I’ve had over 52 shares of this post on the Banting diet. Here is a gorgeous Banting recipe I just tried out for lunch today. It’s a quick, delicious way of eating salad the Banting way! Made up of 7 layers, I call it the “Banting Band Salad”. Enjoy!
Hard alcohol contains no sugar or carbs. Even though it’s made from natural sugars, fruits, grains, sugarcane and berries, those sugars are converted to alcohol during the fermentation and distillation process. Stick with straight alcohol, though. Cocktails and mixed drinks will be full of sugary sodas and fruit juices. Hard alcohol does, however, contain calories, so anyone on a weight loss plan needs to be careful when it comes to alcohol intake.
Vodka is generally made from a grain base, such as rye, wheat or potatoes, and typically has an alcohol content from 35 to 50 percent by volume. Make sure to buy only straight vodka; flavored vodkas will often have sugar added.
Rum is free from added sugar or carbs, is typically made from sugarcane or molasses, and comes in a variety of styles: white rum, amber rum, dark rum, spiced rum and aged rum. Typically, the darker the rum, the older it is. Rums can spend years aging in oak casks. Flavored rums can have sugar added, so make sure to stay away from them. The average rum has an alcohol content of 35 percent by volume.
Gin is made from a grain base and flavored with juniper berries, and has a typical alcohol content of 35 percent by volume. It’s also usually made with citrus botanicals such as lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime peel. Straight gin has no sugar or carbs, but the mixers in popular drinks, such as a gin and tonic, do. Also make sure to avoid sloe gin, which has sugar added.
Whiskey is made from a fermented grain mash, usually of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Depending on where it’s made or what it’s made from, whiskey can be found under different names. None have carbs or sugar added. Most whiskey has an alcohol content of about 40 percent by volume.
Reblogged from Healthy Food Mind, I just loved this article on which fruits & veg keep us hydrated the most! We get thirsty very often in these hot summer days because our body is forced to cool down through perspiration. This drains significant amounts of fluid out of the organism. If you didn’t know, the thirst is a kind of an emergency alert and occurs just after the body loses more than 1% water. The best way to avoid dehydration is to regularly drink small amounts of water even when not thirsty. However, avoid ice cold water because it depletes the body. Include more vegetables, fruits and salads in your diet, which will give you more water and less calories. In this way you will hydrate your body properly and at the same time you’ll get lot of electrolytes, which are necessary for the bodily functions. Foods with high water content are cucumbers, lettuce, melons and more. Here are some foods and the percentage of water they contain:
Healthy Eating is really important to me. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a ‘Health Series’ every Monday. My aim is to post some cute health food ideas each week. This week I’m highlighting healthy snacks. Here are ideas below for:
your own detox water
making fruit popsicle snacks with coconut milk
10 snacks under 200 calories
useful fruits as snacks
making your own carrot chips as snacks
20 snacks that will curb your appetite
I sourced these ideas from Pinterest – check out my Healthy Eating Board here.
So we all love to keep healthy. I’ve read a lot about berries recently and it seems they are seriously the way forward. I’m talking about dried pomegranates, gooseberries, goji berries, blueberries and strawberries. Here’s a nice explanation from one of my favourite sites, livestrong.com, as to why pomegranates are so good for us:
Scholars speculate that the pomegranate decorated temples in the Old Testament and was buried with Egyptian royalty as a means to a healthy afterlife. It is a viable source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and folic acid. Although the pomegranate does contain a high quantity of sugar and is more calorie-dense than most fruits, it does not take a whole portion to reap its rich-in-antioxidants benefits.
Here is a snippet from from a Men’s Health article on goji berries:
Goji berries have one of the highest ORAC ratings—a method of gauging antioxidant power—of any fruit, according to Tufts University researchers. And although modern scientists began to study this ancient berry only recently, they’ve found that the sugars that make goji berries sweet reduce insulin resistance—a risk factor of diabetes—in rats.
I like that you can eat these things dry, or simply include them in a health smoothie for an on-the-go day.
Here are my favourite places for smoothies in Cape Town:
Liquorice & Lime in Bellevue Street – Fruit Smoothie R28
Spur anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R24
And Kuai anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R21
I’ve also found a great recipe for a healthy banana & peanut butter smoothie:
2 bananas, broken into chunks
2 cups milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
2 cups ice cubes
Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).