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10 Homemade Organic Recipes for Mother’s Day

10 Homemade Organic Meals for Mother’s Day

One way to show our moms of how much she means to us is through her stomach. Yes! You read it right. This time, it’s not about catching a man’s heart, but catching our mom’s heart on Mother’s Day. Interesting, right?

As we all know, our mothers are the chief cook in the family and we have seen how they’ve gone through just to fill our stomach every day. Since May 8 will be Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate it by making our moms very happy at the same time, will try to reduce the stress they’ve been experiencing when preparing meals for the family. So during the special day, let’s grab the chance to shine out, make use of our hidden skills in our kitchen and let’s surprise our mothers through the goodies and treats we can cook for them.

To start with our sweet surprise, here are the homemade healthy organic recipes I’ve collected and wanted to share with you. Check it out below…

 

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(Contributed by Deliciously Ella)

CHICKPEA, QUINOA & TURMERIC CURRY  (Serves: 6 | Time: 1 hour)

 

INGREDIENTS:

500g new potatoes, halved

3 garlic cloves, crushed

3 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp chilli flakes or powder

1 tsp ground ginger

400mL tin organic coconut milk

1 Tbsp tomato purée

180g quinoa

400g tin organic chickpeas, drained and rinsed

150g spinach

400g tin organic diced tomatoessalt and pepper

salt and pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the potatoes in a pan of cold water and bring to the boil, then let them cook for about 25 minutes, until you can easily stick a knife through them. Drain them well.
  2. Place the potatoes in a large pan and add the garlic, turmeric, coriander, chilli, ginger, coconut milk, tomato purée and tomatoes.
  3. Bring to the boil, season with salt and pepper, then add the quinoa with a mug of just-boiled water (300ml).
  4. Reduce the heat to a simmer, place the lid on and allow to cook. Over the next 30 minutes, stir every 5 minutes or so to make sure nothing sticks to the bottom. (This is quite a long cooking time, but this is how long quinoa takes to cook in all these ingredients, rather than just in water.)
  5. Halfway through cooking, add the chickpeas. When there are just 5 minutes left, add the spinach and stir it in until it wilts.
  6. Once the quinoa has cooked and is fluffy, not crunchy, it’s ready.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

 

(Photograph by Tina Rupp)

(Photograph by Tina Rupp)

SLOW-COOKER PORK TACOS (Serves: 8 | Time: 5 hours & 36 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

3 whole ancho chiles
3 whole pasilla chiles
4 cloves garlic, unpeeled
2 to 3 chipotles in adobo sauce
1/2 medium white onion, roughly chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Kosher salt
2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican
3 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
4 pounds boneless pork shoulder (untrimmed), cut into chunks
Freshly ground pepper
2 bay leaves
1 cinnamon stick
Corn tortillas, warmed, for serving
Assorted taco toppings, for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Put the ancho and pasilla chiles and the garlic in a bowl; add 2 to 3 tablespoons water. Microwave on high until soft and pliable, 2 to 3 minutes. Stem and seed the chiles; peel the garlic. Transfer the chiles and garlic to a blender.
  2. Add the chipotles, onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, honey, vinegar, 1 tablespoon salt and the oregano to the blender; puree until smooth. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over high heat; add the chile sauce and fry, stirring, until thick and fragrant, about 8 minutes. Pour in the broth and reduce until slightly thickened.
  3. Season the pork all over with salt and pepper and transfer to a large slow cooker. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick, then pour in the sauce. Cover and cook on high until the meat is tender, about 5 hours. (Or cook the meat in a large Dutch oven, covered, for 1 hour 45 minutes at 350 degrees; uncover and cook 30 more
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  4. Discard the bay leaves and cinnamon stick. Shred the pork with 2 forks; season with salt and pepper. Serve the shredded pork in the tortillas, along with toppings.

 

(Contributed by The Honest to Goodness Community)

(Contributed by The Honest to Goodness Community)

ORGANIC YELLOW SPLIT PEA SOUP (Serves: 6 | Time: 1.5-2 hours)

 

INGREDIENTS:

500g organic yellow split peas

7 cups Vegetable Stock

2 Brown Onions, peeled and diced

fresh ginger, approx 5 cm piece

1 to 1.5 tsp Marjoram or Organic Thyme

1 kg pork hock (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Soak the peas in plenty of water for 12 to 18 hours, then drain.
  2. Put the peas in a large pot on the stove and add the stock,chopped onions, ginger cut into a few pieces and the pork hock.
  3. Boil for 1 to 1.5 hours, adding the herbs after about 45 minutes, until the peas are soft and the soup has thickened.
  4. Pick up the hock and cut into bite sized pieces, put back into the soup.
  5. Add salt and pepper if desired.

