Super Foods

 

  • Apples contain soluble fiber, which may help lower cholesterol and slow the uptake of glucose, helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. They’re also a super source of potassium, antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • Asparagus is high in lycopene, which has been found to protect the prostate and help reduce the risk of prostate cancer. In addition to lycopene, asparagus contains vitamin A, important for the immune system and eye health, and lots of fiber to help reduce cholesterol and encourage heart health. Asparagus also contains protein and iron — something you may not expect from these thin green spears. It helps rid your body of toxins!
  • Bell Peppers Vitamin C increases production of collagen, the skin’s building block. In other words, fewer fine lines around your eyes and mouth. Serving size: 1 cup fresh or ½ cup cooked per day
  • Blackberries Ellagic acid protects against UV rays and can help prevent wrinkles. Serving size: ½ cup fresh or frozen per day
  • Blueberries      Like apples, blueberries are high in soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol and slow the uptake of glucose, helping you maintain healthy blood sugar levels. But there’s much more packed inside those blue skins: Vitamins C and K are the major players, as are antioxidants and the mineral manganese. —
  • Broccoli  It’s high in fiber, antioxidants and vitamins such as A, C, B9 (folate) and K. That means your eyes, red blood cells, immune system, bones and tissues all benefit from this vegetable. Vitamin C increases production of collagen, the skin’s building block. In other words, fewer fine lines around your eyes and mouth. Serving size: 1 cup fresh or ½ cup cooked per day _Be sure to cook or steam it. —
  •  Butternut Squash      The versatile butternut squash brims with beta-carotene, which is important for eye health. The heart also benefits from the vitamin C in this winter squash and its high fiber content, which helps lower cholesterol and maintain good blood sugar levels.
  • Dark chocolate‘s antioxidants, including flavonoids and polyphenols, may help prevent heart attacks by protecting arteries from becoming clogged. Some studies indicate that consuming small amounts of dark (at least 70 percent cacao) chocolate on a regular basis can lower blood pressure and decrease the rate of stroke in women by 20 percent. Cocoa flavonols improve circulation and blood flow to the scalp, delivering nutrients that may help keep it and your hair healthy. Serving size: 1 ounce or 150 calories per day.
  • Coffee- The National Institutes of Health-AARP Diet and Health Study found that people who drank coffee (regular or decaf) were less likely to die from heart and respiratory diseases, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes and infections. Coffee may also help protect women from breast cancer. Other research found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee a day in their 40s and 50s had a 65 percent lower rate of developing Alzheimer’s than those who drank two cups a day.
  • Fava BeansLow-fat, no-cholesterol fava (broad) beans have plenty of fiber and B vitamins, including folate, thiamin and riboflavin. Minerals such as manganese, iron and potassium also make these beans a nutrient-rich choice.
  • Greek yogurt contains fewer carbohydrates, less sugar and salt, and more protein and digestive-friendly probiotics than American-style yogurt. A serving of low-fat or nonfat Greek yogurt may have twice the protein and half the sugar of its non-Greek counterpart. If you opt for full-fat versions, however, Greek yogurt has more saturated fat.
  • Leafy green kale packs a nutritional wallop — be sure to cook or steam it. It contains important omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting. It is high in fiber and is a rich source of calcium for bone health. It also provides lutein, which is important for eye health.
  • Oatmeal‘s top benefit comes from its high soluble-fiber content, which helps lower cholesterol. Oatmeal is low-fat, high in protein and loaded with iron and other minerals. One cup of cooked oatmeal is only 166 calories. But adding sugar or using instant oatmeal with sugar increases the calorie count.
  • Olive oil is high in monosaturated fat, which has been found to lower blood cholesterol levels, decreasing the risk of heart disease. Research also shows that this type of fat may keep insulin levels low and improve the control of blood sugar. This healthy fat further contains vitamin K, which aids blood clotting, and vitamin E, an antioxidant important in the creation of red blood cells.
  • Pears are full of soluble fiber, which may help maintain healthy blood sugar levels, lowering diabetes risk. It also fills you up so you tend to eat less, and may reduce the risk of colon cancer. The fruit is nutrient- and mineral-rich, providing vitamin C, folic acid, antioxidants and potassium.
  • Quinoa The South American grain quinoa is well-known to vegans and vegetarians because it’s a complete protein and filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, such as B2, magnesium, copper, iron and phosphorus. Quinoa is full of fiber, gluten-free and easy to use in place of other grains, pastas or white rice.
  • Raspberries Ellagic acid protects against UV rays and can help prevent wrinkles. Serving size: ½ cup fresh or frozen per day
  • Salmon has been called a “super fish” because, among other benefits, it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can reduce your risk of heart attack and irregular heartbeats. They can also help lower blood pressure and build brain cell membranes. When choosing between wild-caught and farm-raised salmon, keep in mind that farm-raised salmon often has more of the toxic chemicals known as PCBs.. Omega-3 fatty acids help the skin retain moisture, making it soft and supple. The nourishing ingredient also maintains the scalp’s natural oils. Serving size: 4 to 6 ounces, 3 times per week.
  • Sweet Potatoes Beta-carotene destroys free radicals, preventing damage to skin cells. The body converts beta-carotene to vitamin A, which fights signs of aging. Serving size: One per day. Swap in carrots, cantaloupe, or mangoes for a comparable effect.
  • Tomatoes Lycopene may help prevent sun damage. The potent antioxidant works best when cooked, so homemade marinara sauce and tomato soup are both great options. Serving size: Aim for at least 1 portion (about ¼ cup of sauce or 4 tomato slices) 5 times per week.

