Friday, September 28, 2012
Hey guys, I'm going to be busy for a little bit, so I've enlisted a special guest for my blog and her name is Grace Simpson. She’s very educated about organics and is great at helping people get their feet wet into a more natural way of eating.
It's been on my mind for awhile and I figured I learn more about it before the holidays creep up on me, and I throw thoughts of 'cleaner eating' out the darn window!
How you ever thought about going organic? What does going organic really mean other than paying more money out of pocket and purchasing food that spoils quicker, lol. Can it really be done on a budget?
She’ll be here for the next little while sharing great advice and tidbits, so I’ll let her introduce herself…
Hi, I’m Grace. I’ve been studying organic living since the USDA introduced national standards in 2002 and my family has been eating fully organic since about 2006. This subject means a lot to me because I want my family to have the healthiest meals possible. A few other related subjects that I feel are important are our nation’s health, our wildlife and the sustainability of food production.
Even though certified organics have been around for a decade, I know there are still a lot of questions surrounding organic food. That’s why I am so happy to be here to talk about many of those concerns people have.
Here’s what you can expect in the next few posts:
- Why eating organic is important…to you and the world around you.
- How to introduce organics, even if you’re on a budget.
- What does organic really mean and are you really eating organic?
- We’ll also discuss issues surrounding, meats, and produce in more detail.
- Being your own source of organic foods.
- Do you need supplements?
We’re going to cover a lot, but remember, as you start consider the organic lifestyle; you don’t have to do this all at once. Just take it one step at a time adding healthier options slowly and keeping this great earth of ours in harmony.
Thank you Grace! Can't wait to see what you have in store!
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Saturday, September 22, 2012
Have you heard that microwaves causes cancer?!
How about that microwaves emits radioactive waves which can cause you to get ill or may turn you into "Radio Active Man! or Woman!"
Or for the Preggos out that there, that pregnant women should stay away from microwaves?
I think this is freaky....that you can change a food's DNA and/or lose most or all of the food's nutritional value when you use the microwave.
It even gets scientific and a plant dies in the process!!!
In one experiment, two plants were watered with two different types. One with microwaved water and the other with regular water. The end conclusion is that the plant watered with microwaved water died after days of contact.
Snopes busted that story here: http://www.snopes.com/science/microwave/plants.asp
I've been hearing so much controversy about using the microwave, and I think it's poppycock!
Unless you're taking a part of your body and placing it in the microwave or leaving the door open and pressing 'Start' I don't see any harm in it...Or at least no greater harm than cooking on a gas or electric stove. Each appliance you cook with comes with its own set of precautions and I urge you exercise them completely!
Now are you ready to cook a nice, healthy, and wholesome dinner in the microwave?
Liking that picture above and want to know what it's all about? Read below :)
I used Glad Steam Microwave Bags to steam some Tilapia (with garlic, olive oil, butter, 2 slices of lemon (lemon juice is cool too) and parsley).
Brussels Sprouts got tossed around a bag with cracked pepper, 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance butter, sea salt, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1 tablespoon of rice flour.
Lastly, I diced up one sweet potato, dried apricots, and some craisins with 1 tablespoon of nutmeg, splash of vanilla, 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance butter, 1 tablespoon of organic brown sugar, and started dancing while singing shake, shake, shake!
All items took less than 9 minutes in the microwave. My frozen Tilapia took 7 minutes, the Brussel Sprouts took 6 minutes and the Sweet Potatoes, 9 minutes.
Your cooking times may vary.
Want to read up more on microwaves and the myths vs. facts?
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Tell me what you think about using microwaves?
What's your favorite thing to prepare?
I'd love to hear it!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Sometimes you simply don’t have time to cook breakfast. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a nutritious start to your day. Consider these breakfast drink ideas and tips if you need something nutritious for your picky eater or someone who isn’t really eat breakfast. When you need something extra quick, breakfast drinks are a great option, especially if you prepare and freeze them for later use.
Smoothies are rapidly becoming my best friend, especially since I've found that coffee has been breaking me out. :(
Is there a benefit to preparing a smoothie over drinking an instant breakfast shake you can purchase at the store? The biggest benefit to making a smoothie from fresh or frozen ingredients is that you know what is in your smoothie. Some of the store-bought don’t have all-natural ingredients. They may even have synthetic ingredients or nutrients.
Is it possible to gather items so smoothies are easy to make? If you have ever made a fruit smoothie, you know you need fruit, ice and some type of liquid. Of course, you can use other ingredients, too.
* Be sure to start with a clean blender.
* Cut up your fruit the night before.
* Freeze some fruit to avoid having to use ice cubes.
* Include green, leafy or other vegetables for added nutrients.
* Measure out the liquid you will use and place it in a specific container in the refrigerator.
The more you can prepare the night before, the quicker it will be to make your smoothie when you need it. And if time is at a premium, having those few extra moments can be important.
The biggest question I've seen people ask about smoothies is this:
Can you make smoothies with other liquids besides cow’s milk?
The liquid you use to make a smoothie is entirely up to you. Some people like to use cow’s milk, some rice milk, others coconut milk. You can also use almond milk, kefir whey, fruit juice or vegetable juice.
I personally love Almond Milk. :)
How about trying this protein-packed milk shake using 1 1/4 cup milk, 1 large ripe banana, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, 1 teaspoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 3 ice cubes. Put all ingredients in the blender except for the ice cubes. Cover and then blend for one minute on medium. Add the ice cubes, cover and then blend for another minute on high.
These breakfast ideas can enable you to prepare nutritious alternatives for your family. These breakfast beverages are nutritious and taste great. Of course, if your family enjoys these choices they may not want cereal or a cooked breakfast again.
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Hmmm....There was a national publication media blast that went out the other day and they are looking for low sugar or no sugar added recipes. The wheels started turning in my head and I thought about those old ripe bananas I got laying around wondered what a little bit of unsweetened applesauce can do for an old favorite of mine.
To make something truly sugar free, I'm going to have to rely on REALLY RIPE, squishy & darn near black bananas...the kind where fruit flies have to be shooed away from them, is just right in my book!
P.S. Genaurdi's sell a bag of really ripe, almost black bananas for pennies an ounce, so check to see if your local grocery store has that same deal too, if you don't have any lying around.
Disclaimer: I hope there are no fruit flies hovering over your fruit basket:)
4 REALLY RIPE squishy bananas (I've found using the ones I had in the freezer made it extra moist)
½ cup of unsweetened applesauce (eliminates the need for oil!)
1/4 cup of Almond Milk (or whichever milk you prefer)
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour, traditional or white whole wheat
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9” x 5” loaf pan. In a large bowl, slice the bananas and use an electric mixer to mash. Add the applesauce, vanilla extract, eggs and blend. Let mixture stand for 15 minutes. In another bowl, blend all the dry ingredients. Then mix in the dry with the wet ingredients. Pour into the greased loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand again for 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Janey: This is Jett Chu! He's here with us today to talk a little about his upcoming book with ReCee Jay and Lily! Tell our readers a little bit more about yourself! Like where did you go to school?
Jett: I graduated from Cooper University in New York, with a degree in Chemical Engineering. Little did I know, after enjoying a tuition free education from one of the most selective schools in the country, was that my free ride, in a sense was over. The Chemical Industry declined and my ideas of becoming the next Ge Hong or Fritz Haber were pretty much kaput when I tried to enter the workforce.
Janey: (A few crickets chirp) Uh.... And what is chemical engineering exactly?
Jett: It's dealing with the transformation of raw materials and turning them into useful products such as oil, soaps and cosmetics.
Janey: Oh...Okay! I get it now! You're like that one lady on YouTube that took salt and ice and gave herself third degree burns right?
Jett: (Blank stare) Uh, not exactly.
Janey: Moving right along! Your father is the famous John Chu! I've been to his restaurant so many times! After you failed at finding a job, did he take you under his wing and bring you into the food industry?
Jett: (Another blank stare and a pause) My family has been in the Korean food business for years and I would help him in his restaurant during my breaks from school. It was my father who introduced me to Mr. Larry Hortie who is the CEO of ZKD Food Industries. They recently developed a healthy food products line and Mr. Hortie needed interns to help Ms. ReCee promote it.
Janey: Ah! Chef ReCee! She's been in the news lately! Is is true that she had a baby and gave it to her sister to raise for her? Is she on drugs? Did she grow up in the 'hood'?
Jett: (Clears throat and gets up from chair). This interview is over Ms. Dane
Janey: Wait! Wait! I'm sorry! You know, I have to get the meat and potatoes to a story and you're kinda giving me light and fluffy biscuits.
Jett walks out the door.
Janey: I guess this interview is over. Hmmm.....who should I try and get next?
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