Cilantro Ginger Shrimp

Shrimp on riceIf you like shrimp you are going to like this easy Cilantro Ginger Shrimp recipe. I understand that there are those that don’t eat shrimp but if you do enjoy shrimp and you like ginger you might want to give this a try. This can be served with rice or with broad noodles so I consider five to six shrimp per person when making it for guests. I also purchase u-15 shrimp for this dish which yields about 3 orders per pound.

Cilantro Ginger Shrimp
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 4
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 lbs large Gulf shrimp, peeled , cleaned, and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 tsp lite soy sauce
  • 1 tsp rice wine
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsps chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsps white rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp grated ginger root
Method
  1. Put the shrimp, lite soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil in a bowl and toss to combine well; set aside to marinade for 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Turn oven on to preheat at 350 degrees.
  3. Put the cilantro, vinegar, and ginger in a large bowl and whisk well; set aside.
  4. Dump the marinaded shrimp out onto a baking sheet and place in preheated oven and bake for about 6 minutes, turning once. Shrimp should be pink when done.Do not over bake or they will become tough.
  5. Put the cooked shrimp in the bowl along with the cilantro/ginger mixture and toss to coat well.
  6. Serve shrimp warm, spooned over hot cooked rice or noodles if desired.

 

When buying shrimp, size tells you how many shrimp are in a pound. If it states U15 on the package, they are pretty big and you will get about 12 to 15 shrimp to a pound. It if states U40 they are pretty small, salad shrimp with about 40 per pound. I usually purchase 15-21 so that I have about 18 to a pound. I allow about 6 shrimp per person if they are being served on something like rice or noodles.

If I will be doing shrimp wrapped in bacon or coconut shrimp I use U-15 which seems to work better for me. Use the larger sizes for stuffed shrimp as well.

I also always offer a second choice just in case some of my guests don’t eat shrimp. Shrimp is  high in cholesterol but very low in total fat. If you have concerns about your cholesterol, limit yourself to one serving and then only once in a while.

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6 Benefits of Fitting Walks Into Your Day

walking near the beach in Puerto Vallarta

walking near the beach in Puerto Vallarta

This week a friend reminded me of how much I enjoy walking when he read an article I had written a year ago. Here are 6 Benefits of Fitting Walks Into Your Day that were not in that article but you might enjoy.

There are many benefits of walking during your day. While most of them are physically health-related, a few have some mental health benefits too. Below is a sample of 6 of the more important benefit of walking:

1) Improve Your Circulatory System

When walking, your heart rate increases, thus moving more blood over a given period of time. More blood to the cells means a better transfer of oxygen in and carbon dioxide and wastes out. By strengthening your circulatory system, you reduce your risk of heart disease, along with lowering your blood pressure.

2) Lower Your Total Cholesterol Ratio

Walking also has another effect on your blood,  it raises your good HDL while at the same couple on the beachtime lowering your bad LDL. A better cholesterol ratio means less chance of developing plaque that narrows your arteries and causes a stroke.

3) Improve Lung Capacity

When you walk, your lungs have to work harder to get air in and out. In the process, your lungs will not only gain capacity, but get more efficient. More capacity and better efficiency helps with carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange. Because the brain needs a fresh supply of oxygen at all times, this becomes a win/win for you.

We should try to walk all year long

We should try to walk all year long

4) Manage Your Weight

As a form of exercise walking burns extra calories. A 15-minute walk after lunch at 3 mph will burn around 60-70 calories depending on your weight. While this doesn’t  seem like much, it amounts to 300 calories over a 5-day week. Just think what can happen when you can fit in an hour or two of walking each day. This shouldn’t be to had to do for us that are retired from the workforce.

5) Improve Mood

The benefits we talked about up to this point have all been physical, but walking also has a mental health benefit to it too. A mid-day walk after lunch can relieve stress from the morning’s activities and better prepare you to handle what’s coming in the afternoon.

6) Boost Your Brain Power

With your blood flowing faster while walking, better oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange, and

remember to eat healthy so that you benefit from your walk

remember to eat healthy so that you benefit from your walk

reduced stress, the brain functions better than it would if you had not walked. And the positive effects carry over for hours after you are done walking. This translates to you being able to get more done with less stress. When we don’t walk, most of us are shallow breathers, thus the extra bust from breathing better during our walk does a lot of good for not only our brain but our whole body.

