Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs

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Individuals who have medical conditions are often required to be on special diets. These diets help them to manage symptoms from digestive problems, kidney problems, blood sugar fluctuations and other issues. However, sometimes being on a special diet can mean you don’t get all the nutrients you need to keep you healthy. Your physician may recommend a number of other measures to make sure you’re getting the vitamins and minerals required for overall good health. Here are a few options for ensuring good nutrition when you are on a special diet. Continue reading “Have A Special Diet? 4 Ways To Ensure Your Body Is Getting What It Needs”

4 Ways To Add Flavor To Your Food Without The Extra Sugar

You can eat enjoy exquisite cuisine without sacrificing health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should limit added sugars to no more than 10% of daily calories. To meet this limit, add these four ideas to your culinary arsenal now.

Fill Up On Fruit

So many people do not realize raw and cooked fruits can deliver an incredible amount of sweetness to the tongue. However, fruit is the ideal substitute for sugar in cooking. To add creaminess while reducing sugar, trade applesauce for butter in many desserts. Top cold and hot cereals with raisins, berries and bananas for a punch of sweetness. Ban store-bought drinks and invest in a juicer or smoothie blender, to combine greens and vegetables with oranges and pineapples as an alternative juicy beverage.
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The Secret Life of Grease

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How many of you pour grease down the drain?  Guilty!!

After grease travels down the drain, it is washed into the plumbing system. The grease sticks to the insides of the sewer causing build up. Eww!

Eventually, it can block the entire piping causing

  • Raw Sewage overflow into your home, yard, or street
  • Expensive clean-up
  • Potential contact with disease-causing organisms

I usually try to dump a little.  However, a little builds up too!

Leftover Grease – What do we do with it?!

DO

  • Use an old container to pour excess grease in.
  • Scrape food scraps from plates in the trash can for disposal.

DO NOT

  • Pour grease/oil or any food scraps down drains.
  • Use HOT water to rinse grease off of any cookware or surfaces.

I always thought cold water was best for rinsing cookware with grease.  Now that I have been doing it all wrong for 20 years, I will be using hot water from now on.  EEK! 

Remove Harmful Ingredients from Your Cosmetics

Do you ever wonder how to make your life habits healthier? You probably do, since we are constantly exposed to many harmful substances contained in almost everything including our food, our drinks, the air, and even in our cosmetics. In order to help you reduce the negative impact of such ingredients, we will draw your attention to some of them and give you some useful advice on how to live healthy.

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How to do Your Winter Beauty Detox in 5 Steps

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Winter holidays are truly magical and we all enjoy ourselves during this festive break. Still, with so many parties, heavy eating and lounging around, your health and skin are bound to suffer. Therefore, once the holidays are over, it’s the perfect time to start thinking about your winter detox.

If you used to follow a specific regimen for healthy lifestyle before the holidays, this won’t come as something too troublesome for you. On the other hand, if you neglected your health and appearance a lot longer, then it’s time for some healthy New Year’s resolutions!

If you’re curious on how to detox properly but simply and effectively, keep on reading.

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Summer Dinner Party Menu Ideas

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Summer is the best time to have a festive gathering for family and friends. Here are some great ideas you may want to include on your menu. These items are quick and easy to make for your summer dinner party. They don’t require a lot of cook time and your guests will really enjoy them!

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How to Stop Stress Eating

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So here is the usual scenario: you are at work and it is the middle of the afternoon. You have 32 work e-mails waiting to be answered and you have a report due on your manager’s desk in less than an hour. So, what is the first thing you are going to do? Well, if you are like most people in this situation, you will most likely head to the breakroom and grab a donut or potato chips from the vending machine in order to relieve some of that stress. We are probably all guilty of stress eating at some point in our lives but there are things you can do when the urge strikes.

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The Best Ways to Store Fresh Food

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Did you know the average family throws out nearly 15% of their fresh food in one year?  That is a lot of waste! I always feel guilty throwing out food.  Especially produce that wasn’t cheap or bought with coupons!  Here are a few of the best ways to store fresh food in your home.

Store your vegetables like onions, carrots, and potatoes in a cellar or basement.  This will keep these vegetables cool and dry, away from direct sunlight.  When you store them in the fridge, they will spoil a lot faster.  If you do not have a cellar or basement, try storing your vegetables in brown paper bags.  If using the bag storage, you may want to consider keeping them separated by kind.

A vacuum sealer is great option for storing fresh foods.  This is a small investment but worth it. Vacuum-sealed foods can stay fresh for months longer than other stored foods.  Also, you can vacuum seal foods and keep them in the freezer for later use.

Storing cheese can be another mystery.  Try wrapping the cheese in wax paper before storing it in the fridge. This will allow the cheese to breathe but will keep out any excess moisture.

Do you use fresh herbs?  Always store your fresh herbs in water. Try keeping parsley, basil, and cilantro in a glass filled with approximately one inch of water in the cabinet.   Place your non-leafy herbs like rosemary, thyme, and sage in a damp paper towel and store in a reusable plastic bag in the fridge.

By using these seven ideas for storing fresh food longer, you can save money, keep food out of your trashcan and in the stomachs of those you love.