These 16 Restaurants Have The Most Antibiotics In Their Meat! Avoid Them!

Many of you are probably aware of the fact that the mass-produced meat is loaded with antibiotics, and we give you a list of the worst restaurant chain offenders.

The following list is a recent collaborative report which ranks the 25 biggest US fast food and restaurant chains, regarding their policies and practices when it comes to the use of antibiotics in their foods.

Once more, Panera Bread and Chipotle Mexican Grill are the only two chains to score an A grade.

According to the CDC, over two million Americans contract antibiotic-resistant infections annually. The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that the excessive use of antibiotics in animals can make bacteria like salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobacter stronger and resistant to drugs, even though they were previously able to destroy them.

The next restaurant chains got F grades in the case of antibiotic use:

  1. Arby’s
  2. Applebee’s
  3. Buffalo Wild Wings
  4. Burger King
  5. Chilli’s
  6. Dairy Queen
  7. Denny’s
  8. Domino’s Pizza
  9. Dunkin’ Donuts
  10. Jack In The Box
  11. Little Caesars
  12. IHOP
  13. KFC
  14. Sonic
  15. Olive Garden
  16. Starbucks

The following video provides additional information about the restaurants that received an F in antibiotic practices:

Source:
Dr. Axe
Chain Reaction II
Consumers Union
American Academy of Pediatrics
US News
Friends of the Earth

Beef Casserole – Healthy to Fit

Need a really simple and inexpensive dinner for the family? This Skinny Beef Casserole is a favorite! After seeing a similar recipe in Taste of Home, I gave the recipe a makeover to make it healthy and amp up the taste.

Yield: 6 servings

Serving size: 1/6 of recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground sirloin
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 cups cooked whole wheat wide egg noodles
  • 1½ cups frozen peas
  • 15 oz can reduced-sugar tomato sauce
  • 1 can cream-style corn
  • ½ Tbsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly coat a 3-3.5 quart baking dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large skillet, cook the sirloin, onions, peppers, and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain.
  3. Combine meat, peppers, and onions with cooked pasta, corn and peas. Add tomato sauce, chili powder, and red pepper flakes. Stir to mix all ingredients and transfer to baking dish.
  4. Cover and bake for 40 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving (1/6th of recipe):

Calories: 234

Fat: 3g

Saturated Fat: 1g

Cholesterol: 56mg

Sodium: 641mg

Carbohydrates: 28g

Fiber: 5g

Sugar 8g

Protein: 22g

Asparagus Fries – Healthy to Fit

A healthy alternative to french fries baked to crisp perfection right in the oven!

Ingredients

20 pieces asparagus spears, hard ends taken away
1/2 cup flour
1 egg
1/2 cup whole grain breadcrumbs
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Dip the asparagus in the flour then shake off the excess. Dip it next to the egg then the breadcrumbs. Shake off the excess.

Place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper then bake them for 10 minutes.

Take them out of the oven then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese on top.

Bake for another 10 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Nutrition Facts

Yields: 4 servings
Serving Size: 5 asparagus fries
Calories: 177
Total Fat: 5 g
Saturated Fat: 2 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 53 mg
Sodium: 269 mg
Carbohydrates: 24 g
Dietary Fiber: 2 g
Sugars: 2 g
Protein: 10 g

Chicken Pot Pie Soup – Healthy to Fit

This Chicken Pot Pie Soup recipe is simple to make, lightened up with a few easy tweaks, and deliciously rich and creamy.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup flour (to make gluten-free use 2 tbsp cornstarch instead)
  • 2 cups water
  • 4 cups fat free milk
  • 1 large celery stalk, chopped
  • 1/2 medium chopped onion
  • 8 oz sliced baby portabella mushrooms
  • 2 chicken bouillons
  • fresh ground pepper
  • pinch of thyme
  • 10 oz frozen classic mixed vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and cubed small
  • 16 oz cooked chicken breast, diced small
  • salt

Directions:

Create a slurry by combining 1/2 cup of the cold water with flour in a medium bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside.

Pour remaining water and milk into a large pot and slowly bring to a boil. Add celery, onion, mushrooms, chicken bullion, thyme, fresh pepper, frozen vegetables and return to a boil. Partially cover and simmer on low until vegetables are soft, about 20 minutes. Remove lid, add potatoes and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add chicken, and slowly whisk in slurry, stirring well as you add. Cook another 2-3 minutes, until soup thickens, adjust salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Servings: 6 – Serving Size: 1 bowl (1-1/2 cups)
Calories: 253.8 | Fat: 1.8 g | Protein: 27.7 g | Carb: 31.9 g | Fiber: 3.4 g

A Complete 3 Day Detox That Will Cleanse Your Body From Sugar, Help You Lose Weight And Boost Your Health

Adding several pounds to your weight is mostly caused by carbohydrates and fats, but you may not know that sugar is a great culprit, too.

