Easter is right around the corner! And from my perspective, spring can’t come fast enough. With thoughts of warm breezes and spring flowers, we start changing our meals patterns from hearty soups and stews to fresh vegetables, salads and lighter fare. Nutritious and healthy foods are top of mind for kids as well as for families. Nutrition messages are everywhere.
It really is pretty straight forward, eat more fruits and vegetables, choose your protein sources wisely, eat whole grains, make sure you get enough calcium and everything in moderation…oh and get some exercise!
What are you making for Easter brunch? I have included some favorites Overnight Egg Casserole (make ahead so fast and easy on Easter morning) , Tropical Fruit Sunshine Bread and Blueberry Muffins…just add fresh fruit and your brunch is complete! Plenty of protein to compensate for all the Easter basket candy!
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 cups soynuts (homemade or store-bought)
- 1 cup turbinado sugar
- Combine honey and butter, bring to a boil.
- Add soynuts. Reduce heat to low and cook 2 minutes.
- Spread mixture on a baking sheet; cool.
- Break into chunks; toss with turbinado sugar to coat each chunk.
- Let dry completely before placing in airtight container.
- Yield: 2 cups. Serving size: ¼ cup.
- CALORIES 232 (31% from fat); FAT 8g (sat 2g, mono 1.1g, poly 0.1g); PROTEIN 8.3g; CARBOHYDRATE 33g; FIBER 1g; CHOLESTEROL 8mg; IRON 1.5mg; SODIUM 65mg; CALCIUM 47mg;
TSP. You may not know the significance of those three letters or what it can mean for your diet, but cooking with Textured Soy Protein (TSP) is a very convenient and economical way to get more protein iron and calcium, without all the fat and cholesterol, into your daily meals.
TSP is made from soy flour that is formed into small pieces about the size and shape of browned ground beef or small chunks about the size and shape of meat cut for stew. Unlike meat, the product is usually dried and can be stored on the cupboard shelf to be used at any time….
February is the month to remember to take a look at your health. Every February since 1964, American Heart Month has encouraged citizens to take action in controlling their health. Do you know your blood pressure and cholesterol numbers, do you have diabetes, and are you overweight or physically inactive?
Heart disease is still the number one killer in America. Take time this month to evaluate your health and see if you need to take action. Certainly one of the easier things to do is to eat healthier and soy protein is heart healthy. It’s a protein that can help lower cholesterol as well as having very low saturated fat content and nutrient dense. It’s easier than ever to start adding soy to your diet and everyday meals.
The following recipes are quick, easy, delicious and healthy. See how easy it is to add soy protein to meals. Start today by eating healthier to show how much your loved ones mean to you.
The Winter Olympics are also taking place in February. Get motivated to get moving…just think how many calories you could consume if you expended that many calories on a daily basis! And your vital numbers would look fabulous!
Happy American Heart Month!
From My Kitchen to Yours-
Wonderful Sour Cream Cookies
Since not all of us can head to down warm, sunny Miami for the Super Bowl this February, many of us will be hosting or attending a Super Bowl party from the comfort of our living room. Everyone knows the Super Bowl isn’t just about football; it’s also about food, friendship and indulging a bit….
The holidays are over and winter is in full swing. This is the time we start thinking about our hopes, dreams and goals for the New Year. I usually write down a few goals and from time to time as the new year unfolds evaluate my progress. I also make a personal and professional “to do” lists and then start checking them off during the year. It provides me with a bit of a road map and a sense of accomplishment as I check them off (I’m a list junky).
Better health is usually on my list. My guess is health and things to do with health are usually one of the top goals for most. If you are reading this column, it is no surprise that I encourage all of you to begin incorporating soy into your diet.
If you are a woman and have been reluctant to do so because you are confused about the relationship between soy and breast cancer then this New Year brings especially good news. A just-published study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found that consuming soy may actually improve the prognosis of breast cancer patients. More specifically, among the more than 5000 Chinese breast cancer patients in this study, those who consumed the most soyfoods (about 1 ½ or 2 servings per day) were about 30 percent less likely to die from breast cancer or to experience breast cancer recurrence over a four-year period compared to patients with the lowest intake of soy….