I Don't Say No to Pizza

After my dad's heart attack, the doctor sat down our family to discuss what had happened. He explained that even if my dad had been a model citizen with diet, exercise & stress management, that would have only delayed the heart attack--not prevented it.  The largest culprit was dun dun duhhhhhhhhhh...family history.  My dad had two cousins who died young of sudden cardiac death and, along his side of the family, it's unusual to NOT have a heart issue.  Then the doctor urged my brothers and I to start yearly exams at age 20 (weight, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, trigs, etc).

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One Year Ago, Today

Eleven years ago, today, al Qaeda terrorists hijacked commercial planes and crashed them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon.  Nearly 3,000 people were killed that morning, thousands more left to grieve the loss of loved ones. It is sobering to think about the events of 9/11, but at the heart of the documentaries, articles and my own recollection, I see one theme.  Rebuild.

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A Heart - Healthy Thanksgiving

The challenge this Thanksgiving was to remake our typical holiday recipes to be more healthy for my dad.  My mom spearheaded the effort and, thanks to her, my dad's plate on Thanksgiving will look (and taste!) a lot like everyone else's.  I interviewed her to find out which recipes she used in order to create a healthier feast. 

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Apricot/PB Granola Bars

Okay, granola bars.  Take two. I decided that the first batch, was too baked-good-esque and that I needed something a little bit more CHEWY!  I still want to stick to my real food principles, though--no sugar substitutes, unnecessary fats, or additives allowed in these bars.

After surfing some blogs and cookbooks for recipes, I created my own little mixture.  It subs out the wheat flour for rice krispies and leans on the side of a no-bake bar.  Here's the recipe I followed.  

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Ellie Krieger Granola Bars

I'm going to interpret "cook" in this one pretty loosely.    Because currently I want to learn how to make my own granola bars.  More Betty Crocker than Wolfgang Puck, I know.  But since most store-brand granola bars are candy bars in disguise, I like the idea that I could make my own with only the good stuff...real, pronounceable ingredients. I started with a recipe from Food Network's Ellie Krieger.  I figure she's got some street cred :)  

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