Grits Sunny Side Up

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Grits!? what is that? Being born and raised in Massachusetts, grits isn’t exactly a common thing, which lead me to thinking of where it came from. It turns out that grits origins came from American Indian corn preparation. Additionally, t
hree-quarters of grits sold in the U.S. are predominantly from the South, stretching from Texas to Virginia. Grits is such a staple in southern culture, the state of Georgia declared grits as its official prepared food in 2002 and a similar bill was passed in South Carolina. Who would have thought how important grits could be.

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My first encounter with grits was ironically when I moved to Georgia. Fast forward 10 years later, I married a Georgian and was reintroduced to this iconic staple meal. Boston isn’t really the go to place for grits, so of course it would have had to reenter my life through my southern connections. Per request from time to time, my husband will request a bowl of buttery grits! How can I deny the creamy bowl of deliciousness. If you’re interested in this twist of grits, continue reading. 

Ingredients

1 cup water

½ cup heavy cream

½ cup half n half

1 cup of 5-minute grits

2½ Tablespoons butter

Salt

Pepper 

1 Egg

Instructions

Add water in a pot and let it come to a boil. When it starts boiling, slowly add the 1 cup of grits while stirring steadily. When grits thickens, add the heavy cream, half n half and butter to the pot and keep stirring. You can now throw in your pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 5-7 minute, whisking frequently. While your grits are cooking on low heat, crack an egg into a heated pan with oil of your choice. Let the egg cook in the oiled pan for about 4 minutes. You will know the egg is ready when the yolk thickens. When your 5-7 minutes are up for your grits, remove from heat and top it off with your sunny side egg!

FYI: Grits thicken fast so serve immediately. If grits are too thick, stir in a little bit of water or milk before serving. If you encounter the opposite issue and your grits are too thin aka “watery”, just let them cook a little longer which will allow it to thicken.  

I kept this version simple, but some fun variations I’ve done that I will share at some point would be adding cheddar cheese for cheesy grits! Of course topping with shrimp instead of an egg. Adding green onions and bacon. You could even use chicken or beef broth instead of water to add a savory component. Your options are endless. 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

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Sausage Fettuccine

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dishWhile pasta is culturally associated with Italy, it is said that the idea came from ancient Asian noodles. A common belief is that it was brought to Italy from China by Marco Polo during the 13th century.

Regardless of where it came from, pasta is one of my favorite foods to indulge in. Let us not forget that with me being nit-picky about the foods I am eating based on my new fitness journey; pasta isn’t exactly the go-to anymore. Some of my favorites would have to be lasagna, stuffed ravioli and Fettuccine Alfredo.

I made a Sausage Fettuccine with a tomato based sauce and of course for all my health guru’s, instead of using whole wheat fettuccine like I did, you can substitute with zucchini pasta or another veggie pasta of your choice. Give it a try. It’s a yummy dish!

Ingredients

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3 chopped garlic cloves

2 tablespoons of parsley 

1 tablespoon of thyme

1 tablespoon of brown sugar

2 cups of tomato sauce 

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 diced medium sized tomato

1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

Fettuccine or pasta of your choice

diced red onion

diced yellow onion

1 beef bouillon cube

 PREPARATION

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Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add garlic cloves, diced yellow onion, diced tomato. Let them sauce and begin to soften for about 3 minutes. Add diced sausages and sauté until no longer pink. Add beef bouillon cube, black pepper and brown sugar.

Let simmer for 5-8 minutes. Add 2 cups of tomato sauce, parsley, thyme and crushed red pepper (for heat). Add your pasta of choice into tomato sauce, add 1/2 cup of water and let simmer until sauce thickens and pasta is cooked soft. Remember to stir occasionally, about 15-20 minutes.

Top it off with diced red onion, stir and let simmer for an additional 3-5 minutes and top it off with fresh parsley or basal for a garnish.

Enjoy!

Teriyaki Flank Steak

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I‘ve taken a new fitness journey and have decided to consume only brown rice instead of the traditional white rice that I grew up eating. For dinner tonight, I decided to pair my brown rice with some delicious teriyaki flank steak. I don’t eat a lot of redmeat, but I crave it from time to time and today was one of those days. 

