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        The average American will gain 3 pounds on the Fourth of July. Oh, now I got your attention! Hello! It's true. Three thousand five hundred calories is one pound. If you gain three pounds, that would be 10,500 calories. Oh, and it's so easy to eat. It doesn't take but about 20 minutes!  And with the 4th falling on a Monday this year, I know many of you will be celebrating all weekend long!
         So let's compromise, shall we? You know that's me giving in a little, and you giving in a little. I think on the 4th you should go ahead and splurge on a 400 calorie whatever. You wouldn't gain 3 pounds or 2 pounds or 1 pound or even a half! And if you work out an hour, you can burn those 400 calories, and you will remain the same for one of the most difficult eating days in American history.
         Now you're laughing. Four hundred calories?  What can that get me? Well, it could get you quite a bit! It can get you another portion of potato salad. Oh, I love potato salad. Oh, man! You could have 2 extra small ribs. Yes, you can lick all the barbecue sauce off of them, too. You could have an additional dish of salad with homemade Thousand Island dressing and crumbled hard-boiled eggs. You could have another small breast of chicken, and it could be fried. How about another tablespoon-and-a-half of macaroni and cheese or an extra hot dog if that be your desire?
         Now let's move on to desserts. You could have another small piece of apple pie. How about a slice of chocolate cake?  Devil's food cake with chocolate frosting and icing in the middle of the layers! You can have another brownie or a chocolate chip cookie that Grandma made! Okay, okay. You could have a small scoop of Ben and Jerry's or Haagen Dazs or a half scoop of Ben and Jerry's and a half scoop of Haagen Dazs. You can even have a small slice of pizza. Now that 400 calories doesn't look so bad after all, does it? It's all in the math.
        So instead of gaining three pounds on the 4th, you should go for this splurge I'm offering you!  Just think how much better you will feel when you wake up the next day and read my message! And did you really miss anything? No, I don't think you did!
        What am I having? Oh...I'll have one of the above. I"ll let you guess which one.   And of course, I have a recipe to share with you too!  Here's my recipe for Basil Grilled Shrimp.

Basil Grilled Shrimp

(for 4 people) 
  • 1  Pound Large Shrimp
  • 2  Tb minced garlic
  • 1  tsp Onion powder
  • 2  Tb Chopped basil
  • 1/2  tsp Salt
  • 1/2  tsp Pepper
  • 1  Lemon juiced
  • 4  Tb I can’t believe it’s not butter lite
  • 1/4  Cup white wine
  1. Peel and clean shrimp and butterfly.
  2. Mix together all other ingredients and heat until I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter is melted.
  3. Marinate shrimp in butter mixture and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. Grill shrimp until just cooked. Meanwhile boil butter mixture to use as a dip with the shrimp. (You must boil since raw shrimp were marinated in it).
    You can bake or broil shrimp in the marinade as well if a grill is unavailable.   
    Nutritional Information 180 Calories, 23 gm Protein, 1 gm Carbohydrate, 6.9 gm Fat, 172 mg Cholesterol, 544 mg SodiumFood Mover Windows to Close: 3 Protein
        Please get in your workouts this month.  Keep visiting me here at my site, and on Facebook and Twitter.  Read my daily messages.  Watch your portions and make this a healthy month!  Have a blessed holiday with your family, friends, and pets.
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