It’s Really Spring!

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Had a rather rough Easter weekend (more about that later). But over the last week, I got to thinking, I’ve been remiss in not telling you about our weather of late. My sincere apologies if you’re still swamped with snow. But since I complain here, on a regular basis, about the rotten hot weather, I wanted you to know how nice it’s been for a change. It reminds me of why I moved to California from Chicago ages ago.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

For the last three weeks we’ve had absolutely stunningly, beautiful spring weather! It’s been in the 70’s and low 80’s and is such an absolute gift when you’re facing a colossal drought and a potentially hideous seven months of summer to come. Plus it’s actually been cold (like 50 to 55F) (10 to 12.7C) at night which is what makes this weather turn out so lovely.

This morning was so beautiful with a lovely cloudy sky. Supposedly we’re going to get rain tomorrow…hopefully.

Later in the day:  well, it did rain, though very softly, but I’ll take all we can get. Oh, about the weekend. I’d been insanely dizzy for about one and a half weeks but Saturday was just scary. Kept “listing” to the right for some reason. No idea why. Thus I lost my balance at one point in the evening and fell. While trying to get to the bed to haul myself up (remember, no cartilage in my knees so I can’t kneel) I became entangled in the oriental rug. Surprisingly easy to do, oddly enough. The room is also small so there’s only about a foot of space between the bed and the wall to maneuver and my feet were under the bed.

Anyhow, after 45 minutes, I gave up and called the fire department for help getting untangled. Of course by then my blood pressure was through the roof and the dizziness was no better. The paramedics insisted I go to the ER which involved an ambulance ride (goodbye $2000) because they felt I might be having a stroke.

Well, a fortune in tests and twelve hours later, nothing. They didn’t find a thing. :( I mean, I’m glad it wasn’t anything serious but what a waste of money…my health insurance deductible started over on January 1 of this year so the first $11,000 in bills is “on me”. Thus the weekend was not so great.

 

 

Little Legs Under H2O

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Over the weekend, I chanced upon some rather humorous videos of Corgis swimming and thought I’d share them with you. The underwater shots are pretty cute. (Sorry for the ads at the beginning of some of the videos.) First we have “Swimming Corgis”:

Due to their long bodies note how hard they have to work to keep their rears from sinking down as they paddle. Next we have “Swimming in a River”:

I get such a kick out of watching their little legs keep paddling even when they’re lifted out of the water. The next one is so cute because his/her little legs are flapping so hard. It was aptly titled “Good Luck with Short Legs”.

Such a little fluff ball! The following one illustrates why the little low riders need life vests. Note how when the Corgi finally dives in he/she flips over completely.

Then we have the swimming championship…

Note how pooped out the two babies in the pink polka dot life vests are at the end of the contest. Bet they’ll sleep well. Now, lest you think it’s just Corgis who swim when lifted in the air, here’s a compilation of a number of little characters doing the same thing.

And last, on a totally different note, we have “Trying to Take a Nap on Train Tracks”:

Some of the looks and glares the stubborn little Corgi gives the cameraperson when a train runs into him crack me up. I’m surprised the little creature doesn’t just pick one up and give it a good thrashing. Well, I don’t want to Corgify you to death so I’ll stop, but hopefully this added a little smile to your Monday.

 

 

Link Laughter

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Ran across a few sites yesterday that can suck you in sort of like Pinterest and thought I’d share them with you. Why should I be the only one who blew an entire afternoon? :p You’re welcome.

First we have Despair.com. Motivational posters were big when I worked for a large medical device corporation which is why I think I’m drawn to this website. The corporate environment was so negative that it just begged to be lampooned.

These are just a few of the de-motivational posters that can be found there. Quite a few made me laugh out loud. While you’re there, take a look at a section called “illboards” which is also pretty funny.

Next up is Cuteoverload.com.

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Photo Source. This little cutie was thought to be extinct for two decades.

I think you get the idea. Photos and videos of unbearable cuteness.

Last we have Fark.com billed as “Real news. Real Funny”. An example is this young girl who taxidermies road kill. You must go to this link and scroll down till you get to the video with Steve Harvey interviewing the girl. I think the audience reactions are almost as good as the interview, especially when she describes how she loves the “brain-scooper”.

Well, that’s it for today. Hope this brightened your Wednesday! (No affiliation with any link BTW.)

