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Because it’s a Holiday …

… and because I want you all to know I’m pro-good-food, I want to share some links to friends of mine who blog about cooking and/or baking, and do so well.  They’re both committed to quality food made with quality ingredients.  The kind of food that, eaten in reasonable quantities, is good fuel for your body.

My friend Tami hosts a fine culinary experience she calls A Bite to Eat.  She covers a lot of dining ground with clear instructions and pictures.  I can’t actually pronounce all the dishes she writes about, but they look mighty tasty.  Her blog’s almost a year old, so there’s plenty of content there you haven’t read (or cooked).

My friend Chris hasn’t been at it as long, but the dude is seriously committed to desserts that taste good and he uses quality ingredients.  He’s also some sort of scientist, which you’ll realize when you read his blog, A Good Day to Pie.

Yesterday here at Skipping  Dessert World Headquarters one of the Sprightly Daughters and I (OK, mostly I – she’s three years old) whipped up a batch of Alton Brown‘s Granola Bars.  I should have used a glass baking dish, like Alton told me to.  And I should have cut ’em as soon as they cooled, like Alton told me.  Other than that, they were good eats.

My point?  Food ain’t bad.  Bad food is bad.   Eat good food and good things have a chance to happen to your body.

Frozen Blueberries

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Because I am naturally contrarian, I refused to believe them for much of my life.  And we all know where that got me.

I used to think, “Hey, I’m not hungry, I can save ten minutes and a bunch of calories.”  I was stupid.  From the above-linked WebMD article:  “Some people skip breakfast in an effort to lose weight, but the practice is more likely to cause weight gain than weight loss. Skipping breakfast is strongly linked to the development of obesity. Studies show that overweight and obese children, adolescents, and adults are less likely to break the fast each morning than their thinner counterparts.”

I am now a committed, confirmed eater of breakfast.

So.   Now I not only eat breakfast, I’ve been doing it long enough that I actually look forward to it.  On weekdays (I’ll get to weekends in another post) I drink coffee with half and half and eat some (yeah, some – I don’t measure) whole-grain Cheerios (not the multi-grain kind – regular Cheerios suit my palate and my nutritional interests better) with 2% (skim is just white-ish water) milk and some frozen blueberries.

Frozen blueberries?  For goodness sake, you say, why FROZEN blueberries when fresh ones are just steps away in the supermarket?  Because fresh blueberries are mushy.  Yes, all of them.  I’ve tried blueberries from all over the country (and the world), including fresh ones right off the bush (we grow A LOT of blueberries in north Florida), and they all feel mushy to me.  I don’t particularly like them, and I probably wouldn’t bother to choke ’em down just for the health benefits if I had to eat fresh regularly.

I like other berries fresh:  black, straw, occasionally rasp, but not particularly blue.

Alton Brown got me interested in the frozen kind, which, because they’re fresh-frozen, have the same nutritional value as the ones in the little plastic pint containers.  Plus, they create little Cheerio-cicles when I pour the milk over ’em.  Which makes breakfast fun.  Your mileage may vary, as they say.  By the way, I’ve tried two or three brands, but the Publix store-brand works best for me.  The berries tend to be plumper and not mashed and mutilated during the freezing and bagging process.

You may have noticed above that I use half and half in my coffee.  In copious amounts.  Because that’s how I like my coffee.  It’s also an ace-up-my-sleeve when I get down to the “short rows” of weight loss next year and am looking for things to eliminate to reach my goal.  But I’m putting that one off as long as I can.

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