Foods, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Healthier Key Lime Pie

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Healthier Key Lime Pie

Can you believe that Healthier Key Lime Pie is actually creamier and more delicious than a traditional key lime pie recipe? It’s all because of the secret ingredient, a superfood that really bolsters the texture of this recipe. That’s right – use an avocado in the filling, and it turns a regular pie into a to-die-for recipe. This key lime pie recipe is a sweet end to a light dinner, and while lime is primarily a summer flavor, it tastes amazing all year long.

Serves: 6

Preparation Time: 50 min

Cooking Vessel Size: 9-inch Pie Plate

Ingredients

Crust:

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup walnuts

1/4 teaspoon course salt

1/2 cup pitted dates

Filling:

3 firm avocados

3 tablespoons key lime juice

1 teaspoon key lime zest (regular lime will work if key limes are not available)

1/2 cup raw honey

Pinch of salt

Garnish:

Lime slices as desired

Instructions

In a food processor, mix together the coconut, walnuts, and salt until coarsely ground.

Add the dates and process until the mixture resembles bread crumbs and begins to clump together.

Form the crust mixture into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch pie plate using the back of a spoon or your fingers.

Freeze crust in for 15 minutes to make more ridged.

While the crust is freezing, mix all the filling in a food processor until smooth.

Pour the filling into the crust filling just to the top of the crust.

Set in the refrigerator for 20 minutes or until set. Garnish with fresh lime slices.

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Health and Disease, Lifestyle

Keeping Your Body Hydrated, is not a Joke!

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Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. Type 1 Diabetics know first hand the importance of hydration. We need water as much as the air we breathe in!

Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!

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Foods, Health and Disease

10 Food Items Banned everywhere but here!

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  1. Butylated hydroxyanisole and Butylated hydroxytoluene

Both are used as preservatives in many chips and cereals available in US supermarkets. These ingredients have been shown to increase cancer risk in tests conducted on animals by the US Toxicology Program. BHA and BHT are not allowed in Australia, Canada, Japan, or all of Europe.

  1. Azodicarbonamide

Azodicarbonamide is used in white bread and buns to improve texture. Its banned in UK, Australia, and other European countries because it interferes with the human respiratory system which can lead to asthma and allergic reactions. In Singapore using this ingredient may lead to imprisonment of 15 years or fine up to $500,000.

  1. Recombinant Bovine growth hormone

Its a hormone injection given to cows in the US to increase milk production. Its banned in Germany, France, Italy, Canada, and others. Per American Cancer Society cows that are given this hormone are more likely to get udder infections so more antibiotics are given to them. This increased use of antibiotics may lead to severe health problems, milk containing this ingredient should be avoided.

  1. Potassium Bromate

Potassium Bromate is added to breads in US to avoid time involved in baking and saves money for bakery owners. Using this ingredient may lead to cancer in thyroid and kidneys. Its banned in Canada, Peru, Nigeria, and Brazil. USDA hasn’t banned it but does regulate its labeling.

  1. Olestra

This is added to foods to make them fat-free. Its banned in the UK and Canada because it can cause cramps and uncontrollable diarrhea. It also takes away the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

  1. GM Canola oil

According to NPR 90% of canola oil produced in US is genetically modified which is illegal in Europe. Farmers use many pesticides to produce this oil. Genetically modified canola oil takes away the chemistry of this fatty acid in a negative way.

  1. GM corn

In a study conducted on pigs it was found that the pigs given genetically modified corn and soy had frequent stomach inflammation and uterus enlargement. Manufacturers in the US are not legally obliged to label products as GM, its production is banned in France, Greece, and Algeria.

  1. Blue dye no. 1

Blue dye no 1, also known as brilliant blue, is banned in Austria, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, and Germany because it can lead to hyperactivity, aggressiveness, irritability, and learning problems in children. Its often found in ice cream, cereals, packet soups, and icing to provide their beautiful color.

  1. Yellow no. 6

Yellow no. 6, also known as sunset yellow, is the 3rd most widely used coloring ingredient in foods like macaroni and waffles. This coloring agent is associated with tumors in adrenal glands and kidneys. Using turmeric instead of this additive is a good idea. Its banned in Finland and Norway because of these health hazards.

  1. GM soybeans

Genetically modified soybeans are banned in Austria, Hungary, Greece, and Bulgaria. Studies conducted on animals found that GM soybeans may lead to allergies, sterility, and birth defects. Its used in energy bars, breads, and deli meats freely sold in US supermarkets.