Saturday, May 19, 2012

Food For Thought: Rosemary Chicken with Vegetables

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • 1 can (14 ounces) no-salt chicken broth
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, rinsed, dried, and trimmed of fat
  • 12 grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 1 handful fresh green beans, trimmed of stems
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 rib celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried or fresh parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a 13" x 9" baking dish, combine the oil and potatoes. Toss to lightly coat the potatoes with oil. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are slightly browned.
Add the broth, chicken, tomatoes, beans, onion, celery, wine, and lemon juice. Sprinkle with the sage, rosemary, parsley, and pepper.
Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.
Uncover and bake for 10 to 15 minutes longer, or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest portion of the chicken registers 160°F and the juices run clear.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Six Packs......America’s Most Wanted!

Abdominals are the most wanted and most respected form of muscle on any guy or woman.  Let’s face it we all look in the mirror every single day and stare at our guts, love handles, flab, belly or whatever else we call our stomach.  We suck in our guts and squeeze our sides staring, fantasizing about that perfect look and figure.  First thought that comes to mind, I’ll hit the gym next week and start a set of abdominal crunch routines and loose this in no time.  A week turns into two weeks, then a month, until you realize three months and a few more pounds are staring back at you the next time you step in front of the mirror.  Well it’s not over until the fat lady sings! Grab your seat or computer screen, but the truth about abdominals is….wait for it… it comes……we all have them, there just hidden beneath the body fat.  A complete six pack waits to be flaunted and all you have to do is begin to eat a healthy diet along with exercise. states “A healthy diet is key to any weight loss program. Lower your calorie intake, but don't starve yourself; eat at least 1,300 calories per day. Most adults require 2,000 calories per day. Fats should make up no more than 25 to 35% of your daily caloric intake.” 
Ensure that you are eating the right meats, fruits, and vegetables to keep your calorie intake in line.  With this in mind, a strong workout plan and aerobics will get you confident and able to face the adversary which is the person in the mirror. At the end of the day or week or set time that you have given yourself to get in the shape that you want, the fight will be worth the exposure of your America’s most wanted six packs.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Food For Thought: Red Shrimp and Mango Curry

Yield: Serves 2–4, depending on hunger and whether you’re expecting to eat anything else at supper.


1 scallion, finely sliced
1 tablespoon garlic or chile oil
1½ tablespoons red Thai curry paste (or according to taste)
about half of a 14-oz can coconut milk to give 1 cup
1 cup chicken stock
2 teaspoons fish sauce (nam pla)
12 oz/2½ cups butternut squash and sweet potato cubes
7 oz frozen king shrimp to give 2 cups
1 cup mango cubes
1 teaspoon lime juice
3–4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro


Fry the sliced scallion in the oil for a minute, then add the curry paste.

Whisk in the coconut milk, stock, and fish sauce and bring to a boil.

Tip in the butternut squash and sweet potato cubes and simmer, partially covered, for about 15 minutes or until tender.

Drain the shrimp under running water to remove excess ice and tumble them into the pan, letting the sauce come back to a boil. When it does, add the diced mango and lime juice and cook for another minute or so until the shrimp are cooked through.

Sprinkle with the chopped cilantro as you serve over plain rice or wide rice noodles, or even both.


Today it seems that everybody sells enhanced water products that are supposed to be beneficial and great alternatives to water.  The largest company in the market today is Vitamin Water.  Vitamin Water has a variety of flavors that such as energy, attention, focus, etc.  These names are placed on the labels to give you an illusion, a false sense of hope because the fact of the matter is that these labels are really a cover for what is behind the scene.  Take a closer look at the nutritional label and witness the proof.  Vitamin Water has about 13grams of sugar per serving in each 20oz bottle; there being 2.5 servings in each bottle that equates to roughly 32grams of sugar in each of the bottles that you drink.  Ahhhha! We shall we call it ‘Sugar Water’. We all have seen the advertisements that promote drinking such drinks after a hard workout or active sport session.  What happen to drinking regular bottled water, which has zero calories, sugar, and everything else these enhanced waters try and offer?  Since the body is composed of a good portion of water, therefore it requires a significant amount of water.  When you substitute water for Vitamin Water, you load the body down with great deal of sugar and quickly dehydrate the body.  

So are we really benefiting from drinking Vitamin Water or have we been manipulated into purchasing well labeled ‘Sugar Water’.  When doing workout sessions at the gym or active sporting sessions, try replacing those other drinks with simple bottled water.  Really read these drink labels and keep fighting the good fight of being healthy and active. 

Saturday, May 12, 2012

ASK THE MONEY GUY: How to save for future joys

Saving has always been the last thing on the minds of today’s generation.  We have turned from living within your means to living above and beyond.  Credit card debt is at its all-time highest while steadily increasing to new highs.  The typical consumer to merchant purchase transaction is completed through credit cards instead of cash.  There are a lot of credit rewards program with credit companies that do positively reinforce the use of credit cards; however, how are you really saving when you are in constant debt.  If, you take the small step to save $30 dollars every paycheck or more for a six month period you will have more readily funds prepared for future events.  The toughest part of savings is getting yourself in a routine where anytime funds become available to you no matter if it’s a graduation, new job, promotion, lottery or whatever the occasion.  Get in a routine to place extra funds into a savings account.  ‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is the motto to live by when it comes to savings.  Follow the motto, and trust your money worries will begin to fade in the background.  Payoff credit card debt, medical bills, store accounts all before it is too late and they become collection items. It is far better to have $4000 in the savings with no credit card debt, than $600 in the savings with $4000 in debt.

            Instead of savings being the last thing on the mind, let’s strive to make it become the first!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Get Fit So You Look Sexy Naked!

Quick way to keep a happy home is to workout, stay fit, and look right when the lights cut off.  Yep! Truth of the matter is that no matter how hard we work out in the gym to get rip hard abs or a nice booty bump to show off during the day hours.  The most important time to show off results are during the night hours.  When the workout clothes come off, flaunt the hard work the efforts will definitely go noticed.  Hard work pays off and the benefits of a fit body far exceed just looks. Being fit prolongs life, increases energy, reduces high blood pressure, eliminates stress and also increases sex drive.  If getting started is an issue in your workout regime, begin small.  Workout your core with a light cardio such as jump roping, jumping jacks, crunches, burpes and squats.  The key to surviving any work at various levels is maintaining your sets and reps to fit you.  Any kind of exercise can be completed by anyone, just set your pace and coordinate a plan that works for you.  Remember, results will not come over night but motivation, determination, and hard work will get you feeling and looking fit in no time…Yep!

Just remember once the lights cut off…You already know what time it is! Ladies, why not be prepared to flaunt a little more sexiness in your skin.  Fellas, feel a bit more masculine and let your inner beast roar to greater levels.  Get fit so you look sexy naked!