Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Good morning Sparkers!
This one's for those of you looking to expand your culinary prowess and stay healthy while doin it!
George Mateljan runs a fabulous resource site called "the World's Healthiest Foods". Nice to know, but its even better when you get a reminder in your mailbox.
whfoods.org/ (you can scroll around the left column of this page which has a list of clickable links)
His weekly newsletter full of fun health factoids on Mondays, a daily healthy recipe provides inspiration.
CAVEAT for my Thyroid Peeps: His advice is tailored to those who don't have thyroid disease, so bear this in mind... for instance putting walnuts on your oatmeal every morning, and flooding it with soy milk, is a distinctly bad idea if you take your thyroid meds in the morning.
Here's the link should you care to sign up... or just look up your favorite healthy food and find out how it rates:
Take care of youse!
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
Okay, so I decided I wanted some peanut butter, but not the stuff that's filled with heavens knows what.
So I made my own.
Its super duper easy, yummy and I bet it would be a fun project to do with the kiddos this Xmas Holiday when you are looking for something to occupy them for a few minutes.
Here's what I did:
1. Bought raw peanuts from Sprouts. If you've got kids, you can buy raw peanuts with the shells on and make it a competition to see who can shell the most in the least amount of time.
2. Toasted them in the oven. How simple is this? Super simple. You preheat your oven to 350, lay the peanuts out on a flat sheet pan (preferably one with sides), leave it in there for about 20 minutes, stirring a coupla times so they roast evenly. Let cool for about 10 minutes... the only caveat is: NO SNACKING, those babies are !!!!HOT !!!!and continue to cook after you've got em out of the oven!(you don't have to ask me how I know, because you guessed it correctly already, ok?)
3. Put in your mini-Cuisinart, first chop, ADD a pinch of sea salt....then when its coarsely cut, grind. What? You haven't bought a mini-Cuisinart yet? Well what are you waiting for... Xmas is almost here, time to put it on your list if you haven't done so already!
4. Store in a small jar, I used the one that previously housed my super expensive organic peanut butter. YES, I washed it out and put it in the dishwasher for good measure!
5. Keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh, and to keep the oils from separating from the butter.
Some other nuts to try would be almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts.
NO brazil nuts or you could get a toxic load of selenium.
Chocoholics can even put some cocoa powder into the mix, with a small amount of honey.
Another sweet idea is cinnamon and/or just plain honey.
Those that like spice, a bit of cayenne powder is tasty.
Just go easy on the add ins, as you don't want to overwhelm the nutty goodness, simply complement it.
Since I don't eat wheat, I spread mine on apple slices, celery or rice cakes.
And sometimes I just lick it off the spoon. ha
Added 12/8/2011 Here's a link to my rave about the mini-prep Cuisinart!
This thing is the BOMB for chopping and grinding things in a jiffy and takes up very little counter top space.
CAVEAT: It does not take the place of a coffee/flax seed grinder, though... (those items are too hard) you'll need to use something else for that.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
If you're like me, you're often left wondering what percentage of Glam Factor is actually in the health and beauty aid you're considering buying.... and if the purchase price truly is worth it... never mind if " YOU'RE worth it". (Insert eyeroll here... prolly the most annoying advertising line in the history of mankind.)
You can get around this dilemma by starting with an inexpensive product you like and adding your own Glam Factors.
That way at least you'll know they are in there, how much is in there, and that they are fresh/from an organic source.
Most recently I've added a sqeeze of Jojoba oil to both my shampoo and conditioner bottles (be sure to shake it up well) with excellent results.
Just what my menopausal, thyroid dry hair needed... and my pocket book, too.
Its also great as a skin oil after a shower, or to fortify a commercial lotion or cream... important these days with winter dry skin.
You can get Jojoba oil in most health food stores, or order it online.
Go for organic... may as well do it right.
Here's a whole page of info on Jojoba... which is actually a wax, closest to human sebum:
CAVEATS: (you know I always have them)
Don't take this one internally, it will run thru you the way Olestra does.
Test this, as you should all new oils, lotions or potions, on your inside forearm for a week or so, before adding it to your shampoo or lotion. Just in case you have an allergic reaction. You shouldn't... but then mabbe your particular body didn't read that rule.
Have a fun day!
Monday, December 05, 2011
For longer than I care to admit, I've been struggling with a slow running computer.
The Spark website was the absolute worse.
I simply didn't have time to sit there looking at a frozen computer while it took a coupla minutes to get its act together.
Luckily for my aged computer, I discovered that the issue was my browser, IE7. Our it would have been sitting curbside, waiting for Trashman Cometh Tuesday. Yep... I was that done with this slower than molasses behavior.
Turns out that my IE 7 browser was burdened by Morpheus malware... there were three of these "add-on" critters getting a free ride, dragging the browser down. I'm not sure where I got the Morpheus download... but I know I didn't put it there.
So here's the fix if you're having a Time getting Sparkpages to load properly.
Open your IE browser, go to "Tools", a drop down menu will appear. Select "manage my add-ons". See if you've got Morpheus...if so, delete it. There were 3 Morpheus related add ons on my browser.
If you don't have this beastie, start eliminating the add-ons one by one, connecting to Spark after each elimination to find what's making your computer run so durn slow.
Alternately, try downloading Firefox browser. You can have Firefox and IE on your machine at the same time, its not a conflict.
As Firefox is downloading, it will ask you if you want to transfer add-ons from your old browser. The answer to this question is NO!!!! otherwise you'll be in the same pickle as you were with your previous browser.
Here's the link to FireFox:
Good luck with this.
Life is too sweet to spend any bit of it looking at a frozen computer screen!
Thursday, November 24, 2011
For those of you that don't have insurance and are looking for bloodtests for your thyroid, a CBC or CMP... Healthcheckusa is having a 15% off sale.
You can order your tests now, for the upcoming year... they don't have to be used right away, but they do have to be ordered within the next 5 days (starting today, 11/24, to Monday, 11/28) to get the discount.
The discount code is HCUSABLK11
Here's a hyperlink to the website:
Good health to all my Sparkers!
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