Monthly Archive for: ‘January, 2010’

Make your own tortillas – video


  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour (not bread flour, AP)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup hot milk


1 Light up the stove or griddle. Get a large non-stick surface hot and ready to go. I like these to cook fast, so fire that baby on up. Set out a heavy plate (that will hold heat) and a spatula to handle the hot bread.

2 Put a smidgen over 3/4 cup of milk into the micro and set on high for 60 seconds and leave it. We’ll cover why it’s just over 3/4 cup shortly…

3 Measure out all of the dry ingredients into the mixer of your Kitchen Aid or a large bowl that you can mix in by hand.

4 Add in 2 tsp of vegetable oil. Yes, vegetable oil. No, I don’t mean butter. It works, trust me. Now mix those items together just a bit.

5 Slowly mix the hot milk in until the dough ball comes away cleanly. You may need to add a little more or less and you may need to adjust with additional flour.

7 Mix the dough for 3-4 minutes then turn out on a floured surface and knead once or twice to shape it some. (Note: To this point you should have taken no more than 5 minutes tops! Yes, the clock is running, come’on! Didn’t you read the post title?)

8 Divide the dough into 12 equal balls, if you are measuring with scales each ball will be somewhere around 2oz in size.

9 Here’s the fun part that you may want some help with the first couple of times. Roll each ball into a 6″ circle on a lightly floured surface and cook them on the skillet/griddle. Each one will take about 30 seconds per side to cook so you can put one on and roll out a second tortilla. Once the second one is ready you can flip the first one and place the second one on the surface. By the time the third one is ready the first will come off and the second will be ready to flip. Lather, rinse, repeat until done.

10 Be standing at the door when your SO walks in with one of these lathered up in butter and waiting for him/her. Don’t ever send them to the store again for something that’s so easy for you to whip out. Seriously, that’s just mean. 🙂

Cooking time (duration): 25 Number of servings (yield): 12 Meal type: snack Culinary tradition: Mexican

Beverly forwarded this to me this morning and it is GREAT.  All we need now is a weekly menu.  Please everyone think of good menus for a day or a whole week and send them to me to post.  If you do that I’ll develop the shopping list and I’ll even do the math for everyones nutritional break out. – jughandleAlton Brown on Good Eats told how he lost 50lbs in 9 months. He has 4 lists that he goes by.

Things to Eat Everyday
Whole Grains
Leafy Greens
Green Tea
Three Times a Week
Oily Fish
Sweet Potato
Once A Week
Red Meat
Soda Drinks
Fast Food
Processed Meals (Frozen Dinners)
Canned Soup
Anything Diet

Poop, Crap – have I gotten your attention, I hope so!

This article is from

This is very important to read.  Our daily allotment of fiber is hard to get unless we concentrate on it.  – jug

30 Tricks to Make Fiber Taste Better

If a rabbit doesn’t eat enough high-fiber foods, its teeth may grow uncontrollably, piercing the roof of its mouth and knifing the base of its brain.

Your brain is safe, but we’re not so sure about the rest of your body. Forgo the fiber and you extend an open invitation to several different cancers. You also raise your risk of diabetes and heart disease by up to 20 and 40 percent, respectively.

And in the fate-worse-than-death category, you increase the odds that you’ll end up fat and impotent. So while you may not die like a bunny rabbit, you won’t be doing it like one, either.

Notice, we haven’t even mentioned the c-word (constipation).

But even if you have the will to eat more fiber, you almost certainly don’t have the way. Especially since the recommended daily dosage was recently raised from 25 to a throat-choking 38 grams.

The obvious solution—eating 19 slices of whole-wheat bread a day—isn’t practical. What you need instead is subterfuge. Dietary deception. In other words, this plan for smuggling more roughage into your life.

In the Afternoon

16. Pop a pack of light popcorn instead of popping open a bag of potato chips. There’s 8 g fiber in every bag of popcorn.

17. Drink bottled chocolate milk, not white. The combination of the chocolate and the compounds needed to keep it suspended in the milk provides 3 g fiber in every 16 ounces.

18. Say nuts to candy bars. Bars with almonds—like Almond Joy and Alpine white chocolate with almonds—have almost twice the fiber content of bars without.

19. Don’t tell yourself you could have had a low-sodium V8. Have one. Unsalted V8 has 2 g fiber. The V8 that comes spiked with salt has half that amount.

20. Graze on trail mix instead of a granola bar. Most granola bars have only 1 g fiber, while trail mix with dried fruit has nearly 3.

