Out and About – Week of April 25th

If you enjoy the great outdoors and everything that goes with it, give some serious thought to checking out the St. Joseph County Conservation Tree Seedling Sale. This sale includes fifteen varieties of trees and shrubs. Visit the website at www.stjoecountycd.com to place an order. You’ll be able to pick up your trees at the County Fairgrounds in Centreville on Friday and Saturday, May sixth and seventh. Barn number 28 is where you’ll need to go to get your order. For more details and fliers, contact Carolyn Grace at (269)467-6336, extension 5.

Like many my age, I’m constantly looking for more energy. It’s so easy to sit back and spend time looking out the window and day-dream. Once I sit down in the recliner, it seems the recliner takes over and makes it difficult for me to get up and get back to work. I take a multitude of pills daily, per doctor’s orders, to stay active and alive. I’m diabetic, so I have to be careful about what foods I eat. I did some reading and found that there are certain foods that might just help give you a needed boost of energy. Whole grains and brightly colored, antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies are probably the best. They can be converted to glucose for energy and they won’t cause insulin levels to surge.

Here are five Superfoods to consider:

Purple Sweet Potatoes. They are high in fiber and are loaded with energy-boosting nutrients.
Green Tea. A cup of Green Tea contains less caffeine than a cup of coffee, but gives you more of an energy boost because of the presence of an amino acid that reduces stress and also improves cognitive functioning. It also contains EGCG, which is anti-cancer and helps protect one’s memory.
Beans and Legumes. These provide both fiber and protein. It helps keep your blood sugar stable.
Beets. Beets are great for detoxing the liver. The liver is an organ, whose poor functioning often manifests in fatigue. Beets contain nitrates, which convert to nitric oxide.
Steel-Cut Oatmeal. A cup of cooked oatmeal contains 61 mg of magnesium, which is a key mineral for energy production. Stay away from quick-cooking flavored oats. They are highly processed and most cases are filled with sugar.
Being retired and on a fixed-income has its issues. In case you aren’t aware, the Commission on Aging (COA) has meal tickets available for purchase, which are redeemable for healthy, well-balanced meals at many restaurants here in St. Joe County. These dining establishments have special menus and will welcome you with open arms:

In THREE RIVERS, you have Mr. B’s Dairy Bar and Main Street Cafe. On Friday evenings, you may visit the American Legion from 5PM-7PM.
CENTREVILLE has the Royal Cafe on M-86.
CONSTANTINE has Meeks Mill, Town Fryer and on Sunday mornings, you are welcome to have breakfast at the American Legion from 7AM until 10:30AM.
If you live near COLON, you’ll want to stop by Dawn’s Cafe.
STURGIS has Gramby’s, Fiesta Mexicana and Cosmos Family Restaurant. Every first and third Sunday of every month, the American Legion serves breakfast from 8AM until 11AM.
While in MENDON, enjoy a meal at A Family Affair.
The Country Table in White Pigeon also has a special money-saving menu for you.

“His tenor voice she thought divine, till whiskers scratched Sweet Adeline.” BURMA SHAVE

See you Out and About!

Submitted by Norm Stutesman

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