Posted by: suzannern | November 6, 2009

A Beautiful Prayer

During my weekly seminar on Marriage and Family Therapy, I was touched to hear the following prayer.
Because it is so beautiful and it is also the time of the year in which we bring our attention to all that we should be thankful, I had to share:

“We Pray for Children” by Ina Hughes, adapted by Michael Strass

We pray for children
Who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
Who like to be tickled,
Who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
Who sneak Popsicles before supper,
Who erase holes in math workbooks,
Who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
Who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
Who can’t bound down the street in new sneakers,
Who never “counted potatoes,”
Who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead in,
and that they will be.

We pray for children
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
Who sleep with the cat and bury goldfish,
Who hug us so tightly and forget their lunch money,
Who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
Who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those
Who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who can’t find any bread to steal,
Who don’t have any rooms to clean up,
Whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
Who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don’t like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
Who squirm in church and scream on the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
who live in the gunsights of their brothers and sisters
Who will eat anything,
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who are never spoiled by anyone,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no address.

We pray for children
Who want to be carried
And for those who must,
For those we never give up on
And for those who never get a second chance,
And for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind
enough to offer it.

For all these children, we pray today, for they are all so precious.

Posted by: suzannern | August 29, 2009

Being Profesh…

Considering my career path, I have decided that this blog, as is, is inappropriate do to its somewhat private nature. Therefore I am deleting all posts that are a bit too revealing of my personal life. I will however continue to blog at http://www.sparkpeople.com. If you are interested in reading that blog, feel free to join the spark community and befriend me. Just make sure to introduce yourself and if appropriate, I will friend you back! FYI I am SuzanneRN.

I will continue to read all of my fav blogs and perhaps, post some health related musings, or, start another, less personal blog in the future. Ideas and suggestions welcome!

Posted by: suzannern | July 6, 2009

Almond Milk Amazingness

We have recently started to make our own Almond Milk!

Before starting the “how to make” portion of this post, I’d just like to summarize a couple of benefits from making your almond milk:

1. I checked out the ingredients to Blue Diamond Regular Almond Milk and here is what I found:
Purified Water
Evaporated Cane Juice
Almonds
Tricalcium Phosphate
Sea Salt
Potassium Citrate
Carrageenan
Soy Lecithin
D-Alpha-Tocopherol (i.e. Vitamin E)
Vitamin A Palmitate
Vitamin D2

Okay… so I see that most of the added ingredients are vitamins and minerals. That’s understandable considering these companies have to compete with the dairy industry. But they aren’t the most natural way to get these substances into one’s body either…

Second, why on earth is sugar BEFORE almonds in the ingredient list? Shouldn’t water and almonds be 1 and 2? Does America have that much of a sweet tooth? Seriously. That is sad.

Third, for those of you who think almond milk is soy free, think again! Soy lecithin is an emulsifier that is extracted from soy beans, so although I don’t know the percentage of it (I’m sure it’s very small), it still appears as though soy has creeped into industrial almond milk.

And third, just for an FYI ( I had to look it up myself) carrageenan is a gelatin made from a red seaweed. It increases the viscosity of fluids and, it is also used as a natural lubricant and microbicide. Nice! Doesn’t seem too terrible, but an added, and in my opinion, unnecessary ingredient all the same.

Now what does homemade almond milk contain?
A much smaller list of ingredients:
Purified Water ( I used my Brita)
Almonds
Organic Agave Nectar (a T. per 64 oz.)

That’s it, my friends.

So there is one benefit of making your own Almond Milk. Controlling and knowing what is going in to your body! A much more natural beverage for sure!

2. Making almond milk is a money saver!

One 64 oz. container of almond milk is about 10 dollars.
One 64 oz. homemade almond milk is about 4 dollars.

You do the math.

3. There is nothing as rewarding as making your own food! Right?

On to the picture show:

1. Measure out 4 cups of unsalted almonds:

almonds

2. Boil until the skin wrinkles:

boiled almonds

3. Peel the skins off:
Peeling Almonds

4. Soak in water for 1-2 days (and, keep in the fridge, obv):
Soaking Almonds

5. After soaking for 1-2 days, rinse and add 1 cup of almonds and 2-2.5 cups filtered water to blender:
Add fresh water and almonds into blender

6. Blend for about 30 seconds:
Blend together

7. Filter out the milk with a cheese cloth or a nut bag, and repeat with rest of almonds:

cheese cloth

8. I added 1 T. of organic agave nectar but you can also add all sorts of things to flavor it up: honey, stevia, and a variety of extracts (almond, vanilla) to name a few…

And there you have it!

One batch lasted us about one week, which is probably the same amount of time it keeps in the fridge.

Have a fabulous Monday everybody!
xo!

Posted by: suzannern | July 2, 2009

Updates…in the Raw

This week has been nice due to (1) the sun finally showing face in the city and (2) because my back is finally feeling better! Woot! Woot!

I’m still going to the Chiro 3x a week. I have to finish the lidocaine therapy protocol and then work with the physical therapist a bit on some back/neck exercises.

I am slowly starting to get back into a workout routine.

Yesterday I did a 40 minute incline treadmill workout and also did some ab exercises.

Since I have decided to not be “Debbie-Downer,” and embrace walking for the time being, I listened to this audio book while I walked. The two authors, Dr. Andrew Weil and Dr. Mark Fenton, discuss the myriad of benefits that come with walking and how to build an individualized walking routine.

Insightful, positive stuff. It was a smart move to listen while I walked as it helped me appreciate walking instead of being bummed that I can’t run just yet…

Today’s workout– taking the pups on a 3 mile walk, and then maybe some abs and arms if time allows.

I have been eating super clean this week, with an emphasis on juicing and raw eats.

Since Monday, the daily food regimen has been the following:

*Fresh veggie/fruit juice combo
juice
*Green Monster
gm
*Raw Soup / Beans, Lentils and/or Rice
soup

*Snacks– > Fruit, Veggies, Hummus, Nuts

A Blog Post To Come– Making homemade Almond Milk! I will have to write a special post on it when we do our next batch. Lots of benefits to making your own!
almondmilk2

Posted by: suzannern | June 30, 2009

The Edible Garden and the Perfect Giveaway!

Hope everybody had a wonderful weekend and Monday!

It was a beautiful Sunday at the Edible Garden here!

Our main purpose for being there was to see live demos by local chefs, Michael Anthony, Peter Hoffman, and Aida from the Food Network!

Here’s a few more pictures from our day:
Lavender is your friend.
lav2

lav1
Just love, love, love Hydrangeas!
Hydrangea

I enjoyed some of Martha Stewart’s refreshing Iced Tea while watching…
tea
And before we left, I had to give some love to the Hazelnut, aka The Nutella Tree! 😉

The BEST GIVEAWAY!
Part of the reason I use the word “nut” for my blog name, is simply because I LOVE nuts.

I also could never live without mango or coconut.

It is for these very reasons that I am so excited about this coconut mango persimmon butter and almond butter giveaway! CLICK HERE TO ENTER GIVEAWAY

Head on over…dare to beat me! Mwa ha ha!

Posted by: suzannern | June 25, 2009

Word Press Newbie!

Hi Bloggies! Thanks for visiting!

I must say I just love the looks and design of wordpress but it is definitely more confusing than blogger. Maybe I’m just not as computer savvy as I thought, but new posts and a complete blog should be up soon! 🙂

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