Saturday, April 26, 2008

“Forbidden fruit causes many jams” -- Unknown

Get some Folate into your diet! Eat Peas!

Peas are chock-full of folate, a mighty B vitamin known to lower blood levels of a stroke-promoting compound. Folate fights cholesterole in your system...thus promoting heart health!

Easy Green Pea Soup

Cooking spray
1 sm onion - diced
1 carrot - diced
1 rib celery - diced
16 oz bag of frozen peas
3 cups chicken broth
½ tsp tarragon
S & P to taste

  1. Saute the onion, carrot and celery with the cooking spray in 3 quart pot.
  2. Add all the other ingredients and bing to a boil.
  3. Simmer for 20 minutes.
  4. Puree all in a blender of food processor.

Good hot or cold!
1 cup = 1 point

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Try adding some more activity to your life!

Jack Lalane says, “Dying is easy. Living is an athletic event. Train for it!”

Top 10 Reasons to Start Walking
Walking for 30 to 60 minutes each day is one of the best things you can do for your body, mind, and spirit.

1) Walkers Live Longer
The Honolulu Heart Study of 8000 men found that walking just two miles a day cut the risk of death almost in half.

2) Walking Helps Prevent Weight Gain
If you add just 2000 more steps a day to your regular activities, you may never gain another pound.

3) You Can Walk Off Weight
Exercise such as walking is an important part of any weight loss program.

4) Walking Reduces Risk of Cancer
Study after study has shown that walking and exercise reduces your risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.

5) Walking Reduces Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke
Heart disease and stroke are among the top killers of both men and women. You can cut your risk of both in half by walking for 30-60 minutes a day.

6) Walking Reduces Diabetes Risk
Get out and walk for 30 minutes a day as your minimum daily requirement for health and to prevent Type 2 diabetes.

7) Walking Boosts Your Brain Power
A study of people over 60 funded by the National Council on Aging, published in the July 29, 1999 issue of Nature, found that walking 45 minutes a day at 16-minute mile pace increased the thinking skills of those over 60.

8) Walking Improves Mood and Relieves Stress
Walking and other exercise leads to the release of the body's natural happy drugs - endorphins.

9) Walking Can Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
What better reason for men to take a brisk two mile walk each day – a reduced risk of impotence from mid-life onward.

10) It's Easy to Get Started Walking
All you need is a pair of comfortable shoes and to get yourself out the door or onto the treadmill. You can reap the benefits of walking from doing several shorter walks or one longer walk during the day.

Appetizer...choose fruit

Eat a high fiber fresh fruit as an appetizer….you’ll get your fruit servings in and you’ll it should help you lose weight by filling you up just a bit before a meal.

Raspberries, 8.4 grams/cup.
Kiwi, 6 grams/cup.
Apricots, 4 grams/cup.
Oranges, 4 grams/cup.
Pears, 4 grams/cup.
Apples, 3.4 grams/cup.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Canned Potatoes - Who knew?

Canned potatoes seemed like a strange food (actually anything in a can seems a bit too processed to be good). But one day I was shopping and decided to try them. I openned the can and noticed that these little, prefectly peeled potatoes looked oddly familar.

I tossed the whole can with a bit of olive oil and some seasoning and roasted them....I popped one of these golden brown beauties into my mouth and I had a rush of memories! These are the same potatoes my grandmother served on Sundays with her roast when I was a child. I liked them back then and I really like them now.

These potatoes are an inexpensive convenience food that are low in calories and fat and therefore low in points! Check out the label. The ones I buy are 1 point per serving or 3 points for the whole can.

Serving suggestion:

2 cans of potatoes (14 oz each) drained and rinsed
2 tsp of canola or olive oil
1 clove of garlic, crushed
Salt and pepper to taste

Toss potatoes with oil and spices. Line a pan with foil. Toss potatoes onto the foil lined pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

Good enough for company!