Roasted Root Veges in the Crock Pot – Taste like you roasted them with a prime rib – but you didn’t, strictly veges!

You can literally use any and every kind of root vegetable, I used parsnips, carrots, turnips, rutabaga, and I added Yukon Gold Potatoes half way through (if you add potatoes to your slow cooker in the beginning  they will get mushy, so YOU MUST USE SMALL WHOLE REDS so it is a contained mushy:) ). I also like to add whole green onions, and sometimes leek, radishes, etc. just to kick it up!

  Slice them anyway you like, cube, elongated, just make sure they are big and hearty!

Wash and dry your root veges, lay to the side on paper towels or a cotton towel.

In a gallon size zip lock bag (or you can use a bowl) you will add (a few times to accomodate all your veges) 3 T EVOO (extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed), Sea Salt, 1 tsp dry vege broth (or blend several seasonings like rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, etc.) and white pepper.

Toss your veges in the oil mixture until coated, drop into your slow cooker (set on HIGH for a 4 hour prepare, or LOW for a 6-8 hour prepare). Continue same process until all your veges are piled up – cover and let it go.

It’s a challenge to add potatoes to this mixture unless it’s whole reds, unless you are going to be home and can add them 1/2 way through the process, otherwise, it’s delicious without, and to some preferable!

Enjoy!

Root Stoup Extraordinare (soup or stew?) Plus Slow Cooker Roasted Root Veges!

Craving a Hearty Soup? You’ve got to try my “Root Stoup”!

See Bonus Recipe for SLOW COOKER Roasted Root Veges that taste just like oven roasted….at end of posting.

We prepared this quite often last winter, but by the time I thought about posting it, Spring was in the air. All in good time they say, and NOW is the PERFECT TIME for Root Stoup!

This is a vegetarian meal, however, for those that enjoy organic chicken or grass-fed beef, either are good ingredients if pre-cooked, directions follow vegetarian recipe.

If you choose to do this in a slow cooker I suggest making it vegetarian, toss everything in the slow cooker, set on low for 6-7 hours, stir and you have STOUP! (more…)

Rooibos Red, South African Red, Red Tea

Rooibos, Pronounced "RoyBus"

( Rooibos….pronounced RoyBus ) Rooibos contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is completely pure and natural and contains no caffeine.

We have stocked Spa Quality Organic Rooibos Tea for many years now (tea bags and loose by the pound) , touting not only the rich taste (we use instead of black), but all the health properties and simply love it as an ice tea! Ice Tea recipe below.

You can duplicate, perhaps improve, a cup of hot black  British tea with milk and sugar using Rooibos Red Tea, a non dairy creamer, and stevia. Enjoy the perfect cup of tea and answer the call of my Scottish roots with South African Red, with tons of health benefits! This necessary cup of tea in my life (and now ice tea of course), became the quest that sent me looking for Rooibos 10 years ago. Demanding Organic, spa quality, we have been working with the same importer for years!

Rooibos is now receiving it’s due, we hear more and more people talking about all the benefits and the great taste of Rooibos all the time!

Nutrients in 200ml. of Rooibos Tea

Iron (Fe) 0.07mg
Potassium (K) 7.12mg
Sodium (Na) 6.16mg
Calcium (Ca) 1.09mg
Copper (Cu) 0.07mg
Zinc (Zn) 0.04mg
Magnesium (Mg) 1.57mg
flouride (F) 0.22mg
Manganese (Mn) 0.04mg

Benefits and Uses of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea is the ideal drink for people with a busy lifestyle. It can be enjoyed in unlimited quantities throughout the

YUM-O ROOIBOS TEA

day. It is a great thirst quencher for athletes as iced tea, or mixed with fruit juice. For the diet conscious, who are experiencing the stress of a restricted diet, Rooibos is a soothing drink, without adding calories. Because of its lower tannin content, Rooibos is less bitter than regular tea and can be enjoyed without sugar.

Rooibos is not just for making drinks. It can also be used in baking and cooking. Rooibos can be used in any recipe. Just replace the liquid content in the recipe with ready made Rooibos tea. It may be used as base for soups, stews, marinades, and sauces. Rooibos is also a natural meat tenderizer.