You are not at risk if you consume sugar in moderate amounts, but people consume plenty of sugar without even knowing it. Nowadays, sugar is added in many foods and drinks, such as sodas, breakfast cereals, pouch juices, salad dressings, yogurts and candy.

Sugar is part of some foods, such as honey, pure fruit juice, raisins, mangos, and bananas, which are classified as simple carbohydrates.

Many symptoms occur when your body has a sugar overdose: hyperactivity, consequent fatigue, yeast infections, depression, headaches, colds or sinus problems, mental disorientation and sleepiness.

Another problems sugar can trigger are higher diabetes risk, heart disease, cancer development, especially breast cancer.

How sugar consumption and weight gain are related?

When we consume too much sugar, our body uses as much as it needs to boost energy, while the rest that is not needed is stored as fat.

Added sugar is not like natural sugar. It gets inside the intestines and our body reacts to it as intestinal bacteria and increases the levels of blood sugar. At the end, this becomes fat which is visible in the waist, hips and thighs.

Say NO to Sugar

Although it seems impossible, you can quit sugar. If you do so, you will go through classic withdrawal symptoms of any addiction, such as sadness, headaches, queasiness, fatigue and cravings.

Sugar cravings occur after a meal is digested and your body sends signals to the brain that it is hungry again. This is when you reach for that sweet dessert.

You need to stay away from it and don’t consume any added sugar. Try a little at the beginning, not all at once because you will want it more. Cut out one added sugar product at time.

At first you will feel bad and experience cravings, but you will feel better and improve your health after some period.

1st day:

Breakfast: 1 cup of oats with berries and almonds/seeds/or 3 eggs (scrambled or boiled).

Morning snack: 1 bowl of nuts.

Lunch: Chicken breast with cooked butternut squash, carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, beans and almonds.

Dinner: Broiled fish with a bowl of green beans or salmon with fried broccoli and mushrooms.

2nd day

Breakfast: A cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds/3 scrambled eggs with spinach.

Mid-morning snack: a small bowl of nuts.

Lunch: Grilled zucchini with red and yellow peppers and a lemon, vinegar and thyme dressing/a shredded green and red cabbage salad tossed with shredded carrots with olive oil, lemon, salt dressing, garnished with chopped parsley.

Dinner: steamed green vegetables with a vegetable casserole and bean soup/baked cod with stir-fried bok choy and roasted Brussels sprouts and turnips.

3rd day

Breakfast: A cup of steel cut oats with berries and seeds or almonds/a 3 egg omelette with shrimp and a sautéed kale, radish and walnut salad.

Mid-morning snack: 1 small bowl of nuts.

Lunch: Roasted chicken thighs with rosemary, sage and lemon/oven roasted chicken with onion, black olives, and thyme.

Dinner: mushrooms with garlic broth, onion, carrots, celery, thyme and bay leaves/penne pasta (with brown rice) with a mushroom, basil, and tomato meat sauce.

Sugar Detox Drinks

There are many detox waters and hot drink alternatives that you can use instead of sugary drinks. They will help you boost your metabolism.

Detox water: chop one of these: grapefruits, blueberries, strawberries, or oranges, including some fresh rosemary or mint. Add them to a jar with water. Store and drink it every day.

Tea: consume unsweetened herbal or green tea 3 times on a daily basis.

Coffee: you should not consume more than 1 cup of unsweetened black coffee daily.

This diet plan is proved to calm sugar cravings, so don’t hesitate to try it and enjoy its benefits!

Do Not Eat This Fish, It Is Very Dangerous For Your Health!

The Basa fish ( Pangasius Fillets) is sold in the form of frozen fillets all around Europe at a very cheap price, which is why it’s so popular. However, this fish from Vietnam is very low in quality and can endanger your health!

The Basa fishPangasius Fillets) is cultivated near the Mekong River in Vietnam, one of the most polluted rivers in the world. The fish is cultivated in sewage pools which contain high levels of toxins and bacteria that end up in the meat. Besides this, the meat has been found to contains heavy metals, chlorate, isomers, hexachlorobenzene and other harmful compounds. The USA has banned the import of the Basa fish due to the high levels of contaminants in the meat as well as due to the suspicion that it contains antibiotics.

The Basa fishPangasius Fillets) is very unhealthy and fed with waste material which can harm your health. In nature, the fish grows 4 times faster, but the Basa fish sold in our markets is injected with antibiotics and hormones that are supposed to make the fish bigger. The meat was found to contain hormones that accelerate the growth and reproduction of the fish, and is then sold in partnership with big companies that have no regard for human health. The Basa fish is sold at a very low price which attracts supermarkets and their customers to buy them, not being aware of the low quality of the meat.

