One of my kids and I are back on GAPS intro for a “health tweak”… I randomly came up with this super easy snack (mostly out of desperation – but hey, it worked). I have really appreciated it this past week, as our snacking options are pretty slim right now.
I always have a few quarts of yogurt on hand. I make the GAPS legal variety according to this recipe. (always with whole milk!) I use my Excalibur dehydrator to keep the temp stable for 24 hours. I get my inexpensive yogurt starter cultures here.
Apple Cinnamon Yogurt (GAPS intro legal, GF)
I find that these measurements go well together though, although I’m guessing you could do more or less or any of them and it would work:
1 c. yogurt
1 c. cooked and mushed apple
1 T. cinnamon
Mix them all up until blended. That’s it. Take that, name-brand-low-fat-yogurt. :-) Who needs you???
Last weekend, we got the bulk of our seeds planted. Our daughter’s awesome preschool teachers saved milk cartons for us for a few weeks – a great big THANK YOU to them!
We used the milk cartons and the seed starting mixture from Walmart. We fill the cartons with the seed starting dirt, make a whole and put in roughly 3 seeds. Fill the hole loosely with dirt, water (not too much) and cover with plastic wrap. Last year I started using big tin foil lasagna pans (also from Walmart) and they work great to keep all the plants contained and generally under our grow lights. I am not sure how many plants we started yet, but I would estimate it is around 200.
Aerial view of some of the seeds we started:
One week later…signs of life! :-)
This year we ordered our seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Seed Savers Exchange. This is in addition to seed that we saved from last year. I am also ordering seeds from Turtle Tree Seeds, Bountiful Gardens and Horizon Herbs. We have ordered from them in the past and have been very happy with quality.
I also thought I’d share a few of the varieties that I’m the most excited about: Black from Tula tomato, Ivory Pear Tomato, Syrian 3 Sided Pepper, Cour di Bue cabbages and Genovese Basil.
We had this for breakfast yesterday morning (and again today)…and it was so good. Lots of good natural fats and Omegas, with minimal added sweetener. I made a huge batch so we can get more than one meal out of it, but you can certainly adapt it however you see fit. :-)
Date Sweetened Banana Chia Pudding (GAPS, GF)
approx. 8 servings
2 cans coconut milk (whole, not low fat)
3/4 c. whole chia seed
1 T. vanilla (click here to see how to make your own)
10 pitted dates
Blend the coconut milk, vanilla, dates and bananas until smooth. It can take a little while, and you may have to scrape the sides of the blender and help it along a bit. Be patient, it’s worth it. :-)
After the other ingredients are blended well, add the chia seed and blend until it is evenly dispersed. Hand mix if you can’t get it well enough. I think it would be preferable if you could chill this overnight…but I was short on time. I made it, let it sit 15 minutes, and it was still good. :-)
You could have this for a good, healthy breakfast, snack or dessert. Top with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts, whatever you want. :-) Enjoy!