Some information for those thinking of going vegetarian

The menu for the Luther site of the Lake County Meals Program for the week of May 9, 2011 is as follows:

May 9 – Beef stew, green beans, biscuit, strawberries.

May 10 – Spaghetti with meat sauce, Italian veggies, garlic toast, tropical fruit.

May 11 – Chili with beef and beans, tossed salad, corn bread, fruit salad.

May 12 – Chicken and dumplings, California veggies, tossed salad, peaches.

May 13 – Lemon pepper Pollack, baked potato, cole slaw, banana.

Going vegetarian?

Are you thinking about becoming a vegetarian or are you already trying to eat that way? People become vegetarians for lots of reasons. Some do it because they love animals or are worried about the environment. Some think it’s a healthier way to eat. Some just don’t like the taste of meat,chicken or fish.

There are different types of vegetarians. Many still eat foods that come from animals, like milk, cheese, yogurt and eggs. It’s easier to get all the vitamins and minerals you need when you eat these foods.

Some vegetarians, called vegans (VEE-GANS) don’t eat any foods from animals. That makes it a little trickier to get certain vitamins and minerals like calcium, iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and vitamin D but with smart planning it can be done.

Locate a registered dietitian (RD) in your area by going to www.kidnetic.com or the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org. Check out all the food choices without meat by visiting www.mypyramid.gov.

Types of vegetarian diets:

Ovo-Vegetarian – eats eggs; no meat.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian – eats dairy and egg products; no meat.

Lacto-Vegetarian – eats dairy products; no eggs or meat.

Vegan – eats food only from plant sources.

Sunday is Mothers Day. If you have no plans for your mom, you might consider taking her to Edgetts Church for a choir concert presented by local choir members from Luther, LeRoy, Tustin and Remus- areas. The concert is free and starts at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited and welcome. If you don’t have a mom to bring, then bring your friend, neighbor or anyone else you happen to be with on Mothers Day. You can even bring dad (or someone elses dad for that matter.)

April 23 was an exciting day at the Luther Library where a Mad Hatters Tea Party was held. There were 22 children and seven adults in attendance. The party began at 2 p.m. followed by the showing of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” at 3 p.m. Everyone enjoyed sandwiches, loads of desserts with their “tea” (lemonade). Some came dressed in their favorite Alice in Wonderland character costumes. And a good time was had by all.

The library has recently acquired a movie license and plans are being made to show a movie once a month.

Representative Bumstead will be at the Luther Library on Friday, May 6. Office hours will be held, starting at 10:30 a.m.

The Grand Rapids Press ran an article on Sunday, April 24. It was entitled “Improving Our Lives, One Joke at a Time”. There were some interesting hints and ideas in the article, but the last paragraph really surprised me. It said a couple of tennis balls in the dryer can reduce drying time by 25 to 50 percent. Can this be true? I guess you know I am certainly going to try it.

Have a great week.