LIFELINES

May 31 2011 - 10:05am

Turn trash into treasure with book

Recycling starts at home with "Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking" by Arnold E. Grummer.

The book offers several techniques for making recycled paper from discarded paper, such as junk mail, periodicals, gift wrap and even can and bottle labels. Grummer presents several techniques, some using mostly items found around the house. He also offers craft projects for using your creations.

"Trash-to-Treasure Papermaking" is published by Storey Publishing and sells for $16.95 in softcover.

Some flavorful mix-ins for turkey burgers

The trick to delicious turkey burgers is keeping them tender and juicy.

Since the meat doesn't contain much fat and, therefore, not much flavor, you need to combine it with a few simple add-ins to give things a boost. We dreamed up some flavorful mix-ins for the turkey burgers.

Start with 1 pound of ground turkey breast (make sure it's breast meat and not the higher-fat "ground turkey") along with salt and pepper. Try any of the options below and serve on a whole-grain English muffin.

Yield: 4 burgers per pound of turkey meat

* Sun-dried tomato and black olives (1/4 cup of each, finely chopped)

Toppings: Goat cheese (1/2 ounce per serving) and fresh arugula

Calories per serving: 324; fat: 8 grams

* Mango chutney (1/2 cup)

Toppings: Baby spinach and mayonnaise (1 teaspoon per serving)

Calories per serving: 340; fat: 7 grams

* Black bean and chopped cilantro (1/2 cup each)

Topping: Sliced avocado

Calories per serving: 270; fat: 3.5 grams

Some foods help keep your mouth happy

We've been taught to brush twice a day and floss, but eating the right foods also contributes to clean and shiny teeth and gums. Keep your mouth happy by chomping on these 10 foods.

1. Yogurt. Studies have shown that yogurt reduces hydrogen sulfide, the chemical associated with bad breath. It also helps reduce plaque and gingivitis.

2. Raisins. In the past, sticky foods like raisins were a no-no for healthy teeth. However, recent research tells us that the antioxidants found in raisins help reduce the growth of a bacteria that may cause inflammation and gum disease.

3. Apples. Crunchy foods like apples, celery and carrots help increase saliva, which help protect against cavities by rinsing out the mouth.

4. Green tea. Green tea contains antioxidants known as catechins that help lower the risk of the development of gum disease.

5. Whole grains. A study in the American Journal in Clinical Nutrition found a 23 percent reduction in periodontal disease (gingivitis) among men who ate at least four servings of whole grains per day.

6. Cinnamon. This spice contains a natural plant oil known as cinnamic aldehyde shown to destroy bacteria.

7. Sugarless gum. Chewing on sugar-free gum that contains the sugar alcohol xylitol helps reduce tooth decay and gum disease.

8. Citrus fruit. Fruits and veggies high in vitamin C (like berries, melons and peppers) help create an acidic environment that discourages bacteria growth in your mouth.

9. Cranberries. These tart berries help reduce plaque-promoting bacteria, so they don't start a party in your mouth. Cherries have been shown to have the same effect.

10. Mint. We're talking peppermint. It helps kill bacteria in the mouth that lead to stinky breath while giving you that fresh and tingly feeling in your mouth.

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