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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!!!

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BIGMAMAT 12/16/2010 4:41AM

    emoticon WE can do this! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/15/2010 7:29PM

    Awwww Maria! What a dear sweet lady you are!

Honestly, I'm struggling w/the stress of the holidays & packing up my house to move by the end of the month! I'm just trying to keep motivated & stay the course...& I figured, if I'm struggling, so are others! There's no reason we can't band together for support!

emoticon That's what friends are for! emoticon

We CAN do it! I know we can!!! Thank you, my dear friend!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Rose

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REEDSKI 12/15/2010 1:55PM

    I'll find her sparkpage and read her blog.

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~ A Huge Holiday Gift Box Full of Fresh Fruit ~

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 ...

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ROSEWCI 12/15/2010 7:35PM

    WOW! How wonderful! Great choice too!

Ya know what I've been doing w/apples lately? I slice them up in a glass pie dish...sprinkle them with a little brown sugar & cinnamon & bake for about 15-20 minutes. Mmmmmm...the whole house smells like apple pie! And they are so warm & delish! Hubby enjoys it too!

Like eating apple pie...w/out the guilt! emoticon

And emoticon job on passing up on the cookies!

emoticon Rose

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REEDSKI 12/14/2010 3:14PM

    Sounds delicious. I can't wait for the citrus trees here to be ready to be picked. Lemons, oranges, grapefruit. I don't have a fruit tree (I used to...) But I get fruit from friends.

Those fundraisers really help schools and organizations survive so not only did you get some healthy food but you helped the local FFA chapter!

I've been buying boxes of vegetables and fruits from a local farmer's market to help our school. We never know what it will contain so it's always a surprise but it is always full of a great variety.

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1BEACHWALKER 12/14/2010 12:18AM

    You always make me hungry when I read your blogs! emoticon
Good for you eating healthy! I need to do more fruit eating! At least you find good places to buy them! I get so tired of the tasteless fruit we buy in the grocery stores. I have even gotten bad fruit at the local fruit stands/markets! Now I want to get a snack-I do have tangerines-yummy! emoticon

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10 Grab and Go Breakfasts ~ from Ellie Krieger

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.

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QUZYSUEY 1/20/2011 7:12PM

  Love these ideas. will help so I don't lose momentum

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BIGMAMAT 12/13/2010 6:48PM

    Awwww. These sound so good!! I just had Peanut butter on a whole-wheat English muffin with sliced banana for dinner. lol. Yummmy!!

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1BEACHWALKER 12/13/2010 12:21AM

    I would like these for breakfast or for lunch and -as a matter of fact a couple of them I have already had from my own creation....I eat #8 all the time. I eat like this for lunch and breakfast and have a bigger dinner (also helps out if we eat out sometimes). Now I'm hungry- I think I will go try out #3! Or maybe my usual #8. Thanks for the good ideas...will use them. Yummy! emoticon

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DONNACFIT 12/12/2010 10:28PM

    Yum..great ideas!!

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ROSEWCI 12/12/2010 4:19PM

    AWESOME ideas for breakfast! Thanks Maria!!!

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MERRY40 12/12/2010 2:02PM

    What a nice assortment of breakfast ideas. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SYDNEY_DE 12/12/2010 12:38PM

    Most of those sound really good and I'm super picky!

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BABYSOX 12/12/2010 12:28PM

    Thanks for sharing these great breakfast ideas. I may give a couple of them a try next week.

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An Easy Oatmeal Muffin Recipe

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
Nutritional Information
• 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

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KMICHA 12/12/2010 10:37PM

    Sounds delicious!!!

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DONNACFIT 12/12/2010 10:31PM

    Great recipe.. Thanks!!!

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ROSEWCI 12/12/2010 9:14AM

    SOUNDS YUMMY! Thanks Maria!

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MSMAKEOVER 12/11/2010 2:23PM

    Sounds good.... emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 12/11/2010 2:17PM

    Sounds great! Healthy muffins are great to freeze and have for breakfast or a snack! Will try these sometime!

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SHELLEY147 12/11/2010 2:16PM

    oh, yummy! I have everything I need to make these too! Guess what I'll be having for breakfast tomorrow? :) ~hugs~ Thanks for sharing!

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When you hear the word “Positive” what do you think of?

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. 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, 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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1BEACHWALKER 12/13/2010 12:30AM

    Whenever I find something to criticize about myself- I will follow up with a positive thought about myself. Anything that has been achieved recently or in the past. Being positive to me, is just being sure of what, who and where you are. Being negative gets you no where. Being postive is a happy state of mind and I choose that! WTG on an awesome blog-keep up that attitude and you will go far Maria! emoticon

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BARBARACT 12/11/2010 9:16AM

    That's a great blog! Continue with your great attitude. I keep hearing over and over that "attitude is everything"! You set a great course for yourself! emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/11/2010 8:42AM

    LOVE this blog!
LOVE the positive attitude!
LOVE that you're choosing to see the glass as half full!
LOVE that you're gonna find the good in others...& that your expectation is that you'll do your darn best!
LOVE that you're gonna take risks & pick yourself up if you fall!

NEVER stop believing that you're capable of doing ANYTHING you set your mind to do! You possess the qualities necessary to attain your goals! Go for it!!!

Reach for the stars, my friend! The sky's the limit!!!

emoticon Rose

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SYDNEY_DE 12/10/2010 10:07PM

    I think that being positive means looking at what's going right instead of what's going wrong. There will always be bad stuff- that's the realist in me, but you can make the best of it!

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SHELLEY147 12/10/2010 8:39PM

    I think being positive is looking at small setbacks or defeats as a learning experience. Learning from them and making it something that helps you grow as a person. Being positive means never giving up on your dreams and goals. ~hugs~

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NPDSLEUTH 12/10/2010 7:09PM

    That's a fantastic goal to have during the -- as you said so well - very stressful holiday season.

The problem with being negative - and I'm a pretty negative person overall -- is that you don't find solution. You just wallow in despair. To me being positive is looking for solutions.

Thanks for the terrific blog. Nikki

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