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Snack Healthy

Woman_Eating_Clean_BreakfastWhen it comes to snack time, I know that many would prefer that piece of chocolate cake or a couple of Twinkies, but there is a down side to downing them, unfortunately.  They are primarily made with white sugar that has been refined from its natural state.  By choosing fruits or veggies rather than candy or cake, you will boost your energy level naturally while regulating your digestive system.  Also you can try a fruit-powered smoothie as a meal replacement or as a snack.  If you must feed your sweet tooth, you can find soy or rice ice cream at the health food stores and most major grocery chains (they also come in ice cream sandwiches and bars).  Even something as simple as a couple graham crackers will feed your craving.  The Alternative Baking Company (www.alternativebaking.com) makes a line of delicious cookies that are large enough for 2 snack portions.  They are vegan, but you would never know it.  If you must have a chocolate fix, it is not outsude the realm of possibility.  Eating dark chocolate made with at least 62% cacao is an excellent way to get some much needed antioxidants and sterols (the good kind).

There are so many different ways to feed your snack craving.  Ultimately, the foods that you choose will be an aid or detriment to your decision to live a healthier life.  You don’t have to give up your favorite snack foods for a sedentary life of plain rice cakes.  Taking the road less traveled can be FUN and good for you, too.

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Soup it down

cabbage-whiteCabbage is a sturdy, strong and abundant vegetable and easy to grow. Cabbage is rich in nutrition and fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C.

There is no limitation as to how much of the cabbage soup you can eat. You may eat it as often as you want at any time.

CABBAGE SOUP

1 fair-sized cabbage

1 large Spanish onion

1/2 yellow bell pepper

1 large carrot

1-1/2 oz. of butter

½ tsp Mrs. Dash

1/2 tsp nutmeg,

1-1/2 pints of soy milk,

2 tablespoonfuls of fine wheat flour

After preparing and washing the cabbage, shred up very fine

Chop up the onion

Slice carrot thin

Set these two in a saucepan over the fire with 1 quart of water, the butter and seasoning, and let all cook gently for 1 hour, or longer it the vegetables are not quite tender to your taste.

Add the milk and flour for thickening when the vegetables are thoroughly tender, and let all simmer gently for 10 minutes;

Serve with little squares of toasted garlic bread

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Blueberry Coffeecake

Here is a quick and easy recipe that is great for breakfast. lunch, brunch, dessert or as a midnight snack. This is also a kid friendly recipe. They would enjoy being a part of creating this dish.

Blueberry Coffeecake

dsc03561 1 pint fresh blueberries*
2 cups frozen blueberries*
1 – 8 count can of Grand’sTM Homestyle biscuits
2 cups old fashioned rolled oats
½ cup Smart BalanceTM spread, melted
1 ½ cups turbinado sugar (Sugar in the RawTM)
1 tablespoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350o. Lightly butter the bottom of a 9 ½ x 13 ½ baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon and stir until mixed. Cut each biscuit into quarters. Dip each quartered biscuit in the melted Smart BalanceTM then roll in the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place in the baking dish. Add the fresh and frozen blueberries to any remaining cinnamon/sugar mixture. Top the biscuits with one cup of the rolled oats. Evenly toss the blueberries over the dough. Add the remaining oats. Drizzle the coffeecake with any remaining melted butter. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until biscuits are cooked through and blueberries bubble. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving. Refrigerate any remaining coffeecake in a covered plastic container.

*Can be substituted with raspberries or blackberries

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Peachy Season

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Summertime was made for pie or is it the other way around? Either way it’s peach season!

There is nothing like the sweet smell of ripe Georgia peaches filling the air in summer. It does not matter if you live in Georgia, get them at the grocery stores or find them selling on the side of a country road; fresh peaches are a great choice fruit of this season.

Peaches contain a generous amount of potassium,vitamins C and A. Having diuretic and laxative properties, peaches aid in the stimulation of the digestive juices.

Peachy Custard Pie is a great compliment to a poolside novel, break from the stresses of a long days of successes, or end of a delicious meal.

PIE CRUST

2 Cups of fine wheat flour

3 tbs butter

2 tbs water (give or take)

Mix the butter into the flour with fork.  Add enough water to paste to keep it together, but not too sticky.  Mix with knife, forming a ball.  Roll out evenly to fit pit tin/pan.

Place Pastry in pan.

Take 2 large or 3 medium fresh Peaches, thickly slice and cover bottom of  pie crust and set aside.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

CUSTARD

Place in mixing bowl…

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup milk (soy or almond)

2 egg yolks

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

mix together to cream consistency.

dust peaches with sifted flour.

Pour mixture over peaches and bake till firm.

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Serve with your favorite Soy or Rice Ice cream or enjoy alone.

Allow to cool before cutting.

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Gotta Start Somewhere!

vegburg_friesIf you have ever had a desire to become a vegetarian, vegan or just a more health-conscious eater, here is a great tip to get you started.

You don’t have to go vegan or vegetarian (for that matter) cold turkey! Do it gradually. If you are a red meat and pork eater, cut that first. Your body has the hardest time processing these meats. Instead of ground beef, try ground turkey or Boca Meatless Ground Burger. It has a wonderful texture and it holds up very well when you cook it. You can use it for just about anything you use ground beef for. If you want a hot dog, Morningstar Farms (MSF) makes great hot dog products. They make great corn dogs and mini corn dogs as well as veggie dogs. You will never even know the difference. Instead of eating hamburgers, try a veggie burger. Both Boca (www.bocaburger.com) and MSF (www.morningstarfarms.com) make great veggie burgers. Depending on what you have a taste for, you can find a veggie burger to suit you. They cook up wonderfully if you have a George Foreman grill or similar quick-grilling device. You should also try the MSF Breakfast Sausage. freshfruitvegetableTastes just like the pork version. It is wonderfully seasoned and the texture is great. Grab a biscuit and a patty of sausage, ‘honey-chile’ you’ll be in heaven! There are also great chicken and beef strips for fajitas or salads by MSF.

For your other meats, eat the boneless, skinless kind. Bake, broil or grill your chicken and turkey. If you must season it, Mrs. Dash (www.mrsdash.com) will never let you down. There are plenty of varieties to suit your taste. If you must use salt, use sea salt. It comes in course grind and fine ground.