Last week in Youth Health Ambassadors, we baked quiche which was delicious!!!! I loved the taste, and the texture, but best of all I loved all the bell peppers we added to it. It gave it a whole new taste compared to the one we had made before, containing cheese, spinach, and tomatoes. Quiche is absolutely a great pastry to bake at home for parties or dinner because it is very easy to make and can be fun because you can make it unique every time. Sort of like an experimental dish, where you can mix all your favorite foods, bake and savor the flavor.

Our quiche contained, cheese, bell peppers, eggs, milk, salt and black pepper. The fun part was mixing them all in which was later put on the pie dish to bake. The only thing I was too nervous to do was pouring the eggs into the pie dish when it was already containing the other ingredients. I was afraid of it over flowing, which may have made it look ugly.

There isn’t anything I didn’t like about the quiche, mainly because it has become one of my favorite foods ever since I was introduced to it. They all taste great. I don’t think there can ever be “bad” quiche, “there hasn’t been a quiche I did not like”, said by the mentor of this program, Christina. It is highly true, because of the fact that you can make how you would like and add anything you want to it makes it lovable food. If we were to make quiche again, I would like to try making it with chicken in it. I wonder how that would taste.

Vegetarian Chili

Last week in Youth Health Ambassadors, we made chili which was an easy recipe and very inexpensive. It included a meat substitute (soy), pinto beans, kidney beans, green onions, chili powder and corn. What I liked about the recipe was the flavor and the amount of time it took to make, it’s a great ideal when you are with a hungry stomach. What could have made the chili better was if we had added bell peppers and maybe rice. Other than that the chili was delicious. I would consider this recipe to be a side dish or an appetizer to go with something like nachos, celery or baked potato. It’s a great recipe because it’s a quick healthy dish.

Here is the recipe:
1 15 oz can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 8 oz can of tomato sauce
1/2 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
6 oz meat substitute such as Morningstar Farms Recipe Crumbles or Lightlife Gimme Lean (both can be found at Target and many other grocery stores)
1/2 cup of water
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin powder
salt and pepper to taste

Toppings can include:
shredded cheddar cheese
chopped green onions

Mix all ingredients together and let simmer for 30 – 45 minutes. Season to taste. Top with toppings and serve hot.

Recipe makes 4-6 servings, depending on how large your bowls are.

This recipe cost us $9.60 to make because we already had the spices in our pantry.

Water Wars

Nestlé’s Water Wars

In the state of Maine, where Nestle is currently paying for land in which water springs are found, 500 million gallons of water is being bottled from a bottling company called Poland Spring, which is owned by Nestle. Owning six of the 10 top bottling brands, Nestle is the largest bottling company in the U.S. James Wilfong had a new idea about water. Maine only has about 1.2 million citizens, but it has at least 25 trillion gallons worth of drinkable water in it’s springs lakes and aquifers. Wilfong, who was a former state legislater, decides that the water shouldn’t be free and that the state should receive a percentage.  So he proposed a tax on large water bottling companies, and is set for a ballot referendum. Maine is one of the few states challenging the $10 billion U.S bottled water industry, and is declaring that the water is not free.

Nestle, using 500 million gallons of water, would owe a theoretical $96 million each year if Wilfong’s proposal were to be passed. In response the said proposal, Nestle would cancel a plan of building plant, costing the state up to 250 jobs.

Michigan, however, is facing similar problems. Having 250 million gallons of water bottled near the small town of Stanwood, the state has been alarmed by the increasing rate of underground water levels dropping.  The Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation has filed a lawsuit for the dangerously increasing extraction of groundwater, while Nestle claims the amount is healthy. The state legislature is considering 16 bills to limit the amount of groundwater being extracted, but  in a similar battle against the state of Florida, Nestle has prevailed.

On the other hand, some states have decided to make a profit out of their wells and springs. A rural town like Vanleer, Tennessee is currently hosting a water-bottling company called BlingH2O, which sells for an approximate $240 a case wholesale.


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E-Cig Information

I disagree with the statement that electronic cigarettes led to an addiction to regular cigarettes. Actually the use of electronic doubled in the years of 2011 to 2012 but also bidis and krekets which are a tobacco product dropped in those same years(Wikipedia). Electronic cigarettes are shown to be safer than regular cigarettes. Some founding’s have said that e-cigarettes are a safer alternative to regular cigarettes but there are safer ways to stop your addiction. As said in ABC news electronic cigarettes were invented in the 1960s but were really released a decade ago. Currently there are more than 250 brands of e-cigarettes. As of now the Tobacco Vapor Electronic Cigarette Association says that 4 million Americans now use battery powered cigarettes. Kiklas said e-cigarettes might help transform a smoker’s harmful tobacco habits to a potentially less harmful e-smoking habit. As of yet, though, little evidence exists to support this theory. ( From ABC News)

