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I am making healthy smoothie drinks and using different recipes.

Cactus, it is hard to find or outrageously expensive so I use aloe vera juice.

Luckily here in Key West Aloe grows all over the island.

I decided to do my own investigating into the various cactus drinks where the juice can be a main ingredient of smoothies.

I found this great article.

“The primary active ingredient in Nopalea is the juice derived from the fruit of the Nopalea cactus. Juice from the fruits of the Nopal cactus contains high levels of  Beletains, or plant pigments that are known to be excellent antioxidants. This juice also contains high levels of essential amino acids, B vitamins and bioactive phytonutrients. Nopalea juice is also sweetened with agave nectar and other natural supplements.”

It is grown in the mountainous regions of Mexico.

Key West is known for it also.

Copyright ©2013 Cynthia Martz
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http://theadvantagesofdrinkingjuice.wordpress.com/2012/10/30/nopalea-juice-everything-you-need-to-know/

The recipe:

Aloe Vera juice

Fresh Grated Ginger

Fresh Cinnamon

Fresh Spinach leaves

Fresh fruit (banana, the darker the better, strawberries, fresh pineapple, blueberries)

Sounds so good.

More information on the benefits of Nopalea

In a smoothie. Add some bananas, some ice and blend for a cool, refreshing, healthy shake. You can also mix up with some other fresh, seasonal fruit, such as blueberries, raspberries, strawberries or even peaches. Whatever flavors you like will only add to the delicious mix of flavors.

As with anything  that is good for you it doesn’t come cheap.

I did find the capsules which can be used also.

http://www.naturalhomecures.mybigcommerce.com/freeze-dried-nopal-cactus-500mg-120-capsules/

The Lady or The Tiger


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Remember the tale “The Lady or the Tiger?” As it ends, the hero is standing before two identical doors: one conceals a beautiful maiden; the other, a ferocious tiger. The hero must open one of these doors—the choice is his—but he has no way of knowing which will bring forth the lady and which will release the tiger.

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Chaos or Calm

 

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Slow Mode February


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My blog will be 2 years old in October this year.

Slow Mode February.

Nothing pressing on my mind to blog about, writers lament I suppose.
This am I was missing the cushioned insert in my shoes I wear because of my ongoing  Plantar fasciitis  problem.
I assumed wrongly that one of the cats had treated it like a furry mouse and confiscated it too places unknown.
I found it in my other shoe sitting on top of its insert.

I am having my morning ritual. Chock Full of Nuts dark Satin java.

It is my morning wake-up.

Interesting tib bit. When my mama passed in 2004, I placed one of her small porcelain dolls she called “Marjorie” in an air tight glass container. She was wrapped in my mama’s scarf that smelled of her signature perfume (Chanel #5)
The doll’s face was peeking through.
I decided I wanted to smell her so I carefully removed the air tight top. I anticipated memories of the scent of her.
Let’s just say her essence had dissipated some time ago.

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Today is Downton Abbey Marathon Day. I have several shows recorded and Sunday’s seem the perfect day to relax and enjoy them.

I have found a new toy. It is so easy and no worries with codecs and other problems with burning DVD’s and CD’s. I have too many coasters as is. Recordings that flopped so too speak.

Freemake is awesome. Last night I burned a DVD of some favorite UTUBES perfectly. No codec issues, no problems at all.
Big Kudos to the makers of this wonderful pain-free application.

Heart Day is almost upon us. I am baking Four of my specials this year.

Don’t Fear The Onion


I  am making a big container of potato salad tomorrow and using a huge onion. The remains of the onion will be refrigerated for another day.

 

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The Real Deal on Onions

 

I swear everything you read on line has to be thoroughly investigated

I really thought the ONION thing sounded legitimate.

Don’t believe everything you read online, especially about the most recent hoax suggesting onions are magnets for bacteria…

As in the claim that onions are bacteria magnets, the claim that onions can rid a room of the flu virus is utter nonsense.

Some versions of this spurious “health advisory” package both these onion myths into one message

 

Thus, the claims in the message have no factual basis.

