Yes Ma’am ~ Simple Healthy Recipe: Green/Red Peppers with Pork and Rice, Mangos & Baby Spinach

So the other day I whipped up a tasty recipe. Usually I try to find some recipes online and cook them but lately I have just been makingthings from scratch recipes seeing if they taste good. Now this simple dish came up with came together perfectly and the most work I had to do was standing in the kitchen and cutting things up. I like to keep everything nice and simple while yet delicious and lately I have been trying to eat healthy…so far Im doing great :D.

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Ingredients:

– Jasmine Rice (Organic)

-1/2 Red bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1/2 Green bell pepper chopped (Not the hot kind)

-1 Whole Onion chopped

-1 slab of pork chop chopped up

– Extra Virgin Olive Oil

– 1 Whole Mango

– A hand full of Organic Baby Spinach

– A pinch of Salt (optional)

-Pepper

Directions:

  • Chop the onion, red & green bell pepper and the pork chop. Season with salt & pepper. I only used a pinch of salt, (Im not a salt fan) and sprinkle a little pepper.
  • Next heat up your skillet on medium. Pour as much olive oil as you think you may need. Wait until the oil is hot then pour all of your ingredients into the skillet. After about 5 minutes or so stir the ingredients the put the cover over the food. (This was you make sure the pork chop is completely cooked and the vegetables don’t burn.)
  • Occasionally stir the food. After about 15 or 10 minutes it should all be ready.
  • While you’re waiting for the food to finish lets put on the rice. If you don’t know how to cook rice, don’t worry I’ll teach you :). (I don’t have a rice cooker..well I do but I don’t use it.)
  • Pour as much rice as you want but not a lot to the point where its too much or reaches the pots rim. If you want a lot then pour it to the middle of the pot. Then pour some cold water with the rice. At this time it doesn’t matter how much water you are pouring because the rice needs to be cleaned. Stir the rice up with your hand or a spoon then pour out as much water as you can without the rice falling out. Repeat this until the water is clear or you feel sure it is clean enough. Then pour enough water to where it is about a inch over the rice. Heat the stove on high and put the rice on.  MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE RICE. When the rice water comes to a boil turn the heat down to its lowest and put the cover over the rice. In about 10 or 15 minutes the rice should be done.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then clean all those dirty dishes you made while you’re waiting. Wash your hands, get your plating ready and check the food.
  • If the food still isn’t ready then get out your mango. Make sure to rinse it off. Then begin to peel or cut your mango up. (I cut mine). Put as much mango as you want on your plate.
  • Afterward grab a handful of baby spinach, make sure that you rinse it off. Put on the plate.
  • After the food is done put as much rise as you want on your plate. Then add the pepper, onion and pork chop mix at the top and wah la! You have a simple meal for lunch breakfast or dinner…or all day! Theres about 4 or 5 servings worth for this dish.

-Jazzie

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Hair Journey Update: New & Last Moisturizer Auntie Cookies Moisturizer

So for my recent hair regimen I have been using texturemenatural Auntie Cookies Moisture Cream (16 oz) and Hair Healing Butter (8 oz). it has been working on my hair like a dream. I also have the conditioner but I’ve only used it twice, it works great too and it smells sooooo good. I bought the lemon grass scent. I will never willingly go back to my old regimen unless she stops selling her supplies.

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This is how the moisturizer looked when it arrived. I’m not going to lie, I was a little shocked when I saw the part of the cream that looked like someone poked their finger in it. (Im always suspicious of the USPS. But after using it and reshaping it, I realized it does it on its own. The mailman is innocent! Lol.

To test her products (conditioner, moisturizer, sealer) when I received them, I re-braided my hair but this time shoulder length. Before it was down mid-back. So I cut my long box braids the length I wanted them. Then I un-braided my hair taking each strand of synthetic hair I un-braided and wrapping it in a little piece of silver foil. I did this for each strand so that I could re-use the hair without having to sort it out.

I know some may think why re-use synthetic hair? Its cheap and easy to get. Well for me when the hair has already been braided making it easier to re-braid. If you braid hair then you know with new hair you always have to go through getting the kinks out of the hair and sorting it. With hair that is already braided its been parted and sorted already so its a breeze to re-use. Plus I dont have to spend extra money, so I saved $16.

