Friday, December 7, 2018

Simple Boost to Your Immune System with Foods!




Why not take advantage of foods to boost your immunity!

Cayenne Pepper - add in salads, lunches and dinners. Great for gut health and metabolism. 

Cinnamon – also helps control blood sugar levels. Is now available in supplement form, or you can get the good ole’ fashion cinnamon from the store.

Raw or dried Ginger - also helps reduce nausea and with digestive health. Use your vegetable grader to add some to salads or meals.

Garlic - known as nature's natural antibiotic. Add in it your meals, add parsley with it to avoid garlic breath!



Simple is better sometimes.
Always Organically Yours!

Ren 







Sunday, December 2, 2018

Cognitive Training Techniques

You can program yourself to eat better! It actually works, I have done it myself and you should give it a try.

Associate professor of psychiatry and psychology Hedy Kober, and senior author of a study published the week of Nov. 12 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, you can read a piece of it here.


Like it has been proven with exercise, the simple act of watching workout videos stimulates one to workout. Reading about healthier food options or about how poor quality foods can cause problems with the body and weight can also move you in the direction of better eating.

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

This free technique is one worth trying, especially if your already there watching you tube videos or food channel shows. Forget the baking shows, switch to the healthy lifestyle shows.

Organically Yours,
Ren



Friday, November 23, 2018

Candy Pudding - Fun with Nature's Candy




A delicious treat I like to think of as candy anyway, it is actually a pudding, a candy pudding let's say. Remember when you were little, feeling happy and getting candy treats? The smell of the freshly twisted taffy? Makes my mouth water! This is why I came up with Candy Pudding. This sugary treat is perfect to wash the mood blues away when not on your diet.

Start with: 

2 peeled frozen bananas, a cup frozen blueberries, 3 tbs lucuma, 1 tbs honey, 1 pinch of sea salt, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup of freeze dried strawberries, 1/2 cup of freeze dried blueberries  and 1 handful goji berries.

Blend all your ingredients except strawberries, blueberries and gojis in the blender using as little water as possible. You can start off with 1/3 to 1/4 cup.  Try to keep it a pudding texture, once you achieve that pour your mix into a bowl. Grind together the blueberries and strawberries to use as a sprinkle for the top and garnish with goji berries!

Enjoy!

Ren






Saturday, November 17, 2018

Should We Make Afternoon Siestas Mandatory?

Since our bodies have a natural rhythm (set clock) that tends to make us sleepy around 2 or 3 in the afternoon, maybe we should have mandatory siestas. Some cultures enjoy a daily siesta, and people find that they're more productive and better able to concentrate if they take time off after lunch and come back later to work.

Photo by Lauren Kay on Unsplash

Keep in mind we know more about the moon then we do about sleep, but we are learning more each year about sleep patterns and what the newest research shows is a short afternoon nap may be great for your health, whereas longer ones may prevent us from healthy sleeping patterns at night.

Your body’s natural circadian rhythm pattern, (circa means about and diem means a day) which is about 24 hours moves about 100 times per day and it regulates everything in your body including your temperature. Your temperature will decrease about 2 degrees Fahrenheit throughout the day to prepare you to sleep at night. If we nap too long, our body will start to decrease on its nightly cycle in the middle of the day which means at night we will not be able to rest deeply because it has already been in a rested place in the middle of the day.

Energy Boosting Tips!
So knowing it is natural to be a little sleepy in the afternoon, if you're feeling extra sluggish, you may want to ask yourself these personal lifestyle questions:

• Did I eat breakfast?

• What did I eat for breakfast? (Was it healthy or sugary and
  processed food with some caffeine?)

• Did I eat a healthy lunch?

• Have I had enough exercise this week?

• Am I bored with what I am doing all day?

• Did I drink enough water today?

Enjoy Your Siesta!

• Taking short power naps midday for 8-20 minutes in duration.

• We are all different, so find out a good length of time for your siesta, maybe 10 minutes, maybe 12, test it out and see.

• Make it ritual so your body has a good understanding of it’s daily routine.

• Use your Siesta as a recovery period, instead of long deep sleeping that you should save for nighttime.

I am getting sleepy now, so I am off to my own personal 10 minute siesta!

My Best,
Ren





Saturday, November 10, 2018

Green Flooring!


www.ecofriendlyflooring.com
Super option to avoid toxicity in your home when remodeling!

