Delicious Veggie Wraps

Sometimes it is easier to prepare a delicious and healthy meal than we think. Many times I find myself discouraged to make something nourishing & healthy at home for fear that it will take too much time. When the fact of the matter is, as soon as we put that fear to the side we start creating wonderfully delicious things.

What’s on the menu for todays lunch & takes less then 10 minutes to prepare?

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harested Tangelos

Delicious Veggie Wraps, Medicinal Kimchi & Locally harvested Tangelos

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Medicinal Kimchi

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Delicious Veggie Wraps

In my fridge months ago a friend & I made an amazing Kimchi. We made a gallon jar of it, so I am just now getting to the last of it. Earlier this week I went to a friends house to drop off some medicinal item’s & she gifted me with the most delicious tangelos from her backyard! After spending the morning out of the house, running errand and forgetting breakfast, I came home & wanted to create quick nourishing meal, that was warm, satisfying & flavorful. That’s when I looked through the fridge & realized I had all that I needed to create this lovely meal depicted above.

Organic Ingredients:

1 Flatout wraps

4 Baby Portables

Handful Purple Kale

Handful Fresh Spinach

1/4 Purple Onion

1 Garlic Clove

Olive oil

Himalayan Salt

Black Pepper freshly ground

1 Glop Jalapeño Artichoke dip from Sprouts

Method:

Heat olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Dice up onion & garlic, place in pan once oil is heated, cover with salt, cook for about 3-5 minutes. Chop up shrooms, kale & spinach, toss in pan, cover with salt & pepper. Cook for about 1-2 minutes. Spread Jalapeño Artichoke dip onto wrap, place cooked veggies inside, wrap up tightly & place back in pan. Brown each side lightly, takes about 30-60 seconds per side. Remove from pan, slice & enjoy!

I had forgotten to fill wrap with the Medicinal Kimchi, so I added on the side & scooped on top of wrap as I ate it. Peeled a fresh tangelo & enjoyed!

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Delicious Veggie Wraps

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Hope you enjoyed this easy & simple recipe. Please post a comment if you try it out, I would Love to hear how’s yours came out!

Until Next Time… Peace Be with You…

A Toll on our Nation in regards to Toxic Stress

What is Toxic Stress?

“The future of any society depends on its ability to foster the healthy development of the next generation. Extensive research on the biology of stress now shows that healthy development can be derailed by excessive or prolonged activation of stress response systems in the body and brain. Such toxic stress can have damaging effects on learning, behavior, and health across the lifespan.”

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Watch this short video for a better description of Toxic Stress.

Learning to deal with stress is an important component to dealing with everyday life. I am going to be discussing a few things that could be done in the U.S to help alleviate Toxic Stress in our Nation. Please watch this video to get a better understanding as to the matter at hand.

“Please if you have any care for the future of our children, healthcare or community, watch this video and hear what the Federal, Scientific & Pediatric Level Communities have to say on the issue of the effects Toxic Stress has on our Children.

This video discusses Toxic Stress, that we as adults and as a Nation inflict upon our Children that leads to such issues as sickness and imprisonment later in life. We as a collective whole, have to do a better job at maintaining a higher quality of standards Nationwide when it comes to our children’s health & education. Through maintaining higher standards we can dramatically decrease poverty, sickness, disease, antisocial behaviors and incarcerations here in the United States.

These are immediate changes that need to take place in our country & communities, if we desire any Hope for our Future generations. This video was captured in 2010, what has our country done in the past 5 years to pave the way for the positive changes in our system this podcast discussed? But most Importantly what are you currently doing in regards to lowering Toxic Stress in your immediate environment?” (Free Spirit and Mind, 2105).

How would I sell these changes to the public you ask? I am already selling these changes on Facebook, I posted the above words with the video, “The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy” on my business news feed. Why did I do this? To get awareness out as to the severity of toxic stress on our Nation, especially when it comes to our children and youth. I did so to engage the minds of everyday people out there, to get the typical mother, father, friend and teacher alike to start contemplating such issues.

In addition to the Facebook post I made, I think seminars, classes and talks about toxic stress need to be raised on a constant basis. I think the people need to evaluate and consider how stress in our immediate environment negatively affects our families, children, homes, community and Nation. I would like such questions to be openly spoken about; what are local and state agencies doing to counter the effects of toxic stress in our youth. I for one engage in natural activities like hikes, plant walks and drum circles with my son as a way to lower stress for my child and as a way to lighten his heart to the way our society has hardened over the years. I think it would be beneficial if the media continued to bring up these issues on a regular basis. The main issue I see with ideas like the video presents, is that once spoken of or discussed, the idea gets lost or forgotten about after a time and less effort is made to see the changes through. Keeping such issues at hand and open to discussion publicly on a regular basis can help raise awareness which can motivate change.

