Bring New Life to Last Night’s Leftover Chicken

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Paleo Chicken Tacos

Ever have leftover chicken and didn’t know how to make it seem like a new meal? Well chicken tacos is always a hit in our house and I don’t hear “Chicken again?”. And the best thing is everyone makes their own to their own tastes.

Unfortunately, packaged taco seasoning is very high in sodium and often has ingredients that are toxic like MSG, soybean oil, and preservatives. But, who cares, because taco seasoning is so easy to make at home, and many people have the ingredients in their home all the time. The recipe below is a basic taco seasoning recipe that can be used on beef or pork, too.

Taco Seasoning Recipe

Ingredients:
1 T chili powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp paprika
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp black pepper
Optional: 1/2 tsp (or more) cayenne pepper to bring the heat!

I usually use 1 1/2 T per lb of meat. This can be made in bulk and stored in a glass jar with other spices.

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Ingredients:
1 T extra virgin olive oil
meat from three cooked chicken breasts
1 to 2 T taco seasoning
1/2 cup plain tomato sauce
1/2 cup water
Diced tomatoes
Romaine lettuce
sliced olives
homemade quacamole

Optional Ingredients:
shredded cheese
black beans
salsa
Taco shells
soft taco wraps
gluten free wraps

Directions:
Shred the meat so it is in bite size pieces. Heat the oil on medium in a big frying pan. Saute the chicken to warm it up a bit, then add the water, tomato sauce, and 1 T taco seasoning. Stir frequently for about 10 minutes, until everything is warm and coated with the flavorful sauce. Add more taco seasoning to taste.

While the meat is cooking, dice tomatoes, shred lettuce, and slice olives. Place all fixings in separate dishes. To make Paleo Tacos, I use the lettuce leafs whole & wrap the rest of the ingredients.

 

 

Best Tips to Keep Kids Healthy Naturally This Summer

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Are Your Blonds Looking a Little Green?

When the heavy metal content of your swimming pool rises, the excess copper in the water can turn blond hair green. Don’t fret; just dissolve 1 teaspoon of Catie’s Vitamin C Powder in a pint-sized spray bottle. Spray it all over, rub in, and rinse after fifteen minutes.

Prevent & Treat Swimmer’s Ear Naturally

Water trapped in the outer ear canal allows bacterial growth and may cause an infection known as swimmers ear. This can be prevented or treated naturally and effectively without harsh antibiotics.
Prevention:  Place 3 drops of Sovereign Silver in each ear once a week.
Treatment: First cleanse the ear by filling with peroxide: allow to bubble and sit a few minutes. Then, drain it and dry with a tissue. Once dry, add 3 drops of Sovereign Silver to the ear and allow it to sit for three minutes. Insert a cotton ball to keep it from leaking out. Do this 2-3 times a day when signs of an infection arise.

Avoid Mosquitios & Ticks Without Using DEET

Use all-natural, DEET-free Mercola Insect Repellent to prevent mosquito and tick bites on your outdoor adventures.

Protect From Sunburn With Safe, Waterproof Sunblock

Choose an EWG-approved physical sunblock likeThinksport Kids to protect delicate skin from sunburns without dousing them in toxic chemicals.

Maintain Active Energy Levels & Boost Immunity

Keep your children healthy and active with whole-food vitamin supplements like Garden of Life Vitamin Code Kids.

Replenish Vital Electrolytes with Homemade Sports Drinks

Make a healthy, homemade sports drink out of your child’s favorite 100% juice! Use 2 cups water, 2 cups 100% juice and 1/4 tsp real sea salt. Don’t use table salt because it is missing many of the vital trace minerals found in real sea salt. Himalayan and Celtic sea salt are excellent for this.

Restore Your Gut – Restore Your Life

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What is Restore?

