The cereal aisle at the market these days is packed with so many different brands, it’s like having to choose what to watch on TV with 180 channels to choose from. The ones with multi-colored labels and different cartoon characters are probably the worst for you, but they are trying to attract your inner child. Then there are the cereals that are trying to target the health conscientious buyer. They use fancy words and illustrations to sell these bland morsels that taste like a bunch of wet cardboard. We’re trained to think, that if it lacks taste it must be really healthy for us, right. We are willing to make the taste sacrifice for some good fiber, right?
50 plus years ago the mothers of 80 million baby boomers, were looking for healthy choices for breakfast and Kellogg did just that. Focusing on marketing a health convenient style of cereal rather than marketing to children they clobbered the competition. The Kellogg’s have been making cereal since 1906. Next time you are in the cereal aisle grab a box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. Packed with vitamins and minerals, this cereal is a no-brainer;
· Vitamin C
· Vitamin B1, B2, B6, and B12
· Vitamin A
· Vitamin D
· Folic Acid
Another honorable mention and ‘the mother approved’, would be General Mill’s Kix which has also been around for over 80 years. Its healthy components are;
· Calcium Carbonate
· Vitamin C
· Folic Acid
· Vitamin B1, B2, B6 and B12
The cereals that are going to better for you will have less than 5 grams of sugar and if that is a problem for you add raw honey or turbinado sugar or fresh fruit.
Chest Congestion – Soup Remedy
I got hit with this killer cough this week, which eventually led to congestion in my chest. Back in the old days onions used to be boiled and if you drank this onion water it would help break up that congestion.
A more palatable solution is French Onion Soup. I found this recipe on Allrecipies.com. I went to Kroger to gather my ingredients; bag of yellow onions, unsalted butter, thyme, beef broth and a La Brea French Baguette. I stopped by Costco to get a wedge of Jarlsberg (Swiss) cheese. I even went to Goodwill and picked up a couple of the classic little handled crocks that French Onion Soup is always served in.
First, we diced the onions and added them to a buttered skillet until they caramelized. In a large pot we added the broth and thyme to simmer. Then added the caramelized onions to the broth and let it simmer for an hour. Then we grinded some fresh grounded black pepper to it. We cut the baguette into ¼ slices and toasted them on a sheet pan under the broiler on both sides. We removed the toasted baguettes from the sheet pan and replaced them with the crocks and warmed them up in the oven for about 10 minutes. We then ladled the onion soup into up to about ¾ inch from the top. We then laid the toasted baguettes in, arranging them snuggly. I placed a few shaved Jarlsberg slices on top of the baguette and we returned the pan to broil until the cheese was thoroughly melted and starting to brown on the edges.
About 5 minutes after eating this delicious soup, I could feel the congestion breaking up in my chest, only to wake the next day to feel completely congestion free.
If your congestion continues, you should seek your medical professional.
A super-food that has been around for around 6000 yrs, has a slightly nutty flavored seed that you can add to a lot of dishes. I’ll add it to fruit, salad, cereal…whatever. Kroger sells the Bob’s Red Mill Flax Seed for around $3 bucks. This super-food is packed with nutritional benefits;
· High in fiber
· Low in carbs
· Balances hormones
· Weight-loss aid
· Digestive health
· Lower cholesterol
· Gluten Free
· High in Antioxidants
I have added a Tbsp of Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) to my morning nutrition. Just add a Tbsp to your juice, stir and brace yourself. The pungent cider is a little difficult to navigate around, but just gulp it down. After work I will take about 1/3 pint of juice and top it off with club soda with a Tbsp of ACV, this is much easier to negotiate through your palate. They also have one with a honey blend added if your taste buds are still not convinced. ‘An apple a day keeps the doctor a way.’
Come on guys we all love bacon, but the sodium nitrates go right through me, so I tried some bacon without sodium nitrates. Look for sea salt as a substitute instead. I tried several different brands, but for me Hormel’s Natural Choice (Original Uncured Bacon) had the best flavor and on sale at Kroger/Fry’s it is only $4.99, it costs a buck or two more than sodium nitrate, but it’s better for you. Bacon that is good for you, well almost.