Weekly Food for Thought with items on healthy snacking, "Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses" by Mary Karlin and more.
Cynthia Sass, registered dietitian and author of New York Times bestselling book "Cinch! Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches," is an advocate of snacking your way to a pair of skinny jeans.
"I encourage snacking. It helps one stay slim and healthy," Sass says. "The right snack keeps metabolism revved up and energy levels high while preventing mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacking.”
If there is time to prepare a more complex snack, Sass recommends the following easy ideas to satisfy mid-morning or afternoon hunger:
* Layer a parfait in a special clear glass dish. Choose vibrant colors and textures, like crisp sliced almonds. Arrange even simple snacks in artful ways, and garnish with fresh mint or edible flowers.
* Make a few squares of 70 percent cocoa or darker chocolate your second snack of the day.
* Slather 2 tablespoons of almond butter on a slice of whole grain toast topped with a sliced peach and a dash of cinnamon.
* Combine frozen, pitted, unsweetened cherries, a small scoop of rolled oats, almond milk, almond butter and a pinch of cardamom.
-- Family Features
Easy recipe: Tropical Granola Parfait
1 (6-ounce) container low-fat or fat-free flavored yogurt
1/2 cup sliced fruit
1/3 cup Tropical Granola (recipe below)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup flaked coconut
2 teaspoons wheat germ (optional)
Layer yogurt, fruit and granola in a juice glass. Try these combinations: pineapple yogurt with sliced mango or kiwi; lemon or peach yogurt with berries; vanilla yogurt with sliced bananas.
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Combine oil, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl, mixing until smooth. Stir in oats. Transfer mixture to a baking dish and bake 15 minutes. Stir in almonds, coconut and wheat germ if desired, and bake 15 to 20 minutes more, until almonds and coconut are golden and fragrant. Cool and serve, or store airtight up to 1 week.
Calories: 316; Fat: 13 grams; Protein 15 grams; Carb 36 grams; Fiber 5 grams
-- California Almond Board
Did You Know?
September is National Apple Month, National Chicken Month, National Mushroom Month and National Honey Month.
This national snack food is made exclusively in Israel and tastes of peanut butter. What is it?
Answer is at bottom of column
Wise to the Word: Walnut
The fruit of the walnut tree, which grows in temperate zones throughout the world. English walnuts are the most widely available and come in many varieties, some with moderately thick shells and others with thin shells. They're available year-round and come in three main sizes: large, medium and baby. When buying walnuts in the shell, choose those free of cracks or holes. Shelled walnuts should be plump, meaty and crisp; shriveled nutmeats are past their prime. Walnuts in the shell can be stored in a cool, dry place up to three months.
Number to Know
540: One Crunchwrap Supreme at Taco Bell is 540 calories.
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"Artisan Cheese Making at Home: Techniques & Recipes for Mastering World-Class Cheeses" by Mary Karlin
Today, modern technology has opened the world of cheese to enthusiasts willing to take its humble fundamentals -- milk, starters, coagulants and salt -- and transform them into complex edibles. This book is a comprehensive guide to home cheese-making, filled with easy-to-follow instructions for making mouthwatering cheese and dairy items. Renowned cooking instructor Mary Karlin has spent years working alongside the country’s most passionate artisan cheese producers while cooking, creating and learning the nuances of their trade. She presents her findings in this lavishly illustrated guide.
-- Ten Speed Press
From the Beer Nut’s Blog: Win a trip to Oktoberfest
Going to Oktoberfest in Germany is one of the things I’ve always wanted to do. Now Draft Magazine and Paulaner are offering people a chance to win a trip to the 2012 festival. That’s a heck of a prize. Here are all the details:
LITTLETON, Colo. Draft Magazine and Paulaner Bier have joined forces to offer two lucky people the chance to win a trip to the 2012 Munich Oktoberfest. Attendees last year consumed 1.6 million gallons of beer, 200,000 pairs of pork sausage, and 485,000 spit-roasted chickens during the two-week festival. Enter online at draftmag.com/Oktoberfest. Winners will be chosen this fall.
To read more from the Beer Nut, visit http://blogs.townonline.com/beernut/.
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