trick or TREAT


It’s Halloween Season!

Besides tricks, there are lots of TREATS.

These PUMPKIN SPICE COOKIES are perfect to celebrate Halloween., and they’re only 150 calories.

Prep Time:10 min
Start to Finish:1 hr 20 min
makes:2 1/2 dozen cookies


1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® carrot cake mix
3/4 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 egg
1 container Betty Crocker® Rich & Creamy cream cheese frosting
36 candy pumpkins


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or non-stick pans). Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, mix cake mix, pumpkin, butter and egg; stir until well blended. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheets.
2. Bake 11 to 14 minutes or until puffed and set in center. Cool 2 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooling rack. Cool completely, about 15 minutes.
3. Frost cookies with cream cheese frosting. Press 1 candy pumpkin onto each cookie. Store covered.

These cookies are so easy to make!

They’re perfect to make before friends come over and before Halloween parties.

The pumpkin candy makes the cookie.

You can also make these other times throughout the fall because their spice and sweetness is perfect for fall.  Just eliminate the pumpkin candy, and perhaps find a better suiting substitute.




Whiskey Wednesday?


What are 2 things college students love?

alcohol and Dessert.

Both of these are things we struggle with while trying to remain healthy.

I love dessert.  I have a sweet tooth and want to fix that everyday.

Alcohol has become a friendly acquaintance at college.  It usually doesn’t get cut when trying to balance my dieting options.

So why not have both for only 90 calories?

Yes.  It is possible.

Frosted Irish Cream Brownies fill both needs.

Prep Time:15 min
Start to Finish:2 hr
makes:48 brownies


1 box (1 lb 3.8 oz) fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
2 eggs
1/4 cup margarine or butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons Irish cream liqueur
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 to 3 teaspoons skim milk
1 oz semisweet baking chocolate, chopped
1 teaspoon butter or margarine


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom only of 13×9-inch pan with shortening. In medium bowl, stir brownie mix, oil, 1/4 cup liqueur and the eggs with spoon until well blended. Spread batter in pan.
2. Bake 28 to 30 minutes or until brownies are set and begin to pull away from sides of pan. DO NOT OVERBAKE. Cool completely, about 45 minutes.
3. In small bowl, beat 1/2 cup butter until light and fluffy. Beat in all remaining frosting ingredients, adding enough milk for desired spreading consistency. Spread over cooled brownies.
4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave glaze ingredients on High 30 seconds; stir until melted and smooth. Drizzle over frosted brownies. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. For brownies, cut into 8 rows by 6 rows.
High Altitude (3500-6500 ft): Add 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour to dry brownie mix; decrease oil to 1/4 cup.
This recipe takes some time and effort, but it’s worth it. Chocolately goodness combined with liqueur.  Yummmy!
 Make them with someone, it will help the process go by faster and easier.
These brownies are delicious and will impress your guests.
They’re great to serve, especially for holidays or special events.
The flavor of Irish whiskey you choose will impact the taste of your brownies, so choose carefully.
Pick what you like.  The spices vary.

Mozzarella Munchers Attack!


I LOVE mozzarella sticks!

If I see them on the menu, I will want to order them.

unfortunately, they are not what you’d label as a healthy snack.

The ooey cheese and fried outer core is hard to resist.

Now I don’t have to!

Thanks to this recipe for HEALTHY MOZZARELLA BITES.

Yes.  I said healthy.


Servings: 4
Serving Size: 3 mozzarella bites + 1 Tbsp marinara sauce
Calories: 9
Fat: 5.1 g
Carbs: 6.7 g
Fiber: 0.1 g
Protein: 7.2 g
Old Points: 2.2 pts
Points+: 3 pts
Ingredients:1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
3 (1-ounce) sticks part-skim mozzarella string cheese
3 Tbsp egg substitute
Cooking spray
1/4 cup lower-sodium marinara sauce (such as McCutcheon’s)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Heat a medium skillet over medium heat.  Add 1/3 cup of panko bread crumbs to the pan and cook for 2 minutes or until toasted, stirring frequently.  Remove from heat, and place the panko in a shallow dish.Cut mozzarella sticks into 1-inch pieces.  Working with one piece at a time, dip cheese in egg substitute; dredge in panko.  Place cheese on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 425 degrees for 3 minutes or until cheese is softened and thoroughly heated.  Pour the marina sauce into a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on HIGH one minute or until thoroughly heated, stirring after 30 seconds.

