MY FIRST PUMMELO

I love walking in the grocery store and seeing fruits that I’ve never seen before. I had no idea what a pummelo was. I asked a couple of people standing next to me if they had any idea what it was, nobody knew. So, I couldn’t just leave it there I had to bring it home and find out.

From the outside, it has a fresh citrus smell, kind of like a grapefruit. It looks like it could be a very large, yellow grapefruit. Maybe even an orange, whatever it was it seemed like it was very citrusy. 

I looked it up on Google, of course, and found out the pummelo is from South Asia and people were comparing it to a grapefruit. Well, I love pink grapefruit. So, I waited for breakfast the next day.

I was excited about waking up and cutting right into it. I cut it in half as I would a grapefruit.  It was pink in color and smelled so good, just like a grapefruit. The taste was definitely that of a red grapefruit after you put sugar on it. It tasted like pure sweetness, nothing like the bitterness and tang of a grapefruit.

For the first half, I used my grapefruit spoon to pull it out, and for the other half I decided I was going to peel it more like an orange. I have to admit, I enjoyed the side that I peeled more than I did the side that I used my grapefruit spoon for. I pulled the thick skin off of the outer perimeter and pulled out the inside pod. It was so juicy.

I had to fill you in just in case you have never tried one and you like pink grapefruit. It will definitely be my go-to citrus anytime I can find it!

Have you tried any new food lately? Let me know.

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PEOPLE DON’T REALIZE HOW SUGAR AFFECTS THE BODY!

120-ounce bottle of soda contains 65 grams of sugar. That’s pretty much equivalent to 16 packets of sugar and it affects your entire body: your brain, your heart, your liver and your joints. 

Sugar releases endorphins which is a good chemical, but it triggers sugar cravings that can definitely affect your mood.

People who have a diet high in sugar also leads to having a bad heart. Too much sugar makes your insulin levels go high, increasing the risk of heart disease overtime.

Oh, it affects your liver as well. Sugar takes a toll because the quick sugar load causes a fast riding blood sugar that overwhelms the liver and leads to a fatty liver and could lead to you battling cirrhosis overtime.

If you suffer from joint pain, it could be inflammation from eating too much sugar, which leads to vigorous joint pain and eventually arthritis.

If you suffer from any of those things or are you just eat an abundance of sugar, it’s never too late to try to turn around the affects. Think about an all-natural detox with Team Cherie J. It could do your body some good, especially in the long run.

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TIPS I’M USING FOR MY CHRISTMAS BAKING

I want to share a cooking secret with you. No, I’m not completely vegan but there are some things that I am learning to cut out of my diet. A great resource for me has been Going2Natural.com

I am not huge on eating eggs. (I feel like I’m eating an aborted chicken.) I am not big on chicken either unless it’s fried with a whole lot of hot sauce and bread wrapped around it. But I’m getting off track. I stole these tips about substitutes for eggs AND THEY WORK! So, I wanted to share that with you. 

Recipes requiring eggs

~Applesauce – Use 1/4 cup of unsweetened applesauce in place of one egg in most baking recipes.  Some sources say to mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder.  If all you have is sweetened applesauce, then simply reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe.  Applesauce is also a popular healthy replacement for oil in many baked goods.

~Banana – Use 1/4 cup of mashed banana (about half a banana) instead of one egg when baking.  Note that this may impart a mild banana flavor to whatever you are cooking, which could be a good thing.

~Flaxseeds – Believe it or not, heart-healthy flax seeds can be used as an egg substitute!  Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseeds with 3 tablespoons of water until fully absorbed and viscous.  Use in place of one egg.  (You can use pre-ground flax seeds or grind them yourself in a spice or coffee grinder.)

Thank you, keep teaching us Going2Natural.com

IT’S PUMPKIN SPICE SEASON

I had to be ashamed of myself but I’m not. I walked into Walmart and begin laughing hysterically. They had pumpkin spice everywhere. Now I’m a give you a little backstory: my friend, Shawn despises pumpkin spice, pumpkin spice season and everyone who loves the taste of pumpkin. He thinks it’s the most ridiculous thing in the whole world. And because I pictured his face when I walked into the store, I began laughing so hard I was crying.

Let me explain this pumpkin spice thing to my white friends. Never bring a pumpkin pie to the cookout. Black people’s thing is sweet potato. Sweet potato pie is like our national apple pie. And it doesn’t matter how good you think your pumpkin pie is, it’s never going to measure up to a sweet potato or bean pie. 

Oh, this Walmart haul is ridiculous. They got pumpkin cupcakes, cookies, rice crispy treats and ice cream. I even bought pumpkin hand soap. (So far, the ice cream is my favorite.) 

My initial reaction was to call you for something stupid and ask you to come over. Then, I realized I moved to a whole different state so in the middle of trying to annoy you, I have a whole bunch of pumpkin spice stuff that baby girl and I are going to be eating in honor of you because nobody else in the house will eat it. They all looked at me like I was crazy and turned up their noses.

Just the image embedded in my head of your turned up face brought me so much joy. I love you with all my heart. Let me go drink this latte…Pumpkin Spice Latte, that is. LMFAO 

(I hope the kids at soccer will eat some of this pumpkin stuff I bought.) Lmfao

YES, I COOK BUT I DON’T ENJOY IT!

