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.


8 Tips to Help Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies! Featuring: Vegan Spinach Lasagna.

Dragon Fruit Bowl

Dragon Fruit Bowl

Many mommies & daddies ask me how we get our Toddler to eat Fruits & Veggies!

Well let me tell ya… our lil toddler is the pickiest eater I have ever met! If we can get our lil munchkin to eat his fruits and veggies… So can you!

8 Tips to Help Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies! 

1) Involve Kids in Growing & Preparing Food:

  • Involve your child in Gardening Fruits & Veggies.
  • If possible, teach kids to cut and/or peel food.
  • Let kids pour the water & measure liquids, etc…
  • Be creative and find various ways kids can be physically involved in food prep.

2)  Go Grocery Shopping with Your Kids!

  • Allow your kids to pick which fruits & veggies they would like to eat and/or try.
  • Choices are empowering!
  • Choices minimize power struggles.
  • Kids love making their own food decisions.

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3) Use Colors, Shapes, Sizes & Fun Names!

  • Kids love fun & vibrant colors!
  • Cut in bite sized pieces that are fun to eat & dip.
  • Name the dish fun names like Princess Aurora Peaches/Super Man Power Food!

bodhi eating carrot platter4)  Create Fun & Tasty Dips!

  • Kids love dipping their fruits & veggies!
  • Vegan Ranch, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter.
  • Vegan Cheese Dip (Cashew Cheese).
  • Hummus, Tahini, Bean Dip.
  • Use any sauce you know they love.
  • Above pic is Blended veggies & cashew cheese.
Rambutan Man

Rambutan Man

Dragon Fruit Lady

Dragon Fruit Lady

5) Play with Your Food!

  • Create Fun Shapes & Silly Faces.
  • Allow kids to pick recipes from a book/online.
  • Buy them a Children’s Recipe Book.
  • Find an online Cooking App that is fun for kids.

6) Find Books that Relate to Picky Eaters!

  • Green Eggs & Ham!
  • Just Two More Bites!
  • D.W. The Picky Eater!
Veggies, Fruit & Raspberry Vinaigrette

Veggies, Fruit & Raspberry Vinaigrette

7) Get Creative with Food Textures!

  • Shakes: Add fruits & veggies to coconut, almond, hazelnut milk.
  • Salad: Zucchini Zoodle Salad, chopped salads.
  • Vegetable Pancakes: Mix veggies in pancakes.
  • Muffins: Zucchini, Banana, Carrot, Vegetables.
  • Juice Blends: Mixed Greens, Apples, Berries, OJ.
  • Mix Veggies into Pasta dishes or Raw Dishes.

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8) Be a Great Role model!

  • Have healthy choices in your fridge.
  • Are you eating junk food then telling your kids to eat healthy food?
  • Have every choice in your refrigerator and pantry be a healthy choice!
Loves Fruits & Veggies

Loves Fruits & Veggies

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Here is a Recipe for Spinach Lasagna!

Ingredients:
Gluten Free (Oven Ready) Lasagna Noodles
25 oz. Vegan Vanilla Yogurt (I use coconut yogurt)
16 oz. Black or Pinto Beans (cooked)
3 Cups of Fresh Spinach
2 – 3 Cups of Daiya Cheese (minimum)
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
30 oz. Tomato Sauce
Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Instructions for Spinach Lasagna!

  1. Mash beans open in bottom of 9 X 13 Dish.
  2. Sprinkle Ground Cumin over the Beans.
  3. Pour some Tomato Sauce over the Beans.
  4. Place Lasagna Noodles on top of the Sauce.
  5. Smear Vanilla Yogurt over the Noodles.
  6. Create a layer of Spinach on top of the Yogurt.
  7. Layer the Vegan Cheese over the Spinach.
  8. Keep recreating layers until you reach the top.
  9. *Each noodle needs sauce to cook properly!
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

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ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • First get your kids to eat the lasagna with spinach & mixed greens.
  • Next time you make lasagna, add mushrooms, black olives, red veggies.
  • Use a lot of cheese, make it nice & gooey!
  • Our toddler has been eating this lasagna since he was 1 yr old, its Yummy Yummy Baby!
  • Have Fun with food & your kids will have fun eating it!  🙂

Stay tuned for fun juice & shake recipes that are totally kid friendly!

Stay Healthy & Happy ~ Dr. Dee