Monthly Archives: July 2017

5 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Whether it’s used as a remedy for a cold or a weight loss tool, apple cider vinegar can be used countless ways. It’s been around for hundreds of years and is sworn by those who use it. Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is made from the grinding and fermenting of apples. The best ACV is generally unpasteurized, fermented, and naturally rich in enzymes, vitamins, and amino acids.

Salad Dressing

An easy way to consume Apple cider vinegar is putting it into a salad dressing. Salad dressings tend to be less in calorie and fat if ACV is included. Check out this recipe to make your own and learn the benefits of including it in your recipe.

Sore Throat

Next time you feel a sore throat coming on, try gargling with apple cider vinegar. Mix it with a bit of warm water and gargle every few hours. The acid in the vinegar coats the throat and creates a germ-proof environment.

Heal Sunburns and Bug Bites

If you find yourself with a sunburn, you can use apple cider vinegar to help healing, prevent blistering, relieve the pain and decrease the redness. Just combine a half cup of ACV with four cups of water and then dip a clean washcloth in the mixture and apply it to affected areas. Use the same method for helping the itch and pain of a bug bite.


Raw apple cider vinegar has countless benefits, but drinking a shot of it everyday diluted in water will boost your digestion and improve your gut health. To see the best results, intake a tablespoon of ACV in a glass of water around 15 minutes before a meal to stimulate digestive juices for better breakdown of your food.

Detox Your Body

Unfiltered apple cider vinegar is a liver and lymphatic boost which can help detox your body.  It helps balance your body’s pH and stimulates cardiovascular stimulation. Taking a ACV shot in the morning will kickstart your day. Those were a lot of big words, but basically it will help you get rid of bad things in your body and help you feel a lot better when it is apart of your daily routine.

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The Apps Every Foodie Needs

Being a “foodie” is a title many possess, but a true foodie will have these following apps on their phone to take their obsession with food to the next level. Whether it’s cooking or finding a local restaurant, these apps will elevate your foodie game. All of the following apps are available in the Apple App Store or GooglePlay store.

Kitchen Stories

Find delicious recipes with beautiful pictures, easy to follow step-by-step photo instructions, recipe videos, and clever how-to videos for free with Kitchen Stories. The app recently won a design award by Apple so you know the videos, photography, and minimal layout of the app are all very atheistically pleasing and user-friendly. The videos resemble Tasty videos that are typically on Facebook feeds, but are elevated to the next level.


Yummly is another recipe discovery app that combines pictures with recipes from around the web. The big difference is that you can filter recipes by the ingredients you already have so you don’t have to go to the grocery store to cook like a champion. You can also set up a personal profile so Yummly can customize what you see based on your allergies, diet, and foods you just don’t like.

eMeals – Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping List

This app is incredible for building a shopping list, prep for your meals, and staying organized. You can pay $5 a month to get personalized meal plans that are based on what you like, which can come in handy instead of sifting through recipe after recipe online. If you do like a recipe, add it to your recipe box, and the ingredients can automatically be added to your shopping list and sorted by the aisle they are in at the store. This just made grocery shopping a lot more interesting!

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal has created a calorie, diet, and nutrition diary designed to help you watch what you eat. With over 5 million foods logged, this app is bound to have what you are eating. It also has a barcode scanner integrated in the app to scan the food you are eating so you can adjust the portion and log it into your breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack category. When you sign up for the app, you fill out a personal profile based on activity level, age, weight, height, and weight loss goals, so the app can set a daily calorie intake limit. This app is so easy to use and breaks down food so you can see what you are eating by the numbers. Check it out!


With OpenTable you can discover, reserve, and manage restaurant reservations – anytime, anywhere. Find a restaurant, set a day, time, and how many people will be in your party. Every foodie has to try new dining locations every once and awhile and this app is perfect for doing just that!

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5 Foods to Fight Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes: summer’s annoying little companions. Mosquitoes might be small, but they have a strong sense of smell that attract them to their victims. Knowing how to defend yourself against these tiny creatures is key in surviving the summer months.

