Food Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/category/food/ Second Vermont Republic Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:39:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.1.1 https://vermontrepublic.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/cropped-LogoSample_ByTailorBrands-1-32x32.jpg Food Archives - Vermont Republic https://vermontrepublic.org/category/food/ 32 32 The Best Uses for Vermont’s Famous Maple Syrup in 2023 https://vermontrepublic.org/vermonts-famous-maple-syrup/ Wed, 10 Feb 2021 13:39:26 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=5413 Vermont is famous for its beautiful nature and scenery along with hiking trails, the former home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Ben & Jerrys, and its signature wooden covered bridges. There is plenty for the uninitiated to learn about in Vermont including its historical sites and tourist attractions but there is one thing that everyone knows …

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Vermont is famous for its beautiful nature and scenery along with hiking trails, the former home of Abraham Lincoln’s son, Ben & Jerrys, and its signature wooden covered bridges. There is plenty for the uninitiated to learn about in Vermont including its historical sites and tourist attractions but there is one thing that everyone knows though and it is Vermont’s maple syrup.

Vermont produces more maple syrup than anywhere else in the United States. In fact, at over 2 million gallons per year, Vermont produces more than half of the USA’s total maple syrup output.

Everyone knows you can use maple syrup on bacon but there are hundreds of other uses and some of them might be surprising. If you are interested in cooking with Vermont’s famous maple syrup or learning how else it can be used then carry on reading below. 

Health benefits of maple syrup

It is well known that it does indeed contain a lot of sugar but there are other health benefits to maple syrup. These include the following:

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  • Contains many antioxidants
  • Good for skin health
  • Natural alternative to sweeteners
  • Alternative to sugar
  • Contains vitamins and minerals

It can also be used for the hair, skin, and body and especially for making face  masks

Cooking with maple syrup

There are too many recipes to list all of them here but it is very useful in many different meals. Obviously, it goes well on pancakes and waffles but when you start to think outside the box a little you can find all sorts of recipes and uses for maple syrup. 

One convenient way to start using the syrup is to combine it with cooking in an Instant Pot. When you think about must-have kitchen appliances this is the one that many people will agree on. This versatile multi-cooker is good for both cakes & desserts and savory meals which means it covers all areas of what you can use maple syrup for. 

Desserts and sweets

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Maple syrup does pack a punch when it comes to sugar but it still works very well with cakes and other sweet treats. Instead of putting the icing on cinnamon rolls, try drizzling some maple syrup over them. Brownies are something else that cooks well in an Instant Pot and the recipe here at https://www.corriecooks.com/instant-pot-brownies/ uses maple syrup in the ingredients too.

The reason the Instant Pot works well for cakes is that it cooks with steam. It practically guarantees that every cake you bake in the pot will come out moist. Once you get the hang of baking with the Instant Pot you can get imaginative and try making a gingerbread monkey bread and put a maple-whiskey glaze over it.

While thinking of whiskey, maple syrup goes quite well with alcohol and other drinks too. 

Infuse the booze

There are quite a few cocktails that can be made with maple syrup and a quick Google search will locate them. In the meantime try making an ‘apple sour’ from Calvados, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Alternatively, make a cinnamon maple whiskey sour if you prefer bourbon. Just use bourbon, maple whiskey, lemon, and a pinch of cinnamon powder. 

Get out the Instant Pot

 

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Try making maple butter by beating syrup into already softened butter. This can then be used with your Instant Pot’s saute mode with your favorite vegetables. The butter can be used on grilled fruit and on popcorn too.

Alternatively, if you prefer to miss out on the butter then drizzle it on tomatoes before you roast them to increase their natural sweetness. You can also use it to sweeten any root vegetable that you want to roast. 

Lobster tails and corn on the cob cook well in an Instant Pot and with them, you can make spicy maple barbecue sauce easily to accompany them. 

The pot lends itself to cooking many ingredients that go well with maple syrup such as sweet potatoes, squash, polenta, and breakfast sausages. For the ultimate roast try it over pork or chicken to add a glaze and once the Instant Pot has cooked the chicken put it under the broiler for a small time to crisp up that maple coated skin. 

Bling up your breakfast

You already know how good maple syrup is on bacon, pancakes, and waffles but there are plenty of other breakfast uses for it. You could simply use it in tea or coffee to replace sugar or pumpkin spice but it also goes well in breakfast foods.

