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BLACK HISTORY HONORS - LOUISIANA HEROS
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The LABBD Top 5
Week of 8/3/15

Each week will feature our top 5 restaurant picks.

1. Pearl's Country Kitchen -Opelousas* * * * *

2. Bayou Cafe - Baton Rouge * * * *

3. Glenda's Creole Kitchen - Breaux Bridge * * *

4. Veronica's Cafe - Carencro  * * *

5. N & Out Soul Food - Baton Rouge * * *
WEEKLY RESTAURANT CRITIQUE
Week Of: August 3rd
  N & Out Soul Food and Catering
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I recently visited one of Baton Rouge's newest Soul Food hot spots and was pleasantly surprised with the truly authentic flavors on the menu. N & Out Soul Food and Catering offers delightful down home choices with a Jamaican twist. The atmosphere was a typical dive environment and the staff were very friendly. From the moment that I walked through the door the aroma of a stewing meats and simmering gravy's filled my nostrils and my stomach immediately began to churn. At the suggestion of my waitress I ordered the oxtail with white beans which was served over rice, and  boy id I make the right choice. The oxtail were seasoned to perfection bringing out the rich flavor of beef oxtail. They were fall off the bone tender and melted in my mouth. The white beans were creamy and were enhanced by the flavor of smoked pig tails giving way to a hardy and satisfying meal. I completely enjoyed my visit to N & Out Soul Food and will be back!!!!

                                       - "Chef  T"
                                                LABBD Food Critic
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Foods That Will Help Lower Your Cholesterol
PART III

4. Avocado: Healthy Fat Superfood Avocados are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat?a type of fat that may actually help to raise levels of HDL ("good"cholesterol) while lowering levels of LDL ("bad" cholesterol). And these delectable green orbs pack more of the cholesterol-smashing beta-sitosterol (a beneficial plant-based fat) than any other fruit. Beta-sitosterol reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed from food. So the combination of beta-sitosterol and monounsaturated fat makes the avocado an excellent cholesterol buster.
How to get some Avocado is a bit high in calories. Your best strategy: Use this luscious veggie in place of another high-fat food or condiment.
Eat this much The American Heart Association recommends that you get up to 15%t of your daily calories from monounsaturated fats like those contained in avocados, but some heart experts recommend an even greater percentage. (In an 1,800-calorie diet, 15% translates into 30 grams per day.) FYI: A whole avocado has about 300 calories and 30g fat.
5. Garlic: The Ancient Herb for Heart Health For thousands of years, garlic has been used in nearly every culture in the world, and not just to repel evil. Its nutritional value and flavor have made it a kitchen staple. Ancient Egyptians ate garlic for stamina; in modern times, garlic has been found to lower cholesterol, prevent blood clots, reduce blood pressure, and protect against infections. Now research has found that it helps stop artery-clogging plaque at its earliest stage (called nanoplaque). How? Garlic keeps individual cholesterol particles from sticking to artery walls.
How to get some Next time you hit the supermarket, pick up a tub of freshly peeled garlic cloves, and challenge yourself to make sure it's gone before the "best by" date. Chop up and toss on pizza, in soups, or on side dishes.
6. Spinach: The Heart Healthy Green Giant Spinach contains lots of lutein, the sunshine-yellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolks. Lutein already has a "golden" reputation for guarding against age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. Now research suggests that just a 1/2 cup of a lutein-rich food daily also guards against heart attacks by helping artery walls "shrug off" cholesterol invaders that cause clogging.
How to get some Look for 9-oz bags of baby spinach leaves that you can pop in the microwave (ready in 3 minutes). Top with 2 tablespoons of Parmesan and 1 tablespoon of toasted sunflower seeds. Add a roll, and you've got a heavenly low-cal dinner for one.
Eat this much Spinach is the richest source of lutein. Shoot for a ½ cup a day.
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WEEKLY TRIVIA QUESTION
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Who was the local farmer whose ambition to improving agricultural production lead to his inventing of he sugacane planting machine? What town was he from?
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WEEKLY TAX TIP
Tax Deductions

Uniforms
You can deduct the cost and upkeep of work clothes if they’re required for employment and if the clothes aren’t suitable for everyday use. Delivery workers, firefighters, health care workers and professional athletes can all use this deduction. Musicians and entertainers can also deduct the cost of job-specific theatrical clothing and accessories.

Programs to Stop Smoking
Any program to help you stop smoking qualifies as a deductible medical expense, but you can’t include non-prescription items such as nicotine gum or patches.

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THE DHARMA WEEKLY WELLNESS CORNER
Dr. Guyden began her work at Grambling State University in August 2005. During her tenure at Grambling she has served as Dean for the College of Professional and Graduate Studies and is the current Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Dr. Guyden has served as a professor of educational leadership; been actively involved in teaching, research, grant writing, and service; and has served as a member of the National Academy of Science/Nation Research Council Leadership Summit to Effect Change in Teaching and Learning and is one of the contributing authors of the Council’s book Transforming Undergraduate Education in Agriculture: Sustainable education for a changing world. Her research interests include the impact of organizations on individual functioning with specific interest in Historically Black Colleges and the teacher education reform.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Howard University, her M.Ed. degree in counselor education from Worchester State College, and her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Georgia State University.
The LABBD Is Celebrating Our Louisiana Heros and Individuals Making a Difference.
Dr. Brian Despinasse feels children are essential figures in our communities, and they have always played a huge role in his life. His parents ran a day care out of their home, an upbringing that inspired a career in which he spends his day helping kids and parents make healthy lifestyle choices. Committed educator and lifetime learner, Dr. Despinasse has made his goal as a pediatrician and the goal of his practice to nurture our children, in Baton Rouge and around the world, through individualized health care for each child. As a father and coach, Dr. Despinasse believes the best way to make an impact on the health of our children is to become actively involved in their lives. He taught at the LSU School of Medicine for seven years. He also mentors high school seniors interested in science and serves on the board for the Big Buddy Program, the Dutchtown Youth Sports Organization and the Arch Angels Track and Field Club.
Dr. Janet Guyden
Grambling State University
Grambling, LA
Dr. Brian Despinasse
Fertile Crescent Pediatrics
Baton Rouge, LA