Rooibos Tea for Mothers and Babies
Many desperate mothers have found that Rooibos tea relieves colic and stomach cramps in babies, when given in addition to their normal feeding. Some mothers have great faith in Rooibos tea to alleviate diaper rash. It has a soothing effect when applied to the affected area with every diaper change. Others believe it is useful in the treatment of certain skin irritations or eczema. Mothers will also tell you that this health drink relieves symptoms of allergies, hay fever, and asthma in babies and toddlers.

Japanese Research into Rooibos
Perhaps the highest testimony of the benefits of this pure and natural beverage comes from Japan, a society famous for its age-old devotion to the art of tea making. Here, Rooibos has been promoted as a healthy alternative to other cold and warm beverages.

Japanese scientist Matatoshi Nakano, has discovered that the effect of free radicals – a byproduct of normal cell function – in the process of aging and decline of the immune system is limited by the antioxidants in Rooibos. If the product is brewed/boiled for longer than 10 minutes, the antioxidant activity becomes much higher.

The Anti Aging Tea?
It has been found that Rooibos tea contains a substantial amount of a very special enzyme, Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) which is a prime preventer of Free Radical Damage. SOD also has the capability of preventing fats from changing into harmful lipid peroxide. As Rooibos tea also contains natural antioxidants, which help to remove or neutralize these toxins, there is growing acceptance that Rooibos could assist in
countering the aging process and boost the immune system. Rooibos Tea is also rich in Quercetin, the flavonol that has beneficial effects on numerous ailments. It is well known for increasing capillary strength, which aids in circulation, prevents hemorrhaging, and protects against infections.

In the late 1920’s, Dr. Nortier, a well-known medical doctor and nature lover, discovered the Rooibos and began to promote its value. Since then, Rooibos Tea has gone from strength to strength and is currently being exported to several countries such as Germany, Switzerland, England, and even Japan, a country renowned for it’s almost sacred regard for the art of tea making.

Rooibos is a Tea of Purity
Rooibos contains no additives, preservatives or colorants. It is completely pure and natural and contains no caffeine.

Rooibos Tea contains little tannin, a substance that affects the metabolism by decreasing absorption of certain nutrients like iron and protein. Growing children and especially women require added iron, so the decreased tannin can play an important role in improving the iron level of the diet.

 Note: We make Rooibos Red Tea Concentrate from loose tea, and process through the Filtron Coffee Maker, liquid concentrate lasts up to a couple of months and takes hardly any storage room.

Ice Tea Recipe:

Sweet Ice Tea: Bring 1 1/2 qts pure water to a boil, add 3 Rooibos Tea Bags, 1/4 tsp conc. stevia (no aftertaste) , and simmer 15 minutes, pour over 1/2 gallon container filled with ice

Unsweetened Rooibos Ice Tea, same as above without stevia.

Natural Sweet Solution for dry mouth symptoms like cracking tongue or mouth sores

Sweet and Simple Solution For Dry Mouth? Mouth Sores? Cracking Tongue?

Saliva is produced by our salivary glands and when they are clogged or not working properly, our saliva can be too acidic, resulting in dry mouth and sometimes mouth sores.

Saliva is alkaline. A good reason to be concerned about dry mouth is that when we chew our food, our saliva (which should carry a high pH), works in tandem with our teeth to break down or pre-digest our food before it goes into out stomach.

Antagonists of dry mouth may be smoking, or some medications, even allergy and antihistamines, plus sugary acidic drinks like soda, and of course acidic drinks like coffee and alcohol. We are mostly made of water and should really focus on keeping our water environment clean and healthy.

Why we should drink clean pure water ? Our body is made up of mostly water, at birth about 90%, as an adult we hover around 80% or more. If you think about stagnant water, it’s a clear picture of why we should drink clean, pure water everyday. We absorb nutrition from food and water, but today water is degraded and it is our individual responsibility to purify our drinking water for good health. Bottled water is not the answer for many reasons, and when you can purify up to a 1,000 gallons in a 4 stage $25 pitcher, or $100 countertop unit, why would you buy bottled water?

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While there may be a lot of different approaches to dry mouth, xylitol sweetened gum, mints, etc., offer a simple and natural solution to increase saliva flow naturally. You can now find many products made with xylitol over the counter at your local grocery, drug store, and of course big box stores, however most are corn based and made in China, so for the healthiest xylitol look for USA products who use domestic xylitol, made from birch trees. Basically, made in the U.S.A. to me, demonstrates a higher quality of xylitol at the same pricepoint.  Trident® Sugarless gum made with Xylitol are, Trident® fusion flavors, and Stride gum.
 
