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MINI SANDWICHES Ingredients: Bread, peanut butter (or an alternative), jelly. Directions: Make like a regular sandwich, cut into bite-sized squares, store in fridge overnight. LEMONY PASTA SALAD Ingredients: Cooked orzo, lemon juice, olive oil, frozen spinach. Directions: Combine ingredients in a small container, let cool, store in fridge overnight. NO-BAKE FRUIT AND NUT BALLS Ingredients: 1/2 dried apricots, 1/4 cup prunes, 1/4 cup shredded coconut, 2 tbsp chia seeds. Directions: Combine ingredients in food processor and blend, roll into balls, store in fridge overnight.

STRANGEPRODUCE Some of the world’s healthiest foods look a little bit strange, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat them! • Dragon fruit may seem a bit intimidating with its pink and green, seemingly impenetrable skin. But on the inside it’s similar to a kiwi with white flesh and small, edible black seeds. • Jackfruit is bigger than a watermelon and is the largest tree- borne fruit. It’s green and bumpy on the outside, but packed full of fibre on the inside. • Ever wonder why the sponges you use in the shower are called loofahs? They’re named after a vegetable similar to a zucchini when young, but that matures into an abrasive skeleton that was once used to make – you guessed it – back scrubbers. • Raddicchio variegato di castelfranco is a mouthful of a name for this odd-looking lettuce-like veggie. Light green with reddish-brown spots – it doesn’t exactly look appetizing, but it’s low in calories and high in nutrients.

QUOTE “You have to be odd to be number one.” – Dr. Suess (Theodor Seuss Geisel was an American children’s author, who also worked as a political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, screenwriter and filmmaker. He is best known for writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death. Some of his most famous – and most beloved – books include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and The Lorax.)

WHATTOLOOKFORWHENVIEWINGAHOME Looking for a new home is exciting and its easy to get caught up on paint colours and flooring. But those features can easily be changed once you’ve made a purchase. Instead, keep an eye out for these five things instead. 1. Is there rust on the HVAC, water heater or other large appliances? If so, this could indicate the home hasn’t been well maintained. 2. Are the roof ’s shingles curling or are there any missing? A rough looking exterior roof could mean water has gotten through to the structure or attic below. 3. Do any of the interior doors look tilted? Tilted doors might be a sign of bigger structural issues. 4. Does any part of the home smell musty or are the window sills soft? Moisture damage can be a serious problem – especially if mold has developed. 5. How’s the neighbourhood? Are the other houses well-maintained? Are a lot of other homes in the immediate area for sale as well? You aren’t just going to be living in the house – you’re going to be living in a community as well.

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