Honest Tea – Just a tad sweet and honest to goodness it’s good!

This is a tea I always grab before I leave my local health food store.

Hey! I deserve it!

I have concurred my grocery list.

I’m ready for a refreshingly good beverage to sip on as I make my journey home.

To all the ladies and gentlemen that grocery shop you know it’s not always easy! haha…

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Today I grabbed the Mango White Tea.

Why it’s good –

USDA ORGANIC

Fair Trade Tea & Sugar

No GMO

Never tried Honest Tea? Read how they brew their tea and sweeten it! And next time you want some honest to goodness good tea try it!

Why you Should Be Drinking Lemon Water Every Morning and How

1.    Improves Digestion

Lemon juice has a similar structure to your stomach’s juices and helps to loosen and flush out toxins from the digestive tract. Lemon juice can help ease indigestion, heartburn, and bloating. It also helps to move your bowels in the morning, hydrates your colon, stimulate bile production, and infuses water in your stool.

2.    Boost Immune System.

Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C, which helps strengthen the immunes system and fights cold and flu. But not only vitamin C is important for a good working immune system, iron is another important nutrient, and lemons improve the ability to absorb more iron from the food you eat.

3.    Hydrates Your Body

It is important to stay hydrated. Especially during the summer months. Plain water is best, but many people find this boring and are not drinking enough of it. That’s where lemon comes into play to make things more interesting. So feel free to not only start your day with lemon water, but drink as many glasses as you wish during the day to stay hydrated.

4.    Boost Energy

Lemon water gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood right at the start of your day.

5.    Promote Healthy And Rejuvenated Skin

Lemons are a rich sources of antioxidants that prevent free radical damage. These free radicals are responsible for pre-mature aging of your skin. Vitamin C helps to maintain your skin’s elasticity to prevent the formation of wrinkles and decrease blemishes.

6.    Reduce Inflammation

Lemons have the ability to remove uric acid from your joints. Uric acid built-ups are one of the major causes of inflammation.

7.    Weight Loss Aid

Although lemon water on its own is no weight loss miracle, it can definitely help you to achieve faster and long term results. Lemons assist in fighting hunger cravings, boost metabolism, and give you a stuffed feeling, making it less likely to snack in between meals.

8.    Alkalize Your Body

Although lemons have a sour taste, they are one of the most alkalizing food sources on Earth. Too much acids can cause inflammation, obesity, and major diseases like cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. Click here to learn more about the importance of alkalizing your body.

9.    Cleansing Properties

Lemons help your entire body to flush out more toxins to prevent built-ups and damage to your cells, tissues, and organs. It stimulates your liver to produce more enzymes and work more efficiently. Lemon juice works as a diuretic to keep your urinary tract toxin-free and can also change the pH levels which discourage bacterial growth. This is very helpful for people who often suffer from UTI (urinary tract infection). And like mentioned before, lemons loosen and flush out waste from your digestive tract and cleanse your colon.

10.Antibacterial and Antiviral Properties

Lemons have antibacterial and antiviral properties. They help fight the flu, cold, and soothe a sore throat. Although people who drink their daily lemon water every day are less likely to get these in the first place.

11.Reduce Mucus And Phlegm

Lemon water helps to reduce mucus and phlegm formation. People who drink cow’s milk are often more sensitive for mucus production. So starting your day with lemon water can definitely help to lessen mucus if you’re not ready to go dairy-free.

12.Freshen Breath

Lemons freshen your breath and fight mouth bacteria. Although lemons are great for your overall oral health, avoid drinking or using it undiluted. The citric acid can erode tooth enamel, so don’t brush your teeth with it, but have a glass of lemon water instead.

13.Boost Brain Power

The high levels of potassium and magnesium show beneficial effects on our brain and nerve health. Lemon water can give you the boost you need to fight depression and stress. It creates mental clarity and more focus, making it a great drink for students or people with busy and stressful jobs.