You can try adding maple syrup to baked beans, fruit salads, yogurt, oatmeal, and even scrambled eggs. Try mixing eggs, maple syrup, milk, and salt together then scrambling with melted butter for a different twist on the classic egg dish. You can also use it in muffins and for very tasty maple donuts, although they probably aren’t a breakfast food for most people. 

Why use an Instant Pot?

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Because maple syrup lends itself to so many different types of food from grilled fruit to popcorn to whole roast chicken the Instant Pot seems an obvious choice to pair together. You can make your yogurt in an Instant Pot ready to have maple syrup drizzled over it.

There are also many over benefits to cooking with the pot. While it is clear that maple syrup goes well with the meat you may not know that the Instant Pot can tenderize even the toughest cuts and that all meat comes out of the pot moist and full of flavor. The pot also works as a slow cooker so imagine having maple-mustard pulled pork out of the Instant Pot and you can see why they might work together well.

Once you add in its cake making abilities and you can see why Vermont’s maple syrup and the Instant Pot may be a marriage made in food heaven. 

Summary

There is no getting away from the fact that Vermont is famous for its maple syrup and although there is so much more to learn about the beautiful state than just the sweet stuff it is an important part of the local economy and for many mealtimes too. Finding new ways to use the syrup will mean that they will have to keep on producing it forevermore.

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8 Must-Have Super Foods for Your Weight Loss Plan https://vermontrepublic.org/8-must-have-super-foods-for-your-weight-loss-plan/ Wed, 28 Aug 2019 07:24:30 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=1631 Weight loss is not something that happens overnight. It is a battle that needs consistency and sheer determination on the doer’s part. When we talk about weight loss, it is not only about shedding those extra pounds but rather making significant adjustments to deal with the factors at play in this regard. These factors include …

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Weight loss is not something that happens overnight. It is a battle that needs consistency and sheer determination on the doer’s part. When we talk about weight loss, it is not only about shedding those extra pounds but rather making significant adjustments to deal with the factors at play in this regard.

These factors include lifestyle, body type, metabolic rate, level of physical activity, and most importantly, the quality of your diet. If you are not considering what you are putting inside that body of yours, the chances to lose weight are low.

There are food items that are full of nutrition yet low in calories that we strongly recommend. These are called superfoods and are an excellent adjustment that one can make to reach their weight loss goal. You can easily find them on https://opportuniteas.com/.

Other than this, here are eight more examples you can include in your diet plan for maximum results:

Apples:

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and so do those extra pounds. To begin with, apples are super rich in dietary fiber as well as antioxidants in addition to vitamins and minerals. And that is precisely what you need to maintain your weight. Moreover, they are yummy for the tummy and can be eaten in several ways. You can create some delicious desserts and can also eat by adding them into the cereal bowl or bircher muesli.

Green Tea:

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Green tea is heavily loaded with catechins. What it does is that it increases your metabolism, thereby improving its capacity to burn more fat. Furthermore, it also happens to be a diuretic which, in turn, helps one in losing out that water weight.

It serves the body exceptionally because it causes a reduction in the body’s ability to absorb fat. This is what keeps you all slim, trim, and super fit. So, sip it and wave the weight goodbye!

Oatmeal:

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This particular food item has also managed to gain a lot of popularity as a superfood. It can make an individual feel satiated for a pretty long time. Moreover, it supplies you with enough energy to keep you going throughout the whole day and tackles the blood sugar levels quite well. It has beta-glucan, which helps in regulating the level of fats in the body.

Olive Oil:

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Someone who is looking to lose weight should cook their meals in olive oil or drizzle it onto their salad bowls. It is the healthiest cooking oil, packed with oleic acid which helps in the breakdown and ultimately burning of the excess fat present in the body. Also, it has a lot of iron and Vitamin E in addition to calcium. Now is the right time to switch your cooking oil with it. Next time you do your grocery shopping, make sure to stock up on it!

Egg Whites:

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This is another popular choice amongst fitness freaks and one which is very healthy. It is extremely rich in proteins as it has all the nine essential amino acid, yet it is very low in calories. It makes it an ideal inclusion in the diet dedicated to weight loss. The best part is that if you consume egg whites in your breakfast, you won’t feel the need to snack in between your meals: such is its satiety power! This is how it keeps the weight on track and maintained.

Lentils:

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Nothing burns fat faster than consuming lentils! These ordinary dals have an extraordinary power to help you lose those extra pounds. It is because they are a great source of plant proteins and loaded with fiber as well as resistant starch. Therefore, it helps in boosting your metabolism, which makes it the ride of losing weight an easier one. So, make sure you incorporate lentil soup in your lunch. We bet it is going to be tasty as well as a healthy addition to your diet.

