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Mango Tango Popsicle 

I have been trying to find a recipe for Popsicles that my children would love.

This summer was a hot one and it makes sense that I got it dialed in now.

I’m sure if you are reading this, then you have more than likely tried some other ice cream or popsicle recipes.

My favourite, before this was from Nom Nom Paleo. Thank you to Michelle for the inspiration for this recipe.

My daughter helped make this video. I know I am no Rachel Rae, but we enjoyed making it. I hope you enjoy eating them!

Ingredient list

I use fresh, when possible and organic if it is available, but we all do our best.

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1.25 cups thick coconut milk or your choice
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1.5 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup mango(fresh if you can get it)
  • 1 cup blueberries, cherries, strawberries( I use frozen)

Mango Tango popsicle

 

summer fun

Take a break

I have taken a bit of a break and my immediate concern is that I have not been keeping up with my writing and spreading “the love”. I then, chose to reflect a bit and realized that we shouldn’t feel bad when life chooses another path and we have to let go of something else for awhile.
Do you feel like this sometimes?
I have spent the last bit of time, not spending it writing, but being with my family a bit more and not so concerned about “keeping up”. It has been very good for my person and my relationships.
There seems to be so much going on with my wife and kids that the blog had to be a lower priority.
As I first said, I feel bad, but I am trying to release that urge.
I love being able to share the lessons that we learn as we go along. So I hope that you understand and can also apply this to the lives that you are living.
I am sharing an article that I read yesterday. I love all these suggestions. They are very familiar to me and I have tried to share with my family on a regular basis.

Be healthy.

What I Learned in my 40’s

Super Easy Blueberry Coconut Milk Pudding

If you have read some of my previous posts, you know that I am eternally searching for new and interesting recipes for my daughter. She has become a bit of a picky eater and as we all do, we get bored with the same foods, over and over. I had a spark of imagination one day, while preparing lunches for the kids. I threw the items together so quickly and chucked it into the fridge so it had a couple of minutes to chill. To make a long story short, she liked it, so try it and perhaps you and your children will do the same.

I made little portion cups and took them to school. You could modify the recipe to make larger portions if you wish. I now make this for my own lunches and it is like yogurt and fruit. So good!

These amounts are flexible. Use your best judgement.

3-4 oz of your favourite non-dairy milk. I like coconut milk.

3-4 tbls of frozen berries. I used blueberries/raspberries for my last recipe

1/2 tbls of your best maple syrup

2 tsp of chia seeds and hemp hulls if you like.

I like to store in small mason type jars and put into the fridge until you want to eat it. It will be good for about 2 days.

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Goodbye Store-bought Lotions. You Suck!

Since we have started down the path to a more healthy, clean lifestyle, our family has been using less chemicals in everything that we eat and put on our bodies.

I was quite unpopular when I left the kid’s lotion at a nail salon a few weeks back. I decided that this was my opportunity to try this recipe and do something even better for the whole family.

The process was quite simple and took very little time. The result was awesome! Goodbye store bought lotions! You suck!

 

Luxurious Homemade Lotion Recipe

Prep time  15 mins
Total time 15 mins
Luxurious homemade ultra-rich lotion with natural oils, beeswax and shea butter.
Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Beauty
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond or olive oil (can infuse with herbs first if desired)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup beeswax
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon Vitamin E oil
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons Shea Butter or Cocoa Butter
  • Optional: Essential Oils, Vanilla Extract or other natural extracts to suit your preference
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a pint sized or larger glass jar. I have a mason jar that I keep just for making lotions and lotion bars, or you can even reuse a glass jar from pickles, olives or other foods.
  2. Fill a medium saucepan with a couple inches of water and place over medium heat.
  3. Put a lid on the jar loosely and place in the pan with the water.
  4. As the water heats, the ingredients in the jar will start to melt. Shake or stir occasionally to incorporate. When all ingredients are completely melted, pour into whatever jar or tin you will use for storage. Small mason jars (8 ounce) are great for this. It will not pump well in a lotion pump!
  5. Use as you would regular lotion. This has a longer shelf life than some homemade lotion recipes since all ingredients are already shelf stable and not water is added. Use within 6 months for best moisturizing benefits.
Notes
A little goes a long way! This lotion is incredibly nourishing and is also great for diaper rash on baby, for eczema and for preventing stretch marks!

Letter to My Children: Health

I love you and that is the answer for so many decisions that we make.

I know that it doesn’t explain everything and I guess that is why I hope to explain it, in more detail, here.

Challenge is inevitable, as God gives each and every one of us things to guide and push us to be “more”. You have each been challenged early on, even though you may not really understand as it is just ‘your’ life. You know nothing different, because it has been that way for most of your life.

I believe that we are destined to help many families that also face challenges and that is why we were led down this path.

OK! Yes. I know. I will move on.

As a family I know that you both have different challenges, but we try to treat you the same.

Our goal is to give you tools that may not be popular or trendy, but real! We have experienced disease and chronic illness personally and professionally. We have had to learn a lot of the information that has kept you healthy and happy from non-traditional resources, but we have learned to trust our instincts.

Trust your instincts! Trust your gut!

