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via NoteLedge Premium: Take notes, edit photos, record audio and video, and more with this robust note taking app | App Saga.

Strozzapreti with Mushrooms and Ricotta Recipe – Bon Appétit

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INGREDIENTS

SOFFRITTO

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika

PASTA

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided, plus more
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms (such as maitake, shiitake, and king trumpet), cut or torn into ½” pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pound strozzapreti or gemelli
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, plus more for serving
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan, divided
  • cup fresh ricotta
  • 6 soft-boiled eggs, peeled (optional)

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION

Calories (kcal) 600 Fat (g) 31 Saturated Fat (g) 8 Cholesterol (mg) 25 Carbohydrates (g) 63 Dietary Fiber (g) 3 Total Sugars (g) 6 Protein (g) 18 Sodium (mg) 180

PREPARATION

SOFFRITTO

  • Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring often, until lightly golden, 5–8 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until vegetables have reduced in volume by two-thirds, 15–20 minutes. Add paprika and cook, stirring often, 5 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.
  • DO AHEAD: Soffritto can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool; cover and chill.

PASTA

  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of mushrooms; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until browned and softened, 8–10 minutes; transfer to a bowl. Repeat with 2 Tbsp. oil and remaining mushrooms; reserve skillet.
  • Meanwhile, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, stirring occasionally, until al dente, 8–10 minutes. Drain, reserving 1 cup pasta cooking liquid.
  • Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in reserved skillet over medium-low heat. Cook garlic, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Toss in soffritto, mushrooms, pasta, lemon juice, 2 Tbsp. chives, and half of Parmesan, thinning with pasta cooking liquid as needed; season with salt and pepper. Serve topped with ricotta, eggs, if using, more chives, and remaining Parmesan and drizzle with oil.

via Strozzapreti with Mushrooms and Ricotta Recipe – Bon Appétit.

Tomatoes important in prostate cancer prevention

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Tomatoes are rich in the anti-oxidant lycopene

 

Eating tomatoes may lower the risk of prostate cancer, research suggests.

Men who consume more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week reduce their risk by about 20%, according to a UK study.

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men worldwide, with 35,000 new cases and around 10,000 deaths in the UK every year.

Cancer experts recommend eating a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.

Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active”

Vanessa ErBristol University

The Bristol team analysed the diets and lifestyles of around 20,000 British men aged between 50 and 69.

They found men who consumed more than 10 portions of tomatoes each week – such as fresh tomatoes, tomato juice and baked beans – saw an 18% reduction in prostate cancer risk.

Eating the recommended five servings of fruit or vegetables or more a day was also found to decrease risk by 24%, compared with men who ate two-and-a-half servings or less.

“Our findings suggest that tomatoes may be important in prostate cancer prevention,” said Vanessa Er, from the School of Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University.

“However, further studies need to be conducted to confirm our findings, especially through human [clinical] trials.

“Men should still eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, maintain a healthy weight and stay active.”

Dietary index

The cancer-fighting properties of tomatoes are thought to be due to lycopene, an antioxidant which can protect against DNA and cell damage.

The researchers also looked at two other dietary components linked with prostate cancer risk – selenium, found in flour-based foods such as bread and pasta, and calcium, found in dairy products such as milk and cheese.

Experts advise eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables
Experts advise eating a wide range of fruit and vegetables

Men who had optimal intake of these three dietary components had a lower risk of prostate cancer, they said.

Commenting on the study, Dr Iain Frame of Prostate Cancer UK said there was not yet enough evidence to make concrete recommendations on which specific foods men should eat to reduce their risk of prostate cancer.

“What we do know is that men shouldn’t rely too heavily on one type of food, such as tomatoes,” he said.

“A healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, together with regular exercise is by far the best option.”

Tom Stansfeld of Cancer Research UK added: “While eating foods rich in lycopene – such as tomatoes – or selenium may be associated with a reduction in the risk of prostate cancer, this has not been proven, and this study can’t confirm whether there is a link between diet and prostate cancer risk.

“Diet and cancer prevention is a complex issue with few black and white answers; we encourage everyone to eat a balanced diet which is high in fruit and vegetables and low in red and processed meat, fat and salt.”

The research, published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, was carried out in collaboration with the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford.

via BBC News – Tomatoes important in prostate cancer prevention.

