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Eat Smart, Eat Healthily…No to Diets!

Healthy Foods

Goodmorning I see those little Christmas imps are sneaking up on us…Where does the time go? Now you just know it is going to fly by…Don’t You??

Today I am going to talk about eating habits… What works for you when you are trying to eat healthily and maybe cut down on some things???

I am not an advocate for diets which cut out whole food groups..unless of course, it is for a medically diagnosed condition as we should be eating a balanced diet with a touch of moderation thrown in…Faddy diets rarely work in the long term and I am watching with interest WW new ideas on eating…

Myself I follow the intermittent fasting way of eating...Quite by chance, I will add… It is quite hot here most of the time and once I get in front of my laptop and start writing before I know it it is nearly lunch time and most days all I have had is a cup of tea which hubby makes and my glass of ACV, honey and ginger or maybe a fresh coconut water…

Which is how this intermittent fasting started…I then either make a smoothie or cook a Thai stir-fry.

Spoiler Alert!

The recipes for some which I have written for my Wednesday post over at Sally’s aka Smorgasbord Magazine…Which is to be published tomorrow…

Then it is either back to my keyboard or shopping…If shopping I stop and have an Orange and carrot smoothie..which is my current favourite smoothie …

Then it is time to get the evening meal and sundowner when we sit outside and have a sundowner and talk about our day… I may then have a small snack of some homemade salsa which is awesome…I love it and so does Aston…

My quick salsa recipe…

  • 3 medium to large fresh tomatoes, skinned and chopped or this week I bought some beautiful cherry toms from the farmers market so I used them.
  • 1/2 red pepper de-seeded and chopped very finely..
  • 2/3 shallots finely chopped
  • Juice of  1/2- 1 lime
  • 1 small red chilli (optional) chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped cilantro leaves.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.

I just blitz mine quickly in the food processor to make it fine and it just mixes the flavours a little better I think but hand chopping is also fine whatever suits you.

Then it’s dinner and whatever I am cooking maybe a curry or another stir-fry or a salad.

It is then back to the laptop and a glass or two of water and sleep…

I don’t eat after my evening meal…

Therefore the other day when I was reading an interesting post about intermittent fasting The penny dropped and I  realised yes that’s what I do but also I discovered how our body reacts to food at different times of the day… It all fell into place… A really interesting post …

https://weightmanagementfor.life/intermittent-+fasting/

My post yesterday was about processed foods and what they were and the fact that not all processed foods are unhealthy …Processed foods are any food which has untaken a process to either make it palatable or extend the life i.e Freezing, canning, baking.

The link is here in case you missed it and also there is a link to an app which allows you to scan the barcode of an item and it will display the amount of sugar, salt or fat in that item it will also offer better alternatives so a really useful app to have on your phone I mean who has tried to read a food label…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/11/05/what-is-the-definition-of-processed-food/

Although I am sitting here in the warm  the mornings and nights are a bit colder and I need a shawl for my shoulders I know many of you are experiencing very cold weather, in that case, my advice and what I used to do was keep a pot of soup on the stove and if I came in from the cold or had a break from writing there was always a nice warming cup or bowl of goodness I could have and it staved off those hunger pains.

soup on the hob or fire

Some soup recipes for you…

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/05/02/smorgasbord-blog-magazine-food-and-cookery-column-with-carol-taylor-delicious-warming-soup/

I hope you are enjoying these healthy eating posts and please if you have any hints and tips then I will post them and link back to you…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the definition of Processed Food?

processed Foods

Welcome, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and the weather was kind to you…It is certainly a little colder here at night and in the mornings.

