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Healthy Food Review Blue Diamond Bold Almonds and Oven Roasted Almonds

Hi All,

Nuts are a fantastic source of protein and are considered to be heart healthy.  In my opinion, no one has made nuts more of a treat than Blue Diamond. 

Who needs Salt & Vinegar potato chips with no little nutritional positives when you can have Blue Diamond Bold Salt & Vinegar Almonds?  Another equally strong favorite of mine in their Bold line is Lime & Chili Almonds.  Neither is for people who like subtle flavorings, as both come on strong, but also are immensely satisfying.

And when I am in the mood for a sweet variation, I find Blue Diamond Natural Oven Roasted Vanilla Almonds to be absolutely heavenly.

To get any kind of flavored nut usually means dipped in fattening chocolate or glazes, but with Blue Diamond varieties like these, you not only get the nutritional benefits of almonds (which are one of the nut varieties shown to lower cholesterol), but amazing creativity in flavors.

If you aren't already snacking on nuts regularly, Blue Diamond Almond flavors will likely get you hooked.  The good thing is that generally 24 almonds is a serving, and due to the great taste, good fat, high protein and intense flavors, this is a snack that will keep you satisfied.  I eat Blue Diamond nuts or some type of nut nearly every day as part of my overall healthy diet.

This is one smart, delicious snack! www.bluediamond.com

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


NYC Restaurants And The New NYC Calorie Count Law

Hi All,

I first wrote about the proposed NYC restaurant calorie law back in January NYC Fast Food Law Makes Sense

The NY State Restaurant Association is trying very hard to stop the new law that goes into effect next week for NYC restaurants requiring calorie counts be displayed right on menu boards.  As Joan Rivers used to say "Oh grow up!"

The NY State Restaurant Association is crying foul because they have to pay for new menu boards and test to determine the calorie counts and other nutrition information in the food they serve (am I the only one scared that they don't already know this information).  Plus, they fear it will soon not only apply to chain restaurants, but also to independents and the cost would be a lot for them to deal with.

Hello!  It's called the cost of doing business.  Besides, the affected places will likely just pass along the cost to the customers anyway.  So that argument doesn't work.

NYC restaurants got a free pass for way too long and now these "inconveniences" will give consumers a chance to know what they are actually in for in terms of calories when they buy an item.  Most people might know they are not exactly eating health food when they eat out (unless it is a health food restaurant or a specifically-identified light item), but I am sure most would be shocked at how far off their guess at their foods' calorie counts is compared to the reality.

Everyone deserves the right to make an informed decision about what they are eating! 

The NY Restaurant Association's spokesperson who said that the fight against obesity "belongs in the schools and in the homes".  Is he kidding us?  How does that help? When someone is at a restaurant, even if they are generally a healthy eater, it's still tough to make good food choices.  The same food recipes can be prepared in many ways leading to a wide range of calorie and fat content.  For example, an innocent looking piece of fish may be grilled in butter and you'd never know it without knowing the calorie content for that restaurant's preparation.

Personally, if the NY State Restaurant Association wants to complain, I think the complaint should be that the NYC Calorie Count law does not yet apply to the independent restaurants, just the chains like McDonald's and Red Lobster.  Why should consumers fend for themselves in the nutritional dark when they go to a non-chain restaurant?

And as I mentioned in my prior post NYC Fast Food Law Makes Sense, calories are good, but you still don't know key information about fat content (especially saturated fat and trans fat), sodium, and fiber.  Also important food metrics to know.

Overall, kudos to the NYC Health Department.  Now how about other local and state health departments following NYC's lead?

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Eating Like It's Lent All Year Long, It's Easy!

Hi All,

One of the comments I often get from people who are looking to eat healthier overall who check out my methods as shared in my book Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!--eating healthy while still enjoying all your favorite comfort foods made over to their healthiest forms--is how are you able to do that ongoing?

It's easy!  As a flexitarian (someone who eats a primarily, but not completely meatless diet), I enjoy all my favorite comfort foods made over to their healthiest, and usually meatless forms--things like cheeseburgers, BLTs, meatballs, chicken tenders, chicken caesar salad and more (all made over either mealess or to at least made other healthier forms) all the time, so I am never lacking anything.  I also eat fish, carefully taking into account the mercury content, as well as lots of whole grains, vegetables, nuts, fat free or low fat dairy and fruit.

I am a very down to earth eater trying to help myself and others eat the comfort foods you are actually going to eat every day in better ways, not with some fancy recipe that is time-consuming and that you don't like!

Since we just passed the Easter holiday and Lent, I recently told one of my readers, think of it like this.  If you, or someone you know observes Lent, they never eat meat or poultry, although they can eat fish on Fridays throughout that time period.  Usually, people do a pretty good job of sticking with that meatless Fridays rule because they are practicing their religious beliefs. 