So my friend Mark, I hope these 6 Benefits of Fitting Walks Into Your Day will add to your enjoyment each day when you are out in field service. One last thing, carry some drinking water when your walking here in Mexico. It can get very hot out there.

 

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Alkaline Foods, Do They Benefit Your Body?

HeartbeatTodays Question is; Alkaline Foods, Do They Benefit Your Body? By the time you finish this article you will have a good idea of the difference between a high-Acid diet and a high-Alkaline Diet and how to get the proper balance.

In the average American diet, many consume foods which are too acidic to effectively promote and maintain a healthy body.

Some examples of these acidic sources we consume are refined sugars, dairy products, and meat, such as, beef and pork.

There are different side effects that result from a high-acid diet, such as, a diminished immune system and lethargy.

A sugar high can feel good every once in a while when eating rocky road ice cream, but remember that unless you attempt to alkalize your body, you run the risk of a crash as a result not to count the feeling that you need more to keep going.

Alkalizing the body is not difficult, but, in order to understand the benefits of doing so, one cabbage, it's one of the good guysmust first understand the definition of alkaline foods, how they work with the body, and which foods in particular will counteract the effects of their acidic counterparts.

What Is Alkaline?

Alkaline is defined as that which has a pH greater than 7. Because the body functions best at a pH level of about 7.4, it is important to consume foods which will bring those levels up to an appropriate level.

This is especially crucial when consuming foods which are acidic, and, which, will bring those levels lower than they should be.

Pure, distilled water sits at almost exactly 7 on the pH scale. Foods with a higher number are alkaline, while anything that is lower than 7 is considered acidic.

Benefits Of An Alkaline Diet

As a general rule, foods can be classified as either acid-forming or alkaline forming.

The human body‘s pH is 7.35, or slightly alkaline. The body is always seeking a state of homeostasis (balance) and it works hard to maintain the healthy neutral alkaline zone.

broccolli, a superfoodNow, keep in mind that foods in in of themselves cannot change this zone in the body, but, the body does have to work extra hard to compensate for the intake of acid-forming foods that are ingested in excess.

This happens because when your diet is highly acidic the body has to leech calcium from

the bones, as calcium is an alkalizing mineral. Over time this can lead to bone mineral loss, which, can result in osteoporosis.

Additionally, as a stressor it can lead to inflammation along with increased cortisol levels, and this can impact overall health in the long term. (Cortisol is a steroid hormone)

Conversely, those foods that are alkaline forming are typically plant based and highly nutrient dense, and also loaded with antioxidants.

Including a variety of alkaline-forming foods in your diet allows the slowing of leech of calcium from the bones, and this results in improved bone health.

These foods also support healthy cell regeneration and fights the effects of free-radicals on the body.

Since it is the pH level of blood which concerns us, putting additional acidic foods into our diets actually works against the human system. When more strain is put on the body to fight sickness and disease, it is no wonder a highly acidic diet might make one feel tired and lethargic.

Benefits Of Alkaline Forming Foods For Athletes And Exercise

There is more goods news and that is the major benefits that alkalizing foods have on athletes and for the human body during exercise in general.

A diet high in acid forming foods results in reduction of muscle efficiency, so more energy expenditure is needed for each and every muscle contraction. Now, during a race or intense activity, this means a lot of extra work for the body.

Since alkaline-forming foods greatly reduce inflammation, the muscles work at more functional levels, and they also require less force to move.

This allows endurance athletes, such as, those who run marathons and participate in triathlons to push harder for longer. For those who do strength training, and bodybuilders, alkalizing foods will allow you to lift heavier weights with less negative stress on the body.

How To Eat An Alkaline Diet

Increasing the alkaline intake does not have to be extraordinarily difficult, and one must not cut acidic foods entirely from his or her diet.

It is recommended that your diet consist of around 80% alkaline food sources while acidic foods make up the remaining 20%. This might be a challenge in the beginning if you don’t include fruits and vegetables in your meals as often as you should.

