Recipes, Food Tips, Healthy Eating & More

Posted by Debbra Williams, Alumna Mentor @debbraw, Feb 22, 2019

Some of the members of the Gratitude Discussion Group were interested in having a place to share recipes and food ideas. I’m hoping that we can use this thread as a place to have that kind of discussion. I’d love to hear your ideas for quick meals, comfort food, healthy snacks, and more.

Personally, I’ve just been through a bad reaction to one of my medications that left me with a very queasy stomach. I would love to hear ideas – or recipes – that might be used when you need to get something on your stomach, but don’t want to overdo it.

Hopefully, this thread will even be a place where we can share recipes for special treats and yummy rewards. It doesn’t always have to be healthy!

I’d love to hear from members who have been part of other discussions AND from new members who have good ideas, recipes and food tips to share. I’m excited to see who might start us off here with an awesome food suggestion!

@fiesty76

@avmcbellar, My shopping list has changed pretty radically over recent years too. I'd begun limiting salt in my diet a few years ago, which by itself reduced the number of many pkg'd/processed foods. That was followed by a reduction in use of sugar which was harder but I learned to eat oatmeal and other unsugared cereals with fresh/frozen fruits & unsalted nuts instead. Using olive oil & vinegar; a spritz of lemon or perhaps no salad dressings at all came next.

Perhaps the most "telling" change occurred when I realized that instead of planning meals around the frequent red meat-of-the-day, my plates had larger portions of fruits and veggies. For a girl growing up in a cattle producing state married to a guy who thought beef in any form was the only way to have a "real meal", using more chicken, fish and sea food would have the hubby teasing that we must be at poverty's door if I served a meatless meal occasionally.

I still "need" some sweets in my life because they bring comfort and smiles but recently I've found some just too sweet now for my taste. The same goes, especially in restaurants or carry outs when I'm turned off by too much salt.

It was easy to jump on the calcium Viactiv bandwagon because those little delights were like eating caramels. When vitamins and other supplement "gummies" were advertised, I gave those a try as well. Now, I'm back to reading the labels on vitamin and supplement bottles and "saving" my sweet splurges for a slice of pie, cake, scoop of ice cream or cookie or two. Never thought the day would come when I'd prefer the above to the large stash of candies on hand. Guess I ought to send those on to our friend @jakedduck1. Jake, are you up to paying postage? Advance warning there is quite a stash with lots of milk chocolate???

My dental hygienist told me yesterday that her family of four had all had Covid in November. While all lost sense of taste and smell, she alone still can't taste or smell coffee and most foods, including sweets, still taste like cardboard. Wow! Another reason for everyone to get those vaccines as soon as eligible, right?

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@fiesty76 I can agree totally with everything you've said and done with regard to food! I've done exactly the same.
I feel so sad for your poor dentist, not being able to smell coffee anymore. That's one of our primal joys in life, is it not? So sorry her whole family had Covid. Get your shots, folks. I've had my first, but have to abide by my province's new 16-week protocol. Troubling. Canada has run short of vaccine.

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@artist01

@imallears Oh yes, bologna on white bread, but maybe with a touch of mustard!

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@artist01 We used to love fried bologna sandwiches! Haven’t had one since I was a teen?

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@becsbuddy

@artist01 We used to love fried bologna sandwiches! Haven’t had one since I was a teen?

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@becsbuddy Oh, Becky, I had forgotten about fried bologna! A real delicacy during WWll days, when I was a kid! My seniors' residence has just this week added bologna sandwiches to our menu choice. I can hardly wait!

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@fiesty76

@imallears, You and my older grandson must share DNA. If I'd not been present at his birth, I'd question if we brought home the "right" baby because from the get go, just the thought of anything chocolate makes our 15 yr old queasy to this day!

For years, I loved Halloween because that was the time to buy my year's worth of candy. Halloween became a favorite holiday for my daughter when this little trick-or-treater, turned over all of his gathered chocolates to her. At about 9 yrs, he "smartened up" and began suggesting that in return, it only seemed fair for her to exchange a few dollar bills for the chocolates. Maybe an investment broker in the works? smiles

Like you, Mary, I've enjoyed coffee all different ways and at present, it is with half & half. In TX, ordering tea at a restaurant meant the standard "iced tea". On my first trip to NYC, I was very surprised to order tea and be served hot tea. It was also a surprise to order water and it came with no ice. Added to the teas you mention, I additionally like Jasmine and other herbal teas but without sweetener.

