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Foods that Contain Potassium

Posted on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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bananasWe all need to make sure we are getting the right amount of vitamins. Our bodies don’t automatically produce enough vitamins and minerals on their own, so we need to get them from either food or supplements. Do you know what foods contain potassium? Here’s a quick look at foods that have it.

Potassium is sometimes referred to as “Vitamin K”. This could be because the symbol for potassium on the periodic table is K. However, potassium is a mineral, not a vitamin, and vitamin K is not the same thing as potassium. Both are important for the body.

Potassium is something that the body uses in a variety of ways. The mineral helps regulate electrolyte balance in the body. It can also affect heart function, the contraction of muscles, and the stimulation of responses to nerves.

There are many vegetables that have potassium. Sweet Potatoes are one of the best sources of it. One sweet potato has 694 milligrams of potassium. That’s about 15% of the daily recommended amount. One half cup of beet greens contains 655 milligrams of potassium. You can easily incorporate sweet potatoes into your meal plans. Just replace a recipe that includes potatoes with sweet potatoes.

Lima beans are another source of potassium. One cup of Lima beans has 995 milligrams of potassium. A medium potato, with its skin, has about 422 milligrams of potassium. Other vegetables that have potassium include asparagus, mushrooms, pumpkins and avocados. Consider adding some avocado to your nachos or burrito. In fall, it is super easy to find foods that contain pumpkin.

There are some fruits that contain potassium. Banana might be the first one that comes to most people’s minds. Chiquita says that the average Chiquita banana has about 422 milligrams of potassium. This is equal to about 13% of the daily-recommend amount of potassium.

Orange juice contains some potassium. It is also a good source of vitamin C. A half cup of dates contains 584 milligrams of potassium. Another way to get some potassium is to eat raisins. Half a cup of raisins contains 543 milligrams of potassium. Pack a little box of raisins into your lunch as a healthy snack.

You might not realize it, but it is possible to get some potassium from meat. Salmon, cod, and flounder are some of the best choices of potassium from meat. Four ounces of cod broiled with butter gives you about 460 milligrams of potassium. Broiled halibut has around 596 milligrams of potassium. You can also get some potassium from yogurt or cheese.

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Fresh Produce Coupon ~ Save 20% on Lettuce

Posted on Tuesday, February 24th, 2015 at 9:15 am
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It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose unwrapped Lettuce at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 3/2/2015.

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Fresh Produce Coupon: Save 20% on Broccoli

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 9:20 am
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It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Broccoli at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 2/23/2015.

 

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All About Just Like Sugar

Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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SugarThere are a whole lot of sugar substitutes out there. It can be difficult to figure out which sweeteners to use and which ones you may want to avoid. It is always good to look up information on new sweeteners before you try them. Here are some things to know about the Just Like Sugar sweetener.

Just Like Sugar is the name of a product that is a sweetener that can be used in place of sugar. It is made from a blend of natural ingredients and is said to mimic the attributes of beet sugar or cane sugar.

What is Just Like Sugar made of?
It is made from a blend of chicory root, dietary fiber, vitamin C, calcium, and natural flavor (which comes from the peel of an orange). You’ve probably heard of most, if not all, of these ingredients.

The natural flavor comes from the orange and is taken entirely from the orange skin (or peel). This part of a citrus fruit is also called “zest”, especially when it is used in baking or cooking. The orange peel is what gives Just Like Sugar its sweetness.

Chicory root is the root portion of a vegetable called chicory. It is often used as a substitute for coffee (after it has been ground and roasted). The dietary fiber listed in the ingredients of Just Like Sugar is inulin – which comes from the chicory root.

Inulin fiber can cause flatulence and bloating. This is because it cannot be broken down by the digestive enzymes in the human body. It functions as a prebiotic, which is a food source for the natural bacteria that lives in your intestines. Not everyone handles inulin, or chicory, the same way. You may want to consult your doctor before consuming products that contain it.

Calcium is a mineral that helps the body to maintain strong bones. It also helps muscles to move and nerve cells to carry messages from the brain through the rest of the body.

