Throwback Thursday: Strep Throat Smoothies

So in an attempt to slowly switch my content over you will see some old posts showing up on Thursdays. Here is one I like in the spirit of health and wellness. Enjoy!

We love smoothies here! We also love the way we sneak essential vegetables and even vitamins into the smoothies our kids drink. The key…have some strong tasting fruit or lemon juice in there with a little raw honey and you’re good to go.

Our boys are prone to strep throat. They had it 5 or 6 times last year. This school year they had it in September and then I heard about a naturopath that had some vitamin/mineral supplements that could help. I was skeptical. I do the natural and medical path for our family. I read up, research, try, and sometimes we’re successful…sometimes we’re not.

So we started taking Standard Process supplements and when my boys are taking “Congaplex” they don’t get strep. When they stop for awhile or refuse to drink the smoothies I make with it in them… Sure enough they get strep throat. The only problem is it’s a strong tasting supplement. So here’s a sample smoothie that I make which hides the flavor. I also sneak other Standard Process supplements in for nose bleeds (Cyruta Plus), severe runny noses (Antronex) as needed. I test on myself first and the stuff works! I do all of this under the guidance of the naturopath who recommends the correct dosage for their weight and age.

Strep Throat Smoothie

3 capsules of congaplex
3-4 Tbsp lemon juice
1 cup apple juice
4 frozen strawberries
4 chunks frozen mango
4 chunks frozen pineapple
2 Tbsp raw honey
water to the 2 cup line of blender

Blend to a smooth consistency and drink away! Enjoy!

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies!

So healing the gut is how we started this whole food journey.  Superhero #1 was on 7 antibiotics during his first 11 months of life.  As a result, he developed a leaky gut, weakened immune system and food intolerances.  It seemed I couldn’t keep him healthy and could feed him hardly anything!

Fast forward to today.  We’ve gone mostly Paleo, unprocessed, and only have the occasional chocolate bar (dark for my Handsome Hubby and milk or dark for the kiddos).  But gummy bears…ahhhh gummy bears.  Fruit snacks…ahhh fruit snacks.  Those are two things the kids miss.

Gelatin is one of my new favorite healing foods!  It supports the body in healing in so many ways.  To list just a few…

  • Gelatin supports thyroid function.
  • Supports the body during detox.
  • Supports the liver functioning.
  • Supports the biosynthesis of collagen (think less wrinkles!!!!)
  • Supports the digestion of milk products.
  • Soothes and heals the mucous membranes of the intestinal tract.
  • Aids in the prevention of brittle bones.
  • Promotes relaxation and deep sleep.
  • The list goes on and on…here’s the source for all of this data.

So here’s recipe number one.  We tried a couple different teas.  Our favorite so far is lemon if you’re only using tea and then strawberry when we’ve pureéd fruit in.  I’ll post more recipes as I adapt and create more.

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies

Gut Healing Gummy Goodies!

Lemon Gummies

1 cup water

3 bags of lemon tea

2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice

1/4 cup raw honey

3 Tbsp. grass fed gelatin (I use this kind)

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Steep tea 5 minutes, and mix in raw honey and lemon juice.
  3. Slowly whisk in gelatin (DO SLOWLY SO IT DOESN’T CLUMP UP!)
  4. Pour into molds and cool 2 hours.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

 

Strawberry Gummies

1 cup water

5 frozen strawberries

3 bags of strawberry tea

2 Tbsp. organic lemon juice

1/4 cup raw honey

3 Tbsp. grass fed gelatin (I use this kind)

  1. Pureé strawberries with water until smooth (try to pulverize the seeds)
  2. Bring water/strawberry pureé to a boil.
  3. Steep tea 5 minutes, and mix in raw honey and lemon juice.
  4. Slowly whisk in gelatin (DO SLOWLY SO IT DOESN’T CLUMP UP!)
  5. Pour into molds and cool 2 hours.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

We have tried other fruit teas as well and at this point…Lemon and strawberry are our favorites.  I’ll try more and get back to you.  Until then…Enjoy! and HEAL THAT GUT!

 

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