NOURISHING OUR CHILDREN | Healthy Snacks and Why | February – March 2015

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Power Smoothie


  • 4 cups kefir
  • 1/2 cup raw cultured cream
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cold-pressed flax oil
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup raspberries or other frozen fruits
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


Mix well in a blender. Serves 4.

This nutrient-dense smoothie is full of fat-soluble vitamins, enzymes, probiotics, and omega 3s. Remember using organic ingredients whenever possible insures you to get the most nutrition for your children.



French Stew


  • 300 g pork neck
  • 300 g lamb shoulder
  • 300 g beef brisket
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 3 cloves of garlic, sliced
  • 800 g potatoes
  • 300 g carrots
  • 3 leek
  • 1 onion
  • sea salt, pepper
  • 2 cups white wine


Cube all meat into bite-size pieces. Cover with beef broth, add sliced garlic, and leave over night. Place into a crock pot layers of meat, sliced potatoes, carrots, leek, and onion, adding salt and pepper to taste. Add the wine and top up with beef broth to cover 2/3 of the crock pot. Cook on low for 8 hours. Serves 6-8. Enjoy.

When the French farm women went to work in the fields in the morning they would bring their casseroles to the local baker as he was finished with his bread making for the day. They used to put a bead of bread dough around the lid to keep the juices in and the baker’s snitching fingers out.



Why caffeine-containing beverages rob our children (and us) of proper brain functions. A cup of coffee contains about 80 milligrams of caffeine and a cup of tea or soda has about 50 milligrams. Caffeine further dehydrates the body by 40%, meaning a person will pass 1.4 cups of urine after consuming 1 cup of caffeine beverage. Caffeine inhibits brain enzyme PDE (phosphodiesterase), which is essential for learning and memory development.

In his book, “Water for Health, for Healing, for Life,” Dr Batmanghelidj suggests caffeine may cause ADD and delayed brain response, hence exhaustion and irritation in young children who consume too much soda. Adding artificial sweetener to the soda (especially if it is Aspartame) throws another detrimental affect on the brain, says Dr Batmanghelidj, also claiming that, too frequently used, Aspartame can cause increased brain tumours, seizures, and eye problems. It has been shown that people who consume artificial sweeteners seek food and eat again within 90 minutes after the intake of the sweetener, resulting in weight gain and high risk of diabetes. On average, 64 gallons of sodas per person per year is consumed. Largely (sadly) our children are all part of this.

Spare our children from diabetes and ADD by simply giving them more water and limiting their soda intake. Water increases energy and is a better pick-me-up than anything you can imagine.

Water is important but so is salt—good quality sea salt; not the white table salt.

Salt is an essential ingredient of the body. In their order of importance, oxygen, water, salt, and potassium are the primary elements for the survival of the human body. Salt is absolutely vital for making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are the result of salt and water shortage in the body. Twenty-seven per cent of the bone structure is salt. Salt acts as a natural sleeping medication. You need water and salt to flush toxins out of the cells; otherwise, the body becomes acidic and makes room for many diseases to take over. Cancer will establish best in an acidic body. A good salt/water balance will keep your body alkaline. An acidic environment will also make room to change the DNA. Salt is also important for balancing blood sugar and proper absorption of essential minerals. A low salt diet will eventually cause mineral deficiency in the body. If you feel tired, flushed, irritable, anxious, dejected, depressed, inadequate, heavy headed, or have cravings you are dehydrated. Also, dizziness and feeling faint might be indicators of salt and water shortage in the body. If such occasions arise, you should also begin to increase your vitamin and mineral intake, including vegetables and fruits for their water-soluble vitamin and mineral content.

As a rule of thumb for daily salt intake: for every ten glasses of water (about two quarts), one should add to the diet about half a teaspoon of salt per day. An average teaspoon can contain six grams of salt.



GET RID OF: Caffeine-containing beverages.

REPLACE WITH: Choose to drink water instead; water increases energy, increases learning abilities and memory, flushes out toxins, and boosts the immune system. (



Brought to you by Jasmin Schellenberg.

Inspired by and resourced from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s books and


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