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Sage Is Healthy – Inside and Out

Sage is an herb that is known for several different things. It can help out nutritionally, physically, spiritually, and other ways too. This article is a good list: 12 health benefits and uses of sage.

Sage is very well-known as a tool that is used to clean the air / atmosphere. Any stuffy places will be refreshed by burning sage. The smoke actually disinfects too – it kills bacteria in the air. More specifically, it’s the essential oils that become airborne that do the cleansing. We can thank the powerful sage essential oil for that.

Of course, a dry bundle of whole sage leaves is not the only form it’s found in. As an herb, rubbed and/or ground sage is found in many spice cabinets. The savory flavor goes well with comforting foods.

Fresh sage is really interesting – the leaves are soft like plant-based velvet. If you need to smudge your house in a emergency and you don’t have any sage bundles, you can boil fresh sage leaves and use the steam to do what you need to do.

Consuming sage in the form of a tea is great to fight inflammation in the body’s digestive system. The cleansing effects that sage brings to an environment also extends to the environment of your body. Be consistent with your sage consumption and your immune system will thank you. It comes in capsules to make it easier to eat a lot of. Remember, gaining benefits from herbs comes down to

1. Eating them consistently,

2. Over a respectable period of time.

Sage also smells wonderful and will cover up almost any other smell, for example burnt food or tobacco smoke.

Don’t leave hot sage unattended because sometimes it’s still smouldering when it should have gone out a while ago.

Brand New Italian Inspired Foodstuffs

Some interesting food items can be found on the sale rack! It’s not always for discontinued items, but sometimes for new/introductory foods as well. Case in point:

The FiorFiore brand is new to Food Lion and so they had super low prices to encourage people to try it. Worked for me!

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the products in this line!

The Breadsticks

Crunchy and bread flavored.

The Crispbread

Good. Crunchy. Filling. No olive flavor.

The Croutons

Bigger than expected. The olive oil used in these gives some great flavor. Great with the pepper spread.

Pepper Spread

Tasty af! Tomatoes is the number one ingredient and it shows.

Spray Balsamic Vinegar

What a great idea. Perfect flavor; sweet and tangy.

Shortbread Cookies

Good shortbread based cookie. Generously coated with chocolate.

Almond Cookies

Eating these moist cookies is an experience. They’re really almondy… not just in flavor but in texture too. They’re also individually wrapped, which is a huge bonus.

Out of all of these things, I’m most likely to re-purchase the Spray-on Balsamic Vinegar.

Here’s a video review I made after trying all of these things!

https://youtu.be/8ml0vMGvKEM

Update: The prices did indeed increase! Check it out:

Cold Brewed Conversations

Coffee qualifies as a plant-based beverage. Essentially made with beans and water; it sounds like it should be pretty healthy.

New ways to prepare old favorite food and drinks are everywhere. It’s the best when the new way is healthier, too!

Some may say that cold brew coffee isn’t new but lately it’s being talked about a lot more than ever before.

Is coffee healthy? Who knows, honestly. Some say it’s a drug, it’s a diuretic, it’s addicting, and even that it’s healthy.

The opinion here is that Coffee is okay. It gets more unhealthier the more “add-ins” there are (like granulated sugar and creamers…)

Good advice: drink more water than coffee.

The thing about coffee that makes gives me the most pause is the acidity of hot coffee. It’s just unfortunate, really. But thats where cold brew comes in.

Cold brew means that hot, boiling water is not used in the process of making it.

Using cold water cuts the acidity by around 60-70%. That’s great!

What’s not so great is the process of cold brewing requires the coffee drinker to plan ahead. Like, ahead-ahead. Unlike hot coffee, which can be prepared on about 3 minutes, cold brew goodness requires a few hours until it’s ready. Some say overnight.

However, that’s not a bad thing. The advantage is that a person can make large batches at a time and it’ll be ready to go at a moments notice.

The coffee will be cold to drink, though. Which is fine for someone like me. Iced coffee is the bees knees.

So the musings come in now, with questions of whether or not the acidity levels will rise if the coffee is then warmed up..

And then sweetening cold brewed coffee can really only be accomplished with a liquid sweetener. These are generally bad, unless you make it yourself with good ingredients.

A premade creamer will blend in well with cold coffee, if need be.

I think it would be worth it to try to make your own creamer/sweetener. After all if your making your own cold brew then you can probably do that too!

Can we discuss for a moment, Premade cold brew coffee drinks?

