Wednesday, December 30, 2009


12490350750Uqiyl Christmas is a great time of year.  Christmas and Post-Christmas can’t really be summarized into one single day by me, but rather, can be a difficult time, especially in the midst of a shaky economy for many. Whether your ideal Christmas is about snow and magical lights or a beach and a seasonal cocktail,  hopefully, we can step back and take a real deep-breath, remind ourselves that Christmas and the Christmas Season is about Christ and his gift to us.  Special gifts: hug someone, donate your time, write a letter, renew hope and your faith, visit someone during this time that you wouldn’t have ordinarily done so, or simply, hang out in your crib and be thankful for the moment to say “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” to those we love.

Being away for the Holiday and spending time with my family, friends and enjoying various favorite food items, provided a deep sense of peace, which is innate.

Wishing each of you everything wonderful 2010,


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Christmas Food


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Christmas food is as diverse as the cultures and customs present around the world, but Christmas food is a mix of tradition and modern day fun too. You must admit--Christmas Food is different than everyday food. Christmas Food is not just another compilation of predictable Christmas recipes; however, getting creative with serving Christmas food is very easy to do when you remember that the colors themselves are often enough to evoke Christmas imagery in the minds of most people.

Some great Christmas recipes are pineapple cheese ball, vegetables Christmas tree, Christmas cheese-spread and Christmas tree spread, which are also easy to prepare. The recipes kept from a generation to another differ from household to household, but they can significantly differ from province to province. People cook according to the same Christmas recipes and end up with the same table decorations most of the time.   However, even though traditions with regard to Christmas recipes are great, they are not the same across States.  Besides the savory dish, Christmas recipes include lots of cakes, pies, sugar, and candy, which are important for the little ones. Here’s where Christmas baking and Grandma’s recipes for the kids is great. Some of the best Christmas food is also the easiest to make, but do you agree that no one makes anything better than Grandma? And, particularly, at the Holiday?  Ever notice that these Christmas recipes have just the right touch; the right amount; the right taste—and, sometimes, the recipe isn’t even written down; however, Grandmas’ --just know. It is a refreshing collection of innovative recipes. Food, fun, family friends and Scrabble, the perfect recipe combination for a great night of Delicious recipes and memory-making.

Santa Claus, the Christmas tree, sending Christmas cards, and singing carols have all been inherited from the cultures of the West. Traditions such as Biscuits, Christmas cake and milk (sometimes liquor) may be left out for Santa to consume during his visit. This means a red fur-coated Santa Claus riding a sleigh, carols such as Jingle Bells, and various snow-covered Christmas scenes on Christmas cards and decorations appear during the Christmas Holiday season. Several people use cookie cutters in the shape of a Christmas tree, Santa Claus or Rudolph to make their treats for Santa, as Christmas friendly as can be and the compliments from your guests will flow freely too. My favorite has to be the little Christmas tree/angel/Santa shape cookies that you can buy and are decorated with icing. I would have 1 or 2 cookies, and put out the rest for "Santa" with his glass of milk. Sometimes the reindeer would have cheese-cubes and the elves got carrot slices!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Crispy Apple Chips—A Healthy Snack Choice

A former patient knew that I love apples of all varieties.  Today, I received a special package from her with all kinds of healthy things for the Holidays.  One of the things, which I received:  Crispy Apple Chips (Granny Smith) made by Seneca.  These chips were so good, and I wanted to share them with you.  It is my hope that should you have these at a market anywhere near you, that you give them a try and enjoy these chips, as much as I have. Happy Snacking!


Nutritional Analysis:

Serving Size 1 oz.

Servings per bag: 2.5

Calories 150

Total Fat 9g

Saturated Fat 1g

Trans Fat 0g

Cholesterol 0mg

Sodium 10mg

Dietary Fiber 3g

Weight Watchers Points: 3

Source: Seneca Foods Corp

Monday, December 14, 2009

Chewy Raisin Granola Snacks: On-the go!

Kids and grown-ups alike will love-- and crave--these chewy raisin granola snacks.  They’re so easy to make, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy some form of exercise, too.


Raisin Energy Bars


4 egg whites

1/4 cup of sugar

4 teaspoons of vegetable oil

1 tsp. ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1-2/3 cups lain “no added fat” or low fat granola

1 cup of sun-maid raisins

3 TBSP of toasted wheat-germ

3 TBSP raw sunflower seeds

4 tsp sesame seeds

1/2 cup walnuts


1.  Beat egg whites and sugar in large bowl with whish until smooth.

2. Beat in oil, cinnamon and vanilla extract.

3. Stir in remaining ingredients.

4. Blend well.

5. Coat generously a 13x9” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.

6. Turn raisin mixture into pan.

7. Pat to even layer.

8. Bake at 300 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until edges are golden brown.  Cool 5 minutes in pan. Loosen edges with spatula and invert onto wire rack to cool completely.

