Baked Mediterranean Chickpeas. Snack on them or top them on sliced sweet potatoes

Baked Mediterranean Chickpeas
Vegan, Gluten Free
Happily serves 4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 Cups chickpeas (rinsed and drained if you are using canned)
1/2 TBSp Avocado oil
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Coriander
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Smoked paprika
Sea salt to taste
2-4 TBSP Lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Spray Avocado or Coconut Oil on Large baking stone.
Toss chickpeas with avocado oil and spices and place on the baking sheet.
Bake about 20 minutes.
Serve immediately, leftovers don’t keep well.

1/2 Cup per serving is a perfect portion size.

 

Holiday Desserts! Eat clean, reduces sugars, enjoy!

Holiday Desserts!  We had such a fun time creating new recipes and adapting old recipes to better quality ingredients.  Reducing the sugar “coma” feeling is huge during the holidays.  Remember it’s an indulgence, not an everyday treat.  When you can learn to appreciate dessert or good food, you know there be more and you don’t need to be the “starving child” and scarf down what’s in front of you.  Learning how to have a healthy relationship is part of what I teach in “cooking class”.  You shouldn’t be alarmed because it’s not always “cooking”, we learn preparation methods, tips on saving time and energy.  Come to the next class-step out of your comfort zone and see how good you feel after realizing “cooking” isn’t so bad!

Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
Gluten Free, Vegan, Paleo
Happily serves 8
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1/2 Cup soaked dates
2 TBSP Coconut Oil
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates 1-4 hours. Remove seeds, discard water.
Add the nuts to the food processor and blend until they are like a rough flower then add the dates, coconut oil and sea salt.
Pulse together until it becomes a lumpy ball and then press into the bottom of a pie dish and refrigerate.

Filling
4 Cups Fresh Pumpkin (or 2 Cans Pumpkin purée)
8 oz Vegan Cream Cheese
1/3 cup Maple syrup (can sub coconut nectar) OR 1/4 tsp maple extract & 1/4 tsp stevia or Lohan Sweetener
2 TBSP Pumpkin pie spice

To make the filling
Add pumpkin and other ingredients and process until smooth.
Blend on the highest setting until It is smooth like the cooked version of pumpkin pie.
Transfer the filling to your pie crust and let refrigerate for a few hours.

 

Quinoa Brittle
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free
Happily Serves 10

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

3/4 Cup Tricolor uncooked quinoa
3/4 cup Pecans and/or macadamia nuts
2 TBSP Coconut sugar
1/2 tsp Pumpkin pie or Allspice
2 TBSP Coconut oil
1/4 cup Blackstrap molasses
Dash of cinnamon
Pinch of Himalayan Sea salt
Stevia if you desire it sweeter

Preheat oven to 325.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. (Cover all edges)

Combine quinoa, macadamia nuts/pecans, coconut sugar, salt, and cinnamon/spices in a bowl and set aside.

Over low to medium heat, add the coconut oil and black strap molasses (and optional Stevia). Stir until there is no visible separation. Pour over the dry ingredients, combine and coat evenly, spread on a parchment lined baking sheet with a metal spoon.

Try to get it as even as possible or the edges will burn in the center won’t crisp up.

Bake for 15 minutes and turn the pan around to ensure even baking and Browning. Back 5 to 10 minutes more and watch carefully so it does not burn. The edges will get crisp and caramelized, and the color will be uniformly deep golden brown in color.

Let it cool completely before breaking it into serving pieces.
You can store leftovers in a sealed container at room temperature for a week, or in the freezer for up to one month.

Canadian Butter Tarts
Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Dairy Free option
Happily Serves 24
ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

Crust
1 Cup Soaked Dates
1 Cup Ground Nut Flour
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt

Soak Dates for 1-4 hours. Remove seeds.
Combine Dates, Nut Flour and Sea Salt in the Food Processor and blend well. Press into mini muffin tin and refrigerate.

