Last Day of 101 Blog Post Challenge

Well, today is the last day of the 101 days of Blogging Challenge issued to me back in January by my daughter Crystal.  I admit that it certainly gave me a goal to focus on, and I’ll admit that I didn’t get a post up every day. I will also admit that it was a lot of fun thinking about all the posts I planned to get up, and then simply didn’t manage. 

101 days goes by far more quickly than you might think! So much can get in the way, distract you from your goal, and just plain make sitting down at the computer feel impossible. I learned a great deal and am glad my daughter challenged me. 

Fun Fact about Raw Green Food

Green Smoothie BabyA molecule of chlorophyll closely resembles a molecule of human blood! According to the teachings of Dr. Anne Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion! You can add a teaspoon or tablespoon of liquid chlorophyll to your green smoothies to give it an extra green kick! And that would be in addition to what’s already in the green plants you blend in your drink, too.

I’d like to introduce you to Amaranthine – our Green Smoothie Baby. She cannot get enough of these drinks. Can you imagine how healthy and happy she’ll grow up being blessed with a daily drink of chlorophyll?!


You’ve Ruined My Life!

James CatlinJamie was a trucker. I never asked him to change his diet. I merely asked him to add one salad a day TO his diet. Well, he called me one day. “You’ve ruined my life!”
“I have? What on earth is wrong, Jamie!?”
“I’m here at a little truck stop, and there isn’t a salad to be seen. There’s nothing here I want to eat anymore.”

Drink green smoothies daily and you’ll start to crave their goodness! Ben asks all the time for green smoothies! (So does Green Smoothie baby!) The best thing about snacking on green smoothies is you begin to want the green food more frequently than your previous snacks. Bonus!

Fresh is always best, but you can make a large batch of green smoothie and store it for up to 3 days in the fridge! Freeze them in ice cube trays and they last even longer! Then all you need to do is re-blend it!

Some Benefits of Green Smoothies

BenMeet Ben. Ben is autistic. He does not like eating his greens. Well, didn’t like eating them until we made this green smoothie! Now he frequently asks for it as a treat!
How cool is that?!

You can enjoy the benefits of green smoothies too! Blending the fruit and veggies is a great idea because when you blend it well most of the cells in the greens and fruits are ruptured, making the nutrients easy to absorb! You start getting nutrients the moment you put it in your mouth! And to top it off, because you blended it you’ll also be getting the fiber! This is wonderful for your digestive tract!

The best tasting ratio for green smoothies is about 60% fruit and 40% greens. (Spinach is a family favorite around here, along with Chard. Kale is too, but has a stronger flavor.) The fruit will keep the smoothie sweet, while the greens will balance it out so it’s not overpowering.

Green smoothies are fun and easy to make! They make great memories for kids too! Even babies like green smoothies! (6 months and older please)


Green Smoothie Recipe

Green Breakfast Smoothie
A truly great smoothie
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  1. 1-2 C spinach
  2. 2 oranges
  3. 1 frozen banana
  4. small handful of cashews
  1. Place oranges in blender first, then spinach, then frozen bananas.
  2. Blend until desired consistency is reached.
  3. Enjoy.
  1. Tip: Add frozen fruit also, if you wish a more fruity, or tropical, or berry approach.
  2. Tip: Sometimes our oranges were a little dry, so adding water or substituting orange juice is fine, too.
  3. Tip: Adding berries will make this drink purple, whereas the fruit (peaches, pears, mango) will turn it more brown.
Adapted from Penni Shelton at Raw Food Rehab

Green Smoothies – Emily

I posted this in another blog the 28th of March, 2012. I believe it bears repeating here as we talk a little about green smoothies and their benefits. I hope you enjoy the read. 

EmilyWhat a wonderful resource Raw Food Rehab is! I was thrilled to be able to receive the “It’s Easy Being Green” ebook Penni gave away on St. Patrick’s Day.

I glanced through it as I rushed through my life. (Four of my daughters began this year by telling me they were pregnant. One of my girls lost her baby this week…) So it’s been a little rough here and there, and a lot of fun, and delightfully challenging.

My daughter, Emily, is my ‘little bird’. She doesn’t like to eat much, ever, and it has been a challenge to feed her sufficiently most of her life. Now, the midwife has informed her that she needs to eat even more, yet Em feels she’s eating more than she’s ever eaten in her life already. She called me, in tears. “I want to be a good mother, but I just don’t know if I can do this…!” (meaning eating more food)

I took her shopping this evening for spinach, oranges, bananas, frozen fruit, oatmeal, etc. We also picked up the string cheese and nuts on the list of ‘must eat’ foods. She’s so tired of nuts. (Emily has a history of fainting dead away if she doesn’t eat enough protein.)

She needs to eat at least 1 apple, 1 carrot, and 1 stick of celery every day. Except for the apple, she just can’t eat it before her stomach cramps up, and she feels very ill. I took my juicer to her home, and we juiced 1 apple, 1 carrot, and 1 celery stick-putting it in a cup so she could see the portion size. As we prepared other things, she turned around and picked up the cup, took a sip, and then exclaimed in delight, “Did you see that?! There it was, and I drank it. It was so easy. It was prepared and just sitting there, and I reached for it. Wow, maybe I can do this – – maybe I can….” We all grinned. But that was just the beginning.

