Eat and Drink Smart
Virgin Lemon Drop Martini Recipe
My favorite drink of all time is a Lemon Drop Martini, but drinking alcohol on days with 100+ degree F. temperature is not recommended. And when I tried it, the after effects were not so good. So I came up with an alcohol free Lemon Drop Martini recipe that is both refreshing and thirst quenching. Here is the recipe:
1 martini glass
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/4 c. water
extra sugar for glass rim
Start with a martini glass and put it in the freezer to chill for at least 5 minutes. Use a cocktail shaker or tall glass and fill with crushed ice.
Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a measuring cup. You should have about 1/4 cup of juice. Pour that over the ice in the shaker or glass.
Measure 1/4 cup of sugar and pour into a bowl. Add 1-1/4 cup water into the bowl. Microwave the sugar water mixture for about a minute and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour this into the shaker. Cap the shaker with a glass that fits and shake a few times.
Take a small plate and pour sugar onto the plate about the same diameter as the martini glass rim.
Take the martini glass from the freezer and drag a lemon slice around the rim. Then turn the martini glass upside down onto the sugar coated plate and coat the rim with sugar.
Take a bar strainer and pour the lemon mixture into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon slice. This recipe should make about three martinis, depending on the size of your martini glass.
This is so delicious and refreshing on a hot summer day! You may find yourself making them over and over. Better yet, double or triple the recipe and share with family and friends.
Healthy Eating Made Easy
Healthy eating means enjoying a variety of foods in the right portions. There is room for all types of food; each one adding its own goodness. Having a varied diet ensures you get all nutrients you require to stay healthy and bursting energy.
We said enjoying; meaning you will have the benefit of an increased feeling of well being; and meaning you won't need to give up any favorite foods, keep just for treats anything not bringing in essential nutrients or health benefits.
Steps to a Healthier You
The first step you should take for healthy eating is balancing your food needs and lifestyle. It is a simple equation: energy in must equal energy out. Eating more leads to excessive weight gain. Eat less and you'll feel tired.
Everyone could benefit from more fruits and vegetables. They provide essential vitamins and minerals, and the all important antioxidants. Start simple. Take the five a day challenge first. When you have reached your five a day goal, you can think of the seven a day, or nine a day. It is not that difficult. There are many ways to add fruit or vegetables to a meal.
At breakfast, you can top cereal, granola, muesli or pancakes with fresh berries or dried fruit. Fruit compote is a great sweetener for yogurt, and healthy too. Grapefruit, banana, or apple slices are great on toast. Whatever you eat, remember: don't skip breakfast.
Try to swap fruit for cookies or pie as snacks. Dried fruit makes an excellent snack with lots of fiber. Always include fresh fruit in packed lunches. Salads, any season, are another good lunch option.
At dinner, ask for extra vegetables, as pizza toppings or with pasta. Add carrots, leeks, and onions to casseroles. Use pureed vegetables to thicken gravy. Frozen vegetables are almost as good as fresh; use them when you are pressed for time.
Count whole grain cereals as an excellent source of fiber, which will keep you satisfied for longer, leaving less room for fatty foods. Fiber in your diet will significantly reduce your risk of disease; it is worth it. Whole grain cereals are also an important source of B vitamins, the ones that help to extract energy from food.
Most of us should reduce the amount of fat we have. Low fat and control are the key words. Switch to unsaturated oils - olive oil is best- if you have not already done so. Add salad to your sandwiches and skip the butter. Try cottage cheese and jelly on toast, instead of butter. There is really no need for butter if the topping is moist.
Cottage cheese or low fat yogurt with herbs and spices make wonderful toppings for salads or baked potatoes. Try a baked potato topped with cottage cheese and chives for lunch or supper.
Lower the amount of salt you have, aiming for one tea spoon a day maximum, including salt in processed food. Herbs and spices will give flavor and aroma, reducing the need for salt.
Drink 6 to 8 cups of liquid every day. One cup of juice adds to your fruit and vegetable count. One cup of milk will boost your calcium intake. One or two cups of tea, or coffee, provide antioxidants. Nevertheless, drink water the most. Sodas should be just an occasional treat. If you like alcohol, have small amounts regularly, always with food. A moderate consumption is 1 cup wine or 2 cups beer for women, 2 cups wine or 3 to 4 cups beer for men in a day. Regularly does not mean daily; there is no need to drink alcohol every day.
Now that you have a healthy diet, remember to eat at steady intervals during the day, to keep your stamina. There are only two more factors to include for maximum benefit: exercise and sleep. Be sure to get enough sleep, around 7 hours -anything between 6 and 8 hours- for adults. Teenagers need more sleep hours than full grown adults, and children even more. Keep moving when you are awake. Though exercise is not food, consider it equally essential to your well being; we will never stress enough the importance of exercise in any healthy diet.
How much you will have to change your habits depend on how you eat now, but it is worth. Healthy eating will lead to more energy, weight loss -keeping it off- and prevention of disease. Plus healthy eating is delicious and fun when it is done right.
Anne Ehmer is passionate about food. Her stimulating ideas and recipes are registered in the web site All Foods Natural.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy, nutritious and varied diet is one of the best things you can do for your health and your future.
Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring or dissatisfying. Here are some tips for a healthy diet. Try to
practice these every day or nearly every day.
Eat several servings of vegetables. This is where you get many of the vitamins and nutrients
you need, and eating vegetables enhances your immune system. Enjoying a fresh salad with
fat-free or low fat dressing every day for lunch is a good practice.
How to eat more veggies
- Substitute fruit for snacks. An apple a day really can keep the doctor away! When you reach for a snack,
reach for a piece of fruit instead. Whenever possible, eat the peel of the fruit, but be sure and wash it first.
We all have our favorite fruits, so choose those that you will look forward to eating.
Tips to help you eat more fruit
- Eat whole-grain breads. Many people are enjoying the whole-grain pasta that are now available
in grocery stores. Try whole wheat spaghetti; it tastes great and doesn't become mushy as quickly
as regular spaghetti. Whenever possible, substitute whole-wheat bread for white bread. Just this
one small change can make your diet much healthier.
Benefits of eating whole grains and fiber
- Limit eating meat to three servings per week. Meat includes beef and pork. The rest of the time
you should eat fish, pork, lamb, or all-vegetarian at meals. When eating beef, try to consume
lean cuts as much as possible. Try substituting ground turkey for ground beef in your favorite
- Make sweet, fattening desserts a rare treat. Rather than making pies, cakes and cookies a daily
try making these a rare treat in your diet. Keep on hand fruit and healthful snacks for daily
eating. This is especially important for children. A good practice is to have one day per week
when candy and/or dessert is allowed for children, and this is a good practice for yourself as well.
Try instituting "Friday candy" for children or "Sunday dessert" for the family. This will teach
children that eating sweets and dessert is not for daily partaking, but is a treat to be enjoyed
occasionally. Birthdays and holidays are exceptions, of course.