Men's Health ... and, erm, women's health and kid's health and just good, all-around health information (and, bonus, a vegetarian food recipe)!

I was browsing the Weeb (killing time) when I tripped across a site (really a magazine) that purports to be all about men's health (but what's good for the gander...).

Despite the fact that I'm not a man (but I liked the pictures), and because I am an almost vegetarian (buh bye chicken), I decided to check out the health section.

And I found all sorts of good information (and more pictures) which I absolutely must share (but not the pix) with you ('cause this is a fine, upstanding food blog and I won't have any of that foolishness here, no siree). And you know I love healthy information.

Men's Health (Tons of Useful Stuff - their subheading, not mine!) article #1: Stealth Health Food
Marvelous piece on foods you may not have thought of trying (may not have heard of!), but that would be good for a munch. Such as sunflower greens (sprouts from sunflowers) which, according to the magazine, is loaded full of "... much of the heart-healthy fat, fiber, and plant protein found in sunflower seeds..."

(Of course, I'm not sure why you can't just eat the seeds but, erm, did I mention the pictures?)

And kefir which is a fermented dairy beverage (think runny yogurt) made with kefir grains that is loaded with bacteria, the good kind.

But what really grabbed my attention was the jicama recipe. Jicama is a juicy, sweet root vegetable which is good both raw and boiled, is low in calories, and is loaded with vitamin C. Wanna give it a try? Then here's the recipe:
Food recipe: Jicama and Mango Salad
1 large jicama
2 mangoes
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 jalapeno, seeds removed and finely minced
1/2 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
Juice of 2 limes
Salt and pepper

Wash and peel the jicama and cut into 1/8-inch planks. Stack the planks on your cutting board and carefully cut them lengthwise to yield long, thin matchsticks. Peel the mango with a paring knife or a peeler and cut the soft flesh off of the hard pit in the middle. Cut the mango into thin strips. Toss the jicama and mango with the remaining ingredients and season to taste with salt and pepper. Makes 4 servings.

Men's Health article #2: The Super Shake

Now, I have a breakfast shake pretty much every morning, but what grabbed my attention here are ideas for all sorts of lovely new additions to my breakfast, such as green tea (Green tea? Yes, I've been under a rock!) and Greens+.

Men's Health article #3: How to Get Thinner by the Minute

Nice information on what to eat, when. For example, the article says a healthy breakfast consists of "... high-quality protein, slow-digesting carbohydrates, and healthy fats." And it says you should eat every three hours after breakfast to "... regulate blood-sugar levels, protecting your muscles from being broken down." Fascinating.

Men's Health article #4: The Villians: The Flabtastic Four

What is interesting here is not who the villians are (no surprises, which is surely for the best), but the clear information on, precisely, why they are villians. For example, if you read this blog with any regularity, you are well aware of my loathing for high-fructose corn syrup. As one of the four villians, the article says "...Bearing primary responsibility for the collective weight gain in our society ..." high fructose corn syrup "... hypnotizes eaters into thinking they're always hungry ..." The article then explains how high fructose corn syrup does this (scary stuff). Then it goes on to give good information about the other three villians: trans fat, saturated fat, and refined carbohydrates

Now, let's get back to those pretty, pretty pictures ...