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Springtime Spirulina

Today is the first day of spring. We woke up to sun shining and birds chirping…and boogers.  All five of us were wrestling over the tissue box. It is that allergic rhinitis mucus, the clear type as opposed to the yellow green of an infection. I should have remembered because it happens every year since we moved to Maryland.

As grown ups my husband and I used to take over the counter pills, but I didn’t want to give kids that fuzzy head feeling. Last year I stumbled upon “spirulina,” and it worked like a charm. For us it literally turned the faucet of boogers off.

Spirulina is a blue green algae with incredible nutritional value. 70% of its dry weight is plant protein. It has the same calcium as milk and same iron as beef. It is also high in vitamins A and C. What’s more? It has natural histamine blockers. It works with your immune system to prevent seasonal allergies.

How do you get it? There are multiple ways. I prefer the powdered form mixed into a shake. I’ve also seen raw food bars with spirulina but they lack the 2000mg you need to see a big difference. There are also capsules but the dose is   6 a day.  If you want to try spirulina I urge you to buy a lab grown version from the store. Algae growing naturally absorbed heavy metals from the water.

I like my spirulina smoothies so much that I kept them up long after allergy season. It made it easy to consume my daily protein as a vegetarian. When we redid our kitchen last month my spirulina powder was moved and I forgot about it. Thanks to these boogers we can get back on spirulina track.

If you have tried spirulina post a comment with how you liked it.

 

 

The treats at my house tonight.

Happy Halloween

The treats at my house tonight.

The treats at my house tonight.

 

Over heard at my house this morning:

Steve: “What are we handing out tonight?”

Rose: “bracelets, glow in the dark sticks, spider rings, and some non GMO popcorn.”

Steve: “No way we can’t do that. The neighbors are gonna think we’re weird and kids aren’t gonna wanna trick or treat here. Just give out some of that artificial candy. That is what everyone wants.”

Well, I disagreed with Steve for three reasons. And as you can see from the photo above, this is what we are giving out.

1) I do think there are other parents out there who care about nutrition, or whose children have allergies, or for some other reason don’t “need” all the candy they are going to get tonight. My oldest son has food allergies and is very sensitive to artificial chemicals. There is no way I could deprive him from trick-or-treating, but at the end of the night when we shake out his bag and set aside what he can eat, very little remains. He cherishes the pencils, erasers, bouncy balls, and items he can have. The pursuit is still worth it. He loves being out in the crowd, seeing the costumes, and knocking on the neighbor’s doors. Which brings me to my next point…

2) Just because the stuff we hand out isn’t bad for you doesn’t mean it is not a treat. Dictionary.com defines treat as “anything that affords particular pleasure or enjoyment.” Over the last few years we have given out juice boxes, granola bars, and apples. The little kids love it. You know who complains? The teenagers. Really?!? You are old enough to have a job. Go buy your own candy.

3) The most important reason why I did not buy a big bag of artificially flavored over processed candy is simply because it would make me a hypocrite. I cannot in good conscious say, “I wouldn’t let my kids eat this, but here, I bought some for yours.” Please note that I would never judge a parent for doing so, and certainly my kids will each pick a treat or two before bed tonight, but as a policy I won’t go there.

So, I hope everyone has a wonderful Halloween enjoying the community comradery, the colorful costumes, the eerie sights, the playful atmosphere, and of course the treats, whatever that may mean for your family.

Here is an update. All the "treats" are gone and everyone seemed happy :)

Here is an update. All the “treats” are gone and everyone seemed happy :)