Peter Piper’s Pepper Picks

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By Kac Young PhD, ND DCH

If Peter Piper truly picked a peck of peppers, then he had 1/4 of a bushel or 2 US dry gallons. Were they red, green, yellow, orange, purple or all of the above? What did Peter Piper do with his peppers once he picked them? We assume he made a feast for the neighborhood.

He might have chosen to cook Heart Easy stuffed peppers that are low in calories, full of vitamins A and C, folic acid, Vitamin B6 and an excellent source of dietary fiber.

In his red bell peppers, he got bonus lycopene, an important carotenoid that may have helped protect him against prostate and other cancers.

Peter may have already known that bell peppers, adaptable plants that are part of the nightshade family, are fairly hardy and can be grown in a variety of climates. Versatile geographic gems, bell peppers are found in many types of traditional cuisines, from Mexican and European to Chinese and Creole dishes. Delicious many ways, bell peppers can be eaten raw as crudités or in a salad; stuffed and baked; sautéed or stir-fried.

We’ve added some protein and given a new kick for Peter Piper’s Peck of Peppers. Try this recipe and fill your family with goodness and enjoyment of one of nature’s greatest treats.

stuffed pepper with rice and beansHeart Easy ™ Stuffed Peter Piper Peppers with Triple Rice and Beans

Ingredients:

1 Cup red beans soaked in 2 Cups of water overnight and drained

1 Cup of brown rice

1 Cup wild rice

1 Cup coarsely chopped onion

1 packet of condensed low sodium non fat chicken broth dissolved in 3 Cups of water (or 3 Cups of low sodium non fat chicken broth) Do not use the high sodium chicken stock cubes.

16-20 oz. ground turkey breast

2 tsp. cold pressed virgin olive oil

1 16 oz. can chopped tomatoes with basil, drained

1/2 tsp. Kosher salt

1/2 tsp. fresh ground black pepper

1/2 Cup SoySation ® 3 Cheese blend

4-6 red or green bell peppers, cleaned and tops cut off. (scallop the edges if you wish)

Directions:

recipeskacyoungCombine soaked and plumped beans with dry rices, onion and chicken broth in a large kettle. Bring to boil and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Meanwhile, put the olive oil in a skillet and brown the ground turkey breast until the pink has disappeared. Break up turkey breast with a potato masher until the texture is fine pieces. Set aside.

When beans and rice are ready, add tomatoes and stir. Add turkey, SoySation®, seasonings and stir. Fill prepared peppers with mixture, place in an oven-proof baking dish and bake at 350˚ for 30-35 minutes. Serve hot or warm.

Tip: Only purchase bell peppers that are free of blemishes, and try to hold out for organically grown varieties.

– Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Robbing Peter To Pay Paul

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By Dr. Kevin Kita

doctorHealth Screenings You Need in 2013 By Dr. Carm[/caption]You have heard this saying before about taking from one merely to give to another, to charge one debt by incurring another. This can also be used to explain the way our health is looked at in this country. When someone is not feeling well they go to the doctor to tell them about their symptoms. The doctor then prescribes something that will cover up the symptoms without paying much attention to the cause of the symptoms. That is fine for a short time, but a lot of these drugs have side effects. You start taking something to feel better, but in the meantime you are damaging another part of your body.

For example you might have a headache and you take something like Tylenol to get rid of the pain. The pain doesn’t go away and you continue to take more and more Tylenol. One of the major side effects of Tylenol is liver damage. So you take Tylenol to get rid of the headache while you are incurring damage to your liver. There are a lot of people that don’t know this, but the leading cause of cirrhosis of the liver is Tylenol usage not alcohol abuse. That is not to say to drink more alcohol and you won’t have problems down the road, but every drug has a side effect and everyone should read the label before they decide they want to rob Peter to pay Paul. Eli Lily said “It’s not a drug if it doesn’t have a side effect.”

The doctor never addresses the cause of the problem or tells you why cholesterol is needed in your body.

Another example is cholesterol lowering drugs or statins. You go to the doctor and the doctor prescribes a statin because your cholesterol levels are too high. The doctor never addresses the cause of the problem or tells you why cholesterol is needed in your body. Cholesterol is an important substance in your body to maintain healthy hormone production. As we grow older we actually need more cholesterol because our bodies can’t produce hormones as efficiently as we were when we were younger. The other problem with lowering cholesterol too much is it can cause a massive heart attack not just a regular heart attack. Cholesterol is not a good indicator of heart attacks either. Did you know that high cholesterol levels are only a 50% indicator of having a heart attack? These cholesterol lowering drugs are robbing Peter to pay Paul. Take these cholesterol lowering drugs and you will eventually damage your liver and also damage your muscle tissue. The real cause of the heart attacks is inflammation in the body. The fat won’t adhere to your arteries without inflammation. Some of the ways you reduce inflammation in the body is by exercising and watching your diet. Most people won’t do these things because it is either perceived to be too painful or they just want a quick fix with a drug.

Remember when you are making decisions about your health that you are not robbing Peter to pay Paul, but rather paying both Peter and Paul. By paying both Peter and Paul you will become much healthier over your entire lifetime.

– Dr. Kevin Kita, Chiropractor, Author, International Speaker, and Radio Host