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January 4, 2012

Spotlight on light and healthy foods

I can tell you that every year at this time, in my adult past, my focus was on diet and losing weight — as it was with many friends and co-workers.

For those of you that don't have to worry about losing pounds, I ENVY YOU!

I'll add that sometimes my good intentions have lasted for only a couple of weeks into January, and only on occasion those good intentions made it to the end of the month.

But eating healthy does not have to only mean losing weight. It's a lot to do with eating less of the foods that contribute to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatigue, and more. Most all of us know that the worst culprits are fats, sodium, and sugar — all when in excess.

We also know to eat more of the foods that contribute to good all-around health like green vegetables, sweet potatoes, garlic and onion, fish, chicken, and of course, fruits.

I believe that in January we are more apt to be ready and willing to do this because we have just spent two months eating, perhaps gorging, on some pretty fantastic holiday foods, and we just want to lighten it up now.

So my four columns in January will focus on some lighter and healthy foods, recipes, and any tips that I might come across in my research on this subject. If you have any requests, suggestions, or looking for certain recipes please let me know.

This week, raise your glass to SMOOTHIES!

Triple-Fruit Yogurt Smoothie

Makes 2 servings of 1 cup each

1 serving IS 105 calories

Ingredients:

1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt (look for least amount of sugar)

1/2 cup fresh raspberries (or partially thawed frozen )

1/4 one-quarter cup orange juice

1/2 one-half medium banana, sliced

Place all ingredients in blender. Cover and blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth. Serve immediately.

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