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BABY BOK CHOY WITH SESAME SEEDS
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 15 September 2014 19:24

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Recipe: 2-4 baby bok  choy /1 clove garlic, minced /olive oil /soy sauce /sesame oil /sesame seeds. Wash and cut the ends off the baby bok choy and then cut each bunch in half. Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add garlic, cook for 1 minute and add bok choy. Saute for a couple of minutes. Add a splash of sesame oil and soy sauce. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Chairs? New Feeding Station for Big Dog!
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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 05 September 2014 13:52

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10 Things You May Not Know About Wheatgrass
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:50

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1. Nicknamed “liquid gold,” one serving of wheatgrass juice is the rough equivalent of one and a half pounds of dark leafy green vegetables.

2. Because of its high chlorophyll content, wheatgrass has a strong alkalizing and detoxifying effect on the body.

3. Growing wheatgrass at home is easy from seeds or whole grain wheat berries, by hand or with a sprouting kit. Perfect for having wheatgrass on hand for smoothies at all times!

4. Like all chlorophyll-rich green plants, wheatgrass is high in oxygen and therefore an excellent source of natural energy.

5. Wheatgrass is superior to other green plants because it has more than 100 elements needed by humans.

6. Most often, wheatgrass is found as juice but powder supplements are also available and can be mixed into juices, smoothies or water. The best time-saving supplements are from freeze-dried organic wheatgrass juice powder

7. Known to improve digestion, wheatgrass only takes one minute to digest.

8. Even though the word “wheat” is in its name, wheatgrass is gluten-free.

9. The best time to have wheatgrass juice is on an empty stomach and one hour before eating so that all the beneficial nutrients are completely available to the body for absorption.

10. Depending on how toxic your body is, wheatgrass juice can cause headaches as the body detoxifies. Otherwise, expect lots of energy as the only side effect.

 
Got Ants? Here Are Some Ant Deterrent Tips...
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 12:46
  • Healthier things you may want to try before reaching for that can of insecticide.
  • Pouring lemon juice around areas ants frequent.
  • Sprinkle cinnamon or place in cheesecloth bags in affected areas.
  • Baking soda can also deter ants - pour a solid line in areas of activity and they won't cross it.
  • A ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants can discourage ants.
  • A puree blend of orange peel and water can be applied to an area to discourage ants from crossing.
  • Ants hate vinegar; so spray it around doorways and other areas they frequent to repel them.
  • Sprinkling a circle of ground cloves around the pet food bowls.
  • Planting mint around vegetable patches, flower beds and around the house
  • Cinnamon sprinkled across ant scent trails seems to be very effective.
  • Citrus oil is a good deterrent; it can soaked into a piece of string and place around scent trails.
  • Use a piece of chalk to draw a line over trails - again, the ants won't cross it. Chalk also has the advantage of being able to be used on vertical surfaces
  • This last suggestion is friendly to the ants! Make a sugar trail away from the house to the compost pile (hopefully you have one).

Ants invade for a reason - usually for food or water, so be sure to keep food items well secured and clean up after you prepare food. Also check plumbing for leaks, particularly under sinks. Dead insects can attract large numbers of ants, so check window sills and other areas where they may accumulate.

 
Black Eyed Peas with Shitake Stew
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:43

(a one pot meal to store & reheat for your busy week):

Soak 4-5 cups dry black eyed peas for 24hrs under 6 inches filtered water in a large (4-6 qt.) pot (try to get your dry beans form the bulk bins at natural foods stores where you know they're freshly dried - old beans won't soften with cooking). The next day, rinse off the old soak water and replace with fresh filtered water (enough so the beans are covered by at least 3 inches of water). Bring to a boil, skimming excess foam off the top for the first few minutes of boiling. Reduce to simmer so there's small bubbles for 40 minutes. Next add 2 Tbsp ground ginger, (½ tsp cayenne if you like it spicy-hot), and 1 Tbsp each ground coriander and yellow curry powder (all these spices are sold in bulk at most natural foods stores). Stir and simmer another 5 minutes. Add 4 cups chopped carrots or yam diced into 1/4 - 1/3 inch pieces, and 3 cups chopped shitake mushrooms. Bring back to a low boil and simmer 5 more minutes. Next add 1-2 bunches (or as much as will fit in the pot) bits-size chopped greens such as kale, collards, savoy cabbage, bok choy or mustard greens. Turn off heat and stir in 1 Tbsp fresh minced rosemary, OR 1 Tbsp each dried dill, sage, and ½ tsp dried marjoram. Add 5 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, ghee, butter or high-quality olive oil, and 1Tbsp pink or celtic sea salt. Lastly, stir in the juice of 3-4 ripe limes or lemons. A nice salad on the side makes this a perfect meal. Enjoy!

