Although buttermilk’s rich-sounding name and creamy texture suggest
high-fat content, buttermilk is surprisingly low in fat and calories.
Low-fat buttermilk contains only 2.2 grams of fat per cup. This is far
less than the 8 grams contained in whole milk or the 5 grams in 2
percent milk. Consider using buttermilk as a low-fat substitute for
cream in your favorite soup, casserole or dairy-based recipe.
Blend one cup low-fat cottage cheese, 1/4 cup low-fat buttermilk and 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice in a blender until smooth. This makes 16 tablespoon-sized servings with only 14 calories and 0.3 grams of fat per serving!
Use as a topping for baked potatoes, gazpacho (a chilled soup) and low-fat tacos.
I love a lazy morning when I can have a stack of pancakes smothered in maple syrup!
Here's a quick & easy recipe for basic Pancakes :
Whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, 3 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Whisk 1 1/4 cups milk, 1/2 stick melted butter, 2 eggs and a little vanilla, then whisk into the flour mixture until just combined. Ladle 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot buttered skillet and cook until bubbly. Flip and cook until golden on the bottom.
Vegetable oils such as olive and canola oil are rich in beneficial mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids. These fats can help lower your blood cholesterol level when you use them in place of saturated and trans-fat. Coconut, palm and palm kernel oils are high in artery-clogging saturated fat.
Since all oils have 125 calories per tablespoon, consider your portion size. But remember, even healthy fats can contribute to weight gain if used too freely.
Green knees are inevitable this summer for kids (especially ones who play sports). To banish those stains for good, pre-treat them with a solution of one part white vinegar to two parts water, scrub with a toothbrush, and wash with an enzyme-based detergent.
Did you know that a “greener” home might also be a healthier home?
Many cleaning products can contain ingredients, such as chlorine,which can cause allergies, asthma attacks and even bronchitis. Reduceyour family’s risk by choosing “green” cleaning alternatives that arealso healthier for the environment.
White vinegar diluted with wateris a great window cleaner; baking soda mixed with water can be usedas a scrubbing agent; and 3 percent peroxide is a safe alternative tochlorine beach.
Because children can be more vulnerable to toxicchemicals, allow them to clean with soap and water, instead of toxiccleaners.
Butter is expensive…did you know you can make your own? We used to have a friend who would give us gallon jugs of fresh milk. The cream would be on the top, so we could skim that off to make our own butter!
The ingredients are simple:
1 pint of heavy cream or heavy whipping cream
The equipment list is even more simple:
A glass jar (quart size is best)
1. Pour the heavy cream into the jar, tighten the lid, and shake! After about 7 minutes, the cream becomes whipped cream. After about 3 more minutes of shaking, the whipped cream begins to separate into butter and buttermilk.
2. Pour the buttermilk into a separate container. You can drink it or save it for cooking.
3. Now wash the remainder of the buttermilk off the butter by pouring enough clean water into the jar with the butter to cover it completely. Swish it around enough to rinse and then drain the water from the jar.
4. Place the butter in another container (such as a small bowl) and mix it around with a fork or knife to release any additional buttermilk and pour it off again.
5. Add salt to taste (not really needed, but do so if you like it that way). You're done! You've made your own butter. One pint of whipping cream yields almost exactly 1 cup of butter, equal to 2 sticks.
Interestingly, shaking works faster than a hand-held electric mixer, which can make whipped cream in about a minute, but take about 14 more minutes to turn it into butter.
One final consideration is where to get the cream: heavy cream is simply the cream that floats to the top of the milk (straight from the cow, that is). If you're lucky enough to live near a dairy farm, you've got that option. Or you could get your own cow and make butter truly from scratch!
Hot summer months can leave you craving a cool refreshing treat. Instead of grabbing a high-calorie ice-cream bar, try a healthy frozen fruit pop.
Place berries, such as blueberries, raspberries and chopped strawberries, in a small cup. Add cranberry or pineapple juice to fill about 2/3 of the cup. Add a wooden popsicle stick and freeze. After freezing, run warm water over the cup to release the fruit pop and enjoy!
Extreme heat is when summertime temperatures are substantially hotter and/or more humid than the average at that time of year.
Ways to protect yourself from the heat include: Drink plenty of fluids, replace salt and minerals, wear light-weight and loose-fitting clothing, wear sunscreen, and limit outdoor activity to mornings and evenings. When you work or play in extreme heat, use the buddy system and keep an eye on each other. Stay cool as much as you can. And above all, NEVER LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS IN CARS!
Are you unsure how long that carton has been sitting in the back of the refrigerator?
Simply drop each egg into a bowl of water. If it lies on its side on the bottom, it’s fresh. If it stands on end, use it within a couple of days. Eggs that float to the top should be tossed on the spot.
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