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Adopt a seasonal menu

Posted by communitymanager Apr 26, 2019

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by Shannon Spence

Buy organic. Go raw. Shop local. We’re constantly inundated with messages surrounding the food we buy, from the grocery store to the vegan restaurant down the street. So how do we really know that what we’re buying (and eventually eating) is actually good for us?

A good rule of thumb - according to all grandmas, hippies and health experts out there - is to eat what’s in season. Seasons provide natural guidelines and encourage diversity for healthy eating. By following the natural growth patterns of fruits, vegetables and spices, it’s likely we’ll consume tastier, more nutrient-rich foods and save money in the meantime.

Out-of-season foods often translate to produce that’s short on nutritional content and bad news for the environment, mainly because it’s been shipped or driven from a location far from you or grown in a greenhouse. To enjoy the full nourishment of food – and save the planet while you’re at it – make your menu a seasonal one. Here are a few ways to go about it.

Know what you’re buying

The tricky part with buying in season is that it differs depending on where you’re located geographically. A seasonal ingredient map will tell you what produce to buy right now. Just click on your state, and voila, a list of what’s growing in your region pops up. Even better – you get cooking tips and recipe ideas for each fruit and veggie.

Grow your own garden

Once you’ve studied up on what’s in season, why not plant your own garden? Keep in mind there is a learning curve to getting the light and soil conditions right, which can be tricky. Ask the experts at your local nursery or garden center for tips and tricks. They’re usually more than happy to help.

Join a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture programs, or CSAs, are another great way to eat with the seasons. In addition to helping you eat a well-rounded diet, being part of a CSA supports local farmers who grow produce organically. That means no GMOs (genetically modified organisms)! When you buy into a CSA, you receive a supply of whatever produce is growing at that time. Expect to get some unusual items you may not be used to preparing, which is part of the fun.

Not ready to grow your own garden?

Start with herbs. They’re easy to manage and help you get in the habit of plant maintenance. House plants work too (and they’re hard to kill!).

 

Source

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=faq&dbid=28

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Dried fruits and nuts are a great combo if you want to increase your intake of fiber – why not try it with this dessert recipe?

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of golden raisins, dried blueberries, cranberries, raisins, or currants
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup unsalted butter melted
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ oats
  • 1 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cup very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Optional: For chocolate fans, try adding chocolate chips (½ cup should be plenty!)

Instructions

  1. Spray a 9" loaf pan with non-stick pan spray.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
  3. Place the flour, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl and combine well with either your hands or a wooden spoon.
  4. In a large bowl or your mixer place the sugar and melted butter and mix well, add the eggs one at a time, then add the mashed bananas.
  5. With your wooden spoon mix in the raisins, oats, nuts and vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture a third at a time mixing well each time.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake in the middle of the oven for 1 hour.
  7. Sprinkle the top of the loaf with the raw sugar. This is optional and can be left out. The raw sugar adds a nice touch to the cake but will not detract from the recipe if you don’t have any on hand.
  8. When the bread is ready a toothpick or knife inserted into the center should come out clean. There may be a little clinging to it, just not gooey batter.
  9. Place the pan on a rack to cool for 15 minutes and then pop it out of the pan and its ready to enjoy.

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When it comes to selecting a pair of shades, we tend to side with fashion over form. But how much good can looking like Audrey Hepburn or James Dean do if we’re risking vision loss in the meantime?

Vanity aside, sunglasses should be viewed as a tool to help safeguard the health of our eyes. Studies have shown that unprotected eye exposure to the sun’s rays increases the likelihood of developing eye problems later in life. These include cataracts (a clouding of the lens of the eye) and macular degeneration (an incurable disease of the retina). As if that weren’t enough motivation, a good pair of sunglasses will protect the eyes against the formation of wrinkles, including crow’s feet, and the thickening of the skin that can be caused by some UV exposure.

Don’t get stuck purchasing a pair of shades that don’t get the job done – expensive or not. Here’s what to look for the next time you’re in the market.

Get the full monty

Look for UV 400 protection, which will shield your eyes from even the tiniest of UV rays. Lenses need to block 99 to 100% of UVA and UVB rays and should meet the ANSI Z80.3 blocking requirements set by the American National Standards Institute.

Hue matters

Darker doesn’t always mean better. Hue, on the other hand, can make a huge difference when it comes to visibility. Opt for gray, green or brown lenses to lessen the possibility of color distortions, which may be present in yellow- and rose-tinted sunglasses.

What works on water

If you’re recreating in the water, polarized lenses are your best bet. They filter out sunlight reflected off the surface of the water and reduce glare. Polarized lenses have nothing to do with UV protection so make sure you also check for that.

Opt for a snug fit

Your sunglasses should feel somewhat tight on your nose and ears while not pinching or rubbing. Because light can hit your eyes from above, find ones that are snug around the brow area but not so tight that your eyelashes rub against the lenses.

Keep in mind

Contact lenses alone aren’t enough to protect your eyes from the sun. Even if your lenses have UV protection, remember to wear your sunglasses, too.

Make it a habit to sport your shades every time you step outside. Whether you choose a higher-end pair or opt for cheaper ones from the drugstore, you won’t have a hard time finding sunglasses that are both fashionable and functional.

With Go365®, you can earn 200 Points (which translate to Bucks you can spend in the Go365 Mall) per program year just for getting your routine vision exam. Any children under the age of 18 on your Go365 account can earn 100 Points per program year for their routine vision exam, too. Points will automatically award within 48 hours of a vision exam claim processing for anyone who is a Humana vision member. If you don’t have Humana vision, submit documentation to Go365 within 90 days of the exam in one of two ways:

  1. Visit Go365.com, navigate to Activities > Prevention and click on the tile “Get a vision exam.” Fill in the required fields and click “Submit.”
  2. Open the Go365 App, navigate to Activities, scroll through the activities to find “Get a vision exam” and follow the prompts.

Sources
http://www.geteyesmart.org/eyesmart/living/index.cfm
http://www.webmd.com/eye-health/features/how-to-pick-good-sunglasses

 

 

This material is provided for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. Consult with your doctor to determine what is right for you.

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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Posted by communitymanager Apr 10, 2019

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Busy parents can get this main course done in about half an hour. With a little seasoning and choosing baking instead of frying, parents can put a healthy twist on a classic kid’s favorite.

Ingredients

1½ lb. chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

1 cup breakfast cereal, cornflakes, or crumbs

1 tsp paprika

½ tsp Italian herb seasoning

¼ tsp garlic powder

¼ tsp onion powder

 

Instructions

Preparation:

1. Cut thighs into bite-size pieces.

2. Place breakfast cereal, cornflakes, or crumbs into plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

3. Add all the seasoning ingredients to crushed mixture. Close bag tightly and shake until blended.

4. Add a few chicken pieces at a time to crumb mixture. Shake bag to coat all chicken pieces evenly.

Conventional Oven:

1. Preheat oven to 400° F. Lightly grease a cooking sheet.

2. Place chicken pieces on cooking sheet so they are not touching.

3. Bake for about 12-14 minutes, until golden brown.