…to make Christmas Chutney!

Yes folks, it’s getting near that time again when we all go crazy trying to get gifts bought and wrapped, get the house decorated, preparing for guests to arrive and preparing all the food and cooking our favorite meal for Christmas dinner, whatever it may be.

And how many of us wish it were all over before it even arrives?  We all look forward to the holidays, but we’re completely exhausted by the time all is said and done because of all the preparation we need to do before the big day.

The best thing to do is try and get ahead of the game.  I know it’s all easier said than done, but I have found that it really helps.  If you do a lot of baking for Christmas, get as much of it as you can done early.  Making cookies?  Make up…

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So you’ve decided to embark on a healthy eating plan.  It starts off quite well, you lose a few pounds and then suddenly you find it’s not working.

Why is it that your diet and exercise plans never seem to work?  Possibly because you’re unwittingly undoing all your best efforts.

The British Nutrition Foundation identified more than 100 factors that influence our weight.  Many of the tips they offered were fairly obvious, such as eating smaller portions or not eating ready-made meals.  Here’s a few habits that might actually surprise you…

What’s that in your shopping cart?

Cereal.  A U.S. study found breakfast cereal sweetened with sugar left overweight participants hungry before lunchtime and they consumed more calories a day than those given an egg as the protein kept them full.  Egg eaters also had significantly lower levels of ghrelin, a hormone that stimulates appetite.

White bread.  Too many refined…

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Katie at the Kitchen Door

When the folks over at Greatist asked if I’d be interested in coming up with a healthified version of a chocolate milkshake to celebrate National Chocolate Milkshake Day, this recipe immediately popped into my head.  From Lucid Food, which I reviewed earlier this year, this “surprisingly refreshing” (to quote the bf) drink manages to mimic a chocolate milkshake without the primary ingredient – chocolate ice cream.  Instead, it uses cocoa powder and skim milk for a super chocolaty milk base, made frothy and cold by the addition of frozen blueberries.  Chocolate and blueberries may not be a classic combination, but I’m a fan, as evidenced by this chocolate and blueberry galette I made a few years ago.  Finished off with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a touch of maple syrup, this smoothie makes a perfect healthy dessert or post-workout treat.

In other healthy, Greatist-worthy news, I finished my first…

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9-11…….WE WILL NE ER FORGET!!!!!!




QUICK….fruit and cottage cheese with flaxseed! This was my energy breakfast today…so yummy, refreshing ! Cottage cheese Strawberries sliced Black figs sliced And sprinkle with flaxseed. Flaxseed adds such a great nutty flavor.