As in any family, when one person is experiencing difficulty, we all are affected. We try to work together to solve the issues and come out stronger on the other side.  Sometimes you may have felt that you were having to deal with issues that weren’t necessarily yours. We know that, but realized that we can only do so much at one time. Everything happens for a reason and at the time that it is meant to.

Health-wise, we had no idea that starting a gluten-free diet would lead our family to a whole food lifestyle. When we first found out, we tried, like so many other families to do the minimum necessary to keep our children safe. Looking back, I can see how we were just like most other families that experience similar, we resisted the information to begin. We didn’t want to make those BIG sacrifices if we didn’t need to. It really was such a blow to our way of life. We were challenged by this and it made us stronger.

I am so grateful for the lessons that we learned! Through this we learned many things and have adjusted our diet to meet our needs, now and for life.

I know that it is hard to see family and friends eating what used to be common and is advertised as “normal” food. Every birthday party, play-date, school function or field-trip is hard for us, but I know it is difficult for you to see the other “convenient” options. Sometimes I wish that it was easy again, but I remind myself that our food is just that. FOOD. Not a party. Not convenient. Not to comfort someone else. It is a challenge for us all and I know that you wish to eat pizza and hamburgers. I also wish it was that easy again!

We have learned so much about health and disease that we want you to learn and have a healthy life. I don’t want you to eat, just to eat and have no idea what health is about, when you get older. I want you to understand that health is everything! If you are sick then life pretty much sucks, so why not do what you can to be healthy??

As you grown into beautiful adults and learn to care for yourselves, you may hear “how expensive” organic food(healthiest option)can be. I wish for you to understand that it is like putting good gasoline into a precious sports car. All systems work together to make that ‘car’ go. If you put junky, cheap ‘gasoline’ in, you will have a poor running ‘car’. If you consider it and investment(because health is your largest and most valuable asset)then you can expect exceptional performance!

I hope these lessons; which we learned the hard way, can make their way to you with a lot less challenge and discord, than how they came to us. I am blessed to have you in my life and know that together we will change the world, in a very positive way! God bless you.

Dad

 

Guilt-Free Poutine from naturmend

This is a recipe from our favorite naturopath here in Calgary. I haven’t made it yet, but it sounds delicious and I am eager to try it soon. If you try it leave comments on your experience so that we can all learn from each other.

Ingredientspoutine

  • 2 tbsp AKA miso
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 10 baby red potatoes (yams or other potato varieties can also work)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 avocado
  • Ground pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 2-4 tbsp water

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400. Slice potatoes into 1/2 cm slices. In a mixing bowl stir potatoes with olive oil and a pinch of sea salt until potatoes are lightly covered in oil. Arrange potatoes in 1 layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until slightly golden on the underside.
  • While potatoes are baking mash miso with water and tahini in a small sauce pan. Mix together until thick gravy like consistency over medium heat. Adding water as needed. Mix until warm and smooth.
  • Remove potatoes from oven and arrange on a plate. Top with a layer of sliced avocado. Then a generous pour of miso gravy on top. Add cracked pepper and a pinch of sea salt and enjoy this hearty wintery and indulgent (but guilt free) snack.’

http://www.naturmend.com/2015/01/19/recipe-guilt-free-poutine/

Be healthy! Enjoy life. Be extraordinary.

Fudgy Chocolate Tarts(Organic, Paleo, Gluten free)

I made these a few weeks ago because a friend had suggested the recipe awhile ago. I was a little cautious at first(she is a great cook, just not Celiac), but I was so blown away by the richness. It was so decadent!

I made my first batch in January and my Celiac daughter was so happy and excited(it was still in her mouth while she blurted) “can you make these for my birthday?”(August)

I am so thrilled to have another recipe that makes her feel ok and not like such an outsider!

When I first made these I made the mini tarts using my mini muffin pans(I got about 20). This latest version I made for Valenitine’s Day and used larger silicone molds(I got 8 this way).

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They turned out so good. Even if you still eat grains, dairy or sugar, you wouldn’t miss any of it! Honestly:)

Serving Size: Makes 4-3″ tarts or 18 small tartelettes

These tarts are so rich that they can easily be split between two people. I also tested these tarts using a mini-muffin tin and used 1 tablespoon of crust for each tartelette and ended up with 18 tartelettes. I also suggest using a coconut oil (such as expeller pressed) that doesn’t contain a strong coconut flavor. I found that these tarts taste better the longer they sit. I think it’s best to make them the day before serving. They keep in the refrigerator for one week.

Ingredients

Crust:
Filling:

Instructions

Pour all of crust ingredients into the bowl of a food processor. Process until all ingredients are blended. Divide crust into four servings and press crust in the bottom and up sides of oiled tartelette pans. Clean food processor bowl and blade.

Place all filling ingredients into the bowl of the now clean food processor. Process until ingredients are smooth. Divide filling among tartelettes and spoon over crust. (There will be 2-3 tablespoons of filling left over) Place tartelettes in the refrigerator and chill for 2 hours before serving. Serve cold.

