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Organic Bread – What Are The Benefits

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

What are the benefits of organic bread? The quality of bread has dropped over the years. Bread producer put more emphasis on the convenience of their trade than on consumer’s health. The baking time of ‘modern’ bread has been reduced by the use of additives, but at the expense of nutrients and bread texture. Organic bread takes longer to make, but it tastes much better and it certainly benefits health.

Organic bread may or may not contain yeast, depending on whether the maker wants to use a growing agent or not. In the absence of yeast, lactobacillus remains active in organic bread, which has immense benefits for the health condition. Oat bran is sometimes added to organic bread too, but this usually depends on the recipe. Such products digest better and they have a reputation for reducing cholesterol.

One paradox related to organic bread is that even when fresh, it should be firm, not soft when touched. So, if you want to use organic bread, you’d better not expect soft texture from it. Keep in mind that soft bread is full of additives and preservatives. And this is not possible with natural, additive-free bread. Plus, the out-of-the-oven texture cannot last for days. These should be your criteria for judging the quality of the breads you buy.

As for ingredients, organic bread can be made from multi-grain, white wheat or whole wheat. Most bakers provide a variety of presentation forms from regular loaves and rolls to baguettes and even toast. For unique flavor, some special ingredients may be added to organic bread, and these products are specialties. You can buy organic bread with olives, walnuts, sun dried tomatoes, basil, cheese and lots of others.

There are lots of health stores that sell organic bread. Yet, many people prefer to make it at home using organic ingredients. There are automatic bread makers you can use at home, and there are certainly lots of recipes to choose from. It’s hard not to like organic bread once you’ve tasted a well-made variety.

Buy it from the local bakery, order it on the Internet or make it at home; but do use organic products! There are lots of health benefits deriving from the regular use of organic food in your diet. You’ll enjoy a better overall body condition and a lot more vitality. Lots of people have learned this on their own. You can be one of them!

Fun Contest – Who Can Make The Cutest Sandwich Face?

Monday, August 4th, 2008

My friend Christine over at MenuPlanningCentral.com has come up with a really cute idea for a contest. She tells me it all started out with a blog post she wrote about giving kids healthy foods like banana slices, dried fruits and colorful veggies and then letting them create sandwich faces with them. When she showed the post to her friend Nicole, she suggested to turn it into a contest and have people submit their kids (or their own) sandwich face creations. What a fun idea. I can’t wait to see the wining pictures.

Ready to show off your creative side? I’m definitely giving this a try this week and if the sandwich faces turn out good, I am definitely entering them :)

Here’s all the info http://www.menuplanningcentral.com/blog/creative-face-sandwiches-more-fun-with-food 

Even if you’re not into contests and that kind of think, you should take a look at the suggestions on how to make these. Definitely a fun and healthy snack or lunch activity for the kiddos.

Two Healthy Cool Treats

Monday, April 21st, 2008

It’s been getting pretty warm down here in the south and that always has me craving cool sweet treats like ice cream and milk shakes. The Magic Milk Shakes are still one of my favorites, but I’ve been experimenting and came up with two more cool treats that also happen to be pretty healthy and will help me get down to “bathing suit size”. Here they are

Banana “Ice Cream”

Mash two (or more) very ripe bananas. If the bananas aren’t very ripe and sweet yet, add a little sugar or sweetner. Add a dash of cinnamon and some vanilla to the mixture and freeze. This makes a delicious sorbet / ice cream treat. Just scoop it out and serve it in your favorite ice cream bowls.

Banana Coffee Shake 

1 Ripe Banana
1 Cup Cold Coffee
Sweetener to taste
1 tsp Vanilla extract
2 cups (or more) of ice
Water as needed to make everything blend smoothly
Splash of milk (optional)

Blend everything together in your blender for a cool icy coffee drink.

Do you have a favorite cool treat? Share it as a comment below.

Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife

High Fiber Diet – It’s Healthy

Monday, February 4th, 2008

My friend Carrie Lauth from NaturalMomsRecipes.com just sent me an interesting article about the health benefits of a diet that’s high in fiber.  Enjoy – Susanne

Health Benefits Of A High Fiber Diet

by Carrie Lauth

A diet high in fiber can benefit your health in many ways.  Fiber keeps your digestive system working smoothly, helps move elimination and waste from the body and fiber is rich in vitamins and nutrients. An increased amount of fiber can also help you feel fuller longer, which is important if you??”re watching your weight.

A study conducted at the Harvard School of Medicine found that men who consumed 12 grams of fiber a day were twice as likely to develop precancerous colon changes as men whose daily fiber intake was 30 grams or higher.  Scientist are not exactly sure why fiber can help reduce the risks of colon cancer but it is thought that insoluble fiber adds bulk to stools, which helps speed their transit through the intestines, leaving less time for carcinogenic changes.

Other studies have shown that adequate levels of fiber can also help against breast cancer, heart disease, digestive disorders, diabetes and obesity.  If you suffer from constipation, increasing your fiber content should help.  It also helps to drink adequate amounts of water daily to help the fiber through your system.

An easy way to start the day with an adequate amount of fiber is to have a fiber-rich breakfast cereal and some fruit.  Vegetables, beans and fruits are high in fiber and also many other important nutrients. Eating lots of fruit, vegetable and whole grain based salads will give you the fiber you need.

Now that you know all the benefits of adding fiber to your diet, here is an easy way to help you increase your fiber intake:
http://www.naturalmomsrecipes.com/salad-cookbook.html