If you don’t already have baby powder in your house, you’ll be rushing out to get some after reading this. Baby powder is great for keeping baby bottoms dry and preventing diaper rash, but it’s so much more than just that. And it’s inexpensive! So take a couple of minutes to read this, and then go get yourself some baby powder and start putting it to good use! One note, though: I suggest you get the cornstarch kind, since talc has been linked to health problems.
Dry shampoo. No time to shampoo? Sprinkle a little powder on your roots and comb through. For more control, pour the powder into your hand and use your fingers to sprinkle it on. Your hair will look and smell fresh for another day.
Pet shampoo. Freshen your pet between baths.
Cool sheets. Sprinkle powder on your sheets on a hot night to keep your sheets cool and dry, and yourself feeling fresh, not sweaty.
Freshen closets. Keep a dish filled with powder in your closet to keep away musty smells.
Fuller lashes. Dust your eyelashes with powder before applying mascara for fuller, plumper looking lashes.
Remove sand. Take some powder on your next beach outing and take home less sand! Sprinkle powder on your sandy legs and brush off sand and powder.
Untangle necklaces. Tangled necklace chains won’t drive you insane anymore! Coat the knots with powder to loosen them up.
Deodorize shoes. Sprinkle powder into your shoes at the end of the day and leave overnight. Shake it out in the morning and enjoy your fresh shoes.
Ant repellent. Safer and cheaper than chemicals! Sprinkle a line of powder around windows, doors, even picnic blankets, and the ants won’t cross over to your side.
For just a few dollars, a bottle of powder can do so much!
If you read the last post you know how awesome apples are for your health, so definitely go with the “apple a day keeps the doctor away” practice. As delicious as apples are, though, eating them plain every day could get a little boring after a while, so here are some other awesome ways to eat them. And if that’s not cool enough for you, check out the other ways you can use apples.
Apple pie. Of course you know about this; apple pie is a favorite fall dessert. Make sure you serve it warm with some good vanilla ice cream!
Applesauce. I can’t think of an easier or healthier dessert to make than apple sauce. Peel, core, and slice as many apples as you want and put them in a pot. Add a drop of water, some maple syrup, a squirt of lemon juice, and cook until soft but not too mushy. Mash it right in the pot with a spoon for chunky applesauce, or use an immersion blender for a finer texture. I love this hot or cold.
Sliced with nut butter. Spread apple slices with almond or peanut butter for a delicious, high protein snack.
Apple crisp or cobbler. Another fall fave.
Apple chips. Slice thinly and arrange on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with cinnamon if you like, and bake at 225 degrees for one hour. Flip over and bake for another hour or until they are crisp.
Ripen fruit. Place apples in a bag with unripe fruit. Apples release a gas that speeds up ripening, and your fruit should be ready to eat in a day or so.
Fix salty soup. Don’t you hate it when you over-salt your soup? Fix it by adding some apple wedges and cooking for another 10 minutes. The apple will absorb the extra salt and the soup will be perfect.
Moist roasted chicken. Place an apple in the cavity of the chicken for moist, delicious results.
Soften brown sugar. When your brown sugar gets too hard, an apple can save it! Place it in a sealed bag with an apple wedge for a day.
Apple stamps. Here’s a great craft idea for kids: Cut apples in half and cut out the core. Dip in paint to use as stamps with an interesting shape.
Face mask. Grate apples and mix with some honey. Apply to face for a few minutes to reduce inflammation and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Who knew?!?
A medium apple has about 80 calories, a satisfying crunch, and tons of good stuff. You can’t go wrong with an apple!
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Whoever came up with that so many years ago probably never even knew just how true it might actually be. It turns out that eating apples has a load of health benefits, and that’s great news because apples are: a) available pretty much all year round, b) very affordable, and c) delicious! Even though you can get apples at the store throughout the year, fall is peak apple season, where they’re most delicious and most available, so get your fill of apples now! Settle in with a sweet and crunchy apple and read all about its incredible health benefits.
Antioxidant rich. Antioxidants do great things for your health overall, especially your immune system, so eat those apples and ward off winter colds.
Apples have lots of fiber. Apples are one of the most fiber-rich fruits.
High in iron. Getting enough iron helps prevent anemia.
Good for your teeth. Biting and chewing an apple cleans your teeth and helps prevent bacteria from entering your body.
Eating apples may lower your risk of stroke.
Improved lung function. Helps prevent lung cancer and lowers risk for asthma.
Apples naturally detox the liver.
Controlling your weight. Apples can help boost your metabolism, and all that satisfying fiber helps prevent overeating and snacking.
Brain health. The components in apples help with memory and may work to prevent dementia.
Prevent cancer. Compounds in apples can help prevent various cancers.
Reduce cholesterol. Lower cholesterol improves your health in so many ways,
Decrease risk of diabetes. People who eat apples are less likely to have diabetes. Eating apples also helps keep your blood sugar even.
Helps fix diarrhea and constipation.
Isn’t is nice when something that’s so good for you is actually something you already love to eat? Now you know what you need to do: and apple a day…
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