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    • Quick Breakfast Toast

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    •  2/25/2013 10:52:11 PM

      It is still VERY cold outside in my neck of the woods and we are getting tired of the same old oats and quinoa breakfast ideas. This week I started whipping up this delightfully sweet breakfast and cannot get enough. The simplicity of it makes it all that much better!


      For this breakfast I always use almond butter. When compared to peanut butter it ties in several areas, but almond butter is lower in saturated fat by half and higher in potassium, calcium, fiber, iron, vitamin E, magnesium, and cell-repairing phosphorus! Winner all day long. I also use cinnamon that is full of health benefits including regulating blood sugar, reduce arthritis pain, and bonus cinnamon holds promise for various neurodegenerative diseases, including: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, MS, brain tumors, and meningitis. (according to research at The Cytokine Research Laboratory, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, The University of Texas.) Their research shows that cinnamon reduces chronic inflammation linked with these neurological disorders. Read more in the article linked below. I am not suggesting that toast with cinnamon is the cure, but any little bit can help! 

      And finally, bananas are full of vitamins and minerals and  give an energy boost. They also are a great after workout snack, full of potassium. Some argue that the old adage should be change to "a banana a day keeps the doctor away" (to be safe make it an apple and a banana every day!) 


      Now to the simple and crazy delicious breakfast idea. My kids all give this breakfast two thumbs up!

      Quick Breakfast Toast












      1 piece whole wheat/grain bread

      1-2 tbsp almond butter

      1/2 ripe banana

      cinnamon to taste (about 1 tsp)



      Toast bread and spread with almond butter, sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with sliced bananas!

      Serve with fresh fruit or a side of steal cut oats.



      Read more on the benefits in this article: 10 surprising health benefits of cinnamon

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    • Wake up call

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    •  2/20/2013 11:03:25 AM
    •     Every now and then I get a reminder that I am tainted, if you will. I have a cancer gene that most people live in fear of once they find out they have it. There are websites and support groups dedicated to "my kind". Because of my diet and the scientific research on plant based living, I have been able to put the results on the shelf for the better part of the last four years. Only every now and then does the thought or fear of what could be bother me.


         I received a phone call from Huntsman Cancer Institute about 3 weeks ago offering me a free mammogram because they had extra funding from The Susan G Komen foundation. I usually decline the kind offer, but this time I felt like it would probably be good to just go in. My last mammogram was actually 6 years ago when I first got my BRCA positive test results. I have since had twins, (you can't do mammos when pregnant or nursing) then read about a whole food plant based lifestyle, and put off the idea that I would need such heavy screening. Back to the story, I said yes and scheduled my screening. With that, all the thoughts and fears started to creep back in... I wondered have I been taking proper care of myself? Would I be surprised if the results are positive? How would I fight it if the results are positive? Do I know enough about natural remedies to feel confident? and on and on. I came to the conclusion that I would not be surprised if the results of my mammo showed some signs of cancer. I felt like I had put myself on the back burner and even though I eat healthy compared to most, there is more I can do to take care of me.  I take on more stress than I should and probably don't get the proper amount of rest my body needs. So I braced myself for bad results or some sort of scare. This may sound silly to most of you, but for those who have been in my shoes in some form or another this is very typical... right?


      At my appointment they told me, if get a call from them within three days it will be because they want you back in, otherwise you will get a letter in the mail in a couple of weeks...


      To my gut wrenching surprise, I received a letter from Huntsman only three days after my test. It was not a call nor had it been a couple of weeks. I prepared for the worst. Then I opened the letter to read that the results were normal and there had been no significant changes since my first mammo six years ago. There was no cause for alarm and see ya next year.



      I finally exhaled deeply, realizing I had been holding my breath. It's done, so simple.  That letter had the power to change me in so many ways and it's just done. No big deal. It caused me to evaluate where I am and what I want to be doing. I do not ever want to allow my mind to wander to the possible positive result because I am not doing all in my power to prevent. 


      My wake up call was a simple, I am lucky for that. So I sat and pondered what would I need to do to bring back the peace of mind and allow the fear to leave me once again. I decided to pick five things to do for ME everyday!


      I know as busy moms we hear "if you don't put yourself first your whole family will suffer" or something similar. I have heard that for 10 years, but now it has finally makes sense to me.  I came up with a simple plan to follow. There are so many things I could and should be doing everyday to be perfect, but I know I cannot do them all. I decided I needed to pick a few things that will give me good foundation. I have picked my five things that are important for me to do each day. The grand total of time it will take is about one hour, I can make it longer on days when I have more free time. This is a very easy list to write out and just putting it down on paper makes me feel lighter and more empowered. I encourage you to grab a notebook and pen to write down your list. Make time for you. You are so important.


      Would you like to know my five?


      1. Ten minutes of reading, writing, prayer, and/or meditating (whatever is needed most that day)

      2. Warm water with lemon and chia seeds

      3. Green kale juice or super green smoothie (any one of our smoothie recipes boosted with kale)

      4. YOGA! (even a ten minute sun salutation series at home will help balance me)

      5. Sleep 7 hours or more. (getting to bed early is the key!)

      These are very simple, and if I can follow my list I know that the fear will slip away and quickly be replaced with peace. Time to get back on track and allow peace to give me back my balance. Consider this your wake up call, learn from my mistake of allowing myself to slip onto the back burner, so to speak~Take care of your mind, body, and spirit!