When it comes to considering policy changes in regards to toxic stress when and how it can affect different cultures, I would include discussing the impacts of income, poverty, proper education in the health care and school system and how medical care is being given to these communities. One of the main issues would be to address the educational level. How are children and parents receiving education about the effects of toxic stress? How we as a Nation, make sure that all cultures in our country are receiving the funds that will provide for this education? In the video, it touched on how studies reported that illegal immigrants actually have less stress in the family unit thann our recognized residents, at least until the parents are deported or removed from the child’s care. This is important as illegal immigrants is made of hundreds of different cultural communities here in the United States. It would be crucial to making National changes that include such communities.

At the end of the video a question was asked as to exactly what policy changes are to be considered to see through that toxic stress is being addressed Nationally on all levels of help. What stood out to me most was the science community stating they want the people to begin to think of things in a new way, in a scientific way. This will take a lot of convincing, many people become bored with scientific evidence or they accept it but do not want to do anything with the information. They also want the state and local level to make positive changes that can be supported on a federal and political level. These are the three policy changes that the White House representative brought up (Center on the Developing Child, 2010):

  1. Do more around home visits for vulnerable families & how this can help parenting. I believe this would require more state and federal support, both on a participation and financial level. This could reinforce the seriousness of the cause and allow parents and communities to understand how desperately desired this movement is on a political and community level.
  2. Broadening & growing our network of Pediatric & mental health programs to lessen toxic stress and as a medium to bring awareness to the parents or caregivers of our youth. Keeping this issue open and ongoing is the only way I see this policy being successfully followed through with.
  3. Screening more of the vulnerable kids at an earlier age. I see this one being crucial for minorities, domestic violence, illegal immigrants and adoption cases. Making sure that no child is left out regardless of their culture, financial needs or social status.

What can we do to reduce Toxic Stress?

In order to lesson Toxic Stress on a National or even community level will not be an easy endeavor. There are many roadblocks that we will surely face that could be detrimental to the cause. Planning out and preparing for such roadblocks could be a way to safeguard the changes that are to be made. Toxic stress is a here and now problem we face on a day to day basis. These problems are the problems that should be dealt with in the now, they should not be swept under the rug or discussed at a later date. These are the problems that are killing our Nation’s children, not space exploration or discovering life on other planets. We should be looking to sustainable solutions that can heal our immediate problems here and now. Here are a few of the roadblocks that could be a potential threat to eradicating toxic stress from our communities.

Currently there are not too many resources that are openly provided to parents in regards to toxic stress. By connecting parents to the proper resources can bring attention and awareness to the severity toxic stress has on our children’s and community future. Through educational seminars open to the public, free of cost could also be a network to introduce the idea of toxic stress. I would not be surprised if many people out there did not know the meaning of toxic stress.

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Where will the money come from? As brought up in the video, we have found the funds that pay for space exploration and researching life on other planets so how is it that we are not able to find the funds to heal our immediate issues that are causing so many problems throughout our Nation. If our mission of bridging internal medicine and pediatrics together is to safeguard the future actions of children, which can prevent further disease and incarceration, I do not see the government being willing to participate, for fear of losing financial liquidations this country depends on from our sick and imprisoned population. In my opinion in order to find the funds, at least on a political level, we would need the government to be willing to do what is right for the people and their Nation. If this is not able to take place, which I do not see happening any time soon, then the funds will have to come from private sources, non-profit businesses or the rich who have an abundance of wealth and are willing to fund such a cause.

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Illegal immigrants. Illegal immigrants make up an ever increasing number of our population. How can we help pave the way for all our Nations people when we have so many immigrants that are unaccounted for? This is another roadblock that we face as a whole without being able to account for these statistics, we are unable to make the proper changes that include all communities. But there is no hope for these immigrants to come forward and claim their ground, as they fear the reprisal of being deported. A solution that would have to be discussed would be to grant sovereignty or legal status to immigrants with the condition that they participate in mandatory programs that will educate families on toxic stress. But then the question would be, would our government and nations peoples be willing to implement such a change?

