Archive | October, 2011

YUM Friday Recipe – Berry Chia Oatmeal

22 Oct

You’ve probably heard it a 1,000 times and now it will be 1001; breakfast is the most important meal of the day to eat.  Think of breakfast as powering up your systems for the day.  Remember when you take care to put proper nutrients into your body, the benefits will show-up on your skin.

A breakfast of oatmeal, berries, chia seeds, and some walnuts is truly the breakfast of champions.  In one bowl, you get a powerhouse of nutrients.  Let’s start with oatmeal.  By the way, we’re talking whole grain oatmeal and not that gross stuff that is so processed that you basically end up eating sugary slime after adding the hot water.  As we’ve mentioned before, the further you get away from the food source, the less nutrients that remain in the food.  Okay, back to oatmeal nutrients.

Oatmeal has skin loving B’s, selenium, copper, K, and omega 3.  In addition, oatmeal also has omega 6, protein, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, tryptophan, fiber, and the antioxidant compound, avenanthramides.  There are suggestions that oatmeal can also make the body less acidic and more alkaline; this is especially good for the treatment of dry skin and other skin problems.

Consider adding oatmeal to your diet for protection from the flu or to fight bacterial infection.  Oatmeal has the polysaccaride, beta glucan.  Beta glucans boost the immune system and helps the immune system fight bacterial infection by quickly delivering immune responders to the infection site.

Chia Seeds are the new super food–if you haven’t heard.   Chia seeds are a complete protein; they have the right balance of omega 3 and 6.  Because of omega 3, they fight inflammation. They are low on the glycemic index and have several minerals.  Chia seeds are a favorite of long distance runners because of the energy they provide and how they help keep the body hydrated.  Hydration is also very important for the skin.

One of the fruits we used in our recipe was dried elderberries.  Elderberries are also well known for their ability to to boost the immune system against flu and colds.  But, they also have some wonderful nutrients for the skin.  Elderberries have loads of vitamin A and C, some B’s, zinc, copper, selenium, omega 3, and flavonoid antioxidants.  Elderberries have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and may have anti-cancer properties.  Elderberries are also said to help Candida.  Candida symptoms can appear on the skin as red and itchy patches.

We also vary this recipe by using blueberry juice instead of water to cook the oatmeal.  Whatever berries or berry juice are used will have about the same nutritional value–vitamin A and C, some B’s, selenium, potassium, omega 3 and 6.  So, no matter what berry you use, you will get healthy benefits.

This dish is already packed with anti-inflammatory nutrients that help the body in so many ways and also helps the skin.  Adding some chopped walnuts to the dish really makes this a super anti-inflammatory meal.  Many health professionals think that many of our major health issues (including skin problems) are caused by inflammation in the body.  We can’t avoid inflammation in the body completely, but we can stack the deck in our favor by eating foods that fight inflammation and aid in balancing the body.

Yum Fruity Chia Oatmeal – serves 2
As mentioned earlier, we make this dish two ways.  One way is to use a berry fruit juice like blueberries; the other is to use a dried berry, such as elderberry.  Go wild and crazy…and make the oatmeal using both juice and berries.

Fruity Chia Oatmeal Recipe made with Fruit Juice
2 ½ Cups unsweetened juice, such as blueberry, pomegranate, or cranberry.
1 Cup of old fashioned oatmeal
2 4 Tablespoon chia seeds
1/3 Cup chopped walnuts (or other chopped nuts)
Maple Syrup
Ghee or pat of butter
¼ Teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan, bring juice and salt to a boil.  Slowly add, the oatmeal and chia seeds; stir.  Turn heat down so that oatmeal simmers. Cover.  Cook until thick–10 to 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  You may need to add a little water if juice gets absorbed and oatmeal is not cooked.  Towards the end of cooking, add the chopped walnuts.  Remove from heat and spoon into bowls.  Add maple syrup to taste and a teaspoon of ghee or pat of butter.