Cancer patients with depression are being overlooked

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Some studies suggest depression can affect the chances of surviving cancer

Three-quarters of cancer patients who are clinically depressed do not get the psychological therapy they need, according to research in the Lancet.

This “huge unmet need” is partly due to a focus on physical symptoms at the expense of good mental healthcare, researchers say.

They argue depression is often overlooked but could be treated at a fraction of the cost of cancer drugs.

Charities say the current situation is “heartbreaking”.

It is heartbreaking to think cancer patients who are already dealing with the toughest fight of their lives are also struggling with depression, without adequate support”

Jacqui GravesMacmillan Cancer Support

‘Persistent sadness’

People often wrongly assume that major depression is part of a natural reaction to cancer – but this is much more than transient sadness, the Edinburgh and Oxford university researchers say.

Their report suggests a new nurse-led treatment could help thousands of people.

In a series of studies they analysed data on 21,000 cancer patients living in Scotland.

They found 6% to 13% of people had clinical depression, compared with just 2% of the general population at any time.

Sufferers of major depression feel persistently low, may find it difficult to sleep and have poor appetites.

But researchers found 75% of people reporting these symptoms were not receiving treatment, partly because they did not consider seeking help and professionals did not pick up on their illness.

The reports also show that, even when given a diagnosis and standard NHS treatment, the majority did not feel better.

Scientists say a new nurse-led approach designed specifically for patients with cancer can substantially reduce depressive symptoms.

In their study of about 500 patients, the therapy halved the depression scores of more than 60%.

Patients reported they were less anxious, less fatigued and experienced less pain.

Only 17% of those who had standard NHS care had similar results.

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Some 13% of people with lung cancer reported symptoms suggestive of major depression

‘Profound impact’

In contrast the new intensive, tailored approach is delivered by a trained cancer nurse and involves the wider medical team.

It includes:

  • antidepressant drugs
  • encouraging patients to become as active as they can be
  • problem-solving therapy

Researchers argue that if their programme were rolled out widely it could improve the quality of life for thousands of people.

Their final paper suggests the therapy improves quality of life, regardless of how good a patient’s prognosis is.

Dr Stefan Symeonides, of the University of Edinburgh, said: “Day-to-day oncologists like myself see the profound impact depression can have on a patient with cancer.”

He added: ” [This is] a huge area of unmet need missed by current practice.”

Researchers say the therapy costs around £600 per patient.

Jacqui Graves, of the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, said: “It is heart-breaking to think cancer patients who are already dealing with the toughest fight of their lives are also struggling with depression, without adequate support.

“Anyone experiencing depression should get in touch with their GP.”

via BBC News – Cancer patients with depression are being overlooked.

Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen

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The current outbreak is the deadliest since Ebola was discovered in 1976

 

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is going to get worse before it gets better, according to the top US public health official.

Tom Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control, said the epidemic would need an “unprecedented” response to bring it under control.

Health ministers from across West Africa are due to meet in Ghana to discuss the growing crisis.

The World Health Organization says the outbreak has killed 1,427 people.

The health body says it is the largest ever Ebola epidemic and has infected an estimated 2,615 people.

Liberia has been hardest-hit of the affected countries, with 624 deaths and 1,082 cases since the start of the year.

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There have been more than 2,600 confirmed cases of Ebola, with around half of those being deadly

Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

  • Symptoms include high fever, bleeding and central nervous system damage
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
  • Incubation period is two to 21 days
  • There is no vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host
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Mr Frieden met Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to discuss ways to fight the disease.

“The cases are increasing. I wish I did not have to say this, but it is going to get worse before it gets better,” he admitted.

“The world has never seen an outbreak of Ebola like this. Consequently, not only are the numbers large, but we know there are many more cases than has been diagnosed and reported,” he added.

He said there was a need for “urgent action” and called on Liberians “to come together” to stop misconceptions that have helped the outbreak spread.

Despite rumours to the contrary, the virus is not airborne and is spread by humans coming into contact with bodily fluids, such as sweat and blood, from those infected with virus.

Health ministers from the Economic Community of West African States will meet in Ghana’s capital Accra on Thursday to discuss the regional response to the crisis.

The extraordinary meeting comes after the African Development Bank warned that the outbreak is causing enormous economic damage to West Africa as foreign businesses quit the region.

Meanwhile, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has branded the international response “entirely inadequate”.