      Happy list writing,

      ~Newbie Mommy


      • Great list & article! Thank you. Can you give more details on number 2? What are the benefits and are there any quantities or details you can share? Thanks.
      • I walked the Susan G. Komen 3 Day this past October, and am excited to see someone who benefitted from that huge fundraiser! Good for you for taking advantage of the opportunity. My mom waited about 7 years in between mammos, and her results were not nearly so happy. She's still going through radiation treatment after a double mastectomy. Keep doing what you're doing- if it's caught early, it's very treatable now. I don't post often, but I very much enjoy reading your blog. You have some delicious recipes, and I like being able to take steps toward getting my family more whole foods. And good for you for taking the time for you- I have discovered that getting out and walking is my
      • Here is a link to a post about lemon water with chia seeds. The benefits and quantity are explained:
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    • Family Dinner

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    •  2/11/2013 7:32:15 PM
    •     I have a wonderful sister who lives about 45 minutes from me.  (I have other wonderful sisters, but they live a lot farther away.) We have not be able to get together in months with the busy Holidays. I talked with her this past week and just said, "when can we get together, how about Sunday dinners once a month?" It was settled pretty quick, dinner at her house, something quick and simple that all the kiddos would enjoy (we each have four kids). We decided spaghetti, salad, bread, and some treats would do the trick. I think too often we get caught up in the details and effort of preparing healthy food, when really its not as much about the food as it is the company!


      I showed up at her house with my bread and treats. She prepared the spaghetti and salad. When I took a peek at her sauce I was delighted to see the upgraded sauce! She is a smart gal so I wanted to share her trick with you! 

      Spaghetti 2.0



         Can you tell what she did from the pic? She adds quinoa to a simple store bought jar of spaghetti sauce to give it that extra oomph! Hello, great idea when you are in a hurry and still want to pack in the nutrients! Big sisters are so smart!! This process can be even speedier if you keep cooked quinoa on hand in the fridge. I love to cook 2-4 cups of plain quinoa and just keep it stored in the fridge for quick access. You can add fruit, cinnamon, and plant-based milk for a hearty breakfast, top a salad with 1/2 cup to boost your protein and feel satisfied longer, or like pictured above, add 1 cup or two to your favorite spaghetti sauce!


      Here are a few other of my favorite ways to use quinoa:


      Cilantro Lime Quinoa

      Quinoa Stew

      Quick Quinoa Dinner





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    • Simple Science

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    •  2/4/2013 9:50:33 AM
    •      I LOVE understanding how our body works! I have been doing some science research (prob 7th grade science) trying to better understand how our cells are effected with everything we do. One very interesting tid-bit, the average human has over 50 TRILLION cells. Some renew faster than others, some once damaged by toxins cannot be repaired, but the great news is many can be repaired by taking proper care of ourselves. 


           Have you heard of pH? Did you know our blood will constantly maintain a perfect pH balance of 7.35? We can either aid in that process by taking proper care of our body we can hinder the process by added unwanted stress in the form of: air, water, food, sleep (the basics). Like I said before our body will keep the blood at a perfect balanced pH. All the foods we put into our body have it's own pH and therefore effect on the blood. If we eat foods that cause our body to dip into the acidic side of pH, our body has work hard to get the balance back. Let me try to explain, have you ever reached for an afternoon pick me up, only to skip the apple and grab a box or bag of cookies/chips/crackers? How did you feel 30 minutes later? Most likely you felt tired again, and maybe went back for another afternoon pick me up. If you read the ingredients on the package, there are words that cannot be pronounced and some that contain all the letters of the alphabet, our cells feel the same way-confused! They have to do a lot of work to figure out what it is you put in the body and how to best use the ingredients to help you sustain. Let's change the scenario, you grab an apple and a handful of almonds. You still get that instant energy, but there isn't a fast sugar rush followed by a low. The natural sugar in the apple along with the fiber helps you sustain energy, the almonds will help you feel full longer as well. Back to pH, the processed sugary food have an acidic effect on the body while the apples and almonds are the exact opposite, they help the blood stay in a more alkaline state.


      So why does all this matter?


         Diseases of all kind (cancer, heart disease, diabetes, even common colds- ALL disease!) can thrive and grow in an acidic environment. When we put food into our body that is more acidic, our body has to work really hard to maintain the balance. Over time this compromises our immune system allowing us to catch anything that comes along and even allowing serious diseases to thrive. 


         Before I go further, I want you to know that food is not the only factor that effects how our cells reproduce and repair. Stress, water, air, food, and anything we put on our body can help with repair or cause damage. We need to be careful in all those areas. Phew that was my disclaimer.

      Now for the foods that are helpful to our pH level, repairing cells, and removing toxins from our body:


      All fruits and veggie and whole grains! (are you surprised?) Especially acidic fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits once consumed they have an alkaline effect.

      Foods that are acidic and compromise our pH level:


      Pork, poultry, beef, pasteurized milk, (raw milk is also acidic, just on a lower level), sugar, white flour, white rice- to name a few. 


      *End of the science lesson, newbie style (Thanks for indulging me in my LOVE for 7th grade science)!


         Along with eating more fruits, veggies, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds; take ten minutes a day to breathe deeply. If you don"t have ten minutes, start your day with ten deep breaths. Our stress level can be just as damaging to our cells as the foods we put into our body. You are a strong powerful woman! Take time for you!



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