EARTH DAY – APRIL 22

April 22, 2016 at 4:47 AM | Posted in Festivals | Leave a comment
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EARTH DAY – APRIL 22

This Earth Day, let’s get really big stuff done for our planet.EARTH DAY 2016

What are we waiting for? The time is now.

The movement continues.

We are now entering the 46th year of a movement that continues to inspire, challenge ideas, ignite passion, and motivate people to action.

In 1970, the year of our first Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. Forty-six years later, we continue to lead with groundbreaking ideas and by the power of our example.

And so it begins. Today. Right here and right now. Earth Day is more than just a single day — April 22, 2016. It’s bigger than attending a rally and taking a stand.

This Earth Day and beyond, let’s make big stuff happen. Let’s plant 7.8 billion trees for the Earth. Let’s divest from fossil fuels and make cities 100% renewable. Let’s take the momentum from the Paris Climate Summit and build on it.

Let’s start now. And let’s not stop.

 

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It’s Earth Day!

April 22, 2014 at 8:58 AM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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It’s Earth Day!

 

Our planet is at a turning point. The massive global migration underway now from countryside to cities will demand huge investments in energy, water, materials, waste, food distribution, and transportation over the next 25 years. If the right investments are made now, this unique opportunity will be the catalyst for dramatic changes in the built environment and the fight against carbon emissions and climate change.

 
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Ingredient of the Week – Green Tea

May 11, 2013 at 8:10 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, green tea | 1 Comment
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A little about one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea!

 

 

Ingredient of the Week – Green Tea

Stephanie Ocano
Copy Editor / Staff Writer

Green tea is regarded as being the second most popular beverage, behind water, around the world. However, given its plethora of health advantages, it should be first. From its refreshing taste to distinct color, there are a multitude of reasons to support why this drink should be incorporated into your diet.

History: Green tea is said to have first been used in China over 4,000 years ago. There are various legends that tell of the discovery of green tea. According to a Chinese legend, Emperor Shen-Nung discovered the tea in 2737 B.C. when leaves from a tea bush fell into a pot of water he was boiling. Other legends tell of a Chinese countryman who found the tea while on his walk. The tea plant was later discovered to also produce Oolong, black, and red teas, although green tea still remains to be the most popular type of tea in China.

Tea culture was spread to Java, the Dutch East Indies, and other tropical and subtropical areas by the 9th century A.D. In the 16th century, traders from Europe sailing to and from the Far East introduced Europeans to the drink and it became the national beverage of England soon after.

Tea came to the Americas with American colonists and the popularity of the drink led to the British tea tax in 1767. The rest, as they say, is history.

In cooking: The ideal choice of water to brew tea in is spring water, followed by filter water. The minerals removed in distilled water result in the tea tasting flat, which is why it should not be used.

When brewing loose leaves of tea, using a food scale will help measure the right tea to water ratio. Three grams of tea to five ounces is adequate for small teapots, while four grams of tea may be used per eight ounces of water. Green tea should be brewed at a lower temperature of 160-170°F and should be brewed for 30 seconds to one minute.

Some alternative ways to enjoy green tea are:

• Make a green tea chai by brewing green tea in hot vanilla soy milk and top it with cinnamon, black pepper, ginger, and allspice.

• Combine cooled green tea with fruit juice such as peach or papaya and sweeten it with a teaspoon of honey per cup. Blend the mix and pour it over ice.

Brew 1-2 teaspoons of loose leaf green tea in 8 ounces of water for 20-30 minutes to develop flavor and add it to marinades, dressings, soups and sauces.

Benefits: Green tea drinkers appear to have a lower risk for a wide range of diseases. Its powers are virtually limitless and can prevent simple infections to cancer, strokes, and osteoporosis.

Green tea is the least processed tea and therefore provides the most antioxidants. Research linked to health benefits of green tea are based on approximately three cups per day, although even one cup will do a world of wonders to your body and overall health.

According to whfoods.com, in a European study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in August 2006, tea was found to be a healthier choice of beverage than almost any other, including pure water. This is because green tea not only rehydrates but also provides polyhenols which protect against heart disease.
In Japanese studies, green tea consumption has been linked to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. It has also been shown to lower the risk of atherosclerosis by lowering LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, lipid peroxides, and fibrinogen, all while improving the ratio of good to bad cholesterol.

Green tea catechins help thin the blood and prevent the formation of blood clots by preventing the formation of pro-inflammatory compounds derived from omega-6 fatty acids.

Green tea minimizes heart cell death after a heart attack or stroke and speeds up the heart’s cells recovery from damage, allowing for tissues to recover and prevent damage to organs.

Polyphenols found in green tea halt prostate cancer at multiple levels by mobilizing several molecular pathways that shut down the proliferation and spread of tumor cells while inhibiting the growth of blood vessels.

Consumption of green tea has been linked to enhance survival in women with ovarian cancer.

The tea’s ability to inhibit telomerase may help children with common malignant brain tumors. It may also reduce the increased risk for colon cancer caused by a high fat diet.

If you smoke, or are around someone who smokes, drinking green tea can provide protection against lung cancer.

Population studies suggest that consuming green tea may prevent the formation of type 2 diabetes.

Green tea protects against liver and kidney disease. Research has also shown that drinking green tea may significantly increase bone mineral density and provide bone benefits similar to those you would obtain through exercise and calcium.

Green tea promotes fat loss, specifically the loss of fat that accumulates in the tissues lining the abdominal cavity and surrounding the intestines and internal organs.

