Bodhi Bear Soup, a healing remedy for Coughs & Colds!

After surviving a serious and traumatic case of Whopping Cough as a child, I always dive into healing mode when one of my younglings has a fever or a whooping like cough that is associated with Pertussis.

I created this “Bodhi Bear Soup” with a ton of Healthy goodness to strengthen my youngling’s immune system against “Winter Bugs”, especially Whooping Cough!

This soup is filled with chopped Carrots, which have tons of Vitamin A and Beta-Carotene, especially known for helping the immunity of children.

I made sure to add organic Avocado Oil, which is a good fat that works synergistically with Vitamin A absorption.

I also added organic minced Garlic, which contains Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Manganese & Selenium and other antimicrobial and antioxidant properties which can boost our immune system.

More over, Garlic is known to be super effective against toxic bacteria, viruses and fungi.

Next, straight out of my garden, I added many potent leaves of fresh Basil!

Basil has powerful antimicrobial properties, which has long been used in traditional medicine to fight bacterial infections.

In addition, Basil is known for it’s strong but natural anti-histamine properties… Wow, what a super hero herb!

To give this soup some hardiness, I added this beautiful mix of purple, yellow and red potatoes…

I specifically added purple potatoes for their free-radical scavenging and antioxidant capabilities, which is a natural medicine that has been used for ages and ages.

I also included Turmeric!
Curcumin is the main active ingredient in Turmeric. Curcuminoids have powerful anti-inflammatory effects and they are a very strong antioxidant.

Although acute, short-term inflammation can be beneficial, long term inflammation can become a major problem when it becomes chronic and inappropriately attacks your body’s own tissues.

Unbeknownst to many, Curcumin is such a strong anti-inflammatory, that it’s power matches or surpasses many anti-inflammatory drugs without the side effects of pharmaceuticals.

Turmeric and Curcumin really are healthy and powerful gifts from nature!

To give this soup a taste of home and just a little more healing power, I went back into my garden for some fresh Oregano leaves.

In addition to adding a comforting flavor and being an antiseptic, Oregano is a culinary and medicinal herb which has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years… How awesome is that!

In fact, many natural healers use Oregano for treating respiratory tract infections and gastrointestinal (GI) infections, which can accompany many Winter Bugs!

So there you have it, my homemade Bodhi Bear Soup!

Will it work to heal you or your child?

Let me say this, when we follow these remedies at the first sign of symptoms, we tend to zap it in just 2-3 days! 😊

In full disclosure, in addition to giving my kids this soup, I also give them top quality gluten & dairy free probiotics three times a day, a Vitamin A capsule once a day, freshly cracked coconut water twice a day, then I apply a homemade mix of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus & Coconut Oil rub on their upper chest & back every morning and evening while symptoms persist.

I hope these natural remedies bring some nutritional comfort for you and your family this coming Winter!

Sending tons of healing vibes your way,

~Dr. Dee (aka Healthy.Desy)

Soup Ingredients:

  • 2 T Organic Avocado Oil
  • 1- 2 cups chopped Carrots
  • 64 oz. of Organic Vegetable Stock, Homemade or Boxed.
  • 1 cup of chopped Purple potatoes
  • 2 cups of Red & Yellow Potatoes
  • 4-6 cloves of minced Garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 10-20 leaves of Fresh Basil
  • ¼ teaspoon of dried or 10 Fresh Oregano Leaves.
  • 1 Tablespoon of Turmeric Powder
Soup Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add 64 oz of low sodium Vegetable Broth, along with Avocado Oil, mixed Potatoes, chopped Carrots, and Garlic. Heat to boiling, and then reduce heat to a simmer.
  2. While mixture is simmering, add Oregano leaves and Turmeric, then continue to simmer for 30 – 45 minutes.
  3. Add in the fresh Basil just before serving.


Quinoa… an Ancient Grain?!? Yummy Recipe for You & Baby!

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Welcome back Yummy Amigos!

Although my family and I strive to eat primarily whole foods consisting of fruits and veggies, we do indulge in various Gluten-Free grains, seeds and nuts.

Quinoa… is another Super-Food I had never even heard of until my adulthood. I think I pretty much was in a big fat bubble while I lived in my small town in Texas!!!

Quinoa… pronounced keen-wah, was considered an Ancient Food by the Inca Empire. The Quinoa crop was actually considered sacred by the Inca, how cool is that?
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So not only is Quinoa Gluten-Free, it is also considered one of the special complete protein type of foods. Yes, it actually contains the 9 essential amino acids the body needs! Wow, my family and I totally missed the boat on this ride!!! Yep, Quinoa is loaded with Protein, Fiber and Minerals!