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How Bad Is It To do These Shortcuts in the Kitchen?

Do you really know when it’s OK to cut corners—and when you might sacrifice safety and taste?

A FEW ANSWERS ON HOW BAD IT IS:

  • TO BOIL INSTEAD OF SIMMER? Really Bad.
  • TO COOK BEFORE THE OVEN IS PREHEATED? Somewhat Bad.
  • TO JUST CUT AWAY THE MOLD? It Depends
  • TO BAKE WITH COLD EGGS? Somewhat Bad.
  • TO SKIP THE PASTA RINSE? Not Bad at All.
  • TO REFREEZE DEFROSTED FOOD? Somewhat Bad.
  • TO NOT LET MEAT REST? Really Bad.
  •  TO USE A BLENDER AND A FOOD PROCESSOR INTERCHANGEABLY? Somewhat Bad.

TO SEE WHY, go here

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70+ Ways the Internet Has Changed Our lives.

  • Travel agents —> Priceline, Expedia
  • Hotels —> HomeAway and Airbnb
  • Bookstores—> e-books
  • Realtors —> finding it on line and use flat-fee service
  • Big box department stores —> Amazon.com…. (wonder why the malls no longer look like they did in the past?)
  • Traditional stockbrokers and the financial industry—> trading our own stocks online
  • Record companies —> ITunes
  • Local Gas prices—–> GasBuddy tells the lowest prices.
  • Land lines —> carrying our phone with us wherever we go; no long distance charges and no need for a wrist watch…with a cell phone. Sorry Timex.
  • Phone booths – Cell phones
  • Newspaper delivery —> reading on line
  • Attorneys for Trusts and wills—> buying forms online and it is perfectly legal.
  • Car ownership buying a car and paying for insurance, tags, gas, parking and maintenance —> Uber and Lyft
  • Grocery delivery —> ordering online and have the groceries waiting for you at the store or delivered
  • Video stores —> Netflix
  • Friends introducing you—-> online dating
  • Getting a drivers license at 16 to meet friends —> Texting, Facebook, Cell phones
  • Cable —> Netflix, SmartTvs with apps and other content providers and devices
  • Encyclopedias —> Google
  • Doctors appointments —> Doctor on demand (Telemedicine)
  • Going before a judge —> video arraignments
  • Driving to meetings —> video conferencing
  • Telegrams —> cell phones and emails
  • Fax machines —> scanning and e-mailing
  • Yellow pages reps —> googling
  • Background checks —> googling
  • Maps —->GPS
  • Cookbooks —> googling
  • Check deposits at the bank —> with a smartphone
  • High School reunions —> Facebook
  • Having some privacy —> having very little.
  • Greeting cards /Christmas cards —> eCards and Facebook birthday wishes
  • Sharing pictures of family —> email them
  • Getting to school on time —> Online school
  • Invitations and RSVP —> online
  • Movie theatres —> Amazon Prime, Netflix
  • “How to” Books—> Youtube
  • Teachers lesson plans —> Online
  • Courthouse records, county assessor, casenet —> all on line so everyone can be a private investigator
  • Newspaper archives —> always available.
  • Genealogy records —> available without going to the Church of Latter Day Saints fiche (Findagrave, Ancestry.com)
  • Friends fixing you up with a really cool guy —> eHarmony
  • Magazines —> celebrity gossip on line
  • Politics —> everyone seems to have something to say and it is in your face.
  • Wedding registries—> The Knot
  • Latest sales —> here or sent to you so you don’t have to go store to store to find the best price (See also retailmenot or groupon
