Dec 16, 2015

Coffee for Anxious People

You may be expecting me to talk about caffeine free coffee, but for me, coffee made from Arabica Beans is perfect for those of us who have become sensitive as a result of dealing with the consequences of the stresses of life. 

It is better for those who are more inclined toward anxiety than others. If, like myself, you are one of those people, you do not need the extra jitters that come from the amount of caffeine in many coffees.

When I order a cup of coffee or buy coffee in the store, I look right past the packaging and everything else to whether or not the coffee is Arabica Bean Coffee

While many are out looking for coffee that packs a punch, I'm just looking for a refreshing wake-up or lift that doesn't send my heart into palpitations and cause me to feel anxious. 

The reason that coffee made from Arabica Beans is better for anxious people is that, in general, it contains a little more than half the amount of caffeine found in other types of coffee that have not had he caffeine removed.

For me it's simple, the proof is in the fact that I can drink it while I can't drink "regular" coffee. And my husband and I prefer the flavor. 

Disclaimer: If you have been told by your doctor not to drink coffee because of it's affect on your heart, I would not try this unless you have discussed it with your doctor. 

Image Credit: Petr Kratochvil - Public Domain Pictures

Related Post:

We Tried a Keurig and are Back to a Drip Coffee Maker

Oct 24, 2015

We Tried a Keurig and are Back to Drip Coffee Maker

This isn't a review, necessarily, just a personal experience related to using a Keurig vs an automatic drip coffee maker.

A while back, there was a very special offer made to Kindle Fire owners to buy a Keurig for only $20 dollars, including a box of K-cups. It was an unbelievable deal, so we went for it. 

Before that time, we used the usual automatic drip coffee maker. After about a month of using the Keurig, we decided that it was tedious making single cups every time we wanted a cup of coffee. We missed brewing a big pot of our favorite brand and having a pot full of coffee available to pour from throughout the day. 

So, what did we do? We packed up the Keurig for storage and put back the automatic drip coffee maker, and haven't use the Keurig since except for a special occasion or two. We use it for company, but have no interest in using it on a regular basis.

I know we may be odd folks to some who love the newest appliances, but we are just too old school, I guess. Just yesterday I got a sample of soup that could be made with a Keurig by putting the dried veggies and noodles into a cup, and all that is in the K-cup is how is that any easier than putting a single packet with all of the ingredients in a cup and adding water boiled in a tea kettle? 

Don't get me wrong, I love some technological advances, but others cause more trouble and trash to pollute the environment than I'm interested in dealing with. 

Copyrighted Photo owned by me ~ Updated 4/12/16

Related Post:

Coffee for Anxious People 

Oct 7, 2015

Is Eating Pasta Making You Fat?

I confess that one of my favorite comfort foods is Pasta. It doesn't matter whether it is spaghetti, ziti, macaroni, lasagna, or any other size shape or color, I love them all.

Your comfort food may be different, but generally, comfort foods seem to be the ones that put on the most weight. Now that the weather is getting cold outside, this is even more of a problem for me. It seems that I'm drawn away from the salads of warm weather days to the heavier carbohydrate rich foods, the very foods that put more weight on me than any other food if I am not active enough to burn the carbs off.

There are tools to help those of us who love our Pasta. Here are a few suggestions:

1. This may seem obvious, but read on...look at the box that the Pasta comes in. On it you will find how many portions are in the box. 

It may surprise you to find how much more than the suggested amount you are eating, I was. In our super-size-it society, we are clueless as to what real portions are, even though all of our packaged foods indicate what a true portion is. 

2. If you don't find it easy to portion pasta based on the packaging, there are tools to help. One example is the Healthy Pasta Portions Basket. There are other helpful portion control items made by the same manufacturer and other ideas at the link provided.

3. When you eat a meal that contains a reduced amount of Pasta, add more meat sauce to "fill" you. Lean protein is less likely to increase weight...and blood sugar, by the way...that comes to mind as my husband is a diabetic. I make my own meat sauce using my own very simple recipe which is as follows:

Grass Fed Beef and Organic Fire Roasted Tomato Pasta Sauce Recipe:

  • 1 lb. lean grass fed ground beef or other organic ground meat
  • 1 28 oz. can of Organic Fire Roasted Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Small or medium onion chopped
  • 1 chopped green pepper
  • A few cloves of fresh garlic chopped
  • Optional: Garlic powder to taste
  • Optional: Onion powder to taste
  • Add meat, onions, peppers, and garlic cloves to a oiled pan (I use cast iron) and brown all together until no red meat remains and vegetables are soft. 
  • Add the can of crushed fire roasted tomatoes, bring to a simmer, cover, and simmer for about 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. If you use Garlic Powder or Onion Powder, this is the time to stir it in.
Again, unless you have used a lot of oil, or the meat is very fatty, you are better off getting more protein than carbohydrates, so I always say I have a little pasta with my meat sauce. 

Image credit:
Pasta - nataliaaggiato on pixabay
Nutrition Facts personal photo
Portion Control Basket generated on Amazon

How to Use the Healthy Portions Pasta Basket - Video: