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 September 2012

Monroe Happenings:


Natural Health Consultations with Maurine-1 hour $50.00; ½ hour $30.00


Solid State Energy Work-Initial consultation 1 ½ hour $100.00; weekly follow up consultation 15-30 minutes $25.00; for more information or to make appointment call

Maurine @ 734-240-2786


Live Blood Analysis October 4 10-5 the first Session was a great success-

Call 734-240-2786 for appointment


Growing Connections Conference and Organic Harvest Festival (based on Weston A Price principles)-September 23 9-4 West Bloomfield High School for information


Gathering: people, their Minds, and their Fields September 22 5:00-7:30 at Monroe County Community College Building A-fundraiser for River Raisin Institute


Health Matters at Monroe Farmers


Double Up Bucks: New program for Bridge Card customers!!  Fair Food Network gives up to $20.00 in free DUB coins for every two dollars spent using the Bridge Card. 

Stop by Health Matters table for more information. Saturday 6-12


Family Farms Coop: orders due Sept 26 at noon; Pickup Sept 28

Southgate 2:30-3:30


Community Education Classes at Health Matters:

Vitamin & Herbs Help or Hype? September 24th 6:30-7:30


Sign up Community Education 734-265-4950


Yoga with Shannon: Saturday sessions Christ Lutheran Church 8:15-9:15 AM


Check facebook at yoga Shannon McElvany for schedule at other locations.


Healthy Happenings: Back to School #1

 Well it’s that time again to get back to a healthy regimen.  The beginning of school brings many challenges, how to get ourselves and our children to eat a quality breakfast; what to pack for lunch; and how to provide healthy snacks when kids get home from school.  We still think school lunches have too much junk food (disguised as healthy) like low fat milk, pizza, cookies etc. They have incorporated salad bars, yogurt (mostly low fat or fat free), granola bars, juices and sports drinks.  It does take a little planning and a lot of efforts to choose nutritious whole foods for our families, however, the benefits are enormous.  Children and adults that begin their day with protein rich foods an adequate amount of natural fats can concentrate on learning and teachers report much better attention in class.


Healthy Breakfast:

Most American families begin start their day with cereal, toaster pastries, toast and juice or low fat milk.  We are marketed to every day by the companies that sell these types of products.  Many of these products have GMO soy and corn. I know it is difficult to turn down these low cost low quality foods.  I used to clip coupons too.  But now I see most coupons are for low quality foods.  So I just skip them.


1. Better choices for breakfast include eggs, either hard boiled or fried in butter with salsa, nitrite free bacon, whole milk or Greek yogurt, with fresh fruit, nuts, protein powder, and granola, and whole fruits with cheese or natural peanut butter.  Old fashioned oatmeal can be made ahead with fresh fruit, flax, cinnamon and nuts for a quick easy breakfast.  To give milk more protein you can add non-instant dry milk to oatmeal or smoothies. Natural milk with cream on top from Calder Dairy gives needed protein and fat.


            2. In addition to nutritional foods breakfast is a great time to take quality a                                multivitamin, vitamin C and Vitamin D3.  When you take these vitamins on an

            empty stomach the fat soluble vitamins are not absorbed into the system.


Healthy Lunches:

Lunches too are difficult with the habit we have of packing sandwiches, snack cakes, Lunchables, chips etc. It is no wonder we have trouble with our weight.        


        1. Better choices for lunches are leftover soups, meat and vegetables, salads 


        made with quinoa, cheese & fruit, celery with sunflower butter or natural dressings, trail mixes with nuts and dried fruit, plain yogurt, tuna salad made with vegetables and mixture of mayonnaise and yogurt. Look for non nitrate deli meats Applegate Farms and Boar’s Head brands are great choices. When we can make any homemade baked goods that reduce the amount of sugar and add some fiber (ground flax) we reduce the amount of chemicals and preservatives our families ingest.  The Monroe Farmer’s Market is a great place to purchase homemade bakery items all year round.


Healthy Snacks:

            Children come home from school hungry and they have a few hours before dinner. 

            Having cut up carrot sticks, cucumbers, celery sticks and a healthy dressing or      


 Having apples, bananas, berries (in season) or oranges with string or cheese    cubes ready and visible will help children choose healthier options when they are hungry.  Remember my idea for healthy living 80% good foods and 20% whatever you choose to splurge on. 


Healthy Beverages:

            Children in America drink way too much juice.  Water is essential to life and

            should be encouraged as much as possible.  At my house we drink Way Back

            Water added to one gallon of filtered water.  This water is super hydrating and can

            help keep our bodies balance our PH levels.  I am also using carbonated water

            added to Newman’s 100% grape juice with a few drops of Stevia instead of soda

            pop. This recipe is cost effective and has only 40 calories per 8 ounce glass.


Many of my recipes are available at the store.


Contact your pharmacist regarding any potential vitamin/drug interactions.  Notify physician regarding any alternative remedies.


Raw cow & goat milk and Amish grass fed meat or call 1-269-476-8883


Door to Door Organics


Local Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies or Organic Vegetables Juices-Small $4.50; Large $5.50


Guernsey Ice Cream with organic cones-$1.50


Store News:

·         United Natural Foods Special Orders:  Due September 12


  • Bridge Cards accepted at the store.


·         Local Delivery to shut-ins available


  • Family Discount Day: Every Wednesday get 5% off of entire order.
  • Free Muscle Testing


Save the Earth Tip

Buy reclaimed wooden furniture.  An area of ancient woodland the size of a football field is destroyed every two seconds.  Make sure your home isn’t contributing to the destruction by buying furniture that’s either secondhand or made from reclaimed wood.


Recipe of the Month: Comes from one of our customers Teresa Asmus

No Bake Protein Bars


2 cups organic quick oats                                            Topping          

½ cup natural peanut butter                                        1 cup Trader Joe’s chocolate chips

4 scoops vanilla protein powder                                 2 teaspoons extra light olive oil

2 tablespoons ground flax

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

½ cup filtered water


Line 11X7 baking dish with waxed or parchment paper.  Using clean hands kneed all ingredients together in a large bowl. 

Add extra water as needed 1 teaspoon at a time.

Spread dough into dish, pressing down to flatten.

Melt chocolate and olive oil in a double boiler.

Spread on top of dough.

Freeze for 30 minutes.  Cut into bars.  Store in refrigerator for freshness.


  • You can adjust recipe by adding chocolate chips or unsweetened coconut to dough.
  • You can eliminate chocolate topping and spread honey or maple syrup on top.


Maurine Natural Nurse

Health Matters Herbs and More 17 E. Second St. Monroe, Michigan 48161



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