Hey don’t look now but, yes, we have jetted into the new year of 2017. Most people always choose this time of year to start looking for a way to not only eat healthier but to also shed the pounds by cutting down of their carbs. Now we have the perfect new solution with a new trend that you may have not heard of yet. Banana flour.
But wait. Attention Diabetics, Banana Flour is great for us too because of its low glycemic index which releases glucose into the blood and a much slower rate causing blood sugar to rise at a much slower rate.
Yes, you can substitute Banana Flour in almost any flour recipe and even add it to shakes and smoothies as a nutrient since it too is high in potassium. Banana flour is known to also be good for folks with IBS or those of us who just need added fiber to our diets.
What does Banana flour taste like? Well it has a slightly nutty, clean flavor, but it is almost flavorless and is denser too which means you can get by with 25% less than normal wheat flour.
I found this rather interesting; Banana flour is made from bananas that aren’t suitable for commercial sale, because they have slight blemishes or an odd shape, for example, but are otherwise fine. They usually end up as rejects as consumers won’t buy them, so the bananas are simply tossed out, going to waste. Not no more because now they are being used to make Banana Flour.
At just 100 calories per ¼ cup, banana flour is lower in calories than all-purpose flour. It also contains 330 milligrams of potassium per ¼ cup serving – and, as it’s all natural, it retains many other vitamins and minerals from bananas like calcium too. It also contains RS2, which is an important form of resistant starch that’s found in few foods, along with a good dose of healthy dietary fiber. RS2 are resistant to digestion, and not completely broken down and absorbed while traveling through the digestive tract, they go untouched through the stomach and small intestines. Once in the large intestines, they’re able to help feed healthy gut bacteria, and ultimately produce short-chain fatty acids that aid in increasing the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.
As a great source of RS2, this also helps to provide health benefits that include decreasing the risk of diabetes, obesity and colon cancer. It’s even been found scientifically to be an effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease.
So what are you waiting for? Oder some Banana flour and start baking today.
Here’s to healthier eating in 2017.
It would appear that with our new president just having been sworn in we are in for the long haul and it should be interesting to see just what President Trump, personal friend of Russian President Putin has in store for us the American People.
What will happen to Obamacare as we know it, will President Trump go ahead and kill it with a swipe of his mighty Presidential Pen and leave Millions of us out of health insurance? What about welfare programs and Social Security, will the go by the wayside or become privatized with the help of our new president?
So many things we have to mull over and ponder. With President Trump having appointed a man that doesn’t believe in Global warming as head of the E.P.A. (Environmental Protection Agency) what help happen to our National Forests and Woodlands and all the protected wild animals that the E.P.A. was set up to protect.
What about President Trump’s choice for Attorney General of the United State, Judge Sessions who once tried three black folk trying to get them sentenced to 250 years a piece in what later was found to be a racial motivated trial? Has Judge Sessions changed his stripes or is that Hyena still running amuck?
I can still see why Bernie Sanders supporters are still so upset at the whole election. The majority believe that if Russia hadn’t hacked into the D.N.C. and the D.N.C. leader hadn’t put up so many hurdles for Sanders that he would have walked away with the Democratic Nomination and then he would have easily beat Trump, No Question. But, Oh Well, that didn’t happen, Sanders road to the president got caught up in Political fowl play and the rest is history.
It’s also easy to see why so many Democrats who though Hilary had it in the bag just didn’t show up to vote for her and that would have most certainly changed the outcome of the election.
Ho Hum,..... Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda, sis boom bah. That will serve to teach us all a lesson for the next time. That adage, it’s not over till the fat lady sings, still reads true to the end. For all of you who screwed up this time, don’t let it happen again and for all of you who voted President Trump in, now lets wait and see if he truly has any idea of what he’s going to do and how to do it in four extremely short years.
Just another, Point of View.
With the start of the year, so too, have started a bunch of great new movies at the theaters near you. Movies like, Underworld Blood Wars which too claims it might just be the end of the Underworld series but will it is yet to be confirmed for sure.
The Lycans are still trying to neutralize the Vampires and this believe they just may have the solution to the future, but do they ?
All the action mixed with special effects and grand choreography in the fight scenes makes Underworld Blood Wars all to real and a must see for past fans and new alike.
