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Donuts and a Balanced Diet

Donuts and a Balanced Diet

Let’s be real: donuts are not always the healthiest food to eat. However, that does not mean that you can never eat them! Private Home Care really embraces people enjoying what they eat, including the occasional treat, as part of a balanced diet! There are plenty of ways that you can enjoy donuts and STILL maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Here is a healthy version of Kripy Kreme donuts! https://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/homemade-krispy-kreme-doughnuts-the-healthy-version/?fbclid=IwAR3e7DsXZzwhMxhlamC1aP_W6mTMtjzWhWK7t4SzGBbTAVZ8f-Nd9slKfdI

There are many recipes for healthier donuts that substitute traditional ingredients like white flour, refined sugar, and oil/lard. Healthier alternatives include using whole wheat flour, maple syrup, and baking the donuts instead of frying them in oil. You can also make them according to your diet – they can be dairy free, gluten free, or even vegan.

There is room in a healthy lifestyle to enjoy traditional donuts as well! Here are some tips:

-Eat donuts as a dessert, not as a breakfast!

-Eat donuts after a healthy, filling meal. That way you can make sure to get proper nutrition and nutrients.

-If you are going to eat donuts, eat GOOD donuts (not just a half stale one from a convenience store!) When you eat an indulgence food, make sure it is of good quality so that you can truly enjoy it!

-When enjoying a delicious donut, it is be best to enjoy it with others. You can cut it up into pieces and share with friends. Sometimes that is the best – when you share a yummy dessert with friends, you enjoy the food AND the company.

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National Donut Day!

National Donut Day!

Happy National Donut Day!

We are proud to say that donuts are a truly American food!

The earliest origins to the modern doughnuts are generally traced back to the olykoek (“oil(y) cake”) Dutch settlers brought with them to early New York (or New Amsterdam). These doughnuts closely resembled later ones but did not yet have their current ring shape

The two most common types are the round ring donut and donuts with filling, which is filled with fruit preserves, cream, custard, or other sweet fillings. Donuts are also topped with icing, sugar, cinnamon, and plenty of other creative sweet toppings! There are also donut holes, which are delicious little round treats. Contrary to their name, they are not made using the hole punched out of the donut, but rather they are pieces of dough rolled, formed, and cooked!

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Doughnut Worry, Be Happy!

Today is National Doughnut Day! Each year on the first Friday in June, people participate in National Doughnut Day.

The Salvation Army created National Doughnut Day in 1938 to honor the women who served doughnuts to soldiers in World War I. In 1917, the original “Salvation Army Doughnut” was first served by the ladies of the Salvation Army. It was during WWI that the Salvation Army Lassies went to the front lines of Europe. Home-cooked foods, provided by these brave volunteers, were a morale boost to the troops. The doughnuts were often cooked in oil inside the metal helmets of American soldiers. American infantrymen were then commonly called “doughboys.” 

Celebrate the day by enjoying your favorite doughnut. There are many varieties of doughnuts to choose from, too! Whether you prefer glazed or creme-filled, holes, or any number of deliciously made doughnuts, get out there and support your local bakeries.

Some spots are offering free doughnuts or doughnut deals to celebrate (social distancing and safety precautions included). Here’s a list of some shops offering deals for the holiday in the Boston area. Please contact your doughnut shop first to make sure they are participating!

  • Krispy Kreme: Free doughnut
  • Dunkin’: Free doughnut with purchase of a beverage

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National Running Day and the Health Benefits of Aerobic Exercise

Each year on the first Wednesday in June, people across the United States participate in National Running Day.  The day was designated as a way for runners to reaffirm their passion for running and for beginners to make a life-changing commitment to running.

For some, running is a daily routine. The moment the runner awakes, their mission is to complete a set distance. They may have a partner, or they go it alone. Others fit in a run when time allows or at the end of their workday. The marathoner will train on a schedule, and the dedicated runner knows they have to take care of their feet, knees and eat right to maintain their bodies for the road.