What about removing toxic stress from children who have parents that are unwilling to make positive changes for them. What motivational factors can be implemented in schools and pediatric offices that could entice unwilling parents to do what is right for their children? I see a major issue may be that these type of parents have fear of revealing some sort of domestic violence issue in their home. Maybe these parents are too self absorbed, lazy or were brought up by parents who lacked their own care. Then the issue would be to make sure the resources are openly provided to the families and the children alike. Possibly offering more big brother or big sister programs that would provide mentors or peer support to such children that do not have the parental support needed to remove toxic stress from their lives. After all if we are able to help one life, then we are doing our part.

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Toxic stress is an everyday problem that we face in our homes, communities and Nation. It is our responsibility as individuals to bridge the divide and to bring awareness of such issues that keep our society in despair. If changes are to be made on a bigger level we will need the support of highly placed individuals both as a voice, spokesman and financially. We will need to awareness of the negative consequences of toxic stress brought to the attention of every home, of every individual and of every institution. If we can find the means of restoration to our communities then we ensure an abundance of peace, love and support throughout our Nation. After all if we are to look towards a better and brighter future for our people, we must look to our children so they may provide the way for our next generations.

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References

Free Spirit and Mind. (2015). In Facebook [business page]. Retrieved December, 17th 2015, from https://www.facebook.com/freespiritandmind/.

Center on the Developing Child. (2010). The Toxic Stress of Early Childhood Adversity: Rethinking Health and Education Policy. Retrieved from: http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/the-toxic-stress-of-early-childhood-adversity-rethinking-health-and-education-policy/

Nut & Bean Veggie Burger

Last night my friend & I wanted to make a really yummy dinner. I had already put a bunch of black bean & garbanzo beans to soak in the crock pot… So I thought Veggie burgers would be really yummy. The last time I tried to make veggie burgers I tried a recipe using quinoa & black beans but it turned out really dry & crumbly, I was not please at all! So I started my search on Pinterest for a yummy, juicy veggie burger. I could not decide on a specific recipe so I used the base of these recipes to make my own creation…

Stupid Simple Bean Burgers With Paprika Garlic Burger Sauce [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Black Bean Hemp Burgers [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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Nut & Bean Veggie Burger… one of the best burgers I have ever had!

I really liked the idea of using more nuts in the recipe & am glad because after making this recipe I think the nuts make the patties more “meat like” and the patties seem to hold together better.

Organic Ingredient:

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • ½ c. Walnuts nuts
  • ¼ c. pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ c. hemp seeds
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tsp ancho chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp. Turmeric
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 c cooked & drained beans; I used black & garbanzo
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½-1 c. rolled oats
  • Coconut oil

Toppings

  • 1 c. Homemade medicinal kimchi; click here for recipe
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 Tomato, sliced

Method:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place all ingredients into a bowl, mix with a handheld blender. The consistency should be thick, not runny if it is not add more oats until you reach the desired consistency.

Place dough onto wax paper and fork out. I used a large canning jar lid to cut the patties; making sure each patty fills the lid. Then place onto a lightly greased cookie sheet, bake for 20 minutes, pull out, flip and place back in for about 10-15 more minutes. Serve & enjoy.

Spicy Cheese Sauce

  • 1/2 c. Raw Cashew
  • 1/2 c. Nutritional yeast
  • Part of the red bell pepper, diced
  • Part of the tomato, diced
  • 2 Cloves garlic
  • 2 tbs Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tbs. Rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

While the patties are cooking place all ingredients (except the diced tomatoes) into a blender or Nutribullet, blend until smooth & creamy. After the sauce pleases you add in the tomatoes, stir & slather on your veggie burger along with the other toppings.

Crispy Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch kale, diced into 1 inch squares
  • Several Tbs. Coconut oil
  • 1/4 c. Crushed nut mixture; I have been using a mixture of walnuts, cashew, pumpkin & hemp seeds in replace of bread crumbs, I used this.
  • Himalayan Salt
  • Cracked Pepper

Method:

Dice up kale, place all ingredients into a large ziplock bag, seal & rub all ingredients into one another. Let sit in bag until you flip the burgers. Once you do Place the kale mixture onto a cookie sheet & place into the oven to cook for remainder of cooking time. About 20 minutes seems to be perfect.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

Nut & Bean Veggie burger with tomato, avocado & medicinal KimChi & Crispy Kale Chips.

I served this dish with the toppings & Kale chips. We were very pleased with the entire meal. The patties were thick, juicy & easy to eat they was savory, tasty, filling & satisfying. There is no reason why vegetarian cooking should be boring, bland & tasteless. It can be fun, delicious and juicy!

