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Raw Treats


Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness



I have a serious weakness for cookies, as I have probably mentioned before. I have found so many delicious recipes the past few years that I love to make and share with other people. But I really do not want to turn my oven on in this weather. And who does? Even with the air conditioning running, it still makes for a very hot kitchen. These days most treats come in pre-made store-bought form.

I have been eating way too much packaged food full of preservatives and excess sugar, sodium, and fat. I can tell when I start to feel sluggish and gross. I miss the clean, pure feeling of eating fresh food, clean food.

I have experimented with raw foods a lot over the last few years, trying recipes from the Internet and raw food cookbooks. It’s hard to imagine all the amazing things that can be made out of raw foods. People get really creative. It’s not just plain raw fruits and vegetables. You can do delicious things with nuts, seeds, and sprouts as well. One time I made a fake “cheese” spread out of soaked cashews, and it was delicious on crackers. Speaking of crackers, I once made the most delicious crackers of my life using raw foods and a dehydrator. All I did was blend things like onions, flax seed, peppers, spices, and water, spread them on the tray and let them dry.

Raw proponents rave about the health benefits of eating food that hasn’t been heated. The fresh food keeps all of its enzymes, and is more easily digested by the body. Cooking foods can diminish the nutritional value considerably.

I could personally never eat a diet that was 100 percent raw (you cannot make me give up coffee), but I do believe that people need to eat more raw foods than we currently do.

One of the best tools for making raw meals and treats is the food dehydrator. As long as the dehydrator does not get the food above 118 degrees, the food retains its raw benefits and the enzymes are not destroyed.

The downside to eating raw, in my opinion, is the cost. Some of the recipes are filled with raw nuts and dried fruits, which can be pricey. There are also other ingredients used that are hard to find and expensive. There are many ways to get around this, though. I like to buy in bulk at food co-ops to save money. Buying fresh vegetables and fruits in season locally also helps.

Another drawback is the time. If you are using a dehydrator, it usually takes several .....
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Carver creates art from nature

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

By: Wendy Wilson Wood chips scatter across the table like droplets of water skipping from a fountain, spilling onto the floor. Tom Severson looks at a piece of wood, envisioning it in another form. Severson, 56, an IBM retiree living in Rochester, ..... 
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An active senior, an active citizen

Mon, Jul 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Health & Wellness

Muriel Hanson of Preston, Minn. is a woman on the go. She is involved in many activities, both socially and through volunteering. When asked her age, Muriel said she is 79, and then added, “Can I be that old?!” Looking at her schedule, you would ..... 
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Health officials urge Minnesotans to take steps to prevent illness from swimming this summer

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

odies can make people sick; action steps can prevent illness As temperatures rise and Minnesotans flock to swim at their favorite beaches and pools, state health officials are reminding residents of steps they can take to help prevent recreational ..... 
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Harmony blood drive collects 50 units

Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Health & Wellness

The blood drive held in Harmony on July 2, 2012, succeeded in collecting 50 units of blood. There were 53 donors that presented and six first-time participants. Congratulations to these two donors who reached the following milestones: Marilyn D ..... 
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2012 4-H Summer Olympics Day Camp!

Fri, Jul 6th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Come experience the 2012 4-H Summer Olympics where kids can learn about the Olympics, compete in their own Olympic trials, build crafts, play games, and have a lot of fun! This is for anyone grades 3-4 and will be held on Wednesday, August 8th from ..... 
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Rushford gets kids biking safely

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 29th, 2012
Posted in Rushford Health & Wellness

It’s been nearly 20 years since Rushford has held a bike safety clinic for its young people. This past Wednesday, thanks to tenacious part-time Rushford police officer Chris Frick, the community once again saw kids practicing the basics on the sch ..... 
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Wagons Ho! 24th Annual Friendship Wagon Train June 23-June 30, 2012

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Members of the Friendship Wagon Train are gearing up for their annual week-long trek through southeast Minnesota. Their #1 goal ... to raise funds for children and adults with developmental disabilities who attend Camp Winnebago. Camp Winnebago, lo ..... 
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Portable defibrillators increase survival rates Rochester survival rates, one of the best in the nation

By Bill Lisser

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Sudden cardiac death is one of the six leading causes of death in the United States. It can happen unexpectedly in people with no previous history of heart disease. When the initial rhythm of the heart is in ventricular fibrillation, the key to sur ..... 
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