Homemade Fruit Roll-ups!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups mixed berries (I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened apple juice or water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon honey (you may need more if your berries are really sour)

*If using frozen berries, omit the apple juice and substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened apple sauce

Instructions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, until the berries have popped and some of the liquid has evaporated.
  2. Pour the mixture into a blender, then carefully blend until smooth.
  3. Line 2 rimmed baking trays with a SilPat or parchment paper, then pour half of the fruit mixture through a fine mesh sieve and onto the first tray and half onto the second. Use a spatula to lightly spread the mixture evenly across the baking sheet, to about 1/8 inch thick.
  4. If you have a dehydrator with a fan in the back, these will only take about 3 hours on the high (150 degrees) setting. Without a fan, they’ll take about 8-10 hours on 150 degrees. I would assume that a convection oven would also take less time, but have not tried it yet.
  5. You will know they’re done when you touch them lightly with your finger and they are no longer sticky. If the edges get a little too brittle and dry, you can brush a tiny bit of water over it and will be good as new!

 

Alternatives:

A. Using a combination of frozen strawberries, papaya and bananas along with fresh raspberries. I decided to strain the frozen fruit first since there seemed to be so much water. I then put it all in a pan w/o additional liquid and 1 T. honey. I set my convection oven to 170 and within 2 hours they were done!

B. Followed steps 1 and 2, but then added 1/3 cup of gelatin. It only took about 30 min to set in the fridge. The texture is obviously different than the leather, but the same yummy flavor remained. 

C. Using a medley of frozen berries & 1 fresh banana sliced and 1/2 cup of no sugar fruit juice that I had on hand. I also added honey and lemon juice per the recipe. I omitted the lemon zest. After simmering 20 minutes I pureed with a hand blender and then strained to remove the tiny seeds. I baked mine in a normal electric oven at 170F for 5 hrs — I probably could have gone only 4.5 hrs. They turned out excellent.

D. Using a batch of chopped plums that I forgot to can and some blueberries. I did not add any apple sauce or apple juice. I only put in the lemon juice and a tiny bit of honey. I just simmered a little longer because they were frozen. Threw it all in the food processor, strained no.e of it, I put the parchment paper directly on to my hydrator trays and set it for 9 hours. It’s a little tougher than store bought.

E. Using all frozen fruit…so I didnt add any water or juice. I just was careful about not scorching my fruit before it thawed and released all the water. I used organic peaches, raspberries, and a few strawberries. I didnt cook 20 minutes..just enough to thaw and mix in my honey and lemon and zest. I pureed and put on my silicon sheets with seeds. I started out with my (adjustable temp) dehydrator on 100 thinking I’d keep my fruit raw, then realized it did come to a boil so I’d already lost any enzymes I guess. It’s a bit tart b/c I was minimal in sweeteners but it is great.

F. Used stevia instead of honey and used water (not juice) and they turned out great! The lowest my oven went was 170 degrees and it took about 6 hrs before they weren’t sticky. 

 

N.B. If you over cook (dry out) these until they become brittle you can break them up and use them as “sprinkles” on ice cream. If you have any thick spots, they were still gooey so check more thoroughly before taking the trays out.

[c/o http://againstallgrain.com/2012/06/26/homemade-fruit-by-the-foot/]

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Being True To Yourself

“Dream as if you will live forever; live as if you will die today.” — James Dean


1. You know what you want in life

This is probably the most essential aspect of living. Potential choices surround us each day and each decision adds colors to our life’s painting.

It is important to know what you want, both in this moment and in the long run, because only then will you be able to take daily small steps toward making your goals realities and putting your ambitions into action.

No painter started creating without having an original idea in his or her mind — even if he or she eventually chose to alter the colors and change the whole painting. This is because no one becomes a painter without having the drive to paint. The key word here is “drive.”

It might take a little while to discover what exactly you truly aspire to be or do, but it is worth your time to research. You can walk without a specific destination in mind and still eventually get somewhere. However, is “anywhere” good enough for you? Or, do you want to be in the right place?


