Thursday, 27 December 2012

An Infographic About Eating Organic

Organic Food and a healthy lifestyle

Organic Food InfographicKnowing where you food comes from, and how it’s produced, is the first step in making informed and healthy choices. We’ve all heard a thousand opinions on what’s healthy and what’s not, what’s right and what’s wrong. The following infographic based on a number of recent health articles and opinions to help you better understand the facts about organic foods and how they can lead to a healthier lifestyle. By eating right you are likely to have more energy and feel better overall.

 
You may even be inspired to add other healthy activities to your lifestyle, such as working out. Organic foods are usually more nutritional and they can contain higher levels of antioxidants.

The infographic above was created by Wells.org. Their stated mission is to revolutionize commerce and create a vehicle for positive change by bringing attention to people who are doing good work in their communities.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Sprouting Chickpeas (or Garbanzo Beans)

How To Sprout Chickpeas

A Bag Of Dried Chickpeas

Chickpeas make delicious nutritious snacks and additions to your salads and other savory dishes. They are also very convenient as you can grow them from the comfort of your own home so there is no need to take the curlers out of your hair or to change out of that dressing gown.


Soak Your Chickpeas In A Jar Overnight


One of the many benefits of eating these beans freshly sprouted is that none of the nutrients are lost from being shipped, stored handled and cooked, so they are mini power houses, full of healthy goodness.


When sprouted Chickpeas are a good source of protein, and complex carbohydrates so they will help you to fill fuller longer. They have also been known to benefit your hair, skin and nails, and they have a generous amount of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin c, magnesium iron and zinc.

Another good reason for eating these sprouted little fellas, is that they are much easier for your system to digest, so the repercussions on your gastric tract should be minimal :)

Heres how I sprout my chickpeas and it seems to work quite well.

I prefer to use organic chickpeas.

1. Rinse the beans well.

2. Place in container in filtered water (1 part beans, 4 parts water).

3. Leave to soak overnight, with just a cover or loose lid on top.

4. In the morning drain and rinse well.

5. Place in jar without water (leaving room for sprouts).

6. Cover with a dry washcloth and rubberband (do not used a lid, because the peas need to breath).

7. Rinse at least 3 times a day.

8. After 2 days rinse and eat.

9. Refrigerate any unused sprouts and eat within a week.



*Note: The chickpeas are only meant to be in water at the beginning soaking stage, after that they are placed in a jar without water to begin the sprouting stage.

Also here is a nice recipe for Sprouted Chickpea Hummus (yummus)


Your Finished Sprouted Chickpeas


I hope you enjoy eating your delicious sprouted chick peas, any questions feel free to leave a comment!

Monday, 26 November 2012

How To Create Self-Watering Containers For Your Garden

 Creating Your Own Self-Watering Gardening Containers

There are lots of benefits to growing your own food. You can pick the type of vegetables and fruit you want in abundance. You can choose the seed varieties, such as heirloom or organic, and use organic methods if desired. And you can plan food around your growing season so you always have fresh produce available. All of this, however, is a lot of work. Planting, weeding, watering and harvesting are all time-consuming tasks.

You can save some time and energy by making self-watering containers. These containers are set above ground so the soil is warmer and they don"t get as many weeds as other gardens. They also need very little watering -- although the name "self-watering" is a misnomer since some watering is needed.

A self-watering container is easily made from a large storage container with lids. A large Rubbermaid-style container or 5-gallon bucket with fitting lid will work well. Whatever container you choose, be sure that it was not used for anything toxic in its previous life.




Find 6 to 8 little containers that will fit neatly in the bottom of your large container. Coffee cans, yogurt containers or empty plastic plant pots work well. They should be about 4 to 6 inches deep and line up in the bottom of the container. Eight 1-gallon flowerpots will fit neatly inside a 32-gallon plastic bin.

Cut a piece of PVC pipe so that it is taller than your container. Drill holes in the bottom third of the pipe.

Scale the container lid so that it sits snugly on top of the small interior containers. Use a sharp pair of scissors, nippers or a small handsaw to cut the lid to fit. Cut a hole in one corner of the lid. Use one of the small, interior pots to gauge the size of the hole. The hole should open up over the corner pot underneath it. Cut another hole on the opposite corner of the first.

Add a second hole that is wide enough for the PVC pipe to slide through. The location of this hole is not critical, but it works best along the center-edge of one length.

Drill drain holes around the outside edge of the large container, six inches from the bottom.

Set the lid onto of the small interior containers. Slide the PVC pipe through its allotted slot.

