Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Meating Place: Doing A Healthy Version Of A Barbecue

Let's face it; when there are so many tasty treats in the world, it makes dieting a significant challenge! As the summer is nearly over, it is time to get the barbecue out, but because barbecues create such an unhealthy, fatty, albeit tasty, meal, are there any ways for us to do a healthy version of it?

Grill It!
Grilling is a great healthy alternative to a barbecue because you can let all the fats dribble out but also avoid that chargrilled flavor which isn't particularly good for you. But the great thing about grilling is that it gives you the opportunity to get rid of all the fat, the big problem with barbecues is that worry if the inside of the meat is cooked or not, and when you worry about something like the turkey burger internal temp and if it is high enough, it can threaten to derail your barbecue. So if you want to avoid food poisoning, grilling is a particularly healthy alternative. You don't need to get the actual barbecue out, but instead, you can put everything in the oven. This is always a convenient alternative when the weather is terrible!

Pick A Healthy Protein
While a lot of people don't like fat, we have to remember that there are good fats in many types of fish such as salmon and trout. When you pick a healthy protein, it's usually best to go for skinless chicken and other lean meats. Picking the right portions is crucial. If you're going to stay healthy, or you're looking to lose weight, a healthy portion of meat is usually around 3 ounces or the size of a deck of cards. Many people use an outdoor barbecue as an excuse to go all out but if you don't need to pile your plate high, and you are watching what you eat, portions and protein a crucial. Let's not forget, filling up on protein is a great way to reduce the temptation for those carbs.

Picking Healthier Sides
As tasty as those baked beans, macaroni salad, and coleslaw are, they can have a lot of added sugars. If you like those things called that you can go for healthy homemade versions. As well as this, go for something with a lot more colors. Something like a leafy green salad doesn't have to be boring; you can still flavor up these vegetables with lemon juice and various herbs. A colorful bean salad, comprising of various pulses is also a great way to get a healthy dose of fiber.

Pick Healthier Buns
It gives you that extra dose of fiber, as well as various textures. If you're trying to go keto, you can get rid of the bun completely, and try something like an open face burger, where you've got the meats, but an abundance of salad surrounding it. You could also use lettuce as a wrap, especially if you are going for fajitas. If you're looking for an extra bit of health, perhaps going gluten-free will be easier on your stomach!

Vegetable Kebabs
The great thing about kebabs is that they look wonderful, and you don't even need meat! It's all about how you flavor them. Be sure to cut them into pieces that will cook quickly, and also ensure that you brush them with a healthy oil to stop them sticking. There is no limit to what you can do! From mushrooms, corn, potatoes, avocado, and so on, you can add a rainbow of colors to a standard kebab.

Don't Forget Dessert!
As a barbecue is usually an opportunity to go completely unhealthy, if you want to make the entire experience a healthy one, you still need to pack a punch with that dessert. As lovely as it is to go for all those sugary treats, grilling fruits is a perfect opportunity to get a bit more fiber, as well as flavor, into the mix. Grilling fruit in high heat helps the natural sugars to caramelize, giving you that extra bit of sweetness. Slicing apples, pineapples, or plums, putting them on a skewer and letting them grill is a perfect way to add a dose of sweetness. Get some low-fat natural yogurt, a little bit of honey or agave nectar, and you have a perfectly sweet treat.

You don't need to fall off the wagon if you're going to a barbecue. In fact, if you want to make sure that you don't, having your own is the best way to keep everything healthy. You don't need an abundance of fats, and if you are looking to lose weight, grilling everything, while also watching the sides and desserts you consume is crucial.

Friday, August 30, 2019

3 Important Rules For Safe Dieting

When you’re trying to lose weight, it can feel like you’re not making much progress, even though you’re doing everything right. Weight loss is a long journey and you can’t expect results overnight, but some people are impatient. When people are trying to get instant results, they will resort to extreme diets that drastically cut out most of their calories or seriously limit their diet to a few simple foods. While those diets might help you to lose weight quickly, it can be dangerous and you risk missing out on a lot of your nutrition. Those diets are not sustainable either and you’re likely to put the weight back on when you go back to normal eating habits. You don’t want to put your health at risk by losing weight, so you need to make sure that you’re doing it safely. These are some of the best tips on dieting safely.

