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Mason Jar Salads

I somehow had not seen this before but just loved it! The idea of making a salad or some other food in a jar has been around for a long time but I never make my food like this.

Instead I have a salad in one container, tops in a second container, and dressing in a third container.

The salad turns out well but the trouble is that I am stuck doing three dishes for one meal. I do  lot of the dishes in our house, and I really don’t want any more dishes.

Anyway, here is a great idea for how to build a salad in a mason jar – everything is in one place. Buzzfeed shared this a long while back but since I just saw it today I think the idea is prime for a comeback


The secret to a perfect and tasty Mason jar salad is all in the order.

The dressing goes in first. This is so important! This guarantees that your salad ingredients don’t get soggy.

Then go with a grain or a protein, or anything else big and chunky. This protects your more delicate ingredients from getting wet.

Then the fixings. Little things like shaved nuts, raisins, cheeses. The ingredients that you want to stay dry until juuuust before you eat it.

And if you have any leafy greens, they go in last. That way when you turn the Mason jar over and unload it all into a bowl, the greens will make the salad bed. Genius!

Choosing a smart combo of ingredients is also key.

You want to mix textures and flavors. And ideally, you’ll have a filling protein, something salty and crunchy, and something sweet and tangy.

So read that article. But also tell me, what do you like having in your salad?

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Health benefits of Beer

I would like to start this post just by saying that I know that there are many horrors of alcohol abuse and not just benefits of beer and that there are many reasons why drinking alcohol may lead to an early exit.

But at the same time I just bottled my fourth batch of home made beer, Barons Beer actually, and thought that it would be fun to come up with a great big list of why beer is good for you.

Benefits of beer for all of us

Cancer preventer – A compound found only in hops, which are used to make beer, have been discovered as benefits of beer to prevent cancer.

Of course we all know that hops are an ingredient in beer and therefore Xanthohumol has high hopes of making beer a new anti cancer drug.

Xanthohumol flavinoids have been tested and its use is hoped to be a preventative treatment against prostate and colon cancer and even may be a form of hormone therapy for women.

Getting your vitamins – A friend of mine used to say there is a pork chop in every glass of beer but recent studies show that there is vitamin B6 in beer increases the level of vitamin B6 in a beer drinkers blood which has been shown to decrease the level of homocysteine which increase the chances of heart disease.

Reducing chance of heart disease – another of the benefits of beer is that alcohol drinkers had higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, often called the “good” cholesterol, which is a protective form of blood fat.

The alcohol drinkers also had lower levels of fibrinogen, a protein that promotes blood clots, as well as elevated levels of other molecules (platelets) that prevent the clotting and stickiness of blood cells.

Reduction in Kidney stones – A Finnish-U.S. study of beer-drinking, middle-aged men was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology in 1999.

The report stated that an increase in beer consumption may reduce the risk of developing kidney stones. Results showed that there was a 40 percent lower risk of kidney stones in beer drinkers, but the researchers were stumped as to whether the benefits of beer results were due to water, alcohol or hops.

Health Benefits of BeerDefying the bad of X-Rays – Beer helps reduce chromosomal damage from radiation exposure thanks to beta-pseudouridine.

According to a study by the Japanese researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences, and the Tokyo University of Science Blood samples were taken from test subjects before and after they had drunk about 630ml of beer.

Apparently, when the samples were exposed to X-rays and other types of radiation, after the subjects had drank the beer their samples showed at least 30% fewer aberrations in the blood cells.

Memory Booster – A Swedish team has shown that mice fed with moderate amounts of alcohol grew new nerve cells in the brain.

The full implications of the Karolinska Institute research – which appears in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology – are unclear on the benefits of beer, but Stefan Brene told the BBC:

“We believe that the increased production of new nerve cells during moderate alcohol consumption can be important for the development of alcohol addiction and other long-term effects of alcohol on the brain.”

Slow the Aging Process – In a study published in the March issue of International Immunopharmacology, scientists at Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University found that hops, a key ingredient in beer, affect the production of neopterin, a telltale sign of inflammation, and levels of the amino acid tryptophan (low levels are associated with more inflammation.)

Keeps you Awake – Although there is no caffeine in Beer, beer was found to reduce neopterin production and suppress degradation of tryptophan, according to a study. (Tryptophan is also commonly cited as the reason people feel tired after gorging on Thanksgiving turkey.)

