Looking for the Perfect Water Bottle? Look No Further.

I drink a lot of water, so it is important for me to have a water bottle that I love. Over the past several years I’ve been through a few different models, only to be disappointed with one aspect or another. I just couldn’t find one that “ticked all the boxes.” I wanted a bottle that was attractive, non-toxic, didn’t affect the water’s taste, and was easy to keep clean all while being convenient to carry and drink from. Well my friends, after all of my searching, I’ve finally found it.

I present to you the Takeya 22 ounce glass water bottle.

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Get the Most Out of Your Food Dollars: Make Stock!

*Update: While this is still a fine method for making stock, I’ve discovered a new method that I prefer: the slow cooker. It’s much easier and practically foolproof.  If you have a slow cooker, click here for more info on that version

One of the biggest complaints about eating healthy, whole foods is the cost. And while fresh produce and organic meats can be expensive, you can make your money stretch a little farther by making stock from food scraps. Now, that might not sound too appealing, but, calm down, I’m not talking about boiling down the leftovers on your plate. I’m talking about using those odds and ends that we pay for but throw in the trash or compost every day such as carrot and celery ends, mushroom stems, the woody pieces of asparagus, fennel fronds, onions peels, and the leftover carcass from a whole chicken. These little bits are full of flavor and nutrition and can be used to make a great vegetable or chicken stock that can be frozen and then thawed to use in recipes or in place of water to cook brown rice, couscous, and quinoa. Continue reading

Cracking the Code on Food Labels and Packaging

Knowing how to read your food packaging and what all of those terms and phrases really mean can make all the difference when trying to make healthy choices at the grocery store. No one wants to think they’re making the best choice, only to be duped by a clever marketing scheme. Ideally, a large portion of your food shouldn’t have any labels because you’re choosing lots of whole fruits and vegetables, but there are still many healthy choices that require you to be a savvy label reader.

In the Ingredients List

1. Whole Wheat flour (or “whole” followed by the name of any other grain)

This indicates that the whole grain was used, preserving it’s healthy benefits.

2. Wheat Flour

This is another name for white flour. White flour is made from wheat, it is just a much more refined (less healthful) version.

3. Enriched Wheat Flour

Simply another name for white flour. “Enriched” (which all white flour is, by law) refers to the fact that several nutrients have been added to the flour. Essentially, they remove most of the grain’s nutritional value to leave behind starch, and then throw some vitamins back in for good measure which are no substitute for all of the health benefits contained in the original whole grain. Continue reading

Salmon Panzanella with Grilled Corn on the Cob

Some people look forward to summer for the sunshine and days by the pool. Me, I’m all about the produce! There is nothing better than chopping up a red, juicy tomato and throwing it into a salad after so many fall, winter, and spring months without one. Heck, I love them so much, I could eat one all by itself. This dinner highlights tomatoes and cucumber, two of those veggies that just scream summer, along with corn on the cob, and another summer favorite, grilling!

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