Favourite juice combinations

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I’m trying to get more veges into the diet of my kids! (They will drink veges so long as they’re in sweet juice and they don’t know they are there, or eat them blended up in pasta, etc.,) Also, I will share below how mint and parsley help me with bad morning breath!

‘Orange Juice’
Carrots
Apple
Oranges
1 small piece of ginger
Celery (all leaves cut off to reduce the bitterness)
A few strawberries

‘Pink Juice’
Apples
1/4 beetroot
Watermelon
Ginger
1/4 lemon

‘Exotic Juice’
Watermelon
Mango
Pineapple
Small bunch mint
Small bunch parsley

‘Savoury Juice’
Tomatoes
Celery
Small piece of garlic
Small bunch of spinach
1/4 beetroot

Mint and parsley are both amazing for natural help with bad breath. They don’t just mask the problem, they actually will help to purify the breath from the inside of the body. Parsley also helps purify the lungs and increase circulation in the body. When I make juice with lots of parsley, I can tell the difference to my breath for at least half the day, so long as I continue eating whole, fresh food. Processed, sugary foods and animal products lead to bad breath and other body odours.

Also, I believe people mistakenly blame certain vegetables and beans for odours and flatulence. Yes, they can cause a lot of gas in combination with processed foods. However, I have found when I was faithfully following the CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program) way of eating which is basically just plant-based and unprocessed, the beans stopped causing problems. As soon as I removed sugar, refined products and animal products. Processed food is the biggest cause of unfriendly bacteria in the digestive system, and when high-fibre foods encounter them the reaction is explosive!

Beans are highly beneficial to the digestive system and have so many other health benefits, as well as being cost-effective. Cabbage is another ‘windy’ food, that has so many benefits for the stomach. Cabbage juice is perfect to drink in the morning. The taste by itself can be a bit off-putting, but it is delicious combined with apple.

Also, there are certain spices that reduce flatulence when added to food – especially turmeric. I often add some turmeric when cooking beans.

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Scrambled Tofu

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Ingredients I add to scrambled tofu to make it tasty and ‘egg-like’:

Salt

Turmeric

Italian herbs

Garlic

Milk (any type of milk)

Savoury yeast flakes (they contain B12)

Paprika

When it is cooked I add some flaxseed/linseed oil for essential fatty acids. With all these ingredients I found it had a surprisingly ‘eggy’ flavour. Soft-medium tofu is best although I did get away with firm, with extra milk to soften it.

 

 

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Pear and Cashew Cream

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I love the taste of cream but due to the effects on my health, I have to avoid it. The pear and cashew cream is my favourite substitute and I can even feed it to my one-year-old.

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least a few minutes in water

1 large can pears or equivalent in smooth, fresh pears, mostly drained

1/4 cup milk (of any sort) or 2 heaped tbsps coconut cream

1 pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp liquid sweetener

A good blender that won’t leave chunky bits in the cream

Drain water from cashews and most of the liquid from pears. Blend and add milk if needed (sometimes it doesn’t need milk). For an extra creamy effect add 2 tbsps coconut cream instead of milk. Make sure it is smooth.

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Polenta Porridge

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Tips for easy polenta porridge:

Fine polenta cooks much faster than coarse and doesn’t have any crunchy bits

I boil the water first and gradually stir it into the polenta with a whisk

A little polenta goes a long way. I only use 1/2 – to 1 cup for me and the kids

I add some milk, a pinch of salt and some vanilla/mixed spice, then serve with a little bit of extra milk/yoghurt and a drizzle of liquid sweetener.

Dried fruit and nuts combined with whole-grains add extra nutrition and balance 😉

 

 

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How to Make Oat Porridge Kids Like

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First of all, I don’t call it ‘oat porridge’, I call it ‘creamed oats’ when I serve it to the kids! I blend the oats in my blender to make them smooth.  I cook it with water, milk, a pinch of salt and cinnamon/vanilla, and serve it fresh with some milk or yoghurt, liquid sweetener and a garnish of fruit. The texture of the oats has a lot to do with it, as I struggled to get my daughter to touch oats when I would keep them whole.

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Peaches and Barley

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Peaches and barley – delicious! I had to cook the barley by itself until it was soft, then drain and rinse in a colander. The Chilean side of my family have a dessert like this, with the barley served cold with peaches in syrup. I used peaches in juice – simple but still yummy.

 
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Easy ‘One-Ingredient’ Banana Ice-cream

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Frozen bananas are the easiest things to make into ice-cream.  It does require a blender or food processor that isn’t too dodgy though.  My blender seems to almost die when I try to make this.  I chop the bananas before freezing. In my blender I don’t blend, I just pulse over and over, then push the banana down with the stick. It suddenly turns into a smooth ball of ‘banana ice-cream in the middle.’ It is really really healthy compared to conventional ice-cream – a great kid-pleaser (so long as they like banana)

 

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Delicious Two/Three Ingredient Date Balls

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To give date balls a fantastic, smooth, ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ texture, I blend the coconut to make it like coconut flour before mixing it with the date puree.  I always check all the dates by chopping them before soaking in warm water to soften.  I have had too many incidents with fragments of the date pits crunching on my teeth – ouch!

