The Season Of Squash (recipes)

Pumpkin Spice has taken over. I guess that means fall is here :)

Now I’m not here to tell you how sugar loaded those PSL lattes are. You already know that right? lady-in-forrest

I mean you haven’t missed that fact that a Grande, nonfat, no whip PSL has 49g of sugar.

And you know that compared to the fact that an adult female should strive for no more than 25g of added sugar a day that PSL is off the charts.

The fact is if you like ’em you’re gonna get ’em right?

Are they a good idea? I’ll hold my opinion to myself.

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Get Back To The Basics


By now you probably know that one of the best way to stay on track to losing weight is cook your food yourself. Add to that the economy being as it is right now, and it seems like RIGHT NOW more than ever is the perfect time to start cutting back on take-out and restaurant meals, and to eat more dinners at home, pack lunches, reduce expenses and slim down at the same time.

The challenge, though, is that if you’re NOT a confident cook, then the idea of making dinner from scratch, even if it’s cheaper than take-out, seems incredibly stressful.

If you’re the world’s worst cook, or Mom to gaggle of kids barely keeping your head attached, or you never learned to cook properly… maybe you don’t know where to start.

Well I stumbled upon a great 14 -week online cooking class put on by Shelley at One Roast Vegetable and I have been totaly enjoying it. Even though I consider myself a pretty seasoned cook, I’ve been learning lots of stuff about the basics of cooking that frankly, I was never really taught.

I’m in week 5 of the program but registration for another class is starting March 24th and I had to tell you about it. Like I mentioned, it’s an online class that takes place in your own home (no traveling!), and you can work at your own pace, so very low stress :)

Each week you receive a new lesson, and you can follow along with her step-by-step instructions and videos. You’ll learn the basics, like how to make a perfect hard boiled egg, how to roast a chicken (and what to do with the leftovers).

If you want to check out a preview of how it all works go here Preview lessons and check them out.

Registration for this class begins Tuesday, March 24th … and the last time she offered this class it sold out in 4.5 hours!

So you should really go right now and sign up to get more information on the Back to Basics Cooking Class Back to Basics Cooking Class.

Happy cooking!

Stay focused,

Sarai D. Jones

P.S. I think you’ll be pretty surprised when you see what this class costs!
14 weeks of video lessons delivered right to your email inbox, all for less than what you’d pay for one take-out dinner … Back to Basics Cooking Class

4 Quick Tips For Eating More Vegetables


According to WebMD, people who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Vegetables provide nutrients vital for maintaining a healthy body. Here are 4 quick tips for eating more vegetables:

  • Buy fresh vegetables in season. They cost less and taste better.
  • Buy vegetables that are quick to prepare. Pick up pre-washed bags of salad greens and add baby carrots and grape tomatoes for a simple salad.
  • Stock up on frozen vegetables for quick and easy cooking in the microwave.
  • Try this recipe for Potato & Carrot Casserole – a delicious way to eat veggies.

Stay focused,

Sarai D. Jones

Super Flour


Quick Sunday tip: You know that wheat bread is a healthier choice than white bread-so why not enrich your home baking with super flour? Regular flour is processed and contains little nutritional value, while super flour is packed with healthy grains.

To make one cup of super flour place the following in a one cup dry measuring cup: 1 tablespoon wheat germ, 1 tablespoon wheat bran, 1 teaspoon soy flour and 1 teaspoon nonfat powdered milk. Top off with whole wheat flour.

Every little bit helps.

Sarai D. Jones

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