1. Spectrum of Processed foods
    1. Unprocessed – the food we eat is exactly how it existed in nature (eggs, bananas)
    2. Minimally Processed
      1. trimmed, sliced or diced, prepped for convenience (bagged spinach, cut vegetables, frozen fruit)
      2. par-cooked, cooked and/or mechanically altered to reduce cooking time – (rolled oats, canned tomatoes, canned bean, peanut butter)
    3. Moderately Processed
      1. These are foods whose raw ingredients have been transformed into something new and different.
        1. whole grains ground into flour to make bread, pasta, cereal
        2. milk cultured or churned into yogurt, cheese or ice cream;
        3. Potatoes peeled, seasoned and cut into ready-to-bake fries;
        4. meat trimmed and ground into burger patties.
    4. Highly Processed –
      1. nothing that goes into a product is in its natural state
        1. Ready-to-eat foods — such as crackers, granola and deli meat — are more heavily processed.
        2. The most heavily processed foods often are frozen or pre-made meals and microwaveable dinners.
  2. Take away
    1. While some processed foods should be consumed with caution, others have a place in a balanced diet.
    2. Usually the more processed a food, the less nutritious it is. But moderately processed foods can be perfectly healthy as daily staples – if chosen wisely.
    3. Choose products with fewer ingredients, lower amounts of sugar and sodium and avoid trans fat (partially hydrogenated oils).

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Noon: Abingdon native, Amanda Nickles and her band Nickles Road have a new album out. You can hear some clips by clicking here.  You can also like the band on facebook.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Noon: "It's a Wonderful Life" presented by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home and Crematory plays Sunday, December 21st at 2pm. Rex Ward and Sullivan East Bluegrass Band will play at 1pm. The show is at the Paramount Center for the Arts in Bristol, TN. Click here for tickets.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Noon:  The City Youth Ballet of Johnson City is again bringing to our community the full-length ballet, "The Nutcracker" set for Dec. 19-21 at the Gregory Center at Milligan College. For ticket information, click here.

SBK Animal Center brought in Lily who is up for adoption. She is a 3-year-old dog who needs a loving home. Learn more about Lily and how you can help SBK by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Noon: The Ransom Notes performed on our noon show in preparation for their stage show tonight at the Pickin Porch. The band now calls Tennessee home and recently released a new CD, "Journey's End." Click here to hear a sample.

Get your tickets! Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion has its Pre-Sale Weekend Passes for $50 (plus Bristol, VA admissions tax) through Dec. 31. It is the best price for Weekend Passes all year. Dates of the 2015 festival are September 18-20. During the pre-sale, Weekend Pass wristbands will come with a special holiday design, packaged in a limited edition holiday gift box, while supplies last.  Weekend Passes can be purchased online at BristolRhythm.com, at the Museum Store at Birthplace of Country Music Museum (closed Mondays), Bristol Mall Customer Service Desk, and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Morning:The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre has developed a reputation for being one of the best small theater operations in Northeast Tennessee. Performances are scheduled throughout the year so the theater is always busy. The Theatre is next to the Historic Eureka Inn and is a short walk from the AmericInn and Jonesborough’s award winning bed and breakfasts. The Christmas Story runs through December 20 with evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and matinee performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission and $13 for seniors and students. For tickets, please call the Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010 or visit the website.

Noon: Our Healthy Living segment focused on giving a gift that promotes health. For your secret Santa, neighbors or in-laws, homemade gift baskets and food mixes in a jar are delicious, budget-friendly, health-promoting gift solutions. 

  1. Gift Basket Combo Ideas
    1. Breakfast – oatmeal, jar of honey, box of tea, citrus fruits.
    2. Baker – Whole wheat flour, canned pumpkin, walnuts, dried cranberries (include muffin tin, cup liners).
    3. Year Round Grillers – basting brush, skewers, no sodium all-purpose dry rub, fresh-herb marinade.
    4. Italian Dinner – whole wheat pasta, sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil, basil, wedge of parmesan cheese (put in colander, if like).
  1. Food Mixes in a Jar – attach recipe cards.  Punch whole a
    1. Cornbread Mix – flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, dry milk powder, cornmeal.
    2. Oatmeal Cookie Mix – flour, rolled oats, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, white sugar, chocolate chips.
    3. Chili Mix – kidney beans, chili powder, dehydrated onions, garlic salt, oregano, salt, cayenne pepper.
    4. Lentil Soup Mix – lentils, split peas, beef bouillon granules, pearl barley, minced onions, Italian seasoning, long grain white rice, macaroni noodles. 
    5. Fruit & Nut Bar Mix – coconut flakes, chopped dried cherries, chopped unsalted nuts (in a ziplock baggie: ground flaxseed, sea salt).

Get some recipes here.

P. Buckley Moss will have her works on display at the Up Against the Wall Gallery  at 316 East Market Street in Kingsport, TN. Ms. Moss will be signing her creations on Saturday, December 13th from 10am-4pm. For more information call 423-246-7210.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Noon: Home With Santa Set for Dec. 13 in Jonesborough

At Home With Santa will be held on December 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center and International Storytelling Center.

At Home With Santa has been a tradition in the region for more than 22 years and gives families an opportunity to build memories with their children and share in all the games and activities that have been planned including ice fishing, storytelling, decorating cookies, crafts, pictures with Santa, face painting and many more activities.  Carriage rides will also be available to transport children downtown for a photo with Santa Claus.

One of the most popular activities includes a shopping area just for children ages 12 and under called the Santa Mart.  Santa’s elves and other volunteers will help children select gifts for their family members and friends and then help the children wrap them.  All items are priced under $2. At Home With Santa is made possible through local sponsors and volunteers.  For more information, please contact the Historic Jonesborough Visitors Center at 423-753-1010.

The Town of Jonesborough will host its annual lighted Christmas parade on Saturday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m.

Jonesborough Christmas Parade: Presented by the Jonesborough Parks and Recreation Department, the 2014 Christmas Parade theme is “Winter Nights and Christmas Lights.” The parade will feature live music, floats lit with Christmas lights, horses, antique cars and more.  With more than 75 entries, Jonesborough’s annual lighted parade has become a Christmas tradition in the region.  Entries will compete for four awards, with cash prizes ranging from $100 to $200.  Awards are given based on conformance to the parade theme, incorporation of music (live or not) as well as use of Christmas lights and decorations.