Eat Your Veggies?

Yummy Nutrient Dense Superfoods Smoothie

Happy Nat’l Eat Your Vegetables Day!

If you don’t like them, hide them in a fruit/berry smoothie! Great way to get your children to consume their veggies! 

I like veggies but I prefer them raw for health reasons and my favorite way to get raw veggies everyday is in a smoothie! But I don’t particularly enjoy veggie-flavored-smoothies, so fruit and berries are in there with added health benefits and yumminess!

I just posted to my online vasculitis support group a couple days ago how much better I feel when I have my daily nutrient-dense-superfoods smoothie! I had gone a few days without and felt run down. Had a smoothie and felt more energetic, less lethargic, had better mental clarity – and so of course I was happier!

It really makes a difference in how you feel! Smoothies are a great way to get your veggies everyday!

Get a good blender if you don’t have one and make it part of your daily routine!

My smoothie today has all organic, all raw: mixed baby super greens, broccoli, mixed berries, banana, pineapple, carrot, acai, watermelon.

I don’t taste the veggies! Sometimes at first I do, but after marinating for a few minutes, all I taste is fruit and berries.

Note: If your smoothie tastes too green, add more pineapple.

I use mostly frozen organics from Trader Joe’s. Convenient, affordable and produces an ice-cold smoothie!

I buy organic bananas and when they get nicely spotted, I peel and slice them and toss them in a container and freeze them. If you buy them already spotted, they are discounted and perfect for smoothies – and spotted bananas have anti-cancer nutrients that unspotted bananas don’t have! Most people don’t care to eat them once they’re spotted but they are wonderful in smoothies!

So are avocados! They make your smoothie smoother! And add health benefits!

Adding chia seeds and other seeds to smoothies is great, too!

Eat your veggies or drink your veggies! Fruit and berries too! You will feel better!

A superfoods smoothie is the healthiest energy drink there is!

But they are pricey away from home. Investing in your own good blender is a great way to have them everyday and not break the bank.

Other great resources for affordable frozen organics are Grocery Outlet (opening soon near me, can’t wait!), Walmart and Costco.

For fresh produce this time of year, support your local farmers market! It just feels good to shop at them!

For more tips on healthy eating without breaking the bank, go here.

This started out as a status update to just say: Happy Nat’l Eat Your Veggies Day! But I got carried away ♥️

My Travel Blog: Breakfast When You Travel

Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~
Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~

My first travel blog entry ~ inspired by Timehop!

A year ago today, my son, Dillon, had breakfast in Ireland, and my son, Hayden, and I had breakfast in New England (Maine). The Irish breakfast is on the left.

I love Ireland but their breakfasts leave a lot to be desired. The sausage is like a bland meat pudding in a casing and that black thing next to the egg that they call pudding is some sort of pastry made with blood. Yes, blood. I suppose it’s really good for you. The breakfast is usually served with copious amounts of toasted white bread. It’s also usually served with beans and tomatoes! That sausage though… I’m quite sure the breakfasts are why my ancestors left Ireland!

I really love Ireland, but when we road-tripped the U.K. as a family, we really preferred the wonderful markets packed with fabulous organic fruits that we stocked up on for breakfasts and snacks in the car! The berries in the U.K. are the best! 

I highly recommend buying fresh organic produce when you travel anywhere, especially the U.K.! It will save you money, plus it’s much more nutritious than restaurant food – and it saves time – you can eat between destinations! You can see more in a day that way!

The food in New England, on the other hand, is fabulous and wonderful – everywhere you go! If you’re a foodie, New England should be a destination goal! Plus it’s gorgeous and awesome! Go in the fall! Ireland is gorgeous in June, great weather in June!

I want to go back to both places everyday of my life!

I’ve included some links below to enhance your travels! Including a passport cover with built-in cell phone charger! I want one!

‘My Travel Blog’ is a subsidiary of ‘Family Heath and Wellness.’ The views expressed in My Travel Blog are most definitely those of Family Health and Wellness. Travel, it’s good for your health ♥️

Mom, You should Blog about Eggs!

Mom, you should blog about eggs!