Yogurt:

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It has bacteria which keeps the gut healthy and keeps acidity miles away. One way you could shed weight is by combining yogurt with fruit as it provides probiotics and, high-quality protein, coupled with good fatty acids. It is also a rich source of magnesium and Vitamin B-12. Therefore, it is regarded as the king of superfoods as it is full of micronutrients which our body desperately needs.

Seeds:

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Flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds have in themselves a great number of polyunsaturated fats. These are healthy fats which reduces inflammation. As a result, this protects the body from weight gain induced by inflammation. Furthermore, these seeds have high fiber quotient, which keeps your stomach full for a longer period of time as it forms a gel-like layer in it, which slows down the digestive process. Sprinkling them onto salad bowls, fruit bowls or smoothies are some ways to consume them.

Someone has rightly said that not all superheroes wear capes, no? Because, surely, these superfoods don’t. Enjoy!

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Interesting Health Benefits of Eating Lobsters https://vermontrepublic.org/interesting-health-benefits-of-eating-lobsters/ Mon, 03 Jun 2019 11:50:14 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=958 Nowadays, eating lobster can be considered as something luxurious as it’s usually on the menu of fine dining restaurants and expensive steakhouses. Because this is the case, it’s hard to imagine how this used to be a common food on the table back in the day. In the 17th century, specifically in Massachusetts, having lobster …

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Nowadays, eating lobster can be considered as something luxurious as it’s usually on the menu of fine dining restaurants and expensive steakhouses. Because this is the case, it’s hard to imagine how this used to be a common food on the table back in the day.

In the 17th century, specifically in Massachusetts, having lobster served on the table was a sign of poverty. During this time, it was also known to be food for servants too. Clearly, this was not really a delicacy that people would spend money on back then.

It was during the early 2000s that eating lobsters were taken to another level. Cooking it live just made it very appetizing and worth paying for. However, eating it shouldn’t only be seen as a luxury nowadays. Interestingly, eating this food actually, have health benefits too.

Surely, it’s best to eat anything in moderation. Eating too much of this, in general, may be a way for you to acquire bacteria that can be harmful to your health.

Occasionally satisfying your lobster cravings can actually be good for you. Now, here are the health benefits that you can get from eating it.

  • Beneficial fats

Lobsters do not have saturated fats, which you should avoid as it can be bad for your heart’s health. What’s great is that this also has beneficial fats that can prevent inflammation and atherosclerosis or a disease of the heart.

Even if it has fats, you still shouldn’t worry about your cholesterol level rising. This shellfish has a high concentration of omega-3 and omega-6. These are known to keep your cholesterol level balanced.

Interesting Health Benefits of Eating Lobsters

  • Promotes mental health

There are studies that found how omega-3s can decrease aggression and impulsivity. It is also known to help prevent depression in adults and we’ve already established that lobsters are rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

Another component that this food has is selenium which can also be found in tuna, oysters, beef, shrimp, and chicken. A study about ADHD on children has found that lack of selenium can be a contributing factor to the development of this disorder.

  • Cognitive Effects

Other minerals and vitamins found in this food are vitamin B, B12, and choline. These vitamins are known to keep a person’s nervous system properly function. Meanwhile, choline can help increase the production of neurotransmitters.

Such an effect can help decrease the risk of neurodegenerative diseases like Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Basically, choline helps slow down the death of nerve cells and improve the production of new nerve cells in your brain.

  • Anemia

A person becomes anemic if he or she can’t produce enough red blood cells in her body. Anemia can also be the result of red blood cells not functioning properly. The solution to this is to eat foods rich in iron or copper.

Good thing is that lobsters have high copper content. This shellfish can even give you 3% of your daily iron needs.

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  • Energy Booster and Fat Loss

Just like most seafood, this one is also known to have high protein content. You should know that protein can actually give you energy. This is why people on the low-carb diet are crazy for lobster meat. The amount of protein you can get from this can help reduce the feeling of hunger. It can even help boost your metabolism.

Possible Risks of Eating Lobsters

If you plan on cooking your very own lobster dish, make sure that you get the properly refrigerated ones to make sure that you avoid food-borne illnesses. Make sure that you keep it frozen if you won’t cook it just yet.

