Archive for January, 2016

Make caramel apples at home

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

It’s fall, which means leaves on the ground, a cool breeze, the town fairs and all the snacks that come with it. If you’re like many people, not only do you enjoy the town fair but you also enjoy one of the staple foods – caramel apples! Crunchy and sweet, yet gooey at the same time, they certainly are delicious – but costly as well. So don’t wait for the fair, try this simple recipe and make them at home anytime for a fraction of the price.  Not only will you be able to save money, but you will have a recipe to make with your family and pass down for generations.

Prep Time: 8 to 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 2 minutes

Ready Time: About 25

Ingredients

6 apples (get your favorites, Granny Smith are the best to get the sweet and sour sensation, however if you love a good McIntosh go for it!)
6 craft Sticks
14 Ounces of caramel pieces, unwrapped. (I find Kraft brand products work wonderfully)
2 tablespoons of milk
1 baking sheet, buttered
Chocolate candies, crushed nuts, or sprinkles (optional), in a container which you can easily fit the apple into to roll.

Carefully remove the stem from each of your apples. Press a craft stick into the top of your apple.

Place all unwrapped caramels and milk in a microwave safe container. Microwave for two minutes stirring once. Allow mixture to cool for a short time.

Roll each of your apples in the caramel sauce until they are coated well. Place onto your prepared sheet and allow to set. *If you would like to have candied caramel apples see the optional step below.

Place your baking sheet in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to allow the caramel to set.

Enjoy!  You’ve now created a treat your whole family can enjoy. Try a few spins of your own with your candy choices to celebrate different holidays. There are black and orange sprinkles that you can use at Halloween, find some turkey shapes for Thanksgiving and so on.

Optional step: If you would like to have candied caramel apples, immediately after you roll your apple in the caramel mixture, roll your apple in your prepared candy or nuts. Then place your apples on the prepared baking sheet.

Light Healthy Meals at Burger King

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Documentaries like Fast Food Nation and Super Size Me dealt a sever blow to the reputations of fast food chains like McDonalds and Burger King. Perhaps for the first time, consumers were exposed to the health risks of eating too much fast food in graphic detail. This, along with the increasing interest in healthy lifestyles forced these fast food chains to adapt their menus, offering lighter, healthier meal options.

Today, while Burger King is still synonymous with its juicy Whoppers, it has become easier than ever to have a light meal at this popular family fast food restaurant. Consumers can, of course, choose to have a Triple Whopper Sandwich with Cheese, which, at 1230 calories and 82g of fat, packs more calories and fat than the average woman needs in a day into one large sandwich. However, as part of its Positive Steps health and nutrition program, Burger King is committed to helping its patrons lead healthier lives by promoting balanced diets.

Under the Positive Steps program, Burger King has put together a list of menu options that when combined provide less than 650 calories. Customers can, for example, opt for a KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese entree, which contains just 160 calories. When combined with Apple Fries, a much healthier option than their regular salt-laden French fries, the total caloric intake is just 230 calories. If you choose to wash it down with a large Diet Coke, this adds just 5 calories to your diet, bringing the entire meal to 235 calories.

If you must have a sandwich, the Flame-broiled Cheeseburger contains just 310 calories while the extra hungry can opt for the Flame-broiled Double Hamburger which weighs in at 370 calories. Vegetarians can opt for the BK Veggie Burger, which at 400 calories is surprisingly heavier than the Double Hamburger.

With the aid of the Have it Your Way for Under 650 Calories menu guide, Burger King has made it easier for customers on a diet to pick lighter meals. Patrons can also opt to customize their meals to make it lighter on the calories. For example, when choosing a Side Garden Salad, opt for KEN’s Fat-Free Ranch Dressing and skip the croutons, which brings the total caloric content down to just 100 calories. When choosing a drink, go with the light or diet versions, which contain fewer calories, or better yet, choose water, apple juice or fat-free milk. You can also opt to forgo the mayonnaise and cheese to further cut calories from your diet.

If you must enjoy your burger with the works, choose to forgo any accompaniments like French fries or onion rings and wash it down with a diet soda or water. This will cut down on calories while still allowing you to enjoy the Burger King experience.