Marinated Carrots

A fabulous side dish that is soooo easy to make!

You’ll Need

  • 1 pound carrots
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Directions

  • Peel the carrots, and cut them into thin rings.
  • Put the wine, water, vinegar, crushed garlic, bay leaf and oil into a pan.
  • Bring to a boil and; add the carrots.
  • Boil for 8 minutes.
  • Pour the ingredients into a bowl and; stir in the mustard.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Leave to stand for at least 6 hours.
  • For the fullest flavor, let it stand for a couple of days.

 

 

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Water Your Body With Food

Remember the health fad where everyone felt like they had to drink AT LEAST 8, 8 oz glasses of water per day? I heard people call this “hateful drinking”, because they had to wag around those sippy bottles all … day … long!

The idea was that you could lose that much water in a day, and you need to replace it. But the sources of fluids that you can turn to go WAY beyond just water itself. And the percentage of water found in certain fruits and veggies is actually quite surprising.

For example, obviously water is 100% water. But the lettuce in your salad weighs in at 96% water, followed by cucumbers at 95%, and zucchini squash at 94%.

Fruit is excellent in this respect as well. As the name implies, watermelon is 92% water, strawberries are 91%, and peaches are 89%.

So if you don’t want to have to resort to “hateful drinking”, eat your water in stead! It tastes way better and comes with the nutrients that are fantastic for your overall health.

Why Water Your Heart

They heart’s just a muscle right? Just a pump that pumps blood from the input side to the output side? So why would it matter to the pump if you’re staying hydrated this summer?

Turns out, as you dehydrate and you have less water in your body overall, the fluid volume of blood decreases as well. The solid parts of the blood (blood cells etc) stay the same while the fluid is reduced.

As a result, the blood becomes more viscous, and more like sludge. That sludge makes it harder to deliver oxygen to every cell in your body. That’s why your heart has to work harder with every stoke. It has to expel thicker blood harder, longer if it’s going to provide the same amount of oxygen to all the cells and tissues of the body.

So have a heart for your heart. Stay hydrated!

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade

It’s grilling time! Marinades are a good thing to do to meats prior to the grilling process..

You’ll Need:

  • ¾ cup brown mustard
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Pour the marinade over the chicken and let sit sealed container in a refrigerator for a couple of hours (turning the container every so often) grill the meat of your choice, and enjoy.

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Chinese Chicken Salad

A great way to prevent cancer is to know what you are eating. The more you cook in the home the better. Mirin is a Japanese cooking wine. It is a great base for many dressings, sauces and Asian inspired dishes. Give this chicken salad a try.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine) or sweet sherry
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half
  • 1/2 red or yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups mixed greens torn into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

First:

  • Place ginger and garlic in a 1-quart re-sealable plastic bag.
  • Measure the mirin, soy sauce and sesame oil into the bag.
  • Massage the bag lightly to mix the ingredients.

Then:

  • Using a meat pounder or a small heavy saucepan, flatten the chicken filet to an even thickness.
  • Put the chicken inside of the bag and seal it, forcing out the air.
  • Turn the bag several times to coat the filet and marinate at least a 1/2 hour or in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours.

Ten Minutes Before Eating:

  • Scatter the salad greens on a dinner plate.
  • Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a skillet or ridged grill pan.
  • Cook the pepper strips, turning occasionally, until softened and slightly charred; set aside.

For the Chicken:

  • Brown the chicken filet on both sides, reduce heat to medium and cook until the center is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the filet to a clean cutting board and let rest for several minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup water to the pan and cook a minute or two longer, stirring.

Finally:

  • Slice the chicken on an angle into strips and place in the center of the greens.
  • Drizzle the pan juices on the meat and scatter the pepper strips on top.

Water Your Kidneys

Waste treatment is the last thing you want to dig your hands into, and the first thing you NEVER want to fail.

Your kidneys are like the waste treatment facility of your body. It removes toxins from your blood such as urea, uric acid, creatinine, sulfates, phenol, excess sodium, potassium, and chloride ions. They also help maintain a healthy homeostasis of your body fluids throughout your body.

You seriously do not want the waste treatment facility to fail. Because without enough water, those wastes can build up in your body. The outcome is that you may be more likely to get uterine tract infections, and less likely for anti-bacterial agents to do their job fighting those infections in the first place.

Dehydration can also lead to the very painful condition of kidney stones. Don’t let this happen to you … stay hydrated!

Green Chili Eggs

Give your eggs some spice! Enjoy this dish as a part of a Southwestern flared brunch.

You’ll Need

  • 6 Eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons milk
  • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 Cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 (4 ounce) cans chopped green chilies
Directions
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease a 9 inch pie plate.
In a large bowl, whisk the eggs and stir in the milk and flour, then mix in the green chilies and cheese. Pour into the prepared pie plate. Bake in the preheated oven until the center is set, about 35 minutes.
You can always throw in other veggies as you see fit.

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Water Your Mind

The human brain is walled off behind a thick bony skull for a reason. It’s running the whole show from up there, and so it needs to be protected from the insults that can cause you to sense, think, and act poorly.

If you want to stay at your own personal peak performance, you can’t dehydration slow you down.

First of all, that’s because the brain consists of about 75% water, which is the matrix inside which the axons fire off with your encoded thoughts and dreams and movements and feelings. So even mild dehydration slows blood flow, which can decrease the oxygen travelling through the brain. Decreased oxygen can can affect mood, and you may find yourself more irritable.

However, with even more prolonged dehydration thinking ability can become compromised, cognitive function suffers, and you may find yourself confused more often.

The solution is simple, and it doesn’t involve doing crosswords, sudoku, or other mental puzzles all day. The first, simplest solution is to water your mind. Stay hydrated.