Driving my girls to school today, was a fun adventure! Instead of the air conditioning coming on, I quickly changed the dial to defrost and warm! It’s beginning to look like Fall! I love this time of year. Kids are back in school, early mornings means time alone with my favorite cup of tea and my porch swing. It also means getting in back of the drawers and bringing out warm socks and sweaters. Evenings are getting chilly.
With Fall like weather comes the warm soups cooking in the crock pot all day long. The aromas of the soup dancing in the air, with hints of garlic and onion and other earthy herbs and spices. It’s almost a magic for our senses. Warm food also adds a sense of well-being or comfort. When you get sick, the first thing most people think of is Chicken Noodle Soup! Homemade of course! There has been study on Chicken Soup and they have found that it does offer some healing qualities. After sick people eat Chicken Soup, they start to feel better. I think it has to do with warming the body up. When you are sick, your body becomes weak. You need a lot of warm liquids and soups to help give the body nourishment. Vitamin C, along with Echinacea and Garlic are great ways to build up the body and help fight your sickness.
Another great way to get extra nourishment in our body is to eat healthy grains and beans. They are stacked full of B Vitamins and give your body a natural energy boost that helps build the immune system. Getting children to eat healthy is somewhat of a chore. I’m going to share a great secret and recipe for getting good grains into the belly’s of your loved ones.
Breakfast Hot Cakes
In a blender: 1 cup 9 grain flour, 1/2 c. oats, 1 cup soy milk or milk, 2 eggs, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 t. salt, 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoon Honey or agave, 1 teaspoon Cinnamon. (cinnamon helps balance hunger and blood sugar…keeps you fuller longer) Blend all ings on high til mixed. Add more liquid or flour according to thickness. You can make waffles out of this mix or pancakes. Variations: Add Blueberries or nuts or bananas. I like to add bananas and spread the pancake with peanut butter. This makes a high protein and perfect breakfast. Picky eaters will even eat it. Don’t tell them it’s healthy. They will never know. Add pure Maple Syrup or Agave or honey or fresh Strawberries. Be careful of imitation syrups, as they may contain High fructose Corn syrup.
I’ll start posting more healthy recipes. Just remember: A little prevention can go a long way! Eating healthy does not have to be boring or tasteless.