Friday, February 08, 2013
YES, YES, YES!! I got my Girl Scout Cookies this year. But now it is different. Instead of inhaling..er..eating a half of a box at a turn; I will be eating them by servings. I got my usual 3 boxes of Do-Si-Dos, 1 box Thin Mints, and 1 box Trefoils. So I hope to have these cookies for a while (I hear they freeze well).
GOOD LUCK to everyone else with their cookies. I found a LOT of Girl Scout Cookies listed in the nutrition tracker.
Friday, February 08, 2013
I had fresh avocado with homemade corn chips for dinner and had to search to find the nutritional value per ounce of avocado. I found this website for the California Avocado Commission and it was very educational and has lots of recipes.
They had a comparison showing how much more healthy they are than butter, cheese, etc.
I will be adding more fresh avocado to my diet from now on. I cannot wait to try them with a pasta recipe. I live in the Southwest and I did not reallize how versatile avocados are.
Please cut and paste this link. Otherwise it will be hard to find...
Tuesday, February 05, 2013
Pour it out. Dump it out. Throw it out. Empty every bag.
box, and bureau. Empty every closet, every corner, every
cupboard, every cell. Pull it out. Drag it out. Clean it
out. Clear it out. Spread it out, sort it out. Look at
what you've collected, what you've stored, what
you carry around wit you every day of your
life. Empty out the old, the unwanted,
the unusable. Empty out the pain, the
heartache, the memories. Empty
everything that offers nothing.
Leave things empty for a
while. Feel empty. Feel the
lack. Feel your way
until at last
Monday, February 04, 2013
I read this on www.rodale.com and was really glad to do so. I had been adding 1 teaspoon of bleach...yes bleach; to one sinkful of cold water to wash my veggies. Since we all should be eating more fresh produce...here ya go!
3 Simple Homemade Veggie Washes
Don't let filthy produce keep you from getting your five servings a day!
By Emily Main @ www.rodale.com
More than 9 million people get sick every year from dirty food, and according to a recent study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, fruits and vegetables contaminated with harmful bacteria cause 46 percent of those illnesses.
But don't let that figure deter you from filling your plate with colorful produce. A 20-second plain-water rinse will get rid of some bacteria, but for a more thorough germ-killing rinse, these easy, homemade veggie washes will help cut down on any bugs that could make you sick.
Super-Simple Veggie Wash
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
2 Tablespoons distilled white vinegar
1 cup cold tap water in a spray bottle
Mix, shake well, and apply to your produce. Rinse with tap water before cooking or serving.
Leafy Green Wash
1 cup distilled white vinegar
3 cups water
Mix the water and vinegar together in a bowl. Allow your greens to soak in the bowl for about 2 minutes, then rinse them well.
This wash, which researchers from the magazine Cook's Illustrated found killed 98 percent of bacteria on food, is good for leafy greens because greens are more likely than other forms of produce to be contaminated with E. coli bacteria, according to the CDC. If you want even more of the germ-killing boost, add a tablespoon or two of salt. A study in the Journal of Food Protection found that vinegar's ability to kill E. coli bacteria was "significantly enhanced" when salt was added to the mix.
All-Purpose Germ Killer
1 spray bottleful of undiluted white vinegar
1 spray bottleful of undiluted hydrogen peroxide
Spray your food first with the vinegar and then with the hydrogen peroxide. Rinse thoroughly.
You can use this on produce or on raw meat to kill E. coli, Listeria, and salmonella bacteria, according to a study in Food Microbiology. You can also use the mixture to disinfect your countertops. Alternately, spray the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide on a surface, then let it dry. Don't rinse or wipe the surfaces down afterwards.
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I received this article from a friend via an email. I am posting it here with the hope that it will help you also. I have trouble eating my recommended servings of fruit. I love pineapple and after reading this article I will be eating more of the fruit!
"The pineapple is a member of the bromeliad family. It is extremely rare that bromeliads produce edible fruit. The pineapple is the only available edible bromeliad today. It is a multiple fruit. One pineapple is actually made up of dozens of individual floweret's that grow together to form the entire fruit. Each scale on a pineapple is evidence of a separate flower.
Pineapples stop ripening the minute they are picked. No special way of storing them will help ripen them further. Color is relatively unimportant in determining ripeness. Choose your pineapple by smell. If it smells fresh, tropical, and sweet, it will be a good fruit. The more scales on the pineapple, the sweeter, and juicier the taste. After you cut off the top, you can plant it. It should grow much like a sweet potato will. This delicious fruit is not only sweet and tropical; it also offers many benefits to our health.
Pineapple is a remarkable fruit. We find it enjoyable because of its lush, sweet, and exotic flavor, but it may also be one of the most healthful foods available today. If we take a more detailed look at it, we will find that pineapple is valuable for easing indigestion, arthritis, or sinusitis. The juice has an anthelmintic effect; it helps get rid of intestinal worms.
Let's look at how pineapple affects other conditions. Pineapple is high in manganese, a mineral that is critical to development of strong bones and connective tissue. A cup of fresh pineapple will give you nearly 75% of the recommended daily amount. It is particularly helpful to older adults, whose bones tend to become brittle with age. Bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme, is the key to pineapple's value. Proteolytic means, "breaks down protein", which is why pineapple is known to be a digestive aid. It helps the body digest proteins more efficiently. Bromelain is also considered an effective anti-inflammatory. Regular ingestion of at least one half cup of fresh pineapple daily is purported to relieve painful joints common to osteoarthritis. It also produces mild pain relief. In Germany, bromelain is approved as a post-injury medication because it is thought to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Orange juice is a popular liquid for those suffering from a cold because it is high in Vitamin C. Fresh pineapple is not only high in this vitamin, but because of the Bromelain, it has the ability to reduce mucous in the throat. If you have a cold with a productive cough, add pineapple to your diet. It is commonly used in Europe as a post-operative measure to cut mucous after certain sinus and throat operations. Those individuals who eat fresh pineapple daily report fewer sinus problems related to allergies. In and of itself, pineapple has a very low risk for allergies. Pineapple is also known to discourage blood clot development. This makes it a valuable dietary addition for frequent fliers and others who may be at risk for blood clots. An old folk remedy for morning sickness is fresh pineapple juice. it really works! Fresh juice and some nuts first thing in the morning often make a difference. It's also good for a healthier mouth. The fresh juice discourages plaque growth."
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