This week and over the next few weeks I will be looking at processed food and exactly what it is… Processed food is any food which has been altered in some way during its preparation. Some examples are freezing, canning, drying and baking…

Not all processed food is unhealthy as we will learn in this post but many do contain high levels of salt, sugar and fats added to extend the shelf life of foods and make it more palatable. It is also very easy to consume far more than the recommended daily levels because many people do not read labels or labels can be misleading and a single item of food can be called by a few different names which can make it quite hard for the consumer…

I have given this game up a long time ago and if I see a long list of ingredients with words I don’t know or understand then I don’t buy it…

As consumers, we cannot control what is in the food we purchase HOWEVER as consumers we can control what we choose to buy…

Something to help read those labels and tell you the sugar, salt and fat content and offer an alternative is the Food Scanner App… Change4Life Food scanner is free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

https://apps.beta.nhs.uk/change4life-food-scanner/

Examples of processed foods are:

  • Cheese
  • Tinned vegetables
  • Bread
  • Snacks…Crisps, sausage rolls, pies
  • Meat: Bacon, Sausage, ham, salami and pate
  • Convenience ready meals
  • Cakes and Biscuits
  • Drinks, milk or soft drinks
  • Breakfast cereal

cow-grazing

Some processes are to make food safe such as pasteurisation which removes harmful bacteria from milk. Although there are many schools of thought on that now..As a child, I always had milk straight from the cows but now that many farmers use hormones etc that may not be as safe…Pasteurised fruit juices I never buy them I juice my own or buy freshly juiced I just don’t like food or drink which has been messed with unnecessarily.

Other processes are to make food suitable for use such as pressing seeds to make oil. Processes to make our food safer or to enable us to eat or use something are fine it is just all the added sugar, salt and fats which get me…It gets people addicted and then it is a vicious circle and much of it is aimed at children which I think is unethical and really wrong…I can’t imagine what diseases our next generation will have because of all these additives…

Cereals… Porridge is good for you especially in the winter months and keeps you full until lunchtime…Shredded wheat seems to be one of the good guys. As for other cereals like those below…I would not feed them to my children.

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That being said, here are the worst cereals you can buy, based on their nutritional value and sugar content.
  • Honey Smacks. One of the worst is Kellogg’s Honey Smacks. …Which have been recalled…
  • Trix. …
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch. …
  • Oreo O’s. …
  • Cocoa Krispies …
  • Fruit Loops. …
  • Raisin Bran. …
  • Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles.

Why are they bad for you? Anything that states honey coated, frosted or chocolate coated contains a lot of added sugars and it is the added sugars in products which are harmful…Fruit loops, for example, are sugar-filled processed breakfast cereal aimed at children and which contain

INGREDIENTS: KELLOGG’S FROOT LOOPS (Sugarcorn flour blend (whole grain yellow corn flour, degerminated yellow corn flour), wheat flourwhole grain oat flour, oat fibre, soluble corn fibre, contains 2% or less of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (coconut, soybean and/or cottonseed), salt, red 40, natural flavor, ..

To me, they just sound like something which I would not wish my children to eat…Just sugar filled nothing…

Crisps…Generally, crisps are better for you than chips as you can buy them in small packets thus restricting how much you eat… Crisps are high in salt and artificial food flavourings…

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This article on crisps and what they contain and the best crisps to buy and eat is quite comprehensive.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/3318562/Savvy-shopper-potato-crisps.html

There are so many processed foods that I think moderation should apply…

Biscuits…Something that we reach for when we have a cup of tea or just when we pass the biscuit tin but how healthy are they?

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I love shortbread and a digestive with my morning cuppa but since realising just how much added sugar and calories 2 biscuits adds up to over the course of the year I have stopped…This link will tell you what your favourite biscuit does or does not contain and maybe like me you will decide that they are just something that you can go without.

Or make your own and then you are safe in the knowledge that they may not be the healthiest things to eat but that they have no nasties and eaten in moderation much better than a store-bought packet.

https://www.goodtoknow.co.uk/wellbeing/biscuits-the-best-and-worst-revealed-41310

These biscuits are really easy to make and very moreish..

