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Deviled eggs & Walnut, Raisin and Cranberry squares

Deviled Eggs

8 eggs
1 tbsp mustard (I recommend a spicy mustard or horseradish mustard)
1 tbsp fat-free sour cream
1-2 tsp paprika
1 cup tofu (crumbled)
2 tbsp fresh chopped chives
1-2 tsp Pepper
Optional: Celery

1. Hard-boil 8 eggs. In a large saucepan, I recommend cooking eggs on high, in cold water, with the water covering the eggs by about 1-2 inches. When water is boiling, turn off heat, remove from hot burner and cover. Let eggs cook for 10-12 minutes.
2. While eggs are cooking, crumble tofu in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add chives, sour cream, paprika, mustard and pepper. Combine well with fork.
3. When eggs are finished cooking, transfer to bowl and run cold water over eggs while peeling.
4. On a large cutting board, gently cut eggs in half. Remove yokes.
5. Add 3 yokes to tofu mixture and mix with fork. Taste to see if you need more pepper or paprika.
6. Scoop about a tbsp of tofu mixture into each egg.
7. For garnish as a side dish, chop celery and sprinkle over eggs. If using eggs…

Recipe makeover...here's your grocery list

If you haven't heard it already, there is a big nutrition-related news story regarding Movie popcorn. Surprisingly, it is bad for you.

Movie Popcorn

Um, sorry MSNBC.com, but this news is old news. The sad part is that popcorn used to be bad for you and now it is really bad for you.
If you are trying to lose weight or live a healthy lifestyle, you are doomed. There is no point trying to lose weight because food manufactures, restaurants, vending machines, fast food facilities and even health-food stores are providing you (the consumer) unhealthy food options that are just too good to resist. And even if you try to resist them and choose a healthier option, your healthy option is still high calorie, high fat, high sugar or high in fake ingredients.
Perhaps I am taking this to the extreme but don't you feel like you are being sabotaged with your weight loss journey? Statistics are telling Americans how fat (ouch, I just hate that word-let's use obese and overweight) but at eve…

Food Swap

With the holidays coming up, I can see why there is an abundance of commercials, magazine articles, newspaper articles, television spotlights and internet searches for
1) weight loss
2) nutrition
3) fitness
or
4) all of the above
Oh and how can I forget...the google search for "how to lose weight fast".

On a positive note, the holidays may be a great trigger for people to start a healthy and realistic weight loss program. Then again, they may trigger a need to begin a quick, unhealthy and do-anything at any cost, to lose weight fast. I find that athletes have a similar mentality for weight loss when racing season approaches. Come the spring or early summer, with an A-race in 8-12 weeks, there is a strong desire to lean-up or focus on a more balanced diet to support training. Then again, when a race approaches in 3-4 weeks, there is a strong desire to squeeze in as much training as possible, train for quantity in order to burn calories, decrease calories to create a large caloric…

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Horrible 100 event

It's not as horrible as it sounds. Well, maybe if you are from Florida, those horrible hills may cause some altitude shock :)

I wasn't really looking forward to this event because it has been over a month since 6-gap and that event really did a number on me. I am still having nightmares of my smallest chain ring helping me move a speedy 5 mph up the mountains. Karel kept telling me that I can easily ride 100 miles and as long as I stay on a wheel and stick with a group, this event will be really enjoyable for me.
This was the 2nd time I have done this event (first time in 2007) but the first time I did the 100 mile event, rather than the 70 mile event.

After dropping off Campy at bman's, I picked up Karel at work and at 4pm we made our 2 1/2 hour drive to Clermont Florida. If you haven't been to Clermont, the National Training Center is located there and many professional triathletes travel to Clermont for actual hill training in Florida.

When we arrived at the Cycling H…

Deli-style panini's

One of our favorite wedding gifts was our panini maker. I must say it is getting great use by Karel and me. Aside from the toasted-bread smell in our kitchen and the sounds of sizzling veggies or meat, the panini maker turns your boring toasted sandwich into a deli masterpiece. Don't believe me??? ....time to get your own griddler.
Here is the one that we have but there are many on the market.

Cuisinart GR4 Griddler Grill

Another great thing about the panini maker is that you can make sandwiches really quickly. The same time it takes you to toast bread in the toaster, you can turn on the griddler, prepare your stuffings for your sandwich and by the time you clean up and put everything away, your sandwich is hot and ready.

The first sandwich I have is a ham, egg and cheese sandwich that I made for Karel and one of his employees. Karel needed a truck and someone to help him move something heavy into our place so I decided to feed the boys something yummy and healthy. I was in a creati…