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Yoga and Nutrilite Recovery

This is an all out promotion for one of Nutrilites’ best products, in my opinion.  If you hate promotions scroll on to another post.  The East Coast is enduring high temperatures therefore, indoor yoga is a great way to work out muscles in a cooler environment.  This mornings’ session produced lots of sweat and dehydration even in the air-conditioned room.  So I’m glad that Nutrilite ROC2O is in the pantry.  It is a great strenuous activity recovery drink.  Just pour one packet into a 16 oz. water bottle and shake to dilute.  I feel relaxed, re-energized, hydrated and ready to face another day.

The Taste Is In The Sauce

The month of June has been about basic sauces for salads and entrees.  They add healthy taste to recurring favorites like Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad and Bean Enchiladas.  These are standbys at our house during the summer.  The salads are great vegetarian main dishes when it’s hot and Enchiladas with just a touch of heat make the day seem cooler.

To tell the truth, I’ve been looking for a good macaroni salad dressing for years.  Finally developed one that takes a lot of ingredients but it’s worth it.  The potato salad dressing could be used for spinach and tomatoes or other green salad combinations and uses feta cheese.

The Enchilada sauce is homemade.  No more buying expensive yellow cans at the store.   So, which recipe do you want?  I will let the readers decide.  Reply to this message and vote for Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad, or Enchilada Sauce.

Gluten-Free Buttermilk Crepes with Peaches

This is a delicious way to enfold  summer berries and fresh fruit.  If you are dairy free, sorry, you are out of luck with this recipe.  For those of you who are lactose intolerant, one Nutrilite Digestive Enzyme Complex  taken before you eat should help.

Ingredients:  3/4 cup of Buttermilk; 1 Egg; 1 tbsp of melted Butter; 1/2 cup of Tapioca Flour; 1/4 cup of Cornmeal; 1 tsp of Baking Powder; 1/8 tsp of Salt.

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl with a spout for pouring.  Beat the wet ingredients until well mixed then add them to the dry.  Mix the batter until smooth. Heat on a medium setting a non-stick crêpe pan or I like to use an electric skillet prepped with Fulton Street Market Buttery Flavored Cooking Spray.  You will have to spray a well seasoned skillet only one time.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter on the skillet and let it cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side.  The surface of the crêpe will be lightly browned.

Filling Ingredients:  1 cup of  lofat Sour Cream;  2 cups of sliced fresh or frozen peaches; 1 tsp of vanilla and 2 dashes of cinnamon.

Combine the sour cream, vanilla and cinnamon. If using frozen peaches defrost and drain.  Spread one side of the crêpe thinly with the sour cream mixture and place a small amount of peaches on one half of the crêpe.  Fold over and lightly dust with confectioners sugar.  Make sure your fruit is very ripe and freshly picked or flash frozen right after picking for the best flavor and nutrients.

Experiment with strawberries, cottage cheese, adding lemon juice to the crêpe batter with fresh blueberries, or fresh raspberries would be divine.  Let me know how you get on with this recipe, I’d love feedback.  The inspiration was found in The Gluten-Free Vegetarian Kitchen by Donna Klein

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I’m Back!

After a brief hiatus from blogging, I’m back. I’ve been testing recipes for my vegan, gluten-free friends and I’ve found some good ones. Some of these recipes have been in my cut-out from magazines box for 20-plus years. I’ve based my recipe on the original with modifications. So, I will give you the source for each. Enjoy!

Time to Eat Butter

Dr. Dwight Lundell, a heart surgeon who has been practicing for over 25 years and performed 5000 open heart suguries says, “Forget the science that has been drummed into your heads for decades.  The science that saturated fat alone causes heart disease is non-existent.”  This viewpoint validates what Dr. Duke Johnson has published in his book, The Optimal Health Revolution, which is recommended by this blogger.