According to this widely circulated health warning, people should not eat raw or left-over onion because onions are “poisonous”. The message claims that, according to a food chemist, onions are regularly identified by authorities as the cause of food poisoning. The message warns recipients that onions are actually magnets for bacteria and can therefore attract and grow bacteria faster than other types of food.

However, the claims in the message have no medical or scientific basis. Onions feature a variety of sulphur compounds that have antibacterial activity. Furthermore, cutting an onion triggers the release of enzymes that initiate a chemical reaction producing propenesulfenic acid, which in turn decomposes to yield sulphuric acid. It is the sulphuric acid that makes you cry by irritating the eyes!

But sulphuric acid also inhibits the growth of bacteria. Also, a cut onion’s surface dries out quickly, reducing the moisture that is needed for bacteria to multiply.

Lastly the terminology that onions are “bacterial magnets” makes no sense. No food attracts bacteria, although of course some are more likely to support bacterial multiplication once infected.

Nothing is a bacteria magnet. Firstly, bacteria have minimal mobility. They usually travel in water droplets, if at all. Sneezes, for example. Molds can release spores which get blown around but bacteria usually grows in moist environments and are slimy, making getting airborne difficult. Secondly, if there was such a thing as a ‘bacteria magnet’ it would be enormously useful in the medical field for drawing bacteria away from the ill and infirmed.

In truth, onions do not possess any special property that enables them to somehow magically collect bacteria from the air around them. Moreover, the claim in the message that “when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate onions” is not supported by any credible evidence whatsoever.

Moreover, onions do not appear in any lists of foods identified as being most likely to cause food poisoning. Onions are not featured in the list of Common Sources of Foodborne Illness featured on the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse website. A New York Times report that discusses the Ten Common Food Poisoning Risks does not mention onion. A report about food poisoning on the NSW Food Authority website lists common food poisoning pathogens and the types of food associated with them. Onion is not on the list. The World Health Organization has also published much information about Bacterial Food Poisoning, none of which singles out onion as a high risk food. In fact, although I checked a great many credible sources of information about food poisoning during my research for this article, I could find none that specified onion as being a common cause of food poisoning.

Of course, if onions are handled or stored in unhygienic conditions – for example if they were touched with dirty hands or sliced on a contaminated cutting board, then they may pass on dangerous bacteria that could make a person sick. However, this is true of virtually any type of food.

Onions are probably less likely to encourage the growth of bacteria than many other types of food.

Down on Our Farms


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A picture I sketched in 1989 of The Old Martz Farm

 

Last evening I watched a wonderfully protrayed documentary called “Bitter Seeds” It is the same people that gave us China Blue and The Wal-Mart Wars.

The most recent information on this matter can be found here.

I grew up on a farm. Farming has always been the way of my world. My father farmed, his parents, their parents. We survived each year by having seeds that were used from previous crops.

From source:

“Nature, when left alone, provides you with the means to propagate the next harvest in a never-ending cycle.”

Monsanto has changed all of this .Genetically modified and engineered seeds are destroying us in more ways to one. The Prop 37  bill which will be voted on the November 6 th ballot will ask that all GE-GM product be labeled as such.

A interesting clip taken from the movie Food,Inc.

The sweetness is gone

The bees are killed by the Roundup spray. Worms take over the crops. The chemicals are known cancer predecessors.

You are what you eat.

Drinking water has fluoride in it

Organically grown makes me wonder ?

Mosquito sprays have cancer links

Makes me hate to go into a grocery store.

The meat isle scares me sometimes.

I think of all the animals , how they are inhumanly raised and treated.

Then tortured and  killed so we can pay exorbitant prices and have a feast of them.

Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food – NYTimes.com


Big Food is also feeling beleaguered by its increasingly skeptical and skittish consumers. Earlier this year the industry was rocked when a blogger in Houston started an online petition to ban the use of “pink slime” in the hamburger served in the federal school-lunch program. Pink slime — so-called by a U.S. Department of Agriculture microbiologist — is a kind of industrial-strength hamburger helper made from a purée of slaughterhouse scraps treated with ammonia. We have apparently been ingesting this material for years in hamburger patties, but when word got out, the eating public went ballistic.

via Why California’s Proposition 37 Should Matter to Anyone Who Cares About Food – NYTimes.com.