My Favorite Breakfast

For years, my typical breakfast was a bowl of cereal with milk. I branched out some when I realized I needed more fruits and vegetables in my diet. Then, a month of dairy-free eating caused me to try something I was sure I wouldn’t like: chia pudding.

Chia pudding is made with coconut milk, and I don’t like coconut.

But I was pleasantly surprised! I did like it! Chia pudding is so good! It’s better than yogurt. (Scroll down for my recipe.)

My favorite breakfast now consists of about half a cup of chia pudding with about two cups of fruit.  This morning’s treat features 1/2 cup of kiwi, 1/2 cup of pineapple, and 1 cup of blueberries.

What’s YOUR favorite breakfast?

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Chia pudding

Add 1/2 cup of chia seeds and 1/4 cup of maple syrup to 14 ounces of coconut milk. Whisk all together and refrigerate for several hours before serving. Add fresh fruit and enjoy!

More About Rose Hips

More about Rose Hips
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

After my last post, a friend wanted to know more about Rose Hips. She had visited a website that raised questions about possible deterioration of the Vitamin C during processing and storage. I asked Stephanie Tallent of Beeyoutiful for her insights and I thought you might enjoy reading her response.

“First of all, Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C has both the whole Rosehips ground up in it as well as other forms of isolated stabilized Vitamin C. That being said, the amounts on the label are the guaranteed, tested, stable potency and quantity all the way through till the best use by date printed on each bottle.

“Second of all, while nutrients do indeed deteriorate in whole food supplements under certain manufacturing conditions such as high heat exposure/open to oxygen storage along with many other factors, there is still in my opinion value in including whole food forms of nutrients in formulations. Our bodies are designed to recognize and utilize nutrients *from food* and it is my personal belief that absorption of all nutrients are optimized when it is taken in conjunction with whole food.

“We carry several forms of Vitamin C . . . and have had years to use the different forms ourselves and to get feedback from our customers. I personally feel as though the Rosehip C formulation works more effectively for my body than formulations that do not contain whole foods.

“Obviously, there aren’t slews of studies documenting the nuances of absorptions between all doses, all forms (although maybe one day soon! Studies are ever increasingly being done with nutritional supplementation) but for now what we do know that is absolutely documented and tested to be fact are the types and potencies tested.

“There are many ways manufacturers can optimize and extend the nutritionally active parts of whole foods and we are fortunate to work with one that opts to take all available measures to ensure the maximum benefit possible.”

On another note, it’s easy to reach for those Vitamin C powders that are available in almost every pharmacy and grocery store. Before you bring it home, read the ingredients. Most of these contain SUGAR which most people avoid when trying to prevent sickness. Rosehip C contains no sugar- another good reason to consider adding it to your regimen for staying well!

Click here to purchase Rosehip C.

The Beauty of Rose Hips

Rosehip, Helena Beautiful
Photo Credit: Helena Beautification Board, Helena, Alabama

In case you ever wondered if roses have fruit, the answer is yes. The fruit of the rose is the beautiful rose hip. Most modern roses don’t produce rose hips, but they are commonly found on rugosa roses (Rosa Rugosa) and dog roses (Rosa Canina). The rose hip pictured here is courtesy of ‘Lena,’ a shrub rose in the Helena Earth Kind Rose Trial and is shared with the permission of Brian Puckett of the Helena Beautification Board.

Did you know that a fresh rose hip can have more than 60 times as much vitamin C as one orange? David Hoffmann in The New Holistic Herbal: “Rose hips are one of the best sources of vitamin C, which will help treat infections and boost the body’s immune system.”

Vitamin C has also been found to assist in the absorption of iron, making it a helpful ally for overall health, specifically anemia and other iron absorption disorders.

Additionally, studies conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center indicate that vitamin C is also helpful for the production of collagen, an important element in the structure of bones and muscles. This may be related to the findings of another study performed by the Institute for Social Medicine in Berlin. Their findings, published in International Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology on February 1, 2010, suggest that the use of rose hip powder can reduce symptoms related to rheumatoid arthritis.

