Food & Drink

8 Foods To Choose For Excellent Midlife Health

You are no doubt aware that there is a link, between fatty foods and fitness. Whilst it is nice to have treats in moderation, and sometimes this can feel essential to keep your sanity; it becomes essential to keep an eye on the amount of saturated fats and sugar we eat if we are going to maintain our midlife health.

naughty dessert treats

It is best to especially watch foods such as pies, biscuits, cakes and savoury snacks as they contain a surprisingly high amount of fat which can sneak up on the tummy making it harder to stay in shape and feel fit and healthy.

Here are 8 foods however, that have very impressive health and fitness benefits. You could incorporate some of the ones you fancy into your weekly shopping list:

Fresh salmon fillet for omega-3
Fresh salmon fillet with parsley and lemon slices – yum

1 Fish

Fish, particularly salmon, is packed with protein and omega 3 fats, which are excellent for your heart. A light meal containing fish would be great to enjoy after you come in from enjoying your exercises, as it is great to eat to refuel and recover. Salmon also has a good balance of carbohydrates.

It helps your ticker by lowering cholesterol as well as strengthening your heart muscles. The omega 3 can help prevent blood clots. It is also good for your skin, hair and eyes. Tuna and sardines can also help with your fitness.

spinach2 Green Veggies

Green Veg, particularly broccoli and spinach, are excellent for fitness (who can forget Popeye pumping his muscles after he’d ate his spinach?).

Spinach contains loads of vitamin K which is great for your bones as well as twice the concentration of iron as even other great greens.

Broccoli is not called a ‘Superfood’ for nothing either, it is good for your heart and joints and the magnesium can help your memory.

bottles of olive oil3 Olive Oil

Olive Oil (no, we’re not back to Popeye!) is also very good when it comes to your fitness. It has a link to cancer prevention and can reduce cholesterol as well as strengthening your blood vessels and reducing your blood pressure.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (preferable 100%) is the best type to go for to keep you fighting fit, as the goodness hasn’t been diluted out of it.

healthy tomatoes4 Tomatoes

As well as being packed with vitamins, folate and potassium, tomatoes have the rare balance of being filling without being fattening.

They can help prevent lines and wrinkles, fight osteoporosis, due to their vitamin K and calcium content and can even help your eyesight due to their vitamin A content.

healthy nuts5 Nuts

As long as they are eaten in moderation, not coated in sugar, salt or fatty flavourings, or washed down with a gallon of beer or wine, nuts are actually very good for you!

Almonds are recommended due to trumping every other type of nut in the calcium stakes, and they also contain a lot of fibre.

Walnuts are also great as they can reduce inflammation of the arteries due to their omega 3 content.

healthy blueberries packed with vitamin c6 Blueberries

Blueberries really are a ‘Superfood’ and are the Ninjas of antioxidants – the fighters of certain disease.

They can help with your heart, enhance your memory, reduce blood sugar levels and can decrease depression symptoms.

If you find them a bit bland on their own, you could keep ‘em healthy by adding them to a fruit salad or a plain yoghurt.

healthy protein rich beans7 Beans

Beans are an excellent source of protein and can be a great substitute for fatty meats, particularly if you are trying to watch the waistline.

This is because they contain the minerals and fibre of meat but not the bad saturated fat. They are also filling and versatile, with a variety of different types available; not just the canned baked beans you may keep stocked up for the grandchildren!

Don’t forget these other types of beans you can get, including kidney beans and black beans. (If you can’t resist canned baked beans yourself, you could always opt for a low-salt/sugar option.)

Beans also go great in tortilla wraps as a fun, healthy sandwich alternative. They are a must in a chilli con carne and can liven up those soups and salads.

chocolate-28 Dark Chocolate

It doesn’t just have to be the more obvious sensible food that is good for you. Dark chocolate may feel like a naughty treat, but the good news is that an ounce of it contains loads of nutrients and antioxidants which can actually fight heart disease. It can also stimulate muscle growth and literally cheers you up due to lowering your stress levels!

