Counting Calories with the Health Care Reform

Today marked a historic day in healthcare overhaul, as Obama signed a massive bill into legislation. While a great number of changes are expected to come along with this, many of which a lot of people oppose, the bill will now require some 200,000 restaurants to include calorie counts on menus. This practice has been adopted in some places but has remained hush in others. That said, sometimes we'd prefer not to know how many calories are in some of these menu items.

Daily Recipe: Cold night, Hot lasagna

Daily Recipe: Cold night, Hot lasagna

The high tonight in the Mile High City is supposed to be a balmy 20 degrees. It has been snowing all day, the roads are treacherous, the visibility is low, and doing anything other than having the ultimate movie night tonight sounds downright impossible. Cook up a meaty lasagna, throw on your Redbox rental (we suggest the classic 80s flick, "Valley Girl"), and stay warm indoors while the sky opens outside.

Be absolutely certain of your March Madness picks.

Be absolutely certain of your March Madness picks.

...Because some decisions aren't as easy to change as a college basketball bracket. Doctors are reporting an increase in vasectomies during March Madness. Maybe it's because after the operation, you have to stay put for a bit, and what's better to watch than a little college hoops? If you have to be couch/bed-ridden, might as well have some entertainment, right?

Daily Recipe: Egg White Omelets with Spinach and Cheese

Daily Recipe: Egg White Omelets with Spinach and Cheese

We're done with Irish recipes until this time next year, we promise. Corned beef shall not grace the pages of the WSi blog for a good long while. It's been some time since we've posted a breakfast so we're getting back on that this evening. Dinner's in your hands, but we've got tomorrow's meal all planned out. If you don't have time to make an omelet during the week, Saturday is only a day away.

Kraft gets crafty: Cuts salt in foods by 10%

Kraft gets crafty: Cuts salt in foods by 10%

In this day and age of watching what we put into our bodies, we stay focused mainly on carbs, fat, calories, artificial ingredients, etc. Sodium is not always the first thing on the label we see. But if you do happen to notice just how much salt is in some of the products out there, you;d be taken back. Kraft, in an effort to make the world a healthier place has since decided to reduce the amount in their foods by 10%.

Daily Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls

Daily Recipe: Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls

While Irish fare isn't looked to as the "healthiest" of cuisine, that doesn't mean it can't be augmented to be just that. Most of us are at least somewhat conscious of our health, unless you're Donna Simpson (look it up), but that doesn't mean you have to skirt the traditional dishes of St. Paddy's altogether. A simple tweak to Corned Beef and Cabbage can make the dish healthy without sacrificing tradition or taste.

St. Patrick's Day: The Morning After.

St. Patrick's Day: The Morning After.

There are bound to be a number of St. Patrick's Day festivities going on around you this evening. Thinking more about partaking in a green brew or two, your mind is most likely not thinking about the morning after and the dreaded hangover. While we all swear by certain "cures," there really isn't a set-in-stone remedy. Don't let that stop you from trying, though. It is sometimes all just mental.

Daily Recipe: St. Patrick's Beef and Guinness Pie

Daily Recipe: St. Patrick's Beef and Guinness Pie

Is anyone planning on playing a little hooky from work tomorrow and partake in the all-day festivities of St. Patrick's Day? We know of some Irish pubs opening their doors as early as 8AM. That's dedication. While we'll definitely be in the office (someone has to take care of these staffing needs, afterall), if you plan on making tomorrow a marathon of green beverages, kick it all off with a traditional Irish dinner tonight.

Penrose in Nation's Top 50

Penrose in Nation's Top 50

Penrose-St. Francis Health Services was named one of the 50 top hospitals by HealthGrades, a Boulder-based independent health care ratings organization. HealthGrades analyzes patient outcomes at all 5,000 of the nation’s nonfederal hospitals, using data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Daily Recipe: Take-to-School (or work) Taco Bar

Daily Recipe: Take-to-School (or work) Taco Bar

Sometimes, nothing beats the taste of good, hearty homemade sandwich for lunch. And, especially in this economy, saving a few bucks where ever you can, is ideal. However, after awhile, that sandwich can become a bit mundane. If you feel like adding a little variety to life, turn that everyday hoagie into a delicious and portable taco bar.

