Whole Grains You Should Be Eating

Blueberries, Oats, Oatmeal, Health, Breakfast, Slimming

Why do people who eat more whole grains, like oatmeal, gain less weight than those who fill up on refined grains, like white rice? Whole grains keep food in your stomach longer, so you’re less likely to fill up on junk foods. But a slender shape isn’t the only reason to eat whole grains. Their texture and flavor can also wake up taste buds tired from a white-bread diet.

Check out the slideshow HERE

Peaches

Do you like peaches?

There are health benefit to eating the delicious, fuzzy fruit (If you’re like me, you peel them first). And of course, this is peach cobbler season! 

  • They have lots of vitamin C.
  • They have beta-carotene which is good for your eyes.
  • They have fiber, which helps control your weight and appetite.
  • They have flouride, which helps protect teeth.
  • Go HERE for more information about the health benefits of peaches.

How to peel a peach when you want it to be perfectly round:

Gat a small pot and fill it with water, leaving space about 2 inches from the top. When the water is boiling, ease the peach into the water.

Let it stay in the boiling water for maybe a minute, then take it out and put it into cold water. The skin should slide off easily.

Sweet Potatoes

From Cook’s Vegetables Illustrated cookbook

Sweet potatoes are emphatically not the same vegetable as yams, which can grow to be 5 feet long. This may come as a surprise, but sweet potatoes are not related to potatoes, either. They are actually members of the morning glory family, whereas potatoes belong to the nightshade family. But they’re nearly as versatile in the kitchen as regular potatoes and can be cooked in many of the same preparations, though the techniques need to be adjusted to account for the higher sugar and lower starch content of sweet potatoes. Don’t do this: Refrigeration will cause sweet potatoes’ cores to change texture and become distressingly similar to a damp cork. Do this: Store them in a cool ventilated spot for up to 1 month. Or at room temperature, they will keep for a week or two.

Is Your Metabolism Slow?

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How quickly your body burns calories varies from person to person. (Mine doesn’t burn any at all, or it seems that way to me sometimes!)  Women burn calories more slowly than men, and we all slow down after 40. What can you do to boost your metabolism?

  • Drink water.
  • Build muscle.
  • Get your heart pumping with aerobic exercise.
  • Eat spicy foods.
  • Have more frequent, smaller meals.
  • Eat lean protein.
  • Avoid yo-yo dieting.

Hartford Food Pantries

Hands On Hartford, 40 Pratt Street, Hartford, CT 06103, 860-728-3201

End Hunger Connecticut!, 509 Wethersfield Ave., Hartford, CT  06114, 860-296-1127

Walk In The Light Outreach Center, 672 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-242-5242

Warburton Community Church Food Pantry, 420 Brookfield Street, Hartford, CT 06106, 860-951-0058

United Methodist Church of Hartford Food Pantry, 571 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT  06105, 860-523-5132

Three Angels Adventist Community Service Food Pantry, 500 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-524-5176

The Village – Burns School Family Resource Center, 195 Putnam Street, Hartford, CT 06106, 860-236-4511

The Village – Village South Center For Community Life, 331 Wethersfield Avenue, Hartford, CT  06114, 860-236-4511

Shiloh Baptist Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, 350 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT  06120, 860-247-3767

Saint Monica’s Church Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, 3575 Main St., Hartford, CT  06120, 860-522-7761

Salvation Army – Greater Hartford South End Complex, 217 Washington Street, Hartford, CT  06106, 860-543-8413   

Saint Michael’s Church Food Pantry, 7 Clark Street, Hartford, CT  06120, 860-522-6184

Saint Lawrence O’Toole Church Food Pantry, 480 New Britain Avenue, Hartford, CT  06106. 860-522-1129

Sacred Heart Food Bank, 49 Winthrop Street, Hartford, CT  06103, 860-527-6459

Saint Ann’s-Immaculate Conception Church Food Pantry, 820 Park Street, Hartford, CT  06106. 860-525-1522

Saint Augustine’s Church Food Pantry,10 Campfield Avenue, Hartford, CT  06114, 860-522-7128

Saint Francis Hospital And Medical Center – Burgdorf Center, 131 Coventry Street 2nd Floor, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-714-2845

North United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 1205 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT 06112, 860-525-0573

Northend Church of Christ Food Pantry, 687 Albany Avenue, Hartford, CT  06112, 860-525-5463