You may think you're doing yourself a favor by taking a dietary supplement and eating fortified foods... but Consumer Reports has a new warning.
Basically, you could be getting too much of a good thing.
For example, if you drink orange juice or eat things like cereal, pasta, bread, protein drinks or snack bars... you could be getting way too many nutrients that can ultimately increase your risk for more health problems.
Take calcium. An adult is supposed to get about 1200 milligrams a day. But if you eat a bowl of Total Whole Grain cereal, it's fortified with 100 percent of your daily calcium needs. That's without milk. If you're taking a calcium supplement, you've doubled the amount your body needs. And too much calcium could lead to KIDNEY STONES.
I'll be on Live at Four with the details today (check back to channel3000.com) for the link. Consumer Reports will tell you how to find fortified food info on your labels, which nutrients to be concerned about, and what doctors are saying about taking supplements. In the meantime, I'll see you at 4! Tweet me with your questions! @MichelleLiTV
Anthony Freaking Bourdain likes this book. So does Edward Lee and Andrew Zimmern. And, for one night, the authors cook from the book in Madison!
Chef Tory Miller of Sujeo will be hosting Deuki Hong and Matt Rodbard (also a UW grad) who brought us this beautiful cookbook of Koreatown recipes.
In short, this is a trailblazing cookbook with about 100 recipes and profiles about lesser-known aspects of Korean food, drink and culture.
If you go to the Koreatown cookbook dinner tonight at Sujeo (you'll need tickets), you'll get to try all kinds of Korean food and you'll take home the book! I'll see you there tonight!
My mom and I won't ever look the same but I was born in her heart. Though all moms are amazing, the ones who adopt are the coolest!
Can you guess who makes this delicious lemon bread French toast with lemon bread, blueberry compote, lemon curd, fresh blueberries, struesel topping and whipped cream?!
I mean. Take a good look.
Hint: This bakery's name is made up of numbers.
Practically everything is made from scratch. EVERYTHING. It makes people so happy.
Have you figured it out yet?
The answer is 4 & 20 Bakery!! If you're in Madison and are unfamiliar with the bakery, it's right behind Madison East High School.
Thanks so much to Mandy Putney for showing me around her bakery. This was such a sweet treat!
They also make wonderful sandwiches and lunch items. This is the smoked turkey with Carr Valley Havarti, organic spinach, cranberry compote and dijon aioli on Madison Sourdough's sourdough bread.
Anyway, read 5 reasons you need to stop by 4 & 20 in an upcoming Madison Magazine!
It's a dog's world
When I leave for a few days, I miss Jim. But let's be honest... I really miss snuggle time with Minnie and Piper.
Everyone online is so great for letting me brag about these smart and adorable little girls. This last fall, Piper snuck on my parents' bed while we were visiting. All four us slept on their double bed!!
Jim says that since I've been gone he's been getting a glimpse of what my overnights are like. The dogs literally make you spoon them. Since they spoon me, Jim has free reign in our king size bed. However, Piper scoots her butt so that I end up spooning her and Minnie usually spoons me. I'm literally trapped under the covers but I truly love it. With me gone, Jim is enjoying it right now.
Whoever said you're not supposed to let your dogs sleep with you never had a rottweiler. We tried to keep the girls off the bed but we would wake up to them on top of us.
READ: Mayo Clinic says sleeping with dogs can lead to better sleep
Anyway, we sleep with our puppers and we wouldn't change it!
Yes to TSA Pre✓
I thought TSA Pre✓ was a waste of money until I got randomly selected for it. In all honesty, it felt like winning the lottery.
I had just read a news story about long lines at TSA checkpoints - often times two hours long at Sea-Tac, where I happened to be flying.
But not for me... my wait time was about 10 minutes, thanks to a little random TSA love! It literally couldn't have come at a better time.
The woman at the United counter said that sometimes you just get randomly selected.
If you actually pay for TSA Pre✓ it means you're a low-risk traveler. (Granted, how did they know with me since they randomly selected me?! I may or may not have taken a few extra bottles of Aveda conditioner the hotel provided me...)
In the very basic terms it means you go through a special line, you leave your shoes and jacket on and you don't have to take out your laptop... I mean, it's pretty sweet.
It likely shaved off at least an hour of my wait time.
For $85, you get the luxury of feeling like a rockstar at the airport for five years. You do have to apply for the process.
If you live in Madison, you can go to the airport for a TSA Pre Check event now through March 25. Pre-enroll now! My husband and I will see you there!
Sometimes I worry I look like grody because I often take chances with food safety.
"Does this cheese look okay?"
"Is this milk good to drink?"
"This is past its due date, should I throw it away?"
These are questions I don't really ask. And turns out, I'm good that way!
Consumer Reports says there is a difference between best-by, sell-by and use-by dates.
The truth is, those dates usually have little to do with food safety... and more with food quality. Bottom line - you can eat it.
FOR EXAMPLE - the bugs responsible for the yearly 48 million illnesses and 3,000 deaths from foodborne pathogens don't cause spoilage. That means if they're in the food, they're in the fresh food, too. So, don't automatically assume the chicken or beef your'e eating contains harmful bacteria.
The only food that is required to have a date label is infant formula. And that is not even about safety. It's about nutrition.
Consumer Reports says surface mold on hard salami, country hams, hard cheeses and firm vegetables can be scrubbed off. And I just read an article that said you can take sour milk and turn it into cottage cheese!
RECIPE: Turn sour milk into cottage cheese
Other random facts:
- Eggs can be kept up to 5 weeks
- Milk can be kept for a week
- Hard cheese can be kept for 6 months unopened, 4 months after opening
- Soft cheese can be kept for about two weeks
- Poultry and seafood can be kept up to 2 days raw and 4 days cooked
- Meat can be kept up to 6 days raw and 4 days cooked
- Salad dressing 10-12 months on the shelf, 1 to 3 months refrigerated after opening
Read more at Consumer Reports -- and catch me on the news Mondays and Saturdays with more consumer tips!
Are you a #Grammaster? If you think you've got some great pictures on Instagram, you could get paid $2000 a week to take pictures for Netflix.
Netflix is basially looking for TV and movie fans who have a talent for taking pics. And if the company likes your stuff, they'll take care of your travel arrangements and you can visit sets of popular shows, films and even some Netflix originals! Sounds great, right?!
Learn how to apply
You've got until March 6th to apply!
Eating what's in season and available in the local food source is what Mark Valaskey is all about at Bistro 101. When I visited him, he fixed a half duck with chestnut dressing and Door County cherry cream sauce.
You can read five reasons to go visit him in March's Madison Magazine. I really enjoyed meeting Mark and I think his restaurant in Mt. Horeb is absolutely divine!
I also not-so-secretly hope he takes me morel mushroom hunting.
Roar! A baby meets a lion...
Thanks to Autumn for tweeting this video to me today from the Henry Vilas Zoo. Her 16-month-old James loved meeting this lion during lunch time... I think the lion liked meeting him for lunch, too (but in a different way!)
Autumn says they always stop to see the lions at least twice before making the rounds to the other animals. The second visit sure proved to be exciting!
Just a reminder, the zoo is free and open to the public! It is a Madison great!
I love to see your pics and videos! Tweet me @MichelleLiTV!