Flank steak is a lean, flavorful cut of meat that is usually prepared marinated and cooked over a grill, but it is equally as tasty cooked in a cast iron skillet, or even a basic stainless steal pan. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 pound flank steak
  • Parsley
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Ginger

DIRECTIONS

  1. Start of by heating your pan of choice. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil and a tablespoon of olive oil to the pan. Add a diced clove of garlic to the hot oil and let it brown for about a minute.
  2. After seasoning your steak with salt and pepper (and any additional seasoning you prefer), add your flank steak to the pan and let it sear for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, flip the steak over so it sears for an additional 5 minutes on the other side. 
  3. After the 10 minutes of searing, your flank should be medium rare/medium. If you let it cook any longer, you will risk drying it out. 
  4. Add some butter to the pan and sprinkle in some parsley. After butter melts remove the flank and let it rest for 5-10 minutes.
  5. rice bowsNow Add 4-5 tablespoons soy sauce to the hot pan you had your flank searing in. You will bring the soy sauce to a boil while you stir and scrape the browned bits until they dissolve into the sauce. This stirring and scraping is the key to deglazing all those delicious little caramelized bits of cooked meat infuse the liquid, making it taste fantastic.
  6. Add a 1 inch piece fresh ginger, 2 tablespoons of sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of sake (If you want a thick sauce, you would then also add 2 tablespoons of cornstarch )
  7. On low heat, mix all your ingredients and let it simmer on low heat. When the consistency starts to thicken, you are then ready to drizzle it over your steak. 
  8. You can use it as a marinade or a dipping sauce. 

Enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon Fruit

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dragon 2Dragon fruit is native to Central America but is also grown and exported from several Southeast Asian countries, like Thailand. Taken from several cactus species, its luscious stem provides a uniquely delicious fruit. The flavor is slightly sweet, like a blend of kiwi and apple with crunchy texture. If you’ve never seen it before, it of course may seem a little strange.

I first came across this exotic fruit while watching the television show Chopped on the Food Network. While walking through Whole Foods Market, I saw it and of course had to try it. The one thing I like to do before eating anything lately, is checking out the benefits. Why should I be putting this in my body? How will it benefit me? I find doing that makes me turn to fewer junkie, unbeneficial foods. If I can’t find any benefits than I have no business consuming it.

Based on my research, the benefits of Dragon Fruit also known, as pitaya are endless. A bite of this wildly nutritious tropical superfood can deliver a wealth of benefits for the human body. They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, polyunsaturated (good) fatty acids, and several B vitamins for carbohydrate metabolism, as well as carotene and protein. Calcium is present for strong bones and teeth, iron and phosphorus for healthy blood and tissue formation. Dragon fruits have zero complex carbohydrates, so foods can be more easily broken down in the body, helped by vitamin B1. The seeds of dragon fruits are high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help lower the risk of cardiovascular disorders. Eating dragon fruit can help the body maintain such normal function as getting rid of  toxic heavy metals. Be sure to scoop out the flesh, or quarter it and peel back the leathery skin eating only the white part with seeds and removing any and all residual pink parts, which are bitter. Also, you must only eat dragon fruit in moderation because it is high in fructose, which may be harmful to your health in excessive amounts. Too much of anything good, is bad!

Reasons you should add this exotic fruit into your life
  • Treats Acne
  • Improves Vision
  • Promotes Skin Health
  • Provides Essential Moisture To Dry Skin
  • Promotes Healthy Hair
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Helps With Stomach Ailments
  • Lowers Blood Sugar
  • Improves Cardiovascular Health
  • Cuts Low Hemoglobin Risk
  • Helps In Weight Management
  • Prevents Cancer
  • Prevents Congenital Glaucoma
  • Boosts Immunity
  • Helps Suppress Arthritis Pain
  • Is Good During Pregnancy
  • Prevents Renal Bone Disease
  • Stronger Teeth And Bones
  • Repairs Body Cells
  • Improves Appetite
  • Boosts Brain Function
  • Cures Respiratory Disorder

Beets and Squash Avocado Alfredo

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Based on the many horrible foods that we probably shouldn’t be consuming, I have madeFullSizeRender_8 an effort to introduce healthier substitutes for the foods that I do love. One being PASTA! So walking through Wholefoods, I came across beet noodles and squash noodles. I couldn’t make up my mind on which I wanted, so I purchased both. I decided that pasta made from beets and squash would prevent me from eating a bowl full of carbs and would have a positive impact on my health and whoever else would be consuming it. Not to mention, the taste is actually pleasant. Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless and boring! Some benefits that I discovered during my exploration for dinner purposes was:

Beets  are high in vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects which benefit the women who plan on becoming mothers one day.

