Pulp is For The Dogs!

Pulp and chopped carrots.

Pulp and chopped carrots.

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I have been able to post anything. Life gets so hectic sometimes. NOW, I have time, and I hope to have more time to dedicate to my blogs. 🙂

I’ve come to discover that I need to recycle the pulp I have left over from juicing.

Have you ever juiced veggies? Especially carrots? They are a great source of nutrients to your body! I started juicing back in March and I have been hooked ever since! I recently decided to keep the pulp and use it for a multitude of things. The pulp from the carrots I keep it stored in a bag after I am done juicing it. Once breakfast or dinner comes around, I give that pulp ( only the carrot pulp) to my dog. He is in love with it. Simon just starts salivating at the sound of the juicer…he knows it’s coming to his bowl, very soon.

I usually add in some different roots and fruits as well, but I pull the bag out and replace it so I can catch the other stuff as well. Simon has had chopped carrots in his meals since he was a youngin’, but I never thought to use the pulp, until now. Try it with your dogs. They’ll love it!

~ Jillian

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Cucumbers Pickled to Deliciousness.

This weekend I decided to do something fantastic, and fun. I pickled cucumbers!!! Definitely rough if it’s the first time you’ve ever pickled cucumbers. My friend invited me over to her house for some cooking and pickling.  Mason Jars are simply awesome to use for this. I found mine at Walmart ( shockingly, being that I NEVER find anything at Walmart) . They were pretty inexpensive. The pint size ones I used were about $1.50 each. The process is great, and somewhat easy. My friend was awesome, and has had experience in pickling cucumbers before, so it was not the brutal. Y’all should try it.

We only used GMO free ingredients, of course. Mason jars are great. We also used a coffee grinder to grind up the salt needed. Make sure you don’t use salt with iodine. I believe we used the Pink Himalayan salt rocks. I can’t wait to try them! There are tons of recipes out there for pickling. It’s super relaxing too.

Wait 4-6 weeks for your cucumbers to turn to pickles!

Wait 4-6 weeks for your cucumbers to turn to pickles!

Happy pickling!

~ Jillian

Homemade Butter?

Just had an idea! I’m going to make my very own butter. I think it’s time to take control of what I eat from now on. Buying anything nowadays seems sketchy, so I’m taking matters into my own hands. I found this DELICIOUS looking recipe for butter that I think I’m going to try!…with GMO Free items, of course. I’ll let you all know how it turned out. Cheers to a happy Jillian and her butter!

Cook healthy!

~Jillian

Homemade Churn Butter on the Food Network. This is Paula Deen’s butter recipe and I absolutely LOVE that woman. She’s such a cute ‘ol Southern belle.

My Rant About Earth Balance Products.

So I have discovered with a bit of research that Earth Balance is NOT GMO FREE. Very upsetting and I will be on the hunt for a new peanut butter and butter spread. I think I will be writing a letter to the company to just double check. Apparently they have been verified by the Non-GMO Verified Project. Comes out that they are not GMO free and in fact still use GMO’s in their products.

Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

Earth Balance Buttery Spread.

This now makes me wonder if people are just saying that they are “GMO FREE” just to get their money. How horrid! This country needs to see the light of what GMO’s have down and will do!

**End of rant.

Buyer beware.

Stay GMO FREE!

~Jillian

 

Link to Earth Balance article. Courtesy of Undergroundhealth.com

GMO Foods and Auto Immune Diseases Article. Courtesy of Urbanorganicnews.com

Support Your Local Farms.

I have been so fortunate to have local farms provide a once a week market in my city. It’s been great, actually! I have two farms that I particularly favor over the others. Both are GMO free, organic and the 2nd best part…LOCAL. I really don’t like going to your mainstream supermarkets because you never know what you are getting. With purchases to your local farms, you provide money for the farm to continue its business. You will have the freshest produce and fruit available and it’s good stuff. I just got a bunch of stuff for under $25!

Honey, veggies and more, oh my!

Honey, veggies and more, oh my!

There is a honey farm that I support completely. They serve RAW honey and it’s absolutely delicious. My “honey man” knows me by name. If you are having any sort of allergies in the area that you’re living, try eating, yes EATING the raw LOCAL honey in that area. I have major allergy issues since being away from Colorado. An old remedy that my grandmother gave me was to eat the raw local honey wherever you were. It works! I guarantee it.

Going back to the farms…you will pretty much get fresh pick. I’ve noticed every time I go to the market, it seems like I get fresher , and fresher each time I go. I love how my farmers market allows for pets to explore with you as well. Socialize your pets! They need it. 🙂 Most of all, go prepared. It’s hot out there for both man and animals.

Stay healthy,

~Jillian

Cow Milk Alternatives.

As promised, I would begin blogging once again. Yay for that! I have decided to do milk alternatives tonight. I have alot of friends who I did not know had a lactose allergy. A friend of mine bought almond milk before I did and said it was actually really good. Hope ya’ll don’t mind my spill on milk alternatives!

I have started to venture off into the “out of norm” for my diet lately. I have to start off by saying, I cannot stand almonds or coconut to EAT. I can’t deal with the textures of them. BUT. For some reason, I am really really starting to like…actually, LOVE almond and coconut milk. I have found 2 that are particularly my favorites. I have tried many of them, but only 2 stayed within my favorites. My favorite almond milk is the brand Califia. It’s not too pricey and it tastes great. It’s GMO free, of course, and gluten free as well. DOUBLE WHAMMY. The milk runs about $3.45 at a Natural Grocers. I’m not sure of what other places are like, since I’ve only seen it at Natural Grocers. It’s only 60 calories per serving and it’s just awesome! It’s even more calcium infused than regular milk, which is another reason I love this stuff. I suffered from an injury in Afghanistan, while I was deployed, and since making a change in my diet when it comes to milk, I feel much better! I make this great shake each morning with my almond milk and it’s so much better, in my opinion, with almond, rather than cows milk.

Best Almond Milk! $3.45 roughly per bottle.

Best Almond Milk! $3.45 roughly per bottle.

Another great milk alternative is coconut milk. I will let y’all know now…I use to HATE coconut with a passion. They say your tastebuds change as you get older. Well, I’m glad my tastebuds actually kicked in and started liking coconut! The brand I get, and ONLY get is called So Delicious. It’s GMO free and gluten free as well. It’s delish! I have started off with the coconut milk flavored with vanilla to start. I have not tried the plain coconut milk yet. So Delicious has chocolate coconut milk as well! SO FABULOUS! I have been hooked ever since. I’ll be posting a picture of it, so you all know what it looks like. For some reason, I can’t get my media inserts to work right now.

I am sorry I didn’t post this on Sunday like I said. Life got in the way and I had no internet due to a bad storm that just went through my city. I’m back on officially! Hope to see ya’ll and your feedback. Let me know if you find any other awesome milk alternatives!

Stay healthy,

~ Jillian