Beautiful Beets

Beets are gorgeous!

Not everyone likes beets but they are way more approachable than they appear.

Even people who like beets may not eat them because they can be a pain to prepare. They’ll dye your fingers red. That’s not cool. However, I found out that cooking them before peeling them make the coloring more like a washable marker than a permanent one πŸ™‚

I was pleased to find tgese available. They’re small-ish in size (a little larger than a golf ball), hard like a potato, and the leaves and stems were still kind of vibrant. That’s a win to me!

First, after washing, I removed the stems and admired their beauty. So vibrant and beautiful. ❀️

And then I cooked the beets by boiling them in some water. The water turned red!

I boiled the beets until they were fork tender. Then drained and let them cool until I could hold them in my hand.

When you can hold it, then you can peel it.

I used my hands but you can also rub them with a paper towel. They peel veryyyyy easily. And then they look like this:

I sliced them for ease of use.

My camera phone does not accurately portray the vibrant color of this Earth Food.

By this point, I knew I was going to make the beets into a pasta sauce of sorts. So, in a pot I heated about 2 cups of water, some salt, garlic powder, sauteed onions, olive oil and a little agave.. On the side, I boiled some angel hair pasta.

Using my blender, I processed the water mix and the beets until they got as smooth as I could. In spite of my intentions, the finished sauce was NOT silky smooth. Its all good though.

I combined it with the angel hair pasta.

And some broccoli on the side to round it all out.

It was SO good. 4 people have had it so far. The reviews are in:

1 – “It’s so tasty!”

2 – “I think I finally found a way that I like to eat beets!”

3 – A six year old boy cleaned his plate!

4 – I’m the 4th person and I love beets anyway so this was definitely my thing.

If you’re looking for an alternative to traditional pasta sauces, this one comes highly recommended.

Healthy Energy Drinks – Review

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When there are not enough hours in the day, usually β€˜getting enough sleep” falls lower and lower on the to-do list.

Dragging through the day low on energy is not an option. You need a boost.

The wonders of caffeine are widely known. The benefits are proven to work for what you need. So much so that we’ll put our bodies through questionable measures to get it.

How questionable, you ask? A cup of coffee is pretty straightforward so that doesn’t apply here. (&, perhaps, it’s not for everyone.)… The next alternative that comes to mind are energy drinks.

Reading the ingredient list on the side of an energy drink can is usually enough to fill the ‘questionable content’ meter. They’re filled with things that are hard to pronounce.

These handy carbonated beverages will wake you up… but the health conscious among us are likely to take a pause before bringing the concoctions into their bodies.

However, whether or not your health conscious doesn’t really make a difference if you only got 4 hours of sleep last night and now have a full day ahead of you.

However, there’s no need to stress! There are energy drinks available on the market that have a low sugar content, vitamins and minerals, and no artificial flavors or colors.

ENTER –

SUNSHINE Good Energy

I had the pleasure to try these drinks and it was a refreshing experience!

Some flavors were more tasty than others (more on that below), however I can confidently say that I’d choose any of them over a Red Bull. Not just because of the ingredients but because the boost of energy they gave me was like a smooth wave without the crash.

Note: SUNSHINE Good Energy drinks do not call themselves healthy – that’s me. However, I use that word because these drinks have a good does of a variety of vitamins – calcium, niacin, B6, B12, and magnesium.

Clementine Twist is the healthiest, with the added addition of vitamin E, vitamin A and 200% vitamin C!

So, how do they taste?

Flavor wise, my favorite is Blueberry Lemonade. It tastes exactly as it sounds! It’s like a healthy soda.

Clementine Twist is the second tastiest. I suspect it would be even better with a splash of actual orange juice.

Ginger Berry comes in last. Perhaps I had unrealistic expectations – I assumed something with ginger will have a KICK. But there is no kick here.

One more thing, SUNSHINE Energy Drinks also get a few more cool points for being created in Winston-Salem, North Carolina!

So yes, in conclusion, these drinks are highly recommended – from one caffeine fan to another!

As an honorable mention to healthy energy drinks, Bing energy drinks are also quite effective.

They have 5% juice, the vitamin content is solid and the low sugar content is a plus! Caffeine and Ginseng is proving to be a winning combination on the energy side of things! I’ve only had one flavor so far but I see myself reaching for another one sometime in the future.

Thanks for reading!

Light Source: Love + video

Perhaps this one is easier to describe as a feeling than with actual words.

How does it feel to give love? To receive it?

Under love comes the ability to grow and to bloom. Thrive because there is love in your life.

Give thanks for being able to recognize the feeling.

Be thankful for those who have the strength to give love.

Smile because you’re able to be loved… & able to accept it.

Hugs to those of us who crave it.

Some find it risky… ⬇

Oranges

Seedless oranges have taken over!

The sweetness of these Golden Nugget oranges make everything okay.

They’re so sweet, in fact, I ate one and had to tell someone about the experience.

But, I didn’t want to tell the wrong person because what if they ate all the oranges?

Sounds selfish, yes. I’m okay with that.

So, I told the only person I can share that kind of sensitive information with: my son Legendary Khalifah.

“I have a secret to tell you,” I said to him.

“A secret?!” He replied. He then ushered me into his bedroom and closed the door behind us. Then he got close:

“Okay Mommy, tell me the secret. I won’t tell anyone.”

I believed him so I opened up:

“The oranges we bought are really sweet.”

“Oooh,” he said with a smile. He rubbed his hands together, already plotting on the Golden Nuggets.

These are some fragrant oranges.

Peeling them sprays orange essential oil all over your hands. It smells nice and fresh and you’ll definitely need to wash your hands afterward.