Ballin on a Budget – Pork and Beans


Pork and beans are an overlooked food but they can actually be pretty tasty if you add a couple things. They are way cheaper than baked beans and with our modifications, they can be downright delicious. 1 (28oz) can of pork and beans 1T unsalted butter 2T raw sugar Place all of the ingredients in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally for 15 minutes. Serve hot with a hot dog or sausage on a bun.   XOXO,   Yumm-e Advertisements Continue reading Ballin on a Budget – Pork and Beans

Chickpea Salad


My New Years resolution is to eat more veggies and this salad is the perfect way to get in some extra vegetables and protein in a way that is delicious and nutritious. This is a great addition to a chicken or fish main dish or it is good to eat alone for lunch or dinner. Ingredients 1 small can Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained and rinsed 1/2 of a large red bell pepper, diced 1/4 of an English cucumber, diced 1 small tomato, diced 1/2 of a small red onion, diced 2T cilantro, fine chopped The juice of 1 lemon (don’t … Continue reading Chickpea Salad

Quick Tip: Vitamin D


Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that functions like a hormone because it can be synthesized by sunlight and it is not always necessary to get it dietarily. Vitamin D is essential for general bone health, it may help reduce the risk of cancer and it is essential for bone growth in children and bone maintenance in adults. Vitamin D prevents osteoporosis in the elderly, it reduces risk of falls for elderly people. Vitamin D is stored by the liver and fat tissue. When the body needs more Vitamin D, the liver and kidneys convert their stores to the … Continue reading Quick Tip: Vitamin D

Quick Tip: Vitamin A


Vitamin A Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin that consists of the Retinoids which includes retinol which is an alcohol form of Vitamin A and retinal which is the aldehyde form of Vitamin A and retinoic acid which is the acid form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps with our: Vision – helps our eyes adjust to darkness and bright light. Proper Growth – lack of Vitamin A causes bones to weaken. Reproduction – helps with sperm production and maintains fertility. Immunity – helps maintain healthy epithelial tissues that defend us from bacteria, parasites and viral attack. It also … Continue reading Quick Tip: Vitamin A

Quick Tip: Vitamin C


Vitamin C Acts as an antioxidant; Minimizes free radical damage in cells; Plays an important role in collagen synthesis; Enhances iron absorption; Helps synthesize carnitine; Essential to the activity of many enzymes; Enables lymphocytes and other cells of the immune system to function properly; Only activates enzymes indirectly. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) Men aged 19 and up: 90 milligrams per day Women aged 19 and up: 75 milligrams per day Pregnant women: 85 milligrams per day Lactating women: 120 milligrams per day Smokers: 35 milligrams per day above the RDA for your gender Sources Orange juice, fresh strawberries, fresh oranges, … Continue reading Quick Tip: Vitamin C

Quick Tip: The B Vitamins


The B Vitamins The B vitamins facilitate the metabolic reactions that release energy from carbohydrates, fat and protein, allowing them to become fuel for your cells. The B vitamins extract energy from food. Supplements are not necessary if you want to make sure you are getting enough Vitamin B, all you need is whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, meat alternatives and low fat dairy products. A good diet always trumps vitamin supplements. Make sure you have a healthy diet before you reach for a supplement. The B vitamins are thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, biotin, folate, … Continue reading Quick Tip: The B Vitamins

Quick Tip: Vitamin B12


Vitamin B12 Vitamin B12 plays an important role in folate metabolism and DNA synthesis. B12 deficiency can lead to folate deficiency, it reduces homocysteine levels and it helps maintain the myelin sheath. Tapeworms, overgrown stomach bacteria, absence of ileum or stomach, lack of enzymes, r-protein or intrinsic factor, reduction of gastric acid production all affect the absorption of Vitamin B12. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) The recommended daily allowance for men and women aged 19 – 50 is 2.4 micrograms per day. People with atrophic gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining) should focus on fortified food and dietary supplements for most … Continue reading Quick Tip: Vitamin B12

Quick Tip: Vitamin B6


Vitamin B6 The functions of vitamin B6 are protein metabolism, blood cell synthesis, carbohydrate metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis, it keeps homocysteine levels low and helps convert tryptophan to niacin. What does that mean? Vitamin B6 helps us feel more energetic and helps us break down carbs, make blood cells and makes neurotransmitters that regulate mood, sleep, anxiety, appetite, stress hormones and other mood related functions. Homocysteine is normally produced by meat consumption and elevated levels of it can cause heart problems that can lead to long term health problems. As we know niacin is a nutrient that we need for a … Continue reading Quick Tip: Vitamin B6

Quick Tip: Thiamin (B1)


Thiamin (B1) Thiamin contains sulfur. It helps the body produce energy, helps create DNA, helps power biosynthesis, helps nerves function properly and helps with glucose metabolism. The sulfur in thiamin is destroyed by cooking and alkaline solutions so it is important to make sure to use cooking techniques that don’t use a lot of heat and to make sure not to use highly alkaline solutions like baking soda to prepare foods rich in thiamin. Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) It is recommended that men aged 19 and up consume 1.2 milligrams of thiamin per day. Women aged 19 and up are recommended … Continue reading Quick Tip: Thiamin (B1)