School-It’s Here

Well, the first day back to school is over for us here in the south, are you dreading the sniffles that await us all from all the new germs your children will be in contact with during the next few weeks? Let’s try to prevent that!

Your child’s immune system gets weakened with food additives, preservatives, and sugar which makes fending off viruses and bacteria much more difficult. Sugar has been shown to actually hurt immunity. Try and amp up fresh veggies, whole fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, and eggs. If you have to sneak in these healthy choices, make a smoothie or some healthy bread or cookies!

Did you know that having good Probiotics {which are the friendly helpful bacteria that naturally occur in our guts} is essential to good health. These protect our digestive tracts, help us to digest food, assist in getting rid of toxins, and kind of block us from bacteria and viruses. Grab a good Greek yogurt, add some Bare Naked Granola or fresh fruit or better yet, do what my kids do, freeze ready to eat organic fruits then defrost just a bit and all that yummy fruit juice can be added to make the treat even yummier! All this & you’re essentially helping to fight those belly bugs we do not want!

One of our favs in Uncle Matts organic OJ with Turmeric, cannot get much better than this as far as hiding beneficial spices that ward off the yucks this time of year!

Most appealing of all how about some Immunity Building Popsicles!

Ingredients

  • 1 c. coconut milk  or 1 c. unsweetened yogurt – preferably organic
  • 1 c. herbal infusion (Organic Orange Peel (store), Alfalfa Sprouts (store) , Echinacea(can be found at any health food store)
  • 1 c. Organic frozen or fresh berries
  • 1 Tbs. Organic local raw honey

Instructions

  1. To make an herbal infusion first boil 1 cup water. Turn off the heat and add 1 Tbs. of each herb. 2-4 Tbs. total herbs is a great range. Cover the pot with a lid and allow to infuse for about 30 minutes.
  2. Use a coffee filter, fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to strain out the herbs. Be sure to squeeze out all the liquid.
  3. Combine the tea and rest of the ingredients into a blender and process until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture out into popsicle molds or paper cups. With cups, use aluminum foil or other options to cover the paper cups and insert a popsicle stick or spoon through the center. I like these. They are pictured below:
  5. This recipe will make enough for about these 6 popsicles, depending on the size.

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