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Read the food labels

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This past weekend was Superbowl and our family was ready to enjoy some of our favorite snack foods.  Trying to keep it somewhat healthy our daughter purchased a spinach veggie-dip with pumpernickel bread.  It looked so appetizing.

However,  upon reading the ingredients on the container I was dismayed at what I discovered.  To my utter amazement I discovered CHICKEN FAT as one of the ingredients.  Wow!  I certainly was not expecting that in a veggie-dip.  Needless to say, we ate the pumpernickel bread minus the spinach dip!

It is a reminder to be an informed consumer. Too often, we get caught up in the pretty packaging.  If it looks healthy, then it must be alright to eat!  Unfortunately, that is not the case.

This one surprised me! Remember read the labels and don’t be fooled by marketing tactics and pretty designs.

 

 

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It’s a Fish Kinda day!

salmon-picI can’t say that I am very fond of fish, in fact, I would say for the most part, I avoid it at all costs.

Growing up fish was either from a can (tuna) or covered in batter (halibut with chips).  Once in a while Dad would make a white sauce with parsley to enhance some pan-fried fish that Mom would make.  This is the only way I enjoyed fish and ate it.

When I met my husband’s family for the first time they served broiled salmon with a wedge of lemon with green beans and rice.  Not wanting to make a fuss I managed to wash it down with several glasses of apple juice.

Fast forward to present day, you will now see tins of tuna and red salmon in the pantry shelf along with frozen salmon fillets in my freezer.  Yes, somehow I succumbed to the pressure of eating more fish.  After reading many articles and books about the health benefits of fish(heart health, brain food, eye improvement, skin enhancer etc.) I decided it was worth introducing it as part of our family meal plan.

At first, I tried hiding the fish in casseroles, and cream cheese pates but little by little I began to enjoy the flavor of it and no longer need to “hide it”.  Today, not only do  I enjoy eating fish, I enjoy catching fish and eating them!  A few of my favorites are perch, sunfish, bass and even catfish (I know, right?).

If you are not a big fan of fish, give it a try!  Your body will love you for it! Bon Appetit!
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Get shapely with your food!

Why not kick your food up a notch and add some shape to it!

Since we’re celebrating “love” for the month of February grab your cookie cutters and start cutting your food into fun shapes. I will be focusing on heart shapes as, it represents love and life.   If you have kids or grand children I am sure they would love to help you out.  Enjoy it and have some fun!

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