  • Meeting friends to go Christmas shopping —> Shop in the middle of the night from home.
  • Wondering whatever happened to that cute little girl in 2nd grade —> Facebook
  • reviews before purchasing an item.
  • 6:00 news  – news 24/7
  • Tied to an office —> Telecommuting
  • Simply taking whatever your doctor prescribes —>Typing in the name of the pharmaceutical and next to it the word lawsuit
  • Telling your doctor about a side effect of medicine —> Check side effects here
  • Pharmacist or doctor —> quickly checking for drug interactions yourself
  • Coupon clipping —> Showing the clerk your smartphone
  • Pinterest!
  • Classified ads fees—> Craiglist is free
  • Keeping in touch with family——> keeping in touch everyday with all of them on Facebook
  • Photo processing booth —>smartphones
  • Watching the news to hear the weather report —> Get it anytime, any day
  • Job searches —> From how you look for a job to how you send your resume.
  • Dictionary or Thesaurus —> Online dictionary and Thesaurus
  • Yard sales in newspaper   —> Online
  • Seed catalogs, especially finding non-gmo —> online
  • Counting your words when writing a story —> Check them instantly
  • Check your grammar or spelling or punctuation —> Grammar spelling punctuation
  • Wishing we could lower our bills —> We learn how
  • Messy underwear drawers —> Folding our underwear
  • Toys for toddlers to play with in their strollers —-> Mom’s smartphone
  • Bill paying —–> Done in minutes online.
  • Enjoying the scenery while driving —–>Googling or texting (Not me.)
  • Watching a TV program  from the past —–> Youtube
  • Calling a business between 8-5 —–> Chatting on line with customer service anytime of the day or night.
  • Swatches of paint chips —->googling paint colors
  • Calculators ——> There is one on your smartphone
  • Pedometers—-> Free apps on smartphone
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Heirloom Seed Library in Oklahoma?

You can  actually  check out purple carrots, freckled lettuces and a rainbow of heirloom tomatoes at the  Tulsa City-County Library  where Tulsans can share home-saved garden seeds.

The seed library  is a  public, circulating collection of open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. Check out seeds from the library, grow your garden and save seeds from your best plants to return to the library for others. You can select for hardiness, pest- or disease-resistance, drought-tolerance, flavor, even looks.

Why bother saving seeds at home, and why share what you save? Resilience is a buzzword you hear a lot these days—it’s the new “sustainable”— but in ecology it means something concrete: the ability to withstand and recover from damage. Ecosystems get this elasticity from inefficiency, redundancy and layers. The seed library fosters both ecological and community resilience by sharing access to seeds and the seeds themselves.

The seed library increases access to seeds, to gardening, to healthy food and healthy exercise. 38% of Tulsa is considered a food desert and, while home gardening is a very minor remedy, we should take every chance we get to dissolve barriers to health. Home seed-saving is hands-on science and a way to connect with your garden. It’s also a way to share and honor the growing cultures and traditions Tulsa is rich in.

