Archive for July, 2010

Top 5 Favorite Snacks

Top 5 Favorite Snacks

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¬†I’ve had a few people ask me what I like to snack on, so I thought I would share with you my top 5 favorite snacks!¬† I know that we are all in a hurry, all of the time, and it’s hard to find foods that we can grab and go.¬† If you are like most people, you probably fall into the trap of purchasing prepackaged snack foods at the grocery store.¬† While these foods are¬†convenient and easy, they are loaded with preservatives, chemicals, sugar, salt and fake coloring.¬† Over the past couple months I have found some great foods that make awesome snacks, so hopefully you enjoy!

1.  FRESH FRUIT

I know that you are probably thinking, “We already know that, Sarah”, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t consider fruit a real food.¬† The great thing about fruit is that you can grab it and go.¬† It doesn’t need any preparation or refrigeration.¬† My favorites are apples, bananas, peaches, oranges and grapefruit.¬† Put a piece of fruit in your purse, your car, your book bag, at work, anywhere you go!

 

I also LOVE grapefruit.¬† My favorite way to eat grapefruit is to cut it in half, cut out the sections and drizzle a little honey on the top.¬† The honey melts down into the grapefruit and sweetens up the tartness of the fruit.¬† Honey is great because it is a natural sweetner…the only ingredient in honey is honey!¬† I eat a grapefruit every morning or sometimes at night when I want a sweet treat.

 

2.  HUMMUS AND VEGGIES

Hummus is a Mediterranean dip made out of garbanzo beans (chickpeas).  It is usually made with olive oil, tahini (spice) and other natural spices and flavors.  It comes in many varieties, including, original, spinach and artichoke, greek olive, and red pepper.  Hummus is usually served with pita bread, but I eat it with bell pepper slices, celery and carrots.  Hummus is full of fiber and protein and is light and fresh.

3.  FROZEN GRAPES

If you have never tried frozen grapes before, you are missing out!¬† I wash a bunch of grapes, take them off the vine and put them into plastic freezer bags.¬† I keep a few bags in my freezer at all times.¬† They are perfect for snacking on a hot day, to take to the movies (don’t tell anyone!) or just to eat on the go.¬† The grapes take on an ice cream like texture when frozen…they are SO good, you have to try this.

4.  CHICKEN SALAD WITH LETTUCE

I like to make a chicken salad mix to keep in the refrigerator for a quick healthy snack.  I make this and put in romaine lettuce leaves for a fresh, protein packed snack or lunch. 
Sarah’s Chicken Salad Recipe:
Boneless skin-less chicken breasts
Red bell pepper
Celery
Pickles
Mayonnaise made with Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together and put in lettuce leaves or use red bell pepper, celery, or carrots to dip.

5.  DRIED FRUIT

I always have a bag of dried fruit in my purse. My personal favorites are: apricots, cherries, apples, and peaches.¬† The great thing about dried fruit is it’s exactly that; fruit that has been dried.¬† A warning though, some dried fruit has lots of added sugar and chemicals to preserve color etc.¬† Always read the ingredients label.¬† You only want the fruit, whatever kind it may be, to be on the ingredients list.¬†

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Tip of the Week!

Stay on the perimeter when shopping at the grocery store.

Think about the layout of the grocery store like a map.  The destination is the checkout stand and the goal is to have as many nutrient dense, healthful, whole foods as possible.  The strategy: stay on the perimeter. 

 The outer walls of the grocery store will provide you with the most real food you can purchase.  You will find fruits and vegetables, raw meat including poultry and fish, and dairy.  If you stick to the perimeter, you will most likely leave the store with a cart full of goodness.  The center of the store is where the processed, preserved, and fake food is found.  Stay away from these things as much as you possibly can! 

The middle¬†section of the store is the part on the map that has the skull and crossbones on it…you don’t want to go¬†there, people might die¬†:).¬†¬†¬†

So remember, to make it to the finish line with healthy purchases and a cart full of great food, keep to the outer walls and avoid the middle.  Have a great week and let me know how your grocery shopping goes!

Stay on the perimeter when shopping at the grocery store.

Make Your Own Coconut Citrus Sugar Scrub

It’s summer and¬†it’s¬†HOT¬† outside making it ¬†the perfect time to mix up an at home exfoliant for your skin.¬† Today I am going to show you how to make my famous Coconut Citrus Sugar Scrub!

