Food

Maple Syrup or sugar: which is better?

December 3, 2015

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We haven’t eaten oatmeal in a while but this morning we had to due to our depleted egg stash.  It just seems like you need eggs for EVERYTHING! Any type of homemade recipe that I could think of needed eggs.  Guess I’ll stock up on some vegan recipes so I won’t totally miss a “good” breakfast due to my lack of ingredients.

So about this oatmeal…  My husband kinda despises it for a few reasons…

  1. It’s nasty to him without tons of sugar or raisins in every spoonful.
  2. It has a laxative effect! None of us like this one, especially not when you’re rushing out the house to go to work :-/
  3. With numbers 1 & 2 combined, he’d rather just be hungry lol

Camden and I on the other hand, enjoy it! For me, it has to be the old fashioned rolled oats and it takes about 30-45 minutes to really get the right, smooth texture.  Since we don’t have a microwave anymore, I’m talking about boiling it on the stove.

I always add a little sugar and about a tablespoon or two of butter.  I know it’s not healthy but for some reason, I like the buttery taste.  For Camden, I usually add some type of fruit (chopped apples, bananas, strawberries, mangoes, etc) and some cinnamon.  No butter for him and definitely no processed sugar.  [Confession, I tried slipping some into his oatmeal one day and my husband was like, “Why are you doing that? He doesn’t know the difference!”  Ever since then, I substitute it with things that are naturally sweet.]

Today, I added strawberries, pineapples, a little cinnamon and maple syrup.  I thought the maple syrup would be a good idea and I even used it for myself instead of sugar.  But then I read the bottle and was instantly confused lmbo!! Gonna have to do a little research and get back with y’all on this one….

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fruitSo we normally buy organic fruit, especially those on the dirty dozen list but my dear husband went grocery shopping in a hurry and he said that’s all they had.  If your husbands are like mine, they get whatever is most convenient.  Look it’s chopped and even packaged nicely, but check out that PRICE :-/ The “husband shopping trip” is a topic for another post!  It was the thought that counted though lol.

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My questions/observations are: (don’t judge me!)

  1. The sugar says 4 grams per serving size or 4 grams per 1 teaspoon.  I really don’t know how many teaspoons I usually add. Guess I’ll have to start paying attention!
  2. The maple syrup says 53 grams per serving size or 1/4 cup!  At first glance, how in the heck am I supposed to know how many teaspoons = 1/4 of a cup?!  And don’t you measure solids differently than liquids? UGH!

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Sometimes I get why people choose the more convenient options! Sadly, those choices usually end up being the unhealthiest in the long run!  Anyone care to help? I know the answer is just a few Google searches away.  But this busy mama just doesn’t have the time…

Sincerely,

The Fresh Mom aka The lady who is figuring out life day by day, throws on a smile and just appears to have it all together!


Hope I don’t get sick!

November 30, 2015

I got this container of hummus over a week ago from Kroger. My intention was to eat it immediately but of course things didn’t work like that.

Anyway today is trash day and while hurrying to clean out the fridge, I came across it.  You see that big orange sticker?  It was conveniently placed over the “Best Before” date.  To my surprise the date was today! 😦  Although I was slightly skeptical when opening it, I took a chance…

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I was just going to use it as dip until I saw the directions and decided to get a little creative!

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Don’t judge me for the appearance but this is how it turned out and it was zummy!!! (as Camden used to say around 18 months lol) I spread the hummus on pita bread, sprinkled a little mozzarella cheese and added leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

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Like Hummus? What flavors do you enjoy the most and how do you normally use it?

My goal is to try one new thing per week! I’ll keep you all updated with my journey and I hope you’ll join me too 🙂

 


 

Wait! Keep those scraps!

November 12, 2015

 

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It’s not time for #FarmersMarketFriday but I had to give a special shoutout to the great people over at The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm.

Camden won’t stop talking about his experience from our 1st trip and how much fun he had riding the tractor and picking veggies. We were able to make an impromptu visit yesterday and as always, we enjoyed ourselves!

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Mr. Bobby was fixing a paper shredder and let Camden help! Of course he loved using the ‘real’ tools.

