Archive for June, 2019

National Fruit & Vegetables Month: The Fruit Smoothie

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Dubbed National Fruit & Vegetables Month, June is a month dedicated to the healthy side of eating.

There are so many people following healthy diets that it’s almost cliché to have a month dedicated to fruits and veggies, let alone write about them. However, I have stumbled upon something which has helped me feel fuller and lose weight: fruit smoothies!

Fruit smoothies are easy to prepare, low caloric, low in sugar and make my stomach satisfied, taming my voracious appetite. It feels much easier to go through the morning after drinking a smoothie versus eating an omelet (at least for me).

An assortment of delicious fruit in a large Acaciaware™ serving bowl.

Fruit smoothies are easy prep, and they only require easy refrigerator stocking for several mornings: fruit, Greek yogurt, ice and non-fat milk (or coconut milk if you prefer). I use both fresh and frozen fruit, but fresh is always preferable.

A great nutritious addition I love is flax seeds. They do not interfere with the taste and are rich in the omega-3 fatty acid ALA, lignans and fiber, all of which have been shown to have many potential health benefits. They can be used to improve digestive health, lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, reduce the risk of cancer and may also benefit people with diabetes.

So far, I have not graduated and made myself a veggie smoothie yet. While I love salads, I don’t think veggie smoothies are for me… then again, I haven’t tried one yet. I think I’ll ease into it by steaming some broccoli and throwing them in a blender with some chicken broth. That will make a broccoli soup, which is kind of a warm smoothie, right? Add garlic salt, pepper, tobasco sauce, a little Worchester and I think we’ve got something!

I fully admit that I am an inexperienced person with regards to smoothies, flax seeds or the discipline to lose weight. But if I can take the first step towards healthy eating, anyone can too. An easy trick like drinking smoothies is worth sharing. Happy fruits and vegetables month!

World’s Stinkiest Cheeses

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

There’s something beautiful about stinky cheese that draws me in. Maybe the aroma?

Stinky cheese should be eaten, not thrown away!
Acaciaware™ appetizer trays add to the beauty of serving cheese and charcuterie!

What is it about stinky cheese that some people can’t get enough of? I used to think my love for stinky cheese was because my taste buds were shot from the spicy foods I’ve eaten over the years, but its global popularity shows that it is more than that.

I hear that stinky cheese releases endorphins, which sounds pretty amazing because unfortunately, that’s just fake news.

But how can something that smells so awful attract so many people and constitute an entire cultural history in France? It’s all too much for me—I just like it to taste as trashy as possible (i.e. “should be eaten, not thrown away”).

Check out this article by Kick Ass Facts which has a kickass list of the stinkiest cheeses that will make both your mouth and your nose water!

National Gardening Week: The Succulent Acacia Bowl

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

There’s something about puttering around in the garden that feels rejuvenating. Being in the outdoors, getting your hands dirty, the fresh smells, gofers, all of it (well, maybe not all).

You may have used our beautiful acacia wood bowls as acai bowls and teriyaki bowls, but here’s a unique way to put our large bowls to use: introducing the Acaciaware succulent bowl!

It’s amazingly easy to pull together a gorgeous indoor planter or hostess gift using an Acaciaware acacia wood bowl. We have certain bowls that are perfect for this in various sizes. The 6-inch diameter bowls have a 4-inch height; the larger 12-inch diameter bowl also is 4 inches tall.

Succulents planted in an assortment of Acaciaware bowls of various shapes and sizes.

Go to your local garden store and pick up soil and your favorite miniature succulents. The bowl will keep moisture in the soil longer than a normal pot will. There is no hole in the bottom so you need to make sure not to over-water the plants.

Ready to work those green thumbs? Check out our assortment of wooden bowls! The rich grain of our Acaciaware bowls will complement your succulents so beautifully and add a unique stylish touch to your display.


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