Archive for April, 2010
Spring is all about cleaning up, organizing and taking stock of your life. Here are my five favorite tips to help you get it together this beautiful time of year.
1. Go Green – Replace old lightbulbs with newer eco-friendly models.
2. Get Rid of It – Clear out those closets, junk drawers and cars! Get rid of the stuff you don’t use. Give old clothing to charity, dishes and electronics to the Goodwill and get rid of the garbage!
3. Keep Your Health in Check – Make your regular dentist and eye doctor appointments. Check with older friends and family to make sure they are up-to-date with their doctor appointments.
4. Get in Shape! – This is the perfect time to start making good on those New Year’s resolutions (remember those?). Start walking every day for at least 30 minutes. Take a friend and make it a daily activity! Summer is just around the corner and we ALL need to look good in those swimsuits!
5. Exercise Your Mind – Remember that your mind needs to be stimulated regularly too to keep your memory and cognitive functions on point! Read a book (like mine!), play a card game with friends or read a newspaper.
The USDA recommends that you eat at least five servings of fresh fruits daily, but unfortunately, most people don’t even come close. Adding some delicious, fresh strawberries to your diet, is a great way to get the servings of fruit you need for a well-rounded body and a healthy immune system.
Strawberries contain many nutrients such as the always-important Vitamin C. They also contain significant levels of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which fight those free radicals I was telling you about in my new book. These antioxidant properties are believed to be linked to what gives the strawberry its signature bright red color.
In addition to vitamin C, strawberries also provide an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, as well as folic acid, potassium, riboflavin, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, copper, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Your goal this month is to incorporate the Strawberry into your diet and daily life as much as possible to help you fall in love with this delicious seasonal fruit all over again! be sure to send me your favorite recipes! I’m posting one of my all-time favorites below….enjoy!
Recipe of the Month: Guilt-Free Strawberry Shortcake
1 pre-baked angel food cake ring
1 (3 oz.) pkg. strawberry Jello, sugar free
1 sm. frozen strawberries (or 1 c. fresh)
1 sm. Cool Whip
Place berries on bottom of mold. Ease in shortcake (upside down over berries). Pierce cake with fork 6 to 8 times. Pour Jello slowly over cake, seal and freeze 1/2 hour. Remove, wait 10 minutes. Remove from mold and insert Cool Whip in hole of mold.