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We went to the car to get his jacket and he spotted his screwdriver.  So he took it to Mr. Bobby to show him that he had his own. Yes it’s the plastic, kid friendly one 🙂

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After diligently working on the shredder, they tested it to see if it worked. I don’t know about you, but that was an entire science project and I didn’t even have to plan a thing lol!

… I always get so wrapped up in the fun that I forget what I was originally posting about! Oh yeah, composting…

During our last visit, they actually told me that we just missed a group of high school students who learned all about composting.  Immediately I thought, “COMPOST?! Yeah I tried keeping scraps for that before and I failed.” Lol

Hesitantly, I asked if they accepted compost material from anyone and the answer was, yes.  They told me that I could bring all of my veggie and fruit scraps and they would gladly add it to their compost pile.  If you’ve checked out one of my previous posts on Decluttering, you know that I shouldn’t be keeping ANYTHING else!

But of course I couldn’t resist and decided to do it!  And there it is…

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Over a two week span I accumulated this entire trash bag of material for compost.  I’m embarrassed to say that some of it came from produce that I never even cooked and let spoil.  The other portion came from me being the ‘leftover police’.  Anytime Camden or Austin (my husband) headed toward the trash, I kindly asked them to place it on the counter instead.  It might’ve been a little annoying to them at first but they quickly caught on.  And Austin didn’t even talk about how weird I am unlike other times haha!

We have a smaller refrigerator so everything was packed in there pretty tightly and I was able to squeeze a couple of bags in the freezer as well.  Am I crazy for entertaining the thought of getting a deep freezer to comfortably fit all of my scraps?  Wait. You don’t even have to answer that.  I think I just heard Austin’s voice in my head saying, “You want WHAT for WHAT?”  On that note, I’ve changed my mind :-\.

For now I’ll keep storing everything in the fridge and donating it to the farm but eventually I’d like to start a compost bin to use on my own fresh fruits and vegetables 🙂

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Here are some of the things that I save: over-ripened eggplant, onion peels, bell peppers, potato skin, avocado peel, etc.

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Camden even got to roll the wheelbarrow!

Before I forget, today is GA Gives Day… interested in donating to a worthy cause? Consider giving to the farm here.

Have you ever tried composting? How’d that work out for you?


 

 

#FarmersMarketFriday: The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm

October 22, 2015Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 9.22.47 AMThe Metro Atlanta Urban Farm
3271 Main Street, College Park, GA  30337
Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

The kids and I had a blast during our impromptu visit at the farm this week!  Upon arrival we were greeted by their super friendly staff and were made to feel right at home.

In my previous post about Wholesome Wave’s Double Value Coupon Program this farm was on the list of market participants.  A friend saw the post and actually stopped by to check it out, here is her review…

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I was so happy about her visit that I said I had to stop by for myself.  And I tried… But the rain hated on my plans during their Fall Festival in September.  So after packing the kids up and driving to College Park (about 30 minutes from our house) I pulled up, felt overwhelmed by the potential disaster that I had on my hands — rain + dirt = mud… mud + 2 yr. old boy = 1 mad mama!  So we turned around.  We never even got out of the car 😦  But as we drove off, I promised them that we would return and we did!

Now back to our most recent visit…

Naturally I’m a talker so it’s always refreshing to find other people willing to talk to me (LOL, I sound like such a weirdo).  But seriously, in one visit I was able to meet everyone who was crucial to operation of the farm and they were all so friendly and informative.  Mr. Wilson, the CEO told me the history of the farm and why they chose to start it in that particular location.  Ms. Cathy, the Executive Director told me about all of their programs, Mr. Mose offered to bring some materials on gardening for me on my next visit, and Karega picked all of our food and entertained Camden the whole time!!  I really appreciate ALL of them for their help!

Here’s a video recap!