14.Anti-cancer

Lemon’s antioxidants not only protect your skin from ageing, but also reduce the risk of several types of cancer. They are great in neutralizing acids as well. Cancer loves to grow in an acidic environment. Alkalizing your body may stop cancer cells to grow and may reduce the risk of getting cancer in the first place.

15.Get Of Caffeine

Many people are able to get off caffeine by replacing their morning coffee by lukewarm lemon water. It gives a similar energy boost to wake your body and boost energy as one cup of coffee would.

 

How To Make Lemon Water

Making lemon water is super simple. It takes less than 5 minutes of your precious morning time. Just squeeze half a lemon in lukewarm water. If you weigh more than 150 pounds, use a whole lemon.

Why use lukewarm (or room temperature) instead of cold or hot water to make this healing morning drink? Well, hot or cold water takes more energy to process, so your first glass in the morning should be lukewarm or at room temperature to slowly wake your body and kick start digestion.

If you love the taste feel free to add more lemon water to your diet during the rest of the day, cold or hot. It adds up to your daily water need, is less boring than plain water, and adds tons of benefits for body and mind.

 

Source: http://blogs.naturalnews.com/15-reasons-drinking-lemon-water-every-morning/

Trader Joe’s Organic Colorful Carrots – Plus a simple and tasty recipe!

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Fun Facts on Carrots

  • Rabbits love to eat carrots but they shouldn’t eat too much.
    Remember that a rabbit eating a single carrot is like us eating over 20!  They like the sweetness and carrots are good for their teeth and don’t have white sugar but even too too many natural sugars will cause digestive problems and diabetes. They probably would do better with the carrot tops.  We would benefit from the tops also but probably won’t eat them!
  • Carrots are the second most popular type of vegetable after potatoes.
  • The biggest carrot recorded is more than 19 pounds and the longest is over 19 feet!
    You can see them here:  biggest carrot – but they aren’t particularly pretty!
  • There are over 100 species of carrots.
    Some are big. Some are small and they come in a variety of colors including: orange, purple, white, yellow, and red.
  • English women in the 1600’s often wore carrot leaves in their hats in place of flowers or feathers.
  • The name “carrot” comes from the Greek word “karoton.”
    The beta-carotene that is found in carrots was actually named for the carrot itself!
  • The average American eats about 12 pounds of carrots a year.
    That’s only one cup per week.  We could easily triple that with great benefits if we were also eating a variety of other vegetables.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-benefits-of-carrots.html#ixzz3Snajo5QK

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Carrots are delicious raw and cooked!

Check out this yummy simple recipe – Alice Waters’ Colorful Carrots with Butter and Honey

 

 

BUYING HEALTHY AT COSTCO Part 3 – Gluten Free Crackers: Everything Non GMO

Gluten Free Crackers: Everything Non GMO from Costco

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I love Milton products and for years I bought the Milton bread at Costco. When I spotted these crackers I knew I had to try them. They are tasty and after reading the product highlights it makes them even more yummy!

Product Highlights:

+ Certified Gluten-Free
+ Non GMO Project Verified
+ No High Fructose Corn Syrup
+ Orthodox Union Kosher
+ rBST Free
+ Xanthan Gum Free
+ Peanut and Nut Free
+ Certified Vegetarian
+ No Trans Fat
+ Baked, Not Fried

These puppies can go fast in our house so buying in bulk at Costco helps. The kiddos and I love these for a healthy snack just the way they are or if you want to get fancy you can add some cheese or dip. And for those looking for Gluten free these are amazing!!! We love Gluten free snacks that taste this good! 😉

 

Happy Gluten Free!

 

Sunburst Foods order and product review

Our first order with Sunburst Foods  was a little over a year ago and we’ve order several times since. Or first order with them we tried their one pound of organic raw carob powder and one pound of organic dried chia seeds.  If the Sunburst foods slogan “Superfoods Bursting with Life” isn’t enough to peek your interest,  all the amazing products they carry will. They have an awesome variety and their website has categories like –  Superfood powers, super greens, super blends, sprout powders, super juices, nut butters, super meals, energy bars, super vitamins, seeds and berries, cacao and protein. Now tell me after reading a menu like that one, you don’t want to  buy and try every super food they offer!

