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A Breakfast Favorite: Belgian Waffles

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Makes 5 to 6 Belgian-style waffles

You’ll never use a mix again after you try this super easy recipe. I love topping them with fresh berries when they’re in season. Some preserved jam is a tasty pick-me-up during the cold winter months too. And if you grew up with Mrs. Butterworth or Aunt Jemima and still crave them no matter what anyone says about pure maple syrup, then head to Trader Joe’s. They make an agave-maple blend that’s got all the taste you want without the high-fructose corn syrup and artificial flavors.

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups milk

2 large eggs

1/2 cup melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk the flour, baking powder and salt together in a medium bowl. In another bowl, beat the milk, eggs, melted butter and vanilla extract. Pour the milk mixture over the dry mixture and stir with a fork until just combined. Let sit five minutes to “develop” (just a fancy word for letting the baking powder activate).

Meanwhile, heat your waffle iron. Pour, or ladle, enough batter to cover about 2/3 of the surface (the rest will spread once you close the top). Most waffle irons have a handy light that goes on or off, signaling the waffles are ready. A sure sign of doneness is once you see all the steam has stopped shooting out.

Butter-Basted Rib Eye Steak

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HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Season the rib eye steaks all over with salt and freshly ground pepper. Let the meat stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

In a large cast-iron skillet, heat the canola oil until shimmering. Add the steaks and cook over high heat until crusty on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn the steaks and add the butter, thyme, garlic and rosemary to the skillet. Cook over high heat, basting the steaks with the melted butter, garlic and herbs, until the steaks are medium-rare, 5 to 7 minutes longer. Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Cut the steaks off the bone, then slice the meat across the grain and serve.

Coconut Oil: Good for your skin

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Coconut oil is excellent massage oil that acts as an effective moisturizer on all types of skin, including dry skin. Unlike mineral oil, there is no chance of having any adverse side effects on the skin from the application of coconut oil. Therefore, it is a safe solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin. It also delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging of skin, which normally accompany aging.

It helps in preventing degenerative diseases premature aging due to its well-known antioxidant properties. It also helps in treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections. For that exact reason, coconut oil forms the base ingredient of various body care products like soaps, lotions, and creams that are used for skin care.

The Health Benefits Of Drinking Peppermint Tea

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Peppermint tea is more than just plain delicious. It has been proven to have some fairly amazing health and beauty benefits. From the tips of your hair to the tips of your toes and everything in between, let peppermint tea bestow its healing powers on you!

1. Stress Relief

When it comes to stress and anxiety, peppermint tea is one of your best allies. The menthol that is naturally present in the tea is a muscle relaxant; the relaxation of the muscles can be an enormous component of natural stress and anxiety relief… not to mention falling asleep!

Drinking peppermint tea before bed has been proven to give you a more restful sleep. Not only does the relaxation of the muscles lead to more restful sleep, the tea has properties that can even help you dream more vividly.

2. Sinus Relief

The season of constant colds and flus has begun, so let peppermint tea become part of your evening routine. Not only does the consumption of any warm liquid, such as tea, help you clear your sinuses and soothe sore throats, peppermint tea in particular is a known natural decongestant.

3. Weight Loss

When it comes to weight loss, there’s no all-natural miracle. But you can get some help from peppermint tea! Peppermint tea can act as an appetite suppressant, making it easier to stick to your healthy eating goals. Drinking a blend of peppermint tea and green tea can help increase your metabolism as well, making it easier to shed extra pounds.

4. Skin-Clearing

If you suffer from hormonal skin problems such as acne, peppermint tea could be a natural solution. Peppermint tea offers a slight boost in estrogen levels to some drinkers, which can help curb these hormonal problems and aid in clearing up acne. If you really want to make sure that you’re reaping all the benefits, try adding peppermint tea to your bath water. It can help soothe burns and rashes as well as other skin inflammations.

5. Stomach Problems

If that wasn’t enough, peppermint tea is also a great natural remedy for certain stomach ailments, including bloating and gas. Having a cup of tea in the evening before bed can help soothe these problems, making it easier to digest and fall asleep.

Men who like spicier foods have higher levels of testosterone

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Eating spicy food is often seen as a sign of male bravado – and now scientific research has found that men who enjoy hot food have higher levels of testosterone.

Scientist at the University of Grenoble found a positive correlation between an enjoyment of spicy food and levels of the hormone.

Greater quantities of testosterone are linked to characteristics that define the typical “alpha” male, such as aggression, recklessness and a high sex drive.

Co-author Laurent Begue told the Telegraph: “These results are in line with a lot of research showing a link between testosterone and financial, sexual and behavioural risk-taking.”

“In this case, it applies to risk-taking in taste.”