By encouraging garden diversity, with open-pollinated varieties that are a little off the beaten path, the seed library encourages biological diversity, strengthening the layers and niches that make an ecosystem healthy. And whatever you think about climate change, Oklahoma weather is weird. We ask a lot of a plant to put up with our extremes, more than national seed companies can always promise.

By saving seeds where we live we can ensure plants that thrive where we live. Seed-savers can select for our particular climate, pests, diseases, gradually curating varieties uniquely suited for Tulsa. When we grow plants that are happy here, we can work less for better harvests: less watering, less spraying, less disappointment. That also means more water for us to drink, more butterflies and bees and more joy in the garden.
And most importantly, we can eat better food.

Why have seeds at the library? Because each seed is a tiny packet of information, the story of its breeding and its future, and sharing information is what libraries do.

How many can be checked out and where do we get them?
Check out up to five packets per season of vegetable, herb and flower seeds at Glenpool, Suburban Acres, Nathan Hale, Zarrow or the Bookmobile—or request seeds from the catalog and pick them up at your favorite branch.

Three simple steps

  • Choose from easy-to-save, medium or advanced-to-save, depending on your skills and commitment.
  • Grow your garden and let the best plants go to seed.
  • Collect the seed, dry, label and return some to the library.

Are there any fines or penalties if we have a bad year?
There are on fines on seeds. If a plant doesn’t thrive for you, the library does not want it back.

Can we donate seeds?
We welcome donations of open-pollinated seeds!

For more info, check out: Guides.TulsaLibrary.org/tulsaseedlibrary
There is a Facebook community of seed savers, Tulsa Seed Commons: Facebook.com/groups/tulsaseedcommons/

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You can  purchase seeds from  a company right here in OK
Clear Creek Seed Company – High Quality, non-GMO Heirloom seeds right here in OK

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39 year old billionaire sees value of 50-plus workers

Time magazine’s 2015 Person of the Year  Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, a UCLA dropout, will be hiring more older drivers for his ride-share company.

Uber doesn’t look at age. They look at ones passion for solving a problem.

  • 23 percent of Uber drivers are 50 and older.  Drivers are their  own boss. They turn on and off  work [with a smartphone app]  and  don’t have to ask for permission.  The flexiblity makes it an attractive way to work.
  • Folks over 50 often have extra optimism and passion for their communities and might know the city  better than anybody. That deep knowledge about their city is the cherry on top.
  • Working with older workers allows  younger managers  the opportunity to  tap into older workers expertise and knowledge. The younger manager can capture  the older workers infectious enthusiasm for solving challenges and problems  and passion  about the work and doing it well.
  • Today’s sharing economy starts with convenience, quality and affordability for the person who wants to get around the city. The ability to push a button on your phone for a car to pick you up immediately- the freedom and mobility that gives is remarkable.
  • Uber drivers world-class background checks, a good, clean record and customers  feedback, rating the driver  makes sure only the best drivers stay in the system. Uber has had great feedback from senior-citizen communities.To learn more about how you can participate to earn extra money, go to www.uber.com/aarplr.

Read it all here

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WHERE DOES ALDI’S FOOD COME FROM?

WHERE DOES ALDI’S  FOOD COME FROM? Aldi contracts out their products to the SAME food manufacturers that supply national brands.   The product ingredients are usually identical or very similar as they work with manufacturers to create their own store-line products that tastes the same or better than the leading brand. This is why 90% of the brands featured at ALDI are their “private label”!  So, are you surprised to learn that you  pay higher prices for national brands that may have come off the very same assembly line as Aldi’s private label items? 

A tour of a food processing company revealed that there are  many different companies they can for,  and Aldis was one of them.  Although the brand names were different the packages look surprisingly familiar.  On  the production line, the line stops workers changes the brand labels in the machine, then  restarts the line so different labels go  on.   A manager confirmed that there was absolutely no other difference in the actual product.

