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Getting ready for Spring

Just let me say it one more time and I promise to stop…Spring is here!!!

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We can say goodbye to the cold dark winter, officially on the 28th of March when the clock springs forward. For about 2 weeks leading up to 28th March start putting your little ones to bed 15 minutes earlier. Do this slowly, shifting the time every 3 to 4 days. The aim is to move their body clocks so they are falling asleep an hour earlier than before. And just as importantly you will also need to wake your baby 15 minutes earlier in the morning! This will help to regulate their body clock and keep your plan on course. We always try to start our morning with a breath of fresh air, and it really helps. Light is the biggest influencing factor on our body clocks and the production of melatonin, so as soon as you can in the morning get the family outside into the daylight, this will help suppress the sleep hormone and wake your little ones up.

We all know that Spring symbolizes rebirth and can be an opportunity for you to change things in your life or awaken aspects that went dormant during the winter months. The fresh air and sunshine will inspire you to enjoy spring and anticipate summer.

What I found really helpful for my skin during this period is rice bran oil. For a couple of years now, I have been using only organic products and tried to move towards a holistic way of living. It has not been easy but I can definitely see the positive results. Rice bran oil extracted from the thin bran coating of brown rice has been around for centuries. Even today, it is extensively used in many Asian countries like Korea, China, Taiwan and Thailand for cooking, particularly in Japan where it is popularly known as the “Heart Oil” because of its many cardiovascular benefits. The benefits of rice bran oil however, are not limited to the heart. As researchers across the world are discovering, rice bran oil has many nutritive and curative properties that make it beneficial for our overall health. It absorbs really quickly into the skin when applied, which makes it perfect for toddlers (they do not get oil all over your walls). Also you can combine it with aloe-vera powder to form a mask, leave it on your face for 15-20 minutes and see the immediate results.

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Rice bran oil has been known as the beauty secret of East Asian women, and of Japanese, Korean women in particular. In these parts of the world, the oil not only used in cooking but also applied directly to the skin and hair as a beauty regime.

This is my number one beauty tip for beautiful Moms and babies, this Spring. Oh and also, for its skin care properties rice bran oil is also used as a sunscreen agent. 🙂

Ps. You can order the product from here.

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The Quinoa “fever”

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Quinoa is a highly nutritious food from South America which was
considered in the past , the Inca's Gold. Quinoa was considered sacred and was used by the Incas in their rituals ( because I am fascinated with the Inca culture, I had to write this).
Quinoa is a type of grain, rich in protein and amino-acids that can 
easily replace any type of cereal. Covered with saponin which gives the grains a bitter taste, it should be washed before cooking. What I consider very interesting is the fact that Quinoa can offer an important source of calcium for bones teeth and skin. This type of grain can be consumed by those who are allergic to wheat.


For today, we tried 2 recipes with this magic, sacred Quinoa.

The first one (for greedy toddlers) is, of course, for my daughter and as I could not help myself, I added a lot of green yummies... because it's cold and I miss Spring.

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For this, you will need:
- 1/2 leek or 1 spring onion
- 1 garlic clove
- a bunch of parsley leaves
- frozen peas (or fresh ones...yum)
- olive oil
-  1 cup Quinoa
For seasoning and garnishing you will need ~ lemon, yogurt, pink  Himalayan salt and any king of herbs, such as basil, rosemary, etc.~

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 Tip: try not to spill the quinoa
 (like myself), these little 
 ones will "dance" all over the 
 kitchen...
 they're unstoppable...really.  







You start by chopping the leek (or spring onion), garlic clove and the parsley leaves into small pieces. Heat the olive oil in a pot and add all the ingredients mentioned above. Cook for 2-3 minutes until they are softened After this, you can add the quinoa and the peas and cover with water. (I reckon you should use 2 cups of water). Leave on medium heat,for 15-20 minutes, until the quinoa starts sucking up the water.

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Then add the seasoning you want. 
For the seasoning I used a mix of condiments:          

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turmeric, sage, basil, oregano,
garlic powder, 
ginger powder and rosemary. 
You can purchase it online from the
www.pastaidevanilie.ro website (it's called FOOD BRAIN)
Also, I always add a bit of pink Himalayan salt  to my daughter's meals beacuse Himalayan salt contains the same 84 trace minerals and elements that are found in the human body, that alone is quite impressive...

