Apples and Pectin

Please forgive the lapse between posts. My husband is the one who normally writes these for me. Then I copy and paste them here, but he has been working so hard lately, and been so exhausted that he hasn’t had the energy to even think about it. So I decided I would do this one. My smoothie recipe will follow.

While researching the possible foods that fight cancer we have read a lot about unsweet apricot seeds, but have found nothing to confirm its benefits. Supposedly it cures every kind of cancer. The word “cures” already sends up red flags for me. They are illegal to sell in this country anyway. However, Tom read somewhere that apple seeds have the same benefit that unsweet apricot seeds do. We don’t know for sure if they will help, but we figure they can’t hurt. So they go in my smoothies along with everything else.

We always use fresh fruit when it is available, frozen, unsweetened when not in season. We cut up papaya and pineapple into 1-inch chunks per blender instructions, then pack them in raw local honey in pint jars. They will keep for six days without refrigeration.

I wash the apples and grapes before putting them in. No need to wash the papaya since we peel it anyway. We also dry the papaya seeds, which I add to salads and yogurt. If you eat yogurt (which has live good bacteria for digestion) I use the Dannon Oikos Greek yogurt sweetened with Stevia, a natural sweetener.

Aleta’s Smoothie Recipe

1 pint pineapple, cut in small chunks

1 pint papaya, cut up in small chunks

1 apple, washed and cut up in small pieces, with the seeds

1 banana, sliced

10-12 black or purple grapes, preferably with seeds, but seedless will do

I use the grind setting first. The honey the fruit was packed in may provide enough liquid to start with, but if not a little 100% juice (apple or grape) may be added. Once the fruit is ground up I use the smoothie setting and add more juice so it isn’t too thick to drink.

Makes 2 Oster smoothie cups and one 8-oz cup, or approximately 48 ounces.


Preserving Enzymes

First, I want to apologize for the long gap between posts. Sometimes life just gets in the way, and then my internet speed slows down because my 15 gigs of data is used up before the month is over. So, thank you for your patience in waiting for this next segment. I’m trying to figure out how to manage my time (not my forteĀ“).

The first pineapple we cut up, we froze about half of it so it wouldn’t go bad before we could use it. When we got around to using the frozen pineapple, we noticed a big difference in how we felt. After reading about how to preserve the fruit, we discovered that it can NOT be frozen or dried. This will kill the enzymes. So how can it be preserved?

The only answer we could find was firmentation. I found a YouTube video on preserving fruit in raw honey. So we have been trying that. To be honest, we have not kept a pineapple over a week. Not that it went bad, but we have used it all. The real test will come when we buy several pineapples at one time.

On my next post I will talk about the benefits of Pineapple and Papaya. Please pray for us as we continue on this journey with cancer. I know that all things are in God’s hand and He has all the answers. Please pray that we stay open to His leading.

My husband wrote the above section about the pineapple. I want to add a note here that my battle with bloating, constipation, and gas is back. I watched a lengthy ad today on the internet about probiotics. Of course it was a sales pitch, but here is what I learned:

1) Our bodies need probiotics to combat all of the harmful stuff we ingest.

2) A good probiotic should have a large quantity of good bacteria and quality substrains of good bacteria, which should be listed next to the ingredients.

3) It should have adequate potentcy (CFU’s): minimum of 40-50 billion live cultures per serving.

4) The capsules should provide a protective delivery system, meaning a vegetable coating and resistent to stomach acid and bile so they will remain viable in the digestive tract.

5) 2 main strains of good bacteria are absolutely necessary: Bacillus Coagulans (B. Coagulans) and Lactobacillus Rhamnosus

For more information on this and other digestive issues go to