Category Archives: Food

We Are All Rich If We Have Good Health 1ST

Americanpresstravelnews-May 20th, Goose Holler’ Farm, TN.–We were sent this Healthstyle Guide and we (Bob & Barb, “Stopping to Smell the Roses”) want our readers to live healthy, 1st!!Thsg

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5 Foods Doctors Swear By – Cancer Fighters Thrive

Do you want to super-charge your diet with some of the most outstanding foods for your health … but you’re not sure where to start? Or have you grown tired of broccoli and almonds, and you’re looking for a nutritious change of pace? The Huffington Post featured five of the top foods to consider; these are so good (and so good for you) that they’re endorsed by some of the top nutrition experts around.

1. Greek Yogurt

Gerard Mullin, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Integrative GI Nutrition Services, recommends Greek yogurt for “palatability, satiation and protein content.” Plus, yogurt is an important source of probiotics, or beneficial bacteria that improve the health of your microbiome. He further explained:

Organic, grass-fed yogurt is best because you are getting a better omega fatty acid profile. When animals are fed corn they produce dairy with more omega-6s, but grass-fed animals produce dairy with more healthy omega-3s.”

2. Chickpeas

David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P.M., F.A.C.P., Director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, recommends chickpeas for their high protein content, which is especially useful if you’re trying to avoid or cut back on meat.

3. Dark, Leafy Greens

According to Donald D. Hensrud, M.D, M.P.H., chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational, and Aerospace Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, dark leafy greens can’t be beat for their high nutritional content and low calories. He recommends arugula, spinach and lettuces prepared in a variety of ways – salads, pasta dishes, lasagna, pesto, soups and spinach pie.

4. Eggs

Robert Lustig, M.D., M.S.L., director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at the University of California, San Francisco and president of the nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition, recommends eggs for their high-quality protein, including tryptophan, which may help with weight management. He said:

“Eggs got a bad rap in the 1980s because of the cholesterol in the yolk. But it does not raise the small dense LDL, which is the atherogenic particle [the one that forms plaques in your arteries]. Eggs are great by themselves, with many different ways of preparation, or they can be added to foods easily.”

5. Avocados

Taz Bhatia, M.D., assistant professor at Emory University in Preventive/Integrative Medicine and director of the Atlanta Center for Holistic and Integrative Medicine, said she swears by avocados for their heart-healthy unsaturated fat. In addition to helping you feel full longer, avocados contain vitamins C, K and B6 along with pre- and probiotics for a healthy gut.



Garlic Can Be and Is a Lifesaver in the Tropics & On the Farm

Garlic a world of goodness!
Garlic a world of goodness!

American Press travel News-May 11th,- Bob and Barb “Stopping to Smell the Roses”  and enjoying the garlic too! Years have past, and thanks to finding out about the properties that garlic offered for keeping me healthy through my trek through Africa and the Congo, unlike my companion, who did not cover himself inside and out with garlic, I’d be dead now, as well. Besides the biting and stinging insects, the foods that were eaten, and the water we drank were infested with all manner of potentially, deadly bacteria, flukes, worms, etc.

By eating garlic 3-times daily, I avoided all of the above, or when ingesting foods and water, the garlic (Allium sativum) nullified the negative effects they may, or would have had on my health. Today, besides adding to the fabulous flavors it imparts on all vegetables, meats, fish and seafood’s, garlic’s health benefits are known down through the ages to the present!

Now, on our farm we, as so many farmers in America and around the world, have taken advantage of using garlic oil, we use it to protect our crops, with the incredible advantages of having no poisons to contaminate our soil and water, no harm to plants, animals and people, not being an insecticide, garlic protects the natural way, its highly effective and offers long-term protection, we put it on our crops early in spring before the insects arrive for best results, pests do not build-up resistance, its harmless to beneficial insects, its odorless in minutes, its tasteless on grapes, apples, or vegetables and making your own costs a whole lot less!  Want seeds? Go: Plant PEP Punch at Orange Avenuse Organic Produce 1030 Orange Ave. Kalona, IA  52247-9791

Note: Without garlic, so many of our dishes would just be plain and bland and our bodies bereft of the great protective abilities that garlic offers! Check out my book; “Africa on a Pin & a Prayer” and read all about garlic and our adventure in the Congo!

