When the the weather starts to turn cold we inevitably gather up the last of our warmer weather garden crops and this often includes bunches of fresh herbs…basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, cilantro, dill, raspberry leaf, lemon verbena, peppermint, oregano, etc. Farmer’s markets might also be selling these herbs in large quantities for the same reason. What do you do with this wondrous bounty so it won’t go to waste?? Preserve it!
Herbs can easily be preserved so you can enjoy their distinct and aromatic flavors during the cold weather months to come. The two best ways to preserve herbs is dehydrating and freezing.
Dehydrating Fresh Herbs
Lay your fresh herbs out on your dehydrator trays and process on the lowest temperature setting to preserve the flavor. Most herbs are dry and ready to be stored after only a couple hours. They are ready when they easily crumble and the stems snap.
After dehydrating you can store in sterile mason jars, in cool dry places.
Freezing Fresh Herbs
Just sticking a bunch of herbs in the freezer directly will usually result in discolored herbs. Blanching for a short period can help with color retention if that is important to you.
A much easier way to freeze herbs is to puree them in a food processor or Vita-Mix first. After you have made your puree put it in a silicone cube tray and freeze. Once frozen pop them out and transfer to a freezer safe storage dish. Now you can easily add them to soups, stews, and crockpot meals.
You can also chop up your herbs and freeze them in water, butter, olive or avocado oil, and even broth. Use the same method to freeze and store. Herbs and oil are great for stir frys and sauteed dishes. Herbs and water are good for soups and cocktails. Herbs and broth are great for soups, stews, and sauces. Herbs and butter equal herb butter for crusty bread or potatoes. Yum!
Don’t let those fresh herbs go to waste. Preserve them!
Hello all and happy Wednesday! Today marks the opening day of the Week of Wellness!!! I am sharing because I know you will want to be be a part of it. Why? Free samples of natural, healthy products!
#WeekOfWellness runs from September 16th-23rd. Some amazing brands have joined up to offer some great products during this week long event hosted by Sampler.
If you are not sure what Sampler is, let me give you a brief run down. Sampler allows you to send product samples to your friends. Your friends will all love you for sending them great new products to try and if you get creative and form a buddy system then you can send each other free samples (wink, wink). Then YOU get product samples as well!
When you register for the event, you will have access to a calendar that will tell you the exact times (EST), day, & which company is launching samples. You also get the times for special flash giveaways. It’s adds a little fun to your week and gives you the chance to win some great prizes. Then you go to their Facebook page and follow the link to send the samples. Oh and share the event with all your friends so that they can give and receive samples as well.
It’s THAT easy.
If you want to be eligible to win the BIG prize basket that will be filled with goodies from the sponsored sampling brands, make sure you RSVP to win on my Facebook page right now. Just look for the tab.
– to claim your entry into a drawing for the Grand Prize Basket!
– to unlock the calendar of events for The Week Of Wellness!
Also don’t forget to “Wish for it”. After “RSVP’ing”, users will receive exclusive access to the calendar and will have a chance to go and “Wish For” the product samples they would like to receive. It’s a helpful way of letting your friends know what you are wishing for!
Want to learn a little bit more about the awesome companies that will be participating? Here is a tasting…
Numi Organic Tea
Who doesn’t love tea? Especially when the weather turns chilly. This turmeric tea collection is amazing. Turmeric has so many health benefits so I love the idea of blending this spice of life with an herbal tea. The Three Roots tea has ginger, licorice, and rose. Fields of Gold has chamomile and lemon myrtle. Golden Tonic has lemon, verbena, and lime. Amber Sun has rooibos, cinnamon, and vanilla. They are outstanding! Make sure to Wish for It during WOW right here.
The company makes a great selection of raw, sprouted snacks that are organic, gmo free, vegan, nut free, and gluten free. Its junk free food!
