Mango Mania

I like mangoes, but I don’t recall EVER buying a fresh one … until this past weekend.

I was strolling through Sprouts Farmers Market, one of my favorite places, and there they were, a big table of beautiful mangoes.  My first instinct was to take Dionne Warwick’s advice and …walk on by… because any time I’ve seen mangoes they were at least a dollar each.  That’s not a lot but I’m a budgeter and I sorta get a thrill from seeing how far I can stretch a dollar.  However, the bright, juicy fruit called out my name so I rounded the corner of the table and what did I see???  A sign that read… 3 for $1. 👀. For real??

Well, say no more, I bought $5 worth of mangoes …. for those who are slow at math like me, that’s 15 mangoes!!!  WIN! STRIKE! SCORE!

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CONFESSION… I had to get online to see how to peel and eat it.  Haha. Easy though.

I tried one, and boy was it delicious!

so, what do I plan to do with 14 mangos.  I am going to peel and cube them all, place them in a freezer bag and then do the same to some fresh blueberries once they arrive.  Then on some sweltering summer Georgia day, I’m going to break out all the deliciousness and make the best mango-blueberry smoothie ever.  Of course, I will let y’all know how this turns out in some future blog.

I also saw an easy Mango Salsa recipe that sounds perfect for summer parties.

Anyway, I started to wonder about the benefits of eating mangoes…if there were any. A quick research session yielded tons information. In summary:

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You can bet I will be checking weekly ads this summer for mango sales!

Do you like mangoes?

Stay safe out there!

✌🏽😎💕

My Summer Selections Are Back

When it gets to that time of the year when I go out to one of my favorite grocery stores (Sprouts) and come home with this type of stash, you can rest assured that I am entering into my summer eating pattern. 😊

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Washing today’s “catch” in vinegar water.

As much as I love my winter foods (rutabagas, sweet potatoes, squashes, etc.), by this time of the year I am literally craving colorful raw vegetables. Typically, I would have lettuces too, but with the current ‘ban’ on some lettuces I decided to have lettuce-less salad this week. Look at how beautiful and colorful this food is.  It’s going to be a wonderful eating week.

I haven’t researched what I am about to say here but I think eating some portion of colorful raw vegetables everyday helps to alleviate or lessen many of the physical problems that plague Americans particularly, i.e. constipation, poor immune system, other digestive issues, allergies, mineral deficiencies, blood pressure issues, cholesterol issues, etc.  […again, I’m no doctor or medical professional, so this is strictly my opinion].

I even bought fresh mangos today… I can’t remember the last time I did that; possibly! I never have. 🤔  I’ve had mangos before but never bought fresh ones myself.  They were 3 for .$99 today at Sprouts. Those little beauties came right home with me… yes, they did. 😌

I gained 2-3 pounds over the winter months.😞 Hopefully my summer foods will help to melt those couple of extra pounds away. I am not too worried though because I started a new exercise program and I am slightly more muscular than I’ve been in a long time.  I will share more about it in an upcoming blog sombe sure to FOLLOW my blog .

Now, go get yourself some veggies!

Happy shopping! 🍎🥦🥒🍎🍉🍒🍏🍑🍐🍇🍍🍊🥕

‘Eggspert’ Advice 😏

I  blogged about the benefits of eggs in the past but I have more eggs-pert knowledge to pass along 😏.  People, seriously, I am not the originator of all the juicy facts I share on my blog…. I am just passing along the knowledge so you’ll have some interesting to read when you stop and see me here.  I like research and information so I’m always finding cool stuff.  I’d post more of it here but my day job takes up most of my real life … but no complaints here because it also pays the bills. Can I get an Amen! ✌🏽🙌🏽

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Anyway… so I wrote before that I love eggs….and I was eating lots of them… until this year. In January after a horrific sinus infection eggs started giving me the worst indigestion ever.  I was so bummed…. they were a main staple. I usually bought eggs that said Natural, no hormones, yadda yadda on the carton. In other words I bought eggs that were $2 to $3 per carton, not 69 cents.  I stopped eating them for a few weeks but after a severe craving for a boiled egg one day I bought a carton of expensive organic no hormone etc. eggs, about $4.  I boiled a couple and ate them. I waited for that familiar choking sensation in my throat.  Nothing. I had no effect from these eggs. YAY!  Ate them all…. not at one time but over the next few days. I went back to buy more of the less expensive $2 per carton eggs; because I thought my egg issue was over.  Scrambled a couple and within the hour ….suffering. 😩

I was suspicious.  Why some eggs and not others would cause an issue. Shortly after, a friend gave me a dozen fresh, no hormone, farm eggs from some well-loved yard chickens owns by a family member. I took them…. more because I was curious to know how they would affect me. Well, ate them and nothings happened….they were soooo delish.

