Worst Supermarket Foods in America

The authors of “Eat This, Not That! All New Supermarket Survival Guide” released their list of the worst supermarket foods. Coming in at No. 1 was Marie Callender’s “Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie,” which contains 1,140 calories and 72 grams of fat or the calorie equivalent of nine 12-ounce bottles of Guinness Draught.

To come up with the “20 Worst Supermarket Foods in America,” the authors interviewed nutritionists and industry experts, and then evaluated calorie counts and other nutritional values such as fat, saturated fat, sodium and added sugar across 20 specific categories, including condiments, cereals, canned goods, frozen entrées, ice cream and others.

The following are their Top 10 picks for worst supermarket foods:

  1. Worst Packaged Food: Marie Callender’s Cheesy Chicken Pot Pie (1,140 calories)
  2. Worst Frozen Entrée: Hungry-Man Select Classic Fried Chicken (1,030 calories)
  3. Worst Frozen Pizza: DiGiorno Traditional Crust Supreme Pizza (790 calories)
  4. Worst Stir-Fry/Skillet: Stouffer’s Sautés For Two Steak Gorgonzola (730 calories)
  5. Worst Breakfast: Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls Pancakes & Sausage Links (710 calories)
  6. Worst Individual Snack: Hostess Chocolate Pudding Pie (520 calories)
  7. Worst Kids’ Meal: Lunchables with Juice, Nachos, Cheese Dip + Salsa (490 calories)
  8. Worst Pie: Marie Callender’s Southern Pecan Pie (450 calories)
  9. Worst Frozen Treat: Mrs. Fields Ice Cream Cookie Sandwich (450 calories)
  10. Worst Packaged Side: Pasta Roni Fettucine Alfredo (450 calories)

Source: Business Wire

My Menu

We had a family gathering last night to celebrate the Winter Solstice. The following is the menu of the Chinese dinner I prepared for five persons.

2011 Winter Solstice Chinese Dinner Menu

Fish Maw, Chicken, Dried Conch and Baby Bok Choy Soup

Small Plate Combo

Ah Yat Abalone

Braised Pork Tongue

Boiled Quail Egg in Seasoned Soy Sauce

Oil Blanched Shrimp

Honey Glazed Walnut

Baked Chicken Wings

Stewed Pork Ribs in Pu Ur Tea-infused Soy Sauce

Stir-fried Gai Lan with Garlic and Ginger

Seafood with Curry and Coconut Sauce over Cooked Rice

Dessert

Fruit Platter

Goji Berries and Long An Jelly

Lunch for Kid

Santa Charaben

Ingredients

  • Santa Claus – Rice with ketchup, rice, crab stick, wiener and nori
  • American dog (corn dog)
  • Salad with Macaroni and Tarako Mayonnaise Sauce
  • Broccoli
  • Cheese slice

Carbohydrate Caffeine Drink Increases Sport Performance

Athletes who consume a sports drink containing caffeine and carbohydrates may significantly enhance their endurance and performance, according to new research conducted at Sheffield Hallam University.

The researchers conducted three different soccer-specific match simulations of 90 minutes each—two 45 minute sessions—that tested agility, dribbling, heading and kicking accuracy. The test was designed to mimic a football game where the participants had to carry out multiple repeated sprints, dribble the ball around cones and shoot accurately. They found the combination of carbohydrate and caffeine allowed players to sustain higher work intensity for the sprints, as well as improving shooting accuracy and dribbling during simulated soccer activity.

“These findings suggest that, for athletes competing in team sports where endurance and skill are important factors, ingesting a carbohydrate and caffeine drink, as opposed to just a carbohydrate drink, may significantly enhance performance. Our findings suggest that soccer players should choose a carbohydrate caffeine drink over a carbohydrate drink to consume before kick off and at half-time,” the researchers said.

Source: Sheffield Hallam University

Classic French Macaron

Ingredients

120 g powdered almonds
220 g powdered sugar
15 g cocoa powder
100 g egg whites, room temperature
30 g sugar

7 drops red food colouring
7 drops black food colouring
1 drop blue food colouring
25 drops yellow food colouring

Note:

The food colouring is not essential but it will help the macarons bake a gorgeous chocolately colour – cocoa will bake grey otherwise.

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 320°F.
  2. Line 2 baking trays with parchment paper.
  3. Prepare a 14″ piping bag with a plain tip, twist the bag at the tip end and place inside a glass to facilitate filling the bag.
  4. Combine almonds, powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a food processor, pulsing about 10 times for a few seconds, until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  5. Sift dry ingredients twice using a fine sieve, press the mixture through with your hands and set aside.
  6. Using a stand mixer, beat the egg whites, sugar and food colouring at low speed for 2 minutes, medium speed for 2 minutes and high speed for 3 minutes. The egg whites will be a large mass at this point; don’t worry!
  7. Add the dry ingredients to the egg whites. Fold the mixture, at the same time pressing it against the sides of the bowl to deflate it. Fold the mixture about 40 times (counting single strokes).
  8. Transfer the mixture to the piping bag, sealing the open end with a twist and holding firmly with the hand that will not be doing the piping. Pipe 4 tiny dots of mixture under the corners of the parchment paper to make sure it stays put.
  9. Holding the piping tip at an angle to the baking sheet, pipe the macarons about 3 cm in diameter (they will spread during cooking), quickly removing the tip when you have finished piping, making a shape like a comma.
  10. Place the tray of macarons on an empty baking tray and bake for 12 minutes at 320°F, reversing the tray after 6 minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and let the tray sit for a few minutes.
  12. Gently pour water onto the baking tray under the parchment paper and leave for a minute or so.
  13. Remove the parchment paper from the tray and place macaron shells on a cooling rack.
  14. Once completely cool, fill with ganache or the cream filling of your choice.
  15. Best enjoyed 24 hours after filling.

Source: Vacations


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