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Healthy meals to prepare for Mother’s Day

Mom’s cooking is the best, alright, but this Mother’s Day, give your favorite resident chef a break! Spoil mom with these delicious and healthy meals to show her how much you love and appreciate her.

Whether you’re making breakfast, lunch, dinner or even a little snack for mom, Foodfacts.com has got you covered!

Breakfast: Organic buttermilk blueberry pancakes

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Wake mom up with the smell of freshly-cooked pancakes delivered to her bed. These organic buttermilk blueberry pancakes are sure to get her ready to start the day!

Get the recipe: Buttermilk blueberry pancakes

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Maple Grove Farms of Vermont Organic Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mixes

Lunch: Grilled pork chops and peaches

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This seared-on-the-grill, caramelized, charred pork chops-and-peaches combo is guaranteed to be a hit! Add in some kale, and you’ve got the perfect lunch!

Get the recipe: Grilled pork chops and peaches

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Kikkoman Less Sodium Soy Sauce

Dinner: Sun-dried tomato and feta stuffed artichokes

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End the day with this light, scrumptious and nutritious dinner. The burst of flavors these tasty sun-dried tomatoes and tangy feta cheese stuffed in hearty artichokes is sure to be a party in her mouth!

Get the recipe: Sun-Dried Tomato & Feta Stuffed Artichokes

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Wegmans Traditional, Feta Cheese in Brine, Fat Free

Dessert: Chickpea Cookie Dough

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Of course, mom gets to have some dessert. Treat mom with these sweets, minus the guilt!

Bonus: It makes for a great opportunity for quality time to make them together with mom, too!

Get the recipe: Chickpea Cookie Dough

Foodfacts.com recommended ingredient: Nature’s Agave Premium Raw Agave Nectar

 

Note: Though some of these meals require some level of kitchen experience, don’t worry about messing them up. It’s practically impossible for mom to get disappointed at any gesture on Mother’s Day. You could get all the recipes all wrong, but she’ll still love them anyway — and you even more!

Cheese may be helpful in reducing your possibility of developing Type 2 Diabetes

Food Facts ran across this information today and wanted to share it with our community. Diabetes is a disease that can affect anyone in the population … male or female, young or old, rich or poor. We all know someone who lives with diabetes and needs to adjust their lifestyle accordingly.

Recent research is now linking the possibility that eating a moderate amount of cheese each day can actually reduce the possibility of developing Type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is the most common type of the disease, affecting about 26 million children and adults in the U.S. The researchers wanted to explore a possible connection between dairy products and the disease.

They studied about 16,000 healthy adults and 12,000 adults with diabetes in eight European nations. The results took into consideration the ages, sex, education level, BMI, and diet of each participant. At the conclusion of the study it was discovered that those who consumed two slices of cheese every day reduced their chances of developing the disease by 12 percent.

It was found that the total intake of dairy products among participants did not affect diabetes development. However, the association between the consumption of cheese and the development of diabetes became obvious. In fact, it wasn’t just about cheese, the inverse relationship between diabetes went further, including other fermented dairy products like yogurt and fermented milk.

It’s important to remember that the USDA guidelines for dairy intake suggest three cups of dairy each day. Two slices of cheese accounts for one cup of that intake. So needless to say, the study isn’t suggesting that we all eat cheese with every meal, or over do in any way. However, moderate cheese intake does seem to play a part in keeping diabetes at bay. And, if you’re a cheese lover, it’s good to hear that you can enjoy that moderate amount and know that it’s doing something valuable for your health! Of course, it’s noted that more study is certainly called for.

Food Facts likes to keep our community aware of every way our food affects our health. It’s nice to have some good news about a food that many people enjoy. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we find our more and more. In the meantime, you can read more here: http://www.ajcn.org/content/96/2/382.abstract