Avocado Burgers

McDonalds Japan Restaurants are offering for a limited time three choices of avocado burgers with beef, chicken and shrimp patties.

All three burgers feature Italian ciabatta bread. The beef burger is served with wasabi sauce while the chicken and shrimp burgers are flavoured with Cobb salad sauce blended with seven spices chili pepper and coriander leaves.

Each burger is sold for 399 Yen (about US$3.90). The burgers will be available until the end of May.


Lamb Burger in Pita Pockets


10 oz ground lamb
2 tbsp toasted pine nuts, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp dried oregano
sea salt and cracked black pepper
2 tsp olive oil
2 pita pockets, halved
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1/4 red onion, thinly sliced

Minted Yogurt

1/4 cup thick plain yogurt
1/2 cucumber, finely chopped
1 tbsp finely shredded mint


  1. Combine minted yogurt ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Mix together lamb, pine nuts, garlic, oregano, salt and pepper. Shape mixture into 4 round patties.
  3. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, add oil and patties. Cook for 4 minutes each side or until cooked through.
  4. To assemble, fill each pita pocket with some spinach, onion, minted yogurt and a lamb patty.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: Donna Hay

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Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women’s Brain Power

But don’t overdo it: Study found that too much babysitting was tied to mental decline.

Spending a little time each week caring for grandkids may help older women stay mentally sharp, a new study finds.

But there’s a potential downside: Taking care of the grandkids five days a week or more may have a negative impact on brain power, the researchers reported.

The study included 186 Australian women, aged 57 to 68, who took three different tests of mental acuity. Those who spent one day a week looking after grandchildren did best on two of the three tests.

However, those who looked after grandchildren for five or more days a week did worse on one of the tests, which evaluated memory and mental processing speed.

The researchers were surprised by this result, but also discovered that the more time grandmothers spent taking care of grandkids, the more they felt that their children placed greater demands on them. So mood may be a factor in the unexpected finding, the study authors suggested.

While the study found an association between the amount of time caring for grandchildren and mental sharpness in older women, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

The study was published online in the journal Menopause.

Previous research has examined the link between older people’s mental sharpness and their levels of social contact, but this is believed to be the first study to look at the effects of looking after grandchildren.

“Because grandmothering is such an important and common social role for postmenopausal women, we need to know more about its effects on their future health. This study is a good start,” Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, said in a society news release.

Source: healthfinder.gov

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