  Another article taken from Men’s Health Mag.

The Fat Farm says – This is just the tip of the iceburg!  Read your labels.  If an item has more than 5 ingredents, think twice about buying it let alone eating it!!!!

What is in Your Food?

Once upon a time, back when Ray Kroc was still pushing milk-shake machines, a hamburger and fries meant a wad of freshly ground chuck and a peeled, sliced, and fried potato. Now, these two iconic foods—like nearly everything we consume—has taken on a whole new meaning. Sadly, many of our favorite foods today (especially fast foods) weren’t merely crafted in kitchens, they were also designed and perfected in labs. We uncovered the ugly truth when doing research for our latest, most up-to-date book yet: Eat This, Not That! Restaurant Survival Guide. What we found was not pretty.
Before you mindlessly chew your way through another value meal, take these mini-mysteries (conveniently solved in this slideshow) into account. Sometimes the truth is tough to swallow.

What’s in a Wendy’s Frosty?

Wendy’s Frosty requires 14 ingredients to create what traditional shakes achieve with only milk and ice cream. So what accounts for the double-digit ingredient list? Mostly a barrage of thickening agents that includes guar gum, cellulose gum, and carrageenan. And while that’s enough to disqualify it as a milk shake in our book, it’s nothing compared to the chemist’s list of ingredients in the restaurant’s new line of bulked-up Frankenfrosties.
Check out the Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty, for instance. It seems harmless enough; the only additions, after all, are “coffee syrup” and “coffee toffee pieces.” The problem is that those two additions collectively ­contain 25 extra ingredients, seven of which are sugars and three of which are oils. And get this: Rather than a classic syrup, the “coffee syrup” would more accurately be described as a blend of water, high-fructose corn syrup, and propylene glycol, a laxative chemical that’s used as an emulsifier in food and a filler in electronic cigarettes. Of all 10 ingredients it takes to make the syrup, coffee doesn’t show up until near the end, eight items down the list.

What’s in a Filet-O-Fish?

The world’s most famous fish sandwich begins as one of the ocean’s ugliest creatures. Filet-O-Fish, like many of the fish patties used by fast-food chains, is made predominantly from hoki, a gnarly, crazy-eyed fish found in the cold waters off the coast of New Zealand. In the past, McDonald’s has purchased up to 15 million pounds of hoki a year, each flaky fillet destined for a coat of batter, a bath of oil, a squirt of tartar, and a final resting place in a warm, squishy bun. But it seems the world’s appetite for this and other fried-fish sandwiches has proven too voracious, as New Zealand has been forced to cut the allowable catch over the years in order to keep the hoki population from collapsing. Don’t expect McDonald’s to scale down Filet-O-Fish output anytime soon, though; other whitefish like Alaskan pollock will likely fill in the gaps left by the hoki downturn. After all, once it’s battered and fried, do you really think you’ll know the difference?

What’s in my salami sandwich?

Salami, the mystery meat: Is it cow? Is it pig? Well, if you’re talking Genoa salami, like you’d get at Subway, then it’s both. Most salami is made from slaughterhouse leftovers that are gathered using “advanced meat recovery,” which sounds like a rehab center for vegans but is actually a mechanical process that strips the last remaining bits of muscle off the bone so nothing is wasted. It’s then processed using lactic acid, the waste product produced by bacteria in the meat. It both gives the salami its tangy flavor and cures it as well, making it an inhos­pitable place for other bacteria to grow. Add in a bunch of salt and spices—for a total of 15 ingredients in all—and you’ve got salami. But now that you know what’s in there, you might need to check yourself into an advanced meat recovery center.

What’s in a Chicken McNugget?

You’d think that a breaded lump of chicken would be pretty simple. Mostly, it would contain bread and chicken. But the McNugget and its peers at other fast-food restaurants are much more complicated creatures than that. The “meat” in the McNugget alone contains seven ingredients, some of which are made up of yet more ingredients. (Nope, it’s not just chicken. It’s also such nonchicken-related stuff as water, wheat starch, dextrose, safflower oil, and sodium phosphates.) The “meat” also contains something called “autolyzed yeast extract.” Then add another 20 ingredients that make up the breading, and you have the industrial chemical—I mean, fast-food meal—called the McNugget. Still, McDonald’s is practically all-natural compared to Wendy’s Chicken Nuggets, with 30 ingredients, and Burger King Chicken Fries, with a whopping 35 ingredients.

What’s in an energy bar?

