Saturday, January 19, 2008

Sea Salt For Reducing High BP

Sea salt has become an ingredient we are beginning to see used more often in recipes. I have been using it in all of the dishes I cook; and I have not noticed a difference in the flavor. That is a good thing. I am going to try using it in my baking recipes next. I soon will have another blog to let my readers know of this venture in baking with sea salt.

I am using about one third less of the sea salt measurement than iodized salt in my recipes. It has certainly helped with keeping my blood pressure under control, and others have told me the same. My doctor first told me to try the sea salt. I'm glad I did. It may be a matter of taste to some people, but I like sea salt. Baked potatoes are delicious when rubbed all over with a mixture of one half tsp. sea salt, a small pat of butter and one half tsp. garlic powder. This amount of the mixture will do for several potatoes. Wrap each potato completely up in a square of aluminum foil, place it in a hot oven until done; and you will really enjoy the flavor! Hint: when using the foil, always make sure the folds are pointing up to reduce the chance of juices from the mixture seeping out of the foil and starting a fire in your oven. When preparing the baked potatoes in this manner there is a crustiness on the outside that is pleasant to most people's taste buds too. This aids in the flavor of the potato skin. This will benefit people by eating more fiber from this vegetable too!

Sea salt is becoming a common ingredient found in most super market chains now. If it is not where the iodized salt is on the grocer's shelf, ask an associate if they carry the product. It may be found in the health food section of some stores. Look for it stored with the spices too.

As a test for your family, use the sea salt without mentioning the switch from iodized salt. Listen for comments on the taste of the food. Then...tell your family of the change you are making for a healthier style of eating.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Places for Families to Visit

Places for families to visit do not have to be far from home, or a hardship on our budget. Spending time together is the most important thing about excursions away from home. A visit to the zoo can be within an hour's drive, or you could set up a block party that everyone in the neighborhood could attend. Planning can be the key to having a good time as a family.

The first month of the new year would be a great time for your family to set an evening aside for planning on trips and vacations for the next twelve months. Get a new calendar, some popcorn and soft drinks, and make the activity itself one the whole family can enjoy together. This will give everyone a chance to make plans for some of the things that will need to be 'saved up' for.

Get a brochure or tour guide of your state, and plan trips and things to do by utilizing all it has within it. These can usually be picked up at state parks or from tourism centers in towns and cities. These guides will list cities and towns all around your state with places of interest and costs, restaurants, motels, and many other interesting facts. A trip to your own local tourism or chamber of commerce office will surprise you with places to visit in your own county that you may not know exist.

Children of today are losing out on some of the values that those of twenty to forty years ago grew up with in their families. Computers, cars and other items are things that children of early eras did not have of their own. Some homes had only radios to find out what was going on in the world around them back then. With computers and cable TV, we now have the opportunity to see first hand, right now what is happening 8,000 miles away from where we live.

The values and morals of yesteryear can be taught to our children today; but we need to be creative in how to work them into the busy lifestyles we now lead. Starting early by getting children involved in saving money, and planning for things they want and need, is a good way to teach them important things that will matter to them all of their lives.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

New Year's Day 2008

Today marks a new year! New Year's Day should always be a day when we have new goals set before us. Some of the old-time things to do on this first day of the year are to eat cabbage, black-eyed peas or corned beef. A few people through salt over one or the other of their shoulders. But most of us set personal goals such as losing those excess pounds we carry around, doing at least one good deed for another person each day, or fixing a new flowerbed before spring.

No matter what you do to begin your new year, do it with a better outlook on the year as a whole. Always strive to be a good person to everyone you meet. That doesn't mean you have to treat everyone as if you have known them all of you life. But give each person a smile, even if you don't have the opportunity to say a word out loud to them. A smile will not only allow people to notice that you have acknowledged them, but it will help your own countenance as well. You never know when you may run into that very same person another day, and it would be better to be remembered by a smile than a frown.