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05/20/2010

Breakfast for dinner, once again!

Filed under: dinner ideas, Healthy Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, Peaches, Recipes — fruitchick1 @ 3:01 am

 Dinner Dinner, What’s for Dinner?

Does this sound familar? “I don’t wanna make something, but I don’t wanna eat junk either”. It’s 8 PM so I am way too hungry to make something that will take more than 5 minutes, and due to food allergies there isn’t much in the frozen food category I can have.

So I resorted to breakfast for dinner, once again. Two slices of French toast, with diced first-of-the-season White Peaches and a bit of cream cheese, and in about 5 minutes “dinner” was ready!

Ideal dinner? Doubtful, but it’s got to count as an upgrade from how I used to eat French toast,  with butter and drowned in syrup, or from my usual default dinner of cold cereal when I can’t figure anything else out and I’ve waited so long I’m feeling loopy. (OK peanut gallery, loopier than usual!) Plus it’s definitely an upgrade from the “old days” when the cereal of choice was, you guessed it, Fruit Loops!

Now, even in my hunger-induced fog, I always try to figure out how can I make what I pick healthier than “the usual”. (Hence the white peach for sweetness instead of syrup). When I eat cheerios I add dried cherries or fresh nectarine or peach. With peanut butter crackers I’ll have apple juice instead of soda. And so on.

Strict nutritional guidelines to live by? You won’t get those from me. But for encouragement to keep trying to eat more healthfully, nutritious snack suggestions and a hint that sometimes it doesn’t have to be hard-I’m your gal. Just kick up the nutritional content a bit on at least one item, every time you eat something. It doesn’t feel like work, and I know I feel a lot better by doing this. I hope you will too! And if you want help or ideas, please let me know.

Want to do something for dinner with white peaches but NOT French Toast? Check out this recipe from the California fruit growers! “White Peach Margarita Chicken” http://ow.ly/1NpxQ  

Thanks for reading!

07/30/2009

Filed under: Healthy Breakfast — Tags: , , , — fruitchick1 @ 2:47 am

Considering that my love of fresh produce stems from my family, I think my inaugural blog post is the ideal place to showcase my grandparents motto: “Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, Stay healthy!”

While they both had very little formal education, they instinctively knew what basic principles were important for a healthy and successful life:  proper rest, lots of deep breathing and plenty of good food!

As a teen, my typical breakfast was a bowl of Cheerios or even Frosted Flakes. One memorable morning at their house, I discovered that my routine meal was not allowed on Grammy’s watch! Half a grapefruit, then an egg, then a slice of melon and then I could eat the cereal if I wanted. What a shock to even contemplate that much food in the morning!

While I admit that her rules for the breakfast club did not stick with me (at least I’ve upgraded to Total Raisin Bran), Grammy was definitely onto something: start with a breakfast like that and you have plenty of fuel for the day (and you’ve already gotten 2 servings of fruit before leaving the house!)

Along those lines, I’d like to share a valuable tip my former trainer gave me. Start your day by asking yourself: “what can I ADD to my day that will be healthy for me”? I highly recommend using breakfast as your starting point, because it is so easy to slide a serving of fruit in there, possibly while you’re still half asleep!

Plan on 6 oz. of OJ, or 1/2 a grapefruit, a handful of grapes–whatever suits your tastes and fits in with any special medical or dietary needs. Then, you can feel great because you’ve already gotten one serving in for the day. Off you go to whatever adventures await you, hopefully with a bit more energy than usual. Have a fruitful day!


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