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The Post travels to the Bahamas


The Post traveled with the Passarelli/Malon family over Christmas break on a cruise to the Bahamas. They visited Princess Cays and Nassau and had a great time.

Thanks so much for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!


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Good Health Reset


(NAPS)—A good health reset can happen any time of the year. It simply takes a commitment to making small, sustainable changes that add up to impactful, healthy habits. Dr. Samara Sterling with The Peanut Institute says it’s best to begin by concentrating on the good habits you already follow.

“Set yourself up for success by building on the healthy things you like to do,” says Sterling. “For example, if you typically eat one serving of fruit a day, figure out a way to increase that to two servings.”

Over time, as you amp up your healthy habits, the detrimental ones tend to fade away more easily.

As part of a good health reset, Dr. Sterling recommends incorporating more protein, especially plant-based proteins, into a daily diet.

“Proteins and healthy fats make you feel fuller for longer and can help eliminate the urge to snack and consume empty calories,” explains Sterling.

Peanuts are an example of a powerful plant protein. Just one serving of peanuts delivers seven grams of protein, 19 vitamins and minerals and heart-healthy fats.

“Peanuts are categorized as a superfood because they’re nutrient-dense and deliver superior health benefits in a very small serving,” says Dr. Sterling. “If you combine superfoods, like kale and peanuts or quinoa and peanuts, you’re really maximizing your nutritional intake.”

There’s more good news because peanut butter also packs protein.

“Research has shown that the consumption of small amounts of peanuts or peanut butter has been associated with a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes,” says Sterling. “It’s easy to incorporate peanuts and peanut butter into breakfast, lunch or dinner.”

Mediterranean Grain Medley with Peanuts

3 Tbsp. peanut oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

½ tsp. hot pepper flakes

½ red bell pepper, diced

1 yellow squash, diced

8 oz. snap peas

2 cups beluga lentils or brown lentils, pre-cooked

1 cup jasmine rice, pre-cooked

2-inch piece of ginger, grated

1 cup peanuts, plain, roasted

1 bunch green onions, chopped

Salt to taste

Lime juice to taste

Cilantro as garnish

Heat a sauté pan and add peanut oil. Add garlic and pepper flakes, cook for 30 seconds. Add bell pepper and squash, sauté for 3–4 minutes. Add snap peas, cook for an additional minute. Add lentils, rice, ginger, lime juice and salt, mix well. Heat the grains for 1 minute then toss in the peanuts and green onions. Serve warm, enjoy! 

For more delicious and healthy recipes, visit peanutinstitute.com.

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Hiccup cure


A man entered a drug store and asked to see the pharmacist. When the pharmacist came out, the man asked if he could give him a cure for the hiccups. The pharmacist immediately reached out and slapped him across the face.

“What’d you do that for?” the man complained.

“Well, you don’t have the hiccups anymore, do you?”

“No,” the man replied, “but my wife, whose waiting in the car, still does!”

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

Pancake Breakfast cancelled

The Cedar Springs Lions Club Pancake Breakfast has been cancelled this year. The Lions would like to thank everyone for the years of participation. #4

theTable at The Springs Church

Jan. 23,30: Meals are served every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

PJ Storytime at CS Library

Jan. 24: PJ Storytime in Evening at Cedar Springs Library – Friday, January 24th 6-7pm. Come dressed in your pajamas and bring along a stuffed animal friend for a special evening Storytime by the fireplace. We will enjoy singing songs, dancing, books, a craft and some milk and cookies for a nighttime snack! This program is for toddlers/preschool aged children and sign up is required. Stop by or call us at 616-696-1910. #4

2nd Chance Acoustic Jam

Jan. 24,31: 2nd Chance will be having an Acoustic Jam fundraiser hosted by the Gitchel’s every Friday from 6 to 9 pm. The first Friday of each month will be a Potluck. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Road). 2nd Chance would love to have you join us for an evening of playing with or listening to awesome musicians and support 2nd Chance School at this fundraiser. $4 donation at the door – 15 and under are free. 2 jam rooms available and the stage. Proceeds go to 2nd Chance School. If you have questions, call 231-856-3648 or 616-293-2150. See you there! #4,5b

