PUMPKIN NICE CREAM

It’s pumpkin season again! Here’s a recipe from last October.

Yes, I am one of those people who looks forward to fall all year long because I like all the seasonal pumpkin treats! While I can see Shawn Harrison (My Wally pop) rolling his eyes at me now out of disgust. He hates pumpkin and I should be ashamed but that fact that he hates it makes me enjoy it just a little more. LOL.

My daughter loves Pumpkin Nice Cream, so I make a big batch and keep extra in the freezer. It only takes like 3 minutes to make, so it’s the perfect last thought dessert.

5-6 frozen bananas

1 15-oz can of organic pumpkin puree (I remove from the can and freeze overnight beforehand)

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp of vanilla extra

6 pitted medjool dates (if you want it sweeter, freeze beforehand)

If you do not freeze ingredients beforehand:

Blend the pumpkin, spices, vanilla extract and dates until smooth.

Transfer to a shallow pan and freeze overnight.

If they are already frozen:

Break apart pumpkin mixture and add to the blender/food processor with frozen bananas. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Eat immediately as soft serve, freeze for 2-3 hours for a scoopable ice cream. You can keep leftovers in the freezer for up to 3 days.

PEPPER SNACKS FROM RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I smile every time I see Rhythm reach for a pepper. She has learned how to make her own snacks and she often substitutes peppers for bread. As a nutritionist and mom, I couldn’t be happier. 

Some of her favorite snacks are peppers stuffed with tuna salad, egg salad, string cheese or just dipped in ranch.

To keep it kid friendly: keep it colorful, keep it simple and keep it fun.

Peppers are loaded with various vitamins and minerals

Trusted Source

  • Vitamin C. One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake.
  • Vitamin B6. Pyridoxine is the most common type of vitamin B6, which is a family of nutrients important for the formation of red blood cells.
  • Vitamin K1. A form of vitamin K, also known as phylloquinone, K1 is important for blood clotting and bone health.
  • Potassium. This essential mineral may improve heart health Trusted Source
  • Folate. Also known as vitamin B9, folate has a variety of functions in your body. Adequate folate intake is very important during pregnancy Trusted Source
  • Vitamin E. A powerful antioxidant, essential for healthy nerves and muscles. The best dietary sources of this fat-soluble vitamin are oils, nuts, seeds, and vegetables.
  • Vitamin A. Red bell peppers are high in pro-vitamin A (beta carotene).

RHYTHM’S FRESH FARM

I hear from parents often how they are shocked that my daughter loves vegetables and fruit. I say children love what they are introduced to early. What they are offered when they start eating is what they develop a taste for. Plus, it helps she grows some of her own fruits and veggies. Children take pride in eating what they help create.

I pride myself on being from the Bricks and the Beach! East Coast girl raised in California. My daughter was uprooted from her Malibu life and moved to the bush. Talk about character development! She has her great-grandfather’s spirit and his green thumb like no other. Dating back to the 1700’s, she comes from a long line of farmers in Virginia and North Carolina. 

When my grandpa was alive, he grew tomatoes, cabbage, string beans, butter beans had berries, peaches, apples and probably more I just don’t remember. I do remember him chasing me to wash tomatoes off before I bit them like an apple. Lol. Though he’s been gone since 1993 and my daughter didn’t get a chance to meet him, he lives through her. Some things come naturally to some people because it’s in their blood.

Thank God for Genealogy, her Aunt Michelle and homeschooling, she discovered the truth about how her family were all landowners and farmers in the “Slave Days,” even though “His-Story” tells us that’s impossible for a Negro but the Census contradicts history books! I wish many more of us knew how to trace our people and had the addresses and the names. (But that’s a different story, a plantation owner even rented some of our family’s land to grow Tobacco.) School won’t teach you things like that! This is where when you homeschool you win! 

Growing a garden is a great way to teach critical thinking, reasoning, basic math skills, geometry, life science and so much more.

Anyone can grow a little garden cheaply anywhere. Please consider teaching your children the importance of how to grow their own food, identity good plants vs bad plants and basic life skills. 

Anyways enough from the little farmer’s Momma.

Today’s pickings consist of my daughter’s favorite, cucumbers and some sweet peppers! If you need a little extra push to get your babies to eat healthy, check out my daughter’s first book Cucumbers Are Delicious available exclusively at http://www.TheRealCherie.com

“AUTUMN IS COMING”

I have one of those kids who doesn’t like to eat breakfast. So, I have to fool her by making it cute. She’s a lot like her mother and not really a morning person, but I notice when I make her a cute breakfast it lifts her spirits, makes her smile and when the plate is colorful, (I always give her fruit in the morning.) it makes her want to eat! 

“I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again; breakfast is the most important meal of the day”

Did you know people who eat breakfast eat healthier overall?  It’s actually a great way to maintain a healthy weight. Skipping breakfast makes kids feel lethargic in the morning. Their bodies need to be refueled from the 8 to 12 hours they slept during the night. When we sleep, it’s our body’s natural detoxification time.  When you sleep, your body naturally fasts. 

