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Baby’s Sweet Pea Puree (First Bites)

Homemade pea puree should be bright green, unlike the drab-colored jarred versions available at the supermarket.  To help the peas retain their vibrant color, do not overcook them.  Frozen peas are the next best thing to fresh spring peas:  they’re available year-round, and they will save you the time and effort of shelling them.

Ingredients

2 cups (10 oz) peas, fresh or frozen

  •  Bring 1 inch water to a boil in a pot.  Put peas in a steamer basket, set in pot, cover tightly, and steam until bright green and tender enough to mash easily with a for, 5-7 minutes for fresh or hard frozen peas and 3 minutes for thawed frozen.  Remove basket from pot, reserving cooking liquid.  Rinse peas under running cold water to stop the cooking.
  • Puree peas in a food processor or blender until smooth.  Add cooking liquid, breast milk, or formula to thin pea puree to a consistency that you baby can handle.

To store….refrigerate cooled pea puree in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or fill ice-cube trays or other containers to freeze for up to 3 months.

**If your baby suffers from gassiness or colic, these foods might worsen the problem:

  •  beans
  •   peas
  •   lentils
  •   broccoli
  •   cabbage
  •   cauliflower
  •   cow’s milk
  •   cucumber
  •   onion

Thank you Lisa Barnes and your book Cooking for Baby, for this recipe!

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Rice Cereal for Babies! (First Bites)

Since I am a new grandma with a beautiful baby boy approaching 6 months of age, I would love for him to get the best nutrition he can get.  I have some amazing books, and will share recipes and info so that you can learn along with us!  So fun to see their expressions when they experience new things….especially food!  This first recipe is rice cereal!  Whole-grain brown rice retains the hull, which is removed to make white rice.  The hull not only gives the rice its warm brown color, but also makes it more nutritious and flavorful than its white counterpart.

Ingredients

1/4 cup brown rice

(this makes 1 cup)

  •  Put rice in a blender and pulverize into a powder, 3-5 minutes on medium to high speed.
  •   Bring 1 cup water to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Add brown rice powder and reduce heat to low.  Cook, whisking constantly, until water is absorbed, 4-5 minutes.
  •   Add water, breast milk, or formula to thin the cereal to a consistency your baby can handle.  As baby gets older and tries more foods, combine rice cereal with fruit or vegetable purees.

Notes… Commercially prepared baby rice cereal is usually fortified with added iron.  If you prepare rice cereal at home, discuss your baby’s iron needs with you pediatrician.  Young babies can get iron from a range of foods, including breast milk, formula, meat, poultry, prunes, and dried apricots.  To store, refrigerate cooled cereal in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or fill ice-cube trays or other containers to freeze for up to 3 months.

Thank you Lisa Barnes for this recipe.  Great book Cooking for Baby.

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Homemade Play Doh!!

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This is a perfect stocking stuffer! A perfect gift that will keep those excited hands busy all day. The possibilities are endless!

Homemade Play Doh recipe

1 C water

1 T Vegetable Oil

1/2 C Salt

1 T Cream of Tartar

1 C Flour

Food Coloring

1) combine water, oil, salt, cream of tartar, and desired food coloring in a saucepan and heat until warm.

2) remove from heat and add flour

3) stir, then kneed until smooth.

4) add 8 drops of desired améo essential oils. For Christmas smells we recommend peppermint, cinnamon, pro shield, balsam fir, spruce, orange.

5) You can add glitter to add some extra fun! Tie it with a cookie cutter and a cute bow.

Print your Label here.

(*Tip the cream of tartar makes this dough last 6 months or longer so resist the temptation to omit this ingredient if you don’t have it on hand. Store this dough in an airtight container or a ziplock freezer bag.)

www.Zijainternational.com/ameo-essential-oils

Thank you My Pure Oil for this fun recipe!

xoxoxoxo

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Pregnancy Do’s & Don’ts!

Pregnancy Do’s & Don’ts!
Creating a NEW HUMAN BEING! It’s about the most amazing thing one can do! Learn how to enjoy those nine months with less pain, less discomfort, and a lot more empowerment, by doing it with Améo!

