Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Banana Diet – 1 of the Easiest Ways to Lose Weight If You Do it Right

The banana diet is 1 of the best and easiest ways to help boost your weight loss efforts. It appears there are many versions of this diet… and I also have a version of this diet. A lot of the other versions of this diet just seem plain silly and not very practical.

Here’s an easy to use version that will give you slow, steady weight loss. This is not an extreme diet like you may think.

You may think that the banana diet consists of eating just bananas all day. Wrong! Obviously that isn’t very practical or smart. There is just 1 main rule to this diet and another general rule…

Rule #1: Eat 1-2 bananas before each meal… minimum of 3 times a day.

Very simple, huh? Not much to think about. If you eat, you’re going to eat 1-2 bananas before your meal. Practical, easy, healthy, and not much to remember.

Before breakfast, eat 2 bananas. Before lunch, eat 2 bananas. Before dinner, eat 1 banana. So you eat 5 total bananas a day.

Rule #2: Eat whatever you want for meals.

This rule is simple… eat whatever you want, just as long as you eat 2 bananas before breakfast, 2 bananas before lunch, and 1 banana before dinner. Obviously eating healthier than normal would help your weight loss efforts even more, but it’s not 100% necessary.

Bonus Rule: You can replace 1 banana with an apple before breakfast and lunch.

As mentioned, you can replace a banana with an apple before breakfast and lunch. This is to help relieve possible boredom. Nothing more.

I honestly don’t know how much weight you will lose on this or any other diets that use bananas, however you should notice a steady weight loss. It won’t be extremely fast, so if that’s what you’re looking for… forget the banana diet.

Source by Jennifer Jolan

Tave Kosi Recipe – How To Make A Perfect Albanian Dish

Because of its history and location in the Balkans, Albanian cuisine, like those of its neighbors’, feature a strong Turkish influence. Due to previous occupation within Albanian territory, Greek and Italian influences can be seen as well. In Albania, lunch is the biggest meal of the day, and it offers a chance for friends and family members to catch up while enjoying a nice meal. Typical Albanian food tends to be rich and filling.

Vegetarians will love the fact that Albanian cuisine features a wide variety of vegetables and salads. Depending on the season, you can easily find tomatoes, salad leaves, carrots, cucumbers, green beans, garlic and onion. Oranges, lemons and figs are the main features when it comes to fruits: although you will see tangerines, peaches, prunes, apricots and cantaloupes as well. As you make your way through Albanian cuisine, you’ll find that it features generous portions of garlic and onions, with a tart touch from either lemon juice or lemon grating, finished off with a hand of green herbs like dill and parsley, or cinnamon and cloves.

When it comes to meat, lamb and mutton are crowd-pleasers, with chicken coming in third place. The liver, especially, is considered a delicacy. When it comes to a staple food, you’ll find that Albanians all enjoy eating a type of corn bread that’s flat and pancake-shaped, and can be broken into piece, and enjoyed with kos, an Albanian yoghurt made from goat or ewe’s milk, or cheese.

Tavë Kosi

Tavë Kosi can be considered one of Albania’s most famous dishes. It is basically baked lamb and rice served in a delicious yoghurt sauce. Technically a very simple dish to make, but TavëKosi is very filling and flavorful, and is a favourite comfort food for Albanians.

The Ingredients:

600-700 g lamb leg or shoulder

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons rice

Salt and Pepper (according to your tastes)

For the Yoghurt Sauce:

1 tablespoon plain flour

4 tablespoons butter

900 g yoghurt

5 eggs

Salt and Pepper (according to your tastes)

The Instructions:

Cut the lamb into 4-6 serving pieces, and season each piece with salt and pepper. Dot the pieces with the butter. Set the oven at 350 degrees. Place the pieces into a baking pan and put it into the oven. Bake for 45 minutes, checking in every now and again to basting the lamb pieces with their own gravy.

After the lamb has turned brown, remove the baking pan from the oven. Add the 2 tablespoons of rice into the baking pan, making sure it is covered by the gravy. Leave aside for now.

It’s now time to prepare the yoghurt sauce.

Sauté the flour in butter until both of them are mixed thoroughly.

