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Creative Breakfast Ideas Involving Fruit

The American Dietetic Association stresses not only the importance of breakfast, but the quality of breakfast foods consumed. A nutritious breakfast will give you a healthy start to your day. Fruit is one important food that should be included in ones breakfast as it is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants.

The following is a list of creative breakfast ideas involving fruit:

1. Spread peanut butter on a small pita and wrap it around a banana. Make sure you get your calcium with a large glass of cold milk.

2. Have a delicious waffle that is topped with berries and yogurt.

3. Fill a pita with fresh fruit and cottage cheese.

4. Have a scrambled egg or omelet sandwich with a tall glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Have a fresh banana with it.

5. For a light breakfast, have a muffin or English muffin with a fruit spread, a banana, and a glass of milk.

6. Have a fruit smoothie made in a blender. One recipe is:

Berry Banana Smoothie

Ingredients: 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut up 1/4 cup fresh or frozen berries (such as raspberries, blackberries and/or strawberries) 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

Preparation: Put the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

7. Have a delicious fruit salad. Cut up all your favorite fruits in a bowl. Add yogurt or honey. Add some granola on top. You can also try the following recipe:

Ingredients: 2 cups cubed cantaloupe 2 large red apples, chopped 1 cup red or green grapes 1 medium banana, sliced 1/2 cup lemon yogurt 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed orange juice

Preparation: In a bowl, combine the fruit and mix. Combine the yogurt and orange juice and sprinkle it over the fruit.

8. Make some pancakes and add fresh fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

9. Have a parfait that includes layering granola, yogurt, and fruit in a parfait dish.

10. Make a toasted bagel topped with cream cheese and fruit slices such as berries.

11. Have a healthy fruit Hodge Podge:


1 honeydew melon cut up into chunks 1 banana cut into pieces 1 apple cut into pieces apples 50g of a granola cereal 2 tablespoons yogurt

Combine all ingredients. You can also use your own favorite fruits.

12. You can try this Breakfast Fruit Cobbler:

2 Cups of fresh, canned or frozen fruit Place fruit in a baking dish sprayed with cooking oil.

2 Tablespoon sugar 1 Teaspoon cornstarch 2 Teaspoon water or (juice from the canned fruits) 1/2 Teaspoon lemon juice

Mix together and pour over fruit in dish.

1/2 Cup quick cooking oats 1/4 Cup all-purpose flour 1/4 Cup brown sugar 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon or (1/4 Teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 Teaspoon of nutmeg) 1/4 Cup cold butter

Preparation: Mix together cutting in the butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over fruit in dish. Bake at 375 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Makes 4 servings.

A nutritious breakfast includes fruit which is a great source of fiber. Being creative with your breakfasts will make your food more enjoyable and give you the necessary fuel to take on the day.


Italian Food - More Than Just Nourishment

Italian food is very popular in the United States, and rightly so. Italian dishes are simple, tasty, inexpensive and relatively healthy. No matter if you make roast, risotto, pasta, preserves, soups and sauces, there is something in the Italian menu for everyone.

For centuries, Italian cooking has been based upon one simple concept: Food tastes the best when it is cooked from scratch and the ingredients are in season. Many of the traditional Italian dishes that we know so well, such as pizza, were invented a few hundred years ago and sold on the streets of Italian cities such as Naples. How the pizza is made depends upon the region of the country, the season and what is available. This is true in other Italian dishes, too. Italian dishes of the north and south of Italy are very different and they use different types of cooking. In northern Italy, olive trees usually cannot grow, so it is more common to use butter for cooking instead of olive oil. Pasta, of course, is the most common staple of all Italian food. Italians are very adept at using tomatoes and pasta in very interesting ways! Olive oil and pasta are thought to be typical of cooking in southern Italy, and northern Italian food is more focused on butter and rice. Overall, good, authentic Italian food is about local ingredients and flavors, a simple but tasty sauce based upon tomato or cream, some parmesan cheese and authentic pasta from Italy.

One of the benefits of an Italian diet is that its key ingredients - olive oil, garlic, pasta, tomatoes and wine - have been shown over the years to lead to a healthy heart and good overall health. It is the proper balance of these key ingredients that makes real Italian food so appetizing. Also, even though ingredients such as basil, olive oil and garlic are important, the key to being a good Italian cook is to be creative. Italian cooking is very healthy, varied and nutritious. Many of the dishes from an Italian kitchen have been handed down over many centuries. These dishes maintain their connection to a rural Italian life of the past with dishes that are directly affected by what can be grown in the changing seasons.

Much of what we consider to be Italian food in the US came originally from the central part of Italy. Some of the products that come from central Italy include wonderful olive oil, tasty cheeses, marvelous cured meats and savory tomato sauces. Beef is found on tables in this area more often than other parts of Italy. In the Tuscan and Umbria areas, you even can get wild boar in some homes and restaurants. Also, both coasts in this area are the source of wonderful seafood, while the interior of central Italy has more rugged and simple traditional Italian food. In the area of Tuscany, we find where much traditional Italian cooking first started, which was at the court of the Medici family centuries ago. This part of Italy is the home to great olive oils, cheese made form sheep milk and really tasty roasted meats. Florence is very well known for its steak called alla fiorentina. Also very famous in Florence is a vegetable soup that is called ribollita, and also fagioli al fiasco, which has oil, onions and herbs. This dish is cooked in a bottle on a fire of coal. Seafood that is very good in this area includes a dish of red mullet called triglie, and a fish soup that is called cacciucco alla livornese.

