Nov 26 2014

Healthy Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

turkey-23435_640By Thursday afternoon, if you celebrate Thanksgiving, you will be in a food coma thanks to the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, gravy and pie.  The thought of eating leftovers for days yet again this year might make you want to run away until Christmas.

This year try out some of these healthy recipes that use your favorite Thanksgiving leftovers.  You are certain to enjoy the taste and alleviate leftover boredom at the same time!

Turkey and Squash Soup
Turkey and Napa Cabbage Salad with Lime-Ginger Vinaigrette
Leftover Turkey Frittata
White Chili with Roast Turkey or Chicken
Turkey-Broccoli Bake
Open-Faced Turkey Sandwiches With Cranberry Chutney
Turkey Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie and Cran-applesauce Sundaes
Bird At The Last Drop
Thanks Benedict on Stuffing Cakes with Sage HollandaiseAvocado Turkey Wraps
Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes


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Oct 31 2014

More Tips For Dealing With Halloween Candy

lose weightIn my last post about Halloween candy “Tricks for Dealing with Halloween Treats” I recommended a few things you could do to minimize the leftover candy after the holiday is over. This year I have discovered advice from others that offer even more options for getting rid of Halloween candy.

Halloween Candy Buyback is a genius idea created by a dentist. He wanted to encourage children to give up their excess candy and decided he would pay $1 per pound and donate the candy to our military serving overseas.

10 Creative Ways To Get Rid of Unwanted Halloween Candy by Nicole includes the tip above and a link to Operation Shoebox. The only tip I don’t recommend is sending candy to the office with your spouse. Yes, i will get eaten but not appreciated!

7 Uses for Left-over Halloween Candy from Allwomen includes links to recipes that use leftover candy. If you aren’t on a diet this may be a good way to use some of that candy instead of throwing it away.

Read the book “Switch Witch” (available for Kindle) with your child after Halloween and then put a bag outside.  When your child goes to sleep switch the bag and replace it with a toy.

Donating Halloween Candy: 7 Sweet Ways to Give to Those in Need by Natalie Silverstein includes some tips from above but also has other places where you can donate your candy.

Do you have a budding scientist in the family.  If you do, check out Candy Experiments.  Your little geek can learn about science while getting rid of the candy!

If you are a cupcake freak like so many people are these days try out the recipe “Leftover Halloween Candy Cupcakes“.

healthyeatingsmallIf you would like more tips for healthy eating purchase “The Quick Start Guide to Healthy Eating“.  Save time, save money, and eat better! You can purchase the paperback book from Amazon.com and purchase the e-book at eBookIt.


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Oct 16 2014

Ten Easy Ways To Cut Calories

If you are thinking of cutting back on calories to lose a little weight or to get in fighting shape for your next 5K run then we have some simple tips for you. It doesn’t take much effort to eat healthier if you make some gradual and simple changes like these.

Start by using smaller plates and bowls. You can purchase some inexpensive dinnerware at your local department store.

Don’t skip meals. Study after study has shown that skipping meals drives people to overeat later. Aim to eat three meals a day plus two healthy snacks.

Stop cooking with oil or butter. Use cooking spray instead. For some meals you can use low salt chicken or beef broth to replace oil or butter.

Cut back on sodas, sports drinks, juice and sweetened tea. Switch to unsweetened tea and water with a slice of lemon or lime.

When you eat out have the waiter bring containers so you can cut your portion in half before eating and take the rest home for another meal.

Skip the French fries that normally come with your cheeseburger and opt for the carrots or apple slices that are normally served with a children’s meal.

Turn down creamy soups and opt for soup made with broth like vegetable, wonton, egg drop and minestrone soup.

Start every meal with a salad but go easy on the dressing or use vinegar and oil. Skip the croutons and cheese and add some protein like chopped hard boiled eggs or baked or broiled chicken.

Cut back on alcohol. Yes, some studies suggest that drinking a moderate amount of alcohol a few times a week leads to better health but when you’re trying to cut calories less is more.

Increase the amount of vegetables and fruit you eat. If you can’t get fresh go for frozen so long as no sauces or sugar have been added.

Cutting calories can be easier than you think. Combine these tips along with sensible exercise and a good night’s sleep and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier and happier life!


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Oct 11 2014

The Skinny On Rice Protein

When you think of making a smoothie with protein you’ll most likely reach for whey, soy or egg protein powder first. That would be a mistake if you have allergies, if you are on a gluten-free diet or if you lead a vegan lifestyle.

Rice protein is created from brown rice that is ground into a flour and added to water. To break down and remove carbohydrates natural enzymes are introduced. In order to prevent the denaturing of amino acids the temperature during the process is kept low. At the end of the process you have a hypoallergenic and easily digested protein.

Rice protein is:

  • Very low calorie and low fat.
  • Utilized more easily than soy by the body.
  • Available unflavored or in a vanilla or chocolate flavor.
  • Filled with fiber and B vitamins.
  • An excellent choice for baking or making smoothies or protein shakes.
  • Easy to add to recipes to increase the amount of protein.
  • Filled with the necessary amino acids to help with muscle repair and growth.

If you are looking for an alternative to whey, soy or egg protein powder then rice protein might be a good choice for you.


