National Mezcal Day- and a recipe #honestoliveoil #capatriti  #oliveoil  

Did you know that October 21 is National Mezcal Day? That’s right, every year. Little did we know!  This is a great recipe using OLIVE OIL of all things! @capatritioliveoil is a EVOO with a full body and amazing taste, and the mezcal is an artisanal brand created by renowned Mexican actor and producer Luis Gerardo Méndez. Amazing together.

mezcal drink recipe

Ingredients:
1.5 oz Mezcal Ojo de Tigre
8-10 Mint Leaves
1 oz Simple Syrup
2 Dashes Lemon Bitters
3 Drops Olive Oil
Method: Place all ingredients except olive oil in a shaker with plenty of ice and give it a good shake. Serve in a cold coupe glass and use a fine strainer to catch stray pieces of leaves. Finish with 3 drops of olive oil on top and decorate with a mint leaf.

Baking with Baketivity – Fun For Kids

If you are like me, you love to bake. It is one of the things my youngest son and I do together often. He’s become quite the hand in the kitchen, although he’s still such a mess I’m always surprised. (When does that stop? Ever?)

We’ve recently tried out these fun kits from Baketivity. We did two at once, because sadly we were pretty sick when the “Back to School” one arrived (we had Covid, and I got very, very sick from it). No matter, it was fun doing them both together.

baking with kids

Each kit comes with everything you need, already measured out, labeled, and pre-packaged. It also comes with cute “kid sized” chef gear (hat and apron) as well as a cute little spatula- also kid-sized.  Apologies he’s not wearing them- they are a little too “kid sized” for him, LOL. This boy has been in men’s sizes for a few years now. What can I say- he’s just a giant.

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One kit was “back to school” themed, and was sugar cookies sliced into the shape of pencils, with colored sprinkles decorating them to look like them, as well. They were delicious, and disappeared immediately. Like, gone within a day.

fun kids activity

The second kit was cinnamon buns, and my son did these nearly entirely on his own, very limited help from me. He really enjoyed doing them. We make cinnamon buns all the time, but usually from either one of my books or from memory (my memory, so he needs me to tell him everything at this point). My books are obviously geared towards adults, so sometimes he gets confused on what to do next, or by a specific measurement. This kit really simplified things, and the directions are so easy for children to follow.

cinnamon bunds

If you have an aspiring baker, a kitchen helper, or you just want your child to be confidant and competent in the kitchen- I highly recommend getting a Baketivity kit. They are fun, easy to follow, and give kids the confidence to try bigger and more difficult things. And hey- don’t worry about the mess. That’s why we have mops and brooms and cleaning supplies, right? They can help us clean up, and it will be one more thing they get better at, right? There we go. Truly- really fun time. You will be so glad that you did.

Enjoy your day, and stay safe out there!

STRAWBERRY TIRAMISU Recipe

Serves 8

italian cake

Ingredients:
For the cream: 

500g mascarpone cheese, room temperature
500ml heavy cream
5 egg yolks
3/4 cups granulated sugar 

For the strawberries: 
2 1/2 cups of strawberries, chopped
1/3 cup Alchermes liqueur,* Fragfoli wild strawberry liqueur or Chambord
1 tablespoon sugar
2-3 tablespoons rum
1 cup orange juice 

1 box dry ladyfingers (Pavesini brand preferred**)

Put the strawberries, Alchermes liquor, sugar, rum, and orange juice in a bowl. Set aside. With a hand mixer or a KitchenAid standing mixer, beat the egg yolks, sugar, mascarpone, and heavy cream on medium speed for 5-10 minutes, until creamy. 

In a small bowl, strain the strawberries and keep the juice in a separate bowl. Dip the ladyfingers in the juice (a quick dip, you don’t want them to be soggy), and arrange cookies on bottom of a baking dish. 

Cover with half the cream mixture, then cover with the chopped strawberries, repeat cookies for another layer, and cover with remaining cream mixture. 

Decorate it top with strawberries just before serving and dust with powdered sugar. Chill for 2-3 hours before serving. It can stay chilled for up to 2 days.

* Alchermes is a scarlet colored Italian liqueur made by infusing neutral spirits with sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and vanilla, and other herbs, and Kermes, a small parasitic insect.

** Pavesini ladyfingers may be difficult to find in stores. However, they are readily available online. Other brands may be substituted.

Recipe and photo reprinted with permission of www.TuscanWomenCook.com.

