Are You Using The Wrong Oil in Your Diet?

Using the wrong type of cooking oil can actually be making you gain weight. It can be so frustrating in trying to understand what the best cooking oil is to use. One minute you are told to use peanut oil, then told that olive oil is not all that it is made out to be. This article will try and clear all of this up for you. 

Many manufacturing companies do falsely represent their oils. They tell you that their oil is healthy and will help you lower your cholesterol levels, while improving your blood pressure and more. In reality you are being misled by these companies. 

The problem with vegetable oils is that the oil needs to be extracted, and this can only be done by using a chemical process, not a natural one. These oils are ones such as corn oil, sunflower, oil, canola oil and soy bean oil. 

This technology is fairly new so decades ago people just did not eat this type of oil at all. Which is also the reason why obesity was not such a huge concern then as it is now. 

Vegetable oil is used in so many products including almost every single processed food out there on the market. Adding too much vegetable oil in your diet can lead to many health problems including weight gain, inflammation, heart disease, high cholesterol levels and more. 

The problem with vegetable oil is that it contains huge amounts of Omega 6 oils. It is important to understand that the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 oils should be kept at 1:1. Adding vegetable oils and processed foods throws this off completely. It is not unheard of for people to have ratios as high as 25:1. 

The biggest side effect of obesity is gaining weight. While our body does require fat to repair our cells, it does not require such high levels. When too much fat is available the excess is simply stored as additional fat. 

This excess storage leads to problems such as clogged arteries and has been indirectly linked to some cancers. 

So what can you do to combat this? 

The easiest thing for you to do is to avoid using vegetable oil whenever possible. In fact try not to use it all. Unfortunately this is not as easy as it might sound. As we mentioned before vegetable oil can be found in pretty much every type of processed food. 

While avoiding vegetable oil as much as possible will be a huge boost to your health. There are other choices you have when it comes to cooking with oils. These are oils which are normally pressed as opposed to extracted, even filtered oils are usually a better choice too. 

The healthiest oils available today include: 

  • Ghee
  • Palm oil
  • Butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil 

Try these oils out in different ways. Use butter or ghee for frying eggs and onions. Coconut oil is great for roasting vegetables. Try them out and see which ones you like the most. 

Whether you are trying to lose weight or just eat in a healthier manner, it is important to pay attention to the types of food you are including in your diet. Try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible. Get into the habit of reading food labels to see what type of oil the product contains. Remember you are making lifestyle changes and not just on a ‘diet’. 

By avoiding vegetable oils and replacing it with a better alternative you will be doing your entire family a service. You will all stay healthier and slimmer and be happier for it. 

5 Ways to Protect Your Children from the Sun

The only certain way to protect yourself from the sun is to stay indoors all the time, away from the windows.  However, that is not realistic!  

 

Sun safety is therefore something that you can start teaching your children from an early age.  By instilling a healthy respect of the sun from an early age, you are setting them up for a lifetime of improved health.

 

Here are some ways to begin protecting your children from the sun:

 

 

  • Apply sunscreen at all times

 

 

It is quite normal for people to use sunscreen when they know that they will be spending a day at the beach, but not as common when they are going outdoors for a short time in the summer, on a cloudy day, or even in the winter.  It is important to realize that even incidental sun exposure can result in damage to the skin.  

 

Be sure to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (for protection against both UVA and UVB) with a minimum SPF 15 every time you and your children are going outdoors.  In fact, the Sun Safety Alliance recommends that children use nothing lower than a SPF 30. In addition, be sure to look for sunscreen ingredients such as avobenzone, oxybenzone, zinc oxide, or titanium dioxide.

 

Reapply every 90 minutes to two hours, or sooner if sweating or swimming.

 

 

  • Seek shaded shelter

 

 

Find a tree or use an umbrella or cabana to seek shelter from the sun.  This still requires that you use sunscreen as you and your children will still be exposed to the sun’s rays that reflect, but at least you are cutting down some of the direct exposure.  

 

 

  • Wear sunglasses

 

 

The rays of the sun damage the eyes, which can result in corneal burns (sunburn of they eye’s surface).  In later life, the cumulative effects of sun damage can also result in cataracts and/or macular degeneration of the eyes.  So be sure to teach your children the importance of wearing sunglasses from an early age.  