Brice de la Vigne, MSF operations director, said efforts to bring the outbreak under control had been far too chaotic.

“It is simply unacceptable that serious discussions are only starting now about international leadership and coordination,” he said.

“Self-protection is occupying the entire focus of states that have the expertise and resources to make a dramatic difference.”

via BBC News – Ebola outbreak: US official says epidemic will worsen.

Ebola vaccine to be tested on UK volunteers

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Health care workers are among those most at risk of catching Ebola

 

A test vaccine against Ebola could be given to healthy volunteers in the UK in September, according to an international health consortium.

The trial will start as soon as ethical approval is granted, experts at the Wellcome Trust say.

If the vaccine works well, the study will extend to The Gambia and Mali.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says the virus could affect 20,000 people during this outbreak which is expected to continue for many months.

Global outbreak

The latest figures show that more than 1,550 people have died from the virus, with more than 3,000 confirmed cases – mostly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Researchers hope the vaccine will prevent people from catching the disease in these countries, but will first test the medicine in unaffected populations.

The vaccine consists a single Ebola virus protein which triggers an immune response once it enters the body – but they say this cannot cause anyone who is given it to become infected.

In the first part of the study it will be trialled on 60 healthy volunteers and if shown to be safe and working well it will then be administered to 80 volunteers in The Gambia and Mali.

The vaccine could then start to be offered more widely in affected countries during 2015.

‘Future epidemics’

Dr Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “This epidemic has shown how difficult it can be to control Ebola.

“How useful drugs and vaccines might be in complementing existing public health interventions can only be assessed in epidemics.

“The initial safety work we’re announcing with our international partners will hopefully make that possible during this crisis and for inevitable future epidemics.”

Dr Moncef Slaoui, at GlaxoSmithKline, the company working on the vaccine, said: “Developing a new vaccine is complex with no guarantees of success and it is still early days for our Ebola vaccine candidate.

“But we are encouraged by progress so far and will do the best we can, along with WHO and our partners, to speed up development and explore ways in which the vaccine could contribute to the control of this or future Ebola outbreaks.”

The vaccine study, led by scientists at the University of Oxford, is planned to run alongside similar trials in the United States.

The Wellcome Trust, the UK Department for International Development and the Medical Research Council are providing a £2.8m grant for this project.

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Ebola Virus Disease (EVD)

A fruit bat is pictured in 2010 at the Amneville zoo in France.
Fruit bats are believed to be a major carrier of the Ebola virus but do not show symptoms

  • Symptoms include high fever, muscle pain, bleeding and intense weakness
  • Fatality rate can reach 90% – but current outbreak has mortality rate of about 55%
  • The virus is spread through close contact with the bodily fluids of infected individuals
  • There is no proven vaccine or cure
  • Supportive care such as rehydrating patients who have diarrhoea and vomiting can help recovery
  • Fruit bats, a delicacy for some West Africans, are considered to be virus’s natural host

via BBC News – Ebola vaccine to be tested on UK volunteers.

板豆腐高鈣 銀髮族補鈣保骨餐

營養學博士與廚師合作,以高鈣的板豆腐、綠豆芽及黑芝麻,設計出適合年長者吃的高鈣餐點。(攝影/洪毓琪)

營養學博士與廚師合作,以高鈣的板豆腐、綠豆芽及黑芝麻,設計出適合年長者吃的高鈣餐點。(攝影/洪毓琪)

骨質疏鬆症威脅年長者骨折的殺手,預防骨質疏鬆的方法就是攝取足夠的鈣質,提前補鈣存骨本!營養博士與知名廚師合作,設計一套補鈣套餐,以板豆腐、綠豆芽入菜,並以青蔥提味,設計出高鈣營養又容易入口的餐點,特別適合銀髮族食用。

板豆腐高鈣 別吃成嫩豆腐

年長者鈣質流失快,或是鈣質攝取不足,很容易導致骨質疏鬆症,而骨質疏鬆症又是造成老年人骨折,以及併發其他重大疾病的主因之一。台灣營養基金會執行長、台大營養學博士吳映蓉指出,板豆腐高鈣且易碎,特別適合牙口不好的老人食用。但是要注意,相較於板豆腐,嫩豆腐的鈣含量非常低,這是因為板豆腐在製作過程中需要加入碳酸鈣幫助凝固,想補鈣的人可不要吃錯了。

