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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

What The Kale....?

Kale. This delicious and nutritious veggie hangs out on the fringe. Commonly described as dark, calm, collected. It's anything but mainstream. And don't be fooled by its gentle ruffles. This vegetable packs a punch. Nutritionally speaking, it makes most leafy greens look like wimps. Most people have encountered kale placed as a garnish, meant to be thrown away, however, it's just not the sideline type. How can you make sure this ultra cool veggie has center stage? Below are quick and easy kale recipes.
  • Put down those greasy potato chips. Make kale "chips" by tossing kale leaves, 2 Tsp of olive oil, and a dash of sea salt. Toast in the oven for 275 degrees for 20 minutes, until crispy.
  • Make a refreshing drink by incorporating kale greens into any fruit smoothie.
  • Sautee mushrooms, bell peppers, and kale greens in olive oil with a dash of soy sauce and red wine vinegar for a tasty meal.
  • Make a delicious tossed salad by replacing lettuce with baby kale greens.
  • Add kale greens and sliced cherry tomatoes to eggs for a colorful omelet.
  • A sprinkle of kale greens tossed into potato soup adds texture and color.
Kale. Yes, it's that badass.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Our favorite books

What are we doing on dark, stormy nights? Snuggled in bed with a good book, of course.  Here are a couple of recommendations from your favorite Feisty Organics....

The Bohemian Manifesto-This is a whimsical look at life as a bohemian, written in a field guide style, this book captures what it means to live as a free spirit.  Charming graphics and hilarious commentary grace the pages of this must-have. 

What kind of bohemian are you?  Find out here.

The Hobbit
This classic is a must-read for cool Autumn evenings.  As any good host would, be sure to read with a hot pot of tea and a variety of wholesome snacks (in case of any unexpected visitors). The adventures of Bilbo will make you rethink that cozy little hole you found at the base of your backyard tree. Soon you will be searching for faery footprints.  

So....what do you curl up with at night ?

Monday, August 6, 2012

3 Super-foods you should know about

fruits & vegetables
When you hear the word super-food the first thing that probably pops into your mind is blueberries or spinach,but, actually, there are numerous super-foods that you can incorporate into your diet as a way to increase your daily vitamin intake while giving you a break from all of those blueberry smoothies and spinach salads you have for lunch.

Spirulina: The Protein All-star

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows on freshwater ponds. It is made up of 62% amino acid,which makes it an excellent source of protein. Meats, nuts, legumes, and whole grains contain a smaller amount of protein. Also, spirulina contains minerals and antioxidants for our cells that provide protection from external damage. 

Bee Pollen: The Energizer

We all know that bees play an important role in the ecosystem, but we have even more to thank these amazing insects for. There have been many studies about the nutritional value of bee pollen. Fresh bee pollen contains nearly all of the nutrients the human body needs to maintain health. It has all 22 amino acids, protein, 27 minerals, enzymes, and vitamins B1, B2, and B6; niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamins C, A, and E. So, next time your energy feels depleted skip the Red Bull and grab the bee pollen.

Shiitake Mushrooms:Immune system protector

The shiitake mushroom has long been part of the Japanese diet as an immune booster. These mushrooms contain lentinan which possess immune enhancing properties. It also has anti-tumor properties and is a beneficial treatment for cysts and tumors. The shiitake is also used as part of a nutritional therapy for cancer.

Remember, filling your diet with super foods is a great way to obtain more nutrients. The best way to to maintain excellent health is by eating a balanced diet that is low in sugar, fats, and high fructose corn syrup and rich in colorful organic raw foods, whole grains, and some quality protein sich as fish.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

How to:Herbal Facial Steam Recipe

Herbal aromatherapy facial steams (also known as facial saunas) is one of the oldest methods for naturally  cleansing and removing dirt from pores. Cleopatra used hot stones for her body , including her face, and she was known for her love of essential oils. Facial steams were also used as a remedy for alleviating sinus pain and congestion .Using facial steams is a great way to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin.

Steam recipe for dry to normal skin
1.Bring 2 to 3 quarts of water to a boil
2.Add 3 parts comfrey leaf, 2 parts calendula , 2 parts chamomile , 2 parts rose oil or roses , and 1 part lavender
3. Place a towel over your head and lean over the bowl no closer than 12 inches to the bowl.You can come out occasionally to breathe in cool air. Steam for 5 to 8 minutes.

Remember to relax and inhale all the herbal goodness.

Be extra careful when handling boiling water,and never place your face closer than 12 inches to a bowl of steaming water. Also ,be sure to remove any make-up before giving yourself a facial steam.

Lavender water
We used rose oil instead of roses

Herbal Steam
Now remember never get to close to a bowl of steam!

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