Savory Potato Salad



By Librarian101 ~ December 9th, 2008. Filed under: Salads.

Here’s a potato salad that’s both traditional and new—with great taste and a low-fat twist.

Ingredients:
6 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds)
2 stalks celery, finely chopped
2 scallions, finely chopped
¼ cup red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
¼ cup green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon onion, finely chopped
1 egg, hard boiled, chopped
6 tablespoons mayonnaise, light
1 teaspoon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon dill weed, dried

Preparation:
1.Wash potatoes, cut in half, and place in saucepan of cold water.
2.Cook covered over medium heat for 25–30 minutes or until tender.
3.Drain and dice potatoes when cool.
4.Add vegetables and egg to potatoes and toss.
5.Blend together mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, and dill weed.
6.Pour dressing over potato mixture and stir gently to coat evenly.
7.Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: ½ cup

Per Serving:
Calories 98 Total Fat 2 g Saturated Fat 0 g Cholesterol 21 mg Sodium 212 mg Total Fiber 2 g Protein 2 g Carbohydrates 18 g Potassium 291 mg

Low-fat Homestyle Biscuits



By Librarian101 ~ December 9th, 2008. Filed under: Biscuits.

Update your homestyle biscuits with this easy, low-fat recipe.

Ingredients:

2 cups all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
. cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Preparation:

1.Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
2.In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
3.In small bowl, stir together buttermilk and oil. Pour over flour mixture and stir until well mixed.
4.On lightly floured surface, knead dough gently for 10–12 strokes. Roll or pat dough to ¾-inch thickness. Cut with a 2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, dipping cookie cutter in flour between cuts. Transfer biscuits to an ungreased baking sheet.
5.Bake for 12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Yield: 15 servings
Serving size: 1 biscuit

Per Serving:
Calories 99; Total Fat 3 g; Saturated Fat 0 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 72 mg; Total Fiber 1 g; Protein 2 g; Carbohydrates 15 g; Potassium 102 mg

Good-for-You Cornbread



By Librarian101 ~ December 9th, 2008. Filed under: Breads, Cooking, Healthy-Cooking.

This is not only good for you, but good in you—making it a healthy comfort food.

Ingredients:
1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup low-fat (1%) buttermilk
1 egg, whole
¼ cup margarine, regular, tub
1 teaspoon vegetable oil (to grease baking pan)

Preparation:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Mix together cornmeal, flour, sugar, and baking powder.
3. In another bowl, combine buttermilk and egg. Beat lightly.
4. Slowly add buttermilk and egg mixture to dry ingredients.
5. Add margarine and mix by hand or with mixer for 1 minute.
6. Bake for 20–25 minutes in an 8 x 8-inch, greased baking dish. Cool. Cut into 10 squares.

Yield: 10 servings
Serving size: 1 square

Per Serving:

Calories: 178
Total Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: 1 g
Cholesterol: 22 mg
Sodium: 94 mg
Total Fiber: 1 g
Protein: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 27 g
Potassium: 132 mg

Healthy Ingredient Switches



By Anna ~ December 8th, 2008. Filed under: Cooking.

By making a few simple ingredient switches, you will have tasty and better-for-your health alternative in no time.

  • Instead of soft drinks, serve 100% fruit juices or water.
  • Instead of full fat mayo or salad dressings, use reduced fat or fat free versions.
  • Avoid full-fat cheese in your meals, use skim, light cheeses or skip the cheese altogether.
  • Instead of salad dressings, use vinegar and olive oil mixture, blend in herbs and spices and enjoy healthy home-made dressing. Good for your health and for your budget.
  • Avoid regular chips and traditional dip. Reach for fresh veggie platter, fat-free salsa, avocado spread and baked tortilla chips.
  • Instead of crumbled bacon in salads, try chopped, oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Serve lean turkey sausages or lean wieners instead of regular sausages or franks.
  • Instead of butter and salt on your corn on the cob, brush olive oil blended with fresh herbs over your hot corn.
  • Instead of heavy desserts, consider fresh fruit, dried fruit, granola bars and nuts.
  • Instead of unhealthy condiments, put different topping on the table, like crumbled light cheese, chopped herbs, grated carrots, yogurt etc.

Keep in mind that cooking simply can be tasty and healthy.

The Potential of Remineralization



By Librarian101 ~ November 17th, 2008. Filed under: Books, Education, Environment, Gardening, Health.

