Friday, November 27, 2009

Hop on the Holiday Trolley

Holiday Trolley 12/5 Hop on the Northborough Holiday Trolley and get in the Christmas spirit! The trolley will be making stops at local shops from 11:30 am until 5:30 pm on Saturday, December 5th. Enjoy special discounts and complimentary snacks and beverages at certain locations. Be sure to stop at the Times Square Plaza (where Romaine's Restaurant is located) and come visit me! I'll be serving up my homemade Sugar Free Spiced Pecans, refreshing drinks and quick and delicious recipes to make your meals meaningful. In case you won't be able to make this festive event, here's the Sugar Free Spiced Pecan recipe so you can make it at home. It's a quick, easy and delicious snack recipe that would make a great stocking stuffer, teacher gift or perfect nibble to serve at your next party - and it won't spike your blood sugar because it's made with the all natural sweetener, xylitol, which is made from birch trees.
Sugar Free Spiced Pecans
1/2 C xylitol (all natural sweetener made from Birch trees)
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1/8 C water
2 C pecan halves
Combine all ingredients, except pecans, in a glass bowl or large glass measuring cup. Cover bowl with wax paper and microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Stir and microwave again for 30 seconds. Add pecans, stir well, and microwave 30 seconds more. Spread the coated pecans on wax paper and seperate with 2 forks. Cool completely. Store in a closed container in pantry.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Power of the Pulse

Sometimes I just want to immerse myself and my entire family in hand sanitizer, especially during this nasty cold and flu season. Since a Purell bath is pretty much out of the question, here's the next best thing - nasal irrigation. Kinda like a Waterpik for the nose, this electronic device delivers a gentle, pulsating stream of saline solution directly into nasal passages to moisturize and flush out mucous, helping to shorten the duration of colds and infections. This easy to use unit can also be a great preventative step if you feel you've been exposed to some unwanted germs - just plug it in, mix the saline packet with warm water and you are good to go. Takes less than five minutes from start to finish and much easier and more effective than a traditional neti pot. Ok - I know, this all sounds a little weird and slightly gross, but this little piece of equipment has saved myself and my family from countless unwanted infections and shortened the duration of those we caught. I added this to my natural remedy arsenal a few years ago, based on an endorsement from a top Harvard Natural Medicine doctor. I even got my kids to particpate at a young age and now when they are stuffy, they actually ask for the irrigator! So, whether you suffer from chronic allergies, have a full blown cold or just realized that hot date you smooched last night now has the flu, you may want to look into the power of the pulse. All image credit

Monday, November 9, 2009

Serious Snacking For Your Booty

Ok, you've disposed of all the lingering trick or treat booty, have already drafted next year's Halloween prenup and are ready for some serious snacking. Since eating sugar significantly lowers our white cell defenders (lymphocytes) in the blood for a period of time, which makes it more difficult to fight a nasty bug, it may be helpful to reduce your intake while all those swine-like germs are in the air. So, here's the perfect remedy to boost your immune system, get your body back on track, help stop those pesky cravings and amp up your daily fiber intake. Here's a super easy snack recipe that combines protein, fiber and healthy carbohydrates that you can enjoy making with your kids and munch on fresh out of the oven. Crunchy, tasty and totally homemade, you'll swear these little treats are some kind of nut, but they're not - they are roasted garbanzo beans, otherwise known as chick peas. So, if you are looking for a nut free snack or just want to upgrade from all the Skittles and M&M's you seem to keep gravitating towards - keep a treasure trove of these beans within easy reach and your body and your booty will thank you!
Roasted Garbanzo Beans
1 15 ounce can garbanzo beans
1 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drain beans and rinse well, then pat dry with a paper towel. Place beans on a metal sheet pan and drizzle with oil. Roll beans to coat and sprinkle with sea salt. Roast the beans for about 45 minutes, shaking the beans after 30 minutes of roasting. Continue to check beans and shake pan every few minutes until brown and crunchy - careful not to burn. Beans should not be soft in the middle. Can store leftovers in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.
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