These are so easy to make and taste like any other mozzarella bite.
I couldn’t believe how healthy they were.  They don’t taste it!
Now we can give into our greasy, cheesy, fried cravings and not feel disgusting afterward!

Science Sells?


Not Quite.

This week in class we learned about science and health communication.

The Science Writer’s Lament: The Missing Section in Your Daily Paper, by Chris Mooney, is an effective article that discusses science and health in the media, or lack thereof.

Science has noticeably continued to disappear throughout the years. It is rarely relevant in the news or media.

In the article Mooney states: “Russell that between 1989 and 2005, the number of U.S. newspapers featuring a weekly science section declined precipitously, from 95 to 34.”

What’s even more shocking is “no one called to complain”

Mooney raises a good point, if people don’t care or give science the attention it deserves, why should the media think twice about not covering it?

He does give ways that could help science in the media.  By writing to editors and letting them know readers value science in the media, it might help science where it has disappeared remain.  This isn’t directed towards professionals in the science field.  The media wants to gain the interests of the everyday reader.

“Colleagues at the Science Debate 2008 coalition has impressed upon the presidential campaigns: that the health, wealth, and safety of the nation depend upon science and technology, and consequently the American people deserve to know about it. ”

Health and Science are important topics that are frequently ignored.

But why?

We don’t tend to think about what it entirely consists of.

Take my blog, for instance.

If people don’t speak up about their concern for health and healthy living the media won’t cover it.

We need to voice our opinion and let the media know we value health and health topics.  The more the news is made aware of the popularity of being health conscious, the more news that will be published on health.

The media covers topics that interests people.  If we don’t make health an interest it won’t be viewed as important.

Hopefully my blog, as well as others, can help motivate more people to share in the issue of being health conscious and can help to create more awareness and solutions.

We have more power than we give ourselves credit for.  Let’s use it to benefit from it.

Just some notes to nibble on.



Munch Into Some Politics!


Health is becoming a major issue politics continues to address.

The importance of health has continued to raise awareness in the past few years and continues to impact the government’s take on the issue.

Obesity is one of the topics commonly addressed.  It’s effect on children is what has been the primary focus to create change.  The government has developed solutions for schools to help children live healthier lives, and start their awareness at a young age.

“Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled. Today, almost one in every three children in our nation is obese or overweight.”

School lunches, as well as vending machines, have changed their food selections.  Children are now given healthier options instead of the greasy and sugary alternatives.

The Obama Administration has created “Let’s Move.”

The goals of this initiative are:

  • Creating a healthy start for children
  • Empowering parents and caregivers
  • Providing healthy food in schools
  • Improving access to healthy, affordable foods
  • Increasing physical activity
Nearly 500 communities across America have signed up for Let’s Move Cities and Towns. Through this program, local leaders are bringing Let’s Move! to their community and making commitments to significant changes in support of their communities’ health.
Health continues to make its way into politics.
Politics will continue to address issues that the public makes them aware of.
In politics, issues addressed our ones the society values and holds a strong viewpoint on.  In order to keep the importance of health made aware to others, we must voice our interest.
The more people are made aware and care about the issue, the more politics will show their interest in the subject.  Politics can help make a change.
However, there are always different viewpoints.
Some people think politics shouldn’t be allowed to change the way we eat.  That it’s personal and that our diet should be left to us.
Yes, they shouldn’t control what we eat.  We should be given the option to eat what we desire.
Changes in schools is a great way to prevent obesity.  The younger one is made aware of and taught about health, the better the chances of them staying healthy.  Schools don’t need to necessarily take unhealthy options away, so long as they provide healthy options and inform children on the importance of health.  Being active is a positive encouragement that politics has addressed when providing healthier solutions.
Politics should continue to raise awareness on health.  Health concerns should be made to the public, as well as solutions to health issues.
I hope this blog will continue to make the issues we deal with when it comes to eating and our health relevant and made aware to others.  The more people care about health, the healthier alternatives and food options will be shared.