Choosing the Right Cooking Oil

By now you are probably well aware that not all cooking oils are equal.  While some oils have nutritional value, others do not, and finding the right oil for the particular use is important too.

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Blood cholesterol levels are connected to heart disease and are usually the main concern when considering fats.  Because all oil consists of various types of fat, it’s important to know how a certain fat is going to affect the body. Fat types either lower or raise both good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol levels.  Ideally, we want the lower the LDL while raising the HDL.

  • Saturated Fats – Raises both good and bad cholesterol levels
  • Trans Fats – Raises bad and lowers good cholesterol levels
  • Polyunsaturated Fats – Lowers both good and bad cholesterol levels
  • Monounsaturated Fats – Lowers bad and raises good cholesterol levels

From the chart, we see that monounsaturated fat should be our goal.

So what oils are high in monounsaturated fat?

Tea Seed 485 Extra Virgin Olive 375
Canola 468 Peanut 471
Avocado 520 Safflower 446
Corn 453 Sunflower 464
Soy 453 Flax Seed 225
Sesame 350 Macadamia Nut 413
Grape Seed 435 Cottonseed 420

When it comes to cooking with oils their properties change once heat is added.  So while it may be healthy in its natural form and maybe even at low temperatures, it may not retain that state if submitted to high heat.

All oil has a property changing temperature and this is referred to as the smoking point.  Once this smoking point has been reached, healthy characteristics begin to break down through a process called oxidization. When food begins to oxidizes, it can produce toxic substances.  Think of how a cut apple left to the air will turn brown.  The smoking point of oil ranges between 225 and 520 degrees Fahrenheit. See the smoking point of the monounsaturated fats in the above chart and keep the cooking temperature below the given number.

A Shocking Twist to Common Beliefs

The best oils for cooking are those that remain stable during heat changes.  I admit to being a bit shocked to find that the oils having the most stability are the saturated fat oils!  So now what? I thought saturated fat was the culprit we’re told to avoid. Well, while that’s partly true, it turns out that our bodies do require some saturated fat to achieve optimum health.  The good news is that there are healthy saturated fats.

The most stable and healthy oil is coconut oil  . Although it’s 92 percent saturated fat, it is the type that brings health benefits. Coconut oil is digested very quickly and used up as energy quite rapidly.  Because the body uses it so quickly, the saturated fat does not linger in the body and cause the damage that other saturated fats do.  Coconut oil also contains lauric acid which combats damaging free radicals, acts as an immune system booster, and fights infection!  It is present in the milk of cows, goats, and humans and is an ingredient in many traditional medical remedies.  Learn more about it here:  http://www.mywildtree.com/pws/wendywilkes/tabs/coconut-oil.aspx

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Here is a list of the 4 best cooking oils ranked from best to worst. 

Coconut Oil

Macadamia Nut Oil

Canola Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 

Keeping oil to its closest natural form gives the best benefit to the human body. Therefore, be very aware of the amount of heat to which the oil is exposed when cooking. Stay below that smoking point!

 

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Angel Food Cake-Cakes

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This is Awesome!
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Look how many different things you can make with the base being Angel Food Cake! These are delicious! No other ingredients needed!
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Pineapple Angel Food Cake Recipe:
Just two ingredients!! 1 large can crushed pineapple w/juice and 1 box angel food cake mix. Blend in large bowl and bake 350 for 30 min. in 9 x 13 ungreased pan. Oh so easy! 1/12 cake =165 calories
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Cherry Angel Cake:
~ 1 box angel food cake mix and 1 can light cherry pie filling . . . mix both ingredients together and place in a greased 9×13 pan and bake at 350′ for about 20-25 minutes.
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Cinnamon Apple Cake:
2-ingredient Cinnamon Apple Cake: 1 Can Of Apple Pie Filling And 1 Box Of Angel Food Cake (dry Mix Only). Combine Both Ingredients In A Bowl. Transfer To Greased 9×13 Pan And Bake At 350 Deg. For 20 Minutes Or Until Top Browns.
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Blueberry Angel Food Cake:
1 Box Angel food Cake Mx 1 Can Blueberry Pie Filling (approx 22 oz can) Mix both ingredients together and spread in 13 x 9 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 28-30 minutes. Let stand for about an hour and top with whipped cream!
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Lemon Bars.
1 box angel food cake mix 1 can lemon pie filling. Mix dry cake mix and cans of pie filling together in large bowl (I just mixed it by hand) Pour into greased baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes or until top is starting to brown.
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3-2-1 cake!
Mix 1 box of Angel Food cake mix with one box of cake mix. To make, use 3 tablespoons of cake mix, 2 T water, cook for 1 minute in microwave.

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BACON CHEESEBURGER LOAVES

BACON CHEESEBURGER LOAVES
 
Ingredients
  • *Roll (can) of Refrigerator Biscuits... I used Grands Homestyle Original
  • *1 cup of shredded cheddar/mozzarella blend cheese
  • *1 cup of browned hamburger
  • *1/4 cup of Real Bacon Bits
  • * Pepper and Garlic to taste
  • *1 Egg White Beaten
  • *Parmesan Cheese Grated
Instructions
  1. *Flatten each biscuit
  2. *Top with Pinch of Cheese, tsp hamburger, small pinch of bacon bits and tiny bit more cheese...season... then fold your sides up and close it..I shaped mine like a loaf... seam side down in a greased 9 x 13 pan...
  3. *Brush tops with beaten Egg White and Sprinkle with Parmesan
  4. * Bake at 350 for 30 min. or until golden brown

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Peaches – They Are Not Just for Dessert

 

Peaches – They Are Not Just for Dessert

There is nothing like homemade peach ice cream or peach cobbler. However, there’s more to peaches than meets the eye. Not only does the peach make wonderful desserts, you can also use them for savory dishes as well.
Most peaches sold in the United States are either from Georgia, South Carolina or California. While it is best to get them when they are in season and use them right away, there’s no reason you can’t get them while they’re in season and either can, dry or freeze them for use during other parts of the year. No matter how you enjoy them, peaches are a wonderful addition to any diet and do not have to be eaten only for dessert.

