Icy Pole Recipe

This is a guest post by Quigley Ashton.
Icy Pole Article

Nothing in the world is more refreshing than an icy pole on a hot humid day.

The weather this past week here in Australia has been so stifling and thick with humidity that even a dip in the sea wasn’t cooling down my internal thermostat.

After walking through the city streets, I went into a convenience store to buy a lemon icy pole.

Gluten?! In an icy pole? What?!!

Not to mention the lengthy words, explaining ingredients which are difficult on the tongue and very confusing on the brain. Especially a brain compromised by extreme heat.

That was it.

The moment that changed my world.

It is often said that wonderful learning comes from adversity.

Yes, we can all agree that finding gluten in my icy pole on a stifling hot day is not really an extreme adversity.
However, in that moment…
That one sweaty instance… I was not a happy chappess (is that a word?).

Bring back the homemade icy pole!

This recipe is so easy even I could make it (not to mention small children).

This recipe is so clever! Imagine how cool (ha ha) you will feel offering your friends a freshly made icy pole from your freezer.

And, most important, this recipe will free you from having to bring potato salad to a BBQ ever again (really, what more could you wish for!).

Icy Pole Recipe

  • Bits of sliced fruit
  • Juice of choice
  1. Slice bits of fruit and put them in your icy pole containers.
  2. I like to use anything we have on hand, really.
  3. Blueberries, strawberries, pineapple, mango…we have even used lemon! Very refreshing, indeed.
  4. Pour the juice in on top of your fruit.
  5. Feel free to water down the juice, if you want or need to.
  6. Or, freshly juice some of your own with any leftover fruit you may have in the fridge (apples and oranges work quite well). Sometimes we even use a bit of coconut water…… yum yum!
  7. Put your lid on top.
  8. Smile.
  9. Stick in freezer.
  10. Feel clever and proud.

You have just created a gift of real food for yourself, your friends and loved ones that will be enjoyed and appreciated.

You have just created a gift of real food that is free from crazy chemicals and incomprehensible ingredients.

You have just created a gift of real food that is yummy, refreshing and full of love.

Enjoy!

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Quigley Ashton has been making Happy ever since she can remember.
She spends her time homeschooling her four children whilst supporting others to find and love their own happy. When she’s not coaching, teaching or learning, she can often be found in the kitchen creating meaningful meals with real ingredients that are easy to make. But, she reckons that her truest talent is in eating. Which she does really well.
Quigley can be found at Happy Love Joy or posting regular love on Facebook or Instagram.

How to Find the Healthiest Plant Foods at the Market

This is a guest post by Jenny Prince.

mineralRichAs a longtime vegan turned real foodist, incorporating meat and dairy back into my diet has been a mental struggle. I still cling pretty tightly to that idea that I can satisfy my nutritional needs without disturbing other living creatures. Beans, grains, nuts, seeds, fruits and veggies are still my go-to daily fuel.

However, as a passionate food grower, I’m well aware that many plant foods just don’t stack up nutritionally. Not because they don’t have the potential to be healthy foods, but simply because they were raised without any real attention to their nutritional outcome. I say it’s high time we, as shoppers, figure out how to compare apples to apples, just so that we can always buy the healthier apple.

What if you had a sure-fire way to identify exactly which plant foods at market were the most nutrient-dense and mineral-rich?

No problem. I can totally help you do this.

Calling on all of my experiences as a lifelong gardener and organic soil analyst, I came up with an entirely simple way of finding these nutritional superstars – and it was inspired by pure, spooky fear. Like, horror movie-style.

My girl, proudly chomping on some spinal column

My girl, proudly chomping on some spinal column

My scary story, like all good scary stories, is based on real-life events. I didn’t have a close call with a disease or spend any time in the hospital, but it was definitely a nutritional nightmare.

For three years, I kept finding body parts.

My dog and I take a lot of long walks; we visit about 6 different trails within 40 minutes of home. Over the past few years, I‘ve started to notice bones hanging from the trees everywhere we go. Big, long animal bones, usually still connected (as in femur-kneecap-tibia). I was starting to get pretty creeped out.

Finally, I decided to consult some experts about these bones. Posting in a Real Foods Facebook forum, I asked my most outdoorsy friends:
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I figured one of these mountain-dwelling brewers, dairy farmers, scientists, chefs, or organic gardeners would know. And guess what? Seemed like everybody knew but me. Multiple replies confirmed this magical forest tradition:

Hunters return the bones of animals to the forest to decompose. They do this just to keep the soil system rich in minerals.

