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Super Foods for Seniors | Heart Smarts

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

High Blood Pressure (HBP) or Hypertension affects around 50 million people in the US.  It can cause heart disease, heart failure, strokes and kidney disease.  HBP can be controlled with weight loss and eating right, however, sometimes medicines are also prescribed.

If you want to pass on the pills, and keep your blood pressure in check, go heavy on the fruits, veggies, whole grains and fiber.  Go light on the salt, red meat, saturated fat and cholesterol.

Super Foods Heart Smarts

Adding these foods to your diet can keep your blood pressure in check.

  • Barley – try eating it plain or added to soups and casseroles. Barley flour has more than 3x the fiber of wheat flour

  • Celery – reduces cholesterol and relaxes muscles that line blood vessels to ease blood pressure.  Contains more sodium than most veggies so don’t go overboard

  • Broccoli – contains calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin C all important fighters against high blood pressure

  • Dried Apricots – great snack filled will iron, potassium, magnesium, beta carotene and cooper which help to control blood pressure and prevent heart disease

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  • Whole Beets – contains more potassium than bananas which is important for your blood pressure especially if you take diuretics to keep it low

  • Spinach – guards against so many health conditions including heart disease, lowers cholesterol, fights cancer and much more

  • Garlic and Onions – flavoring that helps when cutting back on salt consumption but they do more than just add flavor.  Onion and garlic keeps blood platelets from clumping together and making the blood sticky

  • Guava Juice  This tropical fruit is packed with potassium and more than twice the vitamin C of an orange

  • Sunflower Seeds – loaded with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that stops LDL, the bad cholesterol, stopping it before it can clog arteries

  • Banana – fabulous fruit for a healthy heart banana

  • Peanut Butter – contains monounsaturated fat which is better for you than cream cheese, butter or fatty lunch meat, it also fills you up making it less likely that you’ll overeat.

  • Oatmeal – whole grain and dietary fiber lowers your blood pressure and risk for heart disease

  • Fish – lowers blood pressure not only the sport of fishing, which is relaxing, but also Omega-3 fatty oil helps to relax blood vessels to make the blood less sticky so it flows easier

  • Flaxseed – are loaded with soluble fiber, bake with flax flour or stir flaxseeds into the mix when making cookies, breads, or muffins flaxseed muffin

  • Tofu – soy protein helps to bring down blood pressure and can easily be added to your diet

  • Potatoes – contain kukoamines which is a chemical that lowers blood pressure.  Eat boiled, baked or mashed and stay away from fried as in french fries.

  • Chili Peppers – cayenne and other chilis can slow blood clotting and even dissolve existing clots.  Capsaicin can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Changing your diet and eating habits can be hard, but stay Heart Smart and do everything in moderation!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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2nd Blogoversary | Giveaway Winner

Hello Friends and Happy Sunday

Today we celebrate my 2nd Blogoversary

 

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Thanks to all my fabulous bloggy friends and followers and Congratulations to the winner of the Avon Collection Giveaway

Valerie Theberge

Blogoversary Giveaway

Congratulations Valerie Theberge

I thank you for your support and encouragement of DeDivahDeals.com, it has been a wonderful time in my life.  I hope we continue this journey and stay together for many more years to come.  

With every comment, like and Blog Nomination a spark is ignited in my spirit and an unexplainable joy fills my soul and for that I will always be grateful!  

Now grab a fork and help me eat this big cupcake!

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Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #12

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

This has truly been an exhausting week and I’m glad that in less than 24 hours it will officially be the weekend!!!  Hubby is doing well and should be home from the hospital early next week.  In the meantime I am enjoying the little break, I only have to make my side of the bed and the bathroom is all mine – lol!

Welcome to the Weekend Wind-Down Party #12, where food, fun and fashion is shared by some wonderful bloggers and this week’s features are just a few examples.

Weekend Winddown Link Party (1)

Congratulations and thank you to this week’s featured bloggers!

Mrs U Makes

Mrs U Makes

 

Love Pasta and a Tool Belt

Love Pasta and a Tool Belt

 

Calm Healthy Sexy

Calm Healthy Sexy

TIPical Day

TIPical Day

 

Kennary.com

Kennary.com

 

 

Penny's Vintage Home

Penny’s Vintage Home

 

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The rules have remained the same and we ask that you follow each of your hosts on at least one Social Media websites.

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I look forward to reading your posts this weekend while visiting hubby in the hospital and watching him sleep!

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

Have a wonderful weekend, be safe and stay blessed!

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High School Promposals

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!  

If you are the parent of a high school student who will be attending the prom this year, you’ve probably heard about “Promposals“.  If not, let me explain, a promposal is when a guy, or girl asks someone to the prom but in a unique way using a sign, clothing, a prop or a photo.

