Apple cider vinegar is a multitasking wizard. It contains acetic acid, which is known as a safe disinfectant that kills bacteria on a plethora of different surfaces, from your kitchen counter to your face. It also deodorizes, helps maintain pH balance, and only has a few calories per tablespoon. As amazing as ACV is, it’s also important to remember that it is still an acid, and should almost always be diluted, especially if you consume it. Below we outline some of our favorite uses for apple cider vinegar.
If you are looking for an all-natural, DIY cleaning solution then apple cider vinegar is a great option. It works as a disinfectant and absorbs odor, all without any harsh chemicals. Check out our blog post here for instructions on how to whip up your very own ACV all-purpose cleaner.
Sore throat? Gargle apple cider vinegar and water. Stomach troubles? Drink one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and water. Itchy skin? Apply a little apple cider vinegar to the affected area. The list goes on and on, but as you can see, a little ACV can work wonders for a variety of different ailments. It’s also been known to boost energy levels because it contains potassium and amino acids that help fight fatigue. Dilute a tablespoon in a large glass of water in the morning to start your day off right.
Apple cider vinegar has been touted as a miracle solution for everything from yellow teeth to dandruff. It’s also been known to help clear skin, freshen breath, and reduce any unsightly swelling or bruising. Basically, keep a bottle on hand to use in your daily beauty regimen! Always remember to dilute apple cider vinegar if you are using it directly on your skin.
Just about a week after Thanksgiving last year, I walked into a coffee shop to get myself a drink with hopes of warding off the biting cold of New York in the winter. When I got to the counter, I ordered and took our my wallet to pay. The cashier stopped me before I could give him my credit card and said, “Don’t worry about it. The guy ahead of you already paid for your drink.” He gave me a quick smile and ushered for the next person in line. What the cashier didn’t realize was how genuinely happy I felt, and how shocked I was by how much of an impact this small act of kindness had on me. I walked up to the man who had stood in front of me in line to thank him. It was nothing, he said. He simply asked that I would take his act of kindness and pay it forward whenever I had the opportunity.
While I had seen this act in movies tons of times, I was never actually able to grasp how meaningful it can be. I’ve since paid it forward, some deeds small, some much larger, on multiple occasions and I can honestly say there isn’t a better feeling in the world than putting a smile on a stranger’s face! What starts at that moment as a small flutter in my stomach turns into a slight grin that I walk away with and wear on my face for the rest of the day.
For the past few months, Rudi’s has been doing “Pay it Forward Friday” where we ask our FANS what they’ve done to pay it forward over the past week. We’ve also done some pay it forward activities ourselves, like driving through Boulder in our Loafswagon van and handing out free product coupons (we also handed out a couple loaves of our bread to the two girl in the photo above)! When asking our fans what they’ve done to help around their community, we’ve come across some pretty spectacular responses! But for those of you who have yet to partake in Pay if Forward Friday, here are some ideas to get you started!
10 Simple Ways to Pay it Forward
- Clean out your closet and donate all the clothes you no longer wear to someone in need. Your old is someone else’s new!
- Donate blood. A single pint of blood can save up to 3 lives!
- Share your umbrella with a stranger on a rainy day.
- Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday and holiday gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a good cause.
- When you’re purchasing food, buy an extra meal or item for someone else.
- Unexpectedly complement people around you. You have no idea how much a simple compliment can mean something to someone!
- Pay for a coffee or a toll for the person in the car behind you.
- Pin vouchers or coupons that you don’t need on a community notice board.
- Use extra coins to pay for nearly expired parking meters.
- When someone wants to repay you for something, ask them to pay it forward!
A Rudi’s fan recently sent us a photo of a bag she made using only Rudi’s Organic and Gluten-Free plastic bags (as pictured), which got us thinking about how to utilize our own collection of plastic bags!
Before you throw away your Rudi’s, or grocery bags if you have them, consider reusing them in one of these ways:
- Do as our fan did and string the plastic bags to make “yarn” for knitting and crochet projects, or other art projects in general
- Picking up after pets
- Transporting dirty clothes or shoes when traveling places
- Packing a lunch
- Taking on shopping trips instead of getting new ones
- Wrapping fragile items for protection when storing or moving them
- Lining trash cans instead of purchasing new trash bags
- Placing fruits and veggies in them at the grocery store or farmer’s market
- Stuffing packages instead of using bubble wrap or paper
What are some ways you already reuse your bags?