The key, before you reach for the whole box or bar though, is moderation. Your sweet cravings can be satisfied with as little as one square daily and you should always go for a cocoa/cacao content of above 65% to reap the benefits.
Karen Hill

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15 Nutrition Trends For 2015

What’s Trending in Nutrition? Survey of Nutrition Experts Predicts Popular Trends…

Will 2015 be gluten-free? Is Paleo out? Are we eating carbs yet? Is kale still the Queen of Greens or will nuts, seeds or cauliflower take the throne? The annual “What’s Trending in Nutrition” Survey from Pollock Communications and Today’s Dietitian highlights what’s forecasted to be in – and what’s out – when it comes to nutrition and healthy eating in 2015.

The survey of more than 500 registered dietitians, conducted by the nutrition trade magazine Today’s Dietitian and a leading food, health and wellness public relations agency, Pollock Communications.

Healthy nuts
Kale and coconut are still trendy choices, but seeds and nuts have taken over as the top two superfoods for 2015.

Other foods expected to make frequent appearances on consumers’ plates in the New Year include ancient grains, Greek yogurt and avocado.

Nutrition experts say that consumers still look to gluten-free eating, while low-fat diets have fizzled. They also agree that consumers care about GMO-free, along with locally grown food and high quality protein.

Here’s a list of what registered dietitians say is trending for 2015. 


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What Does Cake And Lawyers Have in Common?

Sounds like a joke’s coming… well almost. It seems like lawyers are turning their backs on all that learning and going into the cake business and why not. Who wouldn’t exchange the courtroom for the kitchen.

There are many such cases of professionals changing careers, mid flow, only last year, friends,  a long standing teaching couple went ahead and opened an online store selling all kinds of gluten free cakes and breads.

There is still plenty of room in the high street and online for more cake shops – we still have a long way to catch up on the Europeans. The popularity of making cakes and breads continues to flourish and may the trend continue.

“It’s true, what they say. You can do anything with a law degree. Here in D.C., one-time attorneys are opening grocery stores, founding dog-walking companies, running bakeries and launching tech startups.

This isn’t just a local trend — though in D.C., with more lawyers per capita than any other major metropolitan area, dropout attorneys may be more common. Nationwide, 24 percent of lawyers who passed the bar in 2000 weren’t practicing law in 2012, according to an American Bar Foundation survey.

What’s causing the exodus? CareerBliss, a company that tracks workplace satisfaction, reports that associate lawyers are less happy at work than people in any other profession.

“Being an attorney is reactive. You’re always dealing with problems and putting out fires,” says Casey Berman of the career consultancy Leave Law Behind. “A lot of attorneys change careers because they want to be creative.”

Perhaps that’s why so many of D.C.’s former lawyers seem to take up baking. Curbside Cupcakes, Cakelove and Baked by Yael were all founded by ex-attorneys.

“It’s a nice contrast to practicing law,” says cake-pop purveyor Yael Krigman, 33. “We’re making people happy. There’s nothing adversarial about baking.”

As Krigman prepares to open her first store in November, she’s finding that her past life as a corporate lawyer comes in handy.


“I’m using my law degree literally every day, negotiating contracts and leases, reading health codes,” she says.

She’s prepared for brutal hours, too. “Even when customers call with a last-minute order, I think, ‘This is nothing. We had to write entire briefs in less time.’ ”

Victoria Lai, 34, who quit her job as a government lawyer to open Ice Cream Jubilee in Navy Yard, hasn’t found as much skill transfer.

When it comes to negotiating leases, “I know enough to know I need to hire a lawyer,” she says.

Ex-attorneys don’t just push sweets. They start buzzy tech companies, among them Silica Labs (Google Glass platform developers), Synapsify (text analysis software) and UberOffices (on-demand workspaces). All are based in the D.C. area.

One thing many of these entrepreneurs have in common is that they kept their well-compensated day jobs — at first.

“Lawyers tend to be a little risk-averse,” says Elise Whang, founder of the consignment shopping website Snobswap, which she founded with her sister.

