New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Columnist Winter Prosapio writes from the front lines of mottieFtiood
Monday )ver Mom
itart the week off wrong ^ith silent alarm clocks ind tardy appointments
Some Monclays <U(' nore Mond.iy th.in otht'r vlorul.iys,
Som(* Mondays you car(*-ully plan your cntirt' clay
0 make it to an a|)[)oint-iT('nt in San Antonio and irrive five minutes early! rhat IS, five minutes early or the time you (arefully vrote down. Whu h is thi' vrong time. The one hour ,vrong time,
I tri(*d to think ot myself IS only 5S minutes late, hut t was ( old (omfort on the otig driv(‘ ha( k home.
Mv fate Monday was >eal(‘d early on. Right vround 4; iO a.m., I glanc ed It the c l(K k and not('d that /es, the alarm w.is M't, and yes, I had anoth(‘r hour and halt to sl(>('[).
I ntortun.)t('ly ignoranc t' IS sle(>[)-indu( ing.
My dreams wer(‘ so of)ti-mistic, c onsisting of all the things I w.is going to gc‘t done lati*r in the dav. I felt positively produrfive when
1 woke up, until I glanc(‘d ov(*r and realized 1 was an hour hel'iInd, because although my alarm had gone* oft, It had done so
Only 1 would k(*ep an alarm that goes oil silently, ('irantc'd, it isn't (h'signed to go off silently, but it has a stickv button that ('vc>r\' now and thcMi changc's the volume from drc‘am-shaftering to dream'C'xtending. I kc*ep thinking I'll remember to doublc'-c hc-c k it and it won't be a f)roblc“m.
And now it won't be. Th.it clock is off to a nice big landfill.
Mireya got a tardy slip at school, th(> first day they wc'fc' giving them out. She gave me tliat look as she took [possession ot the slip. Tliat "you have totally ruined my reputation with the new |)rinci[)al" look. I encouraged her to have a good day despite the rocky start.
Shi' retrained from rolling her eyes, but just barely.
The spirit of Mrga Mon-cKiy continued.
1 tric>d to drop off bcx)ks to donate at the library. The box fliey were in w.is falling apart, but after some' careful stac king I managc'd to struggle over to the I riends of tlie 1 ibrar) store- doorway. ( )rVly to find that the Í riends of the' Library are c losed on Mondays.
Smart cookies, those Friends of the Library.
I man.iged to gel my books back to the truck without dropping them on my foot.
Some time's tatc' has a little bit of sympathy. Not enough sympathy to kec'p the other box from falling over whc'n I opcmed the door, but enough to keep everything really heavy inside the truck.
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Start the morning with a smoothie
Fveryone has a favorite' sm(K)thie. In some' circles, they hâve surpassed the coffee counter ( hatter, After all, double espresso latte sounds somewhat old and worn. Hut .1 pomegranate Ix'rry fruit sm<K)th-ie^ That should wake u[) th(' senses.
The fruit smoothie makes a great breakfast drink ancl works just as well as an aftc>rn(X)n snack Made with fresh fruit or frozen, and with just about every varic'ty and c ombi-nation of fruits imaginable', it's l)ece)ming the* go-to beverage of choic e for those who are on the go.
Th I rte('n-year-oId twins Llarris()n and Zachary Painter prefer a combina tion of bananas, sfrawl^er-ries, pineapple and pe\ic h-es in fhe'ir smoothies,
"They [)r('fer the froze'n fruit bee ause that gives it a thie ker eonsistenc y," said the'ir mom, Heidi Painter. "We' blend it really good, be*c ause we* don't like it to be> ( hunky."
The*y also are )articular about the' way t ic'y drink them.
"We like' the smoothies at (Pcjnera Bre'ad) at The' Forum, too. The'V serve the'm with these really tat straws. We' save the' straws so we can drink our smoothie's at home with the'm," Heidi ex[)lainecT
Heidi also enjoys smoe)thies, although she doesn't rc'ally have a pe*r-son.il favorite.
"I like the'm all," she said. "Yeju e an tr\' all kinds ot fruits - bl<u kl)errie‘s, blue'berru's . . . Irv them all."
Harrison and Zachary e.it a full l)reakfast along with their smoothie's. Their elad, Kirk, somc'fimes adds prote'in or oatme-al to his smoothie.
"1 just don’t like thegrit-f\ te'xturc' of the' protein," Heidi adde'd.
Ke'Isey, 1 S, older siste-r to Zachary and ll.irrison, usu.illy pre'te'rs fre'sh fruit to a smoothie, but she' has found one' fruit combina-
Banana/sirawberry/pinnapple smootfiies are just one example of fruity combinations
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tion for the' blender that suits he'r taste' buels.
"She like's banautt, vanilla yogurt and orange'^xMc h' mango juice," He'tdi s.iid.
lor .in attc'tnoon smootliie', the* Paintc'rs adel eirange' juie e* or sheibc'f to the' fruit be'\(‘rage'.