Being a mother, it’s my duty to make sure my child eats and eats well. So, I cook but it doesn’t mean I enjoy it. Yes, I have a beautiful kitchen but it’s not my favorite room to spend time in. See I am used to working long hours, eating whatever has been provided and had no problem spending most of my money ordering takeout at the Cheesecake Factory, lol!

3 times a day 7 days a week, I am tryna think of things to feed my mini me. I know it’s every mom’s favorite thing to do right….wrong! I notice my weeks go by better when I meal prep and think ahead! I have a 5-year-old so keeping it simple is always a plus. I’m going through a phase where I am fresh out of ideas about what to cook. I’m on the hunt for some yummy things that are also healthy. Calling all Moms help me out, please share. What are you cooking tonight?

FUN FOOD

My daughter brought it to my attention that I no longer make her fun food! She was right, she’s only 5 so food should still be fun! Only problem is she now eats a lot so the cute little plates I used to make her would now be an appetizer. I had just brought all of our Halloween decorations inside from the garage, so I figured what better time than now to make some spooky pancakes! Lol, look I’m no food designer and they aren’t Pinterest worthy but the great thing about kids is they aren’t judgmental. They enjoy and appreciate the effort. She giggled with every bite! Keep your kid’s food fun! It’s a great way to make memories…

KIDS DON’T EAT EVERYDAY!

Today was one of those days my kid didn’t feel like eating. I’ve noticed during her growth spurts one week she won’t touch food, then the next she’s eating everything she can find all day. Instead of stressing out and tryna convince her she needs to eat, I pick my battles and I simply make her Fairy Juice. Lol, yes I tell her it will make her fly, lol! Since she tries to fly anyway! The lil white lie gets her to drink every drop! Everything in it is 100% natural and healthy so if she doesn’t eat anything else for a while, I don’t worry!
Blueberries
Blackberries
Raspberries
Strawberries
Handful of Spinach
1/2 teaspoon of turmeric
Coconut water and Ice!
Vooolaaaaa, we have Fairy Juice! Also, a really happy momma! In between sips, I convince her to drink up so she can fly away! Works like a charm, so get your little Fairies or Superheroes flying.
Good luck parents!

STOCKING UP ON HEALTHY FOODS

Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what’s available at home. That’s why it’s important to control the supply lines – the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks. Follow these basic guidelines:

  • Work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of 5 servings a day.
  • Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese.
  • Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as eggs and nuts.
  • Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so your child gets more fiber. (No Wonder Bread and Cocoa Pebbles.)
  • Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods and choosing healthier cooking methods such as broiling, grilling, roasting, and steaming (bake chicken and pork chops).
  • Limit fast food and other low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy. But don’t completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them “once-in-a-while” foods, so your child doesn’t feel deprived. Limit sugary drinks, such as soda, Kool-Aid, Tang and other fruit-flavored drinks. Serve water and milk instead.

HEALTHY EATING HABITS

Okay, women, I have to ask, “What are you feeding your families?” You are what you eat!!!!! Do you remember that old saying? Look at the food you are putting into your child’s mouth. French fries and chicken nuggets are saturated in grease. Grease and water do not mix right? Think of your blood like water. When grease is put into your system it doesn’t dissolve, it gets stuck on the walls of your arteries.  That can lead to your heart causing your arteries to build up film and eventually clog, just like a pipe in the sink with too much grease in it. This causes heart attacks. You won’t put grease down your sink, why? It will clog the pipes right, but yet, you will put it in your body. As if there are no pipes to clog inside of you. What about your arteries?  You need to think of them as pipes. The pipes down the sink you can replace, the ones in your chest you are stuck with for life.

I can’t front, I was raised on the same food as you but now I’m an adult. I looked around at my forefather’s and analyzed why they passed away: cancer, heart attack, high blood pressure, sugar diabetes. It’s in my bloodline, so I have to be smarter. I have to take their mistakes as a learning experience and not pass those poor eating habits on to my child. Not saying I’m going to cut soul food out of my life but learn how to cook it a different way and have a variety of different foods.

Teach your children that salads can be a meal. I am amazed at the number of black people who honestly don’t eat salad. In fact, there are a lot out there that have never even had one. Also, why are we so quick to take a laxative instead of eating foods that are high in fiber that would keep us regular? We all know the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away. They say that because the skin from the apple scrapes the intestinal lining as it goes down in our system, pulling away any build-up and helping the colon to remove it from our system.

 

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DO NOT FORGET TO EAT YOUR WATER

I hear people say all the time they do not like water and just can’t drink it. Well, eat it then… I know it sounds crazy, but watermelon is 92% water! So, there is nothing wrong with eating it as well as drinking it.

Watermelon has a high water content so it helps keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin leads to a dull appearance. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less able to recover from damage. Our body is full of ‘free radicals’ that damage cells over time and can be attributed to the cause of aging skin. Watermelon is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins C and A, which help reduce these free radicals and can slow down the signs of aging. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which can help reduce skin pore size and the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands secrete. Watermelon is believed to help with acne due to this these properties. Watermelon is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.

Watermelon is full of an amino acid called arginine. Arginine is essential in our bodies and helps with blood circulation in the scalp. When your blood is circulating in the scalp, your hair will grow. Watermelon seed oil will help moisturize your hair.