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less saturated fat than ordinary eggs.
A healthy diet that uses mood-boosting ingredi-
ents doesn¡¯t have to be boring.
Get creative in the kitchen and try new recipes
featuring vitamin D-rich ingredients like this BLT
Salmon Caesar Salad from Eggland¡¯s Best and
TheAlmondEater.com:
BLT Salmon Caesar Salad (Makes two servings)
Ingredients:
1 salmon filet, baked and seasoned to your liking
2 slices bacon
1 Eggland¡¯s Best egg (large)
5 cups lettuce
1/2 cup tomatoes
1 avocado, sliced
1 cup croutons
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons Caesar dressing
Directions:
Heat bacon in a skillet and cook completely; set
aside. Cut or break into bite-size pieces once
cooled.
Soft boil the egg over the stovetop.
While egg is cooking, place lettuce in a large bowl
and add tomatoes, avocado, croutons and cheese
to the bowl; stir to combine.
Next, add the baked salmon to the salad, along
with the bacon; add the Caesar dressing and stir
to combine.
Last, add the soft-boiled egg and enjoy!
Say goodbye to winter blues
with vitamin D-rich foods
(BPT) Winter got you down? Seasonal Affective
Disorder (SAD) is estimated to affect 10 million
Americans, according to Psychology Today.
Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild
SAD.
Even if you don¡¯t have diagnosed SAD, it¡¯s not un-
common to have bouts of the winter blues. There
are many reasons people experience a ¡°winter
funk¡±: cold weather, little sunlight, shorter days,
limited outdoor activity, etc.
Additionally, between the months of November
and March, the lack of vitamin D absorption from
the sun can be taxing on your immune system and
may also be contributing to your winter blues.
Dubbed ¡°the happy vitamin¡± by some researchers,
vitamin D could be the key to turning seasonal
frowns upside-down.
Maintaining vitamin D levels during the cold winter
months may help keep you healthy during cold
and flu season while also boosting your mood.
What¡¯s more, vitamin D may help you maintain a
healthy weight. It¡¯s no secret that many people
experience weight gain due to the flood of comfort
foods available during cooler months. This, paired
with lower physical activity, causes many people to
put on a few winter pounds.
According to a study quoted in Men¡¯s Health, a
University of Minnesota doctor found that people
with adequate vitamin D levels lost more weight
than those with low levels, even though all study
participants reduced their calorie intake equally.
To get all the benefits of vitamin D, start by ad-
justing your diet.
Vitamin D occurs naturally in eggs and oily fish
like salmon, tuna and mackerel, but it¡¯s important
to look for foods that contain even higher levels of
vitamin D to naturally boost your intake, especially
in the winter.
¡°Food is quite literally one of the best medicines
out there when it comes to improving your men-
tal and physical health,¡± says registered dietitian
nutritionist, Dawn Jackson Blatner.
¡°One of my favorite tips for boosting Vitamin D
intake is to simply swap out ordinary eggs for
Eggland¡¯s Best eggs, since you¡¯ll automatically get
six times more vitamin D, it doesn¡¯t get any easier
than that!¡±
In addition to added vitamin D, Eggland¡¯s Best
eggs provide superior nutritional benefits such as
10 times more vitamin E, double the omega-3s,
more than double the vitamin B12 and 25 percent
(2015 Syngenta Scholarship Graduate Win-
ner Mitch Roth pursuing a Ph.D. in Genetics
at Michigan State University.)
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Growing need for ag expertise:
Not all high-paid careers are on the farm
(BPT) As the farming industry faces growing
consolidation in the U.S., one might get the
impression fewer jobs are now available in agri-
culture.
In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in
three people worldwide, more than a billion em-
ployees, work in an ag-related industry.
Industry growth and digital innovation com-
bined with retirements are driving significant
demand for college grads and other profession-
als, including those without experience in typical
ag-related subjects, and many feature excellent
salaries.
