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Friday, December 13, 2019

Tasty Water: Hydrate

I've always had trouble drinking water. I could never stand the taste... except when I was extremely heated from the weather or working out and even then it glass of waterwas not good, just necessary. Thus I've always had a problem with dehydration.
Over the last year, I have drunk nothing but bottled water (following the minimum regime listed in the "Hydrate" post below) but even bottled water was not a remedy.
While looking for a probiotic to replace yogurt (settled on Kombucha) I started re-examining my attempts at increasing my water intake after I stumbled on an article about PH water that said water with a higher than 7 ph taste better. I tried Glaceau Smart Water (ph7.6) and sure enough, it was easier to drink. Over the last week, that's all I've drunk and it is still easy to down it. Going to try other brands with even higher PH levels (up to 10)
  • Alkalife TEN=             10
  • Essentia                     9.4
  • Evamor                       8.8
  • Icelandic                     8.4
  • Eternal                        8.1
  • Real Water                 8.0
  • Evian                          7.9*
  • Penta                          7.8
  • Dear Park                   7.8
  • Glaceau Smart Water 7.6
  • Voss                            7.6
  • Volvic                          7.5
  • Fiji                               7.3
  • Nestle Pure Life          7.3
  • Poland Spring             7.2

I composed this list because most waters don't put their PH level on their bottles.
Some will say their PH balanced, but it is unclear if that means they strive for a certain PH level or strive for an above 'neutral' PH level. So I don't think you can trust the 'balanced' label.
Most waters appear to be neutral or below. Below neutral is considered 'acidic' and above is considered 'alkaline'. Neutral is PH 7.0, so look for PH above that, the higher the better.
There are other advantages to above PH 7 waters besides improved taste. GOOGLE it.
*note: Always check the label. Looked at an Evian bottle and the ones that showed a PH level showed a level below that show in the above chart. Its not uncommon for a brand to have a mixture of waters in their line.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019


Fruit Smoothie:

  • Base - Dairy (milk, soy milk or almond milk) & yogurt (with fruit if no other taste used)
  • Taste - fruit (frozen or fresh (oranges, strawberry, mango or banana)
  • OR flavored protein powder (also as a supplement)
  • OR flavored coffee creamer
  • OR syrup
  • OR crunchy protein bar (also as a supplement)
  • OR Boost, Ensure (also as a supplement)
  • OR a supplement - turmeric (anti-inflammatory) or Cinnamon, or powdered dietary, vitamin, or mineral supplements

Vegetable Smoothie:
  • Base - V8 juice
  • Flavor - hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce (gives it a non-acholic taste)
  • Supplement - frozen or fresh broccoli (I use frozen because it doubles as ice cubes) or cider vinegar, or turmeric (anti-inflammatory), or powdered dietary, vitamin, or mineral supplements

Proportions are a matter of the taste AND consistency you like.
Throw it all in a blender.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Ignore the ‘fresh’ date? How2 determine the freshness of an egg.

imageOld eggs float in fresh cold water because of a large air cell that forms as the egg cools after being laid. As the egg ages, air enters the egg and the air cell becomes larger and this acts as a buoyancy aid. Generally, fresh eggs will lie on the bottom of the bowl of water.


How does a baby bird breathe inside the egg?

The two membranes pull apart a little and create a small pocket or sack of air. As the developing bird grows, it breathes in oxygen from the air sack and exhales carbon dioxide. Several thousand microscopic pores all over the surface of the egg allow the CO2 to escape and fresh air to get in.

The oldest and easiest way to tell if an egg is fertilized is called candling the egg. It is literally holding the egg up to a lit candle {not to warm it, but in order to see inside of the egg}.


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Glenn's Stir Fry:



EVOO, minced or pressed garlic, cumin powder, pepper, 1/2 sliced onions, sausage (half a rope 7.5oz)


Step 1)

In a 10 inch skillet heat oil, add cumin, garlic, when oil is hot add sliced sausage. Brown sausage, season with Cumin and pepper, add onions and sautéed. Remove mix.

Step 2:

12oz package "Kroger's Stir-Fry Starters: Vegetables with Noodles". .75oz "SUN-BIRD Stir Fry Seasoning Mix", 2tbls Soy Sauce, 1/3rd cup of water.

Step 2)

Add more EVOO if necessary, add vegetables, cover with Onions & sausage mix, combine Stir-Fry seasoning mix, soy sauce, and water. Blend and pour over everything. Continue to cook covered, stirring often. Broth will start to thicken… cook to preferred taste.

What I also do is I'll preheat the oil that I put in the skillet and I'll add powder cumin and minced or pressed garlic to the oil. I also put black pepper in sometimes but I always put black pepper and more cumin on the meat after I add it to the oil

1516155788627The vegetable that I use are from Kroger's and there the 12 oz package of frozen vegetables. I use several varieties: the stir fry starters and other frozen vegetable mixes. (these package are cheap at about $1.39 at Kroger's, but if you time it right you can get them at the 10 for $10 mix and match sales.)  *

1516155759068Once I've dumped the frozen vegetables into the pan I'll cover them and cook to the point where the vegetables aren't frozen then I'll add the stir-fry mixture.

The seasoning mix is only about $0.99 packet, I've tried to Kroger brand and it works just as well.

I generally follow the instructions on the packet except that I don't add the sugar.

1516158893273Like with the vegetables I mix up my choice of sausage, usually sticking to the smoked sausage ropes and varying between turkey, Kielbasa, beef, etc. The rope sausage usually runs between $2.79 and $2.99, but they'll go on sale about once a week at 2 for $5.00.

Average cost: Sausage (1/2 rope) $1.25 Vegetables $1.00 Seasoning mix $1.00 onion (1/2) $1.00 = $4.25

*On all frozen vegetables I pick all the mushrooms out, I don't think the high quality mushrooms go to the restaurants and seldom make into packaged products.