Love that Peanut Butter!

March 8, 2012 at 11:38 AM | Posted in Food, snacks | Leave a comment
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My one snack/food weak point is Peanut Butter! As I was enjoying my daily tablespoon of Jif Reduced Peanut Butter I was wondering about the origin of Peanut Butter. So here’s a little background on one of my favorites Peanut Butter.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a food paste made primarily from ground dry roasted peanuts, popular in North America, Netherlands, United Kingdom, and parts of Asia, particularly the Philippines and Indonesia. It is mainly used as a sandwich spread, sometimes in combination as in the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The United States and China are leading exporters of peanut butter. Other nuts are used as the basis for similar nut butters.

Peanuts are native to the tropics of the Americas and were mashed to become a pasty substance by the Aztec Native Americans hundreds of years ago. A number of peanut paste products have been used over the centuries, and the distinction between peanut paste and peanut butter is not always clear in ordinary use. Early forms of peanut butter, like the Aztecs’ version, were nothing but pure roasted peanut paste. It may have been harder to work with and spread than regular peanut butter, less creamy and less sweet. Vegetable oil was also later added to most brands to aid in its spreadability, but with new modern processing machines being invented, the peanut butter was already significantly smoother than it had been.

Peanut butter was invented and reinvented many times during history. Peanuts were known as early as 950 B.C. and originated in South America. The ancient Incas used peanuts and were known to have made it into a paste-like substance. As a crop peanuts emigrated from South America to Africa by early explorers and then traveled by trade into Spain who then traded the product to the American colonies. The first commercial peanut crop was grown in Virginia in the early to mid 1840’s and in North Carolina beginning around 1818.

Evidence of peanut butter as it is known today comes from U.S. Patent 306,727, issued in 1884 to Marcellus Gilmore Edson of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for the finished product of the process of milling roasted peanuts between heated surfaces until the peanuts entered “a fluid or semi-fluid state.” As the peanut product cooled, it set into what Carter explained as being “a consistency like that of butter, lard, or ointment.” Edson’s patent is based on the preparation of a peanut paste as an intermediate to the production the modern product we know as peanut butter, it does show the initial steps necessary for the production of peanut butter. George Washington Carver is often credited with inventing peanut butter and is nearly synonymous with its history in the United States.

Dr. Ambrose Straub, a physician in St. Louis, Missouri, pursued a method for providing toothless elderly with protein in the 1890s. His peanut-butter-making machine was patented in 1903.

January 24 is National Peanut Butter Day in the United States.

Peanut butter has a high level of monounsaturated fats and resveratrol. Peanut butter (and peanuts) provide protein, vitamins B3 and E, magnesium, folate, dietary fiber, arginine, and high levels of the antioxidant p-coumaric acid.

A slang term for peanut butter in World War II was “monkey butter“.

In Dutch peanut butter is called pindakaas (peanut cheese), because the name butter was protected in the Netherlands when peanut butter came on the market in 1948. The word kaas, cheese, was already being used in another product (leverkaas) that has no cheese in it. In the 1960s, collectible glasses related to characters from the Oz Books were sold as promotions with “Oz, the Wonderful Peanut Spread.” The product was forced to rename itself a peanut butter when the USDA informed the company that, under food laws, a “peanut spread” has a lower peanut percentage than a “peanut butter.”

My Weakness Jif Peanut Butter!

March 8, 2012 at 11:34 AM | Posted in snacks | 1 Comment
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A little history on my favorite snack maker!

In 1958, original Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter was introduced, and quickly became a favorite. Moms recognized Jif peanut butter‘s superior fresh-roasted peanut taste and made Jif peanut butter a delicious addition to recipes for every meal.

Jif has introduced several new varieties over the years. In 1974, Jif Extra Crunchy peanut butter made its debut and proved to be a success with adults and children alike. In 1991, we introduced Simply Jif peanut butter, our product with low-sodium and less sugar than regular peanut butter. Shortly after, we responded to the demand for a reduced fat product with delicious fresh-roasted peanut taste with the launch of Jif Reduced Fat peanut butter spread. In 2004, the sweet combination of peanut butter and honey made its way into the Jif portfolio as Jif with Honey was debuted. Jif Natural peanut butter spread was launched in 2009. It is made from five simple ingredients and is now offered in both creamy and crunchy varieties. Soon after, Jif Omega-3 peanut butter was launched with the same great taste as regular Jif peanut butter. Jif Omega-3 peanut butter is an excellent source of Omega-3 DHA & EPA combined per serving. Most recently, Jif has made it easy to take the peanuttiest peanut butter with you anywhere with Jif To Go™, the perfect portable snack.