 

(Contributed by Kidgredients)

(Contributed by Kidgredients)

SWEET POTATO AND GOODNESS STUFFED SPRING ROLLS (Serves: 10 | Time: 45 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 medium carrot, peeled cubed and cooked

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, cubed and cooked

3/4 cup quinoa

4 tbsps olive oil for brushing

1 spring onion, finely sliced

100grams fetta, crumbled

20 sheets of spring roll pastry

1/2 cup puy/french stylegreen lentils (dry)

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cook the quinoa and lentils together (I use my rice cooker for this).
  2. Mash the sweet potato and carrot, combine with the quinoa and lentils. Allow to cool.
  3. Add the fetta and spring onions and mix through.
  4. Put 1.5 tablespoons full in the corner of a spring roll wrapper. Fold the sides in and roll to the end, adding water to make the pastry stick as you get to the end.
  5. Cook – Preheat oven to 200 degrees, brush spring rolls with olive oil and bake for 25 minutes or until golden.
  6. Freeze on a baking tray and transfer to a container when solid. Cook from frozen at 200 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden after brushing with olive oil.

 

(Contributed by Karen Ward)

(Contributed by Karen Ward)

ORGANIC CHILLI BEEF AND BEANS (Serves: 6 | Time: 1 hour)

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tbsp organic olive oil

1 onion finely chopped

2 garlic cloves crushed

1 red capsicum finely chopped

2 teaspoon organic chilli powder

1 teaspoon organic paprika

1 tsp organic ground cumin

600g minced beef

2 cups beef stock

400g organic tinned tomatoes – diced

1 teaspoon dried organic oregano

1 teaspoon rapadura or raw sugar

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Salt & pepper to taste

Fresh chopped coriander (optional) – to serve

400g organic red kidney beans – drained & rinsed

Sour cream (optional) – to serve

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Add oil, onion & garlic & cook over a medium heat for 5 mins.
  2. Add capsicum, chill, paprika & cumin & cook for 5 mins stirring often.
  3. Add mince and cook until brown over a medium to high heat.
  4. Add stock, tomato, oregano, sugar, salt & pepper.
  5. Add tomato puree.
  6. Bring to the boil, then cover & simmer for 15-20mins.
  7. Add beans and cook for 10- 15mins more.
  8. Serve in a bowl and tope with fresh coriander & sour cream if desired. Great served with rice or corn bread.
  9. To make the dish vegetarian, replace the 600g of beef mince with 400g organic black beans – drained & rinsed.
  10. This meal can be left to simmer away for a long time, even hours and the flavour becomes more delicious the longer it cooks for. Just add extra liquid if required. It can be easily frozen.

 

(Contributed by Laurie Wheeler)

(Contributed by Laurie Wheeler)

SPINACH STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS (Serves: 4 | Time: 1 hour & 25 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 cloves garlic, chopped

4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts

4 slices bacon

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. In a medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, spinach, feta cheese, and garlic until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Carefully butterfly chicken breasts, making sure not to cut all the way through. Spoon spinach mixture into chicken breasts. Wrap each with a piece of bacon, and secure with a toothpick. Place in shallow baking dish. Cover.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 1 hour, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C).

 

(Contributed by ANY14TNS)

(Contributed by ANY14TNS)

CRUSTLESS SPINACH QUICHE (Serves: 6 | Time: 50 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained

5 eggs, beaten

3 cups shredded Muenster cheese

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch pie pan.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft. Stir in spinach and continue cooking until excess moisture has evaporated.
  3. In a large bowl, combine eggs, cheese, salt and pepper. Add spinach mixture and stir to blend. Scoop into prepared pie pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until eggs have set, about 30 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes before serving.

 

(Contributed by Kathleen Daelemans)

(Contributed by Kathleen Daelemans)

OVEN-BAKED SALMON (Serves: 5 | Time: 15 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

12 ounce salmon fillet, cut into 4 pieces
Coarse-grained salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Toasted Almond Parsley Salsa, for serving
Baked squash, for serving, optional
Toasted Almond Parsley Salad:
1 shallot
1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Coarse grain salt
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed
1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup toasted almonds
Extra-virgin olive oil
DIRECTIONS:

  1. Watch how to make this recipe.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  3. Season salmon with salt and pepper. Place salmon, skin side down, on a non-stick baking sheet or in a non-stick pan with an oven-proof handle. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes. Serve with the Toasted Almond Parsley Salad and squash, if desired.
  4. Toasted Almond Parsley Salad:
  5. Mince the shallot and add to a small bowl. Pour the vinegar over the shallots and add a pinch of salt. Let sit for 30 minutes.
  6. Roughly chop the capers, parsley and almonds and add to the shallots. Add the olive oil, tasting as you go. Mix again and adjust the seasonings.

