Chunky Artichoke, Spinach, and Jalapeño Dip

  1. Nonstick cooking spray
  2. 1 (8-ounce) package reduced fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  3. 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  4. 1/4 cup low fat sour cream
  5. 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  7. 1 (14-ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  8. 1 (4-ounce) can diced jalapeño chiles
  9. 3 cups loosely packed baby spinach, chopped
  10. 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  11. 1/4 cup crumbled feta or goat cheese
  12. 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  13. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  14. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, for garnish, optional

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly oil a 9-inch baking dish, or coat it with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic powder, and onion powder. Stir in the artichoke hearts, jalapeños, spinach, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella, the feta, and parmesan; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup mozzarella.

Bake until the dip is bubbly and golden, 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve immediately, garnished with the chives, if desired.

Recipe Adapted from Pop Sugar

Churro Cheesecake Dip

  • 1 (8 oz.) package light cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. butter, softened
  • 3 packets Splenda® Naturals Stevia Sweetener
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 apple, sliced for dipping
  1. In a large bowl, beat light cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy. Add SPLENDA® Naturals Stevia Sweetener, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt and beat until incorporated. Serve with sliced green apples.

Recipe Source: Delish

Simple Skinny Queso

  • ½ teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1½ cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 1 tablespoon white whole wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded reduced-fat mild cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Heat a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the oil and garlic and cook until the garlic is beginning to brown but not burning, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir the cornstarch into ¼ cup of the almond milk to make a slurry and set aside.
  3. Add the drained can of tomatoes and cook an additional 2 minutes until they are heated. Sprinkle the flour over the tomatoes and stir for 1 minute.
  4. Turn the heat up to medium-high and stir in the remaining almond milk and the previously set-aside slurry. Stir consistently for 2-4 minutes, until thickened.
  5. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt, black pepper, and cheddar cheese. Stir queso until smooth.

Recipe Source: Pop Culture

Did you know?

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death and the second most common cancer among both men and women in the United States.

What Are the Risk Factors for Lung Cancer?

 

Smoking

Cigarette smoking is the number one risk factor for lung cancer. In the United States, cigarette smoking is linked to about 80% to 90% of lung cancers. Using other tobacco products such as cigars or pipes also increases the risk for lung cancer. Tobacco smoke is a toxic mix of more than 7,000 chemicals. Many are poisons. At least 70 are known to cause cancer in people or animals.

People who smoke cigarettes are 15 to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer or die from lung cancer than people who do not smoke. Even smoking a few cigarettes a day or smoking occasionally increases the risk of lung cancer. The more years a person smokes and the more cigarettes smoked each day, the more risk goes up.

People who quit smoking have a lower risk of lung cancer than if they had continued to smoke, but their risk is higher than the risk for people who never smoked. Quitting smoking at any age can lower the risk of lung cancer.

Cigarette smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in the body. Cigarette smoking causes cancer of the mouth and throat, esophagus, stomach, colon, rectum, liver, pancreas, voicebox (larynx), trachea, bronchus, kidney and renal pelvis, urinary bladder, and cervix, and causes acute myeloid leukemia.

Chart detailing the higher exposure rates to second hand smoke of certain groups of nonsmoking Americans. Nonsmoking Americans ages 3-11 years 41% higher exposure rate, ages 12-19 years 34% higher exposure rate, age 20 years and older 21% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking white Americans 22% higher exposure rate, black 47% higher exposure rate, Mexican American 24% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking Americans below the poverty level 43% higher exposure rate, at the poverty level 21% higher exposure rate. Nonsmoking Americans who own their home 19% higher exposure rate, renters 37% higher exposure rate.

Secondhand Smoke

Smoke from other people’s cigarettes, pipes, or cigars (secondhand smoke) also causes lung cancer. When a person breathes in secondhand smoke, it is like he or she is smoking. In the United States, two out of five adults who don’t smoke and half of children are exposed to secondhand smoke, and about 7,300 people who never smoked die from lung cancer due to secondhand smoke every year.

Radon

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that comes from rocks and dirt and can get trapped in houses and buildings. It cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer. Nearly one out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is thought to have high radon levels. The EPA recommends testing homes for radon and using proven ways to lower high radon levels.