http://www.jif.com/

Mastrad – Top Chips Maker

December 30, 2011 at 2:36 PM | Posted in Food, potatoes, snacks | Leave a comment
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Mastrad – Top Chips Maker

I’m a sucker for the info commercials so when I seen the one on the Mastard – Top Chips Maker I had to try it. It arrived well packaged with very little wait time. It comes with a peeler, hand held slicer, and the Top Chips Microwave tray. I only had some small Golden Potatoes so I used them, a bigger Potato would be better. Anyway I sliced them up and seasoned them with Sea Salt and Pepper. I ordered several packets of seasoning but I wanted to save them for the larger Potatoes. I followed the directions step by step and sure enough I had my first bowl of Chips! Like I said it would be better if I had larger Potatoes. They turned out good and crisp. I’ll be making more using the larger Potatoes to get a bigger chip. The instruction booklet also has several recipes in it. I’ll be trying it with Apples soon to make some Apple Chips. The product description is below.

Mastrad – Top Chips Maker
Create healthy chips and crispy snacks in minutes-all in your microwave with the Top Chips Maker. Crispy chips and snacks are achieved without any oils or fats, cooking up light and crispy, all with the use of your microwave. So many vegetables and fruits contain valuable vitamins and minerals that we miss out on because we don’t like the limited ways we know to prepare them. With the Top Chips Maker-you can add healthy nutrients to your diet in a fun and delicious way-without all the harmful preservatives you find in pre-packaged versions of your favorite crisp snacks. To use, just slice potatoes, or other fruits and vegetables thinly and evenly. Place in a single layer on the Top Chips Tray, and microwave according to enclosed directions. Season with your favorite topping and voila. You have a healthy, delicious snack that you will feel good about serving to your children and guests. Stack multiple trays to cook more than one serving at a time. A fun way for kids to experiment and try different vegetables and fruits they may not be used to.

The Top Chips maker is designed for even the smallest of microwaves, perfect for small microwaves such as those found in RVs, dorm rooms and apartments-you can use your Top Chips everywhere. Hand wash or top-rack dishwasher-safe. Made by Mastrad, the makers of innovative and award-winning kitchen products loved the world-over.
Includes ALL YOU NEED to make FAT-FREE crispy chips in your own microwave!

Topchips™ tray
Slicer
Recipes and User Guide
Plus: Get 2 exclusive Topchips seasoning packets: Sour Cream & Onion, Apple Pie
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FREE Elios® Vegetable Peeler. ($10 value)

Rotissiaire Chicken Sandwich w/ Baked Steak Fries

September 23, 2011 at 5:47 PM | Posted in chicken, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, Ore - Ida, snacks | 3 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Rotissiaire Chicken Sandwich w/ Baked Steak Fries

I bought a nice plump Walmart Rotissiaire Chicken earlier today. I pulled all the meat and will get several meals out of it. For dinner I had a Rotissiaire Chicken Sandwich on toasted Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. Topped it with Kraft Reduced Mayo w/ Olive Oil, a splash of Jack Daniel’s Smoked Honey BBQ Sauce, and a slice of Smoked Gouda Cheese. I also had a serving of Ore Ida Baked Steak Fries. For dessert/ snack later a bag of Jolly Time 100 Calorie Mini Bag of Pop Corn.

Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast w/ Sliced New Potatoes, Cut Green Beans…

September 14, 2011 at 5:03 PM | Posted in beans, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea, greenbeans, grilling, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, snacks | 4 Comments
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Today’s Menu: Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast w/ Sliced New Potatoes, Cut Green Beans & Dry Shelled Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

Love those grill marks!

Finally got around in cleaning the grill and replacing the old grates with new ones so you know we had to fire it up! I used Miller’s Amish Chicken Breasts and marinated them in JB’s Fat Boy Sticky Stuff (Poultry BBQ Sauce). I let them marinate for 3 hours in the frige. Seasoned them with Sea salt and Ground Pepper and grilled. I had Bleu Cheese dipping sauce and Sticky Stuff Sauce on the side for the Chicken. The breast’s came three to a package and I saved one of them for a Chicken dish for later this week. As sides I had sliced New Potatoes that boiled and a can of  Cut Green Beans & Dry Shelled Beans along with a slice of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For a dessert/snack later some Pop Chips w/ Breakstone Ranch Dip.

Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

September 2, 2011 at 5:47 PM | Posted in Bella Vita low Carb Pasta Sauce, cheese, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Honeysuckle White Turkey Products, low calorie, low carb, snacks, Turkey meatballs, Whole Grain Bread | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs w/ Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce

It was spaghetti night tonight! I used Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Wheat Spaghetti along with Honeysuckle White Turkey Meatballs. Topped everything with Shredded Parmesan Cheese and Bella Vita Low Carb Pasta Sauce (Meat Flavored). Along with the great taste the Sauce is only 70 Calories and a mere 6 Carbs! I also had healthy Life Whole Grain Bread that I buttered and then sprinkled with Shredded Parm Cheese. Then I baked it at 350 degrees for 7 minutes. Makes a good side for any Pasta dish. For dessert/snack later some Chip‘ins Popcorn Chips along with Athenos Roasted Red Pepper Huummus.

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

July 26, 2011 at 10:03 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, snacks | Leave a comment
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Another interesting article from  http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com This one on everyone’s favorite Snacks! I’ll be showing one of the top rated ones each day.So if your going to snack make it one of these. Hope you find it interesting.

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

by Marsha McCulloch, R.D., L.D., and Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Stomach grumbling or blood glucose a bit low? Reach for one of our top 25 consumer-tasted and dietitian-approved snacks. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks, and a panel of taste-testers (including people with diabetes) ranked the treats. From chips and dip to cookies and popcorn, see which snacks were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

How These Snacks Made the List

Selecting smart between-meal munchies is simple if you’re satisfied with a basic banana or apple. But sometimes our taste buds scream for something a little more fun and flavorful.

How we chose the best snacks:
1. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks in 25 different categories.
2. In a rigorous taste test, an average of 50 people, including people with diabetes, sampled each snack (with the brand concealed), picking the best among three choices in each category.
3. Based on their ratings, we’ve awarded the top 25 snacks the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

Read on to see all the winners and honorable mentions. At the end, get a FREE two-page guide featuring the winners that you can print at home!

Best Tortilla Chips

Winner: Plocky’s Original Three Grain Tortilla Chips (plockys.com)

Why it won: These crisp and hearty tortilla chips are perfect alone, paired with your favorite salsa, or dipped in guacamole. Plus, they’re made of 84 percent whole grains from non-genetically-modified corn, wheat, and brown rice.

Taste-tester’s quote: “This chip has a hint of sweetness that makes it unique.”

Nutrition facts per 1 ounce (about 7-10 chips):

* 129 cal.
* 24 g carb.
* 4 g total fat (0 g sat. fat)
* 2 g pro.
* 90 mg sodium
* 2 g fiber

Honorable mention:

* Tostitos Natural Yellow Corn Chips
* Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-diabetic-snacks/?page=1

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

July 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, snacks | Leave a comment
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Another interesting article from  http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com This one on everyone’s favorite Snacks! I’ll be showing one of the top rated ones each day.So if your going to snack make it one of these. Hope you find it interesting.

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

by Marsha McCulloch, R.D., L.D., and Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Stomach grumbling or blood glucose a bit low? Reach for one of our top 25 consumer-tasted and dietitian-approved snacks. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks, and a panel of taste-testers (including people with diabetes) ranked the treats. From chips and dip to cookies and popcorn, see which snacks were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

How These Snacks Made the List

Selecting smart between-meal munchies is simple if you’re satisfied with a basic banana or apple. But sometimes our taste buds scream for something a little more fun and flavorful.

How we chose the best snacks:
1. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks in 25 different categories.
2. In a rigorous taste test, an average of 50 people, including people with diabetes, sampled each snack (with the brand concealed), picking the best among three choices in each category.
3. Based on their ratings, we’ve awarded the top 25 snacks the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

Read on to see all the winners and honorable mentions. At the end, get a FREE two-page guide featuring the winners that you can print at home!

Best Savory Dip

Winner: Garden Fresh Gourmet Mild Guacamole (gardenfreshsalsa.com)

Why it won: This creamy, flavorful guacamole is made with six simple ingredients, including avocadoes rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. Plus, a serving provides 10 percent of your daily fiber needs.

Taste-tester’s quote: “Great flavor. Tastes freshly made.”

