for kids

Super-mom Smoothie

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A smoothie is something very simple, and probably not worth a recipe. But I must admit, that I have had some really terrible smoothies while living here in CH. Watered down with too much ice, too chunky from apple, too sour from lemon, too milky, etc. In CA a smoothie is treated like a meal in itself, completely balanced with the right amount of fruit or veg, a protein kick, an immune boosting element and a secret ingredient or two that make you genuinely satisfied and full. 

A smoothie is also a great way to get ingredients in your kids quickly. We make a variety here at home in our Vitamaster, but the one below has been on repeat lately.

During the time of my pregnancies, I gave up coffee and most other forms of caffeine. Not because I believed that my babies would pop out with a similar hipster-quality cappuccino addiction (I am looking at you, ViCafe!) I just didn't feel good on it anymore. So I began the journey into adaptogens. Postpartum life also gave me hormonal mood swings and imbalanced adrenals. The addition of Ashwagandha, Reishi, Maca, Cordyceps, and Prash combinations helped me (in moderation). 

I am not going to educate you on how to use adaptogens. There is plenty of information out there on it. Just start small and pay attention to the subtle changes. But do follow my girl Bri @seed.leaf.life  for amazing adaptogenic inspiration. Also Lee From America  has a great beginners guide.

I buy mine from stores in California on my bi-annual trips home to the states. But a great website for those of you in CH is HERE


yogi berries, coconut butter, cocoa nibs.

yogi berries, coconut butter, cocoa nibs.

Collagen Peptides, Reishi, Mangosteen Beauty Tonic, Prash Combination

Collagen Peptides, Reishi, Mangosteen Beauty Tonic, Prash Combination

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SUPER SMOOTHIE

1 banana

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup frozen or fresh wild blueberries

1/2 cup nut milk or yogurt + water combination

1 T coconut butter OR almond butter

1 heaping T cocoa nibs

1 heaping T gogi berries

1/2  scoop Collagen Pepitides

1/2 t prash combination

1/4 t reishi

1/4 t mangostein + hibiscus powder

Blend all together starting on low and moving upwards until completely blended. Add more water or milk if your smoothie is too thick. And I can highly suggest investing in glass or bamboo straws. We have had ours for several years. Easy to clean, fun to use and less to throw away!

 

 

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Enjoy!

En Guete!!!

How to Make Fire

I wrote this in April of 2016. I don't know why I never posted it.... I just can't believe how tiny my little squirt was back then. Almost two years already that we have lived in CH. Time flies, when you're building fires and fuelling up on würst regularly. Enjoy the flashback.

- Ash


Now that Spring has arrived to warm our bodies from the winter cold, we spend most of our day in the forests or lakeside in Zurich Oberland (Zurich countryside). My husband grew up in this landscape and valley and knows it well. When we booked our flights from California to Zurich I asked him what he was most excited about showing our daughter in his home country. 

"Building a fire in the forest"

Our daughter is two, mind you.... And I come from a place where building fires outdoors is really never encouraged, and ONLY allowed in serious campground enclosures, on wide beaches away from any and all tree life, and in a permitted outdoor chiminea. Too many people I love have been effected by loss from wild fires in California. The near idea of striking a match in a heavily wooded area brings on anxious discomfort for me. 

In Switzerland though, the art of foraging for sticks and building a fire under a blanket of trees in the midst of your afternoon walk is highly encouraged and practiced. 

As for teaching your budding piro-happy toddler about safe fire practices. Here's a few tips from a Swiss pro;

Begin with a walk.

Begin with a walk.

  1. Begin with a walk in the woods. It's important to build your hunger while searching for the perfect place for a fire.

Prepare your space.

Prepare your space.

2. prepare space

Stick collection

Stick collection

3. Collecting sticks

teepee

teepee

4. Create a teepee

light

light

5. Light

tend.

tend.

6. Tend the flame

stick collection matinence

stick collection matinence

7. stick collection round 2

the wurst placement

the wurst placement

8. Wust placement

cook, hovering over flame until blistered

cook, hovering over flame until blistered

9. cook and eat

walk home

walk home

10. Clean up your fire and walk home