吳映蓉博士也表示,許多人不知道,常被用來當配角的蔥,鈣含量也非常高。另外,蔥還含有維他命C以及含硫的植化素,可以促進免疫力、增進排毒。蔥與大蒜、洋蔥都含有稱為麩胱甘肽的三胜肽,可以增加肝臟解毒酵素的活化、活血以及降低壞的膽固醇。但是蔥的草酸高,提醒腎功能不好,以及容易結石的人不要多食。

廚師李建軒參與設計出三道高鈣又可口的餐點,又容易入口,特別適合銀髮族。

廚師李建軒參與設計出三道高鈣又可口的餐點,又容易入口,特別適合銀髮族。
吳映蓉博士提醒,除了飲食中補鈣,也要適量曬太陽,才能促進鈣質吸收。(圖片/吳映蓉博士提供)

吳映蓉博士提醒,除了飲食中補鈣,也要適量曬太陽,才能促進鈣質吸收。(圖片/吳映蓉博士提供)

此外,大家都知道鮮奶是補鈣很重要的來源,對於害怕奶腥味的老人,可以在飲食中多吃黑芝麻,或是在豆漿裡加入黑芝麻粉,增加鈣質攝取。吳映蓉博士也提醒,除了飲食中補鈣,也要適量曬太陽,才能促進鈣質吸收。

吳映蓉博士與廚師李建軒特別以板豆腐、綠豆芽菜、黑芝麻及鮮奶設計出一套包含六大營養素的高鈣餐點,包含了前菜、煮餐與甜點,讓老人吃的健康又補足鈣質。

以下為Mini Cook兒童食育生活工作室提供的銀髮族高鈣食譜:

圖為牛蒡蔬菜豆腐渣。(攝影/洪毓琪)

圖為牛蒡蔬菜豆腐渣。(攝影/洪毓琪)

【前菜:牛蒡蔬菜豆腐渣】

材料(每份):板豆腐40克,山藥泥10克,乾香菇2朵,牛蒡絲10克,蒜末1顆,山藥粉10克,蔥花5克,熟黑芝麻3克,麵包粉10克,美生菜20克,芋頭45克,雞胸肉30克。

做法:

  1. 將板豆腐以蒸籠布擠壓出水分備用。
  2. 起鍋煸炒香菇絲後,入油炒香蒜末、蔥花、牛蒡絲、芋頭絲及雞胸肉絲拌炒後備用。
  3. 取大容器將豆腐泥、山藥泥、黑芝麻及拌炒過的蔬菜拌勻,適當加入山藥粉及麵包粉至能夠拌成團的粉量後,均勻分割成數球備用。
  4. 起鍋入油,將蔬菜豆腐球煎熟撒上胡椒鹽及生菜即可完成。
圖為鮮奶吐司煎餅。(攝影/洪毓琪)

圖為鮮奶吐司煎餅。(攝影/洪毓琪)

【主菜:鮮奶吐司煎餅】

材料(每份):鮮奶30毫升,吐司50克,中筋麵粉20克,刺蔥20克,胡蘿蔔20克,木耳10克,雞高湯50毫升,綠豆芽菜30克。

做法:

  1. 將刺蔥、綠豆芽菜、木耳、胡蘿蔔及吐司,使用易拉轉拉碎備用。
  2. 起鍋將蝦米煸香備用。
  3. 將步驟(1)中已切屑的食材,與中筋麵粉、調味料混合,再加入牛奶及高湯拌勻成麵糊。
  4. 起鍋,放入步驟(3)的麵糊,以小火煎至兩面金黃焦脆即可。
圖為黑芝麻水果奶酪。(攝影/洪毓琪)

圖為黑芝麻水果奶酪。(攝影/洪毓琪)

【甜點:黑芝麻水果奶酪】

材料(每份):黑芝麻粉10克,鮮奶120克,鮮奶油2克,糖10克,吉利T粉3克,芒果丁40克,香蕉35克。

做法:

  1. 將糖與吉利T粉拌勻。
  2. 將鮮奶、鮮奶油、糖與吉利T粉下鍋煮,邊煮邊攪拌,煮至糖與吉利T粉溶化。
  3. 加入黑芝麻粉及香蕉泥拌勻,就可以入模放入冰箱,待涼結成凍狀,淋上芒果丁泥,就大功告成。

via 板豆腐高鈣 銀髮族補鈣保骨餐 | 20140828 | 華人健康網.

