Mar 26 2010

Slim Down with Vinegar and Citrus!

Pucker Up and Slim Down with Vinegar and Citrus

What do lemon juice, vinegar and pickles have to do with your waist line?  They all help lower blood sugar levels and thus reduce blood sugar spikes that lead to weight gain. 

Thanks to the research by Professor Jennie Brand-Miller at the University of Sydney Australia, it has been noted that adding as little as 4 teaspoons of vinegar with 2 teaspoons of oil to a meal lowered blood glucose by 30%.  According to Prof Brand-Miller “the effect appears to be related to the acidity which slows stomach emptying thereby slowing the digestion of carbohydrates in that meal.”  By the way…lemon juice is just as powerful.

Not a huge vinegar fan?  Not to worry…try my latest creation, marinated with the most delightful blend of soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil and a cucumber salad with yuzu lemon juice whips up in less than 2 minutes!

 Get the recipe for Pepper Stuffed Yakitori Chicken with Cucumber Yuzu Salad here!

 

At only 200 calories you there will plenty room for some tasty grains such as brown rice or quinoa (as shown in the photo). 

Food for thought: Yakitori means "grilled fowl" in Japanese.  Yuzu (YOO-ZOO) is a Japanese citrus fruit similar to a lemon that is quite sour. 

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Mar 25 2010

Funny Things Your Kids Say!!!

Dont' you love when your kids come up with some funny way of saying something!!! My daughter, Charin, told us the other day that she was wearing some of mom's de-road-a-rent! What fun things have your kids have your kids come up with???
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Mar 25 2010

Welcome Audrey Assad to the show today!

We get to hang out with new artist Audrey Assad on the show today! Any comments for her?

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God with us
Dec 28 2012

God with us

I read a blog post today that is so beautiful. It's a stunning thought that God longs for relationship with us! Thanks to the folks at "A Field of Wild Flowers" for sharing your insight.

Incarnation (God Stoops and Bows and Stretches Out Among Us)

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. John 1:14 a

Every day after their naps I carry my one year old twins down the stairs, one on each hip, like a hulking maternal weight-lifter. Pausing in the kitchen, I lean them over the counter one at a time to grab their matching sippy-cups and then hurry out toward the living room hoping to make it there before my arms give-out. Still holding them as they grip on to my shirt and cling to their precious juice, we all slide slowly to the floor where I sit cross-legged in front of the couch, one boy on each leg.
Here they alternate between snuggling and gulping, occasionally working out a tenuous trade of cups, a treaty composed entirely of gestures and grunts. There’s an invisible, but mutually agreed-upon line of separation that runs down the middle of me - if one crosses into the other’s territory all hell breaks loose. This causes me to marvel at their possessiveness, their indignation at having to share me as though they’re not both being held.

Later, at the end of a long day, just before my husband gets home or after dinner when the dishes are done and the floor swept and there’s only a little time left until bedtime, I make my way out into the living room and lay down and stretch out on my back on the floor. I hardly hit the dusty, old carpet before the twins come running and pile on me like puppies, slobbery and sweet with their toothy, wet smiles. Their top-heavy little bodies tip and flip and roll on and off and around me and my only care is to make sure no one gets hurt.

Sometimes, through great effort, Isaiah rights himself and circles out and away from me. He toddles along on stocky legs and padded baby feet, grinning his gap-toothed smile as he looks back over his shoulder, then turns, running ,and dives back into me.
When I’m on the floor, I’m theirs. My body is theirs, my time is theirs and they claim their right to me fully. I come and lay down among them because I know they will be drawn to me and my desire is to be with them.

It occurs to me in this season of Advent that I can think of no better image for the Incarnation. In my stooping and bowing, my sliding down and laying out I am mirroring God to these boys; God who comes to dwell among us, laying down, stretching out in the middle of our dusty, dirty world, hoping we will be drawn to him. God who holds us, who delights in us and marvels over our petty arguments, our human desire to part and parcel him out as though we are not all being held.

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