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4 Halloween Recipes with a Healthy Twist

The October Featured Guest Blogger of the Month, are two talented ladies from ChewOnThat Blog. They’re two foodies who can’t help but share their knowledge of and love for the edible everyday on their blog. They’ve always got an engaging anecdote as to why this or that recipe warms their heart, and the recipes are always a hit! We thank Maxine and Hillary for sharing their healthy recipes with us this month. See all of their October Guest Posts.

When I was growing up, we were “that house” on the street at which no one wanted to trick-or-treat. Yes, my mom was one of those dreaded parents who filled our “candy” basket with pencils, erasers and stickers. No candy. Ever. You can imagine how scarring that was for my brother and me as small children.

But now, looking back at the responsible and conscientious choice that my mother made, I must give her some credit. Halloween is one of the few days where just about everyone can justify eating a piece of candy, and my mom said, “No. I choose not to propagate the sugar high of the neighborhood.” OK, maybe she didn’t say those exact words, but I think that was some of her motivation.
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5 Ways Pecans Keep You Healthy

The October Featured Guest Blogger of the Month, are two talented ladies from ChewOnThat Blog. They’re two foodies who can’t help but share their knowledge of and love for the edible everyday on their blog. They’ve always got an engaging anecdote as to why this or that recipe warms their heart, and the recipes are always a hit! Tune in every Tuesday in October to hear what Maxine and Hillary are chewing talking about!

When it comes to my food, I’m typically a purist. No soy sauce on my sushi, no ketchup on my hot dog and definitely no nuts in my brownies. Why would you want to ruin a perfectly good brownie with chunks of crunchy nuts? Call me crazy, but I like to taste my food just the way it is.

I will admit, however, that nuts can add a certain depth to many dishes and this time of year, nuts can be hard to avoid, especially pecans. Yes, ‘tis almost the season for pecan pie and yet another temptation to woo you away from your diligent diet. But nuts aren’t actually all bad. In fact, pecans have a lot going for them when they’re not mixed with large servings of sugar and butter. Here are five ways that pecans help keep you healthy and lots of pecan recipes to make it easy!

1. High in Antioxidants
Pecans are high in vitamin E, which is a great cancer-fighting ingredient. Vitamin E protects lipids in the blood from oxidizing. When LDL “bad” cholesterol oxidizes, it is more likely to clog arteries and vitamin E helps prevent this. Pecans are ranked among the highest cancer-fighting nuts and have been shown to decrease the risk of heart disease, cancer and some neurological diseases.

Pecan Chicken Salad
Pecan-Crusted Walleye Pike
Orange Pecan Noodles
Cranberry Pecan Pie with Cornmeal Crust
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Guest Blog: 11 Healthy Cranberry Recipes for Fall

The October Featured Guest Blogger of the Month, for October, are two talented ladies from ChewOnThat Blog. They’re two foodies who can’t help but share their knowledge of and love for the edible everyday on their blog. They’ve always got an engaging anecdote as to why this or that recipe warms their heart, and the recipes are always a hit! Tune in every Tuesday in October to hear what Maxine and Hillary are chewing talking about!

Chew on That here again! I hope you’re enjoying your fall full of tasty ingredients. Maybe you’ve even added some new apple recipes to your repertoire! To continue our agenda of fall ingredients, this week we’re going to focus on cranberries.

Though termed a berry, the cranberry is unlike any of its summer berry counterparts. For one thing, it reigns at a different time of year, harvested in late September and early October, and widely consumed throughout the fall and winter months. The other distinction of the cranberry is its flavor. While most other berries can be eaten alone, cranberries are too tart to be eaten out of hand which is why they’re usually boiled into compotes or baked into all sorts of fall desserts.
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Guest Blog: Fall’s Bounty of Fresh Apple Recipes

The October Featured Guest Blogger of the Month, for October, are two talented ladies from ChewOnThat Blog. They’re two foodies who can’t help but share their knowledge of and love for the edible everyday on their blog. They’ve always got an engaging anecdote as to why this or that recipe warms their heart, and the recipes are always a hit! Tune in every Tuesday in October to hear what Maxine and Hillary are chewing talking about!

Chew On That blog here. We’re so honored to be featured as the DietsInReview.com guest blogger of the month this October! And hey, it couldn’t be more perfect timing to talk about some of our favorite ingredients to cook with. Fall harvest produces so many delicious and heart-warming recipes which is why each week of October we’re going to focus on a different fall ingredient and share our favorite recipes to go along with them. You can cook tons of new fall dishes right in your very own home!

This week we’re going to talk about: apples. (I’m sure you probably guessed that from the photo!) Apples are probably one of the more perfect fruits out there. It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t like an apple. You can pack an apple for a great side dish to lunch, grab an apple for a mid-afternoon snack. They’re healthy snacks that provide natural sugars to give you that mid-day boost.

And you see, there are so many different varieties of apples that there is literally an apple for everyone. We’ve got honey crisp (the first picture), Gala, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Granny Smith…the list goes on. From red skin to green skin, new apple cultivars are being created what seems like every day.

But if you think the list of apple varieties is long, try counting all the dishes you can make with apples! Yes, it’s nearly impossible, but Chew on That is here to get your own list started and help you brainstorm some new apple dishes to make this fall.

Since apples are inherently sweet, they lend themselves to a great deal of delicious desserts that don’t need extra sugar! Make your favorites with these recipes:

Fat Free Apple Crisp

Sugarless Apple Cookies

Oatmeal Apple Crisp

Sugar Free Apple Pie

Lite Apple Pie

Another lighter and luscious apple dessert is the infamous apple dumpling, try Apple Almond Dumplings for a tasty recipe. Or, try some On the Trail Caramel Apples that provide a crunchy outside to your ordinary caramel apple that’s topped with candy.

Apples can also make some tasty, thirst-quenching beverages. Try out a few of our favorites:

Great Apple Banana Smoothie

Fat Free Iced Apple Tea

Easy Apple Cider

Of course, these are just a few of the things you can make with apples. For more apple recipes, check out our list of 120 Apple Recipes for Fall Cooking! Happy cooking and tune in next week for our next fall ingredient feature!

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Successful Weight Loss with Weight Watchers

Don’t miss the guest blog I’ve posted at the ChewOnThat Blog. It’s an introductory overview on what it is exactly that makes Weight Watchers one of the most proven and successful approaches to weight loss.