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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

EAT: Power Yogurt with Fruit & Flax Seed Oil

It's Tuesday again! Time for another quick, but nutritious recipe. Today's feature is a tasty treat I like to call Power Yogurt. Power Yogurt can be made with just about any fruit--fresh and in season or frozen. Right now melons are in season but the black raspberries I used were frozen although I did pick them from my personal berry patch last month. I made the yogurt myself (here's how) -- don't worry it's pretty easy.

Add the fruit and yogurt to a bowl. Squeeze a bit of lemon juice over it and a tablespoon or two of flax seed oil (whatever amount you normally use), top it off with a spoonful of honey, mix it around a bit and you're good to go. Add a handful of almonds if you like. Power Yogurt is a healthy choice for breakfast, a mid-morning or late afternoon snack or dessert.

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Honey as a Remedy for Coughs

Have you ever tried the old-fashioned remedy of using honey for coughs? Well, guess what? It really works, and it's even better than over the counter (OTC) cough remedies for children-- particularly at night--by reducing the severity and frequency of coughing. And it showed a positive effect on sleep quality according to researchers at Penn State University in State College, PA.

This is good news in light of the recent FDA advisory cautioning parents not to give OTC cough medicines to children under the age of 6 years old. Most OTC cough medicines contain a cough suppressant called dextromethorphan (DM), which can cause involuntary muscle contractions.

The anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties of honey have been well documented and it is sometimes used to treat diaper rash. Many cultures have used honey to treat coughs due to colds. If your child doesn't like the taste of honey try adding a few drops of lemon juice.

Keep in mind however, that honey should not be given to children under the age of 12 months because of the potential for infant botulism to develop, a rare but severe form of food poisoning. Bees pick up botulism spores from flowers, which are widely found in soil and in nature.

Related reading: Natural Treatments for Diaper Rash

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