Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Home made Pizza

I like keeping ingredients in for this for those I don't feel like cooking nights. Since you are making it yourself you can make it very healthy.

1. Dough, lets see, whatever tickles your fancy!
Italian bread sliced in half
pita bread
Tortilla bread
English Muffins
Pretty much whatever you can think up or whatever is on sale that week.

2. Part Skim Mozzerella
Sometimes I shred my own to save money. Just shred it when you get home and toss it in
the fridge.

3. Tomato Sauce
I use spaghetti sauce, or you can use pizza sauce. Pizza sauce is a little thicker so less chance
of the bread turning soggy.

4. Seasoning
I use garlic salt and oregano

5. Veggies of your choice
I like tomatoes, purple onion (sliced thin), sweet peppers, muchrooms (canned workds best)
Green peppers (sliced thin.)

If you are using italian bread or english muffins toast them in the oven first 350 for a few minutes keep a close eye on them so they don't over toast.

Add Sauce, then cheese, then veggies, and then finally veggies!

I put it in the oven broiler this cooks the cheese brown and bubbly! It only takes 5 to 10 minutes. Depending on your choice of "dough" just keep a close eye on it!!



Blueberry Shake

Ok for this one I'm not giving exact amounts. Just play with it and adjust to you and your family's tast.

1. Blueberry pomegranite juice - I usually buy the minute maid brand, I have found it is the
least expensive. Yes it's a little more then most budgets would allow but considering the
health benefits this is one of those things I do splurge on.

2. Vanilla Yogurt around a cup

3. Bananas - one or two

4. Frozen berries

5. Splash or drizzle of honey

put all ingredients in blender and blend. There you have it. You may want to make it a little sweater by adding some canned fruit in light syrup. Play with it. have fun!! Enjoy and hey no guilt! Packed full of vitamins, nutrients, and fiber!!

Cinnamon and Blueberry's very Healthful!!

Reasons to love Cinnamon:
1. Is believed to help lower blood sugar levels. A specific chemical (MHCP) found in cinnamon
mimics the action of insulin in your body and helps control blood sugar levels.

2. In studies Cinnamon has been shown to help reduce triglycerides and bad cholesterol.

3. Peps up digestion. Adding some cinnamon to your meals could help relieve frequent

You don't need large quantities of cinnamon to get it's benefits. About 1/2 tsp a day will be enough.

You want to try not adding it with alot of sugar. I know the recipe I posted is for a sweat treat, but hey we all need them sometimes. Just sprinkle it on your toast in the morning, on your cereal, in your yogurt, on some meats. Be creative.

Benefits of Blueberry's

Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with the aging process. Fresh fruits, including blueberries, and vegetables contain many of these naturally occurring antioxidants such as Vitamins C and E. Blueberries contain 14 mg of Vitamin C and 0.8 mg Vitamin E per 1 cup of blueberries. In addition, blueberries contain anthocyanins and phenolics that can also act as antioxidants. Based on data from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (Boston, MA), blueberries are among the fruits with the highest antioxidant activity. Using a test called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers have shown that a serving of fresh blueberries provides more antioxidant activity than many other fresh fruits and vegetables.

This article is from US Highbush Blueberries Council web page

The health benefits associated with blueberries include improved eyesight, stronger blood vessels,reduced risk of heart disease, reduced risk of urinary tract infections, better memory performance.
Blueberries are also great for reaching and maintaining a healthy weight level. They are considered low calerie.

These are all things I have read and learned over the years. Adding these types of food to your diet is very healthy and can help you. However this is not medical advice! If you have any condition adding these foods with your doctor's permission can help, not replace what you are currently doing. Of course if you don't have any medical condition, being aware of what you eat could help keep you from developing one. Again I am just a stay at home mom. I have been reading about nutrition for years. I believe very much in homeopathic remedies. These are just my beliefs. Yes I know this little note is sort of like caution coffee is hot and may burn you! But you know how it is now a days!


Easy Blueberry Muffin Rolls

1 12.4 oz package (8) refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and well-drained
1/3 cup blueberry preserves
1 tsp finely shreddred lemon peel

1. Lightly grease sixteen 2 1/2 inch muffin cups. Remove cinnamon rolls from package, set icing
aside. Cut each cinnamon roll in half crosswise. Press a roll half in bottom and about 1/2 inch
up the side of each muffin cup.

2. In a small bowl stir together blueberries, preserves, and lemon peel.
spoon filling into muffin cups.

3. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 12 minutes or until golden. Cool in muffin cups on wire rack
for 5 minutes. Remove from muffin cups and place on wire rack. Cool for 5 minutes.

4. Place icing from the package in a small bowl. If neccessary, stir in a little milk to make icing of
drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over rolls. serve rolls warm Makes 16 rolls.

Heart Healthy Cooking

Heart Healthy Cooking TipsBy: Dev.

Taking care of the old ticker requires exercise and a decent diet. There's simply no substitute for either. We'll leave the aerobic concerns to more informed minds and stick to the stuff that goes in the gut, namely the heart healthy foods everyone needs to stay fit, and the heart healthy cooking techniques that keep them that way. There's no substitute for either of those either.Low saturated fat, low cholesterol dishes are what we're after here, and hold the butter and other added fats. The unhappy fact is that certain ingredients and preparation methods can add unwanted saturated fat and cholesterol to your food.One can bake without fear, broil to the heart's content and microwave all day (just don't stand too close). Poaching is cool and steaming is even better. Seafood, chicken and vegetables are all good candidates for grilling. Lightly stir-frying or sautéing foods in cooking spray, small mounts of vegetable oil or reduced sodium broth are other healthy options. When roasting even skinless meats it's wise to place meats on a rack so fat can drip away.There are lots of ways to cut out unwanted saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet that don't take the fun and flavor out of meal time. Butter is not your friend, what with its 8 grams of saturated fat and 11 grams of fat per tablespoon. Salsa is your good buddy though, with 0 grams of saturated fat and 0 cholesterol found in 1/4 of a cup. Creamy salad dressings are notoriously loaded with the bad stuff, while a reduced fat Italian sports only 2 grams of fat and tastes just as good.There are many fine and tasty herbs, spices and condiments that can add zest to some of the more bland heart health dishes. Herbs include oregano, basil, cilantro, thyme, parsley, sage, rosemary. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper and paprika are all acceptable spices. Along with the reduced fat or nonfat salad dressing and salsa there are old standbys like mustard, catsup, horseradish, reduced fat or nonfat mayonnaise, reduced fat or nonfat sour cream, reduced fat or nonfat yogurt and reduced sodium soy sauce. That's to say nothing of Parmesan cheese, fruit preserves and simple red pepper flakes, none of which will harm you heart.And there you have it. With a little planning, a bit of knowledge and a smidge of extra effort anyone, can eat right for their heart without giving up a healthy enjoyment of food.
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