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FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Breakfast Banana Split

For a healthy and festive breakfast, split a ripe banana, add two or three small scoops of cottage cheese topped with different flavors of yogurt and different fresh fruits.

Sprinkle with granola or cereal flakes and you have a delicious “banana split.” (It’s a variation on a yogurt parfait.)

Or, try this recipe from Del Monte (find many more Del Monte recipes on


  • 1 medium banana, halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup assorted fresh fruit: cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes,
    pineapple or other fruits in season
  • 3 to 6 ounces light vanilla yogurt (we use fat-free Greek yogurt
  • ½ cup low fat granola

    1. CUT the banana in half lengthwise and place in a bowl.

    2. ADD the fruit to the middle of the banana. Spoon the yogurt over the top of the fruit.

    3. SPRINKLE granola on top and serve.

    If you have this regularly, it’s worth buying special banana split dishes—the entire family will love this one! Here are some inexpensive banana split dishes.
    > Banana Split History

    [1] Who could turn down a banana split for breakfast (photo © Del Monte).

    [2] Breakfast banana split (photo © Taste Of Home).



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    PRODUCT REVIEW: Evamor Alkaline Water

    eVamore Alkalkine Water
    A water that neutralizes your stomach? Doctors say “No es possible.”
    Got reflux? Have an acid stomach? Are you always reaching for the Tums, or supporting an expensive Prilosec habit? Can a water with “pH balance” help you? Accredited medical sources say no, and explain why nothing can enter the body and neutralize the pH of the blood or the stomach. But eVamor claims its water neutralizes the pH balance in the body, and testimonials on the website indicate that people like drinking the water, and feel that it has helped with stomach acidity and reflux problems. Perhaps it’s the placebo effect. So while the doctors say nay, if you like drinking bottled water and have too much stomach acid, it may be worth a shot. Read the full review. And find many spring waters and mineral waters that just want to be delicious water, in the Bottled Water Section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.

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    FOOD TIP OF THE DAY: Conserving Cheese Calories

    One way to stretch those cheese calories is to serve cheese cubes on skewers instead of a slice-all-you-want cheese board. Alternate the cheese cubes with grape tomatoes, broccoli florets, bell pepper strips and other favorite crudités. Then, you save the bread and cracker calories too! Avoid high-fat Brie and other double-and triple-crémes: the creamier the cheese, the higher the butterfat and calories. Soft and semi-soft cheeses like Brie contain 60%-74% butterfat, triple-crème cheeses like Saint André and Explorateur have at least 75% butterfat. Stick with Parmesan (40%), Cheddar (43%), Swiss (43%), Gouda (48%), mozzarella (24%) and other cheeses with a firm or dry consistency (called the “paste”).We love Cabot’s Light Cheddars—regular, Garlic & Herb and Jalapeño, just 7% total fat. Find more of our favorite calorie-reduced foods in the Diet Nibbles section of THE NIBBLE online magazine.   Cabot Reduced Fat Cheddar

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    PRODUCT REVIEW: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter

    PB2 Reduced Fat Peanut Butter
    PB2 peanut powder mixed with water creates a type of reduced-fat peanut butter. We put ours on a bagel with apple slices.
      People who love peanut butter but can’t have the fat have a new friend in PB2. It’s peanut powder made from roasted peanuts that have been 75% defatted and ground into an aromatic and tasty powder. The powder reconstitutes with water to a homemade PB-like consistency; but has equal uses as powdered garnish/flavoring and a cooking/baking ingredient. Thus, it belongs in every kitchen. As a PB substitute, without all of peanut butter’s natural oil and creamy mouthfeel, you won’t mistake PB2 for the real thing, any more than fat-free milk can be mistaken for whole milk. But it’s far superior in taste than other PB substitutes, and at 54 calories per 2 tablespoons and just 2.8g total fat, it saves calories and fat for those who can’t have one or both and want their peanut butter. By analogy, fat-free milk is better than no milk at all, and can be quite enjoyable once you get used to it. Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine. If you’re looking for more reduced-calorie products, see our Diet Nibbles section.

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    PRODUCT REVIEW: Light Tea Pom ~ Pomegranate Iced Tea

    What happens when you mix Pom Wonderful pomegranate juice with green, white and red teas? You get three flavors of Light Tea Pom, a captivating new beverage that, as Candide might have said, is the best of all possible worlds. There’s the rich, ripe flavor of pomegranate juice and the lightness of tea, all for just 35 calories per eight ounces. There’s the double antioxidant hit of these two antioxidant powerhouses. There’s a keepsake glass with each purchase. And, the teas make great cocktail mixers. The best of all possible worlds, indeed! Read the full review in THE NIBBLE online magazine, and find more of our favorite iced teas in our Tea Section.   Light Tea Pom
    Iced tea blended with Pom Wonderful.

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