10 Ways To Use Apple Cider Vinegar

For centuries, vinegar has been claimed to help with many different health problems. In 400 B.C, Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, used it for its amazing qualities. His words “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” still stands today. One of the most popular kind in the health world however is apple cider vinegar (ACV). It’s claimed to have all sorts of health benefits anywhere from healing a cut to the common cold.

The only brand of ACV our family keeps in the house is Bragg’s.

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Their vinegar is organic, unfiltered, and contains “mother”. Mother is practically another way of saying a friendly bacteria that gives it a cloudy appearance. Bragg also has a variety of organic ACV drinks that come in flavors like limeade and ginger spice.

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Food Friday: Air Popped Popcorn

I love snacks! Who doesn’t? But we need to make sure that our snacks are good for us. I used to be in love with the snack that were bad for me. But I learned there were better ones out there that not only were healthier, but also delicious!

This Food Friday, I want to share with you one of my favorite snacks, air popped popcorn. Mmmm! My mouth waters just telling you about it! 

Whether you’re enjoying a movie or just craving a good snack, this popcorn is for you. You can enjoy a nice bowl with only 31 calories a serving! Not only that, but it also has 1.2 grams of fiber and high levels of antioxidants. Research shows, when prepared properly (keep that word in mind), popcorn can contain a higher level of antioxidant substances than some fruits out there!

Air popping is one of the best ways to make popcorn compared to other ways of making it. Prepackaged microwavable ones out there are loaded with tons of bad things. Heck, a Pop-Secret popcorn has 4.5 grams of trans fat in four cups popped! A chemical coating known as perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is usually lined in the bags. This chemical is known to last in the body for a long time. So keep in mind next time you’re craving something crunchy, make yourself a nice big bowl of healthy air popped popcorn.

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MY FAVORITE WAY TO ENJOY AIR POP:

INGREDIENTS:

  • An organic popcorn seed of your choice (I prefer Arrowhead Mills)
  • Melted coconut oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Pepper
  1. Pop your seeds
  2. Melt your coconut oil
  3. Pour melted oil and apple cider vinegar on top of your prepared popcorn
  4. Season with salt and pepper

Voila! You’ve got an amazing healthy and tasty snack!

 

Why Eat Organic? This Study Shows A Good Reason

It’s no secret that organic beats conventional practice when it comes to the environment. But what about when it comes to our bodies? An amazing Swedish experiment really gives us something to think about. In the first week  of a 21-day experiment, a family of five ate their standard diet of conventional foods. Then urine samples were taken by each of the family members, where analysts found a large number of pesticides and fungicides. The family was then placed on organic food for the remaining two weeks. Samples were taken again, and dramatic results were seen. Very little proof of pesticides were visible in their follow-up samples! Pesticide levels in the family dropped in ways that could be observed even after one day, according to the research.

Click here to view the video!

 

WHY YOU SHOULD EAT ORGANIC TOO:

When you by organic food, it means there are no harmful chemicals sprayed unto the crop that produced the food. There are 600 chemical used on our crops, many of which are approved before dietary testing. In fact, reports show that 90% of the chemicals we put on our food have not been tested for any long-term effects on our health. And only 1% of food is tested by the FDA for pesticide residue. Not only do we avoid the bad stuff, but organic food tastes better. Previous research also shows us that organic produce has more nutrients in it than conventionally grown produce.

 

TAKE HOME MESSAGE:

Just look for this seal on a product, if you see it on the front or back it’s approved organic.

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I know not everyone can afford to eat all organic, but there are many stores that are carrying healthy, organic options at a cheap price. For instance, Aldi’s carries a line of certified products for a very reasonable price. The more we demand for organic food, the more are voices are heard.

Happy eating!

 

 

 

Toss Out The Trans Fats!

One of the worst types of fats that you can eat are trans fats. People now are agreeing that these are of an unhealthy nature. However, consumption of these are still too high, which can have various effects on our health! That’s why today I want to talk about these fats and why you need to avoid them.

A trans fat may make a product last longer on the shelf, but it makes it more hazardous to your heart! Its manufactured form, known as partially hydrogenated oil, is found in a variety of products today. Some of these include:

  • Baked goods. Most of the cookies, cakes, and pre-prepared pie crusts on the market are loaded with trans fats. Many of those ready-made frostings out there need to be avoided, as they’re a hard-hitter when it comes to this!
  • Foods That Are Fried. Any food that requires a deep fryer in general will usually contain trans fats. Many french fries, fried chicken, and doughnuts at fast food restaurants are cooked in hydrogenated oils. That’s why it’s so important to choose the proper oil if frying is necessary.
  • Snack Foods. Watch out! Some potato and tortilla chips out there are fried in those pesky trans fats too.
  • Refrigerated Dough Products. Those containers of biscuit dough and cinnamon rolls will often contain trans fats. As do some pizza crusts out there too.

 

THE UNFORTUNATE LOOP-HOLE WITH TRANS FATS:

Sadly, the FDA has a gap in the trans fat issue. If a product has less than half a gram per serving, the nutrition label can still round it down to zero. Now less than half a gram doesn’t sound like a large number, but even 0.49 grams is bad for our health!

So how do we know if it has trans fat even with this loop-hole?

When you check for these fats on a label, check out the ingredients for partially hydrogenated oils as well. This indicates that the food still has trans fat even if it’s less than half a gram.

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Food Friday

[UPDATE: I’m trying to make this blog mostly food, so you may begin to see that food will be posted more often.]

Today is Food Friday! Every friday, I will be posting a favorite food, snack, or product that I like. Today’s food is kale. I LOVE KALE!

Out of all the leafy greens out there, kale tops them all! It can be considered one of the most nutritious plant foods on the planet. Those beautiful, dark green leaves are packed with all sorts of compounds, some having medicinal powers. But before I get down to all the benefits of eating it, let’s get an explanation of what kale is…

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Kale is a member of the Brassica, or cabbage family. It’s related to the cruciferous vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. There are many varieties of kale out there. Some of the most popular ones are curly, dinosaur (or Lacinato), and ornamental.

 

NUTRITION OF KALE:

Just one cup of raw kale is LOADED with vitamins. Only that much has the following:

  • Vitamin A: 133% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 134% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 684% RDA

It has 3 grams of protein and is only 33 calories! Many important minerals are also found in kale, these include calcium, potassium, and magnesium.

 

A DELICIOUS WAY TO USE KALE:

I would also like to share with you one of my favorite go-to snacks: Kale chips. My family and I make these all the time. Once you taste one, you really can’t stop!

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Ingredients:

  • One bunch of kale
  • One tablespoon oil
  • One teaspoon seasoning of your choice

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Remove leaves from thick stem and tear into bite-size pieces.
  3. Wash and dry kale thoroughly.
  4. Drizzle kale with the healthy oil of your choice
  5. Sprinkle with your choice of seasoning
  6. Bake until edges are brown but not burnt, this takes 10-15 minutes.

And now, eat and enjoy!