Monday, February 28, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Happy Wednesday! It's nice to be back posting on Wednesday. I don't know what happened last week, but I'm here now. I'm excited to share with you some natural remedies today. You might be saying to your self, "why would I talk about natural remedies on my healthy food should taste good blog?" Well, I'll tell you. I've said before that knowledge is power, so on Wednesday I talk about stuff that can help you to be healthier. These natural remedies all have to do with things you have in your kitchen or spices and flowers that are grown on the earth. So it really does have to do with food.
In the home I grew up in there were lots of natural home remedies. For example, if we had a stomach ache my mom would take 8oz of warm water, add a cap full of apple cider vinegar, and a spoonful of honey. You might think that sounds gross, but actually it's not gross at all when you're not feeling good. And it really does work. I also give it to my kids when they have upset stomachs. My husband, who didn't know about vinegar and honey until after we were married, is a bigger believer than I am. He'll make some up and drink it when one of our kids are sick so he won't get sick, and most of the time he doesn't get sick. Now that I'm older I know more about why that works. When your Ph is out of balance it can cause stomach pain. Apple Cider Vinegar can balance the acid in your stomach, your Ph, making it easier to digest your food.
Another thing we always had was Thick'n Milk. It's basically a roue with a little milk, so it's really thick. Then you pour it on a plate and top with cinnamon and sugar. I always loved eating that when I was sick and I couldn't keep anything down. Cinnamon is very soothing on the stomach.
Now that I am older and have kids of my own, I've done even more research on natural cures. I love essential oils and what they can do for the common cold, flu, and other little things like ear aches (I'll talk more about essential oils another Wednesday). The reason I've decided on this topic today is an article I came across entitled, "Natural remedies for the 15 most common aches, pains, and health complains". I love that this article talks a little bit about vinegar for your stomach so you don't think I made it up on my own. :] Also it talks a little bit about things that essential oils can do. For example, using peppermint or lavender oil for headaches. It really does work! I do it all the time. Or using peppermint for when you are nauseous. I used that a lot when I was pregnant. Something I wanted to add to their list of things to do if you have heart burn or acid reflux is to eat raisins and bananas to help calm down the burning. There were some things in the article that I had never heard of before. Did you know that Cayenne pepper can stop bleeding and sooth the pain? I didn't know that. The next time I cut myself cooking, I'm going to try it. I would suggest reading the article. I recommend clicking here and reading the entire article for yourself, you might find it interesting. Here's to a Happy Healthier you!
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Preheat oven to 425* F. in a large non stick skillet cook sweet peppers, onion, and garlic in butter for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are crisp-tender. Stir in cumin and chili powder, cook and stir for one minute more. Stir in parsley. Set aside. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over half of 1 side of each tortilla. Top with pepper onion mixture. Fold tortilla in half over peppers, pressing slightly. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Place tortillas on a large baking sheet. Brush tortillas with a little butter. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Then turn off oven and turn on broil on high for 2 minutes, this makes them nice and crispy. Cut each quesadilla into 4 wedges. Serve warm. Dip in salsa and sour cream, and enjoy!!
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Monday, February 14, 2011
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Two weeks ago I talked about a program that can help you, a little, to know what vitamins/supplements you should be taking. So when I came across this article I thought you might find it interesting. It lists the 5 most popular supplements and or vitamins that people are taking. The first thing to start the list surprised me, it was Fish oil. I thought for sure it would be a multi vitamin, but that came in second. Fish oil is important because it has the omegas that are essential for your body. I was really glad to see that Vitamin D came in third, and then Calcium was right behind it in fourth. Both of those are extremely important. To find out more about vitamin D, I talked about it on a previous Wisdom Wednesday, click here. You can click here to see the whole article on the most popular supplements. I hope that you are looking at the food that you are eating and the vitamins/supplements you are or are not taking. It is important for our health to be getting the essentials. And on that note, here's to a Happier Healthier all around you!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Heart Shaped Whole Wheat Pancakes
Monday, February 7, 2011
If you do slightly over bake them the candy cane will start to melt out to the side. You can take a tooth pick and along the edge push the melted part back.
Friday, February 4, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Double Chocolate-Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Today I want to talk about Grocery Shopping. What we bring home from the store is what we are going to eat when we are home. So I'm going to ask you a question, "What is in your shopping cart?" Do you bring home healthy food or do you bring home more snack foods? Here are some tips that I've learned over the past few years on how to do your grocery shopping so you are bringing home more healthy foods.
First, and most important, is never good to go to the store hungry. I'm sure you've heard of that one before. I think I remember my mother telling me this one. But it is true. When you are hungry your blood sugar is low so your body wants to raise those levels quickly. That is bad because then you will think more about sweets rather than fruits or vegetables or something better for your body. Eat before you go grocery shopping.
Second, have a list prepared. If you sit down and plan out your menu for the week, writing down a list of ingredients you need, you'll be more likely to buy what you need and not the snacks and sweets you don't need. Well that's if you stick to that list.
Third, avoid the inner isles. When you go into most grocery stores, at least here in the US, you'll find most of the healthy things such as the deli and produce sections on the outsides of the isles. Go straight for the produce section and fill your shopping cart up there first. Then go get your bread and meats. Then if you have to go down an isle, only go down where you need to get the items on your list. If you go up and down each isle you are more likely to buy things you don't need and more treats.
Fourth, when possible go to the grocery store alone. If you have children leave them home. Again I say when possible. I have three small children, so I don't get to do this all of the time. But it really is so much easier when you are on your own. You don't have to say no or give in to them when they want a treat. If you go with a friend or your spouse they can also put things into your cart that might not be on your list. My husband is usually the one to buy the unhealthy chips and snacks in our family. So I try and do most of the shopping. :]
Fifth, read the ingredients listed on the things you are buying. You should know what is being put in the food you are eating. So read the labels! If there are things on the label you can not pronounce it probably is not good for you.
Sixth, be careful when going into some health food stores. Just because it is considered a "health food store" does not mean that everything in the store is healthy. I've been in these health food stores before and I couldn't believe some of the things they were selling and saying they were healthy. Just be aware and again read the labels.
If you have other tips I would love to hear them. Happier Healthier Eating and Grocery Shopping!