As you can see, traditional Italian cooking offers simplicity, great taste and affordability. Give it a try!


Dining Tips: Food And Wine Pairing Basics

Wines have always been and will always be something that symbolizes romance, love and elegance. You can enjoy wine on its own, when you are having a party, give it away as a gift to a special friend, or as party favors like wine wedding favors to cap off a romantic wedding event.

However, as with any other beverage, it is best if you can find the perfect food pair for the drink. A cold can of beer is great with pizza, and a plate loaded with nachos and chips is perfect with a can of ice cold soda. For wine, there are some factors that you have to consider so your food and wine pairing will be perfect as well.

Generally, white wines work well with seafood and meals with cream sauce or mild cheeses. Red wines on the other hand works well with meats, grilled food and other equally heavy meals. The basic rule of thumb is, light wines go with light food choices, while heavy wines go with heavy food choices. Wines are definitely not your appetizers or side dishes. Wine tends to be the star once it is present in any meal so it is important to note that any meal that is to be paired with the wine should not overpower the flavor of the drink.

The use of the right wine glass is also important. For such elegant occasions, presentation is important as well since taste is often influenced by perception. The right glass for the right wine will truly show the quality and intensity of the wine. By placing it in an ordinary glass or in the wrong wine glass, you will cheapen the image of the wine for your dinner guests.

A fun and fool proof way create the perfect pairing is by heading off to your local restaurant because some of them offer menus that are already paired with the proper wine choice. You can also learn and it will really be informative when the waiter explains to you the pairings and gives you ideas you can use at home.

Most of all, wine and food pairings are meant to be enjoyed. When you get to learn the basics, you can just whip up any meal and instantly find the best wine to go with it. With this information at hand, you can easily create romantic candlelit dinners with the perfect food and wine pairings.


Running Tips - Cereal Makes A Great Food For Runners

Runners need to be aware of what they are eating to make sure that they are getting the right foods. This is important for several reasons. Two important reasons are having enough energy to get through your runs and for muscle recovery afterwards. Cereal is one of the foods that you can eat that will meet these needs. Read on to find out more about the wonderful things about cereal and why it is so good for runners.

One of the best cereals that runners can eat is oatmeal. Oatmeal is made up almost exclusively of oats - which are natural grains which are very good for you. It is a super source of carbohydrates - which runners need for energy. In addition to carbs, oatmeal also has protein and fiber. Protein is needed by runners for muscle recovery after those harder runs. One of the fiber nutrients found in oatmeal is one that has been shown to reduce bad cholesterol.

Also, as a side note to oatmeal - oatmeal is a food that will fill you up and keep you feeling full. That's why so many runners eat oatmeal as their meal before a long run or race. It stays with you.

Cold cereal is also good for you. Many cold cereals have been fortified with many vitamins and minerals. But, make sure that you are choosing a cereal that is not full of sugar - the exception of this is if the cereal has dried fruit in it. This will show up as sugar content. Also, cold cereal is good because as you add milk to it - you are also getting calcium needed for strong and healthy bones.

Granola is also another cereal food that is good for you - if you watch the fat content. It is full of many healthy whole grains. Granola makes a perfect afternoon snack when you need a little extra something to get through the day.

As you can see, cereal is a food that is good for runners - and very quick and easy to prepare. It's not just for breakfast - many friends of mine will have a bowl of cereal as their noontime meal or in the evening when they may be short on time or don't want a heavy meal before turning in. However and whenever you choose to eat it, cereal is a great choice as a meal to get needed nutrients.


Adding a Little Crunch to Your Brunch with Egg Muffins

The summer is the perfect time to have a brunch party. It is earlier in the day so the heat will not be unbearable and easy finger foods are a great way to keep things light and simple. For your next brunch party try this delicious recipe for Egg Muffins. Egg muffins combined with Cheese Crisps is the perfect gourmet snack for an afternoon with friends and mimosas.

These delicious and easy finger foods take about 45 minutes to prepare and bake. Another great thing about them is that they are low in fat and calories, but high in protein. This recipe makes enough for about six muffins, but the recipe can be doubled to accommodate more guests.

4 Eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheese
1/4 cup Mushrooms
1/4 cup yellow peppers
1/4 cup onions
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup John Wm. Macy's Melting Romano CheeseCrips

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
2.Line a muffin tin with muffin cups and spray with olive oil.
3.In a separate bowl mix together eggs, cheese, mushrooms, yellow peppers, onions, salt and pepper.
4.Pour mixture to the halfway mark in the muffin cups.
5.Bake for 25 to 35 minutes.
6.Remove muffins from the oven. Wait to cool for about five minutes and sprinkle crushed cheese crisps on the top of each muffin.
7.Serve and enjoy!