The same thing goes for buying cooked dishes. While it’s nice to enjoy such a dish at your favorite restaurant, you can also have it delivered to your home. Mercato.com lets you have your favorite dish delivered to your doorstep. This is very convenient, and you can rest assured that what you’re getting is fresh.

Pregnant women are also advised to avoid food that may have mercury content. Seafood is known to possibly have high mercury content, especially big-sized fish and shellfish. Another thing to keep in mind is that this food is an allergen. If you’re allergic to seafood or some shellfish, then it’s possible that you’re allergic to this too.

Lastly, it’s important to emphasize that excessive consumption on this meat can be toxic to your body because of the toxins and bacteria that it has. If you want to include this in your diet, then keep your consumption to just one cooked lobster a day.

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12 Organic Foods You Should Always Buy https://vermontrepublic.org/12-organic-foods-you-should-always-buy/ Tue, 02 Apr 2019 08:16:54 +0000 https://vermontrepublic.org/?p=649 Best organic foods are something people who live healthy care about. With these twelve foods, you should always go organic, as this practice will make you healthier. It also provides more product for the money you spend. It can be confusing what organic fruits and vegetables you should pick when going grocery shopping. The practices …

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Best organic foods are something people who live healthy care about. With these twelve foods, you should always go organic, as this practice will make you healthier. It also provides more product for the money you spend.

It can be confusing what organic fruits and vegetables you should pick when going grocery shopping. The practices of a growing tendency to affect the final product, as traces of pesticides can end up on our plate. Organic foods limit your exposure to them.

In this article, we will cover twelve best organic foods you should always have in your home.

Best Organic Foods

1. Strawberries

Strawberries are at the top of the list for a reason, as they are the most pesticide-contaminated food. According to studies, a third of all strawberry samples contains 10 or more pesticides. If you are concerned about pesticides in your diet, the little extra cost of organic types will give you peace of mind.

2. Spinach

Around 97% of all conventional spinach contains pesticides, with some having traces of permethrin, a neurotoxin. Go organic with spinach, as it is easy to get in the fresh produce section. Frozen organic spinach and baby spinach is also an option. It is a great vegetable for salads, as well as for cooked dishes and soups.

3. Nectarines

Around 94% of conventional nectarines may contain two or more pesticides. Make sure to go organic if this is troubling news for you.

4. Apples

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As one of the most used fruits in fresh eating and cooking, try going organic, as 90% of conventional apples contain traces of pesticides.  Some contain diphenylamine, banned in Europe. Because of their thin peel, dangerous pesticides can easily end up on the inside of the fruit.

5. Grapes

Conventional grapes have five pesticides on average, while more than 96% contains more. It is another fruit with a thin peel and is therefore in bigger danger.

6. Peaches

Like the nectarines, their close siblings, a staggering amount of conventional products contain residues of pesticides, a whopping 99%. Many have four different pesticides, which easily go through the soft peel of the delicious fruit.

7. Cherries

Average conventional cherries have traces of five pesticides on average, while a third contains a possibly cancerous pesticide banned in the European continent. It is smart to buy only organic cherries because of this.

8. Pears

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Conventional pears are known to contain high amounts of several pesticides, like fungicides and insecticides. Another easily penetrable thin peel is no match for these chemicals.

9. Tomatoes

Average tomatoes are grown in conventional conditions as four pesticides in it. Some even have 15 different chemicals inside. Organic canned tomatoes and other tomatoes products of organic origin are easy to find.

10. Celery

More than 95% of conventional celery plants contain traces of pesticides, with some containing amounts of 13 different ones. As another utility vegetable, it is smart to always buy organic types.

11. Potatoes

As we all know, potatoes can be prepared in dozens of different ways. They have more pesticides by weight than any other crop. Some even use a pesticide that negatively influences the central nervous system. Something this dangerous should never find its way onto your plate. Go organic if the potato is a crucial part of your diet.

12. Sweet Bell Peppers

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Around 90% of all conventional products contain pesticide residues. Although they do contain less of them than the previous 11 crops, they can contain ones more detrimental to human beings and their health.

Bonus Food: Hot Peppers

A staggering three-fourths of conventional hot peppers contain some trace of very toxic pesticides. Keep this in mind before your next spicy recipe, and buy organic hot peppers.

To conclude, although the best organic foods are more expensive, you should think about the health of your complete family. You should not put less money into what you eat, as this basically limits your health in order to spend money somewhere else. You do not have to buy everything organic, however, it is smart to buy organic food your household eats the most, on a daily basis.

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