Hello Kitty Beer

Long Chuan Beer Company, Taiwan’s second-largest domestic producer is manufacturing and selling the new beer drink. The Hello Kitty alcoholic offerings are a mixture of beer and fruit juice.

Beer Drinks of four different flavours, passion fruit, lemon, banana, or peach are being offered.

With an alcohol content of just 2.5 percent, each can of the Hello Kitty beer is sold for 32 Taiwan dollars (about US$1.10).

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How to Build Muscle Even As You Age

For a variety of reasons, it’s not easy to build muscle.

First, muscle mass declines as you age, starting in your 30s. An average person will lose 5 to 7 pounds of muscle between ages 35 and 50 due to disuse. For every pound of muscle lost, you lose the capacity to burn 35 to 50 calories per day. That means, if you’ve lost 7 pounds of muscle by the age of 50, at 50 calories per muscle, that’s 350 calories you need to avoid every day just to prevent weight gain, let alone lose weight.

Second, weight loss causes muscle loss. When you lose weight, about half of what you lose is muscle — though you can minimize muscle loss by eating right (so read on!). This makes it even harder to keep the weight off, because you’re reducing your muscle, and therefore your metabolism, as you lose pounds.

This brings us to the obvious: Building muscle as you age, eating the right kinds of foods to make that happen — and to minimize muscle loss as you lose weight — is essential to staying lean.

Protein

Protein is essential for healthy living. It is one of the most important nutrients for the human body, second only to water. Bone health, muscle function, muscle strength, muscle mass and immune function — all are impaired with a low intake of protein.

New research has found that eating the right amount of protein —and at the right times — is essential not only for your general health, but also for effective muscle gain and weight loss. Eating enough protein while losing weight is more likely to minimize muscle loss and maximize fat loss. Keeping muscle stores high is critical, because when you lose muscle, it decreases your resting metabolic rate, making it harder to maintain a healthy weight or lose body fat.

The National Academy of Sciences, in a recent report, recommended Americans get at least 15 percent of their calories from protein, but never exceed 35 percent. At that point, adverse symptoms begin to appear. (Low carb diets are often as high as 80 percent protein, and can damage your health in many ways.)

If you’re losing weight or are worried about muscle or bone loss, consider increasing your protein.

How much protein?

A personalized formula: Studies of aging populations have found that about 1.2 grams to 1.6 grams of protein per one kilogram of body weight helps to reduce age-related muscle and bone loss. This amount should also be enough to maximize your workouts.

Example:

If you weigh 150 pounds, this means the amount of protein you should eat is: 150 lbs (divided by 2.2 lbs per kilogram) = 68 kg; 68 kg x 1.2 grams of protein per kg of body weight = 82 grams of protein daily. For the maximum amount of protein, multiply 68 kg x 1.6 grams of protein per kg = 109 grams of protein per day.

Where should you get protein?

Protein can be found in a wide range of foods. Animal protein is in seafood, dairy products, meat, poultry and eggs. Vegetarian protein can be found in legumes, soy, vegetables and grains. And while it’s true that high-protein foods often bring fat and calories along as uninvited guests, it doesn’t have to be that way. The lowest-calorie animal protein sources are the leanest. Go for seafood, poultry with no skin, lean veal cuts, pork tenderloin, lean beef cuts (such as the round or tenderloin), or 95-percent-lean hams (less than 3 grams of fat per ounce). Skim milk, non-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses are also great options. Soy products provide great low-calorie options, too, and are high-quality proteins that are lean substitutes for meat.

To add some protein to your diet, toss four ounces (120 grams) of lean beef, chicken or seafood or 12 ounces (36 grams) of spiced tofu into your salad. This will add 30 grams of high-quality protein and no more than 150 to 200 calories.

Here are the numbers for some other great sources of protein:

  • 8 ounces milk or yogurt: 8 – 16 grams protein, depending on the type
  • 1/2 cup cooked beans or tofu: 8 grams protein
  • 1 ounce meat/fish/chicken/cheese (the leaner the meat, the more protein and the fewer calories): 7 grams protein
  • 1 large egg: 7 grams protein
  • 1/2 cup cooked or one ounce dry (1 slice bread) grain: 3 grams protein
  • 1/2 cup cooked or one cup raw vegetables: 2 grams protein

Timing is everything!

Eat a food or beverage high in protein about 20 minutes before, and again immediately after, your strength-training workout. And do the same after a vigorous cardiovascular workout, such as tennis or kayaking, or even just a long walk. When you work out, you break down your muscles. Taking in a high protein food — with a little bit of carbohydrate and nutrients — when your muscles are being broken down by exercise will build your muscle mass and your strength more effectively. And don’t forget to drink water, because you also need to make sure you hydrate yourself properly!

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Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

4 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp honey mustard
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 cups cubed whole grain bread, about 5 slices
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup diced deli ham
12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with parchment paper cups or butter generously.
  2. Whisk together eggs, milk, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in bread, cheese and ham until evenly coated with egg mixture. Spoon into prepared muffin pan, pressing gently and drizzling with any liquid left in bowl. Press 2 tomato halves, cut side up, on top of each muffin.
  3. Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden and puffed. Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and serve hot.

Makes 12 muffins.

Source: Canadian magazine

Today’s Comic

What’s for Breakfast?

Home-cooked Western Breakfast

The Menu

  • Egg and Croissant Sandwich
  • Green Beans Wrapped with Bacon
  • Assorted Vegetables
  • Strawberries
  • Coffee