Inflammation is the cause of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.  It comes from eating Omega 6 fatty acids, the IL1 gene, refined sugar and flour, toxins, pesticides, preservatives and stress.  Omega 6 fats are found in the cheaper oils, dark meats and processed foods that have a longer shelf life.  The only oils recommended by Dr. Johnson are olive and canola.  Dr. Lundell recommends olive oil and butter. 

For further information about inflammation and your diet go to Dr. Lundell’s article published  March 8, on the Signs of the Times website.  Dr. Johnson’s book can be found in the recommended reading here at 

Pampering Instead of Chocolate

When you come home from a tiring day and need a reward, instead of reaching for the Hershey’s kisses in the freezer, continue on into the bath and give your dry winter skin a prize.  Whether you are a shower person or bathe in a tub, you can take at least 30 minutes for a face peel, hydrating masque, sugar scrub and body butter.  Your skin will feel wonderful and the chocolate will be forgotten.  My favorites, Artistry brand of course, Essentials Hydrating Botanical Spa Collection.

Throwing Out Sugar

Yesterday “Sugar is Toxic to the Human Body” was a headline on the radio news.  The University of California, I think, has been researching the effect of the typical, American, high sugar diet on human bodies and they are recommending that the government forces us to throw out sugar. 

     First of all, research is usually inaccurately portrayed by the drive-by news organizations.  They will sensationalize anything to sell their product.  Secondly,  we all know that refined sugar, and fructose and honey are all metabolized in the body the same way and our brains need sugar or we pass out.

What do they mean by the word “toxic”?  I have no idea, but we already have guide lines for healthy consumption of sugar.  The American Diabetes Association recommends three servings of whole fruit (not juice) per day and  this is enough simple sugar for your body to thrive.  Simple sugars release into the bloodstream fairly quickly.   The ADA also recommends complex carbohydrates made from whole grains with increased fiber which cause slower absorption of sugar preventing your pancreas from working overtime. And, dentists are dead set against consuming candy, sugary soft drinks and sugared gum because they destroy your teeth.

So, where does that leave us health conscious humans in a semi-free society?  Whether it is toxic or not, it’s a healthy decision to throw out the sugar bowl, the white flour, candy, sodas and the orange juice.  Replace them with a natural sweetener like Stevia, whole grain flours and real fruit containing fiber.  It is amazing how sweet fresh pineapple tastes after only a week of cutting out the sugar.  For you rebooters, incorporate more vegetables into your juices, try three veggies to one fruit.  Although change is hard, just think of it as taking responsibility for your own health by throwing out the sugar before the government does it for you.

Immunity Boost For Rebooters and Toddlers

Carmen, my granddaughter, and I came up with a new juice recipe this morning.  She is a toddler and cannot crunch up raw vegetables and fruit, however, with a juicer she can still consume all the nutrients.   This time of year we all need a boost for our immune system, so whether you have todds at home or not, here is a great recipe for a winter reboot.

Winter Booster

3 Valencia Oranges, direct from Florida if you can get them

2 Gala Apples

2 Large Raw Carrots washed well, not peeled

2 fresh Lime Wedges, peeled

2 to 3 fresh Basil Leaves, found in grocery if you don’t live in southern climes.

Peel and segment the oranges, wash and segment the apples, wash the carrots well but do not peel, cut the limes remove the peel from the segments and thoroughly wash the basil leaves.  Then juice, stir and drink.  Don’t store because the water-soluble vitamins break down over time.

Breakthrough Fast Day 15 Unexpected Results

This fast has not been what I expected. I planned to stay on juices and a daily soy shake for the whole 21 days. Instead, I set aside food until I’ve had an hour or more of talking with God and meditating on His Word. Then, I break the fast, usually in late afternoon. Fasting brings clarity and a focus to my daily devotions that I’ve not experienced before. It also allows God to fill the empty places. However, by evening my blood sugar is so low that I’m breaking the fast by dinnertime and it’s okay. This fast doesn’t have to fit my pictures in order to bring results.