Strawberry, Banana and Guava Blend

FLAVORED HOT WATER… Strawberry, Banana and Guava Blend

I love flavor and being able to enjoy what grows naturally in this world. I like the idea of taking the food this world has and including it in my consumption rituals. Actually being able to experience food in another way.

Since I’ve started dehydrating fruits and vegetables, they have taken me in a new direction of seasoning and consuming. Usually we only have whats available at the stores we grocery shop at and the selections are common.

It’s unheard of to see different fruits or vegetables as spices/powders, no tea blends and especially without added by products or preservatives. Being able to create my own spice powders and blends is fascinating.

I enjoy tasting the favs (fruits and vegetables) I dehydrate and figuring out what I would want to use it in or on. So whenever I get a chance I try to review my own fav.

On this day I decided to mix a fruit blend using my infuser, with strawberries, bananas, guava along with a few tsps of sugar. I heated my tall ceramic mug with spring water in my microwave and submerged it for 5 minutes.

The taste was great! The banana was prominent over the strawberry or guava but the strawberry gave the drink a nice red tint. This flavored hot drink was delicious and good for any type of occasion.

HOPE WISEMAN IS THE YOUNGEST BLACK DISPENSARY OWNER IN THE USA

At the age of 25, WAGS Atlanta cast member, Hope Wiseman is the founder of Mary and Main a dispensary set to open up in Prince George’s County, Maryland, making Wiseman the youngest dispensary owner in the U.S.

Wiseman started the business with her mother, Dr. Octavia Simkins-Wiseman, and co-founders, Dr. Larry Bryant and Dexter Parker. Admittedly, she and her mother didn’t know too much about the industry but, what she did know was, there was a real market opportunity. The two brought on additional co-founders to help tackle the feat.

Recently, while chatting with publication EstroHaze, Wiseman stated that it took about three years to obtain the license for the dispensary. Due to her background in finance, she was able to obtain the seed capital to get the company off the ground. “I exhausted all of my contacts and was able to raise money, plus my group [self-funded] a lot of it. We were able to get funding from a bank as well, which is very unique in this industry,” Wiseman told EstroHaze.

She has a few suggestions for people interested in getting into the cannabis business. One, check out the rules and regulations for your state because each state’s laws differ heavily. Additionally, consider starting an ancillary company. There will be fewer regulations and financial obligations.

This will allow you to build up your network and stack up money without putting forth too many resources.

According to Wiseman, this will not be your typical dispensary. They will host classes to educate their patients about making money specifically in the cannabis industry.

“We’ll provide educational events like Cannabis 101 and events about the business side. A passion of mine is encouraging millennials and minorities to get into the industry. Organizations that we are partnered with, like Women Grow, can hold events in our facility as well. We’d like it to be a hub for cannabis education and networking events,” Wiseman stated to EstroHaze.

Confessions Of a Former Self Hating Black Man who Used to Bash Black women on Social Media

By: Joshua T. (👈🏾original article)

Before we get started please scroll down and look at the tweets below. They are examples of the types of tweets that I would have posted in the past.(These are not my actual tweets)

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If you’re reading this then the title probably drew you in. I am currently a 20 year old black man who did in fact live the first 19 years of his life as a self-hating, white woman (and other non-black women) obsessed black man who used to bash black women in real life and on social media. I am no longer this way and in the last few months I have undergone a great change. I would like to share my story for two reasons the first is because it rarely done and second is to answer questions like the ones that I usually see on social media. Tweet Pic

Before telling my story let me put a few things out there. My experience is my own but in having discussions with many other black men who have gone through similar experiences and finally woken up, I can say that many parts of my story mirrors theirs and in a way some parts of my story are representative of the stories of many black men who have been through this. Also, this article is in no way an attack on interracial dating or black people who prefer partners of other races. I am simply telling my story. Now that we have all of that out of the way let’s begin.

What exactly is a self-hating black man? A self-hating black man can be a lot of different things but for me it was a man who was not fully comfortable in his blackness and as result directed his feelings into other things in order to compensate. For me to reach the point that I am at now where I am able to label my former self as a self-hater has not been easy but through thinking back on my former thought process and actions It’s a conclusion that I found I cannot escape.

