that aroma of dinnertime

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When I was growing up I used to love being in the house during the late afternoon to witness the aroma of dinner cooking in the oven. For me that was the best part of the day.

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The more I smelled those pork chops cooking in the oven the hungrier I got!

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High fructose corn syrup – good and bad

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

The truth about high fructose corn syrup

What do we know about high fructose corn syrup, and is it good or bad for our health? 

looking at a corn field

looking at a corn field

 

                High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a calorie-providing sweetener used to sweeten foods and beverages, particularly processed and store-bought foods. It is made by an enzymatic process from glucose syrup that is derived from corn. A relatively new food ingredient, it was first produced in Japan in the late 1960s, then entered the American food supply system in the early 1970s. HFCS is a desirable food ingredient for food manufacturers because it is equally as sweet as table sugar, blends well with other foods, helps foods to maintain a longer shelf life, and is less expensive (due to government subsidies on corn) than other sweeteners. It can be found in a variety of food products including soft drinks, salad dressings, ketchup, jams, sauces, ice cream and even bread. (http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=486)

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

This is what high fructose corn syrup looks like

 

 

There are two types of high fructose corn syrup found in foods today:

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Powerade has HFCS listed as the second ingredient

Bottom line, the Mayo Clinic notes that “controversy exists … about whether or not the body handles high-fructose corn syrup differently than table sugar.” But Mayo and Green America are on the same page when it comes to sugar and HFCS: Avoid overconsumption of both. (http://blog.greenamerica.org/2013/04/23/table-sugar-vs-high-fructose-corn-syrup-which-is-worse/)

 

High fructose corn syrup

High fructose corn syrup

list of ingredients HFCS

list of ingredients HFCS

 

We must KNOW our bodies

We must KNOW our bodies

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It is very important, not only  to eat the right kind of foods, but to drink PLENTY of liquids.

ImageWe need to know what foods are good for us and what foods can harm our bodies.

ImageThe EXPERTS in nutrition say that we should drink 2.5-3 LITERS of FLUIDS per day in order to maintain a healthy body.

My favorite section in the grocery store

My favorite section in the grocery store

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There is something about walking into a clean grocery store and walking through the produce section smelling the fresh fruits and vegetables.  I love the smell of fresh lettuce, bell peppers, onions, cabbage and tomatoes

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Quite honestly, I am not a fan of the fresh FISH section, though they say we should eat fish on a daily basis in order to maintain good health.

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I could spend an hour or two  walking through the produce section taking in the smells and looking at the fresh fruits and vegetables.

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heart of banana patties

heart of banana patties

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My favorite food of all time in the Philippines and thanks to my sister-in-law Gwen for taking the time to prepare these for me. There are plenty of banana plants in the Cagayan valley so it is just a matter of looking for the plants that have a banana flower on them.

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I wished that I still lived in a region where banana flowers are readily available…but, nevertheless, I am looking forward to my return trip to the Cagayan Valley for the great food!

This is a great lunch or dinner with a heaping scoop of white rice!

How about some Tocilog for breakfast?

How about  some Tocilog  for breakfast?

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I love Tocilog, it consists of cut up sausage, a fried egg and a heaping scoop of rice. Usually white rice is served in the Philippines…although there are exceptions as each restaurant has it’s own cooks and has their own way of preparing breakfast. I love my plate of Tocilog with a heaping cup of coffee….with plenty of cream and sugar.

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more Philippine fruits – Rambutan

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Rambutan is one of my favorite fruits in the Philippines. It looks a bit “hairy” on the outside, so just peel the skin and the inside is so soft and sweet…almost melts in your mouth like candy!   Always peel it because sometimes ants or small insects may make their home on the “hairy” part of the skin. WASH them off well when you bring them home.  They are VERY YUMMY!

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