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4 Easy Tips for Keeping Your Holidays Healthy

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The holiday season is upon us! That means that you're probably spending a lot more time in the kitchen - whether you're hosting a party or simply cooking a traditional meal for your family. No matter what the reason, you're going to shop for many ingredients, cook, clean, and enjoy lots of yummy food (let's hear it for the leftovers)!

If you're like me (and I'll bet you are, since you're here), you want to buy quality food that is also healthy for your family, while keeping costs down. I've done the legwork for you and created a list of tips to help you accomplish your "green" feasts.

Here are 4 easy tips to keep in mind as you shop, cook, eat and clean: 

- Choose food low added chemicals and toxins

- Avoid toxic chemicals in cookware

- Store and reheat your leftovers safely

- Clean the greener way!

1) CHOOSE FOOD LOW IN POLLUTANTS AND ADDED CHEMICALS:

As you may already know, today's food can contain ingredients that you definitely don'…

Buying Organic Produce Doesn't Have to Break the Bank: Here Are Ways to Save!

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There are tons of health benefits that come from eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Most importantly, fruits and vegetables that are pesticide-free, meaning no pesticides or chemical fertilizers were used to grow them.
Most of the produce in your everyday grocery store, unfortunately contains several pesticides. Buying organic food, that is, food that is grown without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, is key. However, organic food almost always costs more than conventionally-grown produce.

As I have previously mentioned in my posts, "Do You Know When To Buy Organic?" and "Save Money By Learning When To Buy Organic: The New "Dirty Dozen" Plus," most of us cannot afford to buy all organic produce; it's just too expensive. That's why knowing those fruits and vegetables that are most contaminated with chemicals is so important when it comes to saving your hard-earned money. I'm going to make is easy and share a list of those fruit…

8 Ways To Improve Indoor Air Quality

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Autumn is here, but it's getting pretty cold! Now that cooler weather is here, we are spending more time indoors. Indoor air quality is often much worse than the air outside. One problem that faces many families, including mine, is the poor quality of air in the home during the winter months. This is especially true for those of us that suffer from indoor and outdoor allergies, asthma and other respiratory issues. Everyone in my household suffers from allergies in varying degrees of severity. If you have ever experienced any of the following symptoms: eye, nose or throat irritation, watery eyes, sneezing, cold/flu-like symptoms, fever, digestive problems, skin rash, fatigue, wheezing, headaches, nausea, insomnia, depression, chest pains, asthma attacks, drowsiness, dimmed vision, shortness of breath, or dizziness; ask yourself: Do these symptoms go away when you leave the house? Do I only feel this way when I'm either at home, work or another indoor location?

The Envir…

8 Top Foods to Boost Your Immune System With Vitamin C

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Cold and Flu season are rapidly approaching and most of us are either trying to avoid getting sick or trying to kick seasonal allergies. Since Vitamin C helps the body maintain healthy tissues and a strong immune system, it's a great ally in boosting your immunity. Vitamin C also assists in the body's absorption of iron.  According to the USDA's Dietary Guidelines, the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin C for adult men is 90 mg, and for adult women it is 75 mg.  Recent studies have questioned the effectiveness of vitamin C in pill form, so get your vitamin C naturally with these top 8 food sources.

Guava fruit.  Guava are one of the best fruits available since they're cholesterol and sodium-free, plus low in fat and calories.  A 1/2 cup of this fruit contains 188 mg of vitamin C and only 56 calories. They are also high in fiber.  Guava may be eaten raw or blended into a smoothie.  The rind is also edible and contains 5 times more vitamin C than an orange!Red …

Frosty Fresh: 15 Frozen Fruits and Vegetable for Your Winter Grocery Shopping List

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Well, it's that time of year again...winter is coming!
Most of us want to be more fit, boost our antioxidant intake, AND save money. I'm going to show you how you can do all three at the same time! Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, I've put together a list of 15 frozen fruits and vegetables - yes, frozen - that will help you do just that!

Especially during the winter months, fresh produce is limited - or expensive - in most of the country, which forces many of us to turn to either canned or frozen fruits and veggies. While canned vegetables tend to lose a lot of nutrients during the preservation process (some notable exceptions are tomatoes and pumpkin), frozen vegetables may be even more healthy than some of the fresh produce sold in supermarkets.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the International Food Information Council (IFIC) both agree that nutrients in produce are generally NOT lost during freezing and they provide the same essential nutrients…