Why do they care about the soil system? Because they care deeply about plant foods.

Because hunters know that removing minerals (bones) from the forest puts the entire soil system in jeopardy, they also realize that it puts the deer population at risk. If the forest is not able to produce mineral-rich plant foods, then there won’t be any deer left to hunt.

The creepy truth is that:

Plant foods cannot sustain life unless they are mineral-rich.

Now you probably see why I got myself so worked up, huh?

So, what’s the easiest way for a health-minded shopper to source mineral-rich plant foods?

Find a veggie vendor at the farmers market who also sells eggs. Really.

Then you’ll know that your veggies were grown alongside chickens and their shells (remember: animal, vegetable, mineral!). If you can’t get to a farmers market, then ask someone at the health food store if they stock produce from any ‘diversified’ farms.

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Diversified farming incorporates animals and vegetables together, in efforts to keep a healthy soil system. Generally speaking, the vegetables grown on diversified farms alongisde animals are often richer in minerals than other options.

Have you found a good source of high quality vegetables in your area? What makes you feel good about buying your veggies there?

smJennyJenny Prince is a professional vegetable gardener and soil mineralizer,
as well as the author of Eat Like a Farm Girl: 3-Ingredient Plant-Based Recipes.
She shares her love for all things vegetable at jennygrows.com

Why Eat Fruit?

This is a guest post by Angelina Ignatova and she answers “why eat fruit”.

Maybe you’re just not a fruit person, or you’re wondering why eat fruit when you’re not sure you’re even eating enough vegetables? We’ll address both why eating fruit is important, but also how to eat fruit at the right time to avoid the side effects.

Why eat fruit?

Why do we eat food? It’s a rhetorical question, isn’t it? One can say it’s in order to survive and this would be almost right. Let’s close our eyes to the fact of breatharians’ (prana eaters) existence and move the attention to the delightful world of healthy food.

The most important aspect of a daily diet composition is nutrition – and why eat fruit is precisely because fruit is a big part of this rich palette of choices, called a healthy eating pyramid. Scientists say that if you eat at least five servings of fruit and vegetables a day you may lose weight and also keep the right blood sugar level.

So let’s first understand how our digestion works during the day. When we swallow food, the first stop is our stomach. The gastric juice, containing a small amount of acid, starts to transform the food into the perfect consistency for the next step.

This is a very important part of the process; when a delicious apple or a nut cluster turns into a “smoothie”, because only in this form can all the nutrients be easily absorbed by our intestine.

Imagine that you ate, say, two pieces of toast and some fruit. When the fruit is ready to move to the intestine, the bread (which is more difficult to digest) blocks it and restrains it from moving on.

Gastric juice continues to digest the bread, while the fruit also continues to react with the acid and the mixture “fizzes” even more than it should.

That’s why sometimes when a person eats fruit after a meal they experience bloating, belching and a feeling of heaviness. Fruit is a rich source of fructose, vitamins and fiber. If you eat them properly, they will significantly benefit your body.

Why eat fruit if you’re not eating it at the right times?

Here are some tips to help you take full advantage of fruit:

Do not eat fruit when your stomach is full! You can do it at any time, but not after a meal.

After you eat some fruit, wait about 30 minutes before you eat anything else.

The best time to eat fruit is before the afternoon. They gradually increase the blood sugar level and awake the digestive system after night.

Why eat fruit when you’ll get a stomach ache? Try not to eat fruit with foods that are hard to digest.

Bananas and avocados are very heavy, so it’s better not to eat them in the evening. Take a banana or an avocado salad as an afternoon meal when the digestive system is ready for it.

If possible, prefer fresh fruit to frozen and canned ones because the processed fruit contain lots of sugar and, most likely, artificial preservatives, thus losing most of their nutritional value.

Why eat fruit?
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If you used to eat fruit as a dessert and then suffered from unexplained stomach-ache, try to follow this advice and see what happens. You can also find more healthy eating tips and information on this site – http://www.eatinghealthy.org. Stay fit and nature-friendly and don’t forget to wash all the fruits and veggies before enjoying them!

Angelina is a vegetarian and a yoga addicted writer from Aliso Viejo, CA. Her biggest goal is to make everybody be healthy and live happily. Follow her on Twitter at @_eatinghealthy and get more tips that answer why eat fruit!