Think Energy - For Your Heart
July 01, 2014
Did you know that a nutritious diet may help fend off heart disease? It can also boost your energy and support a strong immune system.
While you're thinking about healthy living habits, also make sure your home is energy fit by reducing energy use. Eating salads, raw vegetables, fruits, and nuts, for instance, eliminates the need for stovetop cooking and oven use. Cooking on an outside grill helps reduce home energy costs, too. When the oven isn't on, the AC won't have to run nonstop to cool the kitchen.
What's more, with the abundance of fresh local produce and farmers' markets in Tallahassee, it's easy to make wise food choices. Vegetables and fruit are good sources of vitamins and minerals. They are also low in calories and rich in dietary fiber.
To promote the importance of healthy eating and energy efficiency, Your Own Utilities has been out in the community providing tips, handouts, recipes and samples.
Try these delicious summer treats that were clearly the favorites at several events. They're packed with vitamins and will please even the most discerning of palates (i.e. kids):
Pineapple Orange Smoothie
16 oz. frozen pineapple chunks
4 oz. pineapple-orange juice, frozen concentrate
8 oz. vanilla yogurt
4 oz. water
4 ice cubes
Green Monster Smoothie
1 1/4 cups fresh spinach (thick stems removed)
1/2 cup pineapple (frozen chopped)
3/4 fresh orange juice
1 tsp. honey (optional)