Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Mini loaves for the adults and mini muffins without chocolate chips for the children.
Whole Wheat Banana Bread
1 cup Whole Wheat Flour
¾ cup Oatmeal Flour
¼ cup milled Flax
1 Tablespoon Wheat Germ
1 teaspoon Baking Soda (aluminum free)
½ teaspoon Real Salt
½ cup Egg Beaters*
2 cups Mashed Bananas
½ cup Honey
¼ cup Applesauce
1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
½ teaspoon Vanilla
1 cup Chocolate Chips or Carob Chips(optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Combine dry ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Combine wet ingredients together in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
Bake mini muffins at 325 degrees for about 10 minutes or until done. For large loaves bake at 325 degrees for 55 minutes or until toothpick/knife test comes out clean.
*Note: I leave out the eggs and just add a little more banana and flax seed. I have yet to notice a difference in the banana bread.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Quinoa has become a favorite food to my family. You will not find our refrigerator without a bowl of cooked quinoa. In fact my husband just ordered us about 50 pounds for our food storage! I really don’t know how we will get through it all, but I think the way we are consuming our quinoa, it’s probably a good possibility that we will.
Some of the benefits of eating quinoa, besides the fact that we love the taste of it, is that it is a complete protein. Meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids! It is also a very good source of manganese, iron, copper and phosphorus. It is also low in gluten content, so it is one of the least allergenic grains.
There are many other benefits of this simple grain, for more information go to this site. They will give you the history and some other recipe ideas.
Here are some of the things we do with this grain that are simple and tasty.
First we cook the quinoa according to package directions so that we have it on hand for making these recipes. Like I said we usually keep a bowl of cooked quinoa for lunches and quick dinner preparations.
To cook the quinoa, add one part of the grain (make sure to rinse it well before cooking) to two parts liquid in a saucepan. After the mixture is brought to a boil, reduce the heat to simmer and cover. One cup of quinoa cooked in this method usually takes 15 minutes to prepare. We have enjoyed it warm and cold with the following recipe.
Quinoa Salad (pictured above)
We just eyeball the amounts, if you like lots of veggies do more, and if you want more grain do fewer veggies. All veggies are cut up. This is just what we had put in and found we like, so by all means add your favorite vegetables and take out what you don’t like.)
Basil or any other favorite fresh herb you have
Mung bean sprouts or Alfalfa sprouts
Juice of a Lemon (to taste)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (just enough to coat the grain)
Salt to taste
Milled Flax seed
Shredded: carrots, zucchini, cucumber
Fresh cilantro and parsley
Salt and other seasonings you like
Make into patties and grill with a small amount of olive oil. We like putting avocado on the top.
I'm really excited to introduce our next guest blogger, Jena Demarco. If you know Jena and her family you will know that their favorite room in thier home is the kitchen! Recently, Jena and her husband changed their eating habits dramatically to be healthy and ran a half marathon together. Her husband has lost 30+ pounds and Jena has never looked and felt so great being pregnant. Way to go you two!
Jena is also my herbie partner. We are just finishing up our second herb class together and have loved it! Welcome Jena.
She will have some great recipes to share so check back!
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Favorite fresh Lettuces and or Spinach
Julienned sliced Zucchini
To assemble salad you can layer each ingredient starting with the lettuces similar to how the picture looks. Or, you can toss all ingredients together. Top with favorite dressing. You can also make a simple dressing with extra virgin olive oil, flax oil, or Udo's oil and lemon juice with favorite seasonings including Real Salt and freshly ground pepper.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
6 Tbs Soy or Almond milk
2/3 cup Sucanat or 6 Tbs honey
2 heaping Tbs Cocoa or Carob powder
3 tsp Vanilla or Almond Extract
2/3 cup Natural Peanut or Almond Butter
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
2 heaping Tbs wheat germ (optional)
2 Cups Oats
Mix the last three ingredients in a mixing bowl. If you do not use the wheat germ replace it with a little more flax or oats. In a sauce pan mix together the first five ingredients. Heat just enough to make it smooth. Add the peanut butter mixture to your dry mixture and blend together. Let your now cookie dough cool down a little, then place small spoon fulls onto wax paper. Let your cookies sit at room temp or in the frig to firm up a bit.
Makes 20-22 cookies. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
When I brought my new baby home from the hospital I wanted everything to be perfect for him. Near the top of the list was a clean germ-free environment at home. When it came time to clean I would do so while he was sleeping so keep him away from the strong smells. Pulling out the Pine Sol, Clorox and 409 always gave me mixed feelings. I knew this stuff was very toxic. When he would wake up from his nap I would have tried very hard to air out the smells and my hands would always keep the Clorox stench. I soon found my new mother instinct to be right on. These toxic cleaners are not safe and are absorbed through breathing and the skin.
I knew there were safer alternatives at the health food store. My first concern was how effective are they? My second concern after purchasing many - they are not cheap! This took me to further research and I was so please with what I found. I had everything I need to clean safe and even more effectively in my home and I didn’t even know it. I started experimenting and had great results.
Items, such as vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, salt, and lemon juice can get the job done just as well, and even better, than the toxic alternative.
All-purpose cleaner: Also works great on glass, ¼ cup of white or apple cider vinegar to 1 quart of water and a few drops of dish soap in a spray bottle.
