Kale is being haled as the MVP of produce as more and more health benefits to eating kale are being discovered. It is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet and tops the Super Foods list. It has high fiber, low calories, cancer and heart disease fighting attributes, helps to lower cholesterol, fights inflammation, and has phytonutrients that aid eye health.
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ClevelandWomen.Com Garden Tip of the Week
Prevent getting dirt under your fingernails while you work in the garden. Just draw your fingernails across a bar of soap and you'll seal the undersides of your nails so dirt can't collect beneath them. Then, after you've finished in the garden, use a nailbrush to remove the soap. Your nails will be clean.
ClevelandWomen.Com Book of the Week
A stunning new novel from Stephen King.
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
"I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book." – Stephen King
Seaman Sarah Molli, a member of Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, Ohio, and Master Chief Jeffrey Waters, a member of Coast Guard Base Cleveland. Molli placed first in her age group and first for females overall.
TOPS’ Ten Ways to Eat More Vegetables
Whether you’re trying to lose weight or just maintain a healthy lifestyle, it’s important to include a variety of vegetables in meal planning. The health benefits of eating vegetables are many and include reducing the risk of stroke, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and certain cancers, such as mouth, stomach, and colon cancer.
It can be a challenge to include a sufficient amount of this tasty and beneficial food group to menus. These tips from TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, offer some creative ways to eat more vegetables:
Make a “pasta” dish with spaghetti squash instead of noodles.
Puree cooked vegetables and add them to stews, gravies, and soups.
Add raw spinach leaves and an extra-ripe banana to a fruit smoothie. It may sound strange, but the sweetness of the banana masks the taste of the spinach.
Baking? Add shredded carrots to muffins or bread.
Instead of cheese and meat, pile your morning omelet with onions, mushrooms, and red and green peppers. Chop vegetables the night before to save time in the morning.
Add chopped spinach to meat when preparing meatballs or hamburgers.
Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Experiment with different flavorings such as garlic, a dab of butter, and Parmesan cheese.
Add salsa to a breakfast burrito, pile it on a veggie burger, or use it in place of high-fat, creamy vegetable dips.
Puree pasta sauce with vegetables such as winter squash or chopped broccoli.
Add chopped carrots to casseroles or meat loaf.
ClevelandWomen.Com Quote of the Week
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren
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