Posted in Food, Food and Drink, good food, Health, Healthy diet, healthy eating, healthy food, healthy habits, healthy options, heart, heart health, keep it simple, self care

Make your own almond milk

 

Making your own almond milk is easier than you think and you will know exactly what is in it: almonds and water. No additives, no extras. Ensure the almonds are good quality. There are lots of good reasons for drinking almond milk. It is not just for vegans. It is a milk alternative. It is good for your heart, bones, waistline and blood sugar. It doesn’t have to be refrigerated so a handy alternative for outdoor activities or camping. The benefits are here on Lifehacker. The almonds need to be soaked so do it in the morning so you can make it in the evening or do it in the evening so you can make it in the morning. It’s super simple past that point and even that isn’t hard!! authoritynutrition gives you some more information about almond milk. You might like to read how it compares with cows’ milk.

Posted in ageing positively, exercise, Food, gardening, happiness, healthy habits, herbs, nature, positive attitude, wellbeing

Grow your own veggies

The Little Veggie Patch Co are good at getting people growing! Their approach is based on doable ideas , a straight forward approach and then upcycling where they can. They have approached gardening in a very visual way. Their book, the 1-Minute Gardening is a photo book with text which gives you tips and ideas. I was lucky enough to get a copy of it as a present for the Christmas before last. The main point to this video is you can grow vegetables anywhere. You do not need a huge amount of space. In one of my  homes  I was growing veggies in the wall box on the front patio while I was setting up a big veggie patch in the back garden. In my current home I am rejuvenating my veggie patch and growing some veggies and herbs in pots . Parsley grows around my back garden. It’s green, attractive and can make a nice pot plant! I like to have fresh herbs and I like to have fresh vegetables. I have mixed success with the vegetables but I never give up. I grow silverbeet and potatoes because they always work and fresh potatoes are lovely. Grow what you can because even if you don’t immediately become successful it is a very relaxing activity and gets you outside. There is a lot of evidence now that gardening has a good impact on your health and wellbeing.

Posted in Environment, Food, sustainability

Making beeswax wraps

beeswax wrapsToday was the day. I had my material, beeswax and pinking shears. One of the co-presenters at our Living Smart SA course at McLaren Vale had suggested using an iron to infuse the wax into the cloth as it spread it very evenly and it permeated the cloth more effectively. This is why I had chosen to use the video from the Half Acre homestead. That lady had made me feel very confident about making these beeswax wraps. If you want to use the oven baking method then MoralFibres UK explains it very well. She also shows you how to make a beeswax snack pouch and explains how to care for the beeswax wraps.

I used my wooded chopping board trolley in the kitchen because it’s mobile. I heated about a cup of beeswax which I had in an old cake tin on top of my stove. At no stage did I let it boil. I kept it melted and warm. You can get beeswax locally in the southern suburbs of Adelaide from the beekeepers at Aldinga Beach(DoBee is on Facebook) or at Lonsdale. The Honey Shoppe in the Adelaide markets will also organise beeswax for you. For the wraps you don’t need a lot. My cup of wax was too much but I have saved it because I’ll be making more of these. I made 4x38cm ones, 2x28cm ones and 2×18 cm ones. It doesn’t take too long.

Make sure you ventilate the area you are working in. I was in the kitchen and had the back door and windows opened. Melted wax is melted wax. You might not need the fumes even from beeswax.

I cut the lightweight cotton material to size with the pinking shears.
I melted the wax on a very low heat and put the iron on
I put old towels and then a sheet of foil on my chopping board trolley.
I used a 6 cm paint brush to brush the melted wax quickly over both sides of the cloth
I put a layer of foil on top and ironed quickly

As I was doing the first one I realised the beeswax was a bit too thick in some places on the cloth. My decision was to use the next cloth to iron over that first one to absorb some of the excess beeswax. Worked like a charm. No streaking.

I then painted the second cloth and so on. I was putting the finished ones on a wooden board . They dry quickly but now, a few hours later, they are even better. I love the look and feel of them and can’t wait to make more! I have Christmas 2017 nailed.