David Hoffmann also suggests using rose hips for cough or throat issues. Here’s his recipe:

  • Remove the seeds from the hips and add to one pint of boiling water.
  • Pour the boiling rose hip liquid onto 3/4 lbs. of sugar, stirring gently until sugar is dissolved.
  • Store your rose hip syrup in the refrigerator and use as a cough medicine, as well as a tonic or throat gargle.

If you prefer taking your Vitamin C in tablet form, consider Beeyoutiful’s Rosehip C. (nutrition facts below). Rosehip C is a big part of our family’s sickness-avoidance regimen and was featured in Staying Well last month.

Thanks again to the Helena Beautification Board for the photo of the beautiful rose hip. And thanks to the health researchers who have helped us discover its beautiful health benefits!

ROSEHIP C NUTRITION FACTS
Serving Size: 1 Tablet
Servings Per Container: 250
AMOUNT PER SERVING % DAILY VALUE
Vitamin C (as Ascorbic Acid) 500 mg 830%*
Citrus Bioflavonoids 100 mg
(37% total bioflavonoids as Hesperidin)
Acerola Powder 100 mg
Rose Hips Powder (Rosae canina) (Fruit) 100 mg
Rutin Powder 10 mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on 2,000 calorie diet.
† Daily Value not established.
SUGGESTED USE As a dietary supplement, take 1 tablet 1 or more times daily, preferably with meals.
OTHER INGREDIENTS Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearic Acid (vegetable source), Magnesium Stearate (vegetable source), Cellulose and Vegetable Coating.
ALLERGEN INFO Not manufactured with wheat, gluten, soy, milk, egg, fish, shellfish or tree nut ingredients. Produced in a GMP facility that processes other ingredients containing these allergens.
 Click here to purchase Rosehip C

Stay Well!

It seems that almost everyone I know is either sick or afraid of getting sick! If there was ever a good time to work on boosting your immune system, this is it.

Two years ago, I shared some tips for immune system support. You can click to read those posts for some general advice and some products to consider: Be Immune! and Immune System Health.

But this year, I’d like to share some advice that’s a little closer to home. With so much sickness around us, we’re all trying to do what we can to stay well. Maybe you’d like to know what I have recommended for my own family.

Immune System Support Supplements from Smith Family Resources

Vitamin C  For general sickness-avoidance, I encourage everyone to increase their intake of Vitamin C. The best way to do that is to get it in food. Some of my favorites are sweet potatoes, blueberries, kiwi and kale. You can also take Rosehip C. And that reminds me, if you aren’t already taking a good daily vitamin, now would be a good time to add a super multivitamin. Our bodies need the right nutrients to be able to avoid sickness, so good food with the right supplementation is important.

Berry Well  For those exposed to respiratory viruses including influenza, I recommend taking the maximum dose of Berry Well at least twice a day until the length of the virus incubation period is past. Berry Well is an elderberry syrup that contains bee propolis, raw honey, organic echinacea root extract, and raw apple cider vinegar. The elderberries in Berry Well are grown naturally without the use of pesticides or chemicals but are not certified organic. Raw honey provides live enzymes that help the body fight colds and respiratory infections of all kinds. Propolis and echinacea are both considered to be natural antibiotics. Apple cider vinegar increases your body’s alkalinity, and the potassium in raw vinegar helps cells fight bacteria and viruses.

Monolaurin  Monolauricin is the substance found in mother’s milk believed to be responsible for that early boost in a baby’s immune system. Our favorite source for monolaurin is Lauricidin®. Lauricidin contains pure lipid monolaurin derived from coconut oil and some of our friends and customers have reported amazing things about its role in immune system support.

Garlic  I like to add garlic to food or to teas to help build healthy immune systems. But when there just isn’t time or I don’t want the smell, Odorless Garlic is a good substitute. The softgels are small and easy to swallow, but they can also be chewed. The taste is very mild and it really is odorless- no bad breath!

Probiotics  I shared a fun video about the importance of probiotics a while back, and it’s worth watching again. Our favorite probiotic is Tummy Tuneup, and during “sick season,” most of us take two capsules every day.