In the study 114 men aged between 18 and 44 were asked to indicate their preference for spicy food. They were then asked to season a sample of mashed potatoes with hot pepper sauce and salt before evaluating the spiciness of the meal.

When saliva samples were taken, it was found that the men who voluntarily and spontaneously consumed higher levels of hot pepper sauce had higher levels of testosterone. However, there was no link between the hormone and the amount of salt consumed.

Professor Begue added that studies on rats had also shown that regularly consuming spicy food contributed to higher testosterone levels – but this has not yet been proven to apply to humans.

The study, entitled “Some Like it Hot” will be published in the Physiology and Behaviour journal early next year.

Pharrell Williams Gets A Star

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Congratulations to my good buddy Pharrell Williams on getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I’m so proud of him!! He makes a lot of good music for the world to hear now I need to get him in my kitchen to see if his food is as good as his music :-)

Beyoncé passes Dolly Parton as the Most Grammy-Nominated Woman of All Time

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The 2015 Grammy nominations are still rolling in, but one thing is already crystal clear: Beyoncé is now the most Grammy-nominated female artist of all time.

This morning, Beyoncé earned her 47th Grammy nomination for Best Urban Contemporary (for her self-titled fifth album). Previously, at 46 nominations, Beyoncé was tied with Dolly Parton. But Bey didn’t stop there: she earned another four nominations — and she could still be nominated for another in the Album of the Year category — for a grand career total of 51 Grammy nods.

Of her previous 46 nominations, Beyoncé has won 17. Parton has won 7. Classical conductor Sir Goerg Solti holds the record with 31 Grammy wins. Other artists with more Grammy wins than Beyoncé include Alison Krause (27 wins), U2 (22 wins), Stevie Wonder (22 wins), and Kanye West (21 wins).

Still, Beyoncé is still young and could overtake them all. And something tells us that she just might do that!

Almond Milk, Good Skin Food

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Research shows dairy is highly inflammatory, which means it will aggravate acne, wrinkles, and rashes. When you drink coffee or pour a bowl of whole grain cereal, I recommend using a non-dairy milk, like unsweetened almond milk.

A Healthy Breakfast For All-Day Energy

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Here’s a healthy hearty recipe that will get you energized and ready for your day!! Have a great week!!

Breakfast Skillet Taco
Love savory breakfasts? This Mexican-inspired meal is for you. Mix up a batch of healthy veggies, including red bell peppers, scallions, jalapeno pepper, spinach, tomato, spices, including blood sugar-lowering cumin and cilantro, and add beans for fiber and protein. Top a freshly warmed tortilla with the mixture; top with reduced-fat cheese and sour cream.

PREP TIME: 10 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes
SERVINGS: 4

5 soft corn tortillas (6″ diameter)
6 scallions, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 sm jalapeno chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped (optional), wear plastic gloves when handling
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 can (15 oz) reduced-sodium black beans, rinsed and drained
4 c baby spinach (about 4 ounces)
1 lg tomato, chopped
1 c shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
4 Tbsp reduced-fat sour cream
Sprigs fresh cilantro

1. PREHEAT the oven to 350°F. Stack the tortillas on a large piece of foil, sprinkle the top one with water, and wrap in the foil. Heat for 10 minutes.
2. MEANWHILE, heat a large nonstick skillet coated with olive oil cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and bell pepper and cook for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the jalapeno chile pepper (if using), garlic, and cumin. Cook for 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in the beans, spinach, and tomato. Cook for 2 minutes or until heated through. Spread the mixture evenly in the skillet.
3. REMOVE from the heat and sprinkle with the cheese. Let stand until melted. Top with dollops of the sour cream and sprinkle with the cilantro.
4. CUT the warmed tortillas into quarters or strips. Serve immediately with the taco skillet.

NUTRITION (per serving) 236 cal, 13 g pro, 37 g carb, 8 g fiber, 4.8 g fat, 0.6 g sat fat, 416 mg sodium

Fun Fact Friday

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Here are five other amazing feats these green superheros can perform for you:

1. Limes are good for women’s health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!

2. Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peels of citrus fruits contain an inhibitor of melanin production. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and deposit itself as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyperpigmentation.

3. Limes are anti-carcinogenic. The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, scientists have observed that antioxidant limonoids also cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate.

4. Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones. Fresh or from concentrate, lime juice contains more citric acid than orange or grapefruit juice. Citric acid is a natural inhibitor of kidney stones made of crystallized calcium. Go for fresh lime juice squeezed into water, as opposed to commercial limeades, for maximal benefits.

5. Limes may lower cholesterol. The primary flavonoid found in the limes, known as hesperidin, has been shown to lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in animals fed a high-cholesterol diet. Get the most hesperidin out of heart-smart limes by eating as much of the white pith as possible.

 
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