深蹲+弓箭步 5招鍛鍊三頭肌腹肌

美國知名健身教練指出,綜合舉重與心肺運動,可以加速燃脂,強化運動的效果。

美國知名健身教練指出,綜合舉重與心肺運動,可以加速燃脂,強化運動的效果。

想要加速燃脂、強化肌肉,並不是只能靠重量訓練。美國知名健身教練在媒體撰文透露,可以綜合舉重與心肺運動,文中並推薦5個只需要啞鈴,或是礦泉水瓶,就能完成的簡單動作,鍛鍊身上各部位的主要肌肉,包括三頭肌、腹肌、六塊肌等。

美國健康資訊網站《Shape.com》刊載由健身教練兼健身書作家諾拉托賓(Nora Tobin)撰寫的文章,指出綜合舉重與心肺運動可以達到最好的運動成效,但這不表示得在重量訓練過後,緊接著慢跑30分鐘。建議做以下5個融合重量訓練的動作,並且減少每個動作之間相隔的時間,維持心跳率。以下每個動作共做3套,每套6次。

深蹲站立式:

雙腳與臀同寬站立,手舉一對啞鈴至肩膀高度。膝蓋彎曲,臀部向後翹,身體向下蹲,使大腿與地面平行。從臀部出力,快速回到站姿,雙手手臂向上延伸超越頭部,同時收緊核心肌群、抬頭挺胸。

圖為深蹲站立式。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

圖為深蹲站立式。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

彎曲弓箭步:

雙腳與臀同寬站立,手持一對啞鈴、自然垂放身體兩側。左腳向後跨一步,向下蹲成弓箭步,雙腳膝蓋都呈約90度,深蹲時上半身保持挺直。快速回到站姿,向前舉起左腳,用單腳保持平衡,將啞鈴舉至肩膀處。回到站姿,再重頭開始。

圖為彎曲弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

圖為彎曲弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

撐體變化式:

在地板上放一對啞鈴,雙手手臂伸直做出撐體式,雙腳間距離稍比臀寬,雙手在肩膀正下方、握住啞鈴,右手手肘朝向天花板彎曲,將啞鈴舉起至胸部高度。右手放下回到地板上,換邊再做一次,完成一套動作。除了動作的那隻手臂外,身體其他部位都不動。

圖為撐體變化式。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

圖為撐體變化式。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

開腳弓箭步:

雙手握住一個啞鈴,雙手手臂伸直超過頭部,右腳在前、左腳在後,前後張開形成弓箭步,雙手向後、向下壓,再回到伸直的姿勢。雙腳膝蓋彎曲,向下深蹲使前腳的大腿與地面平行。啞鈴維持在頭部上方,雙腳伸直後重新再做,右邊共做6次之後再換左邊6次,共完成一套動作。

圖為開腳弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

圖為開腳弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

側開弓箭步:

雙手握住一個啞鈴,舉至胸前。右腳向外跨一大步,向下深蹲,臀部向後翹,膝蓋與腳趾保持向前。快速地舉起右腳,以左腳站立維持平衡,將啞鈴向胸部前方舉,手臂打直。接著回到原位,做6次之後,換邊再做6次,完成一套動作。

圖為側開弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

圖為側開弓箭步。(圖片/取材自《Shape.com》)

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烤海鮮好「腥」鮮?香氣椒情醬去腥

「香氣椒情醬汁」沾醬,不但能去除海鮮腥味,比傳統沾醬熱量少1/3、鈉含量更僅有4毫克,能夠吃的更輕鬆無負擔。(攝影/洪毓琪)

「香氣椒情醬汁」沾醬,不但能去除海鮮腥味,比傳統沾醬熱量少1/3、鈉含量更僅有4毫克,能夠吃的更輕鬆無負擔。(攝影/洪毓琪)

中秋烤海鮮不僅新鮮好吃,更因含有豐富的omega-3不飽和脂肪酸,被視為有益健康,因此大受歡迎。但是,海鮮的腥味並非人人都能接受,因此,許多人會選擇塗抹傳統烤肉醬來掩蓋。不過,營養師提醒,這樣的方式,不僅去腥效果有限,更會在無形中吃下過多的鈉和熱量。建議不妨改用多種天然辛香料調製「香氣椒情醬汁」來達到去腥、提升風味的作用。

