Wake up, coffee lovers! Have you tried the cold brew trend? The first evidence of true cold-brewed coffee, made with cold water, comes from Japan. Kyoto-style coffee, named for its popularity in Kyoto, Japan, is the earliest record of cold-brew coffee. It's clear that the Japanese were brewing coffee this way in the 1600s, although the record prior to that is unclear. Big brands like Starbucks® and Dunkin’ Donuts® are now offering this small-batch, artisan-style coffee. Market research reports indicate cold brew sales have grown 300% in the U.S. since 2010. But you don’t have to head to your drive-thru or even the grocery store to get your cold caffeine fix.
The basic cold-brew coffee recipe is simple: grind the coffee coarsely (at home or wherever you buy the beans), and combine 1 cup of coarsely ground coffee with 40 fl. oz. of cold water in the Cold Brew Pitcher. Then, let it steep overnight (18–24 hours). The coffee will infuse the water, creating a strong, concentrated brew. Strain it in the morning, and you’re done!
The result is a smoother, sweeter, less acidic cup of coffee that’s totally in your control. Dilute it with ice or more water to get your perfect caffeine dose. The cold brew pitcher above is available via Pampered Chef. I have to admit my first experience with cold brew coffee was a more richer, smoother tasting and less bitter tasting coffee.
If you want to improve your "gut" health there a 6 foods you should eat --
We know that our microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria; some more beneficial than others. The bad bacteria called the Firmicutes and the good bacteria called the Bacteroidetes are both in our gut and depending on our diet, you might have more of one kind over the other. This is because the food we eat feeds these bacteria, and certain types of foods will feed Firmicutes (think red meat, sugar, & other fatty foods), while other foods feed Bacteroidetes, for this post we will focus on the 6 foods that will increase the good bacteria in your gut.
Here are 6 foods you should eat to improve your gut health:
- Bananas: This fruit is full of soluble fiber, which is what the good bugs feed on. Bananas are considered a prebiotic, fuel for the beneficial bacteria.
-Greek Yogurt: Yogurt with live and active cultures is a great source of probiotics, the good bacteria. By eating yogurt, you add the good Bacteroidetes to your gut. Make sure the label says "live and active cultures" and keep it refrigerated. And be sure to aim for fewer than 15 grams of sugar per serving; sugar can feed the bad bugs in your gut.
- Kefir: Kefir is a fermented version of yogurt, and it is full of healthy, living bacteria that contributes to our microbiome by delivering good bacteria and also helping the synthesis of vitamins B12 and K, therefore contributing to improved gut health. Kefir is 99.9% lactose free, so for those allergic to dairy, this is a good alternative source of probiotics.
- Kombucha: This fermented, fizzy black tea with a tangy taste is filled with beneficial bacteria to coat your digestive tract. In addition probiotic benefits, the fermentation process also creates healthy B vitamins for energy.
- Sourdough Bread: This bread is made with a lactic acid starter that contains strains of Lactobacillus, a beneficial type of bacteria that adds good microbes to your gut. Lactobacillus is one of the most common types of probiotics.
- Dark Chocolate: This is not too good to be true! Research has shown that the bacteria within our GI tract can efficiently ferment chocolate and even produce anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart! The good microbes, such as Bifidobacterium and lactic acid bacteria, feast on chocolate and lessen inflammation. Look for dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa content.
I just want to tell you how to make nourishing, mineral-rich bone broth and why you should be incorporating it into your daily diet. Seriously, bone broth is the cheapest super-food on the planet! Not only is it an excellent source of calcium, and other minerals, it is rich in gelatin, which helps to heal the gut and help with intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Other benefits of bone broth include:
We are proud to announce that Heritage Makers is on the cutting edge of new technology—being one of the first companies in our industry to allow you to place your customized QR codes on our customizable products.
QR Codes have been around for a while but are now entering the mainstream of our lives. It’s time for us to get on board and start making our 2-dimensional projects come to life with this new interactive technology.
You may be asking some of the following questions:
What is a QR Code?
How does the QR Code App Work?
*Tips and Tricks for Successfully Using a QR Code on a Studio Project:
#1 — Never print a QR code which is smaller than ¾-inch square on a card and always print larger if used on a poster or canvas. The more data you put into the code, the smaller the dots become, so size adjustments may need to be made. For most smart phones, the relationship between scan distance and minimum QR code size is approx. 10:1. That means a 1-inch code will be most effectively scanned at 10-inches or less.
