Today, I am going to share one of my treat recipes with you! If you’re in the mood for a super wholesome baked good without processed sugar, here you go! And here’s the best part: many of these ingredients can be found in The Natural Health Advocate’s store!

This recipe originates from the following link:

http://grokgrub.com/2013/04/02/recipe-hedgehog-cookies/

Aren’t they cute?

My version is not so cute, I must warn you. And I have tweaked the recipe just a bit, as I typically do. I double the recipe, bake some right away, and flatten the rest of the dough and put it in the freezer to break off to bake later. (Ahem…I may or may not have pulled out chunks of raw dough straight from the freezer to nibble on without baking. Not recommended, technically! Ha!)

These are a perfect not-so-sweet baked good to go with your coffee or tea!

My Tweaked Hedgehog Cookie Recipe (single batch version)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

In a high powered-blender, mix the following until smooth:

3 eggs

15-20 dates

3 TBSP Nuco Liquid Premium Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp vanilla extract (I like a strong vanilla flavor)

3 TBSP Earth Circle Organic Balinese Cacao (or more!)

In a bowl, mix the following:

1.5 cups Shiloh Farms Almond Flour

¾ cups Shiloh Farms Organic Coconut Flour

1/8 tsp salt

Pour the pulverized liquid from the blender into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix. I pull out little globs and smash them onto the parchment paper in different sizes (I like smaller ones that end up a little crunchier, and bigger ones that end up a little softer!). Tip: I have found that adding the Earth Circle Organic Balinese Cacao powder into the wet ingredients and mixed into the blender, versus mixing it with the dry ingredients, helps to spread out the chocolate-y goodness even more! Bake for approximately 15 minutes.

Don’t forget to check out the link to see how cute she makes them! The Natural Health Advocates also sell a great Shiloh Farms organic unsweetened coconut to use for these!)

Enjoy! I hope you like these little guys as much as I do!

Megan
The Natural Health Advocates Team

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Questions About Fermented Cod Liver Oil

Questions About Fermented Cod Liver Oil

There have been two concerned customers about Green Pasture Products Fermented Cod Liver Oil this passed week and we wanted to pass on to our customers more information that you will find very helpful that was posted by the president, Sally Fallon Morell, of the Weston A. Price Foundation on Friday, August 28, 2015 at the Weston A. Price Foundation website.

Here is the link.

We also want you to know that we, The Natural Health Advocates, stand behind Green Pasture Products and continue to take daily Green Pasture Products Fermented Cod Liver Oil and X-Factor Gold Butter Oil.

Make it a great day!

Lisa

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Ready or Not!

Ready or Not!

We know it is only August 12, 2015 by the calendar but our very small garden has yielded us two ripe pumpkins yesterday…and yes, the subtle coolness of this morning gave me a hint of what is soon coming…Fall and Back to School.

Actually the students here in the “garden spot” of Pennsylvania in Lancaster County begin school on Tuesday August 25th, less than two weeks away…

So…while you may be thinking about new sneakers, new clothes, and maybe a new backpack if your child or children have outgrown last years model…or…you may be thinking how you can fit in that last minute beach getaway for your family (I sure am)…remember to also start thinking about strengthening your family’s immune system so you can be prepared for when the cold and flu season hits…Know we are fully stocked with Green Pastures Fermented Cod Liver Oil and X-Factor Gold Butter Oil as well as Simply Ghee and Simply Ghee Black Garlic. And don’t forget the healthy snacks for your children’s lunch box… if you have not tried them already…Nick’s Grass-Fed Beef Sticks are the ticket for the entire family!!!! They are so, so, SO good and easy to pop into a lunch box, briefcase, diaper bag, backpack or purse. Can you tell they are our favorite.

We will be adding a few more items this Fall..how about Himalayan Pink Salt, maybe some Organic Spices, and Organic Ghee?

Please let us know how we can be keeping your family healthy and if you have suggestions on items you would like us to research and possibly carry, simply call us toll free at 1-888-257-8775 or email me directly at lisa@building-health.com.