Delivery and More…

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After my stint in the Intensive Care Unit back in September/October for three weeks, I began using Von’s Delivery to get groceries. It’s so easy. It’s $12.95 for a 1 hour delivery window, but if you pick the 4 hour delivery window, it only costs $6.95. If you order $150 worth of groceries (since I order about two to three weeks of food this isn’t a problem), it drops to $3.95. How sweet is that? The guy delivering brings them around the back and puts them on the counters in the kitchen for me. So Win and Win.

It's very easy to maneuver about their site.

It’s very easy to maneuver about their site.

No more dragging bag after bag through the garage, up the cement stairs and into the house and then collapsing in exhaustion! That part was actually harder than shopping when your knees have zero cartilage. Oh, and if you enroll in the Just 4 U thingy, it tracks what you buy and you get some really amazing discounts (like half price on stuff)! The only negative is that you don’t get what’s on sale in the weekly flyer but of late I don’t eat that much meat so it’s not that big of a deal. (No affiliation to Von’s BTW).

As a result, I’ve finally given up my 2+ year long stint of Caesar salads from TJ’s for dinner and am actually planning 2-3 meals (w/ leftovers) per week which is a real accomplishment. I do have to break the steps up and sit between chopping onions and the other ingredients due to my knees, but I’ve enjoyed having hot food. For some reason even though this is a mild winter, I’m colder than normal and that’s with the heat on (gas bill last month was $60, the highest its ever been).

I wrote this less than a month ago. Oh how my circumstances have changed. We’ve had temps in the low to mid 90’s for at least half of the days last week and they continued  over the weekend and today. Ugh. Ugly. Just Ugly.

After finding the pasta salad listed on last Friday’s post, this weekend I decided to start collecting summer salads and cold pasta combos in a bookmark folder entitled “Hot Weather Meals”. I still have a few hot meals to make (like Cheesy Broccoli Soup, Chicken Pot Pie Soup, Morracan Chicken with Olives and Lemon and Chicken Pot Pie) and then it’s back to the land of salads till November. I thought I’d have more time to enjoy hot meals. Sadly it doesn’t look that way. I actually did eat a bowl of cold Caldo Verde last Friday. It was still quite tasty even though I didn’t heat it. It was just too bloody hot.

Watch the video below and tell me this salad doesn’t look scrumptious.

So I spent this afternoon going through Pinterest, other websites and blogs hunting for salads to share with you. Now if you’re still up to your eyeballs in snow, my apologies. But I really need to start preparing to delete the heat in the kitchen before So Cal is behind the royal 8-ball of heat.

P.S. This week I get to enjoy 1.5 quarts of Von’s Select black cherry and vanilla ice cream FREE with my order. Perfect when you’re overly roasty-toasty.

Friday the 13th

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Oddly, I’m re-living Friday again. Somehow I went all through yesterday, Thursday, thinking it was Friday and that we lucked out since Friday the 13th was going to fall on a Saturday. I was wrong. I marvel when I can get so confused. How the heck did I do that?

At 6 p.m. today it was 90 F (32C). This is too hot, too soon. Way too soon. Speaking of heat, I normally don’t worry about Friday the 13th but today, I need to be a bit cautious because I’m becoming a bit forgetful it seems. On top of getting the day wrong yesterday, today I put a few eggs on since I was in the mood for egg salad and made the fatal mistake of not setting the timer.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Well, an hour later I noticed a distinct cooking odor and realized, holy cow, the eggs. Notice the calcium ring on the right side of the pan where the water had been vs. where it was now. Eggs half out of water. So much for these babies.

BTW, I’ve switched from my previous method of cooking, where I put eggs in a pan of cold water which was an inch over the top of the eggs. Brought them to a boil and simmered them for ten minutes. Then immediately plunged them into a bowl of ice water. I now begin the same way but once they’re boiling, I turn off the burner, cover with lid and let sit there for 20 minutes.

No messing with more dishes and ice water. Perfectly done. Ths long as you don’t almost burn your pan because you’re mindlessly wandered off into blogdom, forgetting all about them. I’ve found several variations on this, such as letting them sit for 10 minutes like it says here or here. I’ve also found sites that say they can sit for up to 30 minutes.

Think this video sums up the assorted variations pretty well. Check the link out because it’s really thorough.

While collecting links for the eggs I found some other interesting eggy and not so eggy things. Like how to make deviled eggs…yum.