The best thing about this easy finger food recipe is its ability to adapt to a variety of tastes and textures. To make this gourmet snack heartier try adding pieces of bacon or turkey sausage. You can also add a variety of spices such as garlic, red pepper flakes or basil. Anything that pairs nicely with eggs will go great in this simple finger food recipe.

Easy Party Food Recipe: Chickenless Buffalo Wings

As the summer months approach so does the need to find recipes that are lighter and healthier. For many people this means quick, easy appetizers with some modifications to their traditional recipes. One of our personal favorites is "Chickenless" Buffalo wings. This recipe is a great idea for a summer cookout and makes a wonderful and easy party food.

Tempeh, an Indonesian fermented soybean food that is low in fat and calories, is used to replace the chicken. It is more solid than Tofu and has a stronger texture, which gives off a more chicken like feel. This quick and easy appetizer takes only about 40 minutes to prepare and to cook. It is the perfect option for a lighter and unique alternative to mundane and easy party foods.

8 oz package of Tempeh
1/3 cup soy or skim milk
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp basil leaves
1 tsp paprika
1 clove garlic
Pepper to taste
1 cup crushed Romano Garlic CheeseSticks
Wing Sauce:
1/2 cup Buffalo wing sauce of choice
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon ketchup

1.Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to boil.
2.Cut tempeh into individual slices. If this is your first time eating tempeh, I would recommend cutting it into thin strips to reduce any texture issues. After the tempeh has been sliced, add to the boiling water and let cook for 15 minutes.
3.Set out three medium sized bowls. In the first bowl add the milk. In the second bowl add the flour, salt, basil, paprika, garlic, pepper and CheeseSticks. In the third bowl combine the Buffalo wing sauce, butter, and ketchup.
4.When the tempeh has been boiled, rinse in strainer with cold water. Then dip the cooked tempeh in the three bowls starting with the milk, followed by the dry mixture and ending with the wing sauce.
5.Place the tempeh on a greased baking pan and cook each side for 10 minutes.

This easy party food can be served in several ways. Chop the wings into individual chunks and serve it in a salad for a lighter appetizer. If you would like to serve this as a meal, simply pair the wings with lettuce, tomatoes, and a blue cheese sauce for great buffalo wraps. This easy party food recipe is sure to be a big hit in the summer months!


How Getting Diet Meals Delivered Can Save You Money

Thinking about getting your diet meals delivered to kick-start your weight loss? Diet delivery services are perfect for busy people wanting to lose weight - pretty much everything is done for you.

The portions are pre-calculated so you naturally slim down. The food is prepared to taste delicious so you don't feel deprived. You don't have to shop, wash or prepare the food - you just heat and eat (and of course lose weight.)

While getting diet meals delivered is simple and easy - did you know it can also save you money?

Sure, it's going to save you money on your health bills since a slimmer body is generally a healthier body. But it can actually save you money right now.

How? Here are several ways diet meal delivery can save you money:

#1 It Costs Less Than What Most People Spend on Food Every Day

Some experts say that people spend from $20 - $30 on food a day (and maybe more when you include eating out, getting your daily latte, coffee break snacks etc.) But a lot of diet food delivery services will send you breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack for around $20 a day - and some even less than that.

In fact, there's one of the simpler diet delivery services that costs around $11 a day. Over a month, this adds up to a lot of money saved.

These services can do this because they buy food in bulk so some of these savings get passed on to you - in the form of cheaper food prices.

#2 You Save By Skipping the Grocery Store

How many times have you gone into the grocery store for just "a couple of things" and come out with an entire cart full of food? I know I have.

No you're not weak-willed. Grocery stores are masters of manipulation. They'll put the flashy fun deals at the ends of aisles so you have to look at them as you pass.

They set up the "essentials" like milk, bread, meat and fruit on the perimeter of the store - so you have to walk through the whole store (and past all those candy aisles) just to get your basics.

Why do they do this?

Because it's actually a proven fact that the longer a customer stays in the store, the more they spend. They want you go stay in there for as long as possible so you spend more (casinos also use this trick by the way).

But when you're getting your meals delivered to you, there's not as much need to go to the grocery store - so you save money on all those little extras you would have purchase if you had gone.

#3 You Save On Gas

Since you're not travelling to the grocery store a few times a week, you also save on gas. This may not seem like a lot, but with gas prices climbing, it can actually add up.

Another way you save with getting your diet meals delivered is in your time.

Since you're not spending hours in the kitchen you actually have more time. Time to do things you enjoy like relax and unwind from your day, time to spend with your kids or your significant other - even time to work and make even more money.

So those are a few ways diet meal delivery services can save you money.

Here's another tip: Some of these services offer you free food when you first try their services. I've seen services offer 1 day of free meals up to 2 weeks of free meals with your first sign-up. This is another great way to save!

So if you're looking for a great way to save money and lose weight - while eating delicious food that's already prepared for you, you may want to consider getting your diet meals delivered by one of the high quality diet food delivery services.


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