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MORINGA TO THE RESCUE!!

Moringa has been known as a nutritional powerhouse for quite some time, it’s health benefits have been touted for centuries. But, what isn’t as well known about Moringa is how hardy it is to grow. It thrives in hot, dry climates where it grows like a weed. These trees not only grow fast, they grow tall, up to twenty feet! According to an article in the New Yorker, Mark Olson, a professor of evolutionary biology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, believes that the Moringa tree is,

“uniquely suited to feeding poor and undernourished populations of the dryland tropics, especially in the era of climate change.”

With climate change upon us, statistics show that the hot and dry regions of the world are only going to become hotter and dryer. According to David Lobell, the deputy director of Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment, these regions are a nutritional hot zone. 

“If you look at climate models, the conditions are projected to intensify more than in most other climatic regions,” Lobell said. “So the already hot, dry climates will become really hot and really dry, relative to their current state.”

With that being said, people living in these regions will most likely benefit the most from this exceptional tree. Because according to Olson,

“Nothing else in the plant kingdom really compares.” 

So lets take a look at the nutritional data of the most common species grown, Moringa oleifera:

It’s leaves are unusually rich in:

  • Protein
  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Nine essential amino acids
  • Vitamins A, B & C
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-diabetic properties
  • Protect against cancer

It’s seed pods, as thick as drumsticks, are high in:

  • Protein
  • Omega 3 fatty acids
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Protect against cancer

Vegetable oil is made out of the mature seeds by pressing them, then the left over pulp is used to purify water. Dry, crushed seeds are used for fertilizer. For a more in depth look at the health benefits of Moringa check out this article by Honey Colony

Some precaution:

While Moringa is safe and effective for most people to take, you should always consult with a doctor before starting any new exercise or nutrition plan and should immediately stop using if you feel any ill effects. In addition, Moringa is a mild laxative, so you should start with a small amount per day to see how your body reacts. Over time, you can increase the dosage, if you have no issues with it.

How to use it:

Moringa is a great addition to your daily green drink or smoothie–just add a few teaspoons to your favorite recipe and enjoy! Moringa powder can also be sprinkled on top of many dishes just before they are served (Moringa shouldn’t be cooked or it loses its strength). These include meats, stews, soups, and salads. However you enjoy it, make Moringa a part of your daily health regime!

If you’re interested in trying it…click the link below…

Zen Principle Organic Moringa Leaf Powder,USDA Certified, 1 lb

Happy Camper’s Camping Hacks

It’s summer!! Time to go CAMPING!! Yayy!! But wait a minute, before you get too far ahead of yourself make sure you are organized so that everything will go off without a hitch and you’ll have nothing but happy campers.

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It never fails, you get to your campsite and cringe because you forgot one little, very important, item. That’s why sitting down and writing out a checklist can save a lot of headaches later. The best thing about this idea is that you only have to do it once, because you can use the same list over and over. Best of all, if you do happen to forget something you can just add it to your list so it never gets forgotten again.

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Shoe organizers! I don’t think that the person who invented this item ever saw the endless uses that people would come up with for it. Here’s another very clever use for this very useful product. From propane tanks to utensils to dish cloths, there’s a pouch for anything and everything you can come up with. A total must have for any camping experience.

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Making sure you have everything for your on-the-go kitchen is nice. Keeping all that stuff neatly organized is necessity. There’s nothing more stressful when your trying to relax than looking for that lighter that you know you packed or trying to find the last fork and cutting yourself on the knife.

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Have a big family? None can compare to the tote to keep your items clean, safe and organized.

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There are just some things that need no explanation. It really is the simplest things that can make camping so much easier.

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Use this same idea for shower time too. Give each person their own, then hang them up to dry after use.

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Square interlocking foam mats can be the difference between a good nights sleep and a great nights sleep.

yoga mats

Only one or two of you camping? Use a yoga mat instead.

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No one wants to think of the unthinkable, but being prepared ahead of time will definitely give you peace of mind.

Take a picture of you kids as soon as you get to your campsite. If the unthinkable happens, you’ll have an up-to-date picture of them on hand.

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Make individual packs for each person’s clothes and label them for each day. Roll the clothes instead of folding them to save on space.

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This is a cheap and easy way to have enough light at night as you try to get everyone settled in.

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Need a way to occupy your kids while your trying to cook? Why not organize a scavenger hunt? They won’t need to go very far and it’s a fun way to keep them busy without driving you crazy.

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Trying to keep eggs from breaking is almost impossible. But, with this handy idea, you’ll never have worry about cleaning up an eggy mess.

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Time for breakfast? Put those eggs in a bag, add some meat and/or veggies, squish it up, drop it into boiling water and voila, you have an omelet. Add some toppings and enjoy! BONUS…easy cleanup!!

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Want some pancakes for breakfast? Don’t bother trying to pack all the ingredients. Make the mix up at home, put it in any squeeze bottle and stick it in the refrigerator until your ready to leave. This takes up little room, cuts down on the mess and saves a ton of time.

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Putting your snacks in individual packs makes life much easier because everything is already handy, just grab and go. Plus trying to pack those big, bulky chip bags isn’t easy, these packs are so much easier to organize.

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If you make these packets up ahead of time camp life will be so much more fun. They save time, energy and clean up is a breeze. Just pull them out of the cooler and pop them on the grill or fire, easy, peasy. Of course you can make them to suit your family’s taste.

If you want your ice to last longer, try dry ice. It lasts way longer than regular ice and it’s doesn’t cost that much more. Just make sure you handle it correctly, because it will burn your skin.