Snacks for dinner

With this summer heat, do you find yourself looking for the easiest, tastiest, and most fun way to get dinner on the table tonight? Something that you and the rest of the family will eat and enjoy?

The answer lies in snacks. Yes, snacks.

Gather up all the fresh fruit, veggies, crackers, breads, cheeses, meats, spreads, and dips that you’ve got lying around your kitchen, throw them all onto a big ol’ platter, and go to town on these endless snacking possibilities. A little creativity and some clever combinations will get you a lot farther than you think.

The best part? No utensils required.

Do you plan, shop for and partially prep the coming week’s dinners Sunday night?

Do you anxiously await coming home from work to cook your luxurious dinner?

Or do you drags your feet home after a long, strenuous day, desperately wanting to fall to your knees and lift your arms up to the dinner gods in the hopes that they will send you something delicious for you to eat on your couch?

If you’re the kind of person who lacks patience or energy to come home and whip up an impressive dinner (even if it’s on the sheet pan, or only requires one dish) every night, then you are the perfect candidate for the snack dinner.

A snack dinner is the ultimate solution for dinner that doesn’t sacrifice good food.The beauty of a snack dinner is customization and itrequires barely any preparation or prolonged commitment. Assemble a gathering of your favorite dips, spreads, butters, fruits, veggies, toasts, nuts, cheeses, meats, and pickles. If you can snack it, you can have it!

Assemble all your components on anything, it could be a fancy platter or a paper plate.Gather a variety of components to complete your snack dinner, you get the best of all worlds. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, and before you know it, you’ve just consumed the most diverse dinner full of unexpected combinations . Another plus to this dinner is that it’s super kid-friendly.Kids love this fun, build-your-own style supper.

Start with some baseline dips that will serve as a hearty foundation for this dinner. Black bean hummus, tzatziki, guacamole, or a yogurt-tahini sauce. Fresh, flavorful dips like these taste good with just about everything. Add to this plenty of freshly cut veggies and fruit, and maybe some crackers or crusty bread for a starchier bite.

A crucial component to the snack dinner is cheese—use whatever cheese you have on hand, from sharp cheddar, to soft goat or Brie cheese. If you want to make it more “upscale” add some charcuterie to pair with the cheese. You can even toss in a handful of nuts and/or your favorite nut butter.

To add a touch of sweetness to this easy dinner see if you have some jam, chutney, or honey in your larder a little bit of one of these will go a long way.

All in all, this should not be a dinner that you’re planning/shopping for in advance and breaking the bank for the finest and most well-coordinated components. While a fancy, intentionally curated cheese board is great if you’re hosting a party, the snack dinner is all about making use of the odds and ends you already have, and that you know you like to eat. Throw it all together, don’t bother with plates or utensil, and start munching.

Benefits of magnesium

I have a lot to do today! Classes, interviews, rowing, and the usual work and errands.
I’m usually pretty easy going and I go with the flow.  But today II think I need a little extra help.
Did you know that nearly 50% of the US population is deficient in magnesium?
Did you know that low magnesium means you don’t absorb Vitamin D as well?

Those are just two of the reasons why we all need Magnesium.
You know how when you feel stressed, your muscles become tense? This is because your nervous system releases hormones and then your heart pounds faster, along with faster breathing patterns. Magnesium relieves muscle tension, which has a dramatic impact on the level of stress you feel. As an asthmatic, magnesium helps reduce asthma symptoms and helps to keep attacks at bay. Another benefit of magnesium is that it helps with calcium absorption.

How do I easily add magnesium to my diet? I discovered  this yummy product called Melaout, I just mix it with water and have a glass, This fun drink is like taking a deep breath and then letting it out slowly to relax, Then I will do all the things that need to be done today! Cheers.

Junk food promotes hunger and overeating

Sugar-rich diets generate excessive reward signals in your brain that can override normal self-control mechanisms and lead to addiction and overeating.
Research found a single week of bingeing on fast foods impaired appetite control, making the volunteers more likely to desire more junk food, even if they’d just eaten.

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To learn more about overeating and junk food click on the link below
https://articles.mercola.com/…/19/junk-food-addiction.aspx

Children’s Nutrition and Health

Today’s children are overfed and undernourished.

Children, for the most part, do not eat well. They commonly choose foods that are high in fats, sugars, and salt that have little, real nutritional value. The top choices among kids are hot dogs, chicken nuggets, French fries, pancakes, pizza, cookies and ice cream.

While you may agree that this doesn’t sound like an optimal menu conducive to good health for growing children, it’s often all that the little people will eat. This type of menu creates a domino effect that results in 97% of children suffering from some form of malnutrition.

Did you know that one in three children ages 2 to 19 is obese or overweight? That’s triple the rate of just a generation ago. Many of today’s children suffer from high blood pressure. Diabetes in children has increased by 21% in the last 10 years. All are the result of poor nutrition.

Additionally, three out of four children are not getting 60 minutes of exercise each day. The result? Childhood obesity.

As of last year, health costs are $14 billion a year and rising. To help combat the trend a proper diet is necessary. When children don’t like nutritious vegetables, fruits or proteins, supplements can help. Nutritional supplements can replace some of the vitamins and minerals missing in your children’s and grandchildren’s diets. Make sure to choose supplements that are safe and effective.

