Monday, March 29, 2010
I love smoothies. The smartest and sneakiest way to stockpile extra nutrition into your kid when they don't even realize it. The smoothie should vary according to what is on hand and should change colors like the rainbow. Always give it an appetizing, color and fruit specific title for extra magic... like Fruity Patootey or Pea Pea Surprise.
My children have never had a milkshake,smoothie or popsicle that did not contain Secret Kale or Secret Spinach. WHY NOT? Hide it everywhere you can. My girls are very healthy little eaters, but one can never overdose on Green- is my motto.
Ours are always dairy- free due to allergy, so please adapt with organic, local, raw milk/yogurt if you so desire.
Rice Milk (Hemp milk is yummier and healthier)
Soy Yogurt (not too much estrogen)
Handful of organic frozen sweet green peas
Handful of organic mixed frozen berries
Agave or raw honey
optional: Hemp protein powder or seed
I hadn't added frozen peas before and wasn't sure about their shells, but this was met with 'yum!'
My photo is not so great, but Monday's are very busy days.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Wednesday, March 03, 2010
This is taken directly from Inhabitat and is just good info for those of us with egg allergies or are immune-compromised/at risk and actively avoiding vaccinations.:
While viruses like H1N1 scare the living bejesus out of us, they’ve also been spurring science to look for new ways to produce vaccines quickly. Last year, H1N1 was responsible for more than 12,200 deaths, and the first batches of vaccines took about 7 whole months after the first cases were reported to ship. Researchers at the Texas Plant-Expressed Vaccine Consortium, a joint venture between The Texas A&M University System and pharmaceutical facility technology maker G-Con, LLC, think that they could solve some of the efficiency issues that plague vaccine production with an unconventional plant-based approach. Called Project GreenVax, the plans entails using a combination of tobacco plants and podlike laboratories that will be able to scale up or down in direct relation to vaccine demand.
In order to make a traditional vaccine, scientists crack the shells of chicken eggs and inject the influenza virus into the fluid surrounding the embryo. If all goes well, the virus will multiply and after several days of incubation, the virus is removed, purified and made into vaccine. Following the “egg” method, it takes about two weeks to produce a flu vaccine in quantities that are less than ideal.
The plant-based approach on the other hand, entails scientists infecting a plant’s leaves with the virus. Compared to eggs, plants are cheaper and easier to grow and have the potential to produce more vaccine per plant than is possible per egg. Not all of the kinks have been worked out though – for example, there is a possibility that proteins cultivated in plants might be different than those cultivated in animal cells, and may not be as effective or even effective at all. Only more research and time will tell.