Monday, May 10, 2010

Turkey Taco Salad

1 pound ground turkey
1 cup refried beans
1 cup black beans
1 taco seasoning
1/2 head of shredded iceberg lettuce
1 medium sliced avocado - cut each slice into 3 pieces (to make smaller)
4 big roma tomatoes - seeded and chopped
1/2 chopped red onion (add more according to taste)
2 cups chopped cilantro
1/2 jalapeno pepper - seeded and chopped finely (add more according to taste)
juice of 1 lime
3 TBSP olive oil
1/2 cup lowfat sour cream (optional)
I cup mild red taco sauce
1 cup lowfat grated mexican cheese
4 cups thin and crisp tortilla chips

Brown the ground turkey on a skillet with olive oil until cooked.  Add the taco seasoning and mix together. Add the refried beans and mix well.  Set aside. Mix the chopped tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, jalapeno, and the lime juice to make salsa. On a deep round or square serving tray, make a bed of lettuce. Arrange the crisp and thin tortillas around the serving tray.  Layer the turkey meat and put the following on top; black beans, sour cream, taco sauce, and avocado slices. Then add some salsa . Sprinkle with grated mexican cheese.

*Serve with a refreshing tamarind juice, lemon, or lime juice.

Lifestyle Changes: Eating Healthy and Exercising

My family loves good food and we love to cook together when an occasion calls for it like birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, etc. but lately, all that is changing.   In the recent months, our family has been undergoing great lifestyle changes.

It would be unwise to continuously ignore the consequences of not eating healthy.  Ignoring the fact that saturated fat from a big fat juicy rib eye steak can eventually clog your arteries, that having a sweet tooth and not controlling your cravings for ice cream, chocolate bars, cakes, donuts, candies will elevate the sugar in your blood and can give you diabetes, and last but not least, putting too much salt or other sodium products in your food can elevate your blood pressure.  In the same manner, drinking too much alcohol can eventually lead to stroke or heart failure but also can contribute to other problems for your heart and other organs. 

It is time to make lifestyles changes.  Moderation is the key and exercising at least three times a week for about 30 to 45 minutes will help bring down the numbers next time you get your medical lab work done.

Nowadays, there's so much information in the internet, books, and tv shows that can educate us about healthy eating and exercising regularly.  It's about time we take this seriously.  Most of the silent killers do not show any symptoms until it hits you.  It is your life and no one else can take care of it but you.

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