I was getting ready to write a newsletter on another
morning when a news headline grabbed my attention:
Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains
want to put them out of business (I love Fritos, for
crying out loud!).
It looks like the source of the mercury is at the food
plants, not inherent in the corn syrup itself.
But still! This is distressing.
High fructose corn syrup can be found in tons of
foods. It increases
the sugar count and leads to weight gain. If you
want to lose
weight, reduce the amount of high fructose corn syrup
And if you don't want a side of mercury, I'd try to
eliminate it altogether.
Be careful--I served my family whole-wheat white bread for a few
weeks before I realized it contained high fructose
corn syrup. Read
The other night we had friends over for dinner.
It was a Monday, so
I served my usual spaghetti and meatballs.
Mondays are busy for
us--I always do homemade sauce and meatballs in the
so it's ready when we get home from the kids' various
This particular Monday I hadn't had a chance to go
I didn't have the fixings for a full tossed
salad. I did have one cucumber,
one red pepper and one red onion, however.
Here's the side dish
I came up with:
Cate's Crunchy Italian Salad
1 cucumber, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 red pepper, sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 red onion, sliced
zesty Italian dressing, about 1/4 cup
parmesan cheese to taste
dash of black pepper
Combine vegetables into bowl and mix with
dressing. Add more or
less dressing to taste. Mix well. Toss
with cheese and pepper. Serve
Enjoy! It's definitely quick and easy.
How's your New Year's fitness resolution going?
Mine is still rolling
along...I know many of you got a kick out of my "can't
walk down the
stairs" newsletter a few weeks ago.
I'm still doing the Shred video, although I'm not
doing it every day, like
Jillian Michaels recommends. The kids and I
bought our hand weights at
Target this past week, and have begun tackling Level
2, although we still
can't do certain moves all the way through.
Level 1 is definitely easier!
No more cans of kidney beans flying through the air.
I can feel my stamina, cardio and strength improving. Good stuff.
Well, we're getting another 9 to 16 inches of snow
today, so I'm going
to sign off and figure out how to do all my errands
a good day to just stay indoors. :-)
week--keep it real!