Very little, but very dangerous…snacks!

Talking about beer reminded me about one more very important topic – snacks 🍲. They are very dangerous for your waist-line and your weight in general. Why they are so dangerous? Because few nuts here, and crackers there don’t seem like a lot, but if you add up all calories that you consume daily over these tiny snacks, you can get terrified. Especially any bready-types (empty carbs!) or nuts bring the worst. For example, 100 grams of almonds (which is a tiny bag) contain about 576 calories! This is pretty much a third of what you should eat daily! Then add few normal meals and one more snack of crackers, and here you go – more pounds gained. Of course, it doesn’t mean that you never can have any snacks, but try to pick green veggies for a snack instead. What about nuts? They are good for your health, right? Right (or we will explore this question in later topics). But! Make sure that you eat them with cautious – only first half of the day, not much, and I would suggest consuming them only on days when you work out. They are good for a breakfast, especially if you can’t eat much in a morning (I can’t eat much when I just wake up). They will give you needed energy, and it is easy to have this snack even at work.
Now, I did mention beer for a reason. Most of the people like to snack something while they are drinking beer. The secret here is that not a beer makes you fat. To be honest, beer doesn’t have that many calories in it, however, beer works as multiplier, in a way. Everything you eat with beer, goes straight to your sides and tummy. Why? Because while you are drinking, your liver is metabolizing and burning alcohol, instead of fat cells (which is what liver normally burns). (For more information you can read this article:). Now think about nuts and chips that you can eat with the beer and that all those calories get stored right away. Yes, this is scary! 😱 Personally, I like beer 😛 (even thought, of course, the healthiest choice is not to consume alcohol whatsoever), I drink it often, however I don’t have a belly, and my weight is only 115 pounds. Why? Because I never eat snacks with my beer anymore (I also don’t drink 12 packs a night). So, in addition to my previous post and choosing beer with no corn syrup, please, try not to eat anything with your beer, unless it is vegetables (with NO Ranch sauce!). You can have celery, peas, and you might risk eating some dried-salty-fish, for example. Salt will make liquid stay in your body longer (so you will be heavier), but you will lose it very fast afterwards.
Conclusion: snacks can be different, good or bad. Have snacks with cautious. Nuts, chips or crackers even in small quantities can carry tons of calories. Even worse is to eat them with beer or any other type of alcohol! 🍺 Give a preference to green veggies as your snack and then you can have it as much, as you want during the day!🌱 😁

Cheers! Time to sip a beer and feel better

I know, I know, you still might be hurt by me saying “don’t eat candies, don’t drink soda!”, so let’s talk about beer and lift our mood!🍺 I know, beer is not on a healthy list, but we also want to balance happiness and health, right? Of course, you can be happy without beer, but so many people loooove beer. So instead of saying “don’t drink”, this time I want to play it on a more positive note and let you know what beer is the best for you, if you want to have a drink!
Normally beer from microbreweries are the best, because it is more natural, but it is more expensive. Nonetheless, I would put microbreweries beer on the top of the list, until they will grow big and will start slacking. Then goes European beers: German, Czech – Europeans are stricter about their food and drinks. They have many more bans for harmful ingredients, then we have here, in USA.
If you don’t want to look for some special beer and want just to grab something popular in America (beer you can find even at 7/11 or Walmart), then I have a good tip for you! What you need to look for (aside from consuming too much of alcohol) is a high fructose corn syrup and GMOs. Cheaper beer from big companies usually is filled with them. Look at this list:

  •  Budweiser — which contains genetically modified rice
  •  Corona Extra — GMO corn syrup and propylene glycol
  •  Miller Lite — GMO corn and corn syrup
  •  Michelob Ultra — genetically modified sweetener
  •  Coors Lite — GMO corn syrup
  •  Pabst Blue Ribbon — GMO corn and GMO corn syrup

