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Four Easy Breakfasts

marthaschueneman July 17th, 2013, 1:21 PM
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easy_breakfastWhat are mornings like at your house?

My son is now in college, but when he lived at home I worked from a home office. You’d think, since I didn’t have to be anywhere, that we’d have leisurely, or at least not-too-rushed, breakfasts most days.

You would be wrong.

Even if your organizational skills are such that the next day’s lunches are packed and labeled in the fridge and bookbags and briefcases are lined up by the door before you go to bed, you too may find yourself facing the early morning scramble…

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10 Ways to Make Your Favorite Meal a Healthy Meal

guest February 27th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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This guest blog was written by Theresa Brereton, Visiting Nurse Service of New York Regional Nutritional Manager.

Looking for easy ways to make your favorite meals a little healthier? Try these 10 simple tips—you won’t have to give up the things you love when you learn a few heart-healthy cooking skills.

Roast
Try it for meats and vegetables. Use a rack so meat/poultry does not sit in its own drippings. Baste with fat-free, unsweetened liquids like wine, or salt-free or low-sodium tomato juice or lemon juice.

Bake
Add a little extra liquid to meats and vegetables,…

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Power Failures and Food

marthaschueneman November 2nd, 2012, 6:14 AM
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I live in the Hudson Valley. We lose power during most big storms, often for several days. Over the years I’ve thrown out thousands of dollars in spoiled food. I’ve figured out a few ways to tell if stuff really needs to be tossed, and I’ve learned ways to minimize the loss.

How to minimize the damage

Photo: Milad Mosapoor

Photo: Milad Mosapoor

Listen to the forecast. Before a storm hits, my meals are all designed to clear out the perishables. In the days before Sandy struck, I ate several frozen dinners; I left the carrots…

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Healthy Cooking with Your Kids

smcternan August 7th, 2012, 3:29 PM
Sandra McTernan, MSN, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
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cinnamon-bun-mdSummer vacation is the best time to spend more time with your kids if you can manage it. I try to always plan something special as a family during our vacation — time to visit extended family, a special trip or a learning event like a museum.

This summer after camp wrapped up, I decided I was going to spend special time teaching my boys how to cook. After all, someday they will be on their own and actually will need to eat.

In our house, cooking is always preceded with a…

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Eating Cheesecake Very Slowly

adrouin February 1st, 2010, 2:03 PM
Amy Dixon, BSN, RN, After Hours Supervisor, Customer Care Center
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(Photo by Yo La Gringo)

I recently visited with my mother in Ohio for a few days. One of our favorite mother-daughter activities has always included an afternoon of browsing through a bookstore followed by dessert and coffee in the bookstore cafe.

As we sat to share a slice of pumpkin cheesecake and sip our hot cinnamon coffees, my mom told me that she paged through a book by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, about being mindful.

My mom said the excerpt she read was specifically about being mindful while eating. It was interesting…

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