High Protein Low Carb Banana Smoothie Lite

Hot summer days and Morning Sickness do not always make for a comfortable mommy to be.   When you have those days where you want to settle the tummy,  keep the food you eat lite, gentle yet nutritionally strong, here’s a great, simple recipe that hits the spot.

Refreshing, easy to make, high protein, low carbs. Perfect for a hot summer day. Simple, refreshing. Not too heavy to slow you down.

Here’s the Basic Recipe shown on the video below:

8 oz water
Ice
1 Scoop of Smart Meal Vanilla Protein Mix
1/2 Banana
Dash Nutmeg to taste
1/4 c Soy Milk
1/4 c full fat plain yogurt

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

This basic recipe is perfect for a hot summer day when you want to calm the tummy if it’s been upset. The basic recipe is perfect
for that.

When you want a bit more filling smoothie, here are two adjustments to try:

1. Use basic recipe and add one more scoop of Smart Meal Vanilla Protein Mix
2. Add 1/4 cup more yogurt.

Enjoy!

Drinking Water During Pregnancy- Caution:Tap Water Ahead!

tap-waterI heard last week on the local news that the city has decided (again) to ‘add more fluoride’ to our local  water supply.

Most people are unaware of how these little additions…(told to us by the government that they will “help”) are actually very harmful to our body.

These added chemicals are supposed to keep the water source pure and clean. Make it sanitary they say.  However, these chemicals, get loaded up in our body and can actually cause problems for us.  Our body works in part as a filter.  Like any filter, you need to clean it and maintain it for the ‘filtering’ to be effective.  Too much toxic build up in the body from chemicals in our water can lead to joint pain, achiness, arthritis type symptoms and more.

For you and your growing baby, clean, pure, non chemically loaded water is important.

Below is an article that I wrote about two years ago which was originally published in the San Diego Family Magazine.  I share some of the info I learned about our tap water. It talks about another chemical, chlorine, in the water supply. The issue of more flouride in the water is similar to the chlorine. They are both useful in some applications in life- but harmful if ingested.

Hopefully the info in the article will help you too.  I share about how we made some adjustments to our whole house water supply after learning the details of what is in tap water. If you need an alternate solution for your water supply, here is another  resource for you:  Nature’s Spring RO Water Filter

Debbra Sweet

Caution: Tap Water Ahead!

By: Debbra Sweet

(c) 2007

Have you ever wondered why so many people don’t drink tap water? The reasons for this vary, but most say it’s because ‘the water doesn’t taste good’. Not surprisingly, your body knows what’s good for you. A recent water quality and safety study revealed that treated drinking water in the US often has higher chlorine levels in it than pool water!

As a mom with two young children, I found that information disturbing. I have always been an avid water drinker, but with the way our tap water tasted and smelled, I found myself drinking less. I even felt more tired and achy when I did. After I heard about the levels of contaminants in the average water piped into a house, I sought a solution—and now I want to share it with you.

Drinking Water Backgrounder
The following info should explain why your drinking water tastes funny: In 1974, Congress turned drinking water standards over to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA then established a national standard for allowable pathogen-causing bacteria and viruses in our drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 further reduced the allowable amount of microbial contaminants—and increased the levels of chemicals like chlorine, ammonia and chloramines in the water.

In 1996, the EPA reduced the 1986 levels by almost 80% more. These new requirements were mostly met by increasing the amount of chemicals in the water again.

This has left us with lots of chemicals in our water and researchers are saying has caused a significant health impact. In fact, the EPA has released a study which states ‘exposure to levels of disinfectants over long periods of time may cause health problems, including damage to blood and kidneys.’ (Source: United States Office of Water EPA 816-R-01-014, Environmental Protection (4606) June 2001 Agency, Page 4 Paragraph 6)

What’s A High Level and Why Should Moms Be Concerned?
Here in San Diego, most public pools maintain chlorine levels at 1.5 ppm (parts per million). Common free chlorine levels measured in drinking water throughout San Diego County are approximately 2.15 ppm (with chloramine averaging 4.5 ppm)—that’s a full 30% higher than swimming pool water (Source: City of San Diego Water Department: 2006 San Diego Annual Water Quality Report Pg. 9). Considering that the body is made up of over 70% of water, the very building-block for your health, these numbers are disturbing.