To give a little background on my life, I grew up in a two parent middle class household in the south. The city that I grew up in was, and still is consistently ranked as one of the most racially diverse cities in the United States. As a result of this I had a very diverse group of friends but when it came down to it my closest friends were all black males like me.

The backgrounds of my friends were were as diverse as the city I grew up I.

Some were from the “hood”, while others were from the best neighborhoods in town. Despite our socioeconomic differences we all had one thing in common. We were all interested in white girls. This interest developed as soon as we began being interested in girls, which occurred sometime around second grade. From this time onward liking white girls was always the “cool” thing to do so everyone went along with it.

My friends and I were friends with black girls in our classes but we rarely had crushes on them. Looking back on it now, it was probably because we viewed them as being too similar to us and what we knew. They reminded us of our cousins, sisters and other female family members while white girls (and other non-black girls) on the other hand, were so different from us in so many ways. I personally believe that this is one of the main factors as to why many black men are so interested in women of other races.

The trend of liking white girls that began in elementary school continued throughout my school years. As I entered middle school and then high school it was impossible to escape the appeal of having a white or non-black girlfriend. Among my black friends, you were seen as almighty and powerful if you could get a white girl and if you found out that one liked you or had any interest in you; you were seen as a god.

The mindset of my friends and I at the time could be summed up as something along the lines of “if she ain’t white, she’s at least gotta be light”. Black women were barley on our radar and we treated them as such. At the time, I would sit back, laugh, and even join in as my friends would make fun of the black girls in our classes for things like their, hair, skin tone, or the way they talked. For me and my friends, white girls came first followed by Latina, Asians, and mixed girls, in no particular order.

While me and some of my friends did date and like some black girls we still greatly respected guys who were able to get with women on different races.

To me most black women represented everything that I didn’t want in a woman. I felt that most were too loud, too argumentative, had too much attitude, and were too much to handle. I believed these things despite being raised by and around black women who represented absolutely none of these things. I simply saw my mother and other female family members as exceptions to my generalization so they didn’t count.

In contrast to black women, white women and women of other races represented everything that black women weren’t. They were beautiful, agreeable, adventurous, easy to handle, and most importantly possessed the genetic code that I wanted for my future children. When I thought of my future I would often picture a big house, nice cars and a white wife along with 2 mixed children that had “good hair”.

I felt that if I could achieve this I would have it all. This is the part of my journey where I am able to look back on and pinpoint clear self-hate.

My interest in women of other races may have started as something I developed because “it was cool” but it soon turned into something else. By wanting mixed children with “good hair” I was in a way putting down my own black features. I had thick nappy hair and dark skin.

My features where in direct contrast to the features I wanted my future children to have which looking back on it now I see as a big problem. I never thought that I had problems with my skin tone or hair texture but my thought process confirmed that I did in fact have some issues which I have since overcome.

I continued to put white and other non-black women above black women until I entered college. It was during this time that everything changed. I currently attend one of the largest pwi’s (predominately white institutions) in the south. To a certain extent the school is socially segregated. From day one it was very clear that the white kids hung out with each other while the few black students at the school hung out with each other.

This was no problem to me since all my friends growing up had always been black. The only issue I had was that I no longer had easy access to the non-black women that I desired. I was forced into a tight knit black community and forced to adapt and “deal” with black women and all the negative attributes that I felt that they possessed.

In finally “dealing” with black women and spending lots of time with them I realized that all the generalizations I had about them were completely untrue. The women that I spent a lot of time around were intelligent, beautiful, kind, inspiring, supportive, black women who finally helped bring me to the light. The thing that intrigued me most about them was despite being aware that they were undesired by many of their own men they still did everything they could to do uplift, support, and advocate for us.

My awakening occurred around the time when the Mike Brown shooting and other police shootings of unarmed black men occurred. As these events unfolded all the negative feelings and disinterest I had in black women immediately disappeared as I saw them scramble to organize demonstrations and rallies on behalf of black men being killed by the police.

This was awe inspiring and life changing for me.In my experiences with dealing with women from other races I never saw any other group of women who were so for their men as black women are for black men.

In realizing this, I realized that I share the same blood line with such passionate, ambitious, and devoted women. To come to the realization that as a black man I am directly associated with such greatness that is the black women completely changed me. My interest in women of other races quickly went away after coming to this realization.

