking interest in local food, its quality and learn how our lambs are carefully raised.”
Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, the trusted producer of WisconsinLamb™, the largest grower and processor of top grade lamb in the state, has been family-owned and operated. With complete pasture-to-plate oversight, Pinn-Oak Ridge is able to offer a high-quality gourmet product. The lambs are fed natural grains and handled humanely. Pinn-Oak Ridge’s own artisan cutting and packaging facility assures that lamb chops, spare ribs, boneless leg of lamb, ground lamb and other quality custom cut lamb products meet the needs of health-conscious eaters.
Beyond the 11 days of the State Fair, WisconsinLamb™ is available year-round throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. Milwaukee-area fans of naturally delicious foods can shop Metcalfe’s Market of Wauwatosa, Outpost Natural Foods and Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms on-site and online retail stores for premium lamb. Fine dining restaurants including Chicago’s famed Spiaggia serve this delicately flavored specialty which provides the nutrition profile and consistent quality you expect from a gourmet product. If you don’t see it on the menu, ask for it by name.
For more information on the product line, a list of restaurants, grocery stores, order online or recipe ideas using premium lamb from Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, LLC, the producer of WisconsinLamb™, visit www.wisconsinlamb.com.
As Wisconsin’s largest grower and processor of top grade lamb, Pinn-Oak Ridge Farms, LLC, the trusted producer of WisconsinLamb™, Delavan, Wis., knows lamb bringing more than a lifetime of farming expertise. The Pinnow family hones the raising of premium lamb — an all-natural, rich flavor, tender meat on their century family farmstead. Having complete control of lamb from pasture to plate delivers unmatched freshness and quality every time. A protein rich meat known for its mild and sweet taste packed full of superior nutrition is conveniently available year round. WisconsinLamb™ brings elegant cuisine to your menu with just the freshness and flavor nature intended.