You might be saying, “Well, I only drink bottled water, so this doesn’t affect me.” Unfortunately, you’re not safe: The average person still ingests the equivalent of 8 glasses of unfiltered tap water/day. How can this be, you ask? The answer lies in a study done by Dr. Lance Wallace, a senior scientist at the EPA: he credits two thirds of our chlorine exposure to inhaling/absorbing it while showering.

Apparently, shower steam can contain up to 50 times the chemical levels of tap water because chlorine and most other contaminants vaporize at a lower temperature than water. Inhalation is more harmful since the inhaled chlorine gas (chloroform) goes into the blood stream. Inhaling chlorine has been shown to be a cause of asthma and bronchitis, especially in children. Also, many of the chemicals in drinking water are linked to everything from sinusitis, sore throat, lung, kidney, rectal & breast cancer.

Today’s Solution.
The best solution at this time is a whole house carbon water filtration system that automatically cleans itself via ‘backflushing’ water. These amazing filters process every drop of water that comes into your home.

With one of these filters, your water will now be free of carcinogenic disinfectants—so it will taste like ‘bottled-water’, you and your children won’t inhale/absorb chemicals in your shower, your hair and skin will feel softer and you’ll extend the life of your appliances and copper pipes.

Call the Experts
I found my solution after talking with ‘CleanWaterMike’ Felsburg, a representative for San Diego-based Aquasource. Aquasource is a pioneer in whole house water filtration systems and ‘CleanWaterMike’ is passionate and knowledgeable about finding solutions to attaining safe tap water.

He explained the differences in systems and the level of water quality I’d receive from them. There are a few different blends and grades of activated carbon: the lowest – bitmous, mid level – pharmaceutical grade and the best – catalytic grade carbon.

At the very least, you want a filter of 100% pharmaceutical grade carbon to remove most of the carcinogens. Pharmaceutical grade carbon will improve water quality but will only slightly reduce the amount of chloramine gases in the water. Catalytic grade carbon has a quicker reaction rate that significantly reduces the amount of chloramine gas in your water…which is the main disinfectant that municipalities use in the water.

With my house water filtered by an Aquasource catalytic grade carbon filter, we’ve noticing a huge difference in how our water tastes, smells, and feels. I’m using less soap and shampoos, cleaning is easier and we’re already feeling better. I’ve become spoiled!

When you learn about the chemical levels in today’s drinking water, there is a moment of shock. But then, if you’ve stopped drinking tap water long ago because of the taste, this information helps it all make sense. Although this information is unsettling, the situation and solution is easy—you have a choice. The first step is to decide how important it is to your family’s health and then whether to install an in-home water filtration system like they one my family chose from Aquasource. You’ll have peace of mind and the tap water will again taste like water should.

Debbra Sweet

Action Leadership & Health Coach

Healthy Pregnancy Vitamin Drink

Pregnancy-Food-Vita-Lemon

Vita Lemon is beneficial for vital nutrition.

As an occasional beverage during pregnancy, Vita Lemon makes use of one of nature’s finest (and most tart) creations. Vita Lemon contains a healthful amount of fiber, including guar gum, microcrystalline cellulose, citrus pectin and xanthan gum. Fiber has been directly linked to colon health.

A one-scoop serving of Vita Lemon provides at least 10 percent of the Daily Value of vitamins A, C, D, B6, B12, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, biotin and pantothenic acid.

For a refreshing pick-me-up: Mix one scoop of powder in 8 oz. of water. Stir briskly or blend in electric blender. Drink immediately.

