Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." - John 20:29
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you have a beautiful day!
I go to the grocery store and/or the farmers market (when in season) about once a week. I stock up on lots on fresh produce, but I always find myself tossing out part of what I bought because my husband and I simply don’t use it in time.
Instead of skimping on the amount of produce I buy, I decided to search for some ways to make fresh produce last longer. Here are a few tips I learned:
- Rinse your berries in vinegar - both white and apple cider will work.
- One rotten apple can spoil an entire batch of fruit, so as soon as you see something looking a little old be sure to toss it.
- Wrap the top of bananas with plastic wrap and they should keep 3-5 days longer. (I noticed that the organic bananas I buy already have the top wrapped in plastic!)
- Tomatoes do not belong in your fridge - they should be stored at room temperature.
- Chop up your chives and keep them in an old water bottle for extended freshness.
- Add a dab of butter to the cut side of cheese to prevent it from drying out. Also, be sure to wrap it in wax paper (not plastic) and then place it in a reusable baggie and store it in the warmest area of your fridge.
- Store asparagus like fresh cut flowers. You can use a small jar as a 'vase.'
- Store delicate herbs like flowers in a jar, then cover with plastic, secure plastic with a rubber-band and refrigerate.
- Wrap greens such as broccoli, lettuce, and celery in foil before putting them into your refrigerator.
- Spray leftover guacamole with cooking spray before putting it back in the fridge. Cover with plastic wrap.
- Mushrooms should never be stored in plastic. Instead, place them in a brown paper bag or a cardboard box.
- Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.
- Visit this article to learn how to store your peppers
There you have it - A few ways to keep your fresh produce last longer!
What tips do you have for keeping foods fresher longer?
A few years ago, there was a wildlife organization out west that offered a bounty of $5000 for wolves captured alive. Two friends, Sam and Jed, decided to make their fortune. Day and night, they scoured the mountains and forests looking for their valuable prey. Exhausted one night, they fell asleep dreaming of their potential fortune. Suddenly, Sam woke up a bit startled, and saw that they were surrounded by a huge pack of nearly 70 wolves with searing black eyes, and bared teeth. Low growls rumbling from their throats.
He slowly reached over and nudged his friend and said, "Jed, wake up! I think we're rich!"
And that my friends, is a positive attitude. :)
I have learned that you can maximize your energy throughout the day as well as during your workout if you eat the right foods before heading to the gym. If we make sure our bodies get enough nutrients before and after a workout it actually helps to keep our immune systems functioning and our blood sugar levels stabilized throughout the day.
Before a morning workout - - Eating within 30 minutes of waking up will help to jump start your metabolism. Having something in your stomach is better than nothing, so even a banana will do.
Before an afternoon workout - - If you are hungry, eat a light snack before working out. A mixture of carbs and moderate amounts of protein should be the aim. Foods that are high in fat or protein can slow you down and leave you feeling sluggish because they take longer to digest.
After a workout - - Eat within 30 minutes after completing your workout. If you wait too long, your body will start burning muscle. It is key to fuel your body with protein. A handful of almonds will do the trick.
It’s also important to make sure you are hydrated before you hit the gym. Try to drink 2-3 cups of water a few hours before you workout and remember to bring your water bottle with you. Then hydrate throughout the day to replace all the water you lost while sweating it out.
What is your favorite pre or post workout fuel?
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. - Proverbs 3:5