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“Behold, what I have seen to be good and to be fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life which God has given him.”

-Ecclesiastes 5:18 (in the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament)

Review: Cascade Ice Organic Seltzer

Cascade Ice organic seltzer

Lately I’ve been enjoying Cascade Ice‘s flavored sparkling waters. Not only are they organic, they’re also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan (obviously!), sodium-free and caffeine-free.

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On hot days in our not-air-conditioned house, they’re the perfect refreshing beverage.

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I’ve tried five of the six flavors:

  • Mixed berry
  • Lemon zest
  • Lemon lime (didn’t try this one)
  • Citrus twist
  • Grapefruit
  • Blueberry

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Usually I don’t like lemon-flavored things, but this time it might have been my favorite. It’s just so refreshing! The mixed berry was probably the strongest flavor, and I thought the blueberry was the most subdued. None of them taste artificial, which is great. Speaking of which, you may be wondering how water can be organic (that was my first thought) and it has to do with the flavors. The ingredients are: purified water, carbonation, and organic essences from fruit oils and extracts. Isn’t it great that they used real ingredients, rather than “natural” (aka not natural at all) flavors? You can totally taste the difference. I’m sold!

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What I Ate Wednesday: Honolulu

Happy Hump Day and What I Ate Wednesday! This is actually what I ate on a recent Saturday. Hurricane Ana was supposed to hit, but luckily we just got a lot of rain and wind.

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First I taught my power yoga class, and then I stayed at the studio to take the next class, a 75-minute vinyasa flow. I actually really enjoy going to and teaching yoga when the weather is stormy. It’s so cozy to be inside practicing when it’s rainy and windy outside. I had a coffee before the first class, and then I snacked between classes and after the second class. My snacks were:

  • Half a cup of pistachios
  • 1 light Babybel cheese
  • Half a grapefruit (from our organic farm CSA box)
  • 1 apple banana (also from the box)

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After yoga I headed to the park to watch a family friend’s soccer game. It was so rainy and windy out, we all had to crouch under an umbrella with rain coats on, and we still got pretty wet! Afterwards I snagged a clementine and a small slice of pizza from the kids’ food table. Don’t worry, I waited until after all the little soccer players had eaten their fill!

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After that, I hung out at home getting some work done and reading. My cat, Holly, hung out inside with me. She’s usually an outdoor cat but Kiyo and I like to let her in to hang out with us; she’s getting really spoiled!

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For dinner, Kiyo made flatbreads topped with leftover pot roast. I sauteed some chard from our farm box in bacon fat and Tahitian lime (also from the box… can you tell that our entire lives now revolve around these boxes?). We spread homemade pesto on the bread (made with almonds, olive oil, garlic and basil from the CSA box) and topped it all off with shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheese. This dinner was so delicious that I ate the whole thing (we each made our own) even though it was huge!

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Review: Moringa Powder

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When I read that moringa is a plant that has more vitamins, minerals, proteins, anti-oxidants and amino-acids than any other food in the world, my first thought was “I need to add this to my morning smoothies!” So I did.

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Moringa is a genus of shrubs and trees with multi-purpose uses: its leaves, roots and   immature pods are consumed as a vegetable. The leaves are used fresh or dried and ground into powder (from the Food & Agricultural Organization website). All parts of the moringa tree are edible; isn’t that cool?

The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, which is why Green Virgin Products uses 100% leaves in their moringa powder. It’s the only ingredient in the product; I love finding packaged products that aren’t loaded with additives and preservatives!

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Just one package of this powder has 60 servings, which is great. Available for purchase on their website, the package retails for $49.95, which comes out to less than a dollar per serving. The super-nutritious powder contains:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Iron
  • Protein
  • Fiber

According to WebMD, the plant is used to combat anemia); arthritis and other joint pain; asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. It’s basically a cure-all, and I love working items such as this into my daily meals.

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I made my smoothie with tart cherry juice, aloe water, lemon juice, acai berry powder, moringa powder, a frozen apple banana, ice and chia seeds. It looks like mud, I’m aware, but it tasted great! Even Kiyo, who usually holds his nose and chugs my green morning concoctions, made a comment that this is the best green powder I’ve used. I’m telling you, coming from him after two years of green smoothies, that means a lot! He noticed on his own; I didn’t even mention to him that I’d used something new. The moringa powder flavor is less intense than many other green powders I’ve used, and the texture is better because it’s ground so fine (you can tell in the first picture in this post). I know it’s probably hard to believe from this smoothie picture, but it does have a good taste. I’m definitely keeping this new ingredient in my morning smoothies!

Have you tried anything new and interesting lately?

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