Click the picture to see the video!

And, as always, I remind everyone to drink half your bodyweight in ounces of water every day, and get plenty of rest! These are the things I tell my own family, and they aren’t meant to be prescriptions for everyone, but I hope you found something helpful here! Stay well!

Emergency DIY

I ran out of dishwasher detergent this week. Do you ever buy multiple boxes of something when it’s on sale and then use up the last one before you realize you’re on the last box? Well, I do, and that’s what I did with the dishwasher detergent.

Then I remembered that I have all the ingredients required for making all my household soaps. There they sit under my kitchen sink, just waiting to be turned into foam soap and laundry detergent and even dishwasher detergent.DSC_0012I had used homemade detergent in another dishwasher and had not been satisfied with the results. But now my only alternative was to remove all the dishes I had just loaded into the dishwasher and wash them by hand. This called for an emergency DIY.

And it worked! And it’s so much less expensive than the detergent I had been buying! Want to try it?

Here’s the recipe…

Automatic Dishwasher Detergent

  • 1 cup washing soda
  • 1/2 cup borax
  • 1/2 cup baking soda

Combine and store in an airtight container. Use 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons for each load. Experiment with your own dishwasher and use less if you notice residue on your dishes. You may also add a little white vinegar to the bottom of the dishwasher. 

Introducing SFR Rewards

Here’s what you have to look forward to when you join Smith Family Resources’ Rewards program:

~ FREE SHIPPING ALL YEAR!

Products will be shipped to any US address absolutely free of charge all year!

 

~ 10% OFF ONE PRODUCT OF YOUR CHOICE.

This discount is in addition to sale prices and quantity discounts and is unlimited for one year. Product must be chosen when joining and may not be changed until Rewards renewal.

~ ONE FREE GIFT WITH EVERY ORDER.

Surprise! Expect a little something extra with every order!

 

Within 24 hours of your payment for SFR Rewards, you will receive an introductory email with your unique coupon code. Enter this code each time you order to receive free shipping and 10% off your selected product. If you are a local customer and wish to arrange for free local pickup or delivery, please place your order by phone or email to receive your Rewards discount.

 

Membership in SFR Rewards begins immediately and continues for one calendar year.
Example: Join on December 12, 2017, and enjoy benefits through December 12, 2018.

 

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Small Business Saturday

Smith Family Resources Small Business Saturday town

When you shop this weekend, please remember to shop small!
We’d especially love it if you would shop our small home-based business!
Click here to check out this weekend’s specials and sales.

If you want to save even more, email us or message us on Facebook and ask for a Small Business Saturday gift. We’ll reply with a coupon code for 10% off any purchase through Monday, Nov. 28.

Thank you for shopping small!

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Family Business

Blogging about our beginning led me to reflect on how our business has impacted our family.

Before we were officially launched, we decided to involve our children as much as possible.  They listened in on phone calls with city hall while we were learning about business licenses and sales taxes. They watched us count the cost of inventory and office supplies and shipping materials and website subscriptions. They helped us with proofreading and organizing and planning.

The whole family has been involved in every aspect of the business including purchasing inventory, advertising, selling, preparing orders for shipment, remitting sales taxes, and renewing business licenses. Two of our children earned school credit for Business Math and General Business. One is presently working on credits for Entrepreneurship and Career Preparedness. Some have been more involved than others, but it has been educational for all.

And I don’t see how there can be any better place than Helena to operate a family business. The other business owners in this town have welcomed and supported us and have been an important part of our children’s education and work experience. My son started attending Helena Business Association meetings with me when he was an elementary student, and all of our children have helped at First Fridays. Helena is an awesome place to live and raise a family- and to own a family business.

So has owning a business been good for our family? Absolutely! It’s obviously a blessing to have access to great health supplements, and the income from providing supplements for others is a good thing, too. But it’s been really great to be able to introduce our children to the real world of small business with a real business.

Thank you, friends, for making all of this possible for our family!

First Friday July
Melissa and Matthew at Helena First Friday, July 2014