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Application Creation & Acid Reflux Aid

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How’s it hanging, my turtle doves?
Looks like my last few posts have been enjoyable 😀 Here’s to hoping I keep the joy a-flowin’!

So listen. I have this great idea I need to capitalize on – now, maybe I say this almost everyday about something twirling around in my head, but I consider it a good day when I drum up an idea/creation! Hell, sometimes I count making a diesel sandwich a victory; the little things count, too.
Anyway, now I’m making it my newest mission to create an app. Hopefully my dad (or even brother) can be a help with this, BUT if any of you darlings reading this have any special knowledge on app creating – like smart phone applications – reach out to me! Let’s create something together!

That’s pretty much all I have the energy for at the moment; I worked both days this weekend, ew. I also just really wanted to make sure you all know that I was thinking about you! And for being so awesome, here’s some information you may find useful for yourself or a loved one today or sometime in the future:

Some of you may have heard of a thing called Acid Reflux Disease. If you haven’t…

At the entrance to your stomach is a valve, which is a ring of muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, the LES closes as soon as food passes through it. If the LES doesn’t close all the way or if it opens too often, acid produced by your stomach can move up into your esophagus. This can cause symptoms such as a burning chest pain called heartburn. If acid reflux symptoms happen more than twice a week, you have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Source.

Basically, acid reflux (aka heartburn) really seems to stink, and it’s more common than one would think. There is a customer of mine at the juice bar who suffers from said evil heartburn, so he asked me to look into what foods would sort of ease his suffering.
Ecstatic that someone at work actually wanted to use me for knowledge that I’m so chock full of and eager to share, I got right to it! Here’s what I came up with.

Foods To Ease Acid Reflux Disease:

– Oatmeal
– Ginger
– Aloe Vera
– Salad *
– Banana **
– Melon (honeydew, cantaloupe, watermelon)
– Fennel
– Chicken & Turkey, NOT fried, no skin
– Wild Fish & Seafood, NOT fried
– All Roots & Greens (green beans, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, etc)
– Celery
– Parsley
– Couscous & Rice, Bulgur Wheat

*no tomatoes, onion, cheese or high fat dressings!
**99% react well with bananas, though for some it has the opposite effect.

And there you have it!! Hopefully this was of some help or interest to you. Now, because I’m smoothie and juice obsessed and aim to please, I have plans tomorrow at work to concoct a drink that utilizes some of the above mentioned ingredients. Therefore, stay tuned for an acid reflux aid shake! The name could use some work, though…

Kisses and hugs. Time for bed!

Smoothie Thickeners

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Hello, loves!

How art thou? I worked this morning and then went to this soap spring day thing, there was tasty food so I would call it a success. The weather however was no not spring-like, today! Rain rain rain; fun times.
Anyway, I have some fun tips for all of my fellow smoothie-makers out there. I like to use thinner liquids like water or apple juice as my base sometimes, so naturally my smoothie will be a little thinner than I always want. In order to combat this, I add various thickeners to my smoothies, and presto! A delicious, thick, lip-smacking smoothie.

The Thickeners:

Banana. Fresh will add some thickness, but for a more ideal thickener, use a frozen banana. 1 should suffice.

Oatmeal. The key to using oatmeal in a smoothie is to finely grind it first. I would add about 1/4 of oatmeal powder.

Chia Seeds. I love these guys! They can act as a binding agent and a thickener. Add 1 tablespoon to the blender or stir the seeds directly into the smoothie, letting it sit for a minute to thicken up.

Avocado. I use this all the time! It has a different color and flavor than banana, and makes smoothies extra creamy. Use 1/2 or 1 avocado, depending on how ambitious you are.

Frozen Fruit. Frozen fruit can thicken a smoothie right up, as well as provide natural sweetness to your drink. Any fruit will do, but for extra creaminess, choose mango, peach or young coconut.

Yogurt. This is another go-to of mine. Any kind of yogurt will work, but for an extra thick smoothie (and the healthiest option), I would use Greek yogurt. If you don’t like Greek, use drained yogurt instead.

Silken Tofu. Personally, I’ve never tried this before. Apparently silken tofu has a neutral flavor with a smooth and creamy texture, which works splendidly in smoothies. It also has the benefit of being additional protein!

On a different note, check out this beautiful crystallized ginger! I buy this from our local co-op in Wakefield, and it’s pretty stellar. I use it to cook with, in tea, or when I’m feeling a little daring and stuffed up, I pop a small sucker in my mouth. As the sign states, ginger is an effective digestive aid by helping to relieve ingestion, gas pains and stomach cramping. I am a huge ginger supporter, so please, get in on this!

Crystallized GingerYums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well my darlings, I’m going to go continue my Saturday night laziness! I have to work again in the morning, so it’s a cozy night in for me. X’s and O’s!