PURE Water

Hydration is Everything – Body Weight vs. Body Water

How much water should a person drink?  Take your body weight, divide by 2 and that tells you roughly how many quarts of water you are (each quart of water weighs about 2 pounds), example 100 pounds = 50 quarts. Then decide how much pure drinking water you should drink,  i.e., 8 glasses a day would be 2 quarts fresh water each day.  So if you are 150 pounds and drank 2 quarts of water a day, it would take 75 days to drink your body water, 3 quarts a day would take 50 days, ultimately having an impact on your level of hydration (cells), and water environment.

Note about Xylitol: In addition to gum, mints, etc., I like xylitol for some food preparation, especially (looks like sugar, tastes like sugar, and acts like sugar) for baking, sauces, and making berry jams. For a daily beverage sweetener I prefer concentrated stevia for making healthy drinks at home like lemonade, red tea, juice from concentrate, etc.

Things you may not know about clay! Living Clay for “clay snobs”!

 

What kind of clay is this? Living Clay is montmorillonite, also known as calcium bentonite clay, which is a volcanic ash type of clay with a very high negative charge.

Why is a negative charge important? Everything bad in our body has a “positive” charge, everything good and wholesome, a “negative” charge. So the more negative charge (or negative ions) that you have, the better!

I am a self professed and self sufficient “clay” snob!

Having just admitting to the world I’m a “clay” snob, I need to also say that I blasted through a lot of different calcium bentonite clay products, only to find the purest, finest, and most water soluble is Living Clay. But that’s not all, because for a very long time, I was a self sufficient “clay snob” in that I only purchased dry clay and made all my own wet and dry clay products like pastes, scrubs, creams, etc.

Not too long ago I ordered several of the facial masks (which I use internally while I’m on the run, great for heartburn or upset  tummy), and I was really surprised! Wow it’s like silk, so soft! Admittedly it would take a lot of processing for me to refine Living Clay to the level of the wet clay product, moreover, cost isn’t an issue when it comes to wet or dry, both are extremely reasonable!

You can find tons of information at our educational site, pHBodyBalance.com Here are some links to how I use Living Clay, enjoy!

 

Articles, Plus Product Tests & Information Reports, enjoy!

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Under $5 and 5 minutes, Gorgeous Gift, Elegant & Useful, DIY Spa Salt Scrub Massage

 Many people have emailed that they’d like to make this Spa Scrub as a  Gift – GREAT IDEA:
 
YOU can make this Gorgeous GIFT sanitizer, hand wash, hand healing, or spa moment? YES!  This is the perfect economical  fun solution to gels and soap at every sink, etc. it is easy, fun, and luxurious! There doesn’t seem to be a shelf life, the oil protects the salt, the salt is a preservative, so the only downside is the scent may need to be refreshed:)
 
Salt is a natural cleanser (cleanses the ocean afterall), certainly kills bacteria, and salt is very alkaline, the oil is softening, the scent  refreshing, and all the rest, well, it’s heavenly! Your perfect scrub for cold weather, dry skin, or simply to treat yourself. Especially good if your hands are in and out of water all day, no dryness.  Great for home or office, anywhere really.

Well here you go, (Dollar Store) container with lid and ingredients are simple, oil, salt, and essential oils for fragrance – best of all, make it in 5 minutes for incredible  gift giving! Everyone loves this, men, kids, and of course women. I keep a bowl at every sink – no more soap in my house!

DIY SPA SCRUB for less than $5.00 (much less depending on ingredients), including container! Pictured is sea salt, grape seed oil, drops of essential oil, in a (dollar store) candy dish, all sitting nicely in my guest bathroom. Guests use it dry to wash their hands (massage themselves), rinse and not only is it anti-bacterial, it leaves your skin ooh la la soft and supple

With dry hands, scoop about 1/2 tsp into your palm, rub all over hands and wrists and be careful, I find myself standing thre for minutes on end before rinsing – simply rinse with water. Your hands are soft, clean, and you feel great!

