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Sushi bowl with marinated mushrooms

 

Greenco marinated mushroomsGreenco marinated mushrooms
The Greenco brand comes with various varieties of marinated mushrooms! I already received a package from them with three different types to make a recipe with, one of the benefits of blogging😉

The package really had to come from Korea so I had to be patient but after 2 weeks I had the pots at home, 2 marinated, 1 of which in olive oil and 1 pickled (inlaid).

Because I love sushi and wanted to make a vegetarian sushi bowl, I recorded a video with it.

Ingredients sushi bowl:

250 gr sushi rice Supplies sushi bowlGreenco marinated mushrooms
1 mango
1 avocado
1 cucumber
pot (280 gr) marinated mushrooms in oil
2 spring onions
2 tbsp sesame seeds, lightly roasted
Dressing:

2 tbsp sesame oil
3 tbsp soy sauce
juice of half a lime
Optional:

nori leaves or chips
Preparation method:

Cook the sushi rice according to the instructions on the package and let it cool.
Peel the cucumber and cut it into long strings with a peeler or cheese slicer.
Peel the mango and cut it into long, narrow segments.
Cut the spring onions into small rings.
Mix the ingredients for the dressing.
Drain the mushrooms.
Finally, peel the avocado and cut it into long, narrow segments.
Arrange all ingredients nicely in a large bowl and divide the dressing, sesame seeds and the optional nori chips.

Is fruit healthy? Or can you do without?

Eat two pieces of fruit a day is the slogan … but is that necessary? Several studies, on the other hand, indicate that fructose is perhaps the most underrated thickener. That is why in some diets the eating of fruit is also limited. So? Two pieces of fruit per day or not? I am trying to answer that question here.

Is fruit healthy?

Let’s answer that question first … I will not turn around the hot knit … fruit can be very healthy! Fruit is mainly known for the large amount of vitamins, dietary fiber and antioxidants in fruit. And it is indeed true that it is good for our body. But that is of course not the only thing in fruit. For example, an orange and an apple contain more than 23 grams of sugars (fructose) and that is less good for us. But this is just the ‘short-the-bend’ reasoning … technically you could say that you better eat vegetables, because then you have the vitamins, the fibers and the antioxidants, but not the sugars. But fruit, on the other hand, is tastier and easier to carry on the road.
So is fruit healthy ? I searched online for research results and the good news is that with normal quantities of fresh fruit, fruit is indeed healthy for you. Now I can imagine that you think “why the hell are you writing this article? Didn’t we all know this? ”… That’s right. But more and more diets prescribe a limited sugar intake and even fruit is then excluded, or limited to a minimum. And then the question arises … can you live without fruit if it is that healthy?

Can you go without fruit?

The answer is “yes.” Every person can stay healthy his entire life without having eaten a single piece of fruit in his life. In fact, it is only since we have cooled transportation and heated greenhouses that it is possible to eat fruit at all outside the harvest season.
You can get enough vitamins, dietary fiber and antioxidants from vegetables and nuts. So if your diet prescribes not to eat fruit, you don’t have to worry that your body will give up after a few months. However, you must ensure that you eat enough greetings, meat and nuts … and you do not make any concessions there.

Then why would you exclude fruit at all?

As described earlier, fruit is simply healthy. And if you eat fresh fruit, it is almost impossible to “overeat” with fruit. Yet there are reasons to ignore fruit (for a large part). For example if you eat low carbohydrate. Low carbohydrate diets are aimed at bringing your body into a state of ketosis . This means that your body mainly draws energy from fats due to a lack of glucose (sugars / carbohydrates). This significantly increases your fat burning. A diet based on ketosisleads to unimaginable results when it comes to fat loss and weight control. In such a case, it is no disaster if you no longer eat fruit.

Just for the fruit lovers … why is fruit so good for us?

Fruit is full of fiber, water, vitamins and antioxidants and has a high chewing resistance. Due to the high chewing resistance and the slow digestion of the fruit, the fructose enters very metered in the liver. As a result, with a normal diet (low in carbohydrates) there will be little or no insulin peak. Our body can deal well with fructose that comes from fresh fruit, because the fructose is released in doses. Fructose in foods other than fruit do not have these benefits !! Fructose candies or added fructose is not healthy.

