Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Which Foods to Choose and Which to Lose

I love this really simple chart, courtesy of It very simply breaks down which foods you should try to incorporate as often as possible into your diet and which foods should be consumed in moderation.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Best Fried Items at State Fair of Texas

This week I have pleasure of attending the State Fiar of Texas for one of my clients. The State Fair of Texas is the nation's largest fair and is probably best known for its assortment of crazy fried items from fried butter to friend peanut butter & jelly. Check out this year's offerings courtest of the Dallas Morning-News - so gross!

The eight finalists in this year's Big Tex Choice Awards:

Fernie's Fried Club Salad
Who made it? Christi Erpillo

What is it? A 12-inch spinach wrap surrounding diced ham and chicken, shredded lettuce, carrot strips, tomatoes, sharp cheddar and bacon. Fried, then topped with deep-fried sourdough croutons and served on shredded romaine lettuce.

Deep Fried S'mores Pop-Tart
Who made it? Isaac Rousso

What is it? A Pop-Tart with a chocolate, peanut butter, s'mores flavor, battered and fried. Drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream.

Fried Lemonade
Who made it? Tami Stiffler

What is it? Lemon-flavored pastry made with lemonade, baked, then fried. Glazed with a mix of lemonade, powdered sugar and lemon zest.

Texas Fried Caviar
Who made it? Allan Weiss

What is it? Black-eyed peas fried and laced with special spices, blended with Old Bay seasoning. Flavors: regular or spicy.

Texas Fried Frito Pie
Who made it? Nick Bert

What is it? Chili, accented with a hint of sharp cheddar, encased in Fritos. Battered and fried.

Deep Fried Frozen Margarita
Who made it? Jake Levy

What is it? Sweet funnel cake batter mixed with "margarita ingredients," either tequila or tequila-flavored wine. Fried, dusted with a lemon-lime mixture and served in a salt-rimmed plastic glass.

Fried Beer
Who made it? Mark Zable

What is it? Fried beer-filled pretzel pocket. Bite into it and the beer pours out, serving as a dipping sauce.

Fried Chocolate
Who made it? Abel Gonzales Jr.

What is it? White chocolate and a cherry stuffed into a brownie, dipped into chocolate cake batter and fried. Topped with powdered sugar and a cherry sauce and served with chocolate-flavored whipped cream.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Heart Healthy Foods Quiz

I have a complete obsession with taking online quizzes. "Is he your perfect mate?" "Are you a control freak? "What's your body type?" You name the quiz, I've probably taken it.

I usually consider myself pretty knowledgeable when it comes to nutrition, especially heart healthy foods but this quiz got me a few times. It doesn't ask whether butter or margarine is better but really is this event a valid question? Margarine has significantly less fat overall as well as less saturated fat than butter and we all know those saturated fats are BAD news!!

Anyways, check out this quiz and see how you do.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti

Who doesn't love cheesy chicken and noodles? This gal right here could eat it all day long.

Sure, it's not exactly calorie conscious but since it uses margarine instead of butter, at least it's a little more heart healthy.

Chicken Spaghetti

3 cups cooked chicken (I use chicken tenders)
1 12-ounce package thin spaghetti
3 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon chopped pimento
1 28-ounce can cream of chicken soup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Velveeta or similar product
Salt and pepper to taste
Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large saucepan, cook chicken in boiling water until done. Drain, saving water. Chop chicken into small pieces. Add spaghetti to chicken water and cook until done, following directions on package. In another pan, melt butter and sauté celery and onion. Stir in pimento. Add chicken, soup, milk, Velveeta, salt, and pepper. Drain spaghetti and add to chicken mixture. Pour into a greased 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle Cheddar on top. Bake for 20 minutes. Serves 8 to 10 people.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Antioxidants in Berries May Support Heart Health

More good news on ways to protect your heart!

From Personal

Cognitive decline is a problem that affects millions of people across the country each year. The financial and emotional toll that it takes on families and individuals is difficult to measure.

However, a new study from researchers at the Agricultural Research Service division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently found that the antioxidants in berries may be an effective way to support brain health as individuals age.

Berries — in particular strawberries, blueberries and raspberries — have long been known to be a rich source of antioxidants. Scientists believed that these nutrients could play an important role in brain health. However, specific, conclusive evidence had eluded researchers; until now.

The findings of the study show that antioxidants boost a process that sweeps the brain of proteins that are left over following normal brain activity. These proteins are thought to contribute to cognitive decline when they build up, becoming toxic.

"The good news is that natural compounds called polyphenolics found in fruits, vegetables and nuts have an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that may [support brain health]," said Shibu Poulose, who led the study.