Groceries delivered

Here are some of the ways I’ve  been trying getting groceries delivered to my house:

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  • ThriveMarket.com – My sister will get some cash back. Why sign up?
  • Instacart  or use referral code: RERNST6121  I will get $10.
  • Frontier Co-op.  Free Shipping only with $250 order, but what I do is order a couple of times per year and stock up on some basics. The prices really are the best you can get, rivaled only by ThriveMarket.com.
  • smile.Amazon.com with my Prime Membership – I use this when the other sources don’t have what I need.

In the Minneapolis-St. Paul area: 

  • Urban Tails pet supply delivery. The best quality foods.  I use frozen, raw dog food chunks.  Northwest Naturals and there’s another brand that is even better AND cheaper–I ask for the 10 lb. bag of Turkducken.  Go into the shop first and get set up. There are deals to be had with their frequent buyer programs – get the 12th bag free and such.

 

Salad dressings

Since I cannot have dairy or yeast and some other things, salad dressings can be a challenge.

The two on the left are dairy. Drew’s is a great brand all around. Dairy based dressings are good because you are replacing crap oils with a more natural product (milk or cream).

The two on the right are my favorites. Brianna’s Homestyle Real French Vinaigrette doesn’t indicate that it’s non-GMO and that’s the main flaw. But, the flavor is fantastic. Marinate some summer squash and grill it!

Drew’s Thousand Island, good for a quick turkey lunchmeat snack, a Rueben or Rachel sandwich, burger or a salad. This is my creamy dressing.

I’ll be trying out some of the Primal Kitchen dressings from ThriveMarket.com

Mayan bowl tips

This is how I made some easy Mayan Bowls* on a moderate temperature summer day.  In the evening I started two Chuck roasts in my instant pot:

1. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and brown on the sauté setting. Brown all four sides of the two roasts.

2. Slow cook 6 hours with a can of tomato sauce, layered with sprinklings of ground Cumin, powdered onion, dried onion flakes, garlic cubes and/or granulated garlic, paprika.

3. After six hours it should be falling apart. Pull it into little pieces and put it back in the sauce. [You probably have too much sauce left over. You can freeze extra sauce with all that good flavor in it and use in either enchilada sauce or as a base for some veggie soup–put a little bit of the beef in there too, maybe some barley, and don’t forget your green beans.]

Wash and spin dry chopped fresh curly kale or kale of any kind.  Massage well with light olive oil and salt. You can use any leftovers of this for salads or put into a bag in the fridge and keep for leftover Mayan Bowls

Chop or smash avocado with lime and salt. Or you could go with some prepared guacamole from the store.

I like to cook my canned black beans extra because I like them a little soft. I drain a can, add some water and cook for another 10 minutes or so with a little extra salt.  [I know some people eat the beans straight from the can.  Some brands may be softer than others.]

Cook some quinoa, wild rice, brown rice or the Trader Joe’s Organic Superfood Pilaf shown below (from the freezer section).

Assemble bowls with whatever ingredients each person wants adding extra lime juice on top of the kale and be generous with it.

Toss tortilla chips, especially Garden of Eatin’ red-hot blues or Costco Kirkland organic tortilla chips.

Some people might like salsa on there for a more Mexican-style bowl.

Top your bowl with some crispy shallots. You can substitute crispy onion rings. Or perhaps some kind of toasted nut or pumpkin seeds with garlic on them.


Easy addition to Mayan bowls. Cook according to package directions, about 10 minutes.

Daily Essential Nutrients Powder: mood supplement

Here I give my thoughts on the Hardy multivitamin & mineral formula with a once-over from the Brain of Rachel.

First, let’s look at some key mood nutrients that are in the Hardy formula.

  • lithium orotate in trace amount
  • ALA
  • acetyl L-carnitine
  • N-acetyl-L-cysteine
  • L-methionine

I cannot address these in this post.  Refer to my list of Mood Repair Books.

Main takeaway. Yes, you might need these key mood nutrients. But, you might also need different ones, or some other ones that are not included in the Hardy formula.  Tailoring this to yourself would be important over the long run.  One strategy would be to try one bottle of the Hardy formula and see if it makes any difference.  If it does, and you want to improve or save money, read on… This post is about combining products.

