Wednesday, November 28, 2012

November 28, National French Toast Day
Featuring Raisin Bread French Toast
and Low Cholesterol Variations

Each French Toast Recipe contains variations substituting soy milk for skim milk; and egg substitute for the egg.

Raisin Bread French Toast
with Banana, Crunchy Peanut Butter,
and Gingersnap
Ingredients for One Serving
1 slices Raisin Bread
2 Tbsp Milk, Skim or Soy Milk
1/2 Egg or 2 Tbsp Egg Substitute
1/2 Banana
1 teaspoon Peanut Butter, crunchy
1/2 Gingersnap Cookie, crushed

Variation: Substitute Soy Milk for Skim Milk; and Egg Substitute for Egg 

Nutrition Information

Raisin Bread French Toast
with Berries Topped with
Crushed Gingersnap Cookie
Ingredients for One Serving
1 slices Raisin Bread
2 Tbsp Milk, Skim or Soy Milk
1/2 Egg or 2 Tbsp Egg Substitute
1/3 cup Berries
1/2 Gingersnap Cookie, crushed
 Variation: Substitute Soy Milk for Skim Milk; and Egg Substitute for Egg

Nutrition Information

Thursday, November 22, 2012

November 22, 2012
Comfort Soups for Thanksgiving

A comfort food can be a warm bowl of soup surrounded by loved ones
 on Thanksgiving Day.  - Sandra Frank, EdD, RD, LDN

Split Pea Soup with Reduced-fat Sour Cream 
and Basil in a Winter Squash Bowl
Canon EOS T3i; focal point: f/4; exposure time: 1/25 sec;
ISO 3200; focal length 47 mm; artificial light with diffuser; 
nutrition:139 kcal; 5 g Fiber

Vegetable Soup served in a Pumpkin Bowl
Canon EOS T3i; focal point: f/3.5; exposure time: 1/30 sec;
ISO 3200; focal length 21 mm; artificial light with diffuser; 
nutrition:106 kcal; 5 g Fiber

Visit Dietitians Online Blog for a Thanksgiving Day Special Edition

May your Thanksgiving be filled with special moments,
and the love of family and friends.
warm wishes, Sandra and Jake Frank

Thanksgiving Song
by Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Remembering the Twinkie

FDA GRAS, Corn Dextrin 

End of the Twinkie (November, 2012)
World News With Diane Sawyer

Whats in a Twinkie? (2007)



Thursday, November 15, 2012

November 15, America Recycles Day
and Use Less Stuff Day

November 15, 2012: America Recycles Day; Use Less Stuff Day; 
Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day; Great American Smokeout

America Recycles Day is dedicated to the promotion of recycling programs in the United States. Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day.

Keep America Beautiful believes each of us holds an obligation to preserve and protect our environment. Through our everyday choices and actions, we collectively have a huge impact on our world. Keep America Beautiful follows a practical approach that unites citizens, businesses and government to find solutions advancing core issues of preventing litter, reducing waste, and beautifying communities.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

According to the U.S. EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), recycling:
*Conserves natural resources to help sustain the environment.
Reduces the need for landfilling and incineration.
*Saves energy and prevents pollution.

Recycle Guys in the Supermarket

How You Can Help

1. Each community has different standards for what can be recycled and how to do it. Visit Keep America Beautiful and enter your zip code for your local information and resources.
2. Plastic. Look for the recycling symbol on plastic packaging or containers. #1 and #2 plastics should be accepted by almost every recycler.
3. Cans. Aluminum and steel cans are always welcomed by recyclers, and most metals can be recycled infinitely with no loss of quality.
4. Recycling and Traveling. Keep two trash bags in your vehicle - one bag for garbage, and one for recyclables. Pre-sorting makes it easier to transfer your recyclables to the proper container once you’ve reached your destination.
5. Recycle your wireless phone. Millions of out-of-service phones are waiting to be reused or recycled. Find a local charity with a phone recycling program, or visit  to download a postage-paid mailing label and return your unused phones.
6. Paper. In addition to newspaper recycling, most communities will accept corrugated cardboard, and some will even accept junk mail, catalogs and phone books.
7. Electronics. Never throw old computers, monitors, TV’s, printers, or other electronics in the landfill. Instead, donate them to a local charity for reuse, or find out about your local e-cycling programs.
8. Reduce the amount of trash you throw away and reuse products before you throw them out or recycle them. This creates the least impact on the planet and our resources. 

The Thursday before Thanksgiving is "Use Less Stuff Day." The purpose of this day is to raise awareness to the amount of garbage produced in American between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. The estimated extra waste amounts to 25 million tons of garbage.

Through education, and in collaboration with many individuals and organizations around the world, the aim of  is to share the message of common sense, timeless wisdom, and gratitude for what we have been given. Just Use Less.

Ways to Use Less Stuff
During the Holidays and Any Time
Plan meals using portion control to minimize waste.
Food/DrinkPortion Per Person
Turkey3 ounce, without bone
Stuffing1/4 cup
Sweet Potato Casserole1/3 - 1/2 cup
Green Beans1/2 cup
Cranberry relish2 to 3 Tablespoons
Pumpkin Pie1/8 - 1/10 of a 9" pie
After a party, put leftovers in plastic containers or bags and send them home with guests, or donate to food banks.
Bring your own camera instead of using disposable cameras.
Cancel mail order catalogues you know longer use.
Bring your own shopping bags.
Consolidate your purchases into one bag rather than getting a new bag at each store.
Plan your shopping in advance. Save money on fuel by making fewer trips to the stores. Avoid last minute shopping when you won’t have time to make careful gift choices.
Consider giving gift certificates or making a donation to a favorite charity in your friend/family's name.
Give homemade food or something you’ve made yourself from reused items.
Shop for gifts at antique stores, estate sales or flea markets, since one person’s trash is another’s treasure.
When buying electronics, remember to buy rechargeable batteries to go with them.
Send e-greetings to family, friends and business associates who are on-line. Did you know about 2.65 billion Christmas cards are sold each year in the US?
Get a tree that can be planted or mulched afterward, or buy an artificial one.
Compost your food waste. Fruits and vegetables and their peels, pits and seeds are all perfect for composting, a great natural fertilizer.
Resource: The Use Less Stuff Report

The Use Less Stuff Report (ULS) Bob Lilienfeld is the editor of The ULS Report, a newsletter aimed at spreading the benefits of source reduction. The goal of ULS is to help people make more informed decisions about the products and packages they take home every day.  

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