Even Bane knows the importance of good nutrition, as shown in this video of “outtakes” from The Dark Knight Rises.
In celebration of today’s new serving size post, Avocado, I invite you all to enjoy the Guacamole song!
[via Dining Chicago]
I love my simple guacamole recipe. Check it out over at Forkd. The song’s recipe calls for chilli and onions but I like to eat my guacamole with spicy tacos or beefy fajitas, so I keep it nice and cooling.
Do you like your guacamole spicy with tortilla chips or some other way?
I’m a big fan of dark chocolate; not so much for milk or white. London is a great place for gourmet chocolates. As well as the UK-based Artisan du Chocolat, we also have plenty of Hotel Chocolat shops, the Parisian La Maison du Chocolat and a whole host of Belgian outlets for the likes of Godiva, Leonidas and so on.
Artisan du Chocolat is by far my favourite and, best of all, they run a stall at Borough Market every weekend which sells the misshapen chocolates that don’t make it to the stall. They’re cheap and still taste gorgeous! :)
Today I ran across a fabulous guide to tasting dark chocolate from Chow. Chocolate is incredibly complex, but the tasting process itself should be focused around into 4 distinct areas: Visual, Aroma, Texture and Flavour.
Texture: Break a chunk off. A clean snap indicates that the chocolate’s been well tempered. Put it in your mouth. Close your eyes and think about what you’re experiencing. Chew a few times to break it up, and let it melt in your mouth.
See the full article; How to Taste Dark Chocolate over at CHOW.
How big is one serving or portion? Good question. It depends on what you’re eating. Food can be put into 5 different groups: Fruit and Vegetables; Starch, Grains and Cereals; Nuts and Seeds; Proteins and Fats, Oils and Sugar. Each group has a different set of nutritional requirements.
Fruit and Vegetables
Common wisdom says you should eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables every day. Problem is, what actually counts as a serving size?
According to the World Health Organisation, adults should eat a minimum of 400g (14 ounces) of fruit and vegetables every day to help stave off chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.
In other words, one serving or portion of fruit and vegetables is 80 grams. That’s 2.8 ounces. Eat five portions every day and you’ll hit your daily target.
Great. But what’s that in real terms?
Ah, now you’ve hit the crux of our site. Have a look around. You’ll find photos of one measured serving of all kinds of fruit and vegetables, along with their calorie counts, glycaemic load and a load of other useful information. Here are some to get you started:
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a huge segment of food. You’ll find all sorts of nutrients in different seeds, so it’s not appropriate to use a general weight measurement for serving size. Instead, we’ve settled on 160 to 180 calories as a reasonable amount of energy to eat in one sitting.
Have a look at these pages to see how different 170-odd calories can look from seed to seed:
According to dietician and nutritionist, Dr Mabel Blades, one serving of meat is approximately 100 to 150 grams of uncooked meat, or 3.5 to 5 ounces. This will shrink depending on how the meat is cooked.
We’ll update this post to include the other foods groups in the next couple of weeks.
In order to run this site, I need to display the subcategories of a particular category in single post pages. There are a few other people who were also looking to do the same thing, but got no joy. I wrote my own very basic plugin to do the job.
Download version 0.3 ‘Weefz’s Show Post Subcategories‘ from the WordPress Plugins Directory (or see below for version 0.4).
Here’s how it works:
- Unzip the download into your WordPress plugins directory
- Activate it in the plugins management screen
- Go to your template editor
- Within The Loop, add the following tag
<?php wfzShowPostSubcategories('prefix','suffix','separator','parent category id number') ?>
- Replace prefix, suffix and separators with the text of your choice, keeping it within the single quotation marks
- Replace cat_ID with the ID number of the parent category
For example, say that you want to show the post’s subcategories of category 5 in an unordered list. Use the following tag:
<?php wfzShowPostSubcategories('<ul><li>','</ul>','</li><li>','5') ?>
I have used this with all versions of WordPress from 2.2.1 to 2.7.0. It doesn’t do anything fancy, so should work with earlier versions.
Disclaimer: This is my first WordPress plugin, so please test it out before installing on a live site. I use it myself right here at One Serving – it drives the links to the “High in” nutrient fields for every food serving size post.
Drop me a comment below with any questions or advice. If you like the plugin, feel free to buy me a beer or healthy juice drink with the PayPal button ;)
Update 8th June 2009: Plugin is now on version 0.4. By popular request, it now allows you to display subcategories without any separator. Just use the following:
<?php wfzShowPostSubcategories('','','','your parent category id') ?>
It’s temporarily available here until I find the time to upload it properly to the WordPress Plugins directory.
Near my workplace, there’s this great sandwich place where you get to make your own lunch using their fresh ingredients. It’s perfect for me because I can’t stand lettuce. Those leaves make their way into so many sandwiches. I know I need to eat more vegetables, so I started piling on the sliced mushrooms. One day it occured to me – I had absolutely no idea how many mushrooms I was really eating. They were all sliced up. I had no way to tell if I was getting one serving or five. So, I turned to the Internet. You know what I found?
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