Kids home from school? Try this healthy Chocolate pancakes to keep them full of natural energy

Coconut flour cacao pancakes
GF, Dairy free
Happily serves 12 pancakes

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS
1⁄3 Cup Coconut flour
5 eggs
½ Nut milk of choice
¼ Cup full fat coconut milk
¼ Cup coconut sugar or stevia
3 TBSP Raw Cacao powder
¾ tsp vanilla extract
Dash of Sea salt
Coconut oil spray for each pancake

In a deep bowl, whisk all ingredients except ghee/coconut ghee/coconut oil, until well combined. Batter should be very thick but pourable. Not watery.
Let batter sit for 5 minutes to let the coconut flour absorb the liquid, stirring once more at the end.
Pour about 1⁄3 cup of batter into a frying pan pre-heated with coconut oil. 
If necessary, tilt pan and shake lightly for even distribution of batter. (Batter does not necessarily need to spread throughout the pan).
Fry for a couple of minutes, occasionally covering with a lid, till liquid has almost firmed up
Tip: Covering the pan with a lid occasionally will help keep moisture and enhance even cooking.
Flip with a spatula, and fry the other side for a couple more minutes, then remove from pan.
Repeat for rest of batter, greasing pan between batches as needed, and occasionally stirring the batter left in your bowl for even consistency.

Hemp Honey Viniagrette

Honey Hemp Vinaigrette
Paleo, GF, Dairy Free
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Hemp Seed oil
2 TBSP Coconut Vinegar
2 TBSP Raw Honey
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 Cup Lime juice
2/3 Cup cilantro, chopped
1 tsp Sea Salt

Mix all ingredients together, shake well.  Serve as a dressing or over seafood dish.

Cucumber Dill Hummus

Cucumber Dill Hummus
Vegan, GF
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 cups Garbanzo Beans or butter beans, rinsed and drained
2 springs fresh Dill (washed, stems removed) or 1 TBSP dried dill
1 Cucumber (washed, skin on, roughly chopped)
½ tsp Sea Salt
2 TBSP Lemon or Lime Juice
1 TBSP Hemp Seed Oil
2 TBSP Tahini
1 Garlic Clove

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse/blend until smooth

Pumpkin Seed Dip

Pumpkin Seed Dip 

Vegan, GF, Paleo
Happily serves 6-8

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

5 ounces Raw pumpkin seeds
2 TBSP Avocado oil
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

1 large jalapeno, finely chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped (let sit 5 min)
1/4 Cup Parsley

1/4 Cup Cilantro

Juice of a lime

1 TBSP Extra-virgin Olive oil or Avocado oil

1/4 tsp finely grated orange zest

2 TBSP Maple syrup or 1/4 tsp maple extract and stevia
Blend seeds in a food processor.
Cook shallots & garlic in the avocado oil.
*Add Sea salt and pepper, let cool.*
Add parsley, cilantro, lime juice, maple syrup, orange zest (and water if needed)
Add shallot mix when cooled, mix thoroughly
Sea salt to taste.

Variation: Can also be used a spread in a lettuce wrap.

Artichoke Green Chili Hummus

Artichoke Green Chili Hummus
Vegan, Paleo, GF
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Cups Butter Beans
1/2-1 Cup Artichoke (with about 1/4 cup juice)
1-2 TBSP Hemp Seed oil
1/2 Cup Hatch Green chili
1 TBSP Sea Salt
1 TBSP Garlic, Fresh or dried
1 TBSP Onion Flakes
1 TBSP Coconut Aminos
1 TBSP Lime juice
Optional: Red Pepper Flakes, mixed in or sprinkled on top

MIx all Ingredients in food processor until smooth.
1/2 cup serving size served with Veggies.

Chipotle Sauce/Dressing

Chipotle Sauce/Dressing
GF, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 TBSP Tahini (can sub Sunflower butter)
1 TBSP Hemp Seed oil
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 TBSP Coconut Aminos
1 tsp chili powder
½ tsp Chipotle powder
½ tsp Cayenne
¼ tsp Sea salt

Mix all ingredients together. Can be used as a salad dressing or over stir fry and quinoa.  Great Sauce for lettuce wraps!
OR:
Optional: ADD 1TBSP Nutritional Yeast if you want to toss it on Collard Greens and bake.