 

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the add to cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for NaturesSunshine

3.  You can fill your cart with the protein shakes and check out, or, you can come back to the NMS site and add more of the items shown here for pregnancy.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor number so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for RxNaturally is: Debbra Sweet. It should auto populate when you set up your own account the first time.  If not, simply type it in to get the savings.

5.  For great savings, and convenience to have healthy food delivered to you from Natures Sunshine each month, you can choose the auto ship. This option provides an easy way for you to always have your products on hand. 

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As a Certified Herb Specialist with NSP you get support and coaching from me and my team at no cost to you!

Note:  While you are pregnant, do not order the calorie burning herbs.  You may wish to consult with your doctor when taking these vitamins and supplements.

This container was sealed for your protection. Do not use if inner seal is missing or damaged.
Other Information:
Nature’s Sunshine uses natural source materials in its products that are subject to color variation.
(c)2007 Nature’s Sunshine Products, Inc.
Product of U.S.A.

Prenatal Vitamins

Natures Prenatal

Prenatal No Morning Sickness

From my personal experience, this is by far the best Prenatal Vitamin

you can invest in.

I used it during my pregnancy and so have many of my friends. We all had morning sickness and  each  of us experienced a reduction in nausea.

Myself- and many of my friends- actually found that changing our prenatal vitamins to Natures Prenatal stopped our morning sickness completely.

I can’t promise that it will do it for you too, but most of us have shared the same experience.

You will know that by using  this Prenatal Vitamin, you are not putting any toxins, chemicals or other harmful additives into your body!  This works so well that I also used it after my babies were born.  I continued using it while nursing. Occasionally, I still choose this as my daily vitamin because it’s so effective yet very gentle on the stomach.

From all my studies of the body, how it uses food and nutrients, and how it has to work very hard to remove toxins, chemicals and additives, I have come to the simple conclusion that most morning sickness is due to the body’s desire to remove as many toxins as possible so the baby can have a healthy, fertile ground to grow strong.

Most vitamins you buy today are chemically made. They do not contain real food stuff and nutrients. They are loaded with preservatives and additives that simply do not belong in the body!!  So, when we are prescribed prenatals from the doctor- most often- those are the most chemically manufactured ‘vitamins’ we can take!  It’s no wonder our body wants to get rid of them if we take them.

Vitamins that you buy off the shelf at the grocery store or discount center are not much better.  What goes into the vitamin begins with the purity of the raw material.  Where is the ‘natural product’ coming from? If the off the shelf vitamin claims to have ‘herbal’ ingredients… are they using the part of the plant that actually has the healing  and nurturing properties? Or, are they simply throwing any part of the plant into the formulation so they can put the plant name on the label? During the actual manufacturing process, what is being done to maintain the quality and potency of the vitamins, minerals and even herbs?

There is a HUGE difference in vitamins. Without writing a book on this subject alone- I can confidently say that Natures Sunshine Prenatal Vitamins are the purest, gentlest,most nutritionally dense prenatal supplements I have ever found. They are also amazingly affordable.  In fact, you’ll probably spend LESS on these than ones the doctor prescribes or what you find at the stores.

HOW TO ORDER:

1. Click on the add to cart button shown above.

2. You will go to the special RxNaturally store for the Natures Sunshine Products.

3.  You can fill your cart with the products shown on the NMS site, or, you can add to your cart from the other products recommended.

4. If this is your first time ordering, you’ll be asked to provide a sponsor name so you can get special savings.  The Sponsor information for direct ordering is simply my name: Debbra Sweet. This should come up automatically before you check out the first time. If it doesn’t you can type it in to get the member savings.

If you need assistance with your order, email me or call me. We can set up a time to place your order together. As an Herb Specialist with Natures Sunshine you get support and coaching from me and my team.

Note:  While you are pregnant, do not order Stimulating Herbs. These can be used after the baby is born- but not while you are pregnant.