Squash helps improve the quality of your sight, skin , strengthens  the immune system, prevents cancer, manages symptoms of diabetes, builds strong bones, protects heart health, prevents inflammatory conditions, treats arthritis, eliminate ulcers, eliminates parasites and infections, increase prostate health, also protects against birth defects, boosts respiratory health, and reduces blood pressure. With all those benefits, why wouldn’t anyone want to consume a bowl of this stuff.

Ingredients

2 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 green onion shoots, diced small

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 packaged of beet noodles

1 package of squash noodles

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

1 avocado

1/2 cup of cream or milk

Directions

Step 1: Start off my cutting up your avocado and placing it into the blender with a pinch ofFullSizeRender_9  salt and pepper. You then would add your cream or milk and blend them together. Depending on if you like a thicker consistency or not, add less or more milk or cream. In 30 seconds, your Avocado Alfredo sauce is ready to use for later.

Step 2: In a large nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook until softened. This will take approximately 5-7 minutes. Add squash noodles and beet noodles to your skillet. Toss to combine everything together. Cook until warmed through. You don’t want to let the noodles cook too long so they don’t get soggy.

Step 3: Stir in the parsley and the Avocado Alfredo sauce you made in step 1. After about 2 minutes, turn the heat off and start plating. Once you are done plating your portion that you will eat and serve, sprinkle some Parmesan on top with any additional extra garnished you would like and give it a taste.

I accompanied my colorful plate of noodles with some baked chicken. This dish would be great with any meat of your choice. I would even suggest salmon filletAND feel free to add any other spices of your preference to satisfy your palette. 

Enjoy!

Shrimp Rangoon

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I love Crab Rangoon! It’s usually apart of my order when I get Chinese take-out. On some menu’s they are called crab puffs and on others cheese wontons. Based on who is eating them, they can be served with soy sauce, plum sauce, duck sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or mustard for dipping. I serve mine with a sweet and spicy sauce. There is nothing wrong with a little twist on tradition.

Basically, they are deep fried dumpling appetizers served in American Chinese and, more recently, Thai restaurants, stuffed with a combination of cream cheese, traditionally crab meat or imitation crab meat, scallions, and/or garlic and onion. These fillings are then wrapped in Chinese wonton wrapper in a triangular or flower shape, then deep fried in vegetable oil. Based on the roots of this scrumptious appetizer, it is known that cream cheese, like other cheese, is essentially nonexistent in Southeast Asian and Chinese cuisine leaving the history of Crab Rangoon to remain a mystery.

Continue reading if you would like to make some Shrimp Rangoon!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb cooked shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of Goya Adobo seasoning
  • 1/3 cup of green onions thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 8 ounces of cream cheese
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Vegetable oil

Instructions:

  1. Finely chop the shrimp, garlic and green onions. You could use a food processor to make the job easier.FullSizeRender_7
  2. Add soy sauce, parsley, vinegar, green onions, sugar, black pepper, and cream cheese to your chopped ingredients and mix them all together. If using a food processor, you would pulse all the ingredients together until mixed.
  3. Take one tablespoon of the mixture and add them to the middle of a wonton. Using your fingers rub all the edges of the wonton with water, which will act as glue. Fold your wrapper into a triangle by taking any corner you want and matching it to its opposite corner. Get rid of any air bubbles by pressing the edges together to seal it well.
  4. Repeat Step 3 until the desired amount of Rangoon’s have been formed.
  5. In a small heavy pot heat oil to 375 degrees. Gently add a few Rangoon’s and cook until golden brown.
  6. Drain on paper towels for just about 15 seconds. Serve warm.
  7. Feel free to add your own twist and share if you do 🙂

Enjoy!

