Holiday Wellness + Probiotic Smoothie

Wintertime can be filled with craziness. It is the holiday season and people’s moods are not always the cheerful kind we hear about in Christmas songs. Our moods are not always the best, andwe get stressed out about finances, food, gifts, decorating, parties, looking good in our party wear, the list goes on and on. It feels like the two week vacation  kids get off from school is more overwhelming than not.

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This post is about how we can eat for the season, so we don’t get sick, can still fit in our party clothes, and feel good about ourselves without breaking the budget. Everywhere you go this time of year, people have prepared cookies, cakes, and sweets. How can you resist? For me, I resist because I can’t have 99% of them, but that might not be the case for you- you might not be allergic, or even have a food sensitivity. So, remember that is ok for you to have a sweet or two, but not the whole platter. And if you DO have the whole platter, don’t stress out about it, just limit yourself the next time. Forgiveness is the key to getting through this season.

Remember to eat in moderation and to keep food around. DON’T skip meals. It is a habit that I have, and I get so moody by the end of the day because I haven’t eaten. People are already moody, so we shouldn’t make it worse for ourselves.

Cold weather, for me at least, makes me want to eat more and work out less.  But, if this happens, my immune system will crash and I will get sick and be unable to recover.  I also started adding probiotic smoothies to my routine, to support my immune system and digestion.

Neti pots are terrific! Add 1/8 sea salt, 1/8 baking soda and lukewarm water to the neti pot. This saves money and does the same thing as the saline packets you get it at the drugstore.

Neti Pot Mixture:

⅛ teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Lukewarm water

Fill the neti pot with this mixture. Do the neti pot at least twice a day (morning and night).  Make sure that you have done the neti pot at least 1 hour before going to bed. You don’t want to have “gross” stuff going down your throat in the middle of the night.

Also, make sure to drink tea with honey!  

Throat Coat is a great tea that has some essential herbs to help your sore throat.

Enjoy this recipe for wellness. Stay warm, keep breathing, and take a moment everyday to be grateful for what you have.

Probiotic Smoothie
  • ½ cup frozen fruit –I cut up peaches, plums, and nectarines this summer and froze them. You can use any of your favorite organic frozen fruit.
  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries
  • ¼ cup gluten free oats
  • 1 tablespoon natural honey (good for coating the throat and as an antibiotic)
  • 1 cup. plain kefir (if you want to try the other flavors, be my guest, but check the ingredients if you have allergies).
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or flax seeds *optional
  1. Blend together!






By | 2018-03-30T08:55:23+00:00 December 16th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Recipes|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

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At Mary Lee Kitchen, we believe that what we eat matters. Each of us has the right to know what is in our food. Over the years the food industry has negatively impacted our health and well being. This has caused the rise of food allergies, food sensitivities, rise in child obesity- which are just a few of the harmful side effects of the food manufactures created. It is time for us to implement change. I am a food artisan that creates allergy free products that are made in a sustainable way. Through my own experience with rare food allergies, I have learned how to cook in a way that is inclusive for all diets. Through food education, recipes, and products I support the gathering of all people around the kitchen table.

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