Monthly Archives: September 2017

Cured Tuna Heart

The tuna heart, dried and salted, is a specialty of Sicilian and Sardinian cuisine, similar to bottarga and appreciated by lovers of seafood. The processing of the heart of tuna is similar to that of fish roe. The heart is salted and placed between two tables under a press. After 20 days it is placed to dry in the shade, in a ventilated area. The cured tuna heart has a strong taste, therefore it doesn’t require special seasoning. It is used in appetizers, just seasoned with extra virgin olive oil, in salads or grated flakes on pasta.

It is not easy to find this excellent product, and even in Italy only few gourmet stores sell it.

Yet, today you can buy dry tuna heart, even in the United States, thanks to some new specialty food online stores.

But why is tuna fish so important in the Mediterranean diet? Tuna belongs to the Thunnidae family that can reach a length of over 3 meters and whose most succulent part is the belly. Yet, smaller tuna fishes are the most valuable ones since their meat is softer and more tasty.

The nutritional properties of tuna are remarkable; it is so good for human health that it should never be excluded from our diet. It is rich in protein and Omega 3, low in fat and vitamins such as A, B12, E and D.

And its calories don’t depend on the meat itself, but more on the fact that the tuna is often preserved in sunflower oil, which is high fat, or cooked with too much seasoning. On the contrary, tuna on its own is a true ally of the diet and is good for the heart, it monitors the cholesterol levels and makes our skin more beautiful.

This fish is caught in the Mediterranean sea, and in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, usually using nets called tuna traps, more rarely with lines or harpoons.

The spread of sushi and sashimi has had a devastating impact on bluefin tuna. Today, tuna is a species threatened with extinction due to an excessive and out of control catch that is breaking its reproductive cycles and causing huge damages to the whole ecosystem. Overfishing has decimated the populations of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Ocean, bringing the species to the brink of extinction. Regulatory bodies have been unable to impose sufficiently severe catch quotas and illegal fishing is widespread worldwide. It seems that only the captive breeding of bluefin tuna could save this species. In Spain, it was possible to achieve in vitro fertilization of bluefin tuna eggs in captivity. But it is still a great challenge.

Yogurt Wars

Now, if you’ve followed me, you’ll know random chemicals shouldn’t be in your food. Yet, the competitors are stating that it’s perfectly OK.

The other has a chemical sweetener that was downgraded to ‘use with caution’ recently. Enough science made it through the bureaucracy to force the government to recognize it as something potentially unsafe. Why would you eat something that is needs to be eaten with caution? It’s directly saying that this poison is OK as long as you don’t eat too much of it.

You need to make healthy choices. One of those healthy choices is to avoid any food product with chemicals, colors, sugars, and things you just don’t know what they are.

Let’s face it, these things may make life easier now, but they will make life harder later on.

There are better alternatives. One is to make your own yogurt. It’s actually really easy. First, you need whole milk (not low fat or all you get is runny mush) and a good, organic yogurt starter. For me, I buy a starter from one of the several companies that put quality ahead of high CEO salaries.

As a side note, I purchased a starter pack with 6 different kinds of yogurt for less than $20. It will produce about 30 gallons of yogurt, maybe more if I carefully keep tending the base to produce new flavors.

Then, you add the yogurt starter to the milk, keep it warm, and wait. In a day, you have lots of healthy, delicious yogurt. You can add any flavor you want: berries, jams, maple syrup (odd, I know, but I know several people who do this), nuts, seeds, granola, and the list goes on.

You can make as little as a quart to several gallons at a time. Me, I make 1 gallon at a time and it lasts about a week for 3 people.

The best part is I don’t have to worry about chemicals, residues (I use organic milk), or unwanted things. When it is finished, with the yogurt starter, milk, and additions, I make 1 cup of yogurt for about $0.25. For me, it’s worth it. How much is your health worth to you?

Christina Major is the Naturopathic Doctor and Holistic Nutritionist of Crystal Holistic Health Consulting. Crystal Holistic Health helps people, especially women, who have Type II Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure lower their numbers, get off medication and increase their energy so they can save money, take back control of their lives and improve the health and happiness of their families.

Chili Will Save Your Life!