Another series that claims it may be coming to and end with the latest episode is Resident Evil The Final Chapter. Milla Jovovich is back in the lead and the action picks up right where it left off after Retribution.
The only survivor of what was meant to be humanity’s final stand against the undead. Now, she must return to where the nightmare began – The Hive in Raccoon City, where the Umbrella Corporation is gathering its forces for a final strike against the only remaining survivors of the apocalypse.
Definitely a must see for fans and new comers will enjoy it thoroughly as well.
Now for the latest chapter in the Triple X series, XXX The Return of Xander Cage. Vin Diesel returns in the lead role to his original character XXX, Xander Cage in an attempt to locate some supposedly global bad guys that not only killed his old boss, mentor and friend but also want to rule the world. Soon we find out that these global bad guys aren’t whom they may have been made out to be and the plot thickens as Xander calls in his old buddies to assist him in clearing things up.
The action is great, the comedy is funny as expected and the in the end there is a special surprise, no, actually several surprises in store for all of us and an assurance that series is far from over.
Other movies to watch out for in the Near Future are The Great Wall with Mat Damon, Logan and of course the long awaited Power Rangers.
So, what are you waiting for, throw yourself into your next great adventure now At The The Movies.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
He was a wizard who was tracking a Fantastic Beast that escaped it’s realm and just landed in its new city where wizards and magic were strictly controlled by a special society who’s enforcer was a rand wizard himself.
The new wizard in this town quickly starts to attract help from sympathizers and they all, together, set out to locate the Fantastic Beast run a muck.
Rated PG-13 from Warner Brothers Pictures, the movie runs 132 minutes. Harry Potter’s rich mythology delivers a spin-off that dazzles with a magic all its own.
Don’t leave your seat before the very end cause you’ll miss a revelation when the grand wizard finally converts back into himself and we get the first clue of what may be the next installment of FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM.
A STAR WARS STORY
The film everybody has been waiting on and has just been released at theaters everywhere. From Disney Pictures and Lucas Films “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and a new epic adventure. A group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star. This Star Wars brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. The Film is Rated PG-13 and runs 133 minutes. Enjoy.
From 20th Century Fox the film is rated PG-13 and runs about 116 minutes.
A revolutionary technology unlocks his genetic memories, and Callum Lynch experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization.
Tis the season to jump into a theater and get away for a few. See you soon, At The Movies.
So we’ve talked about the fruit of the GODS before, remember? The food of the GODS is the Avocado. Reason being is that the avocado is high in heart healthy saturated fats.
How ever, did you know that is exactly what the avocado and Coconut Oil have in common.
Just like the coconut the avocado is also a fruit. They both come from a tree and, they are both high in saturated fats. “Saturated fats not only increase the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also help to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterol. By Increasing the HDL’s in the body, it helps promote heart health, and lower the risk of heart disease.”
Awesome news if you don’t want to eat avocado every day. Coconut oil is the answer for getting a great amount of saturated fats on a daily basis. You can cook with it or ad it to all sorts of food directly from the jar. You can even take a spoonful followed by a sip of soy milk or any of your other favorite drinks. You can add it to recipes and use it for baking as well.
I like to make this great oatmeal concoction that you might like as well.
Take a mason jar. Pour in a serving of plain oatmeal. Add about an ounce of Chia Seeds, place the lid on the jar and mix well. Remove the lid and Add a Tablespoon of Coconut Oil plus Cinnamon to taste and a Tablespoon of Natural Honey. Top it all off with soy milk to about ½ an inch above the mixture. Put the lid back on the jar, give it a shake or two and leave in the fridge until morning. The next morning , open and munch away.
Every single thing in that mixture is great for your body and your health and tasty as well.
A little added info about coconut oil. It contains two qualities that help it fight cancer. One, because of the ketones produced in it’s digestion. Tumor cells are not able to access the energy in ketones and are glucose
dependent. It is believed that a ketogenic diet could be a possible component of helping cancer patients recover. Two, as the MCFA’s (medium-chain fatty acids) digest the lipid walls of bacteria, they also can kill the helicobacter pylori bacteria that has been known as increasing the risk of stomach cancer. Even in studies where cancer is chemically induced, the introduction of coconut oil prevents cancer from developing!