A few items they sell now:

Bamboo Flooring
Cork Flooring
Linoleum Flooring
Reclaimed & Sustainable Wood Flooring
Recycled Metal Tile
Recycled Glass Tile
Recycled Clay & Cement Tile
Recycled Rubber Tile
Stone Tile & Mosiacs
Recycled Metal Sinks

Organically Yours,
Ren 


Friday, November 2, 2018

Chocolate Fondue for Mom

Make Mom some Chocolate Fondue


Wash and Prepare Dipping foods

Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Red Apple
Fresh Green Apple
Fresh Bananas
1/4 cup Large Cashews
1/4 cup Brazil Nuts



Two Options for Chocolate Sauce

Option One

Real Chocolate-Light sauce
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup raw sugar
2 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 cup skim (or rice) evaporated milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preparation Whisk together cocoa, raw sugar, and white sugar a in a medium-sized bowl.

Slowly pour in rice milk or skim milk to make a paste.


Mix and remove lumps. Transfer saucepan and bring to a low boil over low heat, keep stirring this mixture. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Transfer chocolate sauce to fondue pot. 


Place pot over candle or canned heat burner.
Load up your fondue fork with bite sized fruit pieces for dipping into sauce.

Use some of the dip to add nuts to and dip fruit by hand into nut mixture. 


Option 2
1/2 C of water
A pinch of ground cinnamon

1/2 Tsp of vanilla extract
2 Tbls of evaporated cane juice
1/4 Cup of agave syrup
6 Tbls of unsweetened raw cocoa powder or carob powder
1 ripe avocado 

Raw Chocolate Sauce Preparation
Mix up this mixture until smooth.

Enjoy a RAW fruit fondue!

Organically Yours,
Ren


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Safer Way to Light Your Pumpkin!

It is the easiest way I have learned so far! 

Light a long stick of dried spaghetti and carefully move it into the lantern. This keeps fingers safe from matches and lighters.

Organically Yours!
Ren

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

I love FOLLOW YOUR HEART Restaurant and Market

My favorite restaurant in Canoga Park California
"Follow Your Heart".

From their web site:
Follow Your Heart: From our Market & Restaurant to your Table

In 1970, four friends got together and created the Follow Your Heart® Market and Restaurant in Canoga Park, California. From these small quarters, we served vegetarian soups, sandwiches, and salads to a growing vegetarian community. Eventually, the ever-increasing need for new vegetarian products led us to put our energy and ingenuity into creating our own line of all natural foods.


While Follow Your Heart® is still alive and well, today we produce our branded products, such as VEGENAISE® and VEGAN GOURMET® CHEESE ALTERNATIVES and FOLLOW YOUR HEART® SALAD DRESSINGS, in our state-of-the-art, SOLAR-POWERED manufacturing facility called EARTH ISLAND®. Our deliciously natural, 100% solar-powered products represent our commitment to demonstrate leadership in the ethical, social, and environmental responsibilities of operating a business.

We are and always have been driven by passion and by a love of what we do. We hope you will find that reflected in the quality of the products we produce, and that you will enjoy them as much as we enjoy providing them.

We enjoy the restaurant as well, the most delicious vegetarian meals!


I love the energy of this place. I love their custom made product Vegenaise.

What is Vegenaise?
Vegenaise ® is a mayonnaise alternative. The Federal Standard of Identity specifies that mayonnaise must contain eggs. Vegenaise ® is egg free. Therefore, it comes under the FDA category of Dressing and Sandwich Spread. Nevertheless, in taste tests, consumers and food experts consistently identify Vegenaise ® as tasting more like real mayonnaise than other products, including many containing eggs.

Visit them to check out their online store at www.FollowYourHeart.com.

Organically Yours,
REN




Carrot Salad LA Style!

Carrot Salad, LA Style

Ingredients: 
6 cups grated carrots
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries

Dressing:
1/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/3 cup nonfat organic yogurt
1/3 cup nonfat organic sour cream


How to Do It:

In a large bowl add the carrots and raisins, mix well.
Pour the dressing over the carrot mixture, and toss to mix it up. 
Cover the salad and chill for several hours or overnight before serving. 


This Carrot Salad will serve 6-7 people!


Organically Yours!
Ren

Simple No Bake Cookies

2 Cups of raw brown sugar

1/2 Cup of NON Milk

1 Stick of Butter

2 Tbs or more of cocoa powder

1/2 Cup of almond butter

1 Tsp of vanilla extract

3 Cups of quick cook oats

In a medium saucepan stir sugar, milk, butter, cocoa powder and 1/2 tsp of salt. Bring mixture to a boil; cook 1 minute more. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in almond butter, vanilla extract and oats. using tsp. measure, drop mixture onto wax paper-lined sheet pan. Let sit 20 minutes or until solid. Drizzle with store-bought decorator's icing before serving, if desired.
Happy No Baking,
Ren





Kitchen Tips for Your Organic Space!

I hope you enjoy these Kitchen Tips!

