Great deals on Nut and Seed Flours
Great news! If you use this link for your Nuts.com flour orders I can a little percentage that enables me to buy flours to experiment and make more great recipes! So stock up on one of these great “Maria Approved” flours:
Almond Flour (I buy the 25-pound bag and keep extra in the freezer, only $4.29 a pound!)
OR Pumpkin seed flour
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How often do your children get sick? For a lot of parents, it can seem like your kid is always sniffling from one runny nose to another. If you’ve ever wondered why your kid can’t seem to stay healthy for an extended period of time, don’t blame it on the “other” kids at school or just accept it as the way things are. The sympathetic nervous system is our “fight or flight” response. High carbohydrate diets stimulate the sympathetic nervous system to release a stress hormone called cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the immune system; when we feed our cells tons of sugar half of them fall asleep, and this leaves the body very vulnerable to things like the common cold.
Good gut bacteria are the immune-building microorganisms present in the digestive tract. There are millions of different strains of bacteria that inhabit different portions of your child’s digestive tract, ranging from beneficial to damaging. The key to building your child’s immune system is to create an environment where beneficial bacteria thrive.
Kids Need Probiotics To Be Healthy
1. Good bacteria prevents infection while they are growing. Good bacteria will compete with the bad so when your child is exposed to illnesses 24/7 it won’t allow them to enter and colonize.
2. Good bacteria produce natural anti-pathogenic “worker-bees” that prevent bad bacteria from reproducing. Lactic acid is just one type of bacteria that is produced by LACTOBACILLI strains. Lactic acid inhibits the cell division of harmful bacteria. Lactic acid works hard in your child’s stomach and intestines, killing the growth of bad bacteria wherever they enter.
3. Good bacteria produce B vitamins that are required for a healthy immune system. Vitamin B-12 is essential for the metabolism of every cell in our body, including the immune system. If you have a large number of good bacteria in your stomach, you will be able to absorb vitamins, minerals, and a whole host of other nutrients.
4. Good bacteria detox chemicals that you and your children inhale every day. These helpful bacteria also break down some of the artificial colors, nitrates, and preservatives that are in all food products marketed to kids.
5. Good bacteria reduces and in some cases, eliminates allergic reactions to food and airborne allergens.
Here are the warning signs of a bacterial imbalance.
1. Sugar and Carbohydrate Cravings
2. Inability to concentrate, tired, irritability
3. Food Allergies and Sensitivities
4. Diarrhea or constipation
5. Bad breath
6. Skin issues; acne or eczema
Things that can cause low good gut bacteria:
1. Fluoride in toothpaste or chlorine in drinking water.
2. Acidic beverages, like coffee, tea, dairy, and fruit juices.
3. Sugar; which is everywhere! It is now added to the baby formula!
4. Food additives and preservatives.
6. Pesticides and synthetic fertilizers; this is why organic is so important. Check out the “Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15.”
CLICK HERE TO FIND KIDS SUPPLEMENTS and PROBIOTICS. Skip the flu shot and use natural ways to boost the immune system.
1/2 cup butter or coconut oil
1/4 cup Swerve confectioners (or equivalent natural sweetener)
1 cup peanut flour or blanched almond flour
1/4 cup vanilla egg white or whey protein
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
6 oz milk or dark ChocoPerfection Bar, chopped and melted
3 oz cream cheese or coconut cream, at room temperature
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix softened butter with sweetener and vanilla. Mix peanut/almond flour with baking powder and whey. Slowly mix the wet ingredients with the dry. Roll into a ball and refrigerate until ready to roll out.
FILLING: In a medium bowl, mix the cream cheese with melted chocolate. Use to fill cookies.
Remove dough from fridge. Grease 2 pieces of parchment paper, roll the dough out in between the parchment until 1/8 inch thick. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into 2 by 2-inch squares. Place one square on the cookie sheet, add a TBS or so of filling on the square. Top the filled square with another square. Using a fork, press down to make small indents to hold the 2 cookie squares together. Repeat with squares; placing them about 1 inch apart on a baking sheet. Bake for 9 minutes at 350 degrees. Makes 12 servings.
NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving)
Traditional Ravioli Cookies = 250 calories, 14g fat, 3g protein, 28 carbs, 0.8g fiber
“Healthified” Ravioli (with Peanut flour) = 191 calories, 17g fat, 7g protein, 6.5 carbs, 3.2g fiber
“Healthified” Ravioli (with almond flour)= 231 calories, 22g fat, 6.4g protein, 6.8 carbs, 3.4g fiber
Testimony of the Day
“Hi Maria, You have been helping me get my life back by getting healthy. My main request was to help me get pregnant. Since starting your way less than 3 months ago I have lost 31 pounds and am off all my autoimmune disease medications. And today, I can tell you that I found out I am expecting. I am only a few weeks along and so I can’t share with everyone yet but I owe you my gratitude. After a year-long emotional journey, your way restored my body back to health.” Carrie
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Dawn looks amazing too!