Love three-cheese recipes? Try this triple cheese and pimentos mix on Cinnamon Raisin Bread Brunch. It’s a light entree without the meat and served with fruit, protein included.
Years ago, pimento cheese used to be the easiest thing to find in a carton at the grocery store. Now, employees look at me with a blank look if I ask, “Where is the pimento cheese?” Obviously, they didn’t grow up with the commodity like I did and simply don’t have a clue what I’m talking about. But there’s a solution to this dilemma.
Do you love fruit, or do you have to think to include enough of it in your eating plan? Pears are often overlooked for their health benefits. Consider including them as a nutritious dessert with a special treat of grated cheese on top (see recipe below). You can purchase pears in their own juice (thebest kind that’s canned), or buy the raw fruit.
Pears contain great health benefits:
improving insulin sensitivity
decreased risk of type 2 diabetes
containing phytonutrients which contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory flavonoids
good source of fiber
Leave the skins on to get the best nutrients from the pears. Perhaps, however, you don’t care for eating the pear’s skin. Will you still benefit from the pear’s nutrients? Peeled pears still contain nutrients, just not as much as if you left the skin on.
Open can of pears, and serve half of the pears onto two small plates.
Add the tablespoon of mayonnaise on top of each serving of pears.
Top each serving of pears with one tablespoon of grated cheddar cheese.
The calorie count is estimated.
The recipe can be adapted for one person as well. Eat one serving, and save the other for later. You can also double the amount of cheese and/or mayo if you aren’t worried about the calories.
When I was a young teen on a diet once, my mother carefully monitored what I was eating to be sure I had enough nutrition. She came up with the pear dessert, and I still recall the excitement I felt at sitting down to this simple yet delectable dessert.
Children and teens may be willing to try out a fruit or vegetable if you add a spoonful of cheese or their favorite nuts. Two other topping ideas for fruit are toasted almond slivers and dark chocolate shavings.
Be creative, and make your family and friends fall in love with your mouthwatering fruit desserts.
Why broccoli? It’s nutritious. Why apples? You need a daily portion of fruit. Mix these two together, and add more delicious ingredients. What do you have? Incredibly happy taste buds and a recipe that’s perfect to include in a 21-Day Fix weekly meal plan.Read more
Summer heat waves make you want to stay inside where it’s cool. On days when the temperatures go into triple digits, you need central air. All water coolers do by that time is blow hot air inside.
Such hot days make me want to eat recipes for chilled fruit or veggies. Appetites lessen somewhat on a scorching day. Here are a number of recipes to cool you down while weathering the heat:
Beet (with the beet greens) and berry smoothie!
Start your day with this appetizing drink. Who needs coffee when you can enjoy a breakfast blender meal that looks like a shake? Beets and the greens are nutritious. Blend in a handful of blackberries. Mmmm!
A Bowl of Fruit
Slice a banana and mix it with blueberries, raspberries, or strawberries.
Fresh fruit pudding
Chilled Fruit Pudding
(see the recipe below)
Mango, Peach, and Mandarin Orange Vanilla Pudding
Mango, Peach, and Mandarin Orange Pudding
1 large box Instant Vanilla Pudding
1 fresh peach
1 fresh mango
2 packages no-sugar Mandarin Oranges
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups 2% milk
1 cup whipped topping
5 tea wafers (small rectangle vanilla flavored cookies found at Walmart)
Mix pudding according to directions - except use 1 cup buttermilk and 2 cups milk.
Peel the peach and mango, then cut in small pieces.
“Women who eat more fruits and vegetables reduce weight gain by 24 percent,”
a major study revealed, according to The Kitchen Table Book.
Visit your local farmers market and pay attention to all of the beautiful fruits and vegetables. You’ll see fresh produce you’ve never noticed if you’re like me.
The other day I went to a farmers market for, specifically, strawberries and blueberries and a couple of vegetables. I’d seen a strawberry beverage recipe I couldn’t wait to try, and blueberries are so healthy and good. But I saw a basket of beautiful plump blackberries Read more
Make a scrambled egg and cheese sandwich, mayo on bread, sandwich cut into triangles
Cook an omelet and add vegetables that your child will eat.
Food that looks attractive on a plate is inviting to all of us. If it looks unattractive, don’t be surprised if it’s snubbed. The nice thing about preparing meals for toddlers is that you can find cute plates with three sections. Serve two foods that your little one currently likes. Introduce a new food (or one not tried in awhile) in the third section.
My 3-year-old granddaughter used to love eggs. Then she went through a stage of never eating them. I tried eggs in a variety of ways. She didn’t like scrambled anymore. I tried a fried egg and cut it in small pieces. She ate a couple of egg white pieces but decided she didn’t like them after all. One way she liked above all other things with eggs, without a doubt, was French toast (Hey, it counts! It’s got egg in it.) She LOVES it. At first, she called it her “French fried toasties”.
Twice, I asked my grand-toddler if she would like an egg sandwich for breakfast. “Yes,” she said. The last time I made one for her I cut it in triangles for her and cut mine in half and placed some blueberries on our plates (she went through a small carton of blueberries almost by herself in less than 24 hours). It was a breakfast filled with great nutrients: protein, Vitamin A, calcium, iron, antioxidants, and according to research, helped my grand-toddler’s vision, acuity, and brain development.
I saved two little triangles for that egg and blueberry breakfast and put them on my plate, thinking that perhaps she would want mine. It worked! She wanted one from my plate. The outcome was that she ate, at least, one-half to three-fourths of a sandwich.
Trying to get a toddler to eat nutritional food is a challenge. My daughter remembers liking salad because I always ate salad and she wanted what was on my plate. That was years ago, and I only recall that she loved salads.
Fruit is an excellent choice, and it can be served with any meal or as a snack. It’s good to keep fruit on hand and to try a new one periodically. Keep fruit on the kitchen counter within view.
Try varieties of egg recipes. Make the plate of food look like art when you place it in front of your toddler – and fill up a section with scrumptious-looking fruit.
Now, go stock up on eggs and fruit – two foods edible any time of the day.
Counting calories is not so bad when you include juicy raw fruit like these gorgeous cherries. I can picture myself sitting down in a comfy chair with a favorite magazine or book and a big bowl of cherries, strawberries, and grapes. The calories for a bowl of one cup of each of these combined only comes to 242!
Two ladies I know have lost mega pounds by counting calories. Both successfully lost weight by eating about 1200 or 1300 calories daily. One of the ladies said she loves to eat large portions so she eats a lot of vegetables throughout the day. The other lady likes to eat her largest meal at dinner so she saves her calories for the evening meal.
Watch out when you eat out at Chinese restaurants. Calories and sodium add up fast. Chow Mein itself amounts to way more than a day’s sodium requirements. The last time I had Chinese food, I ate a spring roll and a broccoli beef entree for lunch and shared the rest of the meal with my husband for dinner. It would have been easy to keep it all myself for lunch – and I would have felt miserable the rest of the day.
Have you ever heard someone say (or said yourself) “I don’t know why I can’t lose weight. I don’t eat that much.”? All it takes to realize what you’re eating is to write it down. Using the My Fitness Pal app on your smartphone makes it handy to keep track of what you eat, how much water you drink, and the amount of exercise you get.
Don’t like to exercise? Grow a garden of fruit and vegetables, and get your exercise that way. Working in the garden for only 30 minutes a day can burn off 167 calories for a 155-pound person and 200 calories for a 185-pound person.
Calories are stored as energy or stored as fat. Get rid of fat by drinking more water, consuming fewer calories than you burn, and eating good carbs and staying away from bad carbs.
I like what Pritikin.com says about good carbs vs. bad carbs. “Fill your daily diet with real food” and “steer clear of fake carbs.” A simple way to tell if it’s real or fake is whether it’s packaged or not. A mango or banana in its earthy and natural form is the better choice.
Mix mango or banana slices with a bowl of oatmeal (steel-cut oatmeal has a lower glycemic index). This is more nutritious than a bowl of cereal from a package.
It’s easier to lose weight by recording your daily food intake. Making a habit of eating raw fruit and vegetables, gardening for exercise, and keeping up with your daily calories, water, and exercise with an app will eventually show good results.