傳統沾醬小改造 增加口感與層次

中國醫藥大學營養師黃韋堯表示,此道「香氣椒情醬汁」沾醬,除了使用中式傳統的蔥、蒜、辣椒等本身可抑制腥味的辛香料外,額外添加了可以加強去腥、有助提升醬汁風味,讓口感更有層次的花椒、孜然、七味粉等異國天然辛香料。不但比傳統沾醬熱量少1/3、鈉含量更僅有4毫克,能夠吃的更輕鬆無負擔。

製作香氣椒情醬汁需要的食材如圖。(攝影/洪毓琪)

製作香氣椒情醬汁需要的食材如圖。(攝影/洪毓琪)

異國辛香料增風味 香氣椒情醬汁層次豐富

材料

橄欖油1茶匙、蒜20克、蔥20克、辣椒10克、花椒粒1茶匙、孜然粉10克、七味粉10克、香菜10克、菇類30克、薄鹽醬油1/2茶匙、水4茶匙。

作法

1.先將大蒜、蔥、香菜切碎、菇類(香菇或杏孢菇等)切丁和辣椒切片備料。

2.將橄欖油倒入熱鍋,放入花椒、蒜、辣椒爆香。

3.放入菇類、蔥拌炒到金黃,放置碗中。

4.加入1/2茶匙薄鹽醬油、4茶匙水。

5.撒上孜然粉、七味粉、香菜拌勻。

此道沾醬,除了使用傳統的蔥、蒜、辣椒等本身可抑制腥味的辛香料外,額外添加了可以加強去腥、有助提升醬汁風味、更有層次的花椒、孜然、七味粉等異國天然辛香料。(攝影/洪毓琪)

此道沾醬,除了使用傳統的蔥、蒜、辣椒等本身可抑制腥味的辛香料外,額外添加了可以加強去腥、有助提升醬汁風味、更有層次的花椒、孜然、七味粉等異國天然辛香料。(攝影/洪毓琪)

特色:

這道醬汁之所以選擇橄欖油為基底,主要是希望藉由當中含有omega-6單元不飽和脂肪酸,來達到幫助血中脂肪代謝、減少壞膽固醇堆積的作用,避免食用過多的烤肉,造成身體的負擔。至於額外添加菇類,除了能增加口感外,菇類食物中含有的維生素B2、纖維質,也有分解脂質、幫助消化的效果。

蔥、蒜、辣椒等傳統中式辛香料,不僅取得容易,更是去腥解異味不可或缺的重要食材。(攝影/洪毓琪)

蔥、蒜、辣椒等傳統中式辛香料,不僅取得容易,更是去腥解異味不可或缺的重要食材。(攝影/洪毓琪)

蔥、蒜、辣椒 傳統辛香料去腥解膩

蔥、蒜、辣椒等傳統中式辛香料,不僅取得容易,更是去腥解異味不可或缺的重要食材。此外,大蒜所含有的「蒜素」能刺激腦下腺,調節人體對脂肪與碳水化合物的消化與吸收。而辣椒中「辣椒素」更有刺激腎上腺,提高體內脂肪代謝速度,促進脂肪分解的作用。

天然草本無負擔 調味口感一級棒

至於醬料中所添加的異國風味的草本辛香料,則有增添醬料風味、帶出海鮮的鮮甜口感的效果,特別是食材當中使用的花椒、孜然等辛香料,其特殊的芳香滋味,用來去除海鮮腥味非常合適。而使用芝麻、陳皮、海苔、紫蘇等多種食材製成的複合式香料七味粉,則有提味讓醬汁嚐起來更有風味與層次感的效用。

【營養師小叮嚀】:

黃韋堯營養師提醒,為避免沾醬在反覆加熱的過程中變質,接觸、沾附炭灰等致癌物。建議沾醬應在食材烤熟後再使用,不但能完整保留醬汁的風味,更能降低致癌風險,讓中秋佳節饗美食之餘,能吃得健康無負擔。

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烤牛排爆熱量!怕胖挑低脂菲力

牛肉的口感軟嫩程度取決於該部位的脂肪含量和運動量,通常脂肪含量較高的口感較佳。(圖片/華人健康網資料照片)
牛肉的口感軟嫩程度取決於該部位的脂肪含量和運動量,通常脂肪含量較高的口感較佳。(圖片/華人健康網資料照片)

