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Prepackaged organic veggies
especially for smoothie making

  This is great for making smoothies,         adding to salads or adding to sandwiches.

 Avocado or tomato sandwiches are tastier   with these veggies added.

The package contains a mixture of spinach, mizuna, chard and Kale. A cup of mizuna contains 65% of your daily requirement for vitamin C.  Chard is high in vitamin A. Kale is very high in vitamin C and has B-6 , magnesium and iron. Spinach contains vitamin A,  vitamin C, vitamin B-6, and magnesium. There are other vitamins and minerals in these vegetables, but in smaller amounts.

Antioxidant rich smoothie

I created a tasty smoothie using the organic smoothie and juice starter. Recipe below:

Yummy antioxidant smoothie


1    whole apple washed and cored, but unpeeled
1    cup fresh raspberries
2    mandarin oranges 
1    cup of purple grapes (more if desired)
As much of the green vegetables as you like (As you see I used a couple small handfuls)
1    T chia seeds 
1    T flax seeds
1/2 to 1 cup of ice may be added if desired. The smoothie pictured has about 3/4 cup of ice.

Put all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on the smoothie setting. Chia and flax seed are always optional, but add so much to a smoothie.  The smoothie was so tasty. It makes two servings.

We have a new store in our town which sells dented cans. I found this for $4.00. I checked online and the price is around $10.00 (ouch). Look for a salvage or dented can store near you. They sometimes have good buys.

I was excited to find some gluten free flour  which may be good for those people who can't have gluten. I will need to bake something with it and see how well it does.

I am not too excited about the Xanthan gum. I read a little, but it will take more study. It might be a good trade-off for that gluten though.

This flour is new to me, but maybe you already use it. Leave a comment at the bottom of the page and tell about your experience with it.

I have just discovered Asian pears and I love them.

A large juicy fruit which is not an apple or a genetically modified fruit or a 

Pure cane sugar and non-gmo flour in the grocery stores. 8 lb. bags even.

How nice that the stores and suppliers are seeing the need for healthier foods to be more available to people who want organic, non GMO products.  I am excited. Even though I stay away from sugar most of the time, there are occasions when I need some. It is nice to know that healthier sugar is more readily available than even a year ago.

How cute is this? An infuser-juicer jar from Wal-Mart. It only cost $7.96. When I bought this there were many of them. There were green, hot pink, and blue. When I looked online at Wal-Mart, it said they were only available in stores and that my local store only had four left.

watermelon seeds in health food stores

What a surprise! You can purchase watermelon seeds in health food stores.  I left lthe sunflower sees in the picture so that you can see the difference in the prices. These are roasted and salted. I have not tasted them, but I think I will continue to get my seeds from the melon. It is a good protein source though and in the winter, there are no watermelons, so.....

I found a salad kit in the grocery story by "Fresh Express" which was full of good things. It has tons of healthy veggies and 7 grams of protein for serving. There were sunflower seeds, roasted edamame and quinoa. It came with dressing but I use my own healthier dressing. This is a very tasty salad.

The "Schwann man" still comes to houses in Texas to bring delicious food, and I am sure that there is a Schwann truck in most other states.  This may not be new, but it is new to me.  He sells small packets of fruits and vegetables which are chopped, frozen, and ready to blend.

I did add two spoonfuls of maple syrup as this smoothie was not sweet enough for me. I will add a banana or grapes next time as that always sweetens a smoothie.  I have not tried the other flavors yet, but they are waiting in my freezer.

Click pictures below to get a better view. 

This is another Live Smart smoothie from the "Schwann man".  This one contains mangos, sweet potatoes, pineapple,  bananas and carrots. I added a spoonful of maple syrup. It is so colorful. A sprig of mint or small piece of kale would dress it up.

Ezekiel and other sprouted grain breads are now in grocery stores.  I am so happy about this!

The bread is a little expensive, but if you put it in your freezer and only use as needed, it can last for quite a while.  It may be cheaper at your store than mine though.

Okay, so now and then I find things that I didn't know existed, so I am gradually putting the information here. If you know of healthy changes in foods or anything that we might be interested in, feel free to comment below.  

What is new out there?
Smucker's with honey instead of sugar

It is so good to go to the store and see healthier changes. I found this fruit spread at Brookshire's in Springtown, but there is none in Wal-Mart yet.  You might check your local grocer and ask them if they can get it. It is a nice spread.

It is also heartening to see that the baking aisle at most markets now have quite a few healthy alternatives to sugar.  

You can also now buy healthier breads in places other than health food stores.

More stores are carrying organic products.

I will be on the lookout for "healthy happenings", and will let you know when I find any. If you know of something I have missed, let me know.

New smoothie recipe
Cheery Cherry smoothie
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