Tag Archives: Healthy

HaVabar recipe. Date, hemp, pumpkin seed, cranberry.

The recipe for the HaVa bar was a long time coming. My girls really like the bars that I make and I have been trying many variations. This recipe came out of trial and error.

I am assuming that you will be using the best ingredients that you can, for your family. I choose to use mostly organic for all my recipes.

It is simple and tasty. Not too expensive, but chock-full of healthy things. This is the first time putting this recipe out, so I may update as it evolves.

Ingredients:

2 cups of good quality dates

1/3 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup of hemp seeds

1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup chia seeds

1/4 cup of unsweetened cranberries

3 tablespoons of almond butter

1 tablespoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

Proccess:

Put the dates and pumpkin seeds in food processor and pulse until they are a paste like consistancy.

Add in hemp, coconut, chia and mix together. It should start to ball up. Now add in honey, almond butter, cinnamon and cranberries and pulse until well mixed. You may have to use a scraper or spoon to get mixture back into the blades and continue until well mixed.

Place in something like a 9X9 pan and then store in freezer. Cut up and keep in freezer.

These are excellent snack items and keep well. They don’t last long in my house and are fairly easy to make.

 

 

 

 

IMG_7607.JPG

IMG_7608.JPG

IMG_7614.JPG

Don’t Wait Until You Get Sick

I want to make sure this is clear.

This is just my thoughts and opinion.

I have seen, first hand, how food can heal and change lives. I have also strung together stories from strangers and family members and realized through our dietary needs, that if you eat crap, your body will treat you like crap.

I am just a dad, husband and a fed up consumer that realizes that we have been led astray by large corporations that want to sell their products. Enough of that!

Sickness and decay is not normal. Health and vitality is our default setting. Just because we are aging, we don’t have to fall apart.

Alarming Health Trends

I am begging you to not wait until you or someone you love gets ill, sick, cancer or dies before making diet and lifestyle changes. We all know that we should eat better.

I have found many great examples of people healing themselves and turning their life around with the power of good, healthy food choices.

We all know the saying “you are what you eat”, but when you are addicted to processed, easy food, it is hard to make that commitment.

I wish that I would have understood this much earlier. My parents did their job and taught me the common sense things like, eating meals as a family and teaching your children to cook. I put the blame on our weak, paid-for government and the large corporations that truly run our country. Apparently health doesn’t bring in enough revenue.

Please make your family’s health priority and choose to pay more now for good healthy foods.

How did our priorities get so screwed up?

Why is it, we are so eager to spend so much money on fancy cars, posh homes and then cheap out by trying to save money on our food?

lambo

fast-food-top

 

 

 

 

Should that not be our priority or at least high on the list of importance??

Raw-Fruit-And-Vegetables

I realize, first hand, how hard these changes are to make. Believe me, when I say that there has been very few days where I am not wondering, “what am I going to make for the next 3 meals?”. It does get better, but I have made that commitment, that we are never going back to a life of easy or cheap food. I have heard someone say that “you pay the farmer/grocer now or pay the doctors later”.

I urge you to start where you can today! Make better choices and balance your life.

  • Support local farmer’s markets and start a garden.
  • Cook!
  • Teach your children to cook.
  • Don’t give up or give in.

Be healthy and love life.

Mini Pumpkin Tart Paleo GF

Last year for Thanksgiving, I was new to the Paleo diet and wanted my daughter to get that pumpkin pie that she asked me for, so I did! Danielle Walker and her wonderful recipe saved the day and everyone said they loved it.

This year, I am working and won’t be able to be there but still wanted to do something and had seen a recipe for mini pumpkin tarts. It sounded and looked so good that I had to try it.

Despite having very little time (I am feeling confident enough now) I took the leap and went all in!

Now that I have been cooking this way for awhile it seemed pretty easy.

I found that this tart recipe made double the amount, for me. I would suggest that you keep wetting your fingers, to keep from sticking to the pie shell as you are pressing it into the muffin cups.  I was unsure how thick I had to leave the crust for this time and will know better for next. It does raise up a bit, so I would press it a bit thinner than I originally thought it should be.