Aldi is growing very rapidly because what they do, works! Are you aware that Aldi now offers:

  • FRESH ORGANIC PRODUCE, MEAT AND DAIRYno added antibiotics, free of artificial growth hormones , animal by-products and other additives.
  • LACTOSE FREE MILK AND CHEESE
  • NO CERTIFIED SYNTHETIC COLORS, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED OILS (TRANS FATS) OR ADDED MSG  in their private-label products. Certified synthetic colors have been replaced with natural, plant-based ingredients such as beet juice or turmeric for coloring.
  • “HIGH END” FOODS such as artisan cheeses, smoked salmon, quinoa, and coconut oil, are available.
  • The CHOCOLATE at Aldi’s  Their great selection of  European chocolate is delicious AND relatively inexpensive. At Christmas time, wonderful prices and quality make it great gifts!   All of Aldi’s dark chocolate varieties are  excellent; smooth and tasty (no wax). Having lived in Austria for two years I know what a really good milk chocolate tastes like and I can once again enjoy that same quality with Aldi chocolates.
  •  GLUTEN FREE – SimplyNature products  are free of more than 125 artificial ingredients.   liveGfree,their gluten-free line is up to 50% less than items that have a national brand label! See some of them here: Aldi Carries Gluten Free & Organic Foods

Aldi became one of the world’s largest food retailers by offering low prices. Their prices on fresh produce and packaged goods are already around 30% lower than Walmart’s. The  organic and gluten free lines makes them better to compete with Whole Foods.

Aldi shoppers are the biggest advocates Aldi has. Word-of-mouth is the key to their success.  Comments from Aldi customers:

  • I used to be a real snob about where I shopped for groceries. However, when I kept seeing Range Rovers, BMWs, Mercedes,  etc. in the parking lot I decided to check it out. I learned that 90% of what Aldi offers are their private brand products. I have since noticed that those a bit more educated shop Aldi and the lesser educated tend to snark about it. LOL!
  • I live in Germany and everyone shops at Aldi no matter what their economic status.
  • Aldi’s demands quality  from their suppliers. Living and shopping in two different states over the past 19 years  I have found that the  products Aldi sells are equivalent and in most cases superior to big name grocery stores.

PRIVATE LABEL ALLOWS ALDI TO DEVELOP AND PROTECT THEIR BRAND IMAGE. 

Aldi has the highest standards and review all products thoroughly before distribution.

A stickler for inspecting suppliers facilities without notice,  Aldi will reject whole shipments that don’t pass their quality control. In addition to 3rd party blind taste testing,  exclusive brands  are tested at their food testing lab, at corporate headquarters, for  freshness, taste, and quality for every product that they sell to make sure it meets  the national name brands.  Many of their products taste BETTER than name brand products.   One commented, “Years ago I worked at a facility that supplied Aldi’s and they frequently called out for higher grade ingredients than other vendors.”

Aldi  keeps it all fresh at the store level by ensuring that products are sold within a reasonable time before expiration, etc.

HOW DOES PRIVATE LABEL ALLOW ALDI TO SELL FOR LESS.    No coupons for the Aldi private brand means lower overhead costs.  Coupons would slow down employees who would have to look at each individual coupon, wasting time for customers waiting in line behind the couponer, so they would have to hire additional cashiers to get people through the lines while someone has a handful of 20 cent off coupons she wants to use. Then Aldi would have to hire employees to sort and mail in the coupons to each manufacturer.

Most of us have a life outside of grocery shopping.   Shopping at Aldi is a super simple way to save money without the hassle of clipping coupons, checking multiple grocery ads watching for just the right sale to try to match coupons to sales, then go price match.  You can’t beat the savings and quality you will find at ALDI even without messing with coupons!  Remember, too that coupons are for many brand names whose products are loaded with high fructose corn syrup and artificial colors.

