Health & Spirit

Processed Food Primer for the New Year

Charlyn Fargo on

2 pounds fully cooked low-sodium ham

1/3 cup apple juice

1/2 pineapple, cored, sliced

1/2 cup cherries, pitted

2 cups asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1" pieces

2 tablespoons Italian dressing


For ham, mix brown sugar, honey and mustard in small bowl. Place ham in slow cooker. Pour apple juice on top, then coat ham in mustard glaze. Top with pineapple slices and cherries. Cook in slow cooker 6 hours on low. Ten minutes prior to serving, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss asparagus, tomatoes and dressing in a small bowl. Pour onto parchment-lined baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until tender. Serves 8.

Per serving: 285 calories, 26 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 9 g fat, 2.8 g fiber, 924 mg sodium.


Charlyn Fargo is a registered dietitian at Hy-Vee in Springfield, Ill and a spokesperson for the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. For comments or questions, contact her at or follow her on Twitter @Nutrition Rd. To find out more about Charlyn Fargo and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at



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