Movies, Popcorn, and the Oscars

When you think movie, do you also think popcorn? A good percentage of movie viewing people do. And what’s the biggest movie night of the year? The Academy Awards, of course. Oscar has been around for a long time – the first Academy Awards ceremony was in 1929 – but the main snack food that’s […]

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Cupid Would Have Loved Candy Hearts

Romantic American colonists certainly did. They had their own form of text messages hundreds of years ago, no internet required. Instead, they used candy messages — they would give gifts of homemade hard candy with messages etched into the surface to their sweethearts. Years later the founder NECCO and his brother, who developed the process […]

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Want to Burn Off Some Calories From All That Super Bowl Food?

Will you be watching the big game? Maybe you’re more interested in the food than the game. Either way, according to the Calorie Control Council, the average game watcher chows down on about 1,200 calories worth of food and snacks on game day – Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day (right behind […]

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Super Bowl Food Trivia

Food and the Super Bowl

Super Bowl 51 is this Sunday. Even though professional football — as we know it – has been around since 1920, the first Super Bowl only dates back to January 1967. Super Bowl Sunday certainly has the trappings of a holiday both in the US and in many expat communities. It’s the most watched annual […]

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Is Your Coffee Or Tea Giving You A Muffin Top?

Morning coffee. Coffee break. Afternoon tea. A nice cup after dinner. Many of us love – need – our coffee or tea. A nice hot steaming cup of coffee or tea can hit the spot and a hot skim latte is a great snack – soothing, calorie controlled, and protein laced.  On the other hand, […]

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What To Eat For Good Luck In The New Year — And What To Avoid!

Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, and pickled herring? Maybe lentils, black-eyed peas, cooked greens or long noodles? Food and symbolism play important roles in celebrations around the world. On special occasions different countries use certain foods — not just to celebrate — but often as a symbol of luck, wealth, and health. […]

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Is Santa Having Trouble Buckling His Belt?

It seems that Santa has some weight challenges – no small wonder with all of the cookies and milk left out for him on Christmas Eve! Plus, he uses a sleigh pulled by reindeer so he just slides down the chimney. That might be a tough task with that belly and big bag of presents, […]

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15 Easy-On-The-Waistline Holiday Eating Tips

The holidays are here. You can’t go anywhere without sugary, glittery, shiny holiday themed food calling your name. Holidays create a “perfect storm” for eating way too much. They combine some of the worst cues and triggers for overeating: family drama, too much food (much of it sweet and fatty), tradition and ritual, stress eating, […]

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Holiday Food Safety Guidelines

How Long Can Your Turkey Safely Stay On The Table — And The Leftovers In The Fridge?

Once Your Bird Is Cooked, Does It Matter How Long You Leave It Out? It definitely matters – and the clock starts ticking as soon as the bird comes out of the oven, fryer, or off the grill. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of reported cases of food borne illness (food […]

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Do You Swipe Candy From Your Kid’s Halloween Haul?

Ah — Halloween candy! It’s pretty hard to escape because it’s everywhere – on desks, in restaurants, even in my veterinarian’s office in a nice purple bowl with a dog bone painted on the side. Halloween week accounts for about eight percent of yearly confectionery sales and 34% of seasonal candy sales (like Christmas and Valentine’s […]

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