Saturday, November 13, 2010

Healthy food for heart patient

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.Not only in US around the world.Dietary advice for reducing heart disease risk includes eating a balanced diet.Here are some of the dietary food can taken by heart patient,
Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids that protect your heart by reducing both inflammation and the risk of blood clots. These fats also work to keep your cholesterol levels healthy. Eat salmon or other oily ocean fish like tuna, sardines or herring at least two times per week. For a heart-healthy meal, try grilled salmon steaks with a green vegetable and a side salad with a sprinkling of lemon juice instead of high-calorie salad dressing. 


Olive oil reduces your risk of heart disease by lowering your LDL cholesterol levels. Choose olive oil for cooking,


Oats contain a soluble fiber called beta glucan that helps reduce total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol. Soluble fiber also helps keep your digestive system healthy.

Apples contain a phytochemical called quercetin which acts as an antiinflammatory and will help prevent blood clots as well.

Almonds and other nuts contain healthy oils, vitamin E and other substances that will help keep cholesterol levels in check.
Whole grains provide vitamins and fiber that will help to keep your heart healthy. Make a deliciously healthy sandwich with two slices of 100-percent whole-grain bread, three ounces of lean turkey breast, lots of sliced tomatoes and avocado, plus lettuce and a bit of mustard. Switch from white pasta to whole grain pasta too.

Green leafy vegetables contain folate, which helps to keep homocysteine levels down, and vitamin E.
Tomatoes are packed with vitamins and lycopene, which has been shown to reduce heart disease risk. Add thick slices of tomatoes to sandwiches and salads or enjoy tomato sauce on whole wheat pasta. In fact, cooked tomato sauce and canned tomato sauce that you buy in the store both contain more lycopene than raw tomatoes.


Soy protein has been shown to prevent heart attacks and soy makes an excellent protein substitute for red meat, which will reduce your saturated fat intake. Add tofu to your favorite stir fry or pour soy milk on your morning cereal.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

How to Make Clear Chicken Soup

Chicken Broth Clarified

  • 1
    Remove the innards from a full chicken and submerge it in water or prepared chicken broth. The chicken flavor will be stronger from a broth-based recipe, but some prepared broths contain large amounts of sodium or monosodium glutamate.

  • 2
    Add onion, carrots, celery and parsley.

  • 3
    Cover pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for one hour.

  • 4
    Remove chicken and vegetables and skim off fat.

  • 5
    Strain broth through sieve.

  • 6
    Combine 1/4 cup cold water with egg white and broken shell. Add to strained broth and bring to a boil.

  • 7
    Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

  • 8
    Strain broth through cheesecloth-lined sieve and discard egg and shell pieces.

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe with Avocado

     This chicken tortilla soup recipe is a great way to use up old tortilla shells, but don't let that be the only reason you make it! This soup has the wonderful authentic taste of Mexican cooking, but without all the fat that you get in Mexican fast food. What a great way to satisfy that craving for Mexican!


    2 cups fresh cilantro leaves, well washed (leaves only)
    2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1 medium onion, chopped
    1 or 2 Poblano, Anaheim or Jalapeño peppers, chopped
    8 cups chicken stock/broth
    1 (14.5 ounce) can tomatoes
    Ground cumin to taste
    Salt and pepper to taste
    Corn tortillas, preferably stale, cut into thin strips
    Vegetable oil for frying
    Splash of olive oil
    2 cups cooked chicken
    6 oz. Monterey Jack cheese
    2 avocados, peeled, pitted and sliced

    Tortilla Preparation

    This chicken tortilla soup recipe works best when the tortilla shells are somewhat free of moisture. If your tortillas are not a bit stale, then you should bake them at about 200 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes or so to dry them out.

    Heat an inch or so of oil in a pot to about 350 degrees, and fry the tortilla strips until they are golden crisp. Season with a little sprinkle of salt when you remove them from the oil.


    1. Heat olive oil in soup pot on medium low.

    2. Add onions, garlic, peppers and salt, saute until onions are soft.

    3. Add cumin, pepper, and chicken. Cook for a few minutes more.

    4. Add tomatoes (including liquid) and chicken stock. Bring soup to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.

    5. Serve soup garnished with avocado slices, grated cheese, cilantro leaves and fried tortilla strips.


    There are so many ways to add even more flavors and garnishes to this soup, because of the richness of the culture from which it comes. You can also add a southwestern flare with some ingredients from that area, such as lime juice, or grilled corn kernels. Sour cream is another nice option, either with or without the cheese.

    The Food Guide Pyramid is one way for people to understand how to eat healthy. A rainbow of colored, vertical stripes represents the five food groups plus fats and oils. Here's what the colors stand for:

    Food Guide Pyramid Button Image
    • orange — grains
    • green — vegetables
    • red — fruits
    • yellow — fats and oils
    • blue — milk and dairy products
    • purple — meat, beans, fish, and nuts
    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed the Pyramid in 2005 because they wanted to do a better job of telling Americans how to be healthy. The agency later released a special version for kids. Notice the hiker climbing up the side? That's a way of showing kids how important it is to exercise and be active every day. In other words, play a lot! The steps are also a way of saying that you can make changes little by little to be healthier. One step at a time, get it?

