Middle age wisdom: Camu Camu berries are known to have the highest vitamin C content in the world.
With the recent coronavirus health scare, we are all thinking of ways to keep ourselves healthy. Boosting your immune system with natural sources of vitamin C is one of the best ways to do just that. That’s why, today, I present you with smoothie recipes containing camu camu berry powder. Camu Camu berries are known to have the highest vitamin C content in the world.
Camu camu is jam packed with vitamin C, with a whopping 2,145 mg/100 grams!!! It has roughly 30 to 50 times the vitamin c of an orange!!!
What is Camu Camu?
Camu Camu is grown in the dense Amazon Rainforest. It grows on bushes in mostly flooded areas of Peru. It’s a globe shaped fruit, about the size of a cherry, which tastes like cherry and lemon. So what does this little fruit do for you?
Health Benefits of Camu Camu
Healthier gums, eyes and skin
Supports the liver, lungs, lymph and nervous system
Used to fight colds and flu
Natural pain relief
Where to find Camu Camu Powder
Because vitamin C is so sensitive to heat, it’s important to get freeze dried powder. Here is a great one from Amazon.com.
By far the best way to use camu camu powder is in a smoothie. It can also be added to any juice or even water. You can also add it to any “no-bake” recipes. When searching for recipes using camu camu, make sure they aren’t baked or heated in anyway. This will destroy the vitamin C in the powder. Onto the recipes!!!
This smoothie is rather interesting with a few unusual ingredients. So, don’t worry if you can’t get them all, because it has so many good things! This one packs a wallop with aloe, bee pollen, spirulina, camu camu, maca, liquid marine phytoplankton, hemp, goji berries, and raw honey.
We know meal prep is a good idea. It helps us eat healthy food and avoid prepackaged, processed food or worse, fast food. However, if you’re like me, you procrastinate, or don’t do it at all. After all, who wants to spend a weekend day cooking? I mean I like to cook, but, weekends are my time with my better half. So, I’ve searched the internet and come up with some super easy and quick ways to meal prep. My personal favorite are the mason jar soup cups. I think this is a brilliant idea!
How to Meal Prep Smoothies
Here’s a smoothie formula along with a video highlighting 3 ways to prep smoothies.
Mason Jar Salads
Who needs to try an make a salad each morning or even the night before. Here’s an infographic for mason jar salads and one mason jar recipe video
The Overnight Oats Builder
Overnight oats are a great way to meal prep breakfast. Below, you’ll see an infographic for overnight oats, along with 2 videos with a total of 7 recipes.
Everyone likes a good burrito bowl! Here is an infographic showing how to build your own, plus a recipe to get those creative juices flowing.
DIY Instant Soup Cups
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea! I think it’s brilliant. I created the infographic below based on the recipe video at the bottom of the page. Once the cups are made, store them in the fridge until needed. If you add protein eat it within 2-3 days. When you eat the cups, remove them from the fridge at least 10 minutes prior to consuming. This will prevent the cold jar from breaking when the water is added. When you’re ready, fill the jar with hot water and let it set until it’s heated through. At this point, eat it from the jar, or pour it into a bowl. I haven’t yet tried my own soup cups. However, I will absolutely try them, because my better half loves soup!
These ideas are super quick to put together. You could throw some burrito bowl ingredients in the oven. While that’s cooking, you can make a few soup cups, a couple of jars of overnight oats, and throw together some smoothie packs. Then, put the burrito bowls together when they’re cooked. I estimate this would take 1-2 hours tops. Then you have up to a week of lunches prepped.
I threw this salad together yesterday as a quick lunch. I am currently working on cleaning out my pantry and had some gluten-free spaghetti to use. I also had some left over pepperoni from making homemade calzones. I always try to keep cheese on hand and Braggs is my go to for bottled vinaigrette.
Why do I use Braggs? Because, sometimes I get lazy, and don’t feel like making my own dressing, so I use bottled dressing. I’m sure many of you can relate. HOWEVER, it is nearly impossible to find bottled dressing that DOES NOT contain soy oil. I like Braggs because it has cold pressed olive oil instead of highly processed soy oil. For this recipe, use your favorite vinaigrette, whether bottled or homemade, the choice is yours.
