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Low Carb Asian Noodle Dish with Pork Recipe

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Low-Carb Asian Noodle Dish With Pork Recipe

 

This low-carb noodle dish can be made with shirataki noodles or tofu noodles.  Chicken can be used in place of the pork. This recipe has a passing similarity to Dan Dan Noodles.

 

Ingredients

2 12 oz packages shirataki or tofu noodles

1 lb ground pork

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup dry sherry

1/3 cup peanut butter

1 tablespoon rice vinegar or cider vinegar (rice vinegar can be sugary)

1/2 teaspoon Asian chili sauce or other hot sauce

8 cloves garlic – minced, pressed, or grated

2 Tablespoons grated fresh ginger

2 Tablespoons sesame oil

l lb bean sprouts

6 green onions or scallions, chopped

Pepper

1-2 Tablespoons mild oil, such as peanut or high oleic safflower oil

Preparation

1) Mix ground pork, 2 Tablespoons of the soy sauce, and the sherry together, and set aside.

 

2) Mix the rest of the soy sauce with the peanut butter, vinegar, and hot sauce together, although with 1/4 cup water.

 

3) Heat skillet or wok until hot. Add peanut or other mild oil to the pan and cook pork, breaking it up into small bits as it cooks.

 

4) Meanwhile, rinse noodles in hot water in a colander, and cut them up into shorter pieces with kitchen or regular scissors.

 

(I just stick my scissors in and cut a few times.)

 

5) When meat is brown, add the ginger and garlic, and cook another minute or so, until fragrant.

 

6) Add sauce mixture and the noodles. Toss together and heat through.

 

7) Add bean sprouts and toss again. Sprinkle top with scallions.

 

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Diets and Weight Loss, Foods, Health and Disease, Uncategorized

Do you have this key Warning Sign for Diabetes?

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Do You Already Have This Key Diabetes Warning Sign?

Men have it. Women have it. Even some children have it these days.

It goes by many “cute” names: muffin top, beer belly, love handles…

These names my sound cute, but you need to cringe.

We know there’s nothing cute about belly fat.

That’s because the inflammatory chemicals produced inside belly fat trigger diabetes and other diseases. And if you do develop diabetes, you are more than twice as likely to die of heart disease or stroke.

Your doctor may tell you to lose weight or to exercise — while writing you a prescription that does nothing to cure diabetes.

You find out after a short time, that this does not work for you.  You have tried many diet plans, and different approaches to loosing that muffin top, beer belly and love handle.

Give us a call if you need to loose weight, and nothing is working.    It is most likely not your fault for trying so hard.

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Foods, Uncategorized

Zucchini Fries

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Zucchini Fries

 

3 to 4 zucchinis depending on size

 

1/3 cup nutritional yeast

 

1 cup bread crumbs (we used Trader Joes Organic Bread Crumbs, but you can sub gluten-free or whatever you prefer)

 

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

 

1 teaspoon basil

 

2 teaspoons dried parsley

 

2 teaspoons

 

1 teaspoon salt

 

2 eggs

 

Avocado Aioli

1 ripe avocado

 

1/2 cup basil leaves

 

1 clove garlic

 

1 tablespoon lime juice

 

1/2 teaspoon salt

 

1 teaspoon

 

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 

1 tablespoon plain, unsweetened yogurt

 

Preparation

 

Preheat the oven to 420°F. Wash and slice the zucchini into strips about two inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. In one bowl, crack and lightly whisk both eggs. In another bowl, pour in the nutritional yeast. In a third bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, salt, paprika, basil, and parsley. Take your zucchini slices and dip them one by one in the nutritional yeast, egg, and then bread crumb mixture, and place them on a parchment paper lined sheet. Once each zucchini fry has been coated and is on the sheet, place in the oven and back for 20 to 25 minutes (no need to flip). Fries are done when the coating is brown and crispy.

 

While the fries are baking, make the avocado aioli in a food processor or blender by adding all ingredients and then blending

 

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15 Best Foods For Your Brain

 

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15 Best Foods For The Brain

 

  1. Avocados

This fruit is one of the healthiest ones you can consume and one of my all-time favorites. While avocados often get a bad rep because of their high fat content, it’s important to note that these green powerhouses are packed with monosaturated fats or the “good” kind, keeping blood sugar levels steady and your skin glowing.

 

Containing both vitamin K and folate, avocados help prevent blood clots in the brain (protecting against stroke) as well as help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.

They’re also rich in vitamin B and vitamin C, which aren’t stored in your body and need to be replenished daily. Plus, they have the highest protein and lowest sugar content of any fruit. Not too shabby! Avocados’ creamy texture makes them a smart addition to smoothies and a replacement for fats in baked goods,

 

  1. Beets

It might be their funny shape or memories of bad recipes eaten during childhood, but beets seem to be an intimidating food for many people, even vegetable lovers. That’s a shame, because these root vegetables are some of the most nutritious plants you can eat — they’ve even earned a spot on my healthy foods shopping list.

They reduce inflammation, are high in cancer-protecting antioxidants and help rid your blood of toxins. The natural nitrates in beets actually boost blood flow to the brain, helping with mental performance. Plus, during tough workouts, beets actually help boost energy and performance levels. I love them roasted or in salads

 

  1. Blueberries

Proving that great things do come in small packages,blueberries are a fruit I try to eat daily. That’s because they’ve got so many great health benefit ­while tasting like an all-natural candy!

