Chlorophyll Cocktail

This beverage is a key element to long-term digestive health as well as for recovering after bouts of stomach upset due to ingesting harmful foods. Over a year after my son, Parker’s CSID diagnosis, he still was not doing well. I did not understand why removing sugars and starches had not resulted in better progress. After an initial appointment with a homeopathic doctor, I realized that Parker’s body was still in distress. Chlorophyll was a part of a holistic approach that brought balance and healing to his digestive system. Though Parker took a variety of supplements over the course of the next two years, I credit chlorophyll as a major breakthrough in assisting his body in recovering from months of trauma related to eating foods he could not digest (prior to his CSID diagnosis).

I created this “cocktail” as a way to combine his various supplements in a drink form that was fun and easy. The combination of ingredients assist with pH balance needed to eliminate acid reflux issues, sooth irritation in esophagus, stomach and intestines, and reduce malabsorption issues that changes in diet alone may not address. In addition, using lemon or lime juice also assists in breaking down protein in foods and should be served after all meals containing eggs, cheese, poultry, fish or beef.

I recommend starting your child on this beverage at the earliest age possible and giving it to him or her at least twice per day so they become accustomed to the taste.

Yield: 2, 4-ounce servings 

1 tablespoon honey, dissolved in 2 ounces warmed water (for children under 1 year, use 1 tablespoon crystalline fructose instead)
1/2 fresh-squeezed lemon or lime
4 ounces distilled water or sodium-free sparkling mineral water
1 teaspoon flax oil

1. Pour dissolved honey into a large glass. Add cubed ice if desired.
2. Add lemon or lime juice, chlorophyll, distilled or sparkling water, flax oil and aloe.
3. Blend well and divide between two cups. When Parker was younger, I used spill-proof sippy cups. If you choose to do this as well, only use distilled water as the carbonation in the mineral water will create pressure inside the sealed sippy cup.
4. Chlorophyll Cocktail should be taken with any meals containing meats, eggs, or cheese to assist in protein digestion or as a between-meal supplement to boost blood sugar and increase calories.

Blueberry Smoothie

Kids won’t even know they are getting vital nutrients as they sip or spoon this cool, blue treat in addition to lunch or as dessert on a hot summer evening.

Yield: 4 servings 

1/2 cup whole organic milk, coconut milk, or almond milk*
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup whole plain yogurt
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon flax oil
1 tablespoon honey or 1 teaspoon crystalline fructose 

1. Blend blueberries with the milk until smooth, adding more milk if needed.
2. Add remaining ingredients and blend on high until frothy. Serve immediately.

Easy Sucrose-Free Raspberry Lemonade Sparkling Slushy

Raspberry Lemonade Slushy
All of my kids love this! It’s yummy, cool and easy on the tummy too!

Yield: 6 servings of about 4 ounces each

2 cups ice
1 cup frozen raspberries
16 ounces sodium free sparkling mineral water (we use S. Pellegrino)
Juice of 1 large lemon
1/4 cup crystalline fructose (if using a different sugar-free sweetener, adjust amount according to taste)

1. Combine all ingredients in the order listed above in a large blender or Vitamix.

2. Blend thoroughly on high speed until slushy, adding more mineral water if needed.

3. Garnish with fresh raspberries or lemon slices or both. Serve immediately with a straw and a spoon.

Variations: Use strawberries or blueberries in place of raspberries. Add or replace lemon with the juice of 2 limes.