SECRET MEATBALL RECIPE

MEATBALLS

MUST TRY!  ONE OF THE WAYS I’M FIGHTING HIGH CHOLESTEROL!  Here is my really great recipe for super protein, low fat meatballs (I also make into burgers to cook on the grill)!

1# 96% lean ground beef
1 (15oz) can lentil beans – drained just a bit
1 envelope onion soup mix (I use Lipton or Great Value)
1 tsp instant beef bouillon and seasoning (herb ox)
2-3 Tbsp minced garlic cloves
1/2 cup quinoa prepared according to directions
3 eggs (or egg substitute equivalent to 3 eggs)
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and let sit in refrigerator for about an hour (the quinoa will absorb extra liquid and make for more solid burgers and meatballs that hold together).  Fashion into 2 good sized burgers (to freeze for later grilling) and 20 large meatballs.

Bake meatballs at 375 degrees 20-25 minutes until browned and firm.  I usually freeze and add to my homemade sauce as needed!

**Sometimes I add a tsp of cumin or chili powder to spice them up, or if I’m thinking of beef stroganoff with Swedish meatballs, I add a tsp of ground all spice!

ENJOY AND BE HEALTHY!

HOLIDAY ROUNDS WITHOUT GAINING THE POUNDS!

Healthy Holiday Eating

Food is everywhere during the holiday season, making it tough to stick to your healthful eating and exercise habits. However, with a little attention, you can make it through the holidays without losing track of your healthy lifestyle.

Is it true that the average person gains 5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day?
People often do gain weight during the holidays, but how much weight? In 2000, a study of 195 adults showed an average holiday weight gain of between .75 pounds (lb) and 1 lb. However, 14% of those studied gained 5 lb or more. In this study, those who were overweight or obese gained more holiday pounds than those who were normal weight. According to the study, while most people gain less than 1 lb during the holidays, the holiday weight gain is one reason that your weight creeps up from year to year.

Woman Standing on Scale

What can I do to prevent gaining weight over the holidays?
Are you dreading the holiday season because you think you will gain back all of the weight you have lost in the last 6 months? The best advice is to change your mind-set. Do not expect to lose weight between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. Instead, focus on not gaining weight. For success, keep a regular exercise pattern and healthy diet during this time. After all, the fine food of the holiday is one of the pleasures of the season.

Allow yourself to splurge on foods that make your holiday season meaningful. Enjoy your favorites in small amounts. Try to cut back in other ways, and keep your exercise schedule on track.

What can I do to stay active when I am traveling and cannot get to my gym?
Exercising during the hectic and sometimes stressful holiday season can help you maintain your weight and sanity. If you are a true “gym rat,” most gyms will allow you to visit as a guest, although sometimes at a hefty fee! Walking, running, or stair-climbing are easy when you are traveling—you can do these activities almost anywhere. For resistance training, check your sporting goods store or online for rubber resistance bands (They are only about $10 and work really well.  I also posted several tips for quick work outs you can do anywhere – look for them!). They slip easily into a travel bag and are lightweight—use them to strengthen and tone almost any body part.

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You may need to adjust your expectations for holiday exercising. Try to stay flexible. Know that you might miss out on some workouts. Sneak in exercise whenever you can by taking a walk after a large meal, for example. Make sure to get back to your regular exercise routine when you return home.

How can I stay on track and not overeat at holiday functions?
You can keep your calorie intake under control in many ways. Try these tips and see which ones work best for you:

  • Survey the entire table before you take any food. Decide what foods are worth eating and which you can ignore, and then stick to that decision. Why waste calories on foods that do not bring you pleasure?
  • Eat a snack before you leave home. If you arrive at a party starving, you are more likely to eat too much.
  • Eat your calories instead of drinking them. Stick to lower calorie or calorie-free drinks (diet sodas, water, lite beer, or a wine spritzer), instead of punches, eggnog, and mixed drinks that can have up to 500 calories/cup.
  • Sip a large glass of water between every alcoholic drink, nonalcoholic punch, or eggnog. This will help keep you hydrated, and you will drink fewer calories by the end of the night.

Woman Drinking Glass of Water

  • When you are hosting, make sure the menu includes lower-calorie foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean meats. When you are a guest, bring along a lower-calorie dish to share.
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GRINCH KABOBS

GRINCH KABOBS:

Layer mini marshmallow, strawberry, banana slice, and a grape on a small stick and you get Grinch Kabobs!

  • Try not to hang out near the food. Find a comfortable spot across the room, and focus on people instead of eating.
  • Watch your portion sizes. Do not cover your plate completely with food. When it comes to holiday sweets and alcoholic beverages, less is better.
  • Drop out of the “clean plate club.” Leave a few bites behind every time you eat, especially if you are eating something you do not really care for.
  • Enjoy your favorite holiday treats, but take a small portion, eat slowly, and savor the taste and texture of the wonderful foods of the season.
  • Visit these Web sites for free reduced-calorie and reduced-fat recipes:

REUBEN NOODLE BAKE-ST. PATTY’S SHOULD BE A QUARTERLY EVENT!

THE ABSOLUTELY BEST WAY TO USE UP YOUR CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE LEFT OVERS! ESPECIALLY ON THE 3/4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PATTY’S DAY – ONLY 3 MONTHS TILL GREEN BAGELS AND BEER!

