Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Almond Oatmeal Bars

These quick, easy bars make a great dessert or a unique and nutritious breakfast-on-the-go. Imagine having your cereal, milk, and fruit all rolled into one delicious bar.

Makes 8 servings
1    cup rolled oats, uncooked (3 ounces)
   cup nonfat dry milk
½   teaspoon baking powder
½   teaspoon baking soda
½   teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼   teaspoon ground nutmeg
Dash ground allspice
¼   cup raisins
1    cup applesauce (unsweetened)
3    tablespoons sugar
1    teaspoon vanilla extract
¾   teaspoon almond extract

Monday, July 30, 2012

Growing Older Is A Privilege

As time continues I've learned to really resonate with this quote: "Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many". We must appreciate each day and year in our lives and be optimistic about our age, for we are lucky to be here... and even luckier if we are healthy. Happy Monday! 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

From The Mouth of Babes

My grandson, Jackson, was a reporter for his summer camp’s newspaper. Imagine my delight when I read his article called “The Benefits of Eating Healthy." Take a look:

Opinion: The Benefits of Eating Healthy by Jackson Briant
Eating healthy can help you through life. You will be in shape when you’re older. You can have a treat every now and then but not every day. Eating healthy is the best way to help your body. Don’t eat or drink junk food every day be healthy and have a good life!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Spinach Frittata

This hearty dish is fit for any meal, from a Sunday brunch to a quick and inexpensive dinner. For variations, feel free to add any leftover cooked vegetables.

Makes 8 servings

2             teaspoons olive oil
1             cup chopped onion
3             cups liquid egg substitute
2             10-ounce packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained well
½             teaspoon garlic powder
¼             teaspoon ground nutmeg
                Salt and pepper to taste
3              tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Eating Healthy Doesn't Cost More

As I've always said, "It doesn't cost more to eat healthfully". So take that step and make an effort to eat healthier this week. It's the perfect time to start. Happy Monday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

What Happens At Grandma's Stays At Grandma's

 It doesn’t matter whether I have them for an evening or an entire weekend—I love spending time with my grandchildren. I have to tell you they are the best-behaved children in the world. They are just great children. I love them, I love the idea of them, and I love my time with them.

It’s funny how your perspective changes from the time you’re a parent to the time you become a grandparent: Grandkids give us the opportunity to have fun in a whole new way. Having raised our own kids, we have the insight and wisdom to savor the special moments with our grandchildren we might have missed—or didn’t have time to appreciate—while whirling through the jam-packed days of parenthood.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Strawberry Ice Cream in a Flash

There's just a trace of fat in a frosty, cold dish of this easy, ice cream-type dessert.  Just throw a few ingredients in the blender and enjoy.


Makes 2 servings 
⅓  cup nonfat dry milk 
2   tablespoons sugar
½  cup ice water 
½  teaspoon vanilla extract 
2   cups frozen strawberries (unsweetened), still frozen

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Barbra—The Spark on My Firecracker

Everyone who knows me—and probably many who don’t!—knows of my deep adoration for Barbra Streisand. She has been my inspiration for nearly 50 years. From my days as an overweight teenager through my years as a Weight Watchers leader and businesswoman, she has shown me that it’s possible to make your dreams come true.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Basil Bean Salad

Spicy and delicious, the flavor of this salad is reminiscent of the popular Italian pasta with pesto sauce.

Makes 4 servings
1     10-ounce package frozen green beans
½    cup very thinly sliced onions
2     tablespoons red wine vinegar
1     tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil
3     tablespoons water
    teaspoon garlic powder
1     teaspoon dried basil
1     tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
    teaspoon pepper
       Salt to taste

Monday, July 9, 2012

Make A Change

This Monday morning I want you to think about this- "What it costs to put oneself in a better place is worth more than money". Do you have something in your life you want to improve? Do it- your happiness is worth more than any amount of money in the world. Happy Monday! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Oven-Baked French "Fries"

Can you believe it?  These taste so much like the real thing, you'll make them over and over again.  Just a spray of nonstick spray and you still have all of the taste without the gobs of fat.

Makes 4 servings

4       medium baking potatoes, unpeeled (about 5 ounces each)
Salt and pepper to taste