This scrub is super easy, very fast, and most importantly is made out of all natural ingredients that you can find in your own home! It also smells amazing! This scrub is great to use on your whole body, but my favorite way to use it is on my face.  Below you will find step-by-step instructions and some goofy pictures so you can get more of a visual idea.  As I get more familiar with my new computer I will upload videos, but for now, you get pictures of each product and each step :).

What you will need:

Coconut Oil

Sugar

Citrus Juice (lemon or lime)

These ingredients are simple and healthy.¬† Coconut oil is an all natural oil that moisturizes¬†and softens skin.¬† There are SO many benefits of coconut oil, but for this specific post we are using its skin softening and moisturizing properties.¬† You can find coconut oil at your local grocery store near the olive oil and other oils in the cooking section.¬† That’s right, you can also cook with coconut oil (more to come on that in future blogs).¬† A 12 oz. jar should cost you around $6-$8.¬† You can also find coconut oil at my favorite website www.vitacost.com.¬† The gigantic jar I have cost $19 and was shipped right to my door for free!¬† Make sure when you are buying coconut oil, that the label says “organic”, “pure”, “USDA Certified Organic”, and “Extra Virgin”.¬† The Sugar in this scrub will act as our exfoliant.¬† The sugar will buff off any dead skin cells leaving your skin looking and feeling dewy and fresh.¬† It is important to exfoliate your face and body¬†2-3 times a week.¬† Citrus Juice is full of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (ADA)¬†and Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA).¬† These acids will work as a mini-peel, sloughing off dead skin cells and treating the skin to help lighten and overtime remove, age spots, freckles, dry patches, and fine lines and wrinkles.¬†

LETS GET STARTED!

First Step:  Add 1/8 of a cup of coconut oil to a small mixing bowl.

Step Two:  Add 1/8 of a cup of citrus juice (either lemon or lime, fresh or bottled) to mixing bowl with coconut oil. 

Step Three:  Add 1/2 cup of sugar to mixing bowl with oil and juice.

Step Four:  Mix well with a spoon.

Step Five:  Allow mixture to set for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes the mixture will thicken up and should be the consistency of wet sand.

Step Six:¬† The scrub is ready to use!¬† Put a small amount in your hand and rub in a circular motion on a clean face.¬† Do this for 2-5 minutes and make sure to scrub over your sink!¬† The sugar has a tendency to fall off of your face and leave a tiny mess.¬† When you are all scrubbed, rinse your face with warm water and pat dry.¬† I promise you will have the softest, healthiest looking skin.¬† You can do this on your entire body too.¬† I make extra scrub and store it in an air tight container and leave it in my shower for use on my body…it is especially great¬†for feet!

Now go make some Coconut Citrus Sugar Scrub and enjoy the benefits of naturally beautiful skin!

Tip of the Week! Week 1

Eat only foods with ingredients that you can pronounce.

Ingredients ¬†like¬†propylene glycol monoester,¬†xanthan¬†gum, pyrophosphate,¬†hydrogenated, tocopherols, and mononitrate¬†riboflavin¬†are not only hard to pronounce but are NOT food!¬† And these few things just came off a pancake mix I had in my cupboard.¬† I can’t imagine all of the other labratory created foods we are consuming daily.

We should only put food into our bodies that is whole, real, and that we can pronounce without struggle.¬† Our bodies were created to break down whole foods not chemically engineered foods that were made in test tubes.¬† So think about ingredients the next time you go to grab a snack or make dinner.¬† It’s simple.

Eat only foods with ingredients that you can pronounce.

What is “Sarah Goes Organic”?

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! 

Some of you might be asking what the heck I’m¬†blogging about, so this¬†is my attempt in shining a little light on what I¬†plan on discussing here.¬†

First of all, you need to know what got me started on this “organic” kick.¬† Several months ago I became interested in living a more organic lifestyle.¬† This interested was sparked by renting several documentaries,which lead to reading¬†a couple of books¬†on the subject, which led to a little internet searching, which led to watching a¬†few¬†You-Tube vloggers, which led to discovering a ton of statistics about American health and wellness.¬† ¬†Having learned that I was filling my body with garbage and slapping on beauty products full of poison, I thought it would be fun to embark on a challenge of sorts.¬†

This blog will document my transition¬†to a more organic lifestyle.¬† If you have any ideas on topics you would like me¬†to discuss, products you would like me to review, or any tips or facts that you feel would help me or others in this process, please leave them in my comments below!¬† Thank you so much for stopping by and stay tuned for more on my journey…