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Are oysters really an aphrodisiac? The truth may surprise you

by on Jul.09, 2013, under California Living, Food & Wine, Healthy Living, Healthy Recipes, Nutrition News, The Party Girl Diet

Aphrodite ~ Goddess of Love rises out of the sea in an oyster shell...

SUMMER 2013 HOT TRAVEL TIP:  Love fresh oysters?  Check out California Living’s Insider Guide to the Best Bay Area Day Trips starting with “The Weekender” – the perfect getaway for people who love fresh Hog Island Oysters, cold brews and live music.

Aprilanne Hurley, Author of The Party Girl Diet offers a new lifestyle for the healthy “party girl” in all of us.  The healthy party girl enjoys her life, eats and drinks in moderation, & exercises regularly to keep healthy and fit.”

People can now enjoy a lifestyle without the deprivation and restrictions typical of fad-diets with the fun NEW, healthy Party Girl Diet.  You can have that glass of wine or a cocktail at happy hour, and you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods and lose weight while you are having the time of your life.

Take feasting on oysters for instance, proposed aphrodisiac effects aside –  oysters are considered one of the most nutritionally balanced foods as they contain protein, carbohydrates and lipids.  Extremely low in calories one dozen oysters contains approximately only 110 calories!   Oysters are also full of vitamins, and possess the omega-3 fatty acids that are good for our skin, brain, and muscles.

Now lets take a look at the notion that oysters are an aphrodisiac  - and where the story originated from. As the legend goes – the love goddess Aphrodite rose out of the sea in an oyster shell, and the “guilty by association” rule kicked in for oysters, which century after century have gained by this association with Aphrodite the reputation of enhancing the feelings of sexual desire and performance of those mortals who eat them.

As far as oysters being great aphrodisiacs – apparently there is no scientific proof to substantiate such a claim.  But don’t let that prevent you from thinking what you want to think about them as research shows the psychological impact of believing that oysters are aphrodisiacs can sometimes be strong enough to produce  a greater sexual desire or performance - temporarily anyway.

To add a flavor boost with anti-aging health benefits try my “Anti-Aging Garlic Butter Sauce” Recipe below on BBQ’D oysters - and pair your BBQ’D oysters with a sparkling beverage such as champagne, beer, or sparkling water to indulge in a most sumptuous pairing with nature’s perfect food ~ oysters.  Oh, and if your in the mood for love…eating a few dozen oysters and just thinking they are aphrodisiac may just do the trick ~  Aprilanne

To make Aprialnne’s “Anti-Aging” Garlic Butter for 2 dozen BBQ’D Oysters:

First:  Mince 3 cloves  garlic – let sit 10 minutes to enhance disease fighting properties.

Second:  Melt 3 heaping tablespoons of a healthy butter-like spread (or butter if you must) to 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons first cold pressed olive oil in the microwave for 10 sec. increments at a time or on the stove top – keep an eye on it as it will melt fast and you don’t want it to burn.

Then – Add a few cubes of frozen basil (get in frozen section at Trader Joe’s). You can also finely chopped 5 -6 fresh basil leaves too - but the frozen variety is micro-fine and blends really well into the butter/olive oil mixture.

Next:  Coarsely chop a few springs of  fresh Rosemary, or the herb of your choice and mix all ingredients together well in a small bowl.

Now - once your oysters have opened up on the grill (they have been cooking at medium heat witht the lid down for about 5 – 10 minutes depending on your grill and the temp. you have it set on) – split open and spoon enough sauce onto each oyster to cover the oyster meat and grill another few minutes until sauce gets slightly bubbly.

Then…ENJOY!  You can make this a great, light meal by adding a Ceasar salad,  a loaf of crusty whole grain or french bread for dipping in the extra sauce, and a sparkling beverage which will pair well with the oysters.