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Their website is super easy to navigate and they state on their site that they strive to offer organic, raw, non-GMO, and vegan Superfoods, dried at low temperatures, to supply you with a bounty of vitamins, enzymes, and nutrients for super health. They are dedicated to finding the highest quality Superfoods available.

They give a very detailed and complete description of all products such as the Botanical Name, Other names the superfood might go by, Possible Benefits, Country of Origin, Storage Instructions etc. They even list quick highlights of the products like:

Product Highlights

  • Organic
  • Raw
  • Vegan
  • 100% pure
  • Gluten-free
  • Non-GMO
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in protein
  • High in Omega-3’s
  • High in fiber

As you can tell I was highly impressed with their website and it’s details.

Another super cool thing is they offer  organic, raw, 100% pure, non-GMO, and vegan Superfoods that are dried at low temperatures and lab-tested. You can read more on their quality assurance here.

Ordering was a breeze, their prices are good and I like being able to order in bulk if needed. The shipping isn’t a make it or break it deal for me but they do offer FREE SHIPPING ON ORDERS OVER $99 All other orders only $5.99. So that was a plus.

My orders always arrive quickly and the product is fresh and I am always pleased.

Since our first order we have tried several of their products such as – Organic Raw Cracked-Cell Chlorella Powder, Organic Raw Extra Large Goji Berries and more!

*WE WERE GIVEN NOTHING FROM SUNBURST SUPERFOODS FOR THIS REVIEW. We have continued to purchase from this company because they have delivered amazing superfoods and our experience has been flawless.

Trader Joe’s orders a recall on: Potential Undeclared Allergen – Soy – in Pita Breads

I love me some good pita bread but beware of this recent recall if you have purchased some from Trader Joes.

Posted on the Trader Joes Website:

To Our Valued Customers:

Since our February 1, 2015 communication, our Pita Bread Supplier has expanded the lots and codes involved to include the items in bold below.

We have been alerted by our Pita Bread supplier for our Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington D.C. stores that there is a possibility the following Trader Joe’s products, with the specified code dates, may contain trace amounts of soy, which is not listed in the ingredient panel:

8 oz Pita Bread (SKU 14634) – sell by FEB 05
10 oz Pita Bread (SKU14614) – sell by FEB 05 and FEB06
8 oz Apocryphal 100% Whole Wheat Pita (SKU 14632) – sell by FEB 05
10 oz Apocryphal 100% Whole Wheat Pita (SKU 14633) – sell by FEB 05
Organic Pita Pocket Bread 100% Whole Wheat (SKU 72119) – sell by FEB 03
Pocketful of Fiber Pita Bread (SKU 94509) – ALL sell by codes
Mini Pitas 
(SKU 19385) – sell by FEB 05
Whole Wheat Mini Pitas (SKU 63713) – sell by FEB 05
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People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to soy may run the risk of allergic reaction if they consume these products.

No adverse reactions have been reported to date.

As a precaution, all affected codes of these products have been removed from sale. If you purchased these products, please feel free to return them to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time].

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Super Bowl 2015 Healthy Party Snack Alternatives

Some GMO free ideas from

for your Superbowl Party.

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Share your favorites!

Capri Sun Alternative

Full Circle Foods brings us Organic Wild Cherry Juice Drink. To be honest it reminds me a lot of a Capri Sun with similar packaging.

Remember those pouch drinks you would grab on that hot summer day.

Open the fridge grab it and go!

Right back out the door to meet with your friends to play outside until the sun went down.

Or maybe your mom packed these pouch drinks in your school lunch or they were in a cooler on your road trips.

Back then my parents didn’t know what they were giving us could be so bad and then was there even such a thing as “High fructose corn syrup” in Capri Suns?

Why I searched out a alternative to Capri Sun drinks for my kids:

CapriSun

They contain 0% Fruit Juice.