Disinfectant: Keep two separate spray bottles one with white or apple cider vinegar the other with hydrogen peroxide (3% solution, same that is sold at drug stores). Spray one then the other then wipe down. This method in tests ran at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing the two mists killed virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces when used this way. This makes this spray combination more effective at killing these potentially lethal bacteria than chlorine bleach or any commercial kitchen cleaner.
This spray method is great for cleaning your fruits and vegetables. Just spray one after another and rinse with water.
Air Freshener: To add scent to your cleaners add a few drops of your favorite essential oil (I love lavender, lemon and tea tree oils) You can also fill a mister with water and add a few drops of an essential oil for a safe natural air freshener. Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils.
Baking Soda: There are so many uses for baking soda. I keep a jar of it by my sink for scrubbing pots and pans – let it sit with a little water then scrub. I keep it by the washing machine and add a half cup to a load to soften the water. Here are many other effective uses for baking soda:
-To clean your oven, simply sprinkle a cup or more of baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then cover the baking soda with enough water to make a thick paste. Let the mixture set overnight. The next morning the grease will be easy to wipe up because the grime will have loosened. When you have cleaned up the worst of the mess, dab a bit of liquid detergent or soap on a sponge, and wash the remaining residue from the oven.
-To unclog a drain, pour 1/2 - 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 - 1 cup of vinegar in after it. Cover the drain and let it sit for 15 minutes. If it bubbles like a volcano, it means it's working as planned. Flush with a gallon of boiling water.
-Deodorize dry carpets by sprinkling liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes, then vacuum.
-To rid your garbage disposal of foul smells, add vinegar to water for ice cubes, then let a few of them get chopped by your disposal.
-To clean your silver, boil 2-3 inches of water in a shallow pan with 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, and a sheet of aluminum foil. Totally submerge silver and boil for 2-3 minutes more. Remove silver from the pan and wipe away the tarnish with a clean cotton cloth.
There are so many other natural cleaning possibilities with the items listed above along with salt, lemon, borax and more. I highly recommend giving safe cleaning methods a try and researching further to fit all your needs.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is a great recipe to bake up and freeze for later. Also, we love to use the same recipe to make a traditionally baked pizza. Enjoy!
2 cups Wheat Flour, unbleached (you could also use a combination of whole wheat or spelt with the wheat flour)
½-1 tsp Real Salt or Himalayan Salt (depending on how salty you'd like it)
2 tsp non-aluminum Baking Powder
2/3 cup Water
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium sized bowl and thoroughly mix together until fully incorporated. Pour the wet ingredients in and with a spoon or hands mix wet and dry together until it becomes a nice dough. Lightly flour a clean surface. Roll dough out in desired shape; make even thinner by hand tossing it if you'd like.
Place rolled out dough on pizza stone or jelly roll and bake for about 25-30 minutes until lightly browned on edges. Now it is ready for your favorite toppings!
I am so ecstatic to introduce to you our very first guest blogger! Ashley Cole is a good friend of my sister Darleen and any friend of my sister's is a friend of mine. Ashley has a great post to share with us tomorrow so tune in!
Here is a little about Ashley and who she is:
"Often while growing up all nine of us kids would be dishing up huge plates of pasta and would here our mom snickering across the table. "I put lentils in the sauce," she'd say with a grin. It didn't matter to us because it still tasted great. Her tricks didn't stop there. Barley was added to Sloppy Joes. A piece a seaweed was always found in the cooked rice. Substituting applesauce for oil in baking was the norm. My mothers deep desire for good health for her family wore off on me and now I have trick of my own.
Although my dream of living on a good size property with an orchard, large vegetable garden, chickens to lay eggs and a bee hive is in the distant future, there are things I can do to give my family a healthy lifestyle now. It is amazing to me how easy it actually is do make daily changes. Growing what food we can, not buying every packaged convenience from the grocery store, eating organic when possible, and keeping toxins out of our home have been gradual changes that were simple and natural. I truly believe it is more about learning and changing habits than about time or difficulty."
Ashley, you're in good company. Welcome!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Every year I do an extensive spring cleaning. I work when I want, as a professional organizer, and so I have decided to do several posts on spring cleaning. When your personal space is put together you have more time, energy, and you can put your focus into things that matter to you. This is about maximizing your efficiency. Spring cleaning is more than just giving the house a good cleaning. It’s about cleaning out all of that extra stuff.
Benefits of Spring Cleaning:
- You can save money. If you are taking the time to get organized then you are going to find out how much you already are stocked up on, and don’t need to buy. This includes clothing, food, office supplies, toys etc.
- You can make money. As I clean things out, I have boxes that I put things in by category and I pre-price these items to sell in a garage sale. That way the day of the sale I don’t have to be stressed about the pricing. (look for more info about selling your used items in another post)
- You can give to others. If a garage sale or online sales are too stressful or time consuming, then I would share your extras.
- You can improve your home environment. Just think of the before and after shots that you see on TV about shows that clean out people’s houses. You can do that for yourself!
- You can start a good habit. Having this pattern of cleaning stuff out, can only help you stay on top of all that you have to do in a day.
We have a winner! This number was randomly given to us by Random.org
Joni!!! who said,"I have been wanting one of these so badly! I hope I win!"
We hope you love your new lamp Joni! Go a head and send us your address info and we will forward it to Solay.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
2 cups oats
1/2 cup oat bran
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup wheat germ
2 Tbs ground flax seed
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon real salