Sunday, April 30, 2017

Z is for ZESTY LEMON WATER #AtoZ FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
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Dehydration is a cause of many ailments in human beings. A percentage of people drink no water each day other than what is in their coffee or other liquid refreshments. Because so often the advice doled out is for people to drink six 8-ounce glasses of water each day, I decided to experiment with this number to see if I felt any different after a period of time.
 
Day one brought no discernable results as I couldn't remember to drink the allotted amount of water. I vowed to do better on subsequent days. After all, I needed the added energy to continue my quest to complete the #AtoZChallenge!

But it proved increasingly difficult to continue writing articles when I had to keep getting up after drinking so much water. I got plenty of exercise leaving and returning to my computer. Whether my ailments were from all that up and down action or mere age creeping up, the experiment revealed little useful information about offering relief.
 

 
 
Have you found that drinking six 8-ounce glasses of water each day is beneficial to your health?
 
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Thank you to everyone who has visited my blogsite one or more times over the month of April. Congratulations for reaching another milestone by completing all the letters of the alphabet,
or as many as your busy lifestyle would allow.
 
 


Saturday, April 29, 2017

Y is for YELLOWFIN AHI TUNA #AtoZChallenge

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
 
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Yellow-fin Tuna

My favorite 'ahi tuna poke (poh-keh) is made of glistening cubes of raw fish in a marinade of soy sauce, limu (sea algae or seaweed) and Maui onion. This is a staple at picnics; also a quick and delicious snack, especially when served on a bed of rice.

I don't eat this on a regular basis though because of the cost, $14.99 per pound. You can often get it on sale if you buy two pounds at $9.99 a pound. But it doesn't stay fresh long so if you can't eat two pounds of raw fish in one sitting, you don't really save money.


Fresh 'ahi poke bowl

For those who don't have access to a supermarket deli that sells fresh 'ahi, you can order it over the internet: 6-8oz. tuna steaks for $162.00, plus S&H. (No tax!) But if the order is Alaska 2-day air, the cost goes up an extra $20.00. If only Hawaii could send yellow-fin tuna to Alaska the way Alaska sends humpback whales to Hawaii!


Humpback whales from Alaska to Hawaii
 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

X is for XIGUA, Which is CHINESE for . . . #AtoZChallenge FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FOOD FOR THOUGHT
My daily #AtoZ posts combine two concepts in under-300-words per day:
an appealing food choice along with thoughts that spring to mind.
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Although there is no food that begins with the letter "x" in the English language, "xigua" is a Chinese word for watermelon and was the original name for the food. The xigua is a melon with powerful health benefits and there are more than 1,200 different varieties of the sweet watermelon worldwide.
Hard to believe, but the watermelon's nutritional value is found mostly in the rind. About 95% of this value is in the rind and white parts of the melon so it makes a great juicing ingredient. Benefits of eating watermelon include fresh skin and hydrated body. It clears the kidneys of toxins. Watermelon has lots of Vitamin A for great eyesight and Vitamin B6 for brainpower.
To complicate matters, a watermelon is considered a fruit because it grows from a seed but it is also a vegetable because it comes from the same family as the pumpkin, squash, and cucumber. Call it what you will, I've always loved watermelon as a summer snack. It's also a staple for July 4th picnics in the park.
 
One question that comes to mind, now that they've engineered seedless watermelon,
does that mean it is no longer considered a fruit?

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