Did You Know There Are 4 Different Types of Vegetarians?

The most widely accepted definition of a vegetarian by fellow vegetarians is a person who eats no meat, fish, or poultry. Primarily a vegetarian consistently avoids all flesh foods as well as byproducts of meat, fish, and poultry.  However, vegetarian diets vary in the extent to which they exclude animal products.

There are four types of vegetarians, Semi-vegetarians, Lacto-Ovo vegetarians, Lacto-vegetarians, and Vegans.  The difference between them are as follows:

  • Semi-vegetarians are those who are cutting back on his or her intake of meat. A pollo vegetarian avoids red meat and fish but eats chicken, and a pesco pollo vegetarian avoids red meat but eats chicken and fish.
  • Lacto-Ovo vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry but includes dairy products and eggs. They eat such foods as cheese, ice cream, yogurt, milk, and eggs as well as foods that include these ingredients.
  • Lacto vegetarians diet excludes meat, fish, and poultry, as well as eggs and any foods containing eggs, however, they eat dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and cheese.
  • Vegans avoid eating or using all animal products, including meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, any foods containing by-products of these ingredients, including the use of wool, silk, leather, and any nonfood items made with animal byproducts. Some vegans even avoid money.

What type of vegetarian are you?  Today is day 5 of my journey of becoming a vegetarian, and according to this list I am a pollo vegetarian, however, I do not eat chicken, but I do eat seafood and plenty of vegetables and salads. Because becoming a vegetarian is very new for me, I thought it would be nice to include in the Workout
Wednesday category, recipes for vegetarians and for those who just want to eat healthier. I hope you enjoy the new additions and now I’m off to search for the recipes, Lois.

 

About Workout Wednesdays!

Welcome to Workout Wednesday!  Everyone is or should be aware of the importance of working out.  There is nowhere you can go on the planet where there is not a reference to how important regular exercising is. Whether you’re out for a walk or surfing on social media you will see advertisements from gyms who are hosting specials for memberships, as well as literature or videos showing different types of movements that are beneficial to the body and one’s well-being.

According to Brian D. Johnston of International Association of Resistance Training: Prescribed Exercise Clinics, “exercising regularly makes the heart stronger and the lungs fitter, enabling the cardiovascular system to deliver more oxygen to the body with every heartbeat and the pulmonary system to increase the maximum amount of oxygen that the lungs can take in. Exercise lowers blood pressure, somewhat decreases the levels of total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and increases the level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the good cholesterol). These beneficial effects, in turn, decrease the risk of heart attack, stroke, and coronary artery disease. In addition, colon cancer and some forms of diabetes are less likely to occur in people who exercise regularly.”

Simply put working out, is beneficial to not only one’s physical appearance but also to one’s internal mechanisms that keep the body running smoothly.  As well as improving muscle strength which allows for performing physical tasks easier.  Exercising/working out aids in the stretching of muscles and joints, which also allow for an increase in flexibility and aids in the prevention of injuries.

Here are 10 additional reasons to get your workout in, written by Esther Chain, Women’s Health:

  1. Improves Your Mood  – Who doesn’t need a mood stabilizer? Did you know that a brisk workout boost production brain chemicals that ease stress and anxiety which makes you feel happier and more relaxed?
  2. Helps You Sleep Better  – According to a study conducted by the National Sleep Foundation up to 67% of those who exercise regularly, report that they get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Strengthens Your Memory – The Behavioral Brain Research study shows that a single session of an aerobic workout produces higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory.
  4. Boosts Your Creativity – A published article in the journal, “Frontiers of Neuroscience,” reported that working out regularly can jack your ability to brainstorm new ideas. 
  5. Reduce Your Risk of Cancer – Though it’s not clear as to how much exercising or which type of exercise, physical activity has been linked to a lower risk of breast and endometrial cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. 
  6. Recharges Your Batteries – Exercising just 2-3 times a week can boost energy level by 20%, decreasing fatigue by 60%.
  7. Make You More Confident – Knowing the amazing physical challenges that you’ve been able to accomplish, gives you kick ass confidence that spills over into other parts of your life.
  8. Fewer Sick Days – Research suggests that working out at least 2-3 times a week, results in the ability to fight off bacteria.
  9. Eases Killer Cramps – Research shows that working out triggers the release of endorphins, which are like opioids that relieve the agony of period pain. 
  10. Allows for Smoother Work Day – According to a study published last year by the journal, “Population Health Management, exercise increases productivity at the job.

