Who doesn't want beautiful, smooth, glowing skin? Oh the time and money that goes into making it beautiful from the outside with lotions, potions, elixirs and make-up?! I know I used to do that and then some. And guess what I have found? The more I pay attention to my diet, the better my skin looks. I've traded lotions, potions, serums, scrubs and facials for a plant based, nutrient packed diet. Those lotions and potions can only reach the outermost layers of our skin. Whole food nutrition nurtures glowing skin from the inside out. Nourishing food nourishes our skin. Toxic, chemical laden, high fat, processed food damages our skin.
So how do you dice an avocado? I suppose exactly how you cut it or slice it depends upon how you plan to use the avocado. For me, the majority of the time I want cubes of avocado. I also typically use only half at a time then save the rest. Avocado is a rich fruit - 85% of it's calories come from fat - the healthy kind of fat though. It's also loaded with fiber, vitamin K, B vitamins, potassium and much more. Avocado is unique in what it adds to various dishes. So let's get on with how to cut, dice and store an avocado. This will be a pictorial so get ready for lots of pics. Here's what I do:
Here are some fun ways to serve it up...
Frankly until this year, I was never much of a watermelon fan. I much preferred cantaloupe if I were going to eat melon. Well! That has all changed. I've eaten more watermelon in the past few weeks than I have eaten in my entire life. And not only is it the most tasty, juicy, perfect summer time treat, it's an excellent source of nutrition too! (You knew I had to say that, right? ;) )
Below I have a few pictures of ways I've been playing around with watermelon - making good food fun. It might be something you want to try especially if you have young kids or if you are preparing food for guests.
It's Summer time so Bring on the Watermelon please!!
This was a simple, fun project - a Pinterest project success. I'm sorry but I do not have the original pin to share. I just recall seeing something about using nail polish to paint keys to differentiate one from another. It's as simple as that.
This was done by a 5 year old so I do have some tidbits to share with you if you plan to make this a project for your child(ren). Most nail polish is not water soluble like so many craft items for kids. This may seem like an obvious point but with the chaos of the day, juggling more things than I should, I failed to remember that point or maybe I just didn't think about the things that could go wrong with craft project using nail polish. Now you are imagining the worse, right? :) Don't write off this project! It can be done. In my case my table and my floor could be clean using a little nail polish remover - there were little dots of nail polish everywhere. Just be sure to cover the table (work surface), maybe the floor and have your child wear a smock or old clothing that you don't mind staining. (We lost a shirt in the project but again, that was because of poor planning and lack of "imagining the worst" on my part.) And if you are an adult wanting to do this, maybe you don't have to worry about all the disaster prep. Just grab some nail polish colors and start decorating! A little creativity is good for the soul and a great stress relief.
At my house though, it was a kids craft. My daughter decorated two keys. She enjoyed the project and I have enjoyed the results. She got to use her creativity and I get to see her handiwork every time I use my key. The nail polish is holding up well. No chips at all. A Pinterest project success! :)
This was very good. (It was my dinner last night.) I just had to share. I found the original recipe on Pinterest. I'll include the pin below. However, I changed it up a bit. I wanted to make a single serving and I also needed to modify based upon the ingredients I had on hand. I do that a lot - basically just using a recipe as a guide. I tried to capture what I was doing though so I could share with you. These quantities are estimated. I've included another picture so you can see the ratios in the bowl before mixing. I'm planning to make this again and will try to get actual measurements. That being said, I don't think it matters that much that it be precise.
Here's basically what I did:
Just like eating well any other time, it just takes a little planning.Nope. Didn't actually travel to Moose Jaw. ;)
I think of you often - those of you reading these posts. It's interesting having a blog - seeing your life through the lens of a camera in a way. As I view my life through this "lens" I'm looking for snippets that might be helpful to you in some way.
I did some traveling recently with quite a bit of time driving - for a few days in a row. There was also a night at a hotel. Personally, I follow a plant based diet which means I eat primarily plants, grains, nuts and seeds - pretty much in that order. I avoid dairy(pretty much 100% of the time). I even avoid added oils. It's pretty far from the typical American diet for sure. Practically speaking, I know I will not be able to eat while traveling the way that I eat at home - none of us do really. Most of the time, it's a time to "throw the diet out the window" and indulge with abandon especially if it's vacation. I believe in treats. I believe in enjoying your food, having variety, etc. so don't think of me as a "party pooper" when it comes to food. I enjoy eating and enjoy treats as much as the next person. I've just found (over time) healthier options. There are all kinds of options to eat well (treats included) and enjoy your food WHILE eating healthfully and when you do, you actually FEEL BETTER. You'll find a few options on this blog and I'll keep adding as time goes by. Now on to the specific topic at hand: Eating Well while Traveling or On the Go....
So what sort of luck do you have with all the cool looking Pinterest projects??
So far, some of the things I have tried that I found on Pinterest have turned out ok and some things have been a disaster. This birdfeeder project wasn't too bad - not really. As usual, things always sound pretty easy and simple - until you are actually doing them. Although in this case, I think it was my improvisation that was the biggest issue. I'm including the original pin below so you can link to the instructions there. The biggest change that I made that wasn't such a great choice was to use twigs for the perches instead of wooden spoons. I wanted to use things we already had on hand. Granted I had some wooden spoons but none that I wanted to give to the birds. I actually use my wooden spoons! Sooo.... we went looking for branches - twigs really. We found a few that looked like they would work pretty well.
I posted on Facebook that the secret to a Healthy diet is a well stocked kitchen. That is so true. Another secret to successful healthy eating in today's super busy, fast paced, on the go lifestyle is to have food ready to eat.
I've found vinegar to be the best option. Typically the direction is to add a cup of vinegar to a sink full of water. I liked the idea but felt I should clean my sink before soaking my produce in it. I am not the best nor the worst of house keepers, however, almost 100% of our food is prepared at home. That means my sink is used quite a lot already and definitely not always sparkling clean. <sigh> But I found a solution.
My friend Shelly at Plantiful Wellness created this. You can whip it up in a jiffy then add it to all kinds of savory dishes. Easy Peasy. Tastes great! And it gets better!! This stuff is actually nutritious!! Nutritional yeast is a source of B vitamins, protein, amino acids and fiber. If you want to read more, here's a link to an article on Mind, Body Green, "5 Reasons Why I'm Obsessed with Nutritional Yeast". You can find nutritional yeast in health food stores in the bulk section or in a jar. Amazon also offers it - Red Star, which is a great brand.
The other key ingredient is walnuts, another nutritional powerhouse. I especially love them for the ever sought after Omega-3 fatty acids. Here's a link with loads of information on the benefits of Walnuts from World's Healthiest Foods, a great resource for nutritional information on food.
Here's the recipe:
Why yes! Yes you can!!
I first saw something about growing from kitchen scraps on Pinterest. I decided I had nothing to lose in trying it out.
So as I neared the end of a package of celery purchased at my local grocery store, I trimmed the base a bit and put it into a small vase. I watched as new leaves started to sprout out and grow. Based upon what I was seeing in the vase, it seemed to be working. How cool is this?!
The celery is the short one to the left in the picture (taken May 3rd). On the right is green onion - also part of the experiment. I'll tell you about that a bit at the end. For now it's all about the celery. ;)
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