My conclusion… I think I am having a reaction to egg processing rather than the eggs themselves. Maybe what the chickens are fed, or how they are raised, or stuff injected into mass produced chickens.  I don’t know….I just know that I need friends with chickens…and thankfully I might have a few 🐥🐣

So, here is a tidbit I learned this week. I had a lot of eggs in my refrigerator from testing which would cause and issue and which wouldn’t. After a few weeks I didn’t know if they were still any good. Well, I found a way to determine if your eggs are old or not. This is so cool.

You can do a water test.  I bet everyone knew this except me. Haha. Anyway, you place an egg in a bowl of water.  If it sinks, then it’s fresh.  If it floats, then it’s old so throw it out. Tons of info online but here is a cool illustration I found for you. 569BDE62-3F7B-4DE8-89C8-33E596AFB011Image by Yumi Sakugawa/WonderHowTo

Of course I had to try it myself with my eggs. So, here ya go:

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Sure enough, one floated and one sunk. The floating one was much older than the one that sunk. I would have tossed it anyway just by the date alone…. although I hear eggs can last way past the date on the carton. All of my eggs were past the Best Used By date.

There you have it; more info you can share at the dinner table. 🙃😉

Well, that’s all I have for you today!

Blessings on you all…and stay safe out there!

✌🏽❣️

Chimichurri: a.k.a. Parsley Sauce

☘️ HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY☘️

I just impressed myself with this new recipe I just made. OK, it was t like it took a genius to do it but I actually had all the ingredients already (a big incentive to anything I try) and it tastes great!

My refrigerator was spilling over with fresh parsley this week because I bought some so I could see if it really helps with digestion if you eat it raw.  It does!  I had no idea how much I was buying though and I’m not one to waste so I searched for ways to use a boatload of fresh parsley.

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I’d never heard of chimichurri but apparently many have and according to online reviews it seemed to be quite tasty.  I found my food processor and gave myself a quick tutorial on how to use the thing again 😕.  There were a ton of recipes online but I found this 5-minute chimichurri recipe after some searching and got to work.  OH MY!  I started mixing these basic ingredients and I immediately loved it just by the luscious aroma. 😍 Yuuummm…. the parsley, fresh garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes…. nom nom nom!

Now, the recipe uses tablespoons for the ingredients but says you can use teaspoons. I use teaspoon portions.

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People, when done, I tasted it straight and WOW!  I don’t even know what I’m going to put it on but I’m sure whether chicken, fish, beef or pork it is going to be delicious!!

I stored it in a small mason jar to keep in the refrigerator. It reminds me of pesto, which is made from basil, but I like this much better.

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Well, let me know if you decide to make it and if you like it!🤗

Til the next time…. stay safe and be kind.

💚 & ☮️

P.S.  😂 I just realized I made a green sauce for St. Patrick’s Day! Had a cracking myself up moment.

I Tried A New Soup Tonight

The last time I blogged was last month when I was in the midst of recovering from a ‘bug’.  I don’t know if I had the flu or not but I had the worst sinus  congestion and headache for days, then a stomach issue and ongoing fatigue.

I’m good now! 🙏🏽  However, it has taken me about two weeks to get back on track and to catch up with my life…hence, no blogging was going on.

Tonight I am busy at my drawing board but stopped for a quick dinner. Lunch today was a huge plate of homemade veggie (green beans, greens, carrots, cabbage slaw), salmon ….and a package of breakfast bars. Ha! * so random.

Anyway, I just needed something light tonight so I decided to have a cup of this new soup I purchased a few weeks ago.

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Can we say …Yum?!

I always try to buy low sodium soups because there is way too much sodium in most foods in my opinion. This was just the right amount of sodium….enough to taste but not overwhelming. I texted a friend and told her I needed one of her triple cheese grilled cheese sandwiches to go with this soup. Hmmmmm…😋.

It’s is a keeper… will definitely purchase again…. if I catch another sale…. because that’s how I roll…and save.

Well, back to the drawing board…. literally.

Love and Peace to you…. stay healthy.😘

A Package From Lolli

Yesterday I received a package in the mail. That’s not unusual though.  I sat it on the bench next to the front door … and left it there.  That is unusual.

