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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #88 Omega-3 Brownies for Christmas!
December 26, 2007

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Kindy's Musings....

Now every week, as your family dietitian, I will be scoping out the most relevant research and news that you can use to help your family make healthy nutrition and wellness choices.


...about the food industry we shop in as parents and educators...and family nutrition and health issues today.

Did any of you sign up for Cate's "Real People Don't Diet" newsletter? Give yourself a gift of health and order her ebook today. The web links are below.

Merry Christmas from your family dietitian! Enjoy a blessed season with your family.

You may have seen the results of a recent study which shows that kids will eat healthier school lunch foods when available and costs are offset by lower cost of fruits and vegetables.

"Bucking some common notions, a University of Minnesota study has found that school lunch sales don't decline when healthier meals are served, and that more nutritious lunches don't necessarily cost schools more to produce."

"Previous studies have concluded that students prefer fatty foods and that healthier meals cost more to make, the authors noted."

"The study, which appears in the December issue of the Review of Agricultural Economics, analyzed five years of data for 330 Minnesota public school districts. It looked at compliance with federal standards for calories, nutrients and fats."

"When the researchers crunched all the numbers they found that schools serving the healthiest lunches did not see a falloff in demand."

"While serving better meals does entail higher labor costs, the study found, that's offset by lower costs for more nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables compared with processed foods. However, many districts need to upgrade their kitchens and train their staff to prepare these foods, the researchers said."

Read the full article at:

Speaking of the holidays, there is barely a week left in 2007. Are you ready for 2008? Have you considered the option to stop dieting in 2008? and forever for that matter!!

As your family dietitian I say,it is possible to stop the cycle of dieting in your family even before 2008 begins!

My friend Cate Brizzell has written a book called "Real People Don't Diet" and it's basically the story of how her husband, Chris lost over 40 pounds and she dropped two dress sizes in just six months. They came up with a way to eat--not diet--that helped them lose the weight. Since so many people were asking them "How did you do it?", Cate (who is not a registered dietitian) decided to write a book about the experience.

Cate told me that she is firmly convinced that dieting is one of the most devastating things you can do to yourself emotionally. "Diets set us up for personal failure," explains Cate. On the other hand, Cate has found that reasonable and moderate food habits (and allowance for special foods and special occasions) are must less self-destructive and will work for just about any lifestyle.

You can learn more about the "Real People Don't Diet" strategy that worked for Chris and Cate on their website below.

Cate shares an email that Nancy Westley, who recently bought Cate's book, wrote last week. Here's what Nancy had to say:

"Hi! I had been a low-carb enthusiast for about 2 years until I became very bored with the same old foods. I missed some of my favorite foods and if I would indulge occasionally I felt I blew it, then thought why bother. So the rest of the day I pigged-out. That all or nothing thinking helped me put back 8 lbs. But after reading your book, I realized that I could have it all with the proper trade-off. So putting that theory to work this past Thanksgiving, and just eating exactly what I wanted and keeping portions small, trading sweet potatoes for pumpkin pie (no crust), I lost a pound. I couldn't believe the scale Monday morning. I was able to lose weight and eat a Thanksgiving meal. I now have hope for the holidays. Thank you for writing a book that teaches real people how to eat real food."

--Nancy Westley

So here's hoping YOU get to enjoy this holiday season free from food guilt! If you're following the "Real People Don't Diet" lifetime eating strategy that Cate has shared, you most likely won't feel frustrated and uncomfortable because of feeling guilty of overeating during the winter holidays.

So if you like what you have heard so far, check out Cate's book, tell your family and friends and spread the word!

Click Here! Real People Don't Diet

By clicking on the link above, this will not only take you to the download page, it'll also subscribe you to Cate's weekly newsletter, the "Don't Diet Digest". You will have to click a link in a confirmation email to officially join the list (known as double opt-in), and you can always unsubscribe at any time.

Thanks Cate for making a difference in the health of families by taking the time to share about your family's success in eating balanced, tasty and nutritious meals!

See the latest newsletter issue from Real People Don't Diet here.

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Start to finish: 30 minutes


4 Tbsp. cocoa

1/3 cup canola oil (sub 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce for lowfat version)

1 cup sucanat (Sugar Cane Natural)

2 omega-3 eggs

3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or almonds (optional)

Stir together and bake at 350° F for 15 minutes. Do not overbake. Makes 9 brownies.

Frosting (use just a little!)

2 Tbsp softened butter

2 cups confectioner’s sugar

2 Tbsp. cocoa

water to desired consistency

Contributed by: Wendy Howard, Registered Dietitian

What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?

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Thanks for reading and have a great week!

Kindy --Your Family Dietitian

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