Fill the container with potting soil so that the soil sits on the lid. Plant your seeds in the top of the soil. Pour water into through the PVC pipe to fill the reservoir below it. The water will wick up into the soil but the plants' roots will not sit in water. To further preserve moisture, add mulch around the base of the plants once they are established.

Refill the container"s reservoir as needed. This will vary depending on the weather conditions.

You can reuse this self-watering container each year or plant perennials in it for continuous growth.

Friday, 9 November 2012

Growing Organic Strawberries

How To Grow Delicious Organic Strawberries

Gardening can scare some people away because you cannot rely on traditional methods used in the home garden such as ready to use fertilizers and herbicides. However organic gardening can be easier and more economical for these reasons, you don't have to spend time applying chemicals every couple of weeks or worrying about how to apply them. Growing organic strawberries is not only very simple but produces the absolute most delicious strawberries you can find anywhere.

Starting Your Organic Strawberry Garden
A Strawberry Plant in the Garden
As a basis for your new strawberry garden you will want three things, a well-draining soil base, a nutrient rich organic additive like compost or natural manures and finally a raised bed to put your new soil materials into. If you don't compost, don't worry almost all nurseries carry generic compost and often high quality natural fertilizers such as bat guano.

You should begin by constructing your raised bed so that you have an idea of how much soil you will need, for strawberries I would suggest an 8 inch high bed with an adequate length and width to plant at least 25 strawberry plants.

The reason you want at least 25 strawberries is because you should assume each plant will only make around 3 - 4 berries during the growing season. While they may make more, you will likely lose some berries to pests and there is nothing more disappointing than working hard on a strawberry garden that produces only a few berries.

Preparing Your Soil and Planting

Now you want to fill in your bed, you can use soil from your yard but if it does not drain well you should add perlite or a drainage additive into it before putting it in your bed. You will also want to put a layer of compost starting about 2 inches below the soil surface and be sure to make it a generous layer as it will feed your plants throughout the whole season.

After you finish filling in your raised bed it's time to plant your  strawberries, you can either use a flat of berries that you buy or plant seeds according to their package's instructions. If you plant mature plants you should consider applying a layer of mulch to help keep a higher soil temperature and increase water retention; if you planted seeds you should wait till your plants develop some to apply this layer of mulch.

This article was brought to you by Lucas, who loves gardening and writing about the cultivation of plants; read more at Plantdex.

Image source - Wikimedia

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Organic Food Delivery at Realfoods.co.uk

Eating Healthy Just Got Easier Thanks to Realfoods.co.uk

The Logo Of Realfoods.co.uk

Everyone knows that by eating healthy, our bodies work better and we feel less sluggish. You can hide your head in the sand and claim ignorance, but the truth of the matter is, eating healthy is often inconvenient. Organic foods and convenience can make a happy pair, when you know where to look. Real Foods Company, located in Edinburgh, Scotland, has been delivering wholesome products for over 30 years. Stop procrastinating and start eating healthier by placing your order online. It's as fast and simple as that.

No Lacklustre Veggies

How many times have you visited the market and came away without your fresh fruits and veggies? Perhaps these fresh goods look lacklustre and less than appealing, or the price is significantly higher than expected. You can bypass this decision by ordering a fresh fruit and vegetable box from Real Foods. The organic selection will be delivered right to your doorstep and the contents, fresh, crunchy and appealing.

Cultural Variety

Some stores offer an aisle of cultural cuisine, but many times the contents contain gluten and other additives, that should not be part of your diet. Standing in a store, reading label after label, can turn you off of healthy eating, in a hurry. Expert buyers at Real Foods have years of experience in knowing what your body wants and needs. Regardless of your ethnicity, the choices are vast and organic.

Winter Gifts and Cooking

Holidays always ruin a diet with rich, unhealthy foods that leave you feeling bloated for weeks. This year, don't settle for providing foods to family and friends that make them give up healthy eating. You will find a host of tantalizing recipes at www.realfoods.co.uk that use organic ingredients, all available through the online store.

Winter is a great time to introduce your loved ones to healthy eating by filling a basket with goodies, like flavoured biscuits, drinks and marmalade, that are gluten-free, organic and delicious. Better yet, give a gift certificate and let your recipient select their own foods. You will also find other items, such as clothes, beauty and body care, candles, and perfumes that will take care of your shopping list, quickly.

