And so we call it – Art.

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“I have pretended to go mad in order to tell you the things I need to. I call it art. Because art is the word we give to our feelings made public. And art doesn’t worry anyone.”

-“The First Thing is Taking Strange Pictures”

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Cereal for Good Health

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The other day, someone in my family sent me a photo of their cereal breakfast and asked me what I thought about it. Specifically, the photo depicted a bowl filled with (more than one serving) of cereal, a carton of almond milk, a cup of orange juice, and a coffee.

I know that overall, this breakfast doesn’t really sound unhealthy (and this person did choose a cereal that was mostly whole-grain). However, from a nutritional stand point, I felt that it contained a lot of sugar without much variation in nutrients. So, I decided that I wanted to provide this person with suggestions on how to get more benefit from a cereal breakfast, as well as with some general nutrition information. I presented the information using Prezi to make it more interesting, and anyone can access it through this link:

https://prezi.com/-imvy3c9cv8_/healthy-breakfast-cereal-edition/

I thought I would share this here, so that my readers could also use it as a resource. Enjoy! ❤

Good and Cheap by Leanne Brown: A Resource

Good and Cheap is a cookbook I have been excited about for a while now. It was designed with low-income individuals in mind; particularly those receiving SNAP benefits.

Coincidentally, I had somehow discovered the book at a time when we were going over SNAP benefits (what used to be food stamps) in my community nutrition class. So, I was especially fond of the concept behind it and I’ve been keeping it under my “resources stash” ever since.

It’s cool, because Good and Cheap is available for download as a free PDF online; making it accessible to virtually anyone. But free doesn’t mean the quality is cheap!

The pictures in this cookbook are phenomenal! They just make the food look scrumptious. I love this, because it is intended for an audience who may not be inclined to try things that are new or “different.” But presented with pictures like these, anyone would be enticed to try a recipe or two or three or four!

You can also tell that the cookbook was prepared with a lot of love and consideration. Yes, the recipes require butter, and I am fearful that someone may lash out against me advertising this, being that I am a nutrition student. However, the author is really only keeping in mind that someone eating on a limited budget is also depending on staying full from a limited number of meals. Therefore, the meals need to be filling, and the fat in butter does help with satiety, not to mention flavor.

Furthermore, each recipe in this book was prepared with the knowledge that SNAP provides a single person with about $4 a day for food. The cost to make most of the recipes conveniently fall below $4, and the total cost and cost per serving are provided for each recipe.

It did take me a while to try a recipe from this book myself, but I managed to pull it out the other day, when my husband and I were completely out of inspiration for our grocery list. The two of us had gone through the recipes together, and we decided on trying out the following:

Chocolate Zuchinni Muffins

Egg Sandwich with Mushroom Hash

Mexican Street Corn

Toast 8 Ways

Creamy Zucchini Fettuccini

Spicy Broiled Tilapia with Lime

Deviled Eggs 6 Ways

Potato Leek Pizza

So far, we have made, the street corn, the toast, the tilapia, the fettuccini, and the pizza. All of which were (in sing-songy voice) AMAZING. I can’t wait to try the rest!

But I did want to get this cookbook some extra attention, because I think it was wonderfully made and can be helpful for anyone, regardless of their budget. However, I am hoping that the more people know about it, the more people will be able to share it with those for which it was intended.

Happy cooking everyone! Let me know if you end up checking it out! xx

Calorie counter: fruit vs. fruit juice

Fruit versus fruit juice.

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There’s been some debate whether fruit juice should count among your daily recommended servings of fruit and vegetables. Experts agree that, while pure fruit juice does contain a lot of vitamins, a whole piece of fresh fruit is almost always the better choice — since juice is packed with the fruit’s natural sugars. Here’s how some popular fruits stack up against their liquid counterparts.

  • ORANGES
    One 8-oz. glass of orange juice has close to 2.5 times the sugar and just one-third the fiber of a typical piece of fruit. The stats from caloriecounter.com: the small juice contains 112 calories, 0.1 g dietary fiber, and 20.8 g sugar, while the fruit has 45 calories, 2.3 g dietary fiber, and 9 g sugar.

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