yes, i freeze spinach and other greens. don't throw them out when there is a few more in the bag or they are very close to going bad, just stuff them in a ziploc and line them up in the freezer. i love the snack sized ones, they are great for portion sizing.
you can get chia seeds at a natural foods grocery store or a really good regular grocery store, maybe. in a natural foods store there should be a "seeds" section, the same area you'd get flax, etc. don't be intimidated by health food stores! go in and ask and learn and take your time and read labels- your eyes will be opened to so many great products and information.
raw milk is kind of tricky to get- but search the internet for a farm in your area that sells it. it isn't dangerous and your body knows how to break it down because the molecular structure of the milk hasn't been destroyed by the violent pastuerization process. many people who can't tolerate dairy/ lactose (most people) can drink raw milk without a problem. i also buy raw cheese. this is, i know, controversial. but the more i learn about it, the more convinced i am. the cows from farms that sell raw milk are outside all day eating grass- the way their bodies were designed to work- with no hormones or antibiotics. then the milk is kept fresh and whole. it is a fabulous protein source. i work with a lot of vegans, and they feel strongly about all dairy being too hard on our digestive system. but i'm not a vegan, i love milk.
and that leads to another question- where i am getting all this stuff/info. natural health has been a hobby of mine forever, and i graduated byu in health education. yes, diet coke is my nemesis. but i learn and read and read trying to beat that vice out of me, and also to feed my family properly. grant and i have made homesteading a life-long goal of our family, and i am mostly in charge of the gathering information part. because i like to read. especially about health, the conspiracies of the food and drug administration, and how to get my body functioning well enough to conceive without using fertility drugs- as they have about ruined me. maybe another post i will give you my list for must read books- i have quite a few favorites that i think everyone should read!
side note- since august, when cate started full time first grade, i have been home alone..alllll alone....for like seven and a half hours a day. i started to get really really loopy, and was playing way too much tetris. last month i was praying for some idea of what needed to change in my life. i'd prefer to have another child, but no luck yet, and i was getting super down with all that alone time. then one day i was driving by my favorite health food store and i saw a sign that said "wellness counselor needed". i felt a corresponding lump in my chest and impression in my mind that it was to be me. i shook it off. the next three times i drove by the same feeling came. so on a whim i said FINE! and walked in. long story short- now a few mornings a week i am in absolute heaven helping people find answers and nutrition information and supplementation for what they are struggling with while cate is at school. it is really wonderful. i also get to attend lots of trainings with the latest information and research in the natural health industry. it is an amazing blessing in my life. so if i am posting more often about natural food crap, forgive me, it's just that it's more on the brain than ever for me.
ok, back to the other questions:
nope, i don't have a snazzy blender, although i would LOVE a blend tec or vitamix. just not in the budget currently. and to be honest, for just three of us, our little one does just fine. and yes, most people would probably need some agave or stevia in the smoothie i posted, but i really like the nutty taste. i find if you let the bananas get almost completely brown/ gooey on your counter before you freeze them they really sweeten up the smoothies.
wow, this ended up being a really long post. and i could go on, but i will spare you. but i do need to give you this happy update- i am having 28 day cycles and ovulating on my own almost every month without the help of any meds for the first time since, well, ever. just based on the massively nutrient dense diet i am eating and consistent exercise along with outlawing stress. things are looking up, and i truly feel with all my heart that my new job is a blessing from heaven that will give me access to the final knowledge and supplementation i need to conceive naturally (with a discount no less!) so pray for me, pretty please. i know my body can do it, i just know it!!