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Give your bones some TLC

May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month. Nationwide, 50 percent of all women and 25 percent of men over age 50 will suffer an osteoporosis-related bone fracture in their lifetime, so it’s important to have a diet full of calcium and vitamin D. In addition to your diet, maintaining a healthy weight and fitting exercise (walking, running, swimming, etc.) into your daily life are also critical.

Here are 12 great calcium-rich foods to add to your weekly grocery list:

  1. Milk
  2. Yogurt
  3. Cheese
  4. Broccoli
  5. Kale
  6. Chick Peas
  7. Baked Beans
  8. Walnuts
  9. Almonds
  10. Salmon
  11. Tofu
  12. Spinach

And for a treat…try cheesecake, rice pudding or ice cream – yum!

For more information on how much calcium you and your family needs, click here.


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Wholesale Shopping 101

Most of us belong to a wholesale club because it certainly can save a lot of money.  Like anything, if we get carried away it can cost us more than we saved. 

As with any shopping you should always have a shopping list to avoid impulse purchases.  Impulse purchases are much more costly in bulk.  Be sure you have a master checklist since you usually buy the same things.  You should also really consider what you are buying and if you really need that much.  I know that I have to really rally my will power when I step in the store.  It’s really hard to think past lots more for lots less.  But often times, I don’t need more no matter how much less it is.

Another good rule of thumb is, don’t buy something new or for the first time at a wholesale store.  Try it from a regular store in a smaller size.  Even if you taste a sample and like it.  I really recommend waiting and getting a smaller size elsewhere.

Consider these things for all of your purchases:  What is the shelf life?  Can I freeze it?  Are we going to be able to eat  all of this before it goes bad?

Obvious things I buy that will never go bad are: toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, and cleaning supplies.  Things that we eat lots of and I am better off buying in bulk are: cheese, eggs, refried beans (cans), and fruit snacks.

As for things that freeze, I buy chicken breasts, sausage, and bacon.

Make your master list and go through it before making your shopping list.  I only go to the wholesale store once a month, so I go through my master list and make sure I have enough of everything to make it through another month until my next trip.  These tips should make your next wholesale shopping trip a little more conservative and a little less impulsive.


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