Challenge: Spices are not so spicy anymore?
Solution: Use a cast iron skillet with no oil and quickly heat spices up over low heat.



Challenge: Veggies go brown around edges when pre-cut.
Solution: Place pre-cut veggies in a glass jar with lid, cover with just enough water and squirt some lemon or lime over the mixture. The water and lemon or lime juice creates acidulated water and will help to avoid the brown edge issue.

Challenge: Knives getting dull.
Solution: Never put them in the dishwasher. Wash immediately after use and do not leave in the sink. Get a rock sharpener and sharpen knives once a quarter.

Challenge: Slippery Cutting Board.
Solution: Before use, put a damp towel underneath.

Challenge: You hate your germ filled kitchen sponge!
Solution: Use recycled paper towels. Sponges are so 90's!

Challenge: Wasting too much food.
Solution: Start to take inventory every Sunday and Wednesday. It takes less than 5 minutes to check what you have, what you need and what needs to be placed in the freezer for next week!

Challenge: Stressy Messy!
Solution: End each day with a clean, empty kitchen sink. Run the dishwasher before you go to bed and unload it first thing in the morning, or wash the dishes and leave to dry overnight.


Challenge: Food spilled on bottom of oven.
Solution: Sprinkle a handful of salt on the mess. The smoke will be reduced and the spill easier to clean after the oven cools. You can add some cinnamon to the salt to help reduce odors.

Challenge: Messy Microwave.
Solution: Mix together 2 Tbsp of lemon juice or vinegar and 2 cups of water in a glass microwave safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH for two to three minutes. VERY Carefully remove the bowl and wipe the microwave with recycled paper towels. Repeat as necessary. If you have burned something in the microwave, once you complete the cleaning process, microwave a dash of lavender essential oil in a bowl of water for 1 minute. This will remove the smell from the oven and your space!

Challenge: Stinky Garbage Disposal.
Solution: Chop up a lemon or lime and run it through the garbage disposal every few days for a clean fresh smell. You can also sprinkle a couple of tablespoons of baking soda down the drain, drop in two ice cubes and turn it on. Then run the hot water for a few minutes while the disposal is working.

Challenge: Coffee Maker is in need of a good cleaning.

Solution: Clean every few weeks by filling the water reservoir with equal parts white vinegar and water and putting it through the brew cycle. Then use clean fresh water and repeat the brew cycle to rinse the machine. Repeat with fresh water two more times.

Challenge: Lime and mineral deposits on the sink area.
Solution: Wrap vinegar-soaked paper towels around faucets for about an hour. This breaks down the mineral scale, and the chrome will be clean and shiny after buffing with a dry paper towel.

Organically Yours,
Ren



Is it Time to Check the Pantry Expiration Dates?

Keeping a healthy well stocked pantry is important for you and your family.

Here are some healthy guidelines and as always check your expiration dates!

Honey/Syrup goods
Unopened 1 year Opened 1 year.

Mayonnaise
Unopened 1 year 
Opened 2-3 Months in refrigerator.

Flour
Unopened 6-12 Months 
Opened 6-8 Months.

Canned Products, low acid such as beans
Unopened 2-5 years, check expiration date 

Opened 2-4 days in the fridge, do not store in can. Do not purchase dented cans or the product could rust on the inside.

Canned Products, high acid such as tomatoes
Unopened 18 Months, check expiration date.
Opened 2-4 days in the fridge, do not store in can. 
Do not purchase dented cans or the product could rust on the inside.



If you can are starting to can your own food make sure to write your own expiration dates and canned dates on the jars!

Enjoy,
Ren

Here is Mom’s Recipe for Canning Those Beautiful Gems! Beets

Canning allows you to enjoy these gems six months out. I grew up watching my mum can lots of food in Niagara Falls Canada. Out of many fruits and vegetables to choose from beets has always been one of my favorite!

How to Do It:
Take your beets, cut off stem, scrub with brush and don’t remove the skin.


Boil until you can stick a fork through them. These are really hot, so be careful when you take them from the stove, let them cool a little bit then run them under cool water and the skin will fall off in your hand.


Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Once Cooked:
Take beets and slice into rounds.
Put into sterilized canning jars.
On the stove add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of sugar (use organic brown sugar as a replacement for white sugar) and 1 cup of vinegar and cook until the sugar is dissolved. 


This makes two cups of liquid or one jar of beets. You will pour this into the can with the beets.  

You can add a few whole cloves to each jar which enhances the flavor, just delicious. If you are doing 10 jars, you must times the above by 10.

Once sealed you can store these gems up to 6 months.
When you open the ring on the canning jar, it has to pop when you open it. It if does not pop, don’t eat them! It means you did not seal them right.

Enjoy!
Ren