Roasted Shishito Peppers
Skillet Roasted Shishito Peppers
The skillet roasted shishito peppers are a popular appetizer. Shishito peppers are mostly known for being a mild chili pepper, but every now and then a random pod will be spicier than the rest. The heat of a Shishito Pepper doesn’t rank high on the Scoville Scale. It isn’t unbearable, but that very randomness has added to the growing popularity to this fun little pepper.
Shishito peppers are popular in Japan, though their popularity has been steadily increasing in the United States. The name, “Shishito”, is Japanese for “Lion Head pepper”. My recipes are beginning to pack more heat because of this popular trend!
Shishito peppers are often confused with the popular Pimento de Padrón pepper, which is very similar in shape and size. Try this Skillet Roasted Shishito Pepper recipe…it promises to impress!
Skillet Roasted Shishito Peppers
Skillet Roasted Shishito Peppers
- Mixing Spoon
- 2 Cups Shishito Peppers (Padron)
- 2½ Tbsp Vegetable Broth (may substitute water)
- 4 Cloves Garlic (chopped)
- ½ White Onion
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil (extra virgin)
- 2 Tsp Lemon Zest (or more to taste)
- 2 Tsp Table Salt
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- Chop onion and garlic
- Add vegetable broth to a large skillet and heat on high until skillet is hot
- Add peppers, chopped garlic & onions, and garlic powder to the skillet in a single layer and let cook, undisturbed until peppers begin to blister (about 2 minutes).
- Turn peppers with tongs or by vigorously shaking the skillet by the handle.
- Allow to cook for 2-3 more minutes.
- Drizzle olive oil over peppers (optional)
- Sprinkle peppers with sea salt and lemon zest to taste and serve.
Skillet Roasted Shishito Peppers are low in calories and high in dietary fiber, which helps you feel full and stay satisfied! Shishito Peppers are a good source of Vitamins A, C, and E which are good for your skin, immune system, and eyesight. Shishito Peppers are also rich in antioxidants that help fight off free radicals that damage your cells.
* 8 peppers provide 15 calories, 170% of your recommended daily Vitamin C, and 80% of your daily Vitamin A, as well as loads of vitamins K and B6.
No Junk Food
This Month’s Tip: No Junk Food!
No “Unhealthy” Food…Period!
My personal preference is to refer to it as “unhealthy food”, but it is what it is! If there’s no junk food in your house, you’re so much less likely to put in the effort to go get it. Make it your policy. Refuse to buy unhealthy food at the grocery store. A ‘Visual cue’ such as: “Out of sight, out of mind!” written on a dry erase board in you kitchen can help.
Understanding the Impact of Unhealthy Eating Habits In today’s globalized world, unhealthy food can be found everywhere. We literally see it everywhere we go – in grocery stores, convenience stores, fast food restaurants, and on television. It’s positioned in stores, and advertised on TV so often to make it tempting…very tempting.
But What Exactly Do We Know About It?
Typically, “junk food” refers to foods that contain little nutritional value but lots of calories. However, opinions on what constitutes unhealthy food can vary. For example, some might consider pizza to be in the category, while others would argue that it can be a healthy option if made with ingredients like whole-wheat crust and vegetables.
I often mention in my Wellness Academy classes that one of the main issues with unhealthy food is that it is low in satiation value. Low satiation value means that people tend not to feel full after eating it. This can lead to overeating, particularly when unhealthy food replaces more nutritious foods like fruits and vegetables. Snack food and fast food are two categories of junk food that are particularly problematic, and why I say: None of that in my house.
Commercially Prepared Snack Foods:
Commercially-prepared snack foods like chips, candy bars, and cookies are high in calories and low in nutritional value. Similarly, fast food meals like french fries, chicken nuggets, and soda are often low in fiber and high in fat and sugar. One study even suggests that the nature of fast food itself may encourage overeating, due to factors like its high palatability, calorie density, and low fiber content.
The Impact of Junk Food:
It’s impact goes well beyond just physical health; it can also affect mental health. Advertisements for junk food often target children with foods that are high in fat, sugar, and salt and low in nutritional value. Watching these ads has been shown to increase children’s consumption of junk food. To counteract these effects, try to choose restaurants that offer healthier options. Look for products low in sugar and processed ingredients, limit your TV viewing, and keep telling yourself: “No”.
Membership Newsletter June 2023 – Carbonated Water – [#8311]
This Month’s Topic: Carbonated Water And Its Effects On Health
A Message from Our Founder
I know you are saying: “Ok, I get it…Enough about water, Debbie”. You should have a pretty solid grasp on how important water is to the human machine, but let’s face it, water can taste pretty boring! I don’t recommend sugary additives to make it taste better, and coffee and tea contain various amounts of caffeine which can dehydrate and sort of defeats the purpose of drinking water in the first place. So what other options do you have? Let’s explore carbonated water and its effects on health.
Carbonated water is a popular choice for those looking to quench their thirst without the negative effects of sugary drinks. However, some people have concerns regarding its impact on health. In this article, we will explore the different health effects of carbonated water, answering some of the most common questions.
What is Carbonated Water?
Carbonated water, also known as sparkling water, club soda, soda water, seltzer water, and fizzy water, is water infused with carbon dioxide gas under pressure. This process produces a bubbly drink, which can be enhanced with added salt and minerals. While seltzer water is usually mineral-free, other carbonated waters often contain minerals and sulfur compounds. Tonic water is another form of carbonated water that contains quinine, a bitter compound, along with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.
Carbonated water has a slightly acidic pH of 3-4, which can cause a burning and prickly sensation in the mouth. However, this does not mean that it increases the body’s acidity. The kidneys and lungs work to remove excess carbon dioxide, maintaining the blood at a slightly alkaline pH of 7.35-7.45, regardless of what you eat or drink.
One of the main concerns about sparkling water is its effect on teeth. While there is little research on this topic, studies have shown that sparkling mineral water has a similar effect on enamel as still water. Additionally, mineral water is 100 times less damaging to enamel than sugary drinks. Sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages have been shown to erode tooth enamel, while sugar-free carbonated drinks are less harmful. To minimize potential damage, try drinking carbonated water with meals or rinsing your mouth with plain water after consuming it.
Carbonated water may have several benefits for digestion. Studies suggest that it may improve swallowing ability and feelings of fullness after meals. In addition, it may help relieve constipation, leading to improvements in bowel movement frequency. In some cases, it may also improve other symptoms of indigestion, such as stomach pain.
While some people believe that carbonated drinks are bad for bones, research suggests that carbonation isn’t the culprit. Cola drinks have been shown to decrease bone mineral density, while carbonated water appears to have no effect on bone health. In fact, animal research suggests that carbonated water may even improve bone strength.
Although the research on carbonated water’s effect on heart health is limited, one study in postmenopausal women showed that drinking sodium-rich carbonated water decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol, inflammatory markers, and blood sugar. Additionally, those who consumed carbonated water had a lower estimated risk of developing heart disease within ten years than those who drank plain water.
Carbonated water is a calorie-free beverage that can be a healthy alternative to sugary drinks. While it is slightly acidic, it does not increase the body’s acidity. I recommend using plain carbonated water, which appears to be relatively harmless to dental health and may even benefit digestion and heart health. Avoid sugar-sweetened carbonated beverages which have been proven to cause dental decay and other health-related issues.
Now that you’ve learned a bit more about carbonated water and its effects on health why not give it a try?
Tip: I save money by making my own pure pre-filtered carbonated water. Watch for one of my upcoming Healthy Tips where I’ll tell you all about it.
Whatever water you choose…Hydrate To Live!
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