Mama Baron (Lena) is not a doctor! Any and all advise shared on this website should never replace that of a Medical Doctor.
However, Mama Baron is currently studying with
The Global College of Natural Medicine in their Holistic Health Practitioner program.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Hummus and Whole Wheat Pita Bread

This is not a new idea! But it is a fast and healthy idea for a quick lunch or snack.

Hummus and Whole Wheat Pita Bread

We scoop a few flavors of Hummus on our plate and break up whole wheat pita bread or simply tortillas, dip, and eat. Talk about Easy! Our preschooler even enjoys this. He likes to make shapes with the tortillas and then scoop up the hummus himself.

Hummus is made out of Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas.) They are pureed and mixed with oils and other ingredients to make a very healthy and tasty food.
We enjoy the Athenos brand of Hummus. They have several flavors to choose from.

Roasted Red Pepper

Hummus is a very healthy food. Chickpeas are filled with nutrients like fiber, protein, magnesium, and iron. All of these things can help lower cholesterol and the risk of heart attacks. Iron can energize the body and unlike red meat, chickpeas are low in saturated fats and calories. You can also keep your blood sugar levels balanced by eating Hummus. These are just a few of the great nutrients that you'll find in Hummus. Perhaps the best part is that it tastes Great!


Cranberry Syrup

I created this syrup recipe to go with our Cranberry Buttermilk Almond Waffles recipe. It is delicious and VERY Easy!!

Cranberry Syrup

3/4 cup Maple Syrup
1/4 cup Cranberry Juice (pure, not cocktail)

Mix together and serve (warm or cold)


Cranberry Buttermilk Almond Waffles

This is a recipe I created to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary. The waffles will turn a bit red/purple and they taste delicious! Especially if you use the Cranberry Syrup with them.

Cranberry Buttermilk Almond Waffles

*1 Cup Milk
*1 Cup Cranberry Juice (Pure Cranberry Juice, not cocktail)
2 Eggs
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Honey (raw, uncooked)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon clove
3/4 cup chopped Raw Almonds (non-salted, non-roasted)

*This recipe needs 2 cups of liquid. You can use less cranberry juice and more milk. Combining the milk and the cranberry will sour the milk (making buttermilk.)

Combine milk and cranberry juice in a large mixing bowl. Separate egg whites from the yokes. Add yokes to large mixing bowl. Beat egg whites in a separate bowl until stiff and set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a small bowl. Mix all wet ingredients (except egg whites) in large mixing bowl. Fold in dry ingredients with wet ingredients in large mixing bowl (Mixture may froth due to cranberry juice and baking soda mixing. It is not a problem.) Fold in Egg Whites.

This recipe has many great nutrients that can boost your immune system (Cranberry, Olive oil, honey, and cloves.)


Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cranberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles

This is a recipe that I created to help my son sooth his sore throat and nourish his body while using prescription antibiotics. We all Loved Them!!

Cranberry Vanilla Yogurt Popsicles
Approximately 10 Popsicles

2 cups All Natural Organic Vanilla Yogurt
1 cup Pure Organic Cranberry Juice (not Cocktail, Pure Cranberry Juice)
2-3 Tablespoons Honey

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and pour into Popsicle molds. Place in the freezer. Serve when frozen.

You never need to worry when you make these Popsicles if your child wants more then one at a time. You can use any kind of juice, just make sure it is in a pure form. The probiotic cultures in the yogurt is very helpful when you are using prescription antibiotics. They will help replace the good bacteria that is eliminated by the antibiotic. If you're looking for a juice to help with a virus or bacterial infection I recommend cranberry, grapefruit, lemon, or coconut. If you're concerned about the sour or bitter flavor of the juice, use more vanilla yogurt and honey. This will sweeten it up.

Clove Broth Soup: Sooths A Sore Throat

This is a soup recipe that I created this week for a severe sore throat that my son and I had. I needed some type of natural pain relief in the form of a soothing food source. I also wanted to use antiviral and antibacterial nutrients as well.

This soup was not only soothing with it's taste, but the smell was just as comforting. The flavor is a sweet and salty flavor. The clove has a very slight numbing effect on the tongue. But I was thrilled by this because I had sores on my tongue and throat. The soup took the edge off my sore throat for about a half hour or so. I'm sure the healing agents helped even longer.

Clove Broth Soup
Approximately (8) 1 Cup Servings

2 14.5 oz. cans Chicken Broth (not low sodium)
1 large Chicken Breast (boiled in the broth and cut with kitchen shears when cooked through)
3 medium Garlic Cloves (pressed), 4 Garlic Cloves if minced (chopped)
1 Red Onion (sliced and chopped)
3/4 -1 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 teaspoon Organic Natural Season Salt (with Sea Salt)
1 14 oz. can Organic Wild Rice
2 handfuls Broccoli Florets
2 Tablespoons Honey

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan following the order set out above. Boil the chicken in the broth until cooked thoroughly. Add all other ingredients except Honey and bring down to medium heat (just under a boil, like you're steeping tea). Cook for up to 10 minutes.
Take from heat and add honey. Stir together and serve.

Healing agents abound within this soup. Chicken broth has both salt and vitamin B's. Garlic and Onion are both antiviral and antibacterial. They are also great sinus decongestants. Cloves are an antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic and a mild anesthetic effect. Honey also has antibacterial nutrients.

Do not overcook this soup! You want to keep as many of the nutrients active as much as possible. Try not to microwave this soup if you are heating up leftovers. Try to keep it as health filled as possible.

Enjoy! Visit this wonderful website to learn more about these healthy soup ingredients:
The World's Healthiest Foods.

Welcome To Healthy Mama's Kitchen

Welcome to Healthy Mama's Kitchen! I am a young(ish) wife, and a mother of a preschooler and a new baby. This is where I will share my menu ideas and thoughts about how to feed a family in a way that is Easy, and Healthy.

My goals when I make a meal are number one, to make it healthy and well rounded. Number two, to use the least amount of dishes as possible (I don't have a dishwasher.:)

We live in a very small town with little selection for groceries, and we live on a tight budget. So, chances are, you can relate to our story in one way or another.

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