Category Archives: health

keen-wah sah-lid.

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Tomorrow, after church we are having a pot-luck lunch, so I thought I’d try out a new recipe.  

This one is a great quinoa and bean salad.  It’s light and it’s beany (mmmm! i love beans) and oh-so-proteinous (that’s my own word meaning “full of protein”).

Although quinoa (pronounced ‘keen-wah’) is still relatively unheard of (in these parts at least….), it’s great to use in place of rice or other grains.  A part of the same family as spinach and beets, it is a complete protein (due to the presence of all 9 essential amino acids), so it is an excellent choice for the vegetarians and the vegans among us (like my friend Nate over at Vegan Dad).   And, the texture is unique (it gives a wee little crunch when bitten).  So it’s fun.

Anyway… I took this recipe out of Weekend Cooking by Ricardo.  A great cookbook that my honey Jeremy bought me for Christmas. 

Here it is: 

Quinoa Salad with Beans

1 cup (250 mL) quinoa
7 oz (200 g) thin green beans, trimmed
1 can (19 oz/540 mL) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and diced
1/4 cup (50 mL) olive oil
3 Tbsp (40 mL) white wine vinegar
1 Tbsp (15 mL) fresh tarragon, minced
a few drops of Tabasco sauce
salt and pepper

In a saucepan, cook quinoa in a large quantity of boiling salted water for about 15 minutes, or until the grains are tender but still crunchy.  Rinse in cold water, drain and set aside. 

Cook green beans in boiling salted water.  Rinse in very cold water, drain and set aside. 

Mix all ingredients in a salad bowl.  Season with salt and pepper. 

For best results, refrigerate salad for 1 hour. 

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nalgene-no-more.

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For awhile there, I thought that our kids were all hip and cool with their nalgene sippy cups.  UNTIL….it was announced that the plastics used to make these cups and so many other cups, baby bottles, etc. are the worst kind of plastic for leaching the chemical  BPA, (a synthetic sex hormone that mimics estrogen) which can cause fertility problems, cancer, etc.

95% of all baby bottles and cups on the market are made with BPA, at levels which can disrupt their development.  

If you want to read about it, this is a good article

Anyway, I went ahead and ordered some of these

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(this is not my kid)**

I’m excited to get them in the mail soon!  And let’s hope they come out with some more alternatives for parents needing alternatives.  argh.

A few other little randoms:
The doll I made for Hosanna May for Christmas. 
Her name is Sylvia, and she’s already looking a little ratty…hair especially.  🙂

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This is the daffodil plant my momma bought me as an attempt to help me rise out of my pit of winter blues-dom.  It helped for sure.  The flowers are gone now, but there will be more (I hope).  I love flowers.

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Hosanna’s newest favourite thing to do is play dress up with all the hats, scarves and mitts.  She’s a peach.  I like her. 

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**mystery kid photo credit:  the reusable bags website

title-less wednesday

the sun is shining today, and i’m off to my friend julie’s for a play-date!

my baby’s gonna be 3 next week!  i can’t believe it. 

i guess i’m gonna plan a good ol’ lightning mcqueen birthday party!  whoot!

well, happy wednesday to you all….

coming up soooooooon:   100 things about me.   (i bet you can’t wait!)

oh, and here’s what i’ve been feeding my husband every morning for breakfast for the past 2 weeks…. he actually likes it….and feels better when he drinks it!

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ingredients:    organic bananas (frozen)  1 or 2
                         organic apples  1 or 2
                         raw spinach   (handful)
                         raw baby field greens–mesclun mix  (handful)
                         dollop of honey 
                         teaspoon of ground flax seed
                         water (to engage the blender blades)

blend, blend, drink and enjoy!   the kids love these “superman smoothies” as well. 
 

          

good-for-you treat!

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today i made this fun little healthy treat for the kids.  it’s basically just a made-up recipe, and i don’t typically measure when i’m cooking.  (not that i’m against measuring, just not how i roll, usually…)  anyways.  my kids LOVE bananas sometimes, and other times their interest begins to wane.  lately they have been more disinterested, but this?  this they loved. 


BANANA AVOCADO SMOOTHIE
:

1 banana
1/2 an avocado
freshly squeezed lemon juice.  (give 1/2 a lemon a good squeeze)
a splash of apple juice
a mitt-full of ground flax seed
honey to sweeten

stick it all in the blender. blend until smooth.

the kids liked this both in a cup with straws, OR in a little bowl with spoons.  it has the consistency of yogourt. 

you could add milk, soymilk, almond milk (which is my new fave after reading that soy milk is not as great as once was believed.  anyone else hear this???  is it true?) 
anyways, i just wanted to share a very yummy and healthy treat that the kids love.  they just finished a whole blender-full and asked me for more.   sure, why not?

cheers! 