Dry Rubbed Wings

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It’s really easy to cook chicken wings in the oven. I made a spicy dry rub to marinate my wingette and drumette pieces. In my household, spicy food is a must, but you can always leave out the spices that bring heat to satisfy whatever your palette may like. 

Ingredients:

  • 10-20 wingettes & drumettes (will vary depending on how many people you are cooking for)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (more or less for spicy taste)
  • 1  teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon of parsley  (fresh cut or dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric 
  • 1  teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1  teaspoon Goya Adobo (all purpose seasoning)
  • 1  teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 Sazon packet by Goya
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Instructions:

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1. Make sure your wingettes and drumettes are thawed and not frozen.

2.Then use a paper towel to dry any excess liquid on the wings.

3.Place wings in a large bowl and massage olive oil evenly onto each piece.

4.Combine all the dry seasonings in a bowl and mix them, making sure all the seasoning are nicely intertwined.

5.Sprinkle half of the season mix onto the chicken wings and rub in then Flip wings and sprinkle remaining half onto wings and continue to rub in. (you don’t have to use the entire rub, just use enough to where all wingettes and drumettes are nicely and evenly coated on all sides. (If you have excess rub, you can store the remaining amount in a zip lock bag to use for another batch or other recipe).

6.Place seasoned wings into a baking dish of your choice. I used a Pyrex baking dish.

7.Preheat your oven to 400°F

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I served with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

8.When oven is ready, place your wings into the oven for 35-40 minutes. I don’t usually flip my wings but if you wanted to, then flip them after 20 minutes.

9.Turn oven broiler on high and broil for 5-8 minutes depending on your preference.

10.Remove the wingettes and drumettes from the oven and serve alone or with rice, veggies, mac n cheese or mash sweet potatoes. They will compliment any side dish.

 

Enjoy! 

 

Frisco

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For my annual birthday trip this year, my husband and I went to San Francisco! I would say this was one of our favorite trips. It was cold, but despite that, we loved it. The views were breath taking, the food was delicious, and the people were friendly. What more could we have asked for? Where most people would say that the Golden Gate Bridge was their highlight, I would say exploring wine country was mine. Our Napa Valley and Sonoma tour was amazing. To ride through the lush scenery was picture perfect. We landed at 3 different wine vineyards and tasted a variety of wines both red and white. I lost count after glass number ten.

Day 2: We woke up and of course had to dive into our breakfast options. We ended up at a cute breakfast place called Plow because they had great reviews. We arrived at 930am and was not seated until 11:42am. The wait was the downfall for me, but the food was so so yummy. We tried dungeness crab scramble, Zoe’s chicken apple sausages, pomegranate mimosas, french toast with caramelized apples, and plow potatoes. The best breakfast food I’ve had in awhile. Later on that evening we had drinks at the Boom Boom Room which was a live funk, jazz & blues venue that top musicians perform at. The music was great and the drinks were cheap. We ended the night with an exquisite array of food at State Bird Provisions, which had a great urban and rustic setting that served small plates dim-sum style.

Day 3 (My Birthday): Our early morning adventure took us to wine country. Who wouldn’t want to spend their birthday drinking wine? The Napa Valley and Sonoma tour was an all day excursion. We were gone from 9am-6pm. The day was so packed and eventful, but we were able to see a lot. Going through the Robin Williams Tunnel and taking pictures at Fort Point was an unexpected stop which made us happy. The Fort Point area was filled with such great history. We even got to see the building where the special effects for star wars is created. After taking a quick cat nap after our wine escapade, we headed back out to have dinner at Tacolicious. It was tasty, but it was not a must have. My husband really wanted to try California made Mexican Food and because it was a bust, we will have to try another location on our next visit to California.

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Day 4: We indulged in some coffee from Philz Coffee Truck first thing in the morning. It was really good coffee, especially if your a coffee drinker like myself. We quickly caught a ride to Pier 33 to take a ferry ride to Alcatraz Island to tour the prison. After 2 hours of exploring and learning the history of Alcatraz, we took the ferry back to the mainland to walked around Fisherman’s Wharf. There we saw the seals and took in the lively atmosphere. We ate lunch at Fog Harbor Fish House located at Pier 39. The seafood was great. Crab clam chowder and Ahi Tuna Poke were my favorites. After stuffing our faces, we headed to the Painted ladies. From there we took a quick uber ride to Union Square where we browsed some of their retail stores (Express, BCBG Max Azria, Saks, etc). Later on that evening, we headed out to ride the Cable Cars from Hyde & Powell. The route had great scenic night views and we saw the famous Lombard Street. We ended the night with dinner at Buena Vista (known for their Irish coffee).

