Ideas, Tips and Info for Dec. 23-Dec. 30
Don't starve yourself while waiting to eat the big Christmas dinner. According to Keri Glassman, a New York City-based dietitian, “If you're hungry, you're far less likely to make healthy choices.”
To Hold Down Calorie Binges: Eat a small handful of nuts with a big glass of seltzer (or water) about an hour before you sit down to eat.
Boxing Day holiday, observed on Dec. 26 in Canada and England, was once the day in which people gifted boxes of food and other necessities for their employees. Now it's simply a time to relax.
Did You Know That.....
Chewing gum improves concentration (it's the repetitive motion), which makes it easier to take on repetitive tasks.
During the post-holiday cleanup, don't forget the fridge. According to a recent study, most vegetable and meat bins are full of bacteria (like listeria, E. coli and salmonella). To Remedy: Just remove the bins and clean them with warm water and a mild detergent. To Control Year-Round: Wipe down the fridge once a month.
The right glassware can help prevent your party guests from getting tipsy. According to a recent British study, male and female beer drinkers sipped their brew 60% more slowly from straight-sided glasses than they did from curved ones (a curved shape makes it harder for people to see exactly how much they drank).
Using Leftovers-Three to Try
2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp of baking powder
½ tsp of salt
¼ tsp of ground nutmeg
2 lightly beaten eggs
2 cups of eggnog (this can also substitute for milk)
¼ cup of oil
In a large bowl, mix together all the abovementioned ingredients.
Cook the pancakes on a griddle for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown.
Optional: Top with bourbon maple syrup (available at specialty food stores).
Crushed peppermint can be used to jazz up cupcakes (or any cake, actually).
What To Do: Crush the peppermints by placing them in a heavy resealable plastic bag and lightly pounding with a rolling pin.
Pour into a shallow plate or pie tin, and press iced store-bought or homemade cupcakes into the candies to coat the top.
Got any leftover wine?
You can freeze it in third-cup portions in small freezer containers and use the next time you saute chicken.
What To Do: Remove the chicken from the skillet.
Add the thawed wine, mixed with an equal amount of broth.
Bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits from the pan.
Stir in the minced garlic and herbs, and pour over the chicken.
Sources: “31 tips for a healthier you” by Camille Noe Pagan-Better Homes and Gardens, Dec. 2013, food know-how and Better Now sections-Better Homes and Gardens, Dec. 2012 and food know-how section-Better Homes and Gardens, Dec. 2010