Three Great Water Bottles That Will Keep You Hydrated

Looking for the perfect water bottle to keep you hydrated all summer long? Well, look no longer. We’ve got you covered with three great water bottles to pick from.

1. First up is the D’ECO FRUIT INFUZER water bottle.

  • Infuse real fruit flavor into your favorite beverage.
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
  • 20 oz / 590 ml cup size.
  • Non-toxic – 100% BPA free.
  • Available in three colors: Blue, Orange and Green.

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The fruit infuser water bottle is a fun and fruity way to stay hydrated. Why infuse your water with fruit and herbs? There there are many reasons; I will name a few. One reason is it adds yummy, natural flavor! Another reason is the numerous health benefits. A final benefit is it will (hopefully) get you to drink more water. Did you know that health professionals recommend drinking 64 oz. of water every day?

Recommended infusing ingredients + plus their health benefits

Watermelon – Vitamins A & B, anti-inflammatory agent

Cucumber – Helps cleanse liver

Lemon – Vitamin C, aids digestion, & detoxification

Lime – Vitamin C, detoxification aid

Grapefruit – Vitamin C, promotes skin, & brain health

Strawberries – Vitamin A & C, anti-inflammatory agent

Raspberries – Vitamins C & B, promote skin health

Mint – Aids digestion & soothes an upset stomach

Ginger – Aid digestion, anti-inflammatory agent

How do you use a fruit infuser water bottle?

Fill the tube with your fruit/herbs of choice and water, of course. For the best flavor results, let it sit overnight. The next morning your water will taste fresh and fruity, and the best part is, you did it with no added sugar.

How much does it cost? $5.99

2. Second, we have the OGGL CALYPSO STAINLESS STEEL water bottle.

  • Double wall vacuum insulated, liquids stay hot or cold
  • Tight-fitting twist-on stainless cap with silicone gasket-eliminates leakage
  • BPA free
  • Conveniently fits in most car cup holders
  • Hand wash only

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Stainless steel water bottles are nearly indestructible according to customers. They are very durable but may dent if dropped. This is nothing to worry about though, as they will sill hold liquid well. Another positive quality raved about is the bottle’s ability to keep hot liquids hot and cold liquids cold all day. Some consumers report still having ice in their bottles after 12-plus hours!

How much does it cost? $14.99 to $19.99 (depending on size)

3. Finally we have FULL CIRCLE GLASS water bottles.

  • Cleaner, greener glass is the healthiest choice in reusable bottles
  • Soft lid and specially-designed lid cushion the blow if dropped
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Non-toxic, non-leaching, BPA free
  • Safe to put essential oil in
  • Some come with removable cucumber spiral cutter adds fresh flavor

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Glass water bottles preserve the taste and temperature of your beverage. Worried about breaking it? Don’t. The cushion on the bottom to keeps from being broken and the handle makes it easy to carry. One consumer reported that she dropped it on concrete from about four feet above and the bottle didn’t chip or scratch.

How much does it cost? $9.99 to $19.99 (depending on with or without infuser)

With so many choices, how do you decide?

Think of what you will be using it for. If you like to put fruit in your water, I recommend the fruit infuser. If you want to keep your beverage of choice cold/hot all day long, I recommend the stainless steel bottle. If you looking for a bottle to put essential oils in or one to infuse with lemon, I recommend a glass bottle. If you are putting essential oils in your water, keep in mind that oil and water do not mix. For the best results, dilute the oil in a teaspoon of honey and then add to your water.

Sources:

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/leigh-vinocur-md-facep/how-much-water-do-you-really-need

hhtp://draxe.com/detox-drinks/

https://www.amazon.com

Skate Ramp Scraps Transformed Into Cutting Board Champ

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About

As a way to recycle left over building supplies TrueRide, a skate park manufacturing company, came up with an environmentally friendly system to make the most of their scraps. TrueRide founders knew material similar to epicurean was used to make durable kitchenware, so they decided to try inventing a line of their own. And in 2003, Epicurean manufacturing company was born.

Why buy an Epicurean cutting board?

  • It is dishwasher safe and easy to clean. Unlike wood cutting boards, they can be washed in the dishwasher.
  • It is knife friendly. The surface is hard and durable, but will not dull your knife.
  • It is NSF certified. The National Sanitary Foundation’s stamp of approval assures that your non-porous cutting board won’t harbor bacteria.
  • All cutting boards are heat resistant up to 350 degrees.
  • It is made in the United States. Epicurean manufacturing company is located in Duluth, MN.
  • It is made responsibly. Epicurean is certified by the Forest of Stewardship, meeting their standards for responsible forest management.

How does it compare to others?

