Saturday, April 16, 2011

Making Your Own Fruit Puree

With all the added sugars and additives in commercially prepared products, take some time to make your own. You'll know what you are eating, have more control over what you put into your body and enjoy the natural tastes of food.

Fruit contains a natural-occurring sugar known as fructose. Once you learn to enjoy the taste of unadulterated fruit, you will not want to go back to refined sugars. Here's a way to enjoy natural fruit....

Use a small saucepan. Fill the bottom of the pan with your favorite dried fruit raisins, prunes, apricots, dates, etc. Cover the fruit with water. (NOTE: Try to use dried fruit made without preservatives or sulfites to help your health and avoid potential allergies.)

Place the pan over medium heat. Cover the pan. Bring to a boil. Remove the lid and stir. Lower heat and cover the pan. Let simmer until the water is absorbed by the fruit. Add more water, if necessary.

When the fruit turns into a puree, remove from heat. Remove lid and let cool. Use the mixture in place of brown or white sugar in baked goods, as a replacement for jam on toast or other foods or as a fruit dip for fresh fruit, poultry or fish.

Store unused puree in an airtight container in your fridge.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011

Natural Allergy Protection

While recently cat sitting for a friendly feline, I was reminded that I am allergic to cats. :? As I was discussing my dilemma with a friend, she mentioned an old-time remedy that has been a homeopathic favorite. So...I tried it and got great results.

It involves baking soda, a multi-purpose item that you can purchase in any grocery store. You're probably used to using baking soda in your homemade baked goods. Anyways...

Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 8 ounces of water. I like to decrease the portion, so I mix 1/2 teaspoon with 4 ounces water. Mix thoroughly and drink. Do not consume this mixture more than 4 times per 24 hour period.

Drink this concoction 30 minutes prior to contact with the item causing an allergy. The natural remedy may not work as well as a prescription-based allergy relief product, but it worked well enough for me. I try to avoid using pharmaceutical concoctions as much as possible.

Anyways, next time you need to protect yourself against known allergens, try this homeopathic remedy. It's cheap, easy and quick. :)

Remember, this remedy may not work for you. Check with your natural care provider first, if need be. I'm just sharing what works for me and accept no responsibility if you become ill after trying this natural remedy.

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