Posts Tagged "Mamavation Monday"

Libido Boosting Smoothie

Posted by on Feb 3, 2013 in Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Smoothies, Recipes, Smoothie, Vegan | 9 comments

As I just finished writing a guest post for Modern Alternative Pregnancy about, Seven Sexy Foods That Boost Your Libido Naturally. I had a smoothie come to mind, of course! I love smoothies. I love making smoothies that are functional too. While I have received some emails from moms for my Homemade Miralax Smoothie, this one is bound to be more “pleasureful.” Drink this Libido Boosting Smoothie for a few days and take notice how things heat up in the bedroom! Libido Boosting Smoothie: 1 Organic Celery Stalk 1/2 Avocado 12 Organic Frozen Strawberries 1/2 cup of raw almonds soaked over night 1/2 cup of fresh spinach leaves 1 tsp of Raw Maca Powder 2 tsp of Raw Cocoa Powder 2 tablespoon Grade B Maple Syrup (Remember, B is for “Better”) Whip it up in your blender and enjoy. This makes 2 servings. This is not a very sweet smoothie, so if you need to add a little more syrup, go ahead and add some to your liking. Are you wondering why this combination? Celery: Eating raw celery increases sexual stimulation in men Avocado: This “fertility fruit” is known to help increase libido in both men and women Strawberries: Foods rich in Vitamin C can actually enhance arousal and sensitivity and Vitamin C is also needed to help increase sperm production. Almonds: High in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids and the amino acid L-Arginine, which helps improves blood circulation and enhances erectile response in both men and women. Soaking raw almonds not only releases residue and tannins from the skins, but has greater absorption of the nutrients by the body and increased digestibility Maca Powder: One of my favorite ways to boost my energy naturally in the morning, this Peruvian root vegetable used as a folk remedy to increase stamina, fertility, energy, and sexual function. It also helps balance hormones Chocolate! Truly nature’s aphrodisiac, it releases those good hormones we feel after the a little romp in the bedroom. I hope you enjoy this, whenever you need a little fuel for the...

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Announcing the launch of my Snack Smart Solutions App

Posted by on Jan 28, 2013 in Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Eating, Healthy Snacks, Recipes | 5 comments

For the majority of 2012, I spent more than half of the year creating my app, Snack Smart Solutions. I originally met with the developer to create an ebook in helping parents understanding and recognizing early food sensitivities. She said, “Jasmine you need to do an app!” I left our meeting perplexed and drained about the idea of doing an app. However later that evening, next to my nightstand was a talk I had just given to new moms about healthy and quick snack tips to help moms with their energy levels. The idea was right next to my bed. Even though I had about 15 snacks that were paired to help boost energy and sustain blood sugars, I wondered how many moms were really going to keep that handout around. No body likes clutter, even I hate having papers around our small condo. Throughout the years, after doing numerous corporate wellness seminars, I learned people want to be told exactly what to eat and when to eat it. Working folks don’t have time to think during their day often grabbing something from a vending machine. But what about moms on the go? People who are trying to lose weight? Or those who are just bored with their snacks. The more I thought about it, the more excited I got about the idea. During my research I learned quite a few snack facts: Americans are consuming 570 calories extra in snacks than we did 10 years ago Americans first choice of snacks are chips and soda We eat the same 40 foods each week, including what goes into our snacks, boring! While fruit is making its way on top of the list and is a good choice, it is not the best choice as eating fruit leaves us still hungry because we did not pair it with some protein and good fats. We also snack 2-3 times per day Then I thought, how cool would it be to pull up an app and find a healthy snack idea that is proportioned, is the right amount of fiber, protein, and good fats that help sustain blood sugars to avoid over-eating and crashes at the wrong time of day. Also to have snacks that have been paired at certain times of the day to help create energy in the body naturally or to help it slow down, especially for the evening snackers. All 40 snacks on the app do just that. Are the snacks all fruits, nuts, veggies and seeds? No, you will see a couple of your favorites like Beanitos and surprisingly, Unreal Candy, but a couple of my local favorites like Simple Square Bars and Square One Organics Baby Food. Majority of the snacks are gluten free and there are Paleo, Vegetarian, dairy-free, nut and peanut free options, though they do not have their own category. The Future of the App: The app has the potential to grow and be more intricate. The plan is to work with healthy food companies that are free of GMO’s, food dyes, artificial sugars and preservatives. The ability to click on the product and go directly to their website will be a great feature. 20 more snacks will be uploaded between March-June and the goal is to have 100 snacks by the end of the year More categories will be added to the app such as: Toddler Snack Solutions, After School Snacks, Pre Workout and Post Workout Snacks, “Barred” Snacks and others. So come on over to the Snack Smart Solutions Facebook Page and like it to learn more Snack Smart tips. If...

