I’m Lovin’ It?


I interviewed an employee at McDonald’s, however, my recording device will not let me upload the interview.


My apologies, here’s the print copy of what went down.


Kelley:  My name is Kelley.  I’m 20 years old, and I’ve worked at McDonald’s for two years.

Ashley:  Okay.  So fast food has kind of been changing recently and has tried to get healthier foods with everyone being more health conscious, so how have you seen McDonalds do that?

Kelley:  I think McDonalds has done a lot to catch up to the public’s interest in being more healthy in cutting fats and carbs and all of that.  Like to start from the youngestI think the Happy Meals, that’s been a big change very recently.  We cut fries out of a Happy Meal.  So it used to be either fries and a burger or chicken nuggets and a small soft drink.  Now it comes with either chicken nuggets or a hamburger and instead of fries it comes with apple dippers and milk.  So that’s, you know, a lot healthier.  And now the fries, if you order a child size fries, it’s only 100 calorie versus 240 calories which a small fry used to be,  so you are teaching them to be satisfied with a smaller serving size.

Ashley:  Have you tried any of these?

Kelley:  Like you were asking before what others, do you want me to list what other items we have?

Ashley:  Yes.

Kelley:   We have added — a big seller we have added is the fruit and maple oatmeal, so start your day with that instead of, you know, people going to get donuts and coffee for breakfast.  Our coffee is very popular, so that draws people in, and then the oatmeal has been a big seller and it’s really healthy. And then we have scrambled eggs and bagles  and fruit parfaits.  And we have a variety of new salads and snack wraps which those are healthier, too, because instead of the bun and sauce and cheese on a burger it’s chicken and a thin wrap.  We have a carmel apple parfait and a bunch of new salads.

Ashley:  So where can you find the nutritional information for all these products?

Kelley:  Sometimes it’s on the wrapper.  It’s also on the website.  Go on our website and you can find all the nutitional information you need.

Ashley:  Have you tried any of these products?  Are they good?

Kelley:  Yeah.  We also have the fruit and walnut salad, which it’s  not lettuce,  it’s just apples, grapes, and walnuts.  And that’s a great afternoon snack and it’s really nutritious.  And then I like the chicken wrap.  I think those really good.  And the fruit and maple oatmeal is really good.

Ashley:  Okay.  So McDonalds changing it up!  I personally tried the apple dippers and they are good, as well as the fruit and walnut salad, which you can’t really mess up.  Their snack wraps are good.  I prefer the ranch one.  And surprisingly their salads are good.  I am usually picky with my salads, but theirs is good for a fast food restaurant.







A Treat to Sweeten Your Turkey Day!


I love pumpkin pie!

Thanksgiving centers around pumpkin pie!

November.  Fall.   Thanksgiving.  —  When in the fall mood, we tend to think of spices and pumpkin pie.  Snuggling while eating such treats to fit the mood tend to be unhealthy.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving by indulging in that piece of pie without thinking twice about it.

This recipe allows you to satisfy your craving for only 230 calories.

Prep Time:25 min
Start to Finish:2 hr 25 min
makes:8 servings



1 1/4 cups Gold Medal® all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3 to 4 tablespoons fat-free (skim) milk


3 egg whites or 1/2 cup fat-free egg product
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 can (15 oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 can (12 oz) evaporated fat-free milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


1. Heat oven to 425°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, 1 teaspoon sugar, 1/4 teaspoon salt and the oil with fork until well mixed. Stir in milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl. Shape pastry into a ball, using your hands. Press pastry in bottom and up side of 9-inch glass pie plate; flute as desired or press pastry to top edge of pie plate with fingers or fork.
2. In medium bowl, beat egg whites slightly with wire whisk or egg beater. Beat in remaining filling ingredients. Pour filling into pastry-lined pie plate; carefully place on oven rack. Bake 15 minutes.
3. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Cover edge of pie crust with 2- to 3-inch strip of foil to prevent excessive browning. Bake about 45 minutes longer or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on cooling rack at least 1 hour before serving. After cooling, pie can remain at room temperature up to an additional 5 hours, then should be covered and refrigerated.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Use 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Increase fat-free (skim) milk for pastry to 1/4 cup.