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Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces uncooked medium whole grain egg noodles
  • 6 to 8 ounces thinly sliced left over corned beef
  • 2 cups chopped left over cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions
  • 1 can (approx. 15 ounces) sauerkraut, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon caraway seeds, optional
  • 1/2 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard
  • 2 slices dark rye or pumpernickel bread
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter

Preparation:

Cook noodles in boiling salted water, following package directions. Drain and set aside.

Cut up left over corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions in the original cooking pan into small pieces; add noodles with sauerkraut, cheese, and caraway seeds.

In another bowl, whisk together the dressing, milk, and mustard. Spoon evenly over the noodle mixture. Put torn bread into food processor and pulse to make small crumbs ( I like to leave them as larger torn pieces). Toss with the melted butter then sprinkle over the casserole. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 25 to 35 minutes.
Serves 8.

THIS IS SO GOOD BUT IT IS HIGH IN FAT SO MAKE SURE TO USE “MY PLATE” METHOD:

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LOAD UP MOST OF THE PLATE WITH A BIG SALAD!  OF COURSE, WE ONLY HAVE THIS MEAL ABOUT 4 TIMES A YEAR – MARCH 17TH, JUNE 17TH, SEPTEMBER 17TH AND DECEMBER 17TH!!  EACH QUARTER ANNIVERSARY OF ST. PATTY’S DAY!!  ENJOY!

12 QUICK HOLIDAY NUTRITION TIPS!

CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS A LITTLE HEALTHIER AND AVOID THE UP TO 15 POUND WEIGHT GAIN!

  • Focus on weight management rather than weight loss.

Standing on Scale

  • Plan time for exercise. Exercise helps relieve holiday stress and prevent weight gain.

FLAT ABS 5

  • Do not skip meals. Skipping breakfast or lunch before a big holiday dinner actually may cause you to overeat.
  • If you know that you will not find any healthy choices, offer to bring something along, such as a salad, vegetable dish, chicken, or fish.

Fresh vegetables falling

  • Pace yourself and become more aware of what you are eating and drinking. Eat until you are satisfied, not stuffed.
  • Select small portions. This will allow you to enjoy all the different foods offered, while still controlling your calorie intake.
  • If you drink, select lite wines and beers, rather than mixed drinks. Alcohol is high in calories.  Use diet mixers if available.
  • Stand away from buffet tables and food trays to avoid the urge to nibble constantly. My husband’s problem!
  • Talk more, eat less. Make the holiday season about enjoying company, rather than all about the food.
  • Fill your plate with a rainbow of colors. Choose different varieties of fruits and vegetables often.

vegetables

  • Learn to say “no” politely. You can say: “No thank you. I have had enough. Everything was delicious.” This works even with someone who will not take “no” for an answer.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again!

YOGA WORKOUT: LIKE GOING TO CHURCH

MY YOGA WORKOUTS WERE STARTING TO MAKE ME FEEL LIKE I WAS IN CHURCH!  SOMEWHAT MEDITATIVE BUT STANDING, KNEELING, SITTING, GETTING ON MY BELLY.  Maybe that is all part of the workout but it just didn’t seem to flow for me.  This prompted me to create my own workout that flows from Mountain Pose all the way down to the Child’s Pose.  The whole routine takes about 45-60 minutes depending upon how many reps you choose to do (I usually do 7-10) or how long you stay in your static stretches (I usually stay static for 7-10 breaths).

Start with the Sun Salutation:

Reverse to Mountain pose.  You can do more than once as a nice warm-up.

Next:

Tree Pose 7-10 breaths then straight into next exercise each 7-10 reps. Repeat on other leg.

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Repeat on other side.  Do more than once if desired.

For Rising Lunge, rise from one bent knee and raise arms. Lower back down and lower arms.  Repeat on other leg.

Chair with twist

Chair with twist

Alternate stretching to each side 7-10 times.

Crow Pose

Crow Pose

Can do more than once!

Half Push-Up

Half Push-Up

On hands and knees with hands slightly in front of your shoulders, bend and lower your elbows to almost touch the floor.  Then rise back up. 7-10 reps.

Begin in full push-up position, palms aligned with shoulders.  Place left knee on floor near shoulder and left heal by right hip.  Lower down to forearms.  7-10 reps.  Repeat on other leg.

Tuck and Extend

Tuck and Extend

Bring knee to chest and extend for 7-10 reps.  Repeat on other leg.

Seated Twist

Seated Twist

Repeat stretch on other side. Can do more than once!

Bridge Pose

Bridge Pose

Do several times.

Leg Pull Front

Leg Pull Front

7-10 reps and repeat on other leg.

Child's Pose

Child’s Pose

If you are not familiar with any of these poses and need explanation it is easy to “google” it (or send me a note!) – I probably don’t know or do all the poses perfectly, but at least I’m trying and it works for me.  I’ve seen some of the exercises done with light weights (1-3#) in hand as your strength improves but the beauty of this type of workout is that you need no special equipment.  You just use your body and its own resistance!  Plus, I don’t really count.  I just do what feels right and push a little bit to build strength.

WORK OUT AND ENJOY! No more sit, stand, kneel, stand!