Now turn that to thinking about your health as being sacred.  Wouldn't it make sense that if you strongly believe in doing what you can to stay healthy and give your body the best possible chance to do that by supporting it with a healthy diet and exercise ongoing, you should be able to eventually commit to that belief?

So all you are doing is essentially eating the diet one would during Lent all year long (and I even have built-in "cheat times" since we're all only human).  So if you or someone you know made it through Lent (and obviously a healthy diet is not religion-specific), congratulations, you've taken the first step towards more of a flexitarian diet.  Whether you are looking to improve your health overall by going meatless most of the time, or just from time to time, why not keep that meatless Fridays focus beyond Easter and build upon it?

Instinctively we all know what is healthy eating, but it's usually our beliefs, habits and personal relationships with food that make it so tough to make changes and stick with them.  That's why I share in this blog, my book and coaching so much of my personal experiences, and ways of changing your mindset, as that's what I find is really the biggest challenge about healthy eating.

Food for thought :)

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright 2008 SunLover Publishing


Healthy Food Review Batter Blaster Organic Pancake and Waffle Batter

Hi All,

Thanks to a Costco demonstration, I discovered Batter Blaster as a healthy and fun way to make healthy pancakes or waffles in a snap!  I never cook pancakes at home--that's one of those labor-intensive meals that I prefer to leave to someone else.  However, once I saw Batter Blaster demonstrate how easy it was to cook healthy pancakes and waffles at home, I decided to give it a go.

It's almost like taking a digital photo, just point and shoot.  Instead here it's shake the can, point the nozzle down and you can shoot out organic pancake batter no less that is 112 calories per serving, just a half gram of fat, with two grams of fiber and protein.  And the pancakes taste so good, you barely need any sugar free maple syrup on them, so you can keep the calorie count way down. 

I admit it took about three batches before I got the knack of it, as first I tried to make three small pancakes in each of two non-stick pans and I failed miserably.  The trick was to make one larger pancake in each of two non-stick pans, and then make a second batch this way as desired. 

My husband told me that he felt my pancakes made with Batter Blaster were even better than The Original Pancake House (and that's a hard act to beat), and mine are certainly healthier.  Banana pancakes are my true favorite, so I am going to try for Easter Brunch adding sliced banana to the pancakes for an added healthy treat.

I would also think this is a fantastic way to get kids into eating healthy--let them spray their own organic pancakes!

It looks like the product is getting distribution in other supermarkets besides Costco, where the only downside is you have to buy a larger quantity (3 cans worth).  But since Costco charges $9.99 for them locally and I have seen individual cans go for $4.99 - $5.99, it's worth buying at Costco since it's the equivalent of buying two, getting one free as long as you have the refrigerator space.

Check out Batter Blaster's site, which also features a cooking demo at www.batterblaster.com, and then whip up a batch of your own.  This is healthy comfort food made ridiculously easy!

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Healthy Food Makeovers Chicken Caesar Salad, Salmon Caesar Salad

Hi All,

As the mercury hit 80 degrees today in Las Vegas, my thoughts turned to salad being what's for dinner.  My two favorite Spring/Summer salads are Chicken Caesar Salad and Salmon Caesar Salad.  Caesar Salad is notoriously fattening, and as a flexitarian, I don't eat poultry except on rare occasions, so how to make a favorite salad healthier?  Simple!

Take one bag of a Light Caesar salad like the Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit Lite www.FreshExpress.com or Dole Foods Light Caesar Kit www.dole.com.  Both of these have 50% fewer calories and fat (100 calories, 7 grams of fat, 1 gram saturated fat per serving including croutons and dressing).

For Chicken Caesar, add Morningstar Farms Meal Starters Chik'n Strips (140 calories, 3.5 grams of fat, .5 saturated fat, 23 grams of protein per serving).

For Salmon Caesar, add a portion of salmon (I like to get the multi-pack with individual servings that's skinless from Costco to have on hand, and grill it on my mini George Foreman grill with Chef Paul Prudhomme's Seafood Magic seasoning blend (www.chefpaul.com) which can be found in many supermarkets.  It takes just minutes to get your dose of high protein and heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids this way.

So now chicken Caesar salad and salmon Caesar salad can be easy and quick healthy lunches or dinners. It even works on Fridays as a meatless meal during Lent!  Just one more example of "Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Celebrity Fitness Photos Now That's More Like It

Hi All,

In my January 17th post It's A Sad Day When Celebrities Have To Explain Weight Gains To The Media, I mentioned how celebrities seem to be on the offensive to explain weight gains to the media so they don't end up being ridiculed when a bad photo comes out, and that was too bad.