It’s pretty obvious chillies are ultimate flavour enhancers. However, most people are unaware that these peppers have amazing, super powered health benefits!

It seems that not only are you able give your food a flavour hit, but it helps you with weight loss. So if you’re keen to “drop a few”, make sure to include chilli peppers into your diet plan! This is a good way to boost your metabolism.

According to studies published in Cancer Research (2006), chillies can actually help lower the risk of prostate cancer. This is due to their ability to kill off cancer cells, while causing no harm to others. Another positive outcome is that as a treatment it shows that chilli peppers also reduce the growth of cancer cells.

Diabetes. A word most unpleasant! However, have no fear the chilli pepper is here! Thanks to compounds within the pepper, they immensely lower your risk of developing diabetes. Wow that’s so amazing!

Looks like it’s time to man up and eat some more chilli. According to random studies, chopped up chillies have the positive health benefits of increasing your immune system’s ability to function. How cool is that? Having some sinus problems? No problem! Get your chilli cayenne pepper out and mix it in with that chicken soup! Instant unblocked nose!

Ever heard of a little vitamin called “Vitamin C”? Of course you have! So has “Chilli”. Did you know that chilli peppers have more than double the amount of vitamin C than a tall glass of good old OJ? In addition, a good amount of vitamins A and B are also found within these little peppers!

A few simple ways to include these little miracle workers into your diet are, blending them into smoothies, having them soak in cooking oil to create chilli oil and to just eat them plain and simple! If you have trouble deciding which chilli is the right one for you. Don’t worry there are heaps to choose from. It’s said that green coloured chillies are not as hot as red and orange ones. Also be sure to keep your eye on the little ones. Yes, they sure are the most hot and furious of them all!

My passion has always been spicy foods. Later on in life I came to the conclusion that chillies were what made me love all foods. Hence forth I have been working hard to create information and value for people who don’t know about the amazing powers of chilli peppers.

Be sure to check out Chillies Restaurant tons of cool stuff to see there.

Benefits of Pears

If you are concerned about losing weight and gaining energy, pears may be an easy solution for you. They are a hypoallergenic fruit, less likely to produce adverse reactions. Pears or pear juice can be safe for infants to adults.

Improve your overall health! Get started eating or juicing pears. This delicious, healthy, fruit is easy to incorporate into food and juicing recipes. Find regular or organic pears at your local grocery stores or farmers markets. Grow your own pear trees at home.

Generally, pears are elongated in shape. They are narrow at the stem and wider at the opposite end. Some pears have a round shape, similar to apples. They are also similar to apples having seeds in their core. They vary in color from green, yellow, brown, red or a combination of these colors.

There are over 3,000 varieties of pears grown around the world. Each variety has distinctive characteristics, texture and flavor. Common pears include: Anjou, Asian, Bartlett, Bosc, Comice, Concorde and Seckel.


Anti-Aging: Pears are rich in vitamin C and antioxidants. Combat damaging free radicals. Reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots. Firm. Tone. Reveal natural glow.

Improve Complexion: Flush out toxins.

Moisturize and Smooth: Pears have natural humectants. Relieve dry flaky skin.

Reduce Inflammation: Relieve arthritis and other inflammatory ailments.

Balance pH of Skin: Reduce skin acids. Pears are packed with vitamins and minerals. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, K, folate and niacin. They are rich in copper, phosphorus and potassium.

Hypoallergenic: They are less likely to produce adverse reactions. Pears or pear juice can be safe for adults, children and even infants.

Rich in Fiber: Fiber slows the release of sugar into blood. Over time, sugar spikes can damage collagen. Collagen is a natural protein component of the skin. It is naturally produced by the body. It is the main building block for cells, connective tissues and organs. The production of collagen diminishes with age.


Reduce Fever

Reduce Weight

Increase Energy

Cool Body Down

Flush Out Toxins

Relieve Constipation

Lower Blood Pressure

Boost Immune System

Reduce Bad Cholesterol

Reduce Risk of: Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Osteoporosis, Macular Degeneration, Obesity


Pears contain a natural sugar alcohol, sorbitol or glucitol. The vitamin C in pears maintains healthy hair cells and keeps hair strands conditioned. Hair roots and scalp are nourished and moisturized. Reduce dry or frizzy hair. Reduce hair loss.