I was sent a variety of yummy treats including sprouted watermelon seeds with celtic sea salt. They are REALLY good! Also, Zesty Pizza sprouted flax snax, Sweet Spirulina sprouted bites, Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps, and a pumpkin seed sprouted bar. Sprouting makes everything more easily digestible. Raw foods are healthier and contain more intact nutrients. These are powerhouse snacks that taste good to kiddos and adults alike. Make sure to Wish for It during WOW right here.
I am a big fan of fish oils and Barleans makes some good ones. These two are flavored…mango peach and lemon zest. They have EPA/DHA 720 mg and Vitamin D3 400 IU per serving. It is recommended you have two teaspoons a day. There are no artificial flavors or colors and it has xylitol instead of sugar. The flavors help make it more palatable for everyone and they are third party tested to make sure they are free of environmental contaminants.
These oils are specially important for my family during long, cold Ohio winters when the sunshine vitamin is in short supply. Fish oils help us stay balanced and energized. Make sure to Wish for It during WOW right here.
These alternative pastas are gluten free, organic, vegan, and kosher. If you are trying to avoid the carb overload and unhealthy ingredients in conventional bread based pasta then these might be for you. Shown in the picture are Edamame Spaghetti, Edamame & Mung Bean Fettucini, Thai Brown Rice Noodles, Black Bean Spaghetti, and Soybean Spaghetti. Their pastas are rich in protein and dietary fiber. Now you can have your spaghetti and eat it too. Make sure to Wish for It during WOW right here.
These probably excited me the most as a paleo lover. They are gluten free, grain free, nut free, and soy free. The meat is also grassfed, free ranged ranged, or otherwise grown as naturally as possible. The meat and veggie bars I got were Turkey Masala Spinach, Lamb Rosemary Spinach, Parmesan Tomato Basil Beef, Chili Cayenne Apricot Beef, and BBQ Hickory Tomato Beef. The ingredients list reads like most of my recipes. All the ingredients and spices are recognizable and pronounceable! Make sure to Wish for It during WOW right here.
Um, are you excited yet?!! Because with all of this awesomeness up for grabs – how could you not be?!
Don’t forget, REGISTRATION OPENS TODAY! RSVP now
Be sure to keep up with me on Social Media so you don’t miss a Sampler or a Flash Giveaway!
Moms who also work inside or outside of the home have even more responsibilities that can hinder the meal planning process, leaving us with substandard meals on the table or, as is often the case, a meal that consists of unhealthy fast food. Moms today have too much to do with household responsibilities, work, children’s activities such as soccer and cheerleading practice, and all the other jobs that moms must inevitably do.
Fortunately for moms who find themselves in this situation, there is a creative and affordable solution available. Hire a professional meal planner!
No, it is not as extravagant and expensive as it sounds. In fact, just the opposite is true. There are services available on the web that provide busy moms with weekly menus that include complete recipes, quick breakfast ideas, tips on preparing easy lunch recipes, grocery lists for easy shopping, and nutritional information. Every week moms can literally forget about meal planning and let a professional planner do the busy work for them, ensuring that meals are always well planned, delicious, and best of all, healthy.
If you find yourself struggling to find the time to plan and prepare meals for your family then you MUST give one of these super affordable services a try, which often times charge only a couple dollars a week. Imagine that, a personal meal planner at your disposable for just a few dollars a month. Your time is definitely worth
One company offering this ingenious planning service is Emeals. This company caters to moms who want meals that are healthy. Each week you benefit from a menu plan with recipes for 7 days, a grocery list, and access to a private forum with meals plans for breakfast, lunch, dessert, and snacks. They also provide encouragement in helping you attain your healthy eating goals. Join and start enjoying healthy home-cooked meals every day of the week.
No More To-Go is based upon the idea that when we plan poorly we end up getting food to-go. I can attest to the truth in this. I am sure you can too! With this weekly meal plan you get five weekly meals with simple recipes, seasonal and budget ingredients, and an organized shopping list. You can cover Monday thru Friday in a snap.
