Ginger Grape Chia Jam

Ginger Grape Chia Jam

I love Earth Day, because it means my Birthday is almost here!  Our Recipe ReDux theme this month centers around Earth Day and how we can reduce our food waste.

Instead of shocking you with a bunch of statistics about food waste, I’m going to bore you with my favorite nutrition joke.

What is the most expensive fruit or vegetable that you will ever eat?

Before I tell you the answer, I must tell you, I picture this as a really engaging clickbait with a headline like: “Girl buys most expensive fruit ever,” or “the 7 most expensive fruits and vegetables, you didn’t know you were buying” or my personal favorite, “Making this mistake with your fruits and veggies could be costing you over $100 per month.”  Then I start fielding calls from CNN or The Guiness Book of World Records. But in reality, it is just a REALLY bad joke.

I’ve made you wait long enough, the most expensive fruit or vegetable you will ever eat, is the one that you throw away!  Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Now on to more serious stuff: 

I’m the only fruit lover in my house, besides the occasional banana or raisin (remember I live in a household of picky eaters), so, if I don’t eat it, no one is going to eat it. Coming out of the winter fruit drought here in the midwest I ended up with an abundance of grapes. Rather than throwing away grapes or other fruits that are on their last leg, try them in my Ginger Grape Chia Jam. it is so simple and the hint of ginger seriously kicks it up a culinary notch. It’s great on toast, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, or even just off the spoon.

 

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
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A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Grape Ginger Chia Jam
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A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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Grape Ginger Chia Jam

Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Grape Ginger Chia Jam
Print Recipe
A fresh and fruity addition to anything you can dream up. It's almost as good as Grandma's.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Wash grapes and remove the stem. Place them in a small sauce pan over medium heat. Use a wooden spoon to mash the grapes as their skin starts to soften. Depending on the stage of ripeness this should take about 10 minutes. Note: To speed up this process you can cut the grapes in half, which will release the juices quicker.
  2. Remove the grapes from heat and add lemon juice, honey, and chia seeds. Allow to sit for a few minutes to cool and slightly thicken.
  3. Add the grape mixture and ginger to a small food processor. Blend until smooth. Chill and serve on toast, oatmeal, yogurt or pancakes.
Recipe Notes

You can use any fruit for this recipe, and just adjust the additional flavorings to taste.

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National Lipid Association Fat Meeting Attended by Glenna Moe, Kansas City Dietitian

I just returned from a fat meeting.  I bet you have never even heard of a fat meeting.  Are you imagining a meeting room full of “people of size”?  Nope.  Are you imagining a room full of globs of fat?  Nope again.  
This meeting was the scientific meeting for the National Lipid Association.  This professional organization focuses on how to best reduce nasty fats in our blood that cause heart attacks and diabetes and obesity and cancer and high blood pressure and… You can actually study and become a Board Certified Lipidologist.  Yes, you can be a “Fat Doctor”. And if you are an M.D. and complete advanced training in lipidology you can be a “Fat Fellow.”  (I crack myself up.)
I learned a ton of fun new stuff from these Fat Fellows that you do not want to know.    So, stop right this minute, gently place your right pointer finger in your right ear and gently place your left pointer finger in your left ear.  Now repeat after me “la, la, la, la, la, I can’t hear you…la, la, la”. The problem is, if you do learn these new facts you are going to have to once again figure out new ways to ignore them and happily float down Denial River.  
*Warning: I plan to send a few blogs related to this new fat information.  You might want to delete them before you read them if you want to remain blissfully ignorant. 

   
If you are a regular reader you know I love to make up words. At this meeting I learned a new made-up word.  It is”adiposopathy”.  It was created by Dr. Harold Bays who is a Fat Fellow (And a pretty good researcher. And looked to be quite lean.)  It means “sick fat”. Apparently there is “sick fat” as well as”well fat”.  I don’t know about you but I want my fat to be “well fat”.  So, it behooves us to ask the question: How do we have “well fat”?  (I am very happy that quite a few of the speakers used the word “behooves”.)  
Apparently “well fat” is the nice thin layer of fat that lies under our skin and protects us.  You will understand this if you have a bony bottom and it hurts to sit for long periods of time.  “Sick fat” on the other hand is the fat that coats your internal organs and remains in a constant state of inflammation.  If you tend to put weight on around your waist rather than in your hips and thighs you are a prime target for “sick fat”.  Sick fat makes you sick. (“Duh” would fit nicely at this point.)   “Sick Fat” increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, cancers….  It will behoove you to get rid of your sick fat. Easy to say, but not easy to do.  However, I do have answers to bring you hope. Watch for my next Fusion blog.  
We are going get rid of our “adiposapathy”, (I couldn’t resist making up my own word.  So, how do you like this one, Dr. Bays?) We are going to fight “adiposopathy” one adipose (fat) cell at a time, with both guns drawn and everything else we can find.  Watch out fat! We’re coming for you.  You can run.  But, you can’t hide.  Not even under a muumuu.  (See fashion faux pas of the 1960’s if you are unfamiliar with a muumuu.)

