Produce Storage Cheat Sheet from 100 Days of Real Food

12 Jun

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Produce Storage Cheat Sheet

EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

12 Jun

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EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Updated 2014 List! I always have these lists on my iPhone. So when I don’t have enough money for all organic then I check out this list to see what fruits and vegetables I could by non-organic and not consume so much pesticides.

 

FoodMatters published this article too:

CHECK OUT THE 2014 DIRTY DOZEN!

30 Day Juice Challenge for Free!

5 Jun

30-Day Juice Challenge

Thank you Tracee Sloan

I’ve really really really been wanting to juice more for my health. I stumbled across Tracee Sloan’s website JuiceRecipes.com. I’ve been juicing for a long time but have not mastered making it a habit! She offered a free 30 Day Juice Challenge. I accepted! I will most likely use some of the juices she has in the challenge and add my own. She has so many to choose from. I love that she has a tab for Health & Ingredients! If you are making your own as you go and would like to know the nutrients this is great, Juice Recipe Builder!

Day 1: May 8th, 2014

FreshStart

This juice recipe is great to start with for those who are trying to ease themselves into this whole juicing thing and they’re not quite ready to drink those deep colored lookin’ juices. If you need it even sweeter, just add another apple to it.

Don’t think that just because it’s said to be a “beginner juice” means it’s not as good for you, this juice is great for you!

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 3 medium
  • Celery – 4 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
You can’t ever go wrong with apples and carrots. I really enjoyed the smooth sweet taste. A great beginner juice!

 

Day 2: May 9th, 2014

DrOzGreenDrink

Here’s the hard to find recipe! Dr. Oz says he drinks this every morning, and so does Oprah. After Oprah tried this on the show, she was surprised how good it tasted, calling it a “glass of fresh!”

If you’re here and you’re new to juicing, you may find that this tastes a bit “earthy” because your taste buds may not be used to this whole thing. If that’s the case, just add an extra apple or two to sweeten it up.

You can blend this recipe too, but I imagine you’ll want to peel the lemon, lime, and ginger.

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia)
  • Lime (with rind) – 1 fruit (2″ dia)
  • Parsley – 1 bunch
  • Spinach – 2 cup

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This drink may not be a great beginner drink or if you only enjoy sweet juices. This is very tart but I actually loved it!

 

Day 3 : May 10th, 2014

TheEyeOpener

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 14 medium
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 small (2-3/8″ dia)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Shared with the whole family. They enjoyed it!

 

Day 4 : May 11th, 2014

FreshStart

 

Day 5: May 12th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 3 medium/large
  • Red Pepper – 1/4 Sweet
  • Cucumber – 1/2
  • Roma Tomatoes – 2
  • Asparagus – 15 thin spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Wow never juices asparagus before. Everything taste really well together!

 

Day 6: May 13th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Fennel Bulb – 1/2 bulb
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Peppermint – 30 leaves – didn’t have
  • Carrots – 4 medium/large – I added

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I am not a fan of the taste of licorice but i really enjoyed this drink. I bet the peppermint would of added an extra kick. I’m glad I added the carrots, this was great tasting.

 

Day 7 : May 14th, 2014

TheEyeOpener

I aded to the original recipe:

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 14 medium
  • Oranges (peeled) – 2 small (2-3/8″ dia)
  • Lemon – 1 (added)
  • Ginger – 2″ (added)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
The lemon and ginger was an excellent addition to the original ingredients. Loved it!

 

Day 8 : May 15th, 2014

PurplePowerJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apple – 1 medium (3″ dia)
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, medium (about 5″ dia)
  • Celery – 3 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cider Vinegar (apple) – 1 tbsp
  • Ginger Root – 1 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Grapes (white) – 15 grape
  • Lemon (with peel) – 1/2 fruit (2-3/8″ dia)

Directions:
The apple cider vinegar is optional. Tastes great with and without it!

Opinion:
I was nervous to try juiced red cabbage. I didn’t have grapes so I added an extra apple. It turned out pretty good. I can’t really taste the cabbage. The lemon is very noticeable. So i guess this is more a tart juice. I enjoyed it!

