Fruit Smoothie Recipe

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I’m back!

And I’m back with another smoothie recipe!

This week had been crazy warm, and so we’ve been having smoothies every day. It’s a sign that summer is coming… and it’s coming fast!

The beauty of making smoothies is you can pretty much use whatever fruits, vegetables and seeds/nuts combo that you want as long as the taste don’t clash. It’s also a good way to incorporate fresh and raw food into your diet if you are not into eating salad, which you should especially if you consume a lot of meat that makes our body acidic. We are big meat eaters in this house so I make sure we eat raw veggies and fruits to balance it.

Did you know that cancer cells thrive in an acidic, but not in an alkaline environment? Fruits and vegetables are alkaline food that can increase the blood pH levels and create an environment in the body that discourages cancer growth. So don’t be too hasty to skip an opportunity to eat/drink a good portion of alkaline food such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and herbal teas.

Our toddlers are crazy about smoothies! So far, they have not turned down any smoothies I have made in the past, even the ones with spinach in it.

Today, I made a fruit smoothie using some of the fruits we have at home. And it was refreshing! I hope you also give it a try! And feel free to tweak it however you want. 🙂

FRUIT SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2-2 cups crushed ice
  • 2-3 cups almond milk
  • 3 fresh ripe mangoes (chopped)
  • a cup of fresh strawberries (caps off)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 red delicious apple (sliced)
  • 1-2 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • (Optional) 1-2 tbsp. ground chia seeds
  • (Optional) 1-2 tbsp. raw organic honey

Instructions:

  1. Place the crushed ice in the blender and pour almond milk. Blend.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and blend well until smooth. Serve cold.

Note: You may skip adding the honey, which I did, if your fruits are pretty sweet already.

Enjoy!

❤ Zhi

Where is the beauty in the Now?

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Where is the Beauty in the Now?

by Zhi Olson

 

Where is the beauty in the now?

Is it in the fresh snow covering the ground?

Or in the infectious laughter of a toddler running around?

Could it be in the warmth of the fireplace with its flickering flames?

Or in the innocent face of a newborn sleeping, and its delicate frame?

 

Where is the beauty in the now?

Is it in the honest apology for something done wrong?

Or in the gentle embrace of forgiveness and a beautiful song?

Perhaps it is in the sweet scent of a baby’s breath after nursing?

Or in the genuine smile they freely give when joy fills their being? Continue reading

Arroz caldo

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The past winter here that seems to be lingering has been rough for little ones. There’s a bug that has been going around that has made kiddos and their moms and dads sick on and off. It was towards the end of winter when this nasty bug made its way to our home. It was awful. Our first born got it first and then passed it on to her dad, and then to her baby sister. I was very much pregnant with our baby boy at the time. When I felt I was coming down with something too, I increased all our dosage of vitamin C, which kept me from getting sick, and helped my family recover from the cold much faster.

I’ve also made several big batches of arroz caldo to nurse my family and some friends back to health. I have just made this again today because our middle child has been under the weather lately, and I heard that my friend’s son has been sick too.

Arroz caldo is a Filipino dish I grew up eating. Some would call it Lugaw. It’s a Spanish-influenced rice soup, similar to a congee, that is often served to the ill and to the elderly because it is warm, soft, and easy to digest. But you don’t have to be sick to enjoy this hearty meal. It’s an awesome dish during the cold and wet months to keep us warm. Continue reading

Edward’s Baby Photos

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I’d like to get this post out before March officially ends. I had so many unwritten drafts tucked in my mind, I am seriously having a mental overload of what I wish to write but never got to. I keep reminding myself that this is temporary. That someday I will be able to pen them down. Yes. Someday. Maybe. With 3 kiddos age 3 and below, who knows when that might be.

Of course a lot has happened since my last post was published. I am not getting into grueling details of what had transpired during those weeks. I fear I might bore you to death if you ever do read any of my blurbs from beginning to end. And for those who actually do, thank you for reaching out to me and sending me your private messages. I am very encouraged by your words. Just knowing the fact that someone actually read them brings me joy. One of the comments I received was someone reading my last post thrice. Have you seen how long it was? If not, go ahead and read it so we can both say “wow”. That’s commitment there, I tell you. As moms we are connected in so many ways. Thank you for sharing this journey with me! Continue reading

It’s a Boy!

I was 3 days over my due date when contractions finally started around 5:30 in the morning. They were about 10-12 minutes apart lasting a minute or less. At 7 AM I decided to take a warm shower. This time the contractions were getting closer together and getting a little bit more intense. My husband paged my midwife on call. She called us within minutes and she spoke to me and listened as I had my contractions. We agreed to meet at the birthing center around 9:30.

I had breakfast with the girls as my husband prepared the stuff we needed to bring with us. As soon as we were all set, we drove our girls to a friend’s house, and off we went to the birthing center, which was about a 40 minute drive. The contractions got to 4 minutes apart and more intense, but still manageable.

When we finally arrived at the birthing center, my midwife was already there waiting for us. I used the exercise ball a lot when I felt the contractions starting up again and walked around when it eases up. I was 8 cm dilated but cervix was still intact. My husband and I decided that if my water doesn’t break on its own around 1 PM, we would ask the midwife to intervene and break it. At 1:20 PM, Brianna, my attending midwife, broke my water. The contractions quickly became more extreme, I started grunting. The excruciating pain that I felt assured me that I am going to meet my baby soon. Barb, the other midwife that was there to assist Brianna, helped me gain back control of my breathing. I started pushing half an hour after my water broke. I pushed as arduous as I could! It was a grueling pain… but a pain with a purpose indeed! A part of me wanted to run away from the pain. My whole body twitched in agony. I clenched my husband’s hand with my left hand and the sidebar of my bed with my right as the waves of searing pain surged into my back, around my abdomen, and down below.

When I finally felt the baby’s head came out, I felt a huge sigh of relief. I waited for that quick gush of slimy body coming out of me, but that didn’t happen. That’s when I knew something was not right.

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Our oldest turned 3!

“The nights are long, but the years are short.”

I’ve read this once somewhere, and even though our oldest is just 3, it feels like the years are already slipping out of our fingers so quickly. I still distinctly remember when she was born like it was just yesterday. Now, not only do we have a 3 year old, we also have her 19 month old sister, and a baby due 2 days ago, but has decided not to come out yet.

Mira has grown quite a fascination with Paw Patrol so I thought it would be the perfect theme for her 3rd birthday party. She was pretty excited about it and helped me with some of the preparations.

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I worked on her birthday banner first.

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Welcome 2018! I’m liking you already!

“And now we welcome the new year. Full of things that have never been.”

– Rainer Maria Rilke

 

Speaking of never… I’ve never seen my husband “nesting” in any of my 2 other pregnancies, except for this one, which makes me think that we are having a boy. (Of course there are other factors that made me think it’s a boy like how I am carrying this baby, my cravings, the shape of my belly according to my family and other people, etc. However, my husband still thinks we are having another girl! In 6 more weeks we will soon find out and we can’t hardly wait!).

A week ago, just before Walmart closed their doors for New Year’s eve, I asked my husband to run and get some whole milk for the girls and some other things we were running low of. The list was short. Probably just 5 items. When he came home, I was folding clothes, so he put the groceries away. Later that night, when I went to the kitchen to grab something, I saw a huge box sitting in the living room. The lights were off so I wasn’t sure what it was. In the dark, it looked like a vacuum cleaner. I was puzzled. And then he told me he bought a carpet cleaner.

A carpet cleaner? Continue reading