Nutrition facts per 2 tablespoons:

* 45 cal.
* 3 g carb.
* 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat)
* <1 g pro.
* 105 mg sodium
* 2 g fiber

Honorable mention:

* Wild Garden Hummus Dip, Sweet 2 Pepper
* Tribe Organic Hummus, Sweet Roasted Red Peppers Flavor

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-diabetic-snacks/?page=1

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

July 23, 2011 at 12:48 PM | Posted in dessert, diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, snacks | Leave a comment
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Another interesting article from  http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com This one on everyone’s favorite Snacks! I’ll be showing one of the top rated ones each day.So if your going to snack make it one of these. Hope you find it interesting.

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

by Marsha McCulloch, R.D., L.D., and Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Stomach grumbling or blood glucose a bit low? Reach for one of our top 25 consumer-tasted and dietitian-approved snacks. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks, and a panel of taste-testers (including people with diabetes) ranked the treats. From chips and dip to cookies and popcorn, see which snacks were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

How These Snacks Made the List

Selecting smart between-meal munchies is simple if you’re satisfied with a basic banana or apple. But sometimes our taste buds scream for something a little more fun and flavorful.

How we chose the best snacks:
1. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks in 25 different categories.
2. In a rigorous taste test, an average of 50 people, including people with diabetes, sampled each snack (with the brand concealed), picking the best among three choices in each category.
3. Based on their ratings, we’ve awarded the top 25 snacks the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

Read on to see all the winners and honorable mentions. At the end, get a FREE two-page guide featuring the winners that you can print at home!

Best Pudding Snack Pack

Winner: Jell-O Sugar-Free Pudding Snacks, Chocolate Vanilla Swirl (jello.com)

Why it won: Can’t decide between chocolate and vanilla? These creamy, refrigerated pudding snacks will satisfy both cravings with just 60 calories. Plus, each serving provides 10 percent of your daily calcium needs.

Taste-tester’s quote: “I love the wonderful flavor and texture.”

Nutrition facts per 3.75-ounce carton:

* 60 cal.
* 12 g carb.
* 1.5 g total fat (1 g sat. fat)
* 2 g pro.
* 180 mg sodium
* <1 g fiber

Honorable mention:

* Hunt’s Sugar-Free Chocolate Pudding
* Jell-O Sugar-Free Cinnamon Roll Pudding

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-diabetic-snacks/?page=1

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

July 22, 2011 at 9:52 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, low calorie, low carb, nuts, snacks | Leave a comment
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Another interesting article from  http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com This one on everyone’s favorite Snacks! I’ll be showing one of the top rated ones each day.So if your going to snack make it one of these. Hope you find it interesting.

Top 25 Diabetic Snacks

by Marsha McCulloch, R.D., L.D., and Laura Marzen, R.D., L.D.
Stomach grumbling or blood glucose a bit low? Reach for one of our top 25 consumer-tasted and dietitian-approved snacks. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks, and a panel of taste-testers (including people with diabetes) ranked the treats. From chips and dip to cookies and popcorn, see which snacks were awarded the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

How These Snacks Made the List

Selecting smart between-meal munchies is simple if you’re satisfied with a basic banana or apple. But sometimes our taste buds scream for something a little more fun and flavorful.

How we chose the best snacks:
1. Diabetic Living’s dietitians scoured the supermarkets to find the most nutritious packaged snacks in 25 different categories.
2. In a rigorous taste test, an average of 50 people, including people with diabetes, sampled each snack (with the brand concealed), picking the best among three choices in each category.
3. Based on their ratings, we’ve awarded the top 25 snacks the Diabetic Living What to Eat Seal of Approval.

Read on to see all the winners and honorable mentions. At the end, get a FREE two-page guide featuring the winners that you can print at home!

Best Savory Nuts

Winner: Planters Harvest California Almonds (planters.com)

Why it won: Go the extra mile with the staying power you’ll get from a handful of these flavorful nutrition powerhouses roasted in sea salt (without added oil). Plus, you’ll get 35 percent of your daily vitamin E and 12 percent of your daily fiber needs with just one serving.

Taste-tester’s quote: “Awesome!”

Nutrition facts per 1 ounce (about 25 nuts):

* 160 cal.
* 6 g carb.
* 14 g total fat (1 g sat. fat)
* 6 g pro.
* 95 mg sodium
* 3 g fiber

Honorable mention:

* Good Sense Soynuts, Bar-B-Q Flavored
* Good Sense Soynuts, Hot ‘N Spicy

http://www.diabeticlivingonline.com/food-to-eat/nutrition/top-diabetic-snacks/?page=1

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