Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eat Your Wheaties

This article is of significance to me because breakfast is by far my least favorite meal.

Not Eating Breakfast Can Increase Risk of Heart Disease By Health News Team • Oct 28th, 2010

In the modern world of school and work, it is becoming increasingly difficult to sit down at the table and have a nutritious breakfast before rushing out the door. However, The Daily Mail reports that a new study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that skipping breakfast can have long-term health consequences.

Paradoxically, it also puts individuals at a higher risk for obesity, because the body is compelled to store large fat deposits around the midsection. Cholesterol and blood sugar levels may also suffer from a lack of a morning meal.

The study assessed 2,184 children for 20 years and found that those who skipped breakfast were at a higher risk for all of these factors, which can lead to heart disease. Researchers speculated that the participants who didn't eat this crucial first meal went on to eat sugary snacks to compensate, replacing valuable and healthy foods with junk.

These volunteers were also found to have more irregular meal times in general, which can lead to an increase in snacking, and may even alter the way the body stores fat.

The Mayo Clinic states that those looking to reduce their risk of heart disease may want to eat more low-fat proteins, such as fish or skinless poultry.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Emeril's Spicy Mixed Nuts

I'm taking a road trip with some girl friends this weekend and what's a road trip without snacks?

I always make sure to bring this spicy snack mix along becuase it's such a crowd pleaser. BAM!

•1 large egg white
•1 teaspoon water
•4 cups assorted shelled nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts)
•1/2 cup sugar
•2 tablespoons Essence, recipe follows
•1/2 teaspoon cayenne
•1/4 teaspoon salt
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

In a large bowl, whisk together egg white and water until frothy. Add the nuts and toss to coat. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, Essence, cayenne, and salt. Add to the nuts and stir to coat evenly. Spread the nuts on the prepared pan and bake until dry, about 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and stir to separate. Let cool on the baking sheet. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
•2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
•2 tablespoons salt
•2 tablespoons garlic powder
•1 tablespoon black pepper
•1 tablespoon onion powder
•1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
•1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
•1 tablespoon dried thyme
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container. Yield: about 2/3 cup

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pretty in Pink

WH to become 'Pink' House' for Breast Cancer month

The White House is becoming the "Pink House" in recognition of October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

President Barack Obama announced Thursday via Twitter that the building will be bathed in pink light. It will be for just one night.

The American Cancer Society says there are roughly 40,000 breast cancer deaths each year in the U.S.

Obama signed a proclamation at the beginning of the month designating October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Last October, the Obamas hung a large pink ribbon on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Fall Potato Soup

Mmm, as you can see I am majorly in Fall mode. This Fall Potato Soup is great on a cold day. I top it with crumbled turkey bacon and some shredded cheddar cheese.

Fall Potato Soup

10–12 small new red potatoes, or 4–5 medium-size
1 carrot, grated
1 rib celery, finely chopped
1/4 onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons margarine
1 teaspoon flour
1 14-ounce can chicken broth
1 cup milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Steam potatoes until very tender. Peel and cut into bite-sized pieces when cool. Saute carrot, onion and celery in the margarine until crisp tender. Stir in flour. Pour in chicken broth and milk and stir until smooth. Add potatoes and stir until mixture is lump-free. Heat until ready to boil, but not boiling. Serve topped with grated cheddar cheese and chopped green onions.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Fall into Good Health

Fall is finally here people! The leaves are turning, the air is crisper and people are taking their exercise outdoors. I've never understood those people that can run for miles and miles in the blistering heat. How do they DO that?!

Although I keep trying to convince myself otherwise, I'm not a runner. It hurts my knees, I get bored and all I can think about the whole time is, "When is this going to be over?"

But, when Fall hits I try exercise outdoors as much as possible. Whether it's taking a brisk walk around Town Lake in Austin or playing a friendly game of softball with pals, getting outside and burning off some steam is my absolute favorite!

What do you enjoy doing for exercise in the Fall?