 

(Contributed by Food Network Kitchens)

(Contributed by Food Network Kitchens)

PAN-SEARED SALMON WITH KALE AND APPLE SALAD (Serves: 4 | Time: 40 minutes)


INGREDIENTS:

Four 5-ounce center-cut salmon fillets (about 1-inch thick)

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

3 tablespoons olive oil

Kosher salt

1 bunch kale, ribs removed, leaves very thinly sliced (about 6 cups)

1/4 cup dates

1 Honeycrisp apple

1/4 cup finely grated pecorino

3 tablespoons toasted slivered almonds

Freshly ground black pepper

4 whole wheat dinner rolls

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring the salmon to room temperature 10 minutes before cooking.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Add the kale, toss to coat and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. While the kale stands, cut the dates into thin slivers and the apple into matchsticks. Add the dates, apples, cheese and almonds to the kale. Season with pepper, toss well and set aside.
  4. Sprinkle the salmon all over with 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Raise the heat to medium-high. Place the salmon, skin-side up in the pan. Cook until golden brown on one side, about 4 minutes. Turn the fish over with a spatula, and cook until it feels firm to the touch, about 3 minutes more.
  5. Divide the salmon, salad and rolls evenly among four plates.
  6. Per serving (1 fish fillet, about 2 cups of salad and 1 dinner roll): Calories 620; Fat 36 g (Saturated 8 g); Cholesterol 85 mg; Sodium 730 mg; Carbohydrate 40 g; Protein 39 g; Fiber 7 g; Sugars 14 g

 

(Contributed by DEBNJAMES)

(Contributed by DEBNJAMES)

CREAMY SMOKED SALMON PASTA (Serves: 8 | Time: 30 minutes)

 

INGREDIENTS:

6 tablespoons butter

1/2 onion, finely chopped

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons garlic powder

2 cups skim milk

1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

1 cup frozen green peas, thawed and drained

1/2 cup canned mushrooms, drained

10 ounces smoked salmon, chopped

1 (16 ounce) package penne pasta

 

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in butter until tender.
  3. Stir flour and garlic powder into the butter and onions. Gradually stir in milk. Heat to just below boiling point, and then gradually stir in cheese until the sauce is smooth. Stir in peas and mushrooms., and cook over low heat for 4 minutes.
  4. Toss in smoked salmon, and cook for 2 more minutes. Serve over pasta.

 

Let’s recognize all the nice things our moms have done just to give us a wonderful life today. With the help of the mouth-watering healthy organic recipes listed above, hope will able to transform Mother’s Day into an extra exceptional event for our mothers.

Aside from cooking a delicious dishes for our mom, we can also have other preference to surprise her. In order to guide you if what better stuff to give her as a gift, you may visit our Top 5 Organic Items for Moms This Mother’s Day and choose which you think she’ll love to receive. Hope it helps!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing all moms to live longer, more strength for more special days to come and have a healthy happy life.

A Guide to Thanksgiving Turkey Labeling

Thanksgiving is fast approaching! Sure a lot of you are already preparing your recipe ingredients as early as now to avoid the rush! It has been a tradition in every household to put a Turkey on the table on Thanksgiving day. The feast won’t be complete without having the famous Turkey dish, but some of you are still unsure how to identify or how to choose the best Turkey! Some are confused with the Turkey labeling such as Fresh, Frozen, Organic, or Natural. Well, we’re here to help make your Turkey shopping a breeze. Here’s a handy guide to some of the definitions you ought to get familiar with when purchasing your next Turkey.

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FRESH – It means that a turkey has not been chilled below 26 degrees.

FROZEN – This means that the turkey has been chilled to 0 degrees.

FREE-RANGE – This is a legal definition that requires that the birds be raised having access to the outdoors. They don’t necessarily need to have access to pasture or grass, just the outdoors, which can mean dirt or gravel.

Other types of Turkey are the following:

HARD- OR DEEP- CHILLED – An intermediate step that means the turkey has been chilled to between 0 to 26 degrees.

HEN – This is a female bird and they usually come in at less than 16 pounds.

HERITAGE – This means anything but the standard turkey breed which is the Broad-Breasted White. Heritage birds tend to be leaner, with less meat which means they won’t feed as many people and will dry out if not cooked carefully.

KOSHER – These are the turkeys that have been slaughtered and cleaned in accordance with the kosher law. It requires salting for only one hour before rinsing. This is different from brining which requires salting for several days.

NATURAL – Basically no added ingredients and only minimal processing – no injecting flavors or brining.

ORGANIC – Raised without hormones and steroids and have been processed without preservatives. Have been fed only organic feed and have ready access to outdoors.

PASTURED – This is a new, nonregulated definition that is kind of like free-range-plus, as the birds have had access to grass.

SELF-BASTING – The familiar supermarket turkeys that have been injected with flavor solution or brine to keep them from drying out.

TOM – This is a male turkey, which usually means it weighs more than 18 pounds.

And that’s how Turkeys are being labeled! Now you can properly differentiate the types of turkey with their corresponding labels. I hope this will clear things out for you. Don’t forget to share this with friends so they can learn a thing or 2 this Thanksgiving.

We are thankful for the friendship we’ve built in our community, cheers for more years! We are that thankful, how about you? What are you thankful for?

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Top 7 Health Benefits of Organic Pumpkin plus Recipe!

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Halloween is fast approaching. What do we usually see during this season? Pumpkins! But don’t be fooled thinking they’re just for decor! – they’re actually one of the most nutritious fruits out there that you should eat regularly. Just don’t forget to choose organic and your family’s health will be taken cared well.

