ATV accident

This is a photo of me, my son Tennyson, and Citori and Jordan, the children of my friend Brent who is taking the photo. We were at the top of a mountain we had just climbed near Ephraim, Utah.

The picture was taken just a few minutes before I flipped the ATV I was driving with Tori on the back. I was taken off the mountain in a jeep and seen at the E.R. for a bruised kidney, sacral bone bruise, and concussion. I am very thankful to have no broken bones, because I remain in a tremendous amount of pain and spent the past 36 hours in bed after getting home from the hospital.

I tell you this story in the hopes that you WEAR A HELMET. I’m the one in the photo with the yellow helmet. You’ll notice that Brent’s family doesn’t wear helmets and I’m so thankful that Tori walked away from the accident with just a sore leg and foot where the 4-wheeler landed on her. (Jordan and Brent quickly got the machine off, which was spilling gasoline onto us.)

Brent took Tennyson to his games, took me to the hospital, sent flowers, and texted me this morning that he went home and cried because he couldn’t get the image out of his mind of me flying off the 4-wheeler, and lying in the dirt, and he felt responsible. Of course I could have said no to the proposal we go down a steep little ravine, and maybe things might have gone better if I didn’t run over that 4′ pine tree.

But if I got a concussion wearing a helmet, what would have happened if I didn’t?

Happy Father’s Day to all the men who provide for and love their children.

Tomorrow I’ll have some great recipes to use your early garden produce, from Michelle.

this post is so NOT timely (hot cocoa in JUNE?!)

Nobody really wants to read a healthy hot cocoa recipe in June, huh. I’ll have more appropriate spring garden recipes for you Sunday.

But I went for a bike ride at 7:45 p.m. up the canyon. My friend Jennie kept griping about the next steep hill: “I thought you said this was the last one!” It’s my favorite ride, 10 miles up and 10 miles back, so beautiful it takes my breath away.

Somehow I didn’t think about how cold it would be, in my t-shirt and shorts, flying down the canyon at 35 mph. I was so frozen when I got to the bottom that I raced home, made this hot cocoa, and got in a steaming hot bath with it:

BUTTERSCOTCH HOT COCOA

1 cup hot water

2 Tbsp. coconut palm sugar

1 heaping Tbsp. non-alkalized unsweetened cocoa

1 heaping Tbsp. coconut milk powder

¼ tsp. butterscotch flavoring (Frontier brand, no alcohol)

Whiz all in the blender, pour into a mug, and enjoy!

I love Idaho Falls . . . part 3 of 3

I’ve been emailed by 12 Steps to Whole Foods support groups all over the U.S., who meet monthly and make the recipes and share ideas and love and encouragement.

But in Idaho Falls, I went to have lunch with one such group, led by the indomitable Michele, who is amazing and so honest and genuine….and makes the most incredible “cheesecake.” The “advanced” group members, Mandy and Danna, each came with a LIST of questions, hehe. Bring it on. I love overachievers and list-makers.

The theme of their 12 Steps group this month seems to be Chapter 8, especially featuring KEFIR. That step is so important, and when we started doing homemade yogurt 14 years ago, everyone in my family stopped getting sick. Maybe a little thing here and there that lasts a day, but never anything requiring an antibiotic, or going deep into the lungs, or causing stagnant yellow or green mucous.

I always make my kids whole-milk kefir, and I make myself coconut-liquid kefir (which I now use in Hot Pink Breakfast Smoothie, Ch. 11)….SO easy to ferment foods, just a habit you learn and adopt for life to keep your digestive system in perfect form.

Michelle’s cheesecake recipe:

Almond Flour Crust

¼ cup agave

3 Tbsp maple syrup

1 ½ tsp vanilla

1/8 tsp almond extract

¾ tsp sea salt

4 ½ cups almond flour (almonds blended in the blender)

Mix first 5 ingredients in a bowl then stir in Almond Flour and press into a pie plate. Chill! Makes 2 pie crusts.

Cheesecake Filling

½ cup hot water

1 cups non-instant dry powdered milk (2 cups if you’re using instant powdered milk)

1 cup powdered raw coconut sugar (blended to powder in your blender)

8 oz yogurt cheese

¼ c lemon juice

1 t vanilla

Combine hot water, dry milk and stevia in a blender and blend until smooth. Add yogurt cheese, lemon juice and vanilla. Blend until smooth. Pour into prepared Almond Flour Crust. Decorate with strawberry slices, optional.

How to make yogurt cheese:

Pour yogurt into cheesecloth or coffee filter over a bowl or quart jar (allowing the yogurt to drip freely into the bowl or jar as the whey is squeezed out).   Cover and place a weight on top (either a bag of water or piece of fruit).   Allow whey to drain for 4-8 hours depending on whether you would like Greek yogurt (less thick) or yogurt cheese (like the consistency of a soft cream cheese). I place mine in cheesecloth, in a fine mesh strainer over a bowl. Here is how I learned to make my yogurt cheese.