That concludes the recap of my birthday trip to the beautiful city of San Francisco and I will be sure to visit again. I would recommend San Francisco to anyone and while you are there, I would without a doubt suggest taking a trip to Napa Valley. It will take your breath away. I will be sure to share my next trip with you all, but until then, what are some of your favorite vacation spots?

Squash Cauliflower Soup

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Last night, I was craving comfort food. When I think of comfort food, I often think of soup! Something warm, creamy, that cooks fast but still has a component of fresh veggies and savory meat involved. So I decided to make Squash Cauliflower Soup with Braised Short Rib.

 

Squash Cauliflower Soup
  • Heat olive oil in a soup pot and sauté 1-2 diced cloves of garlic until golden brown.
  • Add diced butternut squash and cauliflower to the pot and cook until vegetables are pre-soupsoft. Cook for about 15-20 minutes. (add a table spoon of brown sugar)
  •  Purée the cauliflower and squash using a hand blender or blender.
  • Add 1/2 cup of cream and 1/4 stick of butter to add more flavor and creamier texture
  • Add a pinch of salt and black pepper (and any other seasonings you prefer)
  • Let puree cook on low heat for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Ladle into soup bowls and sprinkle parsley flakes as  your garnish.


Continue to steps below if you are adding meat to your soup…

Braised Short Ribs
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.  
  • Marinate your short ribs to your preference. (salt, pepper, rosemary, crushed red pepper flakes, lime juice, parsley, garlic, etc.,)
  • Add 1 table spoon of olive oil (or oil of your choice) to the panshort-rib
  • Add short ribs into the pan and brown them on all sides until they are golden brown. You can also throw in some diced yellow and green onions to add more flavor.
  • Pour in some sweet and dry wine of your choice to deglaze the pot.
  • Let simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  • Transfer your pot of goodness into a ceramic baking dish.
  • Cover baking dish with aluminum and let short ribs cook at 400°F for 2 hours
  • After two hours, turn oven down to 300°F and let cook for another 1- 1.5 hours
  •  Transfer short ribs to sit in the center of your soup bowl and drizzle some of the wine garlic sauce in at the bottom of the baking dish on top for more flavor and sprinkle parsley flakes as  your garnish.

Enjoy!

Bucket List

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With all the obligations that we all have on the day-to-day basis, it is essential that we make time for the things that make us happy. Doing things that we enjoy often gets placed on the back burner. You then blink and 10 years has passed and you still haven’t accomplished anything you wanted. One fun and effective strategy for ensuring that you take the time you need for the “more fun things” in life (as well as some important goals you may have) is to create a “bucket list”. Some people like to create a list of things they hope to do before they die, but I specifically create bucket lists that I need to tackle within a 24 month period. If I haven’t accomplished it within the first 12 months then I still have time to complete the list within the following year. When everything is checked off, then create a new list to tackle for the next 24 months. You’ll be surprised what you are able to accomplish when you equally focus and prioritize the “fun” things and the “must do” things of your life.

the-bucket-list-logoHopping on the bandwagon of making your first bucket list will help you get in touch with yourself. It will allow you to discover what you value most, it will remind you on what your goals are in life, it will help spark some creativity, and best of all, it will allow you to grow mentally, spiritually and physically all while maintaining your happiness. A good way to keep track of what you have and haven’t done is to keep a checklist. Once you complete the task, you check it off and move to the next item on your list. By no means is there a wrong and right way of doing this. Some items will be easier to accomplish than others. Which is OK.  If you are the creative type, like myself, you can take your list a step further by taking a picture of you completing “the goal”. That picture you take will represent the completed task on your list. When your list is completed, you’ll have a pile of pictures to validate, share and look back on your accomplishments. Keep in mind, 24 months is just a target. If you get to the end of your 24 months and you aren’t finished, then just add them to the next list. I will be sure to share my journey with you all. Feel free to share your own experiences with me too!