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Jul 21 2014

How To Prepare Your Fruits And Vegetables

Healthy_Foods_Nutrition_018Eating the right food is key to a healthy lifestyle but even more important is handling food the right way before you start to cook. Nearly 48 million people a year get sick from food contamination according to federal health officials. While most people know how to handle meat they might not know how to prepare fruits and vegetables properly. Following are some essential tips to keep healthy while eating your fruits and veggies!

  • Wash your utensils, counters and dishes that you will use to prepare food.
  • Wash your hands with soap before and after handling any food.
  • Don’t use soap on your fruits and vegetables.
  • Cut away any damaged areas on your fruit or vegetables.
  • Wash and gently scrub your produce under running water before peeling.
  • Leafy vegetables can be pulled apart with outer leaves discarded and soaked in water for a few minutes before being gently dried.
  • If food is labeled as “washed” when you buy it you don’t need to rewash it before eating.
  • If you don’t intend to cook your produce right away keep it in the refrigerator.

The benefits of eating more fruit and vegetables is widely known. Now you know how to handle and prepare produce you’ll have no excuse for not adding more of them to your daily diet.


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Jul 14 2014

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

kasha with vegIt’s hot, hot, hot outside and nobody feels like turning on their oven or cooking over a hot stove for hours everyday. The best way to cook healthy meals while keeping the kitchen cool is by using your slow cooker (crockpot). I’ve already said I love my slow cooker and these recipes from around the web make me love it even more!

{Slow Cooker} Overnight Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal

Crock Pot 3 Bean Turkey Chili

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup

Slow Cooker Ground Beef and Zucchini Stuffed Peppers

Slow Cooker Roasted Corn Chowder

Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Potatoes

Slow Cooker Root Vegetable Stew Recipe

Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili

Weight Watchers Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes recipe

Quick, Easy, and Healthy White Chicken Enchilada Soup

Wine & Tomato Braised Chicken

Pulled Pork with Caramelized Onions

Cheeseburger Mac Attack

Tex-Mex Chicken Stew

Pasta with Eggplant Sauce

Slow-Cooker Stout and Chicken Stew

Slow-Cooked Brisket in Onion Gravy


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Jul 07 2014

Is A Gluten-Free Diet Healthy?

A Fox News article “Is your gluten-free diet actually healthy?” by Jacqueline Silvestri Banks questions the current diet craze that is sweeping the nation.  With sales of gluten-free foods and beverages growing to over $6 billion by 2017 it is important to ask if eating gluten-free is any healthier than a normal diet.

To read more click here.  If you are on a gluten-free diet check out our new site GF Lifestyle Learning.


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Jul 03 2014

Fruit Salad Recipes

Fruit salad is a favorite at summertime barbeques or picnics and we can never get enough.  You may think that cleaning, dicing and throwing a bunch of fruit into a bowl qualifies as fruit salad and it does but you can get much more fancy than that.

Listed below are some fantastic recipes that help you create a stand-out fruit salad for your next meal or event!

Juicy Fruit Salad

Mango Cashew Salad

Tropical Fruit Salad With Honey and Lime

Fresh Fruit and Mint Salad

Pretty, Yummy Fruit Salad

Fruit Salad with Ginger Syrup

Secret Fruit Salad

Mojito Fruit Salad (Non-Alcoholic)

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

Marshmallow and Fruit Salad

Couscous & Fruit Salad


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Jun 27 2014

Experiences with Catered Events and Gluten-Free Options

The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) needs input from those living with celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity (‘gluten sensitivity’)!  Please fill out this survey to tell us about your experience with attending catered events.  We’ll be using your responses in a presentation at an upcoming conference focused on educating those in the catering industry on the importance of safe gluten-free food preparation for our community.

If you would like to take the survey click here!


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May 24 2014

Fruit Salsa for Summer!

After going through what I thought was a most brutal winter here in the northeast, I am so ready for the start of summer!  Longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures are just the beginning.  The beautiful variety of colorful fruits and vegetables are what I most look forward to.

Several years back I discovered the simplicity of putting together fruits and vegetables in a way that gave them a character all their own…namely a fruit salsa.  These combinations not only make a great accompaniment to a meal (as in a meat served with salsa), I think they are excellent enough to stand on their own and eat as a “salad.”

A salsa is defined as “A spicy sauce of chopped, uncooked vegetables or fruit.”  To make a fruit salsa really stand out, you need a combination of colorful fruits, a complimentary vegetable, and a bit of spice to add interest and a touch of hotness.  I also like to add beans for added nutrition, and what could be more appropriate than incorporating black beans? My recipe for Caribbean Kiwi Salsa has all of these qualities and if you decide to try it, I think you will agree that this is a perfect way to get in those fruits and vegetables!

Caribbean Kiwi Salsa – Serve 4-6       

1 cup kiwi peeled and chopped

1 cup pineapple, chopped

½ cup peach or mango, chopped

½ cup cucumber, chopped

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped

½ cup black beans, cooked (or canned, drained & rinsed)

3 Tb. fresh cilantro, chopped

2 Tb. lime juice

½ tsp. chili powder

Dash cayenne pepper

Enjoy!

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