Since it improves aerobic fitness, running is a great way to help improve cardiovascular health. Plus, it burns calories and can build strength, among other things. There’s also a long list of psychological benefits runners gain from their sport.

Even a 30-minute run can lift symptoms of depression and improve mood. Spending 30 minutes on a treadmill is enough to life the mood of someone suffering from major depressive disorder. Even participants who moved at a walking pace received the same mood-lifting benefit.

Running can also significantly improve cardiovascular health. We know that aerobic activity is good for the hart, so it’s no surprise that running can improve cardiovascular fitness. In general, the more people run, the healthier their hearts tend to be. But you can get bug benefits without having to do a lot: running just five minutes per day could add years ti your life.

Overall, running and other forms of aerobic exercise significantly reduce your chances of death. Getting 30 minutes or more of aerobic exercise on a regular basis makes people significantly less likely to die from any cause. Getting and hour or more of movement is even better. People who meet these exercise guidelines are significantly less likely to develop a number of forms of cancer.

For many people, the easiest way to get all these benefits of exercise is to get out and start running. Whatever the distance, the celebration of National Running Day is about placing one foot in front of the other and setting a pace.

Whether you run a few miles or just around the block, by yourself or with a friend or three, this is a perfect day to go for a run! Pace yourself and share your celebration with us using #NationalRunningDay to post on social media.

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Why Choose Organic and Free Range Eggs

Why Choose Organic and Free Range Eggs

We love eggs, but keep in mind that not all eggs are created equal! Organic, free range, and certified humane eggs are actually better and healthier for you than conventional eggs.

Yes, they tend to be a little more expensive, but when you compare gram for gram the amount of protein in eggs to other sources like chicken or nuts, eggs are by far cheaper.

Easy way to tell the difference between conventional and more natural eggs: the color of the yolk! The deeper the yellow color, the higher concentration of omega-3 and other nutrients! Natural eggs in general have higher levels of nutrients, including important Vitamin D!

Why organic eggs: When you eat organic eggs, you know the hens’ feed did not contain animal byproducts, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, most pesticides, and other unsavory ingredients. Organic eggs do not have these yucky chemicals, so they are much better for your body! Do you want any of those in your eggs, which in turn goes into your body? Yuck, no thank you!

Why free range eggs: This means that the hens producing the eggs were raised outdoors or given outdoor access. In addition to eating grains, these hens may forage for wild plants and insects. Chickens are animals and by nature are supposed to be outdoors. When they are outdoors and living their best chicken life, they are much less stressed, so they have lower levels of cortisol. As we know, high levels of cortisol is no good for the body, and the same goes for chickens! That means that when the chickens are happier, then they are healthier, so the eggs are healthier for us to consume!

With so many different kinds of eggs offered at the store, it can be confusing. How do you know you are buying the best, healthiest eggs? Look for these labels:

Animal welfare approved (AWA): If you want your eggs to come from happy chickens, this is considered the gold standard. AWA deals only with family farms and has the strictest criteria for hens’ ability to live in their natural state. Farmers focus on promoting hens’ health and well-being rather than on treating diseases. Because this label combines organic feeding with humane living conditions and handling, you’ve covered all your bases.

Certified humane: If you can’t find AWA eggs where you live, look for eggs certified by Humane Farm Animal Care. This nonprofit organization inspects egg farms yearly to ensure that hens live unconfined, with enough room to nest, perch, take dust baths, etc. Hens have unlimited access to fresh water and wholesome feed, and benefit from humane handling.

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More Nutrition Facts About Eggs! (Yes, they really are that good for you!)

More Nutrition Facts About Eggs! (Yes, they really are that good for you!)

MORE nutrition facts about eggs – the nutrition powerhouse food!

Eggs can be eaten hot or cold, at a meal or on the go. They are inexpensive and can be cooked to tailor anyone’s taste!

