12 or so small-to-medium-sized organic apples, assorted
1 organic orange
1/2 cup organic brown sugar
4 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
1 Tbsp. whole cloves
1 tsp. whole allspice (optional)
water to cover
1) Wash apples and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. (Don’t worry about removing peels, seeds, or stems.) Place in a large stock pot.
2) Add sugar, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Then cover with water, filling the pot until it is nearly full (about 2 inches of space at the top of my pot). Bring to a boil and boil uncovered for at least an hour, stirring occasionally. Then cover and reduce to a simmer, and allow juice to simmer for at least another two hours.
3) Periodically during the three hours, use a potato masher (or tongs, or you could just use the side of a spoon) to begin mashing the apple and orange slices once they are soft. Add more sugar or spices to your taste.
4) When cider is ready allow to cool then strain apple and orange pieces and whole spices into a clean pitcher or pot (you can strain everything through a cheesecloth and twist and squeeze to get every last drop).
5) Serve hot, and garnish with a cinnamon stick. Store in the refrigerator and reheat as desired.
1 Cup Organic Plain Yogurt
3/4 Cup Organic Blueberries (frozen)
1 Organic Banana (frozen)
1 Teaspoon Organic Cinnamon
1 Ounce Almonds (about 20)
1/2 Cup Ice
2 Scoops of Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Mix
Blend all ingredients together until smooth
If you’re like most parents of babies, you know the importance of good nutrition so you read baby food labels and carefully avoid dangerous preservatives and artificial colors. But, how much time do you spend reading the labels of your favorite baby care products? You may think that because a product is marketed for babies it must be safe but unfortunately, that is not always the case. In fact, some popular brands of baby care products, including shampoos, washes, lotions, ointments, and wipes, contain potentially dangerous ingredients.
While it would be nice to think that the FDA, Food and Drug Administration, is protecting our children from potentially dangerous chemicals, that just isn’t so. Baby care products are considered to be cosmetics by the FDA and with the exception of color additives, ingredients in cosmetics are not subject to FDA approval. Individual cosmetic and personal care product companies are responsible for determining the safety of their products prior to placing them on the market. Basically, the FDA is only involved in ensuring proper labeling of cosmetics. It’s sad to say but companies can even include a dangerous ingredient in a product as long as the proper warning label is included. So the bottom line is that as a parent you MUST read the labels!
To find out what is in your baby care products, go to the Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Database
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