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!🌱 😁

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!


Introduction

This is an introduction post! 🔔
It is always hard to start something new, when you have so many thoughts and you don’t know where to start! I want to share so much information! Anyways, let’s start from the beginning. First of all, I hope no one will argue that health is important and certainly helps to feel yourself better and live longer! Of course, healthy diet, organic products and spa treatment help with that, but sometimes it is too expensive, or we just don’t have time to think much about our everyday meal. I am here to share tips on how to make this process easier. REMEMBER, even a small change is important in a long run. In 5-10 years you will be very happy that you made this change to your life. Also, very important thing to remember – you always can start small, so stress won’t shut down your new habits. One healthy meal a day is better than none! 2 minutes exercises are better than 0! Start small and with time you will make more and more progress, thus you will make more and more healthy choices during your everyday life  🖒

Now, important! Here is a summary of my “philosophy”: you have only 2 main enemies, when we are talking about extra weight: sugar and pastry. If you will eliminate them or minimize their consumption to a minimum, you will get much slimmer and healthier. Not hard, just no more candies, chocolate (unless it is dark), donuts, cupcakes, cakes, soda, fruit juices (unless you made them yourself), bread, pancakes, burgers, pizza, etc. Alright, aright, I am joking! Of course, very little of us will be able to never-ever eat those products; and because my blog is about happy life-style and not about teary eyes when you look at your coworker, who is eating a birthday cupcake and licking his fingers. However, you need to know when to eat those 2 enemies of yours, and in what quantities. I will write about it in more details in following posts. Thank you!!!😁