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Lilikoi (Passionfruit) Quick Bread Recipe

Lilikoi (Passionfruit) Quick Bread Recipe

I first enjoyed lilikoi also known as passionfruit when my family and I stayed on the tiny island of Rarotonga for a summer. There was a passionfruit vine outside our ‘hut and my young daughter would go out daily and shake the vine to see if […]

Toasty Quinoa + Snap Peas & Sweet Corn

Toasty Quinoa + Snap Peas & Sweet Corn

Swapping quinoa for rice ups the nutrient game for this one-bowl favorite. Make quinoa up to five days ahead and store in fridge. You can also make the entire dish ahead of time and simply warm it up for dinner.

Boosting Immunity with Black Elderberry

Boosting Immunity with Black Elderberry

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links.

Back to school typically means back to germs for us. Crowded classroom conditions often mean more exposure to seasonal colds and flu and long days with after-school sports means we get a bit tired and run down.

Our family takes steps to stay healthy like washing hands our like maniacs, eating healthy and staying hydrated. Some supplements can also help pump up our natural immunity.

One easy way to strengthen the immune system is with Elderberry extract. Elderberry has been in use since ancient times to make preserves, wines, winter cordials, and to add flavor and color to other wines. I like wine, but it’s probably not the healthiest way for me to consume my anti-oxidants!

How It Works

Certain flavonoids – anthocyanins – are found primarily in the pigments of dark blue and deep purple fruits such as the black elderberry.  It is these that have a remarkable ability to stimulate the body’s immune system.  Flavonoids are powerful, natural antioxidants that are thought to work to protect the body’s cells from the potential damage caused by free radicals.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the highest concentration of anthocyanins are found in black elderberries – nearly double the amount found in any other fruit.  The presence of these anthocyanins gives black elderberries twice the natural antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries.

My family and I have been sampling Sambucol Black Elderberry gummies for the past few weeks. Not only are the gummies tangy and delicious like a tasty treat, but Black Elderberry is high in antioxidants and has been used for thousands for years.

There’s no weird stuff in them either – Sambucol Gummies are pectin based, sweetened only with pure cane sugar, and contain no artificial flavors or colors. They are also gluten, nut, soy, dairy, and egg free, so they are a great fit for just about anyone! Although my family prefers the gummies, they also offer a Kids syrup which is great for little ones.

Sambucol also makes some homeopathic cold remedies, so we are armed with some natural relief should one of us come down with a cold.  Designed to be used in conjunction with the Original Sambucol Syrups, the Cold & Flu relief formula can help you feel better, while you are getting better.

Some common symptoms that may be relieved with the quick dissolve tabs:  Nasal & Sinus Congestion,  Fever & Chills,  Coughing, Fatigue, Stuffiness, Flu and Cold Symptoms and Headache.

If you’re feeling run down from long fall days, consider boosting your own natural immunity with elderberry.  One 30-count bottle of Sambucol Black Elderberry Gummies typically retails for $12.99 and it can be found at CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Walmart, select Target stores and many regional retailers.
To find a store near you, visit: sambucolusa.com/store/store-locator.

Healthy Goat Cheese + Spaghetti Squash Dinner

Healthy Goat Cheese + Spaghetti Squash Dinner

This post is sponsored by Montchevre but the content and opinions expressed here are my own. Now that school has started, my time is limited with afterschool sports and other craziness. I love making spaghetti squash because it cooks up quickly and it’s easy to […]

New Natural Products to Try This Fall

New Natural Products to Try This Fall

I’m so excited to share information and my personal experience with some awesome new natural products out on the market. Full disclosure, I’m often asked to review products. If they don’t fit in the realm of natural or healthy living, I decline. I do like […]

Change Up Your Routine with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

Change Up Your Routine with Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics

I received this product for free from Moms Meet (momsmeet.com) to use and post my honest opinions. Compensation for this post was provided and this page may contain affiliate links

I am a probiotics fan and use them in my daily regimen with other supplements and a healthy diet. I find that probiotics help keep my digestion on track and feeling better overall. I was excited to try out Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics because they contain a prebiotic from whole food that’s made from fermented vegetables and mushrooms. In addition to the prebiotics, the Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics also contain a POSTbiotic that has pH balancing organic acids along with naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids to support digestive function.

I expected the probiotics to do their ‘job’ keeping me regular but something happened that was NEW after taking them for about a week. Warning – Warning – Forgive the T.M.I, but I usually go #2 once a day. That’s my schedule and really nothing varies, although travel seems to throw my body out of whack. However, with the Dr. Ohhira’s formula, I found that I was going TWICE a day sometimes.

I didn’t have loose stools or anything like that, I simply was able to go TWICE and felt like my system was turbo-charged! I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when that’s happened, and I was enjoying the extra benefits in which my stomach felt flatter and I definitely had less bloat. I feel like my body is very efficient while taking Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics!

If you feel your system is out of whack, slow or want to get even MORE out of your probiotics function, I highly recommend trying out Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic formula. Probiotics are not only fabulous for digestive health, but for overall well being and even skin benefits from a great functioning system! Again, I noticed better results in a week, so let me know what you think if you try them?

Where to purchase
Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics is available to purchase on amazon.com/essentialformulas


About Dr. Ohhira’s Products:

Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics are not cultured or grown in a laboratory like most other probiotic products. Natural crops and spring water are fermented* for three years with 12 distinctive probiotic strains that encourage your body’s innate ability to grow its own friendly bacteria. This rich culture medium (PRE-BIOTICS) is then encapsulated along with the beneficial lactic acid bacteria (PRO-BIOTICS) that have grown together over the
three-year period and the resulting nutrients from this fermentation* process (POST-BIOTICS.)

 

Level Ground Trading: Putting Humans First

Level Ground Trading: Putting Humans First

At my daughter’s preschool ‘graduation’, they asked the kids what they wanted to be someday. The kids chirped to the crowd –  doctors! lawyers! farmers! dolphin trainers! and I think there were a few mermaids. Then there was that one kid who stood up and […]

Back-to-School Flower Vase Craft

Back-to-School Flower Vase Craft

Make this cute ‘school themed’ flower vase for your child’s teacher as a back to school gift! I only spent $4 on materials – 3 packs of pencils and one glass vase from the Dollar Tree! I had hot glue on hand and extra ribbon […]

Make Rosemary Lemon Salts as Gifts

Make Rosemary Lemon Salts as Gifts

It’s summer and the weather is blazing hot outside, so why am I inside making herb salts as gifts? I’ll tell you why – as I hide inside from the withering heat, I start to think about fall, and then winter and holidays.  If you like to get a jump on chaos like me, you’re already on the same thought process and are looking for inexpensive, yet tasteful gifts to share later in the year. Grab n’ Go thoughtful gifts on the run? OK! (more…)