I did combed my hair with a wide tooth comb to get all of the loose hair out. Then I began re-braiding my hair and moisturizing each strand with the auntie cookies cream and healing butter. It actually took me two weeks to finish my hair completely lol. I was being lazy. I braided every part of my hair except about 10 braids worth of hair in the middle the first two days then I dragged my feet for two weeks. When I went out or to work, I would just put on a hat and no one noticed at all.

So I have been moisturizing with Auntie Cookies Moisturizer and sealer. My last regimen was carols curl mixedauntie cookies moisture cream and conditioner with conditioner then sealed with Rosermary oil and Olive oil. Before I took out my braids from my previous regimen I took photos of how my hair looked after I washed it with Jasons Organic shampoo and moisturized it and sealed it with my old regimen. This time I did the same with Auntie Cookies moisturizer including washing my hair with Jasons Organic shampoo.

To the right is the difference between the two. In my before photo I had my braids in for 19 days. in my after photo I had my braids in for 18 days. With aunties curl cream my hair does not look as dry nor does my scalp look pale. My curl pattern is more dominant and my hair just looks way better lol. I’m very happy with her product not only that but my mom and sis even want it after using it on my 9 month old niece and they’re not even natural, they’re relaxed.

*Update 5/1/13: My sister ordered a sample pack for my niece and she loves it! I ordered the coconut moisturizer and healer along with my sis’s order, unfortunately my hair stop taking in the  moisturizer I guess since the temperature has changed and its hot now. The moisturizer is a light and right now my hair wants heavy moisturizers. So I’ve been using conditioner to moisturize along with the healing butter to seal my hair. I love love love the healing butter!*

If you’re interested in her product her website is http://www.texturemenatural.com/

You can also ask her questions on her fb page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texture-Me-Natural/194003070625953

-Jazzie

Recipe: Hair Stimulating Regrowth Conditioner

IMG_2511Ingredients:

3-4 drops of Rosemary essential oil

1 tsp of olive oil1 egg, beaten

Directions:

Blend all ingredients well in a bowl. Apply to hair. Leave in hair for 15 minutes. Then rinse. A shampoo maybe be needed after rinsing mixture from hair.

The Benefits of Olive Oil

Olive-Oil-in-Bottle-Olives-PostersOlive oil is the perfect oil to use to restore and replenish dry hair. Olive oil will give your usually dull and drab hair a healthy dose of shine by making it moisturized and healthy. Olive oil can also help soften your hair, making it more pliable and it can help cure a dandruff problem.

  • One of the best advantages of using olive oil for hair is that it helps in preventing as well as curing hair loss. Most people have hair loss because of the presence of a hormone called DTH which causes the hair follicle shaft to decrease. Applying olive oil to hair prevents the production of DTH hormones on the scalp, thus getting rid of the problem of hair loss.
  • The presence of antioxidants in olive oil makes it an appropriate hair oil that promotes overall scalp health. The hair damage caused due to excessive use of chemical based hair products can be treated with the help of olive oil, thus giving room for growth of healthy hair.
  • Apart from the fact that olive oil is an effective treatment for hair loss, it also acts as a natural conditioner for hair. In other words, applying olive oil on hair makes it shiny and soft.
  • The antifungal and antibacterial properties of olive oil is a great way to get rid of problems like dandruff and head lice. Moreover, massaging your hair with a mixture of olive oil and lavender oil is very relaxing and acts as a great stress buster.

How to use olive oil in your regimen:

*As a pre-poo: Apply olive oil to dry or damp hair > cover with a plastic cap> leave on for 15 to 30mins or overnight >follow with your wash day regimen

*As a hot oil treatment/oil rinse: Warm olive oil in a double boiler >apply to hair after you have shampoo’d or co-washed >cover with a plastic cap and leave on for 30mins >rinse with warm water >and follow with the rest of your regimen*

*As a sealer: After applying your water-based moisturizer, apply a little olive oil to the length of your strands and pay special attention to your ends

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Olive oil can also be used in your skin care regimen. If you follow the oil cleansing method, where you apply oil to your face as your cleanser. Olive oil is a great option because it is rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and K. These antioxidants help diminish dark spots and heal scars.