I’ve rounded up the Top 7 health benefits of Organic Pumpkin below. Thereafter are two healthy and yummy Pumpkin recipes!

1. Aids weight loss – Pumpkins are rich in fiber, which slows down digestion. A cup of canned pumpkin contains seven grams of fiber and 20 calories, meaning it keeps you feeling fuller longer on fewer calories. Eating food rich in fiber helps people to eat less, and thereby shed pounds.

2. Keep eyesight sharp – Pumpkin’s brilliant orange color comes from its ample supply of beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. It is known that Vitamin A is essential for the eye and helps the retina absorb and process light. One cup of pumpkin contains over 200% of most people’s recommended daily intake of vitamin A, making it the best option for optical health. Additionally, pumpkin also contains lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that helps prevent cataracts and may even slow the development of macular degeneration.

3. Reduce cancer risk – Research shows that people who eat a beta-carotene-rich diet may have a lower risk of some types of cancer, including prostate and lung cancer. Vitamin A and C are both antioxidants and they act as shields for your cells against cancer-causing free radicals.

4. Protect the skin – Beta-carotene from pumpkins can also help protect us from the sun’s wrinkle-causing UV rays, therefore helping you look younger. The pulp also makes a great all-natural face mask that exfoliates and soothes. Read my review of a great product that uses pumpkin as the main ingredient.

5. It Helps after a hard workout – Bananas are known for being the nature’s energy bar but cooked pumpkins have more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams to a banana’s 422. Potassium is an essential mineral we need to keep our hearts and muscles working at their optimal levels. Try adding pumpkin to your post-workout snack or meal for the extra potassium boost.

6. Pumpkin Seeds can help your heart – Pumpkin seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers. These may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

7. Seeds can boost your mood – Pumpkin seeds are also rich in amino acid tryptophan. The amino acid is important in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to restoring our mood. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your outlook stay bright.

You can never go wrong consuming this healthy vegetable! And as promised, here are the easy healthy and yummy Pumpkin Recipes that you can try anytime soon! Enjoy!

 

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A. Curried Pumpkin with Raisins

Ingredients

2 tbsp unsalted butter

1 medium onion, sliced

1 garlic clove, chopped

2 ½ tsp curry powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground pepper

2 lbs Organic pumpkin, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 ½ cups low-sodium vegetable broth

¾ cup raisins

¾ cup frozen baby peas

Fresh Cilantro, for garnish

Directions:

  1. Heat butter in a large pan over medium-high heat, add onion, and cool until golden-brown, wait for about five minutes. Add garlic and cook one minute more.
  2. Mix in curry powder, salt and pepper. Add pumpkin and cook for five minutes, stir frequently.
  3. Pour in broth and raisins, cover, and reduce heat to medium. Add peas after 15 minutes. Replace cover and continue to cook until pumpkin is tender, wait for 5-10 minutes more. Garnish with cilantro.

 

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B. Pumpkin Caipirinha

Ingredients

½ lime, cut into 4 pieces

½ ounce agave nectar

1 tsp fresh grated ginger

11/2 ounces cachaca

11/2 ounces Organic pumpkin puree

Ice

 

For garnish:

Nutmeg

Lime wheel

Directions:

Cachaca is a popular distilled spirit from Brazil that is made from sugarcane. If you don’t have cachaca, substitute with white rum instead. Both spirits are made from sugarcane.

  1. Mix-up the lime, agave nectar, and fresh ginger in the bottom of a cocktail shaker
  2. Add cachaca/white rum, pumpkin puree, and ice. Shake until thoroughly mixed and chilled. Strain into a glass filled with ice, and garnish with grated nutmeg and a lime wheel.

Enjoy these Pumpkin recipes while Pumpkins are still abundant! And don’t forget to share!

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Healthy Fruits for Fall and Fabulous Fresh Organic Fruit Recipes

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Fruit has been recognized as a good source of vitamins and minerals, and for their role in preventing vitamin C and vitamin A deficiencies. Well that’s true for those fruits that are not contaminated with different toxic chemicals and GMO’s. People who eat organic fruit as part of their overall diet generally have reduced risk of diseases.

The nutrients found in organic fruits are vital for health and maintenance of our body. One of it is Potassium. Potassium in fruit can reduce our risk of heart disease and stroke. It can also help reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and help decrease bone lose as we age. Another important nutrient we can get from fruit is Folate (folic acid). It helps the body from red blood cells.

Since today’s the season of fall, I will explain the most common Organic fruits that are found during fall and their health benefits.

Apples

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, especially the Organic ones. It also contain flavonoids and dietary fiber. The nutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.

Cranberries

Cranberries are included on the list of fruits which are high in nutrients and rich in antioxidants. It is also referred to as “super food. Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries contains only 25 calories so it’s really good for weight control. The possible health benefits we get upon eating cranberries include lowered risk of urinary tract infections, prevention of certain types of cancer, improved immune function, decreased blood pressure, and more.