I now find it embarrassing to even think back on the things I tweeted or said about black women that I once thought were so funny. If you want to know why some black men post derogatory things about black women online ill tell you. The answer is quite simple. Black men who put down black women do it simply because they are not comfortable in themselves and in their blackness.

Any black man who takes pride in being black would never disrespect a black woman because he knows that she is a part of him and knows that by disrespecting her he is disrespecting himself as well. Because it is not often brought to light, many people fail to realize that many back men and more specifically many dark skinned black men  have difficulties with accepting their blackness so they deal with it by bashing black women while uplifting women with features they prefer.

This combined with media influences that promote Eurocentric beauty standards often cause us black men to be influenced and indoctrinated with the message that white beauty is true beauty. It’s unfortunate that it took police brutality for me to finally come to see just how amazing black women were but it was an important wake up call for me

In closing, for any men who read this and are guilty putting down black women please take a second to think about your actions and how they might affect others.

For all the women who read this please realize that the men who post things like I used to post, are lost and not comfortable in themselves so for that I apologize on behalf of them until they wake up and are able to apologize on their own.

Meet, Kia Patterson The Woman Behind Compton’s First Black-Owned Grocery Store!

In April, 36-year-old Kia Patterson made history when she took over ownership of Grocery Outlet in Compton—making it the first black-owned grocery store in the city.

The Compton native, who told an interviewer that her family works at the store with her, aims to bring quality food at low-cost price points to the community.

In a video posted to Facebook that has since gone viral, Patterson said she was able to take over the store because of her extensive experience in the industry. After years of working at Smart & Final, she was actually recruited by Grocery Outlet to help with their L.A.-area expansion.

The L.A. Sentinel reports that Patterson began training with the company in June 2016, and after gathering her investments and setting up a business plan she took ownership of the store on April 1, 2017. Grocery Outlet is a San Francisco-based company with more than 250 locations in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada and Pennsylvania. According to the company’s website, each store is independently owned and operated by local individuals like Patterson, who make the day to day decisions of the business.

When the Compton Grocery Outlet first opened in May 2016 (about a year before Patterson took over ownership), locals praised the addition of another store with fresh options and produce in the city, which was declared a “food desert” by the USDA in 2013.

“This store is really good for the community. The most important thing is we sell a lot of organic products at a bargain,” Patterson says in the Facebook video. “[The community] is so welcoming. Everyone wants to talk to me and shake my hand. Even just say ‘Hi,'” Patterson told BET.

“I made the decision to own a Grocery Outlet so that I could have the freedom to be able to do what I want to do and not be pigeon-holed to anything,” Patterson told the Sentinel. “Now I have the ability to set my own destiny.”

“I’m not one of those owners that dictates things. I mop the floor, I do car runs,” she continued.

The Compton Grocery Outlet store is located at 2175 W Rosecrans Avenue in Compton. The store is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

LuvMor Strawberry Spice Powder

The strawberry, scientifically known as Fragaria ananassa, originated in Europe in the 18th century (the Fragraria vesca strawberry species has been grown in the Middle East and northern Africa for a very long time and may also be native to those areas).

It is a hybrid of two wild strawberry species from North America and Chile. ‘Hovey’ was the name of the first American strawberry variety that resulted from a planned cross, and it is an ancestor of most modern varieties.

However, the “garden” varieties of strawberries with which most of us are familiar today are known as Fragaria ananassa.

“Ananassa” is Latin for “ananas-like”; Ananas comosus is the botanical name for the pineapple plant; and the strawberry plant was so named because of the supposed resemblance of the “berry” to a pineapple plant in shape, smell and taste.

The F. ananassa hybrid is a cross between Fragaria chiloensis (the “Chilean strawberry”) and Fragaria virginiana (the “Virginian strawberry”).

The “Chilean strawberry” (or a group of very similar subspecies) is actually native to coastlines in both North and South America, and the Hawaiian islands. Likewise, the “Virginian strawberry” is actually indigenous to much of eastern North America.

In fact, the range of subspecies F. virginiana ssp. glauca lies tantalizingly close to that of F. chiloensis.

