Peanuts- More Than They Are Cracked Up To Be

While it was recently peanut butter lover’s day, it is also National Peanut month. While there are many who suffer from peanut allergies, if you do not, there are some amazing peanut recipes out there. I have found this link to ten absolutely delectable recipes. It includes snacks such as Homemade Crunchy Peanut Butter with Maple Syrup, main dishes like the Bakes Smoked Salmon, Miso Peanut Butter, Crunchy Salad and Lime, sides, and desserts! If you want to go a little more well known, I also found this delicious Pad Thai recipe.

Peanuts are not just good for you, they have a plethora of beneficial properties, including lowering your risk for heart disease and diabetes, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. The Peanut Institute’s website has all kinds of interesting facts on this, and also important resources to back up their facts. Don’t wait, start getting those benefits now (provided you are not allergic).

Grapefruit Is Good For That Too

Even though February is coming to an end, grapefruit season is not. Yes, February is National Grapefruit month, and the peak time to purchase those large tart fruits, so I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the health benefits, along with other interesting uses. Besides being an excellent source of vitamins A & C, grapefruit can protect the heart, boost metabolism, and firm up your skin, among other things. It is also good for rough patches of skin, and sprucing up the bathroom. Don’t hesitate go out and get your grapefruit while we are still in peak season!!

International Children’s Day

International Children’s Day – We encourage local support, but if you’re able to do more, here’s a comprehensive list of the Top 25 Children’s Charities, many of which have local chapters here in Stanislaus County – CASA of Stanislaus, Boys & Girls Clubs, Make A Wish, and St. Jude’s to name a few. Please click here to review the list.

Giving is good for the mind, soul and the body. Studies have found these health benefits associated with giving: lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, less depression, lower stress levels, longer life, and greater happiness. According to a University of California, Berkeley study, people who were 55 and older who volunteered for two or more organizations were 44 percent less likely to die over a five-year period than those who didn’t volunteer. Even accounting for many other factors including age, exercise, general health and negative habits like smoking.