Whang, 39, got the idea for Snobswap when she was putting in long hours as a corporate litigator, and unable to get out of the office to browse for clothes.

Snobswap opened for business in 2010, but it took two years for Whang to quit her day job. Now she spends her time visiting consignment stores around the country and curating the site’s high-end offerings instead of writing legal briefs.

“Part of me is kicking myself for not doing it sooner,” she says.

Former lawyers Ilene Miller and Lisa Friedlander, founders of Activity Rocket, also spent more than a year working on their business plan before committing to the business full-time, in 2011. Supportive spouses were key.

“Our husbands believe in the success of the company,” Friedlander says.

“We’re living off their paychecks now, but we’ll retire on ours,” Miller says.

Miller and Friedlander, both 45, have five children between them, and the difficulty of keeping up with their kids’ schedules inspired them to create Activity Rocket, a website that allows parents to efficiently search and sign up for after-school activities.
Long hours of data entry and Web design have paid off. The site now draws about 7,000 visitors a month. Even more exciting: “I’m proud to say, we’re cash-flow positive,” Miller says.

“It just goes to show,” she says. “Even lawyers can grow up to be anything they want.”

We rest our case

Which of these culinary institutions was not founded by a lawyer? The answer is below.

Curbside Cupcakes
Baked by Yael (cake pops)
Tribes-a-Dozen (kosher challah mix)
Ice Cream Jubilee
Cork (wine bar)
Slate (wine bar)
Neat Meat (sloppy joe food truck)
GCDC (grilled cheese restaurant)

Answer: Neat Meat, which was founded by two lawyers.”

Author: Sadie Dingfelder

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Recipe For Pumpkin Chess Pie – Better Than Pecan?

I love Pecan pie; it wasn’t until I was a lot older than normal American children who had had pecan pie, before I had even heard of it let alone tasted it – probably because I never was an American child, hailing as I do from across the water.

But when I did first taste it (in Boston) I wondered why it wasn’t a staple desert in my mother’s cooking armoury. However I am digressing as this is about Pumpkin Pie and this looked so good I had to try baking it and I wasn’t disappointed and nor will you.

I always opted for pecan pie over pumpkin pie. I don’t really know why, maybe I never really had a GREAT pumpkin pie, it always seemed sort of one-note. Evan loves it though and I wanted to try something new with pumpkin pie that would really make me love it. I think I found it. One day it dawned on me that it would be cool to try making a pie with the texture of a lemon-chess pie but with pumpkin, and after googling a little bit, I found that of course it’s already been done. So here you have it, the pumpkin chess pie. Super pumpkiny in flavor but also sweet and better textured. And I won’t lie, I ate three slices of this yesterday. (I couldn’t get a good picture!)


Recipe after the jump.

Pumpkin Chess Pie (recipe adapted from Martha White)



  • 1/2 recipe (bottom crust only) pie pastry crust
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 heaping cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 tbsp corn meal
  • scant 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp eggnog
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 heaping tbsp pecan pieces

  • 1 tbsp butter

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


1. Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.


2. Add in the pumpkin, spices, baking powder, salt, and eggnog. Beat well until incorporated. Add more spices to taste.


3. Beat in the eggs, then stir in the corn meal. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


4. Roll out your pie crust and crimp the edges. I admit I need to work on making pretty pie crusts, this one was just sad. Pour in the filling and put immediately in the oven.


5. Bake for 45-50 minutes, until crust is golden and filling is set. Allow to cool.


6. Melt 1 tbsp of butter. Stir in 1 tbsp brown sugar. Add pecan pieces and stir until all pieces are evenly coated. Spoon into the center of the pie.

If you’re not eating it that day you can put it in the fridge, it bakes well in advance if you’re making it for Turkey Day. It also pairs very well with whiskey.

Author: mallorylance
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Quick and Easy Donuts – Yum

I love donuts always think they’re too much bother to make and end up going down the local supermarket to buy a dozen only to find out that bake day was 3 days previous – yeah they’re nice straight out of the oven, you can’t beat freshly made donuts, but they soon go stale – so make ’em yourself…

Cinnamon sugar pizza dough donuts. Quick easy and hits the spot for something sweet.

