Several great reasons to eat fruits and vegetables

The menu for the Luther site of the Lake County Meals Program for the week of June 6, 2011 is as follows:

June 6 – Lasagna, Italian veggies, garlic toast, tropical fruit;

June 7 – Baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuit, sliced beets, plums;

June 8 – Tuna casserole, peas and carrots, tossed salad, pineapple;

June 9 – Spanish rice, green beans cole slaw, fruited Jell-O;

June 10 – Cabbage roll, baked potato, corn muffin, banana.

The following information was sent to the senior center by the folks at St. Ann’s Meals Program.  We thank them for sharing this good information with us.

Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin. It is one of the most popular vitamin supplements. However, if you take a supplement, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is a substitute for vitamin C rich foods. Vitamin C pills do not offer the variety of nutrients and healthful components that foods do. Great food sources of vitamin C are oranges, kiwi, guava, papaya, mango, cantaloupe, and bell peppers.

It is easy to get your beta carotene around the holidays, especially if you love to eat sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. Other great sources include carrots, dried and fresh apricots, winter squash, spinach, collard greens, cantaloupe, mango and papaya.

Phytochemicals: Phytochemicals are another reason to eat fruits and vegetables. Phytochemicals are substances found in fruits and vegetables that may have additional health benefits.  Examples include indoles, isothiocyanates, and sulforaphane, which are found in broccoli and allylic sulfides, which are found in onions and garlic.

Well, I guess that’s enough of this for today. I just typed the last paragraph, and I have no idea what it said? Do you? I guess what it boils down to is eat lots of broccoli, onions and garlic if you want to stay healthy!

Our neighbor, Laurine Landheer celebrated her 90th birthday on the 30th of May, and many of you sent her cards. The following message is from Laurine; “To quote: You are all flowers in my garden of life.  Your much appreciated cards added to my many blessings for my 90th birthday. Thank you so much for making the day so special!  May God bless each of you. Sincerely, Laurine Landheer” Happy Birthday, Laurine, and many, many more!

A couple of weeks ago, I told you about an article I read, concerning saving time and money while operating your clothes dryer. It said to put a couple of tennis balls in the dryer, and you could save 25 to 50 percent in drying time. Well, I tried it, and I do believe it works. I have never timed my dryer, so I don’t know how much time I am saving, but the first time I tried it, I stopped the dryer before I thought the clothes would be dry, and I was surprised that not only were the clothes dry, but they were absolutely wrinkle free.

I do use fabric softener sheets, so my clothes are usually pretty wrinkle free, but I suppose the balls bouncing around in the dryer probably keep the clothes separated which would cut down on dryer time.  They are a bit noisy, but certainly worth the noise.

Thought for the week: Advice would be more acceptable if it didn’t always conflict with our plans.

Have a great week.