A veggie/hummus plate for your tub of popcorn?

A veggie/hummus plate for your tub of popcorn?

Scene: You're at the movies with friends, family, or, perhaps, a date. Before finding the theater and settling into your seats, you hit the snack bar. Faced with the normal treats, popcorn, nachos, pretzels, candy, you also notice a "lighter" menu with healthier foods. "What is that?" You think to yourself. You continue, "Maybe opting for something a bit better for me won't leave me feeling like I have to slide out of my seat at the end of the film." The heads at Sony are hoping this is exactly what people will think as they urge theater owners to offer better snacks.

Daily Recipe: Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney and Red Onion Relish

Daily Recipe: Grilled Hot Dogs with Mango Chutney and Red Onion Relish

There's a hot dog stand across town that promises to stay true to the Chicago way of the dog. This means, they serve up frankfurters with no utensils, and if you ask for ketchup, you may be asked to leave. According to Chicago hot dog tradition, the red stuff ruins the pureness that is encased meat. We wonder if that means asking for Mango Chutney is out, too. Only one way to find out. Road trip anyone?

Daily Recipe: Chicken Gyros with Cucumber Salsa and Tsatsiki

Daily Recipe: Chicken Gyros with Cucumber Salsa and Tsatsiki

We haven't delved too deep into the world of the Greek foods here at WSi. For whatever reason, the delicacies haven't come up as often as, say, Thai food, Mexican dishes, and American classics. To remedy this, try a chicken gyro tonight. If you're scared to try something new, just think of it as a rolled sandwich with a light ranch sauce made from cucumber. Easy as that...

What is Student Loan Reform Doing in the Health Care Debate?

What is Student Loan Reform Doing in the Health Care Debate?

Regardless of your thoughts, the widely publicized Health Care Reform has hit more than a few snags on its long and winding journey. Fierce opposition, questionable new practices, and a great number not understanding exactly what the reform entails have held it up quite a bit. Is the addition of the Student Loan Reform to the bill the tipping point or a last ditch effort?

Daily Recipe: Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas

Daily Recipe: Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas

Sometimes there needs to be no rhyme or reason behind what to have for dinner. Sitting at the desk today, something about tostadas just seemed to hit us just right. A simple search of one of our favorite foodie sites yielded one heck of a recipe. It's like they read our minds. Creepy.

Reason enough to live in Colorado Springs: health care professionals eligible to receive up to $105,000 to pay off student loans

Reason enough to live in Colorado Springs: health care professionals eligible to receive up to $105,000 to pay off student loans

Aside from the beautiful scenery, open spaces, and accessibility to the Rocky Mountains, there seems to be a new reason Colorado Springs is a place to call home. The state health care professional loan repayment program is now saying that if a professional is employed in an outpatient practice with a staffing shortage for 'X' amount of time, student loan repayment may be in order.

Daily Recipe: Handy-Pasto - Antipasto Pizza

Daily Recipe: Handy-Pasto - Antipasto Pizza

A few nights back, we went out for pizza. However, by the time the actual pie came, we had filled up on the appetizer: a heaping antipasto plate. Regardless of how amazing the leftover slices were the next day, wouldn't combining the two dishes be the ideal remedy for this problem? Definitely.

A light at the end of the tunnel: Employers ramp up hiring in early 2010

A light at the end of the tunnel: Employers ramp up hiring in early 2010

As we are still reeling from the recession and holding tight to every red cent in our pockets, small signs are coming here and there that there just might be an end in sight. As people gain more faith in the economy and as employers begin to hire more, spirits are lifting as we hope to see that light at the end of the tunnel.

Daily Recipe: Scrambled Egg Pasta

Daily Recipe: Scrambled Egg Pasta

We'll admit that at first, the name of this recipe was a complete turn off. Scrambled egg pasta? Really? Yikes. But after analyzing the ingredients and seeing bacon on the list, our minds quickly changed. If you're feeling up to trying something new and with a taste that has the potential to be out of this world, try this one. Now, is ketchup or marinara sauce the dip of choice?