 

Choose sunglasses with 100% UV protection, and wear them even on days when it is not sunny.  The sun’s rays can bounce off snow and pavement, just as easily as they do off of sand and water.  

 

 

  • Avoid those times of the day when the UV radiation is at its highest

 

 

This will vary on where you live.  For example, if you are closer to the equator, the UV rays are more direct there throughout the day.  In general though, if you live in the Northern Hemisphere, the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. are the times of the day to avoid as the sun is higher in the sky then.  

 

 

  • Wear large-brimmed hats and tightly-woven fabrics

 

 

Hats will protect the scalp, ears, and neck.  

 

When looking for tightly-woven fabrics that will help protect your children from the sun, be sure to hold up the fabric up to the light to ensure that light is unable to pass through it.  If light does not pass through it, then you also know that the sun’s rays cannot as easily.  

Your Online Marketing Strategy

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Every business today should have a strong online presence. This will allow you to potentially reach out to more customers than you would with regular marketing methods. A solid online strategy will allow you to increase your business image, send more traffic to your site and promote customer awareness. 

There are various marketing strategies that you should implement to achieve this. Use the following tips to help you plan a strategy that will give you results. 

Develop a Marketing Message

You should work on creating methods that clearly project your marketing message. This needs to be done in such a way that your audience clearly knows what message you are sending. Work on understanding what your message is first, then practice writing it out so that it becomes super clear. 

Who is Your Target Market? 

This aspect is vital and should not be overlooked. Take the time to research who it is your products or services are targeting. It is not always the group that you first had in mind.  Learn how they operate, how they think, their wants and desires. By doing this you will discover ways that you can easily market to them. Without this knowledge your marketing strategy will not be as successful as it could be. 

Discovering Your Options

Any good business will know what their options are and how to put them into play. No matter how great your marketing strategy is, it will eventually come to a standstill. By having options in place, you can simply move on to the next thing. 

Be Consistent

A good marketing strategy will offer consistency. This includes ensuring that your branding and any promotional materials are all consistent. This way your potential customers will know who is sending the message. Use the same image and logo across all of your social sites. Keep the branding in place on your website or blog. Eventually customers will associate this look with your business name. 

Always Follow Up

As well as following up with your customers you need to follow up with your online marketing strategies. This way you can identify which methods were successful or not. You will then know what areas of your business need tweaking or changing completely, and what methods to keep in place. 

If you take the time to include all of these points into your marketing strategy, you will have a well thought out plan in place. You will know how to communicate with your audience and you will know who it is you are targeting with your messages. 

By having a good marketing strategy in place your business will prosper and grow. So take the time to put yours into place today. 

Your Daily Word Prompt – Enrich – August 17, 2019

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White Bean Dip with Seasoned Pita Chips

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This delicious white bean dip is a great addition to any party menu. It is quick and easy to make – and your guests are sure to love the subtle balance of flavors packed into each bite. It is perfect with mildly seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités. 

 

Tip: A little bit of fresh sage goes a long way. If you aren’t sure how much to use, start with a small amount. Then taste and add more, if desired. 

 

Although you can use the same extra virgin olive oil for the entire recipe, adding a drizzle of a higher quality variety right before serving will add an extra “pop” of flavor. 

 

Yield: 6 servings
Total Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

 

Seasoned Pita Chips:

6 pitas
3 T. extra virgin olive oil
Salt and black pepper, to taste 

 

White Bean Dip:

1 15-oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

3 cloves fresh garlic, peeled
2 T. fresh lemon juice
2 – 3 large fresh sage leaves
1/3 c. extra virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper, to taste
1 T. high-quality extra virgin olive oil

Dash cayenne pepper


Directions:

 

Preheat oven to 375°F. 

 

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut each pita into 8 equal-sized wedges. Lightly brush pita wedges with olive oil on both sides and place on lined baking sheet. 

 

Season pita with salt and pepper before placing in oven. Bake for 5-6 minutes before turning each wedge. Return to oven and continue baking for another 5 or 6 minutes, or until pita wedges are golden brown. Remove from oven and set aside. 

