Seed Gathering

I have great memories of my father, his pockets full of seeds from a hike. With a little work and research you can bring seeds home and grow them yourself . If you have a smartphone take a photo of the plant and note it’s environment. Then Google how dry it will need to be, if it needs to dry on the plant or if it can be harvested to dry in the house, if you should freeze it for later, and when and how to plant. It can be as simple as waiting to see the pods on plants mature and open , grabbing the stem below the pod, and shaking it where you want it to grow, or it could be a very controlled process. The results can be surprising, and you could end up with your own special hybrid. I said that point you give it your own unofficial name and continue on by sharing with others.

Seed Gathering

Grow Your Own Plants

I have great memories of my father, his pockets full of seeds from a hike. With a little work and research you can bring seeds home and grow them yourself. If you have a smartphone take a photo of the plant and note its environment. Then research on the internet how dry it will need to be if it needs to dry on the plant or if it can be harvested to dry in the house, if you should freeze it for later, and when and how to plant. It can be as simple as waiting to see the pods on plants mature and open, grabbing the stem below the pod and shaking it where you want it to grow; or it could be a very carefully controlled process. The results can be surprising, and you could end up with your own special hybrid. I say at that point you give it your own un-official name and continue on by sharing with others.

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Sourdough Starter

Sourdough is more alkaline than other bread, because of the fermentation process that kills off the anti-nutrient phytic acid. That means your body is able to absorb more of the minerals and vitamins naturally found in the bread. The fermentation process also releases antioxidants, increases folate levels, and the higher prebiotic levels make it easier to digest. It also breaks of gluten more than traditional yeast risers, making it easier on the stomach, and it has a lower glycemic index than regular bread, which means it is less likely to spike your blood sugar. With all that in mind, here is a great recipe for making your own sourdough bread, from our friends at the amazing Cultures For Health.

Black Bean Brownie Recipe

Enjoy healthy protein packed brownies and share! They won’t be able to tell they’re made with beans!

  • 1 ~ 15oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 ~ large eggs
  • 3 ~ Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 ~ tsp vanilla 5 ml
  • 1/4 ~ cup unsweetned cocoa powder ( or carob)
  • 2/3 ~ cup sweetner (we like to use monkfruit or xylitol)
  • 1/2 ~ tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 ~ tsp salt
  • 1/2 ~ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or carob chips)
  • Chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350* F (176 C). Puree black beans in a food processor. Add eggs, oil and vanilla and mix until evenly combined. In a separate bowl, combine and stir together the cocoa powder, sweetener, baking powder, and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry until thoroughly mixed. Lastly, fold in chocolate (or carob), chips and chopped nuts (if desired.) Grease a 9×9 inch pan. Pour in batter and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the edges are visibly cooked, and the center is toothpick-approved. Cool before cutting & Serving.

Herb Nerd

Ashwagandha Root Extract

An Ayurvedic herb. Includes alakaloids, choline, fatty acids, withanolides, and amino acids, which support a number of bodily systems. Ashwagandha (sometimes known as winter cherry), is an adaptogenic herb often used to promote calm, support cognitive health, and help protect a healthy immune system.

Dry Skin?

Mujonso Botanicals makes a wonderful colloidal oatmeal skin protectant moisturizing ointment, as well as a moisture wash & a moisture lotion! *Dimethicone-free

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