Pears

Pears are mild, sweet fruit with a fibrous center. They are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber. It also contain nutrients like fat-free, cholesterol-free and 100-calorie package. Eating pears may help with weight loss and reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease in accordance with an overall healthy diet.

Pomegranates

Pomegranates contain a range of beneficial plant compounds. It is also loaded with many important nutrients such as Fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, Folate (Folic acid) and potassium. This fruit helps fight certain types of cancer like Prostate cancer, breast cancer, etc. It may also lower blood pressure, lower the risk of heart disease and helps fight arthritis and Joint pain.

Can’t wait to consume those fruits with their amazing health benefits? How about giving you a fabulous fresh organic fruit recipes that you may try anytime at your convenience? Here ya go!

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Cranberry Pear Salad

¾ cup Olive oil

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon dark brown sugar

2 ½ teaspoons minced garlic

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

6 cups mixed baby greens

3 Organic pears, thinly sliced

1 cup dried Organic cranberries

1 cup toasted pecans

¾ cup cubed Havarti cheese

½ cup toasted sliced almonds

Directions: 15min Prep Time

Whisk olive oil, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, salt, and black pepper in a bowl. Combine greens, pears, cranberries, pecans, and Havarti cheese in a large bowl. Pour balsamic vinegar dressing over salad and toss. Garnish with almonds to serve.

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Pomegranate Apple Salad

1 Organic pomegranate, seeded

1 Organic apple, chopped

1/3 cup walnuts

2-4 cups greens (spinach, romaine, field greens, etc)

1 celery rib, chopped

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 teaspoon honey, raw if you have it

Directions: 25min Prep Time

Mix pomegranate seeds, apple, walnut, celery and greens in a big bowl. Mix together honey and juice, then pour into salad mixture and toss.

10 Organic Foods to Improve Eyesight

10 Organic Foods to Improve Eyesight

Did you know that aside from aging, our eyes will be greatly affected due to our lifestyle? No wonder that even youngsters these days are wearing eye glasses, contact lenses and other eyesight enhancer tools to aid their problematic vision.

Since people of today are highly attached to hi-technologies like smartphones, computers, laptops and tablets, whether at home, school or work, spending long hours on those things can really cause eye strains/problems such as dry eyes, eye strain and other permanent vision damage.

Due to the said devastating results, it is better that as early as now, we find ways on how to prevent eyesight issues. So to start with, let’s try to check our daily routine. Since we eat 3 times a day excluding snacks, we can simply begin with preparing organic and healthy foods like fruits and vegetables that are good for the eyes.

To help you pick what’s best organic foods that could provide the optimum vitamins and nutrients intended for our eyes, check our list below:

Organic Foods that are Best for the Eyes

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  1. Carrots
  • Carrots have beta-carotene, vitamin A and can help our retina and other parts of the eye to function efficiently. It also stimulate eye health and guard our vision. Aside from carrots, squash and other orange and yellow fruits and vegetables are good for the eyes.

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  1. Black Currant
  • Black Currants contains antioxidant anthocyanins. It’s one of the fruits that can nourish our eyes because it’s better than lutein, zeaxanthin or bilberry.

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  1. Green Leafy Vegetables (Such as Kale and Spinach)
  • Green veggies contain antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin that can support to lower the risk of growing macular degeneration and cataracts.

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  1. Bilberries
  • Bilberries (relative of blueberries) contain anthocyanins and particular for preventing macular degeneration.

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  1. Organic Egg Yolks
  • Egg Yolks is under the lutein-rich foods. It is advisable that we must take raw organic egg yolks as each egg yolk contains 0.25 mg of lutein and zeaxanthin. The more you take organic and raw egg yolks, the better than those being cooked. Eggs also contain zinc which helps to reduce macular degeneration risk.

Almonds

  1. Almonds
  • Almonds contain vitamin E which helps to slow the development of macular degeneration.

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  1. Fatty Fish
  • Fatty fish such as Salmon, Tuna, Anchovies, Mackerel and Trout are rich in DHA, a fatty found in your retina.

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  1. Avocados
  • Avocados are one of the sources for lutein which is a protection against cataracts and macular degeneration.

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  1. Tomatoes
  • Tomatoes are known for the lycopene (active when cooked) it contain which helps to lessen the onset of age-related macular degeneration.

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  1. Red Peppers
  • Red peppers contain vitamin C just like oranges. As we all know, vitamin C decreases the risk of the growing cataracts and can help to minimize the growth of visual acuity loss.

 

If you’re one of those who suffered from eyesight problems, better consult first an ophthalmologist. Also practice to eat organic foods that are included on the list above and avoid spending too much time staring at bright screens out from your gadgets.

Organic Coconut Oil: Effective Prevention and Remedy for Alzheimer’s Disease

Organic Coconut Oil- Effective Prevention

What is Alzheimer’s Disease?