Nevertheless, the first cultivated crossings of F. virginiana x F. chiloensis occurred in Europe sometime within the roughly half century span from 1714 to 1766.

Although the exact year is unknown (the crossings were completely accidental), it certainly occurred after 1714. That was the year in which the first specimens of F. chiloensis arrived in France, brought there by Lt. Col. Amédée François Frézier from Chile at the end of his voyage (hence the name “Chilean strawberry”).

Similarly, the crossing of the two species must have preceded 1766, the year that Duchesne’s L’Histoire Naturelle des Fraisiers (English, The Natural History of Strawberries) was published.

In this book, Duchesne first recognized the F. ananassa plants for the F. chiloensis x F. virginiana hybrid that they were.

Among those that received a living F. chiloensis plant from Frézier was the Royal Medicinal Garden in Paris, France.

Consequently, it has long been speculated that the first F. ananassa strawberries may have grown in this royal garden. Whether this is correct or not, it is certain that the first “garden” strawberry cultivars did sprout somewhere in the southern England-northern France-Benelux region of western Europe.

As an interesting aside, the name “Frézier” is etymologically derived from “fraise”, the French word for “strawberry”. However, the name “Frézier” pre-dates Lt. Col. Frézier and his mission to Chile. It is just another odd case of someone “living-up-to-his-name”.

Strawberries are bright red in color, have a juicy texture, a characteristic aroma, and a sweet flavor.

They are an excellent source of vitamin C and manganese, and also contain decent amounts of folate (B9) and potassium.

Strawberries are very rich in antioxidants and plant compounds, and may have benefits for heart health and blood sugar control.

The carbohydrate content of strawberries consists mainly of fibers and simple sugars. They score relatively low on the glycemic index and should not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.

Strawberry Spice Powder

$9.00

Strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, folate (B9) and potassium, and contain small amounts of several other vitamins and minerals.

Strawberries contain high amounts of beneficial plant compounds and antioxidants, such as pelargonidin, ellagic acid, ellagitannins and procyanidins.

Pelargonidin is the major anthocyanin in strawberries, and causes their bright red color. Anthocyanins may have benefits for heart health.

Ellagitannins and ellagic acid are very powerful antioxidants found in strawberries. They have been linked with numerous health benefits.

Strawberries may decrease the risk of heart disease by improving the cholesterol profile, lowering blood pressure and reducing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Strawberry allergy is rather common, especially among children. Individuals who are sensitive to birch pollen, or have apple allergy, may experience allergic symptoms after consuming strawberries.

Luvmor Blueberry Spice Powder

Blueberries are perennial flowering plants with indigo-colored berries. They are classified in the section Cyanococcus within the genus Vaccinium. Vaccinium also includes cranberries, bilberries and grouseberries.

This Blueberry Spice Powder can be used in bread batters, on fruit and as toppings on food or drinks. These finely ground spices have no added ingredients or additives and are a good source of vitamins and nutrients. Below is a link to purchase these healthy spices that are completely the fruit or vegetable they are dried and grounded into.

Blueberry Spice Powder
.06oz of ground blueberries for $9

Blueberry Spice Powder

$9.00

Blueberry Nutrition:

Calories in Blueberries

Blueberries contain 80 calories per serving, which is one cup.

Fiber in Blueberries

With 3.6 grams of fiber per serving, blueberries help you meet your daily recommended intake of fiber.

Carbs in Blueberries

Blueberries contain naturally occurring sugars and fiber, which are both carbohydrates.

Vitamins and Minerals in Blueberries

Blueberries contribute vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin K and manganese, making them a good choice to help meet nutrient needs.

One cup of blueberries (148 grams) contains 84 calories.

Blueberries are small, around 5–16 millimeters, or 0.2–0.6 inches, in diameter. They range from blue to purple in color.

Different kinds of blueberries exist, so their appearance may vary slightly. The two most common varieties are highbush and lowbush blueberries.

Beginnings

I don’t like to write but I enjoy learning and sharing. I want to be highly successful but I don’t have the resources to make it happen. There’s so many opportunities that I want to grant but I have none to utilize. All my wishes are dreams that are stuck in my mind. I’m working to build a team to help my ideas come to life. Ase’

I have many loves I just want one to shine bright!