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DIET & NUTRITION

Healthy Weight Loss without Sacrificing Delicious Food

With all the new snacks, soft drinks, fast food chains and various other “unhealthy” edibles popping up around town, you may find it hard to keep your weight, your figure, and even your health in a proper condition. And together with the unhealthy food franchises booming, comes the massive list of “healthy diets” we just can’t get enough of. Sadly, most of these healthy diets involve eating a lot less of the delicious things and more of chewing leaves. Admit it, if you’ve ever tried one of the veggie diets, then you must’ve felt like a rabbit at one point, chewing nothing but cabbage, carrots and all that comes in the less-delicious family of foods.

Luckily, there are also a lot of delicious healthy foods out there. You don’t have to go all vegetarian or vegan just to have the perfect body. Chicken is a healthy solution for people who want to keep themselves in a healthier body. Of course, it really depends on how the chicken is cooked. But we’ll get there soon.

First, let’s talk about what’s good about chicken. Chicken (or any other white meat) generally has less cholesterol and saturated fat (the “bad” fat) than red meats (such as pork and beef). It is a good source of protein, which helps to condition the muscles in our bodies. It also gives a pretty good amount of vitamins B6 and B3 which help the body’s metabolism and gives a proper amount of energy to last through the day. Aside from that, chicken is also a good source for the anti-cancer element: selenium, which is also good against cardiovascular disease and several other diseases. It would probably take half a day to discuss all the good things about chicken meat, so let’s just settle with some of its perks mentioned above for now.

Obviously, there are a lot of ways to cook chicken. The healthiest ways would include boiling, broiling, grilling, sauté, and poaching. However, no matter what way of cooking you decide to go with your chicken, it’s best to keep in mind that chicken skin (even if it’s a part of the chicken) is not a very healthy food and should be avoided if you’re planning to lose weight or have a healthier body.

It’s actually very easy to find free healthy chicken recipes now that the internet is something normal in most households. Search “healthy chicken recipe” and you’ll probably be flooded with thousands and thousands of search results with infinite ways of deliciously cooking your healthy meal. Some websites do offer an entire feature for healthy chicken meals like www.eatingwell.com which dedicated a portion of the site to “Healthy Diet Chicken Recipes” (and they really do look very delicious), as well as www.prevention.com which offers recipes for “Chicken Dishes That Flatten your Belly”. To add to the healthy chicken recipe sources, www.cookinglight.com offers 100 Easy Chicken Recipes under their “Healthy Chicken Recipe” section of the website as well.

But if you’re more of the traditional gal or pal, you can hit the nearest bookstore and go to the food section. There are literally hundreds of healthy food recipe books, which include chicken recipes you can buy.

Whoever said going on a diet is torture probably never knew chicken could be both healthy and delicious at once. Cooking your own recipe or ordering ready to make ingredients and just mixing them up can be just as fun, especially when done with a loved one or a family member.

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TIPS & Recipes

Horseradish (Amoracia rusticana) the hot herb

Horseradish is the herb of the year and is best known for the use of its root in making a sauce for meat.

You can easily make a sauce like this:

Beg, buy or steal some horseradish root and grate it finely. This may make you cry but persevere. Put into a blender with a quarter cup of sour cream, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, one tablespoon of mayonnaise, one tablespoon of chopped chives. Whizz it up and you should have a creamy tangy accompaniment to a meat of your choice and it tastes much better than the kind you can buy in the supermarket. You can also experiment by adding other ingredients to this basic recipe such as garlic, coriander, ground cumin or whatever your fancy dictates. Traditionally horseradish sauce is eaten with roast beef unless one is a vegetarian in which case hold the beef.

Horseradish plant

For those gardeners among you why not grow horseradish? You’ll need a piece of ground where spreading won’t be a problem, although I have to say this has not been an issue here. Our horseradish as stayed firmly in place for several years and refuses to spread. Obtain a piece of root from a friend or a market. Dig a hole slightly larger than the root and place it with its head just above the surface. Pack soil around it and watch it grow. Fertilize occasionally but limit nitrogen otherwise you’ll get a lot of leaf and little root. Try an organic fish fertilizer. It smells but it works! It will probably be 12 to 18 months before you can harvest some root. Dig the roots in early Spring when the green tops begin to show. Keep the larger roots for processing and replace the others in the same spot. And remember horseradish appears benign until you peel and grate it.

Horseradish has particular meaning for us this week as it is an important part of the Passover seder symbolizing the bitterness felt by the Jews when they were slaves in Egypt at the time of the Pharoahs. Eaten grated and raw it will certainly bring tears to your eyes.