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Meal Maker: A Tool to Make Cooking Easier

We recently came across a website that we thought you might find helpful. It is hosted by Nimali Fernando, M.D., M.P.H, or “Dr. Yum,” as she calls herself. She has a pediatric office in Fredericksburg, VA where she focuses on helping children eat healthier through her Dr. Yum Project. To learn more about her program, check out her website at https://www.doctoryum.org/.

 

Meal Maker Machine

 

On her website she has a helpful tool for your own kitchen. She calls it a Meal Maker Machine–it helps you make a quick, nutritious meal with the ingredients you already have in your kitchen or can readily find. When you open up the Meal Maker Machine page, it presents you with several types of meals: Stir-Fry Maker, Curry in a Hurry, Super Soup Maker, Busy Night Bake, Salad Maker, Power Pasta, and Yum Bowl.

 

To use it, begin by clicking on the type of meal that sounds good to you. For example, if you choose the Stir Fry Maker button, you are given several options. You can choose the oil you want to use. Next you choose the aromatics, then the protein source, any veggies, which type of sauce and seasonings you would like, as well as some additional options to “yum-ify” your meal further. When you have completed the options, a recipe is created with the specific ingredients that you chose. Below the recipe, they have even provided a short 2-3 minute video with tips on how to make the recipe.

 

Recipes

 

If you don’t want to make your own recipe, you can go to the Meal Maker Machine Recipes section. There you have options to choose recipes that are already created. You are able to narrow the search by dietary restrictions if you have any. Some of the options include gluten free, allergy-friendly, vegan, vegetarian, carb-conscious, or budget-friendly. Once you have made your choices, you will see several pages of photos of food. Just click on any photo to get the recipe.

 

We can all use a little extra time these days. Hopefully this will make your meal planning and preparation a little easier. Try it out, and let us know how you liked it!

 

Garlic: A Healer for Centuries

Garlic comes with a lot of emotion. Some love it; others are repulsed by the smell—or at least don’t like “wearing” the smell if they eat too much! However, garlic was used for centuries as a natural healer and preventative. The ancient Egyptians, Babylonians, Greeks, Romans, and Chinese all used this herb as a medicine. Before Olympic events, the ancient Greeks gave garlic to their athletes to help reduce fatigue and improve athletic performance.

 

The offensive odor of garlic comes from a sulphur compound called allicin. That compound, however, is loaded with potential health benefits. Garlic contains at least a little bit of almost any nutrient we need. Most nutritionists recommend taking 900 – 1500 mg./day.

 

Health Benefits of Garlic

  • Lowers LDL cholesterol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure (High doses are needed, but sometimes they have been found to be as effective as blood pressure medications.)
  • Improves circulation
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Thins the blood
  • Antibiotic
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Relieves symptoms of arthritis
  • Helps with  blood sugar disorders, allergies, bronchitis, asthma, and yeast infections
  • May prevent viral infections
  • Protects against microbes such as herpes and candida
  • Can detoxify heavy metals in the body (In one study, garlic reduced lead levels in employees in a car battery plant by 19%)
  • Shown to decrease incidence of colon cancer by 35% (in a study of 41,000 women taking 1 or more servings daily)
  • May reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia

 

Incorporating Garlic Into Your Nutritional Plan

When you read a recipe, it may talk about “bulbs” or “cloves” of garlic. An entire head of garlic is called a bulb. Within a bulb, there are sections called “cloves.” (Each bulb may contain 10-20 cloves.) These cloves need to be crushed to release their full health benefits. The best way to prepare garlic for a recipe is to crush it and then let it stand for 10 minutes. This keeps the maximum nutritional value intact. Cooking garlic, as with most foods, does reduce its benefits.

If you would like to add more garlic into the foods you prepare, these are some delicious ideas: Rosemary Garlic Hasselback Potatoes, Oven Roasted Garlic, Roasted Garlic Soup with Olive Oil Croutons, Linguini with Arugula, Garlic, and Parmesan, or Thai Style Green Beans. Another good way to get more garlic in your diet is to add in a high-quality capsule as a supplement.

 

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.