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Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.


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Hooray For the Blueberry!

I can’t say enough about the health benefits of the blueberry.  God was so creative when he thought up these finger staining, antioxidant filled,  disease fighting delights. But they are so expensive and are on the list of produce high in pesticides called the dirty dozen.  Domestic blueberries are  number fourteen,  and imported are number nineteen.    (here is the 2016 list)

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

The possibility of pesticides make it important to buy organic blueberries from your local store, which naturally  makes them even more expensive.  Or you could find a local blueberry farm and pick them for yourself.  Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

But what does one do with that many blueberries?  Well, blueberries freeze beautifully, but I did cook with blueberries for days after our picking adventure   Scroll down to see several recipes I used.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

The small basket we got free

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

Free blueberry lemonade and a cool country porch when you need a break.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please.

This makes me happy.

The first thing I tried to do was to dehydrate some of these beauties thinking they would be perfect in my granola recipe.  I used my oven set on 200 degrees for about 5 hours.  I spread out the blueberries on the parchment paper and turned them periodically.  When finished they had the consistency of raisins.  A few were still plump with juice so I just ate those.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

The next thing I made was my Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins.  These are adapted from my mother’s banana bread recipe using whole wheat instead of white flour, olive oil instead of butter, and a handful of oatmeal to help with battling my cholesterol.  I have a printable recipe for you below.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

Hooray for the blueberry! I enlisted my husband one day in June, and we braved the heat and bugs to spend 90 minutes picking and eating these fun berries at a local blueberry farm. The deal was to pick a huge basket and get a smaller basket free. Yes, please. At the end of the day I was ready to make Banana Blueberry Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Muffins and I tried my hand at dehydrating some in my oven.

click for Muffin Recipe PDF

Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.  A decision to eat naturally is often misunderstood by those who do not share your convictions.  Spiritual motivation to change eating habits is not based on weight loss, even though eating naturally does drop the pounds.  Good health for Jesus, and for the temple of the Holy Spirit…your body,  is the greatest motivation.    Being healthy is a form of worship for me as I deny myself what culture tempts me to taste.  See my post  7 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier for more about real food.

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What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo. You will love it!


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No Mayo Tuna Salad With Avocado

What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo. You will love it!

What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo, and it is delicious.

What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo. You will love it!

What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo. You will love it!

What could be healthier than tuna?  All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo.  You will love it!

What could be healthier than tuna? All the ingredients in tuna salad are so good for the body except for the artery clogging oils in mayonnaise. I came up with a tuna salad recipe using the healthy fat in avocado to replace the mayo. You will love it!

 

Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.  A decision to eat naturally is often misunderstood by those who do not share your convictions.  Spiritual motivation to change eating habits is not based on weight loss, even though eating naturally does drop the pounds.  Good health for Jesus, and for the temple of the Holy Spirit…your body,  is the greatest motivation.    Being healthy is a form of worship for me as I deny myself what culture tempts me to taste.  See my post  7 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier for more about eating real food.

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The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too. It's a quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.


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Fish Tacos

May you eat well and exercise both physically and spiritually, so you will be fit to do what ever good God has prepared in advance for you to do, Ephesians 2:10. 

The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too.  Typically in restaurants, the fish tacos I order are served with whole pieces of fish.  This recipe uses chopped pieces of fish, which makes it so much easier to cook.  This would be a great recipe for an older child to learn because you don’t have to worry about the fish breaking apart when you flip it.  (a task I can never get right)

The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too. It's a quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.

 

I start off with 2 bags of wild caught cod and defrost it in the refrigerator.  You could use any kind of fish.  Cook in olive  oil until done and flaky.   Stir in  a package of taco seasoning mix, watch out, most have MSG in the ingredients.  Lastly, spoon into tortillas and add toppings.  I love sour cream, cheddar, and cilantro…lots of cilantro for me please.

So there you have it.  A quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.  Nutritionists say you should have fish once or twice a week.

The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too. It's a quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.

The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too. It's a quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.

The reason I am passing on this easy recipe is because it never occurred to me to make fish tacos like this before my daughter taught me, so I wondered if you would be interested too. It's a quick simple meal with lots of fishy goodness for your family.

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Worshiping God by the way you eat is radical in this culture. Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.


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7 Simple Ways to Eat Healthier

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Worshiping God by the way you eat is radical in this culture. Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.

Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.  A decision to eat naturally is often misunderstood by those who do not share your convictions.  Spiritual motivation to change eating habits is not based on weight loss, even though eating naturally does drop the pounds.  Good health for Jesus, and for the temple of the Holy Spirit…your body,  is the greatest motivation.    Being healthy is a form of worship for me as I deny myself what culture tempts me to taste.     Here are seven simple ways for you to eat healthier too.