Or this Pasta Salad…yum, yum. This is what I wish I had made instead of Caldo Verde which I may just eat cold.

Enjoy!

A Little of Everything

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Well, the mow and blow guys arrived last Monday and removed the three inflorescences from the palm. Yay! No gooey pile of rotting fruit to torment me.

Gone finally!

Gone finally! Not the tree just the seed spikes.

I can’t believe it took seven months to get through the guys’ thick skulls. In the end, they just made more work for themselves by delaying removal. Silly men.

On the weather front, while planes were sliding off air strips at La Guardia last week, we hit 94F on Sunday. Not good. It looks like we’re skipping not only Winter but Spring and going straight for Summer. The balance of this week has highs predicted in the low 90’s. Maybe the “Winter” we faced was actually our “Spring”. Good grief, I hope not!

And “now for something completely different” (in the words of Monty Python and Co.). It’s been a while since I shared some interesting links with you, so here goes.

Found this link to an article on how you can use your crockpot as a steamer.

Something to remember when you don’t want your kitchen steamed up by a pot on the stove this summer. How awesome is that?

Another subject I found interesting is making your own flavored salts. Yes, I know I’m trying to ingest less salt, but if there’s a flavor entwined with the salt I’ll bet less salt would be consumed in the end. Here is a link with the how-to as well as flavor ideas. And another link with even more DIY ideas on how and with what ingredients.

I’m starting a list of things to make for Christmas with the time needed to complete each. Flavored salts may be happening as Christmas gifts this year.  :)

Since restoring my files on my new iMac, I’ve been compiling a list of questions and other stuff that I can’t figure out or are in a new location in Yosemite vs. Mavericks. Needed to call Apple support but dreaded the long wait to get a human. So I checked support last Friday and there was only a two minute wait before someone would call you back. Woohoo! Left my name and number and sure enough Joanne the tech called me back in under two minutes!

Spent an hour and forty minutes on the phone with her and got all my questions answered. She even walked me through the app “Pages” which is all new to me. OMG! It’s awesome. I’m so excited. TextEdit (TE) has been torturing me. I was used to Microsoft Word and Excel so TE was terrible. No way to have 2 or so columns on a page or insert an image and have the text wrap it! I used to be very conversant in Quark Express and Photoshop in the 90’s. They’re what I used to design my catalogs in, so TE was like returning to the stone age.

Yes, I would have kept using those graphic programs, upgrading them, but they were for the PC so I would have had to buy new ones for the Mac and as you must know that’s a pricey proposition. So Pages is great.

Next I asked about screen shots because I saw an ad for an app for PCs where you could not only take a screen shot but could snip a specific picture, portion, text or graphic off the page. She then proceeded not only to show me those tricks, but how to use the iCloud (which I hadn’t attempted to deal with yet) and again, Notes. Hallelujah! After 4 years of TE torture, I had control of columns, pic placement and more. I was deliriously happy. I know, easily amused, what can I say?

In case you’re wondering, you hold Command, Shift and 3 down for a screen shot (the computer makes a little camera click sound so you know it took a pic) and Command, Shift and 4 down for a snippet. Little crosshairs come up for you to select what part of an image you want and once you select it with the little tool, poof, it’s on your desktop. Then you just drag it to the document you’ve created in Pages in i Cloud, that’s the only catch, you need to use iCloud, but it was so easy. Plus you have the ability to size the image to fit into the page you created. Then you just save it (Save As) like any document to the folder you wish. Isn’t that neat? Again, guess I’m easily amused… :)

The end result was simply that the extra money I paid to Apple for 3 years of Apple Care far exceeded what I got from Best Buy with my first iMac. No comparison at all. Remember that if you’re in the market for an Apple.

 

 

 

Kitchen Clean Up

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Of late, on blogs, social media, news outlets and elsewhere, I’ve been seeing a trail of “clean up your kitchen” articles. Posts extolling the virtues of “clean as you go”. Acronym: CAYG. I find this funny because about three years ago in the depths of my salads-from-Trader-Joe’s-for-dinners-rut, I saw myself truly sink into a “sink” of dishes. I hated it, just detested waking up to it in the morning.

Yes, this rental came with a brand spanking new dishwasher but did I use it? Never. Seemed silly for a few utensils and a bowl. I went through a sad period where the sink piled up with bowls, utensils and so on. That drove me nuts, but I didn’t “see” it. It was shortly after my divorce of five years was finalized and my brain was on the fritz to say the least.

