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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Grow Great Tomatoes Organically, Prevent Dehydration, Homemade Salsa


Living Well
In this issue:
·         Grow great tomatoes organically!
·          Prevent dehydration
·          Homemade salsa recipe

Welcome to our new newsletter! We will be bringing you helpful tips on staying healthy this summer.
This month started out with soggy ground and is quickly turning out to be one of the hottest June’s on record! Hope you are finding ways to stay cool!

Grow great tomatoes organically!
I love home grown organic tomatoes. They are so full of flavor, are relatively easy to grow and are so cheap! Grow your own tomatoes either in a plot of ground or in containers. Use them in salads, on sandwiches or in your favorite recipes to bring a wonderful taste and some good nutrition to your meals.
~Did you know? -That tomatoes are high in vitamins A, B6 (thiamine), C, E and K. As well as the minerals calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium. The most well known of tomato nutrients is the antioxidant lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.

Help your tomatoes thrive with the use Basic-H in your garden. You may be asking yourself, Basic-H, the stuff I use to clean my floors and wash my car on tomatoes??

Well, Basic-H helps the plant thrive by being a surfactant which helps break down the resistance of water and helps it penetrate the soil better. Bugs also hate Basic-H which is a great natural bug repellant.

Here’s how to use Basic-H with your tomato plants:

Ø  Mix 5-6 drops (not quite 1/8 teaspoon) to 16 oz. water. Apply to ground around the plant, not directly on the plant.

Ø  For bugs: Mix 1/2 teaspoon Basic-H to 1 gallon water. I would spray, let sit for a few minutes then rinse off with water. The Basic-H penetrates the bugs & basically drowns them.

Prevent Dehydration
Dehydration occurs when your body loses too much fluid. This can happen when you stop drinking water or lose large amounts of fluid through diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, or exercise.
Not drinking enough fluids can cause muscle cramps and you may feel faint. Usually your body can reabsorb fluid from your blood and other body tissues. But by the time you become severely dehydrated, you no longer have enough fluid in your body to get blood to your organs, and you may go into shock, which is a life-threatening condition.
Dehydration can occur in anyone of any age, but it is most dangerous for babies, small children, and older adults.
Symptoms can include:
·         Headache
·         Backache
·         A dry mouth and sticky saliva.
·         Reduced urine output with dark yellow urine.
·         Acting listless or easily irritated.
Very few people realize that the early symptoms of dehydration are headaches and backaches as well as muscle cramping. If you feel one of these symptoms coming on, try drinking a good amount of water. You may be surprised to find the symptoms go away!
Be sure to drink large amounts of water especially during these hot days as fluid and electrolytes are easily lost with very little exertion.
To help stay hydrated and replace lost nutrients during work or exercise try Shaklee Perfomance – a great tasting way to replenish what’s lost that is clinically proven to hydrate better than water. Plus, Performance has more electrolytes and provides more energy than the leading hydration drink.
I love Shaklee’s Performance. It doesn’t leave that overly sweet, sticky aftertaste in your mouth like some sports drinks do and it isn’t overloaded with sugar. It’s just the right amount of flavor and it really does help keep your energy level up!

Homemade Salsa Recipe
·         2 large, red ripe tomatoes, peeled and seeded
·         1 garlic clove peeled (or add garlic powder to taste)
·         1 green chili, seeded and cut into thirds
·         3 green onions, cleaned and cut into 1 inch pieces
·         4 oz canned chopped green chilies
·         1 to 3 whole jalapeños, deveined and seeded (Optional to taste)
·         1/4 cup fresh Cilantro, chopped
·         1 teaspoon olive oil
·         1 Tablespoon lime juice
·         salt and pepper to taste
·         In the food processor, turn the motor on chop first and drop in the garlic, cilantro, green onions and jalapeños into the bowl of the food processor to chop for just a few seconds.
·         Turn off the motor and scrap down the sides of the bowl using a rubber spatula.
·         Add all the remaining ingredients from the tomato salsa recipe, tomatoes, chili, the chopped green chilies, olive oil and lime juice. Process with brief pulses to reach the desired texture.
·         You want to see bits of all the vegetables throughout the salsa.
·         Salt and pepper to taste.
·         Pour into a serving bowl and allow to season for approximately one hour.

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