According to experts, “Alzheimer’s Disease is a neurological disorder in which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline.” It is also the most common type of dementia that can cause problems with thinking and behavior.

I know all of us has a great fear of acquiring such kind of disease when we get old, but we can actually prevent it as early as now.

organiclivingchic.comAlzheimers is not a normal stage and part of aging. There are elders who gets older but still maintain their sharp memories. Somehow, the ailments we acquire depends to the activities we do, and of course, to the foods we eat daily. In a nutshell, our lifestyle has a huge impact to our health.

In order to avoid or even cure abnormal protein clumps in our brain tissues (Alzheimer’s Disease), we must eat organic foods, vegetables and fruits. The most common prevention and natural remedy for it is the “Organic Coconut Oil”.

Organic Coconut Oil as Brain Food that Fights against Alzheimer’s Disease

Coconut Oil is free from cholesterol and trans-fat. It provides health benefits that enhance the health of our brains.

According to one of our reliable sources, the most suggested coconut oil that’s good for our health are those cold-pressed, non –hydrogenated, virgin coconut oil and mostly, organic.

Aside from the health benefits of coconut oil mentioned earlier, what makes it effective to prevent and cure Alzheimer’s Disease are the following:

  • It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) – a primary source of ketone bodies (help restore and renew neurons. Ketone bodies also help nerve function in your brain even after damage occurred.) In this case, you need two tablespoons of coconut oil per day to supply the needed 20 grams of MCT Therapeutic level in your body.
  • It acts as an antioxidant and natural antibiotic
  • It contains unique combination of fatty acids with medical properties
  • It helps improve cholesterol by increasing the good cholesterol (HDL)
  • It helps to boost thyroid function which helps to increase our energy
  • It helps to develop the insulin use of our body

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Foods to Avoid:

  • Grains – can convert sugar in your body and may increase your insulin level
  • Soy – eating soy food products can affect brain function. (Example: Tofu can intensify brain aging).
  • Sugars (Fructose) – too much sugar and grain consumption can initiate insulin resistance (one of the most persistent motivations on brain damage)
  • Artificial Sweeteners – can destroy brain cells specifically the ‘aspartame’.

Aside from being an Alzheimer’s Disease prevention and treatment product, coconut oil can also help to burn more fats, increase your energy, kills bacteria, viruses and fungi through its Lauric Acid, that can kill hunger and make you eat less, it can also improve blood cholesterol and help to lower your risk of heart disease, make your skin more moisturized, can help whiten your teeth and it may also protect hair against damage.

There are lots of health benefits we can get out of a certain organic Coconut. Aside from its oil, the coconut’s water, milk and other parts are useful too! You just need to love consuming it and surely, you’ll become one of those healthy people going organic. :)

Ready-To-Eat Organic Salad Kits: Newly Launched Products by Earthbound Farm  

Are you an organic aficionado who’s picky and careful to the foods you purchase? Well, if you are, I have a good news for you! Earthbound Farm launched their new organic ready-to-eat foods, salads and other products made 100% organic.

All about Earthbound Farm

To give you an idea about the Earthbound Farm, it’s one of the leading organic food company that produces fresh, organic, healthy and delicious food products where the founders came from California’s Carmel Valley in 1984. The company is based in San Juan Bautista, California.

They were also the first company to effectively launch prewashed, packaged salad for retail sale, helping introduce Spring Mix to restaurants and supermarket produce aisles in 1986. Nowadays, packaged salads and gourmet green salads have become known to market shoppers and organic lovers.

The products of Earthbound Farm are also perfect for hangouts, picnics, and other celebrations held outside anytime you want (breakfast, lunch and dinner) since it’s in a form of a salad kit, so the salads are safely packed containing nutritious, ready-to-eat, healthy and tasty meal.

If you love organic salads filled with balanced nutrition, you better try their latest organic products! :)

New Products: Organic Salad Kits

They recently launched three different delicious salad kits namely, “Organic Kale Caesar Salad Kit”, “Organic Sun-Washed Mediterranean Salad Kit” and “Organic Garden Party Salad Kit”.Kale-Caesar_512sq-product2

*Organic Kale Caesar Salad Kit

Contains:

  • baby kale
  • cabbage
  • shredded carrots
  • topped with sunflower seeds
  • Parmesan cheese
  • multigrain croutons
  • spicy light Caesar dressing.

 

*Organic Sun-Washed Mediterranean Salad KitSun-washed-Mediterranean_512sq-product

Contains:

  • spinach
  • arugula
  • radicchio
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • crunchy roasted chickpeas
  • crumbled feta cheese
  • Greek dressing with sun-dried tomatoes

 

*Organic Garden Party Salad Kit

Contains:

  • spring mixGarden-Party-Salad_512sq-product
  • Asian greens
  • dried blueberries
  • cranberries
  • sunflower seeds
  • feta cheese
  • bright raspberry vinaigrette

For more detailed information about the organic salad kits mentioned above, you can also visit Earthbound Farm’s website.