「一家烤肉萬家香」的中秋佳節即將到來,許多饕客已經準備「食量解禁」,大啖燒烤牛肉的美味,不過,營養師表示,碳烤牛排的熱量高,尤其含脂量高的牛小排,烹調前的熱量就可達每百公克近400大卡,相當於1.4碗白飯,建議嗜吃牛肉又怕胖的饕客,可改選更低卡且口感軟嫩的菲力,燒烤不沾醬,灑點海鹽就鮮肉味十足。

牛肉熱量高!瘦身一族遠離牛小排

就像豬肉一樣,牛肉的口感軟嫩程度取決於該部位的脂肪含量和運動量,一般來說,運動量較少的部位,脂肪含量相對較多,易給人入口即化的口感。不過,隨著嘴巴一咬一嚼的動作、品嚐牛肉汁和油花調和的時刻,也不要忘了口中那塊肉所暗藏的驚人熱量。

台北市立聯合醫院忠孝院區營養科營養師洪若樸表示,若在未經烹調和添加奶油、醬料、其他配料的情況下,每100公克牛腱肉的熱量約117.6大卡、肩胛里肌126.8卡、菲力144.6卡、牛後腿185.3、肋條206、丁骨213.8、牛絞肉229.9、肋眼267.6卡、沙朗299.9卡、牛腩325.5卡、牛小排386.7卡。

其中,牛腱的含脂量最少,但因屬於腿肉,纖維組織較粗,結締組織又多,與半筋半肉的牛腩一樣,都比較適合長時間燉煮,在滷煮的過程中提升肉品水分,變得軟爛好入口。

牛腱的含脂量最少,但因屬於腿肉,纖維組織較粗,建議用滷煮的方式烹調。(圖片/華人健康網資料照片)

牛腱的含脂量最少,但因屬於腿肉,纖維組織較粗,建議用滷煮的方式烹調。(圖片/華人健康網資料照片)

燒烤牛排肉!菲力兼顧口感和低脂

肩胛里肌、菲力、沙朗、牛小排則較適合用於燒烤,其中又以菲力略勝一籌。菲力位於牛隻的腰內肉部位,脂肪含量少,又因完全被包覆在牛腹腔中,肌肉幾乎運動到,肌肉纖維細緻,肉質鮮嫩,烤三分熟吃原味或沾點海鹽、灑些胡椒,就能滿嘴享受牛肉本身的鮮甜,口感甚至更勝脂肪量相對較高的沙朗和牛小排。

至於熱量比菲力更低的肩胛里肌,位於牛頸部至肋骨的部位,雖然也可做成牛排,但肉質相對較硬,不易咀嚼。洪若樸營養師建議,可切成長條薄片,以加入天然辛香料醃一會兒後,串上多汁蔬果和菇類食材,可增加口感,又能增加飽足感。

【食譜示範/野菇彩味牛肉串】

  • 材料:牛肩胛里肌肉、彩椒、洋蔥、洋菇、杏鮑菇、茭白筍、小黃瓜。
  • 醃料:新疆孜然調料3匙(45公克)、酒3匙(45公克)、蜂蜜1/2匙(7.5公克)、黑胡椒粉1/2匙(7.5公克)、鹽少許、蒜泥1/2匙(7.5公克)。
  • 作法:
    1. 牛肩胛里肌肉切長條薄片,再與混合均勻的醃料充分拌勻,醃15至20分鐘。
    2. 蔬菜和菇類灑上少許胡椒和鹽,再與醃肉串在一起。
    3. 塗抹少許油於燒熱鍋或烤盤,再將野菇彩味牛肉串排入鍋中或烤架上烤熟即可。

【小叮嚀】:

烤肉的樂趣,除了親友歡聚之外,食物所增加的碳燒和微焦氣味,更是讓人垂涎三尺,不過,肉類或魚類食物中的油脂受熱後溶出,油滴滴在炭火上,會產生多環芳烴(polycyclic Aromatic hydrocarbons)化合物,是一種致癌揮發物質,會隨煙揮發附著在食物上,因此,建議燒烤前先用鋁箔紙包覆,或在烤盤上舖上一層鋁箔紙,避免生鮮食材與火直接接觸,減少吃下致癌物質的機會。

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