It’s so easy to get away from the
best nutritional habits when going on vacations, road trips, and encountering long
flights and layovers. However, traveling
does not mean that you have to make the wrong food choices or eat
To set yourself up for success, think
ahead. If you are in the car, fill the
cooler with yogurt, fruits, vegetables, and healthy wraps or sandwiches. When in flight, purchase trail mix, popcorn
and fruits or ask for a kosher or vegetarian meal. When booking your hotel, try to choose a
hotel with a kitchen. This way you can go out and purchase foods to
prepare your own meals. When dining out
most restaurants have low-carb meals on the menu.
Make sure you are incorporating plenty of water all during the day. And if by chance you have to substitute something unhealthy, it’s ok to splurge every once in a while.
wanted to start an herb garden but I just wasn’t sure of what to do or how to
go about it. But after much research I’ve come to the conclusion that including
a traveling garden in my setup is a very simple and easy and it’s a very
awesome way of ensuring that I’m using the freshest herbs possible.
several ways to incorporate a travel garden.
One way would be to utilize hanging planters. When inside, the planters can be hung over
the sink, allowing the sink to catch the water while the plant is being
watered. During the day, the hanging
planter can be hung outside to get sunlight.
would be to utilize a window container which also allows you to move your
plants easily when desiring more sunlight.
Both ideas are great when you are
mobile and limited on space.
and cabbage is not a traditional dish in Ireland but rather a traditional dish
in the U.S. and eaten only during the holidays.
Ireland Immigrants who migrated to the U.S. beginning in the 1850s,
yearned for the taste of their traditional foods but wasn’t able to afford the
high price of pork. So instead, they
settled for brisket, which was a much cheaper meat.
Instead of boiling
the beef, the Irish used cooking methods of other cultures. Brining was a
technique of the Eastern Europeans, which is a way of salt-curing meat. Corn had nothing to do with the dish,
but was associated with the small kernel-sized salt crystals that were used to
preserve the meat.
beef was served with vegetables such as cabbage, carrots and potatoes.
To this day,
this hearty dinner is still served in the US. on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage
■ 6 to 8 medium
potatoes (red-skinned, Yukon Gold, fingerlings, etc.)
02 Peel the potatoes and cut them into
03 Peel the carrots and slice them into
04 Slice the celery.
05 Lightly butter a 5- to 6-quart crock
pot, or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
06 Layer the potato slices over the
bottom of the pot with carrots and celery.
07 Place corned beef on vegetables. If
it doesn’t fit comfortably in your slow cooker, cut it into 2 or 3 pieces.
08 Slice the cabbage into 8 wedges.
09 Arrange the wedges around the meat
and add the pepper and water. Alternatively, if the slow cooker is not large
enough, boil the cabbage wedges on the stovetop in a small amount of lightly
salted water about 10 to 15 minutes before the corned beef is ready.
10 Cover and cook on high for 1 hour.
11 Reduce the heat to low and continue
to cook on the low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or until the corned beef and
vegetables are tender.
12 Remove the meat to a platter, cover
with foil, and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing.
basil is a plant that is best grown in warm weather and is the most widely used
while cooking. Sweet basil is the most
common type which grows about 12-36 inches in height, and can be grown inside
all year long. It has a sweet smell and
gives lots of flavor to a variety of dishes especially meats, vegetables, soups,
salads, tomato dishes and pesto.
Basil can be
stored by freezing (keeps most flavor when frozen), or air drying in small, loose bunches
and will stay fresh in the refrigerator for only a short period of time.
cooking, basil is known to have many health benefits. A few are
anti-inflammatory, pain reducer, fever reducer, liver protector, anti-stress
solution, and immune booster.
If you grow
nothing else, you should grow basil because buying those individual packs of
basil leaves can add up in cost.