Embracing Spring #ONatural {Giveaway}

This months theme with the #ONatural campaign is about Spring and we embrace it.  Well as you know, if you follow me along Facebook, Twitter and Instagram we love Spring. It’s the season of blossoming, Beltane/May Day is celebrated as we welcome the sun, fertility, renew and Spring is also a great time to start a detox.
Some of our Spring traditions that I am adopting this year is to eat with the seasons. If you read my past post about Manger, a beautiful french cook book her recipes are based on the seasons and I like this way thinking and eating.

We also celebrate May Day and Beltane with planting some basil.  We are waiting for the seeds to germinate, we check on them daily and sing:

Tiny seeds, containing life!
They travel upon the wind and bring to us abundance.
Flowers, herbs, vegetables, fruit…
all the bounty of the earth.
We give thanks to the seeds,
for the gifts that are to come in the harvest season.

The kids were so excited to see a little tiny seed sprout!  Kids love nature, they love mud and seeing things blossom.  We will be doing a lot of growing this Spring and Summer.  I can’t wait.
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~Spring Menu~
What’s in season for Spring in Canada?  Asparagus, artichokes, beets, fava beans, fiddleheads, garlic scapes and green garlic(I love these!), lettuces, nettles, peas and radishes.  In fact, I love artichokes, here a favourite recipe from the Manger cook book I mentioned earlier.

Artichoke Soufflés

Ingredients: (serves 4)

Note: You will only be using the artichoke hearts for this recipe.

4 large artichokes
4 eggs, separated
250 ml/ 1 cup full cream milk
60 g/ ¼ cup butter
30 g/ 4 tbsp flour + extra for dusting ramekins
25 g/ ¼ cup grated Gruyère or Comté cheese
Salt and black pepper

For the artichokes:
Trim artichokes stem and cook in boiling salted water until tender – approx 45 minutes to an hour depending on size. Drain, remove leaves, remove fuzzy choke and reserve the heart (fleshy center part). Purée artichoke hearts with a vegetable masher until smooth.

For the cheese béchamel:
On a medium heat, melt butter and add flour. Whisk until smooth and gradually add milk whisking away. Season with salt and pepper. Stir until sauce thickens. Off the heat, add grated Gruyère or Comté, stir until melted. Leave to cool for 10 minutes, then add the egg yolks, one by one, followed by the artichoke purée. Mix well until smooth.

Finally:
Beat the egg whites in a large bowl until foamy. Add a pinch of salt then continue whisking until stiff. Fold egg whites gently into in artichoke/béchamel mixture.
Grease 4 ramequins with butter and dust with flour on all sides including base lightly. Fill the ramequins to 1/2-inch from the top with mixture.

Cook in preheated oven 180°C/ 350 F for 25-30 minutes. Serve immediately.

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~Detox~
Artichokes is actually an wonderful vegetable for detoxing.  Did you know?  Naturopaths often recommend a “Hypoallergenic Diet” as a great way to kick-off a detox program. If you would like to try it out, please see the link below for some general guidelines.  If you have any medical concerns, please discuss this with your healthcare practitioner first. http://www.hypoallergenicdiet.com/the-diet.   Orange Naturals also has your liver covered with their Liver Health tincture, which is packed with liverprotecting herbs like milk thistle, burdock, dandelion and stinging nettle.

~Allergies~
Orange Naturals has some excellent products to help minimize the effects of allergies for adults and kids.  With my husband’s high blood pressure I am happy he is going the homeopathic root.  It did help his cat allergies and with those over the counter allergy meds, they have ephedrine and we found it really affected his heart.  So far his allergies have not been an issue.

~Giveaway~

Do you dread spring allergy season? If so, you’ll want to spring away from allergy season with an Orange Naturals Spring Defense Kit! This prize pack contains Seasonal Allergies (Homeopathic) for Adults + Kids and Probiotics for Adults + Kids – a package valued at approximately $100 (CA).

Disclosure:  I am an Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador. As part of my affiliation with this group I receive products and special access to Orange Naturals opportunities. The opinions on this blog are my own.

Contest Disclaimer: By entering the following contest you are accepting that if you win, your contact information will be shared with Orange Naturals for the purpose of mailing your prize. Please allow 4-6 weeks from the contest closure date to receive your prize. This giveaway may appear on other blogs as part of the #ONatural Mom Ambassador program. However, to be fair, you can only win once per giveaway. If your name is chosen more than once, another winner will be selected. All winners must be from within Canada.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. tanyab79 | 4th May 16

    Several of use in the our household suffer from allergies.

  2. joy | 4th May 16

    i love spring; everything is so fresh and new 😀 I personally don’t suffer from allergies – but my husband does (and so does our dog!)

