March 24 – Homemade Banana Ice Cream


I was asked to re-post this by a family member. They love Banana Ice Cream and these are healthy and easy ways to make it. Adding walnuts and chocolate would be a great addition.


Not all of us have ice cream makers. However, you can make Banana Ice Cream at home without an ice cream maker. Follow the video below. We’ve tried it and it’s delicious.


For all you vegans out there I haven’t forgotten about you, this one is our favorite. Check out this video.



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Deni 5540 Automatic Soft-Serve Ice-Cream Maker

by: Deni


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World Salt Awareness Week


This week is “World Salt Awareness Week”

World Salt Awareness Week“World Salt Awareness Week” is held from Monday March 11th to Sunday 17th March. This year’s theme is Less Salt Please, showing how you can reduce the salt in your diet without compromising taste and flavour. For more information visit World Action on Salt website.

When it comes to awareness about salt (sodium) consumption, most of us know that consuming too much salt can hurt our health. “Too much sodium raises blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” says CDC Director Dr. Thomas R. Frieden

But for many people, the awareness stops there; they don’t realize where most of the salt they take in is coming from. Is it the salt shaker on the table or by the stove? Is it the salt that naturally occurs in foods? These are indeed the source of some of the salt Americans consume, but the greatest amount—about 65 percent–comes from packaged foods and restaurant items.

According to the CDC, 10 types of foods are responsible for more than 40 percent of people’s sodium intake: luncheon meats such as deli ham or turkey; pizza; poultry; soups; cheeseburgers and other sandwiches; pasta dishes; meat dishes such as meat loaf; and snack foods such as potato chips, pretzels and popcorn; and breads and rolls, which in themselves are not too high in sodium until you consider the amount that we typically eat of these products.[1]

You can lower your sodium intake by eating fresh, unprocessed foods, and reading product labels to select those lower in sodium. Talk to your healthcare provider about your sodium consumption. To learn more, visit [2]

[1] March 11- 17 is World Salt Awareness Week 2013 Copyright © IlluminAge AgeWise, 2013
[2] Salt Awareness Week 2013

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The FastDiet


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The “fast diet”, does it work? Is it possible to eat normally for five days a week then fast, not in the traditional sense, for two days and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Will this diet really reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer?
Well if you believe the studies than the simple answer is Yes. Just by limiting your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week, 500 calories for women and 600 for men, you’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.
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Scientific trials of intermittent fasters have shown that it will not only help the pounds fly off, but also reduce your risk of a range of diseases from diabetes to cardiovascular disease and even cancer. “The scientific evidence is strong that intermittent fasting can improve health,” says Dr. Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute on Aging, and Professor of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University.

This book brings together the results of new, groundbreaking research to create a dietary program that can be incorporated into your busy daily life, featuring:

• Forty 500 and 600 calorie meals that are quick and easy to make

• 8 pages of photos that show you what a typical “fasting meal” looks like

• The cutting-edge science behind the program

• A calorie counter that makes dieting easy

• And much more.

Far from being just another fad, the FastDiet is a radical new way of thinking about food, a lifestyle choice that could transform your health. This is your indispensable guide to simple and effective weight loss, without fuss or the need to endlessly deprive yourself.

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The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting [Hardcover]

by: Michael Mosley (Author), Mimi Spencer (Author)

Amazon Price: $13.20
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January 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day

Could you use a little more spice in their life? Well today is “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”. Eating spicy food actually has excellent health benefits.

Celebrate “International Hot and Spicy Food Day” by adding a few peppers and hot sauce to your food.
Use the Chile Pepper Cheat sheet to make sure you can handle the heat in any recipe.

Chili pepper
Pick Your Pepper
The Scoville scale measures a chile’s heat. We’ve rated the perfect peppers from mild poblanos to hot habaneros.

Check out these Hot & Spicy recipes

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October 29 – National Oatmeal Day


It’s National Oatmeal Day!

I don’t remember eating a lot of oatmeal as a kid. I don’t even eat a lot of oatmeal now. I know it’s healthy and I should. It’s filling and low in calories and makes the perfect breakfast or snack food, it’s also delicious baked in cookies.

The mascot for the Quaker Oats Company is The Quaker Man. He is the oldest advertising mascot in America. He was registered as the first trademark for a breakfast cereal in 1877. The character purposely embodies the values of the Quaker faith—honesty, integrity, and purity. Enjoy National Oatmeal Day and celebrate its history and tastiness!

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September 29th – National Coffee Day


Today is National Coffee Day

There are over 400 billion cups of coffee consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil.

I’m so glad coffee has its own day for us to recognize its goodness. In honor of the day some local and national businesses will offer free or discounted cups of coffee. Make sure to pay attention to social media sites as some businesses plan to share coupons and specials with their loyal followers.

Krispy Kreme: Offering a FREE 12 oz cup of coffee on Saturday, September 29.

McDonalds: Offering FREE Small Premium Roast McCafe Coffee September 23-29. (Possibly east coast only. Check your location)

Dunkin Donuts: Offering a hot or 16-ounce iced latte for 99 cents with a coupon good through Sunday. Also, get a pound of Dunkin Donuts coffee for $5.99 at participating restaurants while supplies last. Limit’s two per guest.

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National Breakfast Month – Recipe #9 – Vanilla French Toast


Recipe #9 – Vanilla French Toast


Please enjoy the 9th recipe of the month for “National Breakfast Month”: Vanilla French Toast

Breakfast is the most important meal—giving us a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. Nevertheless many of us skip breakfast when we’re in a hurry—or worse, we turn to calorie- and carbohydrate-laden foods that even the most active person would have trouble burning. Give your body the energy it needs by trying this delicious breakfast recipe!

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September 16 – National Guacamole Day


National Guacamole Day

Today is National Guacamole Day, not to be confused with the November 14th holiday National Spicy Guacamole Day. Here, in California the grocery stores sell Haas avocados so I prefer Haas over other avocados for Guacamole.

I have to admit I always have a problem picking a ripe avocado. You can usually tell when it’s ripe when the skin is dark, but also keep in mind an avocado should yield to gentle pressure when you squeeze it in your palm. I typically will buy avocados that are firm and let them ripen naturally.

I love fresh guacamole. I prefer my guacamole very plain I love to taste the avocado and not all the added ingredients.

The Hass website has a few guacamole recipes that I think you all will enjoy.

Guac Off!
by: Nathan Myers

Amazon Price: $9.96


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National Breakfast Month – Recipe #8 – Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata


Recipe #8 – Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata


Please enjoy the 8th recipe of the month for “National Breakfast Month”: Asparagus-Zucchini Frittata

Breakfast is the most important meal—giving us a much-needed energy boost for the rest of the day. Nevertheless many of us skip breakfast when we’re in a hurry—or worse, we turn to calorie- and carbohydrate-laden foods that even the most active person would have trouble burning. Give your body the energy it needs by trying this delicious breakfast recipe!

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