#2 — Always test your QR Code before publishing your project. Always, always! After you have created your own QR code and dropped it into your Studio project, give it a test to make sure that it is readable at 100% of the project size. If you go to “View” at the top of your Studio page, scroll down to Zoom and select 100%. That will give you an accurate view of the size it will be when printed. Simply hold your smart phone up to your computer screen and scan. Did it take you to where you wanted to go? If not, try re-generating the code or making the QR Code larger in your project.
#3 — Until people become aware of QR Codes and how to use them, we suggest placing some simple instructions on your holiday cards this year. For instance: “To see what’s new in our lives, simply open up a QR Code reader app on your smart phone, point your phone’s camera at the code on the card and scan.”
#4 — We suggest that you always use the QR Code in its original black and white form. If you choose to add color, always remember that the code color should be dark and placed against a light-colored background. Make sure the contrast is sufficient or the code will be difficult to scan. A reversed-out code, where the background is dark and the pixels are light, is never recommended. And always, always test before publishing!
**QR Code FAQ’s:
Is there any way to access QR codes without a smart phone?
**How else can a QR Code be used?
The possibilities are endless with QR Codes. Clearly, our society values all things digital but QR Codes are also fun to play with and can add that “cool factor” to your Heritage Makers projects. There is no need to fear the unknown. We, at Heritage Makers, encourage you to give it a try and to see how simple and easy it can be.
Discover the 12 foods that are bad for the human body and should not be eaten. It will hurt you in more ways than one.
Dr. Peter Glidden proclaims healing is easy, all we have to do is stop eating the foods that prevent the absorption of nutrients, stop eating the foods that hurt us and take the nutrients our body want and need to help it fix itself.
To get the 90 Essential Nutrients that Dr. Peter Glidden uses and recommends go here.
The senior with the help of the buddy will answer 2-3 questions a day or 10-20 questions a week. Answering the questions can be done on their own or they can use the weekly class time to answer the questions.
The buddy will gather photos/memorabilia that relate to the questions.
The buddy will scan the photos/memorabilia at least 300 dpi (jpeg format) and upload them to the online publishing account that I will provide the senior. At the end of the class each senior will receive a personal hard bound storybook that will be presented to them at the publishing party.
This sets The Nursing Home apart from other communities and provides valid, self-esteem boosting, valuable activity for your monthly calendar. It helps with admissions - families will know their loved ones’ stories will never be forgotten, creates opportunity for volunteers in your community to get involved, strengthen rapport among staff and seniors by getting to know the residents by reading their books and creates a feeling of unity and friendship among the residents, staff, volunteers and management.
Our mission is to help seniors and others everywhere write and publish their life stories so they will never be forgotten. Please Contact me if interested in starting My Life My Story Program in your area.
In my search for a better answer for what causes clogged arteries, and one of the symptoms is high blood pressure I found that everything we eat today does effect our health. If I could go back 30 years ago knowing what I know now! Dr. Peter Glidden says atherosclerosis is simply the build up of cholesterol plague inside an artery. Cholesterol acts as a band-aide for a tear in an artery caused by oxidative stress or free radicals. Now you might say, "What is free radicals and how do they clog arteries?" 1. free radicals pile up at the bends of arteries 2. The free radicals cause oxidative damage to the artery wall. 3. The artery wall starts to TEAR 4. the body repairs the tear with cholesterol.
Free radicals are :
and by the supplement -->SELENIUM
The food that you eat can be either the best and the most powerful form of medication or the slowest form of poison. For a list of 15 Free Radical Fighting Foods go to youngofficial.com/15-free-radical-fighting-foods/.
Sometimes in picking out a good vitamin/mineral it can be overwhelming. I came across this pamphet, on How to Pick A Good Supplement, by Suzy Cohen, RPH and I thought it beneficial in sharing it with you.
Suzy Cohen says In picking out a great supplement:
The filty 5 is listed below and to learn more about each one please download the short pamphlet explaining why to avoid the filthy 5. The main thing is to READ LABELS.
For more information on Suzy, you can go to her website @ www.SuzyCohen.com.
The filthy 5
2. Stearic Acid or Magnesium Stearate
5. Titanium Dioxide