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Over the 9 months, my husband and I have been working to make our diets a little healtheir. Mostly this is because we have a young daughter and we want to be healthy for her, but also because we want to model a healthy lifestyle for her. So here are 10 ways we’ve come up with making our food healthier.

1. Use whole wheat or low carb pasta. I’m particularly a fan of Dreamfields brand pasta – it’s low carb, but you’d NEVER know it to taste it! It’s lower on the glycemic index, making it great for people on a low carb diet. You can barely taste the difference between it and “regular” pasta.

2. Try frozen yogurt instead of ice cream. Many kinds of frozen yogurt are creamy, and still come in fun flavors like cookies & cream or Moose Tracks (YUM!!!). It’s lower in sugar and fat, making it a great alternative.

3. Use corn flake crumbs instead of bread crumbs. You’ll barely taste the difference, but they’re lower in calories than most bread crumbs.

4. Use brown rice or long grain rice. Again, this is lower on the glycemic index, making it a better choice for people who enjoy a low carb lifestyle. Brown rice is flavorful, and makes a great add in for stuffed peppers, fajitas and so on.

5. Use ground turkey in place of ground meat. The two are interchangeable, so you can pretty much use them however you want. Turkey is lower in fat, but is still full of a meaty flavor. It’s a great alternative in meatloaf or soups and chilis.

6. Use applesauce in place of oil in cake mixes. The flavor is almost identical, but don’t use any sort of flavored applesauce, or you WILL skew the flavor of your cake!

7. Eat whole grain foods whenever possible. You’ll find them to be more filling, so you’ll eat less. Plus, whole grains are a better source of fiber and protein.

8. Eat Romaine lettuce instead of Iceberg lettuce. Romaine has a higher amount of fiber, B vitamins and folate. It also contains more calcium, potassium and trace minerals–and it has seven times the vitamin C and 18 times the vitamin A.

9. Add two cloves of garlic to soups, sauces, stir fries and stews. Garlic is great for heart health, and help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol.

10. Opt for organic whenever possible. This can definitely be a problem for those trying to live within a tight budget, but it’s definitely something worth exploring. A study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that one in every two people tested positive for one or more of up to 116 chemicals that were coming from food. However, if that doesn’t fit in with your finances, be sure to wash all your fruits and veggies thoroughly.

I wanted to include a widget on the sidebar of this post, but unfortunately, it wasn’t working in my blog, so I couldn’t share it with you. I hope these tips help you get on your way to having a healthier diet. I know they’ve definitely helped me! Happy eating!

DISCLAIMER: I wrote this blog post while participating in the TwitterMoms and WeightWatchers SmartOnes blogging program, making me eligible to get a $50 gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here.


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Childrens Museum of NH hosts Pizzafest and Holiday Auction on November 14, 2009

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A couple of months ago, I signed up to review the Good Home Cookbook. I didn’t really know what to expect when I signed up, except that I was looking for good food that was easy to make and wouldn’t require too much planning.

What I got was a whole lot more!

The book is full of tips and tricks for preparing different foods, such as chicken, fish, meats, and other things. There are great references for conversions, substitutions, canning and food preparation, among other things. I gave a copy of The Good Home Cookbook to my mother-in-law as well, and we have had fun discussing which recipes we like, and which ones we can’t wait to try. My personal favorite is a recipe for steak kababs using a marinade that is so perfect, I use it for tons of stuff! One of my families favorites, too, is the recipe for chicken noodle cassarole.
The thing I like the best about it is that most of the food is all homemade, but using things that are easy to find. I like feeling like I am making the best food choices I can for my family, and this cookbook allows me to do just that. Often times, when I find myself planning meals for the week, all of them come from just flipping the pages of the book and seeing something that looks delicious!
The best part about The Good Home Cookbook is that the recipes aren’t intimidating to try, and the ones I have tried have been hard to mess up. Many that I’ve done even allow some wiggle room for me to make substitutions or eliminations (for mushrooms, for example) that don’t cause the final product to be an inedible mess.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cooking, or is looking for some great, easy, family friendly recipes! Please check it out!

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Bento anyone?

Okay, I just recently started learning about bento lunches, and finding photos of them EVERYWHERE. Now, can someone PLEASE explain to me what a bento is, and why people take pictures of them? I feel like I’m out of some really cool looking loop somewhere, and I want to know what I’m missing!

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, this:
and this:

and this:
are all examples of bento lunches. Don’t they look fun? Don’t they look like something every mom should know how to make because they’re healthy and they’re cool looking?

Someone please tell me what I’m missing out on!

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