Place the yoghurt into a bowl. Add in salt and pepper according to taste. Try not to do overdo the salt and pepper here because the lamb pieces have already been seasoned. Stir in the eggs until the mixture is uniform.

Stir this yoghurt mixture into the flour and butter mixture in the sauté pan. Stir until everything is smooth.

Pour the combined sauce into the baking pan, stirring it with lamb pieces, and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

This dish is best served hot!

Note: When the mixture cooks, the eggs in it will cause it to solidify, taking on the appearance of quiche. This is perfectly normal.

Source by Yvonne C.

Jamaican Foods – Breakfast


This is a dark green leaf plant grows to heights of 2 feet. The leaves are large and thick. Jamaicans use this plant to cook breakfast. Prepare the callaloo by stripping the skin from the stems. Then put to wash with a tablespoon of salt into water.

After that, shred the callaloo and seasoned with onion, scotch bonnet pepper, pimento seeds and some salt. Put the Callaloo to steam in a stew pot with 1/2 cup of water and some oil. In 8 to 12 minutes, you will have Jamaica’s callaloo for breakfast.

This dark green vegetable breakfast is delicious with boiled green bananas. They are both rich with iron.

Bok Choy and Chicken

Another name for bok Choy is pop chow, in Jamaica. This is also a dark green leaf plant. It grows no more than a foot. Another name for bok choy is Chinese cabbage. After cooked, it is accompaniment with boiled yellow yam or dumplings. Bok Choy is nice with boiled green bananas as well.

When I cooked bok choy with chicken, I used nothing but natural herbs and vegetables. Most Jamaicans prepares this meal on Sundays, in the morning before they go to church. Bok Choy and Chicken is a healthy choice for ordinary Jamaicans.

Cow’s Liver (Brown Stewed)

For most people Liver is not a food. However, Cow’s liver has 338 percent of the daily value of vitamin A and 988 percent of vitamin b12. Jamaicans cooks liver by brown stewing it. First, prepare and season the liver with scotch bonnet pepper, natural herbs, and vegetables. Put it to stew for 30 minutes. You have to experience this true Jamaican exotic cuisine for yourself. The taste is unique.

Cow’s Kidney (Brown Stewed)

The method to cook kidney is the same as cooking liver. However, the taste of kidney is unique. It is difficult to describe the taste. Indeed brown stewed kidney is an exotic cuisine. That the Caribbean people love to eats.

Curry Chicken

This cuisine is accompaniment with boiled yam, potatoes, pumpkin, dumplings, and ripe plantain for breakfasts. Curry Chicken is cook at lunchtime and dinnertime; however served with white rice. This cuisine is flavorful with white rice.

Curry is a mixture of several spices. Turmeric is the main spice. People who eat turmeric regular have lower rates of some cancers. The compound that makes “curry” yellow is good for fighting skin cancer. Curry may help protect the aging brain.

In curry, there are pigments, which are anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities. Curry Chicken is nice with white rice. People bought this meal at dance halls and party functions as well.

Fricassee Chicken

Jamaicans also called this cuisine brown stewed chicken. Fricassee Chicken carries a taste you will never get bored. I always feel satisfied when I eat this meal. I can eat fricassee chicken every day. For most Jamaicans, this is also a choice for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Turkey Neck (Brown Stewed)

If you are low with money, this food is best for cooking. This meal is affordable. The turkey neck is brown stewed in the same way as fricassee chicken, except for a few details.

Cut the meat into small pieces. Then unlike the chicken, you need to pressure cook the turkey neck for 5 minutes; then stew it down with herbs and vegetables for 20 minutes.

Alternatively, the turkey neck is cook in a stew pot for one hour. Finally as a chef, I realized turkey cooked with plenty scotch bonnet pepper is best. It really enhances the taste. Any pepper is good.

Banana Fritters

When I was a little boy, my mother cooked banana fritters regularly. You could eat banana fritters alone. Although usually served with fried eggs, bacon or sausage.

Jamaica’s Banana fritters are a favorite with the children. It has over ripened mashed bananas, flour, baking powder, sugar, and water. With the right proportion, it will form liquid dough. From that, you would fry little dumplings. It is no bigger than your palm, half the size of a McDonald’s hash browns.

