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Tackle Spring Cleaning With These Helpful Tips

May 25, 2016 4:03 pm

The change from winter to spring is typically accompanied by a desire to have a bright, clean home. You're tired of the dingy, cold effects of winter snow and ice, and everything just feels a bit less than fresh. If you’re planning a spring cleaning routine but don’t know where to begin, these seven tips will help you get started.

  • Set all clocks ahead one hour for Daylight Savings Time.
  • Change the batteries in things like smoke detectors, remote controls, and alarm clocks.
  • Flip or rotate your mattress to ensure that it lasts for years to come.
  • Protect hardwood floors against scratches by adding padded, adhesive discs to the legs of chairs and tables.
  • Clean the refrigerator using a few teaspoons of baking soda diluted in hot water. Also be sure to toss out expired or unused food items.
  • Wash pillows to prevent seasonal allergens common in the springtime from accumulating inside.
  • Re-stock cleaning supplies to prepare yourself for any number of household messes and spills that come with the spring season.

Spring Cleaning [Martha Stewart]
28 Spring Cleaning Tips [Country Living]

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Vicario’s Market Gourmet: Salads, Sandwiches, and More

May 18, 2016 4:03 pm

Vicario’s Market Gourmet has sandwiches and other classic deli fare. It’s also a great spot to get your motor humming in the a.m. with one of their High Protein Muffins, a bowl of Oatmeal & Almonds, Egg Whites & Turkey on a low-carb whole wheat roll, or an Egg White Omelet with Turkey & Spinach.

Later in the day, you can feast on one of their healthy entrée salads, like the Spicy Chicken Caesar. The sandwich menu features Mesquite Buffalo Chicken with Muenster cheese, Italian Cheese Steak with sautéed peppers & onions, and a Roasted Portobello with artichokes, fresh spinach, roasted pepper & balsamic vinaigrette. Pasta dishes include Ravioli stuffed with lobster & cheese, Farfalle with grilled chicken & prosciutto, and Penne with sun-dried tomatoes, peas & pink vodka sauce.

Vicario's is open Mondays through Saturdays.

Vicario's Market Gourmet
242 Market Street
Elmwood Park, NJ 07407
(201) 797-3222

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Facts About Flax Seeds You Might Not Already Know

May 11, 2016 4:03 pm

If you’re trying to improve your health and maintain a healthy diet, you may want to start incorporating flax seeds into your meals. These tiny seeds are said to be great for digestion and vascular health, and they may even help to prevent certain types of cancers. Here are just a few fun facts about flax seeds that you might not know.

  1. Flaxseeds have more omega-3 fatty acids than any other foods in the world. These acids remain stable for up to three hours in the oven, which means that you can bake flaxseeds into breads and muffins without losing the omega-3s.
  2. Flaxseeds have the highest amount of lignans of any other food. Lignans are fiber-related polyphenols that offer benefits similar to antioxidants and fibers, and they are beneficial to all humans.
  3. Flaxseeds provide support to the intestinal tract through their mucilage, or “gum” content. This water-soluble gel improves nutrient absorption into the small intestine.
  4. Flaxseeds are proven to reduce metabolic syndrome. Studies show that people who eat 30 grams of flaxseeds each day had a 20% decrease in metabolic syndrome over a 12-week period.
  5. By eating more flaxseeds, you can improve your cardiovascular system. These powerful seeds help prevent excessive inflammation in the blood vessels, keeping your blood pumping and keeping the body safe from diseases.

Flaxseeds [Vegetarian]
What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds [The World’s Healthiest Foods]
Flax for Consumers [Ameriflax]

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