Mom” is thrilled to announce that the winners of the Weleda Almond Cleansing Lotion Giveaway are Amanda H and Christi M! We know you will love the Almond Cleansing Lotion – enjoy! Thanks to everyone who entered this eco-fabulous giveaway!

Cancer Fighting Veggies

Fresh vegetables contain vitamins, minerals and fiber that may help protect you from certain cancers. The list of vegetables believed to have cancer-fighting powers is extensive.

Here are a few readily available choices:

• Kale contains indoles, which may prevent a certain type of lesion from converting to cancerous cells.

• Flax is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are believed to protect against colon cancer.

• Broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower can help combat breast cancer thanks to a chemical component called indole-3-carbinol.

Making more informed food choices is one aspect of a natural cancer treatment strategy. It’s just a good health practice/ In addition to their cancer-fighting potential, these foods have other significant health benefits and can reduce the risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

But knowing the health benefits vegetables is one thing. Actually eating more of them is another.
One solution: Juicing. In recent years, juicing – blending veggies and extracting their nutrient-rich juices – has soared in popularity. A good juicer can cost under $100 and is an easy way to boost your vegetable consumption.

How to Use a Juicer to Increase Vegetable Intake

1. Choose fresh organic vegetables for your base. Your local farmers market is a good place to start. Cucumber and celery are ideal for a base.

2. Add greens. Kale, spinach, chard, dandelions, and parsley are excellent additions rich in beneficial nutrients.

3. Add flavoring ingredients. To give your green juice a little zest, consider adding a dash of ginger, garlic, lemon or lime. These ingredients have an alkalinizing effect, which is helpful because cancer cells cannot grow and reproduce in an alkaline environment.

4. Process with your juicer and enjoy! For maximum nutritional benefit, enjoy your drink immediately after juicing.

Nutrient-Rich Juicer Recipes

Here are two quick, easy, affordable juicer recipes to help you increase your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

Lemon-Ginger-Kale Juice

Ingredients

1 cup fresh kale
1 cup cucumber, peeled and diced
1 to 2 inch piece of fresh ginger (to taste)
2 tablespoons of lemon zest

Preparation

Process all ingredients in your juicer and serve.
Cucumber-Spinach Juice

Ingredients

1 large cucumber, peeled
1 large handful of baby spinach leaves
Several sprigs of parsley

Preparation

Process all ingredients in your juicer and serve.

About the Author

This guest post was provided by NHWellnessCenters.com. Natural Horizons is an alternative cancer treatment center in Northern Virginia serving patients throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Add some Asian flair to grilled shrimp this summer with this delightfully simple recipe from the Adobe Rose Inn.

Asian Grilled Shrimp

Ingredients

2 lb.large shrimp, cleaned, deveined
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh basil finely chopped
4 extra large cloves of garlic put through a garlic press
2 TBS. white wine vinegar
1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
Sambol Olek to taste (can be found in Asian grocery stores)
½ teas. salt
½ teas. freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

In a bowl, thoroughly combine the following:

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ cup fresh basil finely chopped
4 extra large cloves of garlic put through a garlic press
2 TBS. white wine vinegar
1 TBS. Worcestershire sauce
Sambol Olek to taste (can be found in Asian grocery stores)
½ teas. salt
½ teas. freshly ground black pepper

Place ¼ cup of marinade in a large zip-lock bag. Add the shrimp and turn tomake certain all shrimp are coated with the marinade. Chill the shrimp andmarinade for no more than two hours. Refrigerate the remaining marinade. Soakwooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent them from burning onthe grill.

Heat the grill to a medium heat, approximately 350 degrees. Thread the shrimponto the skewers and grill for 2 – 3 minutes per side or until the shrimp isopaque in the center. Be careful not to over cook. Arrange the skewers on aplatter and spoon heated marinade over the shrimp. Enjoy!

Serves 6-8.

*Recipe courtesy of BNBFinder.com. Photo credit: Adobe Rose Inn.*

Being Green and Frugal

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that minimizes the use of the earth’s resources as well as personal expenditures. This includes being ecologically aware in personal consumption and making economical choices in spending habits.

