Weigh In Humor

The Weigh In

Never done a weigh in like this with socks, but have done it with shoes! 😉

Weigh In
LOL – Have you ever done this with your body weight scale?

 

Maybe you should try again, but without the socks.

Of course, in reality let’s hope such little girls aren’t truly concerned about their weight that they felt a weigh in was necessary!

And oh dear…am aging myself, but I actually remember those little night caps. But I can’t recall why they were worn. Anyone remember?

A Smores Keyboard

A Smores Keyboard

S’mores lovers can’t help but love this – a keyboard that looks as if it was made with Smores ingredients of chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers!

Smores Keyboard

Original source unknown – please post if you know where this originated from as we’d love to give credit where credit is due!

Did you know?

The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. Folklore tells us the name “S’mores” came about because everyone who tasted one asked for “some more.”

Chocolate was once a luxury item for the wealthy, but thanks to Milton Hershey it became an affordable indulgence for all.

Source: Hersheys.com

Microwave Smores Recipe

  1. On a small saucer, place half a milk chocolate bar on top of one-half of a graham cracker. Add one large marshmallow.
  2. Cook in your microwave on medium for about 10 to 15 seconds or until marshmallows puff and grow.
  3. Remove the plate from the microwave, top with the other graham half and gently press down on the gooey marshmallow.
  4. Let cool a bit before eating. Have a napkin ready – these are deliciously messy!

Super Summertime Smores: Use fudge striped cookies and slide a roasted marshmallow onto the bottom of one cookie and top it with another cookie.

Healthy Snacks with Dried Plums

Healthy Snack Using Dried Plums

Healthy Snacks Suggestion

Add chopped, pitted dried plums to apple butter, orange marmalade, peanut butter or low fat cream cheese for a flavorful and nutritious spread for toast or bagels.

For a stress-fighting snack, stuff almonds into pitted dried plums.

You can eat ten sweet, chewy dried plums filled with nutrition for only 200 calories for a healthy snack.

For a stress-fighting snack, stuff almonds into pitted dried plums.

Eat ten sweet, chewy dried plums for only 200 calories.

Did You Know?

The high fiber in dried plums can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart disease. The antioxidants may help prevent certain types of cancer and age-related diseases. In addition, preliminary research found that dried plums have anti-microbial properties. When added to meats, dried plums suppressed the growth of E. coli and salmonella.

How About a Summer Plum Tart for a Healthy Snack?

Ingredients

Crumb Crust (graham or gingersnap)The purple plum healthy snack width=
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Pinch salt
2 pounds ripe purple or red plums (about 6 medium), unpeeled, each cut into 8 wedges
6 gingersnap cookies, coarsely crumbled (about 1/3 cup)

Directions

In 3-quart saucepan, stir sugar, cornstarch, salt, and 1/3 cup cold water until blended. Add plum wedges, stirring to coat evenly.

Heat plum mixture to boiling over medium-high heat; boil 2 minutes, stirring. Remove saucepan from heat.

Spoon hot plum mixture into crumb crust. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 3 hours. Sprinkle with crumbled gingersnap cookies just before serving.

Serves : 12

Each serving: About 215 calories, 2 g protein, 37 g carbohydrate, 7 g total fat (1 g saturated), 2 g fiber, 0 mg cholesterol, 215 mg sodium.

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Grins and Giggles: Strength

Strength from Chocolate

Strength proven by chocolate!

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands and then eat just one of the pieces.” – Judith Viorst

Other Chocolate Quotes to Gather Strength From!

“All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt!
— Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz

And above all… Think Chocolate!
–“Betty Crocker

Caramels are only a fad. Chocolate is a permanent thing.
— Milton Snavely Hershey

“Chocolate is cheaper than therapy and you don’t need an appointment.”
— Catherine Aitken

“I could give up chocolate but I’m not a quitter.”
— Author Unknown

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies.”
— John Q. Tullius

“When the going gets tough, the tough eats chocolate.”
— Author Unknown

Here are a couple more for that strength.

“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food.”
— Michael Levine

“Chocolate is a perfect food, as wholesome as it is delicious, a beneficent restorer of exhausted power. it is the best friend of those engaged in literary pursuits.”
— Baron Justus von Liebig

A favorite that gives me strength in love…

“Love is like swallowing hot chocolate before it has cooled off. It takes you by surprise at first, but keeps you warm for a long time.”
— Author Unknown

Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables?

Are You Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables?

Let’s take a look at recommendations for eating your fruits and vegetables.  We will also look at recommendations on the serving sizes of various fruits and vegetables.

