Camping Is Good For Mind, Soul And Body
Last week was spring break for my family. Although I still had to work, I was so glad to see sunshine and pretty weather for the majority of the week, since it has rained the last two years at Spring break and ruined our outside plans. This year, I did get to take off a couple of days towards the end of the week to enjoy a family camping trip.
Now I’m not much of a camper, as a matter of fact, this was my first time to really camp. Camping is something my family has been wanting to do for a while and it turned out to be a lot of fun and pretty relaxing. Sometimes, with all the business around it’s good to just “unplug” and enjoy nature. Maybe you’re not a camper, but I hope you will take advantage of the warmer temperatures and sunshine and just relax and “unplug” and enjoy nature. It’s good for the mind, soul and body.
The ABCs of Fruits & Veggies
It’s National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Go Further with Food,” and what better way is there to fuel the fun than with fresh fruits and vegetables?
Sometimes it can be tough to know exactly where to start, so I like to break out the ABCs! In this case, that’s asparagus, blueberries, Brussels sprouts, and cantaloupe. I promise, you don’t have to mix them together. Instead, with some fun facts and creative recipe ideas, the chart below has everything you need to engage with some truly tasty fruits and vegetables, whether you’re looking to start fresh with these foods or simply reintroduce them to your plate in a new way.
Did you know that asparagus is a good source of inulin, a prebiotic fiber that may impact gut health? After eating asparagus, your urine may have a foul odor — that’s due to phosphorus compounds! Everyone creates the odor, but not everyone can smell it. Some people have “specific anosmia,” a genetic condition which prevents them from smelling certain odors. Asparagus can be eaten raw, but is more often steamed, roasted, or grilled.
Blueberries are readily available all year, but their peak season is summer.
Blueberries are high in anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant that may prevent cancer. Plus, research suggests that eating blueberries may help ward off heart disease as well as dementia. A cup of blueberries contains only 85 calories and 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. Add blueberries to salads, smoothies, or oatmeal, or eat them on their own!
Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamin K, a nutrient needed for blood clotting. They’re also loaded with vitamin C and beta-carotene.
Boiling Brussels sprouts for too long waters down the nutrient content..and taste. Brussels sprouts get sweeter when they’re roasted with olive oil and a little salt. Try roasting some with sweet potatoes for a tasty side
Cantaloupe are among the most popular melons in the US. They are also known as musk melons, rock melons, mush melons, or Persian melons.
Cantaloupe is an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium and it can be eaten alone or added to smoothies, salads or salsa.
Article Source: https://foodandhealth.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/minutes-agendas-newsletters/Newsletter_2018-03-01.pdf
MSU Extension Service
SAVE THE DATE
The 4-H FCS Club will meet on Thursday, March 22 at 4 p.m. The program will be on Interior Design. Pat Rodrigue has a great program planned, however due to the activities that we will be doing the meeting will probably last until 5:30 p.m. or 6 p.m., so please make arrangements to stay a little longer this week.
Healthy You Exercise and Yoga will be cancelled for the week of March 26-30 due to the AIMS tournament and Easter Holidays.
The Extension Office will be closed on Friday, March 30th for the Easter holiday. We will reopen on Monday, April 2.
MSU Extension will provide accommodations to persons with disabilities or special needs. Please contact our office at 675-2730 prior to a program or event to request reasonable accommodations.