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Summer Time is Smoothie Time is our home and now that my Son is older and LOVES helping out in the kitchen, it is also a great activity for him to learn about how food is prepared and where it comes from.
This morning we whipped up an awesome yummy Almond Milk Smoothie with kale from our garden upstate NY, mint from our apartment grown plant in the city, almond butter and sea salt.
To reduce consuming toxins in our family we only use organic ingredients.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 2 cups of shredded frozen kale
- 3 cups of ice cubes
- 2 cups of almond milk
- 1 teaspoon of almond butter
- 4 sprigs of fresh mint
- sprinkle of sea salt
WHAT TO DO
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth
- Serve straight away
What about you, what’s your favorite Smoothie Recipe?
A few weeks back I was excited to receive a package of supplements for myself and my little boy from Italy’s 30-years-strong leading brand in herbal medical – Erba Vita. I will be honest when I write that I had never heard of Erba Vita before, but I know all about Erba Vita now and I am happy to share their inspirational vibe with you.
Erba Vita is available in over 30 countries being very popular in Europe, providing high-quality NON-GMO natural health products made with raw materials to millions of people. Erba Vita products also lack artificial colors, dairy, lactose, soy, eggs, fish, nuts or yeast and are rigorously tested for quality, safety and efficacy. Pretty amazing right? Especially if you take a moment to consider what goes into our mainstream medicines these days.
Sleep – Where I live, the traffic outside is so loud that even after living in New York City for 10 years I still have to put ear plugs in at night to have peace. I also usually wake up once or twice during the night! I hate this as being a Mum and on-the-go all day the last thing I want is to be sleep deprived the next morning. I really love my sleep and need every second I can get. Thankfully, this has not happened since I started taking the Erba Vita Sleep supplement which is a combination of Melatonin, California Poppy and Griffonia (native African shrub). I take one a night, and wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy (which is a big downside to a lot of the other sleep supplements available). I highly recommend this product.
Happy Mood and No Stress – Well who doesn’t want to be happy all the time and not be stressed out? I actually have not tried these products personally YET but if things get a little crazy around here, I surely will be! The No Stress product contains Siberian Ginseng and is meant to help with relaxation, while the Happy Mood product contains St John’s Wort and helps with obtaining feelings of well-being. I take away from this that the Happy Mood supplement is helpful if you are feeling depressed, and the No Stress supplement is great if something suddenly happens helping to keep you calm.
4Slim Detox – This is a Genius product for sure. Each box contains 20 active caps which you can add-on the top of a 500 ml water bottle, release the contents of the cap into the water and drink it throughout the day. I love this concept, which helps to rid your body of toxins while supporting healthy weight loss.
Yep, we have another winner! I will definitely be keeping a stock of these little guys in my pantry.
As my Son is not yet 3 years of age, and the Children’s Erba Vita products we have in our home are for Little People over 4 years of age, it will be quite awhile before we get to try them out.
However, I already know that for me and my family Erba Vita is a big YES YES YES just because many of the medicines/supplements, especially for children in the USA, contain so many nasty synthetic ingredients. I so much prefer a natural holistic approach as a first choice in any situation.
In the USA you can buy Erba Vita products online at Amazon
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With Summer fast approaching here in the Northern Hemisphere, that can only mean one thing – it’s time for children to eat a busload of ice-cream! However, concerns come to hand in my family with this realization as my Son cannot consume cow milk products. This is because he breaks out in an eczema like skin rash. The rash does not appear when he has goat milk products so this is what we give him instead.
Thankfully, upstate NY where we spend each weekend, we live near Sepascot Home Farm which offers raw goat milk (straight from the goat into a bottle) and as a double bonus my Son LOVES goat milk. I am not a fan of pasteurized (or homogenized) milk. I see no point in heating up milk so much that it becomes sterile and loses most of its natural nutritional content, and further more, then the milk companies add synthetic additives in to replace them? Makes no sense to me. I just like to know that my Son is having milk pure and simple as nature intended.
Goat milk is very similar to human milk in comparison and has less lactose than cow’s milk making it a great alternative for people who are sensitive. Goat’s milk is also digested by the human body in around 20 minutes, whereas if you drink cow’s milk it can take up to 24 hours to digest.
This was my husband and my first time making goat milk ice-cream, and it was a huge HIT. Personally, I do not drink animal milk at all, but I did have a taste of this and it was very flavorable. With 5 simple ingredients how can you go wrong.
WHAT YOU NEED
- 3 cups of raw goat milk (We picked some up at Sepascot Home Farm upstate NY)
- 3.5 oz good quality dark chocolate niblets
- 5 egg yolks (We used yolks from cage-free chickens from Sepascot Home Farm upstate NY)
- 1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract (We used Simply Organic brand)
- 1/3 of a cup of raw honey (We used Ray Tousey brand)
- An Ice-Cream machine. We have a Cusinart. Pure Indulgence™ 2 Qt. Frozen Yogurt-Sorbet & Ice Cream Maker
- Heavy bottomed pot
- Measuring spoons and cups
- Mixing bowl
WHAT TO DO
- Combine the goat’s milk and dark chocolate niblets in a large pot
- Bring the mixture to a simmer at a medium low heat range whisking (at the same time) so that the chocolate melts and is incorporated well
- Remove from heat and set aside
- In a separate bowl whisk the egg yolks with the honey
- To prevent the eggs from curdling and in effect turning into scrambled eggs, whisk a cup of the hot combination of goat milk and chocolate into the egg yolks and honey thus tempering the eggs
- Whisk in a second cup of the hot mixture of goat milk and chocolate into the egg yolks and honey and then pour that back into the pot with the remainder of the milk mixture
- Return the flame to medium-low and whisk until you feel the mixture thickening
- Remove from heat and strain through a wire sifter into a bowl
- Stir in the vanilla and add the salt
- Place the bowl in the freezer until slightly cold (we left in for around 30 minutes), stirring occasionally
- Freeze following directions for your specific ice cream machine
- Serve with strawberries or a swig of mint
What do you think of this ice-cream recipe, would you try it at home. Why or why not?
