Saturday, April 18, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Brown Rice Supper

Well this week has been pretty busy, and a bit late getting this recipe up. but it's one I love to make and enjoy here. We hope you enjoy as well.

Blessings, Patty

Brown Rice Supper
2 Tbl. Olive Oil
4 pork chops, cut 1/2 inch thick ( Can use chicken here in place of pork chops)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 medium onion, sliced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked brown rice
1- 10 1/2 oz. Can beef broth - low sodium (can use chicken broth if using chicken)
1 – 14 1/2 oz. Can stewed tomatoes
1/2 cup water
1 tsp. crushed thyme leaves

Directions:
1- In a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium heat, in hot oil, cook pork chops(or chicken) until browned on all sides. Remove from pan.
2-To drippings, ad vegetables, onion and garlic; cook until vegetables are tender, stirring frequently.
3-Add rice; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
4-Stir in beef broth (or chicken broth), tomatoes with their liquid, water and thyme.
5-Arrange pork chops over rice. Heat till boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer 1 hour or until rice is tender, stirring occasionally. Ad more water during cooking, if mixture appears dry. Uncover; let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Grilled Vegetable Sandwich

I am so excited that spring is here and I am able to plant my herbs and veggies. And with that I get excited that I will be able to have fresh grilled veggie sandwiches.

These can be done in any number of ways and with most any vegetable that you enjoy. But I love the Zucchini and Eggplant combination.


MARINADE
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 cups olive oil
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste

Vegetables:
1 large zucchini, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal
1 medium Japanese eggplant, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal (can use reg. egg plant)
1 medium yellow squash, sliced 3/4 inch thick on diagonal


Toppings:
Crusty Whole Wheat Loaf Bread
Baby Spinach
1 large red onion, sliced thin
1 tomato, thinly sliced Or you can use Sun Dried Tomatoes chopped
Thin sliced mushrooms (if desired)
Chopped Olives
Cheese such as Goat Cheese or I like to sprinkle on some feta for the saltiness of it.

Combine all ingredients for marinade and pour over sliced vegetables, marinate for 30 minutes. Cook on a hot grill for 2-3 minutes on each side.

Take remainder of marinade and brush both halves of your bread and take one clove of garlic and rub on bread. Grill/broil until just toasted. You can also use a little mayo mixed with minced garlic and herbs to spread on bread. And you can also spread goat cheese on your bread.

Take your grilled veggies and place on bottom of bread and then put desired toppings on. Sprinkle with little salt and fresh ground pepper to taste and place top on bread.

Now just set back, eat and Enjoy!

Patty Dooley

Benefits of Alfalfa


Centuries ago, the Arabs used alfalfa as feed for their horses, because they claimed that alfalfa made the animals swift and strong. They then tried the alfalfa herb themselves and became so convinced of alfalfa's benefits to their health and strength that they named the grain for its health qualities. The ancient Greeks used alfalfa to treat a variety of diseases including bladder and kidney conditions. Traditional Chinese medicine uses alfalfa to treat kidney stones.

With roots reaching as deep as 20 feet into the soil, the roots of the alfalfa plant, A.K.A. the "father of all foods," brings forth minerals in their most natural form. Recognized for centuries for its healing properties, alfalfa offers a wide range of nutrients: calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, chlorophyll, bioflavonoids, trace minerals, and vitamins.

* Alfalfa is one of natures richest sources of vitamins C,B,D,E, K,U and betain (a tissue salt). It also provides more vitamin A than apricots and nearly as much as beef liver.


* Alfalfa contains a wealth of minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulphur and manganese. Minerals, which acts as a catalysts for many reactions within the body such as digestion, metabolism and utilization of nutrients in food.


* In addition to high potency of vitamins and minerals, alfalfa is a terrific complete protein food (containing every essential amino acid).

Some of the benefits of taking alfalfa is, It helps aid in digestion, Allergies, Sinus, Ulcers, Chronic indigestion, Water Retention, Arthritis and so much more.