In a study in India, the high levels of antioxidants present in virgin coconut oil reduced inflammation and healing arthritis more effectively than leading medications. In another recent study, coconut oil that was harvested with only medium heat was found to suppress inflammatory cells. It worked as both an analgesic and anti-inflammatory.
Happy, Healthy Eating.
A New Year is on the horizon and have you thought about what your goals will be for the months to come. If your thinking about what went wrong last year STOP. Why waste any time and energy in worrying about that. We must look to the future instead of the past.
We must look to motivating ourselves to accomplishing bigger and better things. Motivate ourselves to work on our health, our stamina and our future. Push ourselves to attain things that we never thought we could do before because we only live once.
We have to keep believing that we can not only reach for the stars but if we work hard enough we can be one ourselves. Lets not forget that GOD gives us all the ability to excel. One must after all have a plan. We must set goals to accomplish. We must set them attainable and then make them a little less attainable because remember, we all have that hail Mary pass inside us.
Life has a way of beating us at times but remember, Life is cyclical. What goes round comes back around and what we sew is what we are bound to reap. So as we go along day by day also remember that our Creator made it clear that Love must rule. That our willingness to help others in greater need that ourselves is how we are judged.
It’s not not about how many things you have or how much money or land you have amassed. In the very end it’s all about how much you’ve cared for your fellow man.
So many times a day , a week, a month yes even year after year, we are give the opportunity to help others less fortunate that us. How many times have you or will you seize that opportunity this coming year.
If you can’t stop to help someone along they way then don’t even get in their way. If you wont help them, don’t hinder them.
Then there is that thing called Love. We are reminded every time someone passes that life is way to short for us to not Love to our very fullest. Love life itself, Love our parents, Love our brothers and sisters, Love strangers, Love food, Love travel, Love the ability to be healthy. Life is way to short, Love to the very fullest because we never know when our ability to Love will be cut short.
This Holiday Season, show everyone around you a little love and let that Love shine brightly through out the brand New Year. Be Safe, Be Blessed, GOD Speed.
Lots of great new movies coming as we head into the holiday season. Two that are must see and at your nearby theater right now are DR. STRANGE and ARRIVAL.
1st DR STRANGE staring Benedict Cumberbatch with all it’s great cinematography and special effects is a definite must see. Dr Strange a brilliant surgeon with a thriving practice until fate steps in the way and leaves him unable to operate at all. With conventional medicine unable to offer him any solution to his situation he goes on a wide quest to seek out an unconventional solution.
The search lands him in a land far from home and an individual that supposedly has the knowledge that will cure Dr Strange and allow him to get back to his ability to operate as a surgeon.
As he pursues that knowledge a whole new battle is brewing and Dr Strange is thrown smack dab in the middle of it. DR STARNGE, PG13 from Marvel Studios.
Next; The aliens have landed, in this case, all over the world and are waiting for communicating with us humans in ARRVAL. The huge, strange looking pods have been hovering all over certain cities through out the world and governments are all scrambling to try to figure out what they want. In every city and country where a pod has landed, the government has gathered its very best linguists and specialists to try to communicate with each pod and figure out just what the aliens are here for.
Are the aliens here on a peaceful venture or is their ARRIVAL more of that of a sinister act. The race is on to see who ca communicate with they first and figure out whether we should welcome them or arm against them.
In the United States the team sent to attempt to communicate with the local pod has their job cut out for them and the first meeting with the aliens is unusual and exciting for sure. The attempts to communicate are extremely interesting and are far from easy as the team has to figure out what the aliens are saying and what it really means.
All this going on while other governments are trying to arm and mount an act of war to the aliens instead. The clock is running and even though ARRIVAL doesn’t have a lot of special effects it does gives you quite a bit to ponder. ARRIVAL, PG13 from 21 Laps Entertainment.
It’s that warm and fuzzy time of year and the time when your going to need something a little extra special for the setting the mood. Got just the trick, how about a delicious and somewhat healthy Pumpkin Smoothie?
Your going to be amazed as to how simple it’s going to be to make. You’ll need half a cup of Pumpkin Puree per smoothie along with a quarter cup of Greek yogurt (vanilla or plain), combine them both with a Quarter Cup of Milk (soy or real whole), half of a brown spotted Banana, 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice found at any grocery store, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup. Throw in a handful of ice cubes or crushed ice and then blend it all for about a minute.
