Wednesday, September 28, 2011

E. coli contaminated beef products RECALLED

by:  Tara Fuller

Due to possible E. coli contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) are recalling approximately 131,300 pounds of Tyson Fresh Meats products sold at Kroger.

Products under the recall are stamped with Best Before or Freeze By date of Sept. 12, 2011; and 245D along the package seam. The products were produced on Aug. 23, 2011.  

  Recall includes the following:
  • 5-pound chubs of Kroger-brand ground beef packed in 40-pound cases containing eight chubs. Cases bear product code D-0211 QW. These products were shipped to distribution centers in Indiana and Tennessee.
  • 3-pound chubs of Butcher's Brand ground beef packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear product code D-0211 LWIF. These products were shipped to distribution centers in North and South Carolina.
  • 3-pound chubs of a generic label ground beef packed in 36-pound cases each containing 12 chubs. Cases bear product code D-0211 LWI. These products were shipped to distribution centers in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Montana, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin
"E. coli is a bacterium that can cause bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and in severe cases, kidney failure. The very young, very old and persons with weak immune systems are the most susceptible to foodborne illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider."
If you have questions or concerns regarding the recall, please call 866-328-3156 or visit FSIS Web site. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fundraising for Haitian orphans: Runninng Waters 5K

Running for Water
by:  Tara Fuller

More than a year and a half has passed since Haiti's devastating earthquake that left millions homeless, displaced with no access to clean water. Many relief organizations continue dedicating their time and resources to make clean, parasite free water accessible for Haitians.

The Haiti Orphan Project (HOPE) has organized "The Running Waters 5K" fundraiser to raise money to build a well for children at Philadelphia Orphanage in Haiti. 
"The Running Waters 5K will raise money to purchase the materials and manpower to build this much needed well. 100% of every entry fee goes straight to the children at Philadelphia Orphanage! Come on out to the Keane Insurance Group building on October 8 and Run for Running Water!"--HOPE webpage.

If you are interested in making a donation to bring clean, parasite free water to orphans but aren't able to make the run/walk, donations can be made on online.

Event Details:  135 W Adams Ave, Kirkwood, MO 63122 
Date/TimeOctober 8, 2011 at 7:30 am
Registration Cost: $25 Entry Fee (Before Oct 1) and
$30 Entry Fee (After Oct 1)
Shirt: Cotton T-shirt of Your Choice!
Packet Pickup DatesKeane Building Lobby
10/6 – 4:00pm-7:00pm
10/7 – 3:00pm-6:00pm
10/8 – 6:30am-7:30am

Best Chilled Pear Salad


1 large Lemon Jello
2 cups Boiling Water
20oz can Pears*
8oz Cream Cheese
1 cup Pecans
1/2 pint Whipping Cream

Directions: In clean dry bowl whip cream until firm peaks form, set aside.  In blender, add boiling water, Jello (left Jello dissolve), Cream Cheese, Pear Juice and blend on low speed until incorporated.  Pour mixture in a bowl, gradually and gently fold Whipped Cream, pecans and sliced pears into mixture. Chill 8 hours or until mixture sets.  Toss gently with spoon before serving.  

*If anyone finds a way to utilize fresh pears, please share. 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Keep your kids safe online

The Oregon Department of Justice, Office of Attorney General, John Kroger want parents to stay proactive in keeping their children safe online.  Drawing attention to the many advancements technology has brought to the classroom  by enriching the educational experience has also inadvertently, introduced dangers that were non existent just a few short years ago.

Most parents are aware of the dangers associated with social networking sites as a means for child predators to find victims, but unfortunately, it is not the only danger. There has been a lot of attention in the media lately focusing on the rise of cyber-bullying. Often peer-to-peer instigated.  There are tools parents can use to help negate this destructive, abusive and dangerous use of social media.

Get wise: Parents should review their child's privacy settings on social networks and Web sites commonly frequented and used; and limit who can view the child's profile. Make sure personal information is limited if at all, such as phone numbers, email addresses and where they live and go to school. Help kids understand what information is okay to share and what is not.  A lot of information about a person can be inferred by what a person posts despite the strictest privacy settings.

Keep the computer out in the open:  By having computers used out in the open can help discourage children from visiting unapproved and inappropriate Web sites.

Open Communication:  It may feel like you are talking to a wall when speaking with your children, but kids really do listen.  Let them know you accept them and are always there for them.  It is important to stay cool even under the most uncomfortable subject matter. Children are more willing to hear what a parent thinks if the parent stays approachable.

For more information on how to keep your kids safe online, please see DOJ also offers free presentations on internet safety.

If you are a member of your local PTA or another school or community group and would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Or your state's Department of Justice.

Should you soak nuts before eating?

by:  Tara Fuller

Whether you are a raw-food proponent or just trying to boost your health, eating nuts may help you get to where you want.  Studies show eating a handful of almonds, 30 minutes prior to a meal can substantially decrease the amount of calories a person consume at that meal. This is largely due to the nut's fiber, protein and healthy fat components.  It is a trick, I myself have used for years to help with my weight loss goals.  But it is not the only reason a person should inculcated nuts in their diet.  

