Pick-Me Ups: Morning Foods

Posted by on Apr 10, 2012 in Meal Tips | Comments Off on Pick-Me Ups: Morning Foods

Pick-Me Ups: Morning Foods

There are plenty of reasons out there as to why it is difficult to wake up. Maybe you did not get to bed until late the night before, you could be overcoming some illness, or maybe you have a bad hangover. Any of these can make waking up a very difficult thing to do. Here are some foods and such that can take a little bit of the sting out of the morning melancholy.

Ginger is a bitter root that is a very powerful antioxidant. You have probably had it with sushi or as a tea. When ingested in large quantities, it can be quite shocking to the senses. It is very good at helping your digestive system and keeps everything down there functioning properly. It helps you to minimize acid reflux or heart burn in your system. Make sure that when you have this, you are consuming it in either tea form or mixed with other foods because it is not as effective on an empty stomach.

Honey also contains many antioxidants that are good for you and help you to wake up and function properly. Some people in Poland use honey mixed with pickle juice as a hangover remedy. While it may sound a bit distasteful, they swear by it. If that is not quite up your alley, just a few spoonfuls of the golden nectar should be enough to give you a healing kick.

The prickly pear cactus has also been revered as a wake-up food. It reduces nausea, fixes dry mouth, and restores appetites. It is an extract that can be taken in supplement form or you can purchase the fruit in a local asian market and cook it up in some recipes or just drinking the extract.

Eggs are especially good for hangovers. They contain an amino acid called cysteine, which aids in the body’s detoxification after consuming alcohol. Specifically, cysteine targets acetaldehyde which is the product of the oxidation of ethanol which is a part of alcohol. Acetaldehyde is what causes you to have that headache and casino loss of appetite. Once you wake up and knock down a cup of ginger tea, scramble yourself an egg or two and you are well on your way to feeling better.

Pho is a type of Vietnamese noodle that is served in beef broth. Typically, the soup consists of beef, tripe, onions, and bean sprouts. It is a very warm dish and is just the thing to fill you up. It is a wonderful meal when you are feeling sick or out of sorts. If your stomach is a bit upset, this is also the perfect meal for you. You can add lime juice or some sweet Hoison sauce to make it fit your taste. This is better than a bowl of chicken noodle soup and is healthier and more filling as well.

If a meal does not quite sound like what you want, then go for a small can of tomato juice. There is some salt in there that makes it a bit bold, but it also has so many nutrients in it that you cannot help but feel better after drinking it.

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Surprising Uses for Lemon Peels

Posted by on Mar 15, 2012 in Meal Tips | Comments Off on Surprising Uses for Lemon Peels

Surprising Uses for Lemon Peels

There are plenty of uses for common household items that you probably never knew about. Did you know that the best way to remove soap scum is to scrape it with an old credit card? The best way to make your entire bathroom shine is to use a mixture of vinegar and water? Also, did you know that lemon peels are incredibly useful around the house? Here are just a few obscure, but helpful uses for lemon peels in your everyday cleaning.

They clean up the grease like nothing else. If you have grease on your counters, then just spread a little bit of salt over it and take half of a juiced lemon and then rub it on that area. When you are done all you have to do is wipe it up with a paper or cloth towel and you are done. It also takes care of grease in the microwave. Put some lemon rinds in a bowl and fill it halfway with water. Leave it in there while you run the microwave on high for about five minutes. This causes the water to boil and then the steam and acid from the lemons takes care of the grease. When you are done, carefully remove the bowl (it is HOT), and then take a towel and wipe the microwave out.

Lemons are good for polishing various metals around the home. If you have some chrome, for example it would be on faucets or other such surfaces, then you just rub with half of a squeezed lemon. Make sure you get all the nooks and crannies where minerals deposit themselves. Then rinse it off and buff with a fabric towel or cloth. This same method works when you are polishing a stainless steel sink, it takes care of all those nasty spots on it as well.

