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Happy and Healthy Purim!

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Another Purim, another week we are trying to stay healthy around here in the midst of cookie and candy insanity! My daughter asked to make hamantaschen super early a couple weeks ago. I gave in and then disappointed her when my husband and I polished them off. She barely had any! Then I declared the house a hamantashen-making-free zone! Well, if someone else wanted to help her make them with eggs (NOT my awesome vegan recipe) so I wouldn’t eat them…that would be okay.

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It’s hard to top last year in the adorable category so I’m not really trying on that front this year. Still, I’m happy with what we will be putting together late tonight (after my last Amazon box of supplies arrives!). You’ll have to wait for the pictures of our healthy mishloach manot and see them during or after Purim. Then I can do an earlier Purim post next year to remind you in case you need ideas.

Lest you still need ideas or just like to see fun stuff – here is a picture of the healthy mishloach manot (using baby fruit and veggies) we gave out last year and a link to the post.

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Stay tuned for part 2 – one of the mishloach manot we’re putting together is a great idea for a hospitality gift too!

Learn about the HFHY Revolution in The Forward!

I know it’s a long time coming… but I want to share an article in The Forward about my books and session at the Hazon Food Conference. See an excerpt and click on the link below to see the complete article and accompanying recipe.

Yours in health,

Natasha

Vegan Enchilada Casserole by Rhea Yablon Kennedy

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Natasha Rosenstock Nadel wants you and your family to follow a simple, delicious plant-based diet that consists of whole foods.

“I’m starting the revolution and I want you to join me and start a revolution where you live,” Nadel told workshop attendees at the Hazon Food Conference at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in late December.

“I’m a journalist, not a nutritionist,” the Washington, DC-based writer and mother of two informed her audience, “but I’ve done 10 years of research so you don’t have to.”

Accordingly, Nadel includes a list of resources — from case studies and reports to books and documentary films — in her new book, “Healthy Family, Healthy You: The Healthy Mama’s Guide to feeding your family well — simply and sanely!”

Read the rest!

SCREENSHOT

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***By the way, do you have the Healthy Family, Healthy You books yet? If not, you are missing out on dozens of healthy ideas and recipes you can use every day to feed your family well – simply and sanely! Get them today!

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Blood Orange Natural Citrus Mint Hydration Smoothie!

(Psst…Awesome account of Sunday night’s 15 minute meal workshop coming shortly!)
I bought a bag of blood oranges from Trader Joe’s this week. Besides having fun scaring and delighting my son and his preschool class (we are “fruit family” this week, charged with bringing in the fruit/veggie snacks), I wanted to do something fun for me. Well, first I stained my sweatshirt, but that wasn’t very fun.

So this morning ( I’ll spare you the details) after a few days of my infamous migraines, I needed to re-hydrate with a natural hydration drink.

Natural Hydration Drinks

As you may know, I rail against the typical hydration drinks with corn syrup and food coloring. When I was training for the Friendship Circle half marathon I’d purchased Drip Drop, this cool hydration powder that can prevent people from having to go to the hospital for re-hydration  – and even save lives in areas where that isn’t even an option.

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I’d actually only had it once. The lemony taste (it also comes in Berry) was so overpowering, I didn’t end up using it for the race. But this morning I wanted to find a way to use it. So I decided to make a smoothie! I hoped that the Drip Drop would be so diluted in the 64 oz that fits into my Vitamix, I would create more of a lemonade effect, versus the sweet lemon bomb, I’d previously tasted. I was right!

Here’s the deliciousness I came up with that is natural, hydrating, and gentle on the stomach. Good for sustenance when you don’t feel up to eating.

Blood Orange Natural Citrus Mint Hydration Smoothie

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2 cups water (this is approximate)

1 packet Drip Drop

4 cups baby spinach

2 fresh mint leaves

– now blend and add…

1 (preferably frozen) banana

1 large (or 1.5 small) blood orange

1 small apple ( I used honey crisp)

Blend again and enjoy!

***By the way, do you have the Healthy Family, Healthy You books yet? If not, you are missing out on dozens of healthy ideas and recipes you can use every day to feed your family well – simply and sanely! Get them today!

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Yours in health,
Natasha