Real Plans – This menu planning service is like a dating service, you pick all your preferences…real food traditional, paleo/primal, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. then specify foods you want to avoid and/or have allergies too. All of your answers result in an instant personalized plan with a dynamic timeline and shopping list.
One of these services is sure to meet your needs and help you free up your time to take care of more important things….like spending time your family. So do yourself a much needed favor and hire a professional meal planner…it is one luxury that busy moms can’t live without!
I am a huge smoothie lover. I have been making smoothies of various types, especially green smoothies, for years and have lots of recipes but I am always on the lookout for new ones. They are a great way to get kids on board with “drinking their veggies” because you can hide the offending plant based foods inside a smoothie with fruit and other ingredients that disguise them. And it’s not just veggies, you can also add nuts, seeds, probiotics, fish oils, you name it. They can be a powerhouse of nutrition and they taste good. What more could you ask for?
For 48 hours only get a bundle of ten smoothie ebooks for only $10! Many of these I already own and paid way more than a $1 a piece. I highly recommend this bundle if you want to up the nutrition factor with homemade smoothies and save a bundle (pun intended)…
List of books you get in this bundle:
1. Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook
2. Delicious Dessert Thickies (Have it, Love it!)
3. Holistic In The City 21 Day Smoothie Guide
4. Toadally Primal Smoothies (Have it, Love it!)
5. 40 Days of Green Smoothies
6. Healthy & Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes Vol 2
7. The Ultimate Smoothie eBook
8. Smoothie Secrets Revealed
9. Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Smoothies… (Have it, Love it!)
10. Smooth! Green Smoothies…
Sorbet is not to be confused with ice cream or even sherbert. Sorbet is basically fruit and sugar blended into a delicious treat. Growing up sorbet was always my favorite because I would get stomach aches from ice cream and sherberts (which have milk and cream). There are numerous reasons to fall in love with sorbet his summer:
- It’s cool and refreshing!
- Its can be very healthy and full of antioxidants and minerals (from the fruit)
- It is vegetarian and vegan friendly
- It is easy to make at home with nought but a blender
- Many varieties have no added sugar, colorings, or additives
- Tastes like you are taking a bite out of summer
- You can try lots of groovy new flavors
It is no wonder then that I think the idea behind Sorbabes Gourmet Sorbet is so awesome. They have taken the concept and of sorbet and reimagined it and made a bounty of amazing flavor profiles. Just imagine:
- Tart and Juicy Lemon with Candied Zest
- Organic Peanut Banana with Chocolate Fudge
- Juicy Orange Passionfruit with Lychees
- Pistachio and Sea Salted Caramel
- Raspberry with Dark Chocolate
- Creamy Coconut Chai
Good heavens! This is not your mom’s sorbet.
These sorbets come from a company created by mom who wanted healthy food for her kids and a chef who embraces the farm to table concept. They specialize in fruit and nut sorbets of a quality and variety unlike any other. They emphasize whole ingredients, using only fruits at their seasonal peak, and nuts and herbs fresh from the farm. Their premium nut flavors are so creamy you’ll never believe they left out the cream.
What I love about these sorbets is the dedication to real, whole, sustainable, and local ingredients to make an already healthy summer treat an even healthier one AND a planet friendly one. I love that it takes an old classic and recreates it into something artisan and modern. The foodie in me really appreciates the bold and unique flavors that I cannot get elsewhere.
I like that they are dairy free and plant based because although I have no issue with an omnivorous diet I do see the benefit of plant based options and I still have tummy issues from milk and cream so yay for me! I was also hooked on the company after taking a gander at their website and seeing a photo of their pint containers being reused/recycled for plants and herbs. Now that is a company after my own heart!
To learn more check out their website and find their locations and follow them on Facebook. Celebrate summer with some cool summer treats that are sure to amaze your palate.