The Federal Government’s National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) provides information on Americans’ consumption of foods and nutrients as well as extensive health-related data.

The samples for this study data obtained below consisted of 9,339 people age 19 and over with reliable dietary intake data (7,182 age 19 to 19 to 64 and 2,157 age 65 and over).

In addition to recommendations for total fruit and vegetable intake, the Dietary Guidelines provide suggestions on the portion sizes of various types of fruits and vegetables. For fruit intake, the guidelines suggest that the majority of the total daily amount be as whole fruit.  This means fresh, frozen, dried, and canned fruit that is whole or has been cut up.  It does not include juice. Whole fruits and vegetables ensure adequate fiber intake.

Fresh Vegetables and Fruits

Food Guide recommendations for eating your fruits and vegetables are:

  1. Sedentary women age 51 and over consume 1.5 cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables per day (for a 1600 calorie diet).
  2. Sedentary men age 51 and over consume 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables per day for a 2000 calorie diet.

Younger adults and more physically active individuals have higher intakes. This is because of higher caloric needs.

How Do We Measure Up?

For people age 65 and over, the average amount consumed was 1.4 cups for males and 1.3 cups for females.

Older Americans were significantly more likely to eat fruit on a given day than younger.

About 70 percent of people age 19 to 64 report consuming fruit on a given day. Females were significantly more likely than males to eat fruit.

Overall, we don’t measure up when it comes to fruit. Fruit and vegetable intake levels were found to be less than the amount recommended by the Dietary Guidelines. See data tables:

Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables Intake Table 1

Eating Your Fruits and Vegetables Intake Table 2

People of all ages and both genders did better with vegetables, which we found a bit surprising. Most people (95 percent) report eating their vegetables.

The Dietary Guidelines recommend that a variety of vegetables be selected each day. Vegetables from each of five subgroups be selected several times a week. The sub groups are dark green, orange, legumes, starchy, and other.

Food group recommendations vary by age and gender as well as by physical activity level.

Source: USDA Nutrition Insights

Top 20 Cleansing Foods

The Top 20 Cleansing Foods

A list and info graphic of the top 20 body cleansing foods whether for general health, or complete detox. Body cleansing can instantly improve your health. Cleansing and detox can be used interchangeably.

Body cleansing aids with allergies, fatigue and chronic health problems.

Top 20 Cleansing Foods

Top 20 Cleansing Foods

  1. Almonds
  2. Apples
  3. Artichokes
  4. Bananas
  5. Beets
  6. Blueberries
  7. Cabbage
  8. Carrots
  9. Celery and Celery Seed
  10. Cherries
  11. Cranberries
  12. Flax seeds and Flax seed oil
  13. Garlic
  14. Grapefruit
  15. Kale
  16. Legumes
  17. Lemons
  18. Onions
  19. Watercress
  20. Watermelon

Once you’ve improved your diet by incorporating as many of the above cleansing foods as possible, consider some other ways to cleanse.

Take a Cleansing Bath

A 20 to 30 minute bath can do wonders. To warm water, add 1 cup of Epsom salt and 1 cup aluminum free baking soda. The combination of the warm water, Epsom salt and baking soda draws out toxins. Our skin is responsible for about 10 percent of toxin elimination.

Avoid GMO Foods

The harmful effects of genetically modified (GMO) food are becoming known far and wide. GMO foods are largely untested and have many potential side effects for your body. A good cleansing tip is to avoid any foods containing corn or soy, as these are nearly always GMO.

Take A Deep Breath

Oxygenate your cells and enable your system to remove waste products with deep breathing. Deep breathing can also reduce stress and help with the symptoms of depression. Start by spending 2 to 3 minutes deep breathing each day and you will immediately notice a difference. Learn more: Proper Powerful Breathing.

Avoid Processed Foods

You would most likely be surprised to learn what goes into processed foods. Most of them are full of sweeteners, preservatives and other additives. Your liver gets the job of processing all this junk. Give your body a break and stick to a diet of natural, whole foods.

Bonus Recipe: Herb Cleansing Salad Dressing

3/4 cup cold pressed flax seed oil (make sure it is refrigerated)Foods containing lutein
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1/2 teaspoon basil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Dash cayenne pepper

Whisk all ingredients together. Or place in a jar and shake well. Pour over fresh mesclun salad greens (mixed baby greens).

Colorful Black Bean Salad

A Colorful Black Bean Salad with Printable Card

A great side dish for any occasion, packed with healthful ingredients and heaps of flavor! Low in calories, low in sodium, satisfying and nutritious. This Black Bean Salad goes great with ham.