Credit to:

https://www.facebook.com/notes/texture-me-natural/benefits-of-olive-oil/433962536656359

 

http://www.buzzle.com/articles/olive-oil-for-hair-growth.html

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/87040-benefits-olive-oil-hair/#ixzz243PXus32

List of Natural Shampoos, Conditioners, Deep Conditioners, Moisturizers..

I was going to make this just a post or a sticky but I’m going to make a page and update it with links linking to the products on this list just in case some natural comes along and wants to know some good products 🙂

 

SHAMPOOS

Anita Grant Shampoo Bars

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Shampoo

Aubrey Organics Island Replenishing Shampoo

Bee Mine Botanical Moisturizing Shampoo

CURLS Curlicious Curls Cleansing Cream

Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo

Giovanni 50/50 Balanced Shampoo

Giovanni Smooth as Silk

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo

Jane Carter Solution Moisture Nourishing Shampoo

Jessicurl Hair Cleansing Cream

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Moisturizing Shampoo

Koils by Nature Replenishing Lavender & Eucalyptus Cleanser

Metamorphosis Coconut Lime Moisturizing Shampoo

Metamorphosis Honey Citrus Hair Detox

Metamorphosis Mint to Be Therapeutic Shampoo

Qhemet Biologics Egyptian Wheatgrass Cleansing Tea

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo

Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash

Yes to Carrots Shampoo

 

CONDITIONERS

Aubrey Organics Island Replenishing Conditioner

Bee Mine Avocado Cream Balanced Conditioner

CURLS Coconut Sublime Conditioner

CURLS Curl Ecstacy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner

Curly Kinks Satin Roots

DevaCare One Condition

Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner

Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner

Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner

Jane Carter Solution Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner

Koils by Nature Complete Hair Conditioner

Koils by Nature Hydrating Shealoe Creamy Conditioner

MyHoneyChild Coconut Hair Milk

MyHoneyChild Honey Hair Mask

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

Qhemet Biologics Moringa Tree Conditioning Ghee

Terressentials Pure Earth Hair Wash

Yes to Carrots Conditioner

 

DEEP CONDITIONERS

Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner

B.A.S.K. Cacao Bark Deep Conditioning Hair Treat

Bee Mine Bee-U-Ti-Ful Deep Conditioner

Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair TreatmentCurly Kinks CurlyCue Renew

Jessicurl TooShea

Jessicurl Weekly Deep Conditioner

Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks Hair Mask

Metamorphosis Super Whipped Hair Fudge

MyHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner

Ouidad Deep Treatment Intensive Conditioner

Qhemet Biologics Alma & Olive Heavy Cream

 

MOISTURIZERS/ LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS / BUTTERS/ CREAMS / STYLER

B.A.S.K. Palm Tapioca Deluxe Hair Cream

Bee Mine Bee Hold Curly Butter

Bee Mine Deja’s Hair Milk

Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana Honey Butta Leave-In Conditioner

CURLS Curl Souffle

CURLS Whipped Cream

Darcy’s Botanicals Herbal Leave-In Conditioning Spritz

Darcy’s Botanicals Vanilla Delight Daily Leave-In Conditioner

DevaCurl B’Leave In

Hair Rules Nourishment Leave in Conditoner

HoneyChile Hair Love Lush Curl Custard

Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love

Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar

Koils by Nature Nourishing Hair and Body Butter Sweet Almonds Joy

Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner

Metamorphosis Kinky Kocktail Leave In Conditioner

Natty Butter

Oyin Handmade Hair Dew

Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries

Oyin Handmade Whipped Pudding

Qhemet Biologics Cocoa Tree Detangling Ghee

Reve Essentials Hair and Body Moisturizer

SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie

Texture Me Natural’s Aunt Cookie’s MoistureCream

Texutre Me Natural’s Healing Hair Butter

 

