Is everyone having a nice weekend? Today Nick and I are working on the front of our house. We picked weeds last weekend and today we are laying down the mulch. I can’t wait. It’s going to look so much better, even just by adding the mulch. As you all know tomorrow is Father’s Day. Any plans? Nick’s father passed away a few years ago so he is coming with me to my family reunion (we do a family reunion every Father’s Day) then we are hitting the outlet malls on the way home! I have to get some new clothes for my new job…..right?!
How can you prevent the formation of these harmful AGEs?
Cook with moist heat
Cook at lower temperatures
Marinate your meat and poultry in acidic ingredients prior to cooking (I really like to add balsamic vinegar to my ground beef prior to cooking it)
If I don’t use balsamic vinegar as my acidic ingredient, I use lime juice. The chicken below was used for Nick’s poker dinner (I pack him a dinner to take to poker every Tuesday so he doesn’t get stuck eating wings and pizza with his friends. I swear he likes it!). Prior to cooking it on the stove, I marinated the raw chicken (1 pound total) for about 30 minutes in; 1/2 cup lime juice, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, and 2 tsp. seasoning mix. After cooking this chicken I put most of it away in the freezer, and I put the remainder on a bed of brown rice for Nick’s dinner.
The next time you cook your meat or poultry, try to follow some of the above tips! You’ll be glad you did (or at least your body will). Did you know that inflammation also causes premature aging? Yep, so go get some acidic ingredients for your next marinade!
Monday’s post will be a video blog about YOGURT. I will talk about three different types of yogurt; soy, regular, and Greek. They each have positive and negative qualities, but they are all a fantastic addition to a healthy diet!