HOWEVER, CASH BACK/REBATE APPS  CAN BE USED AT ALDI! The one that gives you the most money back is: findnsave

 

WHAT IF YOU DON’T CARE FOR  SOMETHING YOU BOUGHT?   Aldi items are from the same suppliers as national brands. All divisions have the same core products  but the suppliers may vary from store to store. However, you might find that you do not like a  item from a particular Aldi store.    It may be a matter of personal preference because we all have differences in taste.     For example,  you might like Libby’s and say, for example that Aldi gets their canned from the same supplier as Del Monte uses and you still  prefer  the Libby’s. Well……

Quality is so important to Aldi that  they offer an awesome double back satisfaction guarantee. Go ahead and try a product to see if you like it. If you are not happy with the private label item, for any reason simply return the item with your receipt and Aldi will refund your money AND replace the item, with no hassle! What do you have to lose with a guarantee like that?  (*The Double Guarantee does not apply to non-food Special Buy items, alcohol or national brands.)
aldi-double-guarantee

Small things that makes Aldi more efficient and thusn better for shoppers:

 

  • QUARTER DEPOSIT FOR THE SHOPPING CART.    No employee is paid to retrieve carts from the parking lot, yet carts are  always available because people will return the cart to get their deposit back. Vehicles aren’t dinged by a cart, you never get a  cart that got hit it in the parking lot that has a mangled wheel and you aren’t frustrated with a cart blocking an empty parking spot. That 25 cent cart deposit is an ingenious solution to keep overhead costs down in order to help keep prices low.
  •  NEED MORE THAN ONE CART? Some stores have yellow hooks on the front of the Aldi carts which allow you to attach a second cart or multiple carts together.
  • BEST DAY TO GO? Wednesday morning when they open is the day they offer a special “Fresh Meat Special Buy.” Some weeks it’s brisket, some weeks it’s chicken breasts (family packs of large boneless, skinless, chicken breasts @ $1.89/lb  but usually it’s top cuts of meat at really low prices  (which are AMAZING).  In fact, if you see something in the weekly ad that you want,  get there early as these specials are always sold out fast as the cuts often come in limited amounts and once the specials are gone, they’re gone.   They don’t get another shipment. Some have said they have gone the day the ad came out and been told, “We sold out in 20 minutes.” (It is also one of their fresh produce days when  the produce comes in and is at its freshest.)
  • AVOID SMASHED ITEMS AT CHECKOUT  Help the cashier by putting large items such as big packages of toilet paper, etc. on the belt first. Next,  put on things like a gallon of milk and larger or  indestructible stuff like the six cans of soup cans, bags of sugar and flour. Lastly, put on things that you don’t want crushed, such as eggs, bread, chips, bananas. It is just common sense to NEVER put eggs and bread up front as that would make them the first to be scanned and other things might get set on top of them.
  • CHECK OUT IS QUICK thanks to multiple bar codes on every product which allows the UPC to be read with a single swipe.  Even when it looks like there is a line at check out, it goes fast!  And nobody slows you down with their manufacturers coupons. One woman bragged that she and her husband once went in, filled their  cart and made it through checking in a timed 10 minutes as Aldi was nearing closing time. That would NEVER happen at Walmart!
  • DON’T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR OWN BAGS Of course you can use a box you find in there, or you can buy bags there but I prefer using my own reusable cotton ones.

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Yahoo! Finance: “Why Aldi is the Grocery Store of the Future” 

By 2018, there will be 2000 Aldi stores, and many more discount stores.  LIDL is also coming 2018.

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ONE MORE THING:  Do look at the packages as there are a few things from China, such as fruit cups and some fish. However, if the product does not state the country on the label , it was made in the USA.

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Oklahoma 100 Mile Yard Sale May 6-7, 2016

6th Annual Oklahoma 100 Mile Yard Sale Tour

Towns having city wide yard sales include:
Cleveland, Hominy, Ralston, Pawnee, Yale, Oilton, Jennings, Hallett, Terlton, and Mannford.
That is over 100 miles of sales!

ok100mileyardsale.webs.com

 

Rumor is that there is a Kan-Okla 100 Mile in Sept.

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