The fish is very nutritionally deficient and doesn’t contain omega-3 oils or other essential nutrients found in natural fish. It may be decent in taste, but the Basa fish is very dangerous for your health, which is why you should avoid it.

Sources:

http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/12-unhealthy-fish-to-avoid-eating/

http://www.timescolonist.com/life/ask-eric-is-it-safe-to-eat-imported-basa-fish-1.87907

 

10 Herbs You Can Grow Indoors in Water All Year Long

Herbs normally have culinary, medicinal, and relaxation properties. As such, it can be great if you have a constant supply of them throughout the year.

You can achieve this by growing some of the herbs in the kitchen.

Here, we present you an amazing technique of growing the herbs, which doesn’t require regular watering or changing of the soil.

How to grow herbs in water:

Take some herb cuttings and then put them in glass bottles with plain water. Make sure the water is not chlorinated as the bleaching chemical can destroy the plant tissues.

Consider storing some rain water or leaving some tap water to air overnight.

Choose a mason jar, a glass bottle, or even a plastic bottle for your herbs. It’s advisable to use colored bottles as the roots don’t need to be exposed to light.

Namely, the darkness will prevent algae growth on the bottle as well as on the root.

You should also avoid tight-fitting containers as the mouth of the container needs to promote a free transition of air to allow for proper breathing of the plant roots.

Pick soft cutting roots and then cut some 6-inch sections from the growing herbs.

Place them in the containers, removing the lower leaves since they can rot in the water and spoil it.

For herbs like rosemary, you should change the water once a week.

However, you shouldn’t change the water once the roots start growing, which is within  2-6 weeks.

To accelerate the growth, soak a few willow branches in warm water overnight and then use them as a mixture of a soothing hormone.

Rooting hormone powder can also work well.

Here are 10 herbs that can be grown in water:

Click the link below to continue reading

After Watching How Gummy Candies Are Really Made, You’ll Never Eat Them Again (Video)

We all remember the good old childhood days, where we spend all our day playing out with our friends, we had no real worries, and our biggest wish was to own the candy shop near the house.

As time passes by, we learn to avoid these sweet sins as we care about our waistline, healthy life, and flawless skin. Yet, every now or then, we crave for some delicious candy and we cannot resist it.

However, if you are especially fond to gummy worms, gummy bears, or peach rings, and simply cannot avoid having them from time to time, the video we are presenting today will help you a lot with this.

Namely, the following short film by a Belgian filmmaker Alina Kneepkens will dramatically change the way you look at gummy candies. Alina shows the process of production of these candies in intense details, and it will definitely keep you far away from them.

It is a part of a series of videos documenting the disastrous conditions under which our food is produced. Some of the other videos investigate the content of the black pudding, and a rabbit with plums, which is a typical Belgian dish.

She starts the footage in reverse, showing the finished product we all love, just before it is put in the mouth. Then, she begins to explain all the horrifying facts about its production.

Yet, if this video is not too disgusting for you to forget about gummy candies in general, you should know that there are also some healthy alternatives which are produced with the use of vegan gelatin substitutes, like agar.

The following graphic realization of the entire process will depict the way our favorite sweet treats are made. Initially, the pig carcasses are torched and stripped of their skin, and afterward boiled down to give the flavorless ingredient. The process also uses the bones, tendons, and ligaments in order to concoct the substance.

On her website, Kneepkens on the video that serves to open the eyes of the customers:

“I got the assignment to direct some reversed audiovisual stories showing the production of some of our food. I saw quite a few slaughter houses and examples of both industrial and artisan food production.

A true eye opener. Jelly’ is candy. But only a few people know they’re made of gelatin from the skin of pigs. Sweet?”

Therefore, click on the link below and watch the video and decide whether you would like to put a gummy candy in your mouth once again:

Vicks VapoRub’s suprising uses that you never knew about

One remedy that has been used by people to get rid of cold and belly fat is Vicks VapoRub.

This ointment contains menthol, eucalyptus, camphor and several other ingredients combined in a petroleum base. It us a topical analgesic and can help you to achieve a silky smooth skin.

Vicks VapoRub has been used in providing relief from the following ailments:

– Cough

– Flu and common cold

– Nasal congestion

– Throat and chest stuffiness

Vicks VapoRub can also be used in several other ways such as;

1. As A Mosquito Repellent

Just apply it to your clothing or skin and mosquitoes will stay clear of you.

