Gluten & Dairy Free and Grateful for it.

This morning has found me watching my daughter (she’s 3 now) eat the oatmeal she asked for, along with a bowl full of walnuts. I thought about these past 3 years since I discovered we were both sensitive to dairy and gluten. We can eat them if we choose, but the results are pain, discomfort to the bowls, head-aches and rashes. It’s not very fun.

My adorable daughter has always been my biggest strength for avoiding the foods that hurt us both. However now that she’s not nursing I’m not as great as I could be, I have days when I seem to have no resistance to the things I ate and enjoyed as a kid. But my little girl will never have these problems. When the kids of the household are asked what they want for a snack they often say things like, “cookies” “donuts” “animal crackers” “graham crackers” and “ice cream” but ask my daughter what she wants for a snack and she’ll think about it for a minute before saying things like “Apricot logs” “Green Smoothie!” “Walnuts” or “Oatmeal”. She will occasionally ask for “fruit snacks” “grapes” or “Bananas”

I am so grateful for this food handicap, because it has blessed my daughter with a sense of food that is good for her and food that isn’t in a way she seems to understand. There are days it breaks my heart because all the other kids get cookies and ice-cream and she’s stuck with fruit and gluten free pretzels, but she never seems to mind. She gets a treat same as them and she loves it.

I am also grateful for this challenge in my life because without it I wouldn’t be nearly as adventurous in the kitchen. I love being a ‘mad scientist’ and throwing ingredients into a pot and saying to myself “Well….. I hope this works.” Which is actually how I cook a lot lately, trying new things is fun and rewarding when it works and still fun but disappointing when it flops.

Everyone has challenges that stress certain parts of their lives. I am grateful for my food challenges because I have learned and grown so much since discovering them, and my daughter is growing strong eating foods that are good for her and because of this she won’t get addicted to a lot of the junk foods that her cousins are already hooked on and I can’t imagine a better life for my little green smoothie baby than a healthy, happy one.

Happy July everyone!


Apple Juice

Amara with Apple Juice
What is it about apple juice that just gets a body feeling so happy, happy, satisfied?!

When I was a little girl, the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”, was probably old even then – yet the advice is good. And nowadays, there is study after study that corroborates that saying with scientific proof. 

There are many, many benefits to juicing apples. Having that luscious, pulpy, cloudy liquid waiting for you in a cup (or jar) is anticipation at its best. First of all, there is the aroma – and then POW there is a taste that cannot be described. It is heavenly manna – and our picture here shows Amara with her cup of fresh apple juice. She LOVES fresh juice. She can even use ASL and ask us for her favorite juice when she wants it. Smart girl.

During allergy season, allergy inflammation flares up and can create asthma attacks. One son is an asthmatic. What to do?! I was relieved to find out that I had already been doing many things to keep his inflammation down, and I hadn’t even known it. There is quercetin in apples, known to reduce allergy flare ups. Does it replace his inhaler? No, but it seems he needs it less when he’s eating salads and drinking fresh juices. 

My other son is allergic to just about every grass and tree on the planet. We give him quercetin and nettle. Believe me, we wouldn’t get through allergy season without these wonderful supplements.

Fresh Apple Juice can be taken: Straight: in small sips, in large gulps; Mixed: in smoothies as the main base, in smoothies as the hint of tang; Frozen: in ice cubes as the cooler in lemonade, in popsicles (the varieties here are endless). Have fun with your Apple Juice – and have a healthy snack!

