Teaching kids about their digestive tracts & microbiomes 🥕🦠 🥑👅


Lettuce wraps make an easy summer meal.

We prepared 1 cup of green lentils the day before. They can also be purchased prepared & frozen or canned (rinse well before use).

Sauté an onion in coconut oil. Add 1 pound of organic ground Turkey and stir until browned. Season well with salt, pepper, hoisin sauce, coconut aminos, ginger, garlic, whatever you like to give it flavor. Chopped Kimchi would be great. Add chopped water chestnuts and finally the cooked lentils and some sunflower seeds.

When it’s hot, spoon into lettuce and serve! Perilla (shiso) leaves work well too.

What is gut friendly about this recipe? The lentils provide iron, potassium, magnesium, both soluble and insoluble fiber which helps the friendly microbes grow. The garlic and ginger are anti- pathogenic. Kimchi provides probiotics to clean and detoxify the gut. I hope this inspires you to create your own lettuce wraps one of these hot summer nights!

This is a very tasty way to use up a common garden weed!

Chop & sauté an onion in ghee.

Add cumin, then the chopped mushrooms. While this is cooking wash the purslane and separate the leaves from the stems.

Add chopped garlic, the purslane, salt and pepper and any other spices or herbs you like. Cilantro would be nice.

Remove the vegetable mixture from pan, wash the pan. Heat up tortillas and fill with shredded cheese, then hot vegetable mixture, more cheese and another tortilla on top. Once the cheese is melting, flip it over.

Remove from heat, slice into triangles, serve with salsa or guacamole. Fresh fruit, grilled fish and some ice cold kombucha would round out the meal!

This is a gut friendly recipe. The tortilla can be customized based on dietary preference (wheat, corn, coconut). Onions are a prebiotic food high in soluble fiber (insulin, FOS) as well as flavonoids to feed friendly microbes. Mushrooms contain both soluble and insoluble fiber for the friendly microbes, minerals, B vitamins the help the body convert energy.

Garlic and cumin are anti pathogenic, and along with stomach acid and insoluble fiber sweep the small intestine clean as it absorbs nutrients and fibers travel along to feed the friendly bacteria in the colon.

Purslane is considered a super food- an excellent source of the omega -3 fatty acid Alpha linoleic acid AND several vitamins and minerals. It should be noted that it is also high in oxalates. Like with spinach, for folks with (or prone to) kidney stones and/or joint pain, it’s not recommended to eat a lot of this leafy green. (Arugula or watercress is a better choice for these folks). I find it interesting that purslane is also high in potassium and magnesium which can be protective against oxalates in the body. Also eating oxalate rich foods with calcium (like cheese in this recipe) can be protective.

Honey sesame granola

This is an old recipe that I’ve been using for many many years. I always used to bring it to moms when they come home with a new baby.

This is a perfect example of updating when new information is learned.

Back in the day when I used to make this a lot, I might have thought it’s necessary to cut down on the honey in there but now I know raw honey is really beneficial for health and I might even increase it for this recipe.

For the oil, 100% use coconut oil over any vegetable or canola oil. Regarding the cornflakes, I’m not the biggest fan of cereal with synthetic vitamins added, especially the form of folate and iron this is added. It’s pretty hard to find cornflakes without that, and a lot of people don’t do well with corn anyway so I’m thinking about substituting and all natural rice crispy type cereal instead, or even coconut shreds.

I’m lucky enough to work here in this field everyday! Being surrounded by beauty & nature is good for health, not to mention digging in the soil! Did you know touching soil provides your body with probiotics and energy?! No wonder it feels so good.