Cornmeal Porridge

A warm bowl of Cornmeal porridge will boost your energy in the morning. This porridge is a favorite for most Jamaicans for breakfast. When I prepare cornmeal porridge, I used coconut, instead of cow’s milk. Do you know what grits is? Well! If so, this porridge is the same. The only difference is that the cornmeal porridge has a smooth texture. Moreover, it tastes like corn flakes.

Some of the other porridge we like is peanut porridge and hominy corn porridge.

Ackee and Codfish with Roast Breadfruit

The ackee is a yellow fruit with a black hard seed on the top. It is big as your thumb and usually they come three fingers to a pod. The fruit is unique that no one can eat it before its harvest. To show the ackee, the pod will burst open with the sun light, and then it is fit to eat. This is so important! When the ackee fruit is available in the market, before people buy it, they can see the ackee pod is open.

The breadfruit is a large round green fruit. It is large as a basketball or little as a large grapefruit. The fruit is ready to roast when it is fit, or when the breadfruit is ripening. The fruit grow on a tree as big as oak tree. Jamaicans roasts the breadfruit over a wooden fire. It can roast on the stove top as well.

Together with ackee and codfish, the roast breadfruit is Jamaica’s national dish. This dish is flavorful and delicious.

The ackee fruit is dangerous, wild, exotic, and beautiful. While the breadfruit is hard and handsome; yet sweet, tender and smooth. Just like the people of this beautiful island Jamaica.

Source by MiQuel Marvin Samuels

Traditional Mexican and Tex-Mex Barbacoa – It’s Not Barbecue But It’s Close, With a Few Twists

Barbacoa is extremely popular in many parts of Mexico and the United States. States close to the border know barbacoa as a delicious meat item, available only on the weekends as a special Sunday breakfast meal. Others eat barbacoa with regularity, enjoying it any time or any day.

So What exactly is barbacoa? It is not “barbecue” in Spanish, as many believe. In central Mexico, it means goat or lamb meat wrapped in large leaves and roasted on hot coals. In Texas, Mexican ranch hands used cattle heads for this roasting method. Basically, they wrapped the heads in the leaves (later it was foil), and buried them in the ground with hot coals. Restaurants had even adopted similar methods of cooking these heads (cabezas).

As the years went by, restaurants had to quit burying the heads because of health codes. Now, they roast and steam the heads in ovens, which has actually been beneficial to the restaurants. A much larger group of fans has taken a liking to this kind of cooking method.

To cook authentic barbacoa at home, it will take a very good relationship with your butcher or slaughter house manager. But fortunately for you, the head of a cow is often thrown away in many parts of the United States. Your relationship with your butcher will prevent this, and allow you to purchase the heads at very low prices, or even free in some cases.

So once you have secured a good source of cattle heads, how will you cook this at home? One of the very best methods of cooking a cow’s head for barbacoa is to steam, or roast it in a large, electric turkey roaster. It works perfectly, and will produce some of the finest barbacoa since the “burying in dirt” age.

Follow these techniques for perfect barbacoa results. This will make about 2 pounds of meat, or enough to feed 6 to 8 hungry breakfast diners. Now do not become hesitant about using these techniques. You will be doing this because of your love of interesting foods, and barbacoa is just one of them.


One 20 to 25 pound cow’s head, skinned and cleaned

1 cup dry rub (recipe below)

2 Onions, cut in half

18″ heavy-duty aluminum foil

Rinse the head well out with a hose. Cut out the tongue (if still there), and reserve for another interesting meal. Sprinkle the dry rub all over the head and place it, forehead down, in an 18-quart roaster. If it does not fit well, angle it to make it fit.

Add 8 cups of water and the onions, then cover. If the roaster lid does not fit, place two sheets of wide foil over the top of the roaster and seal it.

Turn the roaster oven to 350 degrees F., and heat for about one hour, until the water is boiling rapidly. Reduce the heat to 250 degrees and allow the head to steam for about 12 hours, or overnight. The cheek meat should easily pull off the bone when it is done. At this time, pull off all of the meat and discard the jaw bones. You will then find another large piece of meat inside. Remove that meat and any other that is still attached to the bones.

Cut away any excess fat, cartilage, or blackened meat, but do not over-clean the meat. It is the tiny bits of fat that gives barbacoa a unique texture.