So that’s exactly what I’m doing for National Egg Day today!

  • What’s Up with That Bad Reputation?
  • What About the Yolk?
  • Did You Know…
  • Duck Eggs
  • Health Benefits
  • Free-range eggs vs cage-raised eggs
  • Fun Fact about Refrigeration of Eggs
  • How to Successfully Peel Boiled Eggs
  • One of My Favorite Egg Recipes: My Momma’s Poached Eggs

What’s Up with That Bad Reputation?

Eggs have a bad reputation for cholesterol but it’s a very unfortunate reputation as organic free-range eggs actually help regulate and control cholesterol, as free-range hens lay omega-3 eggs! And omega-3’s regulate cholesterol!

Part of the reason free-range hens’ eggs are higher in omega-3’s is because they feed on natural food sources provided by nature!

What About the Yolk?

The entire egg is good for you! Yes, even the yolk! The egg white without the egg yolk is not as beneficial as it is with the yolk! I would like to shout that from a mountain top! Eat the whole egg! You’re seriously missing out on health benefits when you only eat egg whites!

“If you toss out your egg yolks, you’re also tossing out some of the most nutritious parts of the egg. The good cholesterol and saturated fat in animal foods like egg yolks are quite beneficial for your health.” – Dr. Mercola

Did you know…

that the protein in eggs is especially beneficial for preventing muscle wasting and recovery? It’s used in geriatric supplements for this reason! Very good for athletes!

Following a severe illness, my son had an extremely hard time retaining muscle. We started loading him up with eggs and he was able to build and retain muscle!

Duck Eggs

If you’re allergic to chicken eggs, or you want an egg with even more protein and health benefits, consider duck eggs. As pictured above. Most people who can’t tolerate chicken eggs can tolerate duck eggs. And they are wonderful to bake with! Makes a run-of-the-mill cake amazing! They are wonderful for everything except scrambling. The texture of the yolk when boiled is just so nice! There’s an Amazon link below. That’s a pretty good deal on them and if 4 dozen is too many, split the order with a friend or two!

Ten Health Benefits of Free-Range Organic Eggs

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Reduces risk of heart disease
  3. Reduces chances of developing metabolic syndrome (fights disease)
  4. Improves eye health
  5. Promotes weight loss
  6. Liver health
  7. Brain health
  8. Skin health
  9. Protection against muscle wasting
  10. Muscle recovery

Free-range eggs vs cage-raised eggs

Free-range eggs contain:

  • ⅓ less cholesterol
  • ¼ less saturated fat
  • ⅔ more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta-carotene

“I would strongly encourage you to AVOID ALL NON-ORGANIC eggs which are labeled “omega-3 eggs,” as they are some of the least healthy for you. These eggs typically come from chickens that are fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized.” Dr. Mercola

Organic, free-range, farm-fresh, is your best choice. Check your local farmers market or health food store.

Fun Fact

In many parts of the world, eggs are not refrigerated! It was so surprising when we were in the U.K. to see eggs in the grocery stores and markets, on shelves, without refrigeration! The reason is that eggs have a protective cuticle that keep them fresh without refrigeration! Once the egg is washed, the cuticle is removed and the egg requires refrigeration, which is common practice in the U.S. But we buy farm-fresh, unwashed eggs, and so now, into the pantry they go – no longer taking up space in the refrigerator!

How to Successfully Peel Boiled Eggs

  1. Add baking soda to your water
  2. Bring to a boil before adding eggs
  3. Add eggs gently with a slotted spoon or a spaghetti/egg spoon
  4. Boil to your specified liking
  5. Place them in ice water, keep adding ice as needed – this halts the cooking time so if you prefer your yolks well-done, add to the cooking time
  6. Chill in ice water for at least 15 minutes before peeling
  7. Roll the egg to create many cracks
  8. Peel carefully

Note: The fresher the egg, the harder to peel.

I’m going to share with you one of my favorite egg recipes, a little different than the usual poached egg method, the way my momma made them, in milk! 