They have High Fructose Corn Syrup and sucralose (Splenda brand) for sweetener.

So next time the kiddos ask “Mom can we get Capri Sun juice?” grab these at your local health food store or if your grocery store has a health section you are bound to find these.

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Full Circle Foods Organic Wild Cherry Juice Drink

USDA Organic

Contains 10% Juice

Sweetened with Organic Cane Sugar and Organic Pear Juice

 

Don’t get me wrong my kids love water and it’s the best thing for all of us. These drinks are purchased as a treat and they do not drink them daily.

 

FYI:

*Full Circle Foods has not compensated us for this post. We did not get anything free. We purchase these drinks on our own and our kids love them for a healthy alternative to Capri Sun, Sunny D or any of those other drinks with nasty ingredients.

Tell Dean Foods We Want Better Butter: No More GMO Dairy!

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Dean Foods. You might not have heard their name, but as one of the largest processors and direct distributors of dairy products in the U.S., you just might have bought one of their products before. Land O’Lakes, Garelick Farms, Alta Dena, Country Fresh, Berkeley Farms, Mayfield Dairy – all brands owned by Dean Foods.

The other thing that all of these brands have in common? GMOs. 

While not genetically modified themselves, dairy products are not immune to the insidious impacts of GMOs.  Cows living on industrialized farms, or concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs), are fed almost entirely GMO crops like corn, soy, alfalfa, cotton seed, and/or sugar beets.  In fact, 98% of GM soy and 49% of GM corn goes to feeding livestock and poultry.

Animals, like humans, are deeply impacted by the quality of their diets. A recent study showed that pigs fed an entirely GMO diet suffered from severe stomach inflammation when compared to pigs given non-GMO feed.[1]  Additionally, while the dairy industry claims that genetically modified particles are broken down in the digestive tracts of the animals that eat them, these GM particles have shown up in the organs and milk of animals fed GMOs, the same milk and meat that humans then eat.[2]

Dean Foods claims that their white milk does not contain GMOs, while sourcing their dairy from cows raised on genetically modified feed. To quote Dean Foods from their website: “Pure and simple, we ensure Mother Nature’s most perfect food finds a place in every home.”

Considering Dean Foods’ use of genetically modified animal feed in their dairy operations, their products don’t seem so “pure and simple” to us. And as for Mother Nature? CAFOs and genetic engineering were probably not what she had in mind.

It’s time to hold Dean Foods accountable. Join us in calling on Dean Foods to shift to non-GMO feed for their cows, and help us accelerate the shift to a non-GMO food system!

Take Action Now

1
Sign our petition and send an email
to Dean Foods’ CEO

2
Call Dean Foods at 1-800-395-7004

3
Post on the Land O’Lakes Facebook page (a brand of Dean Foods)

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Share this action with your friends

What Happens When You Drink Soda?

Americans are finally starting to realize the dangers of soda, with nearly two-thirds (63 percent) saying they actively try to avoid soda in their diet, a new Gallup poll revealed.

This is a significant increase from 2002, when only 41 percent were trying to avoid soda, and a clear sign that, as TIME reported, “the soda craze is going flat.”

Soda Consumption Falls to Lowest Level in Decades

The soda industry is a $75-billion market, an industry that reached its greatest heights in the US during the 1980s and 1990s, when Coca-Cola began pushing larger drink sizes and “upsizing.” Fountain drink sizes grew more than 50 percent by 1990, and in 1994, the 20-ounce plastic bottle was introduced in the US.

As people drank more and more soda, rates of obesity and diabetes soared, and while the soda industry still denies to this day any connection, research suggests otherwise. The “supersized” mentality seems to have backfired for Coca-Cola and other beverage companies, because as the health risks become clear, sales have been on a steady downward spiral.

As Businessweek reported:

For decades, soft-drink companies saw consumption rise. During the 1970s, the average person doubled the amount of soda they drank; by the 1980s it had overtaken tap water. In 1998, Americans were downing 56 gallons of the stuff every year—that’s 1.3 oil barrels’ worth of soda for every person in the country.

