“Be Mine,” “Kiss me,” “Sweet Talk, ” “Tweet Me.” Candy hearts, originally called motto hearts, the brightly colored heart shaped candy with the stamped red sayings, have been iconic Valentine’s Day treats since 1902. Also known as conversation hearts, motto hearts, and sweethearts, they’re manufactured by NECCO, the New England Confectionery Company, which has been [...]
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Pork products, fish, beans, cakes with coins, grapes, pickled herring? Sound tasty? Maybe yes, maybe no? So what do they have in common? They’re a sampling of some of the foods people eat on New Year’s to bring good luck. Food has power and especially at transitional points – like holidays and feast days — [...]
There are food courts and coffee shops around every bend and on every corner – and all of them seem to sell peppermint and gingerbread goodies that scream, “Holiday.” That can really test your willpower. A hot skim latte is a great snack – soothing, calorie controlled, with a nice amount of protein. A nice [...]
Poor Rudolph — he’s had to put up with all of those clown nose jokes over the years. But wait — it turns out that scientists have determined that reindeer have more abundant blood vessels in their noses than humans. The British Medical Journal reports that a team of scientists and researchers used a hand-held [...]
You open the fridge door right after the holiday party and what do you see? Leftover pie, cake, stuffing, turkey, ham, potatoes, lasagna, pizza – you name it. With all of that tempting stuff staring at you, how can you possibly not nibble away? The best laid plans have been defeated by left over stuffing [...]
Not a fritter and not a flat dough circle hot off the griddle, a latke — commonly called a potato pancake — is traditionally made from potatoes, grated onions, and some form or combination of binders like eggs, flour, and matzoh meal. The potatoes aren’t the fancy kind. Russets (Idaho potatoes) are commonly used because [...]
Most of those waistline hugging, thigh bulging holiday calories don’t come from the “day of” huge holiday meals but from unrelenting nibbling over the holiday season. It’s way too easy to add on an extra 500 calories a day over and above your average daily calorie needs. An additional 500 calories a day translates into packing [...]
Turkey, the centerpiece of most Thanksgiving meals, is a low in fat and high in protein nutritonal star. A 3 and 1/2 ounce serving is about the size and thickness of a new deck of cards. The fat and calorie content varies because white meat has less fat and fewer calories than the dark meat [...]
Is your holiday mindset: lots of food = good time; not so much food = bad time? Can you possibly revel in holiday spirit without accompanying gluttony? You bet you can – but often the celebrations themselves become intertwined with the need or obligation to cook and/or eat not just because we’re hungry, but because [...]
If you do, you can start shedding your guilt because you’re certainly not alone. Let’s put it another way: Is it almost a foregone conclusion that there’s Halloween candy in your future? The candy assault on your senses is pretty hard to escape. It’s everywhere in glowing Technicolor on shelf after shelf in big box stores, [...]
Penny Manegan Klatell, PhD, RN
Penny is a doctoral level nurse; a health, life, and wellness coach; and a Mom. She’s also a nutritional counselor, food lover, former college professor, author, blogger, speaker, and a very frequent restaurant visitor. She’s from a Greek restaurant family where she learned to cook and discovered the need to speak loudly to be heard above the din. She writes about delicious, healthy food and how to eat well anytime, anywhere, and at any age.
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