Remember we have Free Priority Mail Shipping on all orders of $49.00 or more when shipped within the USA and we do offer some quantity discounts on the Weston A. Price inspired items.

Did you know we are active on Facebook as well…with great research articles, new stock updates, blog post alerts, and recipes. And sometimes a random Giveaway. Check us out when you have a chance and Like us! We greatly enjoy our Friends and Customers spurring each other on toward better health.

Enjoy these last few weeks of summer. I know we will!

Take Care,

Lisa

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Dare I say Back-to-School!

Dare I say Back-to-School!

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Nick’s Grass Fed Beef Sticks.

I didn’t think it would be possible, but my love for Nick’s Sticks have grown even more.

Why, you ask?

My four-year-old daughter and my seven-year-old daughter have fallen in love with them too. I keep telling myself that this is a good thing, because they now have a high-protein, totally-healthy-for-them, feel-good-about-it, easy-to-pack snack; however, sometimes it is hard to share something that I like to eat so much myself! I guess that just means I have to buy more!

Now, I have portable protein for all of us, when we head out to the beach or camping!

I also need to restock my supply because sadly, summer is dwindling away and we need to soon start thinking about school, and school lunches. I will also be picking up some organic freeze-dried fruit (Blueberries! Strawberries! Cherries! Raspberries!) to put in their lunches as well!

Ciao for now!

Megan

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Let’s Talk Smoothies!

Let’s Talk Smoothies!

I have two daughters, and one of our favorite things to mix up each day is a green smoothie. I LOVE knowing that they are getting a big dose of super healthy foods! They love helping me figure out what to put in our smoothies, and I make sure I teach them about those healthy ingredients as well!

I know that there are smoothie recipes all over the place, and I don’t even have a recipe, I just have some general guidelines that we follow when we’re throwing stuff in the blender. (A few years ago, I made an awesome “big” purchase…I saved up birthday and Christmas money and finally bought a Vitamix blender!) Here are the four categories of ingredients that we put into each smoothie:

Superfoods:

Raw and Organic Spirulina Powder

Raw and Organic Chlorella Powder

Veggies:

Baby spinach

Kale

Carrots

Fruit:

Frozen bananas

Frozen mango

Frozen strawberries

Frozen blueberries

Liquid:

Water (about 75% of the liquid that I add is plain old filtered water)

Juice of some sort, whatever we have on hand (about 25% of the liquid that we add)

More information about the above ingredient ingredients:

I love the added punch of the powdered superfoods (spirulina and chlorella). Through trial and error, I have figured out how much powder I am able to add to each smoothies (we make a full container, enough for 4 big classes of smoothie!). I am able to generally get away with adding around 1+ TBSP for the four of us. 2 TBSP and beyond is too much, considering they are both types of algae!

Spirulina and Chlorella are both powerfoods, full of digestible protein, lots of vitamins and nutrients, and antioxidants. You can be assured that the Spirulina and Chlorella offered by The Natural Health Advocates are super pure and wholesome.

We do not typically make our smoothies very thick. If you like thick smoothies, one awesome addition would be chia seeds!

I am really able to pack in the veggies. The amount of greens that my girls get in each smoothie is the equivalent to a large salad for an adult. We throw in raw carrots as well, the Vitamix pulverizes them so that you don’t realize whether they are in there or not!

We love to add our fruit in frozen. I buy more bananas then we regularly eat, and will peel them and break them in half and add them to the freezer. My magic fruit, though, is the frozen mango. Mango has been a smoothie constant ever since we first tried it. It adds so much flavor and even seems to make it a little creamier!

One time, I found a great deal at a discount grocery store for giant containers of organic baby spinach and organic baby kale, so I bought all I could, stuffed the leaves into gallon plastic bags, and put them in the freezer!!! When I used the frozen greens plus frozen fruit, plus a little bit of liquid, it made SMOOTHIE ICE CREAM!!!!! Our smoothies were so frozen and thick, that we could eat them with spoons, and my girls thought this was the greatest thing ever!

Enjoy!

Megan
Natural Health Advocates Team Member

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