If it comes out to thick, just throw it back in the blender, add a little more milk and give in another 15 second blend. Viola, your are ready to drink.
Still not hearty enough for you? Got just the solution for that to, put it all back in the blender. Take have a Red Apple, chop it up into cubes and throw it in along with a quarter cup of rolled oats. Blend it all up again for another 30 seconds and now you have a hearty and healthy Pumpkin Apple Spice Smoothie.
You want to make your own Pumpkin Puree for use in pies and other recipes?
1st Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. Cover each half with foil.
2nd Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up until tender.
Last, Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender. Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces and your done. Pumpkin Puree ready to use.
This the season to be jolly. Lots of great thinks to Cook, Bake, Eat and Enjoy with family and friends so don’t miss out any any part of it.
Happy Healthy, Eating.
Now, it’s that time of year again and this year more than others it’s time to give extra thanks now that the crazy Presidential Champagnes are over and the your candidate is now president, or Not.
But seriously, Christmas is rapidly approaching and have you given any thought about what that means?
Have taken a moment to reflect over the past year and figure out how you’ll give thanks and who to?
Will you thank GOD and thank him first for keeping you around another year to enjoy those loved ones still around you? Will you thank him for your ability to still live under a roof and have food on your table every day? Will you thank him for the ability to still get around to go to places you either need to go or want to go? Will you thank him for what he does for others everyday? Well, will you?
Who will you have around you on Christmas day? Will it just be immediate family ? Will you have some extended family around, like aunts and uncles or friends and coworkers? On that special day will you make sure that someone who doesn’t have the blessings as you get an opportunity to eat? Will you walk around all day and show a smile to strangers while wishing then a Happy Holiday or is it something that you’ll take for granted?
It’s truly amazing how may of our blessings we take for granted everyday. That there are so many people out in this world that for one reason or another don’t and may never know what its like to be as blessed as many of are. Yes, some more than others but we are still far from others who may not even have the simplest necessities of life.
I’m sitting here and writing this on my laptop while eating some peanuts and when I start to think about it it makes me sad to think there are people on this earth that don’t even have clean water to drink or peanuts to eat. I think about the fact that at night I sleep on a nice mattress while many around the world have only a dirt floor to sleep on.
It also makes me sad and a bit angry when I think there are so many filthy rich people around that won’t even entertain the possibility of giving a good deal of the money they’ll never be able to spend to others who truly need it. The first thing they say is “Hell no, I worked hard for that money. Let them work hard themselves.” Where is the Christianity in that? Where is GOD in that.
In the end, Rich or Poor the only thing we take with us is who we were. Were we kind? Were we humble? Were we benevolent? Did me make it a point every day to go out and help someone else?
Those are the riches and the resume we take with us when we die.
So here we are back where we started. Time to mull it all over and think about all our blessings and who will thank this Christmas Day. Then go out and make someone’s day even better than it is. I know that’s what I’ll be doing.
Be Safe, GOD Bless and GOD Speed.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk arrives at a theater near you this November.
Directed by Academy Award Winner Ang Lee, a film about a young man’s psychology just after having been shipped off to war. How ever this movie is not your typical war movie or your typical movie at all.
Ang Lee decided to film in a new technology for your cinematic experience. One which utilizes a higher frame rate and a 4K resolution better known as immersive technology. It will take your 3d/HD experience to a much higher level than any you have ever experienced before.
A film that’s all comes from the prospective of a Teen Aged Soldier. It’s a Drama and it’s in 3d with Steve Martin, Vin Diesel, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker and introducing Joe Alwyn as Billy.
What it’s like , “To Walk The Path of a Hero, To See How It Began, Being Honored for the Worst Day In Your Life, To Know Things that others Will Never Know, When You’r story No Longer Belongs to You but to the America instead, A Trip to the Front Lines of The Human Spirit and Discover True Courage.
This November, Immerse yourself in a totally new experience that may change they way we see movies forever. Dive in to a great movie from Ang Lee and Sony. Rated R, 110 minutes.
Enjoy it At The Movies