Cauli’Cheese (Cauliflower like Mac’n’Cheese)

So I was scanning through Pinterest recipes again (one of my favorite bored pass times) & stumbled across this interesting recipe for Easy Cheesy Cauliflower Gratin Recipe (Low Carb and Gluten Free). Now I am no fan of cooking in the microwave but it was the recipe that perked my interest. So i went to the store, I bought a couple items, came home & started a new delicious creation I like to call “Cauli’Cheese”.

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Cauli’Cheese topped with Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves

This creation was so yummy my little 4-year old & I gobbled it up so fast I wasn’t sure if we really had just eaten.

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The bowl maybe a little sloppy, but all that really does is tell you how yummy this dish was because apparently I didn’t even have the patience to wipe down the sides…

Organic Ingredients:

1 Large Cauliflower Head chopped up
Couple handfuls Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves; chopped
Organic oil; Avocado oil

Cheese Sauce:

1/2 c. Whipping Cream
1/2 c. Random Cheese in fridge (this time it was vegan cheddar, manchego & parmesan)
2-3 tbs Coconut Oil
Kosher Salt
Fresh Cracked Pepper
 

Method:

Wash, chop up, place into cooking pot, cover in Avocado oil & steam entire Cauliflower for about 10 minutes. While that is cooking place all the ingredients for the Cheese Sauce into small pan, heat on medium heat until smooth.

Mash up Cauliflower when tender & mix with melted cheese sauce.

Place into Glass dish, bake on 400 for 20 minutes.

Top with Garden Fresh Sweet Potato Leaves, serve & Enjoy!

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These pictures really do not do this dish any justice (Thanks IPhone)

Seriously this was a good one & is being added to my top favs on pinterest (Click here to view). If you try this recipe out please leave a comment or at least let me know what you thought… I think I’ll bring to this Thanks Giving this year!

 

Until Next time… Peace Be with you…

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry “Vegan”

Sweet Potato Coconut Curry “Vegan”

I am part of a Vegetarian Wholefoods Group on Facebook & one of the group members posted a recipe for Sweet Potato Coconut Curry, she said her toddle loved it! So I googled some recipes on Pinterest (click here to view the one I went off of) and decided to use that as the outline for my own creation. I was so impressed with the prep time, the cooking method & most of all I was so impressed that once my 4 year old toddler son got one taste of the Sweet Potato Coconut Curry he started devouring his entire portion!

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As a mom finding meals & creating recipes that my little one actually enjoys is a constant mission. This recipe I came up with is a keeper & will be going onto my Pinterest, meal plans & of course on here for you all to try the recipe! Not only is this recipe Vegan but it is healthy, quick & painless, easy & Scrumptious!

Organic Ingredients:

1 Large Sweet potato (diced)
1/2 Large Onion (diced)
Coconut oil (for saute)
1/2 Bushel Parsley (garnish)
16oz Chic peas (Cooked)
12oz diced tomatoes (Canned or fresh)
1 12oz Coconut Milk (Canned & Organic)
1/4 c. Raw Honey
1/2 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Red Curry powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Clove (ground)
1/2 tsp Coriander (ground)
1/2 tsp Marsala powder
Himalayan Salt
Black Pepper
 

Method:

Diced up onion & sweet potato. Saute onion for 3-5 minutes. 
Toss in all the spices, cook for 1-2 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld with the onion nicely.
Add all other ingredients minus the parley. Bring to a boil, simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
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Sweet Potato Coconut Curry tasty enough for the entire family to enjoy!

I served this with Couscous but you can serve with any grain your like. Top with fresh parsley, salt & pepper & enjoy!

 

CouCous Prep:

Use 1.5 water to couscous.
Boil water, turn off boil, toss in couscous & some coconut oil, cover & let sit for 5  minutes then serve.

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

This past weekend I picked up some Ancho Chili spice from Native Seed Search in Tucson AZ. I wanted to make something delicious with this new spice & found a good recipe for lentil taco soup on Pinterest. However I did not have all the ingredients so I bought a few fresh veggies form the store & threw together what I had in the pantry. My version of Vegan Lentil Taco Soup came out so delicious, my taste buds were salivating the entire time eating it that I felt the need to share it on my blog so you all can try the recipe out yourself! If you end up making it please post a comment below to give me your feedback!

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

Vegan Lentil Taco Soup

For the Taco Soup​:

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. 

