Hot Body For This Summer!

Hot Body For This Summer!

My Summertime Body!

Winter time is drawing to a close and Summer is just around the corner. You can look your best by Summer if you start now!

Just about everyone wants to have a hot body for Summer! It’s time to get that ball rolling, right now, to look your best by Summer!

My Summertime Body!

Check it out, I did, with the link above!

Baked GARLIC!

There’s nothing like a clove of baked garlic! Garlic contains many nutrients for our body and baked garlic tastes so good!

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Bake time: 20 minutes
  • Ingredients: Whole garlic cloves, Olive Oil Salt
  • Directions: Cut the clove of garlic in half so you have a top half and a bottom half. The top half may try to fall apart when cut in half. Just do your best to hold the cloves together. Cutting nearer to the bottom of the clove will help keep it together. Place each half into a foil lined cupcake pan. Drizzle Olive Oil over the halves. Season with salt.
  • Bake at 350 degree’s for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Eat the cloves straight out of their halves. Using either a fork or your hands you can “pop” the cloves out of their little pockets when they are done.

Daily Calories Needed For Good Health

The Average Woman

How many calories a day do you need for good health? A quick answer, for the average woman to remain in good health she needs to consume 2000 calories everyday. That same average woman would need to consume 1500 calories every day if she wants to lose weight. A healthy diet will have the average woman consume 500 calories less than the normal 2000 she needs to maintain her weight for good health. If a diet requires the average woman to consume less than 1500 calories everyday it is not a healthy diet. The average woman may lose weight, water weight, but the pounds will come right back if they are lost too quickly, plus she won’t feel well during this type of dieting action. At 1500 calories she will lose weight that will stay off in a more permanent fashion.

The Average Man

The average man requires 2500 calories everyday to maintain his weight. That same average man would need to consume 500 less calories to lose weight in a healthy manner, so that brings his total daily calorie intake down to 2000 calories everyday if he wants to lose weight.

Charts

Health.gov is a great source of information about our Nations eating habits. The Estimated Calorie Needs Per Day By Age, Sex and Physical Activity Level can be accessed by going to the Health.gov website or you can download the .pdf of the exact information found on the Health.gov website.


From the same source, Health.gov, information that reflects the recommended amounts of fats, sodium and sugar we should consume and what we are actually consuming. Sugar consumption is almost off the chart, but what was most distressing for myself was the sodium chart! So many of my favorite food items were on that pie chart! I am determined to eat better this year to obtain my best health ever, so I can do this, I can! You can check it out yourself at the government website or download the .pdf that contains the exact information as the website.

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Download the .pdf

Mi Tamale

Have you ever had the taste for a specific food, or foods, so you throw something together including those food items and it turns out to be great! I just had that happen and I have to get this recipe down before I forget what ingredients I used to create this taste bud tantalizer!
Chinese food will sometimes combine two ingredients that would seem totally unlikely pairs. yet they turn out to compliment each other completely even bringing on a new flavor of yummy! One example is Mayonnaise and honey. I would not normally think, “Hey, I’m going to combine May and honey. That will be good.” But that combination is fantastic over Honey Walnut Shrimp!
The combination I came up with the other night was just like that. I had a taste for hamburger and tamales. I thought that should be easy enough since hamburger is in tamales. As it turned out I didn’t have the ingredients for tamales, not even close! I substituted so many ingredients it turned out to be its own creation. When I served it to my family I told them, “I have no idea how this is going to taste. If it tastes nasty, well, sorry I didn’t have ingredients for what I intended on making.”
When each one of my kids took down a salad size dinner plate I could tell they were taking my warning seriously. My youngest asked what was in it and she didn’t think a couple of the ingredients sounded right going together. When they sat down and had a bite, the look of surprise was across every face! They got up and scooped up more of this delicious casserole! The flavor is incredibly different and really good!

Mi Tamale

With no further ado, here is my creation!

Prep time: 15 minutes or less.
Bake time: 35 minutes.


Ingredients:
1 box Jiffy Corn Bread Muffin Mix 1 egg 1/2 cup creamed corn
1 tsp. Cumin 1 tsp. Chili Pepper 1/4 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp. Black Pepper 2 Cloves Garlic 1 lb Hamburger
1/3 can Green Enchilada Sauce 1 c. Cheddar Cheese


Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
In an oven safe skillet put the 2 cloves of garlic in it with a pat of butter and saute over medium heat for a minute until the garlic starts to release its essence. Add the hamburger to the pan. Sprinkle the cumin, chili pepper, salt and pepper over the hamburger as it browns.
While the hamburger is browning get a medium bowl and empty the Jiffy Corn Bread Mix powder into it. Add the egg and the creamed corn to the bowl and whisk together. Set aside.
When the hamburger is brown remove from the heat. Separate the fat from the hamburger. Pour the Green Enchilada Sauce over the hamburger in the skillet. Add the Cheddar Cheese to the hamburger as well. Mix.
Pour the Jiffy Cornbread mixture over the hamburger in the skillet. Do not mix! But do spread it over the top of the meat as best you can.
Bake for 35 minutes and it’s done!

Change-Up Your Cheese Sandwich!