In this section, I will be posting different facts, exercising tips, summaries of interesting articles, interviews with personal trainers (sometime in the future), and loads of motivation. So be sure to stop in regularly. 

Lois

Welcome To Tasty Tuesdays!

 

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Welcome to Tasty Tuesday!

As I sit here thinking about what I should post, I thought it would be best to post recipes that do not require too much prepping and time to prepare.  I myself am a big fan of one pan recipes for those days that get away from me, but I am also a rabid fan of foods that takes lots of time to prep and prepare.  I usually save the weekends (Sundays) for preparing large dinners, which are great for leftovers during the week.  And once the leftovers have been consumed, then it’s time for either a  meal that takes little to no time or a nice DeGiorno Supreme frozen pizza. Mmm, yum!

It never occurred to me that choosing a recipe to share with you guys would be so very difficult until I sat at my computer today, to do so. LOL.  So I decided that it might be nice to post a recipe for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner all on the same day.  This way you’ll have three choices in which to choose from. In time this section should be bursting with great recipes increasing your choices or at least give you an inkling of what you may have a taste for.  

The recipes you find here will be from different sources, of which I will provide the URL for. Some will be my very own as they have been handed down from my family tree, and finally, there will be YouTube videos of me preparing meals for you to watch at your leisure.

I hope you enjoy this section and Bon Appetite!  

Lois

Happy Monday!

 

 

 

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Strawberry Peach Sangria

Peaches are bar none my favorite fruit, then strawberries,  which is the reason why I chose this wonderful-looking drink.  The recipe for this Sangria comes courtesy of Camille Bergerson and Hector Gomez/Tasty.  I am so looking forward to Peach season now. Lois

Strawberry Peach Sangria

INGREDIENTS

Serves 8 – 10

15 strawberries
2 peaches
2 cups water
1½ cups sugar
1 bottle white wine, chilled
¾ cup rum
Extra strawberries and peaches, sliced
1 bottle sparkling white wine or champagne, chilled
Ice cubes

PREPARATION

1. Discard the green tops of the strawberries and slice the peaches.
2. In a saucepan, dissolve sugar in water, then add the strawberries and peaches.
3. Bring to a rolling boil and reduce to medium heat. Boil for approximately 15 minutes, or until the strawberries become pale and the peaches are soft.
4. Strain the syrup and refrigerate for 2 hours, or until cooled. Discard boiled fruit.
5. In a pitcher, combine the cooled syrup, sliced fruit, white wine, and rum.
6. Scoop fruit into glasses with ice, pour sangria, and top with sparkling wine.
7. Enjoy!

Here’s the YouTube Video to Show You How it’s Done:

Happy Thirsty Thurdsay!

Happy Thirsty Thursday,

I hope everyone is having a great day.  Just one more day before the weekend is upon us! Yay!  Just Popping in to say hello and to wish you a wonderful rest of the day!  

Thirsty Thursday recipes to follow soon, as well as some nice vegetarian recipes!

Do enjoy, Lois.

 

Sheet-Pan Steak and Rainbow Veggies

Although I have recently cut down on my meat intake, when I came across this recipe I just had to share it.  It’s so simple and one could easily substitute the steak with any type of meat that takes minutes to cook in the oven. This yummy recipe also comes courtesy of Alix Traeger and Greg P. Gleason/Tasty.  Great for a Friday night or Saturday afternoon or evening.  Lois.

INGREDIENTS

Vegetables

1½ cups cherry tomatoes

1 large carrot, cut into coins

1 yellow bell pepper, 1-inch dices

1 medium-size red onion, 1-inch dices

10 asparagus spears, trimmed and cut in half

3-4 tablespoons olive oil

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

4-5 garlic cloves

4-5 sprigs of thyme

Steak

1 pound sirloin steak, or favorite cut

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 garlic clove

Salt

Pepper

PREPARATION

# Preheat oven to 400°F/200˚C.

# Prepare the vegetables.

# Place cherry tomatoes, carrots, yellow bell pepper, red onion, and asparagus evenly on a baking tray. (Try not to let the vegetables overlap too much, so that they roast properly.)

# Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper (to taste).

