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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 4

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I trust you all had a wonderful weekend and to my friends in the Mid-Atlantic, I hope you have dug out from last week’s Nor’Easter.  We are getting closer and closer to Spring and hopefully we’ll forget all about this winter’s wild and cold weather.  However, if you do want to remember maybe a few of these foods from Chapter 4 ~ Memory Savers will help.

Memory Savers

I don’t worry so much about losing my memory due to aging, but the fact that I have too much information in my head which may can cause more forgetfulness. How many times have you walked into a room only to forget what you went in there for? (raise your hand).

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Exercising the brain and body helps as we get older and blogging is great brain exercise because of the constant reading, learning and creating.   In addition to mental exercises these foods can improve our brain’s performance.

  • Asparagus – Rich is Vitamin B’s
  • Mustard – especially yellow are chock full of curcuminoids
  • Almonds – omega-3 fatty acids
  • Apricots – powerful antioxidant beta carotene
  • Cantaloupe – Vitamin C – add to your morning cereal
  • Apple – “an apple a day” is still true cantelopes blueberries and banana
  • Blueberries – powerful antioxidants – add to your high fiber cereal
  • Boiled Rice – cook the rice and drink the liquid from the pot to restore electrolytes
  • Olive Oil – “miracle” memory booster with omega-3 fatty acids
  • Banana – B6 boost
  • Raisins – tiny fruit with a brain boost, try with peanut butter, sliced banana on a graham cracker as an afternoon snack
  • Seaweed – wrapped around sushi – loaded with vitamin B12 sushi
  • Turnip Greens – chock full of potent antioxidants
  • Spinach  – try adding to your sandwiches instead of lettuce
  • Eggs – rich source of choline
  • egg sandwich with spinach
  • Barley – oatmeal with bananas or blueberries
  • Prunes – like it’s wrinkled cousin the raisin
  • Fish – eating fish once a week keeps your brain young
  • Lentil Soup – try this Crock Pot soup recipe using lentils & turnip greens
  • Cabbage – shredded as in coleslaw or cooked with fish and rice
  • Green Tea – rich in EGCG
  • Java – a morning cup of coffee stimulates the brain 
  • Ricotta Cheese – rich in calcium, try adding to salads and desserts
  • RED WINE – OH SO FINE… but only a glass every now and then…not every night (dang it)

A little red wine

 

All of these food items, with the exception of the wine were ones that my grandmother taught us to eat.  I believe that getting this book from my aunt, her last remaining daughter is her way of reminding me to eat right – thanks Mama (RIP).

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods for Seniors – Chapter 3

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

Did you all had a wonderful weekend and are you looking forward to Valentine’s Day on Friday – can you say CHOCOLATE!!!  Hopefully you also had a stress-free week, but if tension crept into a day, you tried one of the foods from Chapter 2 to ease the anxiety.  I know my week was stressful, as it was for many others in Pennsylvania due to the lose of power from last Tuesday’s snow and ice storm.  I chose the Super Food beef and made a slow cooked Rump Roast which was delicious, stay tuned for the recipe.

Energy Boosters

Chapter 3 of Super Foods for Seniors lists the foods that are good as Energy Boosters.  As bloggers we probably lose more sleep than we should and regardless of our age, this is not healthy.  Waking up in the middle of the night with a post idea or tossing and turning thinking about a deadline can zap our energy all day long. Feeling tired or having a lack of energy on a daily basis is not good nor is it healthy.  Although there are foods that can provide us with a boost of energy, getting adequate sleep is essential to being and staying healthy.

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These are just a few of the foods that can exhilarate and invigorate us:

  • High Fiber Cereal – start your day with a bowl and add blueberries or peaches for an added boost

  • Lima Beans – rich in magnesium

  • Water – fights fatigue and dehydration

  • Cherries – contains melatonin for restful sleep

  • Poultry – cooked in an iron skillet triples the iron consumption

  • Quinoa – high in protein

  • Spinach – remember Popeye?