RTE at WIREC

The Potential of Remineralization with Rock Mineral Fines to Transform Agriculture, Forestry, Sustainable Biofuel Production, Sequester Carbon and Stabilize the Climate

Remineralize the Earth (RTE), an international nonprofit (NGO) based in Northampton, Massachusetts has been invited by the State Department to sponsor an Official Side Event at the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference 2008 (WIREC) on March 3rd. President Joanna Campe and Executive Director Dan Kittredge will be speakers.

RTE focuses on the critical role that soil remineralization with finely ground rock dust plays in agriculture by increasing growth, health and the nutrient value of all plant life, reversing global desertification through agroforestry and reforestation, producing sustainable biofuels, sequestering carbon and stabilizing the climate.

Hard silicate rock dust in the form of mineral fines is generated as a by-product of the aggregate and stone industries worldwide (as well as many other viable sources of minerals), and millions of tons are inexpensively and readily available with the potential to increase growth and sequester carbon as much as 2-4 times, creating healthy drought, disease and insect resistant biomass.

Long term experiments in Europe have shown that in a forest where pine seedlings were remineralized, after 24 years the wood volume was four times higher than in the untreated area. One application lasted for 60 years. (Von u. Sauter and K. Foerst ) Reforestation and remineralization have the potential to create healthy drought and fire resistant forests in Southern California, Greece and Spain; one example of remineralization’s enormous potential.

RTE’s Agroforestry Project in Costa Rica: Food, Fuels and Income with award-winning ecological designer John Todd of Ocean Arks International, intercropped with commercial hardwoods, fruit trees and Jatropha, a sustainable biofuel producing plant, is a model project to sustain local communities and sequester carbon.

RTE’s Become Carbon Neutral Program, in partnership with Ocean Arks International is the only program that offsets carbon emissions through soil remineralization, greatly enhancing growth and carbon sequestration over other reforestation programs.

RTE’s Real Food Campaign organizes, networks and promotes healthier nutrient dense foods for our food supply through remineralization.

Remineralize the Earth networks and promotes remineralization projects and initiatives worldwide and looks forward to forming partnerships with foundations and educational institutions, sustainably committed governments and policymakers, the international business community and NGOs.

Visit their website for more info…

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Bach Flower Rescue Remedies



By Maya ~ November 15th, 2008. Filed under: Books, Health, Herbs, Personal Care, Product Reviews.

Edward Bach was a British physician who developed well-known homeopathic treatments, known as the Bach flower remedies. In Bach flower therapy, developed over 70 years ago by the English physician Edward Bach, 38 individual distilled flower essences are used to affect mental and emotional states. The remedies are made from wild, non-poisonous flowers, and offer a simple means to establish inner harmony. The flower therapies can be a powerful tool-not only for healing individual symptoms, but for putting the course of one’s life back on track.

Bach Flower Rescue Remedy contains a combination of five destilled flower essences including impatiens, star of Bethlehem, cherry plum, rock rose, and clematis to help balance the emotions, relieve stress, and reduce fear and nervousness in stressful, traumatic or emergency situations such as receiving sudden bad news, family upset, bereavement, before an exam, meeting, interview, performing, giving a speech, and going to the dentist or hospital. Everyday our emotions are put to the test; whether it be a traffic jam, impending work deadlines, dealing with travel or the never-ending car pool. Just four drops of Bach Flower Rescue Remedy under the tongue can bring instant relief when things are really tough. This is one of the best natural stress-relief products on the market.

Dr. Bach’s most famous flower essence formula, Rescue Remedy ®, is now available in a convenient spray. Rescue Remedy Spray, 20 ml spray contains five of the 38 Bach ® Flower Essences, known for their calming qualities, in a base liquid: Rock Rose for terror and panic, Impatiens for irritation and impatience, Clematis for inattentiveness, Star of Bethlehem for shock and Cherry Plum for irrational thoughts. Rescue Remedy ® products are totally natural and non-habit forming.

With Rescue Remedy Sleep Spray 20 ml, Rescue Remedy ® officially enters the Sleep category with a new blend based on 70 years of history! Rescent studies by the National Sleep Foundation show that nearly half of all Americans experience occasional nights of sleeplessness. Consumers looking for relief have flocked to over-the-counter and prescription medicines in droves. Now, they can turn to the trusted name of Rescue for the all-natural solution for a good night’s sleep!

Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles-Natural Stress Relief-Made in SwitzerlandWhatever the situation immediate or ongoing – Rescue Remedy ® Pastilles can help. They can be taken anytime, anywhere. Chew one pastille, as required. Non-habit forming.

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Herbs Boost Immunity



By Administrator1 ~ November 14th, 2008. Filed under: Health, Herbs, Personal Care, Product Reviews.

