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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Love Love Love, Cold Brew Coffee

Just like hot coffee but without the bitterness or the heat. Cold brew coffee is so delicious and easy to make. I like to have it on hand in the fridge for an afternoon pick me up or after dinner treat. You can add some ice cubes and combine it with some vanilla almond milk or regular milk if you like that rich creaminess

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Here's how to make it. The key is you start with whole coffee beans. Coarsely grind them in a high powered blender or coffee grinder. You don't want to coffee ground too fine or it will be difficult to strain. Measure 1 part coffee grounds 7 parts water. Combine in a pitcher and let chill overnight. In the morning strain through a fine strainer or cheese cloth and enjoy for days, if it lasts that long. 

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Why You Should Start Your Morning with Lemon Water

A hot cup of lemon water a day keeps the doctor at bay. When you wake up in the morning, drink a cup of hot lemon water on an empty stomach to recieve these amazing benefits and more!

1. It helps you detox every day. Lemons help alkaline the body, they may seem acidic but really they will help to balance pH. They simulat5e the liver, encouraging the body to flush. 

2.  It wakes up your digestive tract. Lemon water stimulates the gastrointestinal tract--improving the bodies ability to absob nurtrients and pass waste.

3. Soothes an upset tummy. All of this cleansing is reduces acidity in the stomach to help the body break things down and flush

4. Weight Loss. A lessor emphasized key to weight loss is regularly cleasing and flushing the body of toxins and waste. If what goes in, also comes out in a timely efficeint manner, youre going to be in good shape!

This simple addition to my routine has worked wonders. I love it and highly recommend. I always zest my lemons before I juice them and keep them in a baggy in my freezer. Lemon zest is great to toss in pasta, salad dressings, sauces. Yume/lemon.jpg

 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Easy Orange & Oilive Oil Kale Salad

 

 

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I am obsessed with this basic recipe and it doesn't need anything else, but you could totally add seeds, nuts, berries, more veggies, beans and or meats if you wanted to. Feel free to make this your own and use ingredients you have on hand, but know it's amazing as is.

 

There is a secret to this recipe and to kale salads in general.

 

The Kale SECRET:

 

It might sound funny, but the secret to kale is...

 

you MASSAGE THE KALE.

 

That's right, get your hands dirty and massage the dressing into the kale, fun huh. 

 

Believe it or not, this takes the bitterness away.

 

Without further ado, I present to you...

 

Easy Orange + Olive Oil Kale Salad Recipe

 

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch Kale

  • 1 Orange

  • Olive Oil

  • Salt + Pepper

  • (optional) Avocado


Directions

Tear Kale off stem and put in big bowl. Squeeze juice of orange onto kale and add a small amount of olive oil. Massage that kale baby! Then add salt and pepper to taste and optional avocado slices on top.

 

Enjoy,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Best Way to Stay Hydrated & Why to Eat Fruits and Veggies

In the summer months it is especially important to stay hydrated. Many people believe that drinking water is the only thing to do to hydrate the body but a lesser known secret to hydration is eating lots of fruits and vegetables. This is especially important when it's hot outside.


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Fruits and veggies keep the body cool by slowly releasing hydration and providing vital vitamins, minerals and nutrients to your body.

Did you also know that eating lots of fruits and veggies is also a great way to maintain a healthy weight?

The waters and nutrients in fruits and veggies encourage the body to cycle and flush, which is one of the most important components of maintaining a healthy figure.

What comes in, must come out. The more efficently this happens the more efficeint your body will be.

Enjoy Nature's Candy & Medicine,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Best Time to Plant A Garden in Tucson

Monsoon season has arrived and is an ideal time for planting in Tucson. The hot dry season of June has ended and lots of rain and some cooler temperatures can be expected for months to come, making this time a perfect opportunity to get your plants into the loosened ground and hydrated with plenty of water. You will notice that your plants almost overnight will look better and the cooler temperatures and humidity do wonders.

 

What to Plant -- TUCSON JULY PLANTING GUIDE:


  • Herbs! Most herbs can be planted now except cilantro and parsley. You could grow basil for your own spaghetti sauces and to make your own pesto, which are both incredibly easy to make! Rosemary grows very well here, and actually you can find it in the wild. Mint is a good choice as well, but be careful, because mint grows quickly and will take over, so you’ll probably want to keep it quarantined in a pot. Other choices include oregano, dill, thyme, sage, tarragon and others.

