Monthly archive for March 2014

3 Easy Ways to Cook Carrots

3 Easy Ways to Cook Carrots

CARROTS ARE A NUTRITIONAL POWERHOUSE Carrots are not only tasty — they’re really good for you. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene, which helps maintain healthy eyesight. They also contain fiber, natural sugars, folic acid, potassium, calcium and magnesium. With all these nutrients, you should munch on carrots whenever you get the chance. In raw form, carrots are crunchy and slightly sweet. Eat them alone or with a dip; serve them as an appetizer or a snack. You can even grate them and add them to salads, sandwiches, cakes or cookies. If these combinations aren’t enough for you, don’t worry: With so many ways to cook them, you’ll never run out of new things to try. Here are a just a few ways to enjoy them: MASHED Mashed carrots make an excellent side dish and are great for a casual dinner or for a holiday feast. Aside from that, they’re

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Carole Lewis Talks Retirement

Carole Lewis Talks Retirement

My First Three Months I almost laughed as I typed this header for my article, because it seems I have been busier than ever the last three months, which is exactly what people have told me. If you’ve always been a busy person, you will still stay busy.  This month I wanted to share some truths that I thought I knew, but that God has solidified in my heart. God’s Timing Is Perfect Two years ago on my 70th birthday, I began earnestly praying for God to tell me the perfect time to retire.  Jeremiah 33:3 says, Call to me and I will answer and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know. God and I have walked together long enough that I did not doubt for a minute He would let me know when to retire.  What a shock the evening of December 2, 2013, when the Holy Spirit

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God is Showing Off in First Place 4 Health

God is Showing Off in First Place 4 Health

I am getting my hopes up, because I think spring is finally here. Think spring—think new. I have new plants growing in the pots on my porch, new baby birds singing and new growth on my crepe myrtles. I have a new pair of workout shoes and a new passion for the coming Easter season. God shows off in spring. He is showing off in First Place 4 Health too. We have many new things to share with you. We have new groups and new leaders starting all over the country, especially in Louisiana, Mississippi, New England, Ohio and Pennsylvania. This is in direct response to the hard work of our First Place 4 Health Regional Team Leaders: Joyce Ainsworth, Delilah Dirksen and Helen Baratta. Thank you for your unending sacrifice to this ministry. Another new thing the Lord has accomplished is to give FP4H a new Board of Directors. 

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Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

Spring Cleaning Your Pantry

Here are some tips to get you started. Before heading to the store, “shop” your pantry to find ingredients you already have for easy, tasty recipes. Homemade soup is a great way to use a mixture of pantry ingredients such as pasta, dried beans, canned vegetables, spices and grains.  You can find a great recipe later in this newsletter. Designate items for donations that you know you won’t use. It’s easy to find a local food bank with Feeding America’s food bank locator – http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx. Place older foods first on each shelf and newer foods behind them so that the older foods get used up first. Place frequently-used items on shelves that are easy to reach. Label each item with the date it was purchased, especially if you’re using reusable containers for your dried goods. Labeling cans also help you identify which grain is which if you’re storing in bulk containers. Use extras of

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Spring Cleaning Your Fitness Routine

Spring Cleaning Your Fitness Routine

Check out these five habits that can stall your progress, and toss them out to get yourself better and faster results. Wearing the Wrong Kind of Footwear We know you have a great pair of shoes, which you love wearing, but did you know that the wrong type of shoe could be increasing your risk of injury? The right type of footwear is critical to ensure the safety and effectiveness of your workout.  If you’re attending a dance-based class, opt for flexible shoes that allow you to easily pivot and turn.  These will help reduce the risk of injury, instead of traditional running shoes that may cause your feet to stick to the floor. The following link is another great article on picking the right shoe – http://bit.ly/1iBxpNC. Zoning Out During Your Workouts Its one thing to stay inspired with a great workout music mix, but if you are totally distracted

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Guard Your Heart

Guard Your Heart

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4 The word “delight” in this verse comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to be delicate.” What does it mean to make ourselves delicate in the Lord? When I think of the word delicate, I think of something that requires special care and protection. I am not a woman who collects china or fine crystal. In fact, most of the items in our home are not very delicate—if they were, they simply would not survive. However, when I think of delicate items in my life that require special care and protection, I think of my children’s hearts. Their precious hearts need my special care and protection. We are responsible for giving our relationship with God special care and protection by not allowing things to come between us and our love for God. We protect

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No-Sugar Added Treats

No-Sugar Added Treats

1. Cherries with Ricotta & Toasted Almonds Warm cherries topped with luscious ricotta cheese and toasted almonds makes for a rich-tasting—yet calorie-conscious—treat. Recipe:  3/4 cup frozen pitted cherries, 2 tablespoons part-skim ricotta, 1 tablespoon toasted slivered almonds.  Heat cherries in the microwave on High until warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Top the cherries with ricotta and almonds. 133 Calories 2. Broiled Mango Broiling fruit brings out its inherent sweetness. A squeeze of tart lime juice balances it out. Try this technique with pineapple as well. Recipe:  1 mango, peeled and sliced, Lime wedges.  Position rack in upper third of oven and preheat broiler. Line a broiler pan with foil.  Arrange mango slices in a single layer in the prepared pan. Broil until browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Squeeze lime wedges over the broiled mango and serve.  69 Calories 3. Cocoa-Nut Bananas Cocoa- and coconut-crusted bananas are a treat for the whole

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