Thursday, June 6, 2013
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon finely chopped celery
Cracked black pepper, to taste
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, each 4 ounces
2 garlic cloves
8 cups leaf lettuce, washed and dried
16 large ripe (black) olives
2 navel oranges, peeled and sliced
To make the dressing, in a small bowl combine the vinegar, garlic, olive oil, onion, celery and pepper. Stir to mix evenly. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
Rub the chicken breasts with garlic, and then discard the cloves. Grill or broil the chicken until browned and just cooked through, about 5 minutes each side. Transfer the chicken to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes before slicing into strips.
Arrange 2 cups lettuce, 4 olives and 1/4 of the sliced oranges onto 4 plates. Top with 1/4 of the chicken strips and drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately.
Nutritional analysis per serving
Sodium 264 mg
Total fat 7 g
Total carbohydrate 14 g
Dietary fiber 4 g
Protein 29 g
Cholesterol 65 mg
source - Ebay health and wellness recepies :)
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Now that am back, let me share my learning on fructose that i picked up on my contest prep this year.
Let me start from the basics for those who might not be familiar with things.
Carbohydrates are the primary source of energy for our body. Sugars are simple carbohydrates which can be absorbed by our body very easily. Now that explains our instinct to sweet tooth. We have our sweet affinity to sweets LOL.
Learning NO 1:Not all sugars function equal
Glucose - the best source of sugar that we can absorb. Our body converts carbohydrates to glucose in order to utilize as energy.
Fructose - The common sugar found in corn and fruits. Better utilized by liver than muscle cells
Sucrose - Also known as table sugar. Unlike the other two types of sugar, it is the combination of both. A molecule of sucrose contains a molecule of glucose and a molecule of fructose.
Learning NO 2: Fructose can lay down the highway of obesity
Fructose is a sugar just like glucose, but the way it metabolizes in our body makes all the difference in the world and affects the metabolism and health.
While all cells use some energy in the process of metabolizing food, whether it’s fat or sugar,But Fructose leaves your cells completely depleted. AS a result, the cells do not function normally and gives back an inflammatory response. This state of cells is called as oxidative stress.
Researchers found that when the energy is depleted... the ATP levels fell (ATP is our energy source). The ATP that had been consumed. When all the ATP is depleted, a substance called as uric acid is formed on your cell. Uric acid is known to cause gout and has been long associated with obesity too. Dr Jhones was able to demonstrate that "uric acid can actually stimulate fat accumulation in cells through this process of working on the mitochondria where the ATP is made,”
Summary of our learning:
Fructose containing foods make you fat not by calories but by depleting ATP from cells and generating uric acid in the cells.
When your goal is to lose FAT or getting fitter, Keep your fruit intake to minimum
Until next time
Posted by Biglee at 11:18 AM