Spring Forward With Fruits and Vegetables

Now that you’ve finished up the big meal from the Spring holiday, let’s get the folks who strayed from their best laid “healthy” eating plan back on track. In this season of fresh tender vegetables and richly flavored fruits, these food groups come with plenty of the right stuff. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables are an aid in maintaining good health. A produce-filled diet can lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower the risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect upon blood sugar which can help you monitor your appetite and avoid overeating.

According to research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) only one out of ten Americans eats enough fruits and vegetables. Consumption varies throughout the country, however all regions fall short of recommended goals. The federal recommendation for fruit is 1-1/2 to 2 cups a day while vegetables weigh in at 2 to 3 cups daily. How much is enough? If you eat one banana and one-half apple, you’ve met your fruit goal. You can knock out the veggie recommendations by adding a side salad or slaw with lunch and two vegetables with dinner. It is easy and this is the season when we start to see more of the fresh items that have been out of season. Although most fresh produce can be found year ’round, the price is generally better when they’re in season. And remember you can use canned, frozen or dried produce e to eat the amounts recommended each day.

In addition to the perennial favorites of asparagus, artichokes, chives, strawberries and grapefruit, I’m sharing information on in-season choices that may not be top-of-mind. One of my goals is to share options and encourage you to eat from a variety of foods to make a colorful plate.

New Potatoes are often red-skinned, small and freshly harvested. You can find them in the market April to July. They retain their shape when cooking and are a sweeter potato because their sugar content is not converted to starch yet. They are a good source of Vitamin C, and low in fat and calories. They also contain antioxidants which can help prevent hypertension and protect against heart disease and cancer.

Snap Peas are in the legume family. They are in the market March to June. The crisp pea pods do not require shucking before cooking and are a wealth of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to both bone and heart health. They contain Vitamins A, C, B6, folate and vitamin K. These peas are low in calories and are a source of fiber.

Cara Cara Oranges are available December through April. These sweet and tangy oranges are seedless which makes them very easy to use as a snack or in salads. They are high in vitamin C with a reddish-pink flesh. The flavor is similar to strawberries and cranberries.

Kumquats are miniature oval-shaped oranges, which have a thin sweet skin that can be eaten. They also contain seeds which you will want to avoid because they are bitter; remove them before eating or cooking. They’re available January to June and make a great snack or addition to breads and muffins. This bite-size citrus is a good source of dietary fiber; vitamins C and A. Eight whole kumquats contain just 18 calories.

As you increase the fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, consider these foods and try new varieties found at the supermarket. As you try new items, think of them as samples-you just may like them enough to add to your menu often.

Enjoy a Great Vacation While Saving a Bundle on Travel and Stay Expenses

Most of the people think that the words ‘holiday’ and ‘cheap’ don’t seem to go together. However, this is not really the case. Traveling or vacationing does not have to burn a hole in your pocket. With some smart thinking and pre-trip planning, you can enjoy a wonderful, yet low-cost vacation.

Here are some budget travel tips with which you can get the most of your trip without making it too heavy on your wallet.

Pre-plan and research well: Prior planning of the trip is a must if you are looking to save the maximum. You should research well to find the cheapest destinations and the best prices.

Travel off-season: The off-season is a great time to get unbelievable deals. By traveling during this time, you might have to miss the perfect weather, but you will also be spared the maddening crowds of tourists.

Pack right: You should pack right, taking the weather at your destination into consideration. Try to be prepared for any contingency so that you are not caught off-guard and have to spend on costly ‘on the road’ purchases.

Make smart selection of accommodation: You should choose a leisure hotel for staying during the weekdays and a business hotel for the weekends. This will fetch you handsome discounts. You can also consider staying in hotels that are not in the city center but on the outskirts. Hostels and shared cabins are also good options for budget accommodation.

Avoid taking a flight: Don’t fly, if you can drive down or take the train. If you do need to take a flight, shop online for an attractive deal. You can get especially great prices if you book your ticket months in advance or book at the last minute.

Limit your fine dining: It would be a good idea to bring along energy bars and dried fruits to munch on when out sight-seeing. If complimentary breakfast is offered by your hotel, you must avail it and you can even pick up breads, cheeses and fruits from the local market. When you do eat out, try to visit the hole-in-the wall restaurants or food carts.

Save on local transport costs: You can save big by avoiding the cabs or rented cars and using the local public transport. You may pick up full day transit passes.

Take package deals offered by local travel agents: Taking up all-inclusive package deals from your local travel agent can make your tour affordable. So, go online and log on to a local business directory to get the details of the reliable travel agencies in your area.

Why Cancer and Death Producing Drugs Are Legal

They kill but they are not banned. They cause immense pain yet they are legal. They fill the hospitals with victims and still the governments make money from them. They are the cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, and other things that make victims of their users. So why are they legal and why can’t the users get off these insidious creators of pain and death. The answer is because we are in the world of 666, the destroyer.

While people search for him in the rise of leaders and those who are causing today’s havoc they have never suspected Constantine, who established the Catholic Church in 325 AD, of being that person. They have not known how his systems of government and finance control the World Order.

Following my reincarnation and with a strong link to the Spirit of the Universe it commissioned me to remove the barrier of deceit put up by the first beast of Revelation 13 and strengthened by the Emperor. He used all the power of the first to make himself great in the eyes of men. He stole the name of the Spirit, Jesus, for his invented Jesus Christ, and now he “sits in the temple as God shewing himself that he is God.” (II Thessalonians 2:3,4).

The great falling away is taking place now as those who obtain knowledge are leaving religions in droves. The Spirit of God is flooding the world with light as promised in Micah 4:1 and the Mount Zion is here. It is the Internet to which all people are flowing for answers and it is available to people everywhere, even in the poorest countries.

The facts are that all is happening to the plan of the Spirit of the Universe, the only real God. It fills all of space and people are waking up to the size of that as space craft and cameras demonstrate it. Our nearest planet, Mars, is 250 million miles from earth and we have at least 8 and possibly 9 such planets in our solar system.

The Milky Way has trillions of stars and planets that we are aware of and the entire space is beyond human perception. This is also the size and power of the Spirit. Yet it is concerned with us. It planted a vineyard at the start of the day of the lord (Isaiah 5:4,7) as a metaphor for the children of Israel who were seeded with spirit and given instructions on how to remain loyal to the voice within.

That little voice has led and guided them to the end where we are now. The drugs, alcohol, and other poisons are part of the time as people burn up with fire and pain as judgment comes against them. What they did throughout the course of the day is recorded. They are back as promised (Isaiah 26:19) to learn why they have lived and why they are punished for their behaviour in past lives and this one.