Wood. Wood cutting boards have been used for centuries and make for a rustic and sturdy cutting surface. However, wooden cutting boards wear out much quicker than other surfaces and do get grooves from the knives used on the board, which allow bacteria to grow inside. Wood cutting boards are not as easy as others to clean, as they are not dishwasher safe. Despite these downsides, some people will only use wood cutting boards and claim that wood contains a natural substance, which kills germs.

Plastic. Some benefits of a plastic cutting boards are the relatively low cost and endless design choices available. Plastic cutting boards come in all sorts of neat shapes, sizes and colors, however one downside is that they wear down the quickest. Your knives will eventually put grooves in the board, allowing bacteria to grow inside. These are not heat safe and can melt.

Glass/Marble. The biggest benefit of using a glass cutting board is the fact that they are the very durable and sanitary. They are non-porous, so bacteria and dirt won’t be trapped anywhere however, glass cutting boards are hard on your knives.

My take on Epicurean products

I think the better question is why would you not buy an Epicurean cutting board? The material used to make the cutting boards is the same as what is used to make made to last outdoor skate parks that undergo anything and everything from harsh weather to a skateboarder wiping out. Keeping that in mind, I highly recommend the Epicurean cutting board if you only want to own one, but my personal suggestion is to have more than one type of cutting board, a mix of Epicurean, wood, plastic, and glass/marble. Have one to cut raw meat, poultry and seafood and another for things like vegetables, fruit, and breads.

Rating

Overall, I give this product 5 carrots out of 5.


Sources

http://www.epicureancs.com/about.php

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/12/cutting-boards-to-avoid_n_1335613.html

https://food.thefuntimesguide.com/2008/08/kitchen_cutting_board.php

https://www.amazon.com

Mother’s Day Wellness Mat Sale

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WellnessMats are proudly made in the USA and backed by a 20-year manufacturer’s warranty & 7-year performance warranty.  Providing unprecedented comfort, WellnessMats are inherently antimicrobial, easy to clean, and stain resistant. Engineered with the latest advancements in ergonomics and durability, they will never curl or delaminate. Available in-store in limited styles or ship-to-home in a variety of extended shapes, patterns, and colors.

10 Gadgets To Help You Eat Healthier

If you’re like most of us, chances are your new years resolution involves making healthier eating choices. Today we are sharing a few of our favorite things in store to keep you on the right track!

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Thirst often disguises itself as hunger, so before you reach for that snack make sure you are properly hydrated! This citrus diffuser water bottle makes drinking water a little more enjoyable. The combinations as to what to put inside the diffuser are endless.

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Streamed carrots or broccoli with garlic salt is a great compliment to any meal!

Mister

Oil misters are a great way to minimize the amount of fat in cooking. Just spray a fine mist of oil on pans prior to cooking or baking. Add herb flavored oil and spray on salads or vegetables for a dressing with less oil and a lot of flavor!

Orange

Get your daily dose of vitamin C! Freshly squeezed orange juice is a great way to support your immune system.

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Immersion blenders are a must if you are making any kind of  soups, smoothies, hummus or sauces. The speedy clean up is an added bonus!

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An apple a day keeps the doctor a way! Apple slicers save so much time… just press down on the handles and you have 8 perfect slices. If you prefer smaller slices we also carry a 16 piece slicer.

scale

Scales are great for measuring accuracy in your recipe and also a good tool for portion control.

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Don’t sacrifice good flavor when limiting butter and salt intake. Put a few pinches of Golden Fig herbs on steamed vegetables or chicken.

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Salad spinners make washing and drying leafs and herbs so much quicker! Alternative uses include washing berries, beans and vegetables. Also, making your own salad dressing has never been easier with various recipes right on the side.

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Make delicious noodles out of zucchini or carrots with this spiral cutter. This recipe looks amazing!

Holiday Gift Baskets

We have many holiday gift baskets available for easy present selection. Custom gift baskets are available as well. Perfect for thanking staff or those tricky gift exchanges! Stop in to see a variety of pre-packed options or to order one for future pick-up. Sets can be packaged in kraft boxes with cellophane wrappers or kraft bags with bows.

Wine Lover

South Dakota Made Products

Chocolate Lover's

Matt's Mom's Mustard Sampler

Old Fashioned Starter Kit

Drink Local

Honey Lover

Bread and Oil

This is just a small selection of packages. More options are available!

Homemade Plum Cake

My sister loves to bake, but she is a gluten-free non-dairy type of girl.  So, needless to say she takes recipes that appeal to her and turns them around to suit her needs.  She does an amazing job and I wanted to share her latest with you!   Especially since Plums are here!

