MINT To Be! A Lemon, Cucumber, Mint Water Detox!

Mint is refreshing. It is minty. It smells pretty.  But did you know that mint can help settle an upset belly and aide in digestion?

Lemons are great for making lemonade and for adding a citrus note to a beautiful piece of fish or a little squeeze in your cocktail.  Did you know lemons are great for boosting your immune system and even for helping to curb your appetite?

What about cukes? CUKES ARE MAGICAL! There is so much information out there about cucumbers and their health benefits, but here are a few of the reasons I make them a part of my diet! They have anti inflammatory properties and they are great for re hydrating!  That is why you put them over your eyes to reduce puffiness and rehydrate!  Cucumbers also have a very high water and fiber content which is a great addition to any diet and especially to those who are trying to get beach body ready!  That water will help flush the fat and the fiber helps you to feel satisfied! WIN WIN! They also a great source of silica, which is known to help promote joint health. It’s always a good idea to take care of your joints!

And then we have water. Water is one of the most important things we can put in to our bodies.  Water keeps us alive. We have all heard that our bodies are made up of around 70% water. Have you ever thought about what that means and what that translates into for your muscles and organs?  If you have ever forgotten to water a plant, you know what they look like.  Imagine that happening inside your body. Drinking enough water isn’t just the “in thing”, it is necessary for LIFE!!! It is necessary for healthy cell production, healthy muscle tone, detoxifying your body, and for helping you feel your very best! Have you ever noticed that the people who drink a lot of water seem to always be happy? Just an observation I have made in my years as a water drinker. 🙂

 

So what happens when we combine all of these things together and leave over night in the fridge?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  After spending the night getting to know each other, they become a kick ass detoxifying monster that not only tastes AMAZING, but helps to flush your body of daily toxins and help curb your hunger pangs. It will also hydrate you while helping you shed some extra pounds! There really is no reason not to drink this water!

What You Will Need:

12 cups filtered or distilled water

1 medium organic cucumber

2-3 organic lemons

10-12 organic mint leaves

Combine all ingredients and let sit over night and then drink throughout the day.  Do this daily and watch what happens.  It makes you feel amazing!

 

Enjoy this health tonic! Love yourself and do something great for you!

You deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Haaaaaappppppppy Monday, Mainers!

Features: Ataulfo Mango, Magic Molly’s Fingerling Potatoes from Campbell Fam Farm, Green Onion, Plum Tomato, and Red Kale!

Recipe Of The Week: Kale Chips!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Bar Soap!

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs! How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email [email protected] or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

See you in your dooryahds,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

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Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness!

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Haaaaaappppppppy Monday, Mainers!

Features: Ataulfo Mango, Magic Molly’s Fingerling Potatoes from Campbell Fam Farm, Green Onion, Plum Tomato, and Red Kale!

Recipe Of The Week: Kale Chips!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Bar Soap!

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs! How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email [email protected] or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

See you in your dooryahds,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

Refer us for FREE PRODUCE : Log in to your account, scroll to the top of your screen and note the little banner that says Tell A Friend! Click it! Options to add a friends email or share with the social media outlet of your choice are built in as well as an already typed message(that you can change) to go out to your friends providing them with a personalized discount code that will give them $5 off their first delivery and will give you all a $10 credit to your accounts!!! And guess what!!!?? It’s unlimited referrals which means that you could get tons and tons of free produce. So share away and let us know what you think.

Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness!

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Haaaaaappppppppy Monday, Mainers!

I’m gonna make this quick so you can all get out and PLAY in the glorious sun! I have some good news for you Due to our BLOOMING friendship with Rosemont Produce we are able to offer you more and more local items for sale each week! Yay!!!! So here goes:

Features: Lemons, Eggplant, Rainbow Chard, Bartlett Pear

Super Sale: Parsnips (Goransons) $3.79/lb, Purple/Yellow Carrots (Goransons) $3.79, Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes (FL) $5.09, Red Onion $1.99/lb ,and Potatoes (Freedom Farm) $1.99/lb!

Recipe Of The Week: Eggplant Canneloni

Give Back Item Of The Week: Hand Santizer/Sanitizer Wipes ($2 credit for anyone who donates this item!)

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

See you in your dooryahds,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

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Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Ch Ch Ch CHIA Seeds

Have you heard all the talk about Chia seeds?  Do you know what they are?  Did you know that they are more than just the little seeds you plastered on a clay head and placed in your kitchen window?

Chia seeds are interesting to say the least. They can be eaten raw on salads or yogurt.  They can also be mixed with your favorite beverage for a little texture.  They form a slippery coating when soaked in a liquid. Some can deal with that texture, some can’t.  You will never know until you try!  Ever tried Kombucha with the seeds in it?  If so, then you have already had Chia seeds!