Black Beans are sweet tasting with an almost mushroom-like flavor and soft floury texture. These beans are medium sized, oval, with a mat black color. They are the most popular beans in the Costa Rica and Cuba. Black beans are well known in nutrition circles for their high fiber content. The fiber in these treasures has been shown to be perfect for helping the lower digestive tract stay healthy. This lowers the risk of colon cancer and helps create efficient digestion.

Quick and Easy Black Bean Salad Recipe

Colorful Black Bean Salad: Whisk together 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of lemon juice, 1 clove of garlic (minced) and 2 teaspoons of sugar. Combine one 15 ounce can of black beans, rinsed and drained, 1 cup of white corn nib-lets, 1 cup of chopped red bell pepper and 1/4 cup of chopped fresh parsley and toss with the dressing.
Nutrition information per 1/2 cup serving: 87 calories, 35 grams fat, 3g fiber, 149mg sodium

Free Printable Recipe Card

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Top 5 Fiber Choices

Top Five Fiber Choices

Fiber is important in our diet for a number of reasons. Here are the top five food sources of fiber along with the grams of fiber each food contributes. These are, literally, the top fiber choices from food.

1 cup cooked of each of the fiber choices:

  1. Split peas: 16.3g.
  2. Red kidney beans: 13.1g.
  3. Whole wheat spaghetti: 6.3g.
  4. Broccoli: 5.1g.
  5. Green beans: 4g.

Top 5 Fiber Choices Infographic

A Closer Look At the Top Five Fiber Choices

Peas. Peas are a high protein food and a good source of potassium and the B-vitamins. Complex carbohydrates, which peas provide, release energy slowly to the body. This helps to maintain a consistent energy level. Peas are an excellent source of minerals phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and calcium.

Red Kidney Beans.  Red Kidney Beans are large and kidney-shaped with a deep glossy red color. They have a solid flavor and texture. Red beans are a good source of iron and folate.

Whole Wheat Spaghetti. Whole grains contain hundreds of phytonutrients that appear to work together in powerful ways with the fiber and other nutrients to protect against chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes. If it’s difficult for you to find whole grain pasta in your local grocery store, Amazon has a burgeoning supply. Other options are health food stores and brands such as DeCecco, DeBoles, or Eden 100 Percent Organic Spaghetti or linguine.  Some people find that whole grain pasta tastes better with sauces that go beyond the usual tomato.

Broccoli. Broccoli is the superhero of the vegetable kingdom with its rich vitamin A content.

Green Beans. Green Beans are a good source of fiber and vitamin C and also contain calcium, magnesium, zinc and Vitamin A. Also is a source of folate which supports DNA synthesis and new cell formation.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Whip Up a Batch of Easy Potato Salad

Another potato salad recipe? Yep! Yes, there are as many variations to potato salad recipes as there are to pizza. But let’s face it, some take quite a bit of preparation time. The following potato salad recipe whips up quickly and tastes as if you fussed.

The secret is in Italian dressing. The wonderful blend of herbs and seasonings in Italian dressing add a whole lot of taste in very little time. Everyone has their favorite, but we prefer Wish Bone Italian Dressing. The offer a fat free variety, too. (Disclosure. We have NO affiliation with Wish Bone whatsoever.)

From the Wish Bone web site:

Want a really robust, full-flavored dressing? Try our improved Wish Bone Italian salad dressing, bursting with more herbs and spices. We took our original famous Italian salad dressing recipe, already filled with Italian herbs and spices, and then we packed it full of even more herbs, seasonings and flavors for an extra zesty boost of flavor you’ll love! No high fructose corn syrup.

Easy Potato Salad Recipe

Cook four, 5-inch peeled and quartered russet potatoes in water until tender, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Slice potatoes into a container and toss with 1/2 cup bottled Italian dressing. Refrigerate one to 24 hours. This allows the flavors to meld.

Before serving, toss with 1/4 cup  mayonnaise, 3 tablespoons sliced green onions and 1/2 teaspoon paprika. If your potato salad seems a bit dry, add a little more mayonnaise.

Note: To keep fat intake low, use reduced fat or fat free Italian Dressing and reduced fat mayonnaise.

Speedy Tip: You can also cook the potatoes in the microwave. Place them in a circle in your microwave. Cook on high for 8 minutes. Using a hot pad, turn each potato over. Cook on high another 8 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Let cool a while before slicing.

Free Printable Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card

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Easy Potato Salad Recipe Card
Easy Potato Salad Recipe Printable Card