  • Salmon – natural B12

  • Bulgar – whole grain regulates blood sugar levels

  • Salt – iodine is good, but limit amounts or none if on a no-salt diet

  • Sweet Potatoes – Rich in Vitamin A aids thyroid to absorb iodine

  • Nuts – healthy thyroid

  • Tuna – packed in water not oil

These foods can help bring up your energy levels but remember foods don’t always affect everyone in the exact same way.  The best way is to keep your energy levels up is to get plenty of rest and keep the stress at bay.

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Energy Boosters – Sweet Potatoes, Spinach, Lima Beans, Salmon, Tuna, Chicken

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Super Foods For Seniors – Chapter 2

Hello Friends and Happy Monday

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and a terrific Superbowl Sunday with an opportunity to spend quality time with family, friends and some good food! Speaking of good food, did you eat any of the Super Foods from Chapter 1 in the Super Foods for Seniors book? (here).  I am home today due to the bad weather so I’ll be making some Gumbo – yum! Super Foods Book

Chapter 2,  Tension Erasers covers the foods we should eat to ease stress and anxiety.  In today’s world, no matter our age we have all suffered from some form of tension at one time or another.

tension 2 You know that feeling you get when your head starts pounding, your hands get sweaty and you are totally irritated and anxious.  When you’re in trouble your body releases adrenaline and cortisol that helps you deal with the “fight-or-flight” reaction.

 

Some stressors can be avoided but chronic anxiety and tension can weaken your mind, bones, heart and immune system.  So often we are tempted to turn to food when feeling stressed,  which may not always be a bad thing if you eat the foods that can help soothe and calm as well as raise your mood.

So the next time the kids, your boss, wife or hubby stresses you out, reach for one of these Super Foods to ease or erase your tension:

  • Strawberries
  • Bananas
  • Rice
  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Beans
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Almond Oil
  • Wheat Germ
  • Oranges
  • Oatmeal
  • Milk
  • Spinach

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Herbs and spices have also been used for thousands of years and are still used today because of their healing powers.  Chapter 2 also included the Top 10 healing herbs and what they are used for:

  • Chamomile – indigestion
  • Echinacea – boosting immunity
  • Feverfew – migraine headaches
  • Garlic – nausea
  • Ginger – nausea
  • Ginkgo – circulation
  • Hawthorn – heart disease
  • Milk Thistle – liver damage
  • Saw Palmetto – enlarged prostate
  • Valerian – sleep problems

Tension-easing herbs:

  • Valerian
  • Passionflower
  • Ginseng
  • Black Cohosh
  • Ginkgo

 

I hope you have a tension free week.

Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!

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Friday Foodie Feature – Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Hello Friends and Happy Fri-Yay!

The days are getting shorter and school started this week so I am lining up my recipes for the Fall.  Chicken is a staple in our house and this was an easy breezy “4 ingredient-less than 40 minute” recipe.

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Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts ~ Mozzarella Cheese ~ Minced Garlic ~ Fresh Spinach

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Rinsed chicken breast and placed on Wax Paper

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Covered with another sheet of Wax Paper and flattened with kitchen mallet

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Spread minced garlic and sprinkled with a little black pepper

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Layered with Spinach leaves and covered with Mozzarella Cheese

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Rolled Chicken Breasts and secured with wooden toothpicks

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Sprayed dish and tops of Chicken Breasts with Olive Oil Cooking Spray.  Placed in preheated 350~ oven for 30 minutes and was no longer pink.

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What is your favorite chicken recipe?

Linking up with Living Better Together – come on over to  find some other great recipes.

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Father’s Day 2013

Hello Friends, I hope everyone had a nice Father’s Day weekend!

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Hubby had a nice one even with a change in dinner plans, but I was able to pull off what I think was a better meal than what we would have had at a restaurant.  Yesterday he played a little one-on-one with Malik and fortunately, no injuries were sustained!

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Father’s Day Dinner was baked Salmon, Spinach Shrimp Salad and Dill Potato Salad. Daddy’s (not mine) dessert was Lemon Meringue Pie and Talenti Gelato Mediterranean Mint.

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Shrimp Spinach Salad

 

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Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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Father's Day 2013

Hello Friends, I hope everyone had a nice Father’s Day weekend!

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Hubby had a nice one even with a change in dinner plans, but I was able to pull off what I think was a better meal than what we would have had at a restaurant.  Yesterday he played a little one-on-one with Malik and fortunately, no injuries were sustained!

