More Tasty Bits (Food Info, Tips and Ideas)

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It takes 9.86 quarts of milk to make 1 pound of butter, according to the Western Dairyfarmer's Promotion Association.

Want to curb cravings for fatty foods? “Eat foods naturally low in fat with no fat substitutes”, advises Richard Mattes, a researcher and nutritionist. To eliminate urges for high-fat foods, “You must reduce the exposure to 'mouth-feel.' That's scientific slang for the great feeling of ice cream and other high-fat foods sliding over your tongue. Foods that are modified (“fake-fat”) will have a recreated (by the manufacturers) mouth-feel sensation.

Cloudy” iced tea occurs when tea is brewed in the usual way with boiling water and then cooled down to make iced tea; it's a common problem and one that's easily fixed.

Food scientist Harold McGee explains in On Food and Cooking (1984), that the boiling water tends to extract so much of the caffeine and pigment molecules that they cannot remain dissolved in colder water. When the tea's poured over ice, it suddenly clouds up with tiny particles.

To avoid the cloudiness, just steep the tea in lukewarm water for several hours; this slows down the infusion and decreases the amount of undiluted particles.

This process can also be done by the “sun-tea” method: Place the tea bags and cold water outside for several hours in a clear, covered container in direct sunlight, slowly warming the water. This keeps the tea clear.

Others combine the tea with half room-temperature water and half boiling water and then refrigerate the tea. Some tea experts say, however, not to refrigerate the tea until it has cooled completely. But if it clouds up anyway, just add a little more hot water.

Red peppers are high in lycopene and vitamins B6, A and C.

Two New Vitamin Trends

Melts are quick-dissolving tablets that don't need water (!); therefore, they can be taken practically anywhere. They're available in a wide variety of flavors and forms. Just because they're quick-dissolving, however, doesn't mean they'll enter your system any faster than regular vitamins.

Bubblies are tablets or powders that will turn into a fizzy drink when they're dropped into water (for those who have difficulty swallowing solid pills, this can be a godsend). And liquid forms can often be absorbed faster than capsules, tablets or melts.

What to Eat for Healthier Eyes

Oranges, strawberries and leafy greens which contain vitamin C

Cantaloupe, carrots and mangoes to get vitamin A

For a dose of omega-3s, eat salmon, tuna or halibut.

Almonds and peanut butter are a great source of vitamin E.

To build up zinc, have turkey and chicken.

Food Bits

Chickpea chips are made out of chickpea flour, with subtle Indian spices. They're also gluten-free and high in protein and fiber. Available at most supermarkets.

Tinto de verano is a traditional Spanish drink that's a 50:50 ratio of red wine to water (all you have to do is simply dilute some red wine with sparkling water).

Affogato-A shot of espresso-it can be warm or cold-poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream (affogato means "drowned" in Italian). Optional: Sprinkle with chocolate, if desired.

Two Ways to Roast Red Peppers

By a Grill-Place the peppers directly over medium heat and grill, turning them until they're evenly charred. Then, move the peppers to a bowl (or a large plate); cover with a lid (or another large plate). Let the peppers cool for 15 minutes. Then, peel away the skin. Now remove the stem, seeds and ribs and chop.

By an Oven-Preheat the broiler. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise; remove the stem, seeds and ribs. Place the peppers, skin-side up, in a baking dish. Broil until charred. Now move them to a bowl (or large plate); cover with a lid (or another large plate). Let the peppers cool for 15 minutes. Then, peel away the skin and chop.

Sources: Western Dairyfarmer's Promotion Association, Food Roundup and Unclouding Tea-Washington Post source-The Vindicator, August 3, 1994, "Top New Vitamin Trends" by Gale Maleskey, MS, RD-Spry Living, September 2013, All the Answers-Protect Your Peepers-Sari Greaves-Spry Living, September 2013, This & That-Relish, September 2014 and How to Roast Peppers-Relish, September 2014


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