Now before we get too excited, it is important to point out that although it is technically Gluten-Free, it’s chemical structure mimics that of gluten, so it does seem to affect many Celiacs in the same manner… so proceed with caution!

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In addition to being loaded with Magnesium, Iron and Zinc, it is pretty high in carbs, so please be cognizant if you are on a low carb or no carb diet. If you are diabetic, it does seem to convert to sugar pretty rapidly, so watch it baby! 😉

Although there are about 120 different types of this pseudo-grain, the yummiest types appear to be the Red, White and Black Quinoa. Although we cook and use it as a grain, it actually is a sprouted seed that is more like a Beet than a grain! Who knew?!?
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So the big question for mommies & daddies is, will the kids eat it?!? Yes, yes, yes!!! Black quinoa tends to have an “earthier” and sweeter taste, but my kids prefer the red and yellow.

I pretty much use the same 2:1 ratio instructions I use when cooking rice. Most Quinoa packages come with easy instructions. Here is a yummy yummy Baby-Friendly recipe I use when serving it to my family!
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It is critical that you rinse and soak your Quinoa for a minimum of 30 minutes. Quinoa can be dirty and taste bitter if you don’t rinse it well.

Heat 2 Cups of Water or Broth or Coconut Water to just boiling.

Add 1 Cup of Clean Raw Quinoa.

Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.

Turn heat off and allow to sit for an additional 10 to 15 minutes (until liquid is absorbed).

While the Quinoa is cooking, I sautee our favorite veggies in 2-3 Tablespoons of Veggie Broth and Sea Salt.

Once the veggies and quinoa are ready, I fluff up the Quinoa with a fork, mix it all with 1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut Butter and Sea Salt and it’s ready to eat!

🌴 Another option for lil ones it to add Fresh Young Thai Coconut Chunks!

*Big Kid Options

🌿 Fresh Rosemary in Sautéed Veggies
🌿 Diced Tomatoes
🌿 Black or White Pepper
🌿 Minced Garlic in Veggies
🌿 Coconut Liquid Aminos (Soy Sauce)
🌿 Chopped Red Onions
🌿 Chopped Bell Peppers
🌿 Diced Cucumbers
🌿 Lemon Juice

🌱 Chopped Tofu

Quinoa can be served hot or cold and with your favorite dressing! The possibilities are endless… 🙂

I know you and your lil ones will really enjoy this Yummy Ancient Food!

See ya soon my friends! Xoxo
~ Dr. Dee


Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Pudding! Easy & Yummy Vegan Recipe!

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Oh my goodness… My entire family is in love with this “no-guilt” Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Pudding!

This decadent pudding is Creamy and Smooth, but it is so Healthy that even babies can enjoy this as a meal! ☺

The Avocado and Raw Cacao in this yummy recipe create a treat full of healthy protein and antioxidants! By adding Raspberries and Nibs on top, big kids like me can take this Chocolate Pudding to a super decadent level! 🍇

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Ingredients:

🍘 2 Ripe Avocados (remove pits)
🍘 ¹/³ Cup Raw Cacao Powder (Or Cocoa powder)
🍘 2 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (or Maple syrup, Agave)
🍘 1 ½ Ripe Bananas (not too ripe)
🍘 ¹/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
🍘 ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
🍘 1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla extract
🍘  ¼ – ½ Cup Coconut Milk  (or Rice, Almond, Soy)

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5 Yummy Secret Tips:

* Cinnamon is optional, but so healthy & yummy!

* Milk is optional, omit or reduce for thicker pudding. Add more milk if too thick.

* For more Chocolate taste, use Vegan Chocolate Milk instead of plain vegan milk!

* Add 2-3 Medjool Dates if you want more sweetness! Nectar & Dates can be omitted for less sugar content.

* Tofu instead of Avocado is another option. (We like Avocado best 🙂

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3 Easy Instructions:

1) Place all ingredients in Food processor or Blender.

2) Blend/Process until it is all smooth & creamy.

3) Transfer to a bowl and allow to set in fridge for 1 hour +.

Chocolate Pudding Garnish:

🍇 Raspberries are a healthy & yummy topping!

🍇 Raw Cacao Nibs add a fun & healthy texture!

🍇 Rice Whipped Cream is a fun creamy twist!