I also use coconut cream in the mix.  So, I don’t have the amounts for the recipe, and I keep extra dry shredded coconut as a back-up. I drain and puree the soaked dates with the coconut cream (my current blender is a bit dodgy so needs lots of liquid, and I don’t have a food processer). I add the puree to a mixing bowl and mix in the ‘coconut flour’ I have created until I can roll it into balls. Sometimes I add other flavours, such as vanilla, mint, carob, cinnamon, etc., I find carob tastes like chocolate if vanilla and cinnamon are added to it.

I roll the balls and coat them with shredded coconut, then chill to firm them.  Delicious! The only problem is I tend to eat too many, but at least they have more nutrition and fibre than chocolate. 😉

The ingredients:

Dry desiccated/shredded coconut

Can of coconut cream/milk

Packet of dates

Extra flavours according to taste

Extra dry coconut in case the puree is too wet

Equipment:

Blender/food processor (in a good quality food processor less liquid is required)

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Positive Viewing Material and Resources

To change my brain circuits or pathways to think positive and avoid negative, anxious thoughts, I need to constantly strengthen them in the paths that focus on good, wholesome and positive stuff. The more I travel those positive pathways, the weaker the negative thoughts get. Here are a few things I have found helpful.

My top favourite site is http://www.audioverse.org. They also have a free app. It is packed with interesting, inspiring Christian talks on all different topics – depression, family, conflict, abuse, the Christian walk, prophecy, etc.,

Childrens’ Shows:

Praise Baby
Cedarmont Kids Songs (one of the best for a show that is real-life and not over-stimulating for young children)
Scripture Lullabies
Steve Green ‘Hide ‘Em in Your Heart’.
Animated Hero Classics by ‘Nest’
The Berenstain Bears
Bindi the Jungle Girl

Educational/Reality for Children:

‘How It’s Made’ (a whole series on how things are produced).
‘Minute Earth’ (science videos for kids with simple explanations to interesting questions. I’m not into the ones promoting evolution)
Baby Einstein

Bible Stories:

‘The Greatest Adventure – Stories from the Bible’
The Beginners Bible for Kids
Bible Stories by ‘Nest’

Inspirational Movies:

‘Gifted Hands’
‘Amazing Grace’
‘The Miracle Worker’ (The story of Helen Keller)
‘Fireproof’
‘Facing the Giants’
‘Soul Surfer’
‘Luther’ (The story of Martin Luther)
‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’ (a part funny/part serious Christian movie about divorce and relationships in general)
‘The Inn of the Sixth Happiness’ (a very old movie based on the true story of a brave lady who saved a lot of children during a war)
‘Courageous’ – highly recommended

Documentaries/Reality Shows:

‘Supernanny’
‘World’s Strictest Parents’
‘Hoarders’
‘Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed’ (a documentary by Ben Stein about the suppression of academics in the U.S. who believe in intelligent design)
‘Supersize Me’ (about McDonalds and fast food – very interesting!)
‘Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead’. (about juicing and healthy eating – free movie online)
‘Keepers of the Flame’ by Dr. Allan Lindsay (an old-fashioned but interesting documentary that has some protestant history at the beginning)

Resources/Free Help and Tutorials:

Jamie Oliver’s ‘Foodtube’
‘Alejandra T.V.’ (Organising)
Dr. Ron Laura Matrix Body-building
Chloe Coscarelli (the ‘Hungry’ channel – a cooking resource)

How I judge viewing material: I don’t believe there is a black and white, one-size-fits-all approach, but I value material that is highly inspirational, educational, based on real life and with a practical focus, and preferably teaches that God, values and family are important.

I find much of the programming on T.V. (especially children’s programming) disturbing, because in most of it family is non-existent or else something that the characters don’t respect. I won’t go into details but I consider most children’s shows to be not only a waste of time, but harmful to the brains of those viewing it. T.V. and movies (and magazines) have one objective as their main priority – SELL, SELL, SELL. They are not there to help and baby-sit, they want to create consumers.

The Bible gives a guide for what to focus the thoughts on. It has helped my mind so much.

Philippians 4:8King James Version (KJV)
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Here are the attributes above as a list. Is what I’m watching:

True
Honest
Just
Pure
Lovely
Of Good Report
Virtous
Praise-worthy

?

I can guarantee most of Hollywood and entertainment T.V. fails on the very first point. God gives this guidance for my own happiness, and mental health. I almost ruined my mental health by filling my mind with crime shows, magazines, ‘chick flicks’, crime stories in magazines, fantasy and romance novels, and more. The imagination strengthened too much over-takes reality, and ruins happiness that can be found in the simple pleasures of life, and being grateful for everyday blessings.

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