Next time, I would like to use fresh pumpkins to make up the filling, but this time I used the canned version.

This recipe turned out really good. I am very proud and I am still waiting to hear how the family liked it. Cross my fingers that they like it as much as I did!!

Be healthy and enjoy today.

AUTHOR: Beth – Tasty Yummies

SERVES: 12 mini tarts

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Filling

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup fresh pumpkin puree (see my post on how to make your own, canned will also do)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • a dash of sea salt

Whipped Coconut Cream

  •  1 can organic full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (use more or less or none at all, or whatever your favorite sweetener is)*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

*Maple can be substituted 1:1 for honey if you follow SCD

Instructions:

Shells

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line 12 cups in a muffin tin with paper liners (you could also use greased mini tart pans).
  2. In a large bowl, add all of the crust ingredients and mix very well. Really get your hands in there to get it all together and work it into a nice dough.
  3. Add the crust mixture to the muffin cups and press down firmly into the cup using your knuckles, going up the sides a tad bit.
  4. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then place the pan in the refrigerator until you are ready to assemble the tarts and serve. (Many times I make the tart shells the night before and keep them in the fridge until I am ready to serve)

Filling

  1. Drain the cashews and add them to your food processor and give them a whirl by themselves for a bit, to break them up and start turning them into a paste of sorts.
  2. Once the cashews are broken up add in the maple syrup, vanilla and coconut oil, process that a bit more until it is a smooth and creamy paste.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy.

Whipped Coconut Cream:

  1. Make sure that your can of coconut milk is well chilled. I recommend leaving it in the fridge overnight. Open the can of coconut milk carefully, keeping it level. There will be a firm, waxy layer of coconut cream that solidified on top. Carefully scoop this off into a chilled glass bowl. Keep the leftover coconut water, it is great for smoothies.
  2. Using a mixer, whip the coconut cream for 3 to 5 minutes until it becomes light and fluffy, with soft peaks.
  3. Mix in your maple syrup and vanilla, if you are using.
  4. Place the whipped coconut cream back into the fridge until you are ready to use. This may be more than what you need for all 12 tarts, depending on how much you put on top, but that’s ok, it keeps for several days, covered in the fridge.

Assembling the Tarts:

    1. Remove the paper liner off of the tart shells. Top each of the tart shells with a spoonful of the pumpkin filling and a dollop of whipped coconut cream, sprinkle with a little ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Tasty Yummies

Full Recipe

 

 

IMG_7465-0.JPG

IMG_7467-0.JPG

IMG_7466-0.JPG

 

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

 

“You Might Not Be Getting All the Nutrients You Need, Eating That Way”

“You must have healthy grains as part of your diet.”

Do you hear this sentiment from friends and family?

Our society has been brainwashed into believing bull-caca!

If you are like me, you don’t believe “conventional” wisdom as far as you can throw it!

You may feel like you are swimming upstream sometimes, trying to keep you and your family healthy while government, relatives, and big business try to feed you loads of crap they call food!

When we tell people that we only eat fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, seeds and nuts, their immediate response is, “….what do you eat then?”

Many will wonder (because they are programmed the same way we were), how we are able to sustain our children on a diet without “whole grains?”

Some brave souls may even ask, “But what about all the healthy fibres that they are missing out on?”

I am here to tell you, you are not alone if you are getting these questions.

If you are maybe wondering yourself, then hopefully I can help you, and shed some light on this murky subject.

We didn’t get a choice when our daughter was in pain and the typical gluten free diet wasn’t the final answer. We had to hit the drawing board once again. This was the second time in less than 2 years that we had to redefine our diet, and pore through endless websites and books to try to find a solution that none of our doctors could give us.

We made a bold decision to take these things out of our diet, out of sheer desperation. We didn’t have answers, so we had to go for it and pray to God that this might fix what continued to give our daughter the excruciating discomfort, with no name.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can survive, nay, thrive!

We are essentially following the Paleo diet, but I resist saying that because I feel it is more of a dissection of the food pyramid, or a back-to-basics-plan. I also know that people have a preconceived image of someone on a Paleo diet.