Tips for visiting the farm:

  1. Don’t go on a rainy day lol. Just kidding, go whenever you’d like. They said the rain didn’t stop them from having a good time during that festival and it shouldn’t stop you either from enjoying a unique experience!
  2. Dress comfortably! You can pick your own food so don’t wear your favorite shoes.  I actually had on my cute boots with a baby on my hip so I let Camden do the picking for me. 🙂
  3. Give yourself enough time to explore.  You don’t have to spend 2.5 hours exploring like me but take a moment to enjoy the peacefulness of the farm.
  4. Be open to trying new things. There were some plants that I had never heard of and honestly still don’t remember the names of.  But instead of turning your nose up at something foreign, pick it, take it home and Google some recipes if you have to. I know I will, especially with this huge eggplant sitting in my refrigerator lol!
  5. Use your SNAP benefits if you have them.  You instantly get double your money! And the farm does too! A win-win for everyone.
  6. Be friendly and ask questions! This is always my favorite part.
  7. Take your family! Even if it requires a little extra effort on your behalf, take your kids, they’ll love the adventure. I know mine did (see the pics below).
  8. Tell others about your experience.  Oftentimes people just don’t know what opportunities are available.  When we think of “farm” we usually assume that you have to drive hours outside of the city limits.  Not here… it’s right in the middle of downtown College Park and very accessible to public transit (MARTA).
  9. Take pictures! As you can see it’s a mini hobby for me. Even if it’s not your thing, clear some space on your phone ahead of time and capture the memories.
  10. Prepare to go back and often! They work really hard to maintain the land and add value for the community.

That’s all I have for now but stay tuned for more updates about this place.

To the staff at The Metro Atlanta Urban Farm, thank you! You’ve earned a patron for life ❤


 

#FarmersMarketFriday: Dekalb Farmers Market

October 9, 2015

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Your DeKalb Farmers Market
3000 East Ponce De Leon Avenue
Decatur, Georgia 30030
9:00am – 9:00pm Daily

If you’re from the metro Atlanta area, you’ve either heard of or have been to the DeKalb Farmers Market. Our first visit was 2 years ago when we began our healthy journey and I’ve loved going ever since.  I remember it very clearly, I went alone with my 1 year old and was so excited about what was to come.

Tips for visiting this market:

  1. Visit their website to get a feel of what you should expect. There’s a message from the founder to specific information about the various types of food.
  2. Wear a jacket! All year long. Imagine being in one big walk-in freezer the whole time. Don’t let this keep you from going just let this serve as your warning.
  3. Make a grocery list prior to going. The prices are a tad bit cheaper than most grocery stores so if you’re like me, you start to pack more and more in your car because you ‘think’ your budget go bigger lol.
  4. Be open to new things! Although I don’t recommend veering from your list, I think it’s cool to try some of the more exotic foods that you won’t see in your neighborhood store.
  5. Grab your grocery cart outside in the parking lot as they are not stored inside the store.
  6. Take cash if you want to buy anything from their bakery and deli. They don’t accept cash in those areas.
  7. Be prepared to pay in cash, debit card, or by your SNAP benefits. They don’t accept credit cards!
  8. Don’t expect to find all of your household supplies like paper towels, tissue, soap, etc.
  9. Bring your items to recycle. I love recycling but often let everything pile up and clutter the house. See their recycling guidelines here and consider dropping your items off before or after shopping.
  10. Avoid going on the weekends and the evenings. As you can imagine most people are available during those times and according to their website, approximately 100,000 people go through the market weekly!

Here are some pictures from a couple of our visits.

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Enjoy your visit!!


#HealthyTipTuesday

October 7, 2015

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Normally when I share healthy tips with you all, they are things that I want to do better with or have already been practicing with good results.  I will never post anything that I don’t believe in.

On the flip side, I can’t take credit for always living a healthier life.  Once upon a time I had a number of unhealthy habits.  Nowadays, I’ve tried to narrow them down to just a few but I’m nowhere near perfect. However, I firmly believe that “if you know better, you [should] do better!”

To the point…

I stopped microwaving food in plastic and styrofoam a couple of years ago, probably around the birth of my son in 2013.  Seems like we all start to do better with the addition of our children huh?

While researching this topic I came across an interesting article in ‘support’ of microwaving your food in plastic.  It didn’t come right out and say, “5 reasons why you should microwave your food in plastic” but instead the intended goal was to prove why it isn’t so harmful.