Delivering to Your Door

Eating healthy does not have to be difficult when you have a company that takes all the work out of shopping. Prices are competitive and the delivery is free when you live on the GB Mainland. Whether you are looking to improve your diet, start living a greener life, or just want to find more convenience in buying fresh foods, visiting Realfoods.co.uk is a terrific way to start.

To learn more about the store, you can watch the video below by their events manager, Ben.

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

To Filter Or Not To Filter

Do Water Filters Make a Difference?

In our increasingly health-conscious society, there has been a move towards filtering water before drinking it. As well as comprehensive water filters, there are filters that can be fitted onto showerheads and even water bottles with built-in filters available on the market. But is filtered water better than plain old tap water or is it just another health fad?

The Taste Test Aside altogether from health concerns, many people prefer the taste of filtered water. The tap water in people's homes can sometimes have a slightly unpleasant taste or odour. This is probably due to residual elements in the water, which can be removed by a filter. By removing these elements, you get rid of the unpleasant taste which could result in greater water consumption.

As we are supposed to drink about a gallon of water a day, improving the taste of the water from your tap may encourage you to drink the amount of water your body needs, keeping you in good shape.

So What do Filters Remove? 

Tap water usually carries traces of chlorine, toxins and even lead, all of which can pose health hazards in the long-run, particularly for pregnant women, young children or people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy.

By filtering the water you drink, you are removing these trace elements and protecting your own health as well as that of the people you live with. In addition to health risks, chlorine in water can have a damaging effect on hair and skin, making hair look lifeless and drying out skin. After washing with filtered water for a while, you should notice subtle differences in your appearance.

 Filtered Water Over Bottled Water

Another consideration is the amount of money spent on bottled water. Perhaps you buy bottled water for the home because the tap water doesn't taste good or perhaps you buy it with your lunch or when you're on the go instead of bringing a bottle from home. Either way, although drinking water regularly is great for your health, it may shock you to find out that buying bottled water is terrible for the environment.

The amount of oil needed to produce the rows upon rows of bottled water stocked in supermarkets and shops internationally is phenomenal, not to mention the fuel required to transport bottles in trucks from here to there.

As if that isn't bad enough, most of these bottles are not recycled and end up gathering in their thousands in landfills. So, by bringing water from home, you're doing your bit for the environment without realising it! It seems that filtered water gets the vote of approval for taste, as well as being beneficial for your health, your appearance and even the environment.

This article was written by dietician Martina Fitzmaurice on behalf of a lead supplier of water filters.

Six Simple Raw Food Storage Tips

Making Your Food Last Longer By Storing It Correctly


My apologies for not posting for almost a month, I've been very busy with work.

Anyway, here's a resourceful video from Kristina Carrillo-Bucaram of Rawfully Organic. She has 6 people living with her at her HQ in Houston, Texas. The temperatures down there in the deep south can get right up there, I know about that as I lived in Austin Texas back in 2000.

Between Kristina and her roomates they own 8 fridges which must mean her energy bill is through the roof every month. Anyway with members of her "Rawfully Organic" co-op now topping over 6000, I'm sure she can afford the occasional stratospheric electricity bill :)

Her first handy tip is to store your greens in biodegradable bags, the rest are listed in order below.

I hope you enjoy watching the video.

A) Bag Your Greens to Keep Them Fresh
B) Rotate Your Food
C) Store Your Fruits and Vegetables Separately
D) Keep the Room Temperature Consistent

E) Prepare Only as Needed
F) RawFood is Tasty but it is Not Immortal!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Organic Seeds and Nuts at Realfoods.co.uk

Go Nuts for Organic Seeds & Nuts

Omega Mix From Realfoods.co.uk


Last week I made a really nice batch of homemade granola bars, and boy did they turn out good! They were really chewy and filling and helped my mind to rest assured that I wasn't putting a bunch of junk in my mouth. I intended to take a couple to work with me every day, but unfortunately they only lasted a few days, which is a good thing too I guess.

Heres the recipe I used.

Note: I made a few substitutions with the seeds/nuts and also the wheat germ.

The whole reason I wanted to make granola bars was to use up of the rest of my fruit and fiber cereal which was almost getting to the stale point, so I ground up enough of it to replace the 3/4 cup wheat germ (and I didnt have any wheat germ on hand anyway.)

So that made me happy that I didnt throw out the rest of my cereal, and that I didnt have to shell out a few quid for a wheat germ run.

I substituted the 3/4 cup of sunflower seeds for 3/4 cup of Real Foods organic omega seed mix (the more omegas the better is my motto!).