This contrasts the average diet in America, which often flips that ratio around. There are some changes in the diet which can be made quickly and easily in order to alter your pH

Green tea Health Benefits

Green tea holds more than just great taste.

level.

Swap Coffee For Green Tea

For example, you might switch from coffee to green tea in order to bring your blood’s pH level higher. Green tea is alkaline while coffee is acidic, so the substitution might make a drastic change especially if you consume coffee quite often.

This is a change which any Zen master will definitely approve of, and green tea contains many antioxidants as well.

Alkalizing Vegetables

Always eat your vegetables, the best choice in alkalizing varieties, are broccoli, celery, chard greens, collard greens, cucumber, cauliflower, and mushrooms, just to name a few. These foods are alkaline and will not only help reduce stress on the body in fighting acid, but are also highly nutrient dense and plain good for you!

Fresh Fruits are Rich in Vitamin C

Fresh Fruits are Rich in Vitamin C

Alkalizing Fruits

Some of the best fruits are also alkalizing ones, including, melons, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, berries, cantaloupe and grapes.

Remember, you do not have to eliminate dairy products, rice, and all protein from animal sources in order to maintain a healthy pH level, but you do want to make the chicken free range chicken and the beef grass feed beef.

For a big benefit fast, substitute your refined sugars with healthy fruits and vegetables more often than not.

Doing that, along with drinking plenty of green tea, will increase pH levels and your chances of finding health-nirvana naturally and easily!

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Easy Avocado Mayonnaise

Avocado spreadFrom as far back as I can remember, I have always “over done it” when it comes to mayonnaise. I have started using this Easy Avocado Mayonnaise because for one thing it is much healthier. If you look at the ingredients on the back of a jar of regular mayonnaise the list of ingredients  is way to long, with all kinds of items to allow the product to set on shelves of stores for weeks at a time without turning bad.

Avocados contain what is considered a healthy fat, they are great tasting and they avocado mayocontain all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Furthermore, avocados’  combination of Vitamins A, C, E and K, plus carotenoids, selenium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation and provide other health benefits.

 

Avocado Mayonnaise
 
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Recipe type: Sandwich Spread
Cuisine: International
Serves: ¾ cup
Ingredients
  • 1 medium Haas avocado, cut in half, pit removed, and flesh scooped out
  • 1 tablespoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (optional)
  • ⅛ to ¼ teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste according to size of avocado)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ stemmed and seeded jalapeno pepper (optional)
Method
  1. Add the avocado, lemon, mustard (if using) jalapeno pepper and salt to a food processor or high speed blender and process until it is well blended, stopping a few times to scrape the bowl down as needed.
  2. With the motor running slowly, drizzle in the olive oil. Continue blending till the mixture takes on a creamy, light texture.

If there is any left over, it can be stored in a tightly covered container for a day in the refrigerator but unless you are eating alone, there is a good chance that there will be nothing left. Remember it can also be used as a dip if you happen to have some veggies nearby.

 My wife does not care for the taste of olive oil so I will replace that with a very ripe small avocado and just leave the oil out. You can also replace it with avocado oil if you have it on hand.

This Easy Avocado Mayonnaise goes well on sandwiches made with wholesome bread as well as wraps made with romaine lettuce or kale.

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Weight Loss In The Retirement Years.

Weight Loss in the retirement years

Hiking the hills of Mexico showed my just how much out of shape I was. That’s me on the bottom trying to catch up.

A couple of weeks ago my doctor confirmed what I already knew and that is I need to lose weight. But Weight Loss In The Retirement Years can be a special challenge. I have chosen to retire to Mexico, a country that lives on Fresh made tortillas at every meal. To make it worse we live two doors from a tortilla store where they are making fresh tortillas from about 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. every day except Sunday when they only work half a day. I know what your saying, “just don’t buy the tortillas”. It is not that simple because my wife, being Mexican, loves her tortillas and enjoys them at all meals.

Then there is the Mexican rice that is served with about 90 percent of the meals. It is made with white rice and it does taste good and many people enjoy it, so it can be a challenge for some. The problem is that brown rice is almost impossible to find in this area of Mexico.