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Father’s Day Dinner was baked Salmon, Spinach Shrimp Salad and Dill Potato Salad. Daddy’s (not mine) dessert was Lemon Meringue Pie and Talenti Gelato Mediterranean Mint.

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Shrimp Spinach Salad

 

Completed Dinner

 

Daddy's Day Dessert

 

Have a fantabulous evening – Smooches!

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OOTD – Morning Coffee

Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve!

Before I begin, I want to say that I am thankful for my Bloggy friends, for their kind words and understanding of yesterday’s post it was truly a blessing – THANK YOU!  Life is so precious and fleeting that we should all stay focused on the positive, spreading kindness and love as we are more alike than most would care to admit.

Now today is a brand new day and mine started with a Green Smoothie made with spinach, almond rice milk and a banana but I must also have 20 ounces of coffee for the road. I am not a coffee snob nor a Starbucks drinker and have purchased coffee at WAWA, 7-11 and Dunkin Donuts, but the best is my homemade, flavored Java, this morning it was Melitta Hazelnut.

What is your must-have morning beverage?

WAWA Coffee Cup

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20 ounces of Java in my WAWA coffee cup

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Celine Inspired Purse Expressions NYC Purse – Ross // Fioni Peep Toe Shoes – Payless // Bracelets – Flea Market Vendors // Necklace – Payless

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Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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OOTD – Black and Burgundy

Hello Friends and Happy Friday Eve

Are you ready for some snow? If so, “tonight is the night…is the night…is the night” at least it’s supposed to be in southern Delaware. Fortunately, they are forecasting less than an inch so the commute home may not be too bad.

Today’s outfit, Black and Burgundy is featuring a pair of Merona pumps and Mossimo belted pencil skirt from last night’s haul at Target.Image

ImageJones New York Blazer and printed blouse – GW Boutique (Goodwill) // Ring – Avon // Earrings – jewelry box

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If you follow me on Instagram (ablake48), you’d know that I start my mornings with a healthy, green, breakfast smoothie.  Today’s smoothie was made with spinach, carrots, banana, almond milk and Chia Seeds.

ImageI am so loving these heels, I may stop and get another pair in Taupe!

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Linking up with Katherines Corner, Katie did What, and Loves on a Thursday – hop on over and meet a few new bloggers.

Have a fantabulous afternoon – Smooches!

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OOTD – Sodium + Suds = Stretch Skirt

God blessed us with another gorgeous summer weekend and today I am plowing through Monday like a turtle on steroids!   This morning I had to add extra spinach and kale to my green smoothie because I over did it with the sodium and suds.   Yesterday afternoon good friends of ours stopped by the house after leaving Maryland en-route home to New York.   Anytime someone visits us from Maryland I always have just one request – BRING SOME CRABS!!!!   In our house summer isn’t complete without sitting at the table covered in newspaper with a bowl of melted butter and hot sauce cracking open steamed crabs covered in Old Bay Seasoning.   Of course I must wash it down with a cold beer!   Add some boiled corn (which I forgot), potato salad and shrimp and everything is right with the world.

 

 

This outfit was laid out last week, and it’s perfect for today because it’s covering the results of too much sodium and suds but oh it was so well worth it!

Maxi Skirt – NY&Company // Zebra Print Top – Closet staple// Shoes – Charlotte Russe// Bracelet – Jewelrymax.net// Earrings and Ring – Icings// Green Smoothie ingredients are on my Instagram page


OOTD – Green Smoothie

Today’s smoothie wasn’t as green as my outfit because I am low on spinach, I used blueberries, strawberries and non-fat yogurt and it was quite tasty.  Today is Hump Day Wednesday and the week is dragging after last week’s short one but I am plowing through in anticipation of another great weekend.

Green Polka Dot Tank – Charmingly Linda’s Consignment Shop// White Belt – Goodwill//  Black Maxi Skirt – closet staple// Neon Green & White Sandals – Rainbow Shops// Green Beaded and White Plastic Bracelets – Flea Market Vendor// Rhinestone Earrings and Ring – SamsBeauty.com