🍊 Orange Zest in/on top is another Yummy idea with a punch!

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Raspberries are considered a Super-Fruit and really carry a lot of healing power in every little berry. Like Cacao, the Raspberry is filled with yummy but healthy antioxidants!

According to a study in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” published in 2003, antioxidants are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans.

In this study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Woohoo!!! 😆☺☺☺

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Yay! This means you can enjoy this decadent treat for breakfast or dessert! Your entire family will love every yummy healthy bite! ☺

Let me know if you have any other interesting twists!

Sending you everlasting health and wellness, xoxox!

~Dr. Dee


Glazed Brussels Sprouts & Jasmine Rice Recipe: Babies 10 months +

Welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby!

As promised, here is another recipe that’s Yummy, Easy and Baby-friendly. Great thing is, this recipe is also toddler-approved and something the entire family will enjoy!

I didn’t grow up eating Brussel Sprouts, in fact, I had never seen Brussel Sprouts anytime in my youth.

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Our family sure did miss out… Brussel Sprouts are so yummy and packed with Vitamins A, C and K.

Brussel Sprouts are also found to offer Cancer protection because of the Sprouts having a large amount of Glucosinolates.

Next time you want your family to have some cruciferous veggies, give these little Green Gems a try!

Glazed Brussel Sprouts & Jasmine Rice: 

🌱 Ingredients: 🌱
🌱 4 Cups Organic Brussel Sprouts (Serves 4).
🌱 1 Tablespoons Avocado Oil (oil of choice).
🌱 1-2 Tablespoons Coconut Nectar (or any sweet glaze, like agave).
🌱 1 pinch Sea Salt.
🌱 1 Tablespoon Coconut Aminos (Soy Sauce).

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🌱👶 Babies 10 months +

🌱 Cook Jasmine Rice according to package.

🌱 Slice & Steam Brussel Sprouts for 5-8 minutes on low to medium heat.

🌱 While steaming Sprouts, add Avocado oil & Coconut Nectar, Sea Salt, Coconut Aminos to a frying pan.

🌱 Sautee & Glaze Sprouts for 5 minutes, then transfer the babies portion of Rice & Brussel Sprouts to Food Processor and blend for 35 seconds.

🍀 Taste and add anything you want.

🍀 Remember babies taste buds are different, what is bland to us is yummy for babies.

🍀 I would only give one small Brussel Sprout to test for allergies and to ensure baby doesn’t have painful gas reaction to sulfur content.

🍀 Make sure to ALWAYS pre-test for allergies for EVERY new food given to a baby or child.

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🍀 For older kids and adults, add minced Garlic, Onion, Pepper to the Sautee Pan… Your family is going to love these Yummy Green Gems!

The above pic displays the Glazed Brussel Sprouts over Jasmine Rice, Vegan Chicken, Strawberry Salad… Deelish!

Stay tuned for next week’s Green Sperfood Recipe for babies 6 months +.

Sending you thoughts of everlasting health and wellness! Xoxo

~ Dr.Dee

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Vegan Baby Food Recipe! Popeye Mashed Potatoes!

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Hey there Amigos!

I’ve been asked for more Healthy & Vegan baby food recipes… So here is one of three more of my Baby Vegan’s favorites.

This first one derived from me looking for another Yummy way to sneak in those essential greens…

The idea came to me while staying at the Wynn Hotel in Vegas! The hotel had this huge, beautiful and shiny statue of Popeye that our toddler became totally fascinated with.

Your little ones will be sure to be strong to the finish while eating up this Yummy dish! 😉

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Popeye Mashed Potatoes! 🌱🌱🌱

🍀2 Cups Organic Fingerling Potatoes
🍀1 Cup Organic Spring Mixed Greens
🍀1 ½Tablespoons Coconut Butter
🍀1 Pinch Sea Salt (Optional)

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🌿 Peel & Steam Potatoes until tender.
🌿 Place Potatoes in Food Processor.
🌿 Add Greens to Food Processor.
🌿 Add Coconut Butter & Salt.
🌿 Blend for about 1 minute or less.
🌿 Best if served while warm!

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🌿 Optional twist: Add fresh Cinnamon Powder or Cinnamon Coconut Butter…

Besides being really easy, the best part of this recipe is that the older kids and adults will love this dish too! It’s super Yummy Yummy Baby!

See you next week for another Yummy Baby Recipe!

Sending you hugs and everlasting health and wellness! Xoxo

~Dr.Dee
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