Fresh Avocado Salsa

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Fresh Avacodo Salsa

If you are looking for a fresh alternative to a traditional salsa or guacamole to serve at an upcoming gathering, consider this recipe for Avocado Feta Salsa. This chunky salsa is fresh and bright with creamy feta and tangy lime.

This is one of my husbands favorite recipes, he actually discovered this and I adapted the original to suit his tastes. Never be afraid to change a recipe, play with your food and discover for yourself what tastes good or not so good!

Remember to buy local, fresh and organic if possible!

Ingredients:

2 large avocados
2 medium sized tomatoes
1 shallot
2 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 bunch of flat leaf parsley
2 tbsp of olive oil
1 small lime
4-6 oz of crumbled feta cheese

Now it’s really simple roughly chop tomatoes, parsley and shallot and place into bowl. Add minced garlic and oil stir gently to combine. Cube your avocados and add them along with the feta cheese. You want to do this last to preserve the size and consistency of these ingredients. This is a chunky salsa not a creamy dip. Squeeze 1/2 a lime over the top and fold with a spoon to evenly distribute all ingredients. Taste and add the other 1/2 lime if needed. Place the avocado pits in dish to help keep fresh.

Serve with tortilla chips, pita or crackers. Enjoy!

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Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Is Here!

Look what came in the mail!!!! Tropical Traditions has graciously provided a quart of their GOLD label Virgin coconut oil to review! Following the review, there will also be a giveaway! Stay tuned to Jacks Crunchy Mama for the results and drawing! I can’t wait to try this!

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Homemade Chicken Broth!

Ingredients:

Chicken Bones ( 3 chickens worth)
Carrots **
Celery **
Onion **
Bay Leaves 2
Peppercorns 1 tsp
Garlic Cloves 3
Apple Cider Vinegar 3 tbsp

5 quart sized mason jars.

**When you use vegetables like carrots, celery and onions, place the cut off ends that you don’t normally use in a bag and store in the freezer. Add to this bag until you cook broth and use them for this purpose. A full quart sized bag of veggie ends work well for this.

As we eat our chickens, I place the bones in a gallon sized bag in the freezer. When it’s time to make broth they are ready.

1. Place all of the ingredients into a crock pot and fill with water leaving only 1 inch from the top. Cook on low.

2. Cook for a minimum of 12 and a maximum of 18 and remove 3/4 quart of liquid straining and skimming any particles.

3. Refill crock pot with water and repeat step 2. (Repeat step 2 and 3 up to 5 days, making 5- 3/4 quart full jars of broth)

4. Cool broth in the jar for a couple of hours and place into refrigerator.

5. After the fat layer solidifies, break through and remove with a fork. I usually leave a small amount in mine. (If you don’t break the fat- your jar will burst in the freezer.)

6. Return lids and freeze!

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Chocolate Almond Freezer Fudge!

Now I can’t take credit for this one, Food Babe is where I found this recipe and I have the link below. I did change it slightly when I made mine. The original can be found by clicking the link, the way I made mine is listed below. It’s so easy and everyone should try this!
Source- Click Here!

Ingredients:

Almond Butter 1 cup
Peanut Butter 1/2 cup
Coconut Oil 4 tbsp
Maple Syrup 3-4 tbsp
Dark Chocolate 8 oz. chopped (separate into 2 portions)

1. Cream all ingredients together leaving 1 portion of chopped chocolate for the topping.

2. Pour into parchment lined 8×6 pan

3. Top with chopped chocolate

4. Freeze 2 hours

5. Remove from freezer- Cut into squares and eat!

6. Store left overs in freezer.

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Cookies For Your Boobies! Boost Your Milk Supply!

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Ingredients:

4 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons milled flaxseed or flaxseed meal

(Mix the water and the flaxseed together a small bowl and let sit for a few minutes before adding it to the rest of the wet ingredients that follow )

One cup of butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
Two eggs
2 tablespoons of molasses

Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl and set to the side

The next ingredients are dry and you mix all of these together in a bowl separate from the wet ingredients

2 cups flour
4 tablespoons of brewers yeast
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3 cups oatmeal.

