My love… green and tasty

Happy Valentine day, everyone! Lets love flow through you!💘

Today I want to share my love… to salads (not to a green weed, if anyone thought so 😅)! I love salads. They are healthy, taste great and there are so many variations of them! What is my favorite dinner? Salad 🌿. And you can see it on the a picture, where Happy The Egg enjoying his time. It is very easy to make even after the hard day at work: some green leaves, some tomatoes, and onions. Also can add l bell peppers, feta cheese and shrimps or chicken as protein. After that finishing touch: drizzle of olive oil (remember what I said about olive oil? Better make sure it was made in Europe!) and lemon some juice on top of that (salt and pepper as you wish) – that’s it! Done! Healthy dinner, which will make you happy and your weight stable. My boyfriend also loves salads that I make, you just need to put some soul into the cooking process 💖😋

What is your favorite healthy and happy dinner? Please, share!

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!