2. You are not afraid to make decisions

There are many people who can’t stand being pressured to face dilemmas. In most cases, these people would rather someone else make their decisions. Unfortunately, though, too many people nowadays study the wrong course, work the wrong job or date the wrong person. They end up being unhappy and they’re aware of it. But, what’s truly worrisome is that they continually make the same ill-fated choices and live lives that provide dissatisfaction.

Making decisions is not always easy. What’s more, making decisions means changing, but change is inevitable, anyway. No day is the same as its predecessor and no people behave completely the same as they did long ago.

Running away from making decisions is similar to ignoring problems. But, the problems won’t go away — in fact, they might become bigger issues if ignored.

You have the power to create the life you’ve always wanted. You simply need to stand firm behind choices you make. Come to think of it, every single choice we make has the potential to be life-changing and that is the main reason why we shouldn’t be afraid to take decisions. Listen to your heart and you won’t go wrong.


3. You are not afraid to make mistakes

One of the reasons people are afraid to make choices is because they’re afraid they might make mistakes.

But remember, none of us are born with manuals that explain how to have a good life and none of us are perfect. Mistakes are a part of life. We live; we try; we learn. Everything is part of the experience.

Living a life limited to routines, familiarity and safety will only decrease the quality of your life. Instead, learn to embrace mistakes and consider them as the means to the future that you picture in your mind.


4. You always dream too big

You set your goals high and people call you a dreamer. You stand out from the crowd and you’re brave enough to express your opinions. You have a wild imagination and you’re always full of ideas. Does this sound like you? Good. Most successful people were once visionaries. What’s more, most successful people owe their success to the fact that they’re doing what they love.

Once you discover your inner drive, all you need to do is focus your energy on developing it. The sweetest money you can earn is what you earn from doing what you love. Discover what inspires you and continue to do it. Never underestimate your dreams or yourself.


5. You try to live as much as possible

You recognize the beauty of life everywhere you go. You love traveling to new places. Good books never fail to fascinate you and reading is a necessity — or simply, another way to travel to different worlds. You are curious by nature and you like being called an adventurer. Education matters to you and you always seek to acquire new knowledge. You perceive languages as a way to get to know more people and opportunities (and you already know a few). You are not afraid to take risks.

True success belongs to people who work hard for it. We live in a highly competitive society, and if you want to be successful, you need to have skills, knowledge and qualities that surpass your competition. Neither having a diploma from Harvard nor depending on your charm alone will get you anywhere. You must build a positive attitude and live every day as if it is your last.

Planning ahead and thinking strategically are important factors for chasing your dreams, but don’t forget to pay attention to the present moment. Follow your intuition, for you never know where you might find an opportunity. When you do, seize it!


6. You know that magic is in the little things

Magic is not just in fairytales and books. Magic is very real. It resides in the little things in life — especially in love.

It doesn’t matter how many times it has been said: Life is indeed short and we should learn to appreciate each moment, which is no easy challenge.

Don’t forget to invest time in yourself, but also don’t underestimate the time you spend with friends and family, traveling and exploring and having deep conversations. These are the moments that matter — the moments that stay with us forever. It’s up to you to make them truly memorable and magical.


7. You don’t remember the last time you got bored

This might sound funny to you, but boredom could be a sign that you haven’t devoted enough time to figuring out your identity. Have you ever found yourself in a conversation complaining about life and how you wish for things to be different? Have you felt as if something was missing even in the company of great friends? If the feeling of being “bored” and generally unhappy keeps coming back to you, you should rethink your lifestyle choices.

We all need good friends and interesting people to surround us. Unless we spend some time on our own, we won’t be able to completely enjoy these friendships. A person can be in a crowded room and still feel alone. Consider the time you spend invested in yourself as the path to solitude rather than to loneliness.

It is in solitude where we find both the answers and the questions that are truly important to our existences.


[c/o http://elitedaily.com/life/motivation/7-signs-that-youre-being-true-to-yourself-and-fulfilling-your-destiny/]

Miracle Drink…?

This “MIRACLE DRINK” has been circulating for a long time.

It is simple.

You need one beet root, one carrot and one apple that combine together to make the JUICE!

Wash the above, cut with the skin on into pieces and put them into the juicer and immediately you drink the juice. You can add some lime or lemon for more refreshing taste.

