Organic vs. Conventional: Making the Switch

Hello and Happy Earth Day!!

Over the past few months, my husband and I have switched over to organic food. We started out gradually buying only organic produce, and then we switched to organic milk and eggs to organic meats and poultry.  I used to think that it would be too expensive for us but so far I’ve found that it’s actually quite affordable.  Most of the time we pay anywhere from .30 cents to a $2 more per item depending on where we shop which is Publix and local produce markets.

Although we do pay a little extra at the grocery store, I’m glad we made the change as the benefits far outweigh the costs. Not only does the food taste a hundred times better since there are no pesticides or GMOs but I feel  better like I have more pep in my step and less digestive issues. I realize however, that there’s a lot of debate on whether or not organic food is safer and more nutritious for you than conventionally grown food. So I just try to pay attention to my body and to other variables like what’s in season and the ripeness of the produce since that also influences nutritional value.  I guess it all depends on what you are most comfortable with.

I’ve been following a couple of informative blogs on healthy living called: Food Babe and Detoxinista. These are helpful websites when it comes to making healthy choices and eating organic.

Foodbabe.com is a guide you on how to live an organic lifestyle, make the right purchasing decisions at your local grocery store and how to travel and eat healthfully around the world.  Food babe also investigates and writes about the harmful ingredients found in processed foods and how to avoid them. You may recognize her name from some of the recent press that came out about Subway and Chick-fil-a  using harmful additives in their food.  Food babe was the one responsible for not only investigating and exposing this knowledge to the public but for getting them to stop! I don’t know about you all but I think that’s pretty darn cool.

Detoxinista is another blog with lots of good recipes and helpful tips on healthy living and nutrition. I highly recommend checking our her website. She is very knowledgeable and has lots of delicious recipes that are quick and easy to make and use simple, whole ingredients.

Are you trying to make a switch to eating organic? If so, I hope these blogs are helpful to you.

Have a great day and a healthy week!

~Mrs. Nice Girl

 

 

Monday Motivation

Good morning! I hope you all  had a great weekend and a Happy Easter!

Last night, my husband and I hosted Easter dinner at our house with both of our families. This was also our first dinner hosted as husband and wife 🙂

Instead of a traditional Easter ham, Oscar grilled an array of meats, sausages and chicken.  I prepared a chick pea salad to go on the side with a baguette and some delicious homemade coconut Easter Nests for dessert (something my brother and I used to enjoy when we were kids). It was a lot of fun. Thankfully our parents get along very well and enjoy each other’s company so dinners at our house are always an easy success.

IMG_20140421_033701 Unfortunately, I think I had a little too much fun because I woke up with a horrible stomach and head ache around 3am last night and had trouble going back to sleep 😦 I wanted to call in sick today but I can’t so I will have to trudge on with my day.  I am badly in need of some Monday Motivation. Here are a few inspirational quotes that got me through my morning and rest of the day. The last one is my favorite!!

Do you have any Monday motivation quotes that you go to for those rough mornings? If so, please share!

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bey future monday fab"You're gonna be livin in a van...down by the river!" - chris farley, BEST COMEDIAN EVER!

Mrs. Nice Girl

Hey everybody!! Happy Easter!!

As some of you may know, I have been hard at work planning my wedding so I haven’t been able to post in a while but I am happy to announce that Oscar and I are married!! 988832_10152276761143614_3459022690612651413_nOn Sunday, April 6th we tied the knot at Benvenuto’s in Boynton Beach, FL. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day.  The weather was beautiful, the ceremony was lovely and the reception was lots of fun. Oscar and I couldn’t have been more pleased with everything. Our photographer, Manny Moya, was wonderful and took lots of great photos which I have posted for you below:

The Ceremony: ceremony 2 the ceremonyOur wedding party: wedding partywedding party 2 Me and my Dad: me and dad sepia Bride and Groom: bride and groom piano oscar and katie benvenutos oscar and katie the dip the cakeI hope you enjoyed the sneak peek of our wedding photos. I’ll try and post more pics of the reception as soon as I can. In the meantime, I hope you all have a beautiful day and a Happy Easter!! XOXOXO ~ Mrs. Nice