Saturday, September 25, 2010

End of Summer Sorbet

Summer has come to a close, but that doesn't mean that the summertime treats have to!

Here is a quick summer sorbet.

1/2 Frozen Banana
1/2 c Frozen Blueberries

In a food processor, blend all together.  That's it!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Immunity, Part 3


Part 2 was EXERCISE


You have heard it before-  take Vitamin C to get rid of a cold.  But for some reason, that's ALL that we've ever heard about.  You may have heard of echinacea if you're lucky...

There are so many vitamin, mineral, and herbal combos that can REALLY help your immune system along.  Here's what we take:

1- Vitamin C (prevents a cold, but doesn't shorten it's duration)
2- Zinc (prevents a cold and shortens duration)
3- Aged Garlic Extract (Kyolic) (anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal)
4- Oregano Oil (anti-bacterial) (anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic)
5- Echinacea (anti-viral) (shortens duration of a cold)
6- ProBiotics (the good bacteria that live in your gut)
7- Vitamin D3 (THE immune booster)

We don't take these supplements every day.  Each day, we take probiotics, a multi-vitamin, and vitamin d3.  When we have been around someone with a cold, or are going into an unfamiliar or crowded place, we take the rest in the list.

The fact of the matter is, the immune system will be what prevents your cold.  Pair that with good hand washing (with regular soap... anti-bacterial is not necessary) and a diet rich in colorful, organic produce and you'll be JUST FINE!!  No flu shot-o-death necessary!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Immunity, Part 2

Part 1 was Relaxation.

Part 2 is EXERCISE!

Take 20-30 minutes out of your day and exercise!  VIGOROUSLY.  The body has a few different ways of releasing toxins, and SWEATING is one of them. My FAAAAAAVORITE 20 minute workout is Jillian's 30 Day Shred.  This little workout will have you sweating in no time.   It's only 20 minutes, and well worth it.  And for $8.50 on Amazon... you can't really beat the price!  After your workout, give your lymphatic system a little boost by 'dry brushing' with a long handled, natural bristle brush before your shower.  Happy sweating!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Immunity, Part 1

Hi everybody! Fall is in the air... can you smell it??? I walked into the office today and said "boy, it smells like fall in here!"  What does that mean??  You know, the smell of apple cinnamon, vanilla, pumpkin, ...and those disgusting candies like apple caramel pops and candy corn (YEP, I said it...groooossssss).  Haha, well anyway, that also means something else is brewing.... COLD SEASON.  Oy vey.  As much as I LOVE fall, I DON'T love cold season.  The kids have started losing their voices and coughing already!  So what can YOU do to keep yourself healthy?  I'm going to be doing a multi-post series regarding how to stay healthy while everyone else is sick.

Immunity Trick 1-  RELAXATION.

I can't tell you how many times Brenton and I have gotten sick JUST by becoming run down.  The fact of the matter is, you can't just go and go and go, and expect to come out 'ok' on the other side.  That said, you need to factor in relaxation time in your day.

I LOVE this youtube video.  It's so chill, and fantastic.  I like to put it on in the background while I'm doing yoga or cooking (which are my two favorite chill-out activities).

It's fantastic.

Your job today is to take some time out to RELAX.  Do an enjoyable activity like reading or taking a hot bath.  Renew your mind, renew your immune system.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Vegan Pasta Alfredo

Hi everyone!  I have a YUMMY (seriously!!) vegan pasta alfredo recipe to share... that's soy free!  WHOO!!


Whole Wheat Pasta, cooked
Handful of Arugula (to taste)

1/2 C Cashews
1 clove Garlic
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of White Pepper
Dash of Apple Cider Vinegar (can use lemon juice)
Dash of Water to help blend

Cook the pasta according to package directions.

In the meantime, blend together all of the 'alfredo' ingredients in a blender.  Add water as needed to achieve desired consistency.

Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add the arugula and let the heat of the pasta wilt it.

Top with the alfredo and enjoy!!


It's so easy to make.  Brenton made the alfredo sauce all by himself!  Enjoy!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ba ba ba, ba ba ganoush

Our CSA yielded us a TON of eggplant this year.  I decided to make some baba ganoush!!  If you haven't had it before, it's kind of like an eggplant hummus.

1- take 2 eggplants, wash, and cut slits in the skin

2- roast at 400 until tender, about 30-45 minutes, then let cool for about 10 minutes

3- scoop the flesh out of the skin and let drain and cool in a colander ( looks gross, right?!)

4- in a food processor, process eggplant guts (HAHA), with the juice of half of a lemon or lime, 2 T tahini, 2 T olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic (or more to taste) and dashes of sea salt, black pepper, chili powder, and sesame seeds.

5- blend until smooth and then let sit at room temperature for a hour before eating

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Salsa Time!

Do you have a MILLION tomatoes that you need to get rid of?  Try making this nummy salsa!

Here are the ingredients:

For those that need an ingredients list....

1 medium tomatoes
1 small handful of cherry tomatoes
1 small onion
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 clove of garlic
Dash of sea salt and pepper
1 T cilantro

In a blender, whirl all of the ingredients together until coarsely chopped.

If you're like me, you like heat in your salsa, so add some Tabasco to taste