Here are the reasons that I follow the diet and want my family to learn how to do the same:

  • My full time job involves dealing with many chronically sick people, some are quite young (and I don’t want to end up that way)
  • After dealing with our immediate family diet needs, I started to look back on other family members and their ailments
  • I truly believe that health and longevity starts in your mind. If you believe you are healthy, you are.
  • Falling apart as we age is not supposed to happen at the rate that we have become accustomed to
  • The rates of autoimmune diseases, cancers, allergies and general sickness continues to go up despite advances in medicine (Cancer cases to rise 57%, Autoimmune disease on the rise, Food allergies on the rise)

I find that health is personal and people have to stand up for their beliefs. When you make changes as drastic as this, you are always going to have someone or something challenging you. You have be firm in your belief and remember it is YOUR health.

Dining out, family engagements, parties, holidays are all different and can be challenging. I suggest joining a group of like-minded people or some sort of Paleo community, as it helps to have people to share your thoughts with.

Stay healthy!

Article from the famous Mark Sisson:Why Grains Are Unhealthy

Doctor Reverses Multiple Sclerosis in 9 Months by Eating These Foods

What is the Paleo Diet by Robb Wolf

 

Best McFree Chicken Nuggets. GF, DF

You know that if you are limited to eating healthy, home made meals, you will do anything to help make life tastier and happier for your kids!

When I saw this recipe from Danielle Walker, I knew right then, that I was “all in”! The next day I hit the grocery store(like I do everyday)but I was on a mission to get these made. I wanted to be that amazing Dad that recreated McNuggets at home!

I picked up the best chicken thighs that I could get and headed for my kitchen. Little did I realize that this recipe would put my Vitamix to the ultimate test as well as the chef. Woops!

I didn’t think that I needed to get ground chicken and I was already “all in”, so I had to McGyver this into submission. I am that guy!

Naive and excited to make, I threw all 2 lbs of thighs right into the ‘ol Vitamix and hit the ON switch. It chewed up pretty good for about 30 seconds and then just stopped. (I thought these things were indestructible??) After calling the company and getting put on hold, I realized it just needed a rest during the GRINDING OF THE CHICKEN! (It turns out that you might need to grind the chicken in smaller batches)

Well, I was so excited to make these and I thought, if I’m going to go the trouble of making these, I should just make a bunch.  I had at least a double batch, cause I made close to 80 nuggets.

When I do a recipe, I use it as a guide for the most part and wing it from there.(makes life a little exciting)

I only used dark meat and it turned out great. I also only used the flours that I had on hand. I used almond and coconut flour for the batter. My batter was a lot thicker than I thought it would be, but it worked out really well even though it didn’t look like it was going to.

This is a bit of work, but totally worth it. My whole family, nearly gave me a standing ovation at supper! They all loved them, so much! Both girls wanted them for lunch the next day.

I hope you give it a go. It really is nice to have an old favorite, but in a healthy way:)

Stay healthy!

20140923_142132 20140923_142140 20140923_142151  20140923_145013 20140923_14263620140923_151515 20140923_165920FB_IMG_1411513346261

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker – AgainstAllGrain.com

SERVES: 20 nuggets

CUISINE: Kids

PREP TIME: 25 mins

COOK TIME: 20 mins TOTAL TIME: 45 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups organic palm shortening, lard, tallow or duck fat for frying
  • 1/2 pound ground dark meat chicken (preferably organic and if possible pastured)
  • 1/2 pound ground white meat chicken
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted chicken stock
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Batter

*note these will likely work without the egg for egg-free, but will probably be less crispy. 

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a deep pot over medium high heat. Bring the oil to 350°F then reduce the heat on the stove to keep a constant temperature. The oil should be about 2-inches high in the pot.
  2. Combine the chicken, chicken stock, 3/4 teaspoon salt, ground mustard, and garlic powder in a bowl.
  3. In a shallow and wide dish, whisk together the bean flour, arrowroot, 1/2 teaspoon salt and baking powder. Add the egg and sparking water and stir until just combined and smooth.
  4. Roll small portions of the meat mixture between your palms to create a nugget shape, then dip them in the batter. Shake off the excess batter and place them in the hot oil, working in batches of 6-8 nuggets. Cook on each side 3 to 4 minutes, until the batter has puffed up and is golden brown.
  5. Remove the nuggets with a mesh skimmer and place them on a rack lined with a paper towel to cool. Continue working in batches until you have finished the meat and batter.

