Lessons from the hive
By: Leanne Ely
Today I was contemplating the big honey extraction coming up at the end of this month from our hives. The hives are positively buzzing with excitement (forgive me, but prepare yourselves, this probably isn’t the last of the play on words, LOL) and the sweet reward of what’s to come has everyone excited, including this new beekeeper.
There are many lessons from the hive to be learned; lessons in diligence, hard work and (believe it or not) choosing the very best food.
We’ve all heard the term queen bee while referring to someone who thinks she’s above it all. In the hive, the queen is revered, pampered and taken care of all of her life. She’s fed the best food (royal jelly), lays up to 2,000 eggs a day and can live to be 5 years old. All other bees only live to be 6 weeks old, max.
The lesson from the hive for us is to, like the queen, eat only the best food (not lay a few thousand eggs a day) and extend our lives as a result. Is eating the best food a guarantee that we’ll live to be 100? Not necessarily.
However, eating the best available, highly identifiable foods and staying away from all the packaged junk with unpronounceable ingredients and no nutritional value is a great start to a healthy life.
Even the bees know this, especially the queen.
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Smoothies for Breakfast with Saving Dinner Fundraising
By: Daniel Munns
My wife and I have become fans of starting our days off with a healthy smoothie. It’s breakfast in a glass, and summer is the perfect time to enjoy these treats! Mornings have become a little more hectic for us with our new daughter, and we love that smoothies are a quick solution for our first meal of the day.
We recently made the In the Groove Green Smoothie from the brand new Saving Dinner Fundraising Summer Package, and we were extremely pleased with our choice. What a great way to get your fruits and veggies! It was so good, I just had to share the recipe with you:
In the Groove Green Smoothie
1 banana, peeled and broken into chunks
1 cup seedless green grapes
½ Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1 ½ cups fresh spinach leaves
6 ounces low fat vanilla yogurt
1 scoop protein powder (or serving size suggested on the container)
Directions: In a blender, process all ingredients until smooth, scraping down the sides of the blender container with a rubber spatula.
Nutrition per serving: 253 Calories; 3g Fat; 18g Protein; 44g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 37 mg Cholesterol; 110mg Sodium. Exchanges: 0 Vegetable; 2 Fruit; 0 Fat; 1 Other Carbohydrates. Points: 7.
So give it a try and let us know what you think. Share your smoothie experience with us over on our Facebook page. By the way, the fundraising Summer Package contains several other smoothie recipes, just as delicious as the one listed above!
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