# Add garlic cloves and sprigs of thyme on top of the vegetables.

# Roast vegetables for 15 minutes.

# Bring back the tray and push vegetables to the side to make room for the steak.

# Place the steak in the middle of the pan and season both sides with salt and pepper.

# Top the steak with a sprig of thyme and a clove of garlic.

# Place back in oven for 10 more minutes or until desired doneness is reached.

# Allow the steak to rest for 5-10 minutes.

# Plate the vegetables and top with cut steak.

# Enjoy!

Here’s The YouTube Video To Show You How It’s Done:

One-Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Good Afternoon,

I am running a little behind today so I will begin with a nice hearty meal.  One=Skillet Chicken Pot Pie a recipe submitted by Alix Traeger and Greg P. Gleason over at Tasty.  This is definitely a recipe I will try because I usually make my chicken pot pies the old fashion way with crust on the bottom and top, however, things are about to change.. Lois .:)

INGREDIENTS

Servings: 4-6

1 tablespoon olive oil

1½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cubed

½ white onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup gold potatoes, cubed

2 cups frozen peas and carrots

4 tablespoons all-purpose flour

4 tablespoons butter

2 cups chicken broth

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

1 store-bought pie crust, thawed if frozen

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 400˚F/200˚C.

2. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and heat oil over a cast-iron skillet. Add the cubed chicken, cooking until no longer pink. Remove chicken and set aside.

3. To the same skillet, add the onions and garlic. Sauté until translucent.

4. Add potatoes and sauté about 5 minutes.

5. Add peas and carrots, and stir again.

6. Add the butter to the vegetable and allow to melt.

7. Sprinkle the flour, covering the vegetables, and quickly stir to avoid lumps.

8. Pour in chicken broth and bring to a boil to thicken sauce.

9. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

10. Place pie dough over the chicken and vegetable mixture, and seal along the edges of the skillet with your fingers.

11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

12. Enjoy!

Here’s the YouTube Video To Show You How It’s Done:

 

 

Fashionable Shoes

Hello Again,

Fashion Friday is one again upon us and I think you are going to pretty happy with today’s postings. It’s all about the shoes!!!  I have to tell you I came upon this incredible find by accident.  You see I went onto, “The Zoe Report,” (my go-to place for fashion advice) and there was this article entitled, “The Only 5 Shoes You Need for Spring,” which I was going to bypass because I wanted a nice selection.  Lucky for me I did, there are  5 examples, of Low Heels, Slip On Sandals, Mules, Satin Styles, and Platforms! A great find, don’t you agree? Enough of the chitter chatter, let’s get to the shoes!  

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attico mules 800proenza schouler mules 800phillip lim mules 800

best spring shoe trends satin styleshm satin 800mr by man repeller satin 800gianvito rossi satin 800trademark satin 800dear frances satin 800best spring shoe trends platformsmango platforms 800schutz platforms 800brother vellies platforms 800rachel zoe platforms 800prada platforms 800

Now that you’ve seen the collection, which is your favorite? Mine are the kitten heels, I don’t have pretty feet, so any shoes with the toes out are not my favorites. Plus the fact that I am pretty tall, so I don’t like to go above, 2 1/2 inches as well.  

To find out more information on the above shoes, just click on the title link, (2nd link) and you’ll get the name of the shoe, descriptions, and price.  Happy Hunting, Lois

Veggie Nuggets

I thought it would be nice to start out with something simple and yummy looking as well.  This Veggie Nuggets recipe comes courtesy of Claire Nolan, BuzzFeed/Tasty.

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Here’s a video that shows you how to make them:

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INGREDIENTS

Servings: 6–8 (makes 40–50 nuggets)

3 carrots, peeled & cut into chunks

½ head cauliflower, broken up

1 head broccoli, broken up

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 egg

½ teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1¾ cup plain bread crumbs

PREPARATION

1. In a food processor, blend carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, garlic, egg, onion powder, salt, and pepper until combined.

2. Add 1¼ cup of bread crumbs and blend just until incorporated.

3. Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture and form a small circular shaped “nugget.”

4. Place the remaining ½ cup of bread crumbs in a bowl and cover each nugget with the bread crumbs.

5. Either pan-fry with a small drizzle of oil over medium-high heat until both sides are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can bake them on a piece of parchment paper at 400˚F/200˚C for 25 minutes, flipping after the first 15 minutes.

6. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.

7. Enjoy!