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Chocolate, Walnut and Raisin bite-sized scone

One thing comes to mind when I think of Scones. Starbucks is always on our itinerary when we travel. That Blueberry Scone always stares me in the eye, behind that beautiful desert window, when I order my Tall Coffee. However, I've never tried it but heard it is quite wonderful for the tastebuds. Here's the nutrition facts behind the Starbucks Blueberry Scone: Calories: 460 Fat: 18g Saturated fat: 8g Cholesterol: 50mg Sodium: 400mg Carbs: 68g Fiber: 3g Sugars: 24g Protein: 5g Here's a common recipe for a blueberry scone: 3 3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. sugar 1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. salt 1/3 c. shortening 2 tbsp. cold butter 1 c. blueberries 3/4 c. milk 2 eggs The weight of a scone at Starbucks is 128grams. At Panera, the Golden Raisin scone is 390 calories and 118grams. Now, one would think that if restaurants and fast-food places would serve smaller portions (less grams) you would save calories. Well, kinda. Take the Caribou Coffee cinnamon chip scone. At 120grams,

Falafel anyone?

If you know anything about Falafel's, you know I needed to do some major reconstruction on this recipe in order to make it healthy. Falafel is an Arabic word, popular in Egypt and the Middle East. You can typically find Falafel as a fried ball or patty made from spiced chickpeas or fava beans. Although you may see a ball when you order Falafel, it is usually served flat/crushed in pita-bread or flat bread. Palestinians and Yemenite Jews historically made Falafel from chickpeas and parsley whereas the Egyptian version uses only fava beans. The beans in Falafel are not cooked, unlike a typical bean patty, but rather soaked with bicarbonate of soda and ground with onion, parsley and spices (ex. cumin and coriander). After the mixture is formed, the ball is deep fried. Although the Falafel is found all around the world, if you happen to go to Egypt you can just go to McDonald's and order the Mcfalafel. (I tried really hard but couldn't find the calories for the McFalafel. I can

Biggest Loser Finale

I've watched every episode of Biggest Loser this season. I typically catch up on my DVR'd shows on the weekend, as I relax after my enjoyable long weekend workouts. I know there are a lot of die-hard Biggest Loser fans out there but I don't mind waiting 4 days to see who is "not the next biggest loser". My favorite show right now is Top Chef and in a close second, I'm really enjoying this new show called Chopped on the Food network and Chef Academy on Bravo. Come to think of it, I love every cooking show but nothing beats Top Chef. As I watch Biggest Loser, I keep a very open mind. I think there is a lot more that I don't agree with during this season, compared to other seasons, and because of it I am really worried about the general public who watches the show. At the beginning of the season I wanted to blog about what I didn't like about each episode but as my notes exceeded two pages as I watched each show, I figured my blogs would take forever to r

Eating for health

There's been a lot of napping here lately. Karel is sick. I thought we were indestructible with our super healthy eating habits but I guess not. Unfortunately, Karel came down with a bad cough and a horrible head cold. He's avoided a fever but has no energy. This is day 3 of the sickness and I'm hoping this is the end. Although healthy eating can't ward off the common can sure help. Karel has not been sick since 2005. I think that 3+ years of no virus is an excellent record. Since we met in 2006, I'd like to think that our enjoyment for healthy nutrients has helped us stay cold-free. No missed days of work and pure enjoyment for life and our training. The last time I was sick was in June 2007, after I returned from Las Vegas for a conference. I guess when it rains it pours because when I got sick...I was out for a few days. Maybe it isn't certain that we can prevent cancer with healthy eating, but it wouldn't hurt to try. I know I can't preven