This article will further explain some guidelines and strategies for assuring that your child is well fed and healthy. www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-nutrition-for-kids

The Better-for-You Snack

Blueberry Vanilla Nut & Fruit Clusters
OMG! More blueberry goodness! Bite after bite, I find Simply Fit Nut & Fruit Clusters simply delicious snacking—and simply better for me. A satisfying, nutty crunch with the soft sweetness of just-picked blueberries, warm hints of vanilla, and sparkles of Himalayan pink salt. 

The clusters contain ten irresistible ingredients: blueberries, currants, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, Himalayan pink salt, crisp rice, cane sugar, brown rice syrup, natural vanilla and no artificial anything! The only proble I’ve found is once I start, I can’t stop eating them!

Yay! Créme Brûlée

Do you like créme brûlée? The earliest known reference of créme brûlée, as we know it today, appears in Francois Massialot’s 1691 cookbook.

Créme brûlée is also known as burnt cream, crema Catalana, and Trinity creme.  It is a dessert consisting of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel and served at room temperature.
I love this delicious creamy dessert, but hate the calories and sugar it adds to my diet.
I discovered I can have the decadent flavors of créme brûlée whenever I want with GC Control.

GC Control Créme Brûlée is a one-of-a-kind, low-sugar, delicious shake that’s specially formulated to put me in control of my junk food cravings, energy levels, and weight management efforts.
It’s so good, that not only do I drink it as a shake during the day for a quick snack, but I have been known to use it with a bit of water and egg to make delicious, pancakes, waffles and tasty muffins in a mug for breakfast. In the evenings, after dinner, I will add a bit of the shake to my coffee for a decadent coffee treat. It is amazingly delicious and good for me too!
Another great find for keeping me healthy!

Do you have Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a group of five risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Lifestyle changes like losing weight, exercise, and dietary changes can help prevent or reverse metabolic syndrome.

The five risk factors are: increased blood pressure (greater than 130/85 mmHg); high blood sugar levels (insulin resistance); excess fat around the waist; high triglyceride levels and/or low levels of good cholesterol (HDL).

Having one of these risk factors does not mean that you have metabolic syndrome. However, having one will increase your chances of developing cardiovascular disease. Having three or more of these factors will result in a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome and it will increase your risk of health complications.

The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that 23 percent of adults currently have metabolic syndrome.

Did you know that there really are NO discernible symptoms for metabolic syndrome? Aside from a large waist circumference of greater than 40 inches in men, and greater than 35 inches in women, most of the disorders associated with metabolic syndrome have no symptoms.

To find out if you have (or are prone to) metabolic syndrome, your doctor will perform several different tests in addition to checking your waist circumference.

Your fasting blood triglycerides will be tested— is your level 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater?

You will be asked about your cholesterol levels. Is your HDL cholesterol less than 40 mg/dL (men) or less than 50 mg/dL (women)?

You will have your fasting glucose level checked. Is it 100 mg/dL or greater?

How is your blood pressure? Is your Systolic blood pressure (top number) 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater, or diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater?

If your answers are yes to any of three or more of tests, you may have metabolic syndrome.

So, if you’re having trouble losing weight, metabolic syndrome could be the reason why! When your body doesn’t produce enough insulin to convert glucose to energy for your cells, it gets stored as excess fat. Even though you may be eating LESS than your skinny friends!

If you think you may be one of the 25% of adults affected by this disorder, there are a few things you can do to reverse the symptoms if you have it and if you don’t have it you can prevent it from happening to you.

The first is increase your exercise. Find something you like doing and start slowly. It can be something as simple as taking your dog for a walk more often and gradually increasing distance, or parking further away from you destination’s entrance to increase the number of steps you take each day.

This next tip is always harder than it sounds: lose weight if you’re overweight. It will be easier to lose weight if you do increase your exercise.

Make certain to eat a healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and low fat dairy. Go easy on the saturated fats, trans fat, cholesterol, and salt—it will make a difference.

You can also add supplements to your diet. I personally added Peak Performance Metabolic Health Bundle to help provide metabolic support. This supplement pack works to slow my body’s absorption of sugar, inhibits the release of sugar in the bloodstream, and supports thermogenesis as well efficient calorie burning for healthy weight management. It seems to work for me—the weight loss and toning is quite noticeable!

Quit smoking if you smoke. Seriously, does any smoke anymore? It is just so bad for you!

Lastly, Schedule regular checkups with your healthcare provider to monitor and manage blood glucose, blood cholesterol, and blood pressure.

Download The American Heart Association’s printable Answers by Heart sheet: What is Metabolic Syndrome? (PDF)

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Blueberry Cobbler, anyone?

FiberWise® Blueberry Cobbler Bar, that is

For me, a great-tasting bar is an easy, quick and favorite way to get my fiber. Made with full FiberWise goodness, FiberWise Bars are simply scrumptious. Each bar gives me 10 grams of fiber and is bursting with tasty whole grains, real fruit, and only natural flavors, colors and sweeteners.

Blueberry Cobbler FiberWise contains a unique blend of natural fiber sources along with vitamins, antioxidants, soothing herbs, and probiotics that give me a broad spectrum of full-body benefits, and it makes me feel fuller. I never realized that fiber has no calories, so filling up on high-fiber foods crowds out less-healthy foods. When I feel full it’s easier to say no to extra snacks, bigger portions and second helpings.

I find FiberWise Bars are enjoyable at breakfast or any time I want a healthy tasty snack. They are portable so they can go anywhere I go, and leave me feeling satisfied. There are four  varieties from which to choose, but since it’s blueberry month, I’m sticking with blueberry cobbler. blueberry cobbler.