Food

Food is one of those things that make life more enjoyable. Exploring new flavors and trying new techniques is a fun way to experience life.

Jasmine Tea Benefits

Jasmine tea and spoon

What is jasmine tea? Jasmine tea is any tea that is blended with the jasmine flower to increase medicinal effects, as well as to improve the taste of the tea. Traditionally, jasmine is combined with white teas and green teas so as to enhance their medicinal effect and flavor. The scent of the jasmine on its own has its own healing benefit, while the sweet bodied flavor of jasmine makes any green or white tea less bitter. Because of the sweet taste of the jasmine, there is no need to add honey or sugars to the teas. This lack of the need for honey or sugar means that none of the healthy benefits of the tea are reduced in an effort to make the flavor more enjoyable…

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7 Benefits Of Cast Iron Skillets

Bacon in cast iron skillet

My mom gave me one of her cast iron pans, and I’ll admit, I’ve never used it. To be honest, the feeling of it is unpleasant to me. However, after researching and learning more about cast iron cookware benefits, I’m a changed woman. The number of benefits of cast iron pans outweighs (literally) the cons, and I think you’ll see that too…

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Veggetti Reviews: A New Twist on Veggies

Veggetti Reviews

We’re all about eating (and growing) our veggies at Earth’s Friends. That’s why when we discovered the Veggetti, we were beyond thrilled to see a gadget that gives a whole new “twist” (pun intended) to how you normally enjoy your vegetables. Pronounced “Veh-geh-tee” (get it, like Veggie but rhymes with spaghetti) the Veggetti is a great entry-level spiralizer that will give you a fresh cut, pasta alternative without the trouble or expense…

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Healthy Family Meal Plan: Week 2

Plate of chicken and rice

You’ve probably figured out by now that I’m not the absolute best chef, but I do like to eat, so that counts for something. I’m honestly more of a baker, but since I’m still trying hard to keep my sugar addiction from overtaking me, I try to only bake for others. To stay on track with my healthy eating, I really need a healthy meal plan. With a 2 week healthy meal plan, it’s easy to choose your favorites and make them staples in your house. That will make eating healthy on a regular basis much easier. So, try these recipes out, enjoy them, steal them, make them your own with modifications. Eat healthy; be happy…

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Healthy Eating Plan: Week 1

Healthy eating plan written on notebook

I find that I am the most successful with eating healthy at home when I come up with a meal plan for the week ahead of time. I’ve tried many online recipes and found some things that have become staples in our house. Often, I tweak recipes I grew up with to make them healthier (or at least less processed!). I’ve been playing a lot with gluten-free recipes lately too and have found a few that are pretty tasty. So, to help you succeed in a healthy eating plan, I figured why not put two weeks of my favorite meals I’ve found in one place so you can have a varied meal plan that will help you eat fresh, non processed food, at home, for two full weeks. I’ll do this in 2 parts so it isn’t insanely long…

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Best Blenders For Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix vs Cleanblend

Smoothie in blender (caption: Best Blenders For Smoothies)

Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you’ll have the energy you need to make it through your workday. Caution: by using one of these high-end blenders, you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic and ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday). A quality blender can truly change your life; I know it changed mine. Read on to find our picks for the best smoothie blender…

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Whole30: AKA 30 Days Of Torture For A Good Cause

Whole30 Meal Plan Review

I had several friends who had done (and some continue to live by) Whole30. Whole30 is a 30 day detox diet. It’s Paleo, but even more strict than your typical Paleo diet. It is supposed to reset your body to eliminate cravings and help figure out what your trigger foods are that may cause discomfort, bloating and even illness. You give up all non-naturally occurring sugars, all dairy, legumes, grains, alcohol and preservatives in food for 30 days. That first week or so is brutal though…

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Best Spiralizer: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

Spiralizer Reviews: Veggetti vs Paderno vs Kitchen Supreme

We all indulge in spaghetti every once in a while (maybe more than we should?). Pasta is an indulgent and go-to meal but sadly one that is loaded with carbs, gluten and leaves you feeling full and bloated.Imagine, that you could still enjoy your Italian grandmother’s spicy arrabbiata recipe but with the daily quotient of veggies in just one sitting, because you made zucchini, butternut squash, parsnip or sweet potato zoodles? Turning your vegetables into a healthy, lower calorie  alternative “zoodles” (aka zucchini noodles) is a fun, easy way to create innovative stir fries, salads and vegetable noodles as well as julienned vegetables (and fruits) using a kitchen spiralizer…

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What is Cricket Flour?

What is Cricket Flour?

Have you heard about cricket protein bars and flour? Did you get a little squeamish reading that sentence? Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it! Cricket protein powder is the latest rage for health nuts and once you read the stats you’ll consider trying it too. Consumers have been pleasantly surprised by the taste and nutrition quality found in cricket protein bars. Find out why so many people are talking about cricket flour…

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Best Healthy Snack Box: Love With Food vs Naturebox vs Graze vs Urthbox

Healthy Snack Box Review

Save yourself from the afternoon snack attack with a healthier alternative! You’ve probably heard of these healthy food subscription boxes while listening to Pandora. Or maybe you’ve even received a coupon for a free organic snack box in a recent mail package. I’ve tried a couple of them and have been pleased with my experience. So if you struggle with those 2 pm food cravings and find yourself wandering over to the vending machine or craving snacks on the go, then a monthly healthy snack box may be a good idea for you. You could even have your healthy food subscription box shipped directly to your office. Read on to learn more about our top picks, pros and cons and pricing for each…

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