What is Alfalfa good for?
Good source of calcium, Essential for strong bones, proper nerve function, weight control and sleep. Aids gently in abaiding allergies, aids in digestion, cleanses colon, provides essential macronutrients, and improves breath. Good source of fiber, provides additional source of colon cleansing, improves regularity, low in calories.


And is also good for:
Swelling, Pain and stiff joints
Arthritis
Ulcers
Stomach ailments
Colon problems
Gas pains
Hiatal hernia
Water retention
Swollen ankles
Swollen feet
Detoxification
Sinus problems
Allergies
Hay fever
Gout
Body odor & Smelly feet
Bad breath
Acid reflux
Cholesterol

When purchasing Alfalfa, look for an alfalfa that has been grown naturally with no chemicals to maintain nutrient and chlorophyll rich leaves.

Purchase Premium Alfalfa tablets here that is Gluten free, no artificial flavors, sweeteners, colors or preservatives added. Also Kosher Certified

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Going Green Reusable Bag Give Away


Over the years I have wondered about using plastic bags. I, myself have used them countless times. But I often wondered what happens to all these bags? You see them on the road sides, tops of trees, in our waterways, and I have even seen them in birds nests. So I began searching out about plastic bags and with my findings and wanting to make the world a better place, I switched to reusable bags. Reusable bags will last longer, are easy to carry, holds much more than the average plastic bag and you don't see reusable bags as litter on the side of the road. So why not use plastic bags? Here are just a few facts about plastic bags.
  • It's said that 380 billion bags are used alone in the United States each year.

  • Plastic bags do not biodegrade, they photodegrade. Meaning the sunlight breaks them down into smaller and smaller toxic pieces. (so what happens to those that are buried under mounds of other bags and never get light?)

  • It takes 12 million barrels of oil to make the plastic bags that the United States makes each year.

  • Many countries around the world have already banned the use of plastic bags. And many places in the United States are starting to put a tax on each plastic bag you use at the store.

  • Only 1 to 2% of the plastic bags in the United States are actually taken back to recycling centers or recycle boxes at local stores.
  • 1000's of marine animals die each year from eating plastic bags thinking they are food.

So in my effort to help those around me, I am offering our Green Bag Give Away! My desire with this give away is to make people aware of the world around them and to offer them a small way that they can make a contribution. I know this will not replace all the bags in the world, but I do know that with each of us, we can do a little each day and over time it will make a difference.


Going Green Reusable Bag Give-Away

Give away starts April 9 to April 30, 2009
With our Green Bag Give Away, If your name is chosen, you'll receive 6 reusable bags that you can use for grocery shopping, department store and more.

On May 1st, we will draw from all those who have entered and one lucky winner will receive our Green Bags. And winner will be announced here on our blog.

How to enter our contest:

For each thing you do, you will recieve one entry in our give away

1- Post a comment here on our blog why you would like to receive the Green Bags.

2- Follow our blog with RSS or Email - Then post here that you signed up

3- Blog about our give away on your blog with a link back. And then post here in our comments section with your blog url.


4- Follow us on Twitter - http://www.twitter.com/4u2behealthy Then Tweet me "Green Bag Give Away"

5- Tweet about us on your Twitter and post here about your post. (Tweet URL: Green Bag Give-away! http://tinyurl.com/c4awxv )

Join us on making the world a little better place and enter our Green Bag Give Away!
Patty Dooley

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Follow me on Twitter

Well, I have joined the masses on Twitter and I do enjoy it very much. But I wanted to open this up to my customers, readers and friends.

Say you have questions about the products..
Where do I start?
What products do I need to use?
What's good for my baby?
How do I clean this?

Follow me on Twitter and get real time answers from me. Or read about new posts or different articles on the net.. or just get to know me as a person behind the biz.

I'll be there for you,
To build a friendship and to help you in any way I can..

So follow me on over to Twitter and let's talk!


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Wishing you all the best,
Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor

Friday, April 3, 2009

Healthy Recipe Friday - Creamy Fruit Salad

Here is a great dessert for those fun summer days, or when having friends over or for that special ladies get togther out on the patio. Simple, fast and easy.

