When to buy organic fruits and vegetables

Living a healthy lifestyle isn’t easy, nor is it cheap. Buying organic fruits and vegetables hike up the grocery bill month after month. What can you do to lower the bill but still eat organic foods?

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better to buy organic and some that are just fine to buy non-organic. Kristina from Fully Raw shares the secret in her video below. It’s great advice that I’m taking with me to the store!

Kale not worth the “nutritional” hype?

Do you know what a powerhouse fruit or vegetable (PFV) is? The exact definition is, as Dr. Jennifer Di Noia says, “lacking.

Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables

According to the Centers for Disease Control Prevention, PFVs are fruits and vegetables with nutrients that can reduce the risk of chronic diseases, but gives no other guidelines.

Dr. Noia and colleagues have now determined guidelines for PFVs thanks to their study. In essence, they wanted to see which foods pack the most nutrition.

To define what a powerhouse food is, they developed and  validated a classification system. The system says, on average, that the food must contain 10% of 17 nutrients in 100 calories.

They studied 47 foods, and 41 qualified as a PFV. You’ll be surprised what topped the list as the most nutrient dense food. It’s watercress, a leafy, green vegetable.

Watercress is the new Kale

I would have thought Kale would be number 1. It’s up there, but it doesn’t even rank in the top ten of the 47 foods tested!

I’m about to go look up some recipes for watercress now. Who knew?!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

 

Best way to clean your crockpot

Crockpots are heaven sent. Really. They’re a great time saver when you are already scrapping for every second you can get.

That is, of course, until you have to clean one.

I used the crockpot the other night and what was left after dinner was nothing but a huge mess.

The crockpot had caked on sauce. I’m not just talking about caked on. I’m talking CAKED. ON. My parents come home this week so I had to figure out how to clean this sucker before they got back. (I still live at home while I’m going to school, so everything is inevitably my parents.)

This is equivalent to having a house party while they’re gone and trying to get away with it. Yupp. How’s that for my level of coolness?

So, who do you call to clean a crockpot? GOOGLE!

Soaking the pot wasn’t enough, just to let you know. I had to take drastic measures, which, thankfully, Google answered the call.

Thanks to Crock-Pot Ladies, my crockpot is cleaned and my parents will never ever know. Life is good.

Here’s what I did, taken from Tips for Cleaning Your Crock-Pot:

  1. Put 1/4 cup of baking soda in pot
  2. Add dish soap
  3. Fill water so it covers the messy spots
  4. Cover with lid and heat on high for 2-4 hours

I didn’t even take before pictures to show you. I was too anxious to try to clean this pot! The after pictures are 1,000x better than what it looked like before. You’ll have to take my word for it.

 

Crockpot

 

What you’re seeing on there are stains. I think my next goal will be to figure out how to get rid of those!

 

Let’s get energized!

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

31 ways to use chia seeds in recipes

BuzzFeed is amazing. I’m sure many of you are over the whole Facebook quizzes fad (guilty of loving those), but I promise this is not a quiz.

The link I’m sharing with you will change your life. Okay, I’m being dramatic. My day was made when I stumbled upon this wonderful find though.

Check out 31 Healthy and Delicious Ways to Cook with Chia Seeds. There really are some great recipes in the list. I HAVE to try number 11.

Thanks, BuzzFeed, for making my day, yet again. If only you knew how much I enjoy thee…

 

Let’s get energized!

“Plan your dive, dive your plan”

Health and Fitness Challenge

Here’s an honest update on how the challenge is going: ehhhhh.

I did great during week one. Last week, I fell off the wagon a little bit. However, I will NOT beat myself up over it. I’m going to continue on to week 3 and do better than I did last week.

I’m doing great at the working out and eating my veggies. It’s the other things like green drinks and counting calories that I have been flubbing. So, I need to readjust my focus and put more emphasis on the things that are giving me troubles.

Here’s the challenge for week 3:

Week 3

Scuba Diving

I have my scuba diving license. One thing that the PADI instructors drilled into my head is this phrase: plan your dive, dive your plan.

The meaning behind that little phrase is simple, yet genius, to not only scuba diving but to anything in life.

In scuba diving, the phrase is important to safety. It’s too dangerous to not have a plan before going under water. You need to plan your dive, and then dive your plan. Don’t go off course.

This is the same for life, especially this challenge. In order to be successful, you have to plan. Plan when and what you’re going to be eating for each meal, each day. If you don’t plan, you’ll find yourself reaching toward that unhealthy snack or falling back into your old habits.

Planning takes time and effort upfront. After the planning and strategizing is done, your choices and behaviors will be easier to control.

Will you still have urges and cravings? Yes. But, I guarantee if you have a plan and are facing a craving, you’ll be more apt to resist and move forward.

Let’s make a plan and let’s get energized!

 

Health and fitness challenge: The journey

So, I promised I would have a picture on Monday. I do have a picture, which was ready for Monday, but time got away from me yesterday to post the picture. I’m a horrible person, I know 😉

It’s Tuesday, time to post that picture now!

Week 1

 

The reason I’m including a picture is to show the progression of each week. I know from past experience that I get frustrated when I don’t see results quickly enough. This time, I want to focus on the progression- no matter how small- instead of how fast it takes. It’s all about the journey, you know.

I honestly don’t have a goal in mind for this challenge. I just want to complete it and see the effects on my mind and body. This will put less stress and pressure on the challenge and won’t take the fun out of it.

I want this experience to be fun. As a society, we put too much unwarranted pressure on ourselves. I’m using this challenge to make positive impacts on my mind and body and learning how to enjoy the journey.

I hope you join me in this journey. You’ll be glad you did when it’s over!

Let’s get energized! 🙂

Health and fitness challenge

I’m going to be starting a health and fitness challenge today.

It’s called the 30 Day Ev0-lution challenge  2014. It’s from earlier this year, but that doesn’t matter to me. I already do the majority of the challenge on a daily basis, but something about a challenge just makes it all the more fun. It truly gives you something to work for, I feel.

I’m going to post a before and after picture to see how far I’ve come. This is going to be a journey, and I want to capture it and share it with others. I dare you to join me on this journey.

Check out the website for more information. In the meantime, here are the challenges of the four week journey:

Week one

Week 2

Week 3

Week4Let’s get energized!