So for about one and a half years, almost two, I lived with it, having massive dishwashing parties of misery with myself and the sink every so often. I hated it, it was just crippling.

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Photo Source. The link leads to a blog on organization btw.

Okay, mine didn’t include raw meat laying out but the two sinks were pretty close as far as “fullness”.

Fast forward to today. I must be healing. I’m now cooking some meals, not many, but I think the emergency surgery experience I went though in September/October of last fall has a lot to do with it. Being waited on hand and foot for four weeks in ICU, (not to mention being stabbed with needles so many times that all of the veins in my arms and hands vanished) must have shook my world up a bit. To the point that it slapped me out of my after-divorce-rut.

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Photo Source. This actually looks sort of like my sink area, minus flowers.

Thus, you’ve found some recipes or rather simple throw-together dinner concoctions on this blog lately and I’ve become a fan of “facing a totally clean sink/kitchen area” in the morning. It’s a complete joy and pleasure. I will not go to sleep with dishes in the sink. No, I still haven’t used the dishwasher, just fill the right side of the sink with suds, then rinse and drain on the counter. Usually they’re dry before I go to bed (we’re in a drought so it is about the only good thing I can say about it), so I can put most away. How nice is that?

I have to say, it really has been a rewarding endeavor and my wooden handled knives and wooden spoons from the Netherlands really appreciate not spending the night being water-logged in the sink.

End thought? Well, I don’t encourage emergency surgery or three weeks in intensive-care, but I do think any life-jogging experience can set you up to accomplish “great” though “small” behaviors that have a massive effect on your life.

In other news, we did have a full day of rain yesterday that extended into the night…yay! Came down steadily and actually rather hard a few times. But it will still have to rain almost continuously for months to even make a dent in this drought. In closing, I’ll leave you with this little laugh from Pinterest:

What made me laugh was what someone wrote when they pinned it: “I really want this one so I can wear it every time my ex comes to pick up the kids”. Lol. Oh, if you click on the link you’ll find more tops with humorous sayings as well as where to buy them if you’re interested (no affiliation). Hope you have a good day!

That’s Okay, Just Ignore Me

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Just like last year, the Queen palm is quite happy, producing abundant inflorescences full of seeds. And just like last year the “mow and blow gardener” is ignoring them when he should be removing them at the point they first opened. :(

If he doesn’t, the seeds ripen and fall creating a mound of sticky, slimy, rotting “fruit” that the ants love. Just what we don’t need. And of course he doesn’t rake the mess up after it falls, just let’s it all sit there till the grass grows up and over them creating yet another mound in the lumpy lawn. Once grass-covered he simply mows over them like it’s part of the lawn. If he would remove them when the first open they wouldn’t get to be such large, unwieldy bundles.

Since the beginning of September, I’ve asked him, in person, on five separate occasions to trim the darn things. The last time his response was that he’d have to get permission from the property manager (PM). (Insert a silent scream here.) What’s wild is that the PM already called him several times telling him to remove them, or so she said. When I last spoke with her, she assured me he’d take care of it this week.

To give you an idea of the size of these sprays, the fence next to the palm is six feet tall! So these babies are big.

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThe mow and blowers come every other Monday. So Monday February 16 was their day. While taking the garbage out today, two days later, I also noticed that the inflorescences STILL hadn’t been cut. Turns out he trimmed the Mexican Windmill palm of several layers of dead branches which was needed but not immediately. As a result of almost four+ months of gardening neglect, the spikes are now huge, ripening and beginning to fall to the ground. They must each weigh at least 100 pounds. And there are three of them! I go through this every year and yet it seems “all new” to the same gardener every single year. Hence the title of this post.

On a totally different note, I just thought I’d let you know about a wonderful little site that’s great and cheap, if like me, you’ve said good-bye to cable (or in my case, never said “hello” to begin with) and are pinching pennies. It’s https://acorn.tv/. Costs $4.99 per month and has lots of British offerings that may not be picked up by the BBC. And aren’t British programs often far better than our U.S. network broadcasting? IMHO.

Got all of the Doc Martin series (only partially available on Hulu), William and Mary (also featuring Martin Clunes) as well as Martin Clune’s Wildlife and Rosemary and Thyme. You can binge-watch to your heart’s content, it’s quite lovely.

