I finally made a vegan Mac and cheese even my children love. Made with only a handful of ingredients, and has a gourmet taste. Can be made raw with zucchini noodles. Until now any vegan Mac and cheese I’ve made … Continue reading
Raw vegan, lite refreshing summer rolls. When we moved to California the famous Roxanne’s raw food restaurant had just closed. We heard stories of the amazing unique food served. So when I came across the book “Raw” by Charlie Trotter … Continue reading
An elegant beach/nature inspired diaper cake.
I believe creative expression is a vital part of being “A-Healhty-You”, which I why I love sharing my food and craft creations on my blog.
My friend Erica helped me put this masterpiece together, I have to say it is amazing. We put in lots of little details. The diaper cake was made for our friend who is pregnant with twin girls. When shopping I wanted to make sure to get 2 animals. Typically I buy some sort of animal toy, so the baby(ies) can use them, but when I saw these hummingbirds I just knew they had to be on the cake. I then found matching flowers. My friend loves the ocean and scuba diving so sea shells, a pair of scuba slippers (yellow on the bottom) and lots of little ocean/beach inspired touches are all over. The top features the 2 hummingbirds in a nest, there is a glitter heart in between them, drawn inside the nest. The glitter tool was a perfect was to make the burlap more elegant, and the foam nautical stickers as well. Inside I hid lots of organic nursery supplies.
This is about the 6th diaper cake I’ve made, they have all been beautiful and fun, but this one takes the cake! I’m going to be making another one soon and already have purchased the supplies, I love making these so much that it’s hard to wait, and yet if I make it now my boys, who really enjoyed pre-decoration the cake, would surely redesign it a few times.
Happy creating to U!
Photo by my husband Chris Bain
As many of my readers may know, I don’t follow a recipe, I use it as a guide. I also don’t always write down what I put in a recipe because I love to just be in the moment. Yes I love to cook. Funny thing is I’m on a cleanse and can’t eat it, but what I’ve been cooking since I started my cleanse has been amazing, according to my family.
So here are the ingredients. To make it McDougal low fat omit the oil and almond butter, as you see I don’t use much. You can replace it with a non dairy milk, or leave it out all together.
NOTE: the amounts are estimates
Makes about 50 small cookies
4 cups cooked garbanzo beans
2 cups oat flour (you can use oat groats or rolled or quick oats, made into flour in a blender)
1 cup ground flax
1/2 cup chia seeds
2 Tablespoon almond butter
2 Tablespoon coconut oil
1 cup dates
1 cup water
1/4 cup cashew
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup carob chips (or chocolate chips)
1 cup raisins (optional)
1/2 cup maple syrup or other liquid sweetner
1-2 tablespoon salt (to taste)
Preheat oven at 375 F
Blend the dates, cashews, maple syrup, baking soda, salt and water until the dates are liquid.
In a food processor blend the date liquid and garbanzo beans until smooth.
Put into large mixing bowl, add all the remaining ingredients except raisins and carob chips. Mix until all combined well. If the batter is too wet add more flax or oat flour. Should be a little thinner than regular cookie batter. Not runny.
Using a ice cream scooper, or spoon, scoop out small balls, about the size of a golf ball, and put on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. The balls can also be cooked in silicon baking cups. You can make them into cookie shapes too by pressing them down with the back of a spoon.
Bake for approx 30 min, or until it starts to get golden brown. Let cool before serving. They can be served room temperature or cold. They tend to get a little more firm if left in the fridge over night.
Store in air tight container in the fridge.
I can’t say how long they will last, in my house that’s about a day or so.
Some more pics from the Bain family photo shoot, even our sons joined in the fun.
I went to a sauerkraut party today. The ladies and I pounded away at shredded cabbage. It was fun and I left without making my own kraut, intending to make it at home. The evening came and went and I’m left with cabbage that needs to be kraut-ed, so I opted for the quick and easy way.
1-shred a head of cabbage, a food process with a silver works fast.
2-put in a glass jar
3-add enough salt water to cover the cabbage (for one small head of cabbage about 1-2 tablespoon of salt is enough).
4-put a full piece of cabbage on the top and press down so it’s submerged in water.
5-put on lid loosely or cover with a tea towel or paper towel and secure with rubber band, so no bugs or dirt gets in. You want it to get some air. The water will rise as the salt pulls out the liquid from the cabbage.
6-put on counter for 3 days, press down the cabbage as needed 1-2 times a day, to keep submerged in water
7-transfer to fridge, it will continue to ferment
8-check in a week, usually takes 2 weeks however it can take up to a month depending on weather and how cold your fridge is.
9-eat when reaches desired taste.
This technique tends to make the sauerkraut a little more crunchy yet still ferments.
I have 2 other techniques that produce sauerkraut faster. I will share those in another post.
Some future posts to look forward to:
-Is colored natural salt healthy? What I found out about sea salt and heavy metals.
