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I love Jen Lawrence’s new 1010ParkPlace Book Club. The first book she’s chosen is Folly Cove by Holly Robinson, which explores the relationship between three very different sisters and their formidable mother. In the comments on Jen’s blog, some of us were talking about drinking Folly Rum as we read. It reminded me of my friend Charles and his legendary Hot Buttered Rum.

“Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum!”

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According to research in the American Heart Association’s Journal, Stroke, postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are not only less likely to have a stroke, but to die from one as well. Potassium is an essential mineral, and a type of electrolyte, that helps lower risk of heart disease and maintain a healthier heart. It also regulates the fluid and electrolyte balance and helps with metabolism, brain and muscle function.

The Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, studied 90,137 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 79, for an average of 11 years. Women in the study were stroke-free at the start, and their average dietary potassium intake was 2,611 mg/day from food, not supplements. Researchers found:

  • Women who ate the most potassium were 12% less likely to suffer a stroke in general, and 15% less likely to suffer an ischemic stroke than the women who ate the least amount of potassium.
  • Women who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die from their stroke than those who ate the least amount.

While the women in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine study had an average intake of 2,611mg/day, the Food and Drug Administration suggests 4,700 mg/day of potassium for healthy people. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s rare not to get enough potassium from our diet as long as we eat healthy, balanced meals. FYI, junk food is not high in potassium.

If you take diuretics, laxatives, have chronic vomiting and diarrhea or eat less in order to keep your weight down, it’s important to have your potassium levels checked and repleted, if necessary. Some symptoms of low potassium include heart palpitation and rhythm problems, dryness of skin, muscle cramps, numbness and tingling, increase in urine output, fatigue, depression, dizziness, low blood pressure and hair loss. If you have any questions about whether you’re getting enough potassium in your diet, it’s best to check with your doctor.

Here are 10 potassium rich foods you might think about incorporating into your diet.

  • Kale, Swiss Chard, Spinach and other leafy greens
  • Oily Fish like Salmon and Halibut
  • Sweet Potatoes or White Potatoes with the skin.
  • White, Black and Lima Beans
  • Winter Squash
  • Tomatoes or Tomato Sauce
  • Nuts
  • Oranges and Orange Juice
  • Bananas, Avocados and Watermelon
  • Fat-free or low-fat Yogurt and other Dairy products
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Makes 2.5 cups

  • 2.5 cups almond milk
  • 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder
  • 1 banana
  • 4 Tbls honey or sweetener of your choice
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Optional—1 scoop of your favorite protein powder

Pour all ingredients into a blender. Blend. Adjust sweetness if desired.

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  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt
  • 2 slices whole-grain bread, toasted
  • Red pepper flakes or multi-peppercorns

Cut the avocado in half. Remove the pit and scoop flesh into a bowl. Add lemon juice, sea salt and spices to taste. Mash together with a fork, leaving a slightly chunky texture. Spread onto toast.

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1010ParkPlace loves meeting women who are creative. Women who enjoy pulling rabbits out of hats and making something out of nothing. Strong, smart women with a survivorship streak as wide as the Grand Canyon. Jan Barboglio is one of those women. Her rustic, yet elegant, handmade furniture and accessories have been featured in Veranda and Architectural Digest. In her recent 1010ParkPlace interview, Jan shared her special margarita recipe. Continue Reading

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If George and Amal haven’t invited you to George’s Villa Oleandra on Lake Como, Italy, don’t despair. July’s Italian temperatures are soaring, and the lines of tourists are growing, so why not recreate two of Italy’s favorite summer drinks?

We’ve long been fans of the Sperone brothers and their centuries-old family recipes made from the abundant lemon and orange groves of Southern Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Here are two refreshing summer cocktails, guaranteed to make you happy you stayed home. Salute! Cin, cin!

LIMONCELLO LEMONADE

Combine 1 oz. of chilled Caravella Limoncello Liqueur and lemonade in a shaker. Shake well. Pour into a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh lemon.

ORANGECELLO COSMOPOLITAN

Combine 3/4 oz. chilled vodka, 1/4 oz. cranberry juice and 1/4 oz. chilled Caravella Orangecello in a shaker. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with orange peel.

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I remember the first time I went to a private club with my “lady friend,” Leah. Even though Leah was in her mid-30s, and I was in my early 20s, we became fast friends. Both of us were married to high-profile men. Her husband was an uber famous country singer; mine the CEO of a public company and the darling of Wall Street. The topic of our lunch conversations was frequently about the care and feeding of high-maintenance men, although today, neither one of us would put up with that. Continue Reading