Last night was a little better

I slept better last night than I had been sleeping. I took a capsule of cayenne pepper with some sardines about an hour before going to bed and my nasal passages remained clear all through the night.

The weather is moderating a bit here — unseasonably warm — very welcome circumstance!

New breakfast dish — Cut a large potato and one medium onion into bite-sized chunks and boil them until tender.  Discard the water from the boiling and drain the vegetables well — Add 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, Two ounces crisp fried bacon, One or two scrambled eggs, Salt and Pepper to taste. (You are welcome.)

Steam your kale and spinach before using in a smoothie!

First, you need to read my medical disclaimer before you go ahead and read the rest of this blog post. You can find my medical disclaimer — RIGHT HERE.

I have recently been talking on this blog about making smoothies that contain either raw baby spinach or kale or both. It seemed to me to be a healthy-enough way to go. But then even more recently I have discovered something else about using baby spinach and/or raw kale in a smoothie drink and I felt compelled to share what I discovered with my precious blog audience. (That would be you!)

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As it turns out, it appears that some of these kinds of greens contain a substance called “Oxalic Acid” that may not be all that good for a person in the raw state:

The truth is that both spinach and kale are very healthy for you. Unfortunately, it really needs to be steamed before it’s eaten. Steaming or cooking deactivates the oxalic acid content that they have, making them more nutritious. Oxalic acid binds with the calcium in our food making it unavailable for digestion.

I found the information in that block quote I just added to this post on another website and here is the link to the other website: — RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

I hope you find this information helpful and/or interesting and I would definitely like to hear your opinions so leave me a comment here on the blog if you desire. (I always answer every comment.)

Shocking Claims About Potato Chips

I have always loved potato chips of all kinds and have consumed bags and bags of them during my lifetime. Potato chips are one of the most popular of all American snack foods and are found in all kinds of situations where people gather to enjoy snacks and comradeship.

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But now I am reading articles on the Internet that claim that the common commercially-prepared seemingly ubiquitous potato chip might be one of the most serious sources of carcinogens in the entire Food Industry.

After reading this kind of stuff I am forced to ask myself, “How is it that I have personally consumed probably a ton of potato chips in my lifetime and have not had any ill effects from them ….. at least not any ill effects that I can sense, gauge or measure.

I think you will find the following interesting: — RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

Let me know what you think!

Celery/Banana/Apple Smoothie

[Foreword] — Please read my medical disclaimer before continuing on to read the rest of this article. You can find my disclaimer RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

Sometimes I like a smoothie for a quick and nutritious breakfast and one of my favorites has become the celery/banana/apple/whey protein smoothie — and here is how I make mine: (Procedure follows the picture below):

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I use a powerful blender — a blender that is powerful enough to crush ice cubes — because that is the kind of blender that is most likely to deliver to you a smoothie in which there are no lumps.

Into the blender goes the following ingredients:

Two cups water
Six stalks celery (I always wash my celery first and I like the organic kind even though it tends to be more expensive than the kind that might be loaded down with pesticide residue.)
Two bananas (Pre chopped to help the blender work more efficiently).
One medium raw apple which has been peeled and cored. (I like Red Delicious or Golden Delicious for my smoothies.) (Any apple is fine.).
One heaping scoop of any good whey protein powder. (I like the vanilla-flavored kind for my own smoothies.).

I blend this mixture in the blender for at least 60 seconds … sometimes more … until it becomes smooth enough to suit my tastes.

As constituted, I have estimated that this smoothie contains a total of somewhere in the range of 520 calories which means that I drink half of it for breakfast (260 calories).

Sometimes I add 150 calories (Average serving) of prepared oatmeal to the meal. When I do that, I end up with a 410 calorie breakfast.) — Add one boiled egg to the meal and you end up with somewhere near to a 510 calorie breakfast.

Because this smoothie is filled with fiber, I discovered that it took me a couple of days to get used to it. My body had to adjust to the extra fiber load and for the first day or two this smoothie sent me to the bathroom rather more than regularly. — But by about the Third day, my body had adjusted to the extra fiber load and things went nicely after that adjustment period.

I thought the celery gave the entire mixture a rather strange, somewhat bitter flavor to begin with, but I also discovered that the taste was something I quickly got used to and now I find it delicious.