2. Use Vicks VapoRub To Provide Relief From Sinus Headaches

Just apply Vicks VapoRub under your nostrils and inhale deeply, its menthol will provide relief from sinus headaches.

3. Get Rid Of Acne

When you apply Vicks VapoRub to your acne a couple of times daily it will dry it out and soothe the affected area.

4. It Acts As An Insect Repellent

Just open the Vicks bottle and you will repel insects in your room.

5. Take Care Of Bruises

You can mix s pinch of salt in Vicks VapoRub and apply this mixture to your bruise to cure it instantly.

6. Relief From Sore Muscles

You can get instant relief from sore muscles when you massage Vicks VapoRub into the muscles then you use a warm dry towel to cover the sore area for a while, repeat this procedure thrice a day for maximum effect.

7. Get Your Skin Moisturised

Just rub this ointment on your skin and you will get it moisturised.

8. Relief From Tennis Elbow

You can get rid of pain from tennis elbow when you apply Vicks to the affected elbow.

9. Relief From Cracked Heels

Just apply Vicks to your heels and the sole of your feet and then wear your socks, do this overnight and wash your feet with warm water in the morning. You can use a pumice stone to exfoliate the soft skin of your heels.

10. Treat Toenail And Fingernail Fungus

You can just apply Vicks to your toenails or fingernails twice daily to treat fungus infections.

11. It Will Help With Cough And Congestion Problems

Just apply Vicks on your throat and chest to get instant relief from cough and congestion.

12. Stop Your Cat Scratching

To stop your cat from scratching your windows, walls and doors, just apply Vicks to them.

13. Treatment Of Cuts

Boost healing time and prevent infection by applying Vicks to your cuts or splinter.

14. Get Rid Of Stretch Marks

Regularly apply Vicks VapoRub to those unsightly stretch marks to reduce their visibility.

15. Stop Your Pets From Peeing

Keep an open bottle of Vicks near the areas your pet tend to pee on and they will not go there.

16. Works Against Eczema

Vicks will reduce the inflammation, redness and itchiness of the affected area once applied to it.

17. Take Care Of Ear Pain

Warm up a garlic clove, rub on Vicks to the garlic clove and put it in your ear to relief yourself of ear pain.

18. Treat Athletes Feet

Apply Vicks to your feet twice everyday to treat and prevent athlete’s feet.

19. Get Rid Of Warts

Rub Vicks on your warts twice daily and cover it with a gauze and a sock, do this for a fortnight till the warts varnish.

20. Use Vicks As A Fat Burning Cream

You can reduce fat using Vicks VapoRub by applying it to the fatty area when you prepare a cream with it. Mix some alcohol, camphor, baking soda and Vicks VapoRub to make the cream. Apply this cream to the fatty areas and cover with a plastic bag, it is best if done overnight.

Another ingredient in Vicks VapoRub is:

– Levomenthol which is a solid white glass like compound which gas a mint flavor. If this compound is used alone it can cause rashes, however Vicks also has eucalyptus oil which helps to soothe the skin.

DIY Vicks Home Remedy

Ingredients

– Alcohol

– Camphor

– Sodium bicarbonate

– Vicks VapoRub

Preparation

– Derive a paste from the ingredients.

– Put the paste in a glass or plastic container.

– You can apply the cream in the evening massaging in circular movements.

– Next you cover the area with a plastic wrap and leave it there for 30 minutes or overnight.

He Died Alone, in a Nursing Home, But His Words Will Make You Completely Change!

An old man died in a geriatric ward of a small nursing home. The nurses believed that he left nothing important but they were wrong.

After his death, one nurse searched Mak Filiser’s belongings and found this poem. The poem was so touching that she shared it with the other employees.

One of the nurses send the poem in Melbourne and after that the song was spread all over the world- so simple, touching and powerful.

Cranky Old Man

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?

What are you thinking .. . when you’re looking at me?

A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,

Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?

Who dribbles his food .. . … . . and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice . .’I do wish you’d try!’

Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.

And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?

Who, resisting or not . . . … lets you do as you will,

With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?

Is that what you’re thinking?. .Is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, nurse .you’re not looking at me.

I’ll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,

As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.

I’m a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another

A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet

Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he’ll meet.

A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.

Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.

At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.

Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.

A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,

Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.

At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,

But my woman is beside me . . to see I don’t mourn.

At Fifty, once more, .. …Babies play ’round my knee,

Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.

I look at the future … . . . . I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.

And I think of the years . . . And the love that I’ve known.

I’m now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.

It’s jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.

The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.

There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.

But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,

And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells

I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.

And I’m loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.

I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.

And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.

Not a cranky old man .

Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. …. . ME!!

So, after reading this poem, the next time you meet an older person, look deep in his/her eyes and you will see a young soul trapped in helpless body.