Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We are all looking for ways to 'stay motivated' during this hectic, stress filled, food laden holiday season.
Spark Friend ROSEWCI has a blog post today that is "On Target!"
She always knows just what, when and how to say it!
Please take the time to go to her Spark Page and read it!
It's so worth your time!
Thank you, Rose for getting my day, my week, the rest of my December moving in a POSITIVE direction!!!
Monday, December 13, 2010
My husband came home this evening with a huge holiday gift box full of fresh fruit.
It's a 'mixed fruit box' that we ordered from the local F.F.A. (Future Farmers of America) Chapter. Each holiday season they sell fruit, meat snacks, holiday breads and cheeses as a chapter fundraiser. This tradition has gone on for years and years. My husband was the High School Agricultural teacher at the local high school for many years & our daughter was a member while in high school and now in college - so we always have purchased atleast a large box of mixed fruit.
The box contains premium fruits: Washington apples, pears, oranges and grapefruit.
Guess what my healthy snack is going to be for the rest of December and probably beyond?
I just had an apple for my dessert this evening.
Nice and crisp!
Like an apple should be.
Yes, I passed on the Christmas cookies sitting in a container on the counter and had the apple.
I actually WANTED the apple.
The cookies can wait ...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
10 Grab and Go Breakfasts ~ from Ellie Krieger
We all could use some time saving ideas during this busy, often stressful time of year ~ that are both healthy and delicious.
I was reading through one of my cookbooks last evening, titled: “The Food You Crave,” by Ellie Krieger.
Ellie is a registered dietitian and has had several programs on the Food Network, as well as several published books.
(I also have her book titled: “Small Changes Big Results ~ a 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life.”)
She had a very interesting and helpful list of quick breakfast ideas.
I thought I would share these fast to assemble, out the door breakfasts with you.
(You obviously can make substitutions for fruits and grains to fit your personal preferences. These are just some helpful ideas to get you thinking.)
1. Peanut butter on a whole-wheat English muffin with sliced banana and a drizzle of honey.
2. A snack bag filled with dried cereal, walnuts and dried cranberries.
3. A hard-boiled egg (made ahead), tangerine, and a handful of whole-grain crackers.
4. A stick of part-skim mozzarella cheese, a chunk of whole-grain baguette, and some grapes.
5. A whole-wheat tortilla sprinkled with shredded reduced- fat cheddar, topped with slices of green apple, and rolled up.
6. A whole-wheat pita stuffed with low fat cottage cheese and sliced peaches or blueberries with a drizzle of honey.
7. Some smoked salmon, a slice of tomato, and a little whipped cream cheese on pumpernickel bread.
8. A single-serving container of low fat yogurt and a banana.
9. A whole-grain frozen waffle, toasted and spread with peanut butter and some unsweetened applesauce.
10. Two pieces of whole-grain crisp bread spread with soft goat cheese and topped with sliced strawberries.
I would even eat many of these as part of/or as a light lunch.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
I made this recipe the other evening to go along with a bowl of Creamy Wild Rice and Turkey Soup.
The soup was a soup starter mix. I added sauted onions and mushrooms and diced turkey breast meat.
I thought a nice whole grain quick bread or muffin might go well with this soup.
I ended up making this simple muffin.
It's a little sweet like you would expect a muffin to be; but not too sweet ~ so it went well with the soup.
These would be good in the morning with a cup of tea and bit of whole fruit spread, jam or jelly.
Today I had one with my lunch of string cheese and vegetable juice.
Easy Oatmeal Muffins
1 cup 1% milk (or fat free milk)
1 cup oatmeal
1 egg (or egg substitute)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar (or sweetner or honey)
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
2. In a small bowl, combine milk and oats; let soak for 15 minutes.
3. In a separate bowl, beat together egg and oil; stir in oatmeal mixture. In a third bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir flour mixture into wet ingredients, just until combined. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups until cups are 2/3 full.
4. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.
Number of Servings: 12
• Servings Per Recipe: 12
• Amount Per Serving
• Calories: 135.0
• Total Fat: 5.8 g
• Cholesterol: 18.7 mg
• Sodium: 192.6 mg
• Total Carbs: 17.9 g
• Dietary Fiber: 0.9 g
• Protein: 3.1 g
Friday, December 10, 2010
When you hear the word “Positive” what do you think of?
During this month of December I am especially focusing on ‘staying positive.’
What does that mean? To ‘stay positive?’
I think first of having a positive attitude.
So, what does that mean?
1. Wikipedia says that attitude "is a concept in psychology. Attitudes are positive or negative views of an 'attitude object': i.e. a person, behavior or event".
2. Dictionary.com defines attitude as "a state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work".
3. Princeton University says that attitude is "a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways."
A positive attitude is seeing the glass half full.
A positive attitude is also a personal choice.
I can choose to be positive.
It means to keep a set of ideas, values and thoughts that tend to look for the good, to advance, to overcome problems, to find the opportunities in every situation; to look, as they say, 'on the bright side of life'.
It also means to have courage and exceed myself, getting up whenever I fall.
A positive attitude helps me to be optimistic.
Optimism, as defined by Dictionary.com, means "a tendency to expect the best possible outcome or dwell on the most hopeful aspects of a situation."
So for this busy, often stress filled holiday season ~ I am working very hard at seeing the glass as half full; at expecting the best possible outcome from my daily efforts; to find the opportunities in every situation I encounter.
Because I believe my positive attitude will encourage me to look for the best in others; to expect the best from myself; and to have the courage to pick myself up if I fall and to proceed forward in reaching all my healthy living goals.
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