Luv, WD 

P.S.  I am considering becoming a “Fat Fellow R.D.” What do you think?  Should I?

Lin Madness as Reported by a Dietitian

Lin-o-len Madness

I pride myself in my cutting-edgedness.  (And also in my creative use of the English language- Check out becoming nutri-fied.) 

Imagine my excitement when I saw the headlines about Lin Madness.  The national news media had finally found my Blog. 

Yes, my friends, I was the first to introduce the magic in Lin-o-len-ic acid.  This is a wonderful fat that is found in flaxseed and walnuts.  You will find similar fatty acids in sardines, salmon, tuna and mackerel.  These fatty acids are in a general group of fats called Omega-3 fatty acids or more popularly known as “fish oil”. Everyone, and their dog, should have a diet rich in these fats. 

In addition you may want to take fish oil capsules.  (I have heard that Jeremy Lin is crediting his success to his daily intake of fish oil. (Naw..)

Figuring out which ones to take can be a daunting task. Follow these guidelines for best results.

Look on the back of the bottle to find the:

  1. Serving size- It may be more than one capsule.
  2. Amount of cholesterol- There may be a large amount. 
  3. DHA and EPA and the milligrams listed with them.  Add these 2 numbers together.  They should equal approximately 500 mgs.  This is the recommended daily amount for most healthy adults. 
  4. Look for the USP symbol.  This means the supplement meets purity standards. 

 Check with your doctor if you have concerns or questions about your fish oil capsules.

The Cinderella story of Jeremy Lin will fade in time but the health benefits of Lin-o-len-ic acid will go on. 

My suggestion to you, if you want to follow your dream like Jeremy has, then follow my Simple Diet so you can be strong and healthy and wealthy and wise. 

(Wow, all of this is one Simple Diet?  YEP!)  

Wishing you a Lin-ified Day! 

WD

 

 

Kansas City Dietitian and Gross Disgusting Fat

Gross Disgusting Fat

Just wanted to get your attention.  When one hears the word “fat” a variety of images are conjured up.  Most of these thoughts can be associated with our title today.  Gross, disgusting. 

Wonder Dietitian is here to help you think positive thoughts when you hear the word “Fat.” 

Good things about fat:

  1. It makes baby’s cheeks kissable.
  2. It makes it so we can absorb beautiful vitamins like A, D, E and K.
  3. Some fats are anti-inflammatory.
  4. Fats make our foods taste good. 

Healthy fats should make up about ¼ of our diet.  Healthy fats are found in foods like salmon, walnuts, almonds, avocadoes and olives and olive oil. 

When people cut fat out of their diet they typically fill in with carbohydrates.  We have spent a lot of time talking about naked carbohydrates.  (Join PETG today!)

These foods tend to increase triglycerides and blood sugar.

There is one other fat concern to discuss today. 

If you are tempted to send lots of warm and fuzzy emails to me today, boasting about how Wonder-ful Wonder Dietitian is then you might cause me to have a FAT-Head. 

I have a great idea.  Let’s try it and see what happens. 

Luv,

Your skinny-headed WD

 

 

Kansas City Dietitian Reveals Snake Oil

 

Snake Oil Salesmen

 

I thought that since we talked about Snake Oil Salesmen last week we should at least talk a little more about snake oil.

 

Snake oil is primarily lipo-unsaturated fat and rich in Vitamins F and G. When used regularly you will find your hair will be shinier and your waist will be tinier.

 

And the sad truth is- you are probably half- reading this while you are driving your car home from work and are half believing it.

 

1. Put your phone down and drive. I am in the car behind you and you just about killed that poor little old lady in the other lane.

 

2. There is no such thing as lip-unsaturated fat, Vitamins F or G.

 

 

 

Please stop wasting your money on supplements, weight loss aids, breakfast bars and pedicures. (Just threw that one in for fun.)

 

EAT FOOD!

 

Tomorrow we will talk about healthy fats to include in your diet and unhealthy fats to disclude (see how many made up words WD has used in the last 5 Blogs this evening while watching old NCIS re-runs.)

 

Until our next meeting, enjoy your snake oil. And don’t forget to take your Vitamin J capsule. 2000 mgs./day