10 Smoothie Recipes to Boost your Immune System Using the Vitamin C Powerhouse~ Camu Camu

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?

What is camu camu? - Dr. Axe

Health Benefits of Camu Camu

  • Stronger immunity
  • More energy
  • Better mood
  • Healthier gums, eyes and skin
  • Supports the liver, lungs, lymph and nervous system
  • Used to fight colds and flu
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-depressant
  • Natural pain relief
  • anti-viral
  • anti-inflammtory
  • anti-oxidant
  • astringent
  • anti-depressant

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.

HERE IS A LINK TO THIS PRODUCT

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!!!

Berry Physalis (golden berry) Smoothie

Gailhac Official

This immune boosting super smoothie is JAM PACKED with super foods including acai, camu camu and goji berries.

Orange Camu Camu Smoothie

Blender Authority

With spinach, goji berries, camu camu, and hemp powder, you can’t go wrong with this one!
Orange Camu Camu Smoothie

Camu Camu Papaya Turmeric Smoothie

Herbazest

What do you get when you combine camu camu and tumeric?
You get an immune boosting powerhouse in a glass.
Camu Camu Papaya Turmeric Smoothie

Camu Camu Banana Carrot Smoothie Bowl

Lady Marielle

Camu Camu, raw honey, chia and coconut oil combine in one wonderful bowl.
Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Superfood Chocolate Smoothie

The Almond Eater

Chia, hemp, raw cacao and camu camu pack a superfood punch in this smoothie recipe.
Superfood Chocolate Smoothie 6

Morning Detox Smoothie

Tana Amen

Not only is this a great detox smoothie, it’s a super immune booster with maca, pomegranate, acai, bee pollen and aloe.

Camu Camu Berry Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl

Lauren Schwaiger

This one is simple but powerful by combining camu and maca with antioxidant rich blueberries and strawberries.

Superfood Smoothie

Superfood Evolution

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.

Camu Camu Lemonade

Super Foodies

This recipe combines camu camu powder with raw honey, lemons and goji berries for a powerful and delicious drink.

Mango-Camu Frozen Yogurt

Bioglan

While this is being called “frozen yogurt”, I consider it a really thick smoothie. The mango is frozen prior to blending, which results in a thick, soft ice cream consistency.

Closing thoughts…

I’ll be posting more immune boosting recipes and tips next week. In the mean time boost your immunity through lots of laughter, love, sleep and meditation. What better way is there than that?

Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

Healthy Cooking 101: 5 Quick and Easy Meal Prep Ideas (With Infographics!)

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.
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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
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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.
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Burrito Bowls

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!

Closing thoughts

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.

Until next time Namaste my friends!

Adventist Brown Rice Salad – Blue Zones

Filled with Mediterranean flavors, like olive oil and parsley, this salad is easy to whip up with fresh or leftover brown rice.
— Read on www.bluezones.com/recipe/adventist-brown-rice-salad/

Quick & Easy Italian Style Pasta Salad (Gluten-Free)

A Middle-Age Pathway Recipe

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.

Here’s the recipe!

Quick & Easy Italian Style Pasta Salad

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: very easy
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Need a quick lunch or side dish? This comes together in a jiffy.


Credit: Purple Almond Wellness

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sliced pepperoni – quartered
  • 1 zucchini – quartered and sliced
  • 1 red pepper – diced
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup Brags Vinaigrette (or your favorite homemade recipe
  • 4 cups cooked gluten free pasta (I used spaghetti)
  • OPTIONAL: Black olives, shredded parmesan cheese, diced red onions

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Chill prior to serving.
  3. If salad appears a bit dry, add a bit more dressing to taste.

My Pioneer Cookbook Adventure: A Look Back ~ 54 Recipes from 1836 through the early 1900’s.

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.

20 Old Fashioned Cake Recipes from

the Turn of the Century (1900’s)


15 Incredible Recipes from The Virginia Housewife Circa 1839

1903 Good Housekeeping Cookbook

Snowballs and a Failure

1903 Good Housekeeping

Boston Brown Bread

1903 Good Housekeeping

Rice Waffles

1903 Good Housekeeping

Spoon Bread

15 Recipes that Survived the Oregon Trail

Traditional English Plum Pudding

Until next time, namaste my friends!