Alternatively – these nuggets can be baked all at once, but they do not get nearly as crispy as they do when fried. After dipping the chicken in the batter and shaking off the excess liquid, place them on a baking sheet and baked for 16 minutes at 400°F.

To Freeze and Reheat

Cool the nuggets completely then freeze them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Transfer them to an airtight container and store for up to 3 months. To reheat, place the nuggets on a baking sheet and cook at 400°F for or 12 minutes or 8 minutes on convection.

Best Chicken Nuggets, Danielle Walker

Review Caesar Salad from Hot for Food Blog

I saw this really cute couple on the news the other day talking about their love of food and had to look up the website to check it out. As promised, their blog was sexy and sleek and the recipes sounded phenomenal. The caesar salad caught my eye, as the dressing that I found recently is dairy free and good, but I was looking for phenomenal!

Needless to say, I had to try it. Once I thought I had the ingredients and was needing some dressing, I flew through my kitchen, looking for all the tools needed.

I quickly realized that my cashews needed 3 hours of soaking and when you are feeding a family and in a hurry, 3 hours just won’t do. I got the water boiling and pour that over the cashews. Whew! That should do the job.

I’m interested but not looking for vegan recipes, so I made my salads with lots of meat. This recipe looks delish!

20140922_125856 20140922_130658 20140922_130712 20140922_131000 20140922_131118 20140922_12591920140922_13252120140922_132621

My salad was kale, sunflower sprouts, organic baby cucumbers,  organic cherry tomatoes, yellow tomatoes, salami and bacon.

caesar dressing ingredients (16 oz of dressing):

3/4 C raw cashews (soaked for a min. of 3 hrs)

3/4 C water

1 bulb of roasted garlic (approx. 7-9 cloves. Feel free to do more/less depending on your taste)

1 pitted medjool date

1 tsp lemon zest

1 lemon, juiced

3 1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

Drain the soaked cashews and rinse with more water until it runs clear. Place all the ingredients in a vita-mix or high powered blender and mix on high until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving on your salad.

I felt like a hack, making this dressing. I was in a hurry, so I didn’t do it exactly as the recipe says, but boy was I happy with the results!!

I love, love this dressing so much! Thank you!

Dairy Free Vegan Caesar Salad

All Purpose, Healthy, Orange/Vinegar Cleaner

I saw this recipe recently and I am sorry, I can’t remember where I saw it!
This is so easy and healthy.
Why are we convinced that those large chemical companies care about us enough to not poison us?

Get a large jar with a good sealing lid. I love the look of this jar!
Depending on how much you want to make, peel some oranges and put the peels into the jar.
Fill the jar with vinegar and set it in the counter for about 2 weeks. Make sure the peels are covered by vinegar or they will spoil.
Remove the peels and strain if you wish.
Pour into a spray bottle and use 50/50 with water.
This makes a great all purpose cleaner without the poisons!
Happy cleaning:)

Citrus Cleaner

IMG_7425.JPG

IMG_7426.JPG

IMG_7427.JPG

Organic Carrot and Chicken Soup

This has become a family favorite and I want to share it with you.
I started making this when we learned that our daughter had leaky gut syndrome. This was keeping her sick even after being gluten free for 2 years. The recipe I started with was the basis for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
I have made it so many times and customized it along the way. I’m sure you will appreciate the the final product.

Grocery list for wonderful soup:
6-8 skin on chicken thighs(depending on size)
1 lb chicken sausage(I use organic from Sunworks)
8-10 good size carrots(for the soup in the picture, I found thumbelina carrots for a change)
2-3 cups of chicken stock(I prefer to make my own)
1 1/2 yellow onion
1 handful of fresh cilantro
1 handful fresh parsley
Sea salt and ground pepper to taste

This soup is purposely sparse on spices, to aid in healing, but adjust it to your tastes.

