Oatmeal meets the 21st century. Overnight oats are all the craze! The beauty of this concept is you make individual servings so everyone in the family can have their own tailored to preferences and dietary needs. Cow’s milk, almond milk or soy, they all work well. They are delicious, and oatmeal is high in soluble fiber and essential minerals.
If you are looking for a good breakfast sandwich to eat at home, but find the frozen varieties in your grocery store to be unhealthy, it’s easy to make your own. This recipe is quick, easy and fun to make. Get your kids involved in the assembly! You can add veggies to the eggs for a western or Tex-Mex version.
When looking for a sweet grab-and-go breakfast, skip the donut and try these blueberry breakfast cakes. They are higher in protein and fiber and lower in fat. They are easy to make any time of year using frozen blueberries.
Try a new twist on breakfast. Rather than getting fast food on your way to work or school, consider these make-ahead breakfast burritos. They store well in the freezer for up to 3 months and are more nutritious than takeout. Reduce the fat content by using low fat cheese.
Here’s a healthy chicken chili with all the robust flavor of a traditional beef chili without all the saturated fat! In addition to the fiber from zucchini and beans, there is an added dose of iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, niacin, copper, phosphorous, manganese, dietary protein and fiber from the addition of bulgur wheat. It’s a great one pot, hearty dish for a cold December day!
Each month we set the facts straight regarding a popular health and wellness myth.
This month’s misconception: Poinsettias are poisonous.
Holiday decorations play a big part in what makes this time of year so special, and poinsettias are often one of the staples of the season. For years, we’ve been told that poinsettias are poisonous to people and pets … but is that really the case?
In a word: No.
In an interview with the United States Department of Agriculture, Kansas State University Extension Horticulture Expert Ward Upham explained that the plant is not poisonous to children or pets. He said research has shown that a 50-pound child would have to eat 500 to 600 leaves to feel any discomfort.
In 1975, the Consumer Product Safety Commission denied the request to put warning labels on poinsettias and mistletoe sprigs identifying them as poisonous. According to the commission’s website, “The Commission’s review of the technical literature dealing with the toxicity of these plants did not disclose a degree of risk that would warrant its taking regulatory action.”
However, the commission explained that the denial of the petition should not be “…construed as endorsement of the complete safety of these plants,” and recommended keeping them away from small children.
So decorate with poinsettias to your heart’s content this season!