Anyhoo, here are some quick and easy potpourri things to influence your life...to hopefully entice you to try it once, save money and perhaps never go back. Are you scared yet? Again, just kidding. Sorry, I am in one of those silly moods.
Normally, my blog isn't about the following, but well I can't be all honest and not include these. Below you will find everything from breadcrumbs, to no deodorant, to growing the easiest thing on the planet. Take a look:
1. Lettuce: So versatile and wonderful and healthy. Super duper easy to grow! Have a sunny window? Grow it indoors in a pot or outdoors in a pot or well, even in an old boot outside. It doesn't require fertilizer if planted in good soil and can be grown as early as the end of February (accept perhaps in the upper North of the country unless you start it indoors and have a warm/sunny place). You can even use the stump of store bought lettuce to start growing some in your house on a windowsill
Go here for that method (which I have tried and it works)! http://thisbighappy.blogspot.com/2012/06/re-growing-romaine-and-celery-from.html
Or buy seed (cheap), follow seed planting instructions and put it in some good potting or organic amended soil, water it and watch it flourish.
Make your own Bread crumbs:
Toast your own store bought or homemade bread in the toaster. Use your food processor or something similar and voila, you have instant breadcrumbs...you will know what is in your breadcrumbs this way too!
No deodorant- NO, I am not telling you to adopt a smelly agenda. Seriously, if you use 70% rubbing alcohol on your pits every day, you won't need deodorant EVER again-it does work. Cheaper that way too. If you tend to perspire a lot, then look for homemade recipes to combat that and you will still save money and it is better for your health. Try this recipe: http://yinmomyangmom.com/2013/01/04/natural-antiperpirant-deodorant-recipe/
Sweet Potato Chips: YUM! Preheat oven to 350. Peel potatoes. Use the slicer on your food processor or other nonelectric slicer and slice up the sweet potatoes. Place them on a metal sheet pan (or you can use foil or parchment paper if you are worried about them sticking). Bake for 10-20 Minutes depending on how thick you made the potatoes. Check them after 10 minutes so you don't overcook or burn them. I like them slightly soft. So delicious. Enjoy! Great for healthy eating.
Super healthy, no dairy, low fat smoothie: Great if you are Vegan, vegetarian, need gluten-free or nondairy foods, and or are a rawist.
An handful or more of spinach, frozen banana and mango or other fruit (do not use sweetened, frozen fruit b/c it is loaded with processed sugar) and a cup or more of unsweetened or sweetened almond milk or you can use other nondairy milks like, soy, rice or coconut.
Pour all of it in your blender on smoothie setting or food processor. You can also add ground flax or ground Chia seeds for other health benefits. Tasty and under 400 calories. This is a meal so don't use it as a snack. I make enough to fill a large, plastic glass and have it for breakfast or when I need to eat, but I want something light and tasty.
No oil or egg, whole wheat muffins: Add these items to make your muffins way healthier and you can use less sugar and actually taste the batter without getting ill! Use unsweetened applesauce instead of oil. Use ground flax-I got a big bag at Sam's (one Tbsp of flax with 3 Tablespoons of water) instead of one egg and use a mashed up banana and or sweet potato to cut down on the sugar amount in your muffins. Banana goes great when added to blueberry, or cinnamon flavored muffins. Use at least half whole wheat flour or all whole wheat to cut down on unnecessary sugar spiking. Better for you too. Enjoy! Really cuts down on fat tremendously as well as no cholesterol and less calories as well.
Last, but not least-Cheap entertainment to try:
Go Geocaching. Especially fun for adventurous children. It is basically hiking and finding treasure. You need a GPS or similar system. Go to this site http://www.geocaching.com/ to learn more and find a geocache near you.
There ya have it! Some easy tips, recipes to try. A way to save money and be healthy. Who could deny the goodness of that?
Your turn: Share your favorite recipe or tell me your results from above.