January 1, 2012

Start the New Year with the 3 Day Smoothie Challenge

Basic Smoothie Recipe

1 ripe banana or 1 cup other fruit

1 large handful organic spinach

2 cups water

Put water in the blender first, add the banana and then the spinach (I just fill the rest of the space in the blender with spinach.) Blend until smooth, enjoy!

Main Benefits of the Three Day Smoothie Challenge (or longer!):

The main benefit of taking The Green Smoothie Challenge is that you are giving your digestive system, liver and gall bladder a much needed rest. This is the main reason you end up with so much extra energy after the initial fatigue while your body readjusts to your lowered caloric intake. Many people also do this Challenge as a kick-start to a healthier diet and what easier way to change up your diet than releasing some weight and feeling great.

Possible Benefits of A Green Smoothie A Day

Delicious fresh organic green and fruit smoothies are packed with vitamins and minerals, which may assist your body in:

  • Eliminate gray hair
  • Clarity and Focus
  • Improve skin tone
  • Stronger nails
  • Need less sleep
  • Complete elimination

For more information or smoothie recipes contact Janis Sankowski, LMT at Janis_sankowski@yahoo.com

December 28, 2011

New Kale Salad …OMG

Kale, Pear and Hummus Salad

  • 1 thick slice of sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cups of kale chopped
  • 1 ripe pear cubed
  • kosher salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp raw hummus

Mix the kale, salt and hummus and get in there with your hands and massage that kale.  I know it is messy but kale needs a good work out to break it down.  Add the pear and enjoy!!

December 28, 2011

If I were to make only one change to an otherwise average diet, what should I do? by David Wolfe

1) The first thing I would do is to add a fresh fruit and vegetable juice into the daily diet (apple and celery is great). This will    help to neutralize too many acids in the system, increase digestive strength, and to provide minerals and high-quality water directly into the body.

I know I said one c…hange, but here are 3 others that are super important & well worth mentioning:

2) Next I would begin to incorporate one organic salad into the diet each day. This provides roughage and alkalinity to calm the body and mind.

3) Another step, would be to include high-quality fats and oils into the diet, such as: flax seed oil, hempseed oil, and coconut oil. These oils will help to restore cellular membrane balance, return omega 3 fatty acids into the diet, and lubricate the joints and tissues.

4) Next I would include supplemental digestive enzymes with every cooked meal to aid with the breakdown and utilization of the food. Enzymes are not found in cooked food. They are present in raw food. Enzymes are catalysts that allow food to break down more efficiently.

March 16, 2011

Amazing Raw Kale Salad

Found this recipe on MeloMeals: Vegan for $3.33 A Day Blog this is going to be tonight’s salad!

Marinated Winter Kale Salad

4 cups kale, destemmed and cut in a chiffonade (Don’t know how to chiffonade? Check this out)
1 teaspoon best quality sea salt
2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon orange zest
2 cups shredded carrots
1 cup chopped red cabbage
½ cup chopped sun dried tomatoes
2 Tablespoons minced red onion
½ cup chopped green olives
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
Pinch nutmeg
½ cup raisins
4 cup cilantro, chopped
1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce or Bragg’s Liquid Amino Acid
3 Tablespoon best quality extra virgin olive oil
Salt/pepper to taste if needed


  • In a large mixing bowl, add the kale, salt, orange juice, vinegar and garlic powder. Massage well with your hands for several minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and massage well.
  • Let salad sit for 10 minutes; taste and adjust seasonings and enjoy!
January 13, 2011

Want the Freshest Veggies? Join a CSA!

What is a CSA?

CSA is a Community-Supported or Community-Shared Agriculture (CSA) it is also known as “subscription farming.”  Each week you receive a “share” of fresh, locally grown or raised fruit and/or vegetables. Some farmers also offer CSA subscriptions for farm-fresh eggs, and/or meats.  There are risks; if the farmer has a bad growing season your share can be affected, you are a shareholder.

In season” is what CSAs are all about. The grocery store knows no seasons. Sure, you can buy tomatoes in January-but who wants to eat flavorless tomatoes?   That sorry tomato was picked green 2000 miles away and weeks ago, then blasted with ethylene gas to make it turn red just before it landed in the produce section of your store. What we have gained in convenience, we have lost in flavor, freshness, nutritional value, and human connection-to each other and to the land.

Of course, you’ll never get tomatoes in May. In May, your vegetable CSA share will be full of luscious lettuce, spinach, and other spring delights. When August comes, then you will experience an explosion of true tomato flavor with your first bite of a juicy, just-picked, sun-ripened tomato- proving once again that some things are worth waiting for!

To find a CSA in your area visit  http://www.localharvest.org/

About the Smith Road Farm CSA in Ottawa Lake, MI:

To join the the Smith Farm CSA: The Standard share (feeds 2-3 people) is $400.00 (approx. 1/2 Bushel per week) and the Family share (feeds 4-6 people) is $600.00 (approx. 1 1/2 bushel baskets per week). Season is approximately 20 weeks.

They grow everything organically and naturally. They have many crops planned for this season: (please note that no two growing seasons are the same and that while they do their best, some crops do better than others!)

The crops they will grow this year are: Tomatoes (roma, cherry, beefsteak, grape, yellow, green, even ‘black’), peppers (bell, cayenne, banana, jalapeno, serranno) tomatillos, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, beets, turnips, kohlrabi, okra, summer squash (zucchini, yellow, patty pan) winter squash (butternut, buttercup) potatoes (standard white, redskin, yellow, sweet ) corn, eggplant (several varieties), radishes, melons (cantaloupe, water), pumpkins (orange, pie, white, blue), peas, bean (several varieties) leek, onions (several varieties) garlic (several varieties), and celery.  Dill, fennel, oregano, rosemary, mint, chives, thyme, basil (several varieties), cilantro, sage, marjoram, parsley, stevia, and lavender.  They will also include a dozen fresh local brown eggs in your share every other week.  On the off week they will have eggs to sell at $2.50/dozen

As for the laying chickens, they are fed a standard feed, and they do not receive any growth hormones, antibiotics or such.  The eggs are picked up fresh from the farm on Thursday mornings when you get them.  Their shareholders last year really enjoyed them as you can taste/see/feel (in the shell) the difference.

Weekly pickups will be on Thursday between 4:30 and 6:30 pm at the farm unless arrangements are made.  They do have flexibility on pick ups, however, they do need to know in advance.  If you know that Thursdays will not work for you, they can set up another standing time.  If you just cannot make it sometimes, you can let them know that week, or if something comes up last minute, you can call their cell.  They only ask that you let them know.  If there are any baskets left over after the last person has picked up, they distribute them right away so the food does not go to waste.  (i.e. They won’t still have your basket if you forget to call and call them a day later!)

Contact: Jackie Ansara @ 888.535.2071 or jackie@nilgallagher.com to sign up