 

Day 9 : May 16th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apple – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 5 large
  • Cucumber – 1
  • Ginger Root – 1 1/2″ thumb
  • Lemon – 1
  • Romain Heart: 1/2 head
  • Broccoli Stem – 4
  • Mint Leaves – 3 twigs

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Not to bad. I decided to go thru everything in the fridge to see what combo juice I could create. I liked it very much!

 

Day 10 : May 17th, 2014

The FogCutterJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Cabbage (red) – 1/4 head, small (4″ dia)
  • Carrots – 4 medium
  • Ginger Root – 1/2 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon – 1 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
  • Spinach – 4 handful
  • Asparagus – 6-10 spears (I added)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Thumbs Up!

 

Day 11 : May 18th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Orange – 2 small
  • Asparagus – lots

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I’m trying to use up the rest of my asparagus before it goes bad. I loved this so much I wish I made 2 batches. The orange tasted so awesome in this!

 

Day 12 : May 19th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 4 medium
  • Cabbage Green – 1/4 head
  • Cabbage Red – 1/4 head
  • Asparagus – lots
  • Lemon- 1
  • Oranges – 2

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
My honey wanted some juice today too. So i made a lot of this. He really enjoyed it. The cabbage taste is faint, but blends well with the orange and lemon. The apples gave just enough sweetness.

 

Day 13 : May 20th, 2014

BeetNikJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1 beet (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Celery – 2 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Spinach – 3 cups

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Wasn’t sure if one apple was going to be enough to sweeten this juice. It ended up being perfect. It is a hearty juice.

 

Day 14 : May 21st, 2014

BeginnerGreen

This is for beginners that are looking for a green juice that tastes great. It’s sweet while having a nice citrus flavor to it.

If you have a masticating juicer, this will come out just like in the picture. If you have a centrifuge juicer, you may not be able to get much juice out of the spinach. You can still try it, but don’t be surprised if it shoots all of the spinach in the bin and a few drops come out. You can always juice everything except the spinach, then finish it in a blender with the spinach.

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 3 medium (3″ dia)
  • Celery – 4 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Ginger Root – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia)
  • Lemon (with rind) – 1/2 fruit (2-1/8″ dia)
  • Orange (peeled) – 1 large (3-1/6″ dia)
  • Spinach – 5 handfuls

Directions:
You don’t have to peel the lemon, but make sure you peel the orange. The orange’s skin is very bitter and can ruin the flavor.

Opinion:
Thumbs up! I agree with Tracee, it’s sweet while having a nice citrus flavor to it.

 

Day 15 : May 22nd, 2014

CantBeetitJuice

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1 beet (3″ dia)
  • Carrots – 4 medium
  • Celery – 3 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Ginger Root – 1/4 thumb (1″ dia)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Thumbs up!

 

Day 16 : May 23rd, 2014

Recommended by a user’s personal trainer to get a flat stomach.

Ingredients:

  • Apple – 1 large (3-1/4″ dia)
  • Carrots – 2 large (7-1/4″ to 8-/1/2″ long)
  • Celery – 2 stalk, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Cucumber – 1/2 cucumber (8-1/4″)
  • Spinach – 2 cup
  • Spirulina (dried) – 2 teaspoon 

Directions:
Don’t put the dried spirulina into your juicer. Add the powder to your glass and pour the juice on top of it. Mix well!

Opinion:
Thumbs up!

 

Day 17 : May 24rd, 2014

I decided to just have the same thing as day 16!

 

Day 18 : May 25th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Orange – 2 medium
  • Lemon – 1 
  • Mint – 3 twigs (fresh)

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I decided to only use 1 apple in this juice so it wasn’t too sweet. Thumbs up!

 

Day 19 : May 26th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Honey Dew Melon – 1/2
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Oranges – 2 medium
  • Mint – a bunch! fresh!

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I liked the taste of the melon. Thumbs up!