"That starts sugaring it up, but that's wh\ it starts working be'tlc'r as ,1 snack then," He'idi said.
• • • • • Protein Smoothie
Yields 4, 8-ouiu;e glasses 1 baiiana
1/2 cup of sttiiwbernes, tfesh or frozen
1/2 cup ot bldi:kt)errres, trosh or
Yield!; four B ounce servings 1 banana
1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frozen strawberries 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frozen peacfies 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of frozen pineapple 1 container ot vanilla yogurt (about 3/4 cuf). With lowest Sugar percentage)
1 l,'2 to 3 cups of milk, depending on desired consistency
Place' ingre'dients in blender and mix to dc'sirc'd eonsistency. (It fruit is still frozen, add small e|uantitic‘s graelually.)
Twin brothers Zacfiary, left, and Harrison Paintor, 13, along wilfi their sister, Kelsey, 15, demonstrate the proper technique to making a triiii smooffite
1/2 cup ot peacbes, fresti or frozen
I jar (it pineapple or mandarin
oranges m natural ¡uices, keep
about 2 tablespoons of the |uice for
1/2 cup of milk
Ice cubes (if using fresh fruiti
About whey protein
Most prc)tc'm pac kagc's I e)me with instruc tions on how much prof e-in one-scoop of powek'r c ont.iins. ('hcH k with vour trainc'r or ek)cfor whc'n using protein powders. Be' aware' that
other ingre'dients .ilrc.ieK e ontani prote-in. Ac c i)rd-ing to the ('e'nte'rs tor I )is-c'ase ( ontrol and Prevention (W'wvv.c de .gov), I ( up of milk li,is 8 grams ot protein and an 8 (,)unc e> e « >11 tainer ot ve)gurt has ai)out 1 1 ouncc's ot prote'in. In gc'neral, it is re'e omme'ndc'd that 10 to r> pe'ree'iit ot daily calories come' trom protc'iii.
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Irc'cve* b.manas and thcMi usc‘ thc'm in smoothie's I his is use'tul It \oLi ha\c' bañarías that itrc about to go rottc'ri bee .iiise no odc' IS (*atrng tliem.
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How to make back-to-school lunches healthy, fun
By Jennifer Hord
Special to the Herald-Zeitung lor the* first time' in two cc'nturic'S, our c hildren are expc'cte'd to have a shorter life' exf)ectancy than the-ir })arents.
The ra()id rise in childhood obc'sity is the mam c ulprit.
(Ì o o d nutrition tor our c hildren is vital for our e hildren to lead hc'althy, happy and long lives. The foods our children eat affect their pc'r-formance in school and their self-esteem. Sc hool is liack in session, and it is im|M)rtant we start with our best foot forward and healthy food in our lune h boxe'S.
Involve the children. When children are involved with the cooking forocess, thc'y liecome ext ited about eating. ( reale a list of healthy lune h options tor the e hildren and have them |>ick out their entre'e, side and treat. Kee[) in mind, it's OK to pack the same lunch repeatedly as long as the children like it and if is nutritious. Prepare foods ahead of
time'. Ffe'althy lunc lies for many people see*m like' ii time' c onsuming task, but it eloe's not have' to be' lengthy with a little» l)it of preparation. Whe-n you cook elinne'r, l)akc' e'xtra chicken tor sandwiche's or additional rice' and pasta for salads.
When prepping your sup[)er, cut c'xfr.i vc'geta-blc's, suc h as celc'rv and carrots tor the lunc h box. Put e'ggs to boil wliile' you have' elinne'r on the' stove. This [ireparaticHi will make pac king lu'althy lunc hc's a brc'eze!
Be' creative! C hildren lovc' to have* iun with their food, and there is no reason they shouldn't.
Instead of plain sanel-wic h f)reael, try wraps, bagc'ls, f nglish muffins and pitas for a nc'w s[)in on a sandwie h. I lave the' children use' cookie' cutters and c ut shape's into their sandwie lies.
Rather than pure basing ove'rly swe-et and salty sn.icks create your own snack mix with c TiK kers, cere'vil, dry fruit, pretzels and raisins.
Mini muffins ore simple' te) make, the' corree t portion size and can be* sweet or savory — per-fect as a side, snack or
Kee'p fruits and veggies intere'sting with tun clips. Carrots, e e'lery Stic ks, baby corn, cherry tomatoes and zucchini all make' grc'at vc'ggie ofitions for the' lunc h box.
Tr\ them with a [ilain
yogurt dip, salsa or hummus. Cut fruit into c'.isy to eat e ubc's, making snae king on fruits an easy task for children.
Set up a sample tal>le at home' of fruits, veggies and dips tor the children and have them choose'
what thc'\ would like' for their boxes — \ou migfit be' surprised with wliat they c hoose.
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