I don’t know about you but any time you have to prove why something isn’t harmful, it probably is smh.  The article in question was written by Harvard Medical School and was actually the 1st link that popped up on my Google search.  I encourage you to give it a click and read it for yourself.  It’s not that long, promise! (Click here)

Ok, so for those of you who refuse to click the link, here’s your synopsis 🙂

Major concern with plastics: (according to Harvard Health)

Substances are often added to plastic to help shape or stabilize it. Two of these plasticizers are:

  • bisphenol-A (BPA), added to make clear, hard plastic
  • phthalates, added to make plastic soft and flexible

BPA and phthalates are believed to be “endocrine disrupters.” These are substances that mimic human hormones, and not for the good.

When food is wrapped in plastic or placed in a plastic container and microwaved, BPA and phthalates may leak into the food. Any migration is likely to be greater with fatty foods such as meats and cheeses than with other foods.

The FDA long ago recognized the potential for small amounts of plasticizers to migrate into food. So it closely regulates plastic containers and materials that come into contact with food. The FDA requires manufacturers to test these containers using tests that meet FDA standards and specifications. It then reviews test data before approving a container for microwave use.

They even included a section, “The Bottom Line” because they know they know we don’t like to read.

THE BOTTOM LINE

Here are some things to keep in mind when using the microwave:

  • If you’re concerned about plastic wraps or containers in the microwave, transfer food to glass or ceramic containers labeled for use in microwave ovens.
  • Don’t let plastic wrap touch food during microwaving because it may melt. Wax paper, kitchen parchment paper, white paper towels, or a domed container that fits over a plate or bowl are better alternatives.
  • Most takeout containers, water bottles, and plastic tubs or jars made to hold margarine, yogurt, whipped topping, and foods such as cream cheese, mayonnaise, and mustard are not microwave-safe.
  • Microwavable takeout dinner trays are formulated for one-time use only and will say so on the package.
  • Old, scratched, or cracked containers, or those that have been microwaved many times, may leach out more plasticizers.
  • Don’t microwave plastic storage bags or plastic bags from the grocery store.
  • Before microwaving food, be sure to vent the container: leave the lid ajar, or lift the edge of the cover.

MY interpretation: (it feels good saying that lol)

  1. That list above is just too much for me! Who has time or the brain space to remember it all? I know this mama doesn’t!
  2. If you have to perform several different tests to determine what’s safe for use but then there’s still the ‘potential’ that harmful chemicals can leak into the food, it’s not worth using!
  3. Because ‘plastic’ is so cheap to make and sell, of course the government and other for profit organizations will protect their interests with articles like this. Do your research and analyze the sources!

Thankfully, I don’t see this as an obstacle anymore because I gave our microwave away a few months ago and we only use the oven to reheat things now.  But occasionally I will visit family and friends and for the sake of convenience or to not seem like a total weirdo (lol), I’ll pop something in the microwave.  But I never, ever use plastic or styrofoam. My husband on the other hand is a work in progress.  You know men are all about convenience and if I send lunch in plastic, 9 times out of 10, it’s going to get reheated in plastic :-/.

If you thought this was extra, my next step is to actually remove all of the plastic containers and tupperware in our house and only use glass.  Can’t use what you don’t have, right?!

That’s it for #HealthyTipTuesday this week. Hope you all found it helpful!

P.S. – I’m sorry if I make your life somewhat harder. But a little bit of wisdom and encouragement never hurt anyone… 🙂

#FarmersMarketFridays: Truly Living Well

September 19, 2015

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My interest in farmers’ markets is very recent, like I just became interested maybe 2 1/2 years ago.  During that time I was a student at Georgia State University and haphazardly stumbled upon Truly Living Well Center for Urban Agriculture in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  It’s probably the city’s best kept secret and I encourage you all to check it out!

They are open all year long and their market days and times are:

TLW at East Point

Every Wednesday, 2pm – dusk

3353 Washington Road

East Point, Georgia 30344


TLW at Wheat Street Garden (downtown)

Every Friday, 2pm – dusk

75 Hilliard Street NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30312

Here are pictures from our very first visit back in January of 2014.  It was days after our “snowpocalypse” so the selection was limited as most of the food was frozen.

Truly Living Well actually has 2 locations in metro Atlanta. This one downtown and another located in East Point.  We’ve never visited that one but I hope to soon.

Remember my post about the Double Value Coupon Program sponsored by Wholesome Wave Georgia? Well they’re a partner market. How cool is that? If you receive SNAP benefits aka Food Stamps, you get double your money!