My Bucket List 2017/2018 

Go to Music Festival

Go to a Shooting Range

Go to Cuba

Attend a Broadway show(s)- NYC

Cancer Walk-planned 

Milk a cow

Indoor Skydive

Take Acting class

Visit Austin

Visit Toronto

Be a member of TV audience

Take belly dancing class

Visit Hawaii

Go Fishing

Race a go-cart

Visit Niagara Falls

Ride a Hot Air Balloon

Hamilton Play-Chicago

Run a 5k

Go to Disney World

Bruno Mars Concert

Visit Sydney, Australia

Master a 3rd Language

Visit Ireland

Horseback riding

Buy a house/condo

Visit Bora Bora/Fiji

Apply to PA school

Jump off a cliff into the ocean

Ride an elephant

Take a cooking class

Visit San Francisco-DONE

Zip Lining

Visit Savannah, GA

Visit New Orleans

Visit Bali, Indonesia

Volunteer

Get on Food Network show

Sushi making class

Go Kayaking in Maine

 Surfing lesson

Visit Costa Rica

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Tea

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I have never been the one to eat or drink something solely based on its health benefits. Half the time, I assume it’s just bad for me since nowadays, everything we ingest as humans, seems to have cancer as a side effect. So I have decided to make a conscientious effort to find out the beneficial components to what I put inside my body. For the last week or so, I have consumed a lot of tea. Not because I love tea, but because I was under the weather with the common cold, sinus infection, and ear ache. You’re right! I was a train wreck.

I drowned my body in black tea, ginger tea and lemon tea. So what are the benefits of all these teas? Should I be drinking more of one kind than another? Well here is what I found out!

BLACK TEA

Cholesterol Reduction – moderate consumption of black tea has research that concludes it reduces LDL cholesterol by significant amounts and may, therefore, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. LDL is bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol.

bigstock_pouring_fresh_tea__1745053Blood Sugar Control – A British study found that a 1.0g of black tea reduced the late phase plasma glucose response in healthy humans with a corresponding increase in insulin

Ovarian Cancer Reduction – A study revealed individuals consuming two or more cups of black tea daily, experienced a 30% decline in Ovarian cancer risk.

Parkinson Disease and Black Tea – In the Singapore Chinese Health Study, they found that drinking black tea reduced the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. 

Kidney Disease – The US library of medicines database says that Women who drink black tea seem to have an 8% lower risk of developing kidney stones.

GINGER TEA

Cancer Fighter– According to researchers, ginger’s anti-cancer properties are a result of the compound 6-gingerol, which is found in large amounts in raw ginger. 6-gingerol has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor activities.

Boosts Nutrient Absorption- People only absorb 10-90 percent of the vitamins and minerals in their food. Ginger has been known to boost nutrient absorption to improve your health and help increase weight loss.

Reduces Arthritic Inflammation- Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. For that reason, it can help relieve inflammation-based conditions like arthritis; reducing the pain factor. 

Improves Circulation- Ginger can help thin blood, improving overall circulation. Not to mention, that it can help warm you up on a cold day.

Opens Up Inflamed Airways- If you have asthma like me, ginger has been shown to open up airways by reducing inflammation. It can also relieve pain associated with asthma. Ginger may not solve mine or your asthma condition on its own, but research shows it can definitely be used as part of a comprehensive approach.

LEMON TEA

Boosts Your Immune System- The easiest and cheapest way to boost your immune system is to drink fresh lemon tea in the morning. Providing your body with the proper nutrition in the morning will prepare it for the rest of the day and enhance its ability to fight infection.

Reduce Digestive Issues- Lemons will aid your digestion since they have a similar composition to the body’s natural digestive juices and also to the saliva. Lemons produce acids that make it easier for your body to flush out toxins enabling your body to do an overall cleanse. 

