10 Ways to know if you’re a true Mexican Food Fan!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! My family is criz-azy about Mexican food. The Hubs’ nickname is “Taco”, if that tells you anything. When we started eating super healthy, I had to find a way to make Mexican as healthy as possible, cause there was NO WAY we could give that up! Fortunately, I succeeded at the healthy versions (whew!) that are actually even MORE tasty than the old way. Thank God. We are not exaggerating when we say we are truly Mexican Food fans, but as far as we know, there is no Mexican blood running through our veins, surprisingly. Here are a few ways we know we are authentic fans. Take the test for yourself.

If you have one of these sitting in your breakfast or dining room all year long, you’re a true Mexican food fan. No, we don’t wait until Cinco de Mayo. He’s out all year.

If you own a copy of something similar to this, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If you stock this, or similar items, in your pantry at all times, because you wouldn’t be caught dead without salsa, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If you have at least 2 varieties of this stocked at all times, because crunchy every night would get boring, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If you know what these are, you are a true Mexican Food fan:

If you listen to Mexican Music on Pandora several nights a week, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If “let’s do something different” means using this instead, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If you can identify all the ingredients in the pictures below, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

If you enjoy taking family photos like this, you’re a true Mexican Food fan: (we also made magnets)

And lastly, if you subscribe to this magazine, you’re a true Mexican Food fan:

So, did you pass the test? Didn’t think so. Happy Cinco de Mayo anyway!

Encouraging Health (and fun!),
Organic Eater
PS: there is a great Mexican recipe for OMG, Organic Mexican Goodness on my blog that you should try AND Vanessa at HealthyLivingHowTo.com has an entire post of several Mexican recipes on her blog too! Everything I’ve ever tried of hers has been great! Enjoy!

Yummy Green Dip for St. Patty’s Day, or any day!

raw almond spread from healthful pursuit

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I found this recipe for Raw Almond Spread at Healthfulpursuit.com, during my 3 week raw vegan cleanse last year. It is fantastic, and I still make it as often as I can because it’s “health in a bowl” and delicious! Here are the small adjustments I have made, but try the original first and see what you think:
I only use a little parsley (sometimes leave it out altogether) because parsley is not my fave. I only use 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar, and I always use unfiltered organic ACV. I have no idea if regular works as well. I only use raw local honey, and no agave. Sometimes, if I don’t have enough basil, I add fresh spinach. Once I had no basil at all, only spinach, and I added some dried basil. Still worked pretty well.

Here are the benefits of basil and almonds and benefits of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar. I take some ACV daily.

This will be the PERFECT way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this Saturday! Enjoy, and let me know if you try it. It’s very unusual, but I hope you will love it as much as we do. It pairs nicely with grain free chia seed crackers from Healthylivinghowto.com

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Homemade Lemonade and Lemon Links

I know you’ve probably gotten tons of healthy recipes for Super Bowl, but you must have something to drink with all that healthy food! There is no sense in making a lot of healthy food, then washing it down with a soft drink…

To make a gallon of lemonade you need 3 ingredients & a jug:

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon.

This is what you need to make real lemonade!

-approximately 8-10 lemons

-sweetener equivalent to 1 or 2 cups of sugar, depending on how you like it. See “good, better, best” list for sweeteners and decide what to use.

-additional (filtered if possible) cold water to fill

Put about 2 or 3 cups of cold water on the stove to boil, if you have a sweetener that dissolves better in hot water. If you use stevia, it will dissolve in cold water, so you can leave out that step. Make your sugar water first, either in your pan or in a large Pyrex glass measuring glass (do not pour boiling hot water into a plastic container). (Non-southerners please note, this is also the trick to making good tea: sugar water first.)

Use whatever means you have to squeeze those lemons. I wash them, cut them in half, hand squeeze them on the 50 year old glass manual “juicer” I have. I set up a mesh strainer on top of my 4cup Pyrex cup, so that when the juicer is full, I dump the juice and seeds into the strainer, and the lemon juice goes into the Pyrex cup. The pulp and seeds stay in the strainer. Later, I add as much of that pulp as I want.

My old glass juicer still works fine!

Now pour your juice and sugar water in to the gallon jug you’re using. If you use a glass jug or a safe# plastic jug, make sure your water has cooled enough. Bottom line: Don’t add boiling hot water into a plastic or regular glass jug. (HERE is a post that lists “safe” plastics. I am in the process of throwing out all my plastic, as I can afford to replace it. My unsafe plastic# pieces have all been pitched.)

Add enough cold filtered water to make about 3/4ths gallon and then keep testing it until you think you’ve added the right amounts of water, sweetener, and lemon juice. Add your pulp back in if you want. That’s it.

copyright 2012 organiceater.com Real lemonade

The finished product: I think I used coconut sugar for this batch, and it gives it a darker golden color.

After juicing the lemons, I throw them in the food disposal for a great smell in there! You can also store the lemons in the fridge for a couple days, if you need lemon zest, etc. for a recipe coming up. If you know you will need zest, zest the lemons before juicing to make it easier on yourself.  HERE is a post on what you can do with lemon peels. LOVE using up all the benefits of every lemon!

Now y’all pour yourselves a cup of fresh squeezed goodness, and feel great about ALL the healthy benefits of lemons with every sip! Sure beats that ol’ nasty soda any day!:) Add lemon slices in your gallon if you wanna make it look “purdy”.

This post at Whole New Mom gives you a stevia lemonade recipe, along with links to why you don’t want to use high fructose corn syrup or sugar.

This post at Organic Authority tells you much more about lemons

This post at CrunchyBetty tells you 3 new things you can do with lemons

If you want to print this recipe without all the commentary or pics, select the “print friendly” button below. The additional reading links above were added for those of you who, like me, would rather read than watch the Super Bowl!:) hehe

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Smoothie pics & basics

Smoothie Ingredients

Some of the awesome stuff I put in my organic smoothies!

I also have a link for you at one of my favorite blogs, Crunchy Betty. She is so funny and entertaining (when not covering a serious topic), and she has a great post about green smoothies there. Her post includes how green smoothies benefit your skin! I would definitely agree with that! I’m sure I will link to her site often, since she has tons of great recipes for homemade beauty and cleaning products.

Green Smoothie

Even “green smoothies” aren’t always green, but this one sure is! What you throw in the blender can make a big difference in what color results. For example, blueberries always change the color.

greens (swiss chard)

This is the main ingredient of a green smoothie, greens! Either “real” or powder form. This is the main source of the healthy goodness in a green smoothie. This particular green is Swiss Chard and it has a very mild flavor (easily hidden). Spinach seems to be the #1 easiest one to hide. If you’re a newbie, start with spinach.

I will post smoothie “recipes” (it seems strange to even call them that because it’s just a bunch of stuff in a blender:) under my Recipes Page. For now, the basics for what you need are listed in the “comments” (see comment balloon at top of post, from ME to ANGELA). Let me know if you have questions on this before I can get those recipes posted where they belong.

Encouraging health,
Organic Eater