Although tiny in size, nuts are packed with heart healthy nutrients.  According to the Mayo Clinic, almonds, walnuts and other nuts, help lower cholesterol when eaten as part of a healthy diet; and apparently it doesn't really matter what nut you choose so long as it isn't a Coconut.
"Walnuts are one of the best-studied nuts, and it's been shown they contain high amounts of  omega-3 fatty acids. Almonds, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts and pecans are other nuts that appear to be quite heart healthy. Even peanuts — which are technically not a nut, but a legume, like beans — seem to be relatively healthy. Coconut, which is technically a fruit, may be considered by some to be a nut, but it doesn't seem to have heart-healthy benefits. Both coconut meat and oil don't have the benefits of the mono- and polyunsaturated fats."
As it turns out, what you do with that nut before you eat it can make a difference on how much of its powerful nutrients are absorbed by your body as it digests. This is why many choose to soak raw nuts overnight before eating.

The main reason to soak nuts before eating is to neutralize the Enzyme inhibitors.  These enzyme inhibitors, such as phytic acid are nature's way to protect the nut until proper growing conditions are met with the right amounts of rain and sun; but left as is, makes it difficult to digest and therefore, limiting its nutrient absorption.. When you soak nuts, it mimics nature by releases toxic Enzyme inhibitors that help break down gluten for better digestion and the absorption of more vitamins and minerals. This may be why many people with gluten intolerance are able to eat nuts without a problem.

Soaking times vary depending on the nut.  This chart  by Veggie Wave may be useful for finding just the right amount of soak time.  However, suggested soaking times for your particular nut can easily be found via a simple browser search.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Does everyone's pee smell bad after eating asparagus?

Picture:  Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board © 2000.
by:  Tara Fuller

In truth, less than half us are able to detect what many refer as the "stinky pee" effect after eating asparagus.  Only about a quarter (more or less depending on which study you read) of people carry a special gene that allows them to smell the "asparagus odor" shortly after consuming this nutrient rich, spiky green vegetable.  But just because you can't smell it, doesn't mean it doesn't stink.

 Researchers  believe the vegetable's sulfurous amino acids break down during the digestion process that produces the pungent chemical component, occurs in everyone.  Meaning, even if you aren't able to smell it, rest assure, your pee does stink!  This unfavorable smell can be detected in urine as quickly as 15 minutes after consumption.

Fortunately, most of us are able to enjoy this vegetable without having to wear nose plugs.  But those special enough to carry the gene, doesn't mean you should refrain. Asparagus is a highly nutritious. It is chalk-full of naturally occurring phytochemicals of gluthathione, folic acid and rutin; and is a great source of protein, vitamin A and C, iron and calcium.  In fact, beside the orange, it is the second best whole food for folic acid; which is known to reduce risks of certain cancers, liver disease, heart disease and spina bifida.

Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Winner's of Allure magazine's 'Best of Beauty', 2011

As featured on TODAY, Allure magazine releases the cream of the crop in beauty product winners of its October 2011 'Best of Beauty'.  Which products have you tried and do you agree?  

1)  Neutrogena Wet Skin Sunblock, $10*, is a winner they say due to its breakthrough formula. This product can be applied directly onto wet skin without the white streaky mess common among sunscreens. The difference, tiny molecules penetrate through moisture and adhere to the skin, providing a protective barrier from harmful sun rays.

2)  Sally Hansen Salon Effects, $10, are polish stickers that Allure say "look like real nail polish." The stickers use a medical grade adhesive that can last up to 10 days; and are easily removed with nail polish remover. 

3)  Nars Blush Orgasm, $27, makes the 'Best of Beauty' list for the twelfth consecutive year. Its universally flattering shade has hues of peachy-pink and subtle hints of gold shimmer, which is why Allure say it's the color for women of all skin tones.

4)  Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion, $24, is fragrance free, sunscreen free and antioxidant free moisturizer that Allure say works great alone under makeup or as a layering product that won't peel or cause problems.

5)  La Roche-Posay Redermic [R], $55, is a breakthrough anti-aging treatment for wrinkles because it works under the skin, eliminating redness and irritation often resulting from retinol treatments. Allure say they received unsolicited recommendations by eight dermatologists who believe in this product.

6)  Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo and Conditioner, $24, developed by MIT scientists to eliminate frizz by binding to the hair creating a shield to keep healthy moisture in and bad moisture out. 

7)  Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Mascara, $8, this super inexpensive drugstore mascara wins the 'Best of Beauty' award because it creates the illusion of false lashes without making them look spiky or spidery.

8)  L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in British Red, $9, red is the must have lip color for fall and L'Oreal Colour Riche in British Red is an inexpensive option that also wins 'Best of Beauty' award for lipstick because the color is beautiful and so is its packaging. 

9)  Yves Saint Laurent Gloss Pur, $30, Allure awards this gloss as the 'Best of Beauty' in lip gloss because it lasts long and is never sticky.

10) Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash, $8, creates a barrier on the skin to keep moisture locked in so skin stays soft.

Read in detail Allure magazine's 'Best of Beauty' in the October 2011 edition.

*Prices are approximate and may vary depending on store