Sweet Burger

The burger with a pink heart-shaped bun is sold at mini-burger specialty store Coeur Cool in Japan.

The price is 990 yen (tax included).

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Marble Chocolate Tartlet with Kahlua

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder
1 cup flour
4 oz white chocolate, chopped
5 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
2/3 cup whipping cream
1/3 cup Kahlua

Method

  1. In food processor, combine butter, sugar and vanilla. Process until cream.
  2. Add cocoa; process until smooth.
  3. Add flour, pulse to combine.
  4. Press onto bottom and sides of twelve 3-inch tartlet pans. Chill 1 hour.
  5. Pierce bottoms well with fork. Bake on baking sheet at 375ºF, 8 minutes.
  6. Pierce again: bake another 4 minutes. Cool.
  7. Place chocolates in separate bowls.
  8. In saucepan bring cream to boil. Add Kahlua and bring to simmer. Pour 1/3 cup cream mixture over each chocolate. Stir each until smooth.
  9. Remove crusts from pans. Fill each about 2/3 full with dark filling. Pour 3 small pools of white filling onto dark filling. Marble by pulling tip of knife through fillings. Chill before serving.

Makes 12 servings.

Source: The Best of Kahlua

In Pictures: Japanese Restaurants Set Lunches

Protein Powerhouses: 5 Nutritious Ideas for Every Diet

Joan McClusky wrote . . . . . .

Cutting out fatty and fried sources of protein makes sense when you’re trying to cut calories and eat healthy.

But you still need nutritious forms of protein in your diet, according to Nutrition.gov. Here are five great protein sources you’ll love when you want to add protein without adding a lot of calories.

The first is fish. Besides being low in calories, fish is low in saturated fat. Though varieties like sole, flounder and cod are lower in calories, fatty fish like salmon and mackerel also contain the healthy fats called omega-3 fatty acids. They’re all delicious, even when steamed or slightly sauteed — no breading needed.

Egg whites are another terrific option. One cup of egg whites has 26 grams of protein for under 120 calories — perfect for turning into a scramble.

When you want a meatier mouth-full, choose chicken, a great source of lean protein. Breast meat and skinless thighs are low in fat. Or try turkey. Fat-free ground turkey and light-meat turkey both have about 100 calories in a 3.5 ounce serving.

Low- or non-fat dairy can be a rich protein source. A cup of non-fat cottage cheese or fat-free Greek yogurt supplies between 15 to 20 grams of protein for around 120 calories.

Experiment with unconventional ways to enjoy these options. Yogurt, for example, isn’t just for breakfast. Topped with a medley of berries, it makes a creamy dessert. Or take a leftover fish filet and add it to a bowl of seasonal greens for a satisfying lunch. Or fill a four-egg-white omelet with sauteed vegetables for a fast and easy dinner when there’s no time to cook a full meal.

Source: HealthDay

Study: Vegetarian Diets Almost Twice as Effective in Reducing Body Weight

Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition has found.

Losing muscle fat improves glucose and lipid metabolism so this finding is particularly important for people with metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes, says lead author, Dr. Hana Kahleová, Director of Clinical Research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC.

Seventy-four subjects with type 2 diabetes were randomly assigned to follow either a vegetarian diet or a conventional anti-diabetic diet. The vegetarian diet consisted of vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits and nuts, with animal products limited to a maximum of one portion of low-fat yoghurt per day; the conventional diabetic diet followed the official recommendations of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD). Both diets were restricted by 500 kilocalories per day compared to an isocaloric intake for each individual.

The vegetarian diet was found to be almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, resulting in an average loss of 6.2kg compared to 3.2kg for the conventional diet.

Using magnetic resonance imaging, Dr. Kahleová and colleagues then studied adipose (fat-storage) tissue in the subjects’ thighs to see how the two different diets had affected subcutaneous, subfascial and intramuscular fat (that is, fat under the skin, on the surface of muscles and inside muscles).

They found that both diets caused a similar reduction in subcutaneous fat. However, subfascial fat was only reduced in response to the vegetarian diet, and intramuscular fat was more greatly reduced by the vegetarian diet.

This is important as increased subfascial fat in patients with type 2 diabetes has been associated with insulin resistance, so reducing it could have a beneficial effect on glucose metabolism. In addition, reducing intramuscular fat could help improve muscular strength and mobility, particularly in older people with diabetes.

Dr. Kahleová said: “Vegetarian diets proved to be the most effective diets for weight loss. However, we also showed that a vegetarian diet is much more effective at reducing muscle fat, thus improving metabolism. This finding is important for people who are trying to lose weight, including those suffering from metabolic syndrome and/or type 2 diabetes. But it is also relevant to anyone who takes their weight management seriously and wants to stay lean and healthy.”

Source: Taylor & Francis


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