Yields : 8 donuts


One bag pre made pizza dough( usually located in the deli section of your local supermarket, for about 1.99), or one box instant pizza dough( chef Boyardee make a good one)

Enough oil to make about two inches of oil in a pan.

1/2 cup white sugar

2tbsp cinnamon

1tsp vanilla powder


Rolling pin

Clean work surface

Flour for work surface

Large bowl

Deep sided frying pan or cast iron pot

Candy thermometer

Round biscuit cutter

Cake icing tip or any small round object can work.

Sheet pan

Wire rack

Slotted spoon or spider



Pre heat oil to 350 degrees measure with candy thermometer

Remove pizza dough from package, or mix pizza dough and turn out onto floured work surface.

Roll pizza dough out to about 1/8 inch thick and cut rounds with the biscuit cutter, and punch the center out with the cake tip or object of choice.

After that process, mix cinnamon, sugar, and vanilla powder together in a bowl and set aside.

Place cut donuts in the oil facing away from you ( working with hot oil is dangerous so be careful) fry donut on one side until brown, and flip and fry on other side until same.

After, place cooked donuts on wire rack on top of sheet pan to drain any excess oil.

While donuts are still warm toss in cinnamon mixture.


Author: letuseatthis
Food & Drink

10 Mad Wedding Cakes – Are you sure?

Some scary wedding cakes here – always puts me in the mind of – well – what did they discuss during their preparations or was the bride having a drunken chat with her bridesmaids or did she just say to her cake baking friend “come up with something mmm, different”.

In my humble opinion, the best part of the wedding is the cake. Some like chocolate, some like vanilla, and some like random fruit fillings (I won’t be attending those weddings.) Every aspect of a wedding is personalized for the bride and groom, and a cake is no different. That being said, these 14 ridiculous cakes will make you wish you had checked the “decline with regret” box on the invitation.

1. This killer cake:

Maybe this cake represents the stress a bride is under while planning a wedding, but I think it’s safe to say that you shouldn’t marry someone that’s been contemplating murdering you since you ordered your cake.

2. This donut cake:

The classiest thing about this “cake” is that it’s served on modern square plates. I have to assume that either two cops are getting married or that the newlyweds plan on starting their exciting new life with diabetes.

3. This doppelgänger dessert:

This cake is an exact replica of the bride, standing a full five-feet tall and a massive 400 pounds, this bride clearly did not want anything taking the attention off her during her wedding. The couple originally planned to have a replica of the groom, too, but sadly the bakery ran out of time. Tough break.

5. This uncomfortable confection:

This cake is guaranteed to make every guest at the reception super uncomfortable. Not only is it wildly inappropriate, but it’s also very poorly done. Hell, if I have to see the bride and groom naked, they might as well actually look like humans.

6. This deadly dessert:

Unlike the nudist on the cake before, I have the opposite concern for this one: it’s too realistic. Honestly, if I was the first person to see the cake, I would think an axeman got into the reception. This brings new definition to “Red Wedding.”

7. This uncooked confection:

Aside from the high risk of getting E. Coli from this strange choice, I can’t think of a single person that would want to cut in to a cake made of raw fish, avocado, spinach, and edamame, regardless of whether or not it was properly refrigerated. Also — what’s with the ducks?

8. This plant-filled fare:

I don’t really think that this was what Al Gore meant by “going green.” Aside from having a living water plant in the cake, it looks relatively normal. My one question is: where are the fishies?

9. This fishy final course:

I guess this cake is marginally better than the sushi cake, but it’s still weird to think that the bride (will a three-tiered veil no less) and groom chose to sit their topper atop hundreds of sugary coy fish. I hope it smells better than it looks.

10. This burger “cake:”

Now I am all for being true to yourself when it comes to planning your wedding, but you should keep your party in mind when it comes to the food. I am pretty sure no one but this overly excited groom is looking forward to digging into that giant burger.