There are many recipes I wish to show her, but for tonight, I knew exactly which recipe I wanted to introduce to Emily. The Super Smooth Breakfast Shake on page 13. (Spinach is on her ‘must eat’ list, at least 1/2 c. day, and she hasn’t been able to do it yet.) So, we threw in the handfuls of spinach, and the oranges. We didn’t have frozen bananas, so I used a regular one. We threw in about 6 frozen strawberries, and a handful of a variety of nuts (not having the hemp seeds available.) The blender couldn’t blend it. Emily watched as I pulled out one orange, and stuck the other one near the bottom w/ the banana, moving the spinach to the top. Then we blended it, and it became an odd green (not as vibrantly green as your photo because of the strawberries). We threw in the other orange and another little handful of spinach, and blended some more. We left it just a little chunky with the nuts.

Emily was awe-struck. She had NEVER considered blending spinach in a blender before, or an orange. Then she tasted it. Her eyes grew wide. “Mother, I like this… I like it alot!” She finished about a quarter cup. (We’d had carrot/apple/celery juice earlier, so I knew she wouldn’t be able to finish more just now.) “Mom, I wouldn’t have known to put the orange on the bottom. I’m so glad I watched you make the juice smoothie. Now I can do it without being afraid, and knowing I won’t blow anything up. (Em’s a cook with a penchant for destroying things :) )

As we cleaned up and I got ready to head home, she got on her knees and hugged mine tight – she was so silly, and yet so utterly sincere. “Mother, a day with you always ends up making me feel this way. Now I know I can take care of my baby, and eat enough nutritionally to provide proper nourishment for us both. Thank you, thank you so much!” (Emily had truly been very frightened she couldn’t eat enough to have a healthy child.)

I, in turn, wish to send my thanks along to Penni, and her crew of raw-some people. Your ebook was so fun to look through, your recipe has saved my daughter’s sanity, and will allow Emily to feed her body and her baby with fabulous, quick and easy nutrition (and you made ME into such a hero at the same time)!

Thanks again for your generous sharing of recipes. Teaching my family about nutrition, and green food became even easier this month. I’m so grateful!

Quinoa Fun Facts

Quinoa isn’t a grain? What’s that you’re saying?!  Well, quinoa is a pseudo-grain, its not in the grain family at all. It is, in fact, a green! Like spinach!

spinachDid I just say quinoa is more like spinach than wheat? Why, yes. I did. And it’s true! Quinoa is a member of Chenopodiaceae Family (ken-oh-poh-dee-AY-see-ee), or in the common tongue, the Goosefoot family.

  • It’s in the same family classification as spinach, beets and swiss chard! So It’s a green!
  • After exercising, Quinoa’s potassium content helps pump body fluids from the bloodstream to your muscles, helping prevent cramping and the Vitamin B helps you recover faster!
  • It’s magnesium content helps fight migraines.
  • bluejayQuinoa has a natural bitter soapy-like coating called saponin. It keeps the birds away.
  • THE FOA tried to grow a strain without the resin, the birds ate it!
  • The Natives of south America used to save the resin and use it to wash their clothes and bathe.
  • oatmeal-heartQuinoa has twice as much fiber as oatmeal!
  • The saved resin can be used as a mild antiseptic and may cause mild eye irritation.
  • The FOA declared 2013 the international year of quinoa
  • NasaNASA provides Quinoa to it’s astronauts on long space trips because it keeps so well!

Quinoa History & Nutritional Facts

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  • Quinoa has been around for about 4,000 years
  • Originated in South AMerica (specifically Bolivia, peru and Colombia)
  • It IS the “Mother Grain”
  • Spanish Conquistadors looked down on the grain and forbade the natives to plant it
  • 1987 Ernie New & John McCamant planted quinoa on their farm in Colorado
  • Good for breakfast, lunch, dinner and salads!


  • quinoa bakingIt has all nine essential amino acids
  • contains magnesium, iron, tryptophan, copper and phosphorous
  • It may be high in protein but it’s low in carbs & calories
  • gluten-free!
  • good for your digestive tract! (rich in fiber and starch)
  • has a high magnesium content which helps with cardiovascular health & also helps to relax blood vessels!
  • contains high levels of micronutrients that are related to muscle growth! helping to maintain your existing muscles & build more of them!

Naan – Unexpected Fun Facts

Just a little fun for us all

  • Guinness Book of RecordsThe ‘World’s Biggest Naan Bread’ was made in 2004 by Honeytop Speciality Foods. The Naan measured exactly 10ft by 4ft and celebrated the launch of Brewers Fayre’s Curry Nights in the UK. It took over five hours to make and required eight staff to carry it!
  • guinessThe restaurant called Indian Ocean broke the Naan World Record by making 640 Naan breads in just one hour. They out-numbered their target- 400, set by the Guinness Book of World Records. The Naans were distributed to charity and greatly appreciated by the Salvation Army Hostel in Manchester, UK.

The many Naan varieties

  • Plain Naan – simples form brushed with ghee or butter
  • Garlic Naan – topped with crushed garlic and butter
  • Kulcha Naan – has a filling of cooked onions, etc.
  • Keema Naan – includes a filling of minced lamb, mutton or goat meat
  • Roghani Naan – sprinkled with sesame seeds, popular in pakistan
  • Peshawari Naan & Kashmiri Naan – filled with a mix of nuts and raisins including pistachios
  • Paneer Naan – stuffed with a filling of paneer (cheese) flavoured with ground coriander and paprika
  • Amritsari Naan – stuffed with mash potatoes and spices and also known as ‘Aloo Naan’ originated from Amritsar India.

The various South Asian flatbreads

  • Chapatti
  • Bhatura
  • Dosa
  • Romali
  • Puri
  • Luchi
  • Tandoori Roti
  • Pita Bread
  • Kulcha
  • Paratha
  • Naan