Cut Calories Slowly 

Cutting back on calories so you are consuming less than you are burning off is the core of any diet, but it’s important that you don’t take it too far. If you suddenly drop from 2000 calories a day to 500, you’re likely to have deficiencies in certain vitamins and minerals because you simply aren’t eating enough different foods. Your body isn’t used to functioning on such a small number of calories either, so you’re going to have a serious problem with your energy levels. The best thing to do is to cut calories slowly by around 100 or 200 a day. This is still enough to make a difference over time and you can gradually reduce the number of calories that you consume so your body has time to adjust. The most important thing is that you don’t just eat less food, you have to eat yourself thin by switching the bad foods for good ones that have fewer calories and more nutrients. That way, your body is still getting everything that it needs and you cut calories. 

Take The Advice Of Your Doctor 

Before you make any big lifestyle change, it’s important to seek professional advice from a doctor and ask how it might affect you. This is especially important if you have other health problems to deal with. You should see your primary care provider and ask them whether it is safe for you to change your diet at the minute. They will be able to give you some good advice to make sure that you’re dieting safely and you are not causing damage to your health without realizing it. 

Eat Properly After Exercising 

Exercise is an important part of your diet routine but one of the biggest mistakes that people make is not eating properly afterwards. They worry that eating a big meal will just undo all of the good work that they did in the gym. But your body needs the right nutrition to recover properly after a workout and if you don’t get it, you risk injury. It’s important to eat after working out and it won’t be a problem as long as you choose healthy foods. 

As long as you follow these basic rules, you can diet the safe way and avoid any health problems. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Wedding Catering Ideas - Grazing Tables, Dessert Stations and Food Vans

When it comes to planning a wedding there is a lot to consider for your special day! After locking in a wedding photographer, wedding dj and wedding videographer, the next most vital component is surely catering!

We figured that you have enough on your plate (pun intended) so we’ll help you decide what to put on your guests’ plates for your magical evening. In this post we are going to be running you through all of the essentials when it comes to sorting out your wedding catering!

Of course, the most crucial decision you make will likely be in relation to what kind of cuisine you would like to see served. The options are limitless these days and wedding food sure has come a long way since what once meant an elegant sit-down dinner. Now you see all kinds of cool and quirky ideas for wedding food floating around on Pinterest! We love these sorts of unconventional food ideas that test the boundaries of what we usually expect from a wedding ceremony.

Snack Station
Compile a list of all your favourite snacks and serve them all together at the one station! You can have an assortment of popcorn and corndogs or perhaps you prefer jolly ranchers and Hershey’s kisses.

Food Van
Sometimes it works out just as economical to hire a food truck for the day rather than pay for catering. After all, there is no need for place settings, cutlery or clean up! This is the perfect relaxed food option for any casual wedding with enough land to spread out some different options.

Grazing Tables
These days grazing tables are a fantastic way of displaying large quantities of food while also offering variety. You can provide guests with loads of cheese, dips, crackers and antipasto so they can indulge as much as their heart desires.

Desserts Station
Everyone loves a good desserts station serving up donut walls, candy buffets and complete with a milk and cookie bar. We love the idea of a popcorn or pizza station that way guests can help themselves as they become hungry. 

Serving up tacos or burritos at your wedding will surely be a hit with your guests. Everyone loves Mexican food - just add tequila!

Now that we have sorted the catering, we will leave you to look for a wedding photographer and wedding photography prices, wedding dj or wedding videographer if you haven’t found these already!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Keen For More Quinoa? Let Us Show You How!

Quinoa, pronounced Keen-wa is a superfood and contains all 8 essential amino acids and over 8 grams of protein per portion. It also contains no gluten and stuffed with nutrients like phosphorus and iron that the modern diet can often lack. Of course, with all those benefits it's crucial that we try and get more of this glorious stuff into our diets. Something that the post below can help with.