  3. Caryn Coates | 4th May 16

    My hubby suffers real bad. I don’t suffer nearly as much as he does with allergies

  4. Melinda Jana | 4th May 16

    I suffer from allergies pretty much all year round. Not looking forward to all the flowers coming up, even though they are pretty

  5. Joni W | 4th May 16

    I do have allergies but not of the seasons. Sometimes it seems I have sun allergies. My niece has bad asthma, can barely go outside and has to be watched closely. And there are 4 more kids to look after!

  6. Melinda Jana | 4th May 16

    lots of good posts on the site. I like the Get Glowing Skin – The Natural Way, I’m going to try and adjust my diet to follow what they recommend for certain stuff

  7. Anne Taylor | 4th May 16

    My husband has the worst allergies. He sneezes all year long! It would be awesome if we could find something that would actually help him!

  8. Maria | 4th May 16

    I suffer from seasonal allergies

  9. Silvia D | 4th May 16

    my son has year round allergies, I suffer from allergies but not yet sure what is causing it.I think it is seasonal as all winter I was fine.

  10. kathy downey | 4th May 16

    Yes i suffer from allergies year round,and yes we celebrate the Spring season with planting and the Fall with harvest

  11. kathy downey | 4th May 16

    Deciphering Your Child’s Coughs is an article i really enjoyed reading,you can learn so much from http://orangenaturals.com/

  12. Brandee H | 4th May 16

    My son and both suffer from allergies. My husband does as well, but he is in denial 🙂

  13. Brandee H | 4th May 16

    Food for Fuel was a great article. And a good reminder of the importance to eat breakfast.

  14. Kim K | 4th May 16

    Sadly 3 of 4 in our household suffer from allergies

  15. heather sibley | 4th May 16

    I do suffer from seasonal allergies and would love a natural remedy.

  16. Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard | 4th May 16

    My hubby suffers from allergies – hes hoping this might help him out

  17. Tara Betterley | 4th May 16

    I suffer from Seasonal Allergies.
    I need to learn more about eating healthier to build my immune system and this will help me control my auto-immune disease..

  18. Angela Mitchell | 5th May 16

    I don’t suffer from any allergies but my husband has asthma and a variety of allergies and so do my two children.

  19. Lynda Cook | 5th May 16

    So far I have been good with allergies, but my hubby does suffer every year, sneezing and wheezing, gets on my nerves sometimes..lol

  20. Victoria Ess | 5th May 16

    I don’t have allergies and I love getting outdoors all year round!

  21. Victoria Ess | 5th May 16

    I liked the posts on eating better and getting glowing skin.

  22. Jennifer L. | 5th May 16

    Fortunately I don’t suffer from allergies but my son does. And yes, I do celebrate the seasons. Especially spring!

  23. heidi c. | 5th May 16

    I suffer from both perennial and seasonal allergies and would love to see if Orange Naturals could help with my symptoms.

  24. Cara Inglis | 5th May 16

    Spring is my favourite season, but like many, brings a flurry of allergies my way! It’s worth it though.

  25. Rosanne Robinson | 6th May 16

    I do have lots of allergies that include grass, mold, and flowers.

  26. Lisa Smith | 6th May 16

    I suffer through hay fever almost every year

  27. Terri Baker | 6th May 16

    I liked the article Be Your Best Self Series: Eat Better Starting Today! I need to learn to eat better

  28. Terri Baker | 6th May 16

    My son suffers from seasonal allergies, and this year I feel that I am beginning to have some as well.

  29. donna dufresne | 7th May 16

    No i dont suffer from allegories I garden a lot I love all the pretty colors in my yard and one of the blogs I loved reading about was this one http://orangenaturals.com/get-glowing-skin-natural-way/

  30. Amy C | 7th May 16

    I suffer from allergies. We don’t really do anything to celebrate the seasons.

  31. MaryG. | 7th May 16

    I find that some summers my allergies are bad and other summers nothing…so strange.

  32. Judy Cowan | 8th May 16

    Found an article on Get Glowing Skin – The Natural Way, had some really good tips.

  33. Judy Cowan | 8th May 16

    My husband suffers with seasonal allergies, this is a bad time of year for him with all the buds coming out.

  34. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux | 8th May 16

    I like the Colds and flu as well as the Stress, & Fatigue Orange Natural products.

  35. Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux | 8th May 16

    I have seasonal and environmental allergies. I don’t do anything to celebrate the seasons though.

  36. Jonnie | 10th May 16

    My oldest son and I both suffer from seasonal allergies and it can really put a damper on the excitement of spring.

  37. Jonnie | 10th May 16

    I enjoyed the O Naturals blog post about school lunches that talks about some better alternatives to pack.

  38. Robyn Bellefleur | 12th May 16

    I liked Food for fuel.

  39. Robyn Bellefleur | 12th May 16

    My daughter and I suffer from seasonal allergies.

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