As Pictured, my scrub is scooped into a $1 (candy dish  I believe, but filled with salt scrub, in this case, cut off chop sticks from a Chinese restaruant, and scotch tape wrapped to join top and bottom, makes it perfect to wrap in cellophane with a bow, or a bag with a fragile sign) you can see my glass dish with a lid.

NOTE:  I’ve placed in every bathroom, plus one at the kitchen sink ~ everyone looks forward to washing  their hands!

ALSO…..Not just for hands, but makes a great body scrub before a shower, foot scrub at the end of a hard day, just remember apply dry, then rinse!

My calculated cost:  $1 – $5 (I used Grapeseed Oil, WO Essential Oil Blend, Salt, and purchase containers at my local Dollar Store or department store).

Today I made 6 containerful  in one bowl, then scooped, sealed, and wrapped in clear saran wrap with a bow and Instructions “rolled as a scroll, attached with a ribbon“,  as follows:

1 Minute Spa Massage &  Hand Cleanser

Directions: Scoop 1/2 tsp (depending on the size of your hands), dry rub for 1 minute, rinse and dry!

Salt is anti bacterial, oil is softening, & together the perfect cleanser & spa massage!

NOW, ENJOY AND MAKE IT YOUR MOMENT!

LOVE, Maraline (your name of course goes here:)Clean Hands, Soft Hands

Maraline’s DIY Spa Massage ScrubDIY 1 minute spa scrub (and cleanser) softens, massages, and cleanses your hands & arms, great for the whole family, my son loves it! Everyone Loves My DIY Spa Scrub! 

Keep in mind when you read the ingredients that you can improvise, that’s how the best recipes are found! So if you already have a massage oil that’s scented, or maybe some salts that are already infused, you can change this up. The basic ingredients, salt, oil, scented essential oil, in whatever combination you like.ENJOY!You will need:Salt  (use inexpensive salt, not your unbleached sea salt,this may be the only time you want to buy bleached LOL)Grape Seed Oil or Massage Oil (cold pressed Grape Seed Oil is light and has no scent (it also can be used as a high heat cooking oil); can be found at your grocery store, and it’s also sometimes sold as a massage oil)Essential Oil Drops (any that you have on hand; lavender, peppermint essential oil drops work well – my personal favorite is Lemon with Spearmint, and I crush a few spearmint leaves in the mix)

NOW MAKE IT IN LESS THAN 5 MINUTES: Directions: Pour about 1/4 cup of oil into a bowl, add salt until it mushes up like a white snow cone (see photo), add 20 – 30 essential drops in any combination, stir until it smells the way you would like it to smell. That’s it. You can adjust to the size of containers.

EAT, DRINK, BREATHE  the BEST! ~ Everything in my health world all comes back to what our body is made of, the minerals of the earth, a little oil is needed, and plenty of salt water, i.e. best remedies are:  Living Clay, Unbleached Sea Salt, Pure Water, and Cold Pressed Oils, see “Which Oil, and Why” article.

Non GMO Shopping Guide Plus Resources

 

 

Non GMO ShoppingBuy Non-GMO

You can eliminate GMOs from your diet and combine your purchasing power with that of other health-conscious consumers. 

$pend your food dollars on healthy non-GMO brands! Buying non-GMO not only impacts your own and your family’s health concerns, it also influences the buying decisions of food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. Food manufacturers worldwide have switched to non-GM ingredients in response to consumers demanding they make a change or lose customers. See download below. 

From the Institute for Responsible Technology:
  
TIPS FOR AVOIDING GMOs
  

Tip #1: Buy Organic 

Certified organic products cannot intentionally include any GMO ingredients. Buy products labeled “100% organic,” “organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.” You can be doubly sure if the product also has a Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. Read more about organic standards…

Tip #2:  

Look for Non-GMO Project Seals  

Products that carry the Non-GMO Project Seal are independently verified to be in compliance with North America’s only third party standard for GMO avoidance, including testing of at-risk ingredients. The Non-GMO Project is a non-profit organization committed to providing consumers with clearly labeled and independently verified non-GMO choices. Look for dairy products labeled “No rBGH or rBST,” or “artificial hormone-free.”


Tip #3:  Avoid at-risk ingredients
 

If it’s not labeled organic or verified non-GMO: Avoid products made with ingredients that might be derived from GMOs (see list). The eight GM food crops are Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Cottonseed, Sugar Beets, Hawaiian Papaya (most) and a small amount of Zucchini and Yellow Squash.