Coconut Biscuits

I don’t make biscuits very often..almost never but once a packet of food is opened here because of the humidity doesn’t last long it either goes off or the ants take residence. I was guided by the desiccated coconut and the golden syrup which was a gift from afar… aka visitors and the rolled oats which I mistakenly bought instead of the porridge oats.

These cookies are my basic recipe and next time will be my experimental recipe I am already planning what I can add to them.

Ingredients:

  • 150 gm rolled oats
  • 100 gm plain flour
  • 100 gm light brown sugar( I used raw sugar)
  • 100 gm desiccated coconut
  • 100 gm butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp of boiling water.

Let’s Cook!

Set oven to heat at 175 C, gas mark 4.

Line a baking tray with parchment paper. Combine the sugar, flour, coconut and oats mix to combine well.

In a small pan add the butter and golden syrup and melt the butter. meanwhile, bring the kettle to the boil and add two tbsp of boiling water to the bicarbonate of soda in a small cup. Add this to the melted butter/syrup mix. It will foam a little.

Make a well in the centre of your dry mix and pour in the melted butter/syrup mix. Stir to thoroughly combine and it will form a slightly sticky dough.

Roll out balls and put on a baking tray leaving a space as they will spread on cooking ( the mix made 15 balls) Slightly flatten with your hand.

Put in the preheated oven and cook for 15-20 minutes, remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

THE BISCUITS WILL BE SOFT TO THE TOUCH BUT WILL HARDEN ON COOLING.

Don’t make the mistake I made when I first made them and thought they weren’t cooked and gave them another 10 minutes. They were a tad harder than required when they cooled down…haha…I could build a wall with them…Opppps

To recap many processed foods we could make at home and would be much healthier, they wouldn’t have the shelf life but would also have no nasties…

There are so many apps now where we can check out our favourite foods and be offered alternatives or we could make them at home…

Thank you for reading and I hope you now know a little more about processed foods and which ones are processed so we can eat them or cook with them safe in the knowledge that we are happy to do so…xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat Smart, Eat Healthily… No to Diets!

No more...Diets Healthy eating 30th October

Welcome to this Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

Last week quite by chance was a very Orange week and I am absolutely loving my new favourite smoothie Orange and Carrot… I still haven’t managed to take a photo but I will and it is the brightest Orange colour and if you didn’t know you would think it was loaded with forbidden colours but it is the natural colour of Oranges and Carrots and soooo delicious…

But back to normal and today the discussion is breakfasts… I don’t eat breakfast I eat Brunch as I only eat two meals a day but when I worked breakfast was very important and also it was also very cold and getting colder this time of year so I wanted something hot and also I wanted to send the kids off with something warm inside them…

Porridge is just the thing and my slow cooker was a godsend… I used to put it on before I went to bed and whatever time anyone got up they could have a nice hot bowl of perfectly cooked porridge…

I have ( when) I had a microwave cooked porridge in it and the mess when it exploded… The saucepan of porridge which I forgot to keep an eye on …We have all been there…Have we not???

Porridge eaten with a fruit compote was my favourite I just used to stew some mixed berries with some apple and keep in a pot in the fridge…

muesli-3186256_1920 porridge fruit

Served with fresh fruit it is also very nice or just drizzled with some fresh honey…

It will keep you going until lunchtime…

Toast, nut butter and chia seeds… A lovely slice of sourdough bread spread with homemade peanut butter or nut butter of your choice and topped with a sliced banana or berries and a sprinkling of chia seeds.

Peanut Butter on spoon

Eggs… I love eggs but simply done a lovely omelette, poached or scrambled anything fancier than that unless you have the time BUT for me before work and with 6 kids to get to school or college …I didn’t!

