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Homemade is still better.

Weight Loss: A Lifestyle Change

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OVER THE PASS YEAR, MY HUSBAND AND I WERE FINALLY SUCCESSFUL AT LOSING WEIGHT

AND DEVELOPING OUR OWN HEALTHY WAY OF KEEPING IT UNDER CONTROL .

THIS IS OUR THEORY, NOT A DOCTOR’S, THEREFORE, IT MAY NOT WORK FOR EVERYONE.

ALL OF US HAVE TO GET TO KNOW OUR BODIES AND HOW FOOD AFFECTS OUR LIVES.

DOCTORS CAN START THE JOURNEY WITH YOU HOWEVER, WE HAVE TO ACTUALLY TAKE THE JOURNEY.

HEALTH THREATS INSPIRED THE LOST.

LEARNING ABOUT CARBOHYDRATES AND CONTROLLING OUR DAILY INTAKE OF THEM

ENCOURAGED THE BULK OF THE WEIGHT LOST.

OUR THEORY THROUGH THIS PROCESS IS: WEIGHT LOST IS 75% FOOD INTAKE MONITORING

AND 25% EXERCISING. OUR EATING HABITS HAD A MORE DIRECT BEARING ON OUR WEIGHT THAN EXERCISE.

WHILE ON THIS JOURNEY, WE HAVE CHANGED OUR OPINION OF EXERCISING.

WE NOW VIEW EXERCISE AS MEDICINE FOR MOST HEALTH ISSUES.

STAY ACTIVE. KEEP YOUR BODY MOVING. WALKING IS AN AWESOME, FUN WAY TO EXERCISE!

WE HAD THE MOST SUCCESS WHEN WE STARTED CONTROLLING AND MONITORING

EVERYTHING WE PLACED IN OUR MOUTHS.

WE ALSO KNOW THAT MOST OF US ALREADY UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO “EAT HEALTHY”.

WE MUST BEGIN TO CHOOSE HEALTHY FOODS THAT WE LOVE AND CHANGE OUR MEALS ACCORDINGLY.

SINCE EATING OCCUPIES A GREAT DEAL OF EACH DAY,

IT’S IMPORTANT TO RESEARCH HOW FOOD AFFECTS OUR HEALTH.

WHEN YOUR HEALTH IS THREATENED BY THE FOOD YOU ARE EATING, AS MOST OF US ARE ;

LOVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TO CHOOSE LIFE!

Gluten Free

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One day I just happen to stumble across  an article about “Gluten” and how it effects some people. Then, I went to the internet to  research the effects of gluten and was totally surprised by the effects of it. Symptoms of gluten sensitivity included bloating, abdominal discomfort, pain or diarrhea and some articles even say  that wheat gluten can cause weight gain !  So, start  learning  a little more information about “gluten” or “wheat gluten”. There are many “gluten- free” foods and recipes available to eat. Below are two of my favorites. Enjoy them and become more aware of what you are putting in your body.


1. Gluten-Free Pancakes.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey, fruit juice concentrate or sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preparation:

Beat egg until frothy. Add buttermilk, oil, and honey and beat until well blended.

In another bowl mix brown rice flour and the remaining dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the liquids. Stir until well blended. Do not over stir. Batter will be slightly lumpy.

Lightly grease a frying pan and fry pancakes. Serve with your favorite Fruity Preserves.

2. Peanut Butter Balls

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup chopped walnuts

2/3 cup peanut butter1/2 cup maraschino cherries,

chopped

2 1/4 cups semisweet chocolate

chips

1 cup flaked coconut

 Directions:

1. Melt butter or margarine over low heat. Remove from heat and mix melted butter, confectioners’ sugar, coconut, walnuts, peanut butter and cherries. Form into small balls. Chill until firm.
2. Melt chocolate chips over low heat. Stick a toothpick into each ball and dip into chocolate. Roll chocolate covered peanut butter balls in coconut to coat. Chill.

 

Hershey’s Chocolate Cake

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This cake is awesome! Chocolate Lovers Only Please.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Directions

  1. 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. 2 Stir together sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on medium speed of mixer 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pans.
  3. 3 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.  10 to 12 servings.VARIATIONS:
    ONE-PAN CAKE: Grease and flour 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Heat oven to 350° F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 35 to 40 minutes. Cool completely. Frost.THREE LAYER CAKE: Grease and flour three 8-inch round baking pans. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 30 to 35 minutes. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Frost.

    BUNDT CAKE: Grease and flour 12-cup Bundt pan. Heat oven to 350°F. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 50 to 55 minutes. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pan to wire rack. Cool completely. Frost.

    CUPCAKES: Line muffin cups (2-1/2 inches in diameter) with paper bake cups. Heat oven to 350°F. Fill cups 2/3 full with batter. Bake 22 to 25 minutes. Cool completely. Frost. About 30 cupcakes.

    CHOCOLATE FROSTING

    1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine
    2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa
    3 cups powdered sugar
    1/3 cup milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Melt butter. Stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar and milk, beating to spreading consistency.
    Add small amount additional milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla. About 2 cups frosting.