Cold-Pressed Olive Oil

I did research on oils and made the decision to exclusively use cold-pressed Olive oil in all my meals and baking.  Cold-pressed does not use heat and retains its nutritional value.

There was a 60 Minute report on mafia controlled olive oils being imported from Italy.  Since most olive oil production is controlled by the mafia, it is unregulated.  Samplings of some olive oils have shone them to be cut with other oils like sunflower and chemical additives to give the green tint.  There have been good reviews of California olive oils, so I have made the switch.  I urge you to do your own research.

Keep it brown

I no longer buy products that use white flour.  This includes all types of bakery items and pasta.  But be careful.  I was fooled into thinking I was purchasing a whole wheat product, when in fact all it said was, Wheat flour.  But wheat flour IS white flour.  Tricky, tricky.

I use brown rice, never white.  I have a great way to cook brown rice where it will always come out perfect. Click here for instructions.

Sometimes Sweet

I substitute local honey or maple syrup for sugar.  If I have to use sugar for special occasions, I only use less refined organic cane sugar.

Plan Ahead

I plan all of our meals ahead of time, including snacks, so we won’t be caught scrounging for food in the panic of hunger, or feel the need to visit a fast food establishment.  This can be difficult on road trips, but with smart phones, you can find more choices than just fast food offerings. One favorite tip is to find a locally owned establishment.  I would rather buy a hamburger from someone who uses real hamburger meat than the questionable contents in the meat of a fast food burger.  Bring your own whole wheat buns to help stay within your guidelines of clean eating.

More Fruits and Vegetables

I load up on produce.  My produce purchases at my weekly trips to the grocery store are around one third of my total bill.   You can see a picture of my shopping cart on my Facebook page here.

I juice twice a week.  My favorite juice is a bundle of spinach, one whole cucumber, and one apple.  To make a smoothie out of this juice I add slices of frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, several frozen strawberries, and a couple teaspoons of  plain yogurt.  See my smoothie on Facebook.

Worshiping God by the way you eat is radical in this culture. Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.

Read Labels

I read labels and try to pick products with fewest ingredients.  Did you know that most bread offered in the store have a paragraph of ingredients, most of which cannot be identified by the average consumer?  Real bread only consists of flour, oil, sugar, and yeast.  My favorite bread comes from Sprouts Farmer’s Market Grocery Store.  Every time we take a trip to Houston (2 hours away) I stock up on this bread.

Only Dairy

I use only real dairy products. Butter not margarine.  Cream not Cool Whip.  Cheddar not processed like American or Velveta.  Did you know that all cheese  is naturally white?

Worshiping God by the way you eat is radical in this culture. Eating real food is not a diet, it is a lifestyle change and unfortunately clashes with popular food culture.

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CAUTION. I AM HUNGRY.

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You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

The Eating for Him Series

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.?  Powerfully demanding?  Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

Remember Esau? Scripture says Esau came in from working one day famished. In a drama queen kind of way Esau declared that he would die if he didn’t get the stew that his younger brother Jacob was deliciously simmering on the fire. Jacob took advantage of Esau’s terrible need and sold the bowl of stew for his inheritance as the oldest. The Message says, “That’s how Esau shrugged off his rights as the firstborn”  Read the whole story here.

Staying clear headed around meal time has gotten me thinking about the temptation of Jesus.  Is the enemy’s timing a matter of coincidence?  “After fasting forty days and forty nights HE (Jesus) WAS HUNGRY.” (Matthew 4:2)

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

Go deep with me y’all…what if I turn my hunger into a spiritual experience? What if I use that growling stomach as a reminder to pray? A time for thankfulness? A time to say to the Lord, “My god is not my stomach” (Phil.3:19) A time to mimic our Savior and say to the enemy, “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)  That hunger zone between meals could be a mini-fast dedicated to Him. “But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice you are fasting, except your Father who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.” (Matthew 6:17) 

You know that time of day when your stomach speaks to you.? Powerfully demanding? Refocusing all attention on self? It is out of that moment of raw, animalistic hunger that this post comes knocking. If caught off guard, I believe the enemy can manipulate me in this moment of weakness…this hunger…if I let him.

All I am saying is that maybe we need to look at hunger in a different way. Instead of frantically trying to appease the beast by quickly calling Little Caesars.  Maybe we should take a moment to focus on God, and then carefully plan what healthy food we will put into our body… in order to honor Him.

 

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