Vitamin C can help people whose immune systems were weakened due to stress. It might also help a person fight off a cold after they have caught one. The vitamin C in Just Like Sugar comes from orange juice in the form of L-ascorbic acid.

What is not in Just Like Sugar?
Just Like Sugar does not contain soy, yeast, animal derivatives, MSG, l-glutamic acid, d-glutamine acid, aspartic acid, gluten, wheat, dairy, or preservatives. It also doesn’t contain any carbs or calories. Just Like Sugar doesn’t contain any sugar alcohols.

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How to Make Your Own Dish Soap

Posted on Tuesday, February 17th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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washing dishesHow often do you purchase dish soap? You can cut down on the cost if you use a coupon or wait for a sale. Those types of discounts may or may not match up to when you need more dish soap. Another way to cut down on the cost of dish soap is to make your very own at home. There are several recipes to choose from.

Did you know that the bubbles in the dish soap are there for aesthetic purposes? People tend to think that the more bubbles you see – the cleaner your dishes will be. Instead, the cleaning is done when a person scrubs the soap on the dishes.

The homemade dish soap recipes mentioned here are intended for use by people who are doing dishes by hand in their kitchen sinks. These homemade dish soaps are not designed for use in a dishwasher. There are different recipes for people who want to make their own laundry detergent. This isn’t a “one soap fits all” kind of situation.

The DIY Natural blog has a recipe for homemade dish soap that contains the following ingredients: boiling water, borax, grated bar soap, and essential oils. The interesting thing about this recipe is that it could be a good way to use up the little bits of soap that are too small to be useful. You will need to use a grater to reduce the bar soap to small flakes.

Some people are hesitant to use borax to make homemade dish soap. It is possible that their concern is due to confusing borax with boric acid. Borax is a naturally occurring mineral powder that is made of soft, colorless, crystals. It is a compound of the element boron and may be called sodium borate or disodium tetraborate.

Borax is different from boric acid. (which is also called boracic acid or orthoboric acid). Boric acid is made of the elements boron, oxygen, and hydrogen. It does not exist in nature by itself.

PopSugar has a recipe for homemade dish soap that includes: boiling water, borax, washing soda, white distilled vinegar, castile soap, and essential oil.

Castile soap is a popular ingredient in homemade dish soap recipes. Some recipes call for liquid castile soap, while others ask you to use a grater to make flakes of it. It is important to note that washing soda and baking soda are not the same thing.

No matter which recipe you choose, you are going to need a bottle to put your homemade dish soap into. Remember to set aside an empty bottle of the store bought dish soap you are currently using.

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Kroger: Organic Bananas Only $.30

Posted on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at 10:10 am
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Head to Kroger this week for a sweet deal on organic bananas! Here’s how:

Bananas, Organic, per lb – $0.69
Use $0.25/1 Bananas; May vary by account; Pick Your Own Offer Participating Item; May Only Choose 1 of 5 – Checkout 51 Rebate
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Use 20% OFF Bananas, Loose, Single Purchase – SavingStar Rebate – (exp. 02/16/15)
Out-of-Pocket Price: $0.69
Final Price: $0.30
Buy 1 lb; Includes Checkout 51 & SavingStar rebates

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All About Stevia

Posted on Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Pure Via Stevia SweetenerThere are many different types of sweeteners that can be found in foods and drinks. People can become confused when a certain ingredient is given several different brand names. This seems to be especially true in regards to sweeteners that are used in diet or zero-calorie beverages. Stevia is among them. Here are some quick facts to know about Stevia.

What is Stevia?
Stevia is a plant. The latin name for it is Stevia rebuaudiana. It belongs to the same food family as dandelions, daisy, ragweed, and chrysanthemums.

There are many types of Stevia that grow in several places around the world. But, the one that is used as a sweetener in diet foods and beverages comes from Paraguay and Brazil. That variety is also called Bertoni.