Chop the meat and put it in a bowl. Wet it down with a little of the cooking liquid to keep it moist. Serve immediately as a filling for hot flour or corn tortillas. Garnish with your choice of the items below, or add your own.

Dry Rub Recipe:

3 tablespoons salt

1/4 cup chili powder

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion

Mix all ingredients together.


Lime quarters

Chopped onion

fresh cilantro, chopped

Your favorite salsa

Source by Billy Bristol

The Best Chili Recipe For Fat Loss and Muscle Building

Drop Pounds Without Dropping Your Favorite Foods

Whenever I go on a fat loss diet plan to drop a few extra pounds I never give up my favorite foods. A good Lifestyle Fitness Solution will help you incorporate the foods you love into your daily eating plan. In some instances they just may need a little bit of tweaking to readjust the macronutrient ratio. Macronutrients are Fats, Proteins, and Carbohydrates and in order to create an effective fat burning meal it’s good to have a balance of each. I eat in an iso-caloric fashion. I get 33% of my calories from carbohydrates, 33% from protein, and 33% from fat. This is very close to the Zone which is a 40/30/30 ratio but I cut the carb ratio slightly and bring balance to the force.

Do You Love Love Chili?

This brings me to chili. I love chili so much I can eat it several days a week. I’ll consistently drop 2 pounds of fat off my body every week and I’ll do it by eating chili for lunch almost everyday. Now I don’t suggest chili for lunch everyday as I like to promote a lot of variety but since this only takes 5 minutes to prepare I do make this every week.

My Chili Recipe

This specific recipe is incredibly high in fiber, and I have replaced some of the fat you would find with traditional chili with milled flax seed giving you a high dose of Omega-3’s. The idea is to keep the fat in there but lower the fat content using lean ground turkey and adding some back fat calories back with milled flax seeds. The high fiber and balance of fat, proteins, and carbohydrates creates a meal with very slow digestion. This is critical to keeping a steady flow of fuel going into your bloodstream allowing you steady blood sugar levels keeping you in a good mood and your stomach full (not always an easy thing to do while losing weight!)

Let’s get to the recipe – This only takes 5 minutes to prepare!

1.25 pounds lean ground turkey 6 tbs milled flax 1 jar reduced sugar Ragu spaghetti sauce 1 can pinto beans (low sodium – or get dry organic beans and soak them) 1 can black beans (low sodium – or get dry organic beans and soak them) 1 packet of chili seasoning 1 chopped jalepeno or green pepper (optional) Fresh chopped cilantro – optional garnish

Brown the ground beef in a deep saucepan. Drain the extra fat and return to pan. Add the sauce, seasoning, beans, and flax. Now simmer on low heat for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

This recipe makes 6 servings.

The calorie makeup per serving is as follows:

Calories 343

Fat 9.5g

Carbs 39g

Fiber 13g

Protein 30g

That’s it, that’s all it takes to make a simple dieters chili. It’s possible to make almost any recipe so that it fits along with your fat loss plans. In most cases it’s just a matter of tweaking those macronutrients either up or down. In some cases you may have to figure out how to drop the amount of carbohydrates and increase the amount of protein. In this recipe we actually had to add fat so we added the milled flax seed for a healthy dose of omega 3’s. Pick out your favorite foods and start experimenting with creating your own fat loss recipes.

Source by Rick Porter

Grandparents Day Party Menu Ideas to Celebrate Your Grandparents

Grandparents Day was founded to bring families close together to celebrate their Grandparents. In their younger years of school, children will often celebrate the day with their classmates by allowing their grandparents to visit their school during the day. This way the children can share their activities, and allow their grandparents to meet their friends. Here are a few ideas for preparing food for the day:

As for food on this special day, some suggestions include cookies, crackers and cheese, perhaps hot savories, and fruit platters – finger-food is generally the rule of the day, as it’s easy to prepare and gives everyone a bit more time to spend enjoying the day. Fruit punch (made from ginger ale, orange juice and tinned fruit pieces) is a quick and easy way to quench everyone’s thirst. There are many other food items you can include, according to the tastes of the children and their guests.

