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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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The Different Difference

apple-orangeDIF•FER•ENT*

1.        not alike in character or quality; differing; dissimilar

2. not identical; separate or distinct
3. various; several
4. not ordinary; unusual.

*definition according to Dictionary.com

Today I choose to be different.  Not better, different.  There is no measurable ruler that says that i have attained different.  The concept of whether you are doing or have done different is all about self-policing.  No one can say that you have not done enough different to say that you have not achieved it.  Some things can be visibly seen by others and other things cannot.  If you feel different about yourself, then you have done different.  If you feel different about another being, then you have done different.  If you decided to eat a salad at the restaurant rather than fries, you have done different.   No one can tell you when you have succeeded or failed to be different.

So, do or be something different today than you did or were, yesterday.  The quest for different is a journey that is uniquely yours.

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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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