 
Formaldehyde? What the Cosmetic Industry is Hiding from You!
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Written by Joanna Wemple   
Monday, 01 September 2014 09:17

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You are a sophisticated consumer. You read labels. You eat right. You do your best to feed your family organic foods free of GMOs. But there’s one more thing you may not have considered…what are you feeding your skin? Just like the food you eat, the products you put on your skin affect your health and well-being. Over time, chronic exposure to toxins creates health risks ranging from dermatitis to cancer. But how could this be? Isn’t the cosmetic industry required to follow FDA regulations? Of course they are, but in the U.S., cosmetic manufacturers are still allowed to “add preservative systems that employ any one of several chemicals, called formaldehyde releasers. According to The Environmental Working Group, nearly 1 in 5 cosmetic products contains a substance that generates formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen.” Formaldehyde? Like what is used to preserve frogs in biology class? Yes. That is what you may be putting on you and your family’s skin. Not good. Watch for these common formaldehyde-releasing chemicals: DMDM hydantoin • Imidazolidinyl urea • Diazolidinyl urea • Quaternium-15 • Bronopol (2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol) • 5-Bromo-5-nitro-1,3-dioxane • Hydroxymethylglycinate

The good news is that there are companies who have chosen to avoid these harsh chemicals. To learn more, talk to your pharmacist or esthetician, or download EWG’s “Skin Deep” mobile app. Remember, your skin is your largest organ. Feed it responsibly.

 
Easy Noodles and Cabbage
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 29 August 2014 21:10

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Recipe: 1/4 cup coconut oil / 1/2 cup peeled and chopped yellow onion / 4 cups chopped or thinly sliced cabbage / 1 tsp. caraway seeds /1/2 tsp. sea salt / 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper / 1 16-ounce package egg noodles. Melt coconut oil in a large skillet.  Add the onion and saute until transparent. Add the cabbage and saute 5 minutes, or until tender but still crisp. Stir in the caraway seeds, salt and pepper. Meanwhile, cook the noodles in salted water as directed on package. Do not overcook. Drain well. Stir the noodles into the cabbage. Cook 5 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Serve with Fresh ground black pepper.

 
Broiled Summer Roma Tomatoes
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Written by Administrator   
Monday, 15 September 2014 19:21

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Cut tomatoes in half crosswise, season with salt and pepper.
In a small frying pan add crushed garlic, olive oil and fresh thyme. Cook until golden brown. Place your tomato halves cut on oiled baking sheet and spoon on garlic mixture. Bake in 350 degree oven for about 15 - 20 minutes. Add a little parmesan (or dairy free cheese), sea salt and black pepper, and broil for about 1-2 minutes.

 
Here's The Dirty Dozen...
Healthy Eating
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 05 September 2014 11:51

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Farmers markets are often a great source of delicious organic produce, often at reduced prices. If you can't afford to buy everything organic, strategize by buying organic versions of the “dirty dozen.” These are the fruits and vegetables that when grown conventionally are loaded with pesticides and chemicals. They include potatoes, grapes, peaches, lettuce, strawberries, apples, pears, bell peppers, kale, carrots, celery, and nectarines.

 
Socially Correct?
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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 04 September 2014 12:48

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A new study recently found that being eco-friendly is more socially acceptable than it's ever been. In fact, people who were surveyed said they'd be more embarrassed if caught throwing trash out of the car window than discovered cheating on their taxes, according to the national poll conducted by the Shelton Group.

 
Reuse Idea: Extra Bricks? Handy Outdoor Tea Light Candle Holders!
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 03 September 2014 09:45

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Insulate Your Water Heater...
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Written by Sean Murphy   
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 07:42

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An insulated water heater can save up to forty dollars a year. Next time you are at your local hardware store, pick up some insulation. Installation will only take a couple minutes.

 
Reuse Idea: Old Jeans? DIY Whimsical Planters!
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Written by Administrator   
Friday, 29 August 2014 21:12

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Reuse Idea: Old Wooden Pallet? Creative DIY Wine Rack!
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Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 August 2014 20:39

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