Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Flaxseed Smoothies Boost Your Health

Flaxseed can help lower your risk of breast cancer by 64%.  Flaxseed contains lignans which are naturally occurring plant estrogens.  Lignans help balance female hormones to ward off health issues that plague women with age.
They also help balance estrogen levels that rise and fall wildly in women between the ages of 35 and 50.  Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN found that lignans steady hormonal swings enough to reduce hot flashes by up to 57%.
Consuming 1 1/2 Tbs. of flaxseed per day slows hair loss in 9 out of 10 women according to Taiwanese study.
1  Strawberry Kiwifruit kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
1 Banana, peeled, chopped and frozen
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 containers (6 oz. each) nonfat strawberry yogurt
1 cup milk
2 Tbs. flaxseed meal, like Bob's Red Mill

Blend and enjoy!

Sweet Berry Bliss
3/4 cup frozen strawberries
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup milk
2 Tbs. cream cheese
1 Tbs. flaxseed, Bob's Red Mill
1/2 ts. vanilla extract

Add 4 ice cubes to blender with all the ingredients listed above.  Blend and enjoy!

Coco-Peach Pina Colada
1 cup frozen sliced peaches
1 container ( 6 oz.) nonfat pneapple-coconut yogurt
1/4 cup light coconut milk
1 Tbs. flaxseed meal, like Bob's Red Mill

Blend and enjoy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Know where to go for discount groceries.

Farmers Market - Most grocery stores have to have their products shipped to them and may pass on shipping and handling costs to you.  If you buy directly from the farmer, you cut out the middleman and save cash.  For a list of local farmer markets check out localharvest.org.

Drugstores - Drugstores are now giving out rewards.  Check with your drugstore to see if they have a loyalty card.  Target now has a loyalty card and you get discounts and points.  Drugstores also have great deals on food items.  Check the circulars!

Big Box Stores - When purchasing large quantities sometimes you get a substantial break.  You could save up to 30%.  But don't be too quick about grabbing the big bag.  Always check the unit price on all of the sizes offered.

Dollar stores - Dollar Stores don't do much advertising and employ fewer people.  This means they can pass the savings on to you.  Many of the them are now offering brand name items and not just generic.

Gas Stations - Gas stations are now turning into small grocery stores and often have great deals on groceries or snack items.  If you don't see it, ask the cashier.

Online - It is often less expensive to shop on line.  Try these sites:  Alice.com; Amazon.com; Peapod.com; Soap.com.