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What To Do When The Stomach Flu Strikes

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Family, Family Health, Smoothie | 15 comments

In the last three weeks, I have seen numerous posts on Facebook on families and kids falling victims to the stomach flu. I’ll also get inbox messages on what they can do to prevent or reduce it naturally. The bad thing about the stomach flu is you already have the bug before you even know it. It can take 24-48 hours for it to rear its ugly head. It is especially hard when our kids get the stomach flu as it typically will run it course through all of them. Two years in a row I have dodged the stomach flu while it went through my family and it really has to do how well we eat, rest and take care of ourselves (and a lot of hand washing!) So here are my tips on What To Do When The Stomach Flu Strikes: Homeopathic Solutions are approved by the FDA and while this is still a new area for me, I have found great results using homeopathic tablets. My kids love taking them for teething, restlessness, and I have used the cold tablets myself with excellent results. Acute Stomach Flu: Start with Oscillococcinum at the very beginning or if exposed. (I have used this when I have felt the flu coming on and it worked extremely well, I always have this stuff on hand!) Then Arsenicum album 9C is best, but 30C is fine: 5 pellets once at the beginning. Then Alternate: Nux Vomica for nausea (if vomiting – feels better after vomiting, tongue is often coated, aka white) AND Ipecac for nausea (if vomiting – does not feel better after vomiting, tongue is NOT coated) Both 9C or 12C is best, 30C is fine: 5 pellets every 30-minutes to an hour and then spread out as they feel better. Diarrhea Homeopathic Solutions: Podophyllin: for yellow (often squirting) diarrhea. 12C, 5 pellets after each stool Croton tiglium: Also for yellow profuse diarrhea (often squirting)- common in infants) may be excoriating to “bottom” 12C, 5 pellets after each stool. Aloe: Urgent diarrhea often with mucus and a lack of sphincter control. 6C, 5 pellets after each stool Cinchona (China): Diarrhea with lots of smelly gas and often bloating. 6C, 5 pellets after each stool For Severe Abdominal Cramping: Colocynthis: 12C, 5 pellets as often as needed 1.) Forgo the Lysol and get Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. Lysol is full of nasty chemicals that can actually cause more harm than good, especially when we are sick. The toxic fumes can make it harder to recover. I like Dr. Bronner’s and use it to clean just about everything in my home. For times like these I use the soap infused with Peppermint Oil as it is great for those with indigestion, nausea or vomiting. You can buy this at Target, Whole Foods, specialty stores or order online. And yes, I clean everything with this soap. 2.) Stay hydrated! Smart Water has all the electrolytes added without the nasty sugars, dyes or preservatives found in Gatorade or other like electrolyte drinks. I actually make our own Pedialyte Recipe and have a bottle of Smart Water and Coconut water on hand so I am prepared: 1/2 cup of Smart Water 1/4 cup of plain coconut water 2 Tablespoons of Organic Unfiltered Apple Juice Drink after each vomiting or diarrhea episode. 3.) BRAT Diet: This comes after you are able to keep clear liquids down. Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast. Here is what I recommend first. Toast with coconut oil sprinkled with cinnamon. I eat coconut oil every day for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-fungal,...

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Healthy Mashed Potatoes and Why These Are Healthy

Posted by on Nov 19, 2012 in Food, Gluten Free, Healthy Dinners, Healthy Eating, Vegan | 5 comments

