Jul 17, 2013

Healthy Child; Healthy World

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New Food Adventures: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is used for all sorts of things. I got a great book at the library that said all the uses for vinegar (and one for baking soda too). But what makes ACV better than distilled white vinegar? Well, ACV has the "mother culture"--good bacteria in it that's not refined and taken out of the process. (Make sure you buy the organic Braggs brand). We don't even use distilled vinegar for recipes anymore (unless for cleaning recipes, like laundry and all-purpose cleaner, etc.) Buy a large gallon container of it, since it's the best vinegar to have on hand.

Try it for salad dressings or marinades. I also do canned salsa with my garden veggies and use half ACV and half lemon juice, instead of distilled. Or get other ideas from this cool graphic below.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Super Health Alkalizing Tonic http://themissfitmama.com/2013/03/31/ways-to-use-apple-cider-vinegar-recipes-and-remedies/

How to use ACV to help heal ailments:
  • For chronic conditions such as arthritis, allergies, asthma, heartburn, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., to help in weight loss, or to boost general health: Mix 2 teaspoons of ACV in 8 ounces of water. Drink a glass of this mixture three times a day, every day.
  • For acute conditions like colds, other viruses, headaches, or infections (including yeast infections, bladder infections, diarrhea, constipation, food poisoning, hemorrhoids, etc.,) : Mix 2 tablespoons of ACV in about 8 ounces of water. Drink three glasses of this mixture per day until your condition clears.
  • For sore throats or bad breath: Mix ACV in equal parts water and gargle with the mixture, (if your throat is sore, let it coat the throat). You may spit it out, or, for maximum effectiveness, swallow the mixture.
  • For acne, rashes, body odor, or other skin conditions (including irritation from yeast infections, jock itch, hemorrhoids and other such conditions): Dilute ACV in equal parts water and apply topically with a cotton ball. For rashes, leave on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse with water Repeat three times a day. For body odor or acne, ACV can be left on the skin without rinsing
  • from http://freckleberryfinds.com/2011/09/apple-cider-vinegar-the-mother-of-all-home-remedies/

Top Healthy Substitutions

Time to swap! :)

20 Easy Real Food Switches and Substitutions {with Free Printable Chart}

New Food Adventures: Coconut Oil

If you haven't tried one of the world's healthiest cooking oils--coconut oil--now is the time to try it. We love it and it lasts forever. It is solid at room temperature and lasts forever. We keep three large bottles of it on hand in our food storage. We buy the large Nutiva Organic, unrefined, cold-pressed extra-virgin oil at Costco for $22--that's a steal!

How we use coconut oil:

  • In homemade hygiene products: deodorant, lotion (and sunscreen), toothpaste (or oil pulling)
  • for popcorn (in place of butter)
  • sautee vegetables (greenbeans with almonds are main/favorite option)
  • degreaser (for pans of baked goods or for skillet when cooking eggs)
  • melted and put into brownies in place of other oils
  • use half butter and half coconut oil in homemade granola

Health & Healing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Protein List