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Are Freeze-dried Fruits Healthy?


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 Until recently, I never thought of freeze-dried fruits as a good source of nutrients.  I viewed them more as “filler” items that were used to make the product look healthy and nutritious.  But, the reality is, despite being light in mass, freeze-dried fruits are heavy weights in antioxidant power and are a souce of fiber.  According to the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), freeze-dried fruits contain ….read more.


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Nutrition for Older Adults

It is commonly recognized that a young child needs a nutrient-rich diet to promote proper growth and development.  But once your body has stopped growing, does diet quality really matter?  Yes, each generation has nutritional requirements unique to its age group. 

Advancing age, regardless of your fitness and nutritional status, results in inevitable changes to your body.  One of the better known physiological changes is……. Read More

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Healthy Habits for a Healthy Life

Habits of lean and fit people – why is it that some people can maintain a healthy lifestyle better than others?  Find out why at our new site

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The Power of Blueberries

Sometimes having the “blues” is a good thing -when it’s in the form of blueberries, that is!  Earning the recognition as a “superfood” by some, blueberries are considered to be one of the…. To read this story in its entirety, visit our new site at

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Come Join Us At Our New Site!

Are you looking for up-to-date information on the best way to improve your diet to maintain weight?  Or, are you looking to connect with others who have similar interests and goals as you to improve overall health?  Well then, come on over to our new “healthy home.”  We’ve moved to better accomodate your needs.  We are now  Start your own discussion on health and nutrition or join another.  Share your thoughts about our new location with us.  It’s as easy as a “hop,” “skip,” and “click.”

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Simply Sunday – MOVING DAY!!!

The Health and Food Forum’s Blog (HFF’s Blog) has exciting news!  We have moved!  In order to better meet your needs, the HFF’s Blog has upgraded to the self-hosted version of WordPress.  This has allowed us to offer you more ways to interact with us and others on our site.  Join one of our many groups, like Losing Weight and Feeling Great! or Green and Sustainable Living and share your experiences with those in the group.  Develop friendship connections with other users and send them private, direct messages.  You will even have the ability to start your own discussions.

Other great changes at the new location include a new contact form for better communication with the Health and Food Forum’s Blog regarding your ideas and suggestions.  And, the HFF’s Blog has made it easier for you to share your favorite posts with others by providing you with links to a number of social bookmarking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, digg, and Stumble Upon.  So come on over to our new place and check it out.  Once there, be sure to subscribe to the new site via RSS feed or email so that you can be kept up-to-date on the latest health news and blog changes.

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Putting it on the Plate with PICKKA: Oven-Baked Oatmeal-Blueberry Pancakes

Oven-baking pancakes can cut down on the fat.

Traditionally prepared and cooked pancakes can mean consuming a lot of extra calories from fat and carbs.  But, there are a few tricks that can make this comfort food healthier.  To cut down on the fat, try oven-baking the pancakes.  You can reduce the sugar content by lightly dusting the cooked pancakes with powdered sugar, rather than dousing them with maple syrup.  The fiber content can be increased by using pancake mix made of whole-grain flour.  And, use your “Eat What?” app for the iPhone to find a pancake mix that fits into your diet plan.

The “Eat What?” app provides you with a list of recommended products in the food category that you are interested.  A great feature of this app is that it allows you to modify the search criteria for the saturated fat, sugar, carbohydrate, and fiber content of the product (e.g., choose from “no saturated fat,” “low saturated fat,” “reduced saturated fat,” or “ignore” categories).  By modifying my search, I reduced the number of options from which I had to choose and increased my chances of getting the right product for me.

I chose an oatmeal pancake mix to make oven-baked oatmeal-blueberry pancakes for my family.  Here is what I did to make them.  First, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.  Then, I sprayed a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set it aside. Next, I followed the pancake package directions for the number of pancakes I wanted to make (14-18 pancakes).  I added 1 tsp of baking powder to the batter and combined it.  Then, I folded in fresh blueberries (about 1/4 cup per 1 cup of dry mix).  Using 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, I poured the mixture onto the baking sheet – separating pancakes by about 3 inches.**   Then, I baked them for approximately 8 minutes.  The pancakes will resemble large cookies when done.

Oven-baked pancakes will resemble large cookies when done.

**Note, my family likes pancakes from thick batter which holds its form on a cold baking sheet.  If you like thin batter, preheat the baking sheet prior to pouring the mixture onto it to prevent it from spreading out too much prior to cooking.

What is your favorite way to make pancakes?  Share with us, we want to know!


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