#3 Heart Healthy Recipe: Zesty Bean Dip and Chips
Makes 12 servings.
Ingredients-6 small whole wheat flour or corn tortillas, 3/4 tsp (4 mL) chili powder, 1 can (19 oz/540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed, 1/2 cup (125 mL) medium or hot salsa, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) grated lime rind, 2 tbsp (25 mL) lime juice, 1 small shallot, minced, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) ground cumin, Pinch fresh ground pepper, 3 tbsp (45 mL) chopped fresh cilantro, 2 tbsp (25 mL) chopped fresh basil (optional).
Directions-Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges and place in a resealable plastic bag. Spray tortillas with cooking spray and sprinkle with chili powder; seal and shake bag to coat tortilla wedges. Place on large baking sheet and bake in preheated 400°F ( 200°C) oven for about 8 minutes or until golden and crisp. Let cool completely before using. In a food processor bowl, puree beans, salsa, lime rind and juice, shallot, cumin and pepper until smooth. Scrape into bowl and stir in cilantro and basil, if using. Serve with tortilla chips.
Nutritional Information Per Serving (3 tbsp (45 mL) dip and 4 chips)-Calories 94, Protein 4 g, Total Fat 2 g, Saturated Fat 0 g, Trans Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Carbohydrates 16 g, Fibre 3 g, Sodium 164 mg, Potassium 181 mg.
Recipe developed by Emily Richards, P.H. EC. Reprinted with Permission from The Heart and Stroke FoundationType your paragraph here.
To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion, to be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart, to bear all cheerfully, to all bravely await occasions, hurry never. In a word, to let the spiritual unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony.”
#2 Caregiver Considerations
Being a long-distance caregiver for an extended period of time can be stressful and place a heavy burden on all areas of your life. One of your first reactions may be to minimize the distance and move your family member to where you live or uproot your life and move to where they live. Before you make this decision, consider first whether this move may be more disruptive and stressful for everyone involved than caregiving from a distance.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Article by Family Caregivers’ Network Society, Reprinted with Permission from Senior Living Magazine, www.seniorlivingmag.com
#1 Philanthropy ... the Love of Humanity
When we think of giving, we turn our thoughts to giving money, gifts and perhaps even the gift of service. Donating to worthwhile causes and offering the gift of our time and talents are important contributions. I wonder, however, how often we consider the power of the gift of recognition – of seeing and acknowledging the unique essence and value of another person.
Giving is associated with the notion of philanthropy . When we look to the derivation of the word, we find that philanthropy refers to the love of humanity, the love of what it means to be human for both the benefactor and the beneficiary. What it means to be human goes beyond the surface, of what we look like, what we know, and what we possess. Expressions of our humanity are who we are.
Imagine the impact of this practice!
Your relationships with your clients, family, and friends could take on a new level of expression!
#4 Nostalgia or Agnosia
It is tempting, as we grow older to get caught in the nostalgia trap, especially as we start losing things that we used to take for granted. It is a fact of life that change is the only constant and the rate of change has accelerated exponentially in our lifetimes. So who can blame a person for retreating to fantasy now and then about the “good old days”?
But science has discovered that our memories are reconstructed every time we retrieve them so they are always edited and influenced by our present perceptions. Nostalgia puts a warm sepia glow over everything, conveniently omitting the gritty details and unpleasantness of the facts.
While it may comfort us temporarily, wallowing in that imagined past could mislead us and make us oblivious of our very real present. So nostalgia can become agnosia, “an inability to process sensory information. Often there is a loss of ability to recognize objects, persons, sounds, shapes, or smells while the specific sense is not defective nor is there any significant memory loss.”
In other words, we lose the ability to see what’s right in front of us because we are driving with our eyes fixed on the rear view mirror. Of course, we can also keep replaying bad memories that only entrench our sadness, bitterness or sense of loss. But this is forgetting that the true value of the past is to mark how far we’ve come, not to leave us stuck in the mud. Memories are wonderful. Without them we would be starting from scratch as individuals and as a society everyday of our lives. But they are not infallible. If we’re lucky and alert we can learn from our errors and celebrate our victories so that we can appreciate today and muster the courage to face tomorrow.
By Alan Atkins, CPCA