Month: July 2010

Favorite Friday Product – Ocean Eclipse Salmon

Favorite Friday Product – Ocean Eclipse Salmon

Ocean Eclipse Salmon – Garlic Chipotle Marinade These are wonderful!  I was very impressed with this product.  It tasted like I was at a fancy restaurant eating my favorite fish, salmon.  Yes, it was that good!  This is a product found in the frozen seafood […]

Walking Tacos

Walking Tacos

Serves 5. All you need: 1 lb chicken breasts, diced 1 pkg  dry taco seasoning 5 (100-calorie) tortilla chips, crushed in the bag and top of bag slit open 1 head lettuce, chopped 1 cup  reduced-fat shredded taco cheese 1 cup salsa All you do: […]

Top Ten Ways to Tell if a Diet is a Fraud

Top Ten Ways to Tell if a Diet is a Fraud

10.  If the diet requests only liquids, no food.

9.  If the diet focuses on one food group (example – eat only protein)

8.  If the diet limits a food group (example – do not eat dairy)

7.  If the diet promises that you will lose at least 5 to 10 pounds in a week

6.  If the diet lists results not typical (come on, it screams it won’t happen to you)

5  If the diet is based only on supplements (example – take these pills or liquid supplement and only these  and you will lose weight!  No need to change your diet.)

4. If the diet has you buying their food supplements (if you have to purchase any shakes, smoothies or bars – it may work for awhile but you will get sick of eating the same thing plus they are costing you fortune!)

3. If the diet promises no exercise or limited amounts – only 3 minutes of exercise a day! (Exercise is good for you! It is not a bad thing – it keeps you living longer!  There is always that 90-year old lady that exercises everyday)

2. If the diet has you fast or involves any cleanse. 

1. If it sounds too good to be true – then it probably is too good to be true!


Yes, you may lose weight on any of these for awhile but think LONG TERM. Are they maintainable? Is someone making a fortune off of you?  Is it a long term weight loss?  Is it a lifestyle?  Can you do this everyday of your life?


I am sorry I am here to tell you, losing weight is hard work. You have to have the desire and time to lose weight – making a lifestyle change.

Monday Motivation – Good food should taste good!

Monday Motivation – Good food should taste good!

Healthy food should just taste good! Why not crave it just like you would junk food?  The is key is preparing healthy foods in the most appetizing way and enjoying it at every meal!  I did just that this weekend!  I love this time of […]

Favorite Friday Product – Sara Lee 130 cal bagel

Favorite Friday Product – Sara Lee 130 cal bagel

Only 130 calories, 100% whole wheat; 8 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein!  This little bagel is perfect for breakfast or even a snack!  I like to add an egg and cheese for breakfast or toast it with some peanut butter for a […]

Mac & Cheese

Mac & Cheese

Serves 6.


½ box whole wheat rotini

4 al fresco® sweet Italian chicken sausages

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp flour

2 cups skim milk

¼ tsp pepper

1/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar

1/4 cup shredded Gouda cheese

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

2 jars pureed winter squash baby food


  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions.
  2. In a non-stick skillet, sauté sausages and heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Cut sausages into slices.
  3. In a saucepan, melt butter and whisk in flour. Let cool 1 minute, then whisk in milk.
  4. Bring to a bubble and let thicken, 8 to 10 minutes. Season with pepper.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir cheeses into sauce and add Dijon.
  6. Toss cheese sauce with drained, cooked macaroni and pureed squash.
  7. Add sausage slices.

Daily nutritional values: 30% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C, 15% calcium, 10% iron
Nutrition information per serving: Calories: 310, Carbohydrate: 31 g, Cholesterol: 65 mg, Dietary Fiber: 3 g, Fat: 11 g, Protein: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 5 g, Sodium: 500 mg, Sugar: 4 g Trans fats: 0 g


Make homemade macaroni and cheese tonight! Super simple and notice you will also be getting some veggies and whole grains in your diet as well!  A one dish meal, it can’t be easier than that!  Pureed baby food is a great way to hide some nutrition in your meal.  There have been times where I didn’t want to make a whole box of macaroni for my daughter so I have “cheated” and used easy mac and added 1 container of baby food.  The pureed squash or even pureed sweet potatoes give the dish a nice sweetness and can be easily hidden with the color of the cheese! 

I also used two very strong cheeses – that way I didn’t have to use that much in the recipe.  And again I use my favorite chicken sausages that really pack in a powerful protein punch.  Enjoy!



Shake Weight – Worth it?

Shake Weight – Worth it?

Of course like any info commercial, they sure do try to sell their product and the question you ask is, “Does it really work?”  Hearing that in just six minutes a day you can have definition in your biceps, triceps and deltoids – sounds too […]