New Smyrna Beach – Night Swan Bed and Breakfast

P1040032AMERICAN PRESS TRAVELNEWS, Bob, Barb & Terry, “On the Road Again” and “Stopping to Smell the Roses” this time in New Smyrna Beach, FL. When we popped off I-95, heading for New Smyrna Beach, that the National Geographic Magazine folks voted as “the Worlds Top Surf Towns” and Dr. Beach rated New Smyrna  as “Florida’s Top 10-Beach Towns” ,we knew that we’d be on the Intracoastal Waterway with dolphins feeding and playing, just about 200 feet away from our lagoon view window. We weren’t wrong! We enjoyed the frolicking marine mammals seen from our Manatee Viewing Suite, at the Night Swan Bed and Breakfast, before heading to the beach, after lunch with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant. Night Swan Owners, Matt and Betsy Baker, bought the business in 2013 and lovingly placed their experience and tastes in all upgrades, and you will see this in everything about the B&B, that consists of twin vintage, but thoroughly updated houses, 16 room, with 6 rooms dedicated to be dog friendly and a dog friendly cottage too! On a historical note; “Smyrna” comes from the word purported to be Myrrh, one of the special fragrances brought to the manger by one of the 3-wise men during the time of Jesus’s birth! There are other thoughts on the name, but from a historical prospective we are offering this theory! The other side of the B&B besides the bed, you also get the breakfast. We enjoyed the fruit, blueberries and seasonal strawberries.  The scones, and the really great waffle, with real maple syrup and sausages. The coffee, tasted like coffee! Its not every place you go that you run into the real thing, “baby.” So many times, at too many other locations I have had dishwater called coffee, not at the Night Swan, it was real and good! There was all Breyers ice creams, cookies and drinks anytime you were in the mood for a snack, and we met some fine folks visiting from all parts of the east coast! The one thing that stands out for a great B&B is that the personalities and conviviality you find at a high quality B&B, is found no where else in the accommodations business, with the exception of cruising the oceans of the world!  Some of the items and amenities found at the Night Swan:  no charge boat dock, flat screen TV’s, private baths, elevated dock (we even watched a NASA launch from it on our last day at the B&B) lovely front porch, free WiFi, all kinds of meeting space for up to 40, great family reunion location, and wedding receptions in the great outdoors and so much, much more! You can come by boat, auto or any way you wish to this B&B—-Go: or call 386-423-4940 Check out the myriad of events you can attend weekly, for months in New Smyrna Beach and surrounding enclaves by going: 

Stay tuned 3 more posts coming at you from Smyrna Beach, trips, restaurants and a nature boat excursion as well.

Water to land view of the Night Swan B&B with the sailing charter double mast schooner on their end dock!



Bob and Barb with Terry at the Dolphin View Seafood Restaurant located at 107 N. Riverside Drive on the Mosquito Lagoon. One of the many pet friendly restaurants in New Smyrna Beach! We saw sea food and we all enjoyed it!
Just one of Dolphin's treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!
Just one of Dolphin’s treats for lunch; stuffed mahi mahi with shrimp and crabmeat, oh, what a luncheon treat!


Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack Local Seafoods and Fish

Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack where writers who travel on their stomachs "know" they've gone to heaven!
Peace River Seafood & Crab Shack where writers who travel on their stomachs “know” they’ve gone to heaven!

American Press Travel News-Bob and Barb May 1st,–Punta Gorda, FL.--Lunch time and all was well with our world! We found the place to quench our fire-lust to go hard on soft-shelled crabs, chew on fresh, firm shrimp, eat a piece of fish that no one had to make excuses for, and slide some lobster bites past a very excited palate on the way to a happy belly! We had a Corona, good chat, appetizers of Calamari with aeoli, and really enjoyed our al fresco meal and beautiful servers, friendly attitudes, both men and women. Great place to “go seafood” all the way-no excuses-

Everything was perfect here!!!!!!!call em at:  941-505-8440

Shrimp Creole was a bit beyond great!
Shrimp Creole was a bit beyond great!
Soft shell crabs when done correctly and are eminently fresh can’t be beat!
Barb said, don't worry if you forgot your wallet. There's plenty of money hanging on the walls!
Barb said, don’t worry if you forgot your wallet. There’s plenty of money hanging on the walls!
Delicious lobster bites, best appetizer ever!