Watch this short video for some great tips!

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Give Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

The Body is amazing!  Given the right tools, it can heal itself in most cases!  The more and more info I see and read about Moringa Oleifera,  it is truly an amazing super-food!  It can actually help the body to heal itself in many ways.  Do something good for your body, eat plenty of dark, leafy greens…. make sure to hydrate!  Water is so important to your system. Also… get off the couch and get some exercise!  Even if it is just walking around your neighborhood.  And, add Moringa Oleifera to your daily routine…why wouldn’t you?!  Do your own research.  This is a great article on Moringa!!

For many centuries Moringa Oleifera was used in traditional medicine, such as the “Ayurveda”, as a treatment Arthritis and Gout. It was believed that Moringa Leaf Powder reduce inflammations and pain caused by these conditions.
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In 2008 the Faculty of Medicine Health Sciences of the Putra University in Malaysia, published a research aimed to test if Moringa poses any Antinociceptive and Anti-Inflammatory activities, the same activities achieved by the drugs used in modern medicine such as NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The research found that the Moringa leaves posses substances that have antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activitie; in fact they found that it has high quantities of these substances. This means that Moringa Oleifera use in Indian traditional medicine as a treatment for Arthritis and Gout.
 
The effects of the Moringa is suppressing the COX-2 enzyme. This enzyme is responsible for inflammation processes and pain. Usually the drugs used to suppress this enzyme are NSAID such as Voltaren, Nksin, Adoil, ARCOXIA, Kaspo etc. The side effects of these products include risk for stroke, kidney problems, blood vessels problems, stomach problems and the list goes on.
 
Elevated Blood Pressure
 
Blood pressure tends to rise with age. Following a healthy lifestyle helps some people delay or prevent this rise in blood pressure.  Click here to read more!
For info on why Zija’s Moringa Oleifera is the one to choose, contact me… www.food4thoughtwellness.com ….I can also save you 25% if that is something you are interested in.
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You’re in Charge of YOU!

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Be Prepared When You Travel

AMÉO LIVING SERIES: ESSENTIAL OILS FOR TRAVELING

The following is one in a series of practical Améo Essential Oil uses from healthy lifestyle expert Karen A. Jensen

Time to hit the road! Just remember that as you travel a few things can make your trip memorable in several ways. Your wellbeing might be enhanced with the use of items such as Ameo Aroma Necklace, Aerify Diffuser, Beadlets, even a cotton hanky onto which one can place oils such as Gest Calm – a terrific aid for travel tummies. Peppermint and Life Unlimited can help you keep up with vacation schedules.  Think about keeping Pure Tranquility, in your travel bags to maintain that mellow and laid-back attitude. Soothing Air can make sure the dry airplane atmosphere remains a non-factor as you travel.

Recently my husband and I traveled to India. It was an amazing trip and in order to make sure we were able to enjoy every moment, oils such as Proshield were diffused, placed on face cloths and taken internally. Ameo Hand Purifier is easy to carry and actually makes hands feel softer and more pleasant than other such products.

If your trip includes roller coasters you might consider the Cooling Mint beadlets, just place one between lip and gum then board the ride certain that your stomach stays where it belongs. The use of Muscle Rub may also be a good idea for those sporting trips, even to work into the feet when heading to the ski slopes.

Remember that any of the citrus oils – Lemon, Tangerine, Orange or Bergamot, can be added to drink bottles. Simply add the oil to the powdered SuperMix or SmartMix, work in well then add water and shake vigorously. A drop on a slice of fruit or spritzed from your 4mil sprayer onto salad can keep you functioning at top levels.

Sometimes the stresses of travel can result in blisters that make you feel awkward and uncomfortable. A combination of equal parts Black Pepper, Sweet Fennel and Copiaba can make a difference. This is also a great blend to add to your Zija Oil for dry or problematic skin. Of course AGX Skin is one of my favorites for addition to fractionated coconut oil and use in massage.

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Happy 4th of July!!!

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a beauteous and safe 4th of July!  Enjoy!

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