(original article for this ^ is here )
So, if you want to make a choose that supposedly better, choose Heineken. It doesn’t have a corn syrup, easy to find and it isn’t expensive.
I also saw that “Guinness dark” on a healthy beer list. Yes, it doesn’t have many calories, and it has a very nice taste, but (link here) it “contains isinglass, an ingredient which comes from the fish bladder”, and it is questionable if it is a good thing for a human body. They also used to add fructose corn syrup, but not any longer, so you can add it to your card.
And lastly – don’t forget that beer shouldn’t be exposed to the sun rays, so darker bottles are better (angry look at the Heineken). If bottles are in the box, it doesn’t matter much though, just don’t leave them out on the kitchen top-counter. Cheers and make a sip of cold and tasty beer!
Conclusion: beer in moderate quantity is not that bad for you, as long as it doesn’t have a corn syrup in it. It is also doesn’t really make you fat, and why is that – I will explain in the next article.🍻😋

Get some tissues, we will talk about sugar!

🍩 🙅 This is probably the most important, but also painful topic for many people. Sugar is your enemy. It is an enemy for your waist, at least. Why people are fatter nowadays (no offense, but fat is just a word that defines… well, fat. If you have more of it, then you fatter, then somebody who has less of it. Simple), then they used to be? Yes, less physical activity, but researches show that consuming sugar is the biggest factor here. If you have enough willpower to eliminate most of the sugar from your diet, you will be slimmer and healthier in no time! Yes, healthier too, because sugar is not good for your liver, might cause diabetes and even cancer. For people who is interested in more details, you can take a look at this article here, which is one of MANY examples of how bad sugar can be.
Now, now, did you start crying already? There is some good news too – of course, you can have some sugar *pat on a shoulder*. If you really want a candy or a chocolate bar, have it during the first half of the day. The earlier, the better and try to never eat sugar after 4 p.m. That is when our body normally start to store sugars, instead of burning it. However, you still can’t have a lot, because sugar is added almost in EVERY thing that you can buy at the store: souses, canned goods, fruit juices and even some of cooked meats. Unless you cook everything from a scratch at home, you will never be free of sugar, so you need to consume sweets as little, as possible. By the way, consider not to eat any of those sugar containing meals for dinners too! And yes, you heard it before, but I will repeat: soda, like Coke or Fanta are the worst! I really would recommend to eliminate this products from your diet FOR-EV-AH. I am serious. Pure liquid sugar – is doesn’t hydrate and leaves a nasty aftertaste in your mouth. Get a sizzling water instead!
Okay, now some of you might have dry your tears and tell me with a smile, that there are “zero sugar drinks!” or diet Coke…. No! NO, NO, NO, and NO one more time! It is even worse!!! Why you think it is sweet? Not because it is so healthy and doesn’t have any sugar. It doesn’t contain a real sugar, it contains chemical substitute – aspartame, which your body does not recognize. What does it mean? It cannot make anything useful of it, so it just stores those chemicals in your body as fat and increase your risk to get diabetes and cancer in times! There are more harm to it, so if you are interested, you can read this article. Read until the end though! (P.s. I love Nerd Fitness. I am part of Nerd Fitness Academy myself.)
Conclusion: real sugar in smallest amounts and only before 4 p.m. is your best bet, if you can’t stop consuming sugar whatsoever. However, stop drinking soda, even diet or zero calories one, because it is terrible for you. Just terrible. Period.🙅🍩

Sea-delight… scallops!

