1. One of my goals this year? To start washing my produce more thoroughly.
Usually, I’m guilty of just running my veggies under the faucet for a few seconds.
Luckily, this Oxo Salad Spinner has made that resolution a piece of cake. I can’t believe I’ve never owned a salad spinner before!
Thanks to a tip from my sister-in-law, I’ve been washing my greens with a splash of white vinegar diluted in water, and after a good spin-dry, they seem to have a longer shelf-life in the fridge!
2. I also can’t believe that I’ve never tried using these reusable bags before.
My best friend sent this set of Lunchskins as a birthday gift last week, and I’m already in love with them! They are perfect for keeping a healthy snack in your purse, plus they’re dishwasher safe and made in the USA.
3. I started working with water kefir grains this week.
I’ve never worked with kefir grains before, but I’m hoping it will be an easy and affordable way to make my own probiotic-rich foods in the future. I ordered these water kefir grains to make my own coconut water kefir, for a dairy-free alternative.
Little did I know, I’d have to wait almost a week for them to re-hydrate first. (They’re sitting in a covered bowl on my counter as we speak!) Hopefully I’ll have some good results to report within the next 10 days or so.
4. With this unusually chilly weather, it’s been a challenge to keep warm in my house.
I’ve actually started rubbing sesame oil on my feet, because according to Ayurveda principles, it’s supposed to be a “warming” oil. (Socks lock the moisture in, and prevent leaving oily footprints as you walk around the house!)
And if all else fails, I’ll cover my feet with heating pad, too.
5. One thing I don’t recommend? Amaranth flour.
Because I’ve had pretty decent results using millet flour before, I thought amaranth flour would be another great wheat-free option. However, I tried to make some cookies with it last night, and the batter tasted awful! I didn’t even bother cooking the dough– it went straight into the trash.
Now, I’m thinking I need to use the rest of this flour to make an exfoliating body scrub– because I’m certainly not going to try baking with it again!
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