Finding Wellness Newsletter

November 2017
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley 
Finding Wellness Newsletter
“Educate Yourself to Advocate for Yourself”
5353 Sunol Boulevard, Pleasanton, CA 94566                  Main: 925-931-5379      Fax: 925-931-3499
Your November News & Updates
We are so thankful for your support throughout the year!  
In health and happiness,
The Finding Wellness Team
Amy, Nancy, Cheryl and Katie
Senior Support Program of the Tri-Valley
Check out our
Finding Wellness Classes
Join us for free, fun, interactive, and educational classes that meet weekly.
To attend a Finding Wellness class series or to learn more, 
give us a call at 
925-931-5393 or visit our calendar online at 

Dublin Ranch
3115 Finnian Way, Dublin
MONDAYS from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
November 6, 13, 20, 27
December 4, 11,18
2860 Country Rd / Fremont
WEDNESDAYS from 1:30 – 3:00
Remaining Classes:
Nov. 1, 8
Wisteria Place
33821 Alvarado-Niles Rd.  Union City
WEDNESDAYs from 10:00 am – 11:15 am
Remaining Class:   Nov. 1 
Hillcrest Gardens
550 Hillcrest Ave, Livermore
TUESDAYS from 1:30 – 2:30
November 7, 14, 21
December 5, 12
(No class November 28th)
Hayward Senior Apartments
568 C. St. Hayward
TUESDAYs from 2:00 – 3:00
November 21, 28
December 5, 12
Eden Issei
568 C. St. Hayward
WEDNESDAYs from 2:00 – 3:00
November 29
December 6, 13, 20
San Leandro Senior Center
13909 East 14th San Leandro
TUESDAYs from 1:30 – 2:30
Remaining Classes:
November 7, 14
Here are some Thanksgiving Fun Facts:
  • Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the eagle.
  • Americans eat 46 million turkeys each Thanksgiving.
  • Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s first meal in space after walking on the moon was foil packets with roasted turkey.
  • Campbell’s soup created green bean casserole for an annual cookbook 50 years ago. It now sells $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup. (This soup is FULL of sodium so see Katie’s alternate green bean casserole recipe below!)
Food for Thought from Katie
Does your Green Bean Casserole need a makeover?
A modern classic Holiday dish is Green Bean Casserole. This salty, savory side dish uses classic ingredients including Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup and French’s Fried Onion Rings. The recipe also includes a whopping 215 calories, 575g sodium, 14g total fat, 6g sat. fat, and 20g carbs per ½ cup serving. Here’s a simple, healthier twist on this traditional Holiday food.
Total: 1 hour  (Prep: 15 min, Cook, 45 min)
Serves 6
  • 1lb. frozen cut green bean (thawed and drained)
  • 2 med. yellow onions (thinly sliced)
  • ¼ C. all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. whole wheat panko bread crumbs
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 2 tsp. or 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 12 oz. mushrooms (pre-sliced)
  • 1 C. Low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 C. half and half
  • Salt and pepper to taste
1.Preheat the oven to 475 degrees.
2. Mix onions, bread crumbs, flour and a pinch of salt.
3. Spread on a greased baking sheet and bake 20 minutes. Toss occasionally.
1. Sauté garlic and mushrooms with a little bit of butter on medium heat for 5 minutes.
2. Add greens beans and salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes sprinkling with flour.
3. Add broth and half and half. Simmer for 1 minute. Reduce heat and cook for 10 minutes.
4. In a 9x13in. baking dish combine the sauté with ¼ of the onions. Top the dish with the remaining onions and bake 15 minutes.
Save time! Use pre-sliced mushrooms and/or onions to reduce prep time.
Save a dish! Mix onions, bread crumbs and flour in the 9×13 dish from Step 6. No need to wash in between or use another bowl!
Nutrition per serving: Calories: 198; Total Fat: 9g; Sat. Fat: 6g; Sodium: 51mg; Carbs. 25g
For video directions, click HERE.

Katie is Senior Support’s Healthy Lifestyles Program Nutrition Educator

Beverage Tips for Surviving the Holidays
Our bodies process alcohol at a rate of about 1 drink per hour, which is good to know for slowing down the pace of sipping beverages and noticing the effects of alcohol on our bodies.  It is also recommended to eat foods containing fat and proteinbefore drinking an alcoholic beverage to slow down alcohol absorption.
Be on the lookout for carbonated drinks, as they can enhance alcohol absorption.  Lastly, since alcohol is a diuretic (makes you urinate more often and can lead to dehydration), be sure to drink water before, during and after you drink alcohol to maintain hydration.
Thank you for being a participant in our Finding Wellness Program! 
The Finding Wellness Team