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The Skinny on Sugar Part 2

In our last installment, I talked about how there are a lot of myths and misinformation still floating around that relate to how we get sick and whether it has anything to do with sugar.

I covered the topics of Heart, Brain, and Teeth.

Today we will tackle 3 more, starting with Gut Health.

(Once again, my source for this new information is Cut the Sugar published by Better Homes and Gardens).


Some research poses the theory that eating a standard American diet (aka high in sugar and junk food) may negatively affect the gut-brain connection...

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Italian Green Bean Salad

This is a fun, colorful side dish to a enjoy with a simple portion of protien. It goes together so fast! You can even prep this salad in the morning and finish assembly just before dinner.

Servings: Serves 4



2 cups of green beans
6 small tomatoes or 12 cherry tomatoes
15-ounce can of hearts of palm (rinse thoroughly) I use the pieces. Or you can cut up the longer ones.
1/2 cup of very thinly sliced red onion
1 cup of celery pieces
baby spinach
3 Tbl of dressing. Use Italian or an Italian vinaigrette


Put a medium pot of water on to boil. Put in your cut up green beans. Heat them in the water. When it begins to boil, take them out after one minute and immediately run them under cool water until they are cold. This will stop them cooking an you want them to remain crisp.

In a large bowl add the cool beans all of the other ingredients EXCEPT the spinach. The spinach goes in at the last minute.

Now toss thoroughly. You want your salad to remain in the bowl and let the flavors mix for an hour. Read the paper, watch the news...whatever. Or you can make this in the morning and let it sit in the refrigerator.

Grate on sea salt and pepper to taste. Now toss in a bunch of baby spinach. How much you put in of this unlimited green is up to you. Toss again and serve.

A nice, cool side dish.





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