One word describes what Americans want from their diet these days: Convenience. So stock the supermarket with compact “energy-on-the-go” food touted to fight fatigue, fuel muscle growth, or help you lose weight and it’s guaranteed to fly off the shelves. That’s why sales of energy bars have seen incredible growth over the last decade, with more than $700 million in sales, according to research in Dietitian’s Edge.
Cut through the hype and flashy packaging, and you’re often left with a hefty (and expensive) dose of sugar, oil, and a mass of added vitamins and minerals. With little research to back up the bars claims, many are nothing more than protein-containing candy in disguise. And here’s the worst part: They may not have as much protein as you think. You won’t find pig’s feet or cattle hide listed in the fine print, but that’s because they’re hidden behind names like gelatin, hydrolyzed collagen, or hydrolyzed gelatin. Both collagen and gelatin lack an essential amino acid required to make them a complete protein. That means the quality of the protein is inferior to products that lack gelatin or collagen.

What’s in fruit juice?

You may be a savvy enough grocery shopper to be able to spot the juice impostors (we’re looking at you, sugar-jacked cranberry cocktail). But when you smugly pull a Tropicana Pure 100% Juice Pomegranate Blueberry off the shelf, do you know what kind of juice you’re actually buying?
Drinks may be labeled 100 percent pure juice, but that doesn’t mean they’re made exclusively with the advertised juice. With respect to the Tropicana in question, pomegranate and blueberry get top billing, even though the ingredient list reveals that pear, apple, and grape juices are among the first four ingredients. These juices are used because they’re cheap to produce and because they’re super sweet—likely to keep you coming back for more. Labels loaded with of-the-moment superfoods like açai and pomegranate are especially susceptible to this type of trickery. Beware.
To avoid the huge sugar surge, pick single-fruit juices. POM, Lakewood Organic, and R.W. Knudsen all make some reliably pure products.

What’s in pre-made guacamole?

Not all pre-made guacamole dips are truly made with avocados. In fact, Dean’s “Guacamole” dip is comprised of less than 2 percent! The rest of the green goo is a cluster of fillers and chemicals, including modified food starch, soybean oils, locust bean gum, and food coloring. Dean’s isn’t alone in this guacamole caper; most guacs with the word “dip” attached to them suffer from a lack of avocado. This was brought to light when a California woman filed a lawsuit against Dean’s after she noticed “it just didn’t taste avocado-y.” Similarly, a British judge ruled that Pringles are not technically chips, being that they have only 42 percent potato in them.
If you want the heart-healthy fat, you’ll need avocado. Wholly Guacamole makes a great guac, or mash up a bowl yourself.

What’s in an energy drink?

Most energy drinks laud their herbal supplements, but the science behind the add-ins is somewhat fuzzy. Ginseng, for example, won’t give you an energy blast, although it might boost your brainpower. For instance, Australian researchers found that people who swallowed 200 mg of the extract an hour before taking a cognitive test scored significantly better than when they skipped the supplement. And guarana’s benefit may simply be due to its caffeine content-a guarana seed contains 4 to 5 percent caffeine (about twice as much as a coffee bean). And taurine? What is taurine, anyway?
Every can of Red Bull boasts the exotic-sounding ingredient. So do AMP Energy and Sobe Adrenaline Rush, among a slew of high-octane others. But can it really spike your performance, hone your concentration, and keep you up for hours? In a word: No. See, taurine is an amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter. And researchers at Weill Cornell Medical found that it might actually work more as a sedative than a stimulant. Meaning: It doesn’t give you wings—it clips them.

Thanks to Steve for his input on caffeine yesterday.  All comments, corrections and additions are always welcome. – jug

The following information is from an article in Men’s Health Mag:

8:00 a.m.: A Box of Cap’n Crunch

A big appetite in the morning is your body’s way of coming out of starvation mode after hours of not eating. Going without food triggers your brain to release a substance called neuropeptide Y that helps to increase your appetite, says Janine Whiteson, M.Sc., a New York City nutritionist and author of Get a Real Food Life. The longer you’ve gone without food, the greater your hunger when you wake up.

Give in or Fight It?
Give in—just don’t go overboard. “It’s fine to eat a doughnut or a bowl of sweetened cereal in the morning, as long as you also eat some high-protein food with it,” says Laura A. Lees, Psy.D., a Wisconsin-based eating-disorders specialist. Studies show that protein keeps your appetite in check longer than carbohydrates or fat can. So go ahead and eat a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, but combine it with a couple of slices of Canadian bacon or a small block of cheese.

(The Fat Farm says – that may be true but you’d be better off finding a cereal that is high in protein and low in sugar in the first place- jug)

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8:45 a.m.: A Jelly Doughnut

You probably didn’t eat enough at breakfast. “It’s normal for cravings to pop up every 2 to 3 hours,” says Heidi Skolnik, M.S., a sports nutritionist for the New York Giants and a contributing editor to Men’s Health. That’s roughly how long it takes for your body to break down the sugars in the food you eat, release them into your bloodstream, and convert them into energy, she explains.

Give in or Fight It?
Fight it. Instead of sugar, you need something that’s high in fiber—it’ll fill you up now but won’t interfere with snack time later. “Mid-morning snacks are great, but this isn’t midmorning, and you don’t want to break out your big snack too early,” says Skolnik. Instead of the doughnut, reach for dried fruit, a handful of nuts, or an energy bar. “Eat enough to satisfy your craving, but not enough to keep you from being hungry an hour or two later,” she says.

(The Fat Farm says Drink a glass of water, it will help fill you up and give you some of the H2O you need – Jug)

Noon: Macaroni and Cheese

You’re stressed out about your boss, your dog dying, your boss’s dog dying, something—and that craving is your body’s attempt to make you feel better. “Carbs trigger the production of a feel-good hormone called serotonin, which helps to boost your mood and temporarily relieve your stress,” says John Foreyt, Ph.D., director of behavioral-medicine research at Baylor University.

Give in or Fight It?
Give in—occasionally. “Using food for temporary relief from a problem is fine, as long as you don’t do it all the time,” says Lees. A better alternative: Trick your mind into thinking about something else. “Use your lunch break to go running or lift weights,” says Skolnik. “Or try to outthink your craving. When the urge to eat strikes, rate your hunger on a scale of one to 10. “Unless you’re at a level of seven or eight, don’t allow yourself to eat.”

Still Hungry?
Go ahead and eat, but opt for a very small portion and eat it along with a high-protein food like steak, chicken, or tuna salad. “The last thing you want for lunch when you’re working is something like macaroni and cheese,” says Deborah Gleason, Ph.D., a psychotherapist in Rochester Hills, Michigan. A few carbs may boost your mood, but too many can overload your brain, leaving you sluggish and tired, she says.

(The Fat Farm recommends that you eat something crunchy like celery or radishes.  Those will satisfy your oral needs and sprinkle a little hot pepper salt or sauce on the greens to add capsaicin.  The chemical that makes the hot, hot, will increase your metabolism for up to 3 hours.- Jug)

Fat Farmers,
I just wanted to add something to the Blog that might be of help. The
information about Caffeine might be a little misleading, so if you don’t
mind I will occasionally submit information from some of my most trusted
medical information sites. I will try to provide balanced information,
because as we all know, knowledge is constantly changing and I hope I can
provide some additional information from alternative sources when I can.
I also want to thank Jerry for getting this started again. If nothing else,
it help us all understand the importance of paying attention to what we eat.

Caffeine: Can it help me lose weight? Does caffeine increase weight loss?
from Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D.
A few studies indicate that drinking coffee or tea with caffeine may
slightly boost weight loss or prevent weight gain. But there’s no evidence
that increased caffeine consumption results in significant or permanent
weight loss. And some of the studies looking at caffeine and weight were
poor quality or done on animals, making the results questionable or hard to
generalize to humans. In addition, some studies found that decaffeinated
coffee may contribute to modest changes in weight, suggesting that
substances or factors besides caffeine may play a role in weight loss.
Although the research about caffeine and weight isn’t definitive,
researchers have several theories about how caffeine affects weight:
?Appetite suppression. Caffeine may reduce your desire to eat for a brief
time, but there’s not enough evidence to show that long-term consumption
aids weight loss.
?Calorie burning. Caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis – one way your body
generates heat and energy from digesting food. But this probably isn’t
enough to produce significant weight loss.
?Water loss. Caffeine acts as a diuretic, which means it increases the
amount of urine you excrete. This water loss may temporarily decrease your
body weight.
While you may be tempted to try caffeine to aid weight loss, keep in mind
that caffeine’s a stimulant and too much can cause nervousness, insomnia and
other problems. Also, some caffeinated beverages, such as specialty coffees,
are high in calories and fat. So instead of losing weight, you might
actually gain weight.Steve Wooden DNP-CRNA