• Food

    Sipping broth

    A few people have asked me for a good sipping broth. There are many versions online, but after a few concoctions, this is the best version for my family. It is Rebecca Katz’s Magic Mineral broth with added protein. It is is nutrient-dense and great for recovering from colds or the flu. The broth also utilizes kombu, a japanese kelp. Kombu is very high in iodine, which is good for normal growth and development, especially for those who do not use iodized salt. However, if you have thyroid problems, I would leave it out. Too much iodine wreaks havoc on the thyroid. INGREDIENTS Makes 6 quarts 1 pound of large…

  • Food

    Lentil brownies

    Lately, I have been using lentils as replacements for flour in some of our favorite recipes… like brownies!! Lentils are an amazing source of protein and fiber without being high in calories. They are also a great source of micronutrients. Here are some other health benefits for you: Now, my family can only eat so much ham and lentil soup, but brownies? We can eat them daily. And these are nutritious enough for the kiddos to have as after school snacks. Flourless Chocolate Lentil Protein Muffins  Ingredients 1 can lentils, rinsed 3 large eggs 1 large over-ripe banana (or two small) 1⁄4 cup honey or maple syrup 1⁄3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1 teaspoon…

  • Food,  Health

    Updated 2017 – Get the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

    Strawberries remain at the top of the 2017 Dirty Dozen™ list of EWG’s 2017 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, with spinach jumping to second place in the annual ranking of conventionally grown produce with the most pesticide residues. Download the EWG Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce (see link below). https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/  

  • Health

    Why you need to care about GMOs…

    While biochemists, scientists and researchers should continue to develop ways of curing third-world country disease and malnutrition through efforts such as genetically modifying foods, consumers in the United States need to think about whether these foods are necessary and should be imposed on them. In the mid-90’s, GM foods were introduced into the United States. GM foods are foods with DNA that have been changed by introducing another gene from another organism (World, 2016). Roughly 95% of soybeans and 75% of corn in the United States are genetically modified (Monsanto, 2016). Specifically, one of the most controversial modifications are the crop seeds that have been genetically engineered to tolerate a…

  • Food

    Sweet potato quiche Lorraine

    Are you one of the 30% of people with a gluten sensitivity? Here’s a great breakfast go-to. My boys love it for breakfast or lunch. It uses sweet potatoes as a crust. And of course, everything is better with bacon. Ingredients: 1 sweet potato 1 shallot – finely chopped 5 pieces of cooked bacon or 1/2 cup of diced ham 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese 8 eggs 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon salt and pepper 2 cups heavy cream or 1 cup coconut milk Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Thinly slice the sweet potato using a mandolin. Then cover the bottom of a greased 9×13 pan.…

  • Health

    Reducing harmful environmental impacts on growing children.

    With so many lists of things not to eat or do while pregnant, it can be quite stressful and confusing. Every day we surround ourselves with multitudes of environmental toxins and cancer-causing factors that could hinder the health of our growing child without knowing it. For this article, we’ll look at three of the known environmental impacts on the womb and growing children; Endocrine Disruptors, Plastics and Pesticides. Endocrine Disruptors Chemicals (EDCs): TEDX (The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Inc.) is an organization that focuses primarily on the human health and environmental problems caused by low-dose and/or ambient exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function. They noted that EDCs can…

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    Are your Sprouts getting enough Sun?

    70% of American children are deficient in Vitamin D. Vitamin D deficiencies have been linked to allergies, asthma, and major bone disorders. Are you getting enough? The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) is 400iu for babies up to a year old and 600iu for children and adults. When it comes to Vitamin D, the color of your skin does matter. Those with darker pigments (such as myself and my youngest son) need even more Vitamin D, as dark skin acts as a natural sunscreen. A good formula to figure out how much sun you need is by taking 20% of the time it takes for you to turn pink in the…

  • Life Tips

    Power of Breastfeeding

    My second son is a little over 2 years old and still breastfeeding. I remember when I first started nursing him, I thought a year would be sufficient as that is what the World Health Organization originally suggested (they have since changed their position to 2 years and beyond). As he gets older and the more I learn about the powers of breastfeeding, I am realizing how beneficial it is to continue. Breastmilk is a tailored concoction that contains the right balance of nutrients to help my infant grow into a strong and healthy toddler. When my son is sick, my breastmilk changes to provide him the antibodies he needs (I…