This recipe came together very quickly and I had a lot remaining. Today, when I had some left over, it was a bit dry, so I added a bit more dressing, to jazz it up.
To add even more flavor to this salad, I’d recommend adding some high quality olives. Kalamata olives are my favorite, but you pick your own. I didn’t add olives this time, mainly because I didn’t have any on hand.
Another optional addition would be to top it with parmesan cheese prior to serving. This would add some zest and a bit of nutty flavor to the dish.
Before I really delve back into pioneer cooking, I decided to take a look back at what I’ve done so far. Today, I take a look back at some of the pioneer cookbook adventure articles I’ve written over that past couple of years. It is my ardent hope to, one day, make this a weekly feature. However, I fear that time is several months away. Here are links to 54 different pioneer and vintage recipes.
This cream of mushroom soup was inspired by a traditional Okinawan dish. Mushrooms are a prized ingredient on the island since they add a deep, umami flavor to dishes, and dried varieties are even beautifully wrapped and given as gifts.
— Read on www.bluezones.com/recipe/okinawan-cream-of-mushroom-soup/
Middle-Age Wisdom Recipes…I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!
Normally, I’d be sharing insomnia recipes with you all today. However, since tomorrow is Valentines day, I decided to search the internet for delicious chocolate recipes, but that are still on the healthy side. Many of these are vegan and/or gluten free. I hope you enjoy!
With the recent popularity of low carb and keto diets, almonds (specifically, almond flour) has become very popular as an alternative in baking. But beyond the use as a low carb flour, almonds have many health benefits.
Yesterday, I talked about phytomelatonin as a way to boost melatonin levels in the body. You can read that article on my main blog HERE. You can read more about the health benefits of melatonin HERE. Below you will see a chart of the foods highest in phytomelatonin, or plant based melatonin. As you can see, almonds are packed with this super hormone.
529 calories per cup
130 calories per ounce (approximately 23 almonds)
Carbs: 5 grams per cup
Protein: 30 grams per cup
Fat: 71 grams per cup (more than 50% are heart healthy monounsaturated fats)
Health Benefits of Almonds
high in melatonin
high in many other nutrients including (1): Fiber: 3.5 grams, Protein: 6 grams, Fat: 14 grams (9 of which are monounsaturated), Vitamin E: 37% of the RDI, Manganese: 32% of the RDI, Magnesium: 20% of the RDI, as well as copper, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and phosphorus.
high in anti-oxidants
help with blood sugar control
can lower cholesterol
lower caloric intake by reducing hunger
improve skin complexion
aids in weight loss
boost brain health
improve bone health
Now that you know WHY you should be eating almonds, here are 10 different recipes for creative ways to eat these healthy gems, PLUS how to make almond milk! ENJOY!
For people who are dairy free, milk alternatives have become very popular. By making your own, you avoid the harmful additives found in store bought varieties, such as carrageenan, which is added for texture and shelf stability.
As my way of saying thank you, I found the most authentic Amish Friendship Bread Recipe possible. The recipe is from Lovina Eicher, a member of Old Order Amish church in Michigan. She is the daughter of the original author of the Amish Cook newspaper column, and continued the column after her mother’s death in 1991. The link above is to a letter written by Lovina.
I found Lovina’s Friendship Bread recipe at the website, Amish 365, a website containing authentic Amish recipes. You can find it at the link below. While this is not a gluten free recipe, I can think of no better way than to share this wonderful tradition with you.
If you aren’t familiar with Amish Friendship bread, Amish women would give their bread starter as gifts to their friends or to their daughters as a wedding present. Here is a short quote from the Amish 365 article:
“The recipe’s name “friendship bread” seems to have its roots in the fact that the starter is often given away as gifts to people so that they can make their own!”
So, onto the recipe. Thank you for following me, visiting my blog and most of all, enjoying my articles!
AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD
3 pkgs. yeast
1 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar
3 tbsp. instant potatoes
1 c. warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 c. corn oil
1 tsp. salt
1 c. starter (potato fed)
1 1/2 c. warm water
6 c. bread flour
Follow the link below for the complete instructions