Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Weight Loss And Good Health Can Be As Simple As An Apple A Day But Explore More!

Losing weight is not easy but there are some helpers which make it tolerable. Open up the door to fruit! As part of the minimum daily requirement for health fruit and vegetables are our friends. Fresh, in season is best. Imagine my excitement to find this helpful information from the Best Fruit Now website. You can go there and check each month about the best and not so best fruits to buy. 

Here is what they are saying about March:

"March 2010 – Well February was certainly an interesting month in terms of weather. Extreme cold down in Florida, rains and cold in Mexico and California then the Mother of all quakes in Chile, all this has kept this fruit buyer on his toes! Suggestions for March include the fantastic Bartlett pear, unaffected by weather these golden treats are great NOW! Also suggested are Golden Pineapples, California Navels, and Mandarins all are running great quality and prices are down. Go out and buy Blueberries NOW as prices will be doubling shortly due to the Chilean Earthquake. For a specialty pick, consider the Maradol Papaya."

I would like to encourage you to take a look at this website and view this labor of love these nice people have accomplished.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Grilled Fish Tacos - Lo Cal Version - Worth Every Bite

Fish tacos are something that I had never heard of until my sister in law told me about them. I tried them at a local Mexican restaurant and they are really good. I found this recipe of the lean version of fish tacos. Thought I would share.

Grilled Fish Tacos
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon blackening or Cajun seasoning
3/4 pound firm white fish fillets (such as red snapper, halibut or striped bass)
4 fat-free flour tortillas
2 ounces Cabot 50% Reduced Fat Cheddar, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Optional toppings: fresh lime wedges, diced tomato, finely shredded red cabbage, sliced green onion, chopped fresh jalapeno, salsa

Freshly frozen, farm-raised fish is often a very economical option for those of us who don’t live with a seaport nearby. Check with your market’s fish department to find the best prices and quality.

1. Prepare and preheat grill.

2. Combine sour cream, cilantro and lime juice in a small bowl; set aside.

3. Sprinkle seasoning over fish. Cook fish on grill over medium-high heat just until opaque in center (about 2 to 5 minutes per side depending on thickness of fillets.) Transfer fish to bowl and flake into bite-size pieces with fork.

4. Place tortillas on grill and cook until lightly charred on both sides, about 20 seconds per side.

5. Divide fish among tortillas; top evenly with sour cream mixture and cheese. Serve with toppings, as desired.

Note: To prepare fish in the oven, place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray and bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until fish flakes with a fork.

Make it a Meal:
Serve with an avocado, mango and Bibb lettuce salad tossed in a light poppy seed dressing

Nutrition Analysis
Calories 370, Total Fat 11g, Saturated Fat 3g, Sodium 580mg, Carbohydrates 32g, Dietary Fiber 3g, Protein 31g, Calcium 200mg

Source: Cabot Cheese

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Little Things That Help A Lot With Weight Loss and Control

Awhile back there was a weight loss program which we tried. They had these wonderful light bars for weight loss and blood sugar control. The center went out of business with storefronts but still offer an online program. We ordered the light bars to help with the transition from a place called Diet Direct. The bars they offer are similar to the ones used at the center. The savings is significant, especially with percentages off promos. You can Check Out Diet Direct and see what they have to offer. Hope it helps. We all need all the help we can get in order to lose weight.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Raspberry Bars With Jiffy Raspberry Muffin Mix

Raspberry Bars

(6-9 Bars)

  • 1 pkg. "JIFFY" Raspberry Muffin Mix
  • 5 Tbsp. margarine or butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raspberry jam or preserves (filling)

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8" square pan.
Combine first four ingredients. Mix with fork until crumbly. Set aside 1/4 cup crumb mixture. Press remaining crumb mixture on bottom of prepared pan. Spread filling on top of mixture to within 1/2" from edge of pan. Sprinkle reserved crumb mixture over filling. Bake 24-28minutes or until lightly browned. Cool and cut.

I tried this recipe and was quite impressed. I used the all fruit style raspberry jam to keep it healthy. Also added more oats for the fiber. Very economical dessert and very delicious when served warm with lite ice cream or frozen yogurt, if can afford calories try frozen custard.