Getting Back To Nature

GreenBeanPatch Helps Build Health Thru Nature!

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This blog is a place to find information on Real Life, Real Food, and Real Health.

By this I mean, getting back to nature. Growing and Cooking as chemical-free as possible to assure a healthy lifestyle.

I believe it is so important to show our children, not only where our food comes from, but how to prepare and choose the best food available to live a healthy life.

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I Chose Grass Fed Beef

This week while shopping for a few things at my local grocer,
I was nicely surprised to see they had stocked grass-fed ground beef.

cowAs I was picking up a few packs, an elderly lady and her daughter stopped by to also, grab some hamburger. The elderly women wanted to pick up what I was getting and her daughter was explaining to her that isn’t what she should get. It was grass fed beef, not grain-fed and cost a bit more.  Of course that what she bought.

It always surprises me, how little people know about what they eat. They just assume because it’s sold in the grocery store that it is good food.
The older lady who walked bent over with a cane, took the advice of her daughter and headed to the check-out. It was obvious to me that she would have made a healthier choice if she had done it herself.

Which leads me to say.. Know what you are eating. Take the time to learn. Read the labels. Become a knowledgable consumer. The beef industry is looking to make a profit and will take any steps needed to make that happen. Even if it deprives us of our health in the long run. You are the only one that can take control, so do it now!

I bought the organic grass fed beef. It cost about 1.00 a lb more than the grain-fed.

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Benefits of Using a Slow Cooker or Crockpot

crockpotAlthough you can use your slow cooker or crockpot any time of year,
many people associate them with the warm,
rich foods of autumn and winter.

It’s true that slow cookers are ideal for meaty stews and other hearty winter dishes. They are also economical.

Regardless of what style or size of slow cooker you have, there are other benefits to using a slow cooker as well. Here are some to consider.

1. Busy Cooks

Most of us are busy with jobs, kids and other such things. The slow cooker can can be a very handy tool to make sure your family gets a hearty, nutritious meal, especially if you are going to be gone all day. While quick-cooking foods are convenient, they are not the best option if you are looking to make sure your family is getting real food that is not full of nasty ingredients. A slow cooker allows you to do something else all day, while dinner cooks. There are some breakfast foods you can allow to cook all night, too, so that you can awake to a hot breakfast or have a meal ready to take to a morning or afternoon potluck.

2. Extra for the Freezer

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Jammin From The Garden: Strawberries


Hayden loves eating the strawberries right from the strawberry patch

Hayden loves eating the strawberries right from the strawberry patch

Strawberries are my favorite fruit and
I love anything you can do with them!

A few weeks ago, I harvested a wonderful batch of strawberries
from the garden and did what I love to do best with them!strawberry harvest

First we made homemade ice cream and served strawberries on top for a father’s day treat. I also made a few strawberry shortcakes and I think I gained a few pounds!


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Talking about GMOs

outraggedDoes talking about GMOS make your family and friends eyes glaze over?
Do smirks come over their faces
and sarcasm leak from their mouths?

This is my family… and for someone who is passionate about the health of that family, it is hard to talk to them about it, without being  totally frustrated.  Needless to say, they just don’t get it. But really, they just don’t want to deal with it. It’s inconvenient.

They just don’t realize that they either can deal with it now or deal with it later in terms of their health.


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The Value and Uses of Wood Ash

Potash comes from Wood Ash and is a valuable resource for your garden.

woodashThe First U.S. Patent Issued Was in 1790

On July 31, 1790 Samuel Hopkins was issued the first patent for a process of making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer.
The patent was signed by President George Washington.

What is potash?

Potash is the common term for fertilizer forms of the element potassium (vitamin K). The name derives from the collection of wood ash in metal pots when the beneficial fertilizer properties of this material was first recognized,  many centuries ago.

It takes a lot of wood to make a little ash and a lot of ash to make a little potash. While it is not particularly difficult to extract potash from wood, it takes an enormous amount of wood to produce commercial amounts of potash.

The best sources of potash are ash and elm trees. Pine trees have the lowest amount of potash.Going Up in Flames

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Easy Tips For Living a Healthy Life

happinessLiving a healthy life is what we all strive for, but in the fast paced world that we live in, it can be easy to neglect our health and wellness.

We’re so busy racing through our day to day lives – family, friends, work, and social engagements – that we don’t take the time to look after ourselves. It’s really no wonder that so many of us are tired and run down. What are some simple things that we can do to improve our quality of life?

Drink Drink Drink…

You’ve heard it a million times and you’ll probably hear it a million more – drink more water!water

Think about it: The human body is 72% water. A 5% drop in fluids creates a 25-30% loss in energy. A 15% drop in fluids causes’ death! At this point in time 66% of us aren’t drinking enough water, so over half the population isn’t running on all six cylinders to begin with – before things like bad air, bad food and stress take their toll.