My caveat: I haven’t done a price comparison yet. I suspect my plan shaves off some dollars. It’s not easier, but it’s likely cheaper. The Hardy formula could get super expensive for an adult. And, my point in this post is that the Hardy is not as complete. The money that I would “save” on my basic multivitamin (which is pretty much what the Hardy formula is), goes toward purchasing the additional bonus supplements that I take.


Replication

Piece together a less expensive regimen. It might look similar to mine, with some tweaks. 
Start with a multivitamin such as Thorne Research Basic Nutrients 2/day.  I take two and my daughter takes one capsule per day. This is already higher in the major B vitamins (yes, methylated).  It also contains the vitamin K in ample amount. The minerals are chelated.
Add Seeking Health Optimal PC for your choline and inositol in premium form for brain support.
Use Redmond RealSalt for all your food salting needs. This gives you trace minerals including lithium, boron, vanadium, nickel.  Note that these are not in chelated form. Buy more unsalted meats (instead of sausages) so that you can use more of your own salt at home. If you’re putting in a teaspoon or two of salt to a batch of food because you started with unsalted ingredients, this is going to be a good thing.
You could add some Vitamin E (since the multivitamin doesn’t contain as much as the Hardy formula).  Or eat some egg yolks and almonds.
You might add more:
  • calcium (or high quality dairy and spinach)
  • copper – some mood disorders need more, some need less.

Power Up!  Add-ons

Other things you would add that weren’t in the original Hardy formula anyway (not included in that $129 pricetag)
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega (fish oil).
I also add for myself KAL B-6, B-12 Folic Acid Drop Ins (mis-named “folic acid” because it’s actually folate on the facts label).  I buy this on Amazon.com
Any additional vitamin D you might need.  I buy Thorne Research D & K drops. Cost per drop is cheap. One bottle per year.
probiotics
collagen – which you can count toward your protein needs for the day (count as a super food).  This contains lots of glycine which is calming.  I buy various kinds of this (tablets, gelatin powder, broth powder). Email me for details.
magnesium – try Magtein (Magnesium L-Threonate).  I buy NOW brand on Amazon.com

Supplements (If you shop on Amazon)

last time I bought my Nordic Naturals fish oil capsules on Amazon.com, I purchased a bottle of 180 capsules but received a bottle of only 120. Now I looked back and the seller is BZ Electronics. Neither of these pieces of info set well with me. I’ll be looking back to my other supplement sources in the future. One of them is Thrive Market, for convenience. I have never yet achieved a complete auto-ship situation for my supplements. Sigh.

Fish Taco Time

This is THE BOMB recipe that will wake up your fish sticks or any kind of fish taco or broiled fish, tuna, etc. Make it up ahead of time so that you have it on hand for summer lunches.

http://soupaddict.com/2009/06/wickedly-good-fish-taco-sauce/

Trader Joe’s standby

Photo of 7 of my favorite easy snacks from Trader Joe’s

Actually the Fruit & Nuts discs are new and I will try them refrigerated and frozen. The flavor isn’t awesome, but good enough and I like the chewy texture. Texture variety in my food is important to me!

Achieved this trellis flowers

iPhone user – not quite as much

I just installed these 2 apps on my iPhone. So far, so good. now I need to find something for my Windows tablet. Can a person really be addicted to email and blogging?

https://justdrive.io/

https://inthemoment.io/

Both of these are from the same developer. He shows his face in the app and it feels like he really cares about this app. So far, I’m impressed.

RECIPE: Thai Bowls

Make two sauces and noodles ahead of time. Then assemble bowls whenever you are hungry, throughout the week. For best results, re-heat the noodles.

What’s the difference between Boats or Bowls? A boat is good for kids (think like a nacho bar)–each person assembles their own toppings onto romaine leaves and eat with hands. A Bowl is a more civilized and easier to assemble–layer the ingredients into a bowl and eat with a fork. With a Bowl, we could call it a salad, but the difference is that we expect it to have a complete meal in the bowl, with protein, carb, veggies, sauce and some of the elements might even be warm. The important thing is: Feed people tasty food. Continue reading