Making the Perfect Apple Salad — August 25, 2020

Making the Perfect Apple Salad

The perfect apple salad is a sweet and savory treat that is perfect not only for a healthy lunch,…but also for holiday dinners like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

Typically when you think about apple salads, you think of a salad that is known as a Waldorf salad, a lightly sweetened salad consisting of apples, celery, nuts, grapes and walnuts….all brought together with a creamy mayonnaise and whipped cream dressing

The .Waldorf salad was supposedly created by Oscar Tschirky, maitre d’hotel of the famous New York hotel known as the Waldorf-Astoria.

The salad recipe first appeared in his cookbook, The Cook Book by Oscar of the Waldorf in 1896 and has become a favorite ever since.

nSo let’s get cooking…

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The Apples

Apples…2C apples…which is typically 2 medium apples.

A few good choices would be Granny Smith, Pink Ladies, Golden Delicious, and McIntosh.

Feel free to experiment with different apple varieties…depending on what’s in season or what you happen to have on hand. Just make sure that you use crisp apple…not one with a softer, more mealy flesh.

Also combining different varieties of apples will give your salad a ore  complex flavor.

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Other Dry Ingredients

Celery…1C, thinly sliced

Dried Cranberries

Nuts…1/2C chopped walnuts or pecans

Raisins…1/2C

Grapes…1/2 cup seedless red grapes

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Dressing Ingredients

1/2C cup sour cream

1/3C mayonnaise

1/8tspcinnamon…

2tspoons honey

1/8tsp cinnamon

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Instructions

Making the salad is probably common sense…first prep your ingredients…then combine the dry ingredients…then make the dressing…then add the dressing to your dry ingredients—pretty simple, right..

Prep the veggies…You want to cut the apples, celery and whatever else needs chopping into 1/2″ cubes. Sprinkle the cubed apples with sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Toast nuts in over at 350 F for about five minutes to bring out their flavor.

Make the salad…Combine dry ingredients. Wait and add nuts, if using, until right before serving.

Make the dressing…Combine sour cream, cinnamon and honey in large bowl; mix well.

Finish the salad…Add dressing to prepped apples. Toss together until coated. Cover. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. 

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Making the Perfect Avocado Salad — June 9, 2020

Making the Perfect Avocado Salad

 

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The Ingredients

Avocado...4 large, ripe avocados…about 2C cubed…peeled, pitted, and  cubed or chopped about the same shape and size of the cucumbers

 

 

Cilantro and Other Herbs.…Any tender fresh herbs are great additions to your avocado salad—such as cilantro, dill, oregano, cumin, parsley, chives, and basil. If using fresh herbs—such as  fresh cilantro, parsley, basil, dill or a combination—use 1/2C chopped. If using dried herbs, use 2Tbsp chopped

 

Cucumber...1 cucumber, sliced in half lengthwise and then slicedChoose thin-skinned, seedless cucumbers—such as English, hothouse, or Persian cucumbers—instead of regular garden cucumbers. If you are using garden cucumbers, peel off some or all of the tough skin and scoop out some of the seeds before adding to the salad.

 

Garlic…Garlic is an optional ingredients, but if you do decide to use garlic, use either a small garlic clove or 1/2tsp minced.

 

Jalapeño…This is another optional ingredient, but will add some zip to your salad. If you are going to use jalapenos in your salad, make sure to first remove the seeds and white membrane from the pepper.

 

Lemons or Limes…The lime dressing is what makes or breaks this simple salad. You can use either limes or lemon. If using limes, use 3Tbsplime juice or squish a couple of small limes. If using lemons, use 2Tbsp lemon juice or the juice of one medium lemon.

 

Olive Oil…Using 1Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil makes the salad dressing well-rounded and luxurious.

 

Onion...1/2C red onion…could also use ½Vidalia onion, if available…very thinly sliced…Soak the sliced onion in water for a few minutes before adding to the salad. This will preserves the flavor but get rid of the harsh, lingering aftertaste.

 

Tomatoes...You can use either a pint of cherry tomatoes that have been cut in half, a large ripe beefsteak tomato that has been chopped, or 1# Roma tomatoes that have been seeded and chopped. Cherry or grape tomatoes will probably be the best choice because they are almost always sweet—even when out of season. The important thing is that the tomatoes you choose are juicy and ripe.

 

Other Options...Along with these “expected” ingredients, feel free to experiment with other veggies and cheeses also…such as bell peppera oe feta.

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The Instructions

Combine avocados, tomatoes, cucumber, and whatever produce or cheese that you have decided to use in a large serving bowl.

 

Whisk together the dressing ingredients—lime juice, olive oil, garlic, salt, herbs or spices—in a small bowl.

 

Pour the dressing over the top.

 

Toss everything together gently until the  avocado and cucumber are well coated in the dressing.