These teenagers can get really creative with songs and videos and there are even promposal pics on Instagram and Tumblr as well as Twitter, Facebook and of course YouTube, just Google it using the hashtag #promposal.

A few weeks ago when I first heard about this, I rushed home to ask my son, but I was too late as he had already promposed to his date.  (and no, that wasn’t a bottle of alcohol).

Promposal @ AppoHigh

Promposal @ AppoHigh

I think they are cute as long as the teens don’t go overboard or take them too seriously like a marriage proposal.  Over the top promposals are not necessary and may cause stress to others who may not want to or can’t do them.

Senior Proms are a special once-in-a-lifetime event but they are also costly, so there’s no real need to add additional expenses into the mix.

What do you think?  

Don’t forget to come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Weekend Wind-Down Party!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Prompose with a t-shirt from Vistaprint

Prompose with a t-shirt from Vistaprint

 

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Thankful Thursday | Featured OWNer

Hello Friends and Happy Thankful Thursday

I am writing this post Saturday night a few days before hubby’s surgery, and deep in my heart I know that he will do well and all the cancer will be removed. #InJesusName and for that I will forever be THANKFUL.

(UPDATE – CANCEROUS TUMOR WAS REMOVED WEDNESDAY MORNING AND THERE IS NO SIGN THAT IT SPREAD!!!!!)

I am also thankful for being chosen as a Featured OWNer for the Oprah Winfrey Network, you can read the entire feature here and I would appreciate a comment as well.

I love most of the shows on the OWN Network and The Haves and Have Not is currently my favorite, I even wrote a post about it when it first debuted, remember this (click here).

 

own feature

This week as always, I  am thankful for my family, friends and faith.  I am also truly thankful for all of you and for your well wishes and prayers!  Being a blogger with followers and friends such as yourselves is truly something to be thankful for.  

Now it’s your turn, what are you thankful for this week?

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T-Shirt Tuesday | Welcoming in Spring

Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday

Last Thursday I was up bright and early, well it actually wasn’t that bright, but it was early.  I wanted to welcome in Spring and get a jump on wearing less clothing, mostly in particular no tights or hose.  

First Day of Spring OOTD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dressing quickly I rushed to the door to check out the weather, although there was still snow on the ground it wasn’t blustery cold as it had been only a few days earlier.

Welcome Spring

“Hey Spring, come on in, stay awhile, we’ve missed you!”

 

First Day of Spring OOTD

 

 It felt good not to have to wear tights or hose and to be able to put on a short sleeve T-shirt was even better.  I purposely thrifted this black T-shirt after seeing Ms. Looking Good in her white one.  Prior to reading her post, I would have never thought to wear a t-shirt with a skirt or even to work, but I like the look – what do you think?

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You remember these thrifted black patent leather ankle shoes.  The geometric skirt was a clearance sale bargain from JC Penney.  The necklace and earring set is from Jewelrymax.net, they have some great costume jewelry.

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Have you ever been inspired by another blogger’s outfit?  

What are you looking forward to shedding from your winter wardrobe?

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

 

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Super Foods for Seniors | Cholesterol Blasters

Hello Friends and welcome back from the weekend!

 

Did you get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather on the first Spring weekend of the year?  How about the grill, did you clear away the spider webs and fire it up?  If so, were there any not-so-good-for-you foods on there.  Knowing you probably not, besides not all grilled foods are bad for you just as not all cholesterol is bad for you.

There are two types of cholesterol, LDL and HDL.  LDL or low-density lipoprotein is bad because it can build up on the walls of your arteries and clog them.  However, HDL or high-density lipoprotein travels away from your arteries to your liver and is flushed out of your body.

Super Foods Cholesterol Blasters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Keeping your LDL low and your HDL levels high gives you a much better chance of avoiding heart disease and incorporating some of these foods into your diet can help.

  • Almonds – loaded with monounsaturated fat which lowers your cholesterol
  • Chestnuts – roasted and they too have very little fat and helps to keep your arteries clear
  • Artichokes – boosts bile production which breaks down cholesterol from the fat you eat
  • Apples – full of pectin, which is a natural ingredient that can lower cholesterol up to 30% if eaten daily

apples

  • Whole grains – barley and other soluble fibrous foods slows down digestion giving your body more time to whisk away cholesterol
  • Black Beans – instead of eating fatty meats, have a meatless dinner and reduce your cholesterol levels, try navy and kidney beans as well
  • Peaches – prevents gallstones which are solid masses of cholesterol 
  • Flaxseed – these seeds from the flax plants have tons of soluble fiber, the miracle fiber that helps protect against high cholesterol.
  • Wheat Germ – sprinkle onto your cereal or yogurt to lower total cholesterol 
  • Ginger – this spice contains phytochemicals an antioxidant that fights atherosclerosis which is hardening of the arteries