Conclusion

Fruit is healthy and in a non-carbohydrate diet it is certainly advisable to eat some fruit every day … if only because it is so delicious! But you can also do fine without fruit if your diet requires it.

How protein shakes help me lose weight

For a while I have been using proteins to lose weight. Inspired by the book by Timothy Ferriss, I went looking for scientific studies that found that a low-carb, but high-protein and fat-rich diet was healthier and produced better results. Losing weight with proteins is HOT! The scientific evidence appears to be in large quantities and the results do not lie. At the bottom of the article I have listed the 3 most important studies that show that weight loss works with proteins. The light was therefore green and I started the diet (or actually diet) of Timothy Ferriss.

Quite soon after I started the Timothy Ferriss diet ( body a body book ), I started protein shakes. The Timoty Ferriss diet is based on protein intake and low carbohydrate eating. But to make a good start, it is important to start your day with a breakfast free of carbohydrates and an intake of at least 20 grams of protein.

The first week I started in the morning with 3 eggs with a little Zaanse mayonnaise, 4 slices of bacon and two large glasses of water. But after two weeks the eggs came out of my throat. You still have to do quite a bit to get those 20 grams of protein. And it is almost the basis if you want to lose weight with proteins. That is why I started looking for an alternative to the eggs. So you can start with 200 grams of chicken fillet, a generous salmon steak … but yes … who wants to get up early in the morning?

The outcome: Protein shakes
A turbulent diet period began … 🙂Protein shakes soon seemed the solution, but the road to the perfect shake was a long one. I tried maybe 10 different varieties … one even dirtier than the other! Some had
a very bad taste, others just couldn’t be plum and others didn’t really have a good impact on my diet.

I ended up with  these protein shakes because of the natural ingredients. The taste is great and there are few carbohydrates in it (which is very important!). I take about 1 scoop every morning and mix it with 250ml almond milk. My experience is that if you start your day with this, you will last at least 4-5 hours … without getting hungry. Eat some more fat (a handful of almonds for example) and the 4-5 hours after breakfast your body is burning fat. I lost more than 10 kilos with this!

Why proteins help in burning fat
Proteins prevent large fluctuations in your glycemic index. A low glycemic index means that the diet contains carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly by the body. This gives you a feeling of satiety for longer during the day. As a result, you do not feel hungry all day long and saying no to delicacies becomes much easier. [ 1 ] This forms the basis for weight loss with proteins. Of course there are more factors that play a role, but this is the most important.

You also need proteins to build and restore your muscles. And this is really not only important if you want to body build! Every effort you make causes small cracks in your muscles. Your body repairs those cracks with the help of proteins. If you do not get enough protein, your body will not repair those cracks at all or not enough … and then you break down muscles. People who exercise lightly also benefit from it. Mix the proteins with water and not with milk.

Why losing weight with proteins has no yo-yo effect
The reason why many diets cause a so-called ‘yo-yo effect’ is that many of those diets are used for calorie restriction. And calorie restriction leads to a number of reactions in your body, of which these two reactions provide the yo-yo effect:

Your body does not get enough energy to keep your body running properly. From ancient times it is genetically determined that our body will use less energy (and therefore calories) to survive. Your body goes into a kind of ‘fuel-efficient mode’. As a result, your body starts to prepare for difficult times … and it does so by building up fat reserves. So as soon as you stop your low-calorie diet, your body starts storing like crazy.
In addition, because your body doesn’t get enough energy, your body starts looking for natural energy sources in your body. A source that can always provide the body with energy are the proteins. And your body gets it from, among other things, your muscles. Your body will therefore break down muscles to get energy. And your muscles use a lot of energy, which means that you will use even fewer calories at rest. In addition, less muscle mass ensures less burn. If you are going to lose weight with proteins, you do not have that problem.
And so after your diet it seems as if every pound goes through your mouth, directly clinging to your hips and stomach … and actually that is true. Although with the best of intentions, because your body wants to prevent it from having to draw energy from muscles the next time.

