Three Ways To Warm Up

As I sit at my dining room table watching the sunlight dance on the snow, I am looking forward to warming up my body. My first simple and refreshing way is to drink a cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Another favorite flavored water is cinnamon, which is very easy to do by putting an inch of cinnamon stick into  boiling water. Turn off the stove and let steep for 10 minutes. Sometimes I replace cinnamon with 1 teaspoon of sliced ginger or turmeric. I enjoy these flavored waters when I wake or after a walk in nature which is the second way I like to warm up. My third way is be giving, whether it is a smile or a donation to a cause. Have  you heard that when you give it helps your immune system? Which creates a win/win approach.


Are you ready to warm up from the inside by giving to a worthy cause? The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo is providing you an opportunity to help others and yourself. On Saturday, 40% of each $5 fee for the March 21 gluten free , dairy free and egg free cookie class will be donated to the Kalamazoo gospel mission. That is right. The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate $1 dollar and Vicky Mitchell will donate $1 of the fee to the Gospel mission. In addition, The Natural Health Center Of Kalamazoo will donate 5% of sales on March 21 to this non profit organization. You can feel the healing joy of giving by stopping by and donating needed items at the Kalamazoo Gospel Mission table at the Natural Health Center of Kalamazoo on Saturday March 21.


You may be wondering what The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission is. For over 80 years this non profit organization has supported the community. Not only do they provide the critical needs of food and shelter, their long-term discipleship programs help men and women change the behaviors that lead to homelessness.


Thanksgiving Is Here, and Pumpkin Pudding Recipe

Wow it is November! When I think of November, I become thankful for all my blessings. Thank you, all of my readers and people who have come to my cooking demos. I am grateful for everything I have, including my love of learning and cooking.


I also equate November with Thanksgiving and all the delicious foods and aromas of a holiday feast. In our family, pumpkin pie completes our Thanksgiving celebration. This year, I wanted to learn more about pumpkin.


Did you know that pumpkins are nutritional powerhouses full of fiber, vitamins , minerals and antioxidants? Vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenoids, copper, calcium, and potassium are just a few of the nutrients in pumpkins.
I encourage you to add pumpkins, a fall powerhouse, to your diet by trying new pumpkin recipes.


No Cook Pumpkin Nut/Seed Butter Pudding

½ cup of nuts/seed butter
1 can of pumpkin puree
Pinch of sea salt
1 ½ teaspoons of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of vanilla
1/8 teaspoon of lime juice
2 tablespoons of maple syrup

Mix all ingredients together. Chill and serve.

Can roll into balls or put into single serving containers and put in the freezer for a frozen treat.

Can add 2 cups of broth and 1 cup of cooked ham. Warm up and eat as soup.


Happy Holidays And A Holiday Soup Recipe

I use all my senses to enjoy the holiday season. Even though I am 54, when I see the lights and holiday decorations, hear the music and prayers, feel the joy while hugging loved ones and friends, and smell and taste the food of the season I am transported back in time to experience the magic of this season that is about love and sharing. I feel blessed to have been able to share my tips with you and I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year.


Some of the smells and tastes I think of are cinnamon, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. During my last class at the The Natural Health Food Center Of Kalamazoo I made a dessert beverage with sweet potatoes,pumpkin, and cinnamon. I mention that you could easily change it into a soup.  Nancy requested that I give a recipe for this soup in my newsletter. Thank you Nancy for this great idea. Remember my recipes are just guidelines and that I am a hyper taster, so adjust the seasoning to your taste by making the recipe and tasting it. If you want a bolder flavor, slowly add more herbs and spices.


Apple Pumpkin Drink

1 15 oz can of sweet potato purée
1 15 oz can of pumpkin purée
2 cinnamon sticks
2  32 oz. jars of apple juice

Place all the ingredients into a crockpot and mix well. Turn crockpot on low and heat until warm.

You can change this into a soup by replacing the 2 jars of apple juice with 4 cups of your favorite broth. It is  half the liquid to make a thick and smooth soup base. Add 2 cups of your meat and or beans and 1 cup of leafy green vegetable.  Now think of the seasonings you like to eat with items in the soup. I think ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and cumin. Place all the items in a pot and mix well. Cook over medium heat until warm. Below is the recipe


Holiday Soup

1 15 oz. can of sweet potato purée
1 15 oz. can of pumpkin purée
4 cups of broth
2 cups of cooked meat or beans
1 cup of washed and chopped leafy green vegetable
Pinch of sea salt
¼ teaspoon of turmeric
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
½ teaspoon of ginger
½ teaspoon of cumin

Place all the ingredients in a pot and mix well. Heat over medium heat until warm.

Have a great holiday season.


New Years Resolution Recipe

One common New Years tradition is to make a resolution. Have you ever wondered what is the key to making, attaining and maintaining one? Often we forget to include our motive. Are we doing it out of self-love or fear? If I do out of fear it will start off a fight or flight state. This is a helpful for short-term survival situations against enemies but not healthy in the long termed because it reduces digestion, increase cortisol and insulin and makes all your body’s system work in over drive and stress. For example, my New Year resolution will be drinking at least 64 oz. of water everyday. I am motived to love myself enough to give myself the gift of proper hydration. Notice the difference from: I have to drink water so I don’t get sick.


Below is my official New Years Resolution Recipe:


New Years Resolution Recipe

  1. One measureable and attainable goal.
  2. Understand why you want you want this goal and make it positive out of self love.
  3. Goal broken down into clearly defined action steps.
  4. Review your progress and make necessary adjustment to action steps.
  5. Acknowledge all successes.
  6. Celebrate achieving your goal.
  7. Continue the habit.

May you achieve all your goals in the New Year.

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