How to power up your health with a banana

23 Sep

…How-to Tuesday…

Did you start off your Tuesday with a banana?  Are you in the grocery store 3x a week stocking up on bananas, looking for the yellow banana [no black spots].  My twelve year old can take down three, four, and sometimes 5 non-spotted bananas a day.  Is that where all his energy comes from?  Every kitchen should be stocked with this yellow fruit.  The taste will not appeal to all [do not understand why not] as my daughter is not willing to take the daily banana challenge.  Sneaking a banana in a smoothie works well.

How to get your health benefits from eating bananas everyday

How to get your health benefits from eating bananas everyday

How many bananas to you eat everyday?

Munch on this Monday — Eggplant and Mushroom Tower

15 Sep

D-E-L-I-C-I-O-U-S     V-E-G-G-I-E    T-O-W-E-R

I load my shopping cart with some healthy vegetables and fruits every week, yet when I open my refrigerator door and look at all the various varieties of food I’ve loaded my refrigerator with I stop and stare as I stress about what to cook tonight.  Have you been there?  On this particular Munch on this Monday the eggplant and mushrooms made it to the cutting board.  I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do with them, so I googled away….eggplant and mushroom recipes….and there it was, a “vegetarian crispy baked vegetable sandwich” made by Rachel Castellino.  Rachel is an adorable thirteen year old with a yummy creation. So here’s my version of my tower of power of Eggplant and Mushrooms.

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Add breadcrumbs, eggs, and flour to separate bowls.

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Coat your eggplant and mushroom caps in flour, egg, and follow with breadcrumb mixture.

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Place on greased baking sheet, top with your favorite cheese. Drizzle with olive oil & bake at 350° for 20 minutes.

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Veggie Sandwich

Stack it! Mushroom, Basil pesto, eggplant, marinara sauce, avocado, eggplant and some more marinara sauce. Add more cheese if desired!

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Tower

Munch on this Monday Eggplant and Mushroom Tower

How to use Apple’s offline reading list on your iPad or iPhone

9 Sep


..How-to Tuesday..

Apple’s offline reading list comes in handy when you know you’ll be in a situation where you won’t have access to the internet.  Especially if your iPad is wifi only and there’s no service.  The IOS 6 feature is available on iPhone 4 and iPad 2 and later.  Save and read full web pages later with no internet connection.

STEP 1

Open Safari and browse an article you’d like to save for offline reading

How to use apples reading list to read offline on iPad and iPhones

STEP 2

Tap on the bottom navigation bar and press the sharing button

How to use apples reading list to read offline on iPad and iPhones

STEP 3

Press “add to reading list”, your article is now saved for offline reading

How to use apples reading list to read offline on iPad and iPhones

STEP 4

To access the article, tap on the navigation bar in safari & press on the bookmarks icon.

How to use apples reading list to read offline on iPad and iPhones

STEP 5

Tap on the reading glasses, and your article will be in the list below.  Tap on your article and enjoy your read!

How to use apples reading list to read offline on iPad and iPhones

Did you find this article helpful?

Benefits of Witch Hazel

4 Sep

I’m back from summer detox!  It’s been an enjoyable summer with hours of sun, white powdery sand, and beautiful turquoise water!  Summertime is a perfect time of year to spend with family and enjoy your days minus the school year distractions.  Our summer trip to Turks and Caicos was very eventful this year.  We savored our time with three different families during our weeks on the island.  We spent one week [plus hours prior to our trip] coordinating and assisting at a community basketball camp for island kids.  This was incredibly rewarding for the entire family, we pulled through the week in a gym pushing 95• on up.

Skin Care Thursday Benefits of Witch Hazel

The downfall of the trip were the illnesses incurred by family members and friends with the numerous amount of trips to the medical offices on the island.  The upside, top notch medical care–great feeling when your abroad and not feeling too well.

Beyond the sicknesses, we had an amazing time as always!  I’ve also been very active with pursuing another part of my life as a “travel consultant”–none other than  GURVY TRAVEL. Stay tuned…

Skin Care Thursday Benefits of Witch Hazel

Unfortunately time has elapsed, and my vacation is over but no one can take away the memories!  School’s in and GURVY GREEN is back with loads of new posts to share.

…Skincare Thursday…

WITCH HAZEL

Skin Care Thursday Benefits of Witch Hazel

Have you heard of this natural astringent with amazing benefits?

ACNE

it will zap your acne to bits gently and naturally

BRUISES

soak it several times a day, bye bye bruise

WOUNDS

cleanses the skin of germs, bacteria and inflammation

ICTHY SKIN

soothes the itch

So what are you waiting for, go out and buy your bottle today you’ll ask yourself why you waited so long.  My daughter has been a loyal customer as she dabs a little on a cotton ball to zap her acne good-bye overnight!  I’ve  shared (2) brand.  Thayer’s [preference]as it does not include alcohol.  Dickinson’s contains 14% alcohol.  Both are amazing!!

Share your witch hazel story

Spray on Sunscreen Concerns

17 Jul

…Skin Care Thursday…

The FDA has been investigating the safety of spray-on sunscreens since 2011.  They have yet to issue a ruling on the concerns with spray-on sunscreen.  Consumer Reports has issued a warning to parents of young children to choose lotion versus spray on sunscreen.  They are currently deemed safe for adults to utilize (check your ingredient label), do not spray on face.

Spray on Sunscreen Concerns

Why do we use spray on sunscreens?

{QUICK}  {EASY}  {CONVENIENT}

What are the issues surrounding the spray on sunscreens?

1. The person applying the spray inhales the chemicals that are questionable within the product

2. Children who are sensitive to inhalants will have increased health concerns

How can we apply spray on sunscreen?

1. Rub on your hands and apply to skin

2. Read your ingredient label & choose sunscreens with the least amount of ingredients

3. Look for sunscreens that contain titanium dioxide and zinc oxide

In conclusion:

The pros of using sunscreen outweigh the cons, be a smart consumer!

Munch on this Monday — Homemade Carrot Popsicles

14 Jul

Carrot popsicles?  I have been juicing up carrots to form a surprisingly sweet drink.  As I juiced my first batch my kids wanted nothing to do with it, by dinner time the five of us were drinking  a tall glass of refreshing carrot juice.  I decided to whip up some of my juice to form popsicles to enjoy later.  The beta carotene in carrots fuels your Vitamin A, B & E including minerals.  Engaging your kids in the juicing process will peak their interest in trying it, trust me it works.

Munch on this Monday How to make homemade carrot popsicles

Munch on this Monday How to make homemade carrot popsicles

Munch on this Monday How to make homemade carrot popsicles

Munch on this Monday How to make homemade carrot popsicles

Freeze them overnight and enjoy them tomorrow!

Do you have a popsicle recipe to share?

Munch on this Monday — Baked Zucchini

7 Jul

Zucchini {squash} is screaming out to me at the local farmers market & grocery stores during summertime.  I found this yummy recipe online and made some simple changes to bake it instead of frying it as well as opted out on the cheese. I know many of you can’t understand that, but with a husband who can’t stand cheese I had to do without and I have to say they were mighty delicious even without the cheese.

Munch on this Monday, How to make baked zucchini

Step One

Pesto: breadcrumbs, basil & salt in a food processor

Munch on this Monday, How to make baked zucchini

Step Two

Place all ingredients in separate bowls

Munch on this Monday, How to make baked zucchini

Step Three

Toss in oil and dredge in breadcrumb mixture

Munch on this Monday How to make baked zucchini

Step Four

Place on greased pan and bake for 30 minutes

Munch on this Monday How to make baked zucchini

Munch on this Monday How to make baked zucchini

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Munch on this Monday How to make baked zucchini

What’s your favorite zucchini recipe?

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