 

Sprinkle feta on top.

 

Taste to see if you need to season the salad even more…by drizzling more olive oil or lime juice on top of it, sprinkling salt and pepper on top, or adding your favorite hot sauce.

 

Since avocados brown so quickly, it is best to serve the salad immediately.

 

You could also cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to one day.

 

In fact, you may want to wait and add the avocado right before serving the salad.

 

Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one day. Even though the avocado will brown slightly and the vegetables will become more liquidy, the salad will still taste delicious.

18 Reasons to Start Drinking — October 2, 2019

18 Reasons to Start Drinking

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So now that we’ve gotten off the detour of using organic body and skincare products, let’s once more begin our journey up the Chutes and Ladders or Candy Land–type game called the Raw Foods Pyramid…first by looking at the bottom tier of the pyramid—water.

 

 

 

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WHY

Water is one drink that you’ll want to consider the next time you’re feeling thirsty. It not only helps genuinely hydrate the body, it can help you feel better overall, and even look better. Here are some of the benefits you’ll reap, and some recipes to help you along.

Our bodies contain about 55-60% water…so the more hydrated, the healthier you will be.Water does such important things—such as transporting nutrients and flushing toxins out of our system…, so getting an adequate amount of water each day is very important.

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Let’s take a closer look…

1. Aging...Due to the antioxidant content of water, water helps your body fight free radicals, promotes healthy aging, and enhances your body’s ability to fight disease.

2. Antioxidants...Water contains the antioxidants that are needed to ward off free radicals and help the body flush out built-up toxins. Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be a one time or once a year event, you can help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you’re taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.

3. Appetite…Eating when you’re not actually hungry can lead to weight gain and sluggishness,,,and can throw you off your natural eating cycle. Drinking a glass of water when you’re hungry instead of raiding the refrigerator or vending machine can help you make it until your next meal if it’s not quite mealtime.

4.Asthma and Allergies…helps keep your air passageways open because the body closes up these passageways in an effort to minimize water loss whenever we are dehydrated

5. Blood Pressure…Keeping your blood pressure in check is important because it will help keep you away from debilitating diseases like stroke, heart attack, kidney disease, or vision loss. Saying hydrated helps prevents your blood from becoming so thick that it increases your blood pressure,

6. Bone Health…Water may reduce the risk of osteoperosis and bone fractures in post-menopausal women. 

7. Body Temperature…cooling the body whenever you sweat by making you sweat more

4. Brain Function…protects brain structure and function, as well as producting hormones and neurotransmitters. Drinking water promotes clearer thinking and reasoning

8. Cancer…A healthy lifestyle gives you a better chance at staying healthy long-term and perhaps preventing serious conditions, such as cancer….especially cancer involving the urinary tract system.

9. Headaches...may help relieve the intensity and duration of headaches.

10. Hangovers…,Alcohol is dehydrating and toxic to your system, so you need plenty of water and nutrients to start healing.. Water can help prevent the unpleasant symptoms from drinking too much—such as thirst, fatigue, headache and dry mouth—because it is a diuretic. In fact, many people claim that drinking one glass of water for every alcoholic beverage that you drink is great in preventing your having a hangover in the first place.

11. Hydration...When you meet your specific water needs you’ll enjoy the benefits of staying hydrated,…which is important for maintaining the right body temperature, helping your cardiovascular system, assisting in the cleansing of toxins, and having more energy to help each of your organs do its job better.

12. Joint Pain…maintains the ability of the joints to absorb shock

13. Kidney Stones…makes you have to pee more often, which prevents minerals from consolidating, crystallizing and becoming kidney stones

14. Muscles...Whether or not you’re trying to put on muscle, helping your muscles stay strong is a good idea.  Water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles, and your body in general.

15. Nuttritonal Value…Drinking water will provide more vitamins and minerals., such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

16. Skin...Water helps your skin from the inside, as well as the outside. Staying hydrated will help your skin stay supple and smooth. Water makes your skin look healthy and vibrant…prevents your skin from becoming dry, flaky and tight…and helps prevent skin disorders and premature wrinkles..

17.  Tooth Decay…Water keeps the mouth clean and reduces your chance of having tooth decay.

18. Weight Control…Water will naturally quench your thirst and make you forget about mindlessly reaching for drinks loaded with sugar, so it’s an easy way to cut calories from your diet. Water can also act as a natural mild diuretic…helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating.

 

 

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HOW

In order to enjoy the complete benefits of water listed above, you should be drinking eight or more cups of water per day….or half your body weight in ounces.

Think that this will never happen…I did also when I first started trying to get a handle on my weight and my health…

But I’ve been drinking two liters of water per day for the last three years.

In the next post, I’ll show you how I mastered this habit…and how I maintain it.