November 14th, 2006 - Barbara Feiner
Thanksgiving is just over a week away, and food is at the heart of this holiday celebration.
Using chicken broth instead of water adds rich flavor to Moist & Savory Stuffing. This recipe from Swanson Broth has become a classic, and the company now offers certified organic chicken broth. You can add dried cranberries and chopped pecans or sausage and mushrooms to jazz up the flavor and add some texture.
Moist & Savory Stuffing
Makes 4 cups
- 1¾ cups Swanson Certified Organic Chicken Broth
- Generous dash ground black pepper
- 1 stalk celery, coarsely chopped
- 1 small onion, coarsely chopped
- 4 cups herbed seasoned stuffing mix
- Heat broth, pepper, celery and onion in 2-quart saucepan over high heat to boil.
- Reduce heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender.
- Add stuffing and stir lightly to coat.
Savory Stuffing with Cranberries and Pecans: Stir 1/2 cup each dried cranberries and chopped pecans into stuffing mixture.
Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing: Add 1 cup sliced mushrooms to vegetables while cooking. Stir 1/2 lb. cooked and crumbled pork sausage into stuffing mixture.
Recipe and photo courtesy of Swanson Broth
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November 25th, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
Trying to be an organic Martha Stewart? (NBC Universal Photo)
Martha Stewart can go to jail, host two TV shows and still find time to make snowflake ornaments in time for the holidays. Worried that you can’t measure up as you prepare for your family celebrations?
Successful professionals, in particular, often attempt to create the “perfect holiday.” The pressure they put on themselves can become overwhelming, according to experts at the famed Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas.
“I think many professionals struggle with the holidays because they are not doing well and are reflecting on how poorly they are coping,” says John O’Neill, a social worker and director of Menninger’s Professionals in Crisis Program. “They tend to mask how they are doing and try to make it through them. I can only imagine the amount of energy this must take. Many of them hold it together, appear fine and then crash after. This is why we start to see an increase in psychiatric hospital admissions in January.”
At Organic Authority, we encourage you to remember your organic spirit. Today marks the beginning of the hectic holiday shopping season, so be sure to set aside some time for quiet introspection and give thanks for the good things in your life—even if times are hard.
Perhaps Dr. Denis Waitley, a behavioral psychologist who helped train U.S. astronauts, put it best: “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace and gratitude.”
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November 24th, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
Happy Thanksgiving from Organic Authority! Expect to have your fair share of organic turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie today? The average American consumes at least 2,500 calories and 86 grams of fat during a typical Thanksgiving dinner—the equivalent of eating 16 slices of pepperoni pizza!
If you haven’t joined a structured exercise program or gym, you can work out for free tomorrow at your local Bally Total Fitness club in honor of post-Thanksgiving “Fat Friday.” Bally’s goal: to help Americans kick off the holiday season with a healthy start.
Centers will open their doors to the public (minimum age: 18) at no cost to help you burn calories from your Thanksgiving feast. Trainers and nutrition experts will be available to offer tips and advice on preventing holiday weight gain, which plagues many Americans each year.
A recent Bally survey found that more than 70% of those polled gain 1 to 10 pounds between Thanksgiving and the New Year—weight that proves difficult to take off. Bally execs hope the free day of fitness will encourage Americans to make exercise a priority so they can stay fit.
To find a Bally Total Fitness club near you, call 1-800-FITNESS or use the company’s online locator.
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November 23rd, 2005 - Barbara Feiner
Organic Authority is firmly committed to educating parents about the dangers of childhood obesity and the importance of teaching children to eat properly.
Ironically, Thanksgiving—the holiday when we gobble down the biggest meal of the year—may serve as “a turning point in winning the war on childhood obesity and improving family health,” according to a new campaign from KidsPeace, a national charity that assists children who are dealing with trauma, depression, eating disorders and the daily stresses of life.
“Join the Fight, Help Kids Eat Right” has two key goals:
- Attack obesity’s physical and nutritional aspects by encouraging families to eat adult-supervised, healthful home-cooked meals—beginning with Thursday’s Thanksgiving dinner.
- Attack obesity’s underlying emotional precursors by encouraging families to use the dinner hour to problem-solve with kids.
Children who regularly eat dinner with their families face fewer health and behavioral risks, according to major studies. Unfortunately, a recent national study by KidsPeace and Boys & Girls Clubs of America revealed that 51% of U.S. parents say their children don’t eat enough nutritious foods—and roughly 40% eat home-cooked meals with their kids less than once a day.
“It’s not always just what our kids are eating,” says KidsPeace President and CEO C.T. O’Donnell. “Sometimes, it’s what’s eating our kids. America has more diets and more diet advice than any nation on earth, but our kids keep getting bigger and bigger. We will never win this battle until we help kids eat right and solve the emotional roots of overeating. Research shows that sitting families down at the dinner table works to improve physical and behavioral health. Perhaps the archetypal American meal embodied by the Pilgrims’ famous dinner is the model and paradigm upon which we can rebuild healthy families in this modern age. If we’re to win this battle, we have to fight it over the dining room table, as well as on the battlefields of our children’s day-to-day lives. Now’s as good a time as any to start.”
KidsPeace is offering free obesity prevention brochures: one for parents and one for teens (downloadable PDF files).
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