Eat These Two Foods for More Vitamin A

Vitamin A is a vital nutrient that keeps our eyesight sharp and promotes healthy cell growth. Getting enough of this antioxidant is easy if you know where to look for it. Here are two surprising sources of vitamin A for you to add to your diet if it's lacking.

  1. Dark, leafy greens. The bigger the bunch, the better! Enjoy a variety of greens in a salad or choose your favorite to add to a sandwich. Pick up kale, spinach, or Swiss chard to get more than 200 percent of your daily vitamin A needs in just one cup.
  2. Dried apricots. This sweet, bright orange fruit is a delicious way to get your vitamin A. Snack on these instead of candy in between meals. Half a cup delivers 151 percent of your daily value.

Top 10 Foods Highest in Vitamin A [Healthaliciousness]
Vitamin A [National Institute of Health]
26 Vitamin A Foods [Bembu]

Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Are you looking to cook up some snacks for the day of the BIG GAME? We did some research and thought you might like some of these tasty ideas!

Most people like finger foods for the big day. This yummy little bite is easy to prepare and the flavor packs a big punch. Check out Brown Sugar Smokies! Bite size sausage links wrapped in bacon, who could ask for anything more?

Looking to spend only 10 minutes to prep a great appetizer? How about some guacamole! Cilantro makes all the difference in a great GUAC! If you want to bring in some heat consider a little cayenne pepper!

Need a little something sweet to top off that victory? Chocolate always does the trick! Click brownies to see this amazing recipe! I think HONEY is the secret ingredient!

*Recipes obtained from allrecipes.

Your Thoughts On Super Bowl 2015!

We want to know what our residents look forward to the most during Super Bowl!!

Is it:

A. The snacks, drinks and food?
B. The exciting new commercials?
C. The actual game?
D. The puppy bowl?

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Freezing Temperature – Reminders

Please follow these tips throughout the winter season. If you have any questions, please contact the leasing office at 301-776-6767.

Pasta Plus: A Gourmet Market and Italian Restaurant

Since 1983, the Mazziotti family has owned and operated Pasta Plus, Laurel's unique Italian market and restaurant. Specializing in central and northern Italian specialties, Pasta Plus emphasizes fresh seafood dishes, as well as veal, lamb, pork, and bison. Fresh house-made pasta and hearth-baked pizza round out the offerings at this local favorite.

If you've got a few minutes, regulars say it's definitely worth it to sit down and enjoy your meal in the Pasta Plus restaurant. The wood-fired margherita pizza is a customer favorite, while the spinach lasagna with ricotta, peas, and mushrooms provides a lighter take on a traditional favorite. Chicken and veal both come in the standard styles– parmigiana, fiorentina, and with vino bianco to name just a few. If you’re in a rush, it’s easy to pick up some espresso beans, a block of pecorino, and a dry cured salami in the market area, or to grab an order of hot gnocchi dumplings with tomato sauce from the carry out case.

Pasta Plus
209 Gorman Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707
(301) 498-5100

10 Tips For Working Out!

Staying in shape can be a challenge for many of us. Here are some helpful tips to keep you on track:

1. Be Consistent – Working out 20 minutes a day will help with creating a healthier YOU! You don't have to be aggressive, just consistent.

2. Follow an Effective Exercise Routine – Interval training and strength training are great ways to keep your body in shape. Strength training will help with toning and interval training prevents your body from getting used to one particular work out.

3. Set Realistic Goals – If you set them too far, and you never reach it, you will be discouraged and discontinue striving for that unobtainable goal. If you can't run a 5k today, set smaller goals like walking for 15 minutes. This is where interval training comes in hand, then start throwing in running. Walk for 2 minutes, then run for 2 then go back to walking and then running again. Check out the Couch to 5k Program!

4. Use The Buddy System – Have a friend help keep you on track. Motivate each other!

5. Make Your Plan Fit Your Life – You don't have to make it to a fancy gym, use the space around you. Completing push-up, jumping jacks, and squat sets can get your heart rate up!

6. Be Happy – Pick routines and exercises that you actually enjoy doing!

7. Watch The Clock – (Your Body Clock) If you are a morning person, schedule time for fitness during the earlier part of your day.

8. Call In The Pros – It is best to seek the advice of a professional to know which forms of exercise is best for you.

9. Get Inspired – Check out blogs or other websites that show people's positive results, let them inspire you!

10. Be Patient – There will be ups and downs and set backs, be patient and don't give up.

Check out WEBMD for more information!

*Sometimes it is best to check with your doctor before any major changes in exercise.

These Low-Impact Workouts Are Easy on the Joints

Those who suffer from joint pain or arthritis have a much more difficult time working out, as many common exercises put a great deal of strain on the joint areas. This list of low-impact workouts includes only exercises that will trim and tone without putting added stress on your joints.

It may be simple, but walking is a very effective workout for anyone who wants to lose weight and improve their cardiovascular health. It’s also fairly stress-free and gentle on the joints.

If you suffer from frequent knee pain, the elliptical at your gym may be your best bet for a cardiovascular workout. It puts much less strain on your legs than running on the pavement outdoors, and it’s even gentler than the treadmill.

Although Zumba is fast paced and can get a bit complicated, it’s a fun and incredibly effective workout that’s surprisingly easy on the joints.

Whether you do it indoors or outside on the trail, the revolving motion of cycling is comfortable even for people with knee problems.

Rowing Machine
If you want to build strength without putting too much strain on your joints, the rowing machine is a full-body toner that many people overlook. This somewhat strange looking machine is straightforward and easy to use, and it even improves your posture after extended use.

21 Low-Impact Workouts That Are More Effective Than You Think [Greatist]
8 Low-Impact Workouts That Torch Calories [Prevention]
Getting a Good Workout with Low Impact Exercise [About Health]

A Way To Start The New Year…

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Cabbage Soup – Great Jumpstart for your New Year’s Diet Plan

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New Year, New You!!

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