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One way you can enjoy peaches is to peel them, cut them in half and then brush them with olive oil. Season them with a bit of salt and pepper. Then place them on a preheated grill. Be sure to grill the peach on both sides for about three minutes. Remove them from the grill and then place them on a serving dish. Grate some fresh parmesan cheese over them and enjoy. (YUMMY)
If that doesn’t sound appealing, you can also try some grilled peach salsa. Prepare the peaches as above but without the pepper. When they’ve been grilled for about two minutes on each side, remove them from the grill and allow them to cool. Next, slice the peaches and add finely chopped red onion. Chopped mint and freshly squeezed lemon will complete the grilled peach salsa.
Does your family enjoy pasta salads during the summer? Roast their favorite vegetables – yellow squash, zucchini or bell pepper along with halves of peaches– in a 450 degree oven for 25 minutes. Toss with a vinaigrette (We use Wildtree) http://mywildtree.com/wendywilkes   and then add to your favorite pasta. You will have created a savory peach dish your family will love.
While most people are used to seeing peaches prepared as a dessert, there’s no reason they have to be only prepared that way. Why not try something new with peaches this year. There are so many ways to use peaches in savory dishes that you may find you and your family enjoy these dishes just as much as peach cobbler – well, maybe not.

 

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Ensalada Mixta

Ensalada Mixta
 
This is DELICIOUS
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. small new potatoes (omit potatoes if low carbing)
  • coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 6 large eggs
  • 3 cups Chopped Romaine lettuce or watercress
  • 3 can's albacore tuna - drained
  • 2 Avocados - sliced lengthwise
  • 3 Scallions, thinly sliced (white & green)
  • 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tb. Cider vinegar
  • /4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a medium pot, bring potatoes to a boil in salted water over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat and cook at a rapid simmer until potatoes are fork tender. (15 minutes).
  3. Drain and run under cool water to stop the cooking, then cut in half or quarter if large.
  4. In another medium pot, bring 4 cups water to a boil and carefully add eggs to the water.
  5. Set a timer for 9 minutes (7 minutes if you like set whites w/ runnier egg yolks).
  6. Prepare a bowl of ice water and set eggs to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully peel eggs.
  7. Arrange lettuce on a larger platter with potatoes, tuna, avocados and scallions.
  8. Cut eggs in half and place on platter with tuna.
  9. In a small bowl whisk together mustard, vinegar and oil. season with salt and pepper.
  10. Drizzle dressing over salad and serve!!!

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What Is Collagen?

Collagen is an insoluble fibrous protein that comprises one-third of the protein in your body. It is a long-chain amino acid that is composed of the individual amino acids glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine. There are at least 16 different types of collagen in the body, and all of them are strong and flexible. This component of the human body is most commonly found in the skin, bones, and connective tissues of the body. It is part of what helps make up the structural support and strength of the body’s muscles and bones. It also creates the elasticity in your skin and contributes to the development of new cell growth to replace old, dead cells. Some forms of collagen also serve to protect the organs throughout the body.

What Are the Major Benefits of Collagen?

Obviously collagen is an important component throughout the entire body; however, it also has significant contributions in four major areas. Collagen has primary benefits to the skin, joints, stomach, and appetite.

1. Skin

While collagen is beneficial throughout the body, its benefits are most noticeable to the skin. As we age, our skin tends to thin and lose its elasticity via a process known as elastosis. As this thinning and loosening occurs, we show more signs of aging, including wrinkled and sagging skin. Collagen can help reverse these signs of aging and increase the skin’s elasticity and moisture.

2. Joints

Although not as outwardly noticeable, joint health is also impacted by daily consumption of collagen. In the same way that this nutrient compound improves the skin, it also supports joint health. Consuming a collagen supplement daily supports the body’s natural production of collagen, which is crucial for the joints for lubricating and cushioning them. Likewise, it improves joint mobility and may even reduce inflammation that is contributing to joint pain and discomfort. Its role in new cell growth also supports the development of important cells in the joint tissue that support movement and comfort.

3. Stomach

In the same way that collagen helps line the joints, it also helps lubricate the stomach and digestive system. This is important because it serves to make digestion easier and more complete. It also helps protect the gut and digestive tract from damaging conditions, such as ulcers, Crohn’s disease, and more.

4. Appetite

Collagen is also an important component used to control the appetite. Regular consumption of collagen has benefits of reducing cravings for sugar and carbohydrates, decreasing hormonal belly fat, and even suppressing the urge to eat. The nutrient is an important component of a healthy diet that can also be used as a beneficial addition to a weight management program.

In addition to these benefits, collagen also functions to promote more restful sleep, improve vision, increase immune response, strengthen the immune system, help regulate stress, and more.

While the body naturally produces collagen, this nutrient also gradually declines in our bodies with age. In addition to age, several lifestyle factors, including stress, poor diet, gut imbalances, and more, contribute to the decline in our bodies’ ability to produce collagen. Consuming the nutrient daily supports your body’s overall health and compensates for that natural decline in production.