Chemical repellents like OFF! help repel mosquitoes, but not because mosquitoes don’t like the smell of these repellents. It’s because the chemical DEET is very effective at masking the smell of carbon dioxide and lactic acid. While DEET is effective, it can also be dangerous to your body. Foods can be used as a repellant and are healthier and more natural alternatives without the dangers DEET contains. Whether you consume it or apply it to your skin, these foods will help fight off those pesky mosquitoes.


Not only can garlic keep vampires away, it can keep mosquitoes away as well. That’s because garlic releases a gas called allicin, which is toxic to bugs. Allicin is also responsible for garlic’s smell. When you eat garlic, the smell is emitted through your skin, which messes with insects’ sense of smell and makes them steer clear.


Citrus has a natural chemical called nootkatone. Nootkatone is a chemical compound found within citrus fruits that has proved to be effective in warding off mosquitoes. Grapefruit has the highest concentration of nootkatone, so eating plenty of grapefruit should make you less of a target to mosquitoes. Also, if you rub the inside of an orange or lemon peel on your skin, that also is an effective repellent and smells a whole lot better than garlic.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is an old folk-remedy bug repellent that many people swear by. There isn’t an scientific evidence to back this claim up, but generation after generation has used it. Not only can you put some in a spray bottle (diluted with water) as a bug spray, ingesting a tablespoon three times a day is said to cause bugs to stay away from you.


Vanilla is a pretty appealing smell to most, except to bugs. Dilute one tablespoon vanilla extract with a cup water and wipe the mixture on your exposed skin to discourage mosquitoes, flies, and even ticks.


Tomatoes are an excellent source of thiamine. Thiamine is a B1 vitamin that is rich in certain vegetables and foods. Not only will a diet that has tomatoes included in it make you less attractive to bugs, but rubbing tomato juice on a bug bite is said to reduce pain and itchiness if you happen to get bit.

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Trail Mix It Up

Trail mix is the perfect snack for a pre or post workout, a hike, a long class lecture, or if you want a healthier alternative to a bag of Cheetos. There are thousands of combinations to appeal to various taste buds or cravings.

Countless articles state there are four ingredients to make any trail mix great — nuts, seeds, dried fruit, and a “fun” ingredient (popcorn, chocolate chips, M&M’s, etc.). Obviously it doesn’t have to stick to this formula, but your bound to find a combination that intrigues you within it. These four ingredients balance flavor and nutrition to make a well-rounded snack.



Nuts provide a solid base to add more ingredients to, while also giving texture and flavor. Trail mix nutrients generally come from nuts because they are packed with protein and fiber. While peanuts are inexpensive and classic to mixes, there are other options that have more health benefits such as, almonds, pistachios, cashews, peanuts, and walnuts. Tip: Go for raw, unsalted nuts or lightly roasted nuts with lower sodium.


Including seeds into your trail mix adds an extra punch of nutrients and texture. Pumpkin, sunflower, and sesame seeds each have unique qualities that are beneficial to your health and make a great alternative to nuts if you are allergic.

Dried Fruitsdried-fruits

Dried fruits are a great source of natural sweetness and can be used to spruce up your trail mix. Dried fruit is filled with nutrients. One piece of dried fruit contains about the same amount of nutrients as the fresh fruit, but condensed in a much smaller package perfect for a portable trail mix.

Fun Ingredient


Whether it be M&M’s, dark chocolate chips, or popcorn, trail mix doesn’t have to be boring! It’s all about balance between the healthy ingredients and the fun ones. Add a fun ingredient to fulfill that sweet or salty craving.

Build Your Own

After seeing the four key ingredients to elevate your snacking experience, it’s your turn to build you own trail mix! Trail mix is super customizable, so there might be combinations you like more than others, but try them anyway! Here are a few recipes to get you started:

Sweet & Salty – Almonds, dried cherries, dark chocolate chips, sea salt, cinnamon

Energy – Walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, dried apricots, dried cranberries.

PB&J: Peanuts, dried strawberries, peanut butter chips, wheat cereal.

Classic: Almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sea salt

Nuts for Nuts: Almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pecans, raisins.

Beach Mix: Macadamia nuts, white chocolate chips, dried pineapple, coconut flakes.

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