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At Nicci Micco’s EatingWell blog, Deliciously Slim, she recently discussed the best and worst movie-theatre snacks. As always, knowing exactly what we are eating — in other words, how many calories our snack actually provides — is a great help when trying to make healthy (or at least healthier) choices.

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Sauteed Apples

This recipe from Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions uses no sweeteners other than the fruit itself. It’s not low calorie (it’s a dessert!), but has no refined sugars and is delicious and easy to prepare.

Ingredients:

6 apples (or pears), peeled and cut into chunks

4 tablespoons butter

Preparation:

In a heavy skillet, saute the apples (or pears) in butter until golden. Serve with real whipped cream. Serves 4.

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According to Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions, natural sweeteners are products in which the nutrients have not been removed or may be more concentrated due to boiling down. Below is a list of natural sweeteners to use in place of refined sugars like table sugar and and high fructose corn syrup.

Raw Honey: Honey that has not been heated over 117 degrees is loaded with amylase, which is an enzyme that digests carbohydrates. The presence of amylase makes honey the perfect sweetener with grains, like toast or oatmeal, since it helps digest the carbohydrates in the grains. Raw honey also has all the nutrients found in plant pollens. Honey does not upset blood glucose levels as severely as refined sugar.

Maple Syrup is rich in trace minerals. Make sure you buy real maple syrup as much of the syrup you see in the grocery store is actually corn syrup with maple flavoring. It can be used successfully in baked goods such as muffins and pancakes.

Stevia is a sweet powder made from an herb and can generally be used by those who are sensitive even to natural sweeteners. A little goes a long way, so don’t use too much. It doesn’t add bulk to a recipe, so it is difficult to use in baked goods, but it is ideal for salad dressings, whipped cream, and your morning coffee or tea. One brand readily available at most grocery stores is Truvia.

Agave nectar is made from the agave plant. Unlike honey and maple syrup, it has a very mild flavor, more like refined sugar and it has a low glycemic index. It is great for sweetening beverages as it dissolves even in cold food and drinks. I like Madhava Agave Nectar.

Enjoy the sweet part of life.

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Great blog post at An Associate’s Mind about different character traits that mean success and those that don’t. It is interesting that those who focus on the importance of social relationships are more successful than those who focus only on achievement and competence.

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In a recent post at Healthy Highway Blog, there is great information about which foods, vitamins, and activities can ward off ADHD and dementia. There’s also information about Dr. Amen’s book Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: Use Your Brain to Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted. It sounds great.

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This is a great post from Nicci Micco at the Eating Well, Be Well blog. The post discusses the most recent recommendations for what we SHOULD eat as developed by the committee of scientists appointed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the USDA. It contains 8 Simple Rules that are easy to follow.

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A Taoist Proverb advises: “We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.”

Remember to relax, to be still, and to take time for yourself so that you can be the best for yourself and everyone that is important to you.

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