Thursday, September 23, 2010

Healthy Tailgating

Healthy Game Day Party Pleasers

1. Order a vegetable pizza. Ask for a little less cheese and a variety of your favorite vegetables.
2. Drink 100% juice mixed with club soda or your favorite flavored water.
3. Pop some healthy microwave popcorn
4. Use whole grain tortilla chips with your favorite salsa
5. Prepare your favorite dips with light or fat-free mayonnaise and sour cream
6. Munch on pretzels instead of potato chips
7. Try a vegetarian version of chili
8. Grill up some chicken skewers and serve with your favorite hot sauce
9. Have some healthy nuts to serve such as almonds or walnuts. Just be sure to watch your portion size. ¼ cup is plenty
10. Take a brisk walk at halftime
11. Order a fruit or vegetable platter from your favorite grocer

BUSH'S® Best Black Bean SoupSubmitted by: BUSH'S® Beans Serves: 6Hands-OnTime: 5 MinutesCooking Time: 15 MinutesTotal Time: 20 Minutes
Ingredients:2 (15 ounce) cans BUSH'S® BEST BlackBeans, undrained1 (16 ounce) can reduced sodium chicken broth1/2 cup salsa1 tablespoon chili powder Shredded cheese (optional)Sour cream (optional)Chopped onion (optional)Cilantro (optional)
Directions:1. Mash one can of beans with potato masher or food processor. Pour both cans of beans into medium saucepan. Add chicken broth, salsa, and chili powder. Bring to a boil. If desired top with shredded cheese, sour cream, onion, and cilantro.
Nutrition Info (per serving)Calories 135 (10% from fat) | Fat 1.7g (sat 0.5g) | Cholesterol 2mg | Carbohydrate 24.6g | Fiber 8.4g | Protein 9.5g

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Low Fat Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

2 (10-oz) cans chunk chicken, drained
2 (8-oz) pkgs. Light cream cheese, softened
1 Cup low-fat ranch dressing
¾ Cup Buffalo wing sauce
1 ½ Cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese

Heat chicken and Buffalo sauce in a skilled over medium heat until heated through. Stir in cream cheese and ranch dressing. Stir until well blended. Mix in half of the cheddar cheese and transfer to a slow cooker. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and cover. Cook on low until bubbly. Serve with your favorite vegetable sticks or whole grain crackers.

Hope Danielson
Health and Wellness Advisor

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Cut out 100 calories

Did you know that cutting your daily TV watching in half can burn an extra 100 calories per day? Just talking on the phone, reading a book, or doing a crossword puzzle burn more calories than lounging in front of the TV. Plus you won't be tempted by all of those fast food commercials. That means less trips to the refrigerator!

Hope Danielson
Health & Wellness Advisor
Niemann Foods

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Healthy Oils

When it comes to cooking, olive oil isn't not the only healthy oil. Canola oil is also rich in heart healthy fats. It has more of a neutral taste which makes it very versatile. I prefer to use this when baking. Sesame oil is also great. It gives stir-fry's and meats and Asian flare. Remember to use any oil sparingly since is does contain quite a few calories.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Recipe Of The Day

Here is a delicious breakfast recipe from Motts.

Breakfast Bread Pudding

1 cup Mott's Natural apple sauce
1 cup 2% lowfat milk
2 large eggs
¼ cup brown sugar
4 slices cinnamon raisin bread, cut into cubes (about 4 cups)

Streusel Topping (recipe follows)

Preheat oven to 350° F. Combine apple sauce, milk, eggs and brown sugar in medium bowl. Whisk until well combined. Gently stir in bread cubes until well moistened. Pour mixture into lightly greased 8 x 8-inch baking pan. Top with streusel topping, if desired. Bake 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Serve warm.

Streusel Topping:
Mix together 2/3 cup quick-cooking oats, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, and ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon until thoroughly combined.

Makes 9 servings.

Nutrition Information Per Serving:
130 calories; 2.5 g fat; 50 mg cholesterol; 75 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 4 g protein; 17% cal from fat

Friday, March 19, 2010

Foods That Fight Fat

Here is some great information I read in Health Magazine.

These 7 foods help you blast fat and make you feel full longer:

  1. Eggs- loaded with protein and nutrition
  2. Dark Chocolate-Compounds found in chocolate slow down digestion and make you feel full longer. A small piece is all you need.
  3. Pine Nuts-The heart-healthy fatty acids in pine nuts boost satiety hormones that make you feel full longer. They can also help keep belly fat at bay.
  4. Cheese-Fresh goat cheese or feta are great choices. They contain a dose of conjugated linoleic acid which help you fee full and burn more fat.
  5. Skim Milk-Milk has proteins that can make you feel more satisfied. It also helps fight fat.
  6. Oranges-Oranges are one of the most satisfying fruits since they are high in fiber. People who eat more fiber have less flab.
  7. Potatoes-They are three times as filling as a slice of white bread and top all of the foods on the satiety index. They also contain resistant starch which has been shown to help your body burn fat.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Recipe of The Week

We all know that beans are super good for us, but they are also super delicious and versatile. Here is another great recipe from Bush's.

BUSH'S® Slow Cooker Chicken Orzo and Garbanzo Beans

Serves: 6
Hands-OnTime: 15 Minutes
Cooking Time: 4 Hours
Total Time: 4 Hours 15 Minutes

2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved (4 to 6), cut into 12 pieces total
1 (16 ounce) can BUSH’S® Garbanzo Beans
1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
1 diced medium onion (about 1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup coarsely chopped pitted Kalamata olives
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
12 ounces dried orzo pasta
6 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

1 Add the chicken, beans, tomato sauce, onion, olives, oregano, garlic and pepper to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low until the chicken is cooked through and the flavors are all melded, about 4 hours.
2 Cook the orzo pasta according to the directions on the package.
3 Serve over cooked orzo pasta and top each serving with a tablespoon of feta cheese. Garnish with a sprig of fresh oregano as desired.

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Nutrition Info (per serving)
Calories 523 (16% from fat) Fat 9.3g Carbohydrate 63.6g Protein 45.5g

Bean Fact
Beans are a naturally low-fat, cholesterol-free source of protein.