Children who eat breakfast do better overall in school than children who do not. It’s important what they eat for breakfast; it’ll help your child’s attention span, concentration and memory.

Did you know that kids who eat breakfast have a lower blood cholesterol level and fewer absences in school?

I found the cutest waffle iron from Target for just $9.99

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FOODS AND WHAT THEY DO FOR YOUR BODY

Do you know the benefits of the foods you eat?

FOODBENEFITS
Applesprotect your heart, prevent constipation, block diarrhea, and improve lung capacity, cushion joints
Apricotscombat cancer, control blood pressure, save your eyesight, shield against Alzheimer’s, slow aging process
Artichokeshelp aid digestion, lower cholesterol, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, guard against liver disease
Avocadobattles diabetes, lowers cholesterol, helps stop strokes, control blood pressure, smooths skin
Bananasprotect your heart, quiet a cough, strengthen bones, control blood pressure, block diarrhea
Beansprevent constipation, help hemorrhoids, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, and stabilize blood sugar
Beetscontrol blood pressure, combat cancer, strengthen bones, protect your heart, help weight loss
Blueberriescombat cancer, protect your heart, stabilize blood sugar, boost memory, prevent constipation
Broccolistrengthens bones, saves eyesight, combats cancer, protects your heart, controls blood pressure
Cabbagecombats cancer, prevents constipation, promotes weight loss, protects your heart, and helps hemorrhoids
Cantaloupesaves eyesight, controls blood pressure, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, and supports immune system
Carrotssave eyesight, protect your heart, prevent constipation, combat cancer, promote weight loss
Cauliflowerprotects against prostate cancer, combats breast cancer, strengthens bones, banishes bruises, guards against heart disease
Cherriesprotect your heart, combat cancer, end insomnia, slow aging process, shield against Alzheimer’s
Chestnutspromote weight loss, protect your heart, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure
Chili peppershelp with digestion, soothe sore throat, clean sinuses, combat cancer, boost the immune system
Figspromote weight loss, help to stop strokes, lower cholesterol, combat cancer, control blood pressure
Fishprotects your heart, boosts memory, combats cancer, boosts immune system
Flaxhelps digestion, battles diabetes, protects your heart, improves mental health, boosts immune system
Garliclowers cholesterol, controls blood pressure, combats cancer, kills bacteria, fights fungus
Grapefruitprotects against heart attacks, promotes weight loss, helps stop strokes, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholesterol
Grapessave eyesight, conquer kidney stones, combat cancer, enhance blood flow, protect your heart
Green teacombats cancer, protects your heart, helps to stop strokes, promotes weight loss, kills bacteria
Honeyheals wounds, helps digestion, guards against ulcers, increases energy, fights allergies
Lemonscombat cancer, protect your heart, control blood pressure, smooth skin, stops scurvy
LimesSame as lemons
Mangoescombat cancer, boost memory, regulate thyroid, help with digestion, shield against Alzheimer’s
Mushroomscontrol blood pressure, lower cholesterol, kill bacteria, combat cancer, strengthen bones
Oatslower cholesterol, combat cancer, battle diabetes, prevent constipation, smooth skin
Olive oilprotects your heart, promotes weight loss, combats cancer, battles diabetes, smooths skin
Onionreduces risk of heart attack, combats cancer, kills bacteria, lowers cholesterol, fights fungus
Orangessupport immune system, combat cancer, protect your heart, strengthens respiration
Peachesprevent constipation, combat cancer, help to stop strokes, help digestion, help hemorrhoids
Peanutspromote against heart disease, promote weight loss, combat prostate cancer, lower cholesterol
Pineapplestrengthens bones, relieves colds, helps digestion, dissolves warts, blocks diarrhea
Prunesslow aging process, prevent constipation, boost memory, lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease
Riceprotects your heart, battles diabetes, conquers kidney stones, combats cancer, helps to stop strokes
Strawberriescombat cancer, protect your heart, boost memory, calm stress
Sweet potatoessave eyesight, lift mood, combat cancer, strengthen bones
Tomatoesprotect prostate, combat cancer, lower cholesterol, protect your heart
Walnutslower cholesterol, combat cancer, boost memory, lift mood, protect against heart disease
Waterpromotes weight loss, combats cancer, conquers kidney stones, smooths skin
Watermelonprotects prostate, promotes weight loss, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, controls blood pressure
Wheat Germcombats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion.
Wheat Brancombats colon cancer, prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol, helps to stop strokes, improves digestion
Yogurt*guards against ulcers, strengthens bones, lowers cholesterol, supports immune system, improves digestion

*Lemon yogurt is the only one that is a natural antibiotic with no side effects.

Did you learn anything new?  Let me know in the comments!

