Monday, December 29, 2014

I now make jewelry & sell on Etsy!

You may have been wondering where I've been, or not. I've become obsessed with creating new, fun jewelry!



Rainbow bead necklace
I've been making mostly wire wrapped beads & such. Then I take pics & list them on Etsy.

Wire wrapped jewelry set
Please take a look at my page. Maybe get something nice for yourself or someone you know!
www.etsy.com/shop/wrappedBeads1   (previously called JoJoBeansShop)

Don't worry I'll be back with more yummy & healthy food ideas! Tis the season to eat right!

Happy Holidays & New Year to you!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Homemade Cinnamon Apple Chips

Fall is my favorite season, but I start craving salty or sweet comfort munchies, like chips. Today I had a huge craving for cheese flavored potato chips. As I was heading out the door to buy some, my conscience kicked in, hence these EASY, healthy & delish homemade cinnamon apple chips.
Who needs store bought chips
Sliced apples, cinnamon & spray- all you need!
Slice apples, I use a mandolin slicer.
Spray sheet with cooking spray or use parchment paper.
Sprinkle apple slices with cinnamon.
Bake at 225 for 1 hour.
Flip slices & bake another hour.
Baking these makes the house smell great.
Enjoying no guilt munchies!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Homemade Apple Cider Without Sugar

Today I made my own homemade apple cider! It came out amazing! I wanted to get some this week-end, but I know there's usually added sugar. Remember, processed sugar causes inflammation. Unless it's natural sugar from fruits or other natural foods, it's a definite no-no for RA & fibro.
Sugar free spicy goodness!
I looked online to see what ingredients were usually in apple cider. It was so easy to do this, you just need to be home checking on it for about 4 hours. Lucky for me I had most of these ingredients on hand! I went to the store for the spices.
Simple, fresh ingredients
Throw all into large pot:
12 apples cut up
1-2 oranges, cut up
4-5 cinnamon sticks
1 tbsp whole cloves
2 whole nutmegs
1 cup pitted dates (in place of sugar)

Add water, enough for everything to float. I added about 2 cups extra just cause I wanted more!
Pretty & so aromatic mmmm
Let boil for 1 hour uncovered.
Reduce heat to simmer after an hour & cover it.
Let simmer for 3 hours. Check on it periodically mushing up the apples & oranges as they get soft.
After about 3 hours. Mush!
After 4 hours it's ready to drain. I just used a colander & bam! Deeeelish!!
Drained & ready to enjoy
Apple cinnamon spicy Homemade Apple Cider sugarfree warmth! And the place smells soooo good. Now hopefully someone else will clean up the pots.
Happy Fall, everyone!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Berrylicious Smoothie Snack

So easy...so refreshing...so nutritious. I was craving something sweet & filling, but was feeling lazy. I usually have a freezer filled with frozen fruits & veggies. I opened it & said Ah Ha! Hence this gorgeous Berrylicious Smoothie.
Mmmm Berry good
I used all frozen fruit, fresh will work too, but then blend in plenty of ice.
Frozen fruit is easy to keep & blend
Blend all together:
Raspberries
Blueberries
StrawberriesBanana
Splash of POM juice
Some water
Go! Bullet Go!
I added some lime to mine as I usually do. All these simple, healthy ingredients are good for you!
Bet you didn't know that raspberries contain lots of Vitamin C, fiber & help control inflammation.

Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, which those with a lowered immune system need.

Strawberries are extremely good for you. They protect your heart, increase HDL (good) cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer.

Bananas help your heart, eyes & bowels.

