Basic Healthy Nutritional Guidelines

  1.  Eat three meals a day at regular times to maintain blood sugar and prevent overeating.
  2. Snacks should be used when meals will be more than 4 hours apart.
  3. Balance your plate with 1/4 carbohydrates, 1/4 protein, and 1/2 vegetables/fruit.
  4. Take small bites and chew your food thoroughly (at least 20 times).
  5. Measure your food according to serving size recommendations.
  6. Avoid high-sugar foods and decrease desserts to no more than once a week.
  7. Practice mindful eating by eating at a table and turning off distractions.
  8. Consume 60 to 80 grams of protein daily.
  9. Consume at least 64 ounces of water daily.

 

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Source:  Crestwood Medical Center in Huntsville, Alabama 

Sunshine Cake

I made a sunshine cake for my friend’s birthday.  I actually never heard of it before now, so this was a new experience for me.  The cake is easy to make and it taste fabulous.

  • You will need moist yellow cake mix, crushed pineapple, mandarin oranges, vanilla pudding, and cream cheese frosting.
  • Follow the directions on the cake mix , add the mandarin oranges and half of the crushed pineapples to the mix, and bake.
  • Mix the vanilla pudding and the remaining crushed pineapples into the frosting and put the mixture into the refrigerator while your cake is cooking.

Everyone loved this cake and it was devoured in record time.

Excited About Brown Beetle Season

Brown beetles are coming out in droves and the dogs are excited about it.  According to them (as I have no personal knowledge in this area), brown beetles are the best tasting bugs on this planet.  They are a true delicacy.

I enjoy watching the boys as they run around the yard, trying to catch the beetles.  It’s kind of like watching a bumper car race.  They will push against each other and run into each other, all in an attempt to eat a brown beetle.  I’ve even seen Blue stick his head underwater to fetch brown beetles that landed in the puppy pool.

No other bug is treated this way.  In fact, a black beetle can walk in front of the dogs and it will not illicit any reaction.  If my dogs could talk, they would say brown beetles are delicious and they are excited about brown beetle season.

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Chocolate God

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The Aztecs and the Mayans were the first people groups to cultivate the cocoa bean and make chocolate.  They would grind up the cocoa seeds and mix it with water to create a drink.  They also used the beans it to make a porridge, and mixed it with various spices.

The Aztecs considered chocolate “food for the gods” and it was served to royal families in golden goblets.  However, the Mayans believed chocolate was a gift from the cocoa god.

In the 1500’s, Cortez exported the cocoa bean to Europe.  The Europeans began mixing it with sugar and the popularity of chocolate spread like wild fire.

I recommend you take a moment today and enjoy a heavily snack of chocolate.  Don’t forget to truly savor the flavor and enjoy each moment.

 

(sources:  www.chocolate-history.co.uk and http://www.exhibits.mannlib.cornell.edu)