Kickstart Your Morning with CBD Living Instant Coffee

It’s a universal fact that mornings are rough, and they’re 10x more difficult when you have to wrangle sleepy kids too. If you are like me, you are trying to balance the “new normal” of working from home, kids be schooled from home, and trying to keep everything going smoothly while staying sane (since everything is canceled or postponed and we are all going stir crazy, no? LOL)
Mornings, though. Impossible, even with the new, non-commute many of us now have. And getting the kids into online school isn’t any easier or faster then into real school- on the contrary, it seems to take longer, and you have to stay on top of them all day besides. Arg.
So…..what do you do to give yourself a little boost?
Try new CBD Living Instant Coffee, which has three flavors of delicious instant coffee. OriginalGolden Milk and Matcha. Each flavor contains 7mg of US-grown organic hemp and is made from 100% Colombian Arabica coffee. Even better, CBD Living Instant Coffee is vegan, gluten-free, THC-free and non-GMO.
Using CBD Living Instant Coffee is easy. Simply scoop one teaspoon of CBD Living Instant Coffee in a cup then add hot water, cold water or milk. Stir and enjoy.
Doesn’t get much easier then that.
It tastes pretty good too- my oldest son and I grab it on the occasions when the pot is empty and we don’t want to make a new one for just one more cup. It’s not that watery, blech “instant coffee” flavor that many people associate with instant- it’s totally worth trying and a really good staple to keep in the house.

Sports Drinks For Kids/ Hydrate Without Chemicals

Looking for an alternative to Pedialyte that is more natural but has all the benefits? Look no further. Kinderlyte gives you multiple options for your child (and several flavors to choose from) that they will enjoy. No syrup-y aftertaste, these are flavors your kids will enjoy. There is also individual powder packs that make it easy to keep them on the go in case you need them.

After the founder made a 2am trip to the store for his sick daughter only to find that the Oral Electrolyte Solution he had purchased was full of artificial sweeteners, flavors and colors that are known to influence behavioral and health issues, he decided to create Kinderfarms. This is a company dedicated to values-driven alternatives that better serve the needs and values of today’s healthy families.

At Kinderfarms, it all starts on a farm, where healthy hydration begins with real, natural ingredients! Kinderlyte is the first 100% natural and Non-GMO oral electrolyte solution (OES). NO artificial colors, sweeteners, flavors or preservatives. Kinderlyte is Non-GMO Project Verified, Vegan, Gluten Free and Kosher. With Kinderlyte, you get more electrolytes with no artificial ingredients like Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Yellow 6, Blue 1 or Red 40.

 Kinderlyte is different. Doctors & Dieticians worked to formulate a true OES with more electrolytes, potassium & zinc than the leading brand. Unlike Sports drinks, OES’s use dextrose exclusively to carry electrolytes directly to the bloodstream for rapid absorption. Any product containing juice, coconut water or honey will be absorbed more slowly and is not a true OES. Kinderlyte hydration drinks work quickly when you or your loved ones need it most.

Kinderlyte is a 100% natural oral electrolyte solution. We use non-gmo dextrose instead of fructose so it’s delivered direct to the bloodstream for rapid hydration. This helps to rehydrate and replenish key nutrients due to dehydration resulting from illnesses and colds in both children and adults alike.

Kinderlyte can be used for rapid rehydration & rehydration therapy for people of any age! More than 90% of people are dehydrated, keep your eye out for symptoms of dehydration in adults, the elderly and kids. These include dry skin, dry mouth and muscle cramps. Kinderlyte’s direct rehydration to the bloodstream makes it effective, it works fast to address dehydration for any reason including sports, hangover, travel, stomach virus, infant diarrhea, toddler vomiting and more!

Liquid and powder electrolyte solutions  – Kinderlyte liquids and hydration powders offer natural and effective rehydration, without artificial colors, flavors or sweeteners. We recommend keeping at least two bottles of electrolyte solution at home and two boxes of the electrolyte powder in your (or your kids’) favorite flavors on hand for instant hydration on the go.

Drinks and powders with high levels of electrolytes like Kinderlyte meet the World Health Organization’s requirements and can help relieve symptoms associated with virus-related mild to moderate dehydration in both adults and kids. Kinderlyte’s oral electrolyte solutions are designed specifically for rehydration with the optimal balance of glucose and electrolytes. Kinderlyte products are available at Target, Rite Aid, Walgreens and other retailers nationwide.

Upcycling Food Waste Can Make a Difference—And These 12 Organizations Prove It #FoodTank

To begin this newsletter, I want to make sure that everyone reading this in the United States has information about how to register to vote and how to request a mail-in ballot. No matter your political affiliation, voting is not just a right, but a responsibility. For more information, you can visit vote.gov and vote.org. For resources on voting by mail, visit the U.S. Vote Foundation or the Election Management Resources from the U.S. Election Assistance Committee.

The upcoming U.S. election is critical because the urgency of the issues we face is greater than ever before. More than two dozen scientists agree that “climate disruption is now locked in.” The wildfires on the West Coast, stronger slow-moving hurricanes along the Gulf, and record heatwaves are a harbinger of what’s to come.