Restore is a revolutionary new approach to healing, which utilizes years of scientific research by medical doctors. They recognize that the underlying issue with so many modern illnesses is a lack of cell membrane integrity in the gut. In order to heal illness, the gut needs to be repaired. Restore prevents and heals the disintegration of the cell membranes and tightens cell junctions in the gut. It is a mineral and amino acid supplement made from carbon rich soil. An alkaline liquid, Restore delivers organic and essential trace amino acids and minerals extracted from lignite. Restore is not a probiotic or a prebiotic, however it provides a balanced dose of bacterial metabolites that restore the healthy tight junctions in the gut and the blood brain barrier. It enables the body to heal and create a strengthened immune system and gut biome. Simply put, Restore is formulated to repair the damage from eating toxins like pesticides and GMO’s.

Feeling Sick?

Are you doing everything right to be healthy but still feeling sick?  Do you have symptoms such as:

  • Autoimmune disease
  • Autistic spectrum
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Brain fog
  • Profound Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Infertility
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Poor Digestion
  • Food sensitivities and allergies
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Gluten Intolerance

Why is everyone so sick?

Our foods are now grown in depleted soil without the nutrients needed to infuse them with vital energy, leaving the plants weakened. This necessitates the use of pesticides, antibiotics, and genetically modified types of plants (GMO’s) capable of withstanding all the toxins needed to grow them. All of this ends up in the food we eat. This denatured food causes cell membranes in the gut to break down, allowing the toxins to enter the blood stream. Our immune systems are overloaded leading to inflammation and disease. Disease can take many forms, but the common denominator is inflammation from a compromised gut lining. Restore rebuilds the gut barrier when it’s been degraded by toxins and restores an optimal environment for the entire digestive tract. Just as an unhealthy gut can lead to inflammation and disease, a healthy gut may lead to improved immunity and healing of many health issues.

The Facts: Restore is:

  • Based in medical science
  • Tested with “gold standard” protocols for non-toxicity
  • Produced in the USA
  • Packaged in recyclable bottles
  • Made from organic soil

The Simple Way to Heal

The good news is that healing from chronic illness and inflammation can be as straight forward as restoring our gut integrity. When the membranes in our guts fall apart, the gut no longer recognizes foreign substances. It doesn’t know self from non-self. This confusion may affect the whole being, causing stress to body and mind. Fortunately Restore has been developed. Restore offers the key to healing and feeling good again. Support your immune system, enhance your mental clarity and mood, and enable your digestive system to function the way Mother Nature intended. Restore harmony to your gut and to your life with Restore.

 

 

Five fun things to do with your kids before Summer fizzles.

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1. Berry Picking

Summer is a time when fresh berries abound. In the northeast, it starts in June with strawberries, which is followed quickly by raspberries and blackberries, then blueberries and so on. My family always went berry picking in the summer when I was a kid. We’d eat the fruit right off the plants, and pick some for later, too. I have many fond memories of fruit picking from my childhood and hope my kids will, too.

Don’t forget:
1. Sunscreen – many berry patches and fields are in direct sun
2. Bugspray – you never know when or where the bugs will be biting
3. Cash – many small farms are cash only

2. Go to a Beach – Any Pond, Lake, Ocean, or Even a River

What a blast it is spending a hot Summer day by the water! It might be an ordeal to pack everything up, but it’s such fun when you get there. We love sitting and making sand castles or other sand sculptures.

Don’t forget:
1. Waterproof sunblock – obviously
2. Bathing suits & towels
3. Lots of water to drink
4. Lunch and/or snacks for the hord or cash to buy lunch there
5. Change of clothes that aren’t all sandy
6. Sand toys for the kids
7. Boogie board for beach with waves

3. Observe the Night Sky

There are so many apps for devices, pick one to help explain what constellations you are looking at on any given night. Or you can get a book from the library if you may be out of range on your device. For best viewing, get out of a city and in a place far from city lights. To see a guide of predicted meteor showers for 2016, visit earthsky.org for best times and places to view upcoming meteor showers.