On occasions like this, children are usually encouraged to bring along a plate of something to share with everyone. If you prepare this with your child, it can be a unique way of doing something special for their grandparents. Baking cookies or muffins is something that most children LOVE to do. Why not let your child help you make their grandparents’ favorite cookies?

Grandparents Day is important to celebrating the people who had a hand in helping you and your children grow up. There are many different food ideas you can use, most of which you can prepare with the help of your child. Whatever you end up doing, it’s bound to be a really enjoyable day for your parents and your child.

Source by Gail Leino

7-Day Meal Plan For Professional Soccer Players

We all know that playing professional soccer requires a big commitment for both physical training and mentally. However, the same is to be said for a food commitment and eating well. How you eat will depend on your performance both on and off of the soccer field; plus before and after the match.

Below are some specialized soccer meals for a week. For professional soccer players.


  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, breakfast cereals and a banana.
  • Lunch: Spaghetti, Beef filet with potato and tomato, and fruit salad.
  • Snack: Sandwich with ham and an orange juice.
  • Dinner: Vegetable soup, omelet, rice, and apple pie.


  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, Toasted bread with olive oil and tomato, and an orange juice.
  • Lunch: Lentils Beans, bread crumb chicken fillet with mushrooms, and a yogurt with sugar.
  • Snack: Peanut butter sandwich and a fruit juice.
  • Dinner: Mixed salad, Salmon in sauce with fried potatoes, and strawberries with cream and sugar.


  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, toast with butter and ham, and a fruit juice.
  • Lunch: Rice with vegetables, pork loin steak undressed breaded with lettuce and a yogurt with sugar.
  • Afternoon Snack: Cheese sub or sandwich and an orange juice.
  • Dinner: Mixed vegetables with peas with ham, grilled hen with lettuce and corn, and a yogurt.


  • Breakfast: a glass of chocolate milk powder, biscuits with butter and jam, and an orange juice.
  • Lunch: Cooked beans, Fried fish with lettuce and tomato, and Pineapple with honey
  • Snack: Ham sandwich.
  • Dinner: Mashed vegetables and grilled garlic & shrimp and plain yogurt with sugar.


  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, Toasted bread with olive oil and tomato, and fruit salad.
  • Lunch: salad from the garden, rice with squid in its ink, and a custard.
  • Snack: Cottage cheese with honey and a banana.
  • Dinner: Noodle soup, sea bass baked with roast potatoes and two kiwis.


  • Breakfast: 1 yogurt cereal, homemade biscuit, and a fresh orange juice.
  • Lunch: Pasta a la carbonara, veal steak with fresh tomato and corn, and two tangerines.
  • Snack: Sandwich with serrano ham with fresh tomato and a fruit juice.
  • Dinner: vegetable soup, swordfish with mashed potatoes and a yoghurt with sugar.


  • Breakfast: 1 cup powdered chocolate milk, a croissant with jam and a fresh orange juice.
  • Lunch: Fried eggplant, Roasted chicken with mixed salad, and an apple with cheese.
  • Afternoon Snack: Egg Omelet (preferably yoak)
  • Dinner: Cream of spinach soup, Baked chicken with roasted tomato and a natural yogurt with sugar.

Source by Nicole Thomas

What’s Healthier, Broiled, Grilled, Or Fried Food?

Americans love fried foods. While it’s not always good for us, it does happen to be a fact. There is nothing that we don’t love to deep fry, including even ice cream. While the taste is out of this world, it’s not necessarily good for you. So is broiling any better than frying and why? Would it help to grill our foods?

Which cooking method actually adds the least amount of fat to your food and are there any other surprises that we need to know about?

Realistically, common sense says that adding fat to a deep fryer or a frying pan adds fat to something that is already fatty, namely meat, which is the most commonly fried item. The lowest amount of fat that will be added is when the food is broiled, because the flames, or the electric broiler are going to cause the fat to melt away from the food.

In a test done at the University of Pennsylvania, the differences were quite incredible. Three samples were done, one broiled, one lightly sautéed and the third deep friend. The broiled sample of meat, done under a broiler had about one percent added fat, while the sautéed variety was about twice that much, but shockingly it was nearly exactly the same as the deep fried variety.

