Articles by Sue Flanagan, your Families and Health Agent

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo (fifth of May) is a celebration to commemorate Mexico’s victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. So why do we celebrate it in America? Any excuse for another holiday that includes delicious food! Continue reading for Cinco de Mayo recipes.


...Stir-frying is a creative way to include more vegetables in your daily food plan. Stir-frying is fairly simple and very versatile. It consists of quickly frying small pieces of food in a large pan over very high heat while constantly and briskly stirring the food. Some people use a specially designed piece of equipment called a wok, but any large, deep skillet will do. The important thing is to have enough room to stir and toss the ingredients rapidly as they cook. Read full article.


If you’ve been avoiding eggs because of concerns linking them to dietary cholesterol and coronary heart disease, it may be time to reconsider. The latest research shows that healthy adults can enjoy an egg every day without increasing their risk of heart disease but talk with your health care partner about your specific medical situation. So, consider eggs, when you are looking for a quick, easy and nutritious meal. Read full article and get recipes.

For more information on eggs, including, the best way to hard boil eggs plus more recipes… read Sue's article from 2013.

2014 Mayo Clinic Article on Eggs, Cholesterol and Heart Disease

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Do you start your day with sunshine? Many of us may think first of oranges or orange juice, but don’t forget the beneficial value of grapefruit. We know that grapefruit is a powerhouse source of vitamin C, but it also has vitamin A, potassium, and fiber. Half of a medium grapefruit has about 60 calories, but since we generally add some sugar when we eat it, that would contribute more calories. Read full article.


...Chocolate is mentioned as healthy because it contains flavonoids, the same substances we hear about in red wine and green tea. These flavonoids may help protect against heart disease. Dark chocolate is higher in flavonoids than other forms of chocolate but it has a slightly bitter flavor. It may be more appealing to adult taste-buds than to those of children. By eating as little as ⅓ ounce (about 2 teaspoons) of dark chocolate you can satisfy a chocolate craving. Choose a chocolate candy you really enjoy but eat less of it. Read full article and recipes.


Eat more fish! This is easy to accomplish given the wide selection and special pricing available in most groceries. Many types of fish and seafood are plentiful and affordable this time of year. Because fish cooks quickly, it has been referred to as the original fast food, and is a great choice for evenings with limited meal preparation time. If you are hesitant to prepare fish because of an unpleasant experience or think you don’t care for fish give it another chance. With a few simple hints you may find you enjoy fish; and the health benefits are great. Read full articles.

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