Promotes Healing- Being packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, lemon tea will help your body heal whenever disease tries to take over your body. At the same time will also boost your endorphin levels and reduce the stress and anxiety.tea-cup

Promotes Weight Loss- Losing weight will come easily after you balance the pH levels of your body and keep it hydrated. drinking lemon will boost your metabolism, flushing out all the toxins and making it easier for you to lose weight

Freshens Your Breath- Drinking a  cup of lemon tea daily will keep your breath fresh and remove any unpleasant odors. It’s really effective if you include in your morning. Warm lemon tea in the morning will inhibit the bacteria in your mouth and will keep it clean. 

So basically, I was drowning my body with nutrients that helped me fight my cold, while getting other great benefits at the same time. I will  be sure to interchangeably indulge in a cup of tea more often; not only when I am under the weather, but as a lifestyle routine. It can only enhance me. What about you? I’d like to know what are other tea’s that you like to indulge in? Do you know their benefits?

Bimini

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A great suggestion from a friend to check out Bimini , Bahamas enticed me to book my honeymoon there. Bimini, Bahamas is made up of North and South. The entire island is 7 miles long and is conveniently only 50 miles from Miami. The beaches are breath taking and after spending the night, you’ll never want to leave! We stayed at the Hilton World Resort. The hotel was beautiful. Everything was new. Their grand opening had recently happened so it was not to my surprise that everything was sparkly clean and shiny.

Version 2I have been to many beaches and the worse part is always trying to find a spot on the sand to call your own. The crowd at the beach can often times be so overwhelming. Especially when you look forward to laying out and relaxing. Well folks, go to Bimini. We arrived to this beautiful white sanded beach and had the option of sitting anywhere we wanted. We of course got 2 chairs and an umbrella for $30 that was worth every cent. The only downfall, which I didn’t find out about until after I had some fun in the water. It was high peak season for jelly fish. OUCH! Although there is no official season for jellyfish in the Bahamas, they’re most prevalent in the summer months June through late August. So after discovering that, we made a brilliant decision to head straight to the outdoor bar/restaurant area. That of course was after 3 amazing hours of doing nothing and becoming one with sand and salt water. What better way to top off your beach days than with a pina colada with extra rum. Yum right?! The drinks were all so yummy. We made friends with one of the bartenders and he made me a perfect concoction of deliciousness. I had this concoction majority of my stay, but he wouldn’t tell me how he made it.

A 5 night stay at the Hilton Resort World Bimini went by so quick. It rained for two days out of img_3631our six but it still didn’t ruin our honeymoon. I was able to sleep a lot and really relax. Although, I loved the idea that the resort was new, the downfall was they were still ironing out the little details for their guests. For example, they provided a book of excursions for guests to pick from throughout their stay, but due to the resort being brand new, none of that was available. The excursions (other than going to the beach) was non-existent. It was a good thing that my husband and I wanted to relax most of the time, but if we had came with friends, it would have been a deal breaker. They did suggest to us that we could take a ferry to the bigger island near by if we wanted to partake in water sports like snorkeling, jet ski’s, paddle boating, etc. At least the option to explore additional parts of the Bahamas was accessible. Not to mention, the staff was so friendly. I would suggest relaxing in their lazy river. It has a swim up bar attached in order to ensure your cup is never empty. If you like strong mixed drinks, definitely get the Bahama Mama. I had a sip of my husbands Bahama Mama and knew that was too much for me. My favorite water feature was their infinity pool. There are two to choose from so definitely take advantage of that.img_3539

The food was tasty, but not spectacular. They had a breakfast buffet and restaurant style for options.The Beach Club is the best spot for a casual break in between your relaxing. They had freshly made conch salad and BBQ favorites. The Aqua Bar and Grille had burgers and sandwiches. Sabor Seafood & Steak House had a very romantic setting overlooking the Caribbean Sea, with surf and turf options. We had many of our drinks at the casino which is also another dining option called Hemingway’s. Their burger and fries was probably one of my favorites. Amicci’s had great, freshly made pizza and bakery treats. The Healing Hole was another one of my favorites. I had grilled Jerk Chicken. It’s a dockside, open-air restaurant and sports lounge that serves a variety of freshly grilled Bahamian favorites. Everything grilled! It was so tasty! There are about 9 places you can go. I loved having the option.

 If the weather wasn’t bad toward the end of our stay, we would have explored more but for what it was, I loved it. I would go again in the near future. It’s a good option for couples, family and relaxing girls trip!