This Miracle Drink will be effective for the following ailments:

1. Prevent cancer cells developing. Restrain cancer cells growing further.

2. Prevent liver, kidney and pancreas disease. (Reported to also cure ulcers.)

3. Strengthen the lungs, prevent heart attack and high blood pressure.

4. Strengthen the immune system .

5. Good for eyesight, eliminate red, tired eyes or dry eyes.

6. Help eliminate pain from physical training, muscle ache.

7. Detoxify, assist bowel movement, eliminate constipation. Therefore it will make skin healthy and look more radiant.

8. Improve bad breath due to indigestion, throat infection,

9. Great for preventing and killing acne problems.

10. Assist Hay Fever Sufferer from Hay Fever attack.

There should be no side effect, highly nutritious and easily absorbed. It’s very effective if you need to lose weight. You will notice your immune system will be improved after a 2 week routine. Drink immediately from the juicer for best effect.

Note: Make sure to use organic

 

[c/o http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/miracle-drink-kills-cancer-cells/]

Change and Life

There comes a point in everyone’s life where they decide to take a leap of faith based on nothing but a gut feeling. It happens to everyone at different times throughout life, but nonetheless, it always happens.

This is not to say that we all realize it as we go through it, but there will come a day when you realize you took a chance and you survived. You will look back on who you were then and who you are in the moment, and you will begin to feel empowered and realize you can do whatever you set your mind to.

That millisecond of realization is what takes us from naïve children to adults. Instead of looking at the rest of the world with fear, we look at it with aggressive passion. We feel as though we can take on any issue because what is harder than starting over from scratch? Nothing.

In the moment of the struggle, we are so focused on the end goal that we forget to reflect and look back on all we have accomplished. That second we look back and go, “Wow, I really did all of that? I must be worth something,” is the moment we break out of our shells and cross the line into adulthood.

When it comes down to it, every single one of us at some point takes a huge leap of faith. Maybe it’s in our teens, our 20s or in our 50s, but inevitably, it always happens. And at some point along our personal journey, we stop, reflect and realize how big of a change we made and how big of a change we can make on the world.

Our self worth suddenly shoots through the roof and we might even believe that no one will ever understand the struggle we went through to overcome that huge leap. We walk around explaining to people that they will never understand what we went through, but at some point, they will.

As the enlightened ones, our job, when others do hit that stage of enlightenment, is to smile, listen and welcome them with open arms.

Because the people who feel empowered enough to change the world are the ones who do.

[c/o http://elitedaily.com/life/moving-somewhere-new-ultimate-passage-adulthood/]

Reasons Why We Have A Hard Time Realizing When We’re Happy

“I have finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it” – Rita Mae Brown

Why is it happiness is so readily found in retrospect? Why can we see it so clearly in the future, but never in the moment? Why is it we always realize it when it’s too late, when all we can do now is wish for a past that will never return? Why is happiness only an elusive state that once was and no longer just is?

Unfortunately, for most of the human race, we have a hard time living in the moment, or more simply, noticing when we’re enjoying the moment.

Whether we’re hardwired this way or have become this way over years of superficial distractions and stressful responsibilities, we’ve adapted into creatures prone to living in the future and lamenting the past, skipping over the present entirely and missing those moments of joy.

This is not how life is to be experienced. Life is to be lived one day at a time, with each day a new slate, a new opportunity to see the world in another way.

It’s supposed to open every morning like a blooming bud, turning its head toward the sun. It’s not supposed to stay closed because it’s worrying about the rain or the bees. A flower has no remorse over the course of the days before or after it, because it does nothing but thrive in the moments of its bloom.

The past is to be left in the tracks of your quickly receding mistakes, while the future is an exciting unknown that should be given as much thought and mystique as death and the after-life.

The future, like death, is a beautiful mystery, something that should take up no conscious or unconscious room in your continually expanding mind. The future is nothing but a continuation of your present, gliding effortlessly from one moment to the next.

And while we can have hopes, dreams and goals for ourselves, we should never live wrapped up in those thoughts, because living anywhere besides the moment is what keeps us from noticing the most important moment in life: when we’re happy.

The only way we are going to learn to be happy, and appreciate the moments before they are distant memories of better days, is to learn to be present.