Lots of satisfied customers have been talking about these flavorful salad kits and they’ve love the PowerMeal Bowls as it add energy that also nourish your body and may boost your appetite for healthy eating.

Make your food preparation easy to manage and saves time as well! :) Salad kits produced by Earthbound Farm are not just only nutritious and organically made, it’s also helps you consume foods with balance nutrition that are ready-to-eat, so less hassle.

And oh by the way, speaking of kits, you can also check this Organic Meal Kits that can also help you make an instant meal plan and grocery shopping all in one! Go here.

Organic Guava: The Powerhouse of Nutrients and the Remedy for Common Illness

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Did you know that aside from humans and animals, there are also king and queen of fruits? Yes, you read it right and the fruit I’m referring to as the “Queen of Fruits” is what we called “Guava” or also known as Psidium guajava which exists throughout Asian Countries, India, Northern South America, Central America and in Mexico.

Guava Fruits came from a small tree in the Myrtle family or called as Myrtaceae. The leaves of a Guava tree has also health benefits especially the Guava Leaf Extract which could treat diarrhea, help to control diabetes, improve heart and oral health and a lot more.

If Pineapple is the King, Guava is the Queen of Fruits. :)

You might wonder why Guava is known as the Queen of Fruits, that’s because there’s a crown-shaped opening found at the bottom of the fruit. And they said, there’s a legend story behind the fruit about the origin of why it wears a crown.

For those who are not familiar with Guava, it is a tropical fruit that is pear-shaped and its size is like an average-sized orange or apple. Its color depends to its type which varies from yellow to green (outside), white and pink to dark red (inside), but mostly, its outer color appears to be yellow-green. Aside from its shape and color, Guava has unique juicy taste and rich in flavor especially when it’s organic and you’ve eaten it raw. When you try to freshly pick it from its tree, you’ll also smell its intense sweet exquisite aroma and surely, you’ll love it.

Nutrition Gained from Eating Guava

Guava is a powerhouse of nutrients in which through a single bite, you can immediately absorb various nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Dietary Fiber, Lycopene, Potassium, B-Complex (Vitamin B-6, Niacin, Pantothenic acid, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and more). Guava is also said to be abundant in minerals, antioxidant poly-phenolic, low in calories and fats, and it is also recognized to be a prevention of aging, infections, cancers and an immunity-booster.

Kinds of Diseases that Guava Can Cure

Aside from health benefits I’ve mentioned above, Guava is also an effective remedy for diabetes, common cough and cold, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, skin care, weight loss, scurvy, and high blood pressure.

Guava is good for those who has diabetes because according to Chinese medicine, the juice of the Guava fruit can reduce sugar levels and it’s rich in fiber content and has low glycemic index.

Another thing is it’s also good for treating constipation because it is rich in fiber that aids to reimbursing the blocked pathways on some of your digestive parts.

Guava is also effective for weight loss due to the vitamins, fiber, minerals and protein it contains. It’s also low in sugar (as mentioned earlier about helping to control diabetes) unlike to other fruits we’re eating. Aside from that, once you eat Guava, you can feel that it satisfies your appetite that you no longer want to eat other kind of foods or fruits due to a lower number of carbohydrates it comprises.

Aside from what I’ve shared above, there are actually lots of health benefits you can get from a Guava fruit and you can find it to other resources. If you wish to visit to our other page and discover something related to some organic stuff aside from Organic Guava Fruit, you can go here.

Though Guava is not yet popular to some countries particularly in U.S, I believe that the fruit is slowly creating its own name to other parts of the world due to the numerous health benefits we can gain from its fruits, leaves, and more.

5 Organic Lunch Box Ideas that Kids will Surely Love

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Lunch is an important part of the day but with more than half of children taking a packed lunch to school, it’s no denying that most of us, mommies can’t offer them a healthy food for lunch. It’s very tempting to fall into the trap of using packaged, ready-made options that are high in fat, saturated fat, salt and sugar.

It’s really tough to find healthy lunch box ideas and snacks in this generation for your kids. But the good news is, more and more grocery stores are offering a wide-range of organic food that are easy to prepare, tasty and kid-friendly too.

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We are already aware of the benefits of organic food compared to conventional ones. To name a few are the antioxidant capacity, pesticide reduction, heart health, antibiotic resistance, better taste, environmental safety, animal welfare and more. Though there is a small amount of evidence to show that organic food is better in quality than conventional food, it’s better to be sure and we don’t want to worry so much about our child’s overall health. So it’s really important to serve them organic food for lunch.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

Who says preparing for a healthy food for lunch is difficult? With a little planning and creativity, you can create healthy yummy school lunches and snacks with the uncountable organic foods available right at your local grocers.

1. Wrap foods are great for kids because they are highly customizable. Whether it is a whole wheat or a vegetable tortilla, you can always add loads of fresh vegetables and healthy greens like organic fresh herb. Add organic grape tomatoes, carrot peels, chopped celery and sweet corn plus a yummy dip that can make your kid’s lunch perfect! Think of it as a salad rolled up into a sandwich. What could be better for you than that?