Don’t forget:
1. Deet free insect repellent – outdoors at night brings mosquitos and other biting insects
2. Binoculars, or telescope if you have it
3. Beach lounge chair or blanket to sit or lie on
4. Warm clothes to add on in case you get cold
5. Drinks & snacks if you plan on being a little while

4. Take a Hike – Preferrably to a Swimming Hole

Last Summer we vacationed in New Hampshire and hiked every day. But, because it was hot, and we wanted to keep the kids encouraged, we hiked to places where we could jump in cool refreshing water. For a guide to over 1600 natural places to take a dip in USA and Canada, visit swimmingholes.org.

Don’t forget:
1. Bugspray – preferrably the non-toxic variety
2. Waterproof sunblock
3. Bathingsuits & towels
4. Water shoes may come in handy
5. Lots of water to stay hydrated on the hike
6. Granola bars or fruit and nuts to keep your energy up if you plan on hiking for a few hours

5. Go to an Amusement Park

This is actually a no-brainer. Kids love amusement parks, as do many adults, and Summer is the ideal time to go. Parks tend to be open later in the Summer and, as it’s their busy time, usually all the rides are open. If you can go midweek, you will find the lines are a bit better. You can keep the cost down a bit if you pack a cooler and go out to the car to eat lunch, although many parks now offer a meal plan as an option when buying tickets.

Don’t forget:
1. Good sunblock
2. Warm clothes to add on if it gets cool at night
3. Lots of water to stay hydrated
4. Granola bars or fruit & nuts for energy boosting snacks

Make Your Own Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drinks with these 3 Healthy Recipes

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If you’re the working parent of school age kids, then there’s a good chance you have them in some kind of Summer camp. My son is in Summer camp. It’s good for him to be outdoors most of the day instead of here in the house on his iPad. But being outdoors all day means he’s sweating up a storm and needs to replenish his energy and electrolytes by early afternoon. He wants Gatorade or Powerade, of course. And of course, I just can’t stand the thought of buying either as they’re loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors and even vegetable oil. A GMO nightmare! I went to the local health food store to see if I could find a natural powdered form that he could just put in his water. I found a couple but wasn’t impressed with the ingredients. They contained ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C), and still had sugar, although it was cane sugar so non-GMO. Unfortunately, they all tasted terrible. There was no way my son was going to take them. I So, I went back to the drawing board in search of the perfect homemade Gatorade recipe. After scouring the internet for some healthy sports drink recipes, I came up with three recipes that are kid-tested and mom approved.

Choosing Homemade Sports Drink Ingredients

Coconut water, AKA nature’s sports drink, can be substituted for all or part of the water in the following sport drink recipes. Doing so adds five essential electrolytes: calcium, phosphorous, sodium, magnesium and potassium. Make sure to use an unsweetened, all natural one or you could be adding chemicals and GMO’s.

We used three different kinds of sugar-free sweeteners – honey, erythritol, and maple syrup. See which sweetener your family likes best and go with that. You will probably need to adjust the sweetness per your family’s desires. My kids thought all three recipes needed more sweetening. I thought the maple syrup added too much flavor to add more than the 2 Tbs, so I added a few drops of liquid stevia to each bottle for them. Our favorite sweetener was the erythritol because it didn’t add any flavor. you could also use Stevia, but as they are all different degrees of sweetness, use your package’s directions to figure out how much to use.

For the Berry Red sports drink, you can use any red herbal tea. We also tried it with Hibiscus Tea and Pomegranate White Tea (has a small amount of caffeine), as well as the raspberry tea.

We use sea salt instead of table salt for a few reasons. Table salt is heat manufactured, through which many of the nutrients in the original salt are destroyed and chemicals are added. Sea salt, or real salt, has many trace minerals that haven’t been stripped out due to processing. These are the necessary electrolytes to make this a sports drink. Many people believe Himalayan sea salt is the purest salt on the planet, and the most nutritious with all 84 elements found in the human body. Make sure to always use a real sea salt in this and all healthy recipes.