Must be a difference in the type of caffeine tea and coffee have because if I drink coffee at night, I have trouble sleeping. Not the case with hot or iced tea before bed. Does this happen to you or others?

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@fiesty76 Ice tea? Blah! We always get hot tea when ordering tea at Canadian restaurants.
Like you, I can't sleep after drinking coffee or tea at night, but decaf of either is ok. I know, I know – decaf is not good for us. Actually, I only drink decaf tea now, lunch and dinner. Old age sucks. Lol

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@becsbuddy

@artist01 We used to love fried bologna sandwiches! Haven’t had one since I was a teen?

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@becsbuddy
We had fried bologna and scrambled eggs when I was a kid. I remember just eating the fried bologna by itself. We also had kippers for breakfast. Dad was English and Mom was Irish. I remember her making Welsh Rarebit with onions as a quick dinner or lunch.
But just plain old bologna on white bread was the best and of course, who could forget mayonnaise sandwiches.

FL Mary

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@fiesty76

@imallears, You and my older grandson must share DNA. If I'd not been present at his birth, I'd question if we brought home the "right" baby because from the get go, just the thought of anything chocolate makes our 15 yr old queasy to this day!

For years, I loved Halloween because that was the time to buy my year's worth of candy. Halloween became a favorite holiday for my daughter when this little trick-or-treater, turned over all of his gathered chocolates to her. At about 9 yrs, he "smartened up" and began suggesting that in return, it only seemed fair for her to exchange a few dollar bills for the chocolates. Maybe an investment broker in the works? smiles

Like you, Mary, I've enjoyed coffee all different ways and at present, it is with half & half. In TX, ordering tea at a restaurant meant the standard "iced tea". On my first trip to NYC, I was very surprised to order tea and be served hot tea. It was also a surprise to order water and it came with no ice. Added to the teas you mention, I additionally like Jasmine and other herbal teas but without sweetener.

Must be a difference in the type of caffeine tea and coffee have because if I drink coffee at night, I have trouble sleeping. Not the case with hot or iced tea before bed. Does this happen to you or others?

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@fiesty76
Hi,

It’s just milk chocolate I don’t like ….anything dark chocolate flavored or bars are my favorite. I only drink decaf green tea….hot….for lunch. No coffee or tea generally after that. Caffeine would keep me awake at night although chocolate has its fair amount. It’s usually unsweetened ice tea at a restaurant…unless of course it’s dinner, then it’s wine naturally. There are just times when I just like hot tea with lunch…depends on what lunch is that day….and it has to be green tea. I do like herbal ice teas.

FL Mary

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@fiesty76

@contentandwell, Much like your husband, my 84 yr young friend likewise not only enjoys but seems to thrive on what others consider a "deplorable" diet. A chocolate chip cookie and coke for breakfast; baloney on white bread for lunch, anything goes for dinner and sweet snacks in-between. No vitamins or meds ever touch his tongue but he never needs a dentist; has no need for a physician and has more energy and strength than many half his age….go figure!!! LOL

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@fiesty76 My husband really is amazing. They are saying older people have less reaction to the vaccines because our immune systems are not as strong. Well, my husband was miserable for two days and even had a mild temperature! Go figure.

I started limiting salt years ago for some reason, I'm not sure why. Now if anything has much salt at all I can really taste it, as can my husband because he's used to my cooking of course. That does not diminish the love for salty snacks though!
JK

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@fiesty76

@imallears, You and my older grandson must share DNA. If I'd not been present at his birth, I'd question if we brought home the "right" baby because from the get go, just the thought of anything chocolate makes our 15 yr old queasy to this day!

For years, I loved Halloween because that was the time to buy my year's worth of candy. Halloween became a favorite holiday for my daughter when this little trick-or-treater, turned over all of his gathered chocolates to her. At about 9 yrs, he "smartened up" and began suggesting that in return, it only seemed fair for her to exchange a few dollar bills for the chocolates. Maybe an investment broker in the works? smiles

Like you, Mary, I've enjoyed coffee all different ways and at present, it is with half & half. In TX, ordering tea at a restaurant meant the standard "iced tea". On my first trip to NYC, I was very surprised to order tea and be served hot tea. It was also a surprise to order water and it came with no ice. Added to the teas you mention, I additionally like Jasmine and other herbal teas but without sweetener.