Where the problem comes in is that we generally put a great deal of the deep fried meats and other things into batter. The meat doesn’t honestly absorb that much fat on its own, but the breading and other factors take in a vast amount of it.

Now using a lean fat, we see that frying may not be as heinous as you actually thought, but… and there is always a but in the equation isn’t there, many of us are not content with just frying, we pay little attention to the kinds of oils that we fry with, often times purchasing the cheapest variety rather than the one that is best for us.

There are good fats and there are bad fats. Butter can be taken in moderation and if you fry your food in it you’re asking for heart disease in your future. Vegetable oils, pure corn oil perhaps are the way to go if you’re going to fry and forget that flour or breading. Fry without it to keep the fat absorption to a minimum.

Clearly, broiling is the best way to cook your food, provided that you do it on the kitchen stove. Some of us however thought that grilling our food outdoors was the answer.. It does lower the fat but t there are some considerations to the grilling factor too.

California scientist James Felton studied the effects of cooking over barbecue coals, the traditional variety and he believes that some barbecued foods may actually cause cancer.

There are two ways that it can happen but the most traditional way, according to Felton is when the fat from the meat drips down onto the hot coals, causing a chemical reaction when the flame flares up to blacken the meat. If you move the hot coals to the one side so that the fat doesn’t drip directly onto the coals it tends to prevent this. Cooking on gas grill may also be some help in this battle.

You might also try cooking at a lower temperature as well as moving the coals if you’re going to grill over your traditional coals and also try using regular wood as opposed to charcoal to barbecue your meat.

If none of that appeals to you, the reality is that broiled foods seem to be the best bet. Firstly, the flame comes from above and the fat drips to a pan below, secondary to that, there is less fat than with frying, and thirdly, the grill just may be doing things to your body that you’re not ready for.

Do we need any better reasons to broil your meat or fish?

Source by Bernard Duke

Juicing Recipes For Better Sex!

Certain foods contain nutrients that enhance male and female libido. This is particularly important in our era of male and female Viagra and other medications for sexual dysfunction. These prescriptions are quick, short-term fixes, but don’t get to the root of the problem, and they come at a cost – not only are they expensive, but they result in a growing list of serious side effects including memory loss, hearing impairment, and vision loss!

So forget the pills and start juicing for a healthy and natural boost to your sex drive and performance! Here’s a review of the foods that contain the highest concentration of sexually stimulating nutrients.

Enhancing Male Libido

Here are the fruits and vegetables that target male libido:

1. watermelon – high in citruline which stimulates nitric oxide production which increases blood flow which enhances male sexual performance.

2. blueberries – very high in antioxidants which clean the blood of free radicals and stimulate the production of nitric oxide.

3. cherries – high in flavonoids which cleanse free radicals from arteries which in turn relaxes them and improves blood flow which is key to male sexual performance.

4. ginger – only 1 teaspoon a couple times a week reaps huge benefits for reducing free radicals in the blood, decreasing inflammation, relaxing arteries and improving blood flow.

5. bananas – the high potassium content relaxes blood vessel walls and increases blood flow. They also counteract the ill effects on the libido of a high sodium diet. Remember not to put bananas in your juicer or you’ll clog it – blend it and then add to your juiced mix.

Any combination of these makes a great sexual stimulant a couple hours before sex. Try a glass daily to raise your testosterone level if you notice unusual fatigue or diminishing sexual performance. Try this recipe:

watermelon – with seeds but without the rind

10 cherries – without pits

thumb of fresh ginger – with the skin

Add 1 or more of these foods to your fresh juice for added benefits:

black tea – increases testosterone and used by Chinese medicine for centuries as a cure for erectile dysfunction.

whole milk – promotes testosterone production.

olive oil – stimulates testosterone production.

flaxseed oil – full of omega-3 which among other things stimulates nitric oxide.

nutmeg – contains a very high amount of myristic which stimulates the production of nitric oxide. A study in BMC Complimentary and Alternative medicine, found that nutmeg is a bona fide aphrodisiac, increasing libido and erectile function.

garlic – increases nitric oxide production – just a little bit will do!

walnuts – highest concentration of L-arginine, an amino acid and building block of nitric oxide. For best results cup a day is suggested.

pistachios – a handful a day increases nitric oxide production due to the high content of arginine.

almonds – a small handful a couple times a week is all you need to enhance nitric oxide production due to the high concentration of vitamin E, according to the British Journal of Urology International.

