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Why Spring Water & Flavored Water Recipes

Spring water, my new love in 2016. This one is a rant post…just a warning 😉

This year my husband and I started watching a few David Wolfe videos through social media (if you know me, you know this sparked an obsession for us, ha) and we noticed he is always drinking water from glass (okay, yeah, we get it, plastic is bad) BUT we also kept hearing him talk about spring water. Again, we knew what spring water was—we thought–until we started researching more. Google it.

Do you know what is in your tap water? Are you ready for this?? Click this link and find out.

http://www.ewg.org/tap-water/

 

PST. Jacksonville readers, see that? One of the WORST waters. WHY IS THIS NOT COMMON KNOWLEDGE?! At least it wasn’t for me!

 

Have you ever thought about the process tap water endures? Well, let me tell you and open your eyes! Here are the top contaminants in water supplies in our “developed” country: arsenic, fluoride, chlorine, broken down toilet paper and prescription drugs {I know a lot of my readers work HARD to buy antibiotic/hormone free meat—but you’re still getting it in the water supply…}. This is naming a few, really, I went back and deleted a whole paragraph rant here. 😀
**Edited to add: most filters do not remove much of anything….in fact, if you start researching you’ll be startled to know they ADD chemicals to their filters to make the water smell and taste cleaner

😦

Fear not! The one I’ve linked further in the blog post appears to be the best in my research, but I haven’t personally used it yet. I would love to hear your feedback in the comments if you have a great solution!

Anyways! This doesn’t sound like the water I want to drink nor does it sound like the water I want to shower with honestly! Our skin the most absorbent “organ” of our bodies, everything our skin absorbs goes straight into our bloodstream. I work SO hard to ensure my boys are not around toxic chemicals in our household, I work my butt off to make sure they eat a mostly clean and healthy diet free of additives but this? This? Its hard to control their exposure to this.

It is beyond heart breaking and sickening to read water reports, go ahead, read yours…go back up there, click the link 😉

We have installed shower head filters in our house, we drink mountain spring valley water (WHO DELIVER IN GLASS JUGS, BY THE WAY, YESSSSS) and obviously our ultimate dream is to have a hybrid filtration system such as this:

PristineHydro

(It not only removes contaminants it also REMINERALIZES the water to act like spring water!!!!  This is a great option for bathing and cleaning water!)

So again, we aren’t perfect. I am not preaching all tap water is bad, if its the only option, yes its better than nothing. Baby steps, prioritize your health and wellness, but for us, water is a biggie so we only drink spring water.

If you can’t justify the cost of spring water; perhaps, a reverse osmosis and adding electrolytes as mentioned below is your best option. But definitely get shower head filters!! 

 

Spring water…just a FEW benefits because I respect that you do not have all day to read this 😉 ( get some here http://www.mountainvalleyspring.com/ )

Spring water is pure water, it is not treated (if you get it from the above source anyways) so this is as clean as we can possibly get! You need LESS spring water than tap water eventually because spring water is alive with magnesium, {good} oxygen, natural salt (salt is actually good for you, specifically sea salt, not the table salt we add to everything!) and lots of other minerals.It delivers the oxygen straight to our cells! This means it helps with your endocrine system,  hormones, thyroid function, lungs, free radicals–I can go on and on–literally changes your body. It truly HYDRATES you!! Also, Spring water is alkaline which helps to balance out the highly acidic diet most of us have. Or at least I did, per-enlightenment as my friend Maggie likes to say.  ;p

Yes, reverse osmosis water is a good solution too, if you add electrolytes such as a small amount of sea salt, citrus juice or MSM, it can help. Because, again, this is dead water. We want bio-available (completely absorbable) water.

 

Guys. I could go on for days. In fact, its taken me 3 days to write this blog post because I have so much to say about water (or lack there of, in our society) but I tried to condense it because it is overwhelming, so I apologize if this post is somewhat scattered and isn’t flowing smoothly. I have to stop editing and post it NOW or I never will, ha!

 

Here are some fun ideas for you to add to your water: [bonus if you use herbs you grow!]

Lime or Lemon, Basil, Rosemary (this wakes me up in the mornings!)


Lime or Lemon, Rosemary, Mint

Lime or Lemon, Cilantro, Mint

Lime or Lemon, Mint, Green Tea


Cheers to happy, healthy eating AND drinking!

 

PS: Ma, sorry for always making fun of you and your fancy spring water, you were onto something there… hehehe

 

PSS:

Here is where our Spring Water is from:

http://www.mountainvalleyspring.com/

If you’re in NE FL, send me a message, I can give you the contact info for the company who distributes Mountain Valley Spring Water. They truly are one of the sweetest, most caring companies I’ve ever come into contact with.

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Recipes

Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

It’s Tasty Tuesday!!

Ask my mom and my husband…8 years ago, I could barely scramble eggs. Really all I could make was oodles of noodles and spaghetti with canned sauce. I’ve come a LONG WAY since then. Growing up my grandma always told me she moved in with my grandpa and didn’t know how to scramble eggs. She taught herself everything! I remember admiring her for that but never once did I want to sit in the kitchen with her and watch her or help her cook, instead I enjoyed doing my own thing and eating her delicious foods. I’d love to have some of her cooking and instruction right now! My mom also tried getting me into the kitchen, but I always had other pressing matters, boys or dancing! Ahh the teenage years.
Fast forward and I realize I need to learn to cook something if I am going to survive in adulthood 😂My husband & other family members have been so helpful in showing me a thing or two over the years! Lately I’ve been tackling more plant based recipes and Monday it was Stuffed Sweet Potatoes! They are so good. Do I say that about every recipe I post?? Yeah. It’s true though. It’s always sooooo good!! This recipe serves 4 as a main entree, but you’ll want to include a side or two.
Ingredients: (use organic when possible)
4 small sweet potatoes

2 cups Kale

1 15 oz can black beans
1 avocado

Juice of 1 lime

Lime zest of 1 lime

1 bunch of cilantro

Sea Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Poke sweet potatoes with a fork a few times at the top & place on a cookie sheet with parchment or aluminum foil. Bake for 45-60 minutes.

While that is cooking, put an avocado, cilantro, lime juice, lime zest, salt & pepper into a blender or food processor. This is your yummy sauce! Heat up the blacks beans on your stove and sautée the kale after removing the stems. I chose to sautée the kale in a small amount of water and forgo the oil because I already had enough oil in my diet that day but feel free to use it. Once the sweet potatoes are soft, cut the top and layer with black beans, kale & avocado sauce. If you have left over avocado sauce it is quite delicious on many other things, chips, sandwiches, wraps!! Mmm!
Can you tell our cilantro is growing like crazy?? That’s why I keep making these avocado lime cilantro sauces! Plus I love the combo.

Our 3 year old enjoyed these too!

He was quite upset I didn’t make him a “sweet potato boat”. Lesson learned! 

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