Splish – Splash: Washing your fruits & veggies



Summertime isn’t possible without your favorite fruits. Make this summer a fresh one by following a few simple steps to better fruit and vegetables.

You always want to make sure you wash your fruits and vegetables before eating. It is just as important as washing your hands. You want to get the most out of your fruits and vegetables without the bacteria and pesticides. When omitting this simple and easy step you could put anyone that eats the fruit and vegetable at risk of an illness. Your local supermarket may rinse the produce off or have ready to eat fruits pre-packaged. However, you should still wash all of your fruits and vegetables. Before you eat that non-washed produce just take a second to think of all of the people who have handled it before you purchased it . All of their hands are adding more bacteria and germs to your produce. Your probably saying…’Eeww that’s GROSS!’ Yep, it is.

Although, we can not prevent others from touching our produce (only in a perfect world!)  there are solutions to help elevate the risk of becoming ill as a result. Instead of spending a ton of money on the produce wash that you can buy from your grocery store. You can use the simple steps below that will put you well on your way to gaining all the vitamins and minerals that come along with clean fresh fruit.


DIY Fruit & Vegetable Wash

Things you will need:

1 cup of White Distilled Vinegar

1 spray bottle (large enough to hold 4 cups of liquid)

A large bowl


Pour 1 cup of white distilled vinegar into the spray bottle. Add 3 cups of water and shake well to mix ingredients. Spray all smooth skinned fruits & veggies (ex. apples, tomatoes, etc.) with solution from the bottle to cover the entire surface of the fruit or vegetable (4-6 sprays). Using your hand to rub the solution over the skin of the produce. Rinse produce with cold water, while rubbing your hand over the skin to remove any vinegar. Pat dry with a clean dry towel before eating or slicing.


For leafy vegetables such as lettuce and spinach. Pour 1 cup of white distilled vinegar in a bowl, add 3 cups of water. Dip the produce into the solution about 3-5 times. Remove, rinse with cold water, and pat dry with a clean towel before serving.

All other green vegetables such as cauliflower and broccoli can be washed and clean with the same method. Instead of dipping the vegetables you would soak them for 2 minutes before rinsing with cold water and patting dry before serving.


Warning: It is best to wash your fruit and vegetables before you consume them. Most fruits and vegetables will spoil faster once pesticides have been removed.


Refueling your happiness


When we started to write this blog post today we were so excited because  it came from a random but interesting conversation that we struck up. And of course since we love you all so much we had to come on here and share it. So here is the history behind the story…


The other morning Lucas and I were in our normal routine, we open our eyes and began giving thanks to God for allowing us to be alive in another day. We say our individual prayers and then… its game time (see ya’ll were thinking nasty!) We both start cracking jokes on one another or playing pranks, now the tricky part is that whoever is the quickest on their feet is usually the one who has the upper hand! So I have to be super quick!


Our normal routine led me to ask Luke do these actions make her happy? I absolutely love to see her smile and it is very important that I always know the things that help me see that through daily. She answered yes, and (of course) doubled backed and asked me the same question. Do these actions make me happy? Of course I said, Heck yeah! And I elaborated…


Being able to wake up and live with someone that has an amazing sense of humor has certainly helped smooth out the rough patches. It makes the hard days seem simple and the times that we don’t even feel like smiling or laughing we both help each other to smile and see the lighter side of the situation despite it all.


Being able to be yourself in a relationship is important but being able to laugh and have healthy humor in your relationship is powerful.  Research from www.helpguide.org even proves the importance of laughter.



Laughter is good for your health

▪          Laughter relaxes the whole body. A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

▪          Laughter boosts the immune system. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease.

▪          Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.

▪                Laughter protects the heart. Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect you against a heart attack and other cardiovascular problems.


Resource: http://www.helpguide.org/life/humor_laughter_health.htm

So what does all of this have to do with refueling your happiness? Well that’s just it, laughing! Make sure that you do not take for granted the benefits of laughing with your partner Be yourself in your relationship, let your silly and funny side free and enjoy the benefits of it. It is easy for pride and ego to slip its way into your relationship and start preventing you from being yourself around your partner. Having fun with one another and making each other laugh should not be judged.


So if you are feeling low on your happiness in your relationship today or any day. Make sure you are enjoying the simple things in life and refuel yourselves by opening up a good ole’ can of laughter!


We love when you to talk to us, so comment below and tell us about some of the fun things you and your partner do to refuel your happiness?

Happy Laughing,


Cookie & Crumb