Filling
1⁄4 Cup soft butter, or vegan butter
1⁄4 Cup packed Coconut brown sugar
1/8 tsp Himalayan Sea Salt
1⁄2 Cup maple syrup or 1/4 tsp maple extract and 1/4 tsp Powder Stevia
1 egg, lightly beaten or 1 flax/chia egg replacement
1⁄2 tsp Vanilla

Mix all ingredients together.
Add a bit of chopped marischino cherries in mini muffin tin on the crust and fill the tart with the filling.
Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Optional to top with crushed pecans.

Egg substitute:
1 TBSP Ground flax or Ground Chia seed added to 3 TBSP water.
Mix and let sit/jell together about 5 minutes.

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.

Is Chewing Gum Bad for You? (One Ingredient Is Linked to Gut Destruction)

Disturbing side effects of chewing gum.  Alternative bad breathe ideas and reasons why you should rethink putting gum in your mouth.
Gut Destruction

Chewing gum manufacturers have been turning to an ingredient called titanium dioxide for years. Now used in nanoparticle form, this extremely tiny metal compound is posing some serious emerging health threats. This is probably the scariest reason to avoid gum.

Generally recognized as safe by the Food and Drug Administration, this compound is often used in nanoparticle form to create a bright white pigmentation in paints, plastics … and chewing gum. (2) It’s also found in tons of other foods, like candies and powdered white sugar (donuts!) and even bread. Although it’s allowed on store shelves and considered safe, scientists are starting to paint a different picture.

In fact, a 2017 study published in the journal NanoImpact shows that nano-titanium oxide ingredients like titanium dioxide can severely impact gut health. Researchers exposed small intestinal cells to a meal’s worth of nanoparticles over four hours (acute exposure) or three meal’s worth over five days (chronic exposure). What they found is a bit shocking.

Chronic exposure to titanium dioxide nanoparticles in the diet:

Weakened the intestinal barrier
Slowed down metabolism
Triggered inflammation
Weakened the gut’s defense against pathogens

Blocked nutrient absorption of key nutrients like iron, zinc and fatty acids
The nanoparticles actually blunted the effectiveness of the small intestines’ microvilli. Microvilli are tiny projections that jut off of small intestinal cells and work to absorb nutrients our bodies need to survive. (3)

People also face this type of titanium dioxide exposure through toothpaste, and it’s even sometimes used to created a smoother texture in chocolates and to create a brighter appearance in skim milk.

In 2012, Arizona State University found that titanium dioxide nanoparticles turned up in five percent of products tested, including Twinkies and mayonnaise samples. Under public pressure, Dunkin Donuts stopped using nano-titanium dioxide in its donuts’ powdered sugar in 2015.

“To avoid foods rich in titanium oxide nanoparticles you should avoid processed foods, and especially candy. That is where you see a lot of nanoparticles,” — Gretchen Mahler, PhD, study co-author and assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (4)

Beyond that, many chewing gum products contain emulsifiers to retain flavor and keep gum from sticking to your teeth. (5) The trouble is, many emulsifiers act almost like detergent in your digestive tract, throwing off the natural balance of your gut flora. In fact, research in lab animals suggests certain emulsifiers used as food additives could contribute to colon cancer development.

Is Chewing Gum Bad? More Reasons to Stop

Migraines

For children and adolescents dealing with vicious migraines and tension headaches, the natural solution could be right under their noses: Stop chewing gum. A small study published in Pediatric Neurology discovered that nixing gum led to significant improvements in 26 out of 30 adolescents in the study. Amazingly, 19 of them experienced complete headache resolution. No pills, no treatments — they just stopped chewing gum. (6)

If you’re trying to figure out how to get rid of a migraine naturally, your gum habit is a great place to start. In tweens and teens, common proven headache triggers include stress, lack of sleep, hot weather, video games, noise, sunlight, smoking, skipping meals and menstruation. Now we can add gum to the list. Researchers aren’t sure if it’s the artificial sweeteners or a TMJ issue related to gum and headaches, but the good news is we can stop many headaches with this simple step. (7)

Sinister Sweeteners

You’d expect fake sweeteners like aspartame in diet soda, but chewing gum? Come on! Different chewing gum companies turn to ingredients like aspartame, sorbitol, high-fructose corn syrup, acesulfame K, sucrolose and xylitol. Some actually use multiple fake sweeteners in a single gum product.

