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    • Laundry Time!

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    •  1/27/2013 3:22:56 PM
    • I know that this site is generally dedicated to healthy eating.  But for today I thought it would be okay to talk about laundry :)

       

      My sister-in-law told me about "Laundry Balls", so I thought I would give them a try.

      I got on Amazon and read quite a few reviews and ended up making 2 purchases.

       

      The first was for this 4-pack of Dryer Balls.


       

      They supposedly help in 2 ways.  The first is that they speed up the drying time by "breaking" up the bunched clothes as they rotate in the dryer.

       

      The second way they help is be eliminating the need for dryer sheets or fabric softener.  Dryer sheets and fabric softener can be a source of some harmful chemicals and the ones that I buy can be quite expensive.

       

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      So for $7 I thought I would give them a try.  I put 2 in each of my dryers and put them to the test.

       

      Well guess what.....they worked...on both accounts.  My laundry did in fact take less time to dry and the clothes were not "static-y" AT ALL!

       

      The one thing I will say is that I missed the nice smell that fabric softener or dryer sheets provide. I tried adding some essential oils to the fabric softened "slot" on my washer but that didn't really work.

       

      The second product that I tried was this Laundry Ball ($5)

       

       

      Product Details

       

      This is supposed to eliminate the need for any detergent.  I was quite skeptical until I read all of the reviews.

       

      I tried it in my wash and and was quite surprised!  It got ketchup out of a shirt without ANY detergent.  However, I still felt like my clothes weren't %100 clean.  My gym clothes (and my husband's) can get quite stinky :)  Maybe it was subconscious since there wasn't that "fresh clean" smell.  But I will say that I now use only 1/2 of the detergent that I used to.  I will definitely buy another one for my other washing machine.

       

      Anyway, just thought I would share....more about food next time :)

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      • These sound amazing. Have you enjoyed the benefits of drying laundry outside?! The only possible toxins are the pollutants in the air. The benefits are spending time in Nature just hanging the laundry, taking a moment of quietude, and the incredible smell of your clothing and bedding!
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    • "Knockout" Kale Rice Bowl

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    •  1/16/2013 10:40:00 AM
    • Knockout Rice Bowl – Serves 2-4



       

      This is a delectable dish that is loaded with foods powerful enough to help “knockout” disease.


      With whole grains, vegetables, legumes (nature’s protein :) and healthy fats it is a perfectly balanced meal to keep your body healthy and strong (as well as satisfied)

       

      2 cups cooked brown rice

      1 bunch of kale, stems removed and steamed for 4-5 minutes

      1 red pepper, chopped

      ½ cup black beans

      ½ avocado

      1 TBS balsamic vinegar

      1 TBS olive oil

      1 TBS soy sauce

      Juice from ½ a lemon

      Salt and pepper

       

      Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl.  It’s best when served warm but makes a great cool salad also.

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    •  1/16/2013 12:53:09 AM
    • Healthy Cornbread Recipe, Gluten-Free Cornbread Test

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    • Cornbread & Chili (Gluten-Free)

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    •  1/12/2013 1:44:19 PM
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      Where I live it is COLD outside right now.  There is just something cozy about chili and cornbread.

      Here is a recipe for a healthier Cornbread that happens to be gluten-free.

       

       

       

      Cornbread

      1 cup of cornmeal

      ¾ cup potato flour *

      ¼ cup coconut flour * (this is the secret ingredient to this cornbread)

      1 cup non-dairy milk (I used Vanilla Soy)

      1 TBS apple cider vinegar

      1 egg or egg replacer

      4 TBS honey

      1/3 cup applesauce

      1 tsp salt

      1 tsp baking powder

      ½ tsp baking soda

       

      Combine all of the ingredients into a large bowl and mix thoroughly.

      Pour into a greased pan (I prefer a cast iron skillet, but an 8 x 8 dish or a casserole dish would work too).

      Bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.

       

      *If you do not need gluten-free, you could replace the coconut flour and potato flour with wheat flour (pastry flour is fluffier) for a total of 1 cup.

       



      Pairs great with the Sweet Potato Chili