Archive | October, 2012

Manage your candy consumption this Halloween

31 Oct

Did you know that American candy makers produce about $19 billion worth of candy each year?

That’s about 25 pounds of candy per person.

We bet a lot of your family’s portion comes through the door around Halloween.

Whether you’re buying it to give to trick-or-treaters or your own little ghouls are hauling it through the door after making the rounds, having a large amount of sugary candy in the house is a recipe for a nutritional disaster.

Here are some tricks to help you manage your and your kids’ candy consumption this year:

  • Don’t buy candy for trick-or-treaters that you like to eat. Love Whoppers or Kit Kats? Leave ’em at the store. Hate gummy worms? Perfect! You won’t think twice about giving them away.
  • Choose healthier versions of candy, such as mini 3 Musketeers, which have 63 calories, 2 grams of fat and 11 grams sugar each, or Tootsie Rolls, which melt in your mouth at only 50 calories, 1 grams fat and 10g sugar of each. Find more favorites here.
  • Allow your kids to pick through their candy haul and sort out their favorites, then allow them one or two pieces a day and take the rest to work to give away.
  • Find healthy treats to munch on instead of candy, cookies and cupcakes, such as peanuts or pumpkin seeds, here.
  • Rather than serving sweet treats at school or neighborhood parties, offer kids pumpkin stickers, fake tattoos, spider rings or Halloween-themed pencils. Even better, give them an extra 15 minutes of recess or playtime outside in the leaves.

Join us for free events next weekend

27 Oct

Next Saturday, Nov. 3, we’ll be hosting events called “Sharing the Bounty: Celebrating holiday traditions and foods” in Columbia and Jefferson City.

At each location, a local dietitian or diabetes educator will host a cooking demonstration featuring healthy and delicious dishes to share with your loved ones and a discussion of strategies to maintain your health this holiday season. 

Join us for a free meal with chef Steve and enter a drawing to win an Outback gift card, soul food cookbook or one-year devotional. 

The Jefferson City event is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Common Ground, 1015 E. Atchison St.

The Columbia event is from 5-7 p.m. at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 East Broadway.


A Father’s Food Wisdom Blog Contest

26 Oct

“A Father’s Wisdom”

Proverbs 4:11-13

New International Version (NIV)

I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.

When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

Blacks are the most likely of any racial and ethnic group to die of cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, African American men were more likely to have new cases of lung, prostate and stomach cancer, and they also had lower 5-year survival rates than white men. Find more information at

Health eating can help protect your family’s health and reduce your risk for cancer.

Enter our blog contest, themed “A Father’s Food Wisdom” and share your favorite recipes with your fellow churchgoers. Email a recipe you learned from your dad or a male mentor to Your recipe will be posted at and you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a $30 gift card to Ruby Tuesday. The winner will be notified November 9.

Support breast cancer awareness this weekend

19 Oct

Friday, Oct. 19

Quinton’s Bar and Deli Dine for the Cure, 4-7 p.m.

  • 20% of all food and beverage proceeds will be donated to the Mid-Missouri Affiliate.
  • 75% of proceeds of “The Cure” (a delicious PINK concoction created by Quinton’s bar staff) will go to the Mid-Missouri Affiliate.

Other Featured Specials:

  • Get to Quinton’s by 6 p.m. to enjoy a FREE Bud, Bud Light, or Coors Light Pint with any food purchase
  • $2.50 Pints (all day) Choose from a wide selection: Boulevard Wheat, Boulevard Pale, Blue Moon, Angry Orchard Cider, Sam Adams October-fest, Stella Artois, Fat Tire, and more!

Saturday, Oct. 20

Deuce Pub and Pit’s Pink Party

Everyone is encouraged to “Wear Pink to Show Your Support!” All door proceeds benefit the Mid-Missouri Affiliate. Q106.1 will be broadcasting live and promotional teams will have giveaways!

Celebrating Halloween with festive foods

15 Oct

Halloween means costumes, pumpkin-carving, mazes, bobbing for applies and other fun traditions, but for many kids, trick-or-treating is the highlight of the festivities.

Between kids and adults, Americans eat about 25 pounds of candy each annually, and a lot of it is gathered on Halloween.

It’s certainly okay to enjoy some candy now and then; Skittles, Whoppers and mini-Hershey’s bars can fit into a balanced diet. However, having sacks or buckets of candy around the house can lead kids and adults to gobble down too much too quickly.

Therefore, it’s best to learn some strategies to limit consumption of candy and balance the focus on sweets with other fun Halloween-themed foods.

Parentables has some great tips for keeping kids’ candy eating under control, including keeping it out of sight in cupboards or giving some of it to coworkers after they’ve picked out their favorites, eating dinner before heading out to trick-or-treat, and sending it to deployed soldiers.

Think about other festive food choices, like turning pigs-in-a-blanket into mummies; cutting sandwiches into pumpkin shapes with cookie-cutters; arranging vegetables to look like fingers or eyes; or dipping strawberries in white chocolate to make ghosts.

Head over to Feeding  Frenzy to learn how to make the veggie skeleton featured in the photo to the right.

What’s for dinner?: Saving time, money and calories with (somewhat) homemade foods

7 Oct

Making dinner from scratch can be overwhelming – all of the planning, shopping, preparation and cooking can take a lot of time and be hard to juggle along with all of your other obligations. Meanwhile, relying on the drive-through for meals can really pile on the sodium, fat and calories and costs a lot.

According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2010, the average consumer spent $2,505 eating out.

Instead, consider buying some prepared items at the store along with ingredients you fix yourself. iVillage has a great slideshow of recipes using ready-to-eat rotisserie chicken and salad fixings, pasta, tortillas, etc. to make various dishes.

You might also think about spending a few hours once a week or a day once a month to prepare multiple meals you can freeze and simply reheat when you’re too busy to fix dinner. offers dozens of meatloaf, casserole, lasagna and vegetarian recipes as well as tips for properly storing and reheating foods.

Crock-pots allow you to toss a bunch of ingredients together in one pot, turn it on and leave it plugged in for 6-8 hours or so to come back from work to a nice, hot meal. Meats, vegetables, broth, pasta and spices combine to form soups, fillings for wraps or sandwiches, or roasts. Find some great recipes from Ready Set Eat here. You can even find recipes for desserts made in crock-pots, such as pies, puddings or cobblers.


Check out the Model P!nk fashion show benefitting Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

5 Oct

‘Lunch and Learn’ with us this Saturday

1 Oct

Walking in the Spirit is hosting a free event called “Lunch and Learn” this Saturday, October 6.

Join us for a discussion about important health issues for Black women led by Lincoln University staff, learn about services at Goldschmidt Cancer Center, and hear testimonial from a local breast cancer survivor.

We’ll provide food, fellowship and a raffle prize.

It’s Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Jefferson City at Common Ground, located at 1015 East Atchinson Street.

You can RSVP at (573) 882-9082.