Friday, December 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Eating on the Run
The holidays bring lots of errands, lots of shopping, and thus lots of eating on-the-go. From drive thrus to mall food courts it is easy to grab a bite and get back to the shopping. So here are some ways to eat fast and eat healthy.
- Order a grilled chicken sandwich, wrap or salad & get the sauce on the side
- Sub a salad, fruit cup, yogurt parfait or carton of milk for french fries
- Skip the soda, milkshake, and sweet tea and go with water
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
I absolutely love me some Christmas. I love the lights and the music and the special feeling you get when everything seems to be decorated with tinsel and bells – and of course I love setting up our Christmas tree. But I will admit that as I’ve gotten older I have to make sure I’m in the right frame of mind before I decorate.
Now that I’m solidly in my 30s with a husband, two children and a full-time career, it’s easy to make decorating for Christmas just one more thing on the to-do list. Get the dog groomed, go pick up milk and decorate the house for Christmas – check, check, check. Case in point: last weekend. On Friday night we decorated the house and I was exhausted from Thanksgiving and just not feeling particularly Christmasy. There were house chores to do, I needed to get my children off the Thanksgiving sugar high they were on and I really just wanted a nap. But there I was, dragging totes out of closets to fetch the Christmas stockings, decorations and lights – almost like it was some dreaded chore that needed to be finished.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Like most toddlers, mine fights bedtime. He comes by it honestly; he’s a night owl like his Momma and Daddy. Granted, some of it is dictated by Mommy and Daddy’s schedule. We go into the office a little later, which means we leave a little later, so dinner isn’t usually until 6:30. Then there’s bath, downtime (hey, I gotta get my snuggles in!), and finally, bedtime. We aim for 8:30, but many nights it’s closer to 9:00. And when we’re not on a school schedule? Fugehddabout it. . .he’s happily awake until after 9:30. Now, don’t worry, he also usually sleeps in. If we don’t have to wake him up for school, he’ll often sleep until 8:30 or 9 in the morning (please don’t throw things at me – I have plenty of Mommy guilt about how late he’s up at night).
Monday, December 2, 2013
Recently, my husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary and as we do every other year, we decided to take a small getaway trip. This year, we chose to visit New Orleans, a city that is near and dear to my heart from growing up in Louisiana.
Once we’d decided, we began mapping out our visit. One night as we’re double checking our itinerary, our daughter, who’d been put to bed over an hour before, yells from her bed that we’d forgotten one thing: her. Nowhere in our conversation had she heard her name mentioned or any activities that she might like for that matter.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Looking for a way to spice up Thanksgiving Day leftovers? Try this warm-you-up dish with yesterday's turkey:
Roasted Poblano & Turkey Tortilla Soup
3 large Poblano peppers, seeded and halved lengthwise
2 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ground chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
4 cups water
3 cups fat-free, lower-sodium organic chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can golden hominy, drained and rinsed
1 (14.5 ounce) can Stewed Tomatoes, undrained (Mexican Style, if available)
4 cups leftover shredded cooked turkey breast
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup roasted unsalted pumpkinseed kernels
1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack Cheese
1 cup crushed tortilla chips (I used blue corn)
1 sliced avocado (optional)
Lime wedges (optional)
Preheat broiler. Place pepper halves, skin side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Broil 6 minutes or until blackened. Place in a paper bag, and fold to close tightly. Let stand for 15 minutes. Peel and chop; set aside.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add onion to pan; cook 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add chili powder and oregano; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in 4 cups water, broth, tomatoes, and hominy; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes. Stir in peppers and turkey; cook for 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro and salt; cook 3 minutes.
Ladle about 1 1/3 cups soup into each of 8 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon pumpkinseed kernels, 1 tablespoon green onions, and 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve with lime wedges and crushed tortilla chips, if desired.
Nutrition Information: Serves 8 (1 1/3 cup each)
Calories: 213; Fat: 6.8 g; Carbohydrate: 13.8 g; Fiber: 3.2 g; Protein: 25.4 g
What’s your favorite leftover turkey dish to make?
Amber Massey, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Today it seems we are so focused on our own lives, that it takes the holidays to bring us back to the reality of the world in which we live. So often we take for granted that we have family to spend time with, food on our table, a home to live in and friends to enjoy. What are we doing to help teach our children that though they may not get everything they want, they have so much? I am challenging us all on this Thanksgiving day to help us show our love and thankfulness.
Here are a few tips to help your children learn how to give back during Thanksgiving and Christmas:
• Help serve meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.
• Donate food items to help local food pantries.
• Talk about what you are thankful for: family, friends, church, jobs, homes, food, etc.
• Pack a shoebox to send across the world to help a less fortunate child enjoy Christmas. Learn more at www.samaritanspurse.org
• Adopt an Angel to help benefit a child or family in your community.
• Spend time with your family and tell each person what is so special about him/her. Everyone needs to hear how special he/she is to your family.
Feel free to share your ideas and what you enjoy most about this time of year.
Julie Swink works in Brand Management & Promotions for Texas Health Resources and is a Mom of two.