©2005 Kari Tse
Februaury 2005
It's that month with the day that is signified with a big heart!!!  Make sure you take some time for yourself and to spend with that special someone!!! Also remember how important the heart is and do a little extra cardio this month!!!
Eating Tip of the month!!
In these days when we are so busy, we have a tendency to eat out frequently or have only a little time to grab something on the run. What's healthy?  Here's some healthy tips on take out food and eating out:
When eating at a Thai restuarant go for Thai-style chicken.  It's loaded with vegetables and sometimes is served in a hollowed-out pineapple.
Wonton soup is always a good choice at a chinese restaurant but be careful to drink lots of water with it as it can be high in sodium.  There are plenty of vegetable dishes to choose (green stuff....yummy!)
Choose chicken or vegetable fajitas at a mexican restaurant.  Ask for whole-wheat tortillas for extra nutrients and choose black beans over refried beans.  Cut out the cheese and sour cream to help keep the calorie count down when ordering a burrito.
Frequent Fast Food Meals
Increase Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease

While it may seem obvious, we now have research showing a positive link between eating fast food, weight gain and diabetes. Up to this point there have been no long-term studies documenting the effect of fast food on obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Data from a cardiac health study involving 3000 young people was used to determine if there is a link between eating fast food, weight gain and diabetes. Subjects in the 15-year study received a medical checkup and answered questions about diet, physical activity and other lifestyle factors.

After controlling for other factors, researchers determined that eating fast food twice a week or more was associated with a weight gain of 10 pounds over the course of the study. Fast food eaters had more than double the chance of developing insulin resistance, which is a predictor of type 2 diabetes and is also strongly linked to obesity.

Recipe of the Month!!!
Scrambled Egg Muffins - These are hearty and fun to serve and will certainly warm up any cold morning. I make them when Safeway has their 2 for 1 sale on 18 count eggs, throw them in the freezer and then warm them up in the toaster oven.  You all know how I feel about a good breakfast!!!!
1/2 lb bulk pork sausage
12 eggs
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
In a skillet, brown the sausage and then drain the oil.  In a bowl,
beat the eggs.  Add onion, green pepper, salt, pepper and garlic
powder.  Stir in sausage and cheese.  Spoon by 1/3 cupfuls
into greased muffin cups.  Bake at 350F for 20-25 minutes or
until a knife inserted near the centre comes out clean.
Serve warm and enjoy!!!  Yields: 1 dozen
Taken from Taste of Home's Quick Cooking
If anyone has any great recipes they would love to share,
please pass them on to me for future newsletters.
Don't forget that Februaury is also the American National Heart month, so how about an extra half hour of cardio each week to give an extra boost to yours!!!  Happy Valentine's Day to everyone as well!!!