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🙂

making the big switch.

well, i have been feeling a lot like i need to switch to cloth diapers lately.  wishing now that we had done it all along, but not having had a washing machine until now, it’s been something we really weren’t able to do, practically speaking.  (um….yeah, run on sentence. i know.)

anyway, i’ve been wanting to switch, because i really believe that what’s in disposable diapers can’t be good for our babes.  not to mention the huge amount of waste they create.  ick.  (although some areas actually do recycle them.  ours not yet.)  yesterday, i was reading andrea’s blog, and she listed all of the ingredients of diapers, and it truly confirmed why i need to do this. 

here are some examples:

MALE INFERTILITY Disposable diapers could be the cause of the sharp rise in male infertility over the past 25 years. It is thought that disposable diapers heat up boys testicles to such a degree that it stop them from developing normal.

SODIUM POLYACRYLATE, which is linked to Toxic Shock Syndrome and can therefore no longer be used in tampons, is the super absorbent gel in disposable diapers. You can find the little “gel balls” on the skin of your baby’s bottom. It is interesting to note that employees in factories manufacturing sodium polyacrylate suffer from female organ problems, slow healing wounds, fatigue and weight loss.TBT (TRIBULYTIN) In May 2000 Greenpeace found TBT in Pampers® Baby Dry in Germany. TBT is one of the most toxic substances ever made. It harms the immune system and impairs the hormonal system. There is speculation that it could cause boys to become sterile.

DIOXIN Traces of the carcinogen Dioxin have been found in disposable diapers. Dioxin causes liver disease, immune system suppression and genetic damage. It is a byproduct of bleaching with chlorine gas and is banned in most countries. Unfortunately, the USA still allows it.

ASTHMA In 1998 a study showed that childhood respiratory problems, including asthma, might be linked to inhaling the mixture of chemicals emitted from disposable diapers.

UTI INFECTIONS IN BABY GIRLS also seem on the rise with an increased use of disposable diapers.

BABIES POORLY DEVELOPED OUTER SKIN LAYER ABSORBS ABOUT 48 CHEMICALS if you use disposable diapers & wipes and standard baby products. This can be greatly reduced by using cloth diapers and natural baby products.

You can find out more about the above topics on our cloth diaper articles page or at http://www.borntolove.com and http://www.mothering.com/.

 **enough said!

 joshijah is 2 years and several months old, and can and will use the potty most of the time…but not at night yet.  during the day its often hit and miss….
hosanna is almost 18 months, and both yesterday and today she’s gone pee on the potty. 
so, they are both “on their way”, but not there yet. 
it’s a bit of an investment to buy cloth, but…then if/when we have another baby, we won’t need to buy them again.

so, the big thing to decide now is what to buy? 
so many options out there.

any ideas?

camping out. but not fun-camping.

today i am camping out on the couch.  i have had this cold for well over a week now, and i keep feeling worse, then better, then worse again.  so…i’ve decided i just need to park my butt and R.E.S.T.  yes.  i am going to do as little as possible today.  i have a feeling i will be watching a LOT of bob the builder, franklin, rolie-polie-olie, etc. 

the kids are both seemingly on the verge of sick also.

here’s a quick snap to help you visualize our cozy get-well-soon-on-the-couch kinda day.  🙂

pj’s
duvet
oj
toast
movies

sounds cozy, yes?

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pray that we get well quickly!!!  or else we may have to endure a few more days of this.  😉

have a great thursday. 

🙂

let’s do this thing.

*sigh*

blog funk.

let’s say it all together guys:  “buh-lawhg fuuuuunk”

what can i say?
my blog is sitting here, unchanged, untouched, un-cared-for.  i can’t even remember the last time i posted (well, i guess i could just go look at my last post.  too easy.) 
so what’s the deal with me?
i guess its just been life as usual.  READ: crazy.busy.running after 2 toddlers.and.a.dog.oh…..and feeling like i got hit by a truck, to boot!  yes, i got the nasty cold that’s been going around.  so, it’s really a combination of living in the fog that is snot and phlegm and trying to stay on top of my life.  🙂  

howEVA!  my 31st birthday came and went since i was here last!!! YAYAYAYAY!  i decided that my way of dealing with getting old maturity is to simply and unabashedly embrace it!  i LOVE being in my 30’s!  i feel so free.  so alive.  truly vivacious.  grrrrr!

i did get a great and most fabulous sewing machine from my dear jeremy. 
goal:  learn to sew.  well. 
make lots of great and wonderful things.

and i got many other wonderfully fun things to delight in!  wheeeeeee!

well, it’s friday night.  the kids are sleeping!  we just scarfed back some very delish homemade pizza (from scrizzzzatch yo!)  and popped a bottle of wonderfully crisp inniskillin, so…..i must not make my dear man tarry any longer.  ta ta!

hopefully this funk is over and you’ll be hearing all about my oh-so-exciting life much more! 

🙂

happy friday night!

mel