Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Black Bean Brownies

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photo source: instructables.com

Kids (and adults) love these brownies; many times they are surprised to find that black beans could be used to make a dessert. Next time you have a bit of a sweet tooth, give these chocolate-y brownies a go!

Keeping with the theme of these recent blog posts, see how many of these ingredients you can make organic (and/or free-range, in the case of the eggs).

Ingredients:

1-15oz. can of black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup honey
2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa/cacao powder
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/3 cup chocolate chips or 3 oz dark chocolate bar, in pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F and use liners to fill in muffin tin or spray with cooking oil. Add all ingredients to a large food processor or mixing bowl (except the chocolate chips/ pieces of dark chocolate). Process for 2 minutes or until batter is smooth, then stir in chocolate chips/pieces. Pour batter into muffin cups and bake 18-20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before transferring brownies to wire rack.

Eat Organic without Breaking the Bank

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photo source: galleryhip.com

When thinking about eating organic foods, one thing that often comes to mind is the word ‘expensive’. Since organic can tend to be a bit more costly than non-organic food, some may shy away from it. However, there are several ways to eat organically on a budget. There are certain foods that one should always buy organic and some foods that do not necessarily have to be bought organic. Knowing these foods will help you save money at the grocery store. Above you can find a list of produce that should always bought organic versus foods that can be bought ‘conventionally grown’. Keep in mind that meats and dairy products should always be purchased organic due to the high amount of pesticides combined with the risk of antibiotic and potentially cancer-causing growth hormone exposure.

Chipotle Goes Non-GMO!

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photo source: babble.com

We at One Bite Wellness are not above eating at fast-food restaurants…as long as they are higher-quality, nutritious meals. Chipotle has always been a favorite and has stood out from other fast food restaurants with its “Food with Integrity” mission to serve local, organic food. Their recent decision to make the transition to non-genetically modified food shows that they are taking bigger steps to provide healthier food to the masses.

Currently, Chipotle is in the process of transitioning to all non-GMO food. They do not have a specified time of when this will be achieved due to the logistics involved with suppliers, product developers, and educating staff. In the meantime, Chipotle is still a great option for a quick meal- especially because it is currently serving organic foods such as their black beans and rice. This restaurant is setting the bar higher for fast food establishments; hopefully it will spur others to join the movement in making our fast-food society a little healthier.

Spring Clean your Bag

With the refreshing change of the season, this is the perfect time to dispose of expired skin care products. Expired products can lose effectiveness, which is very important for sunscreen, or they can grow mold and house bacteria. So when is it time to say goodbye?

When to Toss Your Products

Make-up: after 3 months for mascara and liquid eyeliner, 1 year for liquid foundation and concealer, 2 years for perfume/cologne and nail polish, and 3 years for lipstick, powdered make-up, and eye/lip liners

Toiletries: after 2 years for toothpaste and shaving cream, 3 years for deodorant/antiperspirant and mouthwash

Skincare: 1 year for moisturizer, skin and eye cream, and sunscreen

DIY Lip Balm

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons beeswax
1 tablespoon cocoa butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon sweet almond oil or jojoba
4 drops vitamin E oil
7 drops peppermint essential oil OR 9 drops vanilla oil & 6 drops lavender essential oil

Preparation:
Use a double boiler to melt beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. Once melted, carefully remove from heat and stir in the remaining oil. Wait until mixture has cooled for about 15 minutes before adding essential oils.

Scoop into your desired lip balm packaging and allow to cool for 30 minutes before putting lid on the container.

Is your Skin Eating Toxins?

You may be following a healthy diet, eating organic fruits and vegetables, but still harming your body by applying chemicals to your skin. In the quest for a healthy lifestyle, keep in mind that your skin in your largest organ and what is applied becomes rapidly absorbed. People are often are unaware of the variety of preservatives in products and their effects on our health; many have been found to disrupt thyroid function and hormones. Preservatives help make products last longer and prevent mold growth, but they don’t have to cause harm. Next time you are shopping for hair and skin care products, read the ingredient label! Look for products that contain natural ingredients such as neem oil, rosemary, salt, lemon, sugar, honey, vinegar, grapeseed extract, citric acid, alpha tocopherol, and castor oil. What should your stay away from?

The Top 5 Most Popular Preservatives are:
1. Parabens
2. Formaldehyde
3. Acids (including organic)
4. Phenoxyethanol
5. Isolthiazolinones

Jeni’s Ice Cream & Learn Listeria Symptoms

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A little over a week ago, a nationwide recall of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream started after a random sampling by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture tested positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. As part of the recall, Jeni’s company is tossing 265 tons of ice cream and plans to not reopen any scoop shops or kitchens until the contamination issue has been resolved. Recent news reports that hundreds of swab samples were taken of Jeni’s production kitchen – including swabs of processing equipment, kitchen utensils, floor mats and drain pipes. Early indications from these tests have indicated the presence of Listeria monocytogenes and now a full eradication plan is in place with extensive cleaning of the production facility having started on April 26th. Jeni’s company plans to re-swab the facility in the near future and has hired expert help to implement new post-production testing procedures and to ensure this problem doesn’t occur again. Thankfully, as of yet,  there haven’t been any reports of customer illness.

If you are guilty of having enjoyed a delightful trio or pint from Jeni’s within the past month, here’s some useful information you should know about Listeria and symptoms of infection.

Where it is Found:
Listeria is commonly found in sewage, soil, birds and animals. The bacteria can be found in certain types of food such as raw meat, raw vegetables, and some processed foods. It has also been found in products such as soft cheeses, milk, coleslaw, paté and hot dogs.

Examples of High-risk Foods:

  • Unpasteurized milk or foods made with such milk
  • Soft Cheeses (i.e. brie, ricotta, feta, and camembert)
  • Pre-prepared salads (i.e. cole slaw and fruit salad)
  • Soft-serve ice cream
  • Deli meat
  • Raw seafood and ready-to-eat seafood such as smoked fish

Signs and Symptoms: Symptoms of Listeria can take anywhere from 3 to 70 days to appear after eating the contaminated food. Specific symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Weakness

Untreated, these symptoms can develop into more severe conditions such as meningitis (brain infection) and septicemia (blood poisoning).

Treatment:
Listeria is usually treated with antibiotics. Patient stool is monitored because infected individuals can potentially excrete the bacteria for several months.

To prevent Listeria in your own home, be sure to handle all ‘at-risk foods’ with caution. Be sure to practice safe food-handling methods, and safe food-preparation methods.