School Cupcake Ban: Good Idea or Too Extreme?

November 30, 2010 by  
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A school district in Michigan has recently put a ban on food as part of school celebrations. It might sound extreme to some, but I think it’s a great idea.

Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas 500-Calorie Menu

November 30, 2010 by  
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Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas 500-Calorie Menu Menu
Barbecue Portobello Quesadillas 500-Calorie Menu
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<p>This smoky mushroom-filled quesadilla is reminiscent of pulled pork. A touch of chipotle chile pepper adds extra heat.</p>

Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna Supper

November 30, 2010 by  
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Hearty Sausage, Mushroom &amp; Spinach Lasagna Supper Menu
Hearty Sausage, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna Supper
A healthy, delicious lasagna meal always hits the spot.

Moo Shu Vegetables 500-Calorie Menu

November 30, 2010 by  
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Moo Shu Vegetables 500-Calorie Menu Menu
Moo Shu Vegetables 500-Calorie Menu
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<p>This vegetarian version of the classic Chinese stir-fry, Moo Shu, uses already-shredded vegetables to cut down on the prep time.</p>

<p><strong>To round out your 500-calorie meal, serve with ½ cup of <a href="http://www.eatingwell.com/node/8748?slide=2">brown rice</a> and a 5-ounce glass of white wine.</strong></p>

Festive Mexican Night Menu

November 30, 2010 by  
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Festive Mexican Night Menu Menu
Festive Mexican Night Menu
Have a mini-fiesta with this festive menu of beer-battered tilapia, black beans and coleslaw.

Nix the Holiday Bloat with Routine!

November 15, 2010 by  
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Your intentions will be sincere.  Steering away from the holiday buffet table will be easy right?  As will ignoring the tempting food gifts in the break room at work.  You will graciously decline the special Christmas punch and those sparkling glasses of champagne.  You say you are trying a new recipe for Pumpkin Cheesecake this year?

Realistically, as Americans, we are about to embark on what for most of us, is our very favorite time of year.  A huge  part of our celebration involves the special food and drink we will share with family and friends.   We gift with food, attend parties, dine out with our holiday shopping and bring home all the extras from the grocery store.  We are still a country blessed with the means to entertain ourselves this way and also be charitable during the “Giving Season.”  It truly is a time of year to share and be thankful.

The question is still posed: How  can  we enjoy the Holiday Season and avoid that dreaded January day when it all comes crashing down around us?  We have gained weight and the magical season disappears just like magic and leaves us in the grips of January and it’s winter gloom.

Answer to question:  Routine!  Yes, I exercise for a living.  What I have learned over the years that has kept me on the wagon right up in the driver’s seat  is that when your routine goes by the wayside, the habit is broken within days.  Just that fast.  One of my goals over the years has been to encourage the good habit of exercise through cross training.  A varied exercise program snuffs out boredom.  Knowledge of key components of exercise and safe execution gives the athlete (that’s you) tools to stay physically fit at home, on vacation, on a business trip and at a gym.  The tricky part if you are not a trainer, is staying the course so not to break the routine or the habit.

Friends Fitness evening classes and 5:30am Fitness Camps were developed for this purpose.  They both provide skills, tools and knowledge to help you (the athlete) find a way to exercise enjoyably  in any given environment.  Early morning fitness doesn’t sound so appealing to many, but choosing to commit to this program empowers you, creating a sense of accomplishment.  Consider how good one feels upon arriving home from work or finally getting all of the days chores accomplished…. and then you recall, oh yes, I DID THAT!  I got it done at 6:30am.  Kudos to ME!

Need I remind you that regular exercise curbs the appetite.  Regular exercise increases the metabolism, burning those extra calories.  It squelches fatigue and relieves stress.  My strategy for facing that dreaded day in January and feeling triumphant?  Don’t eat from any cheeseballs.  Remember that the first bite is the best so don’t get another crab rangoon.  Most importantly, stick with your routine!




Milk Tips for Goof-Proof Baking

November 15, 2010 by  
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Do you have trouble knowing the difference between canned milks and finding substitutions for your holiday baking? Here are some quick descriptions to help.

Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu 500-Calorie Menu

November 15, 2010 by  
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Chinese Braised Mushrooms &amp; Tofu 500-Calorie Menu Menu
Chinese Braised Mushrooms & Tofu 500-Calorie Menu
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<p>Ma Po Tofu, a classic dish from the Sichuan province of China, inspired this recipe. The original is made with soft tofu and ground pork or beef with plenty of heat from dried chile peppers and Sichuan peppercorns. Portobello mushrooms stand in for the meat in our vegetarian version and convenient jarred chile-garlic sauce gives it plenty of kick.</p>

Mushroom & Leek Galette Menu

November 15, 2010 by  
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Mushroom &amp; Leek Galette Menu Menu
Mushroom & Leek Galette Menu
Here's a healthy and sophisticated vegetarian meal that showcases some of autumn's bounty.

Meatless Middle-Eastern Dinner Menu

November 15, 2010 by  
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Meatless Middle-Eastern Dinner Menu Menu
Meatless Middle-Eastern Dinner Menu
Healthier than fried falafel, these meatless burgers are worth trying.

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