Tips for visiting this market:

  1. Visit their website prior to going. You can check out everything from their hours of operation and special events to what’s in season.

2. Mix and mingle while you’re there.  Don’t just go get your produce and leave! Instead, ask questions, learn and become a part of the community. During our first trip in 2014 we met Tawhiyda who worked the Friday market as a volunteer.  Can you believe that when we returned a whole year later she remembered us AND knew Camden’s name?! Now she’s the market manager, congrats Tawhiyda!  Sorry for my tangent but building relationships is so important to me.

3. If you visit during the summer or fall beware of mosquitoes!! They bit Camden all over. He was a champ and didn’t act bothered but be prepared…you have been warned lol!

4. Consider joining their Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA) where members can hand-select their food which is usually harvested the day of the market.

5. Pay it forward and tell others about your awesome experience!

When you visit please post pictures and tag me using the hashtag #TheFreshMom!

Thanks in advance 🙂


 

 

#FarmersMarketFriday: Double up at the farmers’ market

September 11, 2015

Final farmers' market !

As if shopping at the farmers’ market isn’t already exciting enough… Now you can double up on all of your fresh goodies thanks to some thoughtful people over at Wholesome Wave Georgia.

Ever heard of their Double Value Coupon Program?

It’s really simple. If you receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits aka Food Stamps you are able to go to any of Wholesome Wave’s partner farmers’ markets and for each $1 that you spend you receive $2 worth of food. Just like that! No gimmicks, additional coupons, or applications required.

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On top of that, the farmers who supplied the food also get an extra $1! This program is SO COOL to me. But since we don’t receive SNAP benefits I’ve made it my mission to spread the word to those who do. If we did get them I would definitely take advantage of it. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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(Photo courtesy of http://www.wholesomewavegeorgia.org)

Here’s a list of all of the participating markets. Be sure to read the list carefully. I’ve actually made the mistake of directing someone to a popular market here in Atlanta and they were not a participants in the program.

A little more about the program according to the website…

  • WWG boasts a high success rate, with 91% of program participants claiming an increase in consumption of fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables.
  • Since 2009, they’ve helped over 31,000 families and put $1.4 million back into local food economies.
  • In 2014 alone, WWG doubled $170,000 in state and federal nutrition benefits spent at partner markets across the state, resulting in $340,000 worth of good food for those with limited access and $340,000 in business for local farmers and food producers.

Just like Wholesome Wave, I believe all Georgians should have access to fresh, healthy, local food.  Don’t you? Please pay it forward and share this information with someone else. 

In my next few #FarmersMarketFriday posts I’ll share details of my visits to some of the markets mentioned in the list above.

Have a fruitful weekend!!


#HealthyTipTuesday: Don’t Wash Your Chicken!!

September 1, 2015

So I know many will read this and ask, “But how am I supposed to clean it?” The answer is simple…. Just COOK it!

Maybe I’m a little naive on this subject but I have never, ever, not once, washed chicken! I just never thought it was necessary.

Take a quick look at this picture below.

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Here’s the animated version…

(Both pictures are courtesy of Created by New Mexico State University’s Media Productions and its Learning Games Lab: http://mediaproductions.nmsu.edu / http://learninggameslab.org/ )

Yep, when you wash chicken you run the risk of contaminating so many things (the sink, other food, the counter, etc).

Still think it’s a good idea??

Here are some direct resources where you can get more information on the topic…

-Even the USDA (the organization that’s supposed to do what’s best for the common good) doesn’t recommend it.

-Drexel University created a whole “Don’t Wash Your Chicken” study and campaign about it. They even made mini skits and cooking demos for your enjoyment. Check them out!

I always buy boneless, skinless chicken that’s usually pre-cut so I don’t have to worry about handling it as much.  Thankfully my family isn’t picky and they eat whatever I cook, which oftentimes means lots of chicken breasts and thighs.

Trust me, once you skip this “does more harm than good” step, you’ll find that your clean up time will be shorter, your dinner will be ready sooner, and if you have a not so patient toddler like me, that is a HUGE deal! AND most importantly, the entire process is safer.

I promise it’ll taste the same too! 🙂

So glad you’ll think of me the next time you cook chicken lol!


