SPICY SPICY SPICY

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There are a lot of benefits to eating spicy foods. I myself love spicy everything, perhaps even carry around Hot Sauce packets in my school bag in case of a low HEAT emergency. All International Food is my favorite. Some of the best food is the little random markets and diners that you find in the middle of cities, ‘hidden gems’ you could say.

This is the chemistry behind spice and its ‘capsicum’ levels and how as you approach 100% capsaicin, how the heat becomes a poison:

Capsaicin is present in large quantities in the placental tissue (seed location), the internal membranes and, to a lesser extent, the other fleshy parts of the fruits of plants in the genus Capsicum. The seeds themselves do not produce any capsaicin, although the highest concentration of capsaicin can be found in the white pith of the inner wall, where the seeds are attached.

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The burning sensation caused by capsaicin when it comes in contact with mucous membranes is commonly used in food products to give them added spice (piquancy). In high concentrations, capsaicin will also cause a burning effect on other sensitive areas of skin. The degree of heat found within a food is often measured on the Scoville scale.

Bell peppers are structured so that they eliminate capsaicin, hence why they do not have any spice.

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Certain wines use ‘capsicum’ to add flavor and certain heats to wines. It gives certain wines that peppery taste. Look on the descriptions of the bottles or ask a sales associate!

Here are a few of my favorite recipes:

Peppers: ALL PEPPERS – There are so many amazing peppers to cook with out there. 

Indian Food/Curry: Indian Green Bell Pepper And Chicken Curry

https://en.cookpad.com/recipe/1100519

Cumin: Southwestern Roasted Cauliflower Recipe with Cumin & Paprika

http://www.cookincanuck.com/2013/10/southwestern-roasted-cauliflower-recipe-with-cumin-paprika/

Mexican/Spanish Heat: Grilled Mexican Corn Salad

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-mexican-corn-salad-50400000135558/

Stuffed Peppers: Spicy Quinoa Poblano Stuffed Peppers

http://www.colleens-kitchen.com/2013/06/spicy-quinoa-stuffed-poblano-peppers.html

Everyone should start adding spice to everything in their life. Give all your food a little kick. It boosts your metabolism and makes everything taste so much better. Sriracha is my personal favorite hot sauce. It’s got a very complex flavor that goes well with many things (eggs, sandwiches, asian spiced foods).

SPICE up your life my people. 😉

Blueberries

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I love blueberries TOO much. I have been on the biggest blueberry kick for the past few months and I cannot stop.

Blueberry Kefir, Tea, Homemade Jam from a Farm Fresh Amish Bakery, Smoothies, Body Scrubs made from all Natural Ingredients (Philadelphia Find on Market Street), and Chilled White Organic Blueberry Tea made by INKO’s brand.

There are so many reasons why people should eat blueberries.

1. The high antioxidant content. You receive plenty of high Vitamins that help to boost your Immunes System. These antioxidants neutralize free radicals in your body that help to prevent aging and sickness.

2. NATURAL ANTI-DEPRESSANTS

3. Helps to reduce belly fat, providing for healthier digestion.

My newest feat was making blueberry vinaigrette. Paired it with a Kale salad (my other favorite super food right now), which you can see in this recipe. It was so delicious. A fresh fruit salad with Kale. What could be better.

http://iowagirleats.com/2014/07/16/roasted-kale-summer-salad-blueberry-balsamic-vinaigrette/

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I cannot wait to go to the Rochester Farmer’s Market on Saturday morning because I will have all of the fresh vegetables I will ever need. The best foods can be found at that market. I will have to document my way through the DELICIOUS foods of the Rochester South Wedge Farmer’s Market.

Fresh Food and Justified Laziness

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Now I know that I say that I am living breathing proof that you can be a successful and powerful person while giving into your devilish side too, but there are some days, weekends, or even weeks that you need to just give it all up. This weekend was certainly that for me. After working so much, such ridiculous hours and all the crazy expectations the past few weeks, I haven’t had a moment to relax. Not one. I took this weekend to do nothing. I couldn’t even write a new post!! I used to feel so weird if I wasn’t being productive or partying my life away on a weekend but now? I use it for rest and relaxation that I never seem to achieve.

Besides sleeping for most of the weekend… (when I say sleeping, I mean knocked out for most of the day and night), I use weekends that I am home and being lazy good for grocery shopping, meal planning and binging on the fresh produce you can find at Farmer’s Markets.