Eight days ago I called Linda (known to her family and close friends as Lolli, or Lol) because she was my go-to for essential oils and things related. We discussed Thieves(R) and whether ingesting them or not was what I should do as I was feeling a cold or something starting. A6E3EE12-8801-486D-A932-A976FE8E952CShe suggested I try the Thieves Lozenges.  I told her I wanted to try them.  Our last messages to each other that day said she was sending the Lozenges by USPS, that Thieves Lozenges was the best and I should receive them in 3 to 5 days.

The next morning I received a call from Lol’s sister, Sandra, saying,… “Lolli died.”   I can still replay the scene of me trying to process the words I just heard through all my tears.  So unexpected.

Today is a week later. I am still reeling.  It has taken me this long to even write about it. Sandra, Lolli, Angela (Sandra’s daughter/my li’l sis) and me; we formed sort of a family unit about 25 years ago when I lived with Sandra and Angela for four years. And like family we had some rough spots but we also had some the most fun, memorable times and greatest laughs ever!  I can hear Lol’s laugh right now as I am writing this. Everyone loved Lol.

So, when my package arrived yesterday, my cough-and-cold ridden body wanted to tear into it and pop some Lozenges, but I didn’t.  Somehow, now I want to keep these Lozenges forever. I am sure I will have to place another order with someone in order to try them.

I’ve spent the last week thinking a lot about life, and how quickly it can be gone. I do know Lol loved Jesus which brings great comfort, but I can’t help feel sadness for all of us who will know longer hear her infectious laugh. I am so grateful for that last conversation we had. I am so grateful for the time spent last summer hanging out with Sandra, Lol and Angela. Precious, precious moments.

I’ve had many friends and family lose loved ones just since Christmas. Hard days for many people. Everyday someone loses someone.  I am going to do better this year. I am going to make a better effort to stay in touch with those near and dear to my heart… because you never know when that last conversation, will indeed, be the last. Go hug your loved ones.

Love and hugs to you guys! ❤️🤗

My Secret Weapon for the Holidays

It’s that time of the year when I switch to eating more winter vegetables, i.e. leafy greens, squash, rutabaga, etc.  With the holiday season upon us, I anticipate my diet will include out of the ordinary foods.  I mean, I will likely have more party foods, sugar, snacks, etc. 😏

I do have a strategy that I use to combat the  deluge of food associated with this season. You do know that the more sweets you eat the more you crave because it is addictive in addition to being delicious, right?  Have you noticed how on the day after you eat a lot of food you tend to be more hungry than usual?

Well, the way I combat this is to KEEP a selection of ready to eat vegetables in my refrigerator so when the muchnies hit.  If you are like me, when the hunger strikes I start rambling through the pantry in search of anything….and before I know it I have wolfed hundreds of calories in a matter of minutes.😩. I don’t even think I realized how many calories I could shove into my mouth in such a short time until I actually started tracking with MyFitnessPal. I was shocked! I easily added 500 to 700 calories (or more) in no time. Those little snacks over time add up to extra pounds.

Soooo … my secret (not so secret, really) weapon is having readily available vegetables. I have several Christmas parties scheduled in upcoming weeks so I decided not to purchase too many groceries this week. Instead I cooked some frozen veggies I had already.

This afternoon after church I made three favorites: okra, green beans, brussel sprouts.

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Whole Okra, Whole Green Beans, Brussel Sprouts

I used to majorly dislike okra until about five years ago.  Now I love them. You know what? If you get a hunger attack, grab a couple cups of vegetables like this, drink some water and wait about 10 minutes, and the hunger subsides.

Vegetables are full of fiber and vitamins….and low calories! Even if you have other snacks afterwards you won’t want to consume nearly as much, therefore, you will eat less calories.

I am pretty basic in my veggie cooking. I use a teeny bit of coconut oil or olive oil in either my cast iron pan or my copper pan. I use a little bit of water because I’m not making soup here. Water seems to wash out all the flavor. I use high heat, cook them fast. So, my veggies stay green, and are done but not mushy. I add a variety of spices: Himalayan salt, fresh ground pepper, ginger, smoked paprika, curry spice mix, and whatever else looks yummy.  By the way, adding spices reduces the need to add a lot of salt.  That’s it. 😊

Anyway, just thought I’d pass this along in case you needed a strategy to help you get through the season.

Peace and love.