Sustainable living is based on simple principles you can incorporate into your current lifestyle. Developing habits that will decrease your expenditures and make a smaller ecological footprint is easy when done gradually.

Reduce

Using less affects you both financially and ecologically. Reusable grocery bags and refillable containers for commercial products reduce the amount of plastic waste produced. Reusable plastic storage containers for sandwiches and lunch snacks reduce the number of plastic bags you purchase and throw away.

Plan driving routes to combine errands, and reduce the number of trips you make and miles driven. This cuts down on fuel consumption and wear on your car, as well as extending time between oil changes and other scheduled maintenance.

Eliminate waste in food purchases. Buy only what you will use. If you find yourself regularly purging spoiled food from the refrigerator, you are buying more than you can reasonably consume.

Reduce the amount of disposable paper products you use. Paper towels and napkins can be replaced with cleaning cloths and cotton napkins, which can be washed with other loads of laundry and reused.

Reuse

Before running to the store to make a purchase, check to see if you already own something that is an appropriate substitute. Reusing wrapping paper and bows is a common practice, but many household items can be reused or repurposed.

If you print a lot from your computer, consider reusing the backside of paper that you normally throw away. Kids can use it for drawing and coloring, or you can cut it into smaller pieces for scratch paper. Buy refillable ink cartridges for your printer and use inexpensive refill ink to extend the use of the cartridges.

Before buying new home décor items, think about the pieces you already own. Moving furniture to a new room or changing the location of paintings and wall hangings can give a fresh look without additional purchases.

If you don’t find what you need at home, consider shopping for used items. Many shops and websites sell used video games, DVD movies, books and other specialty items. Thrift shops and second hand stores carry clothing, toys, furniture and kitchen goods. Items from these stores typically cost less and may be better quality than similar items in discount stores.

Recycle

You may already recycle newspapers and plastic with the garbage service in your community, but there are many other ways to recycle.

Donate or sell your unwanted items. Your donations may be charitable deductions, and selling unused items adds a little to your income.

For your yard and garden, there are ways to save money and contribute to the ecology. Build a compost system to provide nutrition for your plants and garden. It is a simple idea that costs little in time and effort. Add a rain barrel to a downspout to provide water for gardening and plantings. This reduces the amount of water you use and will decrease your sewer bill. Some communities also provide storm-water credits for residential water containment systems.

Re-evaluating what is essential and what is superfluous in your life is a step toward sustainable living. Eco-conscious living is a step in doing your part to preserve our natural environment. Both are worth doing for yourself and our planet.

About the Author

This article comes from Nisha representing freestuff.co.uk – with the latest free stuff, competitions, deals, and games.

Pair this easy, no-cook meal with toasted buttery baguette slices.

Chicken and Strawberry Salad

Dressing Ingredients

1 tablespoon sugar

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon water

1⁄8 teaspoon salt

1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salad Ingredients

4 cups torn romaine lettuce

4 cups arugula leaves

2 cups quartered strawberries

1⁄3 cup vertically sliced red onion

12 ounces skinless, boneless rotisserie chicken breast, sliced

2 tablespoons unsalted cashews, halved

1⁄2 cup (2 ounces) crumbled blue cheese

Preparation

1. To prepare dressing, combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually drizzle in oil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

2. To prepare salad, combine romaine and next 4 ingredients (through chicken) in a bowl; toss gently. Arrange about 2 cups chicken mixture on each of 4 plates; top each serving with 11⁄2teaspoons cashews and 2 tablespoons cheese. Drizzle about 4 teaspoons dressing over each serving.

Yield: 4 servings.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Cooking Light Big Book of Salads.*

What Women Need To Know About Heart Disease

Women may need to take the latest research about heart disease to heart. What many don’t know is that heart disease kills more American women than all forms of ­cancer combined, including breast cancer. Nearly half of all women are at risk for developing heart disease, and as a woman ages, her risk increases.

