Thursday, December 18, 2014

Real Food Fridays #67 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Real Food Fridays #66 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Not Your Normal Healthy Turkey Salad

Creating a healthy turkey salad from left overs is easy. I just cut up the turkey and through into a bowl. From there I add the following all to taste.

  •  Black pepper
  • All purpose seasoning
  • Chives
  • Paprika 
  • Garlic
  • Dill
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise I like Follow Your Heart vegan soy-free
Even though I am not a vegan, obviously I try to cut back on animal products where I can. Animal products are harder on the digestive system.

Pack in the Nutrients
For various health benefits I also added, chia seeds, flax, nutritional yeast, and bee pollen.

  • Chia Seeds - Rich in omega 3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidant, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, molybdenum, niacin (B3,) and zinc.
  • Flax - A great source for fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidant, and is said to aid in combating diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
  • Nutritional yeast - Includes B complex (note all brands contain B12,) trace minerals, 18 amino acids it is great for hair, nails, tremors, insomnia, fatigue, loss of appetite, PMS, mood changes, irritability, and it is great for the memory improvement.
  • Bee pollen - Bee pollen is noted as being the most nutrient dense food. It contains high levels of protein, not found elsewhere, free amino acids, B complex, and the benefits are to many to list. To see a list visit my post "Why I Eat Bee Pollen."
Don't tell the teens I just added flax and nutritional yeast to their burgers, shhhhh.

How do you make your food healthier?


Friday, December 5, 2014

Getting Out of Debt


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Lately I have been studying individuals who are living the life they want to live. How do they do it? How can I do it? I no longer believe I was create to live a mediocre lifestyle. Sure I'm happy, I have a great husband, great kids, great friends, a wonderful house in the country, and we are doing good financially. Notice everything was great until finances? We are by no means poor, nor do we do without, but I want to be debt free.



                                                         Hiding Money

Southern man is great with finances. Our first year of marriage he came to me and said, "I noticed you look at how much money you have to spend instead of much you can save." Hmmm he was right, to tell the truth I never thought about saving. He taught me that when I received more money not to include it in the balance of what was left from the last time I received money. This system he calls hiding money. Before I knew it I was saving money along with $400.00 to buy my daughter her own lap top for graduation.

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Say No to Charge Cards

I don't do charge cards, my first marriage we ended up with three maxed out credit cards and they are just to easy to use. If we don't have the money for it we save until we do. It is at the point now Discover is paying us to use their credit card. How does that happen? We use it and get points, but we have the money and pay it off right away. The points add up to $50.00 every so many months plus a 5% discount. We take that over to Bed, Bath and Beyond along with the 20% off coupon from them and buy what we need. Like I purchased a 16 lb turkey without thinking we did not have a roaster big enough, so guess what we did? You got we took all from above and purchased a great one.

The Plan

The debt that we have is small, like I said we have no credit card debt. Well, I really should not say it is small there is the house, one car, and my student loan. Wow, that looks like nothing typing it out. Southern man came up with a plan to get us out of debt faster. I need to mention that he is a big Dave Ramsey fan and it is his method we use. So, we paid off the van the car is next any extra money earned goes toward the car payment. We both have hobbies we make a little money with and right now that is where it goes. My student loans are next and then the house. Southern man figures we can have the car paid off by March, whoot!!! I hate being in debt, before we moved to Louisiana we were debt free. What a great feeling.

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Doing What I Love

Due to the way we handle finances I get to do what I love to do writing. I love blogging and freelance writing which earns me a small income, but allows me to work from home. Helping others is a great passion I have especially when it comes to living a natural healthy life. Having financial freedom relieves the stress of worrying about money and allows us to be happier and thus healthier.

Motivation

The Bible says: John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it more abundantly. Remember this verse every time you think you are suppose to be in debt because that is what our society does. Forget about what everyone else has and remember odds are they are probably in debt up to their wazoo. You can have what you want in time, good things come to those who wait.

We were not created to live mediocre lives, but one of abundance. It's your life, live it to the fullest.

Do you have a plan to get out of debt? Are you debt free, if so for how long?


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Real Food Fridays #65 Link Up

DO NOT LINK UP UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THE RULES.
Rule #1  If your ingredients do not have the following labels on it, or the ingredients are not listed as organic, filtered water, or cane sugar, you are using genetically mutant ingredients, sorry to burst your bubble.


Rule #2 However, if you list your ingredients as just sugar, pepper, flour that is exceptable.  Images that include non-organic brands will be deleted. That means if you have a picture of what you used, and I see Kraft, McCormick, etc the post will be deleted.

Rule #3 Bloggers only.

Notice
By submitting your email address you give your permission to receive emails informing you the link up is live. 

The purpose of this link up is to help others change from genetically mutant foods to real foods. If you are not eating organic, you are consuming GMOs that are void of vitamins and minerals.

It’s Your Life

Your host are Mary from Back to the Basics, and Mary's Kitchen.
                     Your co-hosts are

Thanks to all the awesome real food bloggers who link up each week. Let's support each other by checking out at least one other blog posts, and let them know you found them at the Real Food link up.

Check out the new Facebook group for Real Food Bloggers, join us and share your posts. Any and all posts I view will be shared on all social media including the Facebook group and the  Real Food Fridays board on Pintrest.

Feel free to link up your real food posts, bloggers only please, family friendly posts pertaining to anything related to real food, or health related link ups/blog hops.

Party runs Thursday night through Sunday at midnight.

I love these G/F D/F Mini Pecan Tarts from 123 Allergy Free






Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dealing with Mental Health Naturally


In today’s society one out of every four to five adults suffers from a mental health disorder. The most common disorders are bipolar, depression, schizophrenia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. This article however, is not just about those mentioned.

There are various factors which need to be addressed when dealing with mental health disorders. Some reasons for these disorders are, but not limited to nutrition, neurotransmitters, toxins, and stress. An individual may have an issue in one or more of these areas. However, it is important to note that not all mental health disorders are linked to the previously mentioned.

This is the beginning of an article I wrote as a guest blogger. The issue of mental health is one that effects at least one person we love. Please go over to Free Press to read the rest of the article.Then please share so others may learn what I learned after extensive research.


Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Healthy Sweet Potato Recipes

I bought some sweet potatoes and have combing the web to find some great healthy recipes.


First up is this awesome Sweet Potato Kale and Quinoa Fritters from Yes, More Please!, love that name.


How about some Sweet Potato Grain Free Brownies from Make the Best of Everything.


Oh man this looks good, I'll minus the bacon, but this Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet with Bacon from Allergy Free Alaska sure sounds good.


Sweet Potato and Spinach Quesadila from Health.com


Sweet Potato Pudding from Health.com


Check out this sandwich Roasted Sweet Potato, Goat Cheese & Arugula Sandwich from the Kitchn.


Sweet Potato & Kale Gratin from Oh My Veggies, love the organic ingredients.

Sweet Potato Glow Spirals from Happy, Healthy, Life


Gluten Free Sweet Potato Cheesecake from Serious Eats


Check out this healthy Sweet Potato Smoothie That Tastes Like Ice Cream from MindBodyGreen



Which recipe would you like to try? Me? All of them.