NATURAL OILS

Check your local grocery or health food store for your vegetable/fruit oils

Alma

Avocado

Brahmi

Bhringraj

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Grapeseed

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jojoba

Safflower Oil

Sesame Oil

Sweet Almond

Vatika Oil

 

NAPTURAL85 WHIPPED SHEA BUTTER RECIPE

-Unrefined Shea Butter at Room Temperature

-About 1 Tbsp Coconut Oil

-About 1 tsp Olive Oil

-About 1 tsp Castor Oil

-About 1 Tbsp Jojoba Oil

-About 1/2 tsp Vitamin E

LINK TO VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Ok14CgADM

 

OILS/SEALANTS

Aubrey Organics Sea Buckthorn Leave-In Conditioner

Brazil Nut Oil

Burt’s Bees Nourishing Baby Oil

Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Hair Elixir

Darcy’s Botanicals Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Conditioning Oil

Jessicurl Oil Blend for Softer Hair

Metamorphosis Eucalyptus Hair Elixir

Metamorphosis Rehydrating Oil

Metamorphois High Gloss Almond Oil

Monoi De Tahiti Oil

MyHoneyChild Intensive Hair Oil Treatment

Oyin Handmade Burnt Sugar Pomade

Qhemet Biologics Castor and Moringa Softening Serum

Unrefined Shea Butter

 

SPECIAL TREATMENTS

Ayurvedic

Bentonite

Henna (BAQ)

Rhassoul

 

Credit goes to Texture Me Natural on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texture-Me-Natural/194003070625953

HOW I DISCOVERED GOING NATURAL..

The first time I had heard of going natural was online a couple of years ago…I forgot where exactly I was reading from…I Natural Hairbelieve it was on a forum, a woman was discussing chopping off her hair again and starting over. She mentioned using olive oil for her hair and skin…I have to admit to, when I first read this I didn’t put much thought into it except it was odd.

Fast forward a couple years later, I discovered  the blackhairmedia forum. How? Well I was looking for some good weave lol. Believe it or not, I am like a hair fein…I’ll spend hours on the internet literally reading reviews, watching youtube videos and reading forum discussions about products, etc…it just sparks my interest. So anyway, I spent like a few months just going through blackhairmedia archives and discovering the Chinese vendors to go for good hair..Holly, Kevin…and how american vendors are basically rip offs because they order their hair from the Chinese just to sell it at a higher price. If you watched the movie, Good Hair, then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

So all these months I’m on the forum it never struck me to go to the Natural Hair Care side of the forum until one day someone had mentioned taing care of their hair underneath their wig…so I thought about it, looked at my overly dry hair and began my research on taking care of my hair which led to me learning about natural vs relaxer and my ambition to want to grow long natural hair.

When i think about it now, there have been sooooo many hints throughout life that would have gave me the lift of having natural hair sooner but because of stereotypes and what women/men (not only African American, people of other ethnicities think it too) who think “relaxed hair” is the only way for good hair, imprint into their children and peers mind…it never crossed my mind until a year ago.

I would look at girls of other races and think…wow they’re hair is so beautiful and naturally healthy while I have to get relaxers and deal with my nappy edges. I remember meeting a black girl in my gym class when I first entered High school…we were in the locker room and her hair was wet because we had swimming class. For some reason we got to talking about hair and I mentioned something about her and she responded “This IS my real hair”. I was speechless…never had I seen a girl with the same skin tone as me with long hair that reached her hips!! Now that I think about it, her hair was natural at that. If that wasn’t an obvious sign then I don’t know what was lol.

Another hint I had about the natural world was my aunt! She would always say to my grandmother (who always has her kids at her house) that she doesn’t want her children’s hair relaxed, she wants it to be NATURAL. I remember thinking how dumb it was that she didnt want their hair relaxed. The reason why I thought that was because their always and still does…LOOK A HOT MESS. I mean hair sticking out everywhere..the oldest one has some breakage in her hair and she hardly ever has her hair done..you know how your braids look when you leave them in longer than what your suppose to? Thats how hers looks. And the funny thing about it is…both my grandmother and aunt have a license from hair school. What a waste of education?

Well I better stop before I get off track. So thats how I discovered “going natural” through blackhairmedia.

-Jazzie