Easy & Quick Fruit Salad

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INGREDIENTS

2 navel Oranges (peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks)

2 Apples (peeled and cut into bite-sized chunks)

1 can of Pineapple chunks

16oz fresh strawberries(washed, remove tops and sliced)

small package of raspberries,blackberries(washed)

1TBS  Sugar(optional) Sprinkle over all fruit.

Or

Use any of your favorite fruits !

DIRECTIONS

Place all fruits, including pineapple juice or 1 cup of Orange Juice and sugar into a resealable bowl. Shake or Toss with a spoon. Chill in refrigerator. Enjoy.

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COOKING WITH THE KIDS!

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RICE KRISPY TREATS

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
  • – OR –
  • 4 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 cups Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal

1. In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat.

2. Add KELLOGG’S RICE KRISPIES cereal. Stir until well coated.

3. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares. Best if served the same day.

MICROWAVE DIRECTIONS:
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on HIGH for 3 minutes, stirring after 2 minutes. Stir until smooth. Follow steps 2 and 3 above. Microwave cooking times may vary.

Ingredients
  • 6 apples (or 6 cups of apple slices)
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • Whipped cream or ice cream

                                                                                                      APPLE CRISP
Instructions
  1.  To peel an apple safely, your child should hold the fruit in one hand, grip a vegetable peeler in the other, and push the peeler away from himself.
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees and lightly butter an 8 or 9-inch-square baking pan. Peel, core, and slice the apples and arrange them evenly in the prepared pan.
  3.  Place the oats, brown sugar, flour, spices, and salt in a sealable plastic bag, close, and shake until combined. Cut the softened butter into 1-inch pieces and add to the oat mixture. Close the bag again and knead or squeeze until the mixture holds together.
  4. Instead of using a bowl to mix the crumb topping, use a sealable plastic bag. This will cut back on dirty dishes and let young bakers–even preschoolers–lend a hand.
  5. Open the bag and crumble the topping evenly over the apples. Bake the apple crisp for 40 to 45 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and the juices begin to bubble around the edges. Cool slightly, then serve with whipped cream or ice cream. may serve about 6.

CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients

1 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 (12 ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)

Directions:

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Beat brown sugar, white sugar and butter in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed about 3 minutes or until fluffy.

3. Beat in eggs and vanilla, then stir in the baking soda, salt and flour. Add the walnuts and chocolate.

4. Drop dough by large scoops onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten slightly with fork.

5. Bake 11 to 14 minutes. Remove with a metal spatula. Cool on a wire rack.

GRILLED CHEESY SANDWICH

Ingredients

  • 4 slices white bread
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
 

Directions

  1. Preheat skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.

 

 

Types of restaurants

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  • Fast food
  • Fast food restaurants emphasize speed of service.Lowest in price .
  •  Casual dining

A casual dining restaurant is a restaurant that serves moderately priced food in a casual atmosphere. Casual dining restaurants provide table service. Casual dining restaurants usually have a full bar , and a little pricier than fast food.

  •  Family  Restaurant

Family style restaurants are a type of casual dining restaurants where food is often served on platters and are sometimes known as “all you can eat” restaurants. Priced to attract families with children.

  • Fine dining

Fine dining restaurants are full service restaurants with specific dedicated meal courses. Decorations of these restaurants feature higher-quality materials, important emphasis on the “atmosphere” . The waiters and waitresses are  highly trained and often wears more formal uniforms. appealing. Probably not a place for small children. Priciest of all 4.


How to Make Creamy Soups A Little Bit Healthier

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Here are some ways to make creamy soups healthier:

* Use reduced-fat milk thickened with flour.

* Stir reduced-fat sour cream into a soup at the end to add the perfect creamy richness it needs.

* For pureed soups adding a small amount of rice to the soup gives it a creamy, thick, satisfying consistency.

* Potatoes, especially floury ones like russets, pureed into soups make them thick and creamy.

Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken

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Smoked Paprika Roasted Chicken Recipe Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Ingredients

2 Tbsp smoked paprika

2 Tbsp melted unsalted butter

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1  1/2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 whole 4-5 pound roasting chicken

4 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp lemon juice

If using salted butter, use only one teaspoon of salt in the rub, not two.

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Rinse the chicken off with cold water.

Pat dry thoroughly with paper towels otherwise the paste won’t stick.

Mix together the paprika, melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Spread over the entire surface of the chicken and place on a shallow baking pan.

Heat the honey and lemon juice in a small pot and set aside.

Bake at 325°F for approximately 1 hour to an hour and 15 minutes.

Baste with the lemon-honey mixture after 35 minutes, and then every 15 minutes after that.  You may need to adjust total cooking time depending on how big your chicken is.

The bird is done when the juices run clear not pink when a knife tip is inserted into both the chicken breast and thigh, about 160°F for the breast and 165°F for the thigh.

Add more salt and pepper to taste.   Yield: Serves 4.