Creamy Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
1-8 oz. carton of Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbsp. Dairy Sour Cream
½ tsp. Vanilla
1 can (15 ¼ oz.) Pineapple Chunks (in it’s own juice) drained
1-can (15 oz.) Mandarin Oranges, drained
1 cup seedless green grapes
1 banana sliced
1 cup mini marshmallows
¼ cup sliced almonds
¼ cup flaked coconut

Directions:
In large bowl, combine yogurt, sour cream and vanilla. Next, stir in all fruit until combined.
Chill in fridge for 2 to 24 hours.

Serve chilled; Makes 6 – 1 cup servings.

Natural ways to fight head lice.

I know this is not a subject that most like to think about, but it can happen to the best of us at times when you have children in school, day care, camps, etc.. But there are ways that you can help get rid of head lice besides the pesticide treatments.

Once you have checked and determined that your child has lice, there are a few things you need to do to keep others in your home from catching it. The one most important thing is to not share a comb or hairbrush. For little girls, don’t share headbands. For little boys, don’t share caps. But just a note here, Lice cannot live in your mattress, pillows or bedcovers. But it’s always best to wash them

1- Wash all bedding in hot water and make sure you change the sheets, blankets and covers.
2- Remove all combs and brushes. Seeing you can purchase new inexpensive ones, I would make a trip to the store instead of trying to boil them.
3- Wash all clothes the child has had on and any hats, coats and sweaters during the winter months.
4- And I would wash all towels that they have come in contact with. And until you know you have the head lice gone. I would make sure the child uses their own towels for a week or so. This way it’s not passed on to others in the home.

Natural treatments:
This is just a simple list of natural ways that I have searched out on getting rid of head lice. I would suggest doing the treatment several times until you’re sure that they are all gone. But the best way of all to remove head lice is by setting down and combing one section at a time until you have the head cleared. Leaving just one egg behind can cause your child’s re-infestation in 2 weeks. So it is very important that for 2 weeks you continue to comb and treat until you are sure there are no eggs left. Always check behind ears and at the back of the hairline. As this is where you will find many of them.

1 – Conditioner. Here you can use dollar store conditioner. (If you can, get a conditioner with Tea Tree Oil). Apply to child’s hair while it’s dry. Using a lg. Tooth comb, comb through hair to make sure it’s completely saturated. Use a small nit comb (I suggest the ones with metal combs. They can run around $8 at local store) to comb through hair. Wipe comb clean after each swipe. Start at the top of the child’s head and follow the scalp without lifting comb out of hair. Follow down to the ends with each swipe. This can help remove the lice and eggs. You can leave conditioner on over night and comb through again in the morning. Then wash and rinse hair. This may have to be done several times to get rid of all the lice.

2 – Tea Tree Oil - If you can find it, purchase shampoo with tea tree oil, but if you can’t, you can add 8 – 10 drops to a bottle of shampoo. Wet the child’s hair, and while shampoo is on their head, comb through with nit comb. If hair becomes dry, simply spray with water in spray bottle and continue to comb. After combing, wash child’s head and rinse. Continue to comb after rinsing. And depending on the severity of them, you may need to do this several times. And to keep head lice away, use the Tea tree oil Shampoo often.

3- Listerine – This I have read that you can use this to fight lice. Wash and rinse child’s hair. Towel dry and then saturate with Listerine. Cover child’s hair with shower cap for 2 hours. Then remove cap and comb with nit comb. The next day, wash and rinse the child’s hair again. Then spray the child’s head with Listerine and comb through again. Depending on the infestation, this may take a couple of treatments.


4- Mayonnaise and oils. I know I have read about people using mayo and different oils to help fight. The biggest thing with these treatments is smothering the lice and making the hair slick so that you can comb through and remove eggs and bugs. With using oils though, you will have to wash the hair several times to ensure you get all the oils out.


I would try using the most natural and safe way possible for your child on trying to fight lice. It’s safer for them and over the years lice have built up immunity to many OTC treatments. If you have a tried and true treatment, we would love to hear from you. Post your comments on your lice treatments to share with our readers.

Patty Dooley - Independent Shaklee Distributor