Fruity Chia Oatmeal made with Dried Fruit
2 ½ cups water

1 cup of old fashioned oatmeal
2 Tablespoon chia seeds
¼ – 1/3 cup dried berries – (elderberries, blueberries, blackberries)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Maple Syrup
Ghee or pat of butter
¼ Teaspoon salt

In a medium saucepan, bring water and salt to a boil.  Slowly add, the oatmeal, chia seeds, and dried berries; stir.  Turn heat down so that oatmeal mixture simmers.  Cover.  Cook until thick–10 to 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.  You may need to add a little water if the water gets absorbed and oatmeal is not cooked.  Towards the end of cooking, add the chopped walnuts.  Remove from heat and spoon into bowls.  Add maple syrup to taste and a teaspoon of ghee or pat of butter.

A Yum Scrub Organics Recipe


“Elderberry”, University of Maryland Health Center

“Nutritional Facts,Cereal, Oats…” Self Nutritional Data.

“Oats,” The World’s Healthiest Foods.

“Seed, Chia Seeds, dried,” Self Nutritional Data.


When You Care Enough…Send A Healing Care Package

10 Oct

When you want to lift a loved one’s spirit after a surgery or illness, consider sending them a healing care package.  A care package that has items that help in the healing process will give long lasting benefits.   That’s just what we did recently when one of our family members had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor. 

She’s going to be okay; the cancer was detected early.  While her long-term prognosis is very good, she still needs to heal from the surgery itself and prepare her body for the follow-up radiation treatment.  Both take a toll on the body, and there is also the surgical wound that needs to be healed.  

Here’s what we put in our healing care package and why.

Vitamin CVitamin C helps connective tissues and is really good for healing wounds.  Vitamin C is also an antioxidant.  Dr. Weil recommends taking Vitamin C before, during (if you can convince a doctor to insert a vitamin C IV drip), and after surgery.  We put in Emergen-C because it also has other nutrients, such as electrolytes, some B’s, and antioxidants, and they are convenient to use.

Arnica MontanaArnica Montana also helps to heal bruises and the resulting swelling from surgery.  It’s a homeopathic medicine that comes in little pellets that are placed under the tongue.  There is also a cream formula.  I like to use both the pellets and the cream when I have sore muscles from exercising or strain.

Milk ThistleMilk Thistle supports the liver to remove the toxins from the anesthesia and the other medicines given during surgery.

Rooibos TeaRooibos is an herbal tea that is high in antioxidants (more than green tea) and so fights free radicals.  It can be drank with milk and sweetener.  We put in Yogi Teas Rooibos and Chai Tea.  The chai spices in the tea also support the liver and help with cleansing.

Chia Seeds Yes, the same ones that people were using to grow chia pets.  Chia seeds are a super food.  They are very healing and help restore energy. They are a complete protein; they have more omega 3 than flaxseeds and salmon.  With flaxseeds, you have to grind them to get the omega 3 benefits, but not with chia seeds.  The Indians of Mexico and South America consider them a survival food and their long distances runner eat them for energy.   We make a drink from them with frozen fruit.  After soaking in a liquid, the liquid becomes gelatinous and the seeds become chewy, similar to bubble tea.  Chia seeds can be sprinkled on just about anything.   They can also be ground, and they don’t lose their nutritional value with heat.  If you sprinkle them on food, just make sure to drink plenty of water or other liquid with them because they absorb water due to their high fiber content.

QuinoaQuinoa like chia is a great food.  It’s a great meat substitute and a little makes a ton.  Quinoa absorbs the flavor of what spices you use.   It can be use it like ground beef; made into a hot breakfast cereal, and also add it to baked goods. 

Chia Seed and Quinoa are good alternatives to meat.  Red meat can cause inflammation in the body.  After surgery and to reduce cancer, inflammation in the body should be kept at a minimum.

Yum Scrub Sunflower and Sidekick Scar SerumThis helps reduce the appearance of the resulting scar.

Organic Scented Candlesoothes the senses.

Chap Sticksoothes the lips

and the best for last:

Whole Food’s Organic Trufflessoothes the soul!!

That’s what we put in our healing care package.  You could also put in something that would lift their spirit and make them laugh, such as a funny movie or book.  Eventually, they will want to get out so a gift certificate for a movie, restaurant (or for take-out), or favorite coffee shop would be nice.  If you live near enough, you could also cook and take them a meal.  If you do plan on taking them a meal, clear it with them first.  The person may not feel like company so you would just want to drop the meal off and leave.  

The most important thing to help heal them above all else is to send love and lots of healing energy their way.

We welcome your comments on other items to put in a healing care package.

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