Friday, November 8, 2013

FDA is on the job! Recalls recalls recalls. Yogurt cinnamon bread

  If you don't live in a cave, you must have seen the last few days that the FDA is mandating removal of trans-fats from all products by late 2014.  Should save over 20,000 heart attacks a year.   Funny that we are not wise enough to do it on our own, just reading labels would solve the problem but there are still those who will eat what they will. At a price to themselves.  Anyway, kudos to the FDA for deciding to make the change. If you go to  You will get more information.
  I pulled up Food recalls this week, oh my, the list is endless.  To start with, the biggest food chain  in the world, not named,  had a recall but only 50% of its outlets got the recalled stuff off the menu, it took  more time to get to 94% of the bad stuff pulled.  Guess if you eat fast food, you are at their mercy. 
  Some of the recalls this week are on cat food, Innova, EVO, California Naturals and Healthwise among them.
  Walmart on it's own has pages of recalls, not just foods, but here are a few for this last week, of course Reser's salads have been on the news, but also Kraft string cheese, Foster's chicken, Turkey Hill ice cream, Pillsbury's cinnamon rolls, Chaboni Greek yogurt, Nestle Purina dog food, Orville Redenbachers Classic Kettle corn and the list goes on for ever.  Most of these are processed foods, again , go for organic. The one that concerns me is the chicken as that should be a safe brand.
  Buy all my vitamins and a good share of my organic cooking items from Swanson Vitamins, and this week they have a recipe for  Cinna Sweet Yogurt Bread.  Here goes: In a bowl mix 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 large egg, 3/4 cup organic almond milk, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  In a separate bowl mix 3/4 cup Bob's Red Mill Organic whole wheat flour( other brands are available in stores), 1 teaspoon baking powder, (non aluminum) 1/4 cup turbinado sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, pinch of Himalayan pink salt.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray an 8 by 8 baking pan, or oil it, mix dry ingredients into wet, whisk well, pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes, test with toothpick. Let cool 15 minutes before cutting. 97 calories, no transfat, 3 grams protein.
  There is a fire burning on Stone mountain, two mountains over from us. The smoke has been horrific the last few days, had a little rain but not enough to douse the fire. Last I heard, a group called Smoke Eaters are on the way from Texas to help out.  This is on a mountain, no way to get equipment there, steep, no roads etc. Makes it difficult to control. We have had a fire near us every year the last few years.
  When the kids were young, we spent time in the Philippine Islands. They are having the worst recorded storm ever, 235 mph winds, damage extreme. glad we were not there now. Storm is heading on, many in it's path.
  Getting a touch of cold weather, snow in the forecast for next week, but that may change before we get there, I am hoping it will. 
  Have finished my Christmas shopping, have everything wrapped and ready, working on cards. Feels good to be ahead of the curve. Enjoying the Christmas music our tv station is already providing, no talk, commercials etc, just music. My favorite part of the holiday. Hope you are warm and cozy, take care, read those labels, be pro active.

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