Tea Time….

This is the greatest tea ever….So healing and nourishing..Nylah loves it and asks for it all the time….She says “nettle tea please” sooo cute! enjoy!Amy 

Nylah’s Nourishing Tea
½ teaspoon dried nettle
½ teaspoon anise seed
1 teaspoon chamomile
To Prepare: combine all herbs in a glass jar (or tea pot..) Cover and let steep for 10 minutes. I like to sweeten with local honey and cinnamon
Nettle Health Benefits: Stimulates lymphatic function, helps with inflammation and allergies, boosts nutrition and immunity
Nettle Nutrition: iron, calcium, potassium, and Vit C
Tips: add dried nettle to any broths in small doses.
Anise Seeds: these seeds have a warming effect upon digestion and upper respiratory tracks, making it useful for reducing clear, runny secretions. Use as a natural decongestant. Can be mildly relaxing for the respiratory. (info from Naturally Healthy Babies and Children by Aviva Jill Romm)
Chamomile: Relaxing and Calming.
Local honey: honey is an overall health aid, contains antibacterial properties. Buy local honey to help prevent allergies and boost immunity. Only give honey to babies over age 1
Cinnamon: a great warming spice, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and great to use to prevent and ease the common cold.

Black Bean Goodness

Happy Saturday! This is  perfect quick recipe for a little pot luck OR as a simple protein filled snack. Enjoy! Be well, Amy
Black Bean Salad
1 can of Black Beans (or soak 1 cup 12-18 hours . Drain and cook)
¼ cup of cilantro
¼ cup of diced tomatoes
1 small-diced cucumber
¼ cup feta or goat cheese optional
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Add a sea salt and pepper
Stir and ENJOY! Eat alone or with veggie, crackers or roll it up in a rice tortilla

Amy’s Quinoa Salad

Happy Friday! I thought this was a good easy recipe to share. Please enjoy with the whole family..The kiddo’s will love this…Be well, Amy

Amy’s Nourishing Quinoa Salad
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water or broth
½ cup dried cranberries
1 medium size leek
¼ cup organic olive oil
¼ cup chia Seeds
½ cup goat cheese
¼ tsp cumin
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
Soak Quinoa (soaked at least 1 hour but best soaked overnight)
Rinse and Drain Quinoa. Add new water to quinoa. Cook on high until boiling. Reduce heat to simmer for 10-15 mins or until fluffy (add more water for breakfast porridge)
After cooked set aside to cool slightly in a glass bowl.
Add all other ingredients and stir all together.
Can be stored in refrigerator in air tight container for up to a week. Or also can be frozen in air tight container.
Nutritional Benefits
Quinoa is a gluten free nourishing grain. It’s high in protein and has a nutty flavor. Be sure to soak and rinse grain to remove the outer coat that is bitter tasting.
Cranberries are a great source of antioxidants and taste yummy
Cumin is a great spice that is nourishing and great for the immune system
Chia seeds are full of Omega 3’s and are very hydrating for the body. All you need is 3 tablespoons a day to meet the daily Omega 3 recommendation.
Olive oil is a rich source essential fats that cleanse and support nearly every bodily system. Look for cold pressed extra virgin olive oil for maximum health benefits.

Nylah’s Smile

Nylah has such a great smile..It really makes me so happy..She is such a happy girl..Well…most days hahaha…It really helps to just smile..Even if you don’t feel like it! Smiling is free and it makes yourself and others feel good…Smile and laughing gives off the best energy and feeds the soul….

I challenge you to just try to smile a few more times a day and see how it make you feel. I would love to hear what happens for you. If you have nothing to smile about, look at sweet Nylah’s smile..its contagious!

Have a happy day! Smile Away…Be well, Amy

Homemade Milk

Making homemade milk is simple, better for you and cheap…Nylah loves hemp and oat milk..You can add some cinnamon and/or vanilla for sweetness…Enjoy

Homemade Hemp Milk
Soak 1 cup of Hemp seeds for 2 hours
Drain seeds
Add drained hemp seeds and 3 cups water to blender
Blend until smooth
Filter the seeds through cheesecloth or a fine strainer
ENJOY! You can add honey, cinnamon, vanilla or anything that sounds yummy
You can do the same with Almond Milk….
Just soak the almonds for 12-18 hours

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