Kombucha is Ready

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Well it’s officially ready!

It is so yummy! I had more fizz this time than anytime I have made it in the past. This was my first 2nd ferment. I am really surprised by how apple it tastes. I only added 2-3 oz per jar. I know from fermenting veggies in the past that putting any spice or herb in the jars intensifies a great deal so I will need to remember that when making future batches!

The hubby approves as well! I have a couple more jars in the pantry that I didn’t think had enough fizz and I am planning to leave overnight to see what happens. Then on to the next brew!  I am sure this batch won’t be around long…

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10 Healthy Lunch Tips

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A Follow up to my last post, here are a few lunch swaps to keep your health in check.

  1. Pass on the bread and the croutons.
  2. Opt of for the broth based soups instead of creamy.
  3. Drink water or unsweetened tea with Lemon.
  4. Skip the cheese and add avocado in its place.
  5. Substitute low fat greek yogurt for mayo.
  6. Wrap you sandwich in lettuce or cabbage leaf.
  7. Add mustard, pickles, and peppers to flavor salads and sandwiches.
  8. Swap turkey for beef.
  9. Add salsa to salads and baked potatoes.
  10. Enjoy corn tortillas instead of flour.

Healthy Breakfast Swap List

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Here are a few ways that making minor diet adjustments can mean huge health impacts.

  1. Leave the pastry and grab high fiber, low-cal bread. Smear with teaspoon of natural almond butter and fruit spread.
  2. Gotta have your daily bagel? Only eat half or pinch some of the middle out making room for hummus spread or turkey slices.
  3. Instead of sugar or Splenda, add a few drops of Stevia from Sweet Leaf brand.
  4. Instead of regular OJ cut it with club soda or just eat an orange!
  5. Trade your regular breakfast meats for ones made with organic or natural chicken and turkey.
  6. Top waffles and pancakes with fresh fruit.
  7. Eat your cereal in a smaller bowl and add fruit.
  8. Trade your traditional sugar filled yogurt with plain low fat greek. Add stevia and fruit to sweeten.
  9. Add veggies to your eggs or try it poached instead of fried.
  10.  Skip the Latte and try a cappuccino. It’s only about 1/3 of the calories.

Mediterranean Baked Fish

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This turned out really nice! Next time though I will not garnish with rosemary. It seemed really strong compared to the other flavors.

I hate measuring when I cook and take a Racheal Ray approach by just eyeballing it based on what I like and how much I am making.

I had a few asparagus spears hanging around so I tossed them in. I served rice and boiled green beans on the side.

Ingredients:

-1.5lbs mild fish

-Basil

-Lemon

-Onion and Garlic

-Black olives

-Lemon slices

-Grape tomatoes

-Rosemary Garnish

-Olive Oil

Directions:

Sauté the onion, garlic,  and olive oil.

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Preheat oven to 425. Layer pan with basil leaves on the bottom, add fish, top with onion and garlic mixture.

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Add the olives and tomatoes. Top with lemon slices and bake for 20 minutes.

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Garnish with rosemary. Salt and pepper to taste.