Juicing 101

August 26, 2015

Although juicing is becoming more popular by the day, there are still many people who are not aware of its benefits and practical use.

We were introduced to juicing about a year & a half ago by my mother in law.  At the time she told us that she juiced occasionally and suggested that we try it.  My response was, “Sure, I’m down. That sounds cool!” But in my head I was saying, “Now where am I going to get a juicer and don’t they cost a lot?”

About a month or so later my husband I and were scrolling through Netflix and came across the film “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.”  Though we weren’t fat or sick and certainly not nearly dead, we were still intrigued by the overall premise of the film. Check the trailer out here and watch the full movie on Netflix. I’d let you borrow our password but we’ve already maxed out our additional profiles 😉 It’s only $7.99/month though!

Fast forward a couple of months and December 25th, 2013 was the day that our lives changed for the better! Under the tree sat my brand new juicer, courtesy of my parents in law.  I know you’re thinking, who wants a juicer for Christmas but this was ALL that I wanted and had no idea that I would be getting it so soon.

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We were so excited about juicing that we did it EVERY single day! We would just get up a little earlier to prepare everything.  But now that we have 2 children, that’s not really the case anymore.

Back to my excitement…  I was REALLY excited about juicing lol!! I actually went to a discount store, saw juicers, and bought another one then gave our first one to my mom.

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This is our current one. Yep, it’s like the one from the Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead film but honestly, it’s no better than our first.  They all get the job done!  The Hamilton Beach one was actually easier because you could insert a plastic bag to catch the scraps and dispose of them easily.

Here are a few of my favorite resources for my 1st time juicers out there!

  1. All About Juicing – This site tells you everything about juicing… from the benefits of juicing, to which juicer to buy, and even tons of yummy recipes.
  2. Jay Kordich – I usually ignore all of the sales ads and get right to the good stuff.  Jay and his wife, Linda are juice enthusiasts who have been at it for years. I would head straight to the blog part of their website.
  3. Joe Cross/RebootWithJoe – This is Joe, the creator of the movie Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead.  He has an official reboot plan but I love his “A-Z, Fruits & Veggies” list.

Remember, juicing can be so simple! Here are 3 easy steps that I recommend following:

  1. Choose your recipe. We often experiment with different ingredients but if it’s your first time, you’ll probably feel more comfortable using a recipe. Check these out!
  2. Wash them. – This is a good article that explains how to wash your fruits & veggies.
  3. Juice them.
  4. Enjoy! – Sometimes we juice daily and other times we juice enough to last a whole week. It’s up to you!
  5. Into composting? You can save the  leftover scraps and add them to your compost.

I think that’s enough for now! Happy Juicing!!

 

 


 

#HealthyTipTuesday:  Using A Water Filter

August 11, 2015

I haven’t always used a water filter but since I’ve been married and have a family of my own, I’ve really been committed to living a healthier life.  Here are 10 reasons why you should join me, courtesy of: AllAboutWater.org

10 Benefits of Using a Water Filter
  1. Water filters provide better tasting and better smelling drinking water by removing chlorine and bacterial contaminants.
  2. Point-of-use water filters remove lead from drinking water immediately prior to consumption, thus preventing this harmful substance from entering the body.
  3. The purchase of a countertop filter results in a source of clean, healthy water that costs much less than bottled water.
  4. Water filters greatly reduce the risk of rectal cancer, colon cancer, and bladder cancer by removing chlorine and chlorine byproducts from drinking water.
  5. A solid block carbon water filter can selectively remove dangerous contaminants from drinking water while retaining healthy mineral deposits that balance the pH of drinking water.
  6. Drinking clean, filtered water protects the body from disease and leads to overall greater health.
  7. A water filter provides clean, healthy water for cooking, as well as drinking, at the convenience of tap water.
  8. Water filters reduce the risk of gastrointestinal disease by more than 33 percent by removing cryptosporidium and giardia from drinking water.
  9. Drinking pure water is especially important for children. Water filters provide the healthiest water for children’s developing immune systems.
  10. Water filters offer the last line of defense between the body and the over 2100 known toxins that may be present in drinking water.