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Party Girl Diet Survival Guide Tip # 2: Enjoy Wine & Cheese in Moderation…

by on Nov.13, 2010, under Food & Wine, The Party Girl Diet

You can add "cheese" to the list of reasons why its just more FUN living in California!

Sumptuous Cheese course provided by The Oceano Hotel & Spa Restaurant, Half Moon Bay, CA as seen on California Living with Aprilanne primetime.

Party Girl Diet Survival Guide Tip #2:  Cheese and Wine are healthy for you – in moderation.

The Party Season is upon us, and for many, so is the temptation to indulge more – more often!  And while many hosts now offer “figure friendly” party food options, nothing goes quite so elegantly together as wine and cheese - it is a simple, classic, entertaining combination that will make any event a special one!

Now while there is decent evidence to support that both wine and cheese offer health benefits – the operative phrase here is “in moderation!”  Cheese contains bone strengthening calcium and muscle supporting protein – and let’s face it – cheese is yummy – so yummy it can be hard to stop at just one piece – or 1 oz. which is an actual serving of cheese!  A good “rule of thumb”  is, a portion of cheese is about the size of your thumb – or about one inch long and half an inch wide.

To make the most of your cheese endeavors the suggestions below offer some interesting tidbits to keep in mind when buying, serving, and eating cheese:

  • Make the most of your cheese serving by using a grater as shredded portions appear more substantial.
  • Lactose intolerant?  You may want to stick to firmer cheese varieties which usually have less lactose.
  • Soft, fluffy cheeses have less fat content and fewer calories than hard cheeses because they contain more water.

Did you know that in France entire courses and even entire meals revolve around cheese?  Some cheeses even taking on the role of a dessert item to be  savored with a fine glass of wine or port.

Thanks to the resveratrol properties found in the skin of the grapes that are used to make wine, there is also a strong body of evidence growing to support the claims that consuming wine in moderation offers some “cardio-protective” health benefits.  Again, the key phrase to consider when looking to include wine in your diet is “in moderation.”   An acceptable serving amount to reap these reported heart health benefits is 1 – (one)  5 oz. glass a day for women, and 1- 2 glasses for men.   Please keep in mind, no one is suggesting those who don’t drink red wine start, as you can attain the same resveratrol benefits from consuming grape juice.

Putting it all together:  A simple, elegant entertaining idea is to host a Wine & Cheese Pairing Party during which you and your guests pair up your favorite cheeses with the right wine selection.  We go into detail on how to Host the Ultimate “Wine & Cheese Paring Event” with Party Girl Entertaining Tips check out my recent Food & Wine post on CAInsider.com – check it out and have some “healthy fun”  (in moderation of course!) this holiday season – Enjoy!  Aprilanne

PS:  According the the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition “women who ate an ounce of full fat cheese daily gained fewer pounds over time than those who did not eat full-fat cheese daily. ” According to this research, “whole-dairy contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) which may boost your metabolism.”  It is worth repeating that enjoying both wine and cheese can be a part of a healthy diet and lifestyle when enjoyed in moderation!

Aprilanne Hurley is a Certified Nutrition Professional and the Health & Nutrition Expert for California Living, the Bay Area’s original lifestyle show featuring California’s trends in food, travel, and healthy living. Hurley’s new book, The Party Girl Diet – will be available worldwide on Amazon.com January 1, 2011…so you can “Keep the Party Going…While You Lose the Weight!”  The Party Girl Diet’s healthy, sustainable lifestyle plan combines today’s groundbreaking health and nutrition research with Hurley’s penchant for good living, and her 10+ years experience in Broadcast Journalism specializing in educating the public on important health and wellness topics and concerns.

Contact Aprilanne with your nutrition and lifestyle questions @ info@CAInsider.com

This information has been offered to provide an overview of a particular topic to the reader and does is not intended to cure, prevent, or treat any illness, and should not be construed as medical advice  – always check with your doctor or health care provider before trying any new exercise regimen or diet program.

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