Healthy Living

Delicious Homemade Broccoli Salad

Wow it has been almost a month since I wrote my last post!  Summer is flying by.  Chuck and I are trying our hardest to take in every single moment of these beautiful summer days.  If you follow us on Instagram you see what I am talking about.  How about you?  What are you doing to celebrate the warmer weather?

One of Chuck’s favorite things about summer is the summer salads I make.  I have 3 go to salad recipes (inherited from our Moms) that I make for him.

The three recipes are:

  • Broccoli Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • French Dressing & Ham Pasta Salad

Every time I make one of these salads I could win the Wife of the Year Award (he is that happy).  I am pretty sure one of those salads is the reason he proposed and the other is why he married me.

Back to his Summer Salad obsession Anytime we have a cookout or family function, Chuck volunteers me to make one of these salads.  Typically it is whichever one he is most in the mood for.  If I don’t make a side batch for him for our home, he whines.  Don’t tell him I told you that!  So I indulge in his bad behavior and for the fact  I secretly love his passion for my cooking.  Don’t tell him I said that either!  

Delicious Homemade Broccoli Salad Recipe

1 Red Onion (Optional, I don’t use this because he is Mr. Picky)
1-2  Large Bunches of Broccoli
4 or 5 Carrots (or you can cheat buy a bag of shredded carrots)
1 Package of Grated Cheddar Cheese
1 Cup of Mayo
3 Sweet’N Low (or sugar substitute)
2-3 Tbsp Vinegar

1.)  Chop up the Red Onion in a food processor and place into a large bowl.
2.)  Rinse the Broccoli under cold water and pat dry.
3.)  Cut the tops off into little Brocolli florets and put into the bowl.
4.)  Dice the stem of the Broccoli into chunks and chop this in the food processor too.
4.)  Add the diced Broccoli stem to the bowl of vegetables.
5.)  Rinse the Carrots and put those into the food processor.
6.)  Add the Carrots and Grated Cheddar Cheese to the bowl.
7.)  Next add the Mayo, Sweet’N Low and Vinegar to the vegetable mixture.

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8.)  Mix all together with a spoon.
9.)  I refrigerate this for 1 or 2 hours (at the least) to let the ingredients set together.
10.) When you are ready to serve, I like to add a little cheese on the top for garnish and presentation.

Notes

  • I always make this to taste.  After making it a couple of times you will be able to tell which ingredient you need to add more to balance the salad.
  • The ingredients listed above are in proportion to one another.   I always buy 3 – 4 heads of broccoli and build my salad from there. (As with the photos of this blog post).  Also, 1 Cup of Mayo won’t cut it.  Add to your preference.

It is a lot of work for what you have as the end result.  Hence the reason I always make more.  This salad never lasts more than 3 days in our home.

Let me know what you think and share your Broccoli Salad Creation photos on Instagram or Twitter with me!

Healthy Living: Lemon-Infused Water

When life hands you lemons, make lemon-infused water.

Leading up to our wedding, I was in full-on “Bride mode”.  I never was a Bridezilla but I must have bought ever bridal magazine I could find and read every online article on The Knot.  Those around me noticed some changes in my behavior.  Some habits were for the better.  Like eating healthier.  I would have yogurt with fruit every morning instead of my morning jaunt to Dunkin’ Donuts for coffee and a pastry.  I also started drinking lemon water to help give me more energy and clear up my skin.  Some wedding prep habits were not so good.  Like that time I took vitamins to help my hair and nails grow, messed with my hormonal balance and started acting like a crazy pregnant woman. My Maid of Honor intervened with this one.  Although the ‘yogurt-for-breakfast’ fad ended as soon as the dress came off, the lemon-infused water stuck.

At Home With The O'Neils - Healthy Living Lemon Infused WaterWe are supposed to drink 8 ounces of water a day.  However water tastes bland to me.  In the warmer months it is easier for me to consume water to quench my thirst, but I have never been a huge water drinker.  By adding lemon to the water, it was easier to hit my daily intake without it feeling like a chore.  I noticed a change in my skin, I had more energy and rarely became sick.  I stuck with this habit after the wedding.