When thinking about baking a pie, you might feel overwhelmed.  You may think it will be difficult or that it won’t come out good.

Trust me, I know.  I love baking.  Pie just sounds hard to make.  You don’t think about it until you’re actually considering baking one.

Get someone to bake with!  Baking with a friend or family member makes the experience more fun.  You can double-check and ask for a second opinion.  It also helps the time go faster.  I like to bake with my mom.  I am a perfectionist and I like to make sure everything is the best it can be.  This is where baking with someone makes my desserts come out better.  I ask my mom what she thinks and makes sure I’m doing it right.  It also splits up the tasks so you can work faster.

This recipe will satisfy your fall cravings and will impress your friends and family members.

With all the over eating on Thanksgiving, you’re going to want a treat you know you can eat without feeling guilty about.

Always double-check your ingredients and make sure they’re the healthiest substitutes you can use.



Margarita Maniacs!


Margarita lovers, you’re welcome!

The recipe for this margarita is only 100 calories a serving!

Eat Yourself Skinny provides the recipe for raspberry margaritas.

Fill your blender about a 1/3 of the way full.  Pour in your margarita mix and crystal light.  Blend together, pour and enjoy!
These are so easy to make and are delicious!  Beginners, you will not have a problem trying to make these.  Don’t worry.
You don’t have to use raspberry if you don’t like.  Choose an alternative flavor if it better suits you.
You can serve them in multiple flavors.  Check the flavoring for the calories if you use something else.  Crystal Light has a variety of flavors to choose from that are healthy alternatives.
Drink Responsibly.

Wednesday Wing Night Anyone?


Who doesn’t love wings?

The problem is no one associates wings with being healthy.

Unless made the right way

These wings are only 70 calories  (15 calories from fat)

Prep Time:30 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 15 min
makes:12 servings (2 wings and 1 tablespoon sauce each)



2 lb chicken wing drummettes (about 24)
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons red pepper sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
Celery sticks, if desired


1/3 cup reduced-fat cottage cheese
1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese
1/8 teaspoon white pepper
1 clove garlic, finely chopped


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Remove skin from chicken.
2. In resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix honey, ketchup, pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken. Seal bag; refrigerate at least 15 minutes but no longer than 24 hours, turning occasionally.
3. Place chicken in pan; sprinkle with paprika. Bake uncovered about 30 minutes or until crisp and juice of chicken is no longer pink when centers of thickest pieces are cut.
4. Meanwhile, in blender or food processor, place cottage cheese, vinegar, milk, half of the blue cheese, the white pepper and garlic. Cover and blend on low speed until smooth and creamy. Spoon into serving dish. Stir in remaining blue cheese. Cover; refrigerate until serving. Serve chicken wings with sauce and celery sticks.

These wings do take time, but they’re worth it!

They’re not too difficult to make, just follow the directions and you’ll be fine.  Having someone aid in the process of cooking them makes it easier and helps cut down on some time.

You don’t need to make the sauce if you don’t like it.  Also, play around with some of the ingredients.  Not all of them need to be used depending on how you like your wings.  Spices can also be added if you like them spicy.

I generally don’t like dealing with chicken, so removing the skin wasn’t appealing to me.  I had someone help me with that.

Other than that, these surprisingly weren’t challenging to make.

It’s worth the process since they’re only 70 calories.  Places you order wings from cannot compete with that!

I feel like making them will get easier and more successful the more you make them.



Saturday Skinny-tizers!


Need a greasy snack to satisfy your taste buds?

These low-fat baked onion rings are the perfect crispy appetizers to make and are only 75 calories.

These are perfect for the weekend when you need food that generally is anything but healthy.  These taste just as good as unhealthy onion rings, but you won’t feel guilty eating them.

They’re easy to make and friends will enjoy eating them with you.