Flaked Almonds From Realfoods.co.uk



I also considered substituting the 1 cup of crushed peanuts for 1 cup of "Real Foods" organic flaked almonds which I think would taste better, but in the end I opted for the peanuts.

Happy baking, JJ.

Saturday, 8 September 2012

An Infographic About The Role Of The Nutritionist

The Role A Nutritionist Plays

A lot of people do not consider the significant role a nutritionist plays in maintaining the health of individuals until they encounter a serious illness with the intake of unhygienic food. On the other hand, there are also people who believe that these professionals might save them from sudden illnesses and help to keep their body fit.



A nutritionist career is, therefore, growing in demand with an evident increase in the individuals who want to get aware of the advantages associated with eating nutritious food. These nutritionists could play a key role in our daily life by altering our eating habits.

This career has rapidly been progressing to become one of the fastest growing one in the United States. Constant research in different parts of the world has increased the demand of these professionals. They work in a variety of environments such as hospitals and consulting companies to evaluate the diet of patients.

Source: HealthSchoolGuide.net

Sunday, 26 August 2012

Raw Food Success Story

A Raw Food Success Story From Amanda Johns

Listening to inspiring stories from real people who have turned their backs on junk food and had wonderful results such as increased energy or other health benefits can be motivating. In this video below, from Amanda Johns, she shares her testimony about how she now feels so much healthier since she has embarked on a raw food diet. Parts one and two from Amanda are below.




Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Our Infographic About Superfood Berries

Acai, Blueberry, Cranberry and Goji Make Super Hero List

Our Cute Berries InfographicWe hope you enjoy the infographic below we had created for the site.

The illustrator was Bluebeaniebelle.com  and it lists 4 super berries, Acai, Blueberry, Cranberry and Goji that can help fight free radicals.

Let us know what you think of these, and if you enjoyed reading it please share it on Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook or Google +.....show us some social media love!

The image has been resized to fit on this blog post, however if you'd like the original to use on your Website, please send me an email through the contact us section in the menubar of this site and we can talk about it. :)

For a wider selection of Superfoods, such as chlorella and bee pollen, we have heard great things about Real Foods of Edinburgh if you live in the UK. They offer a great range of products there.

Anyway enough rambling from me.

Have a wonderful day.

Jennifer.


Fried Breakfast VS Raw Breakfast

Traditional Cooked Breakfasts Vs Raw Breakfasts

Ahhh that sound of fried eggs and hash browns sizzling in the frying pan, those sugar laden baked beans bubbling along nicely, and 4 slices of fried bread dripping away greasily in the wings....Who doesn't love a traditional cooked breakfast to start the day?

Well I'll tell you who, the Rawtarian.......strawberry and banana bowl anyone?

Banana and Strawberry Breakfast
Personally I've nothing against the odd fry up to kick start my day on a cold winter's morn, but my quest for healthy eating has led me away from taking long journeys on that greasy path.

There are a raft of other delicious alternative breakfast recipes listed here

A Fresh and Minty Salad Dressing

 Introducing Watermelon Jicama Mint Salad

 I used to pour gallons of ranch and french dressing over my salads, I still love the taste of those and do indulge now and again if eating out. But let's be frank, they can often be fattening and they almost drown the flavour of the food you're eating.

Melon and Mint Salad Dressing


That's why it's always refreshing to find healthy alternatives like the Watermelon and Jicama Mint salad dressing I found over at Rawmazing.com

Here are the ingredients:

6 cups cubed watermelon
2 cups diced jicama
3/4 cup diced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
Himalayan Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

I had never heard of Jicama before, I hear it's a form of Mexican yam bean.

If you're looking to freshen up a tired old salad, you can read more about this wonderful recipe here


Sunday, 12 August 2012

Raw Diet Q&A

Musings of Rabbits And Bananas


The following questions and answers session was taken from a 1997 interview with Stephen Arlin and David Wolfe who were co-writers of one of the first raw food books on the market.
 In the following interview the conversation falls upon the topic of red meat:

".....Could you imagine yourself nude, barefoot, with no tools or fire, trying to tackle a wild animal, kill it, and eat its guts out?! Eating animals is not in our biology. Think about it, if you gave a child a banana and a rabbit, it would eat the banana and play with the rabbit every time....."

Great point although not everyone will agree. In my opinion if you also gave most adults a banana and a rabbit, they would also eat the banana and play with the rabbit, or more likely fry up some banana fritters and entomb the rabbit in a hutch as those pesky droppings can get all over the house :)
You can read more at the raw food Q and A