Pros & Cons = E- Cigarettes

E-Cigarettes are a battery powered device that simulates smoking a cigarette. Usually these come with a widespread of flavors to choose from.  They’re commonly referred as vapor because they vaporize a liquid inside of the cigarette and turn them into a smoke similar to the smoke that comes out of a regular cigarette. This is why these are often branded as simulators for a tobacco cigarette.  There are a number of organizations that have concerns that these electronic cigarettes will lead children to start smoking the actual thing.  A few of these organizations include the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, The International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.  A report from the CDC in 2013 analyzing the 2012 National Youth Tobacco Survey, a survey that included about 25,000 U.S. students, they found that the use in high school and middle schools doubled from 2011-2012 and at the same time tobacco products such as Bidis and Krikets fell over the same period that E-Cigs doubled. The liquid that is found inside of these is commonly known as E-Juice and contains concentrated flavors along with other solutions such as Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin and/or Polyethylene Glycol 400(Wikipedia). These optionally can be mixed with a variable amount of Nicotine, which is the main addictive ingredient inside cigarettes.

Effects and influence of Electronic Cigarettes (Overview)

Alejandro Gudiel     12/12/13

Electronic Cigarettes Growing In Popularity With Teens   Over View

Q1:  Do you agree/disagree with the argument that e-cigarettes will lead to addictive use of regular Cigarettes?

In the idea of whether or not the use of e-cigarettes would lead to the use of conventional cigarettes, I have to say that I agree.  Not only do you have look at it in a way that the nicotine would cause said addiction, but you also have to look at influence.  Teens are constantly being pressured by the way modern society is progressing, and that’s not including the influence that they receive from the people who are older than them. Unless the teen finds some way to resist the constant peer pressure, and the influence from their elders, it’s only a matter of time before they decide to get into conventional cigarettes.

Q2: Should E-cigarettes be regulated by the FDA In the same way that regular cigarettes are?

Definitely. In my opinion, anything that contains tobacco and nicotine should be regulated. All the E-cigarettes are doing is making tobacco more accessible to minors. If anything, I’d say that it’s only leading them to conventional cigarettes, if not using the popularity to increase the sale of tobacco in general.  If we already know what conventional cigarettes do to the human body, what difference does it make if we find some other way to sell it? I mean sure, it doesn’t have the same amount of tobacco, but it doesn’t change the fact that it can still be harmful to us, even if the effects don’t  show as fast as conventional cigarettes.

Q3: If it remains that the FDA does not regulate E-cigs, predict what effect it will have on our teens in 5-10 years.

Well, given the fact that there is also a rise in teen pregnancy, I predict that there will also be a rise in birth defects as well. Not only will it affect teens, but it will also affect future generations. Try looking at in a way where not only will it become normal for the regular teen to be constantly in taking excessive amount of nicotine and tobacco added with the rise of teen pregnancy. This future is bound to have higher death rates and lower life expectancy. Not only that, but it would still be hard on those trying not to smoke. There will be a rise in second hand smoking and air pollution, adding to the belief and spread of global warming. So, all in all, not only are we affecting the human race and its future generations, but also the very planet we live in.


(Questions taken from the Kelly Gallagher Article of the week website)

E-Cigs That Will Lead to Cigarettes

Q. 1: Do you agree/disagree with the argument that e-cigs will lead to addictive use of regular cigarettes?

(Questions taken from the Kelly Gallagher Article of the week website)

I, in all do respect, do agree that e-cigs will lead to addictive use of regular cigarettes. Teens of grades 6 to 12 will most likely use e-cigs, then that will lead to cigarettes. For an example, a friend of mine once used an e-cig, now starts using cigarettes almost every few weeks or months. I, myself, even tried an e-cig, didn’t like it, and I never will. Ever since, I see people, and young people at that, use e-cigs that lead to cigarette addictiveness.

What You Should Know About Electronic Cigarettes

1.  Do you agree/disagree with the argument that e-cigs will lead to addictive use of regular cigarettes?

Answer: my opinion is, yes, I agree that e-cigs will lead to addictive use to regular cigarettes later on. When someone uses them and hears about regular cigarettes they think ‘oh ,if  e-cigs are good and feel good then regular cigs must make you feel great’ and so they try them and get hooked or addicted.


2. Should e-cigs be regulated by the FDA in the same way that regular cigarettes are?

Answer: yes, because e-cigs have pretty much the same chemicals as in regular cigs. They both have nicotine, which is a chemical that makes you addicted tobacco products.

(Questions taken from the Kelly Gallagher Article of the week website)


E-cigs, are they harmful or harmless?

  • Do you agree/disagree with the argument that e-cigs will lead to addictive use of regular cigarettes?
  • Should e-cigs be regulated by the FDA in the same way that regular cigarettes are?
  • If it remains that the FDA does not regulate e-cigs, predict what effect it will have on our teens in 5-10 years?

(Questions taken from the Kelly Gallagher Article of the week website)

I agree with the fact that e-cigs may negetively affect someones life financially and physically, but im not so sure it can lead to the use of regelar cigerettes. I feel like it is a possibility, but I don’t feel like is is a rising problem. I think e-cigs should definitely be regulated just so that people can be more informed about the health risks it carries. I just think that if the FDA does not regulate e-cigs, teens would not only be more exposed to niccotine, but it would decensitize people to the negative aspects in smoking and teens would think smoking e-cigs are harmless and cool.