Coffee Class at the CS Library

Feb. 1: Coffee 101 Class at Cedar Springs Public Library – Saturday, February 1st, 11am-12pm. Come and join us for an exciting opportunity to re-experience coffee. Learn multiple brewing techniques, preparation methods, and bean selection. Share in the experience of exotic single origin coffees, freshly roasted by local micro-roasters. Take home the knowledge and confidence to experiment and re-invigorate your personal coffee experience! This program is for teens and adults. Sign up is required. Stop by or call us at 616-696-1910. #4

Explore MCC’s Nature Trails

Montcalm Community College’s Kenneth J. Lehman Nature Trails are open to the public from dawn until dusk, 365 days a year. There is no charge to visit these beautiful trails winding through forests, grasslands and wetlands. More than four miles of trails are marked with numbered trail posts and maps are available at most major trail heads. For more information, please email naturetrails@montcalm.edu or call MCC Biology Instructor Heather Wesp (989) 328-1270. #4

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The Post travels to Shipshewana


Rose and Jerry Bowman of Cedar Springs went to see the internationally known Irish tenor singer Danny O’Donnell in Shipshewana, Indiana over the Christmas holidays. 

“Danny put on a very thoughtful and long two part production of old time favorite songs and Christmas songs,” wrote Jerry. “After the end of the show Danny was very thoughtful to meet with us for a Post newspaper picture showing his warm personality with a kiss on my wife’s cheek!”

That sounds like a fun! Thank you for taking us with you!

Are you going on vacation? Be sure to take along a printed edition of the Post and get someone to snap a photo of you or your family with it. Send it to us along with some info about your trip (where you went, who went along, what you saw) and send the photo and info to news@cedarspringspost.com. We will print as space allows. If you forget the Post, please do not photoshop it into the photo. Just take it with you next time!


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Rev. Darriel Harris to speak on health, faith and justice


Rev. Darriel Harris

Plainsong Farm, whose mission is to restore lost connections between people, places and God, is sponsoring a presentation and discussion on January 30, led by The Rev. Darriel Harris of Newborn Community of Faith and Strength to Love II Farm, a community development project in the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

Pastor Harris is a founding member of the Black Church Food Security Network and former Director of Johns Hopkins’ Baltimore Food and Faith Project.

A Ph.D. candidate at Johns Hopkins School of PublicHealth, his expertise is in developing faith-based solutions to systemic health inequity. His work has been featured by The Atlantic magazine and Duke University’s World Food Policy Center. 

The presentation will take place on Thursday, January 30, from 7-8 p.m. at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 550 Henry Ave SE, in Grand Rapids. After Pastor Harris’s formal presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions and further discussion.

There is no cost, but registration is requested:

www.bit.ly/RevHarrisJan30 or call 616-774-2175 x111.

For more information, contact The Rev. Nurya Love Parish, Executive Director of Plainsong Farm, 6677 12 Mile Rd, Rockford, at nurya@plainsongfarm.com.

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Hometown Happenings

Hometown Happenings articles are a community service for non-profit agencies only. Due to popular demand for placement in this section, we can no longer run all articles. Deadline for articles is Monday at 5 p.m. This is not guaranteed space. Articles will run as space allows. Guaranteed placement is $10, certain restrictions may apply. You now can email your Hometown Happenings to happenings@cedarspringspost.com please include name and phone number for any questions we may have.

theTable at The Springs Church

Jan.16,23,30: Meals are served every Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at The Springs Church on the corner of Oak and Grant. All are welcome to theTable to enjoy this meal that is being shared with us! #tfn

2nd Chance Acoustic Jam

Jan. 17: 2nd Chance will be having an Acoustic Jam fundraiser hosted by the Gitchel’s every Friday from 6 to 9 pm. The first Friday of each month will be a Potluck. It will be at 2nd Chance School at 810 – 17 Mile Rd., Cedar Springs (corner of 17 Mile and Olin Lakes Road). 2nd Chance would love to have you join us for an evening of playing with or listening to awesome musicians and support 2nd Chance School at this fundraiser. $4 donation at the door – 15 and under are free. 2 jam rooms available and the stage. Proceeds go to 2nd Chance School. If you have questions, call 231-856-3648 or 616-293-2150. See you there! #2,3b