Especially making fresh fruit, veggie and protein salads for the summer that you can take out and snack on at anytime. Below are two salads that I frequently make and use as leafy green salad toppers. Kale, romaine, mesclun, and baby spinach are all different greens filled with fiber, nutrients and a lot of flavor.


Summer Corn Salad – Corn, red onions, peppers, parsley, cilantro, garlic, onion powder, sriracha, butter.

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Cucumber Dill Salad – Cucumber, red onion, garbanzo beans, dill, greek yogurt, garlic cloves, onion powder, celery salt.

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I have MANY recipes for fresh salads if anyone finds them to be of there liking with specific ingredient amounts and such. I was trained in the kitchen and have a spectacular eye for culinary expertise! I will be starting to post the best recipes I can come up with to keep better track of the things that I love! It will also go along with my challenge for the week. Eat fresh everyone! 🙂

Challenge 1

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I will be posting challenges I give myself for the week. I like to change up my routine and so doing different challenges helps me to keep on track will keeping these new and different.

The week of Monday July 21st:

1. Do not miss 10,000 Steps for 7 Days Straight

2. 30 Minutes of Yoga – 3 Times this Week

3. One Carbohydrate a Day (ex. sandwich, pasta, pretzels)

You would be surprised how simple these rules are and how easy they are to break them. Most people do not even make 5,000 steps a day, which is direct information to why obesity is almost a novelty banner for Americans. Let me know how your weekly challenge goes so I can provide feedback!

This Week in Health & Fitness

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Considering that I sit in an office all day programming and such, it is very important I eat healthy and keep active. Of course my Fitbit helps with that, but it doesn’t discipline me or give me ideas to use for food and workout. 

This week has also been crazy. I don’t even have time to workout coming in at 6 am and leaving at 4 pm at the earliest. Then there are chores, errands and all the yawning and caffeine in between. These are some key tips and rules I follow. 

1. One thing people love is coffee. Caffeinated lattes full of syrups and whip cream. Justify that it is your coffee of the day, your morning treat… fine, but all those calories are NOT good for you. I am the same way. I loveeeee my coffee, iced lattes are especially my favorite. What I do to counter the calories is get all my drinks made with skim/non-fat milk or soy milk. I even have brought Starbucks a thing of Almond milk before to make my drink. Say no to the whip cream and syrup and you can really enjoy your coffee without sacrificing your favorite morning latte. 

2. BREAKFAST is SO IMPORTANT – Believe what you want, but eating a breakfast every morning is key to starting your day and kick starting your metabolism into gear. It helps you maintain your weight and eating habits a lot more easily. Simple fixes are yogurt, fruit, almonds, Kefir or Kashi Go-Lean whole grain cereals. I personally will do this 2/5 days a week, but I LOVE my breakfast. Starbucks and Panera are my quick stops in the morning if I don’t have time to cook my own or want the cooks at my job to make me breakfast. They have great low calorie sandwiches with egg whites, spinach, wheat flat breads, etc. for a healthy quick fix. I have yet to mention my addiction to Hot Sauce yet, but essential to all my breakfasts. Egg white omelettes, veggies, turkey sausage and always Rye or Whole Grain breads are the way to go. 

3. HOT SAUCE is ESSENTIAL to me. Hot sauce is very good for your metabolism. The capsaicin which creates the heat speeds up digestion and your metabolism in a good way. Frank’s Hot Sauce, Sriracha and Chipotle Tabasco sauces are all apart of my diet.

4. SALADS are so goof for filling up and eating a lot without all of the adverse calorie effects. I eat salads 1-2 times a day and they are my favorite food. Anything just tastes better over a fresh bed of lettuce to me.

5. STOP EATING WHITE BREADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Literally switching everything white to whole grain is the most essential thing for your diet. It is so much better for you and your digestion and you can really tell. I personally think that Rye and Whole Grain breads taste millions times better than a plain bagel or very white slice of bread.  

6. SNACKING is the best. I snack all day long and it helps so that I don’t reach a starving point of the day. Carrots with dip, almonds, grapes and yogurt are all apart of my snacking of the day. The small amount of calories is not something I hate to sacrifice if it saves me from gorging at the end of the day. 

7. My last tip is for Stoners. Now I understand munchies…. I understand more than most. I get them very frequently. It is a great to have all these little healthy snacks stocked up, pre-cut and dip made before you smoke or before you get tired because then your snacking dilemmas are already solved. I don’t want to hear an excuse for eating horrible foods either. 1-2 times a week is okay if you can keep a steady diet for the rest of the week.