Our food production and consumption practices need to change in response. In the U.S. alone, emissions from food waste are equivalent to 37 million cars’ worth of greenhouse gases, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Instead of continuing this cycle of production and destruction, we have to think about wasting less and using our food resources more efficiently to help keep our planet healthy.

This is the idea behind upcycling food—taking quality ingredients that would otherwise be wasted and turning them into nutritious and ecologically friendly snacks, beverages, and meals. The food wasted in a year contains enough calories to feed every undernourished person on Earth, according to the WWF. Upcycling is a realistic way to help bridge that gap, which is why the recently formed Upcycled Food Association has brought together over 90 upcycling brands to advocate for standards and policies that can help reduce food waste.

In honor of International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste next Tuesday, Sept. 29, Food Tank is spotlighting 12 companies and nonprofits giving a second life to wasted food through upcycling: Aqua Botanical, Australia; KROMKOMMER, The Netherlands; Matriark Foods, United States; NETZRO, United States; Pure Plus+, United States; RISE + WIN Brewing Co., Japan; Rubies in the Rubble, United Kingdom; Sweet Benin, West Africa; Toast Ale, United Kingdom; Treasure8, United States; Upcycled Grain Project, New Zealand; and Wize Monkey, Canada.

Learn more about each of these organizations—and where you can find their products—by CLICKING HERE.
Over the past week, I’ve been watching with horror as farmworkers on the U.S. West Coast face a seemingly impossible choice: go to work during a global pandemic with wildfires raging perilously close, or stay home safe without pay. The wildfires are just one more threat to workers’ well-being—and like this particularly devastating Atlantic hurricane season and the Australian bush fires late last year and into 2020, they are made worse by climate change.

I am sharing this article via FoodTank.com, and it was written by Danielle Nierenberg.

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How to take care of your diet while traveling

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How to take care of diet while travelling?

If it’s on a business trip or a vacation, even the most seasoned traveller can lose their portion of nutrition. Being away from home and away from the routine is a powerful temptation to overdo, overeat, and neglect caution. 

Believe me; if we feel hectic due to some work, we can be satisfied with a simple, refreshing drink of plain water. If we want to be hydrated, water is an excellent source to keep energetic and healthy. Here is the comparison of ultimate guide for weight loss between Paleo and Keto diets. Do check for the better understanding

The phrase “If you are not healthy, you have nothing” rings more than ever, especially when you are away.

Make healthy eating while on vacation a goal by sticking as much as possible to a healthy diet routine, like Atkins diet.

Without eating for a long time, your work is not good because of having less energy. Follow the golden rule of eating something every 2-3 hours. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just a handful of nuts or a small pot of yogurt to keep hunger at bay.

Getting ready is your first step. You can always enjoy nutritious food on the go.

Ready for more? We’ve many tips for you to make your life healthy and energetic.

IN THE CAR:

It always happens. While travelling, always avoid junk food. Instead, have some light food with you like snacks and meals. It makes you fresh and energetic. Here are some foods to eat on a road trip:

  • Yogurt
  • Hummus and celery or baby carrots
  • Sandwiches
  • Boiled eggs
  • Quinoa and black bean salad

 IN THE PLANE:

While most airlines don’t offer healthy food options, you can always plan to meet your healthy eating goals. For long-haul flights, ask the airline for a special meal in advance – kosher and vegetarian are a particular favourite!

 Without wasting money on junk food or fast food at the airport on board, you can save time and money by getting ready. Traveling with simple food and a water source going is easy for us as both make us energetic for a long journey.

Consider these healthy options the next time you’re on a plane, so when the flight attendant arrives and hands you bag of pretzels, you can look for these healthy snack alternatives:

  • Hummus
  • Homemade trail mix (raisins, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts)
  • Rice cakes with almond butter
  • Whole fruit

IN THE HOTEL:

Find out in advance if there is a supermarket nearby. The good news is that there are supermarkets everywhere! Ask the hotel staff for some suggestions. To avoid spoiling, you can request a refrigerator and microwave oven. Store your hotel refrigerator to have snacks on hand when you have those late-night snacks.

  • Milk
  • Pre-cut vegetables (carrots, peppers, cucumbers, celery)
  • soft bread
  • Whole grain
  • Brown paper bags and microwave popcorn

BY THE SHORE:

When on a beach do not forget to have good meal.

Get a healthy dose of lean protein like eggs or tofu and add veggies to your plate. You must include some very healthy food options:

  • Green cabbage wraps
  • Whole wheat pasta salad
  • Poached eggs
  • Whole-grain cookies
  • Sushi