Do I have to eat completely low in carbohydrates?
You don’t have to! I have benefited a lot from it myself and feel better since I did it, but…. it is not necessary. You can lose weight with protein shakes by just doing your breakfast low in carbohydrate with a protein shake and some fat, then you will get through the day whistling. No hunger, no muscle breakdown and more resistant to impulsive binge eating. Of course, the effect is 10 x greater if you eat completely low in carbohydrates. In fact … that is easier to maintain. But starting with baby scoops is better than not starting😉

Some small tips
This protein shake works best for me and I think the tastiest tastes (with free shake cup)
The book by Timothy Ferriss is highly recommended
For me, losing weight was a little faster when I started taking  these caffeine tablets  (don’t you bounce;))
Studies that endorse my experience
Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor in overweight adolescents
A Randomized Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet and a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Women
Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women

Low carbohydrate food
On this blog we write a lot about low carbohydrate eating and low carbohydrate diets. Read more about the low- carbohydrate diet.

Are vitamins lost during cooking?

Our body needs vitamins for a healthy metabolism. Vitamins ensure, among other things, that our resistance is maintained. Many people get a flu during this period, so it is important to get enough vitamins from your food. Unfortunately, there are a number of vitamins that are very sensitive to heating, which means that many vitamins are lost during cooking. That is why it is important to know how you can cook in a different way so that the vitamins are retained!

All vitamins at a glance

There are 13 types of vitamins:

Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin D
Vitamin E
Vitamin K
Vitamin B1
Vitamin B2
Vitamin B3
Vitamin B5
Vitamin B6
Vitamin B8
Vitamin B11 (folic acid)
Vitamin B12
All these vitamins have their own effect. For example, vitamin A is important for the skin and vitamin C is important for the immune system. We need these vitamins every day, one more than the other. To get enough vitamins, it is important to eat healthy and varied food.

The preparation, what goes wrong here?

Everyone has their own way of cooking. The preparation will therefore also be different for everyone. Vitamins can be lost during the preparation of a meal. If you look critically at how you prepare your food, you can adjust certain ways that you save vitamins!

Wash your vegetables briefly. Soaking your vegetables for a long time is a real no-go!
Did you know that vitamins are already being lost while vegetables are being cut? Therefore, do not buy pre-sliced vegetables, because you never know how they prepared the vegetables. Cut your vegetables yourself and preferably as short as possible before cooking.
Prefer not to peel vegetables. It is often customary to peel a zucchini, for example, but the skin is full of vitamins!
Place the vegetables in boiling water instead of cold water. If you let cold water heat up in a pan with vegetables, more vitamins will be lost.
Cook with the lid on the pan. There are many vitamins in the cooking fluid! Therefore, also use your cooking fluid as the basis for a sauce, for example.
5 tips to preserve vitamins during cooking
Many vitamins are also lost during cooking, while you naturally want to keep every vitamin !

# 1 Eat fresh

Fresh vegetables contain the most vitamins. That is because it has not been processed much and is therefore still in the store in a short time. Always store fresh vegetables in a dark and dry place.

# 2 Poach

If you poach vegetables, the cooking temperature stays below 100 degrees. This means that the taste is better preserved and the vitamins are still in your vegetables!

# 3 Cook at a higher temperature

By cooking at a higher temperature with a shorter baking time you limit the loss of vitamins even more!

# 4 Wok

Wok is very easy and fast. You can put everything in the wok and bake everything briefly. Meat sears quickly so that all juices and vitamins remain in the meat. The vegetables are quickly cooked without losing the vitamins.

# 5 Use as

little water as possible By using little water, you lose fewer vitamins. Is it customary for you to add salt during cooking? Do not! Salt extracts all vitamins from your vegetables. That’s how they disappear in the water. Therefore, add a little salt only when you start serving the dish.

Hello Fresh makes me a top chef!

After my sister-in-law and best friend had both enthusiastically recommended me the Hello Fresh box, I could no longer ignore it. So hop on to the Hello Fresh site to order one. I was somewhat suspicious about it (as with almost all new things). Would it really be that fresh, tasty and “easy” ?! Well, I can tell you: I’m up!