 

Thank you Carrie Vitt from Deliciously Organic.

http://deliciouslyorganic.net/fudgy-chocolate-tarts/

Candy-like Hemp Date Balls

My Celiac daughter has been amazing with adjusting her diet since learning about this 4 years ago. I feel like it is my mission, sometimes, to show her that life is possible and extraordinary, when you make it so. Never give up and don’t stop believing!

I created this recipe out of necessity, as we are constantly looking for healthy, safe and delicious snacks to make life as a paleo kid more fun and travel friendly.

Recipe

2 cups of pitted dates

1/2 cup of organic hemp

1/8 cup toasted almonds

1/8 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 tsp of cinnamon

In your food processor, combine hemp and dates until one big ball forms. Toast almonds and grind into course almond meal. Combine with coconut and cinnamon in a shallow dish. As long as it is well mixed, spoon about 1/2 tbsp into a sticky ball. Roll in the almond meal and coconut mixture and then into a small ball. I store in a sealed container in the fridge to keep fresh.

It should make approximately 30 balls. Enjoy!

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Added Benefit From Farmers Market

Today was the first time in 2 weeks that my local farmers market (Symons Valley Ranch) was back from the Christmas holidays.

I have been so eager to go back and I realized how dependent I have become on the fresh, local,  organic meats and vegetables. I usually make this short trip every weekend, to get my family the best products from some of the best local farmers and ranchers around.

I felt a fair bit of urgency because I usually have a stock of good meats and veggies to last a week or so, but with the holidays, I had to restock!

After making my purchases and visiting with Irm, Greg, Patty, Sharon and all the other vendors that I see on a regular basis, I made my discovery of the added benefit…

Making relationships/friends with the people that provide the majority of our fresh food is really a big deal! I now know how and where our meats all come from. I get to order special cuts from one of these producers. I have created relationships with friends of friends to get grass fed beef and wonderful healthy pork products from a lady and her connection to a farm in northern Alberta. Wow!

This is so much more than just grocery shopping at the faceless, nameless conglomerates that we flock to for super deals. This feels like it is the way that getting “food” is supposed to be!

We(meaning me)have lost our connection to our food.

When you experience the difference and you want to know all the steps that it takes for your food to get to the plates of you loved ones, it really matters.

I realized that the local producers and friends that I have created really care and when you are face to face, they can’t help but feel satisfaction from making the world a bit better.

I am so grateful to the organizers, local producers, friends of friends and of course the earth and all that you give us!

Support your local producers and experience a much enriched life.

 

Top 5 Benefits of Himalayan Salt

December 22, 2014 by  Bruno

Salt is great for seasoning your food, but did you know certain varieties of the mineral can provide far more benefits than just flavor?

Himalayan crystal salt is more than ordinary table salt. It’s all natural, with no anti-caking agents or fillers. Dr Edward Group III DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM writes:

Himalayan Crystal Salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body. This form of salt has also been maturing over the past 250 million years under intense tectonic pressure, creating an environment of zero exposure to toxins and impurities.

Himalayan salt’s unique cellular structure allows it to store vibrational energy. Its minerals exist in a colloidal form, meaning that they are tiny enough for our cells to easily absorb.

There are many claimed benefits of Himalayan crystal salt, such as reducing the signs of aging, stronger bones, and improved sinus health. Although there is little clinical research available,  there is science and an abundance of testimonials touting the long list of health benefits. I’ve pulled together the top five benefits of this pink salt, along with some additional information.

TOP 5 BENEFITS OF HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SALT

  1. Prevention of allergy symptoms and improved air quality
  2. Increased serotonin levels to aid in healthy sleep patterns
  3. Improved energy and mood
  4. Decreased blood pressure
  5. Supported immune system, respiratory function, and vascular health

In the two clinical research studies about Himalayan crystal salt, test subjects who consumed Himalayan salt saw significant improvements in their respiratory healthy, sleep habits, energy, concentration, and more. Here are the findings of a 2001 medical study conducted by the University of Graz:

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Subjects who drank water with our Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® sole added saw significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue, and nervous system functions. Patients also reported increases in quality of sleep, energy, and concentration levels, brain activity, weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.

According to Dr. Oz, the potassium levels in this crystal salt also aids in lowering blood pressure. This is a huge benefit, considering sodium consumption is typically associated with hypertension.

Consuming Himalayan salt is not the only way to reap the benefits, a Himalayan crystal salt lamp will also do the trick. It consists of a large piece of salt crystal, a light, and usually a wooden base. They let off a beautiful ambient glow, but the lamp also omits negative ions as moisture evaporates from the warmed crystal. These negatively charged ions aid in cleaning the air, improving mood, and reducing allergy symptoms. According to WebMd, once they reach our bloodstream, negative ions are believed to produce biochemical reactions that increase levels of the mood chemical serotonin, helping to alleviate depression, relieve stress, and boost our daytime energy.

Full list of Sources:

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/himalayan-crystal-salt-benefits/
http://www.ionicsalts.com/science.htm
http://www.himalayancrystalsalt.com/clinical-research.html
http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/two-alternative-medicine-secrets
http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/negative-ions-create-positive-vibes

 

http://www.mamavation.com/2014/12/top-5-benefits-of-himalayan-crystal-salt.html