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An Apple a Day

I really, really, really wish that Fall would make its appearance here in the south!!!  We had one week of lower temperatures, but today it was 87 degrees.  It’s October!!!  The leaves should be changing, and I should be able to wear the long sleeved shirts that I recently pulled out of our storage closet.  I can’t, though, and that’s kind of depressing.  Fall is my favorite time of the year.  The leaves aren’t even changing yet!  I’ve seen flocks of birds fly south, but I think that has more to do with how the Earth revolves than it does the temperatures.  I’m ready for my fall.

Even though Fall hasn’t officially shown up here in the Carolinas, I have had some fall indulgences since the calendar told me Fall has begun.  I wrote about pumpkin pie that Scott and I made in the dead of night last week.  We also have found honeycrisp apples!

Honeycrisp apples are, by far, my apple of choice.  I love how crisp they are, and how the apple juice flows with every bite you take.  It’s not very tart – it’s quite sugary compared to some other apples.  I looked all over for honeycrisp apples when we went to the farmer’s market a few Saturdays ago and no one had them yet.  Their peak harvest month is Ocober.  Scott found them at the grocery store last week and brough home some for me!  Excitedness.  He noted that their price is about a dollar more than the other apples, but that’s due to it only being available for a few weeks in the Fall, while other apples are available most of the season.

I also tried something different last week – I was in the mood for zucchini, but didn’t want to wait on water to boil and all that, so I tried steaming them in the microwave.  I didn’t use any instructions, just chopped up the zucchini and drizzled with a teeny bit of water, then put it in for 45 seconds.

It worked.

I ate some plain, and then put the rest into pasta alfredo that got consumed before I took a picture.  Zucchini = yummy fiber!  Squashes and zucchini can be found everywhere this time of year, and they are delicious as sides or in casseroles or other dishes.  I still have some left, so I’ll be trying these out in different ways over the next week.  Check back to see what all I create with them! 🙂

On a final note, I need to mention something about greek yogurt.  I have plugged Chobani yogurt in the past, and that’s what I’m about to do again.  I love their yogurt!  It’s so thick, creamy, and rich, and has much less fat than other yogurt, and absolutely zero additives.  Most fat free brand name yogurts (store brand, too) contain high fructose corn syrup because they need to cover the extreme tanginess of the yogurt.  Greek yogurt doesn’t need any because of how they strain their yogurt.  They use real fruit, pectin, and cane sugar.  My reason for bringing up greek yogurt again is this: please be sure you stir it up.  Most greek yogurt is fruit on the bottom.  Scratch that, the fruit, cane sugar, and pectin is on the bottom, unlike other yogurts where the HFCS is in the yogurt.  Have fun stirring up your greek yogurt!  You’ll be glad you did.  It means the difference between sour cream and pudding.  Plain greek yogurt can be used as sour cream, and the yogurt on top of the fruit mixture is plain greek yogurt.  It will taste that way unless you stir it up first.  I’ve had some people tell me they were not happy with the blah flavor of the yogurt, and everything was at the bottom.  So be sure to stir your greek yogurt!

What’s your favorite kind of yogurt?

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Seriously.

This is what happens when a southern girl changes her eating habits.  I’ve always known that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but really, just plain fruits and vegetables all the time would be bland.  I’m trying to learn new and creative ways to use fruits and vegetables.  I’m also learning about several other foods that are healthy for me.  And learning about fiber has been daunting, but rewarding!  Who knew that the fiber count of figs almost triples when they are dried?  Wow.

In my attempt to eat more fiber, I have eaten less meat over the past few weeks.  I’m still eating meat, but it is no longer the central focus of every meal that I eat.  I’ve eaten more beans since they are full of soluble fiber.  Soluble fiber, to me, is wonderful since it not only helps the digestive system run smoothly, it also latches on to calories and helps flush them out of the body!  I have eaten more black beans over the past two weeks since they are very high in soluble fiber.  You could say I am a black bean addict, which is fine with me – especially since Scott doesn’t like black beans.  That means more for me!

Trying to get an eight year old to start eating healthy is a challenge in itself.  Yesterday, we got Arnold multigrain sandwich thins.  We tried them out on Noah last night, and guess what – Noah really liked them!  I see a light at the end of the White Bread Tunnel.  He also asked for apples and grapes so that he could have a healthy snack.  Things are looking up!

I got to try the sandwich thins today with some chicken salad that I created in about five minutes this morning.  I got creative with some chicken tenders that Scott had lightly seasoned with some Lawry’s.  Here is my impromptu recipe, good for one serving:

2 baked chicken tenderloins, chopped

5 grapes, quartered

1 tbsp light canola oil mayonnaise

1 pinch of salt

1 dash of ground pepper

Here is the chicken once chopped:

Here is the result after mixing all of the ingredients together:

And here is the final product on sandwich thins:

This was awesome!!!  I had this with tortilla chips and hummus, and finished with some Greek yogurt:

Greek yogurt.  Ahhh, where to begin?  It is much thicker and more full flavor than American yogurt.  It almost has a pudding consistency, kind of like sour cream.  I had never tried the fruit on the bottom kind, but being all natural, the yogurt was well separated from the fruit, so I mixed it up.  Here’s what happened:

And let me tell you – it was sooo good!  It tasted like dessert as opposed to a nonfat fruit yogurt.  Oh, yeah, this stuff is nonfat.  Nonfat never tasted so good, though!  Honestly, I don’t know where the nonfat is, but unless they hadn’t put nonfat and 0% in large letters and numbers all over the container, I wouldn’t have known.  This stuff is better than yoplait.  It’s so rich and creamy, and the fruit is real, natural fruit flavor.  The way it should be.  They don’t add unnecessary sugars to it, either, which I love.  Definitely worth trying!  I had Chobani brand today, and I highly recommend it.

I am still finding out lots of information about living healthy, and I still have a lot to learn, but I am proud of the progress I’m making.  Tomorrow I will talk more about where I am getting my ideas from, and why I am not following a program.

Question: Have you tried Greek yogurt?  What do you think?

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