However, this idea, living effortlessly and wholly in the present, is easy to preach, but much harder to practice. But, why? Why is it so hard for us to live in the moment and forget everything else? Why does it take years of dedication to become as present as the monks of Tibet or those people who are just happy all the time — happy to be alive, happy to be with you in this moment and this time?

Unfortunately, we’ve developed a bad habit and, like all bad habits, this one can be hard to break. Of course, the first step to breaking the habit is figuring out why you have it. Why do you act this way? What causes you to be so distant and wrapped up in a world that isn’t real? Why do we have such a hard time noticing when we’re happy?


We Have Attachment Issues

Mistakes, regrets and missed opportunities are things that can haunt you for the rest of your life, or they can be as insignificant and invisible as the dust left behind you.

Holding on to your failures and your success from a time that is no longer relevant is dragging yourself back to a place you should no longer be. Unlike being stuck at school or taking a test when you’d rather just be home watching TV, you have the choice to get up and leave.

Why stay chained in a prison when you can be free to do whatever you want, whenever you want? Let go of everything from your past because it means nothing now.


We Like To Sleep With Our Eyes Open

Daydreaming is as easy and fun as slipping into a Netflix marathon that turns hours into days and days into weeks. It’s a great way to pass the time, but it’s not the right way.

While it’s okay to indulge in your fantasies of the future or a life you may never have, it’s a waste of your time right now and the life that you should be creating for yourself. Stop walking around with your eyes closed and you will start to see what’s in front of you.


We’ve Become Temporarily Blinded

Many of us don’t notice when we’re happy because we’ve forgotten how to enjoy ourselves, to notice when we are content in the moment.

Sometime between when we were kids and didn’t know anything besides living in the moment, to becoming adults, we’ve forgotten how to enjoy ourselves.

We no longer ride our bikes feeling nothing more than pure joy with the wind in our faces or get engrossed in a good movie, forgetting everything around us and in front of us. We have forgotten how to realize when something is perfect, when life is great in the moment.


We Want Greener Grass

We’ve lost an important and valuable skill: the art of appreciation. This skill is one acquired at birth but gradually shed as we become tainted and spoiled through life.

Instead of enjoying ourselves, we’re constantly thinking about how the situation, the place and this moment in life could be better.

The weather could be nicer, the food could be richer, we could be skinnier, prettier, taller. We have a habit of picking at what’s wrong, rather than what’s right. Instead of looking at all the wonderful things around us, we look for what’s missing and what’s not right.


We’re Out Of Focus

It’s easy to get your priorities mixed, but you must learn how to get them back in line after you’ve jumbled them up. Over time we’ve managed to create a complicated web of skewed priorities, wrongful concerns and misplaced preferences.

We think we know what we want, but we don’t know anything because we haven’t been thinking clearly for years. Once you bring yourself down to your most basic form, completely unhinged by ideals and concerns for yourself, you will find what’s most important to you and learn to bask in uninhibited bliss


[c/o http://elitedaily.com/life/5-reasons-why-we-have-a-hard-time-realizing-when-were-happy/602604/]

 

Powerful Phrases of Wisdom

1. Be the change you wish to see in the world

2. What you think, you become

3. Where there is love, there is life

4. Learn as if you’ll live forever

5. Your health is your true wealth

6. Have a sense of humor

7. Your life is your message

8. Action expresses priorities

9. Our greatness is being able to remake ourselves

10. Find yourself in the service of others

 

~ Ghandi

‘Success Is Waking Up Every Day And Doing What You Want To Do’

According to Daymond John, “success is waking up every single day and doing what you want to do until you go to sleep.” But just because you are doing what you love, there’s no guarantee of being successful.

John attributes many entrepreneurs’ failure to over-funding, explaining that if you don’t have experience and don’t understand the operation of a business, over-funding can push you to move too fast too soon. John started out with only $800 dollars worth of inventory in hats. 

He also attributes his success to his ability to know everything about his customer. From what clothes they wear, to what they drive, to what they drink, John makes sure he is always up to date with his customer base. As you listen to his passion and knowledge of business and entrepreneurship, it’s impossible not to be inspired.  John doesn’t want to leave his kids an inheritance, he wants to leave them a legacy.