Now having gone through all the work of hand squeezing the lemons, limes and oranges to be SuperMom, I realized there was an easier and faster way to make any 100% juice into a healthy sports drink. The key components are natural carbohydrates and trace minerals. We get these from the fruit juice and the sea salt. So, I can take 1 cup of my son’s favorite 100% cherry juice (which is very sweet naturally), add one cup of filtered  water, and then add 1/8 tsp sea salt. Voila! Now we have a quick, healthy electrolyte drink he is sure to like.

3 Homemade Electrolyte Sports Drink Recipes

Citrus Sports Drink

Ingredients:
4 cups filtered water
3/4 C fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 C fresh squeezed lemon juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs maple syrup

Sour Lime Electrolyte Drink

Ingredients:
4 C filtered water
1/2 C fresh squeezed lime juice
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs raw honey (use Manuka honey for added health benefits and more electrolytes)
Berry Red Super Hydrator

Ingredients:
4 C unsweetened red raspberry herbal iced tea
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbs erythritol (a sweetener with 0 on glycemic index)

Directions

For each of the three homemade electrolyte sports drink recipes, thoroughly combine all ingredients. Adjust sweetener and refrigerate. Large batches will last in the fridge for at least a week.

Why We Stopped Using Green Pasture Butter Oil for Vitamin K

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High Vitamin Butter Oil has been a staple in the supplement market since the Wetzel family launched Green Pasture in 2000. Moreover, the Vitamin K-rich superfood has been hailed by Dr. Weston A. Price and his followers as a complement to cod liver oil since 1930. It is no wonder that Green Pasture Butter Oil, along with Green Pasture Fermented Cod Liver Oil has been one of our most popular products for many years. And when Rosita Real Foods Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil and Organic3 Extra Virgin Butter Oil hit the market, we quickly added them to our product line as an alternative to the Green Pasture line.

In 2016, Is High Vitamin Butter Oil Still the Best Source of Vitamin K2?

In November of 2015, Sally Morrell of the Weston A. Price Foundation sent samples of several known sources of Vitamin K2 to be tested by VitaK, an independent laboratory. The results surprised the entire industry–High Vitamin Butter Oil was not the best source of Vitamin K2…not by a long shot.

Sample

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Menaquinone-5

Phylloquinone

Menaquinone-6

Menaquinone-7

Menaquinone-8

Menaquinone-9

Menaquinone-10

1. Emu Oil

3918,04

0,00

1,34

0,00

1,88

0,00

0,00

0,00

2. Oysters

1,21

0,00

11,14

1,57

1,68

0,00

0,00

0,00

3. Salmon Roe

4,31

0,00

3,58

0,22

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

4. Whitefish Roe

0,96

0,00

2,94

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

5. Shrimp wild

0,15

0,00

0,43

0,00

12,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

6. Chicken liver (Farm)

98,49

0,00

1,57

0,00

0,77

5,83

3,06

0,00

7. Chicken liver 

35,64

0,00

0,94

2,27

11,20

11,17

7,45

0,00

8. Green Pastures Butter oil

771,77

0,00

239,81

17,37

0,00

0,00

0,00

0,00

And the Winner is…Emu Oil!

When Walkabout Health Products debuted their flagship product in 2013, we knew there was something special about their unprocessed, untreated, unpasteurized Emu Oil. Once our customers started using it as a capsule supplement and a topical cream, the rave reviews poured in. That’s why we were thrilled to see our trusted Walkabout Emu Oil listed as the richest source of Vitamin K2 M-4–with more than 5 times the Vitamin K2 as Green Pastures Butter Oil!

 

Does That Mean that Green Pasture Butter Oil is Unnecessary?

Of course not! The results of the VitaK study revealed that Walkabout Emu Oil was a better source of Vitamin K2 than High Vitamin Butter Oil. However, Green Pasture’s Butter Oil has an array of health-boosting benefits that make it a great fit for certain situations.

