A Life Unprocessed - Living The Clean Life


NUTRITIONAL FUN FACTS

EGG SUBSTITUTIONS:
One of our favorite substitutes for those who don't eat eggs is using flax meal. Take 1 tbsp of flax seed meal (Bob's Red Mill Organic whole ground flaxseed meal is a good)...mix with 3 tbsp of HOT water.  Let stand, stir occasionally, for about 10 minutes. Use without straining.  This is a great option with our Turkey Meatloaf Recipe.

*The easiest egg replacement is a powdered mix by Ener-G Foods that can be found at Whole Foods and most natural food stores.

SPICES:
Adding herbs & spices to your diet aren't only flavorful and tasty, they are actually very good for your health!  They are high in phytochemicals and antioxidants that are believed to help protect tissues and cells from damage and may prevent cancer and heart disease.
Some suggestions for spices that compliment foods:

Dill:  
use with chicken or fish, good with green beans
Coriander:  
use with lamb, poultry and beef
Garlic Powder:  
sprinkle on roasted vegetables, beef, lamb, seafood, poultry and wild game
Ginger:  
try a dash in tea,  with wild game, fish, seafood, and poultry
Onion Powder:  
use with beef, lamb, poultry, beef, seafood and wild game
Oregano:  
use with lamb, beef, fish, in sauces, good with egg plant
Mustard Powder:  
a dash in your oil and vinegar dressing, with beef, lamb, poultry, wild game
Rosemary:  
use with fish, poultry, sprinkle on roasted potatoes, with carrots
Thyme:  
use with fish,beef, poultry, with carrots
Chili Powder: 
earthy & pungent, use with beef, lamb, wild game
Cumin:  
aromatic & slightly nutty, use with beef, poultry, fish and other seafood
Paprika:  
a great addition to a chicken rub, has a deep hearty flavor, use with beef, poultry, fish and other seafood
Mint:  
use with lamb, with peas and on fruit
Cinnamon:  
sprinkle on apples, squash, bananas

POWER NUT:  WALNUTS!
Walnuts are richer in heart-healthy omega-3's than salmon!  Loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine and has half as much muscle-building protein as chicken!  Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three like walnuts. A serving of walnuts (about 1 ounce or seven walnuts) is tasty anytime...but especially great for a workout recovery snack!

TIDBITS ABOUT TEA:  Cozy in on a cold day and enjoy your favorite blend!

GREEN TEA:  Because the leaves for green tea are dried and heat-treated right after they are picked, it has a more delicate flavor than black tea.  It contains about 25 milligrams of caffeine per cup.  Green tea is chalked full of antioxidants, which studies believe may be beneficial in preventing some cancers and heart disease.

BLACK TEA:  Black tea has a slightly bitter taste and contains the most caffeine, about 40 milligrams per cup ( a cup of coffee contains 50-100). It is also the most consumed tea on the planet!  The main health benefit of black tea is believed to help lower cholesterol and cut the risk of stoke by about 21 percent.

WHITE TEA:  White tea is the most mild flavored of teas because it's leaves are picked when they're very young.  It also has much less caffeine, about 15 milligrams per cup. As with other teas, white tea is believed to have cardiovascular and cancer fighting benefits...but also potential to help with glucose intolerance and reduction in LDL cholesterol.

OOLONG TEA: A rich tasting tea similar to black tea with a little less caffeine, about 30 milligrams per cup.   Oolong has been found to activate an enzyme responsible for helping dissolve triglycerides (stored in fat cells)...which may aid in weight loss.

HERBAL TEA:  Herbal teas contain no caffeine and are really a combination of fruit, herbs, and flowers....not really tea!  Some studies suggest that various herbal teas may be helpful with hypertension, sleep and other calming effects.

FLAVORED TEAS:  A variety of flavors (cinnamon, ginger, orange peel, lavender) are paired with black, green or white tea...so although tasty, do not have the same level of antioxidants or heath benefits as basic tea (with the exception of those flavored with high antioxidant fruits such as blueberries).

RED CLOVER TEA:  A therapeutic tea that helps to cleanse the blood, liver and kidneys.  Although it does not contain caffeine...it does stimulate the body as it moves waste out of the body, so you may feel the effects. Other potential benefits include aiding in reduction of inflammation, heart disease and pre-menstrual symptoms.