A heart attack can occur without warning. More than 60 percent of women who died suddenly from coronary heart disease had no previous symptoms.

Women of color, including Black American and Latino American women, are more likely to develop risk factors and are at a higher risk of death from heart disease, yet research has shown they are less likely to recognize their risks.

Fortunately, there are life­style changes you can make to lower your risk. The first step is to understand which risk ­factors affect you and what actions you can take to lower your risk.

For example, the risk is higher for women who have a family history of heart disease or diabetes. Increasing age is another risk factor. Women are at a higher risk when they reach 55 or become postmenopausal. These are risk factors you cannot control.

Risk factors you can control are diabetes, smoking, blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or hi­gh­er, and total cholesterol over 200. If you don’t exercise, there’s also a risk. Being 30 pounds or more over your recommended weight and having a waist measurement greater than 35 inches are also risk factors.

“It’s important to take action to minimize your risks,” said ­Dr. Gioia Turitto, spokesperson for Close the Gap, an educational initiative sponsored by Boston Scientific.

Close the Gap encourages wo­men to be responsible for their heart health by following these tips:

• If you smoke, quit.
• Aim for a healthy weight.
• Get moving. Make a commitment to be more physically active. Every day, aim for 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity such as taking a brisk walk, raking, dancing, light- weight lifting, housecleaning or gardening.
• Eat for heart health. Choose a diet low in saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and cho­lesterol. Include whole grains, ­vegetables and fruits.
• Know your numbers. Ask your doctor to check your blood pressure, cholesterol (total, HDL, LDL and triglycerides) and blood glucose. Work with your doctor to improve any ­numbers that are not normal.

To learn more about ­heart disease, visit YourHeartHealth.com and facebook.com/ClosetheGap, twitter.com/YourHeartHealth and youtube.com/YourHeartHealth.

*Article courtesy of NAPS. Image courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net.*

Full of flavor due to the multitude of spices – this simple and quick recipe for barbecue chicken is perfect for summer evenings!

Quick Barbecue Chicken

Ingredients

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons olive oil

1⁄2 teaspoon salt

1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder

1⁄4 teaspoon ground cumin

1⁄8 teaspoon ground ginger

1⁄8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1⁄8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 (8-ounce) bone-in chicken breast halves

Cooking spray

Preparation

1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Combine first 9 ingredients in a bowl, stirring well. Loosen skin from chicken by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat; rub spice mixture evenly under skin over meat. Lightly coat skin with cooking spray. Place chicken, breast side down, on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 30 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 165, turning twice. Let chicken stand 10 minutes. Remove skin; discard.

Yield: 2 servings (serving size: 1 chicken breast half).

*Recipe and image courtesy of Cooking Light Way to Cook Grilling.*

Wrap up your favorite salad or sandwich combinations this summer with Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps! Tumaro’s, the first company to introduce flavored tortillas, now adds New York Deli Style Wraps to its successful lines of flavored, gourmet tortillas and wraps. Inspired by the flavors abundant in the Big Apple’s legendary delis, Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps are available in five varieties: Rye, Pumpernickel, Sour Dough, Everything and Cracked Pepper.

Mom” is loving the Everything Wrap (a blend of poppy seeds, salt, onion, and garlic), which tastes amazing with scrambled cage-free eggs, red potatoes, avocado, organic cheddar cheese, and a hint of green tomatillo salsa! For exciting recipe ideas, you can also visit their website.

Each extra large 10” wrap has the bold, authentic flavor you’d expect from gourmet deli bread but is 96% fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber and 100 calories or less. They make an excellent choice for those watching their carbohydrate intake!

To learn more about Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps or to locate a store near you, please visit Tumaros.com.

*Company generously provided samples and images for this piece.*

Clean Your Home Without Damaging the Environment… or Your Bank Balance

Cleaning our homes is hardly the most fun chore in the world. If you’ve got a growing family, then you don’t need us to tell you how quickly your home can get dirty – particularly your floors! Keeping on top of your cleaning routine is important if you want to maintain a happy and healthy home.

