Friday, November 21, 2008

Writing Again

Had a bad day - sort of but I took a great nap late in the day and I'm writing again. Tonight, I'm writing for a publisher that I sold to a few weeks ago. It was fitness articles 3 weeks ago - now it's diet articles. And I just cooked up a good one with great ideas for diet friendly snacks for the freezer.

I'm gonna post some of it here. And I'll just take it down if it gets bought. That's why I'm adding this disclaimer for the publisher. I feel compelled to post a chunk of my article in the hopes that it will possibly help my friends-in-chemo find a healthy and yummy treat that satisfies them while they suffer through hell on earth.

Mom, if you're reading this, you can post here if you like using your Google username and password :) But if you don't want to, print this out for Daddy so he can make you some yummy treats!

1. Jello Sugar-free Pudding

Don't throw it in the pantry. Try putting the pudding in the freezer! You'll have a delicious frozen treat that's similar to ice cream or gelato with just 60 calories and 6 grams net carbs each.

2. Applesauce freezer pops

Place no-sugar-added applesauce into paper cups, drop a stick in the middle and freeze. You'll have a tasty treat and you'll be getting one fruit serving of your recommended daily five servings.

3. Banana crunchy pops

Peel two medium bananas and spread all-natural peanut butter or yogurt all over the banana. Cut into bite-sized pieces and dip into wheat germ. Layer a casserole dish with the cut bananas and freeze. When completely frozen, move into a freezer ready container for easy access.

4. Frozen cut up fruits

Frozen fruits are an excellent source of vitamins since the nutrients are "locked" in when frozen. Cut up bananas, strawberries, and peaches and freeze in containers. Blueberries and grapes are fabulous frozen and offer that satisfactory crunch when munching. This is also a great way to salvage those ripe bananas that no one wants to eat.

5. Instant oatmeal

It doesn't come out of your freezer but what you spice your oatmeal up with certainly can! Cook up a serving on plain oatmeal. Add some of your frozen fruits as a topping for a filling treat!

6. Make a fruit smoothie

Back to that versatile frozen fruit again. It's really convenient to have it all ready to go for a huge variety of snacks. Add 1 cup of low fat milk, frozen banana chunks, strawberries or blueberries in a blender. Add a teaspoon of vanilla and blend well.

7. Sugar-free Popsicles

We can't forget this longtime favorite. Keep a box of Sugar-free Popsicle available in your freezer to satisfy that sweet craving.

8. Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen veggies

Need a bigger snack? Try popping a bag of Birds Eye veggies into the microwave. It's so easy to do since the veggies can be cooked right in the bag. Sprinkle some spices on the vegetables when cooked and enjoy!

9. Edamame soybean pods

This delicious snack should be kept frozen. Just pop the edamame into the microwave and dive in!
10. Frozen whole grain waffles

Fiber-rich whole grain waffles are a great way to snack while still minding your diet. Try topping the waffles with yogurt or some frozen cut up fruit.

Cheers everyone!!

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