Lemon Sautéed Spinach & Quinoa

Lemon Sautéed Spinach & Quinoa 
Vegan, Vegetarian
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 bag spinach
¼ Cup pumpkin seeds
1 Cup tri color Quinoa, cooked
3 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 chopped yellow onion
1 TBSP of Avocado oil
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste

Pre-heat cast iron pan over medium heat.
Saute chopped garlic and onion, remove and keep aside.
Add a portion of the baby spinach to the pan, stir frequently continuing to add spinach until entire bag is added.
Steam spinach until soft bright green (only takes about a minute.)
Remove from heat! Drain off water!
Stir in Quinoa, oil, spinach, garlic, onion, and pumpkin seeds
Sea Salt and pepper to taste .
Squeeze a bit of fresh lemon juice over spinach before serving.

ReCap: Cutting Board Education Night

If you missed the Local education night here is a few things we discussed:

Muscle building with Plant Protein
*How do you support a body on a plant based diet without eating meat?

Earth is the ultimate prism. Every green plant captures a different wavelength of light and energy from the sun. A collection of juices from sea plants, field grasses and garden vegetables will alkalize your body, build up your blood, and cleanse your cells.

What is a Carbohydrate? Fruit, vegetable, starch, grain, pasta
What is a Protein? Animal meat, dairy
What is a Fat? Nut, seed or oil

How Much do we need daily? Age/Gender/Health History
Carbs: Weight loss must be under 50g a day, aim for no more than 30g of carbs at a meal and 8g of sugars within those carbs. Think higher fiber foods.
Protein: 1g per 1kg body weight (think about half your body weight)
Fat: 25-30% daily calories can come from the pure sources of healthy fats.

***Ratios are different for everyone and Should be evaluated by a Certified Health Professional or Holistic Professional based on your health history.***

What are Amino Acids? What do they do?
Assists with the stabilization or recovery of muscle strength, endurance, and volume
Helps keep body tissues firm
Helps minimize body fat
May support a weight loss regimen
Aid in normalizing protein synthesis

If the essential amino acids are not present in the daily diet the body will break down existing proteins in order to supply the body with the missing amino acids.

Essential Amino Acids:
Cannot be produced in our body and thus must be consumed in our diets. The essential amino acids humans cannot synthesize are:
Phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, methionine, leucine, isoleucine, lysine, and histidine. (Arginine is mostly required in young children and not as important as adults)

Non-Essential Amino Acids: These can be synthesized by the body.
Proteins drive ALL functions of the various organs of the human body.
Alanine (from pyruvic acid)
Arginine (from glutamic acid)
Asparagine (from aspartic acid)
Aspartic Acid (from oxaloacetic acid)
Cysteine
Glutamic Acid (from oxoglutaric acid)
Glutamine (from glutamic acid)
Glycine (from serine and threonine)
Proline (from glutamic acid)
Serine (from glucose)
Tyrosine (from phenylalanine)

If you fail to obtain even just one out of the essential amino acids, your body’s proteins so not complete and the body is forced to steal from bones and elsewhere to create metabolic processes in your body. Also, unlike fats and carbohydrates, your body does not store excess supplies of amino acids for later use – you need a regular supply of them everyday.

Foods with amino acids include animal and vegetable sources. Most of the animal sources such as meat, eggs and milk are considered to be “complete protein sources” meaning that these contain all the essential amino acids that your body needs.
Vegetables are also good amino acid food sources but most of them do not usually contain all essential aminos.

Amino Acid Deficiency and Supplementation
Many people who are sick, fatigued, or trying weight loss programs, vegetarians or Vegans consume insufficient amounts of protein. Thus, supplementation of amino acids has been increasingly necessary. B6 and B12 are the most common of deficiencies when not consuming animal protein.

Non Meat Forms of Amino Acids: Think SEA LIFE!
*How can I combat muscle fatigue or just plain being tired all the time?
More GREEN foods create energy in the body! How do plants grow? They need sun, water, rest, minerals and vitamins, and time.

Antioxidant Rich foods: EAT FROM THE RAINBOW!
RED: Lycopene
YELLOW/ORANGE: Beta Carotene & Beta Crytoxanthin
BLUE/PURPLE: Anthocyanins
GREEN: Chlorophyll

GREEN FOOD BASICS:
*Green foods have a high content of chlorophyll due to porphyrin rings.
* Chlorophyll and heme units of red blood cells are virtually identical except the center molecule
* Chlorophyll-magnesium
* Heme-Iron
* Heme units are the building blocks for red blood cells
* Therefore, all green foods help the body to create new blood.

