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Don’t Miss the Saber-Toothed Cat at the Children’s Natural History Museum

March 4, 2015 10:02 am

The Children's Natural History Museum was built from Wes Gordon's personal collection. If you recognize the name, that's probably because the Harvard professor and a group of young students—later dubbed "boy paleontologists"—unearthed some famous fossils in Irvington in the 1940s. In Irvington's Bell Quarry, they spent a decade digging up the skeletons of mammoths, mastodons, saber-toothed cats, short-faced cave bears, wolves, giant sloths, and other animals who lived during the Ice Age. The well-preserved fossils were scattered at various museums throughout the area, and today many of them live at the Children's Natural History Museum in Fremont.

One Yelp reviewer calls this museum a "hidden gem," saying kids can get up close and personal with the fossils here. Most guests come on school field trips to see not only the Ice Age fossils, but also the Rock and Mineral Hall, Hall of Small Wonders, and Miller StarDome. More recent additions to the museum include a classroom that can hold 80, a Shell Hall, and a life-sized model of a saber-toothed cat.

Children's Natural History Museum
4072 Eggers Drive
Fremont, CA 94536
(510) 790-6284

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Health Benefits of Low-Sodium Diets

February 26, 2015 11:06 am

If you want to take control of your health and your weight, one of the most important things to consider is your sodium intake. Sodium can cause you to pack on pounds and put you at risk for cardiovascular disease or hypertension, as well as a number of other health risks. These simple facts will show you how dangerous sodium can be and advise you on how to cut back on your sodium intake.

Many people should keep their sodium intake at 1,500 mg per day or less.
If you’re over 51 years old, no matter your current quality of health, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day. You should also stick to this number if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, or if you’re African American.

The large majority of your sodium intake comes from processed foods.
While many people assume that sodium comes from adding salt to your food, this is incorrect. Processed foods include incredibly large amounts of sodium, even if you might not be able to taste it.

Follow the DASH diet plan.
DASH, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertensions, aims to cut sodium in your diet to help you prevent hypertension and high blood pressure. By following these helpful guidelines, your low-sodium diet will become much easier.

Low Salt, Low Sodium, and the DASH Diet [The DASH Diet Eating Plan]
Low-Sodium Diet [WebMD]

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DIY Doner Sandwiches: The Kebab Shop in Fremont

February 18, 2015 10:02 am

The classic döner kebab may have originated in Turkey, but the world has Germany to thank for the contemporary version. Instead of being served over rice as it once was, the modern-day döner is a sandwich wrapped in flatbread, a change that Germany made to the dish in the late 20th century. At The Kebab Shop in Fremont, you can customize your döner sandwich from the flatbread up.

This popular eatery allows customers to build their own wraps with ingredients like the traditional lamb and beef blend, rotisserie chicken (a popular option), and falafel. Although each sandwich typically comes with veggies, garlic-yogurt sauce, and fresh mint, you can also add surprising extras like fries and rice. Some of customers' favorite creations are the chicken döner with hummus and dill dressing in lieu of the garlicky yogurt, or lamb and beef döner with fries, sans the veggies.

The Kebab Shop
43834 Pacific Commons Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 490-2700

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