We use this one made by PUR which is super simple. You just attach it to the sink faucet and voila, fresh(er) water lol. There’s even an indicator light that let’s you know when to change the filter.

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My mom recently told me about “reverse osmosis” and aside from the price tag, I’m interested.  I just came across this cool article from Wellness Mama comparing different water filtration methods. Check it out!

I highly encourage you to purchase a filter and begin using it consistently! Here ya go, I’ve even started the process for you…. Click here to continue your journey to a healthier life.

 


 

Recalls 

June 12, 2015

You can view these and a list of other recalls by visiting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s website here. It is very important to READ the details of the recall, i.e, the date, hazard, & specific product info. to see if your items were affected!

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Important note: Please visit the FDA’s website for the exact press release with recall info here. This is an older recall but you may have missed it and have a box sitting in your pantry.

Recall date: March 17, 2015

Manufacturer: Kraft Foods Group

Product’s name: Original flavor of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Boxed Dinners, “Best when Used By” dates of September 18, 2015 through October 12, 2015 with “C2” directly below the date.

  • 7.25 oz. box, Original flavor
  • 3-pack box of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 4-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor
  • 5-pack shrink-wrap of those 7.25 oz. boxes, Original flavor

Hazard: There is a possibility that some boxes may contain small pieces of metal.

Remedy: Return to the store for a full refund or contact Kraft Foods Consumer Relations at 1-800-816-9432 between 9am-6pm (Eastern) for a full refund.

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Important note: Please visit the FDA’s website for the exact press release with recall info here. This is an older recall but you may have missed it and have a bag sitting in your freezer.

Recall date: April 23, 2015

Manufacturer: Inventure Foods, Inc.

Product’s name: Fresh Frozen Vegetables

Hazard: They found Listeria monocytogenes in its Jefferson, GA facility. Listeria is an organism that can cause infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

To date, there are no known illnesses linked to consumption of Fresh Frozen IQF frozen vegetables or Jamba “At Home” smoothies. However, Inventure Foods has decided to err on the side of utmost caution and issue a voluntary recall because Listeria monocytogenes was identified within the facility.

Remedy: Return the package to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

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See the official, FDA recall notice here.

Recall date: June 10, 2015

Manufacturer: Walgreen Co.

Product’s name: Nice! Powdered Sugar Mini Donuts

Hazard: Consumer complaints alleged that mold was observed on some products.

Remedy: Return the product to any Walgreens store for a full refund.

 

 


 

#FlashbackFriday: Strawberry Pickin’, Southern Belle Farm

May 15, 2015

FBF- Strawberries

Wow! Time sure does fly by! Last year we were only a family of 3; Camden was just over 1 and barely walking. After hearing about Southern Belle Farm from a friend, I eagerly asked Austin if he would join us for a visit. He gave me that sideways look and said, “Do we have to go?”

I already envisioned his response and could actually finish his sentences if I wanted to. Of course he came up with alternate activities followed by the series of other questions and comments listed below…

 -It’s so hot outside! Do we have to go?!

-Camden can barely walk so that means I’ll have to carry him. Do we have to go?!

-Don’t we have strawberries in the fridge already? Or better yet, let’s go to the air-conditioned store and buy as many as you’d like. So, Do. We. Have. To. Go. ?!

You gotta love our relationship. You see, he’s the ying to my yang or better yet, the ‘no’ to my ‘yes’ lol. Guess who won that battle though? ME and I have the pictures to prove it! 🙂

On to the details of the farm…

Southern Belle Farm is located approx. 40 minutes south of Atlanta in McDonough, Georgia. Everything from their hours of operation to the cost of a bucket of strawberries is listed on their website.  Check it out here!

Here’s some quick advice before you go:

-Wear shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

-Be prepared to bend down as the berries are close to the ground.

-Take tons of pictures, after-all you want to have memories of moments like this, especially if you had to bribe your husband to go with you.

IMPORTANT NOTE– The berries aren’t organic and that was a pretty big let down for me. This year, I’ll be searching for an organic farm.

Do you all know of any in Georgia?

Have fun!!

 

 

Meet Jim

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Meet Jim. The man whose life flashes right before his very eyes, unhealthy habits and all. The choices you teach your child today become the habits they take into their adulthood.

Courtesy of: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Strong4Life

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