Mashed Root Vegetables…

 

 

 

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                                         –1 Medium Japanese Yam                                                                                                                                                                            -1 Medium Sweet Potato                                                                                                                                                                            -1 Large Carrot                                                                                                                                                                                         -1½ pat of butter or vegan and vegetarian substitutes (link below)                                                               https://www.livekindly.co/what-substitutes-do-vegans-use-instead-of-butter/                                                                           – Cinnamon to taste                                                                                                                                                                                  -¼ cup milk or almond milk

Directions:                                                                                                                                                                                        –Peal all the root vegetables, cut up and steam                                                                                                                                -Add butter or substitute and cover, let melt                                                                                                                                    -Add all the rest of the ingredients and mash

Tips:                                                                                                                                                                                                         The skins of all the root vegetables are full of vitamins, especially potatoes which are high in potassium. If you decide to keep them while you steam, wash well and cut all the vegetables in small pieces so skins will be small when you mash.    Heat, and press all the water out of ½ cup of frozen spinach and add to mixture. It is a good way to add some greens to the dish.

The Mysterious Purple Orb…

In 2016 a strange purple orb was discovered off the coast of southern California near the Channel Islands by the exploration ship the Nautilus. This glowing globular creature was found at a depth of 5,000 ft. below the surface. Totally stumped scientists could not decipher if it was a type of plankton or an egg sack. It was later discovered to have one foot which put it in the category of a gastropod (abalone, conches). It may even be more closely related to a sea slug (Pleurobranchus areolatus). When it is approached by a light source it turns and reflects a bright purple glow. Researchers describe it as having a resemblance to a sci-fi alien’s brain. This is a first for this unknown, new species. Most of our ocean floor remains untapped and unreachable. The Channel Islands marine sanctuary covers an area of 1,470 miles, only about half has been mapped or explored. Who knows what else is lying down there or whether they prefer to remain “unknown”?

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/30/submarine-scientists-crab-mysterious-glowing-purple-orb

Tea-Time…

The earliest records of coffee date back to the 9th century but drinking tea can be traced back as far as 2737 BC. China is by far the largest consumer of tea with 1.6 billion tons brewed annually. Other countries where there is a considerable amount of tea consumed are Turkey, Ireland and The United Kingdom. Tea is the most sipped beverage after water. According to the Friedman School of Nutritional Science and Tufts University, tea drinkers consume antioxidants which may be a deterrent against cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and memory decline. Drinking tea without milk has been found to be more beneficial. Black tea may help strengthen bones. According to a five-year Japanese study of 498 women, those who drank black tea had higher bone density in the lumbar spine region as well as the hips.  Green tea contains the plant compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). Some studies have found that it may decrease LDL cholesterol as well as reduce inflammation in the body. White tea contains catechins a compound that may keep blood vessels open and possibly break down fat. If you are able to handle caffeine 2 or 3 cups a day is recommended. I myself am a coffee drinker and will only have a cup of tea when I am severely ill but if you enjoy tea just make sure it is good quality.

Tracking your Water Intake…

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                One of the most significant factors in maintaining a healthy weight or any weight loss program is water consumption. Most cravings for sweets, originate from dehydration. Drinking cold water can actually create a thermogenic effect on the body. In one experiment with 14 men and women, drinking 500ml of water increased metabolic rate by 30%. This happened within 10 minutes and lasted for up to 30-40 minutes. The water must be cold. Cold water creates the thermogenic effect when the body attempts to warm the water. However, lining up glasses of cold water as a reminder to drink can become problematic especially if you are away from home. A simple method might be to put 5 rubber bands around your wrist first thing in the morning. Every time you drink a bottle of water place one of the bands around the bottle and refill it. Make it a daily game.

 

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/14671205/

https://academic.oup.com/jcem/article/88/12/6015/2661518