​Coconut Oil
​½ red onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
​4​ c. Organic Vegetable broth
2 c. water
1-16 oz. can diced tomatoes​, from my garden​
​1 c. ​Red Lentils
1 c. Green Lentils
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. ancho chili powder
2-3​ tbsp. lime juice
Himalayan Salt
Pepper
 

Method:

​Place 3/4 of the jalapeno & onion  into a heated pan with coconut oil, sprinkle with ​Himalayan Salt & Pepper, sauté for 3-5 minutes. Toss in all the garlic, stir for 30 seconds. 
 
Then add in the tomatoes (with juice), lentils, veggie stock & water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat & simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
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Don’t forget the toppings!

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Absolutely mouth watering!

 
Fill up bowls, be generous with the toppings, serve & enjoy!


​The Toppings:

Diced Jalapeno
​Slice Green Onion
​Fresh Cilantro
Crushed Organic Corn & Chia Seed Tortilla Chips
Himalayan  Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper


The Avocado Lime Crema click here for recipe!

​Avocado Lime Crema

Avocado Lime Crema

​I created this delicious Avocado Lime Crema the other day to use as a topping on my Vegan Lentil Taco Soup & wanted to share it with you nice folks for future use. It’s an amazing addition to many dishes. Don’t be afraid to over indulge as it is 100% healthy & good for you!
Avocado Lime Crema

Avocado Lime Crema

Ingredients:
1 large Avocado
1/4 c. GMO Free Almond Milk
2-3 Tbs Lemon Juice
1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 Garlic Clove
Himalayan Salt
Pepper
Place into nutribullet, blend, chill in fridge till served. Feel free to adjust more spices to fit your heat spectrum. Enjoy! Let me know what your thoughts are & if you make it I’d love to hear your feedback!

In light of the Drought in California…

In light of the Drought in California… In 1986 Masanobu Fukuoka (a Respected farmer, philosopher & microbiologist) traveled to America visiting California for the second time in his prosperous life… This is what he wrote about the state of the land:

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“When he first saw the condition of the landscape in California he was shocked by how barren it was. Some of that, he noted, was caused by the climate, which lacks the dependable summer rains of Japan, but much of it was caused by care- less agricultural practices, poor water management, overgrazing, and over-logging.”

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Now in 2015 (and before) California is suffering from a serious drought, one so bad that the land is turning into a barren waste land, in 2013 water rationing was implemented in various counties, jobs have been lost, culture has been changed & soon other states (like Arizona) will suffer drastically from this Ecological tragedy. All may have been salvaged if “We the People” Respected Nature, The Land & our Resources.

biomimicry-is-innovation-inspired-by-nature-in-a-society-accustomed-to-dominating-or-janine-benyus-79-42-08How can we reverse what we have done to this land? What are our options? Why does it take our Culture so long to take action before all is Lost? I would Love to hear your input, feedback & solutions (please comment below!).

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Wild Arizona Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

I wanted to share this with you all… On my excursion this past weekend to Southern Arizona this was one of my favorite plant finds… I’m excited to be able to share it with you all in the Near Future, along with the rest of my Herbal Remedies created in my Apothecary…

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Wildcrafted Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) found thriving in Southern AZ coming soon to Free Spirit & Mind Product Line…

Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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The Beautiful Passion Flower can be found all throughout Southern Arizona, if only you know what to look for…

Passion Flower is such an amazing plant not only is it absolutely beautiful (even though it is some what “smelly”) but it also contains many Medicinal Properties including:

Sedative qualities
Calms the mind from the typical day-day nonsense found/experienced in the “City-Life”
Anti-anxiety
Helps with tachycardia & hypertension
Helps with Insomnia
Soothes ticks from seizures & spastic muscles
Can aid in withdrawal symptoms from substances
Soothes spastic cough
Can help with diarrhea

Herbal baths can be used to help with many ailments including calming the mind, soothing the muscles, helping speed up a sickness, move toxins through & out of the body, exercising demons, baptisms, enlightening your spirit, bonding with plants, meditation & so much more…

Last night I took an Herbal bath using Passion Flower a  magical plant as one of the Herbs… After the bath I was completely relaxed, soothed, peaceful & ready for bed... Used in the bath:

Passion Flower-To sooth the mind, ease the chatter in my mind & to bond with this new plant friend
Pedicularis– To soothe the muscles
Lavendar-For calming
Lemon balm-to relax the nerves, anti-bacterial, anti-viral & to relax the muscles
Eucalyptus-Anti-bacterial, to open up the lungs & soothe the brain
Mint-Refreshing, relaxing & soothing
Sea Salt-To relax the muscles, anti-bacterial, exfoliant & general cleansing 
Have you ever taken an Herbal Bath? When was the last time you took one? If you haven’t taken an Herbal bath I highly recommend that you do. Why… Because you Deserve to have the Experience, you Deserve to be Pampered, you Deserve to enjoy the Heavenly Aroma…
Herbal Baths