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According to Newsweek Magazine, 60% of women drink — Drinking Diaries
A few month’s back a girlfriend sent me a copy of the newly released (Sept 2012) book Drinking Diaries: Women Serve Their Stories Straight Up.
I was excited to receive the book as, at the time, I had been drinking daily. Hang on, that sounds bad on paper, so let’s back track a bit. What I mean by that is my husband and I would drink a few (or more) glasses of wine at dinner each night. With, most weekends us drinking wine at lunch and the occasional Mimosa or Bloody Mary at breakfast if dining out. Wine is like Water in our home sometimes!
Before receiving the book, I felt trapped, like I could not break the evening wine routine. I was so tired of waking up cloudy in the mornings, especially with an on-the-go toddler to tend to. Drinking alcohol now is not like the good old days pre-baby where I only had to get up to walk the dogs and get myself organized – Ha!
The worst part about it all was that I really did not have anybody to talk to about my love/hate relationship with alcohol, and honestly I was not sure how other people would judge me if I did discuss my feelings with them – you are damned if you do and damned if you don’t as the saying goes.
Every night I would look forward to a glass of wine, and every morning I felt horrible because I was not 100% and clear as a bell – it was like living in the movie Ground Hog Day with the same thing happening over and over.
I hoped that reading “Drinking Diaries” would give me clarity on what I was going through and give me the secret to NOT feel like drinking wine every night… well it did more than that. It literally scared the hell out of me and I stopped drinking… for a while anyway!
One essay in particular in the book titled “IT.MUST.BE” by Becky Sherrick Harks brought me to tears with her reminiscing her childhood memory with best friend, Stacy. Stacy died from cirrhosis of the liver at 26 years of age leaving behind 2 little boys. I was devastated, with the story still haunting me.
On the other end of the scale, there is a beautiful story titled “My Father, My Beer Buddy” written by Ann Hood who talks about her awe-like relationship with her Father growing up, sharing beers and tales from his time traveling all over the world while he was in the Navy. This also brought me to tears just with the sheer love that is portrayed by the Author between a Daughter and Father.
“Drinking Diaries” is a book filled with happy and sad short essays written by women who are journalists, bloggers and novelists. All of who have various relationships with alcohol – occasional drinkers, former alcoholics, friends of drinkers and non-drinkers.
The book is a collection of 28 short essays which are broken into 5 categories – Girlhood, Relationships, Culture, Family and Revelations. There is surely, at least, one story that every person can relate to in some way or another. I also liked that as it is many tales in one, it is perfect for a Mummy-On-The-Go like me, as I can pick it up, read a bit and put it back down making it an easy read.
“Drinking Diaries” is available online from $10-$16 at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books A Million, Indiebound and Powells – take your pick. If you want more of Drinking Diaries you can also visit www.DrinkingDiaries.com for videos, forum and further stories.
“Drinking Diaries” is a thought-provoking, insightful book which I give two-thumbs up too. It helped me to reconsider my relationship with alcohol, and I really appreciate that. I was a little lost there for a while! Not anymore.
My little boy has allergies to cow dairy products and gluten, so not wanting him to miss out, I created this gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, sugarless mini-muffin recipe by taking and adding from a few different recipes.
It was my first time experimenting making muffins, and besides over cooking the first batch a little too much, these turned out surprisingly well; being super moist and really delicious. I am very proud of myself!
Happily, Miles Storm was eager to help out in the kitchen which turned into a fun afternoon activity for both of us. Cooking with him is such a lovely bonding experience – a lot of mess, a lot of questions and a lot of laughter!
I suggest serving the mini-muffins plain (above photo) as part of a healthy breakfast, or even decorated (bottom photo) with toppings like fresh banana. Who doesn’t love bananas! Alternatively, as a special treat, dress the mini-muffins with sprinkles. For this batch I used the Australian multi-colored alternative known as “hundreds and thousands”.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- 2 Cups of Almond Meal
- 1 teaspoon of baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil)
- 1/3 cup of apple cinnamon sauce (I used Trader Joe’s Organic Apple Sauce with Cinnamon)
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed until smooth
- 1 cup of macadamia nuts, chopped small
- 2 cups of organic blueberries
- 1/4 cup of coconut shreds
WHAT TO DO
- 01. Pre-Heat your oven to 350 Farenheit
- 02. Either, grease a mini-muffin tray or line a tray with non-bleached baking cups
- 03. In a large bowl mix together the almond meal, baking powder, baking soda, coconut shreds and macadamia nuts
- 04. In a separate bowl mix together the coconut water, coconut oil, apple cinnamon sauce and banana
- 05. Add the moist ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well, folding the blueberries lightly in at the end
- 06. Evenly dollop the mixture into the muffin tin
- 07. Bake for 25 minutes
- 08. Let cool and serve