Michigan Blood Drive

Jan. 21: Tuesday, January 21st at the Cedar Springs United Methodist Church located at 140 S. Main Cedar Springs. The drive is will go from 12:30 pm until 7 pm. To schedule an appointment visit https://donate.michigan.versiti.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/108177. All blood collected stays in the state of Michigan to first help your local citizens in need. #3

Coffee Class at the CS Library

Feb. 1: Coffee 101 Class at Cedar Springs Public Library – Saturday, February 1st, 11am-12pm. Come and join us for an exciting opportunity to re-experience coffee. Learn multiple brewing techniques, preparation methods, and bean selection. Share in the experience of exotic single origin coffees, freshly roasted by local micro-roasters. Take home the knowledge and confidence to experiment and re-invigorate your personal coffee experience! This program is for teens and adults. Sign up is required. Stop by or call us at 616-696-1910. #3

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Enjoy this superfood on any specialty diet


 (BPT) – Are you following a gluten-free, keto, paleo, vegetarian, Whole 30 or other special diet? The problem with sticking to a diet is that it can feel restricting, because you’re only allowed to eat certain foods, and that can get boring fast.

Fortunately, Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner has a few expert tips to help you succeed with any diet routine:

* Keep it convenient. Focus on foods that are easy to prepare.

* Keep it fun. Focus on foods that you actually enjoy eating.

* Keep it varied. Focus on foods that are versatile and can be used lots of ways.

There’s one ingredient that food lovers can count on while dieting that is incredibly easy to make, versatile and delicious: eggs. Eggs are packed with protein and essential vitamins and nutrients, perfect to keep dieters energized and feeling full throughout the day. For a quick meal that fits most specialty diet plans and can be eaten any time of day, try scrambling peppers, mushrooms and eggs in a pan and top with fresh avocado.

When buying ingredients at the grocery store, remember that not all eggs are created equal. Look for Eggland’s Best eggs with the bright red EB stamp on each egg, as they have superior nutrition compared to ordinary eggs. In fact, Eggland’s Best eggs provide 10 times more vitamin E than ordinary eggs, which is an important nutrient for maintaining the immune system. Plus, they have 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the omega-3s and vitamin B12 and six times more vitamin D.

Why are EB eggs so much more nutritious than regular eggs? The additional nutrients are thanks to a proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and vitamin E.

Whether hard-boiled, poached, scrambled or mixed into a favorite recipe, Eggland’s Best eggs are easy to use in dishes and customize to your tastes. If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, try this tasty Garden Frittata recipe:

Garden Frittata

Fresh vegetables mixed with eggs and cheese make for the perfect meal. Note: This recipe adheres to the rules of many specialty diets, including vegetarian, keto and gluten-free.

Ingredients:

4 Eggland’s Best Eggs (large), beaten

2 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh garlic

1/2 cup chopped onion

1 cup chopped fresh spinach

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves

1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes

Directions:

Melt butter in 10-inch skillet until sizzling; add garlic and onions.

Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until onions are translucent.

Add spinach, saute 2-3 minutes or until spinach is wilted.

Whisk eggs and salt together in bowl.

Add eggs to vegetable mixture in pan; sprinkle with basil.

Cover; continue cooking 4-6 minutes or until center is almost set.

Sprinkle with cheese. Cover; remove from heat. Let stand 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Cut into wedges. Garnish with chopped tomatoes.

For more nutritious recipes, visit www.egglandsbest.com.

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Boot Lesson


A teacher was helping one of her kindergarten students put his boots on.

The little boy had asked for help and she could see why. With her pulling and him pushing, the boots still didn’t want to go on.

When the second boot was on, she had worked up a sweat. She almost whimpered when the little boy said, “Teacher, they’re on the wrong feet.”

She looked and sure enough, they were. It wasn’t much easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on—this time on the right feet.

He then announced, “These aren’t my boots.” She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, “Why didn’t you say so?” like she wanted to. Once again she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off.

He then said, “They’re my brother’s boots. My Mom made me wear them.” The teacher didn’t know if she should laugh or cry.  She mustered up the grace to wrestle the boots on his feet again.

She said, “Now, where are your mittens?”

“Oh!” he remarked, with a toothless grin. “I tuffed them in the toes of my boots!”

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