Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Sweet Things in Life

You all know that I try until my heart's content to eat healthy, exercise and live a fairly balanced lifestyle. I mean, my blog is called "I Heart Margarine" so obviously I strive to live a heart healthy lifestyle.

Needless to say that while I strive to be good 90% of the time, I have no problem, and actually relish in the other 10% of the time, when I can be free to do whatever the heck I want! Steak? Yes please! Glass of vino? Oh, yeah! Sleeping until 10 on a Saturday? Now we're talking?

What is YOUR favorite indulgence?

I have so many that I love but I think my absolute favorite is a pepperoni pizza from Papa John's, a large root beer and a stackful of chick flicks. You just can't top that. Oh, and there's no smooshing the napkin on the pizza to reduce the grease. Instead, I dip those heart slices in full-fat ranch dressing.

Indulge my dear readers, indulge!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Glug That Water, Baby!

I know how important it is to drink water. Besides the fact that it's necessary for basic survival, it helps give you energy, curbs your appetite and has benefits for your skin and face. Yes, I get that.

My problem is I have seriously hard time actually drinking the recommended 6-8 glasses every day. I honestly just get distracted with work or errands or whatever I'm doing and don't pick up my water bottle. Here's some great tips from on how to incorporate more water into your daily routine. I'm trying all of these tips this week.

1. Drink through a straw. Old trick, but totally works. If I drank Corona this way, I'd be in trouble.

2. Add a bit of flavor. I add fresh mint (from my herb garden) and a bit of lemon to a pitcher of water and stick it in the refrigerator. If I close my eyes and try really hard I can convince myself it's a Mojito. Or at least a distant cocktail cousin. Cucumber would be a good add too.

3. Freeze a bottle of water. I keep one in the freezer at all times and bring it with me if I'm doing errands. Even if I leave it into the car while I run into the grocery store, it melts slowly and stays refreshingly cold. Make sure to use a BPA-free bottle, though. We love the Sigg Om.

4. Eat waterlogged fruits and veggies. Watermelon, tomatoes, zucchini, eggplant and oranges top my list. Salads are also a great choice. Sunday marked the opening of my local farmer's market so I picked up some beets and asparagus to make this Beet and Asparagus Salad. Seriously yum. Will have leftovers for lunch today--liquid lunch, literally.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Yummy Dish for the Dogs...For Real!

This recipe is a little different than most of the recipes I post. How? Well, it's for your favorite four-legged friend named Fiedo.

These dog biscuits are loved by my two adorable Laboradors, Bella and Luna, and I'm sure your pup will love them too. Plus, they've got margarine in them...shameless plug, sorry!

Doggie Biscuits

Yield: 12 servings
2¼ cups Flour, whole wheat
½ cups Powdered milk
½ teaspoon Salt
6 tablespoon Margarine
1 Egg; beaten
1 tablespoon Brown sugar
½ cups Ice water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix four, milk powder and sugar. Cut in shortening until mixture looks like cornmeal. Add egg. Add ice water. Form into ball.

Pat out to ½ inch thickness on oiled ( I used Pam) cookie sheet. Use doggie biscuit cutter to cut out shapes, or make your own shapes. Cook 25 to 30 minutes. Hope your puppy likes the biscuits!