-kombucha, how to make scobys and this fizzy health drink
-bye bye PMS! Hello kombucha
After years of trial and error my son’s brown severely decayed teeth have become tooth colored again in less than 2 months! Here’s how we did it. Continue reading
North Palm Beach County has lots of summer activities for kids, most are free. I use many websites to get all these events on my personal calendar and decided to put it up on my website to share with my friends. Hope to see you over the summer for some fun.
See below the calendar for additionally ongoing programs and links.
Most events are all ages however for story times I only included for ages 3-7, check with the library for more story times and events. NOTE: this is only a partial list, many more events to be listed soon.
Kids Bowl Free – 2 free games per child per day, charge for shoes is separate. Each bowling alley has a different price and rules. Optional: You can purchase a family pass so adults can play as well. I have seen an online coupon for $10 off the family pass on most coupon sites.
Palm Beach Gardens
Cool Beans Indoor Playground, Palm Beach Gardens: check website for times and admission price: ages 6 months to 6 years – After 3pm older siblings can join in the summer, happy hour $5 admission from 3-5 pm on certain days, open play, classes and more.
Playmobile Funpark, Palm Beach Gardens: $1 admission per person, has tables of Playmobile toys for the kids to play with, at times they have a show and activities.
Burns Road Aquatics Center, Palm Beach Gardens: See website for times and fees, Great for kids of all ages, has a water park, large pool, slides and lap pool. On the same grounds as the Burns Road Rec Center and Park.
Harborside of Jupiter: Summertime Splash – at the Amphitheater Fountain-park – Weekly on Tuesday , Wednesday , Thursday , Friday , Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, also have special events – summer playdate, yoga and more
The Academy of Riding: Horseback riding Lessons and Camp (daily or weekly) in Jupiter Farms, Daily 60$ Weekly 185$ Camp hours 9-3 extended hours available, 561-427-4502
Loggerhead Marine Life Center, Juno Beach: Turtle Hospital Open to the Public, has Jr. Vet Kids Lab, Public Guided Tours, turtle release, monthly beach clean-up, camp, nesting tours, Story Times and Crafts, admission by donation, check website for times and activity fees.
North Palm Beach
West Palm Beach
Centennial Square and Fountain Park, Clematis Street, West Palm Beach: Free Public Fountain Park
CityPlace, West Palm Beach: Bubblefest, Join the free fun and flurries of bubbles now and through August 2nd with 10 minute shows at 6 pm, 7 pm and 8 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
Palm Beach (Island)
Society of Four Arts, Palm Beach: Children’s Library open Monday through Friday – from 10:30am – 12:30 pm in June and July – closed August, beautiful gardens across the street. Has events listed on website. During the school year they have great weekly story times and activities.
Macaroni Kids: Local events listing
Hula Frog: Local events listing
I found this awesome Laundry Cheat Sheet that is a magnet on amazon. How great. Now a green cleaning laundry cheat sheet needs to be made, hmmmm…. maybe my next project
click on it to see it clearly in amazon.
My oldest son has low muscle tone, aka dyspraxia, or developmental coordination disorder. Writing this past year in first grade was very frustrating. Gripping small items, tying shoe laces, and other tasks that require fine motor skills have always been an issue for him. Now that he’s home for the summer mommy day camp has begun. I have been trying to find ways to help him with this and other skills and this morning I saw a picture of a child holding a pencil with a rubber band twisted on it and attached to the child’s wrist. I tried this with my son and while it helped with grip it was very uncomfortable. He also had trouble setting the rubber band up himself when he lost grip. My son loves making rainbow loom bracelets, and had a bunch of them on the desk. I put the bracelet on him and put the pencil in the last bracelet rubber band and then had him try it out. It was perfect. Not only was it exactly the right size, he could easily stick the pencil or any other writing tool back in next time he needs to. No twisting needed like with a regular rubber band. My son now has a helpful gripper anywhere he goes and a stylish one too!
Make a one layer loom bracelet the right size for the child.
Put the clip on the first and last band to join them.
Put the bracelet on with the clip on top of the wrist.
Insert the pencil in the last band that is closest to the thumb.
Write, draw, color and enjoy!
Here’s to A Healthy U, and your children!
As you can see from my blog I haven’t been doing much on it the last year and a half, and with good reason, I’ve been in pain. December 2013 I had 2 lower wisdom teeth removed. The healing process was painful and took a long time, actually I am still healing. Half of my tongue is numb and tingly, my left lower jaw is often very tight and pulls on my neck muscles and if I touch the gum area near and between the teeth on the lower left I get shooting pains. The oral surgeon says the pain has nothing to do with the surgery and that my tongue will heal. Yet I had this pain since the surgery, and dentists have told me it appears to be nerve damage, but the surgeon says no. While reading and hearing of others who have had similar experiences I know that it is nerve damage. For some it heals within a few weeks to a year, and yet for others it never heals.
