Turkey Burgers with Cranberry-Peach Chutney

TGIF! Here is a great healthy burger recipe to try over the weekend from myrecipes.com. Instead of using beef, this recipe calls for turkey which is a healthier alternative.

Cranberry-Peach Chutney


  • 1/3 cup prepared cranberry chutney
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped peaches
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped green onions
  • 1. Stir all ingredients in a small bowl until they are blended


1. Stir all ingredients in a small bowl until they are blended

Turkey Burger Recipe


  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 4 (1 1/2-ounce) whole wheat hamburger buns
  • Cranberry-peach chutney


1. Combine turkey and next 3 ingredients. Divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, shaping each into a 1/2-inch-thick patty.

2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat; coat pan with cooking spray. Add patties; cook 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until a thermometer registers 165°.

3. Place 1 lettuce leaf on bottom half of each bun; top each with 1 burger. Spread 2 tablespoons Cranberry-Peach Chutney on inside of each bun top; place each on top of 1 burger.

Article courtesy of myrecipe.com

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Calorie Counts on Restaurant Menus are not Accurate

This can be found upsetting for those on a diet or trying to lose weight!  Researchers from the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center at Tufts University reported that most of the calorie counts listed in menus are accurate, but those from the low calorie menu options are on average 100 calories more than what is listed on the menu. The low calorie foods that are highlighted in menus as “appropriate for weight control” contained more calorie and the high calorie foods actually have less calories than listed. This is not good for those who are trying to be health conscious!  This results in taking about 100 more calories than people think which could consequently lead up to 15 pounds of weight gain over one year.

The listed counts on restaurant menus are usually the average amount of calories from several different plates of the same meal, so the researchers say there is no promise of accuracy in how many calories you are consuming when you order your food. The researchers receive their data from 269 food items at 42 fast food and sit down restaurants including McDonald’s, Olive Garden, and Outback Steak House. They also concluded that the fast food restaurants are more accurate with their calorie counts than the sit-down restaurants.

What do you think of this new report?

Read original article here from Times Healthland

What you should tip while traveling

Summer is in full force with many people taking their vacations with their family and friends. Do you ever wonder what you should tip at restaurants, your valet driver, or for room service, etc? AARP.com put together a list of tip suggestions!

Hotel Tipping:

Bellhop: $1 to $2 per bag

Car valets: $1 to $3. Always tip them when you pick up your car.

Room service: 10 percent is adequate, 15 percent to 20 percent for a large or difficult order.

Housekeeping: $2 to $3 per night and $5 if you have more than three people in a room/suite. Leave the money in an envelope with “Thank You” on it, so they know the money is for them.

Doorman: $1 for help with each bag, $1 for hailing a cab.

Transportation Tipping:

Cab driver: 15 percent to 20 percent tip of the fare. (Find out ahead of time if your cab driver accepts a credit card. If he/she doesn’t, make sure you have enough cash for both fare and tip.)

Airport transportation attendants: If the driver helps you with your bags, offer $1 per bag.

Restaurant Tipping:

Servers: 15 percent to 20 percent of your total bill after tax. Most servers make less than $3 an hour, so tips are really their salary.

Bartenders: $1 per drink. If you’re waiting for a table, it’s also courteous to close your tab at the bar and then start fresh with your server for your meal.

If you order food at the bar: Same as if you were seated — 15 percent to 20 percent.

If you use a discount coupon for your meal: Tip your server on what the bill would have been before the discount. A little extra for discounted “happy hour” drinks is also appreciated.

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Article information courtesy of AARP.com

A bigger fork may help you eat less

Interesting! A new study came out where the results showed that people who eat with a bigger fork will tend to eat less. Business School researchers at the University of Utah performed an experiment at a local Italian restaurant. The researchers selected random tables to receive unusually large forks (20% larger than normal) or unusually small forks (20% smaller than normal) for their meals and then weighed each plate of food after they have finished their meal. After two days of their experiment, the results showed that the customers who were given bigger forks left more food on their plate. The reasoning behind the results was the smaller fork tends to provide less satisfaction where the customers feel that they are not making any progress in “making a dent” in their food.

Interestingly enough, the study also tested the effect of the fork size on those who were just “snacking” and not very hungry. They conducted this at the university and students were given pasta salad and the same kind of forks used in the Italian restaurant experiment. It turned out that the students who had the larger forks consumed more food! The researchers hypothesized that the students were taking a few bites out of habit rather then worrying about the portion of the dish.

Read original article here–from Times HealthLand

What do you think of the new study?

New study shows more men than women die of almost every type of cancer

It has always been known for years that men die of cancer more often than women, but this is the first that a new study was able to analyze individual cancers and study the sex differences. The journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention used data from 1977 to 2006 by cancer registries across the U.S and found out 33 out of the 36 cancer types that were reviewed, men died more than women. The three cancer types that women died more of are peritoneum, omentum, and mesentery cancer, gall bladder cancer, and cancer of the anus, anal canal, and anorectuum.  All three cancer types are exceptionally rare.

The study does not explain the causes of men’s higher cancer incidence, because it is not clear. These are the top five biggest disparities cancer deaths rates found in the study (they are all rare as well):

  1. Cancer of the lip: 5.51 men died for every one woman
  2. Cancer of the larynx: 5.37 med died for every one woman
  3. Cancer of the hypopharynx: 4.47 men died for every one woman
  4. Cancer of the esophagus: 4.08 men died fore very one woman
  5. Cancer of the bladder: 3.36 men died for every woman

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What do you think of the new study?

Hypoallergenic dogs, do they really exist?

Dog lovers who have sensitive allergies look into owning hypoallergenic dogs, because it decreases the risk of getting allergy symptoms. Unfortunately, a new study conducted by the Henry Ford Hospital explains that there is no scientific reasoning that supports the idea of hypoallergenic dogs having less irritating allergens. People with pet allergies have sensitive immune systems that can react to harmless proteins in pet’s dander such as saliva or fur. These proteins are labeled as allergens.

In this study, scientists gather dust samples from more than 173 homes with one dog. In total, they observed 60 different breeds in which 11 are supposedly hypoallergenic. The results show that there are no major differences in allergen levels between the hypoallergenic and non-hypoallergenic dogs.

In response, the American Kennel club explains that there are no dogs that can be considered 100% hypoallergenic and there are some dogs that are better for allergic people than others.

They provided a list of dogs here.

What are your experiences with hypoallergenic dogs?

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Sunburns stings, now scientists know why!

Ever wonder why sunburn stings after being exposed by the Sun for many hours? Researchers from King’s College London have found the specific molecule that causes the stinging that comes from sunburn. By finding this molecule, this opens the door for finding ways to treat this pain not only for sunburns but for other conditions such as arthritis.

The molecule is a protein that they named CXCL5 and was found by experimenting on humans and mice. The scientists asked volunteers to expose small patches of their skin to UVB radiation which is most responsible for sunburn. The researchers would analyze the affected skin to find the proteins that are connected with the pain. They would do the same thing with mice and gave an antibody that neutralized CXCL5 to make sure that this protein was the cause of pain. They found that the CXL5 recruits inflammatory immune cells to damage tissue and trigger the sting.

Overall, this would help scientists understand how pain works and could lead to the expansion of better treatments.

What do you think of this discovery?

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