 

I love Idaho Falls, Real Men Eat Plants….part 2 of 3

I’m not sure what part of the male psyche allows them to believe that they’re totally good to eat a burger and six-pack of donuts all because they had a green smoothie earlier in the day. I had a meeting with Hawk Harper at Runner’s Corner Monday about organizing a GreenSmoothieGirl Humanitarian 5K (“Running In the Raw!”) to further my dream of building a badly needed orphanage for refugees in Ecuador. And he told me he loves “the little white donuts.” He figures he’s good to go, because he always drinks his greens. We had a laugh about that—I’ve heard so many men say similar things (and so have a lot of wives who read this blog).

I don’t mean to generalize. Not all men think that. (Maybe men just say it out loud, where women tell themselves that privately? Is it just bravado / machismo?)

This guy, Sam, has a spectacular story. Listen to him tell about having the contents of his chest removed from his body, and how he got off his meds and became a spectacularly healthy runner, eating plant foods and green smoothies.

He’s a man’s man. A cop and martial artist. I would rather not be caught alone in a dark alley with him if he were mad. AND HE EATS SALAD AND CALLS IT DINNER.

Go Sam! Thanks for coming outta the closet with your green drinks.

I love Idaho Falls, part 1 of 3

I went to Idaho Falls a year ago for a tri-state tournament for Tennyson’s baseball team, and just for fun, I put on the blog and facebook that I was teaching a class. A reader asked the little supplement store there, Wealth of Health or something, to host it. Their response: “Nobody here cares about whole foods.” Well, 80 people showed up.

Fast forward, I found out a few weeks ago that Tennyson’s team is playing that tourney again. So I post the class, and AGAIN the little nutrition shop tells a reader: “Nobody will care about GreenSmoothieGirl here–this is Idaho.”

225 people packing the Idaho Falls High School auditorium tells me otherwise. I loved meeting so many wonderful people in our neighbor-state, and I loved early-morning running along your beautiful, waterfalled Snake River again. (It’s flooding, too, some parts of the trail under water, forcing us into the road.) That water feature randomly in the middle of town is SPECTACULAR, more beautiful than anything I’ve seen in any big city. We loved Yellowstone’s Bear World. (That’s a 10-year old’s photography you’re looking at, since I was driving.)

Tennyson and I ate at Applebee’s, and then he rocketed the baseball over the fence for a three-run homer. The next day he insisted that we go to Applebee’s AGAIN for lunch to eat the Paradise Salad in a superstitious attempt to replicate his performance the day before.

BAM. Another over-the-fence hit. He came home with a trophy as his team won all four games in their pool (before taking 2nd in the tournament overall), plus the two balls he will proudly show you the mark where his bat tore through the hides. Tennyson is back row, far right, no hat, in the photo.

Tomorrow I have a fun little video for you of Sam the Cop who healed massive congenital heart problems and more, with a plant-based diet and green smoothies!

How the mighty fall! And rise up again. Part 2 of 2.

After drinking bacteria-infested water at his baseball game, Cade took some colloidal silver and Dr. Christopher’s Immune Formula and went to bed.

From my tennis club next morning, I had this text exchange with him. (Text messaging is part of my “drip system” of parenting: say as few words as possible, but make each word count. Repeat messages in different words on different days. Intermittent conversations, texts, and others giving them opinions to back your good ones up!)

Me: How are u feeling, kid?

Cade: I’m terrible.

Me: I am coming home to make u a tonic that will blast those bacteria right outta there.

Cade: That sounds pretty nasty.

Me: Garlic, lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cayenne.

Cade: I’m getting sicker just READING that.

Me: Yes. But u will feel much better much faster and it strengthens ur immune system. U gotta kill those viruses or bacteria before they multiply and cause more problems. All those ingredients kill the bad guys and leave the good guys alone (unlike drugs). Plus–think of your throwing arm–some of those ingredients are great anti-inflammatories too.

Anyway, he was feeling good quickly after drinking the “kinda weird lemonaid,” I called it as I gave it to him a few times that next day. (I had some, too, just for fun. It’s not bad. I blended all those fresh ingredients with a whole apple, and water and ice. Use as much cayenne as you can stand–it amplifies the effects of the other ingredients.) The following day, Cade went to his job all day working as a laborer.

Thanks, readers, for the reminders of quick ways to deliver the knockout punch.

GSG reader Katrina Mayer who is my “facebook friend” wrote this on her wall this week:

“My parents put solar panels on our house in the 70’s. They made me read the labels on everything I ate, drank, or put on my body. They had two organic gardens and a huge compost pile in our backyard. They grew most of our own fruits and vegetables. They taught me about recycling and reusing before it was the “in” thing to do. We never had junk food in the house. And today they drive a Prius. Thanks Mom and Dad! I didn’t appreciate how cool you were until I grew up!”

If you’re doing some of this stuff, your kids will remember it. They may roll their eyes now, but you’re putting roots in them that run deep. Someday, like Katrina, they will follow your example and marvel at your environmental consciousness, your health that is the reason you can enjoy your grandchildren on levels some of your peers can’t, and your general foresight and wisdom.