  • Delivers a natural, organic source of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, & Vitamin K.
  • Includes natural CoQ enzymes
  • Promotes regularity and can help relieve constipation.
  • Provides an Antioxidant boost for maintaining overall good health.
  • Strengthens Teeth and Bones, preventing decay and breaks.
  • Moisturizes skin and balances natural oils to prevent breakouts.
  • Contains the Dr. Oz-recommended weight loss booster, Conjugated Linoleic Acid, (CLA).
  • Enhances absorption of digestive nutrients.

Rehydrate with Super Summer Slushes!

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AAAAAAAHHHH!!!! Nothing is better on a hot afternoon than a cold wet slush. Below are some recipes to help you and your kids rehydrate and fuel up for more fun in the sun. Read on for some basic recipes to get you started. I’m sure you will come up with more of your own.

Nutrient Boosting Add Ins

The fresh and frozen fruit in the recipes is great, but adding Perfect Hydrolyzed Collagen will boost the protein content from almost nothing to a whopping 10 gm per scoop. That turns this frozen drink into a filling afternoon snack!

The last recipe already calls for this, but adding 2 Tbs of Ramiel Nagel’s High Vitamin C Powder gives it a huge antioxidant boost and turns any fruit drink into a super sour slush. If someone in your family is coming down with a summer cold, then this can help knock it right out of them.

Adding 1/4 tsp Walkabout Australian Emu Oil per serving will give everyone loads of beneficial nutrients like Omega Fatty Acids, Vitamin K, Vitamin D3, and CLA.

Frozen Fruit Lemonade

This recipe has been an extended family favorite for a few years now. It can be made with any frozen fruit you have available. Kids love it! For this round of taste testing, we used blueberries, but, we’ve done it with strawberries, mango, pineapple, and raspberries in the past. If you’re in a hurry, you can eliminate the fresh squeezed lemon, but I find it adds some POW to the overall flavor.

2 cups lemonade
2 cups frozen fruit
juice of 1 fresh lemon
couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Blend all ingredients on high until desired consistency. Makes 3.

Fizzy Cantaloupe Lime Frozen Refresher

For this recipe, you want to cut up and freeze the cantaloupe in advance, a couple hours will do to freeze melon cubes.

Ingredients:
1 cup frozen cantaloupe cubes
1 cup unflavored seltzer
Juice of 1 lime
Couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and puree to desired consistency. Add more ice or seltzer if needed. Makes 2.

Tropical Fruit Coconut Water Slush

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut water
1 cup fresh watermelon
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/4 cup 100% white grape juice (for a sugar free sweetener)
1 handful ice

Directions:
Blend all ingredients on high until desired consistency. Add more ice, or grape juice as needed. Makes 2-3.

Grapefruit Raspberry Sweet Tart Slush

This one was my favorite of this bunch. Very refreshing for a hot summer day!

1 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup 100% pink grapefruit juice
2 Tbs honey
1/2 cup coconut water
1 handful of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until nice and smooth. Add more honey, coconut water or ice if needed.

Cucumber Lime Mint Slush

This might seem like a weird combination, but was rather tasty. Probably better for adults than children, and maybe with a shot of rum!

1 cucumber
Juice from 2 limes
8-12 large mint leaves
2 Tbs honey
Couple handfuls of ice

Directions:
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until desired consistency. Add more honey or ice if needed. Makes 2

Sour Strawberry Melon Slush

Combining two of kids’ favorite summer fruits makes this recipe a crowd pleaser. This recipe requires the watermelon to be cubed and frozen at least two hours prior to making, so make sure to have plenty on hand for the whole neighborhood!

2 1/2 cups cubed frozen watermelon
3/4 cup fresh strawberries
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut water
Handful ice cubes
2 Tbs Organic High Vitamin C Powder

Directions: Combine the first 4 ingredients in a blender and blend on high to desired consistency. Add more ice or coconut water as needed. Then add the Organic High Vitamin C Powder and blend for a few seconds. Makes 3.