The USDA and Purdue University predict 57,900
jobs requiring ag skills will become available
each year between now and 2020 while only
35,000 grads in food, ag, renewable resources
or environment studies will look to fill those jobs
each year.
Further, the average starting salary in the U.S.
for those graduating with bachelor¡¯s degrees in
agriculture or natural resources was a healthy
$54,364 as of winter 2017, a 12 percent in-
crease from 2016.
¡°People are starting to discover (agriculture) is
a pretty good industry to be in,¡± Iowa State Col-
lege Career Services Director Mike Gaul recently
told CNBC. ¡°They realize this sector isn¡¯t our
traditional what-we-joke ¡®cows, plows and sows¡¯
industry anymore. It¡¯s incredibly diverse.¡±
The expectation is that grads with expertise in
food, agriculture, renewable natural resources
and/or the environment will fill 61 percent of all
ag-related openings, while employers must seek
grads in other majors to fill the 39 percent gap.
Notably, women already make up more than
half of the higher-ed grads in food, agriculture,
renewable natural resources and environmental
studies.
High school grads considering degrees in ag-
riculture might consider one of these highest-
paying ag occupations:
1. C-suite executives: The CEOs, COOs and
CFOs at ag startups or established corporations
routinely earn $200,000-plus for overseeing
company growth and profitability. A bachelor¡¯s
or master¡¯s degree is generally needed in addi-
tion to a background in leadership and at least
five years¡¯ industry experience.
2. Ag lawyers: Because ag is so highly regu-
lated, such professionals may handle issues
related to water, land use, pesticides, seeds, the
environment, labor/HR, immigration, commerce,
intellectual property, mergers/acquisitions, etc.
Salaries average out at $160,000. Required: a
bachelor¡¯s degree followed by a J.D. and com-
pleted state bar exam.
3. Ag sales managers: Those skilled in over-
seeing sales teams are earning an average
$125,000-plus annually. Most hold bachelor¡¯s
degrees in agronomy, crop science, soil science,
biology, agricultural business or a related field.
4. Ag scientists: Salaries average out at
$120,000. A bachelor¡¯s degree is usually suf-
ficient, with in-demand specialties including
bioinformatics, animal genetics or the regulatory
environment (managing and strategizing a
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product through the regulatory process).
5. Ag engineers: Among specialties in
demand are environmental, ethanol and
mechanical engineers, with average salaries run-
ning upwards of $80,000 for those holding bach-
elor¡¯s degrees.
Bottom line: The next generation of ag specialists
will be crucial to helping solve the world¡¯s most
pressing issues.
Agricultural company Syngenta is supporting that
cause by bestowing multiple college scholarships
to ag students each year, and of course hiring
many grads in various majors.
¡°This is an exciting time in agriculture because we
have new tools to develop better seeds and crop
protection products, as well as digital solutions
to help farmers be more productive,¡± says Ian
Jepson, head of trait research and developmental
biology at Syngenta.
¡°We encourage students to think about the wide
range of challenging and rewarding careers in
companies like ours to help develop and deliver
what farmers need to feed the world.¡±
A group of 40 year old buddies discuss where
they should go for dinner. Finally it is agreed
that they should meet at the Gasthof zum Lowen
restaurant because the waitresses there have low
cut blouses and nice figures.
Ten years later, at 50 years of age, the guys once
again discuss where they should dine. Finally it is
agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum
Lowen because the food there is very good and
the wine selection is excellent.
Ten years later at 60 years of age, the guys once
again discuss where they should dine. Finally it is
agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum
Lowen because they can eat there in peace and
quiet and the restaurant is smoke free.
Ten years later, at 70 years of age, the guys once
again discuss where they should dine. Finally it is
agreed that they should meet at the Gasthof zum
Lowen because the restaurant is wheel chair ac-
cessible and they even have an elevator.
Ten years later, at 80 years of age, the guys once
again discuss where they should dine. Finally it
is agreed that they should meet at the Gausthof
zum Lowen because they have never been there
before!
How Things Change