Enhancing Female Libido

These fruits and veggies stimulate the sexual drive and response for women.

1. celery – contains androsterone, a hormone that stimulates the sex drive for women.

2. carrots – high in vitamin A which stimulates the epithelial tissue throughout the body.

3. dark green veggies – high in zinc which increases libido.

4. pineapple – high in manganese which is central for production of vetrogen, a hormone that is key to female sexual response.

5. avocado – high concentration of folic acid which increases energy, drive, and stamina – note: place avocado (and banana) in a blender, not your juicer, or it will clog the appliance.

6. bananas – the high concentration of potassium and vitamin B boosts energy, and it’s high in bromelain enzymes which boost the sex drive.

Try this classic juice recipe a couple of hours before sex:

8 carrots – only half peeled

2 celery stalks

1 cup pineapple – without skin

Add these foods to your juice for added sexual stimulation:

dark chocolate – studies show that it contains phenylethylamine which stimulates the sex drive. It also improves blood vessel dilation by 10%.

clove – studies show that this is actually one of the very few true female aphrodisiacs, naturally increasing desire and performance.

figs – long used as an aphrodisiac in the middle east, figs contain high concentrations of amino acids that increase female libido and stamina.

eggs – one a day keeps the stress away! High in B vitamins, eggs are a great natural way to reduce stress in men and women which is the #1 cause of low libido.

ginseng – long used in Chinese medicine to increase female libido.

Foods That Decrease Libido In Men And Women

Avoid the following if you want a healthy sex life!

sugar – decreases the male sexual drive by effecting testosterone levels – a sugar spike can reduce testosterone by 25%.

trans fats – destroys cardiovascular health and sexual function in men and women.

canned foods – inside almost every can is a liner of BPA – men exposed to high levels of this have 4 times more reports of erectile dysfunction.

soy – estrogen-like properties in soy decrease male sexual drive by decreasing testosterone.

salt – high levels create male erectile dysfunction that can’t even be treated with ED medication!

alcohol – a glass or two reduces stress and inhibition which in turn stimulates sexual feelings, but more than that actually kills sexual performance in both men and women.

So start juicing today – the nutrients found in freshly juiced fruits and vegetables are not only good for you, they will help you have more fun, too!

Source by Jan Gilbert

Factors to Consider in Meal Planning

Meal planning is a technique that every household should utilize. It is a very comprehensive plan of what to eat and the products or ingredients necessary in cooking. It is an organized system of identifying recipes and for a certain period of time. It requires a skill to identify needs of a person of his entire family and taking into consideration of several factors that would affect planning activity.

Factors would include: health needs, economic factors, religious practices, dietary concerns, environmental factors and time and ability to cook.

Health needs.

It is necessary to include all the food groups to ensure optimum nutrition. It is very important that we include in our meals the essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals that our bodies require.

Economic factors.

We have to consider our budget and the prices of the ingredients. Budget is foremost the principal factor because you cannot cook what you cannot afford.

Religious practices.

Some religion or faith has restrictions on what they are allowed to eat. Muslims cannot eat pork and Jews are obliged to observe Kashrut practices. Hindus do not eat beef because of the view of the that cows are sacred.

Dietary concerns.

Certain diseases such as diabetes and hypertension restricts or limits an individual’s food intake. They are not allowed to eat fatty foods and even sweets. Another consideration would be allergies that would yield unwanted reactions when trigger foods are consumed.

Environmental factors.

This would include the kitchen materials and equipments that would give you the capacity to cook certain food.


If you have ample time to prepare food then you can go ahead and cook extravagant dishes, however when you have limited time you can opt for easy to do recipes than relying on fast food or instant products.

Ability to cook.

The most modifiable factor. They say you cannot cook if you don’t know what you are doing. However you can research videos or follow cook books to help you prepare the dish that you want.

When you have considered all the factors of course you make sure that your cooking in variety while also acknowledging your family’s preference. Play with texture and color as well as temperature. Add fun to the activity by making it a recreational hobby which involves family members.

Source by Ralph A. Miller