Adapted from Life
as a Lofthouse

Servings: 2 • Serving Size: 1/2

Points: 1 pt
Points+: 2 pt
74.7 • Fat: 0.6 g •
Carb: 14.7 g • Fiber:
1.6 g • Sugar: 1.7 g • Protein:
2.9 g


  • 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch rings
  • 2 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Italian seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup crushed corn flake crumbs
  • salt to taste
  • olive oil baking spray


  • Place slices of onion in a shallow dish. Pour the buttermilk over
    the top and let them soak for about 1 – 2 hours, refrigerated
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line baking sheet with parchment
    paper or foil.
  • Combine panko, bread crumbs and corn flakes and
    place half of the crumbs in a large dish, season with salt. Reserve the rest for
    when the first batch is used up. This should help avoid clumping and they should
    stick better to the onions.
  • Dip each soaked onion ring into the crumb mixture; coat well.
    Place rings onto two cookie sheets. Lightly spray with oil.
    Bake about 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

These aren’t difficult to make and don’t take that long, which is perfect for saturday afternoons when you need a snack and you need it now!

I’m impatient when it comes to food, especially when it’s vital that food gets in my body.  These are great for me because they are fast and easy enough to make.  They also are perfect for that little greasy snack you need without regretting it later.  They are crispy and delicious.  My friends are also impressed by them, which makes me laugh inside because they don’t take much effort.



Risky Business


This week in class I learned about risk communication.

What is risk?

It varies among everyone.

Generally, risk is

  • the possibility of suffering loss or harm
  • involves uncertain danger

Risk communication plays a major role in health.

There are numerous health risks and issues, which is why health is such an important topic that needs to be made aware.

From anorexia to obesity, and all the health risks in-between, health needs to be discussed and valued as important.

No-l-ita is a campaign in Italy that successfully demonstrates the serious issue of anorexia.

 Ad campaigns are also focused on the issue of obesity and it’s health risks.

With foods continuously changing in whether they’re healthy or not, it’s hard to know what to eat.

The media should cover health more and continue to share the facts on food.  If we continued to share information and learn what’s really healthy and what’s not, we could have a stronger stance against health risks.  Health risks wouldn’t be such a gamble and wouldn’t be as big of a risk if health was made more aware to people.

We tend to ignore health news if it’s not stable and constant with its argument.  We find it difficult to stay healthy if we aren’t confident in our knowledge of what’s healthy.

We need to value health and keep it relevant in the news.  The more we learn about health, the more we can keep a hold on it.

Health risks are serious and directly influence our lives.  Let’s take it seriously.  We can’t ignore such an important and relevant part of our lives.

Continue to share your knowledge on health.  If we do our part, maybe the media will do theirs.





Thirsty Thursday [Sustenance] Treats


Got peanut butter cups left over from Halloween?

Need a treat to give you sustenance as you drink tonight?

This recipe will give you a great treat for only 130 calories!

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:45 min
makes:24 squares


3 tablespoons margarine or butter
1/4 cup peanut butter
1 bag (10 ounces) large marshmallows
6 cups crisp rice cereal
24 one-inch chocolate-covered peanut butter cup candies, unwrapped


1. Spray rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches, with cooking spray. Place margarine, peanut butter and marshmallows in large microwavable bowl. Microwave uncovered on High 1 minute 30 seconds to 3 minutes, stirring after 1 minute, until mixture is melted and smooth when stirred. Stir in cereal until well coated.
2. Press mixture in pan, using buttered back of spoon. Immediately make 24 indentations in rows (6×4) in mixture using handle of wooden spoon. Press peanut butter cups into indentations; cool. Cut into squares.

These treats were easy to make and didn’t make my kitchen a complete mess!

I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, and it didn’t make a difference in the taste.  So feel free to use healthy ingredients.

Chopping the peanut butter cups on top looks more presentable.  Other alternatives include spreading peanut butter or chocolate over the treats before adding the peanut butter cups.  Placing a full peanut butter cup on top does make it easier for someone to remove if they don’t want it on their treat.