Just recently, I stumbled across this article “20 Reasons you should Drink Lemon Water in the Morning” from Living Traditionally

From my wedding research, I knew lemon water helped with metabolism, digestion, gave me more energy, and attacked free radicals reducing the chance of getting sick.  However, I didn’t know that it cleanses the liver (5), battles depression and anxiety (9), is good for high blood pressure (11), reduces joint pain (14) and here is the kicker – it prevents cancer (20)!  When I was discussing this article with a friend she shared an interesting fact with me.  I cannot officially be quoted, however she is very knowledgeable on the topic, since her husband fought a life-threatening battle with cancer and lives to tell the story.  She said, “it is known that tumors feed on sugar and that is how they grow.  Lemons have a high concentration of alkaline, the opposite of sugar and this prevents cancer from growing”.

Healthy Living Lemon Infused WaterThis article states to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning.  However, I like mine refrigerated.

  1. Cut half a lemon into thin slices.
  2. Place in pitcher and pour water into pitcher.  The lemon taste is best after it has had a few hours to sit.
  3. Refill water as needed.  I typically change out the lemons on the third day.

Since I read the article to Chuck and told him the Cancer prevention fact, he has now turned into a lemon water drinking fanatic and loves it.  If you want to give the lemon water an extra kick, add cucumber slices.  That same friend shared this fact with me.  Balance the lemon and cucumber slices together.  It gives a nice refreshing “zing” to the water.

Do you have healthy living tips that you would like to share!  I would love to know!

Article Source: Living Traditionally

One ‘Flu’ the Cuckoo’s Nest – Cold Be Gone Remedy

I actually wrote the draft of this post a week ago and then became sick with the Flu the next day.  Talk about jinxing yourself!  I am much better now.  Thanks to this remedy and some homemade chicken soup, sent over by my Mother-in-Law.

As we progress into winter, it becomes much easier to become sick.  There has been recent scientific evidence that suggests cold weather helps viruses and colds spread.  It doesn’t help that we are cooped up indoors with our loved ones and their germs.  On top of this, often the places we find ourselves in: workplaces, schools, grocery stores, etc., become petri dishes of germs too.  It becomes inevitable to not catch a cold or the Flu.

Whenever Chuck or I becomes sick, the other wants to fly ‘the nest’.  Especially New Year’s Eve 2 years ago when Chuck had the Flu.  It was brutal.  With the exception of last week, I have been pretty lucky.  When I worked in an office, I was always sick, due to close proximity to others and poor air quality.  I started developing extreme sinus infections that would require 2 rounds of medications before the symptoms would subside.

Then I discovered a secret natural remedy.

It has eliminated those nasty sinus infections, keeps me out of the Doctor’s office and keeps germs at bay.  Anytime, I feel a cold coming on, I try this “wash”.

What is this natural wonder? Tea Tree Oil!

It is expensive, however it works.  I bought a 2 oz. bottle at a local Natural Herbal Shop and it cost me $19.95.  You can find it online for much cheaper.  However it is worth it!

Tea Tree Oil Wash

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Ingredients:

  • Water
  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Tissues

 

Instructions:

  1. Boil a cup of Water in a pot on your stove.
  2. When the Water boils, turn the heat off.
  3. Add 1 tsp. of Tea Tree Oil to the Water.
  4. Lean over the pot and breathe in the steam for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you feel slight stinging behind your nose and eyes, this is okay.  It means it is working.  Keep tissues nearby because it will immediately clear your sinus cavities.  Do not ingest the water or oil.  Make sure to clean your pan thoroughly. Tea Tree Oil should not be ingested.

We also take other precautions this time of year with the germs flying around.  We always have on hand:

What are your go to remedies for staying healthy this time of year?

 

**Disclaimers: I am not a doctor, nor do I play one one TV. These are just remedies that have worked for us through the years. They may not work for everyone. This post contains affiliate links.**