Now you mix your dry ingredient mixture into your wet.

This is where you can add all the goodies, you can add cranberries or raisins, any type of nut and chocolate. Really whatever you want to use. I put chocolate chips, raisins and pepitas in the ones pictured but shredded coconut & chocolate chip is always a favorite around here!

I also made mine gluten-free soy free and dairy free but if you don’t have those dietary restrictions you don’t have to do that either.

It will be a really strange consistency, that’s okay and then all you have to do is drop it by tablespoons onto baking sheets and bake in the oven at 350° Until the edges are browned and and then you take them out of the oven and let them cool before you remove them otherwise they fall apart. It’s better to have them a little less done because it is rumored that they are more effective soft baked or even raw in the middle.

Many times I have made an extra batch to freeze so they can be baked later when needed. Just scoop 12-18 cookies worth in a row on wax paper. Roll into a tube shape and secure with masking tape on ends. Place in freezer bag and freeze. This is great for new moms who have little free time.

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Who Cares About High Fructose Corn Syrup?

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So who cares about high fructose corn syrup? I DO! And here’s why…

What is HFCS?

High fructose corn syrup is made from corn starch that does not have enough sugar in it naturally to be called a sweetener – so the corn must be altered in a lab and only then is fructose chemically bonded to make it sweet. Of course, the corn that’s used is genetically modified – adding to the toxic burden within the human body.- Blanche Levine

What are the risks of consuming HFCS to your body?

Insulin resistance
Liver damage
Weight gain
Mercury exposure

Where is HFCS found?

EVERYWHERE and almost in everything. High fructose corn syrup has replaced conventional table sugar in almost every processed food.

HFCS is not hidden, it’s written very clearly on the label. So why are people buying it? There are a few reasons for this, some do not care about their health, some do not realize it is bad for them & some are under the assumption that it is safe. They think it is safe because there are television advertisements and web pages devoted to convincing the public that this substance is natural and safe.

Wake up people. Obviously regular sugar is not healthy and can cause an array of health problems when eaten in excess but liver damage? Mercury exposure?

I hear people say “it’s in everything, you just can’t avoid it.” Wrong! You can avoid it, you have a choice. You may not always make the right choice but it is yours to make. If it contains HFCS then you probably shouldn’t be eating it anyway because chances are it is processed junk.

Now lets get real. Have I consumed products containing this? YES. Will I consume products containing it in the future? YES. But chances are that it will be unknowingly. Control what you can and do not sweat your Aunt Betty’s brownies that you eat every 4th of July picnic. Read your labels and make conscience decisions about your nutrition. This is the first step to taking personal responsibility for your health.

Happy and Healthy Eating!

Visit these links for more information:

Global Healing Center

Natural Health 365

Diabetes Health

Is That Poop On My Leg? Some Thoughts On Motherhood

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Yesterday I was sitting in the floor at a friends house and noticed a slightly sticky and foul smelling substance on my leg. I ignored it for the moment and continued on wrestling with Jack. A few minutes later I realized this same unknown matter was stuck to the back of his head. I sighed and wondered aloud “is that poop?” I had changed an especially heavy poop diaper right before exiting my house. I decided that some must have escaped while Jack was doing the proverbial “Macarena” during his nappy change. I could care less if it was poop, I got out a wipe and cleaned it off his head and my leg. This was my life and completely normal.

Turns out it was not poop but the remains of a chewed and spit out creme snack drop.

I was pondering this whole exchange this morning and realized, my life is unrecognizable compared to my “pre-mom” era. Pre-mom, the thought of someone else’s poop on my leg would have put me in a panicked tailspin of sorts, now it’s my new normal.

My new normal consists of lots of sleep deprivation, blowing belly raspberries, screaming fits over naps, late night snuggles, sharing my almond milk yogurt, lots of giggles and my body resembling something much like a sock filled with lumpy gravy. And although I sometimes long for the freedom of the pre-mom era when I get tired and run down, I would never return to it.

I love being a mom. I love my new, totally normal life even if one day it actually turns out to be poop on my leg.

Jack turns 7 months today!

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