 

 

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  • Garlic – cuts down on fat buildup in your ateries by lowering LDL cholesterol
  • Grape Juice – drinking 2 glasses a day is a natural way to rejuvenate your veins and arteries
  • Mushrooms – this fungus contain a good source of chromium, a mineral that acts as an antioxidant.
  • Honey – good source of dietary antioxidants that are good in lowering LDL cholesterol
  • CHOCOLATE – contains a generous helping of polyphenols that are antioxidants.  Polyphenols which are also found in RED WINE can help your heart by keeping LDL cholesterol from becoming oxidized, which can hurt your arteries.
  • Tomato Saucelycopene in tomatoes keeps your arteries flowing free by breaking down cholesterol.

chocolate and red wine

 

  • Oatmeal – oatmeal does more than stick to your ribs, it’s also a sticky soluble fiber that helps to slow the movement of food through your intestines.  This gives HDL particles more time to pick up cholesterol to take to your liver for disposal. 
  • Fish – fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that can protect your arteries from damage. 
  • Yogurt – fermented milk in yogurt clears arteries and keeps your heart healthy.
Friday Night Dinner at the house

Heart healthy salmon and black beans

I try to cook and eat healthy, so on Friday night we had baked salmon with mango salsa and black beans for dinner.  Our youngest doesn’t like fatty fish so he ate the baked clams.  The heart works non-stop to pump blood throughout our bodies which is why we need to keep it healthy.

Food alone won’t prevent heart disease, so besides eating right, you need to exercise, quit smoking, limit alcohol consumption, keep your weight in check and most importantly RELAX!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Weekend Wind-Down Party #11

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

I don’t know about you, but for some strange reason this week seemed to fly by!  Today is the first full day of Spring and hopefully it will stick around just as long as ‘ole Man Winter did!  

Welcome to this week’s Weekend Wind-Down Party, I am looking forward to finding some great light recipes to help jump start my “Spring Shedding of the Winter Weight Season” – lol!

Weekend Winddown Link Party (1)

 

Congratulations to this week’s Featured Bloggers, we are truly happy that you are participating and have linked back to us. There were some really awesome recipes, blogging tips, fashions, and spring cleaning challenges.  

Please feel free to add this button to your blog and check our Pinterest page as you are also featured there.

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Congratulations!

April's Homemaking

April’s Homemaking

My Love for Words

My Love for Words

 

Mums Make Lists

Mums Make Lists

 

My Paper Craze
 
The Casual Craftlete

The Casual Craftlete

 

 

A TIPical Day

A TIPical Day

View from The Fridge

View from The Fridge

The rules remain the same and we ask that you stop by and follow your hosts via one form of social media.

WWDParty Rules

Weekend Wind-Down Hosts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have fun and have a wonderful weekend!

 

 



Slow Cooked Smoked Beef Brisket | Friday Foodie Feature

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

It is now officially Spring so this is going to be the last of the heavy Crock Pot meals.  It’s time to start eating lighter as we begin to shed the layers of clothing.  

This Friday Foodie Feature was made before St. Patrick’s Day which is why I didn’t cook Corned Beef and Cabbage on Monday – too much red meat is not good for you.

Ingredients:

  • Beef Brisket
  • Medium Onion – sliced
  • Liquid Smoke 1/2 tsp
  • South African Smoke Seasoning 1/4 tsp
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Red Potatoes – 4-5 small diced
  • 1/4 cup water

Slow Cooked Beef Brisket

 

Place brisket in resealable bag rubbed with South African Smoke seasoning, refrigerate overnight or at least 3 hours.

Sprinkle brisket with seasoning and place in resealable bag

Spray Crock Pot with cooking spray for easier cleanup.  Pour in Liquid Smoke and water, then add the brisket.

pour in liquid smoke and water, then add brisket

 

Pour in entire bottle of BarBecue sauce, add onions and potatoes, cover then cook on low 6-8 hours depending on Crock Pot style.

add onions and potatoes

 

I sauteed some cabbage in Olive Oil sprinkled with pepper to complete this end of the winter meal.

Sauteed Cabbage

This delicious dinner for 4 was plenty with leftovers for the next day. The tender beef brisket was shredded and used to make Tex Mex Burritos.

Tender Beef Brisket with potatoes and cabbage

 

Next week’s feature will be a lighter fare and is also perfect for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

Don’t forget to come back at 6:00 p.m. for the Weekend Wind-Down Party, I am sure there will be plenty of Spring recipes being shared.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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