Low-fat Ingredient Substitutions

ktadmin Posted in Recipes and Health Facts

Eat healthier, live longer, but don’t give up the taste! Let’s face it most of us regardless of how health conscious we are LOVE food. It seems that the better the food tastes the worse it is for you, but not any more! Today you can start making these healthy substitutions and you can’t tell the difference. So maximum benefit and maximum flavor with these Low-fat Ingredient Substitutions that taste great!

We’ve all seen the labels, Low Fat that and Reduced Fat that. If you are like me then you turn your nose at them thinking they must taste terrible! While this is sometimes true there a lot of these products are well worth the try since taste loss is minimal. But what if you are cooking at home? How do you cut down on the fat so your training efforts don’t go to waste? Well this list should help you out. I started compiling it when my mother starting baking with Apple Sauce instead of Oil! That substitution didn’t make any sense but it really works and tastes great to boot! So here is the list I have compiled so far…if you know of one we’re missing, please share it as a comment to this post!

  • Bacon
    • Canadian bacon,
    • turkey bacon or
    • lean ham
  • Butter
    • Reduced-calorie margarine,
    • margarine made with safflower,
    • soybean, corn, canola, or peanut oil
  • Chocolate, unsweetened (1 oz)
    • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa plus 1 tablespoon margarine
  • Cream Cheese
    • Nonfat or light process cream cheese,
    • Neufchâtel cheese
  • Egg (per egg)
    • 1/4 cup egg substitute or 2 egg whites
  • Fudge Sauce (do you really need this one?)
    • lowfat chocolate syrup
  • Ground Beef
    • ground turkey
  • Ice Cream
    • Nonfat or lowfat frozen yogurt,
    • sherbet or sorbet
  • Oil
    • Apple Sauce,
    • safflower,soybean, corn, canola, or peanut oil in reduced amount
  • Shortening
    • soybean, corn, canola, or peanut oil in amount reduced by one-third
  • Sour Cream
    • yogurt
  • Whipped Cream
    • Whipped evaporated skimmed milk (chilled)

Kalarippayattu who?!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays

Jackie Chan is going to help keep the most ancient martial art of Kalarippayattu alive by helping India’s Yajness Shhetty. Yajness Shhetty, a Martial Arts expert and Trainer, has trained many Indian stars like Ajay Devgan, Akshay Kumar, Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra, and Isha Koppikar. Seeing that Kalarippayattu is a dieing art he is springing into action to attempt to save the art and breath new life into it. He is not alone in this quest any longer as Jackie Chan has pledged his support. Also support him is Bruce Lee’s daughter, Linda Lee. Chan and Lee will assist Shhetty interact with martial arts experts from around the world who will attend an upcoming 3-Day seminar. The seminar will be held in New Delhi in November. Other Martial Arts figures are expected to join Jackie Chan and Linda Lee in participating in this event.

Read more about Kalarippayattu here soon…the post is coming…

Shrimp and Olive Greek Pasta Salad

ktadmin Posted in Recipes and Health Facts

For a healthy meal it doesn’t get any easier then this…and tasty too!

3/4 lb. tomatoes, chopped
1 lg red bell pepper, chopped
1/4 lb. feta cheese, crumbled
2 tbsp. dry white wine
1 tbsp. thyme
6 green onions, chopped
1/2 c. olive oil
3 lg garlic cloves, minced
1/2 c. kalamata olives, chopped
1/4 c. lemon juice
3/4 lb. pasta, cooked
3/4 lb. bay shrimp, cooked

Mix first 10 ingredients in large bowl.

Add pasta and shrimp and toss to blend.

Season to taste with salt and pepper.


ktadmin Posted in Weapons

NunchakuTranslations: Nunchaku (Chinese: ???, shu?ng jié gùn; ???, li?ng jié gùn “Dual Section Staff”; ???, èr jié gùn “Two Section Staff”; Japanese: ????? nunchaku; ???, sh?shikon “Boatman’s staff”; ???, s?usetsukon “Paired sections staff”; ???, “Two section staff”)

A nunchaku or nunchucks is a martial arts weapon of the kobudo weapons set and consists of two sticks connected at their ends with a short chain or rope. The other Kobudo weapons are the sai, tonfa, bo, eiku, tekko, tinbe-rochin, surujin, and kama. A san-jet-gun or san-set-sukon or 3 sectional staff is a similar weapon with three sticks attached on chains instead of two (see our coverage of this weapon here).