Also found Wild at Heart, a production where a family that goes to South Africa on holiday, falls in love with it and stays. Though I do have to say it turns a bit “soapy” on the way through the seven series. Still, fun to watch for the animals and environment. There’s a load of other shows, so check it out if you’re on a budget and looking for new programs. Seriously, lots of other programs, go and have a look!

Well, that’s it for today. BTW, if you’ve got a ton of snow and cold, please, oh please wish it this way. We so need it or it’ll be the longest summer and shortest winter in history. I’m serious! And thanks for stopping by, it means a lot to me. xox

Fagioli Neri Italiani

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Back in January I gave you a quick “recipe” for Black Bean Slop Mashup. I really should have shown more respect for it by calling it something nicer like Frijoles Negros. But I didn’t.

Since then, I’ve played around with black beans a bit more and found a delicious combo that I like even better. I present Fagioli Neri Italiani. Yes, an Italian spin on the little recipe which really can’t be called a recipe in my mind because it’s just a riff on a general idea.

But I have to say, it tasted so good! It all started when I “discovered” a grocery bag in the garage holding two lonely cans of what I thought were salt-free tomatoes. Had planned to make the Frijoles Negros again. Only problem, just one was salt-free, the other was sans salt but flavored with Italian ingredients. Hmmm? Possibilities flooded my mind and Frijoles Negros went out the window. In the end, this is what happened:

Fagioli Neri Italiani
1 medium red onion coarsely chopped
1 – 3 T. olive oil
2 – 3 cloves of finely sliced garlic
1 can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
1 can black beans rinsed using a fine sieve
salt and pepper after tasting
Optional:  Italian Sausage either sliced or casings removed and crumbled

I rough chopped the onion and put it in a pot with a tablespoon or so of olive oil. Cooked them over medium heat for a few minutes so they lost their hard crunch but weren’t translucent. Halfway through I tossed in the garlic. 

Next, I added the tomatoes. The black beans followed (free them of the gas-causing elements by rinsing). I let this all come to a boil then simmer away for a good hour so the beans and tomatoes would break down. If the beans are drying out toss in some water or stock, scrapping down the sides. I also smashed some of the fagioli against the side of the pot to help them along. The kitchen smelled wonderful.

When sufficiently broken down, I tasted and added a couple of turns freshly ground pepper and a bit of sea salt from it’s grinder, maybe 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons (you may wish to add more, but I’m still watching my salt intake). Then I covered the pot and let it simmer for another 30 minutes. Dinner was served and it was delicious. I really liked the Italian seasonings.

This easily made 3 large servings btw. Next time I may cook the beans from scratch (slow cooker recipe here). So many reasons to: cheaper, total control of the salt, no BPA from the can. Browned Italian sausage, crumbled or sliced, could easily be added to the pot to satisfy the meat-lover.

If you click on the link above, you’ll find a recipe for cooking black beans in a slow cooker.. I also think I’ll use fresh oregano and basil or marjoram. You could easily add more garlic or leave the cloves whole and up the count as much as you like. Garlic cooked this way would be so good.

As a side note, I’ve noticed that some recipes call for washing beans before using and some don’t, so some people must not be affected by the gas. As you’ll notice, I’m not one of them. Interestingly, “Beans contain a triple sugar, stachyose; a quadruple sugar, raffinose; and a five sugar, verbascose that we cannot digest. We are missing an enzyme that is required to break down these sugars. When the beans get to the colon, the bacteria in the colon begins to ferment these sugars producing gas in the process.”

Supposedly your system can “learn to digest them” if you start with small amounts on a regular basis. Here is a link to read about “7 Ways to Avoid Gas from Beans”.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a caution concerning red kidney beans which contain a toxin if they’re undercooked. “By soaking the beans overnight and cooking them on high instead of low, you’ll neutralize the toxins, but you can also boil kidney beans for 10 minutes prior to putting them in the slow cooker just to be sure.”

This little experiment opens the door to all kinds of other flavor pairings like assorted Middle Eastern curries, Asian inspired ingredients and so on. Remember this little rhyme from ages ago?

“Beans, beans, The magical fruit,
The more you eat, the more you toot!
The more you toot, the better you feel,
so let’s eat beans with every meal.”
(Source.)

