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Hurricane Punch

By Mayo Clinic staff
Serves 6

1 1/2 cups pineapple, chopped

2 cups citrus fruit, peeled

Juice of 1 lemon

8 ounces cranberry juice

1 cup ice and extra for serving

Place all ingredients except ice in a blender and puree until very smooth. Add ice and puree until smooth. Serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: About 3/4 cup




2 mg

Total fat


Total carbohydrate

18 g

Saturated fat

0 g

Dietary fiber

2 g

Trans fat

0 g


0 g

Monounsaturated fat

0 g


1 g


0 mg

Apple Pie with a Lighter Crust

Courtesy of Smart Balance
Smart Balance® Cooking Spray
4 cups thinly sliced tart apples, such as Granny Smith (about 3 apples total)
4 cups thinly sliced red apples, such as Gala (about 3 apples total)
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup chilled Smart Balance® Omega-3 Butter Blend Stick Stick, diced
2-3 tablespoons cold water
1 large egg, white only, beaten
1 tablespoon sugar

Recipe Steps

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Combine the apples and vanilla in a large bowl. Sprinkle the remaining filling ingredients, except the cooking spray, evenly over the apples and toss gently to blend.
Coat a 9-inch deep dish glass pie pan with Smart Balance® Cooking Spray. Place the apple mixture in the pan and set aside.
Combine the remaining 1 1/4 cups flour and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in the large bowl (the same bowl the apples were in). Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the Smart Balance® Omega-3 Butter Blend Stick into flour mixture until it resembles coarse meal.
Sprinkle with the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork until dough is moist, but slightly crumbly.
Gently press dough into a 4-inch circle on a sheet of plastic wrap, cover with another sheet of plastic wrap.
Roll the dough, still covered, into an 11-inch circle.
Remove top sheet of plastic wrap from dough circle; place, plastic wrap side up, overfilling. Remove remaining plastic wrap.
Press edges of dough together. Fold edges under, and flute.
Cut 4 (1-inch) slits into top of pastry using a sharp knife.
Brush top and edges of pie with egg white; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar.
Place strips of foil around outer edges of the pie to prevent the edges […]

Oregano-Balsamic Grilled Pork

Courtesy of Smart Balance
1/2 cup Smart Balance® Omega™ Oil
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, crushed
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 (4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops, trimmed
Smart Balance® Cooking Spray
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Pepper to taste
Recipe Steps
Combine all marinade ingredients in a small bowl, stirring well with a whisk.
Place the pork in a large zip-top plastic bag, add 1/3 cup of the marinade, and seal. Refrigerate remaining marinade for later use. Toss bag gently to coat. Refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours,
turning occasionally.
Remove pork from marinade; discard marinade. If desired for appearance, tie kitchen string around tenderloin in about 3 spots. Grill whole tenderloin over medium-high heat, or roast in 450 degree oven, for 15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of tenderloin reaches 145 degrees. Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes. Sprinkle pork with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Cut into slices and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Makes 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces)
Nutrition Per Serving:
187 calories
21g protein
1g carbohydrate
10.5g total fat
2.2g saturated fat
4.5g monounsaturated fat
2.3g polyunsaturated fat
0.1g trans fat
409mg omega-3 fatty acids
2,171mg omega-6 fatty acids
66mg cholesterol
234mg sodium
0g fiber

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    May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. When it Comes to Blood Pressure, Make Control Your Goal.

May is High Blood Pressure Education Month. When it Comes to Blood Pressure, Make Control Your Goal.