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WHY I DRINK ALOE VERA JUICE

I am going to be honest, it’s not the taste! I am one of those people who will try almost anything, if it is good for you and will keep you young. After children, my digestive system was no longer the same. I was unable to poop every day! In fact, if I was going three times a week, I was lucky. We are supposed to go after every time we eat. I hate laxatives and I found this 98% Aloe Vera juice in the laxative aisle at CVS. Since then, it’s become one of my best friends. I drink a glass every day.

Aloe Vera is one of my favorite beauty secrets and the best makeup remover I have ever used. It helps remove dead skin. It does wonders for your hair, health and your skin. It’s full of antioxidants, which internally helps boost the immune system, the detoxification process for your body, and your overall digestive health. It helps with constipation and assists in preventing colon cancer.  It’s fully packed with B-12, B, C and E vitamins, and folic acid.

If you are interested in using Aloe Vera to detox and want some guidance, check out TheRealCherie,com

🍉DON’T FORGET TO EAT YOUR WATER🍉

I hear people say all the time they do not like water and just can’t drink it. Well, eat it then… I know it sounds crazy, but watermelon is 92% water! So, there is nothing wrong with eating it, as well as drinking it.

Watermelon has a high water content so it helps keep your skin hydrated. Dehydrated skin leads to a dull appearance. As we get older, our skin becomes thinner and less able to recover from damage. Our body is full of ‘free radicals’ that damage cells over time and can be attributed to the cause of aging skin. Watermelon is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamins C and A, which help reduce these free radicals and can slow down the signs of aging. Watermelon is packed with Vitamin A, which can help reduce skin pore size and the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands secrete. Watermelon is believed to help with acne due to this these properties. Watermelon is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.

Watermelon is full of an amino acid called arginine. Arginine is essential in our bodies and helps with blood circulation in the scalp. When your blood is circulating in the scalp, your hair will grow. Watermelon seed oil will help moisturize your hair.

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I LOVE PATTY MELTS!

Heaven is really anywhere you want it to be!

With Covid going on, I feel that I’ve lost myself a little bit. One thing that it has done for me is reminded me to appreciate the little things. To fall back in love with the simplicity of life. Last night at 10 PM, I was hungry, overworked, tired. I really needed to go to sleep, but my crew was still shooting a project and it’s customary for the producer to be the first one there and the last one to leave. 

Well because of Covid, I don’t even get to be there with my crew, I have to be there virtually! I started thinking of foods I really liked as a child. 

Patty Melts were my thang! I dunno who Patty is, but I appreciate her. Or maybe it’s just the beef patty? Either way, Grub Hub delivered burger meals to my crib last night. Those grilled onions, peppers and mustard were good last night and I appreciated the onion rings too. I slept like a baby!

Thanks, WHATABURGER! 

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POPSICLES FOR BREAKFAST OR ICE LOLLIES AS MY DAUGHTER CALLS THEM!

 Yes, I am that mother who will give my daughter a popsicle for breakfast. Wait, hear me out! See Mr. Chris bought my daughter some popsicle molds for her birthday and she loves them! Being a summer baby who just so happens to live in a hot environment, she may as well start her days off right with some refreshing fruit! When you make popsicles at home, I know exactly what’s in them! 

I blend fruit and coconut milk together and instead of a smoothie, make popsicles. The one pictured is simply the juice from watermelon I had in a container in the refrigerator. I also cut fresh strawberry slices and put it on the sides to make it look pretty and taste extra yummy. 

She gets a great serving of fruit with NO added sugar, No dyes or Food coloring! 100% all natural and a serving of fruit! Win-Win and she thinks it’s fun. Let’s face it, kids like a little rebellion and doing things unorthodox! Easy cool Mom points all the way around, Dads like them too! Lol…

🍒IT’S CHERRY SEASON: THE BENEFITS OF EATING CHERRIES🍒

Cherry season has arrived: they are among the first fruit trees to ripen. The abundance of vitamins in cherries makes it a wonder fruit. Eating cherries is not only good for your skin but is equally beneficial for the health of your hair as well as your digestive system. The vitamins present in cherries are capable of providing nourishment to the hair. Here’s how the different vitamins present in cherries help in maintaining healthy hair.

Vitamin A: 

It regulates the production of an essential acid called retinoic acid which is important for hair follicles and helps keep hair and scalp hydrated.

Vitamin B:

Vitamin B helps improve blood circulation in the body, including the scalp, which results in regeneration of the existing cells and triggers hair growth.

Vitamin C:

Vitamin C is very essential for hair. It helps in strengthening hair follicles and prevents breakage from the roots. It also nourishes the hair and prevents split ends and hair loss by stimulating the growth of new hair follicles.

Vitamin E:

This vitamin helps with proper blood circulation to maintain immunity and helps prevent any hair damage. It also maintains appropriate moisture in the hair and scalp.