Berry Green Smoothie

With food sensitivities, it can be challenging to create a healthy smoothie that doesn’t annoy the gut.

This smoothie is dairy free and coconut free, and serves up a significant portion of vegetables.  The protein comes from the most easily digested source that I know of: collagen.  You can buy Great Lakes Collagen or Bulletproof Collagen.

With a smoothie like this in the morning, I can delay my proper breakfast by a couple hours (or have an early lunch).  This is an acceptable first food of the day, as the protein (collagen powder) will stabilize the blood sugar nicely.

This smoothie also makes a great snack when I’m trying to delay dinner (my 4:00 hunger zone).

 

pink-green smoothie

 

 

Berry Green Smoothie

2 cups chopped celery

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/4 cup frozen cherries

1/2 inch ginger (optional but delicious)

1/4 cup collagen powder

juice of half a lemon

water

 

Instructions:

1.  Place all ingredients in high speed blender (Blendtec or Vitamix).  Add enough water to make a consistency that you like.

2.  Blend thoroughly and enjoy!

Top 5 Budget Health Foods

When it comes to making healthier food choices, the biggest complaint I hear is about food costs.

Now, I totally understand this point.  My family spends most of our money on healthy food and there’s a lot of  other places we could be spending it instead!

Our front door needs replacing.  Bathroom needs renovating.  A family trip would be nice.  But no.  I choose to nourish our bodies first, so all other concerns are easily managed.

When my energy is high and my emotions are stable (ie. fully nourished), I can handle the stuff life throws me.

Including the following foods in my weekly menu is one way I choose to increase nutrition and decrease costs.  Here’s my top 5 health foods for a tight budget:

 

1.  Squash/Pumpkin img_squash

  • inexpensive
  • easy to cook
  • versatile from soups to stews to pancakes
  • filling, nutrient dense and easy to digest carbohydrate

Repairing a Leaky Gut

Repairing a leaky gut is about more than food choices.  Listen here, or read below.

 

Leaky gut is another name for Intestinal Permeability.  

Both these terms mean that the intestinal lining is allowing partially undigested proteins to pass through into the bloodstream.

Slow down, you eat too fast!

Hey, Slow down!  Yes you.  You eat too fast.  You push it in there when you’re not sitting down.  You eat half your meal at the counter.  Your body is not ready for that food!

And this puts your body into stress mode.  

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When you eat like this, your brain doesn’t send the signal to the rest of your body that food is on the way, so your saliva doesn’t get activated and won’t have a chance to start breaking down the food (which is an important firsts step to the whole digestive process, as you are about to read).

Paleo Fast Food

Wondering what foods make it to the “healthy” list when you’re too busy to cook?  I’ve got some go-to meals that are not only fast, but they are easily digested and taste delicious.  And those 3 criteria are becoming more and more important to me!

  • fast
  • digestible
  • delicious

So here are my top 4 creations when I’m in a major rush and need to pack some food to leave the house, or I’m so hungry I need to eat something substantial right away.  (they both happen regularly around here)

What I learned on GAPS Diet this time

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I followed the GAPS Intro diet for 1 week this January.  It taught me more than I expected.  To learn the details about this superb gut-healing diet, it is on this website.

If you’re part of the Glorious Gut Facebook Group, then you probably already read about my experience.  That’s where I posted exactly what I was eating for the first few days…. which was a lot of bone broth!    I won’t repeat my daily diet for this post, but you’ll see when you read about the intro diet that it is mostly slow cooked meat and slow cooked vegetables in bone broth.  Because there was plenty of protein, I was not hungry.  But I WAS hungry for glucose.  Oh yes!

What I learned: Glucogen is my

Best Bread in Town

Screen Shot 2016-01-25 at 6.47.52 AMWhat makes a good bread?  So many things.

1.  It has to be gluten free, of course.  But does that mean any ol’ gluten free is good?  NO!  I check the ingredients carefully and won’t buy anything with potato starch, tapioca, rice, xanhum gum, corn, soy, etc.

2.  Preferred ingredients for the base of the bread is one of 4 grain-like seeds:  buckwheat, quinoa, amaranth or millet.

3.  Proper preparation of the seed:  soaked to remove phytic acid, an antinutrient that binds to minerals within the food.  These minerals include: calcium, magnesium, iron and zinc.  This means our body is unable to use the minerals from the food, because they’re blocked by the phytates!

4.  Organic seeds.  Since GMO foods are being proven to damage the gut, finding organic foods is becoming more important as GMO is lurking where we can’t see it (ie. it’s not labeled).  Check out this post for info from Chris Kresser “Are GMO’s safe?”.

 

Does that sound like a tall order to find a loaf of bread?  It is.  But