Tamara

Okinawan Cream of Mushroom Soup – Blue Zones

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/

10 Delicious & Healthy Chocolate Desserts to Share with the Ones you Love

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!

Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Clusters

(Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

4 Ingredient Peppermint Chocolate Crunch Bars

(Gluten Free, Vegan, Dairy-Free)

Beaming Baker

Coconut Chai Chocolate Cake

Clean Eating

Chocolate Raspberry Macaroon Tart

Clean Eating

Chocolate Banana Freezer Pie

Clean Eating

Fudgy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cake

Minimalist Baker

Instant Chocolate Almond Ice Cream

(Vegan)

Super Healthy Kids

No-Bake French Silk Pie

(Vegan)

Blissful Basil

Almond Joy Bites

(Vegan)

My Real Food Family

Chef John’s Chocolate Chia Pudding

Food Wishes

(If you are sensitive to high fiber foods, this one is best avoided)

Closing thoughts…

As I always say, eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. You just need to be a bit creative with the ingredients. I hope you enjoy time with your loved ones tomorrow.

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE!

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Until next time…namaste my friends

Tamara

Brain Talks ~ Recipes: From Almond Milk to Trout Amandine…11 Healthy Recipes Using Almonds

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.

Almond Nutrition

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  • 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

(1,2,3)
  • 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
  • anti-cancer properties
  • delay wrinkles
  • improve skin complexion
  • aids in weight loss
  • boost brain health
  • improve bone health
  • anti-inflammatory

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!

How to Make Almond Milk

Wellness Mama

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.

Almond Pulp Hummus

Detoxinista

After you make almond milk, you’ll have left over pulp. Don’t throw it away! Use it in recipes, such as this hummus.

Almond Pulp Crackers

Detoxinista

Here’s another way to use leftover almond pulp.

Easy Homemade Almond Butter

Beaming Baker

Cinnamon Toasted Almonds

Joyful Healthy Eats

DIY Fruit & Nut Bars

(AKA: Homemade Lara Bars)

Popsugar Fitness

Healthy Almond Joy Breakfast Cookie

Clean & Delicious

Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges with

Cilantro-Almond Pesto

Eating Well

Trout Amandine

Eating Well

3-Ingredient Apple Almond Breakfast Bars

Nest & Glow

Healthy No Bake Almond Joy Bars

Joyful Healthy Eats

Sources:

  1. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-proven-benefits-of-almonds
  2. https://thepurplealmond.com/2020/01/13/brain-talks-fighting-to-remember-melatonin-alzheimers-disease-part-1/
  3. https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html

cover photo source: detoxinista.com

As my thanks to you: Amish Friendship Bread & Sourdough Stuff

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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.

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Here’s a link to a letter from 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

Sourdough starter:

  • 3 pkgs. yeast
  • 1 c. warm water

Starter feed

  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 3 tbsp. instant potatoes
  • 1 c. warm water

Sourdough bread

  • 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

To see the recipe from Amish 365: Amish Recipes: Amish Friendship Bread & Sourdough Stuff | Amish 365: Amish Recipes – Amish Cooking

Here are a few other possibilities for sourdough recipes:

AMISH CHOCOLATE FRIENDSHIP BREAD

SOURDOUGH STICKY BUNS

HOME JOYS

SOURDOUGH CORNBREAD

HOME JOYS

SOURDOUGH WHEAT BISCUITS

AMISH 365

AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD STARTER SOURDOUGH CREPES

A VIRTUOUS WOMAN

AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD

SNICKERDOODLE COOKIES

FRIENDSHIP BREAD KITCHEN

IRISH SODA AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD

FRIENDSHIP BREAD KITCHEN

WARM APPLE APRICOT

AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD CAKE

FRIENDSHIP BREAD KITCHEN

AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD GRANOLA BARS

FRIENDSHIP BREAD KITCHEN