Right up there with blueberries and acai berries, Chia seeds are LOADED with antioxidants! They are also loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and iron! Gimmie gimmie!

Some of the benefits to making these little treats a daily part of your diet are:

Digestion – by helping to regulate bowel function, improve digestion process

Helpful in treating Anemia which is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells to carry adequate oxygen to tissues, causing fatigue and many other health problems.

Wanna fight back? Make an anemia-fighting smoothie with:

2 cups of spinach

1 tablespoon of dandelion root powder

2 beetroots

1 banana

1 tablespoon of chia seeds

1 avocado

Blend all the ingredients thoroughly and drink it 1 or 2 times daily.

 

These little magic seeds also help cleanse the body and increase the red blood cell count. 

 

One of my favorite ways to eat Chia seeds is to make a pudding!  Yep, a non-dairy, vanilla or chocolate, sweetened pudding. This couldn’t be easier and couldn’t be yummier!  Sweets at night are a must have in my house and this fits in perfectly without making me feel guilty for eating it!  You can also make this with milk if you like! You are in charge of your own destiny!

 

CHIA SEED PUDDING

¼ Cup Chia Seeds

½ cup Coconut milk (this will vary depending on how thick you like your Chia seed pudding).

1 tsp. vanilla

1 to 2 tbsp. agave nectar or honey (you decide how sweet you wanna be J)

Mix all of the ingredients together and refrigerate overnight!  I had to play with the ratios of this recipe to get what I wanted.  Feel free to add your own twist to make it just right for you!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Happy Monday Mainers!

Your menu is ready and we have some goodies! We will be rockin’ your dooryards with Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Portobello Mushrooms and more! Yum Yum! Super Sale on Pineapples as well!!! Get em quick because they WILL SELL OUT!

Come hang out with us! We will be mixin’ with the amazing folks at Fish & Bone on Commercial St. for their Portland Buy Local Mixer!All are welcome and we hope to see you there! 

Give Back Item Of The Week: Hand Lotion

Recipe Of The Week: Stuffed Artichokes

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

Happy Valentines Day,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

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Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

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BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES, Mainers!    produce fairy

 

There’s a blizzard coming, my friends, and I’m stoked! I live by the idea that if it is going to be cold, I want snow. If not, let it be summer all the time! Seriously, though. Be careful! Head to the store! Make sure you have drinking water (just in case). Candles? Check! Electronics charges? Check Check! Supply of adult beverages? Check Check Check! Now we are ready! 🙂

Your produce fairies should be all set to rock you with your organics on Thursday! In the event of delays or cancellations we will reach out to each and every one of you! So….you wanna know what kinda crock pot goodies you are getting this week???

Farm to Dooryard Features: Potatoes, Spinach, Broccoli, Onions, Mushrooms, and Celery!!!!

Super Sale: Fennel/$5.29, Avocado/2 for $3!

Give Back Item Of The Week: Cough Drops!

Recipe Of The Week: Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms!

KEEP IN MIND– We have GIFT CERTIFICATES !!!! You can purchase them right through our site for your friends and family for all your New Years Resolution Gift Needs!  How much does that rock? Give the gift of healthy eating! Love it!

Ok, my loves…Now is the time! Go ahead and log in to your accounts and flip, switch, swap, and shop until you find the combo that works best for you and your loved ones. If you have any problems through the process remember you can always email justpeachy@cascobayorganics.com or even call! I love chatting on the phone:) Keep posting what you’re cooking on our facebook,we love it! Use our hashtag #organiclovestory, Tweet at us! Yelp us! Love your neighbor! Spread a smile…or five…and be happy in your hearts!

GO PATRIOTS,

Jillian & The CBO Crew

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Veggie Pro Tip: Don’t forget to leave a cooler outside if you aren’t going to be home to ensure maximum freshness! 

Keep On Moroccan Me, BabY! – Sam Rispoli

KEEP ON MOROCCAN ME, BABY!

 

Moroccan Me

DETOX

Do you get kind of excited and nervous when this word is in front of a recipe claiming to “rid the body” of toxins?

“Feel more energized!”
“Clean up your system!”
“Jump start your metabolism!”

I won’t lie. I almost called this a recipe a Detox Salad. I know the word ”detox” is a buzz word often employed as a means of grabbing your attention and implying quick results.

Detox wants you to think she is a magical word that when placed in front of a seemingly healthy meal or drink, it melts weight magically and cleanses your body of last night’s pint of ice cream and this morning’s breakfast sandwich. Oh sister detox, forgive us now and at the hour of our mozzarella sticks. Amen.

Detox is a lying tramp.

Want the truth? The truth is that your body will naturally filter out toxins through your liver, kidneys and skin. They are always doing this job because your body wants to be balanced, and in order to be balanced, all these organs function simultaneously. You don’t even have to THINK about it!

Now… don’t be confused. Just because your body will detox itself naturally does NOT mean you should still make poor diet choices. A great many food products are made with toxic chemicals and preservatives that can make your precious organs work OVERTIME to filter out the junk.

This can confuse your body. It’s like “Oh cool, thanks for feeding me this food! Oh…wait…is this food? What is this? Can I use any of this for energy? No? WTF is this? WTF IS A SLURPEE? What am I supposed to do with this?”

 

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Copyright Bill Watterson, 1989

 

 

And if you are stressed and time crunched and keep ingesting weird non-nourishing food items then your body is forced to try and convert them to energy. The problem is these products can be more toxic than energizing. So it backs up the system when trying to get filtered.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?!

Well….you can start by eating more vegetables on a daily basis. Starting with this Moroccan spiced Carrot Salad! I was going to call it a Detox Salad was because I used Casco Bay Organics’ carrots, which contain Vitamin A, known for assisting the liver in flushing out toxins. I also used some Chioggia beets, which are also popular for their cleansing properties. This duo can help un-gunk your pipes naturally on the inside and support healthy, glowing skin on the outside. I fancied these fabulous organic veggies up with some garam masala spice, cumin and cinnamon for an interesting spicy-but-not-hot-spicy/sweet mix.

Moroccan Spiced Carrot Salad

1 lb organic carrots, shredded
1 organic Chioggia beet, shredded
¼ cup olive oil
Squeeze of fresh lemon juice
1 package Eden’s Organics apple juice infused dried cranberries
½ Tablespoon cumin powder
3 teaspoons garam masala spice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt

moroccan spiced carrot salad

 

Shred carrots and beets in food processor or grate over box grater. Pour on olive oil and lemon juice and toss with spices and cranberries.

 

 

 

 

Sam is a Holistic Health Coach with a passion for feeding the masses with nourishing, delicious meals using REAL FOOD. She enjoys spending time in her laboratory/kitchen and delighting people with her inventive fare and witty commentary. She believes in inspiring others to find their own personal path to health and wellness. You can find her on instagram @NourishingNomsWithSam

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JUICE RECIPES

A couple juicing recipes for you on this fine Tuesday!  I LOVE juicing, but can sometimes get a little bored with my regulars.  Here are a couple for your juicing enjoyment!  Have fun with this!

 

V-8ish Juice

¼  water

2 Tomatoes

1-2 Cloves of garlic

1 handful of Spinach

2 Carrots

¼ Sweet Onion

2 Celery Stalks

2 tsp. Lemon Juice

1-2 shots of an organic hot sauce (optional)

 

 

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1 cup Spinach

6 Carrots

 

 

Sweet Green Juice

Mother Nature’s Energy Drink!  Add kale and parsley first.  Then add Romaine, Cuke, Celery and Apple (for sweetening)

2 cups Kale

2 cups Parsley

3 cups Romaine

1 Cucumber

3 Celery stalks

1 Apple

 

 

A quick note about Parsley:

Parsley is LOADED with antioxidants and is a natural diuretic! Parsley aides in kidney function will help rid your kidney of stones, can even help with urinary tract infections, and inflammation in the body! Do you have stiff fingers or joints?  Inflammation too? Try a Parsley Tea for relief from these conditions! Parsley also calms the nerves!  

 

Parsley Tea

Large handful of Parsley to one pint of boiling water

Allow tea to steep in a glass container (I like mason jars) for at least a 1/2 hour and then drink throughout the day!

 

Tropical Fruit Juice

Need a little sunshiny umbrella drink in your life?  Try this for a power punch of beta-carotene which your body will convert to vitamin A.  This means healthy hair, clear eyes, and healthy skin! A spa treatment in a glass!

1 Orange

½ Mango

1 Slice Fresh Pineapple

1 Slice Watermelon

5 Strawberries

*Make sure you remove all peels and seeds before you juice these goodies.  You don’t want anything messing up your tropical fantasy!

 

 

Calcium Juice

½ Broccoli

3 Carrots

1 Apple

Small Handful of fresh Parsley (there’s that wonder herb again)

½ Lemon, peeled and seeds removed

 

 

Potassium Juice

4 Carrots

1 Celery stalk

1 Apple

Handful of fresh Parsley J

Handful of Spinach

½ Lemon peeled and seeds removed

 

 

MEDICINE IN YOUR ON BACK YARD!

WILD Mushrooms!  Who knew?

They are poisonous!

Don’t touch!

Run Away!  AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!  MUSHROOMS!

Okay, okay everyone just relax.  Mushrooms have their place in this world, let me assure you and we will be talking about a few of the most medicinally powerful types that live and thrive in YOUR back woods!