However, it’s even more important when cleaning your home that you don’t use products which can harm the environment. The good news is that you don’t have to splash out on specialist “eco” products which cost a bomb – there are plenty of cheap alternatives… many of which we bet you have just lying around your home!

With that in mind, Flooring Supplies has come up with some great eco-friendly cleaning tips you can use. Not only will you get your home looking as good as new, you can be confident you won’t be harming the environment either.

Tea

Believe it or not, you can clean hardwood floors by using boiling water and two teabags. The tannic acid in tea creates a beautiful shine for hardwood floors. Let two teabags steep in the boiling water for a few minutes. Pour the tea into a bucket. Take a soft cloth and wring it out in the tea. The cloth merely needs to be damp, not soaked. This will enable the floor to dry quickly. Wash the floor and be ready to be amazed by the sheen… and no sticky or oily residue.

Vinegar

To remove a stain from your carpet simply mix up a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts ice water into a clean spray bottle. Once applied, let the vinegar solution sit on the stain for a little while, and then wipe with paper towels.

Vinegar can also be used to clean hard water stains and soap scum from your bathtub, sinks, shower and your toilet. It sanitizes as well as cleans. Dilute the vinegar with water or use it full strength.

To clean and deodorize your dishwasher try adding a cup of vinegar to your empty dishwasher and run the cycle. Also add vinegar to the rinse dispenser instead of jet dry for streak free dishes. And it gets better – you can also use it to clean windows! Mix equal parts hot water with white distilled vinegar in a spray bottle. Dry with a soft cloth for streak-free windows,

Baking Soda

Baking soda makes a great natural deodorizer! Just sprinkle a little dry baking soda on your carpet to freshen, let sit for a few minutes, and then vacuum.

It’s also a natural drain cleaner. Measure 1/2 cup baking soda and 1/2 cup vinegar. Pour the baking soda into the drain first, and then the vinegar. Don’t worry if you see it bubble. Follow with two quarts of hot water and you’re done!

You can use baking soda to clean your oven too. Cover the bottom of it with a sprinkling of baking soda, spray it with water until it’s very damp and keep spraying every hour or so. Let it set overnight and when you wake up the next morning just scoop out the grime and give it a wipe!

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is another great product which can be used to clean your home. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Simply cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. You can use this lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains! You can also use lemon juice as a natural bleach too. Simply mix 1 cup of olive oil with half a cup of lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture.

So there we have it – a few natural products you’re bound to have in your home which you can use to get your home looking cleaner and smelling fresher. Combine these methods with regular dusting and vacuuming – maybe even add a few pot plants too – and you’ll have a home you’ll be proud to show off.

A healthy, unique spin on enchiladas – these grilled salmon enchiladas are an excellent choice for dinner!

Grilled Salmon Enchiladas

Ingredients

4 – 10″ Tumaro’s New York Deli Style Wraps – Sourdough

1 lb. cooked salmon, flaked

1⁄2 cup water

1⁄4 cup Tomato Paste

1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

1⁄2 teaspoon chili or cayenne powder

2 teaspoons jalapeños, fresh or canned, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1/8 teaspoon cumin

2 Tablespoons onion, minced

2 Tablespoons scallions, minced

1⁄4 cup shredded reduced fat Mexican-blend cheese

1⁄4 cup low fat sour cream (“Mom” prefers organic)

Preparation

Grill salmon until just opaque in center, 4 to 5 minutes per side. In a medium saucepan, combine water, tomato paste, oil, chili powder, jalapeños, garlic, cumin, and onions. Stir until smooth and heated through. Spoon about 1/3 of the sauce in bottom of a medium baking dish. To assemble each enchilada, wet both sides of tortilla in remaining sauce, place 1⁄4 of the salmon down the center of the tortilla and sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon of cheese. Roll tortilla and place seam side down in baking dish. Continue with remaining 3 tortillas. Pour remaining sauce over the four enchiladas.

Bake for 10 minutes in a 350°F oven until hot and bubbly. Top with sour cream and serve.

*Recipe and image courtesy of Tumaro’s.*