Spring is almost here! The extra sunshine always gets me energized to spring clean the house and get organized. The change in seasons also gets me thinking about cleaning up my diet. Our bodies have their own build-in detoxifying organs – the liver especially. But as often happens, our not-so-great eating habits get the best of us. There are all sort of things that can leave us feeling a bit sluggish and in need of a recharge. I drink a green smoothie for breakfast every morning, and it’s a great way to give my body a boost for the day. Here’s a detox version of my daily smoothie to give your system a boost….
I tried cloth diapers. I really, really did. The entire family gave me the side eye and refused to participate in mommy’s crazy ‘experiment.’ Of course, my timing was perfect – exactly when Henry started eating solid food, therefore assuring that his poop would be as gross as possible. But I stubbornly soldiered on. It would get easier, right?…
One of my family’s favorite meals is paprikash. We make it several ways – sometimes with chicken, sometimes with pork and sauerkraut. This time I wanted to try out my tried and true recipe with sausage. To make the sausage paprikash a little more hearty (and healthy) I added diced sweet potatoes. If that seems a little too strange, feel free to use regular potatoes in their place. The beauty of this is that it requires one pot and comes together in less than an hour. We like it on top of rice or spaetzle, but it would be equally good as a stew with crusty bread….
Easter seems so far away this year – who can wait till April 20 to crack open the egg carton? This year I wanted to experiment with natural dyes, though I’m not really sure if the ‘experiment’ was a success or not. Things definitely didn’t turn out as expected! Black eggs, anyone?…
Recently a friend told me she has been using gelatin as a dietary supplement. I was immediately intrigued. I use gelatin occasionally when I make homemade marshmallows or for a few other recipes, but I had never thought of it as a “health food” I should be adding to my diet.
Gelatin comes from collagen, which is derived from animal by-products (vegans and vegetarians, you might want to skip this post!). It is extracted in several ways for commercial use and usually comes from pork, beef or even fish. It’s also easy to extract at home by making a long-simmered bone broth (I usually put last night’s roast chicken in my slow cooker with water for 8-10 hours on low)….