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Healthy Sweet Popcorn!

You’re three weeks into your New Year’s resolution to eat better and now you’re craving something sweet.

Here is a sweet snack that is ALSO HEALTHY!



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(This article was originally posted in December, 2014)

I love Christmas in the Primary Nursery! Every Sunday in December we would teach the story of Christmas by dressing up the children as characters of the Nativity. We taped yellow paper stars along the walls of the church and one very large yellow star over the place where the baby Jesus (a doll) slept in a manger (a shoebox lined with straw). Mary and Joseph led the procession, the Shepherds carried stuffed lambs, the Wise Men carried small shiny gifts, and the Angels twirled their pretty white dresses as we all followed the stars to find the Baby Jesus.

One December in particular will forever stand out to me. As our adorable class of 2 and 3-year- olds excitedly discovered the stars and almost raced down the halls to find the Baby Jesus, a number of curious adults joined the joyful throng. When the children located the large star, they gathered around the small box with the baby inside, and instinctively knelt down beside it. Without a word from any of the Nursery leaders or bystanders, the Wise Men gently placed their little gifts beside the baby inside the shoebox bed. The spontaneous reverence from these tiny children was awe-inspiring.

After a moment of gathering my emotions so that I could speak, I quietly suggested to the children that we sing a song to the Baby Jesus. I asked what they would like to sing to him, fully expecting that they would choose “Away in a Manger” or “Silent Night”, as we had practiced those songs in class. My 3-year-old grandson jumped up and excitedly said, “I know!” A pause while he thought about it. Then again, in that breathy excited voice, “I know!” Another pause. His little body was vibrating – something uncontrollable that happened when he was excited! We all waited in anxious anticipation. Finally, almost bursting with excitement, he exclaimed: “I know! How about? (a pause). How about? (another pause). How about Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah?!” He was so proud that he had come up with the perfect song! There was a long moment of silence, and a few giggles, then one of the bystanders said, “I think that would make Jesus very happy.”

So we sang Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah to Baby Jesus right there in the hallway of the church. And all the bystanders sang along. And more gathered around. And surprisingly, most everyone knew the words. And even more surprising, the words were perfect for the occasion of the birth of the Son of God, the Savior of the World, the Prince of Peace.

My oh my, what a wonderful day
Plenty of sunshine heading my way

Mister bluebird on my shoulder
It’s the truth
It’s actual
Everything is satisfactual

Wonderful feeling !
Wonderful day !

Music by Allie Wrubel and Lyrics by Ray Gilbert


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Kitchen Makeover Part 2 — More Healthy Alternatives to Sugar

Xylitol, Fruit Purees, and the Glycemic Index

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock and his guest Janiel Miller continue their discussion about healthy alternatives to refined sugar. (Audio 26:40)

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We have wandered a long way away from the foods nature provides. Our food has become so processed, manipulated and manufactured it’s hardly recognizable as food; and our bodies certainly don’t recognize it.  We are raising the unhealthiest generation ever.


One very simple rule of thumb for healthy eating is this. If it’s being promoted on TV, don’t eat it. Think about this. When was the last time you saw an ad for vegetables or fruit?  We’re not talking about highly processed orange juice or preservative-packed fruit roll-ups, but simple, untreated, unprocessed, straight-from-nature food.

Recently the American television news program “60 Minutes” reported on a company in Switzerland, which creates chemical additives for food. The words chemical and food in the same sentence should be enough to make you stop and think. This company sends its chemists around the world sniffing and tasting fruits, vegetables and spices. They then return to their labs, don their white coats and proceed to manufacture those smells and tastes. These Frankenflavors are then used by food companies world-wide to flavor sodas, candies, sports drinks, chicken soup, breakfast cereals, and the list goes on and on and on. Pretty much the only things food companies don’t flavor are foods right off the vine.

We know what you’re thinking. If they have found such great smells and flavors in nature, why not use those natural flavors? One of the super-sniffer chemists interviewed by 60 Minutes provided the answer:

  1. Natural smells and flavors are not addictive. A person might eat a granola bar flavored purely with real fruits and grains and be satisfied. But with the chemical additive, he wants another almost immediately. These chemical companies not only admit this, they think it’s a good idea and are proud to be pushers to the world.
  1. You can’t patent nature. No one owns natural foods. By creating their own “food” in a test tube, the company can claim it as intellectual property and make literally billions every year.


There is wonderful instruction in the Word of Wisdom about the good things we should eat. There are also things listed that we should not take into our bodies. But what happens when the line between the healthy and the toxic becomes blurred?  What happens to us when seemingly healthy foods are laced with toxic laboratory creations? The Lord saw this happening and warned us. In the fourth verse of the Word of Wisdom, He said:

“In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom…”

Unfortunately, many harmful things are being included in our food and are being deceptively promoted as healthy.


There are things we should know to eat healthy and avoid harmful chemical additives.

  1. If it comes in a can, a bottle or a box, it’s not nearly as healthy as it would be in nature’s perfect package, some even edible – think apples and potatoes!
  1. This may sound odd, but if it won’t go bad, it isn’t good. A high school science teacher in Blue Hill, Maine has a Twinkie that has been sitting on the chalk tray in his classroom for over 30 years, and it looks pretty much the same. The sad thing is, that Twinkie wasn’t any less harmful right off the shelf than it would be today
  1. If you can’t pronounce it, it’s probably not something you should eat.
  1. If it has a TV ad, avoid it.
  1. If a product lists “Natural flavors”, run! Run and don’t look back. “Natural” is an unregulated term used freely to lure and deceive unknowing consumers. The word “flavor” is also a red flag.
  1. The fewer the ingredients the better. A good rule of thumb is 5 or less recognizable ingredients. This does not mean you’re good to go if the item has only three ingredients: delicious devil’s food cake, creamy filling and yummy frosting.
  1. Stay informed, and help your children and grandchildren be informed.


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The Twinkie Story (Source – The San Francisco Chronicle)

The Word of Wisdom (Source –

Medicinal Green Smoothies

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock promotes health and holistic intervention with medicinal green smoothies, offering creative options that kids will love too! (Audio 30:00)


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Herbs for Fighting Infections

In this episode of “Forgotten Skills Radio” Caleb Warnock teaches you which herbs to use to fight infections. (Audio 29:24)


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Growing & Using Medicinal Herbs 

Medicinal Herbs for Colds, Flu and Asthma

Baking with Natural Yeast

The Health Benefits of Natural Yeast

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Zen Christmas

Mormon Hippie shares a new perspective on Christmas celebrations for individuals, families and groups.

What awakens you to Christmas?

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Mormon Hippies share their Christmas Traditions on the Mormon Media Network program “Mormon Tea”. — Audio 27:00

Why I Love Christmas