More garden recipes, and a bedside update….

Thanks for all your kind emails and Facebook messages. I’ve been sleeping 12 hours a night since my accident Saturday; still unable to walk or do much of anything without acute/stabbing pain in my lower back/hip, and I wonder if it’s nerve damage, as I landed approximately on my hip’s sciatic nerve. I am hoping to get a PT friend of mine to come over today and start thinking about a diagnosis. My tennis team forfeits tomorrow without me. I am so used to boundless energy; thus this has been humbling. (I still plan to be in Boise and Twin Falls this weekend!)

Now, more from Michelle Jorgenson’s garden creating:

“So, next in the garden is rhubarb.   My family loves rhubarb, but you can only do so many things with it!   I’m still working to perfect the healthy rhubarb crumble, so I’ll send that some other time.   But, I did come up with a tasty fresh fruit crisp and some rhubarb strawberry jam.”

Rhubarb and Berry No-Bake Crisp

1 1/2 C chopped rhubarb

1/2 C water

1  T agave

1 C strawberries, sliced

1/2 C blueberries

1 C oatmeal

1/2 C pecans or almonds

1/4 C wheat germ

1/4 C coconut oil

1 T honey

pinch salt

1 t cinnamon

Put chopped rhubarb , agave and water in a small saucepan to cook.   Bring to boil and cook until rhubarb breaks up- about 3-5 minutes.   Remove from heat and cool.    Mix oatmeal. nuts, wheat germ, coconut oil, honey,  salt and cinnamon together in a bowl.  Add strawberries and blueberries to the cooled rhubarb.   Serve berries topped with the oatmeal mixture.   Can put plain yogurt sweetened with maple syrup on top.

Sugar Free Strawberry Rhubarb Freezer jam

4 C chopped strawberries

3 C chopped rhubarb

2 C water

2 T orange juice

6 T honey

6 packets stevia

2 packages unflavored vegan gelatin

Sprinkle gelatin over surface of water in a saucepan and let sit for a few minutes.   While it sits, chop the fruit.   Add chopped fruit and juice and bring to a boil.   Reduce to a simmer and cook until rhubarb starts to break up – 5-10 minutes.   Remove from heat and add sweeteners to taste.   Transfer to canning jars and close with lids.   Cool, then put in refrigerator or freezer.   Will thicken as it cools.

Makes about 5 pints

extra ingredients for green smoothies [part 6 of 8]

Raw wheat germ

Raw wheat germ is extremely high in Vitamin E and the B vitamins, so this is a great ingredient for women with PMS or menopausal symptoms, and eating it prevents some birth defects, according to research.   It will help you achieve glossy hair, pretty skin, and strong nails.   It adds a nutty flavor and thickness to the smoothie, so you’ll want to add extra water when using this ingredient.   It’s a great way to add fiber to your diet to promote colonic peristalsis and avoid constipation .

However, raw wheat germ goes rancid very quickly.   Buy it in bulk at your health food store if you trust that the store has good product turnover and buys fresh product oven.   Taste it before using, and if it has an even slightly rancid taste, don’t use it.   Store it in the fridge for no more than a couple of weeks, preferably in an airtight container to slow oxidation.

Avocado

This adds extremely nutritious fats to your smoothie, which aids the body in utilizing the minerals in greens.   I highly recommend adding it to smoothies for babies and children, too, or anyone who might need to gain weight.   (It is not a food that will promote weight gain, but because of its high monounsaturated fat content, it is higher in calories than most green smoothie ingredients.)   Avocado is one of the most perfect first foods for a baby.   It’s extraordinarily high in lutein, a phytonutrient that promotes strong eyesight and retards degenerative conditions of the eye.   Other research shows that even short-term avocado consumption decreases total and LDL cholesterol.

Maca root

Maca is a very trendy product from the ancient Peruvian food, from a root related to turnips and radishes, because it has been linked by research to endocrine health and a healthy libido.   It is also said to improve energy levels throughout the day.   So the aphrodisiac is used in South America to boost performance in a variety of areas.