Archive for the ‘food’ Category

possibly the best chocolate treat in the world …ever

Friday, April 13th, 2012


This doesn’t exactly need a write up …read the description!  As much as I hate the company itself, I’ll keep giving Trader Joe’s  money with that in their store (and some shrimp gyozas…and ends and pieces…and their hummus…for whatever reason it’s just better than all other brands…damn you TJs!)

The dark chocolate truffle bar is my other suggestion if you want something utterly rich but more stripped down from the bells and whistles of the caramel and black sea salt …I personally keep mine in the butter compartment of the fridge (easier to forget it’s there) and a square or two is enough to satisfy.

So go try it if you haven’t already …it’s a close your eyes and smile experience.


Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The best way to make sure you get your daily water intake …totally practical!

This is an age-old piece of advice, and one that people tend to ignore and then sheepishly chuckle and admit to one of their bad habits as “not drinking enough water …or any …does beer count?”  There are TONS of reasons and benefits to drinking water, but here’s the incentive of the day: Drinking water aids in weight loss.

In fact, a recent study has shown that drinking 16 oz. of water before each meal can help you lose weight AND keep it off.  The study showed that people who drank more water not only lost more weight, but kept it off over the next year, while those who went off the water-drinking regimen gained a little weight back.  By the way, they tested water that was regular ol’ water, not mineral water as I had written about previously (guzzling mineral water is supposed to help plump out wrinkles better than “regular” water).  I wouldn’t stress too much about what kind of water you’re drinking, so long as it’s clean (I run my tap water through a Pur filter).

If you’re finding it difficult to stay hydrated, try carrying around a reusable water bottle and drinking throughout the day.  If you have it around you all the time, you’ll find yourself taking swigs.  On an on-and-off basis (it is really hard to make good habits stick …even if it’s as simple as swigging water) I’m amongst the countless people who don’t drink enough water.  I’ve been keeping a liter bottle around with me and have found that I now drink 2-3 liters a day.  I’ve cut out (almost completely) sugary juices and sodas and have noticed a large difference in my energy, skin …and I have to pee ALL the time (annoying, yes, but clear them toxins, yeah!).

It’s one of my “optimistic goals” I’ve spoken of.  I’m still “on the horse” as of now.  My biggest trick is to not keep tastier drinks easily accessible.  I don’t have a hard time turning down soda …but lemonade (or Arnold Palmers …mmm…) or even juice …those are harder to pass up for water.  It really is nice not feeling dehydrated though.  I don’t think people notice how “blah” dehydration makes them feel …unless they’re beaten over the head with it via hangover.  I don’t know about that weight loss claim as of yet but then, I like to eat.  So …I would always encourage drinking more water.  It’s the most basic primary thing your body wants.

And hey, science says so.

the twinkie diet!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

GROSS.  Imagine instead of eating lean meat, fresh fruit, and vegetables to lose weight you had to eat a cream filled sponge!  Well, as much as I DO NOT recommend this approach to losing weight, it worked for this guy (not that the “diet” would have held up for very long).

For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of those sugar sponges tasty treats every three hours, instead of meals and lost 27 pounds in 2 months!

The premise of his “convenience store” diet is that pure calorie counting is what matters most, as opposed to nutritional value.  A man of the professor’s pre-diet size usually consumes about 2,600 calories, but he limited himself to less then 1,800 and luckily for his body, his theory has appeared to hold up.  However, for all you junk food junkies out there waiting for an excuse to start popping nothing but Pringles, Haub took a multi-vitamin, protein shakes, and ate a can of vegetables a day on top of his junk food diet.

As far as endorsing his diet, we won’t be seeing the professor of human nutrition on any late night infomercials any time soon, as he says:

“I’m not geared to say this is a good thing to do. I’m stuck in the middle. I guess that’s the frustrating part. I can’t give a concrete answer. There’s not enough information to do that.”

The good news is that counting calories COUNTS! Otherwise …ew, just …ew.  Find another food item to count calories with.

rachel ray helps dogs in need this holiday season!

Monday, November 8th, 2010

We all know Rachael Ray loves cooking, but she cares about dogs as well!  It turns out this love for dogs has made Rachael decide to play Santa to many animals with no one to care for them this holiday season!  She will be donating more than $770,000 to more than 15 pet rescue organizations and shelters around the country.  She will be delivering these donations to the shelters starting tomorrow in 12 different cities across the US!

Also, in 2008 Rachael started a line of dog food and treats called Nutrish and donates all of her money from sales to animals in need.

This is a kind and very needed gesture.  I knew I liked her pots and pans but I love to hear this even more!  I love hearing about successful people actually giving back.  That’s the way to do it.  Hooray for Rachel!

garden in a vending machine

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

If you’ve ever wished that you could get a head of lettuce out of the vending machine instead of a Snickers (as if anybody goes to a vending machine for veggies), you may be in luck.  Garden vending machines called “The Chef’s Farm” are becoming popular in Japan.  Oh those tech-savy Japanese folks!

The machines are designed to grow plants without the use of sunlight, and are perfect for urban environments.  They will be marketed towards restaurants who are looking for fresher produce and also want to save money (the machine will pay itself off within five years).

This is actually a great idea, especially for big city areas that don’t have room for gardens.