DIY Dried lemon peels and ginger

I bought a bunch of fresh ginger and organic lemons so that I could make a yummy honey lemon ginger tincture of sorts. However, I learned that the oil on the lemon peel was bothering my nursing babe, so I peeled them off. While I was chopping up ginger, I thought how nice it would be to have some dried, chopped ginger along with the lemon peels for teas.

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What to do:

Chop a couple pounds of fresh, organic ginger into small pieces. Place in a dehydrator for about 24-48 hours on about 120. Using the peels from 4-6 organic lemons, cut into small strips, or smaller pieces. Place these on another rack of the dehydrator.

The smell from the dehydrator is wonderfully refreshing!

With 1 full root of ginger and 4 sliced lemons, I put them in a quart jar with 2 cups of raw honey. I smashed the lemon slices in the jar until it seemed most the juice was out. Putting a lid on the concoction, I left it in the fridge. Now when I am making some tea, I can scoop out some of the delicious lemon, spicy ginger honey into my cup. Or just eat it straight out of the jar!

Lemon, honey and ginger are excellent immune stimulators with anti-microbial properties. Here’s to a healthy finish for the winter!

Protein Packed Breakfast Smoothie

I am not a big breakfast fan. It seems to take my digestion most of the morning to wake up and get with the program of the day. Usually for my morning graze, I like to do a smoothie and perhaps a sourdough toast, slathered in deliciously yellow butter. The health benefits of a fermented food in the morning, such as kefir, makes it an ideal start up. I use this as the base for most of my smoothies. For my “multi-vitamin”, I use moringa powder. Thankful to report, when I first began using moringa almost 2 years ago, I had to take 4 teaspoons a day. Two reasons for that: 1) I am nursing, so I need almost double the nutrients of a normal serving size, 2) I had such a compromised digestive system that I was only absorbing 50% of the nutrients I needed. Today, praise God for His healing, I only need 1/2 of a teaspoon a day, and that is only because I am nursing. Being in on a traditional, nutrient-dense lifestyle with a fully functioning digestive system should ideally provide all the nutrition needed for a wholesome healthy life. However, most Americans do not have fully functioning digestive systems. Some are recovering their health. And very few have actually reached that goal. It’s all a journey, but an extremely necessary one. Recovering your health strengthens your resolves, forces you to learn, seek, study, rely on God for answers, exercise extreme self discipline, and cement new and lasting friendships.

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Right, so back to the smoothie.

Protein Packed Breakfast Smoothie

single serving – about 20 ounces

  • 1 cup real deal kefir
  • 2-4 Tb raw honey
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 raw egg yolk, from local pastured chickens
  • dash of stevia powder
  • 1/2 tsp moringa powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh cucumber juice
  • 1/2 avocado

Toss all ingredients in blender of your juice. Blend until smooth. Enjoy all morning long.