Herb Omellette

I have never eaten quinoa or been a fan of muesli or oat bars and things so if you wish to educate me and have some healthy recipes please share and I will link back to you and give you the credit… I like simple easy to prepare food that tastes good and just love simple flavours I don’t go for the latest fads and that BUT some may be good I just don’t know it so please feel free to let me know 🙂

Smoothies and Protein Drinks…Fresh fruit is found in abundance here so often my breakfast is a smoothie if I want to include protein as of course I am not an advocate for bought protein powders I add my own protein in the form of Greek Yoghurt as that is one of my favourites I have added the links here for alternative natural forms of protein to add to your protein shakes.

Raspberry Smoothie.

Raspberry Protein Shake

Doesn’t that look beautiful? To me, it just screams drink me the colour is awesome so vibrant.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup of coconut water
  • 1/3 cup of greek yoghurt
  • 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 medium beetroot(raw) peeled and diced.
  • 1 tbsp honey ( optional)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds ( optional)

Let’s, Blitz!

Measure all the ingredients into your blender and blitz away… The colour was amazing a beautiful colour and it tasted very nice not too sweet and I did add honey.

This smoothie can be drunk instead of a drink with protein powder and the like in it …An alternative to bought protein drinks…Having never had a protein drink I do not know what they taste like although I have listened to others who say well they don’t taste great I drink them anyway…Really!

I think I know which one I would rather drink…Don’t you??

Here is the link to your alternatives for protein rather than buy powders…

https://blondieaka.com/2018/07/20/papaya-and-banana-protein-shake/

Lastly, did anyone notice the chocolate in the header image ??? Well anyone who thinks that all I eat is fruit and vegetables and nothing sweet and delicious I don’t…I just practise moderation and have eaten so much in my life that it doesn’t hold that same appeal for me …All the time... But show me a bar of good mint chocolate or orange and I do the same as anyone else … It must be good chocolate and proper chocolate though…Only the best …

Lips-chocolate-woman

Lips and chocolate

I enjoy what I eat…Food is about enjoyment and you may not enjoy the same things as I do but find foods you really like and learn about them…learn how healthy they are or not and maybe like me and my chocolate learn to apply moderation but I eat it when I fancy it…Food is for enjoyment and at the same time it should be good for us and with all the choices in the world we must all be able to find our happy medium…Don’t you think?

Thank you for reading I hope you enjoyed my breakfast foods …What do you eat for breakfast? Please let me know in comments xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week xxx

 

 

Healthy Eating, Eat Smart, No more Diets…

persimmon fruit Carrots Oranges

Welcome to Tuesdays Eat Smart, Eat Healthy post…

This week I seem to be eating everything which is orange I discovered a lovely new flavour combination smoothie which is equal parts carrot and Oranges and it is very nice… A vibrant orange colour as you would expect but so nice…

I also had some lovely Papaya to use and as I was gifted 5 papayas and quite a few bananas meant it was a lovely banana and Papaya smoothie for breakfast the other morning.

My week has been a very Orange week…

Persimmon is in season and I have to admit not a fruit I had tasted… seen never tasted but this week we did my daughter-law hadn’t tasted it either so we bought some and it is lovely the texture of a crisp apple fairly sweet but very nice.

The persimmon is one of the classical fruits of China, from where it was introduced in ancient times to Japan. Mainly grown in China and Japan commercially but smaller growers have developed in Italy, Israel, Brazil, California (U.S.A.), Australia and New Zealand. In South-East Asia, it is grown on a limited scale in Java, Sumatra, Malaysia and Northern Thailand.

At present grown by hill tribe growers here in Northern Thailand. Production has been slow to cultivate and they are mostly sold as fresh fruit which is probably why by comparison with other fruits they are expensive.

Many of the hill tribes here are growers which operate under the Royal Project which was started to help the hill tribes. The Royal Project was initially established in 1969 by His Majesty King Bhumibol to support farmers in rural areas to plant crops instead of planting opium. Initially, it was a voluntary project cooperated by many famous universities in Thailand such as Kasetsart University, Maejo University, and Chiang-Mai University. Nowadays, the Royal Project has travelled throughout the country covering Chiang-Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Phayao, and Mae Hong Son we also have a Royal Project shop here in Udon Thani where produce is sold from these farmers all fruit and vegetables are sold in season and it is lovely because I can find unusual fruits and vegetables which cannot be found in larger stores although sometimes I get something once and then not again for a while they only stock what comes in rather than having the same regular deliveries which is nice…

It is also where I can get my proper Greek Yoghurt and not this greek style yoghurt which the other stores sell.

Persimmons can be eaten fresh, dried or cooked and are commonly used around the world in jellies, drinks, pies, curries and puddings. Which is probably why I have seen an increase in posts on Pinterest for persimmon recipes.

Now I have tried them I will also be trying a recipe or two so if you have any favourite recipes please share them with me 🙂

Persimmons are also a good source of thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), folate, magnesium and phosphorus.

These colourful fruits are low in calories and loaded with fibre, making them a weight loss-friendly food.

Aside from vitamins and minerals, persimmons contain a wide array of plant compounds, including tannins, flavonoids and carotenoids, which can positively impact your health.

The leaves of the persimmon fruit are also high in vitamin C, tannins and fibre, as well as a common ingredient in therapeutic teas.

So yes an Orange week all round for me… Plenty of vitamin C…

Has this week been a good week for you? Have you discovered a new food? If so please share with us how your healthy eating is progressing…

Just in case you missed it here is the link for the little calculation chart that Sally devised I find it really handy and I still have not eaten any biscuits with my morning cup of tea…

fat-accumulation-table SALLY

I also printed off Sally’s food shopping list and worked through it vitamin by vitamin and chose the foods which provided that vitamin or protection and made my own list of what I should be buying.

Then I drilled it down that out of the 40 items I took from Sally’s shopping list I always bought 22 of those items, next I looked at what I do buy but less often and that equated to 13 items which either I could only buy when they were in season or foods which I just don’t eat as often not because I don’t like them just because they are not always available or I prefer something else. The remainder I either cannot get here or are very expensive to buy as imported goods.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/07/26/smorgasbord-health-column-health-in-the-new-obesity-research-fat-accumulation-table-by-sally-cronin/

Enjoy your week and eat smart and healthily xxx

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week

 

 

 

Ramen Noodles…Should you be eating them?

ramen noodles good or bad

Today I am looking at what is in those packets of instant, quick cook Ramen Noodles which seem to line every store’s shelves in their hundreds. A packet for one or a multi-packs they come in pots and packages for ease of use BUT exactly what are you eating or giving your children to eat???

You just know that I am going to tell you…Don’t you???

Ramen noodles are particularly unhealthy because they contain a food additive called Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is a petroleum industry byproduct. They’re also incredibly high in sodium, calories and saturated fat.

The containers packaging these noodles aren’t helping much either. The dreaded chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) is widely used in the styrofoam cups in which we often buy our ramen noodle lunches. Among other things, BPA may be a carcinogen. It is also considered a hormone disruptor, negatively affecting natural hormones in our bodies such as estrogen.

Between the preservatives and the packaging, instant noodles are a minefield of potential health problems. The more you eat, the worse it is. It’s just not worth the risk.

Yet Again, Proof That We Should Avoid Processed Foods

We shouldn’t need more evidence, but this study provides it. Instant and processed foods are the worst possible meal choices we can make. Want visual proof that you really need to avoid processed ramen noodles? Then watch this video…

 

What is Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), 

It is a synthetic antioxidant that is added to foods to prevent or delay oxidation. Oxidation causes food to lose flavour quality, colour and can even cause foods to become toxic. In addition, oxidation causes vitamins to break down, causing food to lose some of its nutritional value.

TBHQ, which stands for tertiary butylhydroquinone, is commonly used in foods such as crackers, microwave popcorn, butter and chicken nuggets.