And then we weren’t as thirsty for soda anymore, and there were so many new drink options that we could easily swap it out for something else. Soft-drink sales stabilized for a few years…

In 2005 they started dropping, and they haven’t stopped. Americans are now drinking about 450 cans of soda a year, according to Beverage Digest, roughly the same amount they did in 1986.”

 

Coca-Cola Seeks to ‘Reintroduce’ Coke to Teen Market, and in ‘Guilt-Free’ Sizes

Part of Coca-Cola’s plan to bring soda back is, ironically, introducing smaller sizes, a strategy they believe might reposition Coke so “people stop feeling guilty when they drink it, or, ideally come to see a Coke as a treat.”

Smaller, 7.5-ounce minicans and 8-ounce glass bottles have been selling well. Even Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, says he limits himself to one 8-ounce glass bottle of regular Coke in the morning. Any more would be too many calories, he told Businessweek.

Meanwhile, Coca-Cola decided to target the teen market directly this summer. Teens, while notorious for their soft-drink consumption, have been quickly bailing ship and opting for energy drinks instead.

So Coca-Cola printed the 250 most common teen names on Coke bottles, hoping to entice teens with the “personalized” drinks. It worked. Sales increased by 1 percent in North America in the last three months.5

Beverage consultant Mike Weinstein, former president of A&W Brands, even noted that he goes right into high schools to find out whether teens can identify soda company slogans.

Yet, there seems to be a growing realization within the industry that, as American attitudes about diet change, and more people seek to reduce added sugar and sugary drinks in their diets, appealing to the “healthier” side of their image is needed.

And, here, too, Coca-Cola is quick to respond. They’ve invested heavily in small “healthy” beverage companies like Fuze tea, Zico coconut water, and organic Honest Tea. Coca-Cola also owns Odwalla and Simply Orange juices, Glaceau Vitaminwater, and Core Power sports drinks.

Coca-Cola Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent has no intention of letting Coca-Cola’s brands, and its namesake product Coke, fall by the wayside.

A $1-billion two-year marketing blitz’s sole goal is to drive its “sparkling” division back to its former glory. And in case you were wondering… its healthy-sounding “sparkling” division includes soda, which is completely delusional.

 

What Happens When You Drink Soda?

Soda is on my list of the absolute worst foods and drinks you can consume. Once ingested, your pancreas rapidly begins to create insulin in response to the sugar. A 20-ounce bottle of cola contains the equivalent of 16 teaspoons of sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In addition to contributing to insulin resistance, the rise in blood sugar is quite rapid. Here’s a play-by-play of what happens in your body upon drinking a can of soda:

  • Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.
  • Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your liver dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.
  • Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.
  • After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a blood sugar crash, and you may be tempted to reach for another sweet snack or beverage.

As I’ve discussed on numerous occasions, chronically elevated insulin levels (which you would definitely have if you regularly drink soda) and the subsequent insulin resistance is a foundational factor of most chronic disease, from diabetes to cancer. Today, while many Americans are cutting back on sugary drinks, soda remains a dietary mainstay for many. Along with energy drinks and sports drinks, soda is among the top 10 sources of calories in the US diet (number four on the list, to be exact), and, in 2012, Gallup found that 48 percent of Americans said they drink at least one glass of soda a day, with proven detrimental impacts to their health.

 

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Your Brain on Soda

When you drink soda, numerous changes happen in your body, including in your brain. A new animal study, presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, found that sugary beverages may be particularly damaging to the brains of adolescents, one of the key age groups soda companies are trying to “court.”

Both adult and adolescent rats were fed sugary beverages for one month. They then were tested for cognitive function and memory.

While the adult rats did okay, the adolescent rats fed sugary drinks had both impaired memory and trouble learning. Next, the researchers plan to study whether soda leads to inflammation in the brain’s hippocampus, which is crucial for memory and learning.

 

Source: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/08/13/soda-consumption.aspx?i_cid=health-sb-soda