All organic ingredients:
- 2 Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 T Olive Oil
- ½ Vidalia Onion, Finely Chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 4 Roma Tomatoes, Seeded and Diced
- 2 tsp dried Oregano
- ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- ½ T Fresh, Chopped Basil
- ½ Cup Pesto (Store bought or make your own using 1 ½ Cups Fresh Basil, ¼ Cup Walnuts, 2 cloves garlic, ½ Cup Grated Parmesan, ½ Cup Olive Oil, Salt & Pepper to taste)
- 4 Rudi’s Organic 7-Grain with Flax Wraps (or your favorite Rudi’s wraps)
Pound the chicken breasts to ½ inch thickness and season with salt and pepper on both sides. Grill over medium heat approximately 7 minutes. Turn over and continue to grill for an additional 5 minutes or until done. Remove from grill. Cover the chicken with foil and set aside for 5 minutes.
While chicken is resting…In a large skillet, sauté the onion and garlic in olive oil until onion is translucent – 3 to 4 minutes. Add diced tomatoes, oregano, and parmesan and remove from heat. Add the basil.
Uncover the chicken breasts and slice into rather thin, bite-sized pieces or slices.
Assemble your wraps. Start with a Rudi’s Organic 7-Grain with Flax or your favorite Rudi’s wrap. Spread 1 to 2 tablespoons of pesto down the center. Add ¼ of the chicken and ¼ of the tomato mixture. Repeat three times with remaining wraps.
Special thanks to Barb for submitting her recipe to our Grill Master Contest!
Spring is definitely coming in at full force here in Boulder. As I was walking around town this weekend I was noticing the buds on the trees starting to bloom and it got me thinking about starting to work on my garden! Although it’s going to be tough to say goodbye to cozy nights by the fire eating soup and drinking hot chocolate, I’m looking forward to working in the garden and being able to grow my own food.
One really fun family activity is to start your seed starters in your garden! Kids will really love being able to witness their seeds growing into sprouts, then planting it into your backyard and watching them grow into vegetables.
What you need:
- 1 egg carton
- 12 whole organic egg shells, top open and washed out
- 2 packet of organic seeds
- organic potting soil
- small water mist bottle
- small needle
- Take your cleaned out egg shell and poke a small hole at the bottom with a needle
- Place the 12 whole organic egg shells, top open into the egg carton.
- mist the potted soil you will be using so that the soil is moist
- have your kids fill up the egg shells 3/4 full of organic potting soil
- gently, dig a small hole in the soil, and place 3-5 seeds in each egg shell. After planted, cover up so the seeds no longer show
- place egg carton by window so the seeds get sunlight for growth
- water daily
- place your egg carton filled with your seed started by a window that gets light and watch it grow!
- once big enough, place starters into your garden. No need to take out of the shell as egg shells are biodegradable!
Photo From: Natural Culture of instructables.com
I’m typically an amazing sleeper. I get in bed at 10:00 and sound asleep by 11:00. I’ve never followed any sort of bedtime ritual or meditation practice before falling asleep because up until recently, sleeping has always been the easiest part of my day. Something in me has changed however. I’m not sure if it’s all the excitement of starting a new job or endlessly thinking about my weekends when I get to play in the mountains, but for some reason, I cannot sleep! I’ve been going to bed later and waking up really early.
I decided to take action! Aware of the calming and stress relieving properties of organic lavender, I decided to make a pillow that I can have in my bed to lay over my eyes or simply just smell. This DIY project will be a great inside project that you and your kids can both reap the benefits.
What you’ll need:
- 2 9 x 4 inch piece of silk or soft fabric
- Needle and thread
- 1 cup flaxseeds
- Spoonful of dried lavender
- (you can also add in dried chamomile)
Step by Step Instructions:
- Take the 2 pieces of fabric and sew 3 of the 4 sides together. Leave open one of the 4 inch sides
- Next, take the inside out fabric and turn the fabric right side out. You may have to get deep inside the pillow to make sure the corners are all out
- In a small bowl, Mix together the flaxseeds, lavender, and anything else you’d like to add
- Either spoonful or funnel it into the 2 pieces of fabric
- When the herbs and flaxseed are in the pillow, sew the 4 inch side closed.
Now, just don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Picture from:Cucumber Spa Eye Pillow