Herbal Baths

Until Next time.. Peace be with You

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

This simple recipe was created out of what was in the fridge, a little Inspiration & Sheer Luck and all with a dear friend)! Okay what’s for lunch I asked myself… hmmm okay I throw some Quinoa in the rice cooker & come back later to decide…

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time ticks on by…

Okay Quinoa is done now what should I add to it… great I’ve got some fresh veggies in the fridge:

Broccoli
Cauliflower
Zucchini
Red Onion
Carrots

Great… what seasonings should I add:

Oregano
Parsley
WildCrafted False Tarragon
Turmeric
Ginger
Salt
Pepper
Cayenne Pepper
Paprika

Hmmm… What else should I add… Oh I know some:

Honey
Organic Soy Sauce
Chardonnay (Why the hell not… it needs to be used soon anyways!)

Hmmm… something is missing… oh I know I will use this Organic mango & see how that turns out…

Organic Mango that needs to be used...

Organic Mango that needs to be used…

And for the Taste Test… Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

Hallelujah This is AMAZING...

Hallelujah This is AMAZING…

So there ya have it… Super simple Healthy Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa…

Method:

I cut up all the veggies into bite sized morsels.
Turned the cast iron skillet onto low (in between low & medium)
Threw in onions, broccoli & cauliflower.
Waited a minute or two & threw in the rest of veggies.
Sprinkled in the spices (not using too much of anyone so as not to over power)
Added the wine, soy sauce & honey
Hmmm… it’s  a little too watery… okay I’ll add some Organic Arrow Root Powder (this acts as a thickener just like corn starch but with out all those Nasty GMO’s)
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Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies

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Cooked Quinoa with coconut oil

Oh yea the Mango, some Raw Cashews & Pumpkin Seeds… topped those on at the last moment, Mixed with the cooked quinoa, added a little Coconut Oil, salted to taste & devoured!
Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Asian Style Honey Mango Veggies & Quinoa

Seriously guys this was one of the best tasting meals I’ve had in a very very long time… My hopes are that the next time I try this that it will come out as good (if only… if only…)… Please do yourself a “Flavor”, save this recipe, go to the store, buy the ingredients & make this ASAP… It came out sooo Good… I cannot wait for left overs & there are left over veggies I can use later for a delicious wrap!

Till Next Time… Peace Be with You…

The Devastation of Mankind… An Oil Spill In The White Mountains

While out on my Solo expedition this last weekend I was Heart Broken to stumble upon an Oil Spill in The White Mountains, right on one of the most Beautiful Creeks I have ever seen… Why would someone do this? How could anyone actually believe this is okay!

Not only is this a horrible devastation the National Forest but I feel as though it being on The Apache County that it is yet another blow to The Apache Nation… First the Mining company takes over Sacred Land at Oaks Flat & now this…

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The Sadness of Man Made Toxic Chemicals…

“In the long-term, toxic materials from oil can remain in the water and on the land for many years. They can build up in the food chain to lethal levels, and destroy or disrupt and area’s ecosystem.”

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This is what I saw

I had went to this place to enjoy the beauty, harvest some herbs & fall in Love with Nature… However that was not the case, nor will any herbs be able to harvested in the area for a LONG, long time again… I had made the decision that it was my DUTY to contact the local authorities, The Forest Services & report the Spill… Although the office was closed for the weekend yesterday I managed to leave several voicemails at several agencies & hunted down two Rangers to Personally report the issue… After talking with the Ranger this morning I am filled with sadness, tears & griefNot only has the spill not been reported before my call but I cannot believe anyone would destroy the Beautiful Mountains, especially with Toxic Chemicals!!!

My Hope is that I am completely wrong & that there really was No Oil Spill… but in my Heart I know this is not the case… However I will remain to keep an optimistic outlook (behind the tears & sadness) & look forward to that call & or email from the Rangers that there is No Oil Spill, that Everything is Fine & The Precious Land was not Destroyed… Either way the Rangers will be contacting me to let me know what the out come is, if the EPA needs to get involved & if the spill can be contained. I have never participated with a Natural disaster but in this case (since i’m the one to make the report0 I feel compelled that if given the chance or opportunity to help out with the Clean up… I for one WILL BE THERE!

“studied over decades with the improved techniques of modern chemistry and biology — have allowed scientists to paint a more complex portrait of what happens after a spill.