Must be a difference in the type of caffeine tea and coffee have because if I drink coffee at night, I have trouble sleeping. Not the case with hot or iced tea before bed. Does this happen to you or others?

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Brewed coffee has about 95 mg of caffeine vs 45 mg in dark teas in an 8 oz serving. Mayo Clinic has a great chart comparing various drinks. I have found that honey acidity varies with type and source and that may affect sleep. I have tried contacting the source of the honey I use but they are not knowledgeable and I was going to use my aquarium pH strips to check.

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@fiesty76

@imallears, You and my older grandson must share DNA. If I'd not been present at his birth, I'd question if we brought home the "right" baby because from the get go, just the thought of anything chocolate makes our 15 yr old queasy to this day!

For years, I loved Halloween because that was the time to buy my year's worth of candy. Halloween became a favorite holiday for my daughter when this little trick-or-treater, turned over all of his gathered chocolates to her. At about 9 yrs, he "smartened up" and began suggesting that in return, it only seemed fair for her to exchange a few dollar bills for the chocolates. Maybe an investment broker in the works? smiles

Like you, Mary, I've enjoyed coffee all different ways and at present, it is with half & half. In TX, ordering tea at a restaurant meant the standard "iced tea". On my first trip to NYC, I was very surprised to order tea and be served hot tea. It was also a surprise to order water and it came with no ice. Added to the teas you mention, I additionally like Jasmine and other herbal teas but without sweetener.

Must be a difference in the type of caffeine tea and coffee have because if I drink coffee at night, I have trouble sleeping. Not the case with hot or iced tea before bed. Does this happen to you or others?

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FYI an ounce of dark chocolate (70+%) contains about 25 mg of caffeine as well

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@contentandwell

@fiesty76 My husband really is amazing. They are saying older people have less reaction to the vaccines because our immune systems are not as strong. Well, my husband was miserable for two days and even had a mild temperature! Go figure.

I started limiting salt years ago for some reason, I'm not sure why. Now if anything has much salt at all I can really taste it, as can my husband because he's used to my cooking of course. That does not diminish the love for salty snacks though!
JK

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Healthy intestinal flora and not eating foods that have an inflammatory effect as well as avoiding medications or products (including skin) that are inflammatory affect also helps with resistance. As my teacher said ”on the body is in the body”

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@imallears

@becsbuddy
We had fried bologna and scrambled eggs when I was a kid. I remember just eating the fried bologna by itself. We also had kippers for breakfast. Dad was English and Mom was Irish. I remember her making Welsh Rarebit with onions as a quick dinner or lunch.
But just plain old bologna on white bread was the best and of course, who could forget mayonnaise sandwiches.

FL Mary

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@imallears, Oh my word! Hadn't thought of "purely heaven" mayonnaise sandwiches in decades! Wonder if I could borrow a couple of slices of white bread from my friend to celebrate Spring??? Get thee behind me Satan! Mary, mayo sands just wouldn't be the same on the new and improved designer breads some of us have adopted. I'd probably eat a whole loaf of the white and never be able to get back to the "healthier" ones???? Could offer a couple of Snickers as a fair exchange?

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@contentandwell

@fiesty76 My husband really is amazing. They are saying older people have less reaction to the vaccines because our immune systems are not as strong. Well, my husband was miserable for two days and even had a mild temperature! Go figure.

I started limiting salt years ago for some reason, I'm not sure why. Now if anything has much salt at all I can really taste it, as can my husband because he's used to my cooking of course. That does not diminish the love for salty snacks though!
JK

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That is really interesting, @contentandwell, because I'd heard the same and thought my older friend with the "deplorable diet" might have severe after vacc reactions but No! Not even a smidgen after either of the Modernas!

OTOH, a much younger, pre-diabetic friend who follows a "strict healthy only" diet, was the first I knew to have the Covid arm after her first vacc and was pretty miserable for 2-3 days following her second.

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