If your kids are like mine, they love special treats!  

Here is a recipe I make at least once a week because my kids think they are getting something really special and it's something I can feel really GOOD about giving to them...it's Ice-cream!   

This homemade ice cream so simple and easy to make and it's loaded with nutrients like probiotics, vitamins, omega 3's, and lots of other things that are good for growing bodies.

The organic milk he uses in the video recipes is the same milk I use and it's so delicious and contains over 30 probiotics organisms. 

Happy ice-creaming!
To use the same amazing ingredients Jordan uses in the video click here.
It’s a New Year—are you ready to Change Your Diet and experience the abundant health you’ve been missing in your life?

Many of you write to me and ask..."What's in your refrigerator?"  We always have Greenfed Cultured Dairy products, raw cheeses, cultured whey protein beverages, and Greenfed beef.  I buy all these products from an amazing company called Beyond Organic. Oh!  I forgot to mention chocolate (See I AM totally normal!)
There has never been a better day than today to start living Organic! I'm so excited that for a limited time, Beyond Organic is offering a FREE, one-year Preferred Customer Membership ($19.95 value) to anyone who orders the new Preferred Customer Value Pack PLUS a free copy of Jordan’s latest book, Live Beyond Organic ($19.95 value). Act today to receive over $50 in gifts and savings with the new Preferred Customer Value Pack.
With your FREE Preferred Customer Membership, you’ll receive the following benefits…
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Order as often as you would like, or setup a monthly auto ship
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Your purchase of the Preferred Customer Value Pack will include:
2 bottles Amasai™ (Milk and Honey) - ($12.50 retail value)
2 bottles SueroViv™ (Raspberry Lemonade & Orange Cinnamon) - ($7.50 retail value)
4 bars of Beyond Organic Chocolate - ($13.75 retail value)
1 lb. of GreenFinished™ Ground Beef - ($10.00 retail value)
1 lb. of GreenFed™ Raw Havarti Cheese - ($18.75 retail value)
1 year Beyond Organic Preferred Customer membership - FREE ($19.95 retail value)
1 Live Beyond Organic book by Jordan Rubin - FREE ($19.95 retail value)
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That’s a retail value of $107.35 for just $50 (+ shipping).  Plus you will save 20% on all of your Beyond Organic foods and beverages for an entire year!  Amazing deal ( I wish I would have gotten this deal, I paid full price!)  Click here to claim your membership and value pack before they are all gone.

There was a time when the drive-thru and I were friends.  For a short time we were best friends and see each other nearly every day.  Obviously as you are paying for your "food" you know it's not GOOD for you but you think "I'll just eat something healthy later."  

I'm a curious person, so one day I was online and decided to read the ingredient list.  I was NOT lovin' it!  I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients...this wasn't food.  It was a bunch of chemicals made to resemble food. Not long after that I watched a documentary that gave me the wake up call I needed and from that day forward I refuse to stop and eat at a fast food restaurant and am very particular on the restaurants I do go to.

This video is from Jeffrey Smith.  He is the founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology an organization committed to eliminating GMO's (Genetically Modified Organism) from the U.S. food supply.  This is not an easy task but absolutely necessary.  The Obama administration has pledged to have products containing GMO's labeled but we have yet to see any action.
Children are at the BIGGEST risk from the dangers of GMO's.  We are bombarding their developing bodies with these toxins that are proven to be incredibly harmful.  The potential risks for kid's include cancer (the #1 killer of kid's in the U.S.), more susceptible to allergies, and antibiotic resistant diseases.  GMO is in everything from baby formula, crackers, chips, milk, pasta's, some veggies themselves, and you guessed it Kid's Meals.

Isn't it scary when the foods we feed our children EVERYDAY can determine whether or not they will be able to have children of their own...your grandchildren?  Our food supply is growing more and more toxic by the day and it’s crazy to think that it will have no impact.  Our kid’s are undergoing one of the biggest human experiments ever conducted…and with irreversible effects because GMO’s can actually alter your DNA.

We talk more about this topic in our parent community where there are resources like a "Non-GMO Shopping Guide" you can print out and take to the grocery store with you.
  It's completely free to join, simply enter your information to the right and join us.  See you on the inside!  ~Angela

I read a few news articles today that made me so frustrated.  They were citing the old Thermodynamics tale that calories are just calories, if you don't burn it you will store it.  If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight...that's what we were ALL taught, right? 