 

Day 20 & 21 : May 27-28th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Orange – 1 small
  • Ginger Root – 3/4″
  • Cucumber – 1 medium
  • Mint – Fresh & Lots!
  • Asparagus – 8-10 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Loved it! Made enough for 2 days!

 

Day 22 : May 29th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Apples – 1 medium (3″ dia)
  • Beet Root – 1/2 beet (2″ dia)
  • Carrots – 3 medium
  • Celery – 2 stalks, large (11″-12″ long)
  • Parsley – 1 handfull

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This is a very strong combination. The beet &  parsley are very present. The apple and carrots add just enough sweetness. I like it!

 

Day 23 : May 30th, 2014

GrapefruitJuice

Ingredients:

  • Grapefruit- 2-4 medium/large

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
I went simple this morning. I had to use up the rest of my grapefruits. I absalutely love grapefruit juice. Fresh is the only way to go.

 

Day 24 & 25 : May 31st & June 1st, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Celery – 3 medium
  • Beet Root – 1/2
  • Carrots – 8 medium
  • Oranges – 3 medium
  • Asparagus – 8 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
This was very earthy but good!

 

Day 26 & 27 : June 2 & 3rd, 2014

Orange-juice-fruits

Ingredients:

  • Oranges – 4- 5 medium

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
You can’t ever go wrong with fresh orange juice!

 

Day 28 : June 4th, 2014

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Ingredients:

  • Celery – 5 small/medium
  • Carrots – 6 medium
  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Spearmint – handful fresh

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Very refreshing with the spearmint.

 

Day 29 & 30: June 5 & 6th, 2014

Ingredients:

  • Apples – 2 medium
  • Carrots – 8 medium/large
  • Asparagus- 5 spears

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

Opinion:
Day 30! Awesome! I made 6 pint jars of this juice and froze them because today is a special day. I leave today for a road trip to AZ to pick up my daughter for the summer! I wanted to make sure I had enough juice to drink for the next 4 days!

 

Breville Pie Maker – Love It!!

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I purchased THE BREVILLE PIE MAKER from my local thrift store, The Community Closet, sometime during last summer. I think I paid $5 for it. It came in its original box that was opened but everything inside looked new. Maybe used once or twice!

I am finally decided to try it out. It works fantastic and 2 savory meat pies totally filled me up. AJ ate 4 of them but he is twice my size!

So I decided to see how much this baby was if I went to a store or bought it online. Amazon had it listed brand new for $80! I got such a deal!!!

You can use any kind of filling, sweet or savory. Just make sure the inside mixture is fully cooked before cooking in the Breville Pie Maker.

I totally recommend this product. Very easy to use and to clean. Can’t wait to have some good times making pies with the kids!

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Cold -n- Flu Tea

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I’ve been drinking this tea for several of years now! It is great cold or hot and really truly helps relieve those cold and flu symptoms.

COLD -N- FLU HERBAL TEA:

Equal parts of:
• Yarrow Flower
• Peppermint
• Elder Flower
• Lemon Balm
• Chamomile Flower

Steep 5-10 minutes! Drink cold or hot! Enjoy and may this little herbal miracle bring you some relief this winter!

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Fresh Made Soy Milk

26 Jan

I keep scolding myself every time I buy organic soymilk in the stores. I could save so much money if I just got off my butt and made it myself. Organic soybeans are so inexpensive in the health food store. The bonus about making your own is you know exactly what is in it! No crap just great true ingredients and love!

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Here is my post on making homemade soymilk with the SoyQuick Milk Maker (another thrift store score):

http://tinyteehealthbits.wordpress.com/2010/10/27/soyquick-premier-milk-maker-930p/

Orange Julius Copycat

27 Nov

It’s late and I’m kinda bored. Then for some odd reason I wanted an Orange Julius! It has been years since I had one. So I peeled 4/5 small organic oranges and one banana. I put everything in my Vitamix and blended. These oranges are very sweet so I didn’t add any sweetener. At the end I added a handful of ice cubes.

Wow! It was amazing, smooth and creamy! It hit the spot! I looked online and all the recipes call for sugar, milk and vanilla. I liked it with just 2 ingredients. So much lighter than other recipes.

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