Cooking quinoa

Before you can include it in any dish, you need first to master the art of cooking quinoa. Luckily, this isn't too tough a challenge to perfect, especially if you follow the guideline at www.tophousedecor.com for preparing quinoa in a rice cooker. Something that will ensure you can perfectly cooked, and fluffy results each and every time.


One of the easiest way to include more quinoa in your family's diet is to mix it into a salad. Of course, you can go for something simple like chopped tomatoes, onions, and cucumber, but to really get them on board why not add a super tasty dressing as well, like the recipe below suggests?

Cooked quinoa 1 cup per person
Cherry tomato halved ½ per person
Red onions, ¼ cup per person
Artichokes in oil - drained ¼ per person
Olives green or kalamata ¼ cup per person halved
Cucumber chopped ¼ cup per person  

Prepare and mix all the ingredient and then toss in the dressing detailed below.

(Serves 4)

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ lemon squeezed
2 cloves of garlic crushed
Salt and pepper to taste


The great thing about quinoa is that is can be used in so many ways. For example, instead of including a pasta accompaniment to an evening meal, why not replace it with a nutrient-dense quinoa one instead?

Many people even eat quinoa just served plain as a replacement for rice, or potatoes. Although you may also want to use it as the main ingredient of your meal, something that you can see being done in recipes like the quinoa and kale patties at www.bbcgoodfood.com.


Lastly, don't think because you have a sweet tooth that you are left out when it comes to eating more quinoa. In fact, there are a wealth of recipes that are sweet that incorporate this healthy ingredient including cookies, cakes, fudge, and even pudding!

One of our most favorite sweets that uses quinoa is chocolate energy balls. These are super yummy yet healthy treats that you can make quickly at home by using the recipe at www.simplyquinoa.com. Of course, you will need to learn how to make crispies to get the right results. Something you can find out more about in the video below.

Also, making cookies from quinoa is easy too! All you need to do is cook it and then add to the other ingredients as you will see at www.allrecipes.com! Basically, it's a three-step process, which mean no matter how busy you are you will still have time to fit in some more quinoa into your family's diet!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Saving Money On Your Food Bills

Food. We all need it, and without it, we cannot function. Our body needs energy and food provides us with the energy needed to live our daily lives. But it can be costly, especially as your household may grow over time. So how can you save money on your food bills?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Honolulu's Dry-Cured Pork And Surfing Heaven

Hawaii is a complex island network to understand. It's the 50th state of the United States, but it rises out of North Pacific Ocean 3,758 miles away. Overall there are eight islands, but there are six main islands that are inhabited and used as settlements. Oahu is the second largest island but harbors the state’s capital city of Honolulu. The island itself has a population of around 960,000 people, but only 330,000 people inhabit the capital. Oahu was once an ancient retreat for Hawaiian royalty which would most likely be the tribal chief. However, now it's a bustling capital that acts as a gateway between Asia and America. Honolulu is known the world over for its magnificent beaches with acres and acres of unspoiled beaches. As you would expect, the food is tropical but with a hearty twist as pork is the main meat source for locals and tourists alike. Of all the neighborhoods of Honolulu, there are two main boroughs you should take the time to explore.

Source Mr. Blue MauMau
Upscale Kaimuki 
Kaimuki is one the neighborhoods that have really taken to the Western style of life. There lots of coffee shops with the same type of flavors and drinks you get back home in the US. Affordable family diners can also be found where you can get a good wholesome bite to eat. One of the best places to go is the Royal Hawaiian Center which is an island-style mall. Traditional singers can often be spotted energizing the crowds of people who come to listen to them. Lots of retail stores of specific Hawaiian-style clothing taking care of both classic and surfer needs. The decor style is homely with uses of dark hardwood that’s carved into traditional cultural designs. You can get pretty much anything you want here, fast food, clothes, jewelry, shoes and sweet baked goods.

