Archive | December, 2010

December Holiday Fun in Southern Cal.

Posted on 15. Dec, 2010 in For Kids

It is the most wonderful time of the year….for this launch pad, anyway. We start any and all decorating the day after Thanksgiving.  Not one snowflake or Santa is unpacked until the day AFTER Thanksgiving.  Since we enjoy partaking in ALL the festivities we can squeeze in, instead of doing a weekend post for Family Fun, all of December is going to be in this post and we will keep it on the front page for the month.  You can check back at any time to find something fun to do.  Some of our rockiteers’ favorites: Oceanside Boat Parade, Encinitas Holiday Parade, (more…)

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Posted on 13. Dec, 2010 in Food

Light cheese and a flour-and-milk mixture keep this soup creamy but surprisingly low in fat. Make a batch and reheat throughout the week for effortless and satisfying meals.

Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 1/4 cups)

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked quick-cooking wild rice

Cooking spray

1 cup chopped onion

2 garlic cloves, minced

3 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 1/2 cups cubed peeled baking potato

3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk (alternative: Almond milk)

1/3 cup all-purpose flour (alternative: Wheat flour)

10 ounce light processed cheese, cubed (such as Velveeta Light)

2 cups chopped roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Preparation

Cook rice according to package directions, omitting salt and fat.

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth and potato; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until potato is tender.

Combine milk and flour, stirring well with a whisk. Add the milk mixture to potato mixture; cook 5 minutes or until slightly thick, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; add cheese, stirring until cheese melts. Stir in rice, chicken, pepper, and salt. Garnish with parsley, if desired.

Nutritional Information

Calories:280 (23% from fat)

Fat:7g (sat 4g,mono 1g,poly 0.5g)

Protein:24.9g

Carbohydrate:28.7g

Fiber:1.6g

Cholesterol:52mg

Iron:1.1mg

Sodium:879mg

Calcium:329mg

Suggestion: Sprinkle the delicious flax seed blend FitFlax on top of the soup. It’s a healthy flax seed blend that adds a nice nutty taste and texture to food. It’s low cal and low carb, loaded with fiber and Omega 3′s and helps with weight loss.

Weekly Tips for December 13, 2010

Posted on 12. Dec, 2010 in Uncategorized

How are those stress levels going so far?  Handling it well. I will be honest, the stress has really gotten to me not once but twice to the point my body is reacting.  Remember, it is the “most wonderful time of the year”, not the most miserable.  Try to keep it all in perspective. And it is OK to say “No” to some invitations or requests or donation pleas.  It is hard, but work on it.  It is definitely a work in progress. 

So this week, some quick tips for that crazy shopping and keeping the stress low.  My personal favorite:  amazon.com.  They have everything, free shipping, percentage back to your elementary school and excellent customer service.  I tried going out to the stores and after an hour, I ran ran ran home and got online! 

The tips this week are combos, we have put together great shopping, green, healthy and economical tips to get you through the season. ENJOY! Also, if you are looking for holiday cheer, check out here on our site with all the event in San Diego County. There is something just about every day. (more…)

Weekly Tips for Dec. 6, 2010

Posted on 06. Dec, 2010 in Uncategorized

It is only 19 days to Christmas and already people are letting their fitness routines, slide away.  This is the most important time to follow through and keep up the fabulous work you have been doing. GUILTY-have had some early eggnog, cookies and cheer but right back into the routine Monday morning.  You have to do keep your fitness up, not only for you, but the rest of your family. You are the POWERHOUSE behind your family.  If they see you slipping, they will most definitely slide, too. Be strong, if you can’t get to your regular gym or class, jump over to the Fitness tab and there are plenty of at home exercises or one of my favorites, turn off Oprah and turn on Exercise or Fit TV. (more…)