Believe it or not, lemon works as a beauty product as well as just a helpful home cleaner. If you have age spots, then the lemon peel can help to diminish them. Simply place the peel on the spot and leave it on for an hour. When you are done, rinse off the spot and repeat as often as you like. Be careful because the lemon can cause your skin to dry out and flake. What causes the age spot to get lighter is the acid within the peel, it works as a sort of bleach. It also is a great skin tonic for your face, if you rub it on your face and then rinse off.

More uses for lemon peels can be found here.

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Weekly Shopping Trip

Posted by on Jan 18, 2012 in Meal Tips | Comments Off on Weekly Shopping Trip

Here is my dinner meal plan for the week, and the groceries I needed to buy to make them. I will post the recipes when we make the meals. I was pretty well stocked up on ingredients before I went to the store this week, so I didn’t need to buy a lot.

Dinner Plan:

  • Veggie Topped Pasta
  • Lettuce Wraps w/Raw Thai Nut Sauce from Raw Melissa
  • Whole Grain Waffles w/Green Smoothies
  • Black Bean Salad in Lettuce Wraps
  • Quinoa Chili w/Whole Grain Corn Bread
  • Leftovers
  • Dinner @ Sisters House

 Shopping List

  • Onion (1-2)
  • Mushrooms (16oz)
  • Zucchini (1-2)
  • Sweet red bell pepper (1)
  • Cilantro (1)
  • Oranges (8-10)
  • Broccoli (1-2)
  • Strawberries (1-3lbs)
  • Tomato sauce (8oz)
  • Water chestnuts (1 – 8oz)
  • Whole milk (for Kefir)
  • Olives (3)
  • Eggs

 

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Successfully Feeding Your Family!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2012 in Meal Tips | 1 comment

Successfully Feeding Your Family!

One of the things that has been a huge help to successfully feeding my family has been implementing a weekly meal plan. Having a weekly meal plan can eliminate a lot of the stress of cooking dinner each night. Planning your meals ahead of time means you won’t have to scrounge around at the last minute when you are starving and too tired to cook! Before I implemented a weekly meal plan it seemed like I was scrounging around for ideas everyday and didn’t know what to make. After I began the meal plan I had a planning session once a week and went to the grocery store once a week to minimize the headache.  Meal plans can also save on grocery bills – check what you have in your fridge and as you make your meal plan make a list of the things you’ll need for the week, so when you go to the store you’re only buying items that will be used for the meals you know you are going to make. Here is a simple meal plan that you could implement easily:

 

 

A weekly meal plan can help keep food on the table and keep you sane!

Sample Weekly Meal Plan

 

Some tips when preparing your weekly meal plan:

-Plan your meals the same day each week. You could plan them out on Saturday and get your grocery shopping done over the weekend and be ready for the week to start!

-Rotate some of your favorite meals into your plan. Keep a list of easy favorites that can be repeated–this will be very helpful as you are doing your planning.  Some families like to do “Taco Tuesday” each week or a big pasta dinner on Sundays.

-It can be fun to have one or two recipes a week that are new and exciting – check out Food Like That recipes or you can check out Pinterest or flip through your favorite cookbooks!

-Leave a night open for leftovers! Or you can plan to eat them for lunch. Just make sure that you plan for it so it doesn’t go to waste.

-Have a backup meal available. If you were planning on leftovers but you ate all the food the backup can keep you from scrambling. Or if your family just doesn’t feel in the mood for a specific meal they can choose to have the backup. But they can’t be too picky because they only have one backup!

-For busy days or nights you’ll be getting home late consider crockpot meals. It can be so wonderful to walk in the door after a long day to a delicious smelling meal that’s ready to eat!

-As you plan out your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for the week make your grocery list on your meal plan itself. Keep in mind the ingredients you’re using and see if there can be or needs to be any overlap. Or if you are making two things that need cooked chicken consider making a large batch of cooked chicken the first night and saving half for the next time it’s needed.

 

Planning out your meals for the week will simplify meal times and relieve some of the stress of cooking!

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