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Pear, Cheddar and Hazelnut Melt

Posted Sep 13 2011 12:00am
 Good Afternoon and Happy Tuesday!

I hope everyone is having a good day and are getting into the groove of the week.  We are forging ahead with our second week of school and activities.  Everyone is transitioning well and it looks like the kids will have activities every day of week.  Whoops.  I thought I was not going to over schedule them this year but they are really excited about the schedule so if they are happy, I am happy!

On the food front, I have an awesome sandwich melt to share with you that could really be eaten for breakfast or lunch or dinner for that matter.  I made a delicious Pear, Cheddar and Hazelnut Melt that actually tasted like a piece of pie to me.  Oh so good!

Pear, Cheddar and Hazelnut Melt

1 small red pear, thinly sliced
1 oz white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced
1 tbsp cherry preserves
1 Food for Life Ezekiel English Muffin
6-8 chopped hazelnuts

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Place english muffins on a cookie sheet. Spread cherry preserves on top of both halves of english muffin, top with thinly sliced pear and cheddar cheese.  Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown.  Remove from heat and top with chopped hazelnuts.

This was simply amazing! I highly recommend making this sandwich melt.  Especially if you love sweet and savory dishes.  The sweetness from the cherry preserves was the perfect complement to the crunchy and tart pear and sharp cheddar cheese.  I topped it with crunchy hazelnuts that I had on hand and I think it made the sandwich extra special but that is optional.  Loved this!

On the weight front.... I was slightly down which is at least heading in the right direction.  I squeezed in 45 minutes of cardio and am going to be doing weights shortly.  I am feeling a bit sluggish today so am diligently drinking my pitcher of lemon water.  Water really is a miracle worker and I tell all my clients to drink, drink, drink water!

You will be amazed of the benefits of drinking water as follow Benefits of Drinking Water
  1. Lose weight: Drinking water helps you lose weight because it flushes down the by-products of fat breakdown. Drinking water reduces hunger, it’s an effective appetite suppressant so you’ll eat less. Plus, water has zero calories. Here are the further details on how to achieve fat loss by drinking water.
  2. Natural Remedy for Headache: Helps to relieve headache and back pains due to dehydration. Although many reasons contribute to headache, dehydration is the common one.
  3. Look Younger with Healthier Skin: You’ll look younger when your skin is properly hydrated. Water helps to replenish skin tissues, moisturizes skin and increases skin elasticity.
  4. Better Productivity at Work: Your brain is mostly made up of water, thus drinking water helps you think better, be more alert and more concentrated.
  5. Better Exercise: Drinking water regulates your body temperature. That means you’ll feel more energetic when doing exercises. Water also helps to fuel your muscle.
  6. Helps in Digestion and Constipation: Drinking water raises your metabolism because it helps in digestion. Fiber and water goes hand in hand so that you can have your daily bowel movement.
  7. Less Cramps and Sprains: Proper hydration helps keep your joints and muscles lubricated, so you’ll less likely get cramps and sprains.
  8. Less Likely to Get Sick and Feel Healthy: Drinking plenty of water helps fight against flu and other ailments like kidney stones and heart attack. Water adds with lemon is used for ailments like respiratory disease, intestinal problems, rheumatism and arthritis etc. In another words one of the benefits of drinking water is that it can improve your immune system. Follow this link for further information on how lemon water can improve your health.
  9. Relieves Fatigue: Water is used by the body to help flush out toxins and waste products from the body. If your body lacks water, your heart, for instance, needs to work harder to pump out the oxygenated blood to all cells, so are the rest of the vital organs, your organs will be exhausted and so will you.
  10. Good Mood: Your body feels very good and that’s why you feel happy.
  11. Reduce the Risk of Cancer: Related to the digestive system, some studies show that drinking a healthy amount of water may reduce the risks of bladder cancer and colon cancer. Water dilutes the concentration of cancer-causing agents in the urine and shortens the time in which they are in contact with bladder lining.

    * source​benefits-of-drinking-water.html

    Doesn't this make you want to fill up your glass right now??

    I am off to do my weight circuit and then to school and Taekwondo.

    I am so excited because I just received the October issue of Real Simple Magazine and it is all about A Month of Easy Dinners.  This is perfect timing because I always struggle with dinner and need some new ideas.

    Have a great rest of your day!

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