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Food, Health and Fitness Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, September 11, 1997 15 II Illll II U IlL I I Ill Illl I I The Chopping Block by Philomena Corradeno How would you like a dessert that satisfies your craving for a sweet finale and leaves you with only 139 calories? Such is Lemon Rice, which lives up to its tempt- ing appearance. Though it's a down-to-earth, homey creation and is simple to put together, it takes on elegance when presented in a clear glass bowl and served in glass dishes or stemmed wine glasses. Its base is cooked rice folded into lemon gela- tin and studded with chopped maraschino cherries and sliced almonds, Since today I started with a rice dessert, I' m continu- ing with two more beauties you're bound to like. To be honest, the whipped cream in both pushes up the calo- rie count. The big consola- tion is that rice is so whole- some. And that ought to ease your conscience, Sugar substitute and skim milk are used in the Ba- nana Kiwi (207 calories) but the Danish Rice Pud- ding (259 calories) just wouldn't be Danish with- out the sugar and whole milk, I I II II I I Ill Illlll I I I Illll Ill I Ill II I I I LEMON PACE DESSERT 1 3-ounce package lemon-flavored gelatin dessert 1 cup boiling water 1/2 cup cold water 1 cup cooked rice, chilled 1 1/2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed 1/4 cup sliced almonds 1/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel Dissolve gelatin in boiling water; add cold water. Place bowl in ice water and stir until gelatin is the consistency of unbeaten egg whites; stir in rice. Fold in whipped topping until smooth. Lightly fold in almonds, cherries and lemon peel. Continue to stir gently (over rice) until thickened. Pour into dessert dishes. Cover and chill until ready to serve. Makes 8 servings. BANANA KIWI PUDDING 1 1/3 cups cooked rice 1 1/3 cups skim milk 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Low-calorie sugar substitute to equal 2 tablespoons sugar 1 ripe banana 1/4 cup whipping cream, whipped 2 kiwi fruit, sliced Add cooked rice to milk in 2-quart saucepan and cook over medium heat until thick and creamy, 5 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat; cool. Stir in vanilla and sugar substitute. Just before serving, mash banana; fold banana and whipped cream into pudding. Garnish with kiwi fruit slices. Makes 4 servings, 207 calories each. DANISH RICE PUIING 2 cups cooked rice ......... / 1/3 cup sugar 1 teaspoon almond extract I cup heavy cream 1 10-ounce package frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed 8 whole almonds Heat rice, milk and sugar in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat stirring frequently until pudding is thick and creamy, about 15 minutes. Do not boil. Remove from heat, add almond extract; cool. Beat cream in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into cooled rice mixture. Blend raspberries in blender until smooth; strain. To serve, place pudding in custard cups. Dollop with 1 tablespoon raspberry sauce and top with almond. Makes 8 servings, 259 calories each. Exercise as you age part H How much exercise do you need for improved health? You should aim for a fitness level sufficient to perform daily activities, take part in active recreation, and decrease your risk of developing or worsening consequences of aging. If you sit most of the day, you're probably not fit. Signs of diminished fitness include feeling tired most of the time, being unable to keep up with others your age, and avoiding activity because you tire quickly. The new guidelines call for 30 minutes or more of low to moderately intense physical activity on most days of the week. This level is described as "fairly light" to "somewhat hard," or about 11 or 14 on the Perceived Exertion Scale. Low-intensity exercise can come from walking for pleasure, gardening, yardwork, housework and social dancing. Moderately intense exercise includes brisk walking, hiking, stair-climbing, aerobic dancing, jog- ging, bicycling, rowing and swimming. The new guidelines are meant to complement, not replace, older recomndations. If you can meet the earlier recommendations - moderate to vigorous exer- cise using large muscles for 30 to 60 minutes three or more times a week - you're likely to gain even more health benefits in addition to greater fitness. You don't have to do all your exercise at one time during the day. You can accumulate short periods of moderately intense activity, such as mowing a hilly patch of lawn or walking up hills, in five to 10 minute intervals that total 30 minutes throughout the day. The key is the total amount of energy expended, not the intensity. You can boost your exercise total by increasing physi- cal activity in household chores, shopping, gardening, running errands, working and other activities. For ex- ample, get up from a chair using leg muscles only, without pushing with your arms, or raise and lower a milk jug several times every time y carry it to the breakfast table. It' especially important to include strengthening ex- ercises (such as weight training) at least twice a week in your exercise regime because they help counteract muscle and strength loss due to aging. And since cakn'ies are burned in muscle, muscle mass is a key factor in helping maintain a healthful weight. The more lean muscle mass you can preserve, the bigger the "engine" in which to burn calories. It, s like having a V-8 engine in your car instead of a 4-cylinder engine.