 

 

[c/o http://elitedaily.com/money/entrepreneurship/daymond-john-success-waking-every-single-day-want-go-sleep/600508/]

Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Yourself

“Know thyself”. This is inscribed over the famous Greek temple at Delphi. But… this can prove to be rather difficult at times according to Ben Franklin. He wrote:“There are 3 extremely hard things, steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.”

Here is a list of things that you may have not noticed:

Your Stomach is Very Smart

Animal have tons of neurons in their brains, but the stomach has a lot more, to the point where its collection of neurons is so complex, that some actually call it a “second brain”. Yes, other parts of the body also have high levels of neurons, such as the palms, but our stomachs are so unique that it can actually think for itself. This means that you can digest food without even thinking about it. Have you ever been nervous about something, irritable or even content for no apparent reason? Or have ever found yourself unable to concentrate after a huge meal? That is because your stomach is partly to blame—which gives you more reason to eat wisely.

As Hairy as a Chimp

Unless you suffer from Hypertrichosis, this statement might seem really untrue if you glance in the mirror, but you the truth is that you are actually just as hairy as most other primates. Just like chimps, we have hair all over our bodies, the only difference is that it is much finer and shorter than chimps. We have an average of 500-1000 square inches of hair follicles on our bodies.

Which is the hairiest creature of all? With nearly a million hairs per square inch, the Sea Otter puts all other animals to shame hands down!

We are All Miracles

Well done, you have already done the hardest thing you will ever have to do.” This is a sentence with which most Biology Teachers will start each New Year with. Students will look very puzzled by this statement, but let me explain. Each and every one of us started out as a perfectly symmetrical ball of cells, but miraculously we all ended up with a front, a back and sides. How is it possible for a spherical cell to form eyes, ears and nostrils? It has to actually flatten, twist and push itself into shape, which forms the first orifice you have… your anus.

Which brings me to the Biology Teachers second joke, “All humans are arses, and it’s just that some remain as arses for their whole lives.”

We are Part Virus

The Human Genome Project revealed just how much of our DNA has been contributed by viruses. Remember that no virus can reproduce on its own, which is why some viruses actually have to insert their DNA into a host cell in order to be copied. Say this virus inserts itself into a sperm or egg cell, then chances are the resulting offspring may carry the virus DNA in every one of its cells. Truth is that this has happened so many times in the human evolution that no less than 9% of our genome is directly as a result of viruses.

You Can’t Tickle Yourself

I bet you are trying it right now… but unless you have Schizophrenia, you won’t be able to tickle yourself. Tickling can be a key part of human bonding, especially when it comes to children and their parents. When we grow up, tickling might be something we hate, but more often than not, most people will never be able to overcome the nervous twitching and laughing that is paired with someone touching you in a certain way. Yet, we cannot tickle ourselves, this is because our brains knows what to expect and when to expect it. However, when you suffer from Schizophrenia, it’s not so easy to recognize the touch a belonging to themselves, many of them will laugh just as hard from a feather guided by their own hand.

You are Older than Your Body

As humans, we change all the time. We inhale, we exhale, we eat, and we excrete. We constantly take in molecules and expel others. However, when you are over the puberty age, then it’s possible that not a single part of your every belonged to your baby self. This leads to a question that is still being debated by philosophers: “If every part of your body is different today, are you still the same person you were at birth?”

We are Partially Blind

All of us, all of our eyes have a design fault; both of them have a blind spot. This specific blind sport is actually large enough to cause problems for those of us who might lose the sight in one eye. Likely for most of us, the fact that we have 2 eyes means that the blinds spots goes unnoticed.

Count without Counting

This is very simple, say for example you are presented with groups of up to four objects, you don’t actually have to count them in order to figure out how many there are. This happens because you have an instinctive grasp of the number of items, provided they are small groups. The Pirah Tribe in Brazil actually don’t have any numbers in their language, which is why they are unable to count, but they can still comprehend number up to four.

No Free-Will

This is a very violent debate: “Are you free to make your own choices, or are your choices shaped by forces beyond your control?” A lot of these arguments have been put down to both sides, but let’s focus on the experiment that was done by Benjamin Libet.