Other Substances

Examples of substances found at some workplaces that increase risk include asbestos, arsenic, diesel exhaust, and some forms of silica and chromium. For many of these substances, the risk of getting lung cancer is even higher for those who smoke.

People who have smoked for many years may want to think about screening for lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography (LDCT). Talk to your doctor about lung cancer screening and the possible benefits and harms. Lung cancer screening is not a substitute for quitting smoking.

www.cdc.gov

Happy Thanksgiving Eve! We thought we’d jump start the festivities with a little Turkey Trivia! Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday!

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“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

‘Tis the season to be thankful! Besides the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, one of my most favorite things about Thanksgiving, is the traditions of thanks we started when our children were young. Each year the tradition might look different, but the basic principle is the same…being intentional with our thanks.

The Thanksgiving Tree

Invite friends and family to share what they are most thankful for by creating a thankful tree.

Gather several tree branches in a large vase/container. Cut leaves out of construction paper in fall hues of orange, red, yellow and brown. Using a hole punch, make a hole at the base of each leaf. When guests come to Thanksgiving, ask them to write down what they are thankful for and place their leaf on the tree.

After Thanksgiving, you can add a date to each of the leaves. These make a great keepsake to reread at future Thanksgivings.

 

Gratitude Jar
Every day, write down what you are grateful for and add these “Gratitude Notes” to your gratitude jar. Throughout the holiday season, pour yourself a cup of coffee and take a few moments to read and reflect on your blessings.
How about you? Do you and your family have any traditions of sharing gratitude?

You can quit smoking. Let the American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout be your starting point.

Quitting smoking can be hard. But you have so much to win by quitting—lower risk for lung cancer and other diseases, easier breathing, more energy, and cleaner air. Start thinking of all the ways you can win when you begin a healthier, smoke-free life.

Today, there are now more former smokers than current smokers. You have the power to start your quit journey just like many others have already. Each year, The American Cancer Society Great American Smokeout encourages all smokers to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking on a specific day.

Set Your Quit Date for November 16th

This year, the 42nd Great American Smokeout will be held on November 16 and will encourage the tens of millions of adults in the U.S. who currently smoke cigarettes to quit. If you smoke now, consider using this date to begin your quit journey. If you have tried to quit in the past but were unsuccessful, don’t give up. Quitting can be hard, and it might take you more than one or two times to succeed.

Five Ways You Can Prepare to Quit Smoking

You’re taking an important step toward creating a healthier life when you set out to quit smoking. A good plan can help you get past symptoms of withdrawal. Take these five steps to help improve your success:

  • Set a quit date. Choose the Great American Smokeout or another quit day within the next 2 weeks.
  • Tell your family and friends about your quit plan. Share your quit date with the important people in your life and ask them for support. A daily phone call, e-mail, or text message can help you stay on course and provide moral support.
  • Be prepared for challenges. The urge to smoke is short—usually only 3 to 5 minutes, but those moments can feel intense. Even one puff can feed a craving and make it stronger. Before your quit day, write down healthy ways to help cope:
    • Drink water.
    • Exercise.
    • Listen to a favorite song or play a game.
    • Call or text a friend.
    • Get social support by joining @CDCTobaccoFree on Facebook and Twitter.
    • Sign up for SmokefreeTEXT for 24/7 help on your mobile phone.
  • Remove cigarettes and other tobacco from your home, car, and workplace. Throw away your cigarettes, matches, lighters, and ashtrays. Clean and freshen your car, home, and workplace. Old cigarette odors can cause cravings.
  • Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider about quit options. Nicotine patches, gum, or other approved quit medication can help.

Why Do You Want to Quit?

Perhaps you want to live a healthier life, live longer for your family members, or save the money that you’d typically spend on cigarettes. Write down your reasons for quitting, no matter what motivates you to make this decision. Refer to the list whenever you have the urge to smoke. It will help remind you of all the reasons you want to quit. Becky wanted to quit so that she would be around to see her two daughters enjoy life. She says, “Whenever I had a craving, I said to myself, ‘I choose not to smoke today.”

Source: cdc.gov