Cheers!
Enjoy your glass of sweet & healthy love!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Iced Latte

It's that time again! Time to be bombarded with ads for Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte.
But make your own instead, its so easy, and much better for you! Most store bought drinks are laden with yucky chemicals.
Tasty!
So easy to make! Just blend all ingredients:
Fresh brewed coffee
2 scoops pumpkin from can
1/2 frozen banana
cinnamon
nutmeg
Dash of vanilla
Cream
Ice
Save a trip to the coffee shop!
Now go outside & enjoy your yummy & healthy drink in the nice summer weather before it gets cold out.
Ahh

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Easy Ice Cream Breakfast

Ice cream for breakfast?! Yes, please! This idea was inspired by my friend Rick, who can't have anything acidic. I can't take full credit for this recipe, I've seen it online before many times. The flavors & colors (yes I see food as colors) I chose myself. Pick any flavor you prefer, the possibilities are endless for this HEALTHY, ANTIOXIDANT Easy Ice Cream Breakfast. Of course, this can be made for any time of the day. Frozen bananas are the base of this recipe. Add any flavor you want, I chose raspberry.
Tastes, looks & feels like ice cream but better!
You only need 2-3 ingredients for this & they're probably already in your kitchen.
Frozen bananas, raspberries, choc chips
For this I blended till smooth:
3 frozen bananas
4 handfuls frozen raspberries
Few splashes almond milk
It will probably be very thick, add more milk as necessary.
Go Ninja Go
Add dark chocolate chips to top
Feels like it's meh bday!
Now this is something my sensitive immune system can enjoy and eat as much as I want!
Medicinal food makes me feel gr8!
It does melt kind of fast. Any left overs just add ice, blend & drink as a smoothie!
Cheers to you, Rick!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Easy breakfast mango smoothie

Being very busy today, I needed something quick, simple, healthy & yummy. Good thing I had the 4 ingredients needed for this Easy breakfast Mango smoothie.
Am I in paradise?
Blend together:
Lots of mango, fresh or frozen
1/2 banana
Little water

Grate in some fresh ginger
Blend again
Ginger, Mango, Banana

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cherry-licious anti-inflammatory smoothie

I've been having a crazy Fibromyalgia muscle flare up & spasms in my rib area lately. Dr wants me on more drugs, but I refuse, hence this blog. Acupuncture is helping take the edge off, but I'm hoping this Cherry-licious Anti-inflammatory Smoothie will help take down some of the swelling.
mon-cherry ;)
Blend all together:
A lot of frozen black cherries
Splash of blueberries
1 frozen banana
Water
Ice

Now throw on some of your favorite music, like 311 & let natures food be thy medicine.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Acorn squash & refreshing green smoothie

Went back to fall foods today, I just felt like it. So I went to the store for some Acorn Squash. I've posted how to make it before, but I will again cause it's so easy. Cut in half, spoon out seeds, sprinkle with brown sugar & walnuts, bake at 400 for 1hour 30 min.
So pretty!

To go with it I made a refreshing green smoothie I found online. It tasted amazing but had lots of pulp in it. Just strain the finished product before drinking.
Yes!
Refreshing green smoothie:
JUICE 1/2 cucumber
JUICE 1 rib celery
Blend with:
1 cup pineapple
1/2 lime
Water
Garnish with lime
(If you don't like it pulpy just strain it 1st)

This green smoothie is anti-inflammatory! Thanks to pineapples bromelain.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Coffee Breakfast Smoothie

Coffee smoothie, anyone? Yes, please! Banana added to it makes it breakfast on the go!
Forget Starwarsbucks!
To make this was very easy.
Blend all ingredients:
1 cup coffee
1 tsp cinnamon
2 spoonfuls cocoa powder
1 spoonful peanut butter
1 banana (frozen if possible)
Some chocolate almond milk
About 5-8 ice cubes

Added coffee beans for presentation.
Now go about your day feelin good!


Much better than restaurant bought!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rooted blueberry smoothie

Today my body was craving rooted veggies such as beets & turnips, as well as blueberries. I thought, How can i make these rooted veggies & blueberries into a delicious smoothie. Here ya go! By the way, I never measure anything for smoothies.
Bob was making me laugh.
For this smoothie you'll need a blender & a juicer. You'll need the following: beet juice, blueberries, strawberries, oj, mango, kale, lime. Of course you can eliminate & add as you prefer.
Kale leaf, mango & blueberries, frozen strawberries. 