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Are You Using Garlic in Your Dishes

GarlicIf you are not using garlic in your dishes at home, you are missing out on many health benefits.

October is planting time for garlic in northern states.

About the same time as you would plant your crocuses and tulips. Each garlic cloves makes a complete garlic bulb next summer, if you plant it and let it overwinter in the soil. It’s easy to break apart the head of the garlic and put the separated cloves, point end up, in a bed of fertile soil. Be sure to mark where they are planted for easy locating next spring.  Growing garlic is easy and delicious.  Have fun with it!

Garlic has so many health benefits for the human body. Herbalists and naturopaths consider garlic as a miracle ingredient. With so many studies done on garlic, it was continuously proven to help in curing a variety of health problems.

As the saying goes, “Garlic can keep sickness at bay”. Because of the components of garlic, the body can fight off sickness and illness. What does garlic contain? It has water-soluble nutrients like enzymes, amino acids, vitamins and natural sugar. It also has oil soluble nutrients including sulphur compounds like alliin and allicin. Garlic is also known for its natural antibiotic properties. Although the sulphur compounds in garlic emit a pungent smell, there is no denying its medicinal uses. When you cook for the family, always include garlic in your dishes.

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10 Money-Saving Tips When Shopping For Safe Food

grocery store islesShopping For Safe Food is not easy and there is no question that times are hard right now with the state of the economy. This has many people looking for ways to cut back on expenses and save money. While there are many extras that can be done away with, food is not one of them. Sadly, the grocery store is where a lot of people spend the majority of their paychecks, aside from the mortgage. Therefore, wouldn’t it be great if you could find a way to cut your grocery bill by at least 25 percent or more?

While there is no guarantee on how much you can cut your grocery bill by, there are a lot of things that you can do to lower your monthly food expenses. Below are some great money-saving tips that, if applied, will help you keep both your bank account and pantry stocked!

Shopping for clean and safe food is quite another story. We want to save money here, but organic foods are usually more expensive. One thing I have learned here, is when cutting out processed food, buying organic can cost much less. Why? Because we don’t realize how much we actually spend on processed foods until we start to cut them out. Buying more fresh organic foods and cooking more from scratch will actually save you money.

1.      Forget about the name. One of the quickest ways to save money at the grocery store is to forget about the brand name foods.  We need to change the way we think and start looking at labels and not name brands. The ingredient label will tell you more information than any fancy marketing on the front.For some reason, people think that buying brand name food is like buying brand name clothing. Guess what? It isn’t! When it comes to food, often times the off brand foods taste exactly like the brand name foods…sometimes they taste even better! And, the best part is that the off brand foods cost substantially less than the name brands do.  But even then, the most important part of any label is the ingredient list. Read IT!Day 3/365 - Ride in the Shopping Cart.. (Explored)

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5 Ways To Make This Memorial Day Cookout Unique

Grillin 2Monday is Memorial Day in the USA.

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s also a day we celebrate with food, family, and

It’s  a time to relax and get together and enjoy the day. Get out the grill and have cookout. It is usually the first official cookout day that we mark the beginning of summer. Kids are winding down the school year and graduates are celebrating.  So let’s BBQ!

Every barbecue is always a good fun family event. Here are 5 ways to make your routine holiday barbecue a more unique experience:

1) Who said you have to only barbecue meat? There is quite a lot that can be done with bread or fruit and veggies over a hot grill. One way to make barbecues and grilling more fun to the whole family is to use pastry cutters for what ever it is you are grilling. It is up to you or your kids what design and type of food you use. This also gets the kids involved.

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Monsanto Is Invading My Space Now

round-upToday, I’m mad and dumbfounded after learning  just how close Monsanto has come to my space. The place I call home and feel the safest. At least until the news that neighbors have decided to jump on the money wagon and earn a few bucks growing GMO corn. I have watched yellow fields pop up all over our community.

All being sprayed with RoundUp aka glyphosate…

“Each year in the United States more than 1 billion pounds of synthetic pesticides – insecticides, herbicides, rodenticides and fungicides – are applied in agriculture, homes, schools, parks, playgrounds and daycare centers. The National Toxicology Program has found in animal bioassays that a number of widely used pesticides are carcinogenic. Case-control epidemiologic studies have found consistent, modest associations between pesticide exposures in utero and in early childhood and acute lymphocytic leukemia, childhood brain cancer and childhood non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Rates of childhood leukemia are consistently elevated among children who grow up on farms, among children whose parents used pesticides in the home or garden, and among children of pesticide applicators.” ~ Philip J. Landrigan, MD, chairman of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine and professor of pediatrics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City

All I can say that someone is paying big bucks to get the little guy to grow this stuff. I am sure most are not educated about Monsanto and their GMO seeds, they just see an income opportunity. I just wish more people would look at the big picture when making such decisions..

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