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This week, there are 2 major entertainment opportunities for you to triumph or crash-and-burn. How you handle celebrations is massively important to learn! Indeed, there are always healthy choices to make or bring; it’s only when you are at-the-mercy of your hosts that you must be truly skilled. Then, portion control and food-choice is your only line of defense, but even that can work!
I am NOT being a party-pooper, but everyone needs to learn responsible eating. There’s still plenty of choice and fun.
For Chinese New Year, The Year of the Rabbit brings good choices. You can celebrate as easily as buying a pomelo fruit (the huge grapefruit progenitor) (sometimes labeled “pummelo”. It is easy to peel; easy to segment and has a long tradition of being New Year food. Being grapefruit family, it does not work with some medications; your pharmacist should have told you if you are taking one of these.
Like other societies, the Chinese NY foods symbolize the desire for many Blessings. So, noodles are another symbolic choice used in recipes at this time. Luckily, noodles can be very THIN as well as numerous, so by using rice-stick type, extremely thin noodles, you cut down on the numbers of carbs!
You might also try this healthy wonton recipe. I would change the protein. For better digestion, you should use just 1 type, and it need not be either of the ones suggested. You could just as well use fish, beef, bison, tofu, beans etc., – in fact, making your own style is a great idea!
For Chinese New Year Longevity Noodles, try these. Again, you can choose your protein source.
The importance of making good everyday choices is what Health is all about, along with staying moderately active. Jack LaLanne, America’s fitness guru since the 1950’s, died last Sunday, at the age of 94, still going strong and healthy until just the last, when he died of pneumonia. It’s been a wet, cold winter in California.
Jack LaLanne stood on the shoulders of giants, gurus like Paul Bragg, who are less remembered than they deserve to be. But because Jack stuck with Paul’s regimens in order to regain his health, as a teenager, and then developed many new ways to educate people as he did throughout a long life, now more see that Health is an everyday choice. Jack left a great path to follow.
Now, SuperBowl Sunday looms on the horizon. Traditionally, this is a nutrition debacle in the making. How do you celebrate with friends, sensibly?
If you are not the host, then offer to bring something and make sure it IS healthy, as well as tasty. Make more of it, as you may find nothing else you should eat.
I am including some great links for healthy Super Bowl Recipes, below. If you host a party, then use these recipes, and you’ll all be better off while not skipping a beat for tasty treats.
By eating healthy food, you’ll find you’ll eat less.
7-layer Nachos and Dip
Tangerine Green Tea Smoothie
Black Bean and Chipotle Corn Nachos with Ezekiel Chips
Turkey Burger Sliders w/ Sautéed Onions, Sharp Cheddar & Horseradish
Chicken Sausage and Roasted Red Pepper Bites
Pomegranate Mojito Spritzer
Guacamole Recipes Make sure you have guacamole. It has very healthy fats, and avocados as well as the lime or lemon juice are alkaline foods which start to off-set the pH acid foods – beans, dairy, meats, alcohol and grains. Most fresh veggies are also pH alkaline choices, so make some lettuce wraps or rice tortilla wraps with veggies to help hold the fort, as salads are impractical and most would just be left (but try this Mexican Slaw!). Asian Rice Circle Veggie Wraps, with a good, non-creamy dipping sauce (or none), should help get more veggies onto the platter, too.
By the way, beer is very bad for diabetics, so make sure you find something else to drink! Apart from the 2 beverages shown in the recipes above, consider a lower glycemic milk-shake. Here’s one from Jamie Oliver’s Milkshake.
I think you can cut back on half the fruit, add a teaspoon of real maple syrup and add several pinches of cinnamon (both the maple syrup and cinnamon help diabetics, if small quantities are used). Make sure it is the expensive, “real” cinnamon from Ceylon NOT cassia! Date sugar has a lower glycemic index than other sugars.
For a healthier pizza: Rice Crust Pizza. Test this out before hand to make sure that you know the size to cut it so the crust has integrity and won’t fall onto the carpet. Of course, it’s best if you have plates anyway, right!
You could also try this Healthy Pizza Recipe.
Now, I was wandering around Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods this week and noticed that there are many more choices for healthy chips — those made from beans, and those that are baked (including some new rice chips I had not seen before). I don’t like the baked potato chips; they taste like cardboard. Of course, you can also use fresh vegetables to scoop up dips, instead of chips, too!
And, using hummus, black bean dip and other bean-based dips will help people fill up better and with healthier food.
At My Healing Kitchen.com , Jim decries the following statistics!
Scary Super Bowl Snack Facts:
___ 1,800: The amount of calories the average Super Bowl fan will consume while watching the game. To burn that off would take walking for 10 hours or jogging for four hours. That’s all the food (and more) than most sedentary Americans should eat for the day.
___ 30.4 million tons: The number of tons of snacks that Americans consume on Super Bowl Sunday. That’s twice the average daily amount. The vast majority of these snacks are terrible for people with diabetes because they spike your glucose levels and add to your weight.
___ 14,500 tons. The amount of potato chips Americans eat while watching the Super Bowl. These are highly inflammatory and will elevate your blood sugar dramatically.
___ $595 million. The amount of money American spend on Super Bowl snacks. Smart homemakers save money and improve their family’s health by making their own low-calorie, diabetes healing munchies. That’s a big savings in today’s economy. How much can you save? See next.
___ $172. The amount of money the average American household will spend on Super Bowl snacks and beverages. You’ll save a bundle — and be far healthier — by making your own.
Enjoy the game AND enjoy your Health!
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