The eating frenzy began at Halloween and will now continue through the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. But the parties and eating won’t end then, as we will still be feasting until the Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day are over. But don’t worry, it isn’t necessary to hibernate during all of the festivities to avoid packing on those extra pounds. There are easy ways to change your behavior and still enjoy yourself without becoming an unofficial member of the holiday weight-gainers club. Continue reading
Are you trying to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume? If so, make sure to take a look at what you’re drinking. Soda, juice, sports drinks, energy drinks, and other beverages contain lots of sugar – and few nutrients that we need. Here are the amounts of sugar in some common sugary drinks, along with some alternatives that don’t contain sugar.
What’s your favorite dried fruit? While dried grapes, better known as raisins, are the most popular dried fruit, dates and dried plums or prunes are also at the top the list. But the choices don’t end there. Continue reading
This time of year is perfect for baking – the warmth in your home, the smell in your kitchen, and the sweet flavors of delicious treats to share with friends and family. Dark, sticky molasses adds a sweet, almost smoky flavor to cookies and cakes, plus it pairs perfectly with winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg! Continue reading
The first week of November is National Fig Week – so what better time than now to talk about figs! A fig is a soft, sweet fruit often used to make jam and chutney. A fully developed fig features bell or pear shape with succulent flesh inside. Fig trees actually have no blossoms on their branches; the blossom is inside of the fruit! Many tiny flowers produce the crunchy little edible seeds that give figs their unique texture. Continue reading