Drinking green tea protects against cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. A cup of green tea may also help prevent or lessen the duration of the flu.

The range of benefits green tea covers are astonishing to behold. If you don’t drink green tea now, you may just want to start boiling some water.

Storage: There are two ways that you can purchase green tea – loose leaves or tea bags. When testing loose tea, crumble a few leaves in your hand and smell the aroma. The freshest, most flavorful tea will smell sweet and grassy. Tea bags can be tested for freshness by removing all the tea from the bag and placing it in a cup of hot water. After a few minutes, remove the bag and taste it. If it tastes like plain, hot water, the tea is fresh. If it tastes like tea, the tea is old and the paper has thus absorbed the flavor.

To ensure the freshness of tea, purchase it in small quantities. It should then be stored in a tight container that is just large enough to contain the tea. Tea exposed to air in a half-empty, large container will continue to oxidize.

It is best to store tea in a dark, cool, and dry place. Tea stored in the refrigerator is vulnerable to moisture and odors from other foods and if frozen, the tea will be ruined through water condensation when defrosted.

Fun Fact: Green tea is found in a multitude of cosmetics. The antioxidants it contains fight against aging and disease and is therefore mixed with other natural ingredients such as aloe, honey, or gingko in moisturizers, shampoos, body creams, and other beauty products.

 

 
http://www.myvalleynews.com/story/71006/

 

Turkey Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green & Shelley Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

March 2, 2012 at 6:10 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, greenbeans, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, Jennie-O Turkey Products, low calorie, low carb, turkey, vegetables | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Turkey Breast w/ Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green & Shelley Beans, and Whole Grain Bread

It was Thanksgiving dinner early or late? Either way it was just flat out delicious! While at Meijer earlier I was searching the aisles for something different for diner and came across the Jennie – O Turkey Breast and the search was over. I used the Jennie – O Oven Ready Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast. I a great and easy way to get your Turkey on! Comes in a Oven Ready Bag that you bake at 375 degrees for about 2 hours and 15 minutes or until it reads 165 degrees. It also now has a pop up inserted in the breast that pops up when done. The Turkey came out moist and delicious. For sides we had Bob Evans Mashed Potatoes, Cut Green & Shelley Beans, and Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Smart Ones Fudge Brownie Chocolate Sundae.

Jennie – O Oven Ready™ Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast

Get all the great benefits of Oven Ready™ in a smaller-sized boneless and skinless turkey breast; this delicious home-cooked turkey breast is the perfect dinner to serve year-round.Goes directly from your freezer to your oven with no thawing.
Product Features:

Gluten Free
The Biggest Loser® product
Preseasoned
Comes sealed in our Fool-Proof® cooking bag
With Gravy Packet (contains gluten)

Nutritional Information
Serving Size     112 g     Total Carbohydrates     1 g
Calories     100     Dietary Fiber     0 g
Calories From Fat     10     Sugars     1 g
Total Fat     1.0 g     Protein     23 g
Saturated Fat     .0 g     Vitamin A     0%
Trans Fat     .0 g     Vitamin C     0%
Cholesterol     40 mg     Iron     2%
Sodium     460 mg     Calcium     0%

Green tea business grows in India amid health awareness

February 27, 2012 at 12:02 PM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea | 3 Comments
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Green tea business grows in India amid health awareness

Article on the health benifits of one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea. Click on the link at the bottom of the post to read the entire article.

Mithun Dasgupta | 27 Feb, 2012
More and more tea makers are adding green tea in their portfolio as consumers in India are developing a taste for the beverage for its many health-promoting effects.

Green tea consumption in India is rising at a rate of more than 10 percent annually. According to J Thomas & Company, the world’s largest tea auctioneer, consumption of green tea, considered very urbane and sophisticated, is rising from a very tiny base.

“From a small consumption base, demand for green tea is increasing. There will be growth in consumption. Traditionally, people here drink black tea with sugar and milk. But green tea consumption will grow in the future because of its health benefits and awareness,” said Krishan Katyal, J Thomas & Co director.

Katyal said India, the world’s second biggest producer of tea, on an average produces 9-11 million kg of green tea annually and half of that was currently being consumed domestically.

“It (consumption) will grow. I, however, do not think that it will grow by leaps and bounds,” he observed…..

Click on the link below to read the entire article:

http://www.smetimes.in/smetimes/news/industry/2012/Feb/27/green-tea-business-grows-India-amid-health-awareness70615.html

Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss

February 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM | Posted in diabetes, diabetes friendly, Food, green tea | Leave a comment
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Another good article on one of my favorite drinks, Green Tea. You can read the entire article by clicking the link at the bottom of the post.

Research Links Green Tea to Weight Loss
ProHealth.com
by Karen Lee Richards*
February 10, 2012

Research Links Green Tea to Weight LossYear after year weight loss tops the list of New Year’s resolutions – and with good reason. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that two out of every three U.S. adults are overweight or obese. If you’re one of the millions of people struggling to lose weight, it may be time to add a little green tea to your diet.

There is a strong body of scientific evidence supporting the beneficial effects green tea can have on body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat.

Tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, second only to water. Green tea in particular has gained great popularity in recent years, largely due to the tremendous amount of research showing its multiple health benefits. Much of that research has focused on the antioxidant properties found in green tea and their potential to reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and cancer. …..

http://www.prohealth.com/library/showarticle.cfm?libid=16805

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