Healthy March Favorites

April 7, 2017
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Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life



Happy April, friends!   It’s hard to believe that March is over already!  I’ve tried to savor the little bit of down time I have before spring really and truly arrives here in Upstate New York (we’ve had snow for much of March.)

March was the month of simplicity for me.  After injuring my finger, I was forced to let go of my need for perfection.  That was good for me, in a way.  If I couldn’t do something with one hand, either it didn’t get done or the kids did it for me.  March was the month of simple, easy meals and a messier house!

March also brought a few new things my way, which is what today’s post is all about!   I hope you find something new to try or at least some food for thought!   Here’s what I’ve been lovin’ this past month!




Krishna Holy Basil Tea

If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know I love herbal teas!

 I also love variety so I switch things up quite a bit (variety IS the spice of life, isn’t it? )  You should see my tea collection!

This month, I’ve been reaching for one tea in particular, Krishna Holy Basil.  Oh, it’s delicious….seriously delicious!  I’ve been drinking it hot but I think it’s one of those teas what would be fabulous iced as well.

I actually love it so much, I’m growing Holy Basil in my garden this year!

Holy Basil (also known as Tulsi or Sacred Basil) has a wide range of benefits from stabilizing blood sugar levels, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, improving vitality, lowering fevers, protecting the heart from stress and strengthening the immune system.  It is also an adaptogenic herb so it improves the body’s ability to adapt to stress.  I do love incorporating adaptogenic herbs into my daily life!

There are actually three different varieties of Holy Basil:  Rama, Krishna and Vana. Rama and Krishna are easier to find than Vana, which grows wild in India.  I purchased my Holy Basil from Mountain Rose Herbs where the variety of herbs seems almost endless!


To Make Holy Basil Tea:

Steep 1 tsp of Holy Basil in 1 cup of hot water for 5-10 minutes.



Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life


Pamela’s Gluten Free Baking & Pancake Mix

Back when we first discovered my youngest daughter had a gluten intolerance, I tried my hand at making my own gluten free flour mixes.   I’ll be honest with you, it’s expensive and the recipes don’t always come out as expected!    I was spending sooo much time (and money) trying to figure out the whole gluten free baking thing.   It was exhausting!

I also had a whole shelf in my freezer dedicated to gluten free flours!

Someday, I’ll try again.  For now, I’ve discovered a product that makes my life a whole lot easier.  I can whip up pancakes in a few minutes and instead of buying 40 different flours (well, maybe I’m exaggerating!) I grab only one bag–this one.  I simply substitute Pamela’s awesome baking mix for any gluten free flour blend AND I’ve even been able to substitute it for all purpose flour in some of my recipes.  Yay!   Gluten Free life made easier!  Thank you, Pamela, whoever you are!


Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life


Maine Coast Dulse

I used to wonder why people ate seaweed.  I mean, ewww…..

Well, here’s the deal.  If you’re trying to eat healthier and you consume sea salt instead of regular, iodonized table salt and you’re not eating a lot of processed foods (with iodonized salt added,) you may not be getting the iodine your body needs.

Now this doesn’t mean go back to eating table salt and processed food!   It means, be aware of your need for iodine and find healthy alternatives to getting it into your diet.

Iodine is absolutely critical to maintain a healthy thyroid and seaweed is a great natural source of iodine.  A tiny bit of seaweed incorporated into your diet can give you plenty of iodine!

I’ve tried all kinds of seaweed but dulse remains my favorite.   It doesn’t taste as “fishy” as some of the other seaweeds and I like the texture.  I break it up into small pieces and add it to my salads or I eat it right out of the bag.   There’s also some terrific recipes using dulse in my next March Favorite! Just be careful to choose a good brand of seaweed such as Maine Coast Sea Vegetables where the seaweed is tested for any heavy metals or contaminants.

Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life



One of ways I try to stay healthy is by eating a diet that is full of raw fruits, vegetables,  nuts and seeds.  These foods are easily recognized by the body as being “food” (unlike many of the processed foods in the Standard American Diet) and they are easily digested and used by the body.

What this means for you is MORE ENERGY!   When you’re body isn’t bogged down trying to digest heavy or processed foods, you will have more energy and your body can devote more time doing what it was made to do–maintain a state of health or in the case of illness, to heal.

Have you heard of Mimi Kirk?  I’ve enjoyed watching her on Youtube for a long time!   Mimi is a 78 year old raw vegan chef and author.   She has several cookbooks and Raw-Vitalize is her latest.  I ordered this book as soon as it was released!

