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Collard Cool

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5 Carrots
4 Stalks Celery
2 Small Apples

I qualify this as a green juice even though the carrots muddy the color. They certainly add to the flavor and nutritional value.

I’m not a stickler about green apples over red apples. They have slightly different health benefits and sugar content but not enough to lose sleep over.

The red apples will generally will make it taste a bit sweeter, so you may want to use green apples to balance the carrots, but that’s your call.

Make a smaller portion by cutting everything in half.

I picked up the tip below from the Little Red House blog connected to their Spring Green Juice:

I love when I have pulp from greens like spinach and kale. I juice these first, and then set the green pulp aside. Saute it up in some olive oil with garlic, pine nuts, sundried tomatoes and throw some pasta and parmesan or goat cheese in…..dinner!

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God Bless Bustelo

img_0198Morning coffee! I’m not sure what I would do without it. I grew up in a predominately tea household and didn’t have my first cup of coffee until I was 27, married, had a daughter under 2 years old, was working two jobs, was a bicycle commuter and beginning racer. Now, coffee is the pillar of my morning ritual.

My diabetic diagnosis a couple of years ago required that I cut back on sugar. I have sacrificed it in my coffee. What an incredible sacrifice! A splash of carnation evaporated milk helps but for me it isn’t a complete cup of coffee. I miss that hint of sweetness.

When having coffee out, I generally add a teaspoon of sugar much like someone who adds a little salt to his/her food. I do taste first, and really good coffee may not need it. When working in community gardens and refereeing basketball games. I generally find the first Spanish restaurant I can and have a cup of cafe con leche.

I can’t abide the taste of artificial sweeteners. A recent study suggested that artificial sweeteners can aide and abet glucose intolerance. What’s the point then, calories?

My favorite fix is expresso albeit not from a machine that costs hundreds of dollars and perfectly steams milk. My Krups gives me a great cup of coffee. I used to microwave 4 ozs. of milk, throw it in a coffee mug with an aerator ball and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. That got tedious. More importantly, I use my microwave less every day. Honestly, I feel I should wear a lead lined apron when I use it.

I’ve used the expresso steamer to froth the milk. I never got that to work for me. I used to heat milk in a small pan. Having to wash the extra stuff wasn’t fun.

I haven’t bought a Keurig. The latest are cool because you can set it for Strong Brew. I have always been skeptical of brewing from a K-cup and expecting the same results over different amounts of water.  Also, I like the smell of coffee and probably hold the can higher than I should when I scoop so I can get a good whiff. SEE COMMENT BELOW.

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FARMER’S MARKET GREEN JUICE

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3 celery stalks
2 small pears
3 kale (Tuscan cabbage) leaves
Big handful of parsley

Wash all produce well. Add ingredients through juicer and enjoy!

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Uptown Restaurant Week

 

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Stuck in a winter rut? Grab a friend and explore all that Uptown Grand Central has to offer during Uptown Restaurant Week Monday, January 23, to Friday, February 10. 

You’ll find specials along East 125th Street and Park Avenue for just $8! Offers are good seven days a week, from opening to closing time.

The Uptown Grand Central initiative is a collaboration of merchants and neighbors along the east side of 125th Street who work together to enrich the area through collaboration, research, and creative community projects.

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Health Benefits of Grapefruit

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Unhealthy Foods

There are some foods you really should stop eating. You may not even realize they are more detrimental to your health than you’d actually expect. The items on this list you should seriously stop eating immediately.

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Losing weight doesn’t have to be insurmountable if you focus on small lifestyle changes. If you do the items below, you’ll be able to chip away at your weight and move the scales needle towards your goal.

Super Food

Is eating a “Super Food” going to make your efforts Heroic? Try adding these 10 foods to your diet. Add as many as you can every day. The cornerstone is water. While not a “food” make sure you get enough of it every day.

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Done right, crate training helps breed familiarity, trust and a sense of security between your pup and his crate. You should not put dogs in crates that have not been properly crate trained.

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Mat Training- A mat, or a defined place for a dog to “go to,” is a versatile and useful behavior to teach a dog. A mat can be a a dog bed, a dog mat, a bath mat, a towel, a blanket, – whatever makes the most sense for the dog and the handler.

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Rude Habits Of Dog Owners. These are some of the things people complain about the most when it comes to dog owners.

Give An Animal A Home

Adopt a pet this holiday season. You can give an animal in need a loving home or consider donating to the ASPCA or other animal charity in a friend’s name.

Hello Cyclists, We at The Bronx Tourism Council would like to offer cyclists a chance to get their T-shirts and bibs as commemorative items. If you live within the NYC metropolitan area you may come to 851 Grand Concourse, Ste. 123 between 9am and 4:45pm to retrieve your shirts and bibs personally.

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Fear

“It is said that before entering the sea a river trembles with fear.

She looks back at the path she has traveled, from the peaks of the mountains, the long winding road crossing forests and villages.

And in front of her, she sees an ocean so vast, that to enter there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.

But there is no other way.
The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back. To go back is impossible in existence.

The river needs to take the risk of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear, because that’s where the river will know it’s not about disappearing into the ocean, but of becoming the ocean.” – Khalil Gibran

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