  

From Kellogg’s: Organic Consumers Association and allies warned Kellogg’s, if they used sugar from genetically engineered sugar beets in their foods, they would face a consumer boycott. Kellogg’s responded, claiming that, even though they don’t use genetically engineered ingredients in Europe, in the U.S., “consumer concerns about the usage of biotech ingredients in food production are low.”  

From Crystal Sugar: David Berg, President of Crystal Sugar, the nation’s largest sugar beet processor, told the New York Times he thought customer acceptance of GE sugar was “a big nonevent.” 

 
Maraline’s Note:  “Cow dairy is extremely high in lactic acid. Goat dairy has much less lactic acid if you’ve gotaa have your cheese, and almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, etc are great milk alternatives:)
 
 

 

FREE Download Complete Shopping Guide

Tip #4: Download (ResponsibleTechnology.org) Shopping Guides
Use either IRT’s new Non-GMO Shopping Tips brochure or redesigned Non-GMO Shopping Guide to help you identify and avoid GM foods. We devote an entire page in each guide to help you uncover hidden GM ingredients on food labels that often read more like a chemical periodic table. If you have an iPhone, download our ShopNoGMO guide for free from the iTunes store.
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Local Sources

There is a growing movement for buying local and supporting local farmers. Resources to find organic and locally grown foods can be found using the links below:

Visit LocalHarvest.org

 

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Dairy Products may be from cows injected with GM bovine growth hormone. Look for labels stating No rBGH, rBST, or artificial hormones. OR Buy Organic Milk from reputable grass fed farm (some lower cost organic milk is from grain fed cows, depleting the essential vitamins and minerals). 

Dangers of GMO Sugar Beets

Sugar If a non-organic product made in North American lists “sugar” as an ingredient (and NOT pure cane sugar), then it is almost certainly a combination of sugar from both sugar cane and GM sugar beets.

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Inspiration reveals the most fascinating information about our brains.

This is the one TED TALK that stands out in my mind (no pun intended) as one of the most revealing and enlightening educations about our brain. Fascinating information, left brain, right brain. I also believe it’s one of the first TED TALKs, and still remains in their top 10, please pass it along.

 Jill Bolte Taylor is a brain scientist who came out of nowhere (at least for me) and has truly become one of those “must hear from” human beings. I don’t recall exactly how long her talk is, but she is world renown now, and it is so very worthwhile to watch it all the way through, even if you have to leave it and come back. 

Let me know what you think of this, comments welcome.

Lemon, Mint, Garlic, Whirl (Dressing)

2009 Contributed by Christine Gannage, Adaptations by Maraline 

LEMON MINT WHIRL DRESSING w/garlic

This recipe is a longtime everyday dressing in Christine’s family, generational. Thanks so much, and everyone please enjoy!

So simple, yet a flavor difficult to describe, your taste buds and your nose will say French or maybe Lebanese, something exotic, but so purposeful and healthy, I can see how it becomes a staple dressing very quickly!
 

Ingredients

1/2 c. fresh squeezed lemon juice

4 med cloves of fresh garlic

Goodly handful of fresh mint (out of season 1 T. of more of dehydrated or dried)

1/2 tsp Real Salt, Celtic Salt, or Himalayan Salt

Cold Pressed Oil to liking (olive oil works great, as do others)
Blend (Tribest Personal Blender works great) or puree all ingredients, except oil, once emulsified add the oil slowly (pulsating) until you get the thickness of dressing you are prefer. 

PS Christine uses 1/2 olive and 1/2 sunflower, it’s also good with a bit of Sesame Oil and a dollop of Tahini!

For a creamy version I add Veganaise *(dip or dressing) and as a change-up for a (more…)

Asian & Unchicken Noodle Soup

Chopsticks are cool too!

This past weekend was certainly the time for grandma’s chicken noodle soup, so why not twist things up a bit and really make it special? Grandma didn’t know vegeheads!!

So this is my vegehead lovers, Asian food lovers, and Jewish chicken noodle soup lovers version of the Unchicken Noodle Soup!

The soup is really the great broth, veges and the noodles with the oil, so you can go with that for taste and wellness! And to add some manpower chunk/protein, we used Now & Zen Unchicken, but please use your  favorite tofu, or even real chicken (if it’s precooked)! (more…)