Category: Health

New Year’s Day means black-eyed peas

My momma taught me right, that eating black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day are the key to luck and success for the coming year. I grew up in the south, in Plano, Texas – a gigantic suburb of Dallas. Sure, my mom’s from Pittsburgh and my dad’s from Chicago, but somehow they took to life in the Lone Star State.

Naturally, I had my can o’ black-eyed peas ready to go. I also cut out a recipe for Alda Rae’s “Tennessee Caviar” from a Daily Candy e-mail I received that day. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the right kind of vinegar… so I made up my own recipe. I was a bit frightened by the prospect of combining the peas with raspberry balsamic vinegar, but it played out nicely. Along with the lemon, it gives them a summery flavor. And wouldn’t you know it, luck tastes even better the next day.

1 can black-eyed peas
1-1/2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp raspberry balsamic vinegar
Lemon pepper, to taste
1 dash lemon juice
Sea salt, to taste

Serves 4.

I just read this article that reveals the results of a five-year study about kids and healthy school lunches. It seems that the previous studies were wrong: if school districts train their cafeteria staffs to prepare healthy foods rather than processed ones, the meals don’t cost more – and kids DO choose them over fatty foods. Eat that, McDonald’s.

I’m getting green

My annual carbon emissions are 25,579 lbs.

That’s equivalent to the emissions from 2.5 passenger cars.

Average carbon emissions per year, per person:
United States: 44,312
Qatar: 117,064
France: 13,668
India: 2,645
Kenya: 440

I’ve pledged to reduce my CO2 emissions by 9,480 pounds, or 37 percent.

Take the Green Challenge quiz here.
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2006 Hustle Up the Hancock Results

Here are the results from February’s Hustle Up the Hancock. Check out the 52-floor climb Female Results.

That #16 is the one to watch, as they say. #6 in my age group.

Look out, stairs! I’m comin’ ta get ya.

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