Generally speaking they seem to be reasonably priced (when purchased at the grocery store). And easy to drink. Too easy sometimes, especially if it’s tasty.

I find that for hot coffee, one cup is usually enough caffeine. But for cold brew iced coffee drinks, I’ll be tempted to drink more just because it’s so refreshing. Yes that’s a problem! That’s an easy way to catch the jitters.

Also, always take note of the sugar content in the prepackaged stuff. I like Califia brand, they seem to be reasonable when it comes to the add-ins.

Unfortunately they give no indication of the caffeine content. Also, “XX Espresso”? Where? Lol. Seems normal to me.

Next up is Gevalia. Seems okay.

Quick review:

This product doesn’t seem very caffeine dense. I’ve been following the directions, using 1/2 a cup (with almond milk) and it’s okay.

I mean, I loved iced coffee so, hell yeah, this rocks!

But as a caffeine source, it is hard to come up with a conclusion. Partially because I’ve been significantly sleep deprived (busy life!! Like website content being punched out at 12:34 midnight. ) And, remember friends, caffeine is not a replacement for sleep. Let’s be sure we’re getting enough of that Light Source. Seriously. That’s an order!

I’m impressed with the caramel flavor. Check the ingredients:

I am also happy that there is no sugar in this.

These have 3 flavors that I saw and this is the only one I saw with salt. So I guess that’s an important flavoring component.

Okay you guys, ironically I’m sleepy so we’ll conclude this convo with something very important:

7-Eleven is selling their luxurious cold brew for only one dollar. Take advantage!

Tomatillos!

These fruits (or are they vegetables?) were a first time buy for me. Like many, I often saw tomatillos in the produce section and passed by without a second thought. Well, today I gave it that second thought. They were on sale for $.99 cent a pound!

A stranger saw me randomly choosing some of these golf-ball shaped Earth foods and he had something to say.

“I’ve only seen 2 people buying these,” he said. “Me and you.”

I replied, “Well, that’s interesting because this is my first time!”

He was surprised and immediately began to give me cooking tips. Namely, he told me to roast them. Roast until the skins get “real black” then peel it off and add to chili.

I thanked him for the suggestion. Because I probably would have eaten it raw.

At the word raw, he made a scrunched-up face.

“Nah, dont do that,” he said. “They’re not very good that way.”

“One more thing, sir.” I thought I’d better ask an important question while in the midst of an experienced tomatillo eater. “How do you know when they’re ripe?”

His reply made us both laugh.

“They’re always ready.”

It was cool to meet that guy.

They smell like grass.

Of course, I ate some raw when I got home.

It tastes like sour citrus at first, then a grassy flavor comes through as well.

I like it. They’re a member of the nightshade family, which would explain the green tomato appearance.

I don’t make chili very often so I won’t be taking that guys suggestion. But this roasted tomatillo salsa looks tasty, yeah?

Thanks for reading.

Lift Off Energy Review + Video

The search of health-friendly energy drinks has lead me to Lift Off Effervescent Energy Tablets by Herbalife.

I have no associations with Herbalife and I receive no benefits for this review. My opinions come exclusively from purchasing this product and trying it on my own accord.

I felt the need to say that because I actually really enjoy this product.

Here are some pros:

  • Easy to prepare
  • Tasty flavor
  • Zero grams sugar
  • No artificial colors or flavor
  • High in vitamin C, B-vitamins, and more.
  • No jittery feeling
  • The diuretic effects of caffeine were non-existent (for me)

However, no review would be fair without listing some cons as well (because there are few things on Earth that are all glitter and sunshine):

  • Only 10 tablets per box
  • A couple of hard to pronounce ingredients

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I’m actually really trying to think of something that I don’t like about Lift Off Energy Tablets and my mind is drawing a blank.

The energy buzz I’ve gotten from these is smooth, good energy with no crash.

During my through testing process, I’ve drank this concoction during different times of the day.

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In the morning when I’m most sluggish, these don’t really give me a JOLT. But that’s because no energy supplements can really substitute for a solid night of sleep.

During the afternoon, if drank at the right time, the afternoon sleepy slump can be avoided all together.

Late in the evening, when it’s too late for coffee, I wondered if LIFT OFF would prevent me from having a restful night of sleep.

The verdict?

Nope. I can drink one of these in the evening and still sleep soundly 5-6 hours later.

The box says enjoy 1 tablet at a time, up to twice a day.

Something reckless inside of me wanted to test the limits of the “2 a day” but I didn’t push it.

I guess that covers the basic run-down of LIFT OFF. Watch the video to see it in action.

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