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New invention: the redneck wine glass

Okie Morris of Virginia is much like any other crafter, looking for ways to upcycle thrift-store finds. But then she invented the Rednek Wine Glass: a Ball Mason jar glued on top of a Libbey candlestick holder.

Last year, Carson Home Accents started manufacturing and selling the wine glasses after a salesman saw the item on a shelf in a Hallmark store. Within a couple of months, the company had orders for almost 100,000 and had to staff special shifts just to get them out the door.

The original glasses sell for about $10 on Amazon. There are lots of imitators. Or it’s a simple task to make your own. And isn’t that really the redneck way?

Resolution tip: Avoid unsatisfying snacks

A low-calorie snack can backfire if it doesn’t fill you up, nutritionists say. It’s more important to choose something that will satisfy longer.

• Be wary of 100-calorie snack packs. They’re good for controlling portion size but tend to be high in refined carbohydrates and low in fiber. They won’t keep hunger at bay for long.

• Instead, include protein, fiber and healthy fats. Some good combinations: fresh fruit with reduced-fat mozzarella string cheese or a half-cup of low-fat cottage cheese, vegetables dipped in hummus, air-popped popcorn with a handful of nuts, or rice cakes with one or two teaspoons of natural peanut or almond butter.

• Avoid most crackers and cookies. They’re generally just empty calories. Two exceptions are Melba toast and reduced fat, whole-grain wheat Triscuit crackers; you can top off either with a thin spread of peanut butter.

• Go for Greek yogurt. Most brands are high in protein, and therefore filling. If you don’t like the texture or taste of Greek brands, mix low-fat, fruit-flavored yogurt with plain low-fat yogurt to cut the sugar content.

• Choose granola bars carefully. To avoid getting a bunch of sugar without much else, look for a bar that provides at least three grams of fiber and five grams of protein.

• Create diet soda alternatives. Add an orange slice or some frozen berries to fruit-flavored sparkling water for a fizzy drink with no artificial sweeteners, which studies have shown can cause cravings for sweet foods.

New cookbook: Food on-the-go

Kathleen Cannata Hanna’s premise for her cookbook is laid out — for the most part — in the title: The Good-to-Go Cookbook: Take-Along Food, Quick Suppers, and Satisfying Snacks for On-the-Go Families ($16.95).

“(Parents) walk this very fine line of nutritious, economical and readily available ingredients,” Hanna says. “That’s what every parent struggles with. ... What I tried to do was track those three together. I didn’t try to put a new twist, or add funky new ingredients from Africa that will save the world, I didn’t add vegetables just to add color. I just made good old food we’re used to in a very easy way.”

Hanna says her family’s favorite is easily the Italian country sandwich: Spread an 8-inch precooked pizza crust with 4 ounces cream cheese. Layer with 4 thin slices each of tomato, green bell pepper, pastrami, salami; 2 thin slices red onion; and 4 slices provolone cheese. Top with another crust. Wrap in foil; set on a baking sheet. Bake 25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut into wedges.

Coming in Parade magazine

Plan a Super Bowl party with strategies and recipes in this week’s Parade magazine, coming Sunday in The Anniston Star.

— Compiled from wire reports

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