This way of thinking is not correct.  Your body metabolizes calories differently. A calorie is not just a calorie, a slice of bread and a glass of orange juice may have the same initial calories, but the second it enters your body it's a whole new picture.  In fact one of these will turn into mostly fat and the other will barely register...you'll have to watch to find out (the answer will surprise you).
This video will totally rock your world and turn it inside out.  I know it's a L-O-N-G one, but worth ever single second and I promise you will thank me later.  I have watched it 4 times!  It's that powerful.
After you are done watching it send me a quick note or post a comment.  Let us know what you think :)
It's January!  The time of year where the days are short, colds and flu germs are everywhere, and baby it's cold outside (well at least for some of us). 

This means we are not getting much Vitamin D, also affectionately called the "Sunshine Vitamin". Vitamin D has amazing benefits like protecting you from the common cold and flu virus, diabetes, and even cancer.  It's one of the vitamins that we are all deficient in, children included.

The best source of Vitamin D is.....SUNSHINE!  It's free, feels really good, and keeps your body healthy.  But if you are like me and live in a colder climate for parts of the year sitting in the sun with your arms and legs exposed in 10 degree weather is not an option.  Have no fear....Safe tanning beds are also a good source of Vitamin D.  Look for a bed that has electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts.  Magnetic ballasts are a source of EMS fields which are linked to cancer. HINT:  If you are laying in the bed and your hear loud buzzing it's Magnetic...get out of there!  If you cannot find a safe tanning bed then opt for an oral supplement.  Read more about safe tanning here.

Vitamin D3 oral supplements are recommended as a last resort because your body does not process them the same way it processes natural Vitamin D.   

So how much do you need?  According to GrassrootsHealth An adult body needs about 5,000 - 8,000 IU's of Vitamin D everyday. Children over the age of 5 are recommended to have 2,500 IU's.  For children 5 and under you can calculate how much your child needs by using this simple formula: 

                                        Your Childs Body Weight in lbs x 35 = Vitamin D IU's 

Remember if you are getting enough liquid sunshine you should not need to take an oral Vitamin D3 supplement, as with anything you  can have too much of a good thing.  If you need help determining how much you need you can get a simple blood test from your doctor or pediatrician.

I cover this vitamin and lots more helpful information to keep your child healthy now and protect their health for the future in our Parent Community.  Join us today!  Just fill out the simple form to the right for instant access.  See you on the inside, ~Angela

Greens to Eat
It's the new year and we are all feeling ambitious.  I think this is the time of year we are the most open to trying new things.  Why not try something super healthy and delicious?

Try expanding your families diet to include greens for these 3 reasons:

1.  Protection of the Immune System, the only system in your body that keeps you healthy.
2.  Reduces cholesterol leves. With the recent government standards recommending cholesterol testing at the age of 9, we need to think about maintaining these levels even as young children.
3.  Reduces inflammation.  Chronic inflammation is the root cause of 95% of all disease and illness.
Here is 1 yummy recipe you can try from Dr. Weil that you can make for fast healthy meals for dinner and will be filled with nutrients and one superfood used over thousands of years in Chinese and Indian Medicine.  I will be making this dish sometime before the weekend for sure!  I will let you know how the girls like it :) Click here for the complete recipe, and enjoy!
Solid Food
I have a confession.  When it was time to start introducing solid foods to my first child, I was terrified!  Up until then I was nursing and that was so easy and I didn't have to think about food.

I decided I was going to make it myself.  I'm sort of a do-it-yourselfer for most things anyway which I'm sure annoys my husband sometimes!  I didn't exactly have a guide to follow but I recently found this amazing meal plan for weaning your baby.  I thought I would post it to hopefully help other parents who might be looking for  smart ideas of what to feed their baby for their first bites of solid food.  It's a huge step and if there was only one thing you HAVE to get right is the foods you feed your child.

This great find is from Andrew Saul.  I've posted "Monday" but if you like this and want to see the whole 7 day meal plan just click on the link.  He also makes some great comments at the bottom so be sure to read those too!

(Scroll down to my Comments at the bottom of the page.)

"Wheatena" or similar brand cooked whole wheat breakfast cereal
1/2 of a chewable vitamin C 250 milligram tablet (that would be 125 mg.)
1/3 tsp children's multiple liquid  vitamin (such as "Shaklee Liqua-Lea,"  "Solgar
NutriFort" or "Nature's Plus Baby Plex")

Squash or Pumpkin
Cottage Cheese
1/2 of a chewable C tablet
1/3 tsp liquid multiple vitamin

Cottage Cheese
Puffed Wheat (no milk; use a few at a time as a finger-food)
one slice whole wheat bread with butter
Fruit (as much as desired)
1/2 of a chewable C tablet

See more at Doctoryourself.com