Category Archives: Food and Drink

ONLINE SOCIAL DIETING

We date online why not diet online?  More than one of my clients have credited various apps for helping them drop a few pounds, improve their food choices and get fitter faster.  And now Greatest Loser guru Jillian Michaels throws down another challenge by partnering with Dietbetter. https://i0.wp.com/www.dietbetter.com/images/jillian-michaels-main-page.png

Dietbet is a four-week social dieting challenge. According to the company 96% percent of DietBetters lose weight, with an average of over six pounds in four weeks. You could drop those pounds and pick up some cash in the process.

Michaels’ DietBet starts on September 24 and runs through October 21.

HOW TO LOSE IT
The rules for The Jillian Michaels DietBet are simple. Players all bet $30 into the pot to begin. Everyone who loses four percent of their starting weight over the course of the four-week game splits the pot equally at the end. Dietbet is not winner-take-all; everyone who reaches the finish line is a winner and receives an equal share of the pot. To validate weight loss, players submit multiple photos of themselves on their scales to DietBet’s human referees.

Find DietBet on Facebook and Twitter. An iPhone mobile app is also available.

Good luck and let us know how you do!

Love,
JoAnn

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CHOBANI YOGURT RECALL, NATIONWIDE

If you love Greek style yogurt chances are you’ve enjoyed Chobani.  According to the CEO, they’ve voluntarily recalled products due to a type of mold commonly found in yogurts that don’t have preservatives.

The problem affected about 5% of it’s product and is reported to be solved now.

AFFECTED PRODUCTS
If you purchased yogurt with the code 16-012, Best By: 9/11/2013 – 10/7/ 2013, toss it. To get replacements or refunds,  contact their Customer Loyalty Team at chobani.com/care  or call 877-847-6181 between the hours of 9am and 5pm EST.

Chobani 6 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani 16 oz. tubs – all flavors
Chobani 32 oz. tubs – all flavors
Chobani 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani Bite™ 3.5 oz. cups – all flavors
Chobani Flip™ 5.3 oz. containers – all flavors
Chobani Champions® cups 3.5 oz. – all flavors
Chobani Champions® tubes 2.25 oz., 8, 16 and 36 count – all flavors

FIZZY IS NOT FINE IN YOGURT
The mold caused the packaging to swell and some customers had said that it tasted fizzy or had an alcohol overtone.   The company started pulling the products from the self last week. The potentially affected products were distributed from their Twin Falls, Idaho facility.

In short, it’s best not to eat yogurt or any other product if the packaging is torn, punctured, or swelling. You just never know what contaminants natural or otherwise may lurk inside.

Love,
JoAnn

PICK A PEACH

It’s peach time in the Midwest!  Pluck them fresh off the trees, buy at your local farmers’ markets or in the grocery store.  Your freshest bet is to go local.  Michigan is known for its cherries, blueberries and apples but peaches were the first locally commercial crop.  Click here for a list of where you can find peaches fresh off the farm.

HOW TO SELECT THE BEST

  1. Avoid rock hard peaches, they were picked too early and peaches don’t get sweeter in time
  2. Look for smooth unwrinkled skin with no blemishes or brown spots
  3. Leave at room temp for a couple of days to soften then store in fridge
  4. Peaches will keep in fridge for 3-5 days 

WAYS TO ENJOY YOUR PEACHES
Can them, freeze them, grill them, eat them fresh.  Peaches are a good source of potassium, vitamins A & C, and only about 70 calories.  Here are eleven recipes from the New York Times, including one for that all-time favorite, peach cobbler.

Got a favorite peach recipe?  Share it here!

Love,
JoAnn

BANANAS

More healthful and less expensive than most commercial energy bars, the portable, perfectly packaged banana gives you what you need to refuel after a tough workout or a midday pick-me-up.  It’s a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, potassium and manganese and the banana is particularly high in vitamin B6.  All that and it merely has about 100 calories!

Marketers for the little yellow nutritional powerhouse got the nod from The Food and Drug Administration allowing them to promote potassium’s link to prevention of high blood pressure and stroke. And that’s not all.  The high concentration of vitamin B6 boosts you immune system and helps your nervous system function better too.

To ripen a banana, leave it at room temperature for a few days or put it in a paper bag to speed up the process.  Once ripe, you can refrigerate it. The skin will turn black but the fruit inside will be just fine.

SUPER SMOOTHIE
Bananas give smoothies a silky texture. The only limit is your imagination. This recipe includes lemon, honey, yogurt and a banana for a super smoothie and a big boost of energy to take on any activity. I blend cold coffee, banana and some protein vanilla powder for a refreshing summer pick-me-up.   Enjoy.

Love,

JoAnn

WATERMELON LEMONADE

Watermelons are starting to show up in the grocery stores now.  While the best ones really don’t make the scene until the later in the summer (like August in Chicago), I thought you might like a refreshingly different way to enjoy this taste of summer. 

HOW TO CHOOSE A GREAT WATERMELON
So many varieties out there!  To get the best, look for those with a little yellow at the bottom (meaning they’ve sat on the ground and ripened in the sun, yea!)  My mom taught me the “knock, knock” test and I swear by it.  Knock on the watermelon and listen for a hollow sound (lots of water in there – which is what you want in your watermelon).

Jewel's Watermelon Margaritas RecipeTry this margarita recipe but ditch the sugar – you don’t really need it.  If you prefer rum to tequila like I do, make that way and call it a daiquiri. Or leave out the alcohol all together and just call it delicious.

Cheers,
JoAnn

COCONUTS!

Once upon a time in these United States coconut oil was much aligned as an evil artery clogging substance. Today we know better. Much better.  Coconut oil and the many byproducts of the dear coconut are very healthful.  According to a report published at the National Institutes of Health, it’s good for heart health and even Alzheimer’s.

NOT ALL SATURATED FAT IS THE SAME
Coconut oil was slandered because of its saturated fat content (associated with clogging arteries). But not all saturated fats are the same. There are short chain, medium chain and long chain – each are absorbed differently in the body. Coconut oil is a medium chain fatty acids – close to that found in human breast milk. Compared to long chain, medium chain are digested more quickly, are less taxing to the liver, and more immediately converted into energy. Long chain takes longer to absorb and often leave you sluggish –think cheese and red meat.

For more information check out the Coconut Research Center.

A MULTIPURPOSE HEALTHY OIL
From your hair to your heart coconut oil can do you good.  These are just a few of the many health benefits of this natural food:

  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Works as an excellent mouthwash

For gleaming moisturized skin and hair – use the same stuff you cook with – no need to buy a separate product though it will be easier if you keep one container in the bath and one in the kitchen.  Coconut oil also has a high smoke point, so great for stir fry.  I also recently discovered coconut vinegar that touts more antioxidants that apple cider vinegar.

AH, REFRESHING COCONUT WATER
Coconut water is sold everywhere these days.  Health food stores sell them for upwards of $2-3 for 8oz.  Head to an Asian or Latino grocer and you’ll find them for less than half and equally as hydrating with tons of potassium. I love getting raw green coconuts for both the water and coconut jelly (believed to be an aphrodisiac) but not having a machete handy, I find them sadly impossible to open. If you’ve got tips for opening raw coconuts, please share!

Otherwise, I will just have to move to tropics.

Have fun in the kitchen with these tasty coconut recipes.

Cheers,
JoAnn