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2. Make a frozen fruit salad that will naturally thaw by lunch time. Include organic frozen fruits like frozen organic blackberries, dark sweet cherries, strawberries and raspberries. You may also add a tablespoon of 100% pure maple syrup for a healthy sweetener rather than a processed corn syrup.

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3. A great way to add extra fruit and vegetable servings to your child’s meal is by adding a muffin. Yes, you can pack almost any type of organic fruit inside a muffin and many organic vegetables too. And when you can make a couple of muffins for an appetizer, it’s a great thing!

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4. Pick your own cup of soup. To ensure that you have a soup ready to go on school mornings, you can make large batches of your favorite soup the night before and store them inside a jar and put inside the refrigerator. Heat it up during morning and put it in your kid’s thermos.

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5. Don’t forget to prepare a healthy organic beverage for your kids. Why not fill up thermoses with organic milk or organic soy milk. You can also prepare different organic fruit drinks such as blueberry, pomegranate, cranberry or apple juice.

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Here I got an additional tip. Every time you prepare her/him a lunch, write a message on a sticky note in the lunchbox to show that you care and love her/him. That would definitely make your child’s day complete.

The Honest Company of Jessica Alba: An Ideal Business for Organic Alternatives

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One of the famous Hollywood stars, Jessica Alba made a difference when she turned to be a successful mogul at her young age.

Out from the expectations of everybody, she earned much not relying on her acting career but instead, she made it from a diverse field, which is in the world of business. Unlike some phenomenon stars in this generation where they truly become affluent on their chosen field, Jessica goes into business as she wanted to make a huge difference in helping parents to patronize products that are free from chemicals and promote awareness that there are discovered links to an occurrence of genetic changes, particularly the growing rate of “autism” today due to the exposure of toxins coming from the environment.

Because of the undying issue, Jessica become firm on her aim in saving the world and preserving people’s health not caring about spending billions of dollars. During in a conference room surveying the open-plan company floor, she determinedly said,

“If we really want to make a difference in the world and people’s health, it is billions and billions of dollars, not just one.”

Behind ‘The Honest Company’

The company cofounder, Jessica Alba and her trusted team put up The Honest Company because of a foremost reason which to sell alternative goods to parents so they could avoid utilizing products filled with chemicals.

In a nutshell, they are selling ORGANIC products that are safe to use by parents, women, babies and by everyone else. For the information of everybody, The Honest Company is said to be a trusted source of baby products today as they made their products with style, safe to use and eco-friendly. As Jessica is now captivated by a box of tampons, they are also launching an “all-organic cotton and plant-based polymer and bio-plastic applicator” in July, the new Honest’s feminine care line aims to protect women’s hormones from tampon’s plastic content.

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Regarding where did Jessica and her team got the idea of establishing the company, she shared in a famous magazine issue that “The Honest Company was inspired by a need that wasn’t being filled”.

The need that wasn’t being filled she meant in her striking statement has something to do with her experience when she was still a baby having allergic reactions and asthma when her mother used typical brand of baby detergent.

Due to her past experience, Jessica was alarmed and worried that her baby might encounter the same sufferings. So what she did then was she had thorough research about detergent contents and discovered that there are household products on her kitchen sink and bathroom cabinet containing hazardous chemicals that are totally unsafe to use, especially for babies.

The Next America’s Riches Self-Made Women

As Jessica cofounded the company for an amount of $1 Billion and $200 Million Fortune, it became a huge headline around the world and to social media on how she build the company by simply selling parents peace of mind.

According to a trusted source who is knowledgeable about Jessica’s investment, she’s going to earn a spot on “FORBES’ America’s Richest Self-Made Women”.

With the enormous success of The Honest Company having 120 toxic-free products and $150 million revenues, Jessica remain humble as she shared her past experiences before she achieved such achievement on the business industry. She said that it’s all about “details and hard work”. Because of that, she now spends 86 hours managing a marketing institution and developing company’s brand that will sustain the increasing demand for safe, organic, toxic-free and premium-priced products.

The Honest Company: A Solution to Minimize Autism’s Increasing Rate

To determine the associations between autism and household chemicals, Dr. Philip Landrigan, one of the epidemiologists under Children’s’ Environmental Health Center tests a baby’s teeth to find out how does autism occur knowing that genetic changes doesn’t occur rapidly, but instead, it has something to with the environment.

As Dr. Landrigan and his team did some further research, blood testing, examinations, and analyze chemicals, the study revealed that “exposure to certain toxins during fetal development affects the incidence of autism and intellectual disability.”

Due to the said findings, Jessica become more determined to make their own products aiming to solve the issue by selling organic, non-toxic and safe product to parents through The Honest Company. If you’re interested about their products, you may visit here.

Jessica has really the heart and passion to help not just her family but all the people around the world with no exceptions. She’s undeniably a good role model to every woman seeking for a healthy living that’s free from toxins and diseases. Indeed, just like Jessica’s main goal, we should CHOOSE ORGANIC and live a healthy life!