Food, Home & Garden
Pg 9 - The Sunshine Express
Energy Boosting Foods
Foods to fire up your metabolism
(BPT) - When it comes to a fast metabolism,
some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot.
Luckily, your metabolism doesn¡¯t solely depend
on factors out of your control such as genetics,
age, or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and
making wiser food choices are two ways anyone
can achieve a faster metabolism and a smaller
Increased physical activity affects the metabolism
more than anything else but before you opt to
take the stairs over the elevator make sure you
are fueling your body with the energy it needs. A
great first step is to examine your diet and under-
stand which foods will give you long-lasting energy
to help you move more during the day and burn
¡°When making changes to your diet, aim to eat an
energy-revving complex carbohydrate with a nutri-
ent-rich protein,¡± says personal trainers and regis-
tered dietitians Lyssie Lakatos and Tammy Lakatos
Shames - ¡°The Nutrition Twins¡±. ¡°For example, we
recommend pairing oatmeal with a healthy protein
like Eggland¡¯s Best eggs. Compared to ordinary
eggs, EB eggs contain the same amount of pro-
tein with only 60 calories, aiding in fat loss; more
nutrients like omega-3s, contributing to satiety
and weight loss; and vitamin B12 which assists in
producing energy to power metabolism¡±
Here are some foods The Nutrition Twins recom-
mend to help boost your metabolism:
The satiating and blood sugar stabilizing protein
found in eggs helps keep you full and extends the
power boost from carbohydrates like oats. Chose
Eggland¡¯s Best eggs over ordinary eggs because
they provide three times more vitamin B12, a
nutrient that assists the body in creating energy,
as well as double the omega-3s which stimulate
leptin, a hormone that increases feelings of full-
The complex carbohydrates in oats fuel your brain
and your body. Without them, your metabolism
will suffer because you¡¯ll have very little energy to
be active and burn calories. Oats are also fiber-
filled which helps extend energy levels.
Berries, such as blackberries and strawber-
ries, taste great and contain the phytochemi-
cal known as Cyanidin-3-glucoside (C3G).
Research shows C3G aids in the production of
both adiponectin, which enhances fat metabo-
lism, and leptin, which suppresses appetite.
Find nutritious recipes like as this Wake-up
Sunnyside Pineapple Berry Oatmeal, at:
www.egglandsbest.com or www.pinterest.com/
Wake-up Sunnyside Pineapple Berry
Oatmeal (Serves 2):
2 Eggland¡¯s Best eggs
2 cup water
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk (optional)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup fresh pineapple, cut in chunks
Directions: 1. Bring water to a boil in a small
saucepan. 2. Add oats and reduce heat. Stir.
Simmer for about 5 minutes or until oats are
tender. 3. While oats are simmering, spritz a
small pan with oil in a spray container. Heat
over medium heat and add Eggland¡¯s Best
eggs. Cook until white is set and yolk is still
soft (not cooked through) about three minutes.
4. When oatmeal is tender, add almond milk
(if using) and stir. 5. Divide oatmeal evenly
amongst two serving bowls and mix in fruit.
6. When eggs are ready, remove from pan.
7. Top each bowl of oatmeal and berries with
an egg. Enjoy!
ABC¡¯s ¡°The Chew,¡± author of three best-selling cook-
books and owner of several restaurants. ¡°It¡¯s a fast-
and-easy appetizer that can make even a novice
cook look like a culinary mastermind.¡±
Consider the following as you prepare your next
* Determine the right quantity of cheese
If you¡¯re serving it as an hors d¡¯oeuvre, plan for 1 to
1.5 ounces of each cheese type per person. If it¡¯s for
a light meal, plan for 2 to 3 ounces per person.
* Purchase multiple cheese styles
For visual appeal, select an odd number of cheeses,
such as three or five, depending on the number
of people. Try a variety of cheeses in flavors that
complement one another, such as: Aged Havarti:
Mild and buttery, this specialty cheese from Castello
has a delicate, crystalline structure that forms dur-
ing its long maturation period, creating a flavorful,
crunchy surprise; Brie: Extremely spreadable and
creamy, Brie is easy on the palate and pairs with
a wide variety of foods; Blue: A full-flavor variety,
such as Castello Traditional Danish Blue, has a won-
derful ¡°bite,¡± with characteristically tangy notes of
blue balanced by sweet and salty undertones.
* Select gourmet pairings
The perfect cheese board has foods that comple-
ment and enhance the taste of the cheese. The best
boards have four pairings: A bread item, charcute-
rie, something sweet and something savory or salty.
Breads to consider are flatbread, grilled crostini or
baguettes, while great charcuterie options include
prosciutto or a pork pt¨¦. For sweets, figs, honey
or berry preserves are delicious additions. And for
savory and salty pairings, include Marcona almonds,
cornichon pickles or Kalamata olives.
* Keep your presentation simple
Arrange your cheeses from mildest to strongest, in
a clockwise pattern on the board. Be sure to leave
space for pairings. Precut half of each cheese on
the board, to make it easy for guests to dive in. Set
out the cheeses 30 minutes before serving so the
flavors fully come to life.
Before serving, place pairings on the board in small
groups. Lastly, set out one knife per cheese to keep
the flavors from mixing together.
For additional cheese board tips and techniques,
Create the perfect cheese board
in 4 easy steps
(BPT) - A delicious assortment of cheeses,
paired with the right foods, is a feast for the
eyes and the palate. You don¡¯t have to be a
professional chef to create a cheese board that
looks and tastes like a culinary masterpiece.
¡°For entertaining or just a quiet night at home,
you can¡¯t go wrong with a gourmet cheese
board,¡± says Chef Michael Symon, co-host of