Saturday, February 20, 2016
Kenya generally has more than 35 national parks and reserves,but what makes it even better is it happens to be probably the only capital city in the world with a national park in it and obviously fenced.
Before you enter Nairobi national park,they have an animal orphanage,might sort of look like an advanced zoo but it's completely different because the main purpose of it is to save some orphaned animals around the country especially endangered species and some of them end up getting integrated back to the wild either in Nairobi national park or other parks around the country.
Unfortunately there's been a few cases and this obviously happening now,where lions find a way to escape the park,don't know how they did it with an electric fence but obviously the two adult males figured it out.Originally the Kenyan wildlife service reported that a female with cubs and two other lions did escape as well but two of them came back to the park and the female with cubs didn't go too far as she was nursing and was recaptured.What makes this story so interesting in my opinion is this has been probably the longest period in which the two apparently male lions just disappear out of sight from the wildlife authorities yet somehow they end up chilling in the middle of a busy highway like in the photo taken above then shortly after disappearing into thin air and authorities as of now still can't locate them!
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Really straight forward and as you can see I made it two different ways and first picture shows creamy mushrooms over spaghetti and the second one is mushrooms with a touch of soy sauce over spaghetti.
You don't need a lot of ingredients for either coz it's that simple so am not going to list,will just start with how I made it and for the first one you start by boiling however servings of spaghetti,then heat up a pan with a little bit of olive oil and take about 4ounces/per serving of half sliced mushrooms and drop them in the hot pan.Once the mushrooms turn sorta dark brown turn them over and do the same for the other side,it really should only take less than 10minutes to be done.
After the mushrooms are done,dish up your spaghetti and put the mushrooms on top,then take the same pan and add about 4ounces of water then add powdered creamer,then thicken it with either flour or cornstarch and if you want an even richer taste you could add parmesan cheese or use half n half instead,don't forget a touch of garlic,onion powder and salt.When the sauce is done,pour it over your dish then sprinkle some parsley over everything.
Now do I think this tastes really good,oh absolutely but if I wanted to stay on the healthy side,then I probably won't choose this one but go for the second option which pretty much you follow the same process except at the end instead of the creamy sauce,just add a touch of soy sauce on the mushrooms and put it over the spaghetti then sprinkle parsley flakes on it.It's definitely less calories from the first choice and if you wanted to go a step further,you could always use whole grain pasta.
On a personal note I whole heartedly believe if you really want to eat healthy food,you just can't ignore Mushrooms,it has less than 20 calories per serving,you get vitamin D,about 300mg of potassium,zero cholesterol or sodium and depending on the kind of mushroom you get selenium which by the way if you don't get to eat salmon then mushrooms will give you that.Don't forget too that mushrooms also give you tryptophan which apparently is a crucial amino acid that the brain needs to make serotonin which melatonin also needs and am not a scientist so I can't tell you how the process works but what we know is we need melatonin for better sleep and serotonin is important in reducing stress or depression.If you're interested in learning more about that,I will let you do your research but what I know so far is I personally can't ignore mushrooms.
I love writing about wildlife and this might seem unrelated but personally I just don't think you can separate food from the wild and yes its easy nowadays to feel like food has no relationship with the wild due to the fact that almost every food goes through a lot of processing and we just simply walk into a store and buy it.
What we forget is even though there's the business side of it when it comes to food processing,I will bet you a nickel that almost all food still comes from nature and I don't know of much foods that are produced in a laboratory and I probably wouldn't care to eat it if I did.
A lot of foods might still get discovered in some forest somewhere with so many of what our bodies need nutritionally and if you think about it,mushrooms once probably looked like some useless fungus out there and now it turns out to be one of the best foods you can have.
There was once a time when people collected food from nature and appreciated the land or sea that gave it to them.
I hope one day we care enough to protect our wildlife before everything slips away.
The thing I love about this powdered creamer is you can use it to make creamy tasty sauces just by boiling some water and adding it,then thickening it and seasoning with salt,garlic and onion powder or wherever choice of spices or adding any cheese of choice to make either alfredo sauce or any other cheesy sauce.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Learn to Make Healthiest Chef Salad
- Chicken breast
- Lettuce of choice
- Canola or vegetable oil.
- Wheat flour
- Spices of choice/pepper and salt.
- Dressing of choice, whether it's Italian, ranch or other.
Really Easy to Make:Heat a flat pan and pour oil in it and as it heats up, take the chicken breast and slice it in half and you could also pound the chicken a little bit if it's too thick.
Get the sliced chicken breasts and coat them with wheat flour then put them in the oiled pan. Some people choose to use eggs as a binder but personally, I don't think it's necessary unless you coat the chicken breasts with too much flour.
Let the chicken crisp on one side and then flip it and do the same for the other side. The chicken should be done after its crispy brown on both sides and if you're not sure you could use a thermometer to check it and make sure it's over 165°F. For any flat piece of meat always temp sideways.
When that's done, get your lettuce ready and slice a tomato in wedges and put however much you prefer on your plate, then take your crispy chicken and nicely place them on top, and all you have left is to drizzle your dressing of choice on top.
First of all the reason I love this salad and think its probably the most healthy you could go is there's no cheese or boiled eggs added and if you want to even go further, you could make your own salad dressing with a little olive oil mixed with lemon juice, and there you have it.
This last section is just my personal opinion on foods in regards to our health. Am not an expert but I like to learn about food because we live it every day and plays a major role in how long and healthy we live.
Almost every food out there in some version is good for us in moderation but we all know vegetables and fruits are what we can eat in excess and have even better results but that's not easy, vegetables are the least favorite for a majority of people.
On the other hand what we love most is probably the least healthy foods out there like red meat, plenty of carbs from pastries or butter that's so hard to resist. If you asked me, I would put butter in everything I cook if I could but it's very unhealthy especially for our heart health just like the fat in red meats or other fats that solidify in room temperature, they're a nightmare to anyone's arteries as they can solidify and block arteries and possibly lead to a heart attack.
What you could do to live better is substitute those fats with unsaturated fats and my favorite is canola oil but that's only for cooking because there's no easy way to substitute butter especially if you're eating toast or rolls.
Now in this sense what do you do, on the hand we can't live without sausage and eggs or hamburgers and other red meat good stuff we can't resist. My best possible thought for that is just eat it but in moderation.
Its not good for you but isn't entirely just bad,there's still some good in it and again in moderation, you need protein, B vitamins, iron and also not forget that the brain needs fat to be healthy and triglycerides which is fat in blood is important for a strong immune system and that I don't mean having more than the healthy amount.
There's probably not a better diet for the brain and heart than salmon, tuna, sardines or fish rich in omega 3 oils. It's recommended at least 2 servings a week to help prevent blockage in blood vessels and this diet is absolutely crucial to have the needed good cholesterol in the blood.
Would I say that eating more seafood rich in omega 3 oils is better than red meats, oh yeah that's a no-brainer, but you also don't want to eat it in excess either as too much omega 3 oils could cause bleeding problems and even a weaker immune system.
Food and health can be complex to get everything the body needs and avoid an excess of what could be bad but at least the one thing almost everyone agrees is you can never have too many vegetables!!