October 26, 2019

Spinach Blueberry Muffins -- kid approved

Recipe adapted from Yellow Brick Home

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk (almond, coconut or regular)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 8 oz baby spinach, pulsed or blended 
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup oat flour
For both the spinach and oat flour, my blender worked great! First I put oats in the blender dry and pulsed until it finely ground into a flour and removed from blender. Then I used it to fine chop the spinach (or use a food processor if you have one). 

Our kids loved so much, they snuck a
muffin right while I was taking a picture ;)
  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Mash the bananas, add oil and mix together
  • Add applesauce, vanilla and milk to the bowl, and mix everything together
  • Mix in eggs
  • Add cinnamon and baking soda
  • Then add the finely chopped spinach and frozen blueberries
  • Lastly, add the wheat and oat flour, and stir until combined
  • Spoon mixture into lightly greased muffin tins, I used mini muffin tins
  • Bake for 20 minutes and check for done with a toothpick
After cooling, I froze in a Stasher silicone bag. They work great as snacks and in lunchboxes! 

August 30, 2019

Medication Covers Up Sickness

Medications don't make us healthier humans, 
they treat problems and help people cope with symptoms.
Yes, there is definitely a time and place for certain medications. However, exercise, nutrition, stress management and avoiding destructive habits - that's where health begins.

August 29, 2019

Stop The "Just Pop a Pill" Mindset

We must break the "just pop a pill" mindset.
Opioids are legally made and and legally prescribed but they are tearing people's lives apart. We see people with opioid addictions on a regular basis.
It only takes two rounds of taking opioids to get severely addicted, and the devastation these drugs can bring quickly snowballs downhill from there.
If you know someone who is heading towards an addiction or is already addicted, you have to take massive action to get them to change. Sometimes rehab is the only option.
Steps towards prevention is the best option, and reducing pain can be done naturally through:
1. Anti-inflammatory diet
2. Anti-inflammatory supplements
3. Anti-inflammatory spices/herbs
4. Proper joint mobility
5. Proper muscle flexibility
6. Positive mindset

August 27, 2019

Pain Leads to Worse Things

Have low back pain?
Believe it or not, that pain can create trouble for more than just your back.
Connected to your spine are nerves, and those nerves go to your internal organs. Back pain creates inflammation, and that inflammation can affect the nerves traveling to your organs, creating, for example, issues in the stomach and the processing of food.

August 21, 2019

Eat Greens, Every Day

Eat greens, every day.
A study published in the Dec. 20, 2017 issue of Neurology, by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found some impressive results correlated less cognitive decline with eating more green, leafy vegetables.
People who ate one serving of leafy green vegetables daily performed substantially better on cognitive tests so much so that it would put them at an equivalent of 11 years younger than others their same age who were not eating greens on a regular basis.

August 18, 2019

The Impact of Financial Stress on Your Health

Stop over spending, your health will thank you.
Chronic financial stress is one of the biggest forms of stress that leads to health problems down the road. And it’s generally self-inflicted stress just so someone can pretend like they make more money than they do.
Why drive a car or buy a house that’s more than you can afford when it makes you be on a very tight and stressful budget for the rest of your life? Is this lifetime of stress really worth it?
No, it’s really not.
1. Sell your house and buy a smaller cheaper one well within your budget
2. Sell your car and buy a cheaper used one
3. Stop shopping daily on Amazon for things you don’t really need