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7 Everyday Superfoods You Can Afford

What are superfoods?  Superfoods are foods that pack a powerful nutritional punch.  They are great because you can obtain many vitamins and minerals straight from these foods that you may be otherwise lacking in your diet.  Some superfoods that come to mind are acai, goji berries, and cacao.  Unfortunately, these are also a little more pricey and can be hard to find.  Don’t worry though; you can find superfoods in every day foods!  Here are some of my favorite ‘normal’ superfoods: 1. Kale, collard greens, Swiss Chard.  Greens are packed with nutrients and vitamins B and C.  They also contain chlorophyll which helps cleanse your blood.  Greens are also high in vegetable protein and can help detoxify your body.  Learn how to cook greens or how to make a green smoothie to incorporate more greens in your diet. 2. Almonds.  Almonds are full of vitamin E, healthy fats, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.  Soaking almonds for 6 hours and then dehydrating them is the best for digestion, as the soaking helps neutralize phytic acid.  Phytic acid is an […]

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Gluten Free Recipes on a Budget

About four months ago, I decided to go gluten free to see if it would help with my fertility problems.  I’ve learned quite a few things while being gluten free.  For one, it’s a lot more complicated than eating a the Standard American Diet (SAD).  Secondly, it can be a lot more expensive!  I’ve found quite a few ways to be gluten free on a budget, and I am hoping that my tips can help someone else who already is (or has been thinking about becoming) gluten free.  I am sure that the longer I’m gluten free, the easier it will become.  With that said, here are some tips for being gluten free on a budget. 1. Cook from scratch.  So many prepackaged foods contain weird things like gluten, soy, and corn.  I try to avoid all three of those things, and you’d be amazed at the weird things that corn is in (those little packets at the bottom of the meat package- those contain corn!).  Cooking from scratch will not only ensure that you aren’t eating any gluten, but […]

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How to Make Apple Cider Vinegar

I’ve always wondered how to make apple cider vinegar, and this weekend I thought I’d give it a try.  I actually made pineapple vinegar instead of apple cider because I had pineapple scraps.  You can use fruit scraps to make fruit scrap vinegar, and apple cider vinegar is just another fruit scrap vinegar. Apple Cider Vinegar Health Benefits Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, and is great for making salad dressings, using in a bath for detoxification, and even cleaning.  Apple cider vinegar has been often called a wonder drug, and contains vitamins and minerals essential to good health.  Losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and even healing headaches have been some of apple cider vinegar’s benefits.  Personally, I take it when I feel a cold coming on because I think it helps ward off the bad germs. When you make your own apple cider vinegar, you control what goes in it, and you know you are getting the real deal.  When I purchase apple cider vinegar, I buy the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar because it contains all the goodness […]

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Meal Plan Monday

This is the first time I am attempting meal planning.  I’ve never planned a menu before, and I think that is a large part of why I feel so unorganized at times.  Most of the time, when I come home from work I have no idea what I am going to eat for dinner.  Because it’s just me eating dinner 80% of the time, it’s easy for me to just grab a bowl of cereal or make a smoothie or something just as easy.  I’m lazy when it comes to cooking, partly because I hate cooking when I don’t have the ingredients, and I hate shopping for a million different things. I’ve decided that my first week of meal planning I will keep simple and make dishes that don’t require many different ingredients.  The simpler the meal, the better.  I’m sticking to whole foods and gluten free foods as well.  Now, if I decide I want to have Wednesday’s meal on Tuesday, or Friday’s meal on Monday, that’s okay.  I’m not going to be that picky!  That will stress me […]

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How to Save Money on Groceries- Go Veg*n

You are probably thinking to yourself: “What does veg*n stand for?!” Veg*n is a term used to identify vegetarians or vegans. Being a vegetarian or vegan can not only be good for your wallet, but it is also awesome for the environment. You see, animals consume a lot of food and release a lot of um, gases. When you cut back on your meat consumption you help reduce your carbon footprint. photo credit: Violette79 Another great point to reducing your meat intake is that you are freeing up food and resources for people. This is the logic- farmers grow corn or wheat to feed the animals. The animals not only eat that food that takes weeks to grow, but they are also drinking water and using land that could be used to grow other vegetables and crops to feed people. If we just ate more whole foods instead of meat, we would eliminate the resources to feed the animals and care for them. I know that many people couldn’t go 100% vegetarian, and that’s fine. As long as you cut […]

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Why Organics Suck

I’m kind of pissed off about the state of food in our country.  The FDA allows so much crap in our food that it’s ridiculous.  It’s near impossible to find food that doesn’t contain corn or soy.  Seriously.  Read your labels and you’ll find high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, and dyes.  I think it’s ridiculous that there even has to be organic and conventional foods.  I think all food should be farmed organically.  Why should someone have to choose between organic lettuce and lettuce that has been sprayed with pesticides because they can’t afford the extra money for organics? One of my biggest pet peeves with purchasing food is to see “natural flavors” on labels.  What the heck is “natural flavors”?  MSG (monosodium glutamate) can be considered a “natural flavor” and is something that is an excitotxin , which is dangerous to your health.  Why can’t the company just say what it is instead of calling it natural flavors? I understand why organic food costs more.  It takes more time, energy, and effort to produce food organically.  Without the […]

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