Why is Stevia used in diet products?
The primary reason why Stevia is used in diet foods and beverages is because it has no calories. It is also 200 times sweeter than sugar (in the same concentration). This means food manufacturers can use a smaller amount of Stevia to sweeten a product than if they wanted to use sugar. It also means they can provide a zero-calorie version of their products.

You might be able to find Stevia sold as a sweetener just like you would find sugar. Pure Via, Truvia and Sweet Leaf are the brand names of some sweeteners that are made from Stevia.

How is Stevia made?
The first step is to collect the leaves of the Stevia plant. The next step is to extract the glycosides from the leaves. Glycosides are the components of the Stevia leaves that make them sweet.

The leaves are placed into hot water which is then passed through a resin material that will trap and collect the steviol glycosides. Next, the resin is washed out with alcohol. This frees the glycosides. The product then undergoes a re-crystallization process that results in the purified glycosides as an end product.

Is Stevia safe?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been asked the question: “Has Stevia been approved by the FDA to be used as a sweetener?” The answer was given on January 26, 2015.

“Based on its review of information and data submitted by industry, FDA has concluded there is no basis to object to the use of certain refined Stevia preparations in food. These refined preparations may be lawfully marketed and added to food products in the United States.”

More specifically, the FDA approved the use if Rebaudioside A, or Reb-A, as a sweetener in 2008. It is a highly purified component of Stevia. The FDA has not approved of the Stevia leaves themselves (before the glycosides are extracted).

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Produce Coupon: Save 20% on Bananas

Posted on Tuesday, February 10th, 2015 at 9:14 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 2/16/2015.

 

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Allergy Friendly Valentine’s Day Treats

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Childrens hand with pencil draws the heartWill you child be attending a Valentine’s Day classroom party at school? While some schools have stopped celebrating this holiday, others continue to do so. Parents may be asked to provide valentines for every student in their child’s class and an allergy friendly treat. Here are a few ideas to try.

What allergens should you avoid?
Your child’s school might send home information about a specific allergen that they want parents to exclude from Valentine’s Day treats. For example, they may point out that treats that include peanuts will not be allowed. Often, this is due to a child at the school who has a severe allergy to that specific allergen.

The top eight allergens are: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish (bass, cod, flounder) shellfish (crab, lobster, shrimp) soy and wheat. People with milk allergies have to avoid all dairy products. People with allergies to wheat must avoid all foods that contain wheat, rye,and barley (in other words, gluten). These allergens account for an estimated 90 percent of allergic reactions.

Non-Food Treats
One way to avoid most, if not all, of the top eight allergens is to provide a Valentine’s Day treat that is not edible. Choose a Valentine’s Day decorated toy instead of a cookie. Many classrooms are choosing to have non-food treats in an effort to avoid giving children a lot of sugar. Some excellent choices include:

* Valentine’s Day pencils
* Valentine’s Day (or heart shaped) erasers
* Valentine’s Day stickers
* Valentine’s Day coloring sheets
* Valentine’s Day temporary tattoos (other designs will work, too)
* Bookmarks (these don’t have to be Valentine’s Day related)
* Origami hearts
* Friendship bracelets
* Small toys from the dollar store (cars, dolls, plastic animals)

There are two advantages to providing a non-food Valentine’s Day treat. One is that it isn’t food, so you won’t have to worry about a child accidentally eating something that contains an allergen. The other advantage is that you can often buy these items in bulk, which cuts down in the cost.

Treats Without Allergens
Another option is to provide a treat that is food but that doesn’t contain any of the top eight allergens. You may want to check with your child’s teacher to see if any of the students have an allergy to these foods:

* Apples (or apple slices)
* Oranges
* Fruit snacks (that don’t contain the top 8 allergens)
* Individual packages of baby carrots
* Small packages of raisins
* Popcorn (Place individual portions in resealable sandwich bags)

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Healthy Coupon: Save 20% on Apples

Posted on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015 at 10:11 am
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It's Tuesday! Time to load this week's Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Apples at participating retailers.

It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Apples at participating retailers. 

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 2/9/2015.

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