    The Pyramid Speaks

    Let's look at some of the other messages this symbol is trying to send:

    Eat a variety of foods. 
    A balanced diet is one that includes all the food groups. In other words, have foods from every color, every day.

    Eat less of some foods, and more of others. 
    You can see that the bands for meat and protein (purple) and oils (yellow) are skinnier than the others. That's because you need less of those kinds of foods than you do of fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy foods.
    You also can see the bands start out wider and get thinner as they approach the top. That's designed to show you that not all foods are created equal, even within a healthy food group like fruit. For instance, apple pie would be in that thin part of the fruit band because it has a lot of added sugar and fat. A whole apple — crunch! — would be down in the wide part because you can eat more of those within a healthy diet.

    Make it personal. 
    Through the USDA's MyPyramid website, people can get personalized recommendations about the mix of foods they need to eat and how much they should be eating. There is a kids' version of the website available too.

    How Much Do I Need to Eat?

    Everyone wants to know how much they should eat to stay healthy. It's a tricky question, though. It depends on your age, whether you're a girl or a boy, and how active you are. Kids who are more active burn more calories, so they need more calories. But we can give you some estimates for how much you need of each food group.


    Grains are measured out in ounce equivalents. What the heck are they? Ounce equivalents are just another way of showing a serving size.
    Here are ounce equivalents for common grain foods. An ounce equivalent equals:
    • 1 slice of bread
    • ½ cup of cooked cereal, like oatmeal
    • ½ cup of rice or pasta
    • 1 cup of cold cereal
    * 4- to 8-year-olds need 4-5 ounce equivalents each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-old girls need 5 ounce equivalents each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-old boys need 6 ounce equivalents each day.
    And one last thing about grains: Try make at least half of your grain servings whole grains, such as 100% whole-wheat bread, brown rice, and oatmeal.


    Of course, you need your vegetables, especially those dark green and orange ones. But how much is enough? Vegetable servings are measured in cups.
    * 4- to 8-year-olds need 1½ cups of veggies each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-old girls need 2 cups of veggies each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-old boys need 2½ cups of veggies each day.


    Sweet, juicy fruit is definitely part of a healthy diet. Here's how much you need:
    * 4- to 8-year-olds need 1-1½ cups of fruit each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-olds need 1½ cups of fruit each day.

    Milk and Other Calcium-Rich Foods

    Calcium builds strong bones to last a lifetime, so you need these foods in your diet.
    * 4- to 8-year-olds need 2 cups of milk (or another calcium-rich food) each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-olds need 3 cups of milk (or another calcium-rich food) each day.
    If you want something other than milk, you can substitute yogurt, cheese, or calcium-fortified orange juice — just to name a few.

    Meats, Beans, Fish, and Nuts

    These foods contain iron and lots of other important nutrients. Like grains, these foods are measured in ounce equivalents.
    An ounce equivalent of this group would be:
    • 1 ounce of meat, poultry, or fish
    • ¼ cup cooked dry beans
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
    • ½ ounce (about a small handful) of nuts or seeds
    * 4- to 8-year-olds need 3-4 ounce equivalents each day.
    * 9- to 13-year-olds need 5 ounce equivalents each day.
    Whoa! That's a lot to swallow. The good news is that your mom, dad, and the other grownups in your life will help you eat what you need to stay healthy. There's more good news — you don't have to become a perfect eater overnight. Just remember those stairs climbing up the side of the Pyramid and take it one step at a time.
    Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
    Date reviewed: January 2009

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    We cannot vouch or answer for other independent organisations, and their methods.

    Tuesday, November 9, 2010



    McDonald’s is one of the leading restaurant chains in the world, touching the lives of people everyday.
    The long journey of the burger brand started in 1940, when two brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald opened the first McDonald’s restaurant in San Bernardino, California.
    Initially, they owned a hotdog stand, but after establishing the restaurant they served around 25 items, which were mostly barbequed
    In 1948, the brothers closed and reopened the restaurant to sell only hamburgers, milkshakes and French fries

    The second Mc Donald’s restaurant was opened in Fresno, California. It was the first to introduce the Golden Arch design
    Later that year, the Hamburger University was opened, which gave away McDonald's restaurant Bachelor of Hamburgology degrees to students.
    In 1996, the first Indian restaurant was opened. 
    In 2003, the company launched the ‘I’m lovin’ it’ campaign.
    Considering the huge success and brand McDonald’s has become, the food chain is spread across the world in almost all the major cities of the globe.

    These are few recepies of mcdonalds
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