Scrambled eggs are easy to eat and good for people who may have trouble with chewing or swallowing.

-Eggs contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin — Antioxidants (our favorite word!) that have major benefits for eye health.

– Eggs have naturally occurring omega-3 or pastured eggs lower triglycerides.

-High in quality protein, with all the essential amino acids in the right ratios

-Eggs do not raise your risk of heart disease and may reduce the risk of stroke

-Are filling and tend to make you eat fewer calories, helping you lose weight!

-Perfect to eat after a workout, when sometimes you do not feel hungry but need to eat something nutritious! Also a good option for a midnight snack (instead of junkfood!)

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Eggs – A Nutritional Powerhouse!

Eggs – A Nutritional Powerhouse!

Eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet!

A single large boiled egg contains:

Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
Folate: 5% of the RDA
Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA
Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA
Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA
Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA
Selenium: 22% of the RDA
Eggs also contain decent amounts of vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, calcium and zinc
This comes with 77 calories, 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of healthy fats.

Eggs also contain various trace nutrients that are important for health.

In fact, eggs are pretty much the perfect food. They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient you need.

-Eggs may be high in cholesterol, but they do not adversely affect blood cholesterol! Studies have found that in 70% of people, eggs don’t raise cholesterol at all. In the other 30% (termed “hyper responders”), eggs can mildly raise total and LDL cholesterol

-They raise HDL, which is the ‘good’ cholesterol

-They are known to actually be linked to a REDUCED risk of heart disease

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National Egg Day!

It is National Egg Day!

Eggs are a delicious and simple food, people all over the world for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Check out 59 (!) different ways to cook eggs. It is said that every ridge in the traditional French chef hat represents a way he knows to cook eggs!

For a little while people steered clear of eggs due to worries about high cholesterol content. But in 2000, the American Heart Association guidelines were revised to say that an adult can enjoy an egg a day and remain well within the daily cholesterol limit.

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National Rotisserie Chicken Day!

National Rotisserie Chicken Day!

It is National Rotisserie Chicken Day!
Rotisserie chickens are juicy and delicious. The secret is that the whole chicken is slow cooked over a rotating heat source. This means that the chicken slow roasts and sears the skin to seal in the flavor. You can make it at home or buy it ready made at the store.

Rotisserie chickens are a great, protein-packed option for busy families because they are so convenient. They are delicious as is, and you can eat it hot or cold. You can cut it up and put it over a greens salad, as part of a sandwich, or casserole and make wonderful leftovers.

Unexpected guests are coming over soon? Run out and buy a rotisserie chicken and you have a delicious meal ready for them in a snap.

The American Heart Association, or the AHA, recommends that Americans eat more chicken, along with more fish and beans, than red meat. the chicken contains robust amounts of niacin and phosphorus as well as smaller amounts of other minerals and vitamin B-12. Private Home Care always loves delicious, protein packed food that is versatile and everyone can enjoy!

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National Pen Pal Day!

National Pen Pal Day!

It’s National Pen Pal Day!

A pen pal is someone you correspond with by regularly writing letters, sharing aspects of your life, personal events, and more. The relationship is based on exchanging letters, and many times the pen pals have never met, or it can be someone who you once knew.

Nowadays with less people using snail mail, receiving and exchanging letters in the mail with a pen pal is exciting! Having a pen pal is a lovely pastime, and sometimes they even meet up in person. Pen pals may seek out others with a shared commonality, like hobbies,

A friend’s mother has had a penpal in Germany since childhood, and they have been in touch for decades! They have even come to visit each other in their countries!

Pen pals come in all ages, nationalities, cultures, languages and interests. There are many benefits of having a pen pal! Whether your pen pal is in a different country or in a different city, having a pen pal offers people a broader view of the world. Writing letters helps improve our writing skills, and gives us a break from technology! If your pen pal speaks another language, you can practice learning languages with each other! A great way to connect to a pen pal is through shared hobbies!

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