Peel carrots and cut 3/4 into large pieces and the remaining carrots into bite sized pieces. (You will need to easily pull out larger ones so that you can blend them up.)

Cut onion into larger pieces.

In a large pot, place chicken, carrots, onion, cilantro, parsley and chicken stock. Salt and pepper to taste. Top with water and slow boil for 3 hours. While soup is boiling, brown chicken sausage and break into small pieces.

After 3 hours, the carrots are very soft(great for easy digestion). Separate the chicken and vegetables from the stock. If you have an immersion blender, then blend the large pieces of carrot and some of the onion to create a more cloudy soup. If you are blending in a blender or Vitamix, put vegetables and some stock into the blender and slowly blend until smooth and creamy. Pour into the stock and stir into a nice soup. Carefully remove all bones and skin from the chicken thighs.(I then use the skin and bones again to make chicken stock)

Cut chicken into small pieces and prepare to put back into the soup.  Add the browned chicken sausage at this time. You have a portion of carrots and onions to put back into the soup. Continue to simmer on low and season to taste.

This makes enough soup for a few days and it makes a great school lunch item. You can freeze the soup and if stored correctly, it will be good for quite some time. It usually doesn’t last that long though.

 

 

 

Coconut Milk Yogurt Review

Going dairy free, grain free a few years ago, I had tried to make coconut milk yogurt soon after making the switch. FAIL! I tried it twice and failed both times. Yucky grey mold. (insert blechk face!)I had given up and my Yogourmet sat silently on the shelf waiting for the next opportunity to give it another go. Thanks to Danielle Walker and her recipe, I felt confident enough to give it a go.

I tried another recipe that didn’t use gelatin when I failed and that may have been the difference for me. You will have to try it for yourself and see.

photo 1 (2)

Ingredients needed:

2-14 oz cans of coconut cream/milk

3 tbls unflavoured gelatin

2 tbls honey

1-50-billion IU probiotic capsule or 1 dairy free probiotic yogurt starter kit

  1. Place 1/4 cup of the coconut milk in a bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin over it and set aside to bloom for 10 minutes.photo 3
  2. Heat the remaining coconut milk in a saucepan over medium heat until it reaches 150 degrees F, about 10 minutes.photo 2 (2)
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in the softened gelatin and the honey until dissolved.
  4. Allow milk to cool to 110 degrees F, then whisk in the contents of 1-50 billion IU probiotic capsule or the yogurt starter.
  5. Pour the mixture through a  mesh sieve into sterilized jars and screw on the lids.
  6. Place the jars in a yogurt maker and ferment for 18-24 hours, or ferment in a dehydrator without the trays on 120 degrees F for the same time.photo 1 (3)
  7. The yogurt will still be liquid and the coconut cream may have separated at this point. Place the jars in the refridgerator for 4 hours to allow the gelatin to set and the yogurt to thicken. Once set, whisk vigorously to blend the yogurt or pulse in a blender a few times for an ultra-smooth consistency.

photo 3 (1)

 

Review of Blueberry-Chia pudding

I was looking for another recipe for breakfast type things and found this the other day.

Well, I was so excited to try this recipe, I made a batch right away. I really was hoping that I could use some of these lovely ingredients to create something that my children may have another option. With cutting out all grains and sugar, I really thought they would like it. Well as you can imagine, they didn’t even want to really try it:(
I took some to work with me and my co-workers loved it and so did I! I am looking forward to making it again and this time I will relax and not expect the children to even try it again. If you are so inclined, my guess is that you will love it as well. Happy cooking:)

Ingredients
2 cups frozen blueberries
⅔ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used plain almond milk)
5 large dates (soak in hot water beforehand if they are tough)
½ of a frozen banana
½ cup chia seeds
Instructions
Combine the blueberries, milk, dates and banana in a blender; process until smooth.
Transfer blueberry mixture to a medium bowl and stir in the chia seeds. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or up to overnight (stir every 5 minutes during first 30 minutes) until thickened.
Eat!

http://powerhungry.com/2013/07/1862/