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A New Year, A Healthier You!

The beginning of a new year is a great time to remind ourselves what our bodies need to be healthy and happy. Trying to come up with some New Year’s resolutions? Mary’s Gone Crackers is here to help! Here are some resolutions from our team members.

Marjorie, Acting Marketing Director, will be celebrating her one year anniversary as a non-smoker. Her New Year’s resolution for 2012 will be to embrace a new eating lifestyle with portion control and less red meat. Also, she will be incorporating exercise into her daily life.

Marjorie, I would like to congratulate you on being one year smoke free. You’ve probably added many extra years onto your life. I would recommend starting slow with physical activity. Building muscle takes time and when it’s done too quickly your body will let you know. Understanding that seeing results takes time will cause you to become less frustrated in the next few months.

Laura, Sales Support Tech, would like to lose 30 pounds.

Laura, I would recommend incorporating moderate exercise in your daily routine. I’d also recommend being conscious of the things you are eating and how they make you feel. Generally the foods that make you feel sluggish are the foods that contribute to extra pounds. Developing a healthy relationship with food is the key to a long, happy life.

Liz, Confidential Executive Assistant, would like to lose weight and spend more time playing with her dogs.

Liz, your resolutions go hand in hand, what a better way to lose weight than to spend time exercising with your dogs?

Serena, Bookkeeper, wants to become more conscious of what foods she’s eating and the nutrients her body needs.

Serena, understanding what your body needs, is a lifelong journey. Keeping a food diary is a great way to show yourself what you eat on a daily basis. It’s easy to forget that you may have been indulging in more sweets lately or that your busy schedule is causing you to be less prepared for lunch, hence eating out more. Also, a great way to be more conscious of what you are eating is to read nutrition facts. It is sometimes the foods that are labeled as healthy are actually higher in calories and fat than other brands.

My resolutions are to drink less coffee and more tea, incorporate more Omega 3’s into my diet and to exercise on a regular basis.

To incorporate more Omega 3’s I would like to have fish at least once a week. Since I am very picky about where my fish comes from, I think a fishing trip is in order! If it is in my freezer and available, I will definitely eat more.

Wishing you all a healthy and prosperous New Year!

Best,
Valerie Douglass, DTR
Mary’s Gone Crackers
Valerie@marysgonecrackers.com

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Any tips for enjoying the holidays without regrets?

Hi Lori, Can you believe it’s December already! Something I’ve always emphasized is moderation. The holidays are the easiest time of the year to overindulge. This year, feel free to enjoy the foods you love, just in smaller quantities. You will feel just as satisfied, minus all the guilt. I would also recommend to start meals with salads and vegetables. This will make it easier to eat other foods in moderation. Attending a holiday party? Try bringing a platter of our vegan, organic crackers along with some homemade guacamole or hummus. In honor of the upcoming holidays, here’s a healthy gluten free recipe to share with others.

Mary’s Gluten Free Apple Crisp

Apples
5 Organic Granny Smith apples (should be very crisp and tart)
¼ cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 small lemon (juice from)

Topping
½ cup quinoa flakes
½ cup walnuts or almonds (chopped well)
½ cup Mary’s Gone Crackers Original Crumbs
½ cup sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
½ cup* melted butter (or substitute with ghee, coconut oil or other light tasting oil)
*enough fat to ensure all topping ingredients are coated but crumbly enough to sprinkle on top of the apples.

Preparation
1. Peel, core and slice apples.
2. Put apples, sugar, cinnamon and lemon juice in a large bowl, mix well and pour into an ungreased baking dish.
3. Shake the pan to distribute the apples well.
4. Combine all topping ingredients and mix well.
5. Evenly distribute the topping on the apples and pat down.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until apples are tender and bubbly. If topping begins to brown too much, turn the heat down to 325 and cover with foil.

Best,
Valerie Douglass, DTR
Mary’s Gone Crackers, Inc.
valerie@marysgonecrackers.com

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