Used to extend the shelf life of oily and fatty foods. In processed foods, it’s sprayed on the food or on its packaging to prevent discolouration and changes to flavour and odour. Others products, such as cosmetics, perfumes, varnishes and lacquers, contain TBHQ to maintain stability.

I am already feeling quite sick and so pleased that I have never had any of this pass my lips… I can’t say that for other family members…

Much of the hype surrounding TBHQ dwells on its relationship to butane, a component of lighter fluid.TBHQ is composed in part of a grouping of four carbon atoms, called a “butyl.” Many harmless substances, such as butter, also contain butyl. The word butyl is even derived from the Latin word for butter, “butyrum.”

Although TBHQ might be safe in small doses, that doesn’t mean it’s healthy for you. And since it’s used to preserve processed foods that are naturally oily or fatty, avoiding these foods would certainly be a healthy choice. When considering your health, do a bit of research before deciding that the popular account is the correct one.

I myself am very sceptical as so many foods which have been deemed to be safe for us have proved not to be and those who can are now in many cases wildly back peddling on their previous claims.

Myself I don’t wish to give anything like this the benefit of the doubt I would err on the side of caution and avoid like the plague…

Are there healthy Ramen Noodles?

There are so many noodles of different shapes and sizes and indeed much healthier for us…

Restaurant Ramen Noodles.

Don’t be fooled by the seemingly advertised healthy broth because some varieties contain 10 to 15 grams of fat, which is equivalent to the calories in two to three pats of butter.” And the nutritional hits don’t stop there: A single restaurant serving of ramen can contain half of your recommended sodium limit for the day — What can a ramen Noodle lover do?

Simples…Make your own!

 

https://youtu.be/cUlITTAML-k

This guy is actually quite funny and his recipes good… If you really haven’t the time then these are some healthy Ramen Noodles…Google is a good source if you put in Healthy Ramen Noodles and then do a little research to double check.

pork-noodle-soup Take  a  base of low-sodium chicken/pork broth, lots of veggies, whole wheat or vegetable noodles and then make it a meal by adding chicken, fish, seafood, egg or lean meat,”https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/27/thai-pork-noodle-soup-gaeng-jeud-woon-sen/

chicken noodle soup

https://blondieaka.com/2018/09/13/thai-chicken-noodle-soup/

Now doesn’t that look tasty and it is… Once you have made your broth it can be frozen in portions…If you are going to tell me that you are ultra busy at work and instant noodles are quick and easy then my response is what price do you put on your health?

You can take the broth to work with a container of some chicken and a container of vegetables and noodles of your choice…

It can all be put together very quickly and heated in a saucepan…Ready in 5 minutes and by the time you have left your office got to the noodle stall or supermarket and back again that could be 15-20 minutes gone…To assemble and heat is 5-8 minutes so a no-brainer and doesn’t that look so much better?

I know which option I would prefer and truly if you really are worried about yours or your family’s health and well-being then a bit of planning will soon become second nature and you will be healthier.

As for Ramen Noodles do I really want to be buying food laden with preservatives and nasties and which if I can’t eat in moderation will likely kill me or give me a chronic disease…

We all have a choice I know what mine is…Do you???

Ramen Noodles (1)

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

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Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week

 

 

Homemade Mac & Cheese v processed Mac & Cheese.

What is really in your mac & cheese

Macaroni cheese… I don’t eat it very often but when I do I love it? A lovely cheese sauce some pasta topped with fresh breadcrumbs and grated cheese I also add sliced tomatoes around the edge…

Tasty and moreish it is a delicious meal.

However what about the boxed macaroni and cheese?