Wicked Waikiki

Once you see the gorgeous blue waves gathering toward you and slowly dissipating on the shore, you’ll be less afraid of them but more inclined to go surfing. Well, that is certainly what Hawaii is famous for, and there’s no shortage of instructors to help you master the basics. On Kuhio Beach, you can find the Surfline service which helps beginners to get used to the waves and their boards. You’re in the hands of expert surfers who know the island and the tides very well so no need to worry for those of you who are health and safety conscious. After a day of surfing and using muscles that have perhaps been lying dormant for a while, you’ll want to stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa. The resort boasts day treatments in the spa that has rejuvenating treatments with Aveda products known for their tonic effect. No doubt you’ll be feeling peckish after all your activities so book yourself a seat in one of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. While you’re here try the dry-cured pork which is made in the traditional island style.

Honolulu is a city of high rises and a laid-back retail area. There’s so much to do, but honestly, if you’re here, you must enjoy a surfing experience, lay back on the beaches and enjoying the fresh cocktails by the poolside.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Kitchen Tricks and Tips That Will Change Your Life

Is your kitchen a joy to be in? Do you find meal times a breeze? Most people reading this post will probably be
thinking “of course not!” The kitchen can certainly be one of the most stressful places in the house, especially
when you are cooking for a big number of people. However, there are some useful kitchen hacks that can
make your life much easier. Read on to discover more about them…
-        If you use an egg boiler, you can clean this with ease by boiling it for a short amount of time with a bit of
vinegar in. the vinegar will lift all of the residue and dissolve everything.
-        An air fryer is a must-have appliance for all kitchens, yet so many people don’t have one or have never
heard of one. Your air fryer will replace seven different appliances. Yes, that’s right: seven! You will free up
so much room in the kitchen, and you can cook with much greater ease and speed. What’s not to love?
-        Give your chicken breasts a whack with a rolling pin or anything else sturdy beforehand. This will tenderise
the meat, and it will taste much better.
-        Keep your bananas from going off quickly by separating them from one and other, and by keeping them
away from other fruit.
-        Does your brown sugar keep forming clumps? You can use marshmallows to stop this from happening.
-        Stop peeling your potatoes before you cook them. The best thing to do is cook your potatoes, soak them in
cold water, and then the skins will come right off.
-        If you have added too much salt to your stew or soup, add a peeled potato to the mix, and this will absorb
all of the salt for you. It takes about ten minutes for the magic to happen.
-        If you are dicing up avocados for guacamole or a salad, you can save yourself heaps of time in the kitchen
by using a potato masher.
-        While we are on the subject of avocado, you can sprinkle lemon juice on top of sliced avocado to stop it
from turning brown.
-        Freeze your wine! If you have a bit of leftover wine, you should freeze it in an ice cube tray. Whenever you
cook something like Bolognese, you can pop a red wine ice cube into the mix.
-        Chocolate, cheese, tomato, and citrus fruits all taste better at room temperature. Give it a try!
-        If you are sick of your wine getting too warm in the summer yet you don’t want to dilute it with ice cubes,
add frozen grapes to it instead. Perfect!
-        If you do a lot of baking, you should keep some butter in the freezer. You can then grate it whenever you
are making pastries, cakes, and so on. This is beneficial because it melts quicker and it mixes into the flour
-        Cut through the likes of cakes and cheeses with unscented floss.
-        One of the best ways to peel ginger is by using a spoon. This will ensure you do not lose all of that extra
-        Are you worried that your eggs in the fridge have gone off? Place one in a glass of water. If it is off, it will
float. If it sinks, it is good to eat.
-        You don’t need to peel garlic. You can simply cut the root end off, and then use the flat side of the blade
on the knife the squish it. Crushed garlic imparts much more flavour into a dish than minced garlic anyway.
-        If you are going to prepare Carpaccio, you should put your meat in the freezer for a small amount of time.
This will make it much easier for you to cut those super thin slices you need.
So there you have it: some of the best kitchen hacks to make your life easier! Try the suggestions that have
been provided above and see how much of a difference this makes when you next prepare a meal. Life in the
kitchen does not need to be as difficult as it seems.