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How to Manage Your Weight With Fruits and Veggies

January 29, 2015 10:03 am

Few foods are better to help manage your weight than nutritious fruits and vegetables. If you want to learn more about using fruits and veggies to achieve your goal weight and stay healthy, these tips from the CDC can help:

1) Prepare them properly.
To get the most nutrition value, it's best to consume many fruits and vegetables raw or steamed. Steaming cooks them without causing valuable nutrients to dissipate. Avoid adding high calorie, high fat dressings.

2) Replace snacks with fruits and veggies.
The basic idea behind dieting is math: burn more calories than you consume. Fruits and vegetables can help because they're nutritious without being high in empty calories.

3) Add fruits and vegetables to recipes.
For a sneaky way to start eating more of these healthy foods, simply add them to foods you already eat. If you’re making soup, add some vegetables. When you eat your morning cereal, top it with some berries or a cut banana.

How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight [CDC]

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Il Pavone: Tasty Italian Cuisine

January 21, 2015 9:04 am

For some of the tastiest Italian food in the Bay Area, try Il Pavone in Walnut Creek. Family owned and operated, the kitchen serves up house-made pasta and authentic recipes of Italian favorites. Located just a short trip from Villa Montanaro, this restaurant is great for families with diners of all ages!

Favorites include the Lasagna with a white Bechamel sauce, the Linguini with clams, and the Calamari Dorati, a calamari steak simmered in white wine, lemon and parsley. Meals are never rushed at Il Pavone, and service is friendly. Customers find the decor charming and welcoming, a great atmosphere for enjoying tasty food.

Il Pavone
2291 Olympic Boulevard
Walnut Creek, CA 94595
(925) 939-9060

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Organize Your Closet With These Easy Tips

January 14, 2015 9:03 am

We’ve all been there: You open the closet door to put something inside, and the mess of clothes, shoes, and other unused items tumbles out onto the floor. If you’re sick of looking at the mess inside of your closet, add closet organization to your list of weekend cleaning tasks. These simple tips can help.

  1. Use the right hangers. Using wire clothes hangers or cheap plastic hangers without grooves is a recipe for disaster. Invest in some nice wooden or sturdy plastic hangers and you’ll be amazed at how the clothes stay in place without falling off.
  2. Add drawers. Go to a home store and pick up a dresser or some other no-install storage solution to add storage space to your closet.
  3. Pack away out-of-season clothing. There’s no reason to have to shuffle through winter coats in the summer and swimwear in the winter. Make a point to pack out-of-season items in either rubber boxes or vacuum-sealed containers, and then put them in storage or under your bed to maximize the room in your closet.
  4. Fold certain items. Sweaters, long-sleeved t-shirts, and other tops can often stretch out when on a hanger for too long, so fold these items and place them on shelves instead.
  5. Add an armoire. If you find you still need extra storage, add an armoire. They’re often very attractive, and they help keep closets neat and tidy.

20 Ways to Organize Your Bedroom Closet [Apartment Therapy]
How to Organize A Lot of Clothing in Closet Space [Lifehacker]
6 Simple Ways To Organize Your Closet Right Now [Forbes]

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