No worries about your dinner

With a man at home who wants to eat low-carb / free food, a toddler son of 2.5 who decides on the spot whether he wants to eat and myself as an anti-stampot woman, it is really a drama in the supermarket every week. How in heaven’s name do I put together a menu for the three of us in which I also mainly cook healthily? Hello Fresh offers me a solution: no longer putting together a menu, but simply receiving it in a beautiful booklet with accompanying ingredients.

Freshly delivered at home

In the supermarket it is quite a hassle to get everything together for such a great meal. And when my son interrupts my search for the tenth time, it sometimes happens that I just forget something. That does not happen anymore, because everything (except for some oil, salt, etc.) is supplied ready-made in the box. The quantity for the number of people is also taken into account, so I don’t throw away half afterwards.

I feel like a top chef

The first week was just as exciting, because I am not such a great cook and now I suddenly had to “really” start cooking. There was just ginger in my package, Hake fillet and pumpkin. But with the handy recipe book where everything is mentioned in detail, I even managed to create a great meal! Cutting the vegetables myself is not that bad, I now also enjoy cooking much more. All of a sudden I put a delicious dish on the table every evening, made of all pure ingredients and I feel like a true chef!

Suitable for any age & diet

The meals that I have made so far were very tasty and also suitable for our young son. Hubby eats carbohydrate-free twice a day, so he can eat some carbohydrates in the evening. The advantage of Hello Fresh is that the proportions are correct and that you do not eat more rice or pasta than you need. In addition, we also eat much more varied than before, we all get the nutrients that we need. A win-win situation for all of us.

Not expensive and flexible

We now eat a Hello Fresh dish 3 days a week, but we eat 5 next week during the holidays. You can adjust the frequency and sometimes skip a week. If I look at what I had previously lost in the Jumbo and now on my Hello Fresh box, I see no financial reason for not doing it, it is rather cheaper and more expensive.

Become a top chef too!

Are you now also a busy woman, not a master chef, or weekly plagued by all choice stress? Then I would definitely try the test box without obligation. You will be amazed by your own cooking skills: D!

Yummy AVOCADO SALSA

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 ripe avocados, diced ½ red onion, chopped 2 tomatoes, diced ¼ cup cilantro, chopped 2 limes, juiced 2 cloves garlic, chopped Salt, to taste Pepper, to taste 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar ½ cup feta cheese Tortilla chips, for serving

PREPARATION

 

  1. In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients and gently mix together. For best flavor, allow
  2. to set 30 minutes. Garnish with additional feta just before serving. Enjoy!
  3. Garnish with additional feta just before serving. Enjoy!

 

 

The oatmeal breakfast; is oatmeal healthy or not?

Many people think that oatmeal is healthy for breakfast, but is that so? Oatmeal is full of dietary fiber and it is associated with various health effects such as lowering LDL Cholesterol and even fat loss. Yet oatmeal can be at least as bad as bread or a croissant. I figured out how you can take advantage of an oatmeal breakfast without the bad side effects and also share some delicious recipes with you.

But first … oatmeal in a nutshell
To make a healthy choice and to understand why one is healthy and the other is not, it is good to know how oatmeal is produced. Because ‘oatmeal’ comes from the cereal ‘oats’. Oatmeal is the germinated (shell removes) version of oats and if only the shell is removed you speak of ‘long-boiling’ or ‘whole grain’ oatmeal. You don’t usually find this type of oatmeal at the supermarket, but at a health food store.

In addition, you also have the cut oatmeal, which is broken or cut into two parts. The advantage of this is that the cooking time is drastically reduced from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. In both this version and the ‘whole’ version, most nutrients and dietary fiber have been preserved. They are healthy for both of these oatmeal varieties.

The latest version is the rolled oatmeal. And how could it be otherwise … you can usually find it in the supermarket. The rolled oats are flat and sometimes this oats are sweetened and processed. You often see this when the oatmeal is already mixed with other ingredients. Therefore, with this form you only benefit for a small part from the beneficial efficacy of these grains. In fact, this variant causes peaks in blood sugar levels which you naturally prefer not to have (more about those peaks later).