Libet was observing a patient’s brain and told him to move his hand wherever he wanted to. What he found was that the brain had a desire to move the hand, even before the patient was actually aware of this desire. This means that we may act impulsively without actually making the decision. We will then rationalize our action after if happens by saying we did something from our own free will.

Stripes

There’s plenty animals that have stripes, like cats who have very clear lines or patches that developed as a certain cell started expressing different genes and then passed the vibration on to the other cells. Us as humans are no different, it’s only that our stripes aren’t visible. Usually these stripes can only be seen once a disease affects one type of cell and not a neighboring type.

Motion Sickness is caused by Your Insides Shifting

When a roller coaster comes over its crest, slows for a second for added torture, and then plummets downward, the seat belt keeps your rear in place, but some loosely connected internal organs—like your stomach and intestines—get a little “air time.” You’re not damaging your innards by riding even the craziest of coasters (everything returns to its proper place), but your nerves detect the movement, which registers as though your stomach has jumped into your throat.

 

[c/o http://mirosto.com/2014/05/18/11-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-yourself/?utm_source=taboola&ut_medium=takepart]

Boost Happiness Naturally

A few years back, Harvard conducted a study to reiterate what many in the psych professionals already know – Americans are addicted to anti-depression meds. We (though not myself) pop Prozac, Celexa, Effexor, Paxil, and Zoloft pills like they are candy in an attempt to boost mood and feel better. The increase in sales of anti-depressants is up a startling 400%. This pill-popping became the norm, even though clinical studies suggest there are numerous natural remedies that can help us feel better, without the pricey and life altering side-effects that many of these drugs can cause.

Indeed, many individuals can find relief from depression with simple lifestyle changes, even just dietary changes. Even the spice turmeric has been shown to treat depression better than Prozac, one of the best selling, yet least effective anti-depressants of all time. Phytotherapy Research said that not only is turmeric effective at treating depression, but it is likely more effective than some of the most common anti-depressant drugs currently on the market.

Additionally, there are several things people can do to boost their happiness levels without ever popping a pharmaceutical pill. Here are 5 potential solutions:

1. The Easiest Way to Feel Better, by Far, is to Exercise.

In study after study, scientists have proven that just moving your body makes you feel better. Exercise boosts dopamine levels and oxytocin levels – two hormones responsible for happiness and love; one dampens pain, the other makes you feel ‘bliss.’ Why take a pharmaceutical drug that might cause you to have migraines or become suicidal when you can just spend 10 minutes throwing a Frisbee with your dog, or walking along a path in nature? (Spending time with your dog and being in nature also happen to boost your happiness hormones, so you can get two for the price of one!)

2. Spend Time with Friends and Family

Spending time with friends and family or even interacting with social media friends across cyber space can boost levels of seratonin and oxytocin, and even help you to live longer. We are social creatures. If you’ve been hiding in your house and not interacting with other people, consider volunteering, attending a social gathering, or even going on a date. Your better mood is waiting on this action.

3. Get Outside

New York-based naturopathic doctor Alan Logan, co-author (with Dr. Eva Selhub, an internal medicine physician) of Your Brain on Nature: The Science of Nature’s Influence on Your Health, Happiness and Vitality, believes that the energy from mountains, trees, plants and water can improve your sleep and mental outlook. You don’t have to abandon city life, but try to find trees, natural reservoirs of water, birds, flowers – anything that is natural. Your health and happiness depends on it.

5. Improve Your Diet

Foods for depression can be much more effective than a bottle of junk made by Big Pharma. That saying – you are what you eat – is true. If you eat tons of refined sugar, unhealthy fats, and no ‘living foods’ like organic fruits and vegetables, you will look and feel…not so great! You need high levels of B12, found in fish and eggs, to increase neuronal communication between ‘good’ brain pathways, fiber to avoid spikes in blood sugar and insulin which can lead to depression, folate to keep your brain bathed in cerebrospinal fluid, iron to make sure your blood can transport oxygen, iodine to lower depression and increase memory, calcium to lower anxiety and curb depression, and much more. Try leafy greens, nuts, and foods high in Omega 3s to get an immediate happiness boost.

 

[c/o http://themindunleashed.org/2014/05/5-ways-boost-happiness-naturally-without-antidepressants.html]