So for the past 1.5 years I’ve been for the most part sleeping to get through the day. I tried working but each time I would take a few days to recuperate. Then my son had Torticollis so I was home with him, then I got worse from the stress and stopped working all together, even my one in a while web design and graphic arts freelancing was stopped, I haven’t worked since, that was in January.
I’ve had some relief, and will share all I’ve been doing to heal.
NAET- an allergy elimination technique, my acupuncturist Kathleen Sorenson is trained in NAET, body talk, cold laser therapy and sound therapy. I always feel better during and after NAET. After a few days the pain comes back, stress does it every time, and being a mom of two young energetic boys can be stressful. I’ve been able to overcome lots of allergies. Kathleen is amazing and has taught me so much. If your in the west palm beach area and interested in her services her website is http://kathleensorensen.com
Chelation therapy- Kathleen told me about chelation therapy, and I decided to give it a try with Dr. Bruce Dooley in Jupiter, FL. It’s expensive. Chelation is an iv therapy that removed metals and toxins from the body and puts high dose vitamins in. I had a consultation with Dr. Dooley who had me test my urine, stool and blood. I just got the results back and will be speaking to him soon about them. Part of the urine test is getting iv chelation therapy with EDTA and vitamins in the iv, and taking DMPS pills, these pulls mercury and other heavy metals out, the urine is collected for 3 hours and tested. I had no high levels, in moderate levels I had lead, cadmium and nickel. That first day Dr. Dooley recommended I take a gut healing shake and high count probiotics (sold in his office). That helped with digestion but not with energy or pain. I went back in a few days later and he recommended a energy drink he sells, I had bad reactions to it from the moment I drank it. I’m a highly sensitive person. I called him and the company that makes it, they both didn’t know why I had such a reaction and had never heard of anyone reacting the way I did. This happens to me a lot, being highly sensitive I respond to things quicker and with more intensity than most people.
Vitamin C- while researching chelation I learned about Linus Pauling’s work with High dose Vitamin C. After chelation I started the C. Not knowing which to take I got a powder that says ascorbic acid, it didn’t seem to do anything for me. I was taking 10-15 grams a day (that’s 10,000-15,000 milligrams) After 2 weeks I switched to 1 gram of liposomal and L-ascorbic acid in capsules at 6-10 grams a day, I take 3 grams at a time, and in about 15-30 minutes I have more energy, I feel more oxiginated. It’s not high energy, but wakes me up. The first 3 days I was feeling lots of head pain, which hasn’t returned. After a dose of 7 grams at once a piece of my tongue was no longer numb. This happened to me 2 months prior after a week of kombucha, still lots more tongue healing to go.
E3Live Brain On- a blue green algae. I knew the owner from my California days and was on E3Live back then. The first shot was like someone turned the lights on in my brain! I had clarity that I haven’t had in years-since my first pregnancy 8 years ago. I now take it every morning on an empty stomach, the one day I didn’t take it my energy was low.
Probiotics- Dr. Dooley gave me 225 billion count probiotics, the highest count I’ve seen. My son also takes it. Yesterday I decided not to take my 1/3 a dose and had stomach pains, same happens for my son. He’s down to a 5 billion count and has been doing fine with it.
Kombucha-we are blessed to have a local raw organic kombucha brewary, One Kombucha. I have been kombucha for years but never felt much from it. Fresh kombucha gave me lots of energy, no pain and less mental fog. That lasted 2 weeks, then I detoxed so hard I crashed and kombucha hasn’t had that effect on me again. In all fairness I really over did it those 2 weeks, but wasn’t feeling pain so staying up late every night, organizing and deep cleaning the house was easy. I now brew my own kombucha, which is very easy, and doesn’t contain forced carbon as they do in the brewary. I am not a fan of fizzy drinks and natural kombucha has just enough fizz for me. I did find after 1 week of drinking kombucha daily a small piece of my tongue was no longer numb and tingly. Every time another piece does that it gets extremely itch and tight and in a few minutes I can feel in that area. Still half of a tongue to heal, yet half a tongue already did. So I have some hope.
Yesterday I decided not to take the probiotics and had stomach pains all day. However high dose vitamin C aids in healing, so a problem area will often feel worse for a few days while healing. The dead and abnormal cells are being replaced with healthy cells. 20 years ago I had ulcers, and since becoming vegan and changing my life 15 years ago I haven’t had ulcer pain, today it feels like that.
MiPaste- a paste used after brushing, the biological dentist told me it will lessen the nerve sensitivity. I applied it to my gums twice where the pain is when I touch it, I used it twice and it made it a bit less sensitive.
Mouth guard- my dentist recommended I get a night guard for grinding. Since I started using it I don’t wake with a headache and neck ache. My neck muscle still feels pulled, but only a few times I’ve had pain, much better than pain 24/7.
As you see I’m on a path to healing and what a journey it is. I’m holding the intention that by the end of the summer I’m ready to get back to work. I’ve already gone from in pain 24/7 and in bed most of the day, to only needing a nap every few days and much less pain.
Here’s to A Healthy U, and me!