 

Add cannellini beans, fresh garlic, lemon juice, sage leaves, and olive oil to the bowl of a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 

 

Pour bean mixture into a serving bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Right before serving, add a dash of cayenne pepper and a drizzle of some high-quality extra virgin olive oil. Serve with seasoned pita chips or vegetable crudités.

Grilled Herb-Rubbed, Bone-In Pork Chops

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Grilling pork chops is an entirely different experience than grilling red meat. While steaks can be charred on the outside and a delicious shade of pink or red inside, pork needs to be more uniformly cooked throughout. Therefore, use a medium direct heat while grilling pork so the inside cooks evenly with the outside.

 

Keep in mind when assembling the ingredients for the herb rub that it is more of a template than a hard-and-fast rule. We aren’t going for dainty precision with this technique, just a uniform infusion of robust herbal flavors. 

 

Ingredients:

        2 T. kosher salt
    6-8 large fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces

2 stems fresh rosemary, leaves stripped from stems and crushed 

2 T. fresh thyme leaves, crushed with fingers

3 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and roughly chopped 

1 T. black Hawaiian salt  <<insert affiliate link>>

4 thick-cut bone-in pork chops, approximately 1” thick

Directions:

Combine salt, basil, rosemary, thyme, garlic and pepper thoroughly in a small bowl. Rub mixture over all sides of pork chops until thoroughly covered. 

 

Scrub grill grates with a wire brush prior to starting. Preheat grill to medium before adding pork chops over direct heat. Cook for 7-8 minutes, turn once, but otherwise keep the lid closed as much as possible.  If your chops are thinner or thicker than 1”, adjust cook time accordingly. 

 

Remove chops from heat, cover and let rest for 3 – 5 minutes before serving. Serve with a grilled summer vegetable medley and top with a pat of compound butter seasoned with the same herbs used in the rub. 

 

 

 

 

Broiled Angel Food Cake with Maple Whipped Cream

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Once you’ve tried broiled angel food cake, there is a good chance you’ll never want it any other way. With a crisp, golden brown crust reminiscent of toasted marshmallows and that tender melt-in-your-mouth interior you’ve come to expect from angel food cake, this is sure to become one of your favorite go-to dessert recipes for fast and delicious results. 

 

This recipe can be made with your favorite homemade angel food cake recipe or with the store-bought variety. However, if you buy a pre-made cake, look for one that is not packaged inside a disposable baking pan. The exterior of cakes sold like this tend to be very sticky, which makes them more difficult to slice. Look for one that is packaged with just plastic wrap around it for protection, instead. 

 

Ingredients:

 

1 pint heavy whipped cream
1-2 T. real maple syrup

1 angel food cake, homemade or purchased
5 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 pint fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and cut into chunks or slices

½ pint fresh blueberries, washed

Directions:

 

In a large glass bowl, blend 1 pint of heavy whipping cream with a hand or immersion blender until it doubles in size and changes texture. Then, drizzle maple syrup into the bowl and continue blending until the mixture is light and fluffy. Set aside. 

 

Place your oven’s top rack on the highest setting and turn the broiler on high.  

 

Due to its round shape, angel food cake is normally cut into a series of wedges. However, the pieces will not brown evenly under the broiler if cut like this. Instead, carefully slice the angel food cake with a sharp knife into equally thick sections by making a series of parallel 2” wide cuts, starting on one side of the cake and working toward the opposite side. Trim the pieces so they are all approximately the same size. The result should be uniformly sized pieces that will brown evenly.

 

Place the angel food cake slices on a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush the top with melted butter. Turn over each piece and repeat on the other side. 

 

Place baking sheet under the broiler until a golden-brown crust starts to form. (You may need to rotate the baking sheet to get uniform results). Keep a close eye on the cake during this time because it can burn very quickly. Once toasted, remove baking sheet from oven and turn over each piece of angel food cake. Place back under the broiler and toast the remaining side until golden brown.

 

To serve, arrange toasted slices on individual serving plates and top with maple whipped cream and fresh berries.