So on the Yahoo! main page today, i thought it was cool that for a change there was a collection of celebrity fitness photos being publicized.  This is one of the better paparazzi photo uses I have seen.  Maybe it will encourage more impressionable youths and teens to work out.  It's not a bad reminder for us adults to get moving and get fit either. 

Yes, it's no doubt easier to be fit as a celebrity--they have personal trainers at their beck and call, and what exercise doesn't take care of, a nip and tuck will.  But regardless, they still have to make the effort to work up a sweat ultimately.  It must be something to have a picture of you working out be worth something :)

Here's a good idea to use when checking out the celebrity fitness photo collection below.  Print out a picture of your favorite celebrity working out, and use it to motivate yourself when you feel like skipping the gym.

http://omg.yahoo.com/hollywoods-hottest-shape-up/photos/1205

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Healthy Food Review Albertsons Whole Wheat Cheese Ravioli

Hi All,

One of my pet peeves is that when you check out most prepared pasta dishes and restaurant pasta offerings, it's very hard to find whole wheat pasta.  Then when you do, you get the whole wheat pasta, but the cheese used is still high in fat.  So you get whole grains, but too much fat!

For example, I was recently quite pleased to see that Buitoni had created a Whole Wheat Four Cheese Ravioli, that offered a nice 5 grams of fiber per serving, but the fat content at 11 grams total per portion, with 6 grams of saturated fat, was higher than their traditional white pasta Light Four Cheese Ravioli at 4.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of saturated fat by far, so I had to pass on that offering.  Is there any logic to this?  (Tell Buitoni to put the whole wheat and "light" cheese together to make the healthiest possible version of their product at www.buitoni.com).

I'm pleased to say that after visiting my local new Albertsons freezer section, I stumbled upon their very own store brand Albertsons Whole Wheat Ravioli. Who would have thought it?  Albertsons to the rescue!  Albertsons totally gets it! 

The Albertsons Whole Wheat Ravioli offers a whopping 7 grams of fiber and just 4.5 grams of total fat with 1 gram of saturated fat.  It also happens to taste terrific!  I pair it with Newman's Own Organic Marinara Sauce for a delicious, organic, low fat partner to the ravioli.

So make your next ravioli dinner the healthiest possible and support Albertsons smart decision to have this product.  Kudos Albertsons (www.Albertsons.com)!

The only slight issue I had with this product was that it was not where you would expect to find it in the frozen foods section.  For some reason, my local Albertsons had their Whole Wheat Ravioli in the breakfast section!  Then again, I just recently relocated back to Vegas, and given the night owl nature of the place, it just might be that people have Whole Wheat Ravioli for breakfast!

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

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Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Please note that I do not have an affiliation with any of the companies featured in this post--they are simply products I am personally familiar with.  The views expressed are my opinion only and you should decide, along with your healthcare professionals, on the appropriateness for your personal use.

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008


Airborne Settlement How To File Your Claim

Hi All,

What a sad world we live in.  After being one of those who took Airborne for years and believed very strongly in its merits, we find out today that it is actually at best, "an expensive delivery system for vitamin C" according to the Center For Science In The Public Interest who was part of the Airborne Class Action lawsuit.  Apparently you can't even trust the image of a "second grade teacher" as the company was always quick to credit with the invention of Airborne.

Airborne has agreed to a settlement for the class action lawsuit, but you won't find any trace of info on it on the Airborne corporate web site, you have to go to:

http://www.airbornehealthsettlement.com

There you can file your airborne settlement claim online for up to 6 packages at $6.99 each without proof of purchase, or if you were lucky enough to be a pack rate and saved all your receipts or other proofs of purchase (which you can upload the scans for or file via mail), you can supposedly file an airborne settlement claim for every single purchase you made from May 1, 2001 to November 29, 2007.

I always took Airborne before every single flight I took and when I worked as a sales trainer for a large company's telephone floor where people always came to work sick, I took it and never once got sick.  Placebo effect perhaps? 

Anyway, whether you believe Airborne works or doesn't, no harm in getting back some cash for about 5 minutes of trouble by filing a claim for at least the 6 packages Airborne will concede to without proof of purchase online.

--Melanie R. Jordan, Author of Have Your Cheeseburger And Keep Your Health Too!  Available 24/7 at http://www.HealthyEatingCoach.com

Don't miss a post--subscribe to The Healthy Food Review feed.  It's easy!  CLICK HERE

Check out more of Melanie's empowering publications on work-at-home lifestyles, foreclosure investing and learn about her Marketing and Infopreneur Consulting and Coaching Services at http://www.SunLoverPublishing.com

"Healthy eating with favorite comfort foods...it's deliciously possible!"

Check out Melanie's other Blog for Las Vegas locals and Las Vegas visitors at http://www.VegasInsideScoop.com

Copyright SunLover Publishing 2008