Canned Troubles

Have you ever sat in your kitchen staring at your canned goods with the thought “I have no idea how to make this stuff appealing…” I know I have. As long as I can remember my mother has had cans of peaches and pears on her shelves. We do have a variety of ways to eat them, we’ve turned pears into raw-veggie rabbits and both fruits have been added to cottage cheese and eaten. Of course pies and plain have been used as well. As I was sitting there staring at them, none of those options seemed appetizing. Then I saw the blender and I got an idea, and these delicious recipes were born. *MWAHAHA*

Peach Pie Shake
A Peach Pie in a Glass
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  1. 1 Can Peaches (29 oz)
  2. 3 cups Ice
  3. 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  4. 1/4 cup Brown Sugar
  1. Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix Blender on the smoothie setting and then enjoy!
  1. You can leave out the sweetener or use 1/4 cup applesauce instead of brown sugar, or a TBSP of honey instead of the brown sugar. Any way you choose to do it, it'll taste like nirvana.
  Pear Pie Shake

1 can pears
½ cup applesauce
½ tsp cinnamon
2 ½ cups ice

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix Blender on smoothie setting and enjoy (for extra vitamins add some spinach) I’ve even made these smoothies with fresh fruit in a normal blender, they still taste delicious with ultra creaminess!  Enjoy your Fruit Pies in a cup!

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Red Blood Cells & Chlorophyll

hemaglobin molecule
Why is the aroma from Essential Oils SO familiar? Why are Green Smoothies SO “good” to our bodies – almost as if we recognize the nutrients on a cellular level? Ever wondered why that sigh of satisfaction is so deep?

Here’s one thought expressed by the attached picture. You’ll see the chemical drawing of one of your red blood cells. What does that have to do with Green Smoothies? Well, a chlorophyll molecule is virtually identical!Carrot Apple Celery Juice

Your red blood cell has an iron molecule (Fe2) in the center, and chlorophyll has Magnesium (Mg), that’s the difference.

According to the teachings of Dr. Anne Wigmore, consuming chlorophyll is like receiving a healthy blood transfusion! So your body can easily and instantly claim what it needs from the green food, and let the rest go – no side effects. Woot!

No WONDER that drink FEELS so right! And when given the added nutrition and benefit of additional plant food (essential oils) to either cleanse, offer optimal nutrition and enhance flavor – its a win-win situation.


Ben’s Favorite Green

Ben & ChardThere are times when your teen-aged boy just makes your mind go, Huh?! “I don’t always like smoothies, especially in the winter. They’re too cold.” 

Finally hearing and understanding this, I made a large water bottle ready for work, and filled it with two tea bags and hot water. This way, as I drove him to school, he would have a hand-warmer, and I still might be able to get some green into him.

Did it work? Yes it did.

Why does Ben truly usually like green smoothies? Well, it may have to do with what is so abundantly growing in our garden. Ben doesn’t like adding tons of little spinach leaves. He likes making his smoothies with one, very large chard leaf. Saves time and effort – in his mind.   

Green Chard Smoothie
Delicious, Nutritious, and fun to make Green Smoothie
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  1. 2 C Apple Juice
  2. 2 ripe bananas
  3. 1.5 C frozen fruit
  4. 1 large chard leaf
  1. Place all ingredients in the Vitamix Blender. Choose the Smoothie setting. Begin. Add additional juice if needed to reach desired consistency. Pour into cups. Put on your favorite music. Sit back, close your eyes. Sip, Meditate. Roll the smoothie on your tongue. Aaah!
  1. It helps to have extra juice standing by in case your smoothie is too thick.
  2. Adding a quick bit of liquid through the lid can help get it to your preferred consistency.

Herbal Educator Classes – Come Join The Fun

Mint Spinach Smoothie

I was a guest presenter today! It was very exciting to be on the call this afternoon with Donna Evans-Master Herbalist and Author. The class material was about MINT, and the finale was our mint smoothie – created just for you!

Donna presents weekly lessons on herbs for those looking to increase their knowledge of herbs, and have a little fun doing it. Sometimes, having a personal tutor at your fingertips can mean so much, and having a specialist right there to answer your questions during a google hangout is empowering. 

Donna’s next class is on CHIVES! The classes are set up for kids-but I find I learn a great deal attending too. Not only do you learn about the scientific names for the herbs, Donna adds historical stories and lessons. That’s my favorite part. We’d like to invite you to sign up for next Wednesday’s online class right here! (That’s Wednesday, the 18th of June).

And I’ll be there too, with a brand new smoothie recipe for you to indulge in.

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)