We had a weekend FREGGIE challenge with the BLC this weekend with a round of BINGO. Silly me should have read everything prior to the last day of the challenge! I thought it was all about eating freggies (fruits and vegetables), however there were a few more details. At least I did my pre-work and got those free squares!!!
Five facts about fiber:
Fiber is defined as material made by plants that is not digested by the human gastrointestinal tract.
Fiber is one of the mainstays in the treatment of constipation though it also may have additional uses such as the treatment of diverticular disease of the colon. (Awesome for those of us who have IBS!!!)
Many types of fiber bind to water and keep the water within the intestine. The fiber and water adds bulk (volume) to the stool, and the water softens the stool. (So gross, but so necessary:-)
A high-fiber diet may be just what the doctor ordered to get your blood sugars under control. Keeping our blood sugars stable is a goal that we would all benefit from. If you don't have type 2 diabetes, this could be the way to prevent it. If you do have it, this could be the way to keep it under control.
There is some evidence that "bulking up" could lead to slimming down. In a recent study of more than 1700 overweight and obese men and women, those with the highest fiber intake had the greatest weight loss over 24 months.
Five Facts About Calcium:
It’s a metal, shiny and silvery like other metals. It is not white powder as most people think. It is a silvery white, soft alkaline earth metal.
Then why tablets are white? The white coating on calcium metal is an element that has reacted with the oxygen in the air and formed calcium oxide.
Human breast milk provides all the calcium a child needs.
Vitamin D is needed to absorb it.
Caffeine is “washing away” calcium. So don’t forget to add milk or cream to your morning coffee!
A new veggie tried:
There are not many veggies that I have not tried, but parsnips were one of them! Here's a recipe (Apple-Parsnip Soup from Cooking Light) that was absolutely delicious!
My favorite Fruit Dessert Recipe?:
Slice up an apple, saute in 1 tsp of Smart Balance butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon over medium heat. When apples are starting to soften, top with 1 tsp brown sugar and cook until caramelized. Scoop 1 serving of your favorite vanilla ice cream into a bowl (I prefer Breyers No Sugar Added Vanilla) and top with the apple topping! Absolutely delightful and tastes sooooo decadent!
Five Facts About Sodium:
Sodium is an essential element for animal nutrition. In humans, sodium is important for maintaining fluid balance in the cells and throughout the body. The electric potential maintained by sodium ions is critical for nerve function.
The symbol for sodium is Na, which comes from the Latin natrium or Arabic natrun or a similar-sounding Egyptian word, all referring to soda or sodium carbonate.
Sodium is a silvery-white metal belonging to Group 1 of the Periodic Table, which is the alkali metals group.
Sodium is highly reactive! The pure metal is kept under oil or kerosene because it spontaneously ignites in water. It's interesting to note, sodium metal also floats on water!
Sodium and it compounds are used for food preservation, cooling nuclear reactors, in sodium vapor lamps, to purify and refine other elements and compounds, and as a desiccant.
Try a new Fruit:
Dragon Fruit! We actually have Dragon Fruit plants that wrap around our trees in the back yard. I had never been willing to try one until this weekend challenge. They flower at night and then the flower closes during the day. It's kind of citrusy but also kind of odd because it has seeds like a kiwi. It was yummy and I will be having it again:-)
Check out this link to see what they look like (this is exactly what is in our trees!)
I hope you've learned a little from me:-)