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A great breakfast alternative to the old standbys – You’re gonna Flip!

Chobani 2I’m sorry to say that you breakfast skippers have no more excuses. I found the answer to your “I don’t like quick breakfast foods, and I don’t have time to make a real breakfast” line that I’m always hearing. It’s a great on-the-go, quick, healthy, “office” snack (that’s where I’m eating it at the moment).  It’s called Chobani Flip. I’m not a fan of plugging products. However, when I see something worth telling you about, I don’t mind doing it. And this little yogurt cup is packed with enough nutritional goodness, that it’s definitely worth mentioning.Chobani Flip

Five AWESOME reasons to replace sour cream with Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is a great snack that has really gained popularity over the past few years! Its great taste, thick and creamy texture, and protein-packed nutrition profile is a winning combination. The thing about Greek yogurt that people tend to forget is what a really versatile substitute is it. It can be used in place of more fattening (and much less nutritious) products, let’s say for example, sour cream.

Here are five reasons to sour on sour cream and cozy up to the Greek yogurt:

Polenta – The forgotten side dish

You’ve seen this stuff in the grocery store (usually over by the produce or soy section). It comes in a convenient tube. Of course, you can by the instant version or make it from scratch. I made some last night, and while I was doing so it occurred to me that I often choose a starchy side like pasta, beans, potatoes, or rice because I know my kids will eat it. I rarely think of polenta, and I should.

Summer bean dishes

As promised…

I chose these two recipes because they are simple, quick, can be served either room temperature or chilled, remind me of summer, and taste delicious. In fact, there will most likely be at least one vegetarian to any pot luck or picnic you’re invited to, and these dishes will satisfy them AND the meat lovers! The basic recipes are provided below, but I usually add things like green or yellow peppers, jalapeños, onions, even mushrooms. The great thing about recipes like this is that you can use up whatever you might have left in the crisper and it will taste great.. probably!

Beans, beans, the musicial fruit…

I saw a co-worker in the break room the other day taking Beano before enjoying some really good-smelling Mexican food. And I thought, hey I should write about beans! Everyone loves them, they taste great, they’re good for you, they’re cheap, and they’re versatile – they can be the main dish or the side.

What eggs should I buy?

A reader submitted this question earlier this week (which I love, so please don’t forget to submit ideas or questions to me). There are so many different kinds of eggs out there right now – cage-free, organic, the store brand… which ones are the best? It depends on what you want.

Eggs are a staple in my home, they are so nutritious, filling, economical, versatile, and delicious. In general, a large egg contains: 70 calories, 1-2 gram of saturated fat (4-5 total fat), 180-215 mg of cholesterol, 65 mg of naturally-occurring sodium, 0 carbs, 6 grams of protein, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Asparagus is in season

I LOVE asparagus, regardless of what it does to your pee (ick!). Right now, asparagus is in season and makes a wonderful addition to your dinner table. Although, technically you can find it in the stores all year round, it’s best when in season because you can grab it locally-grown at the grocery store or, better yet, at the farmer’s market.

Ode to the apple

Have you ever wondered why I chose the apple as the logo for this site? Probably not. But there was another reason beside it being round and fits in ever so nicely as the replacement for the “o” in “on” in the site header. The reason is because, although I’ve told you plenty of times that there is no magic bullet for diabetes and weight management, if there ever was a candidate, it’d be that little guy that would get my vote.  It’s not just a coincidence that the apple was chosen for the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You think I’m joking? I want to share a little story that I heard from a friend of mine, who is a pharmacist.

Diabetics CAN have bananas!

Stop talking smack on bananas (and don’t even get me started on carrots)!

Let me tell you a little bit about the banana and then you can tell me why you can’t have it. I have heard it all – “they are too starchy”, “they have too much sugar”, or “they are in the ‘white’ group my doctor told me to stay away from.” This poor fruit did nothing to deserve the name calling I hear every day.

For a medium sized banana we get about:

  • 80-90 calories
  • ~22 grams of carb
  • ~3 grams of fiber

How to choose the best olive oil

Since I’m on a role this week with the Omega-3’s and plant fats, I thought I’d do a little research and tell you how to choose the best olive oil. I was at Trader Joe’s the other day, and the price, selection, and size of the olive oils was overwhelming. I just thought you had to look for extra virgin olive oil to get the best, didn’t you? Here are some things I found…

You want an oil that has not been chemically processed. That is, the “juice” from the olive oil has been extracted by mechanical means. Oils labeled “light”, “pumace”, or just plain “olive oil” have been, at least to some capacity, chemically refined.