  • Summer Vegetables! It’s not too late to plant a vegetable garden; try cucumbers, melons, squash, tepary beans, sweet potato, eggplant, pumpkins, and okra.

  • Peppers! We love our peppers in Tucson and there are so many that grow well here from jalapenos, habaneros, serranos, chiltepins and more. If you plant them now they will be ready in time for fall salsas and sauces. 

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Enjoy!,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where Can I Find Tucson Farmer's Markets?

Farmers' Markets

Shopping at for food at the Farmer's Market one of my favorite things to do. I love seeing what foods are in season, speaking with the vendors about where the food comes from and shopping and supporting the local community. More often than not, I leave with a new appreciation and perspective, a new education and even a new friend.

Here is a resource guide you can use to find a farmer's market that fits with your schedule. A couple of my favorite markets are the Saturday St. Phillips Plaza Market and the Sunday Rillito Downs Market because they are some of the biggest in town. Keep you eyes peeled for live music, yoga and people walking their dogs.   

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 TUCSON
Community Food Bank Farmers' Markets 
Main Office
Tuesdays 8 am - noon
3003 S. Country Club (Between 36th St & Ajo) 
520-622-0525

Santa Cruz River
Thursdays 4 pm - 7 pm
Winter Hours (October - April) 3 pm - 6 pm
100 S. Avenida del Convento

El Pueblo Farmers' Market
Southwest corner of Irvington Road and S. Sixth Avenue
520-882-3133
Food in Root Farmers's Markets 
3rd Tuesday Monthly 10 am - 2 pm Northwest Farmers Market Medical Center (lot north of visitor parking garage) 

Fridays 10 am - 2 pm UAMC Farmers Market

2nd & 4th Tuesdays Monthly 10 am - 2 pm St. Joseph's Farmers Market 
Saturdays 8 am - 12 noon St. Philip's Plaza Artisans' and Farmers' Market
Sundays 8 am - 12 noon St. Philip's Plaza Farmers' Market

Heirloom Farmers' Markets 

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Fridays 8 am - 12 pm at Trail Dust Town (Home of Pinnacle Peak) 
Saturdays 8 am - 12 pm at Steam Pump Ranch in Oro Valley 
Sundays 8 am - 12 pm at Rillito Park Food Pavilion 
520-882-2157
Plaza Palomino Saturday Market  
Winter Hours 10 am - 2 pm
Summer Hours 9 am - 1 pm
2900 N. Swan Road 

Rincon Valley Farmers' Market  
Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm
12500 E. Old Spanish Trail 
520-591-2276

GREEN VALLEY

Green Valley Village Farmers' Market  

Wednesdays 10 am - 2 pm
Hours vary seasonally, please call ahead
101 S. La Cañada Dr., Green Valley 
520-490-3315

 MARANA
Marana Farm Stand
Mondays 3 pm - 6 pm
12375 N. Heritage Park Drive 
520-622-0525
Marana Farmers' Market  
Saturdays 8 am - 2 pm
13395 Marana Main Street (Marana Health Center) 
520-622-0525 ext 242

CATALINA

Catalina Farmers' Market Artworks & More  

Fridays
Summer Hours 8 am - noon
Winter Hours 9 am - 1 pm
16733 N Oracle Road (77 North Marketplace bldg next to Camp Bow Wow)  

Our Garden Produce  
Hours vary seasonally, please check website
16500 N. Stallion Road, Catalina, AZ  

COCHISE COUNTY

Bisbee Farmers' Market  

Saturdays 9 am - 1 pm
Vista Park, Bisbee 
520-236-8409
Douglas Mercado Farmers' Market  
Sundays 10 am - 2 pm
10th Street and E Avenue (Raul Castro Park), Douglas, AZ 
520-236-4675

Elfrida Farmers' Market 
Hours vary seasonally, please call ahead
10566 Hwy 191, Elfrida, AZ 

Sierra Vista Farmers' Market  
Thursdays 10 am - 2 pm
3105 E Fry Blvd (Veterans' Memorial Park), Sierra Vista, AZ 
520-678-2638

St. David Farmers' Market  
Hours vary seasonally, please call ahead
70 E. Patton Street, Saint David, AZ 
520-586-7665