Posted in Food, Health, healthy eating, Jamie Oliver, Nutrition, obesity, overweight teenagers, wellbeing

Overweight teenagers

The Cancer Council and Heart Foundation survey of 12,000 found students fail to take part in enough physical activity, do not eat enough fruit and vegetables and half make food and drink choices based on advertising.
The remedy which appears to be suggested, especially in the comments, is that schools should increase physical activity. That may provide some help but students have to be at school and chronic absenteeism is a problem all of its own. Phys ed lessons at school would provide some activity but not solve the eating choices nor what is available to eat. School canteens by and large subscribe to the healthy eating plan which was introduced. Obesity is now a global problem and particularly in the “developed” countries. We have all seen enough Jamie Oliver to know we have to tackle this as a society. We have to look at the food which is being sold, the food provided at home and then what is offered in schools.  For as long as we put profit above people then we shall never get the better of this. For as long as we keep allowing non foods and poorly designed foods to be available , then we shall never beat this problem. We talk about it but are reluctant to take action and we have to question why we would allow ourselves and our children to ingest things which simply do not provide nutrition and which are not real, fresh food. I have a friend who was a baker who used to cook with natural ingredients. He had to leave the job when they started adding things to preserve the shelf life of bread. He and his colleagues were getting rashes from the dough. That is going into our stomachs.It is going into our children’s stomachs and we keep saying it is okay  for people and using the catch cry of people know what they are choosing. Why would you offer your nation rubbish to eat? Climate change is only compounding he problem by wiping out local food crops, so sourcing fresh food is difficult at times. We need to completely rethink what we offer to our nation, where and how we source it and then our agricultural practices so we can supply bountiful fresh food no matter what. And then yes, back off from the screens and settee and move that body.
Posted in Food, food blogs, meal preparation, Nutrition

FoodPress

How lucky are we? WordPress has gathered all its food blogs together into one blog portal called FoodPress. I cannot think of anything better than that since there are a lot of very good food blogs out on the Net and we are always looking for inspiration and ideas for our own culinary adventures.  This way foodie blogs get better airplay and we get more choices.No more excuses when it comes to dinner or making something for that special occasion!
Posted in Food, Healthy diet, nuts and seeds, pistachios

Pistachios

I love pistachios and when I was munching them yesterday I was thinking – they are good for me and they taste so nice! Then I couldn’t remember why they were good. I did what all good people do and came on the internet to find out and discovered this brilliant NutritionData site. The information you get on this site about food nutrition is just incredible. It lists everything you could possible want to know like how filling the foods are, their glycaemic index, the vitamin and mineral content. Someone has spent a lot of time getting all this information into a database which then provides us with precise and usable information in a clear and and attractive form. I thank them for that . I shall keep eating pistachios  – they are very, very good for me!
Posted in Adelaide, birds, Food, Stress Management, vegetables

Birds

The best thing I ever did was set up a vegie patch. I not only have pleasant time outside, I have fresh vegetables and herbs which are just so much better than shop bought ones and then it has been a magnet for birds. It amuses me to watch them playing in there. They get bits and pieces for their nests, they scratch and dig for food and they sit up on the fence which surrounds my fence. Mostly it is common birds, but the more I grow, the more I attract different sorts of birds. Some of them have funny calls, others sing sweetly and some chatter away. It’s an endless source of distraction which makes me immediately forget my cares.
Posted in Food, FSANZ, nanofood

Nanofood

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand want food labelled to help consumers identify which food have nanofoods in them. I think we need that but I also think we need to take a step back and get some community awareness going. Nano particles are tiny. Nanofoods are new and the side effects won’t be known for a while. So I think we need to go down the track of making consumers aware of what nanofoods are, how and why they have come about and what they do. I don’t know what they do and I don’t know whether they would harm me or not. manufacturers need to explain their side of it, nanofood technologists need to explain what they can do and then our consumer watch dogs need to get onto it, as they obviously are and explain to us the pitfalls. There has got to be more to health and nutrition than shelf life.
Posted in Australia, Food, Wine, Winemaking

Wine Yeast Mapping

Assorted wine corksImage via WikipediaMapping wine yeast is a major breakthrough in technology and wine production. The northern hemisphere is ahead of us on this one, but the fact we have got it off the ground is fantastic and good news for our wine industry and consumers. It will mean they can produce low alcohol wines and they can perfect aromas and flavours. A nation of wine drinkers will appreciate this I am sure. As long as it is in keeping with a sensible lifestyle, wine with your dinner is not only civilised, it does have health benefits. The lower alcohol wines will give us that extra bit of choice.

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Posted in Food, Health, Vegetable

Modern Diet

Teens’ greens intake slips into red | The Australian

MOST children eat less fruit and vegetables than they need to stay healthy, and load up their plates with food and drink so laced with sugar, salt and saturated fat they exceed dietary recommendations.

It’s got to the stage where a lot of people wear the modern diet as a badge of honour. Our statistics say we have far more overweight adults than we have children . Adults are in charge of children and their diet and we are not competent enough to feed out young and ourselves properly. We are just stupid when it comes to nutrition and the manufacturers play on that stupidity. They just make it and we just eat it.

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