Herbs can be very powerful weapon in the war against infection. They boost immunity, fight off bacteria and certain viruses (like colds and flu), and on the top of all that, they do not promote resistance or eradicate beneficial flora. Some herbs have the added advantage of easing the pain or common side effects of antibiotics (like severe diarrhea), and preventing the overgrowth of harmful microorganisms that usually move in when antibiotics wipe out the protective bacteria. Always check with your health care provider or pharmacist before taking any herbs.

Goldenseal, one of natures natural immune supporting agents, gets its healing properties from berberine alkaloids bitter tasting compounds that have been shown to naturally stimulate healthy immune function. Taken orally, Goldenseal may be highly useful in preventing respiratory challenges, washing harmful bacteria from the urinary track, supporting the bodys ability to naturally heal wounds, comforting scratchy throats and promoting healthy skin. *

Its active ingredient fends off a variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi, including Mycobacterium tuberculosis, E. coli and salmonella. Goldenseal should be used only symptomatically, since it is too irritating to take it every day.

Wheat Grass – Amazing Grass wheat grass – By restoring alkalinity and neutralizing acid production your body can recover quicker, metabolize faster, reduce food cravings and achieve your optimal health. Wheatgrass can help you get more from your life-more energy to be active, more confidence in your ability to stay healthy, and more hours alert and awake each day to accomplish your goals in life. To find out more about this powerful grass read The Wheatgrass Book: How to Grow and Use Wheatgrass to Maximize Your Health and Vitality

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Acidophilus Pearls Active Cultures Probiotics 90 capsules



By Administrator1 ~ November 14th, 2008. Filed under: Health, Product Reviews.

For a month or two after you’ve finished taking your antibiotics, you should take some form of probiotic to both replace the friendly bacteria and prevent the overgrowth of harmful pathogens. Probiotics can be found in fermented foods like yogurt, sauerkraut, miso, Japanese pickles etc. Probiotics stimulate the immune system and help relieve such digestive disorders as gas, constipation, antibiotic related diarrhea.

If you are experiencing some chronic intestinal-related discomfort, or for some reason can’t eat yogurt or other fermented foods, we recommend giving these Acidophilus Pearls Active Cultures Probiotics a try.

Each pearl provides 1 billion CFU of a proprietary probiotic blend of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum. Patented True Delivery™ Technology protects microflora through stomach acids and releases them intact in the intestine. Patented seamless multi-layer pearl assures the beneficial bacteria stay alive throughout shelf-life. Proven to survive stomach acid. Live bacteria are released in the intestines. Compared to other products it delivers up to 900% more active cultures to the intestines. Increases good bacteria in the lower bowel by 600%.

Support for healthy digestion and intestinal function. Also supports a healthy yeast balance in the body. This product provides the active cultures found in yogurt, yet it is in an easy to swallow, unique Pearl. The Pearl doesn’t dissolve until it transports these healthy live cultures safely to your intestines, wehre they are released and get to work immediately. CLICK HERE to buy this great product.

Kyolic



By Administrator1 ~ November 14th, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized.

Bio-Available. The Best Measure of Your Garlic Benefits!

It is a scientific fact that allicin is not present in any garlic supplements. Now clinical research proves allicin can’t even be detected in the bloodstream after consumption. Obviously, if your garlic supplement relies on allicin as its “active’ ingredient, it can’t be effective. Components of natural products that actually work in the body are called Bio-Available. Since the circulatory system is the path to all the body’s tissues, Bio-Availability is established by proving the compound is in the blood or liver. If not, it can’t be important ingredient.

There’s no mystery about the beneficial properties of Kyolic. It’s the only garlic supplement standardized with 100% Bio-Available ingredients. Kyolic’s unique aging process and consistent quality preserve vital compounds such as S-Allyl Cysteine (SAC) which is measurable in the bloodstream. SAC is a proven antioxidant shown to protect cells from damage by scavenging free radicals.

When you take Kyolic, garlic “actives” are delivered to the body where they’re needed. Kyolic is garlic supplement that’s Bio-Available, not Bio-Invisible.

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PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT



By Art ~ November 14th, 2008. Filed under: Education, General, Personal Care, Uncategorized.

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your relatives, your co-workers, people in your Dr.’s Office, the check out girl at the market, and everyone you run across to put car keys beside their bed at night. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator.

  • If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.
  • Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no extra payments or installation.
  • Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain.
  • It works if you park in your driveway or garage.
  • If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break in your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around… after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that!
  • Always remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.
  • My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn’t hear him. He can activate the car alarm and then she’ll know there’s a problem. I think it is fantastic.
  • It would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can’t reach a phone.