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY

Sonoita Farmers' Market
Sundays 11 am - 2 pm

Southwest Corner of Highway 82 and Highway 83, Sonoita, AZ  

GRAHAM COUNTY

Safford Farmers' Market 
Hours vary seasonally, please call ahead
Highway 70 and 11th Avenue (Firth Park), Safford, AZ  
520-428-6872

Stay Healthy,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)


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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Shotgun House with 2 Master Baths is a More Green Home

800 Las Lomitas Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85704

1490 SF ~ 2 Beds ~ 3 Baths

You must see this custom home. It is a shotgun style house which means that it is a long narrow home. This style of house will keep your cooling bills lower. The airflow that comes from cross ventilation in this style of home will keep plenty of fresh air and fresh energy in this home.

The home also has huge beautiful windows that overlooks plenty of space for a garden.

There are two masterbaths on opposit ends of he home for unltimate comfort. They each have thier own private bath and walk-in closets. There is also a community bathroom in the home for guests and convenience.

If you like this home or are interested in seeing other Tucson homes, there is an amazing program out available to Tucson buyers that gives you up to 20K free money to be used for downpayment and closing costs to qualifying buyers.

It's called Pathway to Purchase and it's a government funded program. Get more info and find out what the qualifications are for this Free Money.

Pathway to Purchase

Give us a call!  (520) 631-TONY (8669) and look at this beautiful house.

800 Las Lomitas Rd, Tucson AZ 85704 - Northwest Shotgun Home for Sale

800 Las Lomitas Rd, Tucson AZ 85704 - Northwest Shotgun Home for Sale 

 

Stay as Cool,

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

How to Save Money on Your Air Conditioning Bill & A Leanring Thermostat

You definitely want to check out our new, informative article about how to use your air conditioner most efficiently.

 

Here's a teaser...

 

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"I want to share some tips for saving money on your air conditioning bill. Do you know what is better and more efficient? Should you leave the air running all day while you are at work to keep the air running steadily or should your turn your air conditioning off while you are at to work and then turn it back on when you get home?  

I’ve heard arguments for both and my brother actually owns an air conditioning business called Baker Mobile Aire and this is what he recommends but the answer isn’t black and white.


If you have pets in the home, sensitive plants or a person who will be in the space it might not be best to turn the air conditioning off completely however raising it by a few degrees could save you a fair amount of energy and money. ACCEE estimates that air conditioners use 3 to 5 percent less energy for every degree you raise the thermostat higher. To get the best energy savings, if you don’t want to turn it off entirely, leave your thermostat set at 78 degrees or higher when you are away.


If you are comfortable shutting off the unit completely..."

 

Read the rest here!

 

Stay as Cool as a Cucumber,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

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Stay as Cool as a Cucumber,

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Cooling Spray for Sunny Days

The summers in many places including Tucson, AZ can get to be over 100 degrees.

In Tucson we've come to accept this and consider a few months of heat a price that's worth the beautiful moderate winter and honestly it's not that bad.

We do a lot of differnt things in Tucson to stay cool, for example:

  • Swim
  • Eat a lot of fruits and veggies
  • Air conditioning
  • Wake up early to hike and enjoy outdoor activities
  • Wear cotton and loose fitting clothing

One thing that is always nice to have on hand to keep overheating at bay is a nice cooling spray! This recipe is simple and works so well.

Cooling Spray Recipe

  1. Yume/spraybottle.jpgAloe Vera Gel 1/4 cup (Find one with No Preservatives ...or You could even collect our own if you have an aloe plant) 
  2. Peppermint Essential Oil 2-3 drops (*Optional add 10 drops lavender essential oil as well)
  3. Witch Hazel 1/4 cup

Directions: Combine in a glass spray bottle and shake. Use to cool down or on sunburn and bug bites. 

Stay Cool,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

 

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Best Deal on Produce in Town & Cooking Classes

 Do you know how you can get 60 pounds of produce in Tucson for 10 dollars?

It is super easy, and a resource that is available to everyone.

Check out the whole new page designated to it.

I know what your next question is... What do you even do with 60 pounds of fresh produce?

Tucson has some amazing resources to help you out. Go to Healthier You section to find out!

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Be Healthy and Be Happy,

Tony Ray Cool (520) 631-TONY (8669)

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