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Soba Noodle Salad IMG_0796


5-6-ounces uncooked soba (buckwheat) noodles

1 ½ T low-sodium soy sauce

1 T dark sesame oil

1 t brown sugar

1 ½ t fresh lemon juice

¼ t crushed red pepper flakes

1 cup julienne-cut red peppers

1 cup julienne-cut snow peas

¼ cup thinly sliced green onions


Cook the soba noodles according to the package directions, omitting the fat and salt. Drain and rinse with cold water. Drain well.

Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, lemon juice and crushed red pepper in a medium bowl. Stir well with a whisk. Add the noodles and the vegetables. Toss well and serve.

(Adapted from a recipe found in “Cooking Light”, April, 2013)

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I know most of you don’t want to hear this but your poop color DOES make pg-fascinating-poop-facts-03-fulla difference and it’s something to pay attention to. Since you might find this discussion gross, I will be brief.

In general, anything in the BROWN family is considered to be “normal” stool color. But other colors, such as black, green, gray, red or yellow, might be an issue.

BLACK: Black stool could be a result of taking pepto-bismol, or iron supplements. However, it could also be an indication of upper GI bleeding.

GRAY: Again, gray stool could due to medication—anti-diarrheal meds can do this. However, it could also be due to a lack of bile excretion, which requires seeing a doctor for more investigation.

RED: Red stool can be due to red food coloring or eating beets. However, it can also be from bleeding hemorrhoids, anal fishers or something more serious.

YELLOW: While yellow stools are normal for breast-fed babies, in adults it may be associated with excess fat in the stool, which would be a sign of some type of fat malabsorption problem.

With each of these colors, there could be nothing going on. But if you’re not taking medications or eating specific foods to change stool color, you should get checked.

Now that wasn’t so bad!

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