For starters, it’s one of the highest antioxidant-rich foods known to man, including vitamin C and vitamin K and fiber. Because of their high levels of gallic acid, blueberries are especially good at protecting our brains from degeneration and stress

 

  1. Bone Broth

Bone broth is the ultimate food for healing your gut and, in turn, healing your brain. This ancient food is full of health benefits, ranging from boosting your immune system, overcoming leaky gut, improving joint health and overcoming food allergies.

Its high levels of collagen help reduce intestinal inflammation, and healing amino acids like proline and glycine keep your immune system functioning properly and help improve memory. Bone broth is what I prescribe most frequently to my patients because it truly helps heal your body from the inside out.

 

  1. Broccoli

Your mom got it right when she told you to eat your broccoli. It’s one of the best brain foods out there. Thanks to its high levels of vitamin K and choline, it will help keep your memory sharp. (4)

It’s also loaded with vitamin C — in fact, just one cup provides you with 150 percent of your recommended daily intake. Its high-fiber levels mean that you’ll feel full quickly, too

 

  1. Celery

For a vegetable with such few calories (just 16 per cup!),celery sure does offer a lot of benefits. Its high levels of antioxidants and polysaccharides act as natural anti-inflammatories and can help alleviate symptoms related to inflammation, like joint pain and irritable bowel syndrome.

Because it’s so nutrient-dense — packing loads of vitamins, minerals and nutrients with very little calories — it’s a great snack option if you’re looking to shed pounds. And while we often eat celery stalks, don’t skip the seeds and leaves; both provide extra health benefits and taste great in things like stir fries and soups.

 

  1. Coconut Oil

Ahh, coconut oil, one of the most versatile — and good for you — foods out there. With more than 77 coconut oil uses and cures, there’s almost nothing that coconut oil can’t help.

And when it comes to your brain, it’s full of benefits, too. Coconut oil works as a natural anti-inflammatory, suppressing cells responsible for inflammation. It can help with memory loss as you age and destroy bad bacteria that hangs out in your gut. (5)

 

  1. Dark Chocolate

Not all chocolate is created equal; in fact, dark chocolate can actually be good for you! Chocolate is chockfull of flavonols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. They can also help lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to both the brain and heart.

But don’t go wild munching on Hershey’s Kisses just yet. Most of the chocolate you see on supermarket shelves is highly processed with few benefits. The rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate, the more health benefits.

Skip milk and white chocolates and opt for a minimally processed dark chocolate with at least 70 percent of cocoa..

 

  1. Egg Yolks

On the nutritional naughty list for years, egg yolks are finally experiencing their well-deserved day in the sun. If you’ve been eating only egg whites, the yolk’s on you. Yolks contain large amounts of choline, which helps in fetal brain development for pregnant women. It also breaks down bethane, a chemical that produces hormones related to happiness. That’s right, eggs can make you happy! (6)

If you’ve kept away from eating eggs whole because of cholesterol concerns, there’s good news. Studies show that eating eggs had no effect on the cholesterol levels of healthy adults and might, in fact, help raise good cholesterol levels.

It’s also one of the most inexpensive sources of protein out there; just be sure you’re buying organic, free-range eggs. Need some egg-spiration?

 

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Real extra virgin olive oil is truly a brain food. Thanks to the powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols that are found in the oil, including EVOO in your diet may not only improve learning and memory, but also reverse the age- and disease-related changes. (7) The oil also helps fight against ADDLs, proteins that are toxic to the brain and induce Alzheimer’s. (8)

As great as extra virgin olive oil is, remember that it’s not a good option for cooking, as it hydrogenizes and begins decomposing at high temperatures. The best way to get your fill is by eating it cold or at room temperature

 

  1. Green, Leafy Vegetables

It turns out that Popeye was onto something with his spinachobsession. Getting regular helpings of leafy green brain foods — like kale, Swiss chard and romaine lettuce — can help keep dementia at bay according to new research. (9)

In the study, which evaluated the eating habits and mental ability of more than 950 older adults for an average of five years, those adults who ate a serving of leafy green veggies once or twice a day experienced slower mental deterioration than those who ate no vegetables, even when factors like age, education and family history of dementia were factored in.

Green, leafy vegetables are also loaded with vitamins A and K (just one cup of kale has more than 684 percent of your recommended daily serving!), which help fight inflammation and keep bones strong.

 

  1. Rosemary

We already knew that rosemary oil has a variety of benefits, but did you know that the herb does, too? Carnosic acid, one of the main ingredients in rosemary, helps protect the brain from neurodegeneration. It does this by protecting the brain against chemical free radicals, which are linked to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain. (10)

It also helps protect eyesight from deteriorating, thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. (11)

 

  1. Salmon

If you like seafood, get excited, because salmon is one of the most nutritious, brain food-friendly foods out there! It’s packed with omega-3 fatty acids to help keep your brain running smoothly ­— goodbye, brain fog — and improve memory.

If you have kids, feeding them salmon can help preventADHD by improving their focus. And these same fatty acids can also help prevent cancer and kill tumors — not bad for a four-ounce serving of fish!

Please note that these benefits are for Alaskan wild-caught salmon — farm-raised and regular wild-caught salmon can be filled with mercury and toxins.

 

  1. Turmeric

Isn’t it great when a simple spice has amazing health benefits? That’s the Turmeric also helps boost antioxidant levels and keep your immune system healthy, while also improving your brain’s oxygen intake, keeping you alert and able to process information. Talk about a super spice!

 

  1. Walnuts

It turns out that eating walnuts can keep you from going nuts. Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive health. (12) Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer’s.

 

Please share with family and loved ones.  If you need help with your healthcare plan, or you wish to prevent any diseases that may be in your family, or you have symptoms and concerns and nothing is working for you, please call us.

 

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