Healthy Mexican FoodRefried beans, yap, while beans are good for you, beans that are cooked in lard won’t do much for someone trying to shed pounds.

salsa ans chipsThose deep fried  tortilla chips that are served with salsa at the beginning of most meals aren’t doing a lot for weight loss. It looks like the first step is to make a plan to avoid these items while my wife and family enjoy them. That should be no problem as long as I am doing the cooking. I can make healthy entrees that everyone can enjoy, plus I’ll make the supporting dishes that they love while I add more salads as an optional side dish.

I invite you to go along with me on this journey. We will be making adjustments to the foods we eat but we won’t be giving up refried beans, we will just make them a little differently. We will keep the rice but we will use rices that are healthy and have not had all the nutritional value stripped from them. And those chips that are served with the salsas, we can bake the chips to reduce the fat content or, here’s a wild thought, we could use vegetables instead of the chips…….

Heart healthy foodsWe are not looking at this as a diet but it will be a shift towards whole foods vis processed foods. Weight Loss In The Retirement Years goal is to bring food more in line with what it is intended to be, Fuel for our body to do it’s job. It can be a very enjoyable adventure that will perhaps result is a healthier happier you and me.

We live by the ocean, which is a nice place for a walk

We live by the ocean, which is a nice place for a walk

Being retired, it is very easy to lay back and let the world glide along it’s path while you do little or nothing. Yes, anti-aging and retirement require some exercise. Now in Mexico, that would be an early morning or later evening thing because mid-day it is just to hot to exercise. It could actually be unhealthy to do much between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. when the temperature will reach the mid to high 90’s some of the year in the area where we live. In the series we will talk a little about exercise but eating fresh whole foods will be our main focus. We will share recipes that will make it so easy, you will be asking yourselves why you never did this before. The recipes will be printable so hopefully you will want to save them to a binder to uses again and again.

I will share the websites and product information on products I use and in some cases have become an affiliate because I understand how important their information and products are in helping us reach our goals.

Food presentation is very important. As a chef, I will be stressing food presentation. You eat with your eyes and your nose before you ever taste a bit of food. With the proper presentation a plate can look full with a lot less food and eye appeal will go a long way towards helping us reach our goals.

Weight Loss In The Retirement Years is the starting point but you don’t need to be retired to join us on this adventure. Everyone interested in clean food and healthy eating is invited to join in. We will be sharing a great recipe in the next couple of days so be sure to check back.

buen provecho.

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Cooking Mistakes

Cooking MistakesI have a surprise for you today my friend. Everyone that spends any time in the kitchen is bound to make Cooking Mistakes. The trick is how do we correct them and save the day. Continue reading

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Health Consequences Of Dehydration

waterThe Health Consequences Of Dehydration become very clear when you live in a hot climate like we do here in Mexico. The first thing you learn is to give up the Continue reading

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It’s Being Called Setting Disease

Working on the beachThere is a disease that many of us have but we have no idea that we are in any danger. It’s being called Setting Disease. Ask yourself, Do I Sit Down Too Much Every Day? If you use your computer to make a living, the chances are good that you are setting way more and longer than you should.

Research results keep confirming what we have suspected all along and that is that sitting is bad for us. But just how bad? Continue reading

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Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

Grilled EggplantAs we fire up the grill for spring and summer it is a great time to add sandwiches such as a Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches. We shared this recipe a few years ago and it continues to be a favorite today. Now is the time to start introducing more vegetables and replacing some of the meat on the grill is a great healthy lifestyle choice.
One of the best ways to get the family to eat their veggies is by including them in a sandwich. Eggplant is a taste the younger members of the family might take time to like but it is healthy so introduce them to it as early as Continue reading

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Making Healthier Burgers

Healthy HamburgersNowadays I think that we have all asked ourselves about Making Healthier Burgers without loosing the flavor of the burgers we ate as a kid. Almost everyone is concerned about eating healthier and understandably so. And when it comes to food popularity, there’s not a lot that is more well-known that the burger.

It comes in many shape and sizes and almost all of them taste great. Now we are talking real burgers and not those things that are offered in some Continue reading

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