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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.

Is Quorn Good? (Product review!)

Quorn veggie food products are meal staples for lots of vegetarians. They now also have no-egg foods available so vegans can also get in on the action πŸ™‚

There are over ten tasty products available by Quorn. I’m going to go over these four today and then update this post as I try the rest!

Quorn is definitely plant based as the key protein source used here is called Mycoprotein – a single-cell organism sort of like fungi. There are articles that suggest it’s a type of mold. One of the things that make this type of protein unique is the texture. The way the proteins grow make for a tender mouth-feel, as opposed to soy which had spun proteins that produce a distinct ‘chew’.

According to the food package, some people have adverse allergy-type reactions when they consume Mycoprotein.

In my house, we’re not allergic and we enjoy these products as a cool alternative to soy-based veggie burgers etc.

Being less familiar with their vegan foods, I couldn’t wait to try these spicy chik’n patties.

Upon tasting I found out that they are not very spicy. They also are a little dry, I needed extra ketchup. And they’re small in diameter as well.

Would I buy again? Sure, if I needed a chik’n product this were the only one available πŸ™‚

Next, these grounds:

This is good for all types of things! We like tacos around here and this is what we commonly use for the “meat”.

Grounds are also tasty for hamburger helper type of meals as well as pasta and chili 🌢️ That reminds me, I make a great Chipotle chili! I should do that again soon hmmmm…

Now, what about these?

I recently tasted a stir-fry made with these and it was wonderful. The application for these are pretty universal, honestly. They’re great in pot pies and casseroles. Good for those times when meat eaters and vegans share a meal together.

Asian spices go really well too. Hellooo sweet chili oil!

Last up:

Yup, my plant-based son Legendary loves these. It’s nice to be able to give him a popular food that is not made with the popular crappy ingredients.

Good to go! I will update this post as need-be πŸ™‚

Update: new packaging spotted!

Rome Apples

Homemade apple pie.

There are levels to the homemade-ness.

Fully homemade pie will have the crust made from scratch, the apples will be fresh and… I guess those are the main parts.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I made a ~homemade apple pie. But the crust was Betty Crocker mix just-add-cold-water.

Warning: there is no final picture. Honestly, it was ugly and I didn’t think about taking a picture. It didn’t taste that great either; it was a bit dry.

Interestingly enough, the weekend prior I had also made an apple pie and that pie, made the same way, was perfect in every way. Amazing.

But this one, was not. Idk why. We certainly can’t blame the apples, THEY were perfect.

🍎🍎🍎

About 7 Rome apples were washed and chopped as seen above.

Rome apples are really crisp and sweet and juicy!

Then I cooked them on the stove. Not fully cooked. They still had some bite but they were not raw any longer.

What they were was very fragrant and flavorful. The addition of cinnamon and nutmeg helped with that πŸ™‚ also added cane sugar and water and a pinch sea salt. Also stirred in some flour after they were removed from the heat.

Something really interesting was the color of the pie afterward. I think the red pigment in the peels seeped into the filling because it was red inside. So red that people asked me, “What is it?”

It did look odd and so I wasn’t too offended… And then everyone ate the pie so maybe I’m the only one who thought it to be sub-par.

Rome apples, though, are great. I’d class them with HoneyCrisp apples, perfect for eating when you want something healthy.

However, they don’t keep well long l-term like other apples do. So, eat your apples! Or juice them. But eat them so you can get some fiber too!

I guess the next questions can include just how many varieties of apples are out there? Let me see how many I can name without searching:

  1. Rome apples
  2. Macintosh apples
  3. Granny Smith apples
  4. Red Delicious apples
  5. Pink lady apples
  6. Jazz apples
  7. HoneyCrisp apples
  8. Green apples
  9. Crab apples

9, not bad! #10 was Chinese apples but those are actually pomegranates and those are totally different!

It would be great to do a thing for pomegranates but I personally have questions about if the fruit is worth the effort. Conversation for another day.

But today, I’d like to thank you for reading πŸ™‚ Peace & love

Also side note: the above pictured apple is the only one that was tie-dyed like that inside. 🍎🍎🍎

Trying Graze Snacks

My son and I had the pleasure to try these snacks!