These ingredients are linked to serious health issues like tooth decay, liver fat buildup, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, leukemia, lymphoma, kidney tumors and more. Acesulfame potassium, also known as acesulfame K, is among the most common artificial sweeteners detected in breast milk. That’s troubling, since the ingredient is also linked to thyroid dysfunction. Sucralose harms the gut, throwing off healthy levels of enzymes and disrupting the microbiome. (8)

While xylitol and sorbitol may seem more natural, these processed sugar alcohols aren’t absorbed well by the body and cause an allergic reaction for those who have a sensitivity to it. And then there are the digestive sugar alcohol and xylitol side effects, including bloating, gas, cramping and diarrhea. And get this: Its laxative effect is so pronounced that it’s actually part of the chemical makeup for many over-the-counter laxatives.

Special note to dog owners: Xylitol and other sugar alcohol-based sweeteners are life-threatening toxins to dogs. Be mindful of breath mints, candies, sugar-free gum, frozen desserts and other foods when your pets are around. (9)

Better Bad-Breath Fighters & Gum Alternatives

Bad breath is a good excuse to reach for gum, but as you can see, the side effects are bad news, especially for your gut. Luckily, there are better ways to cope. After ruling out potential underlying issues for bad breath, you can turn to these things to naturally improve your breath:

Eat parsley.
Drink enough water, especially tap into the benefits of lemon water.
Learn how to safely tap into peppermint oil benefits.(Not recommended for young children.)
Learn about oil pulling with coconut oil.
Avoid grains and added sugars.
Final Thoughts on ‘Is Chewing Gum Bad for You?’
American played a huge role in spreading the popularity of chewing gum all around the world.
However, today’s ingredients include fake dyes and flavors. But perhaps most concerning is nanoparticle-sized titanium dioxide, an ingredient used in everything from gum, candy and bread to paint and plastics.
Nano-titanium dioxide helps create a vibrant white color, but scientists now show that it can impact small intestinal cells in a way that blocks absorption of key nutrients, slows the metabolism, increases inflammation and weakens the gut’s ability to protect against dangerous pathogens.
Chewing gum is also linked to migraines and tension headaches in children and adolescents.
There are still some chewing gum companies that rely on old-fashioned, real-food ingredients, but they are sometimes harder to come by.

Source: www.draxe.com

Golden Milk: Fight Inflammation Naturally

Golden Milk
Dairy Free, Soy free, Gluten Free, 
Happily serves 1

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Almond or non dairy nut milk
1 TBSP Coconut oil
1 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp white pepper (or black)

Optional: scoop of Collagen

Mix all ingredients together, whisk, or nutria bullet or shaker bottle. You can drink warm or cold. Great for inflammation, muscle, and immune support if you add the collagen.

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Coconut Oil Biscuits
Dairy Free, GF, Vegan
Happily serves 12

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

2 cups self-rising GF flour
1/4 cup coconut oil (solid, not melted)
3/4 cup Non Dairy Milk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Add self-rising GF flour and coconut oil to a mixing bowl, use a pastry cutter or fork to cut the coconut oil into the flour until the mixture is like fine crumbs.
Stir in the milk until mixture forms a soft dough and no longer sticks to the sides of the bowl.
Knead the mixture until combined, but be careful not to over-knead.
Turn the dough out onto a cutting board that has been lightly dusted with flour.
Gently roll the dough out until it reaches a 1/2-inch thickness.
Use a biscuit cutter to cut out the biscuits, and transfer to a baking sheet.
Bake for 10 minutes, or until the biscuits have risen and ever so slightly begin to brown on top.
Remove and serve immediately.

