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A Trip to the Grocery Store…

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…well, not just any grocery store.  Chuck’s Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, WA is my go-to place for groceries.  I have many reasons, one being the wonderful ladies and gentlemen behind the deli counter who are so nice to my mom and myself when we shop on Tuesdays.  *waves hello and gives thanks for the pickled onions*

Part of our produce selections was a bag of organic russet potatoes (a half a potato with vegetarian chili chases the winter chill away, fyi) and for the first time in my life I smelled a potato.  Not that I could get away from it.  That bag smelled so earthy, rich and yes, REAL.  Those potatoes smelled as if they were just dug from the ground.  I have purchased potatoes before (many times) but this was the first time that earthy smell really hit me.  Think about it: the ground gave up this delicious, good for you potato.  No added colors, preservatives, chemicals, nothing.  Just potatoes.

For those who don’t eat a whole lot of “real” food, I implore you to become one with the glorious root vegetables that are prevalent this time of year.  Oh, and put down those bags of baby carrots.  Have a real carrot, with the green tops still on.  Carrots are sweet, did you know, and the majority of their nutrients come from the skin and the layer beneath.  Baby carrots are shaved down regular carrots, so the majority of the nutrients were wasted for the ease of convenience.  Wash your carrots, then eat them.  Don’t peel them.

It’s crazy but yes, a bag of potatoes inspired me for this post.  It was a toss-up between the potatoes, or the amazing oranges that were available.  Thin-skinned, easy to peel globes of nutrition.  When I walked into Chuck’s I smelled the oranges before I saw them.  I only got four of them, my mother doesn’t eat oranges because she’s been disappointed once the rind comes off.  Not these.  We have to go back to get more.

Chuck’s isn’t everywhere, sadly.  For those not in the area, check online to see if there is an organic market in your area, then give them a visit.  The earth gives up an abundance of fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and color and beauty.  No big food marketing campaign and replicate what food can do in its natural state.

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August!

autumn leaf

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I am super super ‘cited (as my friend Wendi says) because with the month of August comes the thrill of Fall arriving soon.

Don’t get me wrong, I like summer.  Summer’s abundance brings the most amazing fruits and vegetables, and there’s nothing like pulling a carrot right right out of the ground, rinsing it off with the garden hose, and eating it with the greens still on top.  The taste of a “real” carrot is absolutely amazing.  Those filed down baby carrots in the bag cannot hold a candle to the real thing.  Baby carrots are convenient, but I prefer cutting my own simply for the taste.

I recall one summer years ago, my  mother and I went to this super gourmet grocery store across the street from where I lived at the time.  The places was all hard wood floors and spot lighting and the most amazing local produce.  Mother and I were perusing the fruit, when a local farmer walked in thru the front door with baskets and baskets of just picked blackberries.  These things were absolutely gigantic and the nice man offered my mother a berry, it was still warm from the sun.  I remember watching her eyes rolling to the back of her head in bliss (I mean, mothers do that?) as blackberry  juice ran down her chin.  She took home four pints of berries that day.

Falls brings its own wonderful gifts.  Root vegetables, chillier nights, the warmth of homemade soup and bread coming from the kitchen, sweaters, hot tea, the soothing smell of wood burning stoves  as I drive home from work at night.

Can’t wait for Fall, now.

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Drink Some Tea!

Iced tea with lemon.

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Apparently the beverage industry isn’t doing us any favors.  Too many calories, sugar, fake sugar, caffeine, chemicals…don’t drink this because its got too many calories and a days worth of sugar…don’t drink that because its full of artificial sweetener which could do your body harm…

Then there’s bottled tea.  I’ve read claims of bottled tea being “all natural”, but I still can’t drink it.  My favorite brand of bottled tea just changed their formula so green tea is in all of their beverages.

SIDE NOTE:  Not all teas are the same on your body.  Personally, I cannot consume Green Tea (yes I know its healthy and full of good stuff) but I found out the hard way that Green Tea isn’t the best thing for me due to an anxiety disorder and I have a ragweed allergy so I stay away from Chamomile.

I love my coffee, but I also love my tea as well.  In the summertime, iced sweetened black tea is my absolute favorite thing to drink.  At night I love winding down with a hot, soothing cup of herbal tea or tisane.

Here’s an easy solution to get away from all of the additives that is in beverages these days:  make some tea and drink it.  Even better, get a tisane or two, brew it and drink it.  Iced or hot, either way its good for you.

Simple!

I am going to share with you several of the teas I absolutely cannot do without and drink on a regular basis:

Owens Acres Summer Sunset Tea1.  Owens Acres Summer Sunset:  A rich blend of Calendula, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm and Rose Petals.  Brews up a deep, ruby red and is pleasantly tangy due to the hibiscus.  I like to brew this stronger than the instructions on the bag because I love the flavors, and the Calendula is so soothing.  I have a very large cup of this, hot, when I get home from work, its my winding down before I go to bed.

Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs2. Owens Acres Sun Tea Herbs:  Its called Sun Tea but to be honest, I have never had this iced, I have always had it hot.  Brews up a pretty pink (the color reminds me of a pink grapefruit) when I brew it hot and stronger than the directions ask for.  This tea contains Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Peppermint, Spearmint, Calendula, Lavender, Catnip, Rose Petals, Hibiscus and is sweetened with Stevia.  No, not the powdered stuff we get at the store, but the fresh cut kind, you know?  The actual plant, which tastes so much better than the processes Stevia we’re all so used to.

Owens Acres California Moonlight Tea3.  California Moonlight:  This beautiful tea contains dried Pluots, Elderberries, Blackberry Leave, Peppermint and Sweet Lavender.  This tea is awesome because hello, dried pluots are delicious.

 

Owens Acres California Gold Tea4.  Finally, California Gold.  Contains dried Persimmons and Pears, Calendula, Chamomile, Sunflower Petals and orange Peel Chunks.  This tea is sweet and golden and soothing.

Brew some up, ice it down and hand it over to your family.  Who’s gonna miss heavy, artificially sweetened and flavored water when you can have the goodness and health of nature?

You will find the fruit teas over here at Owens Acres and the regular teas over on this page of their website.   For information about certain tea ingredients, I use Tea Benefits as a resource.

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Beautiful Day

Peaches come from a can

Peaches!

My advice for today:  find a ripe peach and sink your teeth into it.  Let the juice run down your chin, breathe, and enjoy.

One giant step for happiness…

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Owens Acres Fruit Teas are Here!

I cannot wait for my package to show up from Owens Acres,  the new fruit teas are up on the website here.  I know I am going to love them, because I love all of their teas, but once I try them I will definitely be back to tell everyone about them.

California Gold Fruit Tea

Also, the Four Thieves Herbs are ready as well, and that will be showing up in my package as well.  If you’ve read my previous post about the illnesses I have to come in contact with on a daily basis, you know my excitement for this product is huge.

Owens Acres Vinegar of Four Thieves

The tea I simply cannot wait to try, as tea is my go to fix for everything and anything.

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An Orange. A Simple Orange

Ambersweet oranges, a new cold-resistant orang...

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I ate an orange today at work.

It was sweet, juicy, delicious and an absolute pain to peel.  I hadn’t cut my thumbnails recently so I had that to my advantage, but still

A basic, 3.5 oz orange has 45 grams of Vitamin C.

I was working as I ate it, so it was a slow process.  Afterward I felt refreshed and pretty darn good, because I knew I just did something good for myself.

Amazing what a real, pure food can do for you.  I will be taking another orange with me tomorrow.

I had no idea an orange is a hesperidium, a type of berry.

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