Chocolate linked to Valentine’s Day in the 1800s

How did chocolate become tied to Valentine’s Day?
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, explains the sweet link. After reading the article, I learned more about traditional chocolates at Valentine’s Day, different kinds of chocolates and their origins, how popular name brands of chocolates came about, and much more.
Chocolate has been considered a special gift for centuries. It became linked to Valentine’s Day in the 1800s.

Facts about February

Today is January 31. It’s hard to believe that the month of February is upon us. It seems like we just celebrated New Year’s Day.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives interesting facts about the month of February.
Despite being the shortest month of the calendar year, February has an interesting history.
Early calendars marked the start of the new year in March, but when the second king of Rome, Numa Pompilius, rose to the throne in 713 BC, he synchronized the calendar to the lunar year. That required the addition of January and February.

Seven ways newspapers benefit students

Newspapers provide a welcome break from tablets, smartphones and computers, and kids may have fun flipping pages and getting a little ink on their hands.
The following, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives ways in which newspapers in classrooms can benefit students.
Classrooms have come a long way since the days when pioneering settlers would send their children to single-room schoolhouses. Modern classrooms might be technical marvels, but one less flashy learning tool remains as valuable as ever.

Three ways oatmeal can benefit your body

I enjoy eating oatmeal. I like the taste and I add fruit to my bowl of oatmeal. However, I tend to eat oatmeal as a quick evening dinner. The following article, courtesy of Newspaper Metro, gives the benefits of eating oatmeal as a morning breakfast meal.
Oatmeal can provide a great start to your day and pay other dividends as well, though it’s important that consumers read package labels so they are getting the nutritional benefits of whole grain oats without the added sugar and sodium.

Myra Miller

Nighttime snacking’s best bets

Choose wisely what you snack on at night.
Newspaper Metro tells you to choose a food that is high in protein, fiber or healthy fats, which will be more likely to keep a person satiated throughout the night.
Apples and peanut butter, string cheese and fruit, or whole grain crackers and Greek yogurt can be healthy, satisfying nighttime snacks. Avoid sugary, calorie-dense foods, which may be hard to digest and can compromise sleep quality.


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