So … is oatmeal healthy?
The answer to that question depends on the preparation and the type of oatmeal you choose. If you eat ready-made oatmeal that is sweetened with sugar, it is by definition not healthy. Usually, the ready-made oatmeal contains only half of the original fiber contained in oats and a lot of junk is added to make it ‘tasty’. In some ready-made oatmeal there is even more than 10% pure sugar. So when you ask “is ready-made oatmeal healthy?” the answer is “No!”.

But fortunately there is also good news! Pure oatmeal is healthy. By ‘pure’ I mean unprocessed oatmeal or at most ‘cut’. You recognize the whole grain oatmeal by the full, round structure and it is packed with valuable food for your body. The taste of whole-grain oatmeal has a slightly more ‘nutty’ taste than processed oatmeal.

Also advantageous for people with a gluten allergy is that oats naturally do not contain gluten. However, the oats are often treated in an environment where products are processed with gluten, so if it cannot contain any traces of gluten, you should also look for real gluten-free varieties.

The big disadvantage of whole grain oatmeal is that you have to boil it for about 15 minutes to make it soft and edible. On the other hand, you get a lot in return and it also tastes better. I will list the benefits of oatmeal for you.

The benefits of oatmeal
Reduces LDL Cholesterol by 7%
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
It helps your body to regulate your sugar levels
Whole grain oatmeal contains many dietary fiber
You will be full longer (that’s why an oatmeal breakfast is so popular)
It is full of vitamins and minerals
Oatmeal also contains many antioxidants
It is also a source of protein
It naturally contains no gluten
The difference between wholegrain oatmeal and ready-made oatmeal is particularly reflected in the ‘GI index’. Without becoming too technical … The GI index indicates what nutrition does to your blood sugar. The higher the GI index is, the less healthy it is for our bodies. We speak of a high glycemic index above 70 and a low below 55. Ready-made oatmeal has a GI index of 83, while whole-grain oatmeal has a GI index of 55. See how much difference it makes ?

Oatmeal for breakfast
As you can read above, an oatmeal breakfast can be a fantastic addition to your diet. In particular, the dietary fiber and the proteins ensure that you are full for longer than when, for example, you eat bread or a cracker.

An oatmeal breakfast is usually combined with milk or yogurt, but can also be combined with water or, for example, almond milk.

A whole-grain oatmeal breakfast is therefore healthy and even recommended if you want to lose weight. Losing weight with oatmeal is something you often encounter on the internet. You can of course come up with (and find) very exciting explanations, but basically it simply means that you have less appetite and therefore eat less. The amount of dietary fiber also plays an important role.

Prepare oatmeal:
Oatmeal is fairly easy to prepare. May I assume that you are convinced by my article and choose the whole-grain oatmeal? 🙂Beautiful! A basic oatmeal is easy to prepare. You can boil it with water, milk or something like almond milk.

Bring the liquid to the boil and add the oatmeal. Let it boil for 15 minutes and remove it from the heat. Let it cool down and you’re done. Now we can add some things for the taste, as I show below with the recipes.

What is also recommended is to bring water to the boil and let the oatmeal boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat and leave the oatmeal covered for a night. The next morning you will have wonderfully soft oatmeal!

Oatmeal recipe 1:
Breakfast for 1 or 2 people:

100ml water
100ml almond milk (or whole milk)
50 grams whole wheat oatmeal
1 large banana (crushed)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Oatmeal recipe 2:
100ml water
100ml almond milk (or whole milk)
50 grams whole wheat oatmeal
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon

Oatmeal topping:

Hand of blueberries
A few raspberries

Oatmeal recipe 3
Oatmeal cakeOatmeal cake
For a variation on the oatmeal breakfast, I also have a recipe for an oatmeal cake . Easy to take to work as a lunch or snack.

There are dozens of recipes on the internet to make a delicious oatmeal breakfast. And also nice books all about oatmeal. That is also one of the benefits. You can vary endlessly with ingredients and put something new on the table every morning.

The conclusion
If you choose the right type of oatmeal, oatmeal can be healthy for you and boost your health. I can therefore recommend an oatmeal breakfast to anyone who wants to have a healthy breakfast or to lose weight. Because some people jump directly to the conclusion, I would like to emphasize that the ‘supermarket’ oatmeal is not always healthy! Go to a health food store for ‘whole’ or ‘half’ oatmeal.

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