This suppression might be connected with the calming effect of beer,” the researchers note, “since its normalizing effect on the tryptophan balance improves the availability of the ‘happiness hormone’ serotonin.” And who wouldn’t want happiness to be more available?

OK and now a few more benefits of beer from me

Relaxation – This is a good one for almost anyone that has sat on a patio on a spring or summer afternoon. The relaxation and relief of stress is famous for those having a beer even if the conversation always seems to turn to those office politics that get everyone riled up.

Reduces inhibitions – As we all know there are times we wish that we had gotten up and said something, either to those at work or a pretty girl at a bar and for this the alcohol in beer is a very good lubricant to the mind and mouth and will help in those situations where shyness gets the better of us.

Excuse for bad behavior – although there is no link to bad behavior and beer, many people have been known to say or do bad and ridiculous things and in the case where someone had consumed to much beer before this well there is a good excuse just waiting to be used.

So the next time someone looks down their nose at you for the stories that you tell about the night before and the beer that you drank. Come back here and point out that you were just doing the healthy thing there are benefits of beer and having a couple of beers is great.

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Suntan and sunburn information

I was looking through some of my old posts from last year and thought I would bring them back as many of this blogs readers had never had the chance to read them.

With another hot summer weekend coming up it is very important to take care in the sun. For the people looking to get a nice dark suntan I wrote a post on how to get a suntan.

When you are out getting that suntan though do not overdo it. I wrote that there are precautions that you can take to make sure that you do not get too much sun and how to be careful when you are in the sun.

If you do over do it then I wrote an article about how to get rid of a sunburn.

Finally if you are one of many that think that it is best to avoid the sun altogether I was able to find an article that tells you about the good and bad of getting sun.

Have a great and sunny weekend.

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Is A High Protein Diet the Best Way to Lose Weight?

Is a high protein diet the best way to lose weight? There have been some famous diets that advocate this, most notably the Atkins Diet. There are also some more recent diets, such as the New High Protein Diet that are slight modifications on the Atkins Diet.

All of these diets tell you to eat more protein and fewer carbohydrates, and insist that this is healthier and will allow your body to burn calories more efficiently.

Is The High Protein Diet Effective?

When it comes to diets, you can always find many experts on both sides of a question or debate. The high protein diet is no exception. The first thing we should look at is the question of whether this is a safe and healthy way to eat. The answer is, it depends.high protein diet food like meats

A very high protein diet can put stress on your kidneys. This is especially true if you are prone to kidney stones or other kidney-related problems. In fact, if you have this kind of health issue, you should not go on a high protein diet without consulting with your physician.

What Kind of Protein? Meat or Nuts, Seeds, and Beans?

Another aspect of the high protein diet to consider is that not all proteins are equal. When it comes to meat and animal products, for example, you may want to consider that most of these are produced under very unnatural conditions today.

Animals are routinely given antibiotics and hormones to stimulate growth and prevent diseases (often caused by overcrowding at factory farms). Even vegetarians have to be careful about where they get their protein.

Soy, once heralded as a miracle food, has been found in certain studies to be detrimental in large quantities.

Another healthier method is what my daughter does. Normal diet without meat but supplemented with lots of nuts, seeds, and beans. Even though all vegetables have some protein, Beans are a lot higher. Also Nuts and seeds are higher in fat but very high in protein as well

10 sources of veggies protein to increase the protein in your diet

The Evil Carbs Are Pushed Away in High Protein Diets

One reason why people often succeed in losing weight with high protein diets is that they are eating fewer carbohydrates. It’s not that all carbs are bad, but many of the carbs people eat today are made with refined white flour.

When it comes to losing weight, simply giving up low quality carbs is one of the best things you can do. So it is this, rather than the high protein half of the equation, that is creating most of the success.

A low carb diet will lead to a high protein dietThe healthiest diet, and the one that will enable you to lose the most , depends on your own metabolism to some extent. Some people seem to do better with a low protein diet, others with high protein.

The real secret is to watch the quality of the carbs and protein that you are consuming. And, along with this, to eat substantial quantities of vegetables and fruits every day.

If you follow this advice, and also get regular exercise, you won’t have to go on an extreme diet that may create health problems down the road.

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