Indian Inspired Baked Kale

Indian Inspired Baked Kale
Gluten Free, Vegetarian
Happily serves 2

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1 TBSP Tahini or Almond butter
1 TBSP Coconut oil, melted
Zest of 1 Orange or Lime
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tsp garma masala
¼ tsp Cardamom
Optional: 1 TBSP Nutritional yeast

Optional: 1 TBSP Coconut Aminos to thin if you aren’t baking kale and just want a salad dressing.

Preheat oven at 275 degrees.
Prepare baking stone with parchment paper.
Mix all the ingredients together until smooth.
In a large bowl, pour the dressing over the chopped kale.
Mix the dressing into the kale thoroughly, spread evenly on baking stone.
Make sure the leaves aren’t overlapping, this prevents sogginess.
Bake for 15 minutes and rotate pan.
Bake for another 15 minutes, check for crispness.
If the chips aren’t crisp yet, rotate again and bake for 5-10 minutes more.
Allow the chips to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

Urinary tract Info and Suggested Natural healing approach

Urinary tract Info:
Commonly also call bladder infections. There is a disturbance in the bacterial flora that protects the urinary track and anabiotic’s lead to reoccurring infections.

Doubling probiotics such as L. Acidophilus is highly recommended. At least 20 billion CFU’s. 50-100Billion CFU’s would be more beneficial and HIGHLY recommended.

Acidity levels are too high in the body when the pH is disrupted there is fermentation of vaginal glycogen to lactic acid. Alkalinity is Key, must add more Green into the diet. ORGANIC EATING is SO Very IMPORTANT!!!

Eliminating of dairy, yeast, and soy products are recommended to rebalance pH. Limiting grains, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol, and refined carbohydrates.
At least 64 oz water a day. Decaffeinated tea counts as water. Eliminate food allergens. Allergy Blood work is your best Road map to gut and immune support and healing.  Blood Tests are available and easy!

Recommended foods:
Use healthy cooking oil such as olive oil (don’t heat olive oil) or coconut oil.
Eat Less red meats and more lean meats such as fish, but no soy.
High fiber foods include beans root vegetables such as yams or sweet potatoes and psyllium husk.
Antioxidant rich foods including vegetables like bell peppers and squash.
**Fruit in the morning including cranberries, blueberries,and cherries. If you’re going to drink juice make sure that it is unsweetened. Please eat your fruit, better for you unless you are juicing. Best for digestion if fruit is first thing in the morning and by itself or for your first snack, eaten alone.**

Recommended Vitamins:
Probiotics and digestive enzymes ALWAYS!! Double if taking antibiotics!
Multi Vitamin
Vit D: 2000-4000 IU
Fish oils 1000mg and or Flax seed, 3x a day. Could go up to 6000mg
Super Greens
Amino Acids
Vit C: 1000mg a day
Grape seed oil 100-300mg
Magnesium 200-300mg 3x a day
Zinc: 30mg a day

Recommended Botanicals:
Cranberry
Aloe Vera: up to 32oz per day
Gotu Kola is great extract tea to help balance pH. 60-120mg
Uva Ursi ( upland cranberry or bearberry) is a powerful antiseptic herb.
Dried leaves or tea: 1.5-4.0 (1-2 tsp)
Goldenseal herb has antimicrobial agents. Dried root or tea: 1-2g

Other herbs that are recommended: green tea, cats claw, milk thistle, and reishi mushroom.

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

Bone Broth Protein Pancakes

Bone Broth Protein Pancakes
Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy free
Happily serves 2-4

ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup Applesauce
3–4 Free Range eggs
1/4 Cup melted Coconut oil
1/2 Cup Coconut flour
4 scoops Bone Broth Protein Powder
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp Himalayan sea salt

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