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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Life is too short to eat bad food!

Life is too short to eat bad food. That is my motto and it should be your's too. That is why when we travel, we search out some place decent to eat. Fast food is last on the list. That is why we make food choices very carefully. Why waste calories on something substandard when you can have something much better? Why would you grab those chicken strips and tater logs from the gas station when you can make a better choice with a little effort? It takes a little thinking to break bad habits but isn't your health worth it?
Speaking of health, my next post will talk about calcium scores. What is it and who needs it? If you have concerns about your heart health, be sure to read my post on Thursday.
Today is the first day of fall and I am waiting to see if it will be warm enough to swim and whether the rain will hold off. It is time to start thinking about an alternative exercise plan now that the weather will be getting cooler. I plan to add long walks to my routine so I can enjoy the fresh air. I hope you will take advantage of this free exercise too. Just make sure you wear comfortable, supportive shoes.
I tried a new recipe last night and it was a hit. Quick and delicious. I found it in last week's newspaper.

Rosemary Baked Chicken with Potatoes
6 chicken thighs, skin removed, preferably boneless
1 1/2 lbs. small potatoes, do not peel
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. paprika
1 1/2 tsp. rosemary
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp. garlic powder
Heat oven to 425. Mix oil and seasonings in a large bowl. Wash and halve potatoes.
Add chicken and potatoes to oil mixture and toss to coat well. Add potatoes to a 15 x 10 baking dish sprayed with no stick cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes. Push potatoes to one side and add chicken. Return to oven and bake for at least 30 to 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender and chicken is cooked through.
Nutrition information per serving: 264 calories, 12 grams of fat, 20 grams of protein, 19 grams of carbohydrates, 64 mg. of cholesterol, 334 mg. of salt and 3 grams of fiber.
You could use chicken breasts and reduce the fat content.
Happy First Day of Fall!