*How do we use food as medicine so we can fuel the body, heal and repair?
Basic Weight management Strategies and Lifestyle Strategies
1-Adequate ATP
2-Nutrient Density-Organic Foods. **A MUST!!!**
3-Balance-60-80% Alkalizing (pH Balance)
4-Moderation-Limited Refined Sugar
5-Calorie Control=Calorie Restriction
6-Variety= Seasonal Eating VS Emotional Eating
Refer to www.healthywithjodi.com for my Sweet 16 Eating Healthy Guidelines and how to achieve balance.

Definitions and menu DeCoding:
Vegan: A strict vegetarian who consumes no products from an animal, such as meat eggs or dairy products or stains from using animal products such as the leather.
Vegetarian: does not eat or believe in eating meat, fish, Fowl or any food drive from animals such as eggs or cheese. Uses fruits, vegetables, and grains for food sources.
Paleo: consume vegetables, fruits, nuts, lean meats, no grains, no processed foods.
Pescatarians: do not eat any land animals or birds such as beef pork chicken or turkey. Will eat fish and other seafood such as shrimp and clams. They do eat fruits, vegetables, beans, greens and nuts.
Lacto vegetarian: includes vegetables and dairy products such as milk, cheese, yogurt, butter, ghee, cream, Keefer but excludes eggs.

Food Catagories: Do you now what you are eating and how to combine them? (Just a few listed below)

Whole Grain, Gluten
Tamari, Coconut Aminos, Soy Sauce
Flax Seed, Chia Seed, hemp hearts, Tahini
Hummus, lentils, Tofu, beans
Nut Meat, Nut Milk, Quinoa
Micro greens, Sprouts

Spices: parts of the plant other than the leafy bit such as the root, stem, Bulb, bark or seeds ex: cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper.
Herbs: come from the leafy and green part of the plant. Ex: Basil, oregano, rosemary, Parsley, mint.
Spices and herbs add MAJOR nutrients to your meals, you can achieve therapeutic ranges when you use ORGANIC spices/herbs daily. Www.superfoodly.com

*What do I pair together to equal complete protein meal?
A nut or seed plus a legume equals a complete Protein.

BASIC PROTEIN NUTRITION INFO:**Even though you are worried about getting enough protein, you need to watch the Carbohydrate content of your meal. **
1/2 cup beans: average 7g protein Black, 7g protein garbanzo (20g carbs) 120 cal
1 small sweet potato: Not a nightshade 2g protein (22g carbs) 95 cal
1/2 cup yam: 2g protein (22g carb) ROOT Vegetable 95 cal
1/2 cup lentils (Legumes): average 9g protein (20g carb) 7g fiber
1/4cup Quinoa equals a cup cooked: 6g protein (29g carbs) 160 cal.
HAS ALL 9 ESSENTIAL AA
1 TBSP or 1/8cup nuts: walnuts: 2g protein (1g carb) 90cal
1 TBSP seeds: flax seeds: 3g protein (7g carb) 60 cal
1/2 cup brown rice: 5g protein (23g carbs) 150 cal
1/2 cup Black Rice: 10 LESS carbs than brown rice
4oz Tofu: 9g protein (3g carbs) 90cal
1/2 cup Soy beans: 14g (9g carbs) 150 cal
1 cup Avocado: balanced Meal!!! 3g protein (11g carbs) 7g fiber 22g fat 250 cal

Protein Collagen Pancakes

Protein Collagen Pancakes
Gluten Free, Dairy free
Happily serves 2-3

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Free Range Pasture raised eggs
1 egg white
1/8 Cup melted Coconut oil
1/4Cup Coconut flour
2 scoops Bone Broth Protein Powder
Dash cinnamon
1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt

Liquid Bone broth or water to thin (I only needed about a TBSP)
Stevia if desired sweeter

Whisk eggs and oil together thoroughly.
Stir in coconut flour, protein powder and Himalayan sea salt and allow to sit for 5 minutes
Heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat.
Once hot, drop batter into cast iron skillet, cook until bubbles form on one side, flip and repeat.
Serve Hot

Garlic Tahini Dressing

Garlic Tahini Sauce
Vegan, Gluten Free
Happily Serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1/4 Cup hummus or tahini
2-4 TBSP lime or lemon juice
2 TBSP Coconut Aminos
3/4 – 1 tsp dried dill (or about 2-3 tsp fresh)
3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 1/2 Tbsp)
Water or unsweetened nut milk to thin
Sea salt to taste
Optional: Red Pepper Flakes

Whisk together. May have to use water to thin out if dressing sits in fridge for more than a few hours.