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Shop in Your Kitchen This Holiday Season — Give The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Are you looking for ways to save this holiday gift-giving season? With your children’s teachers, neighbors, doctors, and even loving grandparents – your gift list just keeps growing. This year give the gift that keeps on giving, without blowing your budget. Homemade goodies reserve a special place amongst the array of store bought gifts. Fruitcake isn’t the only food worth giving this season.

One of my favorite gifts to give are quick breads. Too busy to cook around the holidays? No problem – quick breads are easy to make and can be made ahead of time and frozen.
I promise, Chocolate Zucchini Bread is one of my absolute favorite nutritious-and-delicious quick breads, so don’t let this combination startle you. Easy Cranberry Yam Bread is another family favorite that gets requested every year! Also, make the bread in different size loaf pans to give an assortment of different type breads—or maybe you need just a little something for a present.

Another great gift idea is my yummy Snack Mix. So easy to whip up, I often find myself craving the combination of this sweet and salty treat. You can use red and green M&M’s to get into that festive holiday spirit. Fill decorative containers with the Snack Mix and this fun gift becomes functional as they have the container to use forever.
The holiday season is often thought of as a season to splurge. Give your wallet and your waistline a break with these holiday favorites. By adding a personal touch to your next holiday gifts you can let your gift-giving list grow without worry. These delicious homemade recipes are the perfect economical gift everyone will enjoy – with a trim and terrific twist.

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
This delicious chocolate bread gets extra moisture and nutrition from unassuming zucchini. Chocolate lovers will be delighted.

16 servings/serving size: 1 slice

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup skim milk

1. Preheat oven 350° F. Coat 9x5x3-inch nonstick loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray.
2. In bowl combine flours, cocoa, baking soda, cinnamon, baking powder. In medium bowl, mix brown sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla until blended. Stir in zucchini and walnuts.
3. Using third of flour mixture each time, add flour mixture alternating with milk to zucchini mixture, stirring lightly after each addition just until moist.
4. Transfer batter to pan, bake 45-55 minutes or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Do not overbake.

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories 177, Calories from Fat 72, Total Fat 8 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 27 mg, Sodium 108 mg, Total Carbohydrate 24 g, Dietary Fiber 1 g, Sugars, 14 g, Protein 3 g, Diabetic Exchanges: 1 1/2 starch, 1 fat

TERRIFIC TIDBIT: In quick breads, replace up to half of the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour – an easy way to add more nutrition to the bread and enhance the nutty flavor.

Easy Cranberry Yam Bread
Cream cheese gives this incredible, yet easy, bread a rich flavor packed with the natural sweetness of yams and a burst of cranberries. It will top your quick bread list. Toss in some pecans for added flavor and crunch.

Makes 16 slices

1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 (15-ounce) can sweet potatoes (yams), drained and mashed
2 eggs
11/2 cups biscuit baking mix
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup dried cranberries, or 1 cup chopped fresh cranberries

1. Preheat oven 350°F. Coat 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large mixing bowl, cream together cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in sweet potatoes and eggs. Stir in biscuit mix, cinnamon, nutmeg, cranberries until just blended. Transfer to prepared pan.
3. Bake 45 minutes – 1 hour, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes before serving.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 189, Protein (g) 4, Carbohydrate (g) 31, Fat (g) 6, Calories from Fat (%) 26, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 1, Cholesterol (mg) 37, Sodium (mg) 231 Diabetic Exchanges: 1.5 starch, 0.5 fruit, 1 fat

Quick Tip
Mini loaves of quick bread make wonderful homemade gifts. Make ahead, wrap in plastic wrap, place in zipper-lock bags, and freeze until ready to give.

Snack Mix
Here’s an easy recipe that makes a great snack mix any time of day. Sweet and salty mixes are always a great combo and this mix is addicting!

Makes 20 (1/2-cup) servings

3 tablespoons sesame oil
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
4 cups crispy wheat cereal squares
6 cups mini pretzels
1 cup soy nuts
1 cup dry roasted peanuts
1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces

1. Preheat oven 250°F. Whisk together sesame oil, honey, soy sauce, garlic salt, and onion powder.
2. Toss together cereal squares, pretzels, soy nuts, and peanuts in large bowl. Drizzle oil mixture over cereal mixture, tossing gently to coat.
3. Scatter mixture on foil-lined jelly roll pan, bake 25 minutes, stirring often to prevent too much browning. Turn off oven and let cereal stay in oven 1 hour to continue crisping. When cool, toss with chocolate candies. Store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Nutritional information per serving
Calories 242, Protein (g) 8, Carbohydrate (g) 32, Fat (g) 10, Cal. from Fat (%) 37, Saturated Fat (g) 3, Dietary Fiber (g) 3, Cholesterol (mg) 2, Sodium (mg) 400, Diabetic Exchanges: 0.5 very lean meat, 1 starch, 1 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

About Author
Holly Clegg, the “Queen of Quick,” is author of the trim&TERRIFIC cookbook series including a diabetic cookbook with the ADA. Visit her website at and check out her blog .

Healthy Body Keeps Away All Diseases

In today’s busy life, we hardly get any time for ourselves. In this rate race, we always forget to take care of our health. When we are young, we do not feel the effect of not taking care of our heath, but as we grow old, the side effects of not taking a good care of our health become prominent. If we follow few simple steps regularly from an early age, it will help us to grow old gracefully without any health related disorders.

One of the key factors needed in keeping oneself healthy is ‘motivation’. We have to encourage ourselves to maintain a healthy diet and exercise on a regular basis. There is no guarantee that by adopting a healthy lifestyle you will live longer; but it will definitely lead you towards a healthy and happy life. Instead of sitting in front of the TV or playing games on the PC, we must participate in outdoor gaming activities with the help of home medical equipment or durable medical equipment. No matter how good or bad we are at those games, we should participate in them regularly. Activities like cycling, swimming, jogging etc. are important physical activities and, which many of us practice regularly; but participating in outdoor games will make us more focus oriented.

If we are healthy, we will think in a positive way. A healthy and fit person is always confident. We must set a goal for ourselves, and as we proceed towards that goal, automatically our confidence will boost too. Working out regularly under the guidance of any professional trainer is certainly one of the best ways to stay fit. Only dieting is not the solution; however, we should grow a healthy eating habit too.

One of the biggest threats to a healthy person’s life is stress. We life a fast lifestyle; we have problems in both our personal and professional lives. Stress hampers the mental peace of a person and if we are not mentally healthy, our bodies can never be. We cannot ignore stress; only we can carefully tackle it. E.g. a short break of 30 minutes during a hectic work schedule can help us to relax and feel fresh. Such regular breaks are needed in personal lives and relationships. We all need to spend some time with ourselves, alone.

Living a healthy life is not at all times easy. However, with little effort from our side, we can make our lives worth living. Regular exercises, participation in sports, which involves physical activities, cycling, swimming etc. can do magic for you. We also need to build a healthy eating habit from the early stage of our lives; and food should be taken at a proper time. A healthy person always eats, sleeps, works, plays, rests at the proper time. Give some time to yourself when you are young, you will definitely be repaid at the later stage.

About Author
Homeline360 Inc. offers different types of Medical equipments like Home medical equipment, durable medical equipment and also provides medical equipment supplies.

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