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Get Connected

  Silicon Valley Infertility Support Group Facebook Group · 6 members Join Group This is a support group for anyone on their fertility journey: We are women and men living in the Silicon Valley of California. You will find support …  

No Bake Blueberry Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

No Bake Blueberry Chocolate Chip Energy Bites

  No Bake blueberry chocolate chip energy bites are a healthy grab and go snack. Once you make these, you will always want to keep some on hand. Make a double batch and keep one in the fridge and one in the freezer. Full of […]

Simple Roasted Kale Chips

Simple Roasted Kale Chips

Ingredients

1 bunch Organic Curly Kale

1 tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Wash kale and remove leaves from stem.
  2. Break Kale into large bite size pieces, remembering they will shrink once roasted.
  3. Spread out Kale pieces on baking sheet and allow to dry (about 30-60 min. This step can be completed ahead of time)
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  5. Drizzle olive oil over the kale.
  6. Gently massage the olive oil into the kale with your clean hands. You want to make sure each piece of kale is lightly covered with the olive oil.
  7. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Place baking sheet of Kale in the oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  9. Remove Kale and check for crisp pieces. You may need to roast additional time depending on the crispness of Kale. Often I will remove most of the kale chips and place on plate and put the remaining kale back in the oven for a few minutes until the kale chips reach desired crispness.
  10. Best eaten within 30 minutes of roasting. They will become softer if stored in container.

This recipe is easily doubled for a larger crowd.

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

Sweet and Spicy Mixed Nuts

This recipe is great for snacking with its sweet, spicy, and salty flavors and its loaded with protein and heart healthy fats.   Sweet and Spicy Nuts Mix 1 cup Walnuts 1 cup almonds ½ cup pumpkin seeds ¼ cup cashews 1 tsp chili powder […]

Roasted Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Roasted Curry Coconut Butternut Squash Soup

Serves 6-8   Ingredients: 2 small or 1 large butternut squash- peeled, diced 1 large sweet potato – Peeled and diced 1 large yellow onion 3 cloves garlic, minced 3 inches ginger, peeled and minced 1 can coconut milk 5 cups vegetable broth or chicken […]

Find your grove and be strengthened.

Find your grove and be strengthened.

My family and I visited the California Redwoods this summer. I have always loved the redwoods and while I have lived most of my life in California I never actually visited the state park until then. It was fascinating. The park is set up with a path that goes past hundreds of redwoods that are so huge and beautiful. What I found most interesting is how there would be clumps of trees together. I later learned these are called groves. The redwoods clump together to support each other. Their root systems are pretty shallow, only reaching six to twelve feet deep with a root diameter of 1 inch. The roots spread out sideways 50-80 feed wide. The root systems of the trees grow together, intertwining, so that they are all strengthened by their connection to one another.

Often times when we face struggles and challenges, the temptation is to isolate, pretend all is ok or try to do it alone. This may work for a while, but it is a lonely place to be and pretty soon we will face burn out. I encourage us all to reach out to others. Find safe people to share your struggles with. Allow yourself to draw from the strength of those around you.

I know when I finally opened up and shared my struggles with a close friend, the burden of the struggle lifted a little. I didn’t have to keep all the hurt inside anymore. And, the beautiful thing is that when we are vulnerable with others, it encourages them to vulnerable with us. We grow together and we are strengthened by our connections.

Whatever you are struggling with, find your grove.

Indian Spiced Lentils

Indian Spiced Lentils

This delicious recipe is budget friendly, vegan, freezes well and is loaded with nutrients for the whole family. The lentils and kidney beans provide iron, protein, antioxidants, folate, folic acid, and fiber. These are vital nutrients for fertility and a healthy pregnancy. The bone broth […]

My 10 step process to surviving Solo parenting

My 10 step process to surviving Solo parenting

  Most of us with kids will have to do solo parenting while our partner is out of town or working late hours. I believe it doesn’t have to be stressful, exhausting and dreadful. My husband was gone this past week (6 days and 5 […]

Chicken Bone Broth

Chicken Bone Broth

There is just something so comforting about Chicken Soup. It doesn’t matter what time of year I have chicken soup, it is always comforting and I feel better after eating it. There is also science which proves traditionally made chicken soup has actual healing components to it. What are the healing components? The vitamins, minerals, collagen, gelatin and other nutrients found in the broth, more specifically, bone broth. What is bone broth? Bone broth is broth made from the bones of the chicken or cow. The bones are simmered on low for at least 24 hours to allow for the breakdown of the bones and the accessibility of  important nutrients found in the marrow of the bones. I like to use the bones/carcass from a whole roasted chicken. I first roast the chicken and then remove the meat from the bones. Then I either save the carcass and pan drippings to make broth at a later time, or I transfer the carcass and pan drippings to my crock pot and get the broth going the same day I make Roasted Chicken. I have a simple and delicious recipe for Roasted Chicken here.

Ingredients:

Carcass/Bones and pan drippings from 4-5 pound Roasted Chicken

1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Optional add ins: 2 carrots, 1 onion, 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped

 

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in Crock pot. Fill the crock pot with filtered water.
  2. Simmer on low for 24 hours.
  3. Strain broth and store in Mason jars. Place jars in refrigerator. Broth can be transferred to freezer after 12 hours in fridge. Broth is good in fridge for 4-5 days or frozen up to 3 months.

 

Beef Bone Broth

Beef Bone Broth

Bone Broth has gained a lot of popularity in the world of health food over the past few years and rightly so. It is an ancient, simple and versatile way to get, vitamins, minerals, collagen, protein, and easily digestible gut-health, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting nutrients. […]