Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Big News (And Tips For Not Pigging Out At Parties)

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on February 1, 2011 ][ In Diet Tips and Better Eating Ideas ]

I am happy to announce that my blog will now appear Wednesdays on jonesboro.com, a new website developed by Occasions Magazine with all kinds of information about Jonesboro, Ar.  I am happy to bring my blog to new readers and hope they will find some useful information.  Jonesboro.com has local events, movie listings, business information, etc.  Just about anything you would want to know about Jonesboro can be found on this site.  I hope you will check it out.

The Super Bowl is this weekend and I know many of you are planning to host a party or go to one.  We are planning to have a small gathering this year so I’m thinking of food to serve.  I love party food!  I love cheese dip and chips, margaritas or martinis, pigs in a blanket, cookies, brownies and more!  However, I realize I can’t just eat all I want of every bad food there is.  Choices will have to be made but that doesn’t mean you can’t eat well and sensibly at the same time.

I will have a fruit tray.  Fruit gives you that nice sweet taste but some fiber and vitamins too.  I must have a Mexican Layered Dip.  It is one of my favorite things and yes, I will eat it with chips but it has beans for fiber, tomatoes, avocados and onions for antioxidants and more vitamins.  This dip does have sour cream but I will use the low fat kind at least.  I haven’t made up my mind about wings yet.  I don’t have a tried and true recipe for wings and I’ve only made some once which were OK but not worth a repeat.  If I do make wings, they will be cooked in the oven, not fried and will be coated in picante sauce and honey, a new recipe I’m contemplating.  I may make stuffed mushrooms, empanadas or brushetta.  So many possibilities.  By Thursday, I will have made up my mind so I will publish the rest of the party menu.

Here are some tips for not eating the whole hog at your Super Bowl party.
1.  Fill your plate only once, no seconds and try not to heap food so it’s falling off the plate.
2.  Choose things like fresh fruit, salsas, raw veggies or chili.
3.  Avoid too much cheese dip or other dips made with cheese and mayo.
4.  Have one dessert not a sampler platter.  Eat two or three cookies or a brownie.
5.  Watch the game and stay away from the area where the food is served.
6. Limit the alcohol intake to no more than two reasonably sized drinks as much for your waistline as for your ability to drive home safely.
7.  Have only one soda then switch to water.  Same for the alcohol.

Eat a decent, light lunch with plenty of fiber before the party.  If you are not starving before you get to the party, you won’t be as likely to eat out of control.  Take a nice long walk or go to the gym for a pregame workout too.

An update on our weekly dinner menus.  Last Thursday I posted our dinner for Saturday as sloppy joes with broccoli.  Since both of our kids were not home for dinner due to a change in plans, Barry and I ate out at a Mexican restaurant.  We had the sloppy joes dinner last night.  Part of this week’s menu follows.
Tuesday – Cranberry Chicken, rice and sauteed sugar snap peas.
Wednesday – Creamy tacos and a green salad.

Upadated on February 1, 2011

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