Poached Eggs in Milk

Organic Ingredients

A slice of bread of your choice, gluten-free, etc
1- 1 1/2 cups milk, as needed
Salt and pepper and your favorite egg spices
2 eggs

Directions

Toast the bread and set on a plate. Butter lightly, if desired.
Meanwhile, liberally season milk and bring to a simmer in a sauce pan over med-high heat. When it begins to simmer, drop in eggs, 1 at a time. I like to crack them into a small bowl and then add them to the milk.
Once the milk begins to simmer for the second time, poach for 2 minutes more. Do not let the milk boil over. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from the milk. They will be done once they look solid on the outside.
Drop the poached eggs on top of the toast, then pour about ½ cup or less of the hot milk over the eggs.

Click here for another great recipe using eggs!

And watch for more egg recipes to come!

Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr Joseph Mercola, Dr. Josh Axe

 

Easy Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods Oatmeal 

World’s Yummiest Oatmeal

If you hate oatmeal, this is the recipe for you! Try it! 

I used to hate oatmeal! And I still can’t stand traditionally prepared oatmeal.

But I know how nutritious it is so I was determined to make it palatable. I have an issue with textures and traditional oatmeal is over-cooked in my opinion and the texture is unbearable for me! So I experimented until it was not just bearable, but delicious! 

Highly recommended for anyone with a chronic inflammatory condition.

All ingredients are anti-inflammatory!

Note: I’ve included some links to some of the ingredients. They were the best deals I found on some of my favorite brands!

All ingredients have a long list of health benefits – superfoods!

Organic Ingredients:

  • Oats (not quick oats) (preferably thick cut)
  • Coconut oil (a delicious brand such as Nutiva)
  • Walnuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raw local honey
  • Cocoa

Optional:

  • Cinnamon
  • Other healthy toppings/mix ins of your choice

Instructions:

  1. Barely cook the oatmeal in a small amount of water. I cook it for a minute or two tops. If you have excess water, add more oats or pour water off and cook a few more seconds.
  2. Add other ingredients and enjoy!

My brother’s secret is to cook it in chai tea! But pure water is good to keep it simple.

Just a few of heath benefits in addition to being anti-inflammatory:

Oats: lowers cholesterol, heart health, high in fiber

Walnuts: brain health, anti-cancer, omega-3

Chia Seeds: increases energy, digestive health, omega-3

Raw Local Honey: counters pollen allergies, increases energy, digestive enzymes

Coconut Oil: fights infections, brain health, overall health

Cinnamon: lowers blood sugar, fights infections, brain health

Cocoa: promotes blood vessel health, improves blood pressure and cholesterol

Here’s to deliciously fighting inflammation! Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Andrew Weil

Healthy Eating without Breaking the Bank

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Many people feel that eating healthy is too expensive, but the truth is that eating clean – and even organic – can cost less than fast food and junk food!

When my boys were little we could stop by the local natural food store and grab a fresh organic deli sandwich or salad and a delicious large organic cookie and an organic beverage for less than the price of a fast food combo meal! I assumed it would cost more than a fast food meal and I was pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise!

Other resources for affordable healthy eating:

  • Organic food co-ops. Google for your area. They eliminate the storefront overhead and the savings are passed onto the consumer. You order once a month and pick up once a month in most cases.
  • Discount grocery stores are carrying more and more organic foods all the time. And you don’t have to buy in bulk. Lots of fresh produce as well as frozen. One where I live is called Grocery Outlet.
  • Costco and Walmart are also carrying more and more organics.
  • Local organic produce distributors that deliver your fresh organic produce to your door! Again, no storefront overhead costs and so it costs less than grocery stores/super markets and it’s delivered to you! Google for your area. Good luck!
  • Beans are cheap and healthy! Lots of great recipes! Homemade hummus is cheap and healthy and filling!
  • Grow your own food! Use organic seeds, soil and nutrients! Lowe’s carries an affordable selection!

Some of my healthy affordable snack/breakfast recipes:

Cinnamon Toast Makeover

Hazelnut Banana Wraps

Not Yo Momma’s Oatmeal

Happy Affordable Healthy Eating! ♥️