See what 300- to 400-calorie meals look like

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Food, Health |

The Diet Blog has a great gallery of 300- to 400-calorie meals that look mighty healthy and tasty to boot.

This is a good follow up to the previously mentioned 200-calorie gallery, which put into perspective a 200-calorie portion of healthy foods versus less healthy fare. This gallery actually displays several healthy 300- 400-calorie meals, most of which look delicious. These are the kind of well put-together meals that make dieting seem not so bad, helping you realize that a chicken and rice dish looks a lot more appealing than that unsexy stack of rice cakes.

+ What Do 300 Calorie Meals Look Like? [diet blog] via LifeHacker

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Chilly Billy Ice Pops

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Food, Health, Ice-Cream |

Amidst the chaos of dietary requirements, five-a-day, buying organic, food miles and a new fangled sense of providence, choosing food has never been so wrought with issues. Whatever happened to buying something based upon the principle it tasted good?

Well, thankfully, one company has ticked all the ethical boxes and made sure their new lollies taste of something. Bensons, a small family run business based in the English countryside, has produced an ice-pop that contains nothing but fruit. Chilly Billy consists of no added sugars, waters, preservatives, or artificial colours – just pure English pressed apples and a handful of raspberries. In fact, eating two counts as one of your five portions of fruit and veg a day.

Jeremy Benson, managing director of Bensons said, “We really felt there was a gap in the market where ice-pops are concerned.”  Taking a look in the freezers at a local supermarket, you can see why. So far they have only produced the Apple and Raspberry flavored pop, but if their current range of fruit juices are anything to go by, expect rhubarb, elderflower and cinnamon flavors making their way into iced-format.

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Fresh & Frozen Gourmet Baby Food

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Baby Food, Food, Health |

While organic and gourmet baby food aren’t new, they’ve mostly been limited to jarred varieties. Start-ups in two categories are widening the options for parents who want to feed their infants something fresh, but don’t have the time or talent to prepare their own gourmet purées. They also provide inspiring examples for entrepreneurs interested in catering to this niche.


First, there’s the refrigerated, prepared foods section. Following the lead of fresh convenience foods for adults, companies like Swedish Gapa are focused on creating fresh, healthy and tasty foods for tiny people. Gapa, which is Swedish for open your mouth, is conservative-free and sold in cheerful containers in Sweden’s second largest supermarket, as well as in four trendy restaurants, a smart move for reaching parents who enjoy taking their babies out for dinner.

In the United States, several entrepreneurs have developed similar concepts. Californian Homemade Baby’s certified organic and kosher food for infants and toddlers is freshly made each day. Stressing an important selling point of gourmet baby foods, Homemade Baby claims that “when babies learn what real food tastes like and how good it makes their little tummies feel, they are on their way to making good food choices for life.”

Californian tots can also dine on fresh organic baby foods from Bohemian Baby, available for those aged 6–15 months. Bohemian Baby offers home delivery within LA. A USD 45 start kit contains a special cooler and four jars of food. On the East Coast, Evie’s Organic Edibles delivers freshly made foods within Manhattan. Parents can select dishes from menus that vary weekly and are designed to help stimulate developing taste buds.


Gourmet, ready-made baby food also extends to the frozen food aisle, where inspiration can be found from Mom Made, Plum Organics, Happy Baby and NummyNums, all offering food that’s organic and flash-frozen, locking in flavour and nutrients.

Most of these brands are relatively small and regional start-ups, founded by parents who couldn’t find foods they wanted to feed their babies and toddlers. We haven’t spotted any of the major manufacturers venturing into fresh or frozen baby food, so now’s the time to start your own line of delectable and healthy dinners for wee ones. As Happy Baby puts it, “think outside the jar.” How to make your brand stand out? Beautiful and informative packaging will obviously help win shelf space at upmarket supermarkets, and Gapa’s idea of selling to restaurants is clever. As are Happy Baby’s combined packs, containing two flavours each, and all of the convenient frozen portion concepts that can go straight from freezer to microwave. Last but not least, home delivery is a good way to get this type of business up and running. So get cooking! 😉


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World’s Healthiest Cuisines

Posted on April 28, 2007. Filed under: Cuisines, Food |

Dieting is usually viewed as a temporary process that one endures in order to shed a few pounds before the summer, shape up for a big event or lose a beer belly that may have sprung up after an indulgent vacation.

Unfortunately, the majority of Americans today are constantly battling with food and searching for the next best thing in the world of weight loss.

If you walk into a shopping center, watch television, read the newspaper or even listen to the radio, it is impossible to avoid seeing advertisements for a new diet plan, pill, book, DVD or health club.

The U.S. is packed with fitness and health clubs and our grocery stores are filled with more low-fat, low-carb, sugar-free, and salt-free products than any other country in the world.

So why are the majority of Americans overweight and unhealthy while the rest of the world is not?

Consisting largely of soda, candy, fried food, and meat, the American diet ranks low in nutrients and high in fat and processed ingredients. Processed foods contain higher levels of saturated fat, sugar and salt than unprocessed foods, and have been directly linked to increasing obesity rates. Additionally, Americans eat larger portions and exercise less than any other country in the world.

Needless to say, America could stand a diet and lifestyle lesson from several other countries and regions that live healthier, fitter lives without trying half as hard.

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Fine Living: 10 Edible Endangered Animals

Posted on February 18, 2007. Filed under: Animals, Food, Travel |

In different environments around the world, there are a great number of different culinary tastes. And for the most part — if you look hard enough — someone, somewhere, will be cooking just about anything you can think of. The general rule is: If it’s edible and someone is hungry enough, it will be eaten. But there are certain delicacies or culinary trends that are rarely encountered by most people, and the practice of dining on endangered animals is one of them.

The list that follows, after the jump, highlights several endangered animals that are eaten in certain cultures. If you ever get the chance to try one of them, it may be wise to check the legality of the practice and consume at your own risk.

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Top 10 Foods for a Good Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 29, 2007. Filed under: Advice, Cooking, Food, Sleep |

What is the secret to getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep? Head for the kitchen and enjoy one or two of these 10 foods. They relax tense muscles, quiet buzzing minds, and/or get calming, sleep-inducing hormones – serotonin and melatonin – flowing. Yawning yet?

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