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Hello folks!  Today my tip is short and sweet and I can’t believe I haven’t posted about it before.  This tip is a cooking aid.  Have you ever had a bunch of random ingredients in your house but no plan for what to cook?  Well, Supercook is the answer!  This wonderful website allows you to input the ingredients you have in the house and it will tell you what types of appetizers, entrees, and desserts you can make with the ingredients you have (complete with recipes!).  It will also show you recipes that you could make if you added just one or two more ingredients.  I have had some great success with recipes from Supercook out of basically no ingredients (just because I didn’t want to go to the store).  I have had one maybe two not-so-successful attempts with recipes from Supercook…but that was probably just a taste thing and not the actual recipes or site.  And who cares anyway because I used ingredients I had laying around my kitchen AND I tried something new.

Supercook searches several recipe/cooking websites and matches your ingredients to recipes it finds.

So what should I make for dinner tonight?  I really don’t feel like going to the store on this rainy day. Guess I’ll SUPERCOOK it!

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Quick update about my mission to move more, make healthier choices, and shed excess weight.

I still love rebounding, although with my schedule these past few weeks, I haven’t been able to jump as much as I want to. But, I definitely haven’t slacked on my eating healthier.

My definition of eating healthier has been: incorporating more organic food into my meals, always eating breakfast, and making sure I am eating enough calories.

I’ve realized that as long as I am eating balanced meals, I am feeling satiated and not overeating!  Breakfast is definitely important!

One of the other things I am doing parking farther away from my office and my house.  Although it is constantly tempting to park right out side my office or right in front of my house, I am parking in the further parking lot (which, I discovered is only a 3 minute walk so it is not going to make me late–which was the excuse I was giving myself for parking right outside the office) and I am parking a few blocks away from my house.  Sure, parking away from my house is often annoying, especially when I have to carry groceries, but every little bit of exercise counts!

Keep Movin’!

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I have been working insane hours lately and though I tried to get my tip for Tuesday out yesterday, it just did not happen.  But don’t worry, here is a super quick tip for busy people like me!

I decided I was going to bake two things today: fruit cupcakes and home-made cherry pie!  (I need to use up some of the fruit I got from my farm share before it goes bad!)

Trying to squeeze cooking from scratch into my crazy schedule

As I frantically began this adventure (yes, frantically… lately everything has been frantic for me!) I realized I did not have all of the ingredients I needed!  I was almost completely out of All purpose flour and had no cornstarch.  By no stretch of the imagination did I have time to go shopping for these missing ingredients. So I did the only thing I could– I quickly researched online to find substitutes.  And, to my delightful surprise I found tons of cooking and baking substitutes out there!

So, for yesterday’s tip, I’d like to share with you this ultimate cooking substitutions chart I came across. It is a great way to save you time when searching for a substitution and way better than spending the time going to the store when you have a strict time frame. Hope you enjoy!

The chart:

http://www.joyofbaking.com/IngredientSubstitution.html

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Comfort Food and Weightloss?  How can those come up in the SAME breath?  Well, the answer may surprise you!

Many of us grew up with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich in our lunches a few times a week.  As we grew older and started reading labels, we learned that there was (gasp!) fat in peanut butter! And, so whether the fat content or the urge to rebel got to us, our PB&J consumption tapered off.

Well, there is good news for those of us who crave the good ol’ peanut butter and jelly sandwich once again.  Recent studies have shown that eating peanut butter can actually help in maintaining a healthy weight and can even help with weight loss!  Peanut butter has a tendency to fill us up and help us remain “full” for up to two hours after eating it, thus curbing our snacking.  Peanut butter also contains unsaturated fats which help to raise our “good” cholesterol levels.  Something else I learned while researching this was not to get too caught up in the “reduced fat” variety.  While reduced fat will contain less fats, the difference in calories will be minimal and some kind of filler has to be added to make up for the fat which usually increases the carbohydrate content.

Additional benefits of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches also exist.  PB&J sandwiches are a pretty well rounded meal containing 1-2 servings of grains, a serving of fruits and a serving of nuts.  Making your sandwich with whole grain bread is even better because you will at least get the added fiber.

So, the next time you are feeling low on cash and you are tempted to go for the jumbo package of ramen noodles, remember, Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches have more bang for their buck and will deliver nutrients to your body and help you to feel satiated!

Photo from http://www.ourordinarylife.com where I also learned that eating plant-based foods, such as this good ol' sandwich can help SIGNIFICANTLY reduce your carbon footprint!

If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend these sites that I used to learn everything I now know and have shared in this post!

http://www.helium.com/items/553010-nutritional-benefits-of-a-peanut-butter-and-jelly-sandwich       (offers great suggestions to get the most out of your PB&J)

http://www.ehow.com/about_5471901_benefits-peanut-butter.html      (all about peanut butter)

http://www.livestrong.com/article/276447-what-are-the-benefits-of-peanut-butter-jelly-sandwiches/

http://weightloss.about.com/od/eatsmart/a/blppp.htm   (about peanut butter and weight loss)

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