Monday, December 31, 2012 Healthy Recipes Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Shallots Recipe Quick Info: Servings Vegetarian Nutritional Info (Per serving): Calories: 87, Saturated Fat: 0g, Sodium: 180mg, Dietary Fiber: 4g, Total Fat: 3g, Carbs: 13g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Protein: 4g Carb Choices: 1 Recipe Source: Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 1 h 20 mins Total Time: 1 h 40 mins Ingredients 24 small shallot(s) 2 tablespoon oil, olive, extra-virgin 2 pounds Brussels sprouts 1 teaspoon salt, Kosher See Italian Dinner Recipes! Preparation 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. 2. Peel shallots, leaving the root ends intact so they'll hold together. Place on a large sheet of foil; sprinkle 1 tablespoon oil over the top. Seal the packet and bake until the shallots are tender, about 45 minutes. Remove from foil and set aside to cool. 3. Meanwhile, remove the outer leaves from Brussels sprouts and trim the stems. Cut the small sprouts in half and quarter the larger ones. Place the shallots and brussels sprouts in a roasting pan. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and salt. 4. Increase oven temperature to 400° F. Roast, tossing twice during cooking, until the brussels sprouts are tender and lightly browned, 25 to 35 minutes.

Friday, December 21, 2012

5 Ways to Increase the Wonder in Your Life

5 Ways to Increase the Wonder in Your Life By David Hochman Feeling jaded? Take one (or all) of O's 5 steps to start noticing, appreciating, and flat-out marveling at the world around you. 1. Shake Things Up "Awe is a response to things you don't have a mental template for," says psychologist Michelle Shiota. "You have a mental template for getting up in the morning, drinking your coffee, and driving to work, but not for listening to a piece of music you haven't heard before or sightseeing in Thailand." 2. Go Outside Nature is the ultimate source of awe. "Just being outside can conjure up feelings of wonder and give you perspective," says psychologist Dacher Keltner. "Or better yet, plan a hike or a camping trip in a spot that's known for its vast spaces or natural beauty." 3. Crowdsource Spending time in large groups, whether at rock concerts or political rallies, often stirs feelings of awe. "Ecstatic social experiences have a way of lining everybody up emotionally, and that's very powerful," says Keltner. 4. Turn Your Gaze Upward Whether you're checking out Mars Rover images at or just looking for constellations in the backyard, "if there's anything that illuminates just how much we still don't know about the universe, it's looking up at the nighttime sky," says Shiota. 5. Find a Daily Dose of Inspiration Maria Popova, known by her Twitter followers as @Brainpicker, posts a stream of awe-inspiring images on her feed: slow-mo footage of a lightning strike, a sunset seen from space, sculptures carved into a pencil point. "I want people to stop a second and go, 'How amazing is that,'" she says. Stay Inspired The science behind the health-boosting effects of awe 6 steps to get your creativity flowing How to get unstuck Read more:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 My friend, The link (above) is interesting. I notice that you can all gung-ho about dieting like I have for the past few years. Recently, I have been losing by doing something different. I try to eat the foods I love. Have you ever heard of Skinny Cow? They make these ice cream sand- wiches that are better than any full fat ones. I eat one almost every night. The idea is that if you find a diet that works for you, you are more likely to stick to it. In my case, I love ice cream. I am not a fan of meat, myself, so I do not do well on Atkins. Angelo, on the other hand, loves meat (much to my chagrin). He has lost 30 lbs. eating only meats & veggies. I remember you asking me about the Greek yogurt. I figured out why you don't like it. The ones with fruit are sour. If I accidentally buy it, I add a little honey to it, but I have discovered the vanilla & honey ones are not sour. For lunch, I add cereal and eat it with an apple. At night, I might eat a creamy yogurt instead of other sweets. I also use Truvia sweetener which is actually good for you. And don't forget that popcorn when popped yourself is very low in calories & high in fiber. I hope I am not being presumptuous here. Sherrie

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I am currently trying a new way of eating (forget about that nasty "D" word!). I am following the "Schwarzbein Principle" and learning ways to focus on creativity and taking care of ME. I am currently in Body Blissmas, a program started by Jill Badonsky. As I learn to focus on healthy eating and being happy and creative, I would like to help you do the same.

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