Alcohol and Young People: Alcohol Awareness Month is again underway

Each April since 1987 the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) has sponsored Alcohol Awareness Month, with the expressed aims of increasing...

Orchid blooms

BY LORI MURRAYOne of the most stunning ornamental trees in the Valley is the spring blooming Orchid Tree, the Purple Bauhinia purpurea commonly known...

Part XIV: Sam moves on with his life

BY NORMAN ROZEFF EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the next installment in an ongoing series on San Benito’s Sam Robertson. Find previous parts at www.ValleyStar.com.In 1979...

For valley diabetes patients, taking care of wounds can prevent tragic amputations

HARLINGEN – For diabetes patients in the Rio Grande Valley, taking a few simple steps – such as checking their feet for abnormalities and...

Healthy sea salt dark chocolate bars

serves: 24 small barsIngredients1 cup peanut butter½ cup salted butter (coconut oil is a good alternative)⅓ cup raw honey4 ounces bittersweet dark chocolate1¾ cups...

Flour-less Dark Chocolate Cookies-recipe adapted from the Divine baker

Makes about 24 cookiesEach cookie is approx. 72 caloriesIngredients:Nonstick vegetable oil spray1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips (about 9 ounces)3 large egg whites, room...

Paleo Banana Chocolate Shake

Ingredients1. 2 frozen bananas2. 1.5 tsp dark chocolate cocoa powder3. 1/2 cup coconut milk4. 1/2 cup cold water5. 1 tbsp almond butter6. Pinch of...

The Best Chocolate Cake

Yield: 8 SERVINGSPrep time: 25 MINUTESCook time: 35 MINUTESIngredients:2 cups sugar1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder2 tablespoons King Arthur Flour Black...

The most important thing to ever happen

BY BILL REAGAN The single most important thing ever to happen is the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.Even if you don’t believe it happened, it is...

Our Wealth and Our Health

EDITOR’S NOTE: Part Iin a two-part series on financial healthThere is a pie-chart that explains the “social determinants of health,” which sounds fancy but...