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Yummy Smoothie—Good for you too!

Peaches and Berries

Some of you may know that I am a big proponent of GREEN SMOOTHIES!  I love them for many reasons, the two main ones being they are delicious and also extremely nutritious.  They give you mega-greens which infuse your body with tons of needed vitamins and minerals; because they are so tasty it is very easy to incorporate into your daily diet.

The first thing that I did was I invested in a high-speed blender.  There are many good ones on the market; I chose the Blendtec Wild Side Blender (after trying out Vita Mix and returning it).  I ordered it through…I have used it almost daily since I bought it back in June!

Secondly, you have to purchase organic produce.  There is not much point in taking your time and money to enhance your health if you are going to buy tainted or chemically drenched produce.  During the summer months I also grew fresh greens in my garden so I used those in my smoothies.

Thirdly,  choose a variety of greens and fruits that you use in your smoothies so that your vitamin and mineral mix is varied.  It will also keep your diet interesting so you won’t get bored.

Here is the green smoothie I made this morning:

Large handful of organic spinach (or dandelion greens or any other mild-tasting green)

2-3 large ripe organic peaches

7-9 ripe organic strawberries (or handful of raspberries)

Handful of frozen blackberries (also organic)

1 cup of low-sugar orange juice

1 cup of water

Blend well and enjoy!

Yolo is here!

Do you know what Yolo is?  It’s a brand of paint.  That’s where the similarity with other paints ends.Yolo Colorhouse Paint  bills themselves as the “environmentally responsible” paint company.  Click on this to check out one of their wonderful color lines!

Paint Basics 

In very basic terms, paint is made of 3 things: pigment, binder, and water.

When we say pigment, we are really talking about titanium dioxide, or other minerals that are added to paint to make it whiter. The less titanium dioxide that is added to the paint base, the more saturated the color the paint can become.

The binder is what makes paint stick to the wall and binds the pigment, it is also called resin.

Water is what allows the paint to go on as a wet solution, as the water evaporates, the paint creates a dry film of color on your wall.

Latex paint is an umbrella term for water based paint that can use one or a combination of 3 resin types – Acrylic, PVA, and VAE.

YOLO Colorhouse uses a combination of both zero VOC acrylic and PVA binders, depending on what the specific use for the paint is. YOLO Colorhouse is proud of what is not in our paint:

  • No carcinogens
  • No reproductive toxins
  • No mutagens
  • No hazardous air pollutants
  • No ozone depleting compounds
  • No formaldehyde
  • No phthalates
  • No VOCs