Archive | August 2013

The Amazing Power of Broccoli

Broccoli contains a very powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial called sulforaphane. It is obtained from cruciferous vegetables and abundant in broccoli. A daily dose of broccoli might prevent dozens of diseases before they even have a chance to start.

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Chia Seed Pudding

Have you tried chia seeds? They are super good for you. I have only just tried them recently me myself. Chia is the Mayan word for strength. These little seeds were a big staple of the Aztec and Mayans diet. One single serving of chia seeds contains 42% of your daily need for fiber and it packs more omega 3 fatty acids than a piece of salmon. Chia seeds will absorb up to 12 times their own weight, making you feel full longer. They are great to throw in smoothies and pudding.

Chia Seed Pudding

2 cups milk (I used hemp milk.  Almond milk would work too.)
1/2 cup chia seeds
1 cup blueberries
1 orange cut into segments
zest of one orange
1 tsp ground vanilla beans
1/4 cup goji berries
2 T cacao nibs

Throw all the ingredients in a bowl and chill in the fridge for a few hours. Makes 4 servings.  Takes all of 5 minutes to make and will keep you full for a long time afterward.

Recipe from “My Whole Food Life

Chia Seed Pudding

 

 

FOOD BABE’S CHIA SEED FRUIT SALAD

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook time: 30 mins

Total time: 40 mins

Author: Food Babe

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

⅓ cup chia seeds

2 cups nut milk of your choice

4 cups of diced fruit of your choice (for this recipe I used pears and strawberries)

¼ cup currants or raisins or goji berries

zest of one orange

juice of one orange

1 tbsp vanilla

¼ tsp cinnamon

½ cup shredded coconut

mint leaves for decoration

 Instructions:

Add 1 cup diced fruit and a sprinkle of currents to 4 different bowls

Combine nut milk, chia seeds, orange juice, zest, vanilla and cinnamon in a small pitcher and stir

Pour ½ cup mixture on top of fruit in bowls

Top fruit bowls with shredded coconut

Refrigerate fruit bowls for at least 30 mins (or chill overnight)

Top each bowl with a mint leaf before serving

Chia seeds grow 10 times their weight in size when combined with liquid, helping the body stay hydrated and full. The word “chia” comes from the Aztec word that means “oily” — the oils found in this small little round seed is the secret to its health benefits. Having the most content of omega 3 fatty acids of any plant food, they fight inflammation in the body, reducing the chance for heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and depression.

Chia Seed Tips: Remember to store chia seeds in an airtight container. My favorite brand of Chia Seeds is from Nutiva because they 100% organic and I love their support for GMO-labeling… you can get a 12 ounce bag for much cheaper directly from their website (and they have a 10 dollar off coupon if you like them on Facebook! That’s like a free bag of chia seeds!)

Courtesy of “Food Babe” http://foodbabe.com/

Healthy Fudgsicles

Ingredients:

3C unsweetened coconut or almond milk
6T raw cacao powder
Lo Han Guo to taste
OR
3T unpasteurized, raw honey
OR
3T Lucuma Powder
1t pure vanilla extract
1/4t guar gum – optional, used in commercial frozen confections to make bars more “biteable”

Healthy Fudgsicles

Healthy Fudgsicles

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My Legacy?

Being a professional Pet Sitter, staying in other peoples homes and caring for their pets, gardens, etc., I often have a lot of time to just think.

This morning, as I sat in a heavily treed garden in the foothills of Boulder, Colorado, I began thinking about my life.  I am 56 years old, and what have I done with my life? I am not wealthy, I do not live in a large expensive home, I do not drive a fancy car, I have not won an Academy Awards, have not run for public office, have not become a missionary, have not made any great scientific discoveries, nor are there any statues or memorials to commemorate my existence once I am gone from this earth. What will my legacy be? Why have I done nothing to make a mark and a difference in this world?

After some contemplation, I realized that I had made a much larger impact that I had given myself credit for. I gave birth to and raised 3 wonderful children, who in turn have produced 8 beautiful grandchildren, with number 9 on the way!  Each of them has or will go on to do the same, and the positive impact that each of them will make on this world is amazing! I am happily married to a great man for 20 years.

My dear husband and I have rescued dogs, cats, ferrets, chinchillas, rabbits, and several people who needed  temporary shelter and time to re-start their lives.

We have anonymously given money to our church to help people who needs were greater than our own. Our youngest daughter, my husband and I gave 8 years of volunteer service to help re-home retired racing Greyhounds so that they could find their forever homes and not simply be discarded once their careers of racing were over. We have spread the amazing word of God to those who did not know Him or doubted his existence.

We have endured many hardships and survived each of them, growing wiser and stronger with each one. The list of positive things that we have done over the years is long.

So, has my life been wasted?  Absolutely not!  My legacy is huge! I am worthy of God’s love, mercy and grace! I am a child of God, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a daughter, an aunt, and on and on. That is My Legacy and I am truly blessed!  Life is wonderful! 

Never doubt your worth or your legacy. You are more valuable than you can imagine, and your legacy is huge!

Our son and his family

Our son and his family

Our 2 daughters, grand kiddos, son in law to be and granddaughters friend and me

Our 2 daughters, grand kiddos, son in law to be and granddaughters friend and me

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.”  Psalm 139:13-15

Me and one of our grandaughters

Me and one of our granddaughters

Me, our nephew and my dear husband

Me, our nephew and my dear husband

Me and our oldest daughter

Me and our oldest daughter

Me, our nephew, my little sister, her mother and my hubby

Me, our nephew, my little sister, her mother and my hubby

My brand new baby niece! My baby sister, her husband and new baby daughter born August 31, 2013

My brand new baby niece! My baby sister, her husband and new baby daughter born August 31, 2013

Welcome to “Nature’s Organic Life” Blog!

This is my very first blog and I was inspired to create it because I know so many people who are struggling with health issues, spiritual issues, and just everyday life issues that I prayed that I could find a way to help people.

The name of this blog comes from various things in life that mean a lot to me. “Nature” – God created our world and all life and nature within it. He provided us with a clean world and clean and healthy things to eat and to nurture our bodies. Mankind has strayed far from these “Organic“, natural and healthy foods.  It is of vital importance that we find our way back to these healthy, organic foods and lifestyles to help us live to the fullest, and help us to eradicate many forms of disease and illness.  We also need to learn to live “green”, and leave the smallest footprint possible in order to restore health to our planet.  “Life” –  the sequence of physical and mental experiences that make up the existence of an individual.  With this in mind, “Nature’s Organic Life” was born.

I am blessed to live in beautiful Colorado. The awe inspiring Rocky Mountains, and the beautiful wide open plains. For me, the most beautiful state in the nation!

My hope is that this little blog will offer some inspiration, ideas, information and assistance to help you in some small way.  I pray that you will find good health solutions, great ideas, recipes, inspiration, gardening tips, and a  closer walk with God in these humble pages. Together we can learn, live and nurture our lives to the fullest! I look forward to your ideas, knowledge, inspirations and participation in this blog and this great community.

Healthy ideas for body, mind and spirit for the best of your life for the rest of your life!  God bless!

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