Article/picture courtesy of CDC (
May is High Blood Pressure Education Month, and it’s a good time to find out how to “make control your goal.”
What is blood pressure?
Blood pressure is the force of blood on the walls of your blood vessels as blood flows through them. Blood pressure has two numbers, systolic and diastolic, and is measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). Systolic pressure is the force on the blood vessel walls when the heart beats and pumps blood out of the heart. Diastolic pressure is the force that occurs when the heart relaxes in between beats.
One of three American adults has high blood pressure, also called hypertension. That’s 67 million people who have to work to keep their blood pressure in check each day. Unfortunately, more than half of people with high blood pressure do not have their condition under control.
Keep it down in there!
Having the highest score is good in many things, but not with blood pressure—the higher your numbers, the more serious the condition.
You may not have any symptoms of high blood pressure, but it can damage your health in many ways. For instance, it can harden the arteries, decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart and brain. This reduced flow can cause—

A heart attack, which occurs when the blood supply to your heart is blocked and heart muscle cells die from a lack of oxygen.

A stroke, which can occur when arteries that supply blood and oxygen to the brain become blocked or burst.

Chest pain, also called angina.

Heart failure, which occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to other organs.

Make control your goal
Of the 67 million American adults who have high blood pressure, 16 million […]

Can You Get In Trouble for Performing CPR?

Article courtesy of Slate News By: Molly Colin

Why do so many bystanders refuse to help someone having a heart attack?

This week, an emergency dispatcher in Bakersfield, Calif., frantically urged a caller to administer CPR to an 87-year-old female nursing home resident who wasn’t breathing. The caller, who identified herself as a nurse at the home, refused, citing the facility’s protocol against staff administering CPR. By the time emergency responders arrived, the resident had no pulse, and she died at a nearby hospital. The incident has prompted California law enforcement and the media to examine the legal and ethical implications of the nursing home’s policies. It also raises the question: Can you get in trouble for performing life-saving acts? And are you in hot water if you don’t help?

It depends on the state and country you are in. There is no one federal law governing the issue. Under the 2000 Federal Cardiac Arrest Survival Act, Congress gave immunity from civil damages to people administering CPR or an automatic external defibrillator, with exceptions in cases of gross negligence or willful misconduct. All states have Good Samaritan laws that grant some immunity protection for those performing CPR and an AED (again with restrictions) but they vary. Minnesota and Vermont require bystanders at an emergency to provide reasonable assistance, such as calling 911. Not assisting in Minnesota can land you a petty misdemeanor, and in Vermont a fine of up to $100. California, Nevada, and a few other states have contemplated amending their Good Samaritan laws to include a duty to assist. In some European countries and elsewhere, failing to help someone in need is a criminal offense.

A bystander providing CPR immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival, […]

Jerling Junior High students celebrate new life-saving skills

Article courtesy of Chicago Tribute By Ashley Rueff, Chicago Tribune reporter

First responders shared experiences with CPR, Heimlich and AEDs
Community members took turns driving home the importance of the newly acquired life-saving skills of about 200 seventh-graders at Jerling Junior High School Monday celebrating the completion of their CPR and AED training.
“After taking this CPR class, you all have an awesome gift,” said physical education teacher Maureen Zopf. “The ability to save lives.”
The students gathered in their gym for a special assembly to congratulate the students for completing an American Heart Association CPR and AED (automated external defibrillator) training program earlier this year, and to demonstrate the importance of their new skills.
Emphasizing the theme of the assembly — that it takes a village to save a life — Zopf, other school officials, police officers, firefighters and community members came to tell the students their own experiences with CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and AEDs.
Zopf explained how her experience with CPR helped her revive a man who collapsed at the gym next to her in 2009. And the school’s office secretary, Kathy Cavalier, explained how her training helped her save the life of a teacher who was choking last school year.
“Now that you’ve gone through the program, I want you to keep it up,” she told students. “You’re never going to know when you’ll need these skills.”
About four years ago, Orland School District 135 implemented a new curriculum policy that requires all junior high students to receive life-saving training, including CPR and AEDs, in their health or gym classes, said school board member Lynne Donegan.
“So far, we’ve had almost 3,000 kids trained between the three junior highs,” she said.
Alex Meixner, director of government relations for the American […]