It is still clear that the bulk of the damage happens quickly, and that nature then begins to recuperate. After a few years, a casual observer visiting a hard-hit location might see nothing amiss. Birds and fish are likely to have rebounded, and the oil will seem to be gone… some of it has merely gone underground, hiding in pockets where it can still do low-level damage to wildlife over many years. And the human response to a spill can mitigate — or intensify — its long-term effects. Oddly enough, some of the worst damage to occur from spills in recent decades has come from people trying too hard to clean them up.”

You can read more by clicking here at this ling about the Long-Term damage an oil spill causes to the once Beautiful, untainted & safe Land…

If you are in Wild or The White Mountains (like I was) & find an issue like this or feel that something needs to be reported Please contact the authorities because the issue may not have been Reported!

The Arizona State Forestry Division:

1110 West Washington St #100
Phoenix, AZ 85007 Ph–(602) 771-1400

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests:

District Phone Numbers:

Alpine Ranger District
(928) 339-5000

Black Mesa Ranger District
(928) 535-7300

Clifton Ranger District
(928) 687-8600

Lakeside Ranger District
(928) 368-2100

Springerville Ranger District
(928) 333-6200

Website:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/asnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5211223

EPA:

Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Imports and Exports Hotline

Phone: 202-554-1404
Fax: 202-554-5603
E-mail: tsca-hotline@epa.gov

Website:

http://www.epa.gov/

Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

After a nice hard workout of practicing my new dance skills out in the Arizona summer heat I felt the need to load up on Proteins & Greens… I looked in the fridge & saw that I needed to use up my freshly made mung bean sprouts & Probiotic packed Sauerkraut. But what else could I add… oh year I have a garden that still has fresh greens that I can use! So I decided to create a Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad. 

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Super Foods Protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

As I went out into the garden I decided to choose the following ingredients picked them & chopped them up to add to my soon to be delicious Super Foods Salad:

Amaranth leaves
Basil
Cherry tomatoes
Purslane 
Rosemary
Tai eggplants
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Probiotic packed sauerkraut filled with lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

Super foods protein packed Garen Fresh Salad

Okay well now that I’ve got the base of the “Greens” to my salad, now I have to add other Super Foods & create a yummy salad dressing (since I am in the mood for something then than they regular olive oil & balsamic dressing). So I went to the pantry I pulled out the following ingredients:

Almonds 
Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Dried Cranberries
Hemp Seeds
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds

 To make the yummy sauce I place all the following ingredients into my magic bullet & blended up the:


Avocado Oil
Balsamic Vinegar
Cashews
Coconut Oil
Himalayan Salt
Lemon Juice
Nutritional Yeast
Pepper
Pumpkin Seeds
 

Now that Ive got my veggies cut up & the sauce made I added them into the wooden bow & topped with pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, dried cranberries, salt & pepper. This salad was so good & filling, I have some left over for later & feel totally refreshed, satisfied & energized! What was the last salad you created…

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Super foods protein packed Garden Fresh Salad

Some Ingredient benefits:

Cashews: Protein, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium & zinc

Mung Bean Sprouts: Folates, Iron, Vitamin B, k & C.

Purslane: Vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese, Vitamin A, betalain alkaloids, anti-oxidants, anti-mutagenic & omega-3 fatty acids.

Amaranth Leaves: antioxidants, protein, vitamins, calcium, carbohydrates, iron and minerals,

Coconut Oil: Lauric acid, Saturated fatty acids, triglycerides, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic, Polyunsaturated fatty acids, Linoleic acid, monounsaturated fatty acids, Oleic acid, Poly-phenols, gallic acid, betaines, ethanolamide, ethoxylates, fatty esters, fatty polysorbates, monoglycerides, polyol esters, fatty chlorides, Vitamin E, vitamin K & Iron.

Nutritional yeast: Is a complete protein (meaning that among the 18 amino acids), B vitamins, Vitamin B-12, thiamine, folate, B-6 & niacin.

Pumpkin seeds: Anti-Diabetic Effects, zinc, anti-parasitic qualities, Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats, healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, Tryptophan for Restful Sleep, Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Cranberries: Phenolic Acids, Proanthocyanidins, Anthocyanins, Flavonoids, Triterpenoids

Probiotic packed sauerkraut: lactic acid bacteria, including Leuconostoc, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus!

