Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
- This is the time of the year when all the Christmas fairs start popping up...have you always avoiding them thinking that they are just full of knitted doll clothes and crocheted socks? Well, check them out this year; it's a great place to buy locally made soaps and lotions, spices and of course, jewelery.
- books on health; some good reads include In the Defense of Food, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Food and Healing and Food Inc - this is actually a DVD for people who don't enjoy reading.
- how about a cooking book full of healthy recipes? Some of my faves are: Super Natural Cooking, Eat, Drink, Be Vegan and Rebar Modern Food Cookbook
- handcrafted ceramic tea pot and tea cups, along with some loose leaf tea.
- reusable water containers...some places are banning the sale of water to cut down on waste (which I think is great!), so you'll want to make sure to have a reusable bottle to bring your own water when you head out the door. These water bottles are cool and support a good cause.
- alcohol is always an easy fall back gift option...you can make it healthier by purchasing a bottle of organic wine. Most liquor stores are carrying large selections to chose from these days.
- and of course, if all else fails you can never go wrong with the gift of food! I love giving gift baskets filled with raw nuts and seeds, organic chocolate and a pack of coffee. Who would like to receive that??
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Cook 2 batches of chicken breasts and freeze in 3oz or half chicken breast portions in small sandwich bags. They then can be grabbed easy for chicken wraps, salads, or to be used with rice or other dishes in a pinch
Cook a whole pot of Quinoa and freeze in ½ cup portions, again can be grabbed easy for snacks, lunches, breakfast etc, also freeze some in dinner size portions 2 cups to grab easy for dinners
3. Cook a pot of brown rice and freeze in ½ cup portions and dinner size portions for ease when preparing
4. Boil 6-8 eggs at a time and leave them in the fridge for snacks, salads, breakfasts etc
5. Make 2-3 batches of granola bars and cut and freeze
6. Make a huge batch of granola and freeze in bags to so you can grab it easily when you run out
7. Make a big container of whole grain cereal to use for breakfasts/snacks
8. After you get groceries put together a Tupperware container of vegetables so they are easy to grab for the week
9. After you get groceries make a fruit salad that will last 5 days to be used throughout the week when time is limited
10. Plan your grocery list and shop for everything you will need for the week, spend some time after pre-preparing things you will need, this will make cooking easy
11. You don’t need to order out...an easy egg omelette or frittata can be made in 5 minutes (using the veggies you already have cut up) and a spinach salad can be whipped up in minutes if you buy the prewashed spinach. Your dinner can be made and on the table in less time than it would take you to get your food delivered. Or you can easily grab some wraps and the chicken you have in the freezer and make quick quesadillas with chicken, spinach, peppers and salsa, served with a quick salad or some of the fruit salad you have in the fridge.
12. Make big batches of soup and chilli and freeze them in individual containers. Chili can also be used to top a salad with some baked pita chips, makes a quick and easy supper in a pinch.
13. When you have leftovers, freeze them, you can use them another time when time is of the essence
14. Low fat salad dressings make great quick sauces for stir fry’s and chicken and such keep a good stock.
15. Make a big batch of breakfast cookies and energy bars and freeze.
16. Make lots of trail mix as this is great to grab when you are in a hurry
17. Make a double batch of muffins and freeze.
18. Freeze bananas so you can always make a smoothie and not have to worry about having fresh ones on hand.
19. Buy frozen fruit in big bags to be used to in smoothies and to be used as a snack or breakfast with yogurt and granola.
20. Always have tuna and beans in the cupboard, a quick tuna casserole can be whipped up in no time, beans also are great for a protein that can be whipped up into a soup in 20 minutes (as long as you have a good stock of reduced sodium stock in your cupboard)