Grilled cheese sandwiches are delicious just as they are! Have you thought of a little change-up for your cheese sandwich? I get bored with the same thing all the time. I enjoy tossing together different ingredients to find a new taste. This one is a subtle, yet yummy alternative! With this grilled cheese instead of using butter try a blade of mayonnaise instead.

Prep time: 2 minutes

Bake time: Griddle 5 minutes

Ingredients:

2 slices white bread 1 or 2 slices American cheese 2 Tbls. Mayonnaise

Directions:

Using a skillet, spray the surface with Pam.

Take one slice of your white bread and spread mayonnaise on one side of it. Now lay the slice of bread in the pan with the mayonnaise side down, so it’s on the surface of the griddle.

Take your cheese, 1 or 2 slices, whichever you prefer, and lay the cheese on the slice of bread in the griddle.

Take your other slice of bread and spread mayonnaise on one side of it. Lay it on top of the cheese with the mayonnaise side out.

Let the bread sizzle for a couple of minutes. Lift a corner of the bottom bread to see when it starts to turn brown. With a spatula carefully flip the sandwich over so the other side can cook. The second side will cook much faster than the first side. Just give it a couple of minutes and it will be brown.

Remove from the griddle and serve with a sliced dill pickle!

Banana Nut Bread

This banana nut bread stands out above the rest with the crunchy crust, tender banana chunks and crunchy nuts!

Preparation time: 20 Minutes

Bake time: 1 hr.

Ingredients:

2 Banana’s 2 cups flour 1/2 tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt

2 eggs 1/4 cup sour cream 1/2 cup butter 3/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 cup walnuts

Directions:

Do not mash the banana’s. Rather, slice them into 1/2 inch chunks.

Mix all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl except banana’s and sour cream. Blend well.

Now add the banana chunks and sour cream by gently folding into the batter until mixed in well.

Spray a bread pan with Pam.

Pour mixture into pan and bake 1 hr.

Allow to cool about 15 minutes, then invert the pan to remove the loaf. Slice and serve. Butter spread on a slice is very good!

Hip to Waist Excess Fat

Your hip to waist ratio can give you an inside look about your overall health. Sometimes it’s hard to determine if that little bit of belly fat is normal for your size or do you need to lose a few extra pounds?

Your hip to waist ratio should be no more than 0.8 if you are a woman and 0.95 for a man. If your hip to waist ratio runs outside of this number your risk for heart problems and other excess fat related problems increases. The larger the number the higher your risk factor. You should seriously consider losing a few pounds.

If your hip to waist ratio is at or below the number allowed, Congratulations! You are taking great care of your body!

To determine your hip to waist ratio:

With a flexible tape measure, measure your waist, no cheating let that belly hang where it naturally does, measure at your navel around your back. Waist____________

Then, measure your hips around the widest area (across your buttocks). Hips _________

Divide the waist measurement by the hip measurement. This is your hip to waist ratio!

Height to Weight Index

Here is your height to weight index. Remember these numbers are approximate, meaning take into consideration whether you are a large boned person, or just ate a huge pizza dinner the night before causing water retention from all the salt and the fact that maybe this was more than your usual eating habits. Always check your height with your shoes off and your weight with your clothes off for accuracy.
After you find your appropriate weight for your height you may want to look at the BMI calculator Height and Weight Guide – BMI.

Height and Weight Guide – BMI

If you are going to look at what is the ideal weight for a person of your height you really need to take a look at your Body Mass Index.  The calculator below is self explanatory.  Fill in the options and calculate. This will give you a better idea of where you are health-wise.

 

Your Weight(kg):
Your Height(cm):

Your BMI:
This Means:

 


Fantastic Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled eggs are one of the very first recipes many of us learn to whip up in a kitchen. Over many years I experimented with all kinds of scrambled egg hacks! Scrambled eggs with cheese added; scrambled eggs with milk added, water added, chives added, olives added, sausage added, bacon added and the list goes on. After trying all those variations, and some were very good, the recipe I found I really enjoyed the most…..scrambled eggs, with a pinch of salt, period. No secret ingredient, no fancy stuff, just scrambled eggs.

 

Preparation time:  1 minute

Bake time:  1 minute (skillet time)

Ingredients:

1 – 3 Eggs                1 Tbs Butter         Salt

Directions:

Set your burner to medium.

Crack how ever many eggs you want into a bowl.  The more eggs you use, the longer the skillet time will be.  Between 1 – 3 eggs cook for about 1 minute.  4 – 6 eggs give about 1 1/2 minutes to 2 minutes.

Add a pinch of salt per egg.  1 egg = 1 pinch.  2 eggs = 2 pinches. 3 eggs – 3 pinches, and so on.

Either use a wire whisk or electric beaters and mix the eggs and salt until well blended.

Put your non-stick skillet on the warm burner.

Add the butter.  For more eggs use more butter accordingly.

Pour the blended eggs into the pan whether the butter is melted or not.  As the eggs become set (you can see it setting in the skillet) move them around, flipping, stirring, etc.  Keep them moving. Only let the eggs sit in one spot for less than half a minute (eggs over cook easily).

The eggs are done when they are still shiny!  Eggs continue to cook after they’ve been removed from the burner. For scrambled eggs shiny is the best time to remove them from the burner.  Shiny does NOT mean they are still drippy and gooey.  It means they are firm, yet still shiny.

Serve with a slice of toast and fresh fruit!  It’s beautiful!