The Story of Kombucha…

Kombucha (Naturally derived Probiotic drink) is the final product of fermenting a Scobie (symbiotic colony of yeast & bacteria) in a sweetened tea drink for a number of days. Kombucha has been noted to help with warding away sickness, major illness, Cancers & even Longevity! Instead of taking probiotics you can simply sip on kombucha through out the week! Kombucha teas can contain up to .05% alcohol (not nearly enough to drunk off of & safe for children in regulated doses).

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Home brewed “Booch” (Kombucha)…

Kombucha

Variety of Flavors!

To give you a little history on Kombuchas the story goes that a small village Doctor who lived in Russia realized that after many many years of birthing generation after generation, he noticed that hardly any of his villagers were ever stricken with disease, cancers, major illnesses & experience great lengthy lives… So the Doctor decided to go around his village & talk to the Villagers to see if there was something he was missing for he knew in his Doctor schooling that humans should be subjected to greater # of illnesses. So the Doctor went out into the village & talked to the villagers. After some research he concluded that the villagers were all making this fermented beverage from these mushrooms they got off the local trees… it was a simple tea & sugar beverage with the mushroom inside. “Could it be this fermented beverage that is causing the lack of Illness in my Village,” the doctor thought…

The Doctor decided that he would travel to more of Russia & even parts of Asia to see if other villages were making this same drink. After years of traveling, traveling from Village to Village, talking to villagers & other village Doctors, the Doctor concluded that it must be the Kombucha that was keeping his Village so Healthy… Because in his travels the Villages that were not making this fermented beverage were high in sickness, disease & cancers & lived normal or short lives… Yet the Villages that were making the tea beverage we lacking these diseases & not to mention that these Villages who were drinking the Kombucha experienced Longevity.

This is just one story about Kombucha, from my research Kombucha has been around for a while (thousands of years) but the health benefits were not discussed until the early 1800’s. Recently Kombucha has been brought to the states & has been a big hype. Finally people are catching onto this great beverage with Amazing Health capabilities.

I am not stating kombucha will help any major illness, sickness or longevity, I am just sharing a piece of my life with you… In my house we drink Kombucha on a regular basis my son has been drinking Kombucha since he was 1 years of age. Both of us have great health, have never gotten sick from Booch & so we decide to continue implementing the regular usage of, “Booch” in our house. Hardly ever will you not find Kombucha in our fridge… You have the choice to hop on the “Booch” Train or not… in the end the Choice is yours…

Peace Be with you…

What’s for Dinner & Toddler Approved!

After the weekend of my son being gone with his dad & a long day of research, dance class, conference calls & errands I decided to be completely lazy for dinner! Hmmm… what can be yummy, quick, painless & good enough for my toddler to eat?

Quinoa with Steamed Broccoli, Corn, Peas and Chia Seeds…

Simply delicious & easy dinner...

Simply delicious & easy dinner…

Sometimes you have to go back to the basics to make a night time meal tasty enough to be Toddler Approved”, and come on how many of us out there have made meal after meal & the little ones just wouldn’t eat it? If not you then be thankful but in my house hold it’s common, when I make an extravagant meal, that I’m completely proud of & excite to eat, my toddler takes a few bites & say’s:

“I’m not Hungry”

Seriously kiddo I know you are hungry you were just asking, “What’s for Dinner?”, please just eat… well tonight I made a delicious & simple meal out of the few ingredients I have in stock & by total surprise it was Toddler Approved:

Dump the following ingredients into the Rice Cooker, turn on & walk away:

Ingredients: All Organic NO GMO’s or Pesticides!

1 c. Tri-colored quinoa

2 c. Water

1/4 c. Nutritional yeast

1/4 c. Coconut oil

Fresh Garlic

Kosher salt & Pepper to taste

Ten minutes before rice cooker is done place a small amount of water in a saucepan, just enough to cover the bottom, place a steamer in it & fill with the following ingredients:

Fresh baby broccolis (whole)

Frozen corn

Frozen Peas

3 Tbs. Avocado oil

Himalayan salt to taste 

Bring to a boil for 3 minutes, cover with lid, turn burner off, set timer for 7 minutes, walk away… When timer goes off, rice cooker should be about done. Spoon Quinoa in bowl, top with steamed veggies, drizzle with avocado oil & chia seeds & serve…

Why choose chia seeds? Why NOT! They are packed with omega3’s, protein, healthy fat, calcium, magnesium, Magnesium, phosphorous, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

There you have it 10 minutes prep, 20 minutes cooking & delicious enough for your toddler to enjoy… Try it at home or share similar Toddler Approved meals down below in the comments I’d Love to hear what you can get the Little One’s to enjoy & eat…