Raw-Vitalize is an easy, 21 day raw food recharge with a food plan and EASY, EASY recipes.    I was immediately drawn to this book because it was created for people like me who want to eat healthy but don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen!   I’ve been loving the recipes!   So many of them are kid-friendly and it’s given me new ideas for adding more variety into our diet.


Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life


Meet Mimi Kirk…..




Kaffree Roma Roasted Grain Beverage

I really, really love coffee.  I’ve tried giving it up over the years but it always comes back to the fact that ….. well….I really, really love coffee!

Caffeine started to bother me last year.  Ugh!!!   Please, No!!  The ONE thing I haven’t given up yet!

So, I started to explore the world of coffee substitutes and oh, what a world there is out there.

I wanted a coffee substitute that tasted like coffee and gave me that warm and cozy feeling that drinking coffee does on a cold, damp day.   You see, coffee is comfort to me.  Sometimes that’s a hard thing to give up.

Kaffree Roma is the closest thing I’ve found to the real thing and unlike Decaf (which is really not healthy for you,) it’s naturally caffeine free and it’s made of roasted barley, malt barley, chicory and rye (not gluten free, unfortunately.)

Since finding Kaffree Roma, I’m not feeling quite so bad about giving up my coffee.




Healthy March Favorites | Gluten Free | Vegan | Healthy Food | Herbal Tea | Raw Food | My Healthy Homemade Life


So there you have it, friends—a sneak peek into some of my favorite healthy products right now!

Let me know:  Have you tried any of these products?   What are your thoughts?  What are some of your favorites (old and new) that you’re loving right now?



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  • Reply Krystin April 10, 2017 at 3:05 pm These are such great recipe ideas, I'm into cooking healthier lately so I'm definitely going to try a few of these! Krystin
    • Reply Jen April 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm Thank you, Krystin! I'm so glad! :)
  • Reply Mary Leigh April 11, 2017 at 2:39 pm This is a great round up! I have not tried any of these products, but I would love to try the gluten free pancake mix - or even just have it on hand when baking things for friends that have gluten allergies!
    • Reply Jen April 11, 2017 at 6:03 pm Thank you! It's a great mix, Mary-Leigh.
  • Reply Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries April 11, 2017 at 4:59 pm I've not tried any of these things! I've been trying to eat less gluten, so I think I'm going to have to try out that mix! Living healthier is so important!
    • Reply Jen April 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm It's a great mix, Corey. I think you'll like it.
  • Reply Danielle April 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm I am going to order Kaffree. I didn't know decaf was really bad for will have to educate me on that one.. I love coffee, but gon on binges where I completely cut it out of my diet to not be dependent on it. Everything in moderation, right?
    • Reply Jen April 12, 2017 at 8:45 am You'll have to let me know what you think, Danielle!
  • Reply The Sun Mama April 11, 2017 at 10:31 pm Everything here looks great but the basil tea is especially intriguing!!! This is one of my favorite herbs so I'm eager to give it a try!
    • Reply Jen April 12, 2017 at 10:41 am You'll have to let me know what you think! :)
  • Reply Leah April 12, 2017 at 5:42 am I haven't heard of any of these! I must be so unhealthy! haha You have piqued my interest with the Raw-Vitalize book. I have lacked energy my whole life, it's just something I have come to terms with after numerous doctors and blood tests finding nothing. So more energy and a healthier diet is very appealing! I will check out Mimi, thanks for the info!
    • Reply Jen April 12, 2017 at 10:43 am You're so welcome, Leah! I hope you find Mimi's book helpful!
  • Reply Polly April 12, 2017 at 1:30 pm Thanks for sharing! These are all new to me. I'd be devastated to give up my morning coffee, but it's reassuring to know that at least there's a decent alternative out there if I ever have to!
    • Reply Jen April 12, 2017 at 1:52 pm I know what you mean, Polly! Thankfully, there are some good alternatives.
  • Reply Yolanda April 12, 2017 at 2:20 pm I am going to check out that Raw- vitalize. That looks like it has great ideas! I am now interested in the Basil tea too.
    • Reply Jen April 13, 2017 at 8:09 am Yes, the Raw-Vitalize has some interesting recipes! My kids new favorite breakfast comes from there--chopped apples with almond butter and raisins.
  • Reply Ronny April 22, 2017 at 9:29 am My brother recommended I might like this blog. He was totally right. This put up actually made my day. You can not imagine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!
    • Reply Jen April 22, 2017 at 10:39 am I'm so glad to hear it was helpful, Ronny!
  • Reply Crystal Green July 26, 2017 at 10:11 pm This all sounds good. I haven't heard of many of these things before. I definitely want to have more healthy items to eat.
    • Reply Jen July 27, 2017 at 7:05 am I'm so glad to hear that Crystal. I hope you got some new ideas to try!

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