While my daughter is already listening to Christmas music on a local radio station, eating mashed potatoes is a weekly thing in our home. My kids (and husband) love them and I love that I sneak in more than just potatoes. I’ll easily add some parsnips, turnips or cauliflower in with the potatoes, since they are also white root veggies, it is easy to sneak in and get other vitamins and minerals. I just made this the other day and I have about 1 cup left over. Here are my Healthy Mashed Potatoes recipe! Healthy Mashed Potatoes: 6 baseball sized organic red potatoes organic yukon gold 2 small turnips 1 large parsnip Saving 1/4 c of boiled water 2 Tablespoon of unsweetened coconut milk (we use hemp milk) 2 tsp of Himalayan Salt 1 Tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive oil (or use organic, grass-fed butter) 1 tsp of white pepper Peel potatoes, but don’t dice them. Peel and cut turnips and parsnips. Place them all in a pot of water above the potatoes and bring them to a boil. Once you can put a fork through the turnips, empty the water but for about 1/4 cup of it. Add the coconut milk, salt and pepper. Blend with a blender until smooth and creamy. Drizzle olive oil and garnish with parsley or chives! Don’t dice your potatoes! Dicing your potatoes loses its vitamin and mineral content when boiled in the water. Just peel and place them whole. Less chopping, but longer boiling time. Organic is Best! If you are uncertain about why you should buy organic potatoes, then check out this video calledMy Potato Project from a child’s science experiement We use red potatoes a lot because it is the least starchiest of all the potatoes and have many health benefits, including having 37% more potassium than a banana! A serving of red potatoes twice as large would have very similar calorie and carbohydrate content to that found in the white potato! So you can eat more potatoes without all the extra starch or glycemic index. Red potatoes are also high in vitamin C, niacin, magnesium, iron and vitamin B6. Other vitamins and minerals found in lower amounts include folate, zinc and copper. Use other root vegetables! Turnips are great because they are roots that belong to the family of cruciferous vegetables — the same plant family as broccoli, cauliflower and kale (and don’t turn the mashed potatoes green!). The turnip’s root is high in vitamin C. The green leaves of the turnip top (“turnip greens”) are a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium. Turnip greens are high in lutein, which is good for the eyes! So go ahead and sneak in a turnip or a parsnip. No one will notice and they’ll get more bang for their nutritional...

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Corn Sensitivities Are On The Rise and Here’s Why

Posted by on Oct 29, 2012 in Body Ecology Diet, Corn Free, Family, Family Health, Food, Gluten Free | 19 comments

Ever since going gluten free, soy and dairy free almost 7 years ago, I never would have thought I could develop more food sensitivities. I recall my naturopathic doctor saying then that she was glad it wasn’t corn. Afterall she said, “Corn triggers the meanies – more violent out of control behavior. , the Dr. Jeckyll’s and Mr. Hyde’s in people.” That stuck with me. If you think how much HFCS is in our foods and the rise in our mental health issues, it makes sense. Corn and gluten sensitivities tend to overlap in their symptoms when it comes to our health ailments. After my second child was born, my system was not quite right. Funny how kids do that to you. I went and saw another doctor recommended by quite a few bloggers here locally and learned that buckwheat, oats, corn, cane sugar and beef were giving me issues. The buckwheat made sense as I always felt bloated eating these fantastic raw vegan buckwheat crackers. The oats too, the gfree granola I was having made me sleepy just as gluten use to make me feel. But beef? Corn? I was in denial, but when I thought about it, I felt awful even after eating an organic tortilla chip (bloated, irritable, cranky). There goes my chips and salsa. I was hoping it would not be one of my many triggers, but surely after going off of corn (and cane sugar) for 3 weeks I felt better and lost 5lbs. And my increase in headaches went away. And my son, his behavior changed. In fact I notice it more with corn than gluten for him and that was enough for me. So what is up with corn? And as for beef, I don’t eat red meat very often, however, it does give me indigestion. Like gluten, corn is in EVERYTHING! Just about 99% of our foods has corn or some sort of corn derivative in it. Have you seen the movie King Corn? If not, go watch it. It tests positive in our hair! Dextrose (corn sugar), Citric Acid, sorbitol, Maltodextrin, caramel and caramel coloring, “natural” flavorings, Vitamins C and E, Xylitol, modified food starch, vegetable protein are all hidden sources of corn besides the obvious HFCS, cornstartch, etc. So now I found myself calling all food companies to see if their modified food startch, Xanthan Gum or Citric Acid was from corn because it is not always the case. And if they don’t get back to me, I don’t trust them. I do tweet companies publicly about corn by-products and have yet to get a response back from them….Yes, I am a picky eater in the sense is that we have to be, but we are eating whole foods and yes, we have our “junkie” foods, just not the same as most. According to the USDA, over 80 million acres in the US is dedicated to growing it and is processed in a variety of products such as corn oil, powdered sugar, (they make one with arrowroot starch), toothpaste, infant formula, supplements, protein powders/bars, medications (its in Tylenol, Aleve, Advil) and sweeteners to name a few. What is a girl to do? Corn allergies are on the rise. In fact I firmly believe once gluten is recognized as a food allergy and passed into the labeling act, corn will be next on the list. It does not fall under the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, though it is on Canada’s Big 15 list. (eh-hem so our food companies here in the USA HAVE to provide...

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