 

Homemade Plum Cake
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Recipe Notes

1 1/4 cups (175 grams) gluten free flour

1/4 cup (30 grams) ground almonds

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup (120 ml) flavorless oil (sunflower works well)

1/2 cup (120 ml) non-dairy sour cream

1/4 cup (60 ml) orange juice

1 tablespoon orange zest (the outer orange skin (rind) of the orange)

1 large egg

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 cup (200 grams) granulated white sugar

7 - 8 Italian prune plums, halved and pitted (can also use 4 - 5 red plums)

 

Procedures: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Butter and flour one - 8 inch (20 cm) spring form pan. (Alternatively spray pan with non stick vegetable/flour spray.) Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.

 

First, with a sharp knife, cut the plum in half by following the natural crease in the plum's skin. Then, holding one half of the plum, gently twist the other half. The plum should easily fall into two halves so the pit can be removed.

 

In a large bowl, stir or whisk together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder and salt.

In another large bowl, stir or whisk together the oil, sour cream, orange juice and zest, egg, and vanilla extract. Stir in the sugar. Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture. Stir until just combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and evenly arrange the halved plums on top of the batter, flesh side facing up. Sprinkle with the 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar.

Bake in preheated oven for about 35 to 45 minutes or until a sharp knife inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool.

Makes one - 8 inch (20 cm) cake.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Sugar Snap Pea Salad Recipe

Ingredients
Servings: 8-10
• 1 1/2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed, stringed, cut in half on diagonal
• Sea Salt
• 4 tablespoons Smude’s Lemon Infused Sunflower Oil
• 1 teaspoon Clover Valley Farms Juneberry Currant vinegar
• 1 bunch radishes (about 6 ounces), trimmed, thinly sliced
• 4 ounces  feta, crumbled
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint

 

Preparation
• Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

• Whisk oil and vinegar  in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.

• Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and serve.

• Adapted from Recipe by Sara Dickerman- Bon Apetit

Preparation
• Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

• Whisk oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.

• Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and serve.

• Adapted from Recipe by Sara Dickerman- Bon Apetit

Preparation
• Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

• Whisk oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.

• Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and serve.

• Adapted from Recipe by Sara Dickerman- Bon Apetit

Preparation
• Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

• Whisk oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.

• Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and serve.

• Adapted from Recipe by Sara Dickerman- Bon Apetit

Sugar Snap Pea Salad
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Recipe Notes

Ingredients
Servings: 8-10
• 1 1/2 pounds sugar snap peas, trimmed, stringed, cut in half on diagonal
• Sea Salt
• 4 tablespoons Smude's Lemon Infused Sunflower Oil
• 1 teaspoon Clover Valley Farms Juneberry Currant vinegar
• 1 bunch radishes (about 6 ounces), trimmed, thinly sliced
• 4 ounces feta, crumbled
• Freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh mint

Preparation
• Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Cook peas in a large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Drain; transfer to bowl with ice water to cool. Drain peas; transfer to a kitchen towel-lined baking sheet to dry.

• Whisk oil and vinegar in a small bowl. Toss peas, radishes, and cheese in a large bowl. DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover dressing and salad separately and chill.

• Add dressing to salad and toss to coat. Season salad with salt, pepper, and more lemon juice, if desired. Garnish with mint and serve.

• Adapted from Recipe by Sara Dickerman- Bon Apetit

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Lime Dill Vinaigrette

Mix with 3 parts Lime Infused Sunflower oil to 1 part Dill Rhubarb Vinegar. For example, use 1/4 cup of oil and 1 tablespoon of the vinegar. Now, this is the important part: Shake well. I use Progressive’s dressing shaker and then store it in the container. If my container is being used I just go ahead and whisk well. The mini whisk works best for this amount. (I really should just go get another container)…nonetheless, you will end up with a beautifully emulsified dressing to drizzle over chicken, fish, salad and whatever else you dream up.

 

Serving suggestion:

 

Drizzle over raw chicken breasts, sprinkle on a little Golden Fig Dynamite Herbs. Wrap in foil or parchment paper and pop into the oven for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove from oven, let rest for about 5 minutes slice and serve over a bed of fresh greens…add some scallions, cilantro or any herb of your choice. Use remaining dressing to drizzle over your salad.   Enjoy your refreshing summer salad!

Lime Dill Vinaigrette
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A light summery refreshing vinaigrette to use as a dressing, drizzle, marinade or whatever your heart desires.
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Lime Dill Vinaigrette
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A light summery refreshing vinaigrette to use as a dressing, drizzle, marinade or whatever your heart desires.
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix 3 parts Lime Infused Sunflower oil with 1 part Dill Rhubarb Vinegar. Shake or stir well with a whisk. Serve over salad of your choice or see above for more suggestions
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