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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Chantal's New York Cheesecake

Chantal's New York Cheesecake Recipe

15 Graham Crackers Crushed
2-3 Tablespoons melted butter

4 (8 oz) packages Low Fat Cream Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
3/4 Cup Fat Free Milk
4 Eggs
1 Cup Fat Free Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Unbleached Flour
2 T. Cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cooking Spray a 9 inch springform pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix graham cracker crumbs with melted butter. Press onto bottom of springform pan.
  3. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese with sugar until smooth. Blend in milk, and then mix in the eggs one at a time, mixing just enough to incorporate. Mix in sour cream, vanilla, cornstarch, and flour until smooth. Pour filling into prepared crust.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour. Turn the oven off, and let cake cool in oven with the door closed for 5 to 6 hours; this may help to prevent cracking. Chill in refrigerator about 6 hours before serving.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Vitamin B12 & Tinnitus

 | By Brindusa Vanta
Vitamin B12 & Tinnitus
Dietary sources of B-12 include meat. Photo Credit meat image by sameer said ahmed from
Vitamin B-12 also known as cobolamin is a water soluble vitamin. It plays and important role in the formation of red blood cells and metabolism of sugars, fats and proteins. It is also helps maintain healthy nervous system and some research studies found it beneficial for improving tinnitus, especially when this condition is associated with a shortage of this nutrient. If you consider taking vitamin B-12 for your symptoms, first talk to your doctor.

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus, a noise in the ears is a common condition, affecting one in five individuals, according to Mayo Clinic. It can be perceived as a ringing, buzzing or clicking sound that may be vary in intensity and frequency throughout the day. It can be caused by damage of the inner ear, deterioration from the aging process or injury from working in a noisy environment. Tinnitus may also manifest as part of some medical conditions like Meniere's disease, stress or head trauma.
Tinnitus & B-12 Deficiency
People suffering from tinnitus should test whether or not they have B-12 deficiency, as a shortage of this nutrient has been linked with chronic tinnitus and noise induced hearing loss. This is the conclusion of a study published in March 1993 issue of "American Journal of Otolaryngology." The authors evaluated over 100 subjects exposed to noise and 47 of the participants diagnosed with tinnitus had vitamin B-12 deficiency. Some of them also had symptoms improved when received supplementation with B-12.
Michael Murray, ND and author of "The Pill Book Guide to Natural Medicine", also supports the fact that B-12 deficiency is common in people who have tinnitus. He indicates that supplementation with B-12 may improve symptoms of tinnitus in individuals who are deficient in this nutrient, however is less likely to benefit those who have adequate blood levels of this vitamin.

Dosage and Drug Interactions

To manage tinnitus a daily dose between 1,000 and 2,000 mc daily of vitamin B-12 along with a B complex formula, vitamins A, C and E are suggested by James Balch, MD, and author of "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Blood levels of vitamin B-12 may be lowered by some medications including antibiotics, anti diabetes and chemo drugs.


Consult a qualified health care professional to find out the underlying cause of your condition and whether or not you have low blood levels of vitamin B-12. Keep in mind that vitamins and other supplements do not replace and should not be used to replace any conventional drugs prescribed for tinnitus. Vitamin B-12 is not approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the management of tinnitus.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I usually make cookies with cake mixes, but as I was out of cake mixes at the time and "needed" some chocolate chip cookies, I looked up a recipe on the internet.  Of course being as I need very low fat and low sodium food I changed out the recipe, as always to meet my needs.  It still turned out delicious. Here is what I came up with.

1/2 Cup Fat Free Vanilla Chobani Yogurt
3/4 Cup Brown Sugar
3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/2 Bags Milk Chocolate Chips
2 1/4 Cups Unbleached Flour
3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

X-tra  sugar for rolling cookies in.

Mix first 5 ingredients in bowl with electric mixer.
Add Chocolate chips, flour and baking soda.
Mix well.
Refrigerate in airtight container for 1 or more hours for best results before cooking.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Farenheight
Spray with cooking spray or use parchment paper an air bake cookie sheet (only cookie sheets I ever use)
Spoon cookies into bowl of sugar.  Roll cookies in sugar and then place on cookie sheet.
Bake at 375 for 8 -12 minutes or until just golden brown.
Let cool on cookie sheet for 2-5 minutes before removing.