Snacks are always a good idea to have near. That’s extra true when you really try to eat healthy.

I first heard about Graze snacks as a subscription box service a couple of years ago (I think!).

However, I don’t have a subscription. I saw some of these snacks on sale at CVS Pharmacy. I bought one sweet flavor and one savory.

Today, my son, Legend, and I tried them!

First, we had the sweet:

These oat squares had the texture of a chewy granola bar. The cacao flavor really came through strongly! As well as the cranberry and vanilla.

I loved it! Legend didn’t enjoy it as much. I think that he likes his treats sweeter. Because these were not very sweet, which is one thing I really loved about it.

I think we saved the best for last – a crunchy snack mix:

Legend and I both wanted more of these! It was so good, pleasantly crunchy and crisp. Although, not very spicy, I would have enjoyed a little more peppery kick. However, the makers know what they’re doing, flavor-wise. I could eat a 2 pound bag of this mix! πŸ™‚

Over all, yes these are good and highly recommended.

Check out this video of us trying them ⬇️⬇️⬇️

https://youtu.be/AyjTbe_sgPU

Dried Fruit Candy from 7-Eleven

One day I’m going to do an entire 7-Eleven appreciation post. I love that damn store. But I’m a realist and I don’t love everything they do.

Like this sweetened, dried fruit medley:

Let’s get this part out of the way right now: Yes, it is tasty!

But there are also 17 grams of sugar. Sugar is not good for us. But it’s addicting, and tasty, and stimulates that part in the brain that says “ahhh yess. Just one more.”

Sugar is in most of the foods available in the store. When I’m seen in the store, the number one thing I check the nutrition label for is … the sugar content.

Most of the time, after checking it, the product is back on the shelf before I think to check if there is milk or gelatin in it. That’s because the astronomical amount of sugar added literally stops me in my tracks.

One more thing about sugar grams, (& I’ll get back on topic track ASAP) but notice on the nutrition labels they don’t tell us how much of the daily value we’re consuming. That’s because we’d all be dismayed to discover we ate 2 fancy donuts and it put us over the daily limit.

The Nutrition Label.

So there are a couple things we need to discuss.

We can look and say “17 grams, that’s not bad.” But before it’s officially “not bad,” take a look at the top where the serving size is indicated.

There are 4.5 servings in one bag.

If someone were to enjoy one serving a day, this should last the entire work week.

But, sadly, and yes it is sad, this decent sized bag probably wouldn’t last more than 3 days.

The honest truth is that consuming an entire bag of these would supply your body with over 70 grams of sugar.

That’s just crazy. Especially because this is a snack food and you are pretty much guaranteed to be eating more food with added sugar later on.

Many people may be fooled into thinking these are healthy when it’s just as bad as a Snickers bar.

Now, what about the sugar that occurs naturally in fruit? How much of the 17 sugar grams comes from fruit? I would really like to know.

However, as the amazing resource that 7-Eleven is, they do have much healthier dried fruit options that do not have added sugar πŸ’› I’ve seen mango and pineapple so far! However, before we switch food products, I have one more bone to pick with these:

Look at that green fruit in the package preview window. Now, scroll back up and look at the ingredients. If that’s too much, I’ll jump right to the point:

There are no green fruits in the ingredients:

Pineapple & star fruit are yellow 🍍

Papaya & mango are orange (and sooooo deliciousπŸ˜‹)

Cantaloupe is also orange, but there’s a loophole here as there is a green variety of cantaloupe. But it’s usually called by its name, Honeydew melon. And also, it’s fruity parts are light green.

The added yellow #5 and blue #1 make the color green. Oh no, artificial ingredients.

Look, enjoy this as a snack if you must. Consider it real fruit candy But keep in mind a real serving is like 5/6 pieces.

The 100% natural, no sugar added dried fruit is different.

We can tell that this one doesn’t have much added to it. On the package they say the whole pineapple was dried, then they sliced and packaged it.

It tastes good but it’s not pretty. That is, if you want a vibrant yellow pineapple ring, it does not look like that.

Of course, it is still beautiful in its own way.

The sugar content of these claims to be 14g per package. At least we know with this, the sugar comes from the fruit.

Give it a try and let me know what you think πŸ™‚

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!