9. Cut into 4 dozen bite-sized pieces. 

10.  Store in an airtight container or pack in small plastic bags for on-the-go snacking.  Makes 48 pieces.


Calories: 40; Protein 1g; Fat 1g (Sat Fat 0g); Carbohydrate 7g;                            Dietary Fiber <1g;Cholesterol 0mg;Sodium 15mg

Weight Watcher Points: 1

Source:  Recipe adapted from Recipes for Healthier Eating

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I Love Lunch: The Musical – half-way to dinner




Zesty Grilled Chicken with Thyme

Serves: 4


2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut in half

2 tsp Dijon mustard

1 clove garlic, crushed

1/4 tsp fresh or dried thyme

1 tsp horseradish


1. Combine all the ingredients except chicken in a bowl, which should be large enough for the chicken breasts.

2. Coat the chicken breasts with the mixture and let stand at least 15 minutes.

3. Grill or broil about five minutes per side or until chicken is cooked through.

Nutritional Analysis:

Calories: 133

Total Fat: 2g

Cholesterol 69 mug

Sodium 110 mg

Carbohydrate 1 g

Fiber <1 g

Protein: 27 g

WW Points: 3

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Trix is for Kids? Cocoa for Cocoa Pops


General Mills reducing amount of sugar in cereals

According to the Associated Press, Trix is for healthy kids.  It seems that General Mills is reducing the amount of sugar in cereals.  General Mills—the maker of Lucky Charms, Trix and Cocoa Puffs –plans to reduce the amount of sugar in its cereals marketed to children.

The move, announced Wednesday, comes as many food companies alter their products and face growing scrutiny from consumers and health groups over the nutritional value of the foods.

General Mills said it will cut the sugar in 10 of its cereals to single-digit grams of sugar per serving, which –really-- is a good thing to do.  The sugar in Cocoa Puffs, for example, could drop at least 25 percent from its original level and 18 percent from its current 11 grams per serving.  General Mills, which is based in Minneapolis, said the updated products will begin to roll out within the next year.  The timing will vary by product.

Several cereal makers have adjusted their products to address the growing concern.  Last year, Kellogg Company reformulated a number of its U.S. cereals including Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks and Corn Pops.

Post Foods said it has cut the sugar content in both Fruity Pebbles and Cocoa Pebbles by 20 percent.  Under pressure?  I’d say rightfully so.  It is no doubt, many mom’s are pressing for this move and is the child going to know the difference?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been cracking down on food packaging that touts misleading health benefits.  That led to one industry organization halt its “Smart Choices” labeling program, which was attacked because sugary cereals like Fruit Loops qualified for the label.

What say you about this?

Healthful Holiday Eating: Christmas Holiday Snack Mix

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Yield: 5 Cups


  1. 1-1/2 cups small unsalted or lightly salted pretzels
  2. 1 Cup bite-size shredded whole wheat biscuits
  3. 1-1/2 cups popped popcorn, no added salt or fat
  4. 1 cup oyster crackers
  5. 2 Tablespoons reduced calorie margarine
  6. 1 Tablespoon low-sodium Worcestershire sauce
  7. 2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
  8. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  9. 1/8 teaspoon salt
  10. 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  11. 2 Tablespoons grated Parmesan Cheese


1.  Combine pretzels, shredded whole wheat biscuits, popcorn and oyster crackers in a large bowl.  Toss well and set aside.

2.  Combine margarine and low-sodium Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, pepper and salt in a small saucepan; cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until margarine melts.  Pour margarine mixture over cereal mixture.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese; toss well.

3. Spread the mixture in a 13x9” baking pan.  Bake at 275 degrees for 45 minutes, or until crisp, stirring occasionally.  Cool, store in an airtight container.

Source:  Dr. Jennifer Bueche

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No “Dis” in Disability; just Ability—Food & Unconditional Love = Man’s Best Friend (Just no-bones about it)

I hope you have a wonderful day and love this video just as much as me. This video will most likely make you smile; make you laugh, and even make you tear-up, which just means your human and have a full spectrum of emotion because this is very touching and moving to see.

Thank you for stopping by the blog today; appreciate your time and comments.

~Anthony  :)

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Left Over Turkey? Easy Turkey Bake Recipe



1 pkg Stove Top Stuffing mix for Turkey

4 Cups chopped Cooked Turkey

1 bag frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained

1 bag frozen carrots, thawed and drained

1 can condensed cream of chicken soup

3/4 cup low-fat or non-fat milk

1 1/2 cups shredded low-fat cheddar cheese



1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add 1- 2/3 cups hot water to stuffing mix; stir just until moistened. Set aside.

2. Mix turkey, broccoli and carrots in a 14x9 baking dish. Combine soup, milk and cheese; pour over turkey mixture. Top with prepared stuffing.

3. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.

Yield: 6 servings; adapted from