Water, Salt and So Much More

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Well, we’re 30+ days into the new year and I’ve already been reading articles here and there about people whose New Year’s resolutions are falling by the wayside. I think this is probably part of the reason I don’t set any. If I want to change something, the most logical way to do this is to just begin…”just do it, now”. New Year’s resolutions simply seem to make change more of an event than it should be. It seems to put more pressure on one. At least to me.

This seems especially true in the area of health. I just calculated that we have 300+ days to go till the next new year. That sounds overwhelming when faced with a resolution and just makes me want to crawl under the covers.

For example, back in December, I noticed I was drinking less and less water which isn’t good for many reasons. As a result I wound up practically inhaling one to two glasses by 4 or 5 p.m. So I made a mental note that whenever I was near the bathroom to stop in and drink half a glass of water. The glass in there holds 12 ounces so this meant I was consuming about 5 to 6 ounces each time.

Over the course of a day, and I’m just “ball-parking” it here, I wind up adding at least six 8 ounce glasses of water to my consumption.

Last week I found something interesting on just how much water you really need based on your weight. On The Lemon Bowl blog I found this post in which Liz notes that your daily requirement for hydration “should be half your weight in ounces”. So if you weigh 160 pounds, you need 80 ounces of water a day which is ten cups.

My other to just do, is keeping the amount of sodium I consume down to 1,200 mg per day. Having recently heard that the government will not only be cracking down on the tons of sugar in everyday products, I read that salt was also going to fall under scrutiny. This makes me quite happy because the amount of sodium in store-bought products is astronomical.

I’ve noticed more and more food blogs as well as recipe sites are including nutritional info on their recipes which I think is great. One problem. Do these bloggers and sites know just how much that is for assorted people? For myself, I’ve set the max at 1,200 mg. per day.

A recent example I found was a dish billed as healthy. It’s a nice six ounce white fish with homemade salsa topping which, of course sounds delicious, but the salsa bumps the dish up to 1131 mg sodium per serving! That would leave me with 69 mg. Sorry, but I’m just not willing to eat only six ounces of fish and call it a day. Why do people dream up recipes with such high sodium scores?

Who knew February was American Heart Month? I didn’t. This post is a total coincidence which started as thoughts about New Year’s resolutions.

BTW, here’s another interesting info graphic. Sorry, couldn’t figure out how to copy it to fit on the page. Here is a link for anyone interested in low sodium cookbooks. And here is a link to 60 recipes from “goredforwomen.org”. Here you’ll find the mg. of sodium per serving for many popular canned soups and the names on the labels can be very misleading like Campbell’s Healthy Request soups. Yikes.

The CDC recommends less than 2,300mg for the average person, 1,500 for people over 51 (or about half the the U.S. population). But in reality, the current intake averages more like 3,300 mg! See the info here from the CDC and this is from 2010. There’s an infographic showing a very conservative breakfast, lunch and dinner plan here. Total for the day? 3,160! No wonder so many people have high blood pressure, diabetes and chronic kidney disease.

I also found it interesting to find that “salt” and “sodium” do not mean the same thing, but they are often used interchangeably. Salt, also known by its chemical name sodium chloride, is a crystal-like compound that is abundant in nature and is used to flavor and preserve food. Sodium is one of the chemical elements found in salt.

More info, courtesy of the FDA:

“USE THE PERCENT DAILY VALUE (%DV) TO COMPARE PRODUCTS

The %DV tells you whether a food contributes a little or a lot to your total daily diet.

  • 5%DV (120 mg) or less of sodium per serving is low
  • 20%DV (480 mg) or more of sodium per serving is high

I also liked learning the meanings behind the labels on packaging:

“You can also check the front of the food package to quickly identify foods that may contain less sodium. For example, look for foods with claims such as:

    • Salt/Sodium-Free → Less than 5 mg of sodium per serving
    • Very Low Sodium → 35 mg of sodium or less per serving
    • Low Sodium → 140 mg of sodium or less per serving
    • Reduced Sodium → At least 25% less sodium than in the original product
    • Light in Sodium or Lightly Salted → At least 50% less sodium than the regular product
    • No-Salt-Added or Unsalted → No salt is added during processing, but not necessarily sodium-free. Check the Nutrition Facts Label to be sure!”

Courtesy of:  http://www.fda.gov/Food/ResourcesForYou/Consumers/ucm315393.htm

Well, now that I’ve bored you to tears I’ll leave you with a wee bit of inspiration :)

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