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Cream Cheese Salsa Dip

CREAM CHEESE SALSA DIP
1 container of soft cream cheese
1 bottle of mild salsa
1 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Black Olives (optional)
1/4 cup Red Peppers
Shredded Colby Cheese
In medium bowl mix cream cheese, 1 Tbsp. of salsa and mayonnaise.  Stir until smooth.  Move to a serving platter.   Spread the rest of the salsa on top.  Put sliced red peppers, olives and shredded cheese on top like a pizza.
Put in fridge until ready to serve.  Serve with veggies, tortilla chips or crackers.

Healthy Tasty Snacks

Don’t forget about these quick healthy snacks:

1. Watermelon!

2. Flatbread or multi-grain chips with salsa!

3. Greek yoghurt mixed with granola and frozen blueberries!

Orzo Soup

Orzo Soup with Baby Bok Choy

What You Need:

4 cups Water

2 stalks Celery

2 chopped Carrots

1 cup Orzo Pasta

2 Baby Bok Choy chopped

1 teaspoon oil

Spices: Basil, Oregano, S&P

What To Do:

1.  Fill pot with 4 cups of water, add chopped carrots and celery then boil for about 8 minutes. 

2.  Then add orzo pasta to pot with carrots and celery.  Also, add spices.  Boil for about 7 more minutes, until pasta is al dente.

3.  While soup is simmering prepare baby bok choy.  Warm frying pan then add a little oil and spices, then add baby bok choy.  Cook for about 5 minutes. 

3.  When soup is almost done add chopped, cooked baby bok choy.

4.  Soup is ready to serve!

5.  Serve soup with garlic bread if desired.

Orzo Salad

Orzo Salad

You Need:

1 cup Orzo Pasta

1 Red Pepper

1/2 cup Green Olives (optional)

Dressing

2 teaspoons Lemon Juice

3 teaspoons White Wine Vinegar (or Red)

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard

What To Do:

1.  Boil Orzo pasta until al dente, about 7 minutes.  Rinse pasta with cold water.

2.  Then mix pasta with chopped red peppers and green olives.

3.  Stir oil, lemon juice and wine vinegar with dijon mustard together in a separate bowl using a whisk to mix well.  

4.  Then mix pasta with dressing and serve!  

Jill’s Healthy Broccoli Soup

Jill’s Healthy Broccoli Soup

What You Need:

1/2 cup Asparagus chopped

1 Bay leaf

2 Broccoli stems chopped

2 Carrots chopped

2 Celery sticks chopped

2 cups Chicken broth

1 tbsp Olive oil

1 dash Salt & Pepper

1 dash Each spices: basil, garlic, oregano, parsley

1/2 cup Vidalia Onion (or more if you like it)

1 cup Water

What to Do:

1.  In a large soup pot warm the olive oil and add the onions.  Heat until soft, then add celery and carrots; heat for 5 minutes.

2.    Add chicken broth then add bay leaf, spices, salt/pepper and heat soup until boiling for about five minutes, covered with lid.  Then lower heat and let simmer.

3.  Add 1/2 cup water so soup doesn’t get too thick and keep simmering.

4.  Now add broccoli and asparagus.  Cook for about five minutes until not too soft.

5.  Add more water…simmer.

6.  Take out bay leaf and dish soup into bowls!

Soup is ready!

What’s Really in Your Shampoo?

Did you ever consider reading the label on your shampoo bottle?

Well, try reading it and remember the longer the list the more chemicals and toxins are in it.

Also, one common ingredient is “Sodium Lauryl Sulphate”, which can have other similar names…

This is a anionic sufactant that helps produce lots of suds when washing your hair.  This may make you feel like your hair is cleaner, but it may also be causing health issues.

“Sodium Lauryl Sulphate” may also be a carcinogenic, meaning it is cancer-causing.

So if you are concerned about this at all you may want to find something else.

FYI Ask me for help with finding healthy products for your home.

Healthy Products for You

Oh no, not the Flu!

So I got the flu and NO, I did not get the flu shot.  Hmmm, maybe I should have…?

There are so many pros and cons about the flu shot.  There is the medical industry’s take on it versus natural health…

But that is a story for another blog!

Anyhow, I had the 24 hour flu I would guess.  It is terrible, as we all know.  But I want to tell you about the steps I used to slowly get over it.

First of all I was sick from 10 pm all night through until 7 am in the morning.  Then I slept.  I think the best method of recovery is sleep.

I found that each time I woke up I felt a little better.  The body really does need rest.  At least eight hours a night is important for an adult…

Less than that really is not enough…in my opinion. 

The second thing I did to help me feel better after having a terrible bout of the flu…

Drink liquids, liquids and more liquids.  Be sure to drink small sips at first!  Anything healthy really, but I suggest:

1. Apple juice – helps with hydration and Vitamin C

2. Gingerale – it helps to calm the stomach

3. Ginger tea – helps for hydration and to calm the stomach

3. Tea – any kind helps for hydration and antioxidants

4. Water – hydration

Then when you are feeling a little more like eating, start slowly.

Then try chicken noodle soup!  That really is the best for overall recovery as it helps for energy and to get you back to ‘normal’.

Also, dry toast is good, preferably grain bread or sprout bread, not white flour.

Apples are also good, I prefer green apples and they are gentle on the stomach after being ill…

Just remember: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”

Anyhow, I am feeling a little better and now just have to get the energy up. 

So I will go for now and make some chicken noodle soup along with my ginger tea. 

Hope you are well, but if a little under the weather try some of the above home remedies to help you feel better.

http://www.helpguide.org/life/sleeping.htm