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eDiets Dinner Review: Tex-Mex Chicken with Black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

Overall rating:  3 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

The Tex-Mex Chicken dinner entrée came in a 2-compartment plastic tray, with a small salsa-topped chicken breast cutlet and about 1/3 cup rice and beans in one section and approximately 1/3 cup golden, whole kernel corn in the other. 

The dieter is to provide fruit and dairy accompaniments for the meal.  I decided on a serving of mixed berries for my fruit, and I topped the chicken cutlet with some low-fat mozzarella cheese to serve as the dairy component.

The heating instructions called for the entrée to be microwaved on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  Based on my prior experiences, I heated mine for 1 minute 45 seconds since my microwave is a lower-wattage model.

Tex-Mex Chicken with black Beans, Rice, Corn, and Salsa

My General Impressions

The meal was colorful enough on the plate with the red salsa, black beans, red and blue berries, and golden corn kernels, but the salsa looked a bit on the dry side.  There wasn’t a lot of it, however; only about one or two tablespoons.   

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eDiets Breakfast Review: Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote

Overall rating:  5 out of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

I began Week 3 of the eDiets program with a breakfast of Stuffed French Toast with Blackberry-Apricot Compote.  The French toast consisted of a slice of whole wheat bread, cut in half, with a strawberry yogurt-cream cheese filling sandwiched between the two half-slices.  A spoonful of the compote was spread on top.

The heating instructions said to microwave the entrée on high for 30 seconds.  I know my microwave oven normally requires a longer time period, but I didn’t want to risk overcooking the bread, so I first heated it for 35 seconds.  This didn’t quite make it warm enough, so I nuked it for another 5 seconds.

I added some nonfat, plain Greek yogurt to the meal to serve as the dairy component the dieter is instructed to supply.

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eDiets Dinner Review: Salmon over Linguini

Overall rating:  5 of 5

Meal Description and Cooking Instructions

This dinner entrée consisted of about a cup of whole wheat linguini with a medium-sized salmon fillet atop.  A small amount of light tomato-based sauce coated both the noodles and the salmon. 

I was to provide items from the dairy and fruit sections of the food pyramid to supplement the meal.  I decided to top the main dish with some shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese and add a serving of unsweetened, frozen mixed berries (thawed).

The heating instructions called for microwaving the meal on high for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.  I added an additional 15 seconds since my microwave oven tends to require a longer cooking time. 

My General Impressions

I normally don’t care for salmon, but I wanted a meatless dinner on this particular evening, and this was the only one I found on this week’s list of substitution meals.  Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.

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Review: Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion

When I was asked if I wanted to review Faber Products’ Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion, I agreed with equal measures of skepticism and hope.  I recalled reading an article a while back that asserted that no topically-applied product could penetrate deeply enough to achieve the skin-tightening effects attributed to these types of lotions.  On the other hand, the Director of Design & Development of Faber Products had contacted the editor of and suggested that a review of his company’s body firming lotion might be of interest to the website’s readers.  Only unbiased reviews are posted on, an independent blog focusing on diets and weight loss, so I reasoned that the Director must be fairly confident that his company’s product actually works. 

What Is Nourish™ Skin Tight™ Body Firming Lotion?

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Nike+ FuelBand Review - How Does it Work?

When my son called and began raving about his newest high-tech toy, the Nike+ FuelBand, I was excited for him.  The demands of his job had caused him to neglect the needs of his body, and the result was a substantial and unhealthy weight gain.  He was now beginning to watch his diet and was trying to fit in more exercise.  According to him, the FuelBand was a great motivational tool.

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