Nunchakus were popular weapons in both Chinese and Japanese cultures. The Chinese nunchaku are typically round whereas the Japanese are octagonal. Like so many things in Asian history patience was involved in creating a pair of nunchakus. The hardwood, typically oak, loquat or pasania, would be submerged in mud for several years to harden the wood. In the mud there is no oxygen which causes decay and the acidity was optimal for seasoning and hardening the wood.

But to truely appreciate the use of the nunchaku is to see someone using a pair. Now most people asscoiate the nunchaku with Bruce Lee, however we thought it more appropriate to feature a video of a regular guy practicing with his nunchakus. This video shows how impressive using the nunchakus can be with practice…enjoy…

Happy Labor Day America!

ktadmin Posted in Events & Holidays

Take the day off if you can… I don’t like to use this blog as a soapbox since there are plenty of them out there but every once in a while…

Labor Day has been celebrated on the first Monday in September in the United States since the 1880s. The origins of the American Labor Day can be traced back to the Knights of Labor in the United States and a parade organized by that group and held on September 5, 1882 in New York City. The US Department of Labor’s web site has this to say about Labor Day:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Today, Labor Day is generally regarded as a day for picnics, barbecues, water activities and other family activities. It is also important tonote that there are an increasing number of businesses that are NOT closed for this holiday.

A Modern Labor Day

A Modern Labor Day truth as the labor movements of the American past are made a mockery by current corporate tactics.

A NAFTA Labor Day Celebration

In the wake of NAFTA and other “free” trade agreements American labor doesn’t have much to celebrate.

Not all is lost though things are not as good as they appear here (or anywhere else I would imagine). But at least here in American the people could still make things change for the better but at the moment that is a long shot. I don’t see much of the American Individualism that has made us who we are. Instead we have been cowed into a life of Acceptance. Acceptance of political correctness, acceptance of liberty for security, acceptence of corporate ownership and acceptance of low expectations from our elected officials. Until We the People decide we don’t want to accept these things any more not much is going to change. You will know that is happening when you start to see some individuals speaking up in uncomfortable situations because they aren’t going to accept *it* any more. Hope they start speaking up before we loose the right to do so…

* I do not have the sources for these images but hope it is ok with the authors that I post them here. If you know the owner or are the owner please let me know so I can get the appropriate permissions. Thanks.

Digg This!!

ktadmin Posted in Announcements & Press Releases, Site_News

So hopefully everyone likes the new look and feel of the blog. The new software is wonderful and offers you many new ways to share your opinions and tell us what you like and what you don’t. We thought we’d talk about a few of them here:

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Meditation Point #95

ktadmin Posted in A Zen Thing

My lifetime:

today it may appear

like the morning glory.

Opportunity is never expected and as such if we are not ready and waiting for it we may well miss it.

The Three Section Staff (San-Jie-Gun)

ktadmin Posted in Competition, Training notes, Weapons

The 3 Section Staff is a formidable weapon that can be swung around similar to a nunchaku or a bo staff. Its use can allow you to clear your whole body space to fend off an attacker. Because of its configuration the 3 section staff is useful as both a long and short range weapon. Held at one end and swung freely the staff extends the users reach almost 3 times their arms length. In close range combat the 3 section staff is held with a section in each hand allowing the user to block and strike in tight quarters. This configuration makes it a slightly more manageable weapon then the nunchaku.

This weapon has fallen out of popular culture and is becoming a more historical weapon as it can be impractical for real use unlike the bo staff (think broom handle!). This ancient Chinese weapon is still an amazing weapon. To get a better understanding of the potential uses of the 3 section staff this demonstration is well worth the watch.

If you really want to appreciate the 3 section staff and its origin you must see the movie Shaolin Master Killer (Widescreen Edition)!