I will use Kraft as most people are familiar with their name and products…

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS: ENRICHED MACARONI PRODUCT (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN,FERROUS SULFATE [IRON], THIAMIN MONONITRATE [VITAMIN B1],RIBOFLAVIN [VITAMIN B2], FOLIC ACID); CHEESE SAUCE (MILK, WHEY, WATER, CANOLA OIL, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF SODIUM ALGINATE, LACTIC ACID, SORBIC ACID AS A PRESERVATIVE, MILKFAT, OLEORESIN PAPRIKA[COLOR], ANNATTO [COLOR], CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES)CONTAINS: WHEAT, MILK.

Has that put you off?

Some facts about Kraft Mac and Cheese…

James Lewis Kraft, the founder of Kraft Foods, didn’t invent macaroni and cheese and didn’t even invent processed cheese, but he was the first to patent the process of emulsifying and powdering cheese in order to give it a much longer shelf life.

Every package of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese contains a package of mix to make the cheese sauce. The cheese sauce mix contains several milk ingredients: whey (milk protein), milk protein concentrate, milk, milk fat and cheese culture. The cheese sauce mix also contains salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, sodium phosphate and calcium phosphate. According to the International Food Additives Council, sodium phosphates help cheese retain its melting properties and calcium phosphate improves nutritional value. Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 are added to the sauce mix as colourings. Final ingredients in the sauce mix are citric acid, lactic acid and enzymes. According to the Food Additives and Ingredients Association, acids are added to foods as preservatives and emulsifiers. Enzymes are catalysts and may help the cheese sauce reconstitute properly.

When making Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, add your own butter or margarine and milk according to package directions. The products you choose affect the overall calorie count and nutrition of the product.

My Question is ??? If you are adding butter/margarine and milk why are you not making your own cheese sauce???

Colourings:

Yellow 5 is also known as Tartrazine or E 102. Yellow 5 is widely used in the making of potato chips, jams, candy, drinks and even pet food. It is also added to shampoo and other cosmetic products, as well as vitamins and certain medications. Yellow 5 is banned in Austria and Norway, and other European countries have issued warnings about their possible side effects. It is still freely and extensively used in the US. 

For further info on Yellow 5

https://www.livestrong.com/article/370945-health-effects-of-yellow-5-food-coloring/

My recipe for macaroni and Cheese:

macaroni and cheese

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp Cornflour
  • 1 oz/ 25 gm Butter… I generally just slice it off the block so probably use a tad. more
  • 3/4 pint Milk
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground Pepper.
  • 3 oz/70 gm Cheddar cheese plus extra for topping.
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard.

I have always used a flour/butter roux to make a white sauce and if that’s how you roll then that’s fine.

My son ( bless him) has turned it on its head and asked me why did I make it hard for myself….mmmmmm..teaching mum to suck eggs?

His version and now I have got used to it…it is easier. But am I going to tell him that…Nope!

Mix cornflour to a smooth paste with a little of the milk set aside.

Bring your milk to a slow boil, add the butter and let it melt.

Now..pour your cornflour mix into the milk in very small amounts stirring as you pour, repeating until all the cornflour is incorporated you now have a very smooth sauce.

Season with Salt and pepper and add Dijon mustard again stirring all the time cook for 1-2 minutes stirring to cook off the taste of the cornflour.

Stir in your cheese I use a strong English cheddar but you can use Gruyère cheese or another cheese of your choice or mix your cheeses.

All you have to do now is cook your macaroni as per the packet instructions and once cooked and drained stir into the cheese sauce …Top with a breadcrumb and cheese mix and brown under the grill.

Also if you like you could add some crispy bacon or ham just to make a change.

If you discount the butter and milk my mac and cheeses has 5 ingredients…The Kraft one contains a few more than that and colourings which are banned around the world apart from the US who just issue warnings on the packets…

That is caring about the consumer …NOT!

As I stated before consumers need to talk with their feet…You have the power, You are the ones who decide what you feed yourself and your family, You need to take action…

About Carol Taylor:

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetable ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use contain to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology: https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/caroltaylor56/pins/

Thank you once again for reading this post I hope you all have a great week 🙂 xx