The Glory Has Departed

Lutheran book boxes sent to two African seminaries -
a third one is being sent now.

Norma Boeckler, Artist-in-Residence

The Lutheran Library Publishing Ministry

Bethany Lutheran Worship on
Ustream - Sunday, 10 AM Central.
Ash Wednesday,
7 PM Central Standard.
NT Greek after each midweek service.

Saved worship files and Greek lessons are at the live worship link.

which works as too.

Luther's Sermons, Lenker Series
Book of Concord Selections
Martin Chemnitz Press Books

Norma A. Boeckler Author's Page

Pastor Gregory L. Jackson's Author's Page

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ripening Tomatoes and the Lowered Blood Pressure

An owner placed his cat in a tree for the first time - pure joy.

A reader got me started on tomatoes ripening, and I am glad for it. Now the tomatoes are all over the vines but green, with another day of rain shutting down the supply of ripening sun. On the other hand, I know ripe tomatoes are tempting for slugs and fur creatures. Putting green ones on the window sill has not worked out very well.

The answer is - ethylene gas from apples or bananas. Sunlight will ripen them from the outside, but they ripen from the inside out using gas. This morning Sassy and I picked a large cardboard box of green tomatoes, put in our banana supply, and closed the lid. A paper bag can be used but where will I find one?

I had an interest in eating more cherry tomatoes - besides the taste. They are high in potassium and low in sodium Table salt tends to increase blood pressure, a problem I have, and potassium tends to lower it. Fast foods are long on sodium, short on potassium. Here are some natural high potassium, low sodium sources:

  1. Oranges
  2. Cherry tomatoes
  3. White beans
  4. Pork
  5. Yogurt
  6. Kiwi
  7. Peaches and nectarines (also low glycemic)
  8. Bananas
  9. Kale
  10. Red bell pepper
  11. Broccoli
  12. Sweet potatoes
  13. Quinoa
  14. Avocado

This list is a ration of sodium (first figure) to potassium (second one) in common foods,

  • Spinach, 1 cup cooked 11:1004 
  • Plain yogurt 172:531 
  • Sweet potatoes 36:475 
  • Broccoli 1 cup cooked 64:457 
  • Cantaloupe 1 cup 26:427 
  • Cherry Tomatoes 1 cup 7:353 Kale 1 cup cooked 30:296 
  • Orange 1:232 
  • Grapefruit ½ 0:166 
  • Orange juice ½ cup 2:232 
  • Romaine lettuce 1 cup 4:162 
  • White bread 256:50 
  • Bacon 2 slices 384:93 
  • Hot dog 513:70 
  • Pepperoni Pizza 2 slices 1354:372 
I am growing sweet potatoes for the first time ever, and the regular potatoes are done growing. Potatoes are a vitamin pill and comfort food rolled into one. 

Mrs. I likes all the high potassium foods on their own merit. 

The neighbor cat when Koine is rehearsing.