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The USDA Healthy Eating Index

Top 10 Healthiest Party Appetizers - By: Donna M. De Cunzo, R.D.,L.D.   Here’s our top 10 list of the healthiest appetizers you can nibble on at the next cocktail party!

1. Shrimp cocktail: Contrary to what you may have heard, shrimp is virtually fat free!
2. Sushi: a healthy blend of all the macronutrients!
3. Chicken on a skewer: Low in fat when white meat is used, high in flavor.
4. Smoked salmon: A rich source of omega-3 fatty acids.
5. Stuffed Grape Leaves: This ethnic favorite is a flavorful alternative.
6. Fresh vegetables: You can’t fail with these especially if they are dipped in a low fat dressing.
7. Fresh fruit cubes: A sweet treat to tickle your tastebuds.
8. Artichokes: A delicious way to help get your five a day.
9. Baked Oysters: The perfect catch.
10. Bruschetta: The ideal canvas for a lowfat spread. and Donna M. De Cunzo R.D.,L.D. have developed a database of the best supermarket foods from among the 12,000 found in a typical supermarket.   About the 100 BestWhat the package says is only half of the story.  It has been my experience that most food packaging does not provide the consumer with the information they need to make an intelligent decision.  I have taken the time to create a database of food product information that takes into consideration the real nutritional value of the product, plus, your personal profile.  This gives you the information you need to buy the best foods from among the 12,000 in the supermarket.

eDiets Pick of 100 Best Foods:

BREADS / BAGELS /MUFFINS: Arnold Bran'Nola Dark Wheat or Nutty Grains, Arnold Brick Oven's Wheat, Healthy Choice Honey Wheat Bread or Multigrain Bread, Wonder 100% Whole Wheat, Arnold Brick Oven Light 100% Whole Wheat, Pepperidge Farm Light (7 Grain, Oatmeal, Vienna or Wheat)
Roman Meal Light 100% Whole Wheat
, Sahara Whole Wheat Pita, Healthy Choice- Hamburger Rolls, Lender's Bagels (Garlic, Onion, Plain, Poppy, Sesame), Thomas' Bagels (Cinnamon Raisin, plain, Egg, Onion), Pepperidge Farm English Muffins(Plain, Cinnamon Raisin), Thomas' English Muffins (Original, Oatbran, Raisin, Sourdough), Health Valley Health Tarts- All Flavors, Health Valley Scones-All Flavors, Bridgeford Pizza Dough, Pillsbury Pizza Dough Buena Vita Tortillas
LaFronteriza Tortillas

BREADCRUMBS/CRACKERS/CHIPS: Arnold Plain or Italian Breadcrumbs, Progresso Plain or Plain Breadcrumbs, Nabisco Premium Fat Free or Low Sodium Crackers, Wasa Crispbread, Nabisco Premium Soup and Oyster Crackers, Ry-Krisp, Devonsheer Melba Rounds, Tostitos Tortilla Chips.

CEREAL:  Kellogg's All Bran with Extra Fiber, Kellogg's Raisin Bran, Kellogg's Bran Flakes, Nabisco Shredded Wheat and Bran, Post Raisin Bran, Post Bran Flakes, Nabisco Instant or Regular Cream of Wheat, HO- Farina Wheatena, Roman Meal Organic Cream of Rye, Quaker Cream of Wheat, Wheatena.

SAUCES:  Di Giorno Plum Tomato and Mushroom Pasta Sauces, Prego No Salt Added Pasta Sauces,  Tostidos Salsa Sauce.

MISCELLANEOUS:   Mott's Natural Applesauce, Musselman's Applesauce, Any Nonfat Brand Salad Dressing, Jif Reduced Fat Peanut Spread, Skippy's Reduced Fat Peanut Butter, Any Variation of 100 % Juices/No Added Sugar Such as: Orange Juice Pineapple Juice Grapefruit Juice Apple Juice, Pam Cooking Spray, Wesson Cooking Spray.

DAIRY:  Fleischman's Fat Free Margarine, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter (40% Vegetable Oil Spread)
Parkay's (40% Vegetable Oil Spread) Margarine, Promise's Ultra Fat Free Margarine, Smart Beat's Smarter Than Fat Free Margarine
, Yoplait, fat-free plain Yogurt, Dannon, Non-fat plain Yogurt, Light n'Lively 100 calorie Nonfat Yogurt, Yoplait Light (6 oz.) Yogurt, Healthy Choice Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese, Kraft Healthy Favorites Mozzarella Cheese, Sorrento Fat Free Mozzarella Cheese, Alpine Lace Fat Free Cheddar Cheese, Healthy Choice Fat Free Cheddar Cheese, Kraft Healthy Favorites Cheddar Cheese, Healthy Choice Fat Free Shredded Pizza Cheese, Weight Watchers Italian Topping Grated Cheese, Alpine Lace Free Fresh Parmesan Grated Cheese, Stella Fat Free Ricotta, Sorrento Fat Free Ricotta, Philadelphia Fat Free Cream Cheese, Healthy Choice Fat Free Cream Cheese, Alpine Lace Fat Free Cream Cheese, Skim or 1% Lowfat Milk, Friendship 1% Low fat No Salt Added Cottage Cheese, Any Fat Free Sour Cream.

SOUPS/BROTH/BOULLION:   Healthy Choice Country Vegetable Soup, Healthy Choice Chicken Noodle Soup, Health Valley Vegetable Soup, Health Valley Pasta Fagioli Soup, Health Valley Lentil and Carrots Soup, Campbell's Low Sodium Soups, Legume Beef Style Vegetable Soup, Legume Chicken Style Vegetable Soup, Tabatchnick Barley and Mushroom Soup, Tabatchnick Chicken Broth with Noodles and Dumplings, Herb-Ox Low Sodium Beef or Chicken Broth, Pritikin Vegetable Broth
Health Valley Beef or Chicken Broth.

FRENCH TOAST/WAFFLES/PANCAKES:   Aunt Jemima French Toast, Aunt Jemima: Buttermilk, Cinnamon, Blueberry, Oatmeal, Wholegrain Waffles, Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix, Bisquick Shake 'n Pour (Blueberry and Original) Pancake Mix, Aunt Jemima Lite Syrup.

CONDIMENTS: Any low sodium Soy Sauce, Any low sodium Teriyaki Sauce, Any No Salt Added Catsup, Featherweight Mustard, Gulden's Mustard, Kraft Free Mayonaisse, Smart Beat Mayonaisse.

SEASONING CAST IRON New cast-iron skillets need to be seasoned. Here's how to do it. Wash off the wax coating with hot, soapy water. Dry the pan thoroughly.  Wipe it inside and out with vegetable oil, then bake it for two hours, upside down, on the top shelf of an oven set to 350 degrees. Turn off the oven, and let the skillet cool slowly, inside, before using it.  You're ready to start frying!


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