Tomorrow, September 13 is National Peanut Day and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious sirloin recipe with peanuts! I used salted peanuts because I love the flavor, but you can reduce the amount of sodium significantly if you use unsalted dry-roasted peanuts. Grapes seemed like a natural addition — don’t peanuts and grapes go together (as in peanut butter and jelly)? The sweet fruit balances the sweet/sour flavor of the reduced balsamic nicely. Prep time: About 10 … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day but only if you are making good choices. A pastry and a cup of coffee on the way out the door are not the best choices. Skipping breakfast to save calories is also not a good idea. There are numerous studies which indicate that people who do this, more than make up for those calories by consuming more later in the day. Even if you aren’t hungry in the morning, … continued…

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Healthy Habits Jenny Kramer, RD Tips, Tools & Techniques

This simple dish was inspired by a dish my sister makes using chicken sausage. The meatballs are a great, lean substitute. It’s easy to make in a hurry, but just as easy to make ahead and freeze. Prep time: About 15 minutes Cook time: About 15 minutes (cook pasta while cooking vegetables) Serves: 4   12 ounces Laura’s Lean Beef Italian Meatballs 2 red bell peppers 1 large onion 1 clove garlic 1 tablespoon olive oil 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano … continued…

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Barb Freda Healthy, Delicious Recipes Memorable Meals

There are a host of reasons to pack lunches for your children and of course, yourself as they head back to school or as you head out to work every day. You can pack healthier meals, make good use of leftovers (always a goal of mine), and save money. As you gear up to get into the packed lunch mode, here are some new products that make lunches safer and more convenient. 1. I liked Packit the minute I saw … continued…

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It’s Trail Mix Day so to celebrate, lets make some! A handful of trail mix can be just what you need for an energy boost on-the-go. I love trail mix but hate the load of calories that comes in a small serving of purchased trail mix. It’s hard for me to stick to the usual ¼ cup serving sizes. The calories aren’t the only negative to purchased trail mix – it usually comes with added sodium, preservatives, and too much … continued…

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August 29 is officially More Herbs, Less Salt Day. Let’s herb it up! This is one of those times you should ask the butcher to cut a fresh Laura’s Lean Beef Tenderloin Roast–a piece of tenderloin, rather than a steak. I used this day to go out to the garden and take some of each herb–lots of chives, some Thai basil, some regular basil, a bit of sage, some tarragon and a tiny bit of rosemary. My goal was just … continued…

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If there was a magic pill that helped you live longer and prevent certain chronic diseases would you take it? Most of us would agree to that in a heartbeat! What if longer life and disease prevention came from increasing physical activity? Would you agree to that? I hope you would have the same response. A recent study published in The Lancet looked at four major chronic diseases and analyzed the effect that increased activity would have on the outcomes … continued…

Fitness Healthy Habits Judy Eggebeen Tips, Tools & Techniques

Like many Asian dishes, this has a lot of ingredients. Having all the vegetables chopped and ready to go helps save some time. It’s all worth the effort for the result – a light, chock-full-of-vegetable-goodness summertime soup. 6 cups beef stock 1-inch fresh ginger root sliced into rounds 1 pound Laura’s Lean Beef 92% Lean Ground Beef 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons soy sauce 2 teaspoons sesame oil 1/4 cup egg substitute 1 clove garlic, minced 1/4 cup chopped … continued…

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Barb Freda Memorable Meals

Like most other moms across America, I’ve been out shopping with the kids for school supplies and clothes. I’ve been diligently trying to fit this shopping in between fun activities so the kids don’t get too upset. I’ve been carrying the supply list in my purse, that way I can take advantage if I find a good deal. So all this means is that you can run across me in the store aisles with a list and a pen in … continued…

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Back to School DIY Pam Freeman Tips, Tools & Techniques

Many people think that resistance training also known as strength training, is only done to increase strength and tone up muscles, but fortunately it does so much more! As you are probably aware, there are some inevitable physiologic changes that occur as we get older. Exercise can help stop, and even reverse, some of these declines. Consistent resistance training has the potential to: Maintain and/or increase muscle mass. If inactive, our bodies lose muscle mass at a rate of approximately … continued…

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