Did you know kale juices? This is how much juice 3 kale leaves gave me this time. The fresher they are the more juice they'll provide.
Smells strong! Add sweet fruit to hide taste.

Add freshly juiced kale to the ingredients below. Blend all together, add lime, put on some good tunes like 311 & enjoy! :D

Rooted Blueberry Smoothie:
2-3 handfuls blueberries
Handful strawberries
1 mango
Splash beet juice
About 1/2 cup orange juice
2-3 juiced kale leaves
Splash of lime
Lime for garnish

Now I'm feeling famished for a 311 sandwich. 

Gluten free veggie pizza with carrot fruit juice

The other day I was feeling cheesy & craving carbs. I also crave my healthy smoothies & juices now. So I whipped up this yummy carrot fruit juice with produce in my fridge. It turned out amazing! Sweet, but not too sweet, and cool & refreshing. Give it a try!
Juice the following:
2 carrots
3/4 cucumber
1 orange (peeled of course)

Put freshly squeezed juice in blender
Add strawberries & blend till smooth
Add ice & cucumber slice for garnish

Now for the gluten free veggie pizza to the rescue! I buy Udi's GF cheese pizza. Just add baby spinach leaves & that's it!

It is really so easy being healthy, even when I feel like being bad! Nom nom nom

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Weeknight chicken avocado salad with Digestive fruit smoothie

What to do when you're too tired & not wanting to cook? Just throw together this super easy & yummy chicken avocado salad with Digestive fruit smoothie.

Chicken Avocado Salad
Baby spinach leaves
Baked or broiled chicken
Avocado slices
Sunflower seeds
Lime
Ranch dressing
Just throw it all together & enjoy!

Digestive Fruit Smoothie
Blend together:
1 peach
handful cubed pineapple
Grated fresh ginger
Add ice

Your welcome.  :) Muah

Pink Cherry Summer Smoothie

Omg this was so good! Cherries are good for inflammation! Enjoy!
Blend all in blender:
Handful dark cherries
1 banana
Handful strawberries
Vanilla almond milk
Ice


Super Easy & Tasty Summer Salad

This salad was so good & easy wow.
 Baby spinach leaves torn into pieces
Fresh mango
Walnuts
Fresh lime squeezed ontop
Homemade strawberry dressing (strawberries & water blended)

Green & sweet smoothie treat

Ok this tasted way better than it looks. Yay green!
Blend all in blender:
1 banana
1 mango
Handful pineapple
Handful baby spinach leaves
Little water
Ice

Summer Strawberry Smoothie

Made this pretty concoction for breakfast the other day, it was delish.
Blend all in blender:
1 peach
1 kiwi
1 banana
Handful blueberries
Shake of cinnamon
A little vanilla almond milk

Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentines Berry Spinach Smoothie

Even though I don't celebrate, or believe in, Valentines Day, I still have been making red foods and treats in honor of the holiday. Here's and easy and festive way to get my veggies, fruits and omega 3's (much needed for RA and Fibro inflammation)...
my Valentines Berry Spinach Smoothie.
Added heart sticker to straw for show ;)

Put the following in the blender:
small handful fresh spinach leaves
frozen mixed berries
frozen mango
1 fresh banana
spoonful chia seeds
strawberry yogurt (or any flavor)
water
ice
Fill er up, with whatever you like!

This is what it looks like with chia seeds added...they look like little poppy seeds. They're so full of omega 3's, they're wonderful!
Ch-ch-ch Chia!

Blend it all up and voila!
Pretty berry red, like my bleeding heart! lol

So sweet and yummy! Can't tell there's spinach in there at all! Or seeds! Just sweet fruit and ice mmmmm.
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Nom Nom
being healthy!
MUAH!!!