I had a task to cook scallops (mmmmm!🐟) for the first time in my life. It isn’t hard, but I also heard that it is easy to mess them up. Because of that, I decided to learn a bit more about this delicious sea-protein. Normally seafood is good, not fatty, protein rich, contains oil that your body needs the most and doesn’t really contain carbs (whoot-whoot!). Now, what is the trick? Or maybe scallops are expensive for a reason? Scallops have some cholesterol in them, as most of seafood does, but actually less than even a mozzarella cheese balls (24 oz – described in the article before). So good dish (very good) contains about 400 grams of scallops? It will have only about 170 gr. Of cholesterol. Theoretically even if your heart is not in perfect condition, you can have it, which is good news! The only concern is sodium (which is not salt, actually. Sodium is sodium and table salt is a sodium chloride (NaCl)). Anyways, in 400 grams of scallops (almost a pound) you will get your daily sodium intake, which might be not so good, but we don’t eat pound of scallops every day, and once in a while a bit more sodium won’t harm you too much 😉 Need to remember that frying is not a best option, when we are talking about health tho, so if you can cook scallops on the special wooded plant, at the grill, it is a better option, but if you have to fry them, then don’t forget to use olive oil for that.

In the end, my scallops turned out very good! Here is this small recipe for you! (recipe link)

  1. Pat dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper:Pat the scallops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle them generously with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the pan:Heat the butter or olive oil in the pan over medium-high heat. When a few flecks of water evaporate on contact, the pan is ready.
  3. Add the scallops to the pan:Place the scallops in the pan in a single layer, spaced about an inch apart. The first scallop should sizzle on contact. If it doesn’t, wait a few seconds to let the pan heat before adding the rest. Do not crowd the pan; work in batches if necessary.
  4. Cook the scallops for 2 minutes, then flip:Cook the scallops without moving them for 2 minutes, then flip them over. If the scallop doesn’t release easily from the pan, let it cook for another few seconds until it does.
  5. Cook the scallops for another 2 to 3 minutes:Cook the scallops on the second side for another 2 to 3 minutes without moving. Both sides of the scallop should be seared golden brown and the sides should look opaque all the way through. The scallops should feel firm to the touch, but still slightly soft, like well-set Jello; do not overcook or the scallops become tough and chewy.
  6. Serve immediately:Serve the scallops immediately while they are still warm.

Conclusion: Scallops are pretty healthy choice of food! Eating a lot of them and often might make you consume too much sodium, but overall it is a fat (not in a bad way) + !🐟

Balls… Mozzarella Balls!

Finally, time for some practical information and opportunity to show you what kind of articles I will make! 😃 How often do you think about your food? What do you eat? Is it actually good or bad for you? And yes, it is important to know if it is good, or bad for you! It is hard to decided where to start, but not long time ago I’ve been at Trader Joes and picked a mozzarella balls in olive oil marinade. Another woman took one too and said “I am addicted to them. I don’t know if they are bad for me, but I love them so much!”, so it made me very curious if it is mostly bad or good? Maybe other people have this question too? So, let’s dig in!

As we all know, olive oil is one of the best and healthiest oils out there, so that is a + . In general, our bodies need oil. It helps organs to function properly and it keeps skin elastic, so don’t be afraid to add some oil in your diet. The bad thing about it is that many olive oils are only “olive oils” on a paper, when in reality they contain only small amount of real olive oil and rest of it is… well, fake. This problem is especially huge in America, where is no regulation on definition of “virgin olive oil”, so product makers use it for own profit (surprise!). If you want a real thing, always try to buy olive oil that was made in Europe, not in America. Anyways, back to mozzarella balls! Mozzarella is a good (not the best!) cheese calories-wise, so that is a plus too. Some spices and pepper are, of course, not bad things either. So, from surface analysis mozzarella balls in oil marinade are good! You can have them and not worry too much about your health. However, if we will look deeper, we will notice, that the whole container (24 oz) has not only full daily vitamins A, C intake, but also more Calcium than you need daily. Moreover, it has 364 mg of Cholesterol! While healthy (no hearth diseases, etc.) person needs only 300 mg per day. Of course, different companies can make them a little bit differently, but the core recipe is most likely similar in any of them.

Conclusion: Fresh Mozzarella Balls (In Marinade) are a good treat for now and then, but shouldn’t be eaten everyday AND the whole container (24 oz) shouldn’t be eaten in period of 24 hours, unless you want to flood your body with cholesterol. Happy to know that in smaller quantity they are good, because they are delicious. Whoo-hoo!