Buffalo Chicken Muffins…DELISH!

Image 2Delicious dinner tonight with muffin tin recipe from Emily Bites. It was simple and easy to put together. I had to plan out the meal since it required a few ingredients that I don’t normally keep on hand (wonton wrappers and  The Laughing Cow blue cheese triangles).  Otherwise, simple ingredients include chicken breast, hot sauce, celery and cheddar cheese. Snap..done in a few minutes. These were great to add to half a plate of veggies….

Did You Know That Zero (0) Grams of Trans Fat Does Not Necessarily Mean Zero?

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The nutrition facts panel (food label) on these delicious Girl Scout Cookies say they have Zero Grams of Trans Fat.  You can see it in the pic above.  But, did you know that by definition “ZERO” on a Nutrition Facts Panel does not necessarily mean ZERO? It means less than .5 grams.  The “definitions” that are regulated by the FDA are a little tricky, so don’t be fooled. Whenever you see the words “Partially Hydrogenated or Hydrogenated Oil” in the list of ingredients, CODE for TRANS FAT.  In this case it was the second ingredient which, by the way, means it’s the second most predominant ingredient in the cookie recipe.

If you have 4 cookies you are looking at close to 1 gram of Trans Fat. It doesn’t seem like a lot but The American Heart Association recommends less than 2 grams of trans fat per day.  If you consider all the other food you eat in a day the small amount of trans fat in these cookies add up.

I love and support the Girl Scouts as much as anyone else does, don’t get me wrong. I bought 2 boxes of cookies today and I give these devoted girls a lot of credit for their community service.  Whoever is in charge of getting these cookies made really needs to change the ingredients like so many other baked goods manufacturers did.

What do you think?

FROZEN Pineapple and Mango Pieces Make a Super Delicious Healthy Snack!

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This plate of delicious frozen fruit is only 160 calories and, even better,  is about $.75 a serving. Did I mention it contains 6 grams of fiber and a powerhouse amounts of vitamin C and the mineral manganese? Not to leave out a wealth of phytonutrients and other important vitamins and minerals that is  found in this refreshing summer snack.

I buy a large bag of frozen pineapple and a large bag of frozen mango at Costco (not to be confused with mango fruit cups that are not nearly as tasty and low calorie) and they can be eaten straight out of the freezer without any fuss and tastes better than ice cream!