When it's finished, serve in a bowl leave it to chill, add a spoon of yogurt on top (I used homemade yogurt) and a couple of dashes of lemon juice. Enjoy little ones!
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Tomorrow I will reveal the other Quinoa recipe...but this time, spicier,more colorful, more... for adults.
I'll give you sneak peek (pic) of it. 

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Until tomorrow...
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Bibusch loves Green

Ok, It’s official warm outside. It is not only the trees that are blooming or the flowers, all my vegetables in the garden are growing healthily. Leafy greens boast high amounts of iron and folate. While spinach is perhaps the best known of this group, there are many other varieties, including kale, chard, and collard greens. Brimming with folate, fiber, and calcium, broccoli is also known for its cancer-fighting properties, says dietitian Kate Geagan, author of Go Green, Get Lean. And thanks to its sulfur compounds, it has a unique flavor that can help expand your baby’s tastes.

Today for my little munchkin I chose the greenest lunch ever! So we can feel the Spring!!! I guarantee you after this recipe, your baby will not need Iron supplements .

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In March you have the nicest wild spinach, and the most aromatic parsley.  What you can see the upper picture is all bought from the local market. No additives I assure you. My favorite part of the year is definitely Spring. Everything is so fresh and tasty…

So for today’s 6mnths + baby recipe I am going to show you how to make what I call The Green Explosion:

  • Fresh Salad
  • Wild Spinach
  • Spring onion
  • Broccoli
  • Parsley
  • Olive Oil
  • Baby Bam Condiments.(Find it here:  http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html)

1. take the wild spinach (or you can you baby spinach) and wash it thoroughlyImage

 

2. Do the same with the Parsley and the Spring onion and brocolli.

3. In a cooking pan add a little extra virgin olive oil, the spring onion and the parsley. Stir for 2 minutes.

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4. Add the spinach, Salad leaves, the broccoli and enough water just to cover it.

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5. After boiled, and you can smash the broccoli with the fork just blend it and it is ready to Enjoy!

TIPS:

To give it a better taste I use Baby condiments. They contain sweet paprika, garlic, oregano, parley, basil, celery seeds. No salt or Sugar.

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I use it whenever I make my daughter vegetable mash. Order for yourselves at http://www.pastaidevanilie.ro/amestecuri-condimente/360-mix-condimente-pentru-copii.html

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Organic food fever

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It all started when I found this cookbook whilst being pregnant. It does not have recipes suitable for under 2yr old but it definitely has some yum healthy treats and ideas for us, mothers who want to raise our children without additives or any chemicals.

First of all, what is organic food?

Organic foods are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.[1] The organic farming movement arose in the 1940s in response to the industrialization of agriculture that became known in the 1960s as the Green Revolution. Organic food production is a heavily regulated industry, distinct from private gardening. Currently, the European Union, the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification in order to market food as organic within their borders. In the context of these regulations, organic food is food produced in a way that complies with organic standards set by national governments and international organizations.

Evidence on substantial differences between organic food and conventional food is insufficient to make claims that organic food is safer or healthier than conventional food. Claims that organic food tastes better are also not supported by evidence.

But when I say organic veggies or fruits I am referring to those bought from a market, or those picked from my own garden. here is widespread public belief, promoted by the organic food industry, that organic food is safer, more nutritious, and tastes better than conventional food. These beliefs have fueled increased demand for organic food despite higher prices and lack of scientific evidence. Image

~Our garden~

Now, when we go to a market we look for products that are seasonal. There is definitely no Kiwi fruit in March or no Cherries in February.  In this way you can pick your nice and healthy products from the local merchandisers. I always look after the people who have natural looking products, not after the stands that have shiny melon sized apples :). ImageImage Spot the difference.

You know something is strange when all the apples have the same shape, color and shine, but they are all tasteless. I prefer the ones that come in different shapes and sizes, the unique ones that have a wonderful taste. 🙂

For our organic recipe suitable for 6 months old babies here are the ingredients:

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2. 3 organic tomatoes

3.  2-3 fresh basil leaves

4. 2-3 drops of olive oil.

Boil water for the pasta. Do not add salt. Cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes (it depends on the brand, usually it is explained on the package.)

Peel the tomatoes and chop roughly. In a small cooking pot add the olive oil and then the tomatoes for 3-5 minutes.

When this is done, add the basil leaves and the boiled pasta to the tomato sauce.

Blend it and you are Done!ImageImage

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