Thursday, December 8, 2011

What's in your Applesauce?

I recently discovered how EASY it is to make Applesauce! (Thanks to Aunt JJ and Nanna!) I did however modify the age old family recipe.

Here is an example of what is in store bought applesauce:

Mott’s Classic Variety – Original vs. Natural



(4oz serving , 90 cals, 20g of sugar)
Ingredients: Apples, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Ascorbic Acid (To Maintain Color).

Now Mott's does have an applesauce that is not that bad: Healthy Harvest
But I am still skeptical at anything that says, "natural flavors".

Now here is the deal, ANYONE who had made applesauce with a sweet apple like "Gala" knows NO SUGAR is needed in applesauce! The apples alone are SWEET!

So here is a SUGAR FREE, SUPER FRESH, SUPER YUMMY, Applesauce recipe:

Peel, core and cube 10 apples of your choice.

Here is a handy dandy tool to use to peel apples: (Yes, it's on my wish list)

Put in stock like pot. Add one cup of water, dash of salt and about 1 tsp of lemon juice (to prevent the apples from turning brown)

Cook on low heat for 1 hour. Stir now and then.

Use a potato masher or blender and mix/mash then up to your liking.
Add cinnamon for additional flavor.
Place in fridge for up to 2 weeks? :)

Literally THAT EASY!

Now go, buy some apples, and make this YUMMY treat! I could not believe how fresh this tasted. Loved it warm too!  We did add cinnamon so it tasted like apple pie filling! YUM!

Remember to pair this treat with some fat like nuts for better nutritional absorption!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!

Jeni Clark~

Thursday, December 1, 2011

How "FRESH" is your "AIR FRESHENER?"

As I sit watching my daughter at her gymnastics class I hear a semi loud "SHHHHH" sound out of nowhere. I look around and cannot place where the sound is coming from but within seconds I smell flowers or what appears to be "flowers". Hmm? I begin to look around and notice a box on the wall in the waiting room.  A few minute later, I hear the noise again and realize this "box" is shooting out a chemical fragrance. I was disturbed to say the least.

I decided to do some research on Air Fresheners and this is what I found:

I began with "Airwick Automatic Spray Deodorizers" since that is what was at Calei's gym.  I found these "indoor chemical sprays" to be exceptionally toxic beyond words.

The aerosol is propelled by butane propane (a neurotoxicant) and other toxic chemicals.

They contain acetone which causes a laundry list of health issues (cardiovascular, blood, gastrointestinal, liver, kidney, respiratory, skin and organ toxicity) NOT good for a gym! (or anywhere else for that matter)
Specifically, they contribute to asthma, headaches, and nausea. 

I invited a friend to this gym for "open gym" and within minutes her son had a asthma attack. Not a coincidence! How many other kids/adults are effected by these sprays? PLENTY!

A MSN article states, "being exposed to these 1x a week can increase asthma symptoms by 71% and increase pulmonary diseases".

In September 2007, Time Magazine pointed out, "the phylates in these fresheners and the many negative health effects such as cancer, infertility and developmental issues that result from these chemicals".

Please also note, The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has NO regulations on the use of phthlates! None!

If you would like to see some of the research I have found, please check out the following links:

I hope with this new information, the gym Calei attend will pull these toxic chemicals for good!

100% Essential oils are a GREAT alternative and what we use in our home.

As always, be informed: REMEMBER TO READ LABELS/INGREDIENTS! Always!

Have a HAPPY and HEALTHY week!

Jeni Clark~