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Siberian Toast

Article by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Also Included in this Diet Article: The Chickpea Story

Spiraling into the vortex of the ice age, we come across a frosty drink that's almost too tasty for a dieter - the Siberian Toast.

Well, we may not be as warm as toast, but we're sure to offer a toast to this special, delicious dieter's delight. Cheers to Siberian Toast!

Siberian Toast, a Diet Shake Recipe

Serves 1 for about 130 calories

1 cup of diet Vanilla Coke
cup of low fat/light vanilla ice cream (130 calories per cup)
teaspoon of vanilla extract or imitation vanilla (optional for Vanilla Lovers)

Spoon the low fat ice cream into a frosted or chilled glass. Add the optional vanilla extract to top of ice cream. Pour on the diet Vanilla Coke. Serve immediately.

This is a foamy drink - more float than shake but what a deal for a skinny 65 calories, eh!

Weight Loss Tips, The Chickpea Story

I was a big old adult before I ever tried chickpeas - commonly called garbanzo beans. My mother was a great cook but her menus were also very basic.

We were exceptionally poor, but happy when there was money for food. I remember one time in my childhood - I was about 3 years old and I was crying because I was hungry.

She opened the refrigerator, and I must have experienced a rush of adrenaline - because that is what writes the memories to the brain. I remember seeing one putrid looking tomato on the shelf and hearing my mom ask my father, "What are we going to do? We have no food."

The good Lord must have been watching that day because we left the house and went somewhere in our smoking old vehicle.

When we returned, my parents must have left the rent house unlocked because there - sitting on the kitchen countertop were sacks of groceries.

My parents never found out how they got there; perhaps an angel delivered them. I remember that it was a very happy moment.

My father went on to secure a job and we were able to buy food after that. He was a very hard-working man who would do anything for his family. And as I grew into a an older kid I could predict what would be on my mother's menu:

Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs with bread and sweet tea.

Tuesday: Hot dogs with chili, cheese and onions and sweet tea.

Wednesday: Fried Chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, bread and sweet tea.

Thursday: Battered and fried shrimp, fried potatoes and sweet tea.

Friday: Tacos - but my parents didn't pronounce the word as 'ta-co' rather 'ta-cus'.

Saturday: Tuna Sandwiches, potato chips and sweet tea.

Sunday: Pot roast, carrots, potatoes, gravy, English peas and yes - sweet tea.

Friday was a particularly special day because we'd go up to the local convenience store and my dad would rent a television. Every Friday night there was a thriller series on - werewolves, vampires and other spooky creatures and monsters. It was a very happy time in my life. Perhaps this is why I enjoy writing monster stories.

On Saturday, we'd have the television until dark - then we would have to return it within that 24-hour window. But my bother and myself got to watch those wonderful Saturday morning cartoons.

Notice that sweet tea was always on the menu. When we were smaller, my mom would force my brother and I to drink milk at meal times.

We could be very resistant to that demand and she didn't understand why because she always loved milk - both as a child and as an adult. It wasn't until she was up into her 70's that she confessed to not liking tea. Who would have ever guessed?

While tea was always on the menu, I never remember chickpeas being on the menu. Back in the day - many of the foods that we have at our local market were not available. At times, we take such for granted. There are so many modern products that can assist us in losing unwanted weight - as well as help us maintain our recommended weight. And for that, we can all be thankful!

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