Typically, tree mushroom are safe for eating. This is not always the case.  Typically ground mushrooms are not to be reckoned with, but not all are dangerous.  It is never a good idea to eat ANY mushroom unless you are 100% certain as to what it is.  The best way to be certain is to take a class.  Many adult education programs offer a foraging class or your local nursery might know of a forager in the area who might be able to show you the ropes.  NEVER ATTEMPT TO EAT ANY MUSHROOMS UNLESS YOU ARE 100% POSITIVE YOU KNOW WHAT THEY ARE! Read that sentence again and then feel free to move on to the medicinal and exciting world of wild mushrooms!

 

First up, Miatake or Hen of the Woods:

Hen of the woods

You can find this gorgeous plume around this time of year, some people have reported finding as early as late August and as late as the end of November!   The weather needs to be cool and a little dampness never hurt anyone. You will find these clusters growing at the base of living trees, and I have also seen some growing on stumps.  Everybody is different right?

Miatakes contain polysaccharides that stimulate the immune system and also aide in stabilizing blood sugar and blood pressure. (*CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING A MUSHROOM REGIMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE CONDITIONS)

There are specific polysaccharides that are known as beta-D-glucans, that are suspected to stimulate the immune system to fight cancer. “The exact cancer fighting action is still not clear and is under study.  Rather than attacking tumors themselves, some researchers believe they stimulate the production of T cells to fight afflicted cells.” (mushroomapprecaition.com)

Preparing these mushrooms is just a matter of personal preference. They can be fried, sautéed, baked, stuffed, or made into a tea by drying them and then grinding to put in a tea bag.

If you are not a fan of mushrooms, I get it. They are funky and they are technically a fungus.  If you have issues eating mushrooms, maybe a tincture might be a better option.  Most are available in a dried extract form such as capsule or as a tea!

 

NEXT is the Reishi Mushroom.  This mushroom is by far one of the prettiest mushrooms I have ever seen.  This mushroom grows on live trees and again, I have also seen it on tree stumps.  The bands of red, gold, and orange create a stunning jewel growing on a hardwood!  Beautiful!

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Reishi mushrooms have been found to be effective in treating a number of conditions such as; allergies, asthma, a preventative right before and during flu season, inflammatory conditions, Candida (yeast) infection, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, etc.  And the list goes on.

The best way to consume this mushroom is by drying it to make tea, pills or capsules, or tincture.  This is touch one to eat as the fiber is very tough.  You can also grind this mushroom into a powder and use it in your soups and other recipes.     images (1)

A heads up on this, if you use a food dehydrator to dry these, I hope you enjoy the smell of sweaty gym socks wafting throughout your home! Stinky, but worth it!

 

 

And finally we have my absolute favorite medicinal mushroom  around, all hail the almighty Chaga!

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There is nothing more powerful on this earth than this fungus that lives and SEEKS OUT wounded and dying birch trees.  This particular mushroom is partial to birch trees and mainly in New England, and more specifically, MAINE! The powerhouse, cancer fighting, inflammatory discouraging, antioxidant packed beyond anything else, Chaga  mushroom is hard and bark like and resembles that of burned fire wood on the outside.  The inside is a golden color that resembles yellow curry or turmeric if you will. This mushroom is not edible and I don’t think anyone would WANT to eat this one.  The Chaga mushroom is best in tea or tincture forms.

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As you can see, this chart shows Chaga blowing blueberries and Acai berry out of the water! Free radicals, LOOK OUT!  Chaga is here to save the day!  Right along with anitoxidant power, we have anti-cancer power!  There is so much information and research out there to back this up that if I attempted to put it all down in this blog, we might be here a while. But the basics are that this mushroom is loaded with  beta glucans, which  we learned from Miatake mushrooms that stimulate the immune system to fight back, Chaga just has way more!

My experience with Chaga. I have foraged and processed my own for years.  I was initially intrigued by this mushroom because I suffer from chronic hip pain that isn’t diagnosed as anything and I had heard of this mushrooms from friends who did forage. So in a desperate attempt to get relief, I tried this.  I drank Chaga tea for 5 months, 4 to 5 cups per day faithfully and also used the tincture that I made with 100 proof alcohol (very spicy). I am being honest when I say, the pain that I had been dealing with for over 2 years, disappeared after 2 months! Gone, vanished, SEE YA! I was beyond impressed and started recommending to everyone I knew who had pain issues associate with inflammation. Drinking this as a maintenance supplement helps to keep all of my aches and pains at bay.  All hail the almighty chaga mushroom!

Any of these mushrooms can be taken for good health and you do not need to have any of the conditions in order to benefit from the mushroom. I hope that I have been able to open your eyes to a world that maybe you didn’t know anything about.  I highly recommend that if you are into organic living, healthy eating, and healing yourself through Mother Nature, that you look into taking a class and discover for yourselves the wild and wonderful world of wild mushrooms. Medicine in your own back yard!

Peace