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Pottery Painting, Ginger Coconut Roasted Veggies, Coconut Oil, Natural Remedies

Posted Feb 04 2010 2:16pm
We've almost made it through the weekand that's great because who doesn't love the weekend!  Especially Superbowl Weekend!  Not that I even know who's playing or carebut there's something about gathering 'round with friends and eating really bad appetizers and unhealthy food that's just so fun!  Kidding!!!!  On Sunday I will be relishing the silence:  Scott will be watching the game at a sports bar and Skylar will be napping and I will have just come home from yoga.  Beautiful.  But seriouslyif anyone has a great appetizer recipe that's vegan and gluten free, something festive that's a tried-and-true hit with folksdrop me a link to it in the comments because those kind of recipes score me brownie points with Scott

Thanks for your feedback yesterday about what you like to bring to parties to keep things a little healthier; everything from hummus to raw veggies to homemade desserts.  Thanks for the ideas!

Oh and I'm really glad you enjoyed the pictures from Skylar's 3rd Birthday Party!
 And the Easy Countertop Vegan Coconut Milk Kefir
And the Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowballs
And thanks for letting me know what burning questions you'd like me to answer in an About Me type Tab.  I am thinking Q & A session type post.   Elise and Julie have both done them recentlyI need to get in on the action!

And I loved all your awesome comments on my Oats Post!
Everything from Bowls of Oatmeal
Creamycoconuttymango-eychia-ey action.  Tyrah already made it!
 to Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls which contain Oats
to Raw Vegan Apple Crumble which contains Oats.
I know Bloggers love to Get Our Oats on with Oat-Based EatsGlad you enjoyed all the recipes!
And the discussion and info I provided about Oats being gluten-free but usually cross-contaminated in milling & productionif you missed the GF discussioncheck it out but glad that so many of you found that helpful!

Moving on...
On Skylar's actual birthdaywhich was TuesdayFebruary 2I took my freshly minted 3-year old to paint some pottery!
When I asked her what Colors She Wanted to Use...
...She was a bit stymied by all the choices!  We ended up with pink and purpleimagine that.
What item did this coffee guzzlin' fiend I choose for the little Birthday Girl to paint?
A Coffee Mug, of course.
Her handy-work
And then I doctored it up just a little.  Basicallywhatever paint I could slap on in 5 minutes. 
Back in the dayI used to love to paint pottery.  I also used to watch tvshower when I wanted toand worked earning money.  Now I just work my butt offfor free.
But seeing this grin makes it all worth itof course!  We get to pick up the mug on SaturdayI'll post a picture so you can see how it turned out.  Can you handle the suspense?  haha!
We came home and found my iHerb.com order waiting for me.
My Sun Warrior Raw Vegan Brown Rice Protein Powder in Chocolate.  The Vanilla is Awesometoo!
And my Probiotics
**And if you have shopping to doAverie's Readers use Coupon Code AVE630 to take $5 Off Your First Order at iHerb.com!!!!!!


As I have mentioned before in my Natural Supplements PostProbiotics are So Important!   
80% of our immune system is in our gutso if you're gut isn't healthyyou're not going to be healthy.  The normalnatural flora of your gut can become out of whack from environmental pollutantscaffeinealcoholstressantibioticsother medications, you name itso replenish it with 5 billion organisms per pill.
Or with fermented foods like my Homemade Countertop Easy Vegan Coconut Milk Kefir
Or Replenish With Probiotics. Look for Enteric Coated. That just means your stomach acid won't destroy it and the good bacteriaall 5 billion of themwill survive til they hit your GI tract where they do their best work.
And the iHerb.com people sent a sample of these Wellness Formula Daily Defense.  I keep a stash of these of the Wellness Formula on hand because at the first sign of a cold or flu bugthey work very well.  
 Oh and did you catch the $50 iHerb.com Shopping Spree Give Away Winner?  

If you missed itClick Here

I was also lucky enough to win Cooking For a Vegan Lover's Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Give Away!
Do Not Fear the Fat. 
I know EvanGena and Heather don't.  Nor does Miss Vegan Thursday!
If you missed my post on Coconut Oil Facts and InfoCheck This One Out.

Thanks again, Lindsay of Cooking for a Vegan Lover and Tropical Traditions!
Scoring points with my husband who adores potatoes Dinnertime involved dicing up some potatoes and mini carrots
Drizzling with EVOO and a Coconut Oil combopepper (and salt if you wish)and a heavy sprinkling of ginger root (which is a great antimicrobial herb)
Roasting at 400F for 50 minutes, the first 30 minutes covered with foilthe last 20 minutesflipped the veggies over and roasted themuncovered.
And Voila
Plated the roasted veggies with Mixed GreensTomatoesCarrots& Cukes
And dressed it with homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
The roasted veggies were slightly crunchy on the outside but tender & soft on the inside.  Good stuff and I scored with Scott!
And Skylar!
I tore into another bowl of Greenery:  BrockSugar Snap PeasCukesTomatoesMixed Greens and homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Dessert was a Raw Vegan Chocolate Coconut Snowball for Scott
And a few Vegan White Chocolate Chocolate-Peanut Butter Cups for me!
And Skylar wanted a few of the Raw Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies we made yesterday!
No icky ingredientsand no waiting around for them to bake...they're ready in 5 minutes.  As soon as you can get them out of the food processor or Vita!
 
Get 'em started young on the good kind of cookies!

Yoga Today is The Splits!  A wonderful hip opener and way to stretch our your hamstringsquadsand hip flexors.  Some of you run and your hamstrings are tight from overuseand some of you sit at your desk or at your job you're sitting alot and so your hamstrings and back is tight from that.  Try the splits to loosen it all up!  Baby stepsdon't force it.  Keep practicing & holding your version of the splits for a few minutes every day and I bet in 30-60 days you'll be on the groundbut you need to be consistent.  Like everything in lifeconsistency is the name of the game!

Hanumanasana (Monkey Poseor the full splits).
And Utthita Hasta Padangustasana(The Standing Splits)

Tip of the Day: Because we're still in cold and flu seasonI wanted to mention what I do at the First Sign of a ColdCoughFlu-Bugor Sickness.  
I recommend the following:
Starting or Upping Your Probiotic Dosage (2x/your usual)
Herbs such as EchinacheaGoldensealSlippery Elm BarkLicorice Root.  For these herbscheck out your local health food store if you need them right awayor WF's (but they are really expensive there) so try to order online if you can.
Vitamin C
Cooking with CinnamonGingerCuminGarlicOnion.  They are all antimicrobial!  In order for these to be maximally effectiveuse generously and liberally.
Colloidal Silver
TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine and herbs that a TCM doctor or herbalist prescribes for your specific condition)
Accupuncture
Massage
Extra vigilance with handwashing
Rest
Increase Your Fluids

There are so many online sites to choose from with holistic and natural remedies informationbut here was one I just came across.   Kris recently posted about her raw smoothie monsters to blast her germs away!


Questions
What do You Do when you're feeling a cold or sickness coming on?  Do you believe in the power of natural remedies?  Why or why not?  For me, I treat everything naturally first and 95% of the timethat's enough.  With a goodclean dietour immune systems are already strong and powerfuland in conjunction with common sense like rest and fluids and natural remediesmost things resolve themselves in a few days or a week.  HoweverI am not opposed to bringing in the big guns and western medicine if the situation warrants itof course common sense must prevail.  How do you treat your health challenges?  Herbs and natural remediestraditional western medicine all the wayor just do nothing and cross your fingers and hope you get better!

Have you tried Coconut Oil?  What's your verdict on it?  I confess I didn't always love it because I was buying inferior brands and the flavor was always mehbut in the past few yearsI have upped my game on what brands I chooseand now I am hooked on it!


Still taking Reader Questions for an About Me Post.  Random Questions like Which Housewife is my Favorite are totally fine!

Stay Tuned For Shopping Finds and Cool New Products...


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