Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Top 3 Healthy Thirst Quencher Fruit Juice

Everyone is now thinking about how to make this summer season more enjoyable. Aside from planning where to go for a vacation, health conscious aficionados are making a list of how to maintain the body systems healthy and well hydrated. Since I enjoy a healthy lifestyle and am also preparing for the summer heat, I made this list of healthy thirst quenchers.

Apple and Grapefruit Juice
Apples are our body’s friend and also one of the best fruits that can quench our thirst this summer. Apples help hydrate our bodies since it is composed of 84% water plus it contributes to weight loss. Grapefruits are also high in H20: each grapefruits is made up of 91% water which is good when losing weight and refreshing the body.

Banana-Strawberry Juice
In some areas, summer is also mosquito season, so drinking banana juice will help you deal with it. Banana is known to reduce itching caused by mosquitoes. Banana contains 75% water and if you combine that with strawberry that has a 92% water content, this juice will replenish diminishing body fluids under the summer heat. Lastly, strawberry is also a great antioxidant for the body.

Watermelon and Lemon Juice
Watermelon is one of the most refreshing fruits, containing 92% water, vitamins A, B6, and C, and Lycopene, a vital natural antioxidant. On the other hand, lemon is known to be a strong and effective antibacterial. Combine these two fruits and you have a drink that provides you with numerous nutrients and other health benefits.

You can also combine other fruits to make other fruit juices. Keep you body healthy and hydrated this summer season with these thirst quenchers.

Local Farmers’ Market: A Healthy Choice

Healthy living follows when you choose to eat healthy, fresh, and organic ingredients like vegetables, fruits, and dairy products. Using the right ingredients when cooking is imperative in living a healthy lifestyle.

In this regard, patronizing the local farmers’ market is one thing you should consider visiting. It is where you can buy raw, organic food that can complete your healthy diet.

Take a Glimpse

At the local farmers’ market, they offer the best fruits and other produce - the fresher and the healthier, the better. Organic is another word for natural and this is the kind of food you can buy at a place like this.

What You Can Find?

        Seasonal vegetables and fruits
        Dairy products
        Pork and beef products
        Unprocessed and processed meats, and others.

Things to Remember

  Make a list of what you will purchase
  Know the products that are in season in your locality
  Research the availability of  the farmers’ market in your place, especially time and day
  Don’t go during peak hours to avoid great crowds
  Bring a big bag
  Prepare smaller bills for fast transactions
  Buy in wholesale for good discounts

Aside from getting quality food, you can also grab the best priced food and products from the farmers’ market. When you buy wholesale, you can get your purchase for a more affordable price. Buying from the local farmers’ market helps the small farmers within your community earn more money directly and your entire community garner more revenue in the long run.

Friday, June 8, 2012

How To Save Space in The Kitchen

If you aren’t blessed with a large and spacious kitchen, maximizing the space that you have can be a big challenge. As a spacious kitchen may not be a reality for most, there are simple ways to achieve more elbow room in your kitchen. Read the following tips to make effective use of your kitchen space.

Reduce Kitchen Clutter

The first step in saving space in your kitchen is getting rid of the things you don’t need or want. Go through your stuff and segregate the things you need to transfer, keep, and throw away. Reducing the clutter helps you save more space for the things you need the most in your kitchen.

Hang Kitchen Tools

One of the best practices to free up more counter space is to hang items on your walls. Use wire racks or S-hooks to hang pans, mugs, and other kitchen utensils. You can also install hanging baskets to store heavier kitchen items and food that does not require refrigeration.

Use Your Cabinets

Aside from storing items inside the cabinets, you can also use your cabinet doors for other functions. Install a metal sheet inside a cabinet door to post recipes, notes, and other kitchen reminders. For cabinets under the sink, attach hooks, rags, brushes, and other cleaning materials. You can also use the tops of your cabinets to store seldom-used kitchen items.

Use Pantry Dividers

When storing baking sheets, cutting boards, and other pantry items in cabinets, create pantry dividers using tension rods. These rods fit the small space of your cupboards and allows for easy access and return of kitchen items.

Organize Tools

Commonly used cooking tools such as ladles, spatulas, tongs, and mixing/wooden spoons should be placed close to the area where you’ll use them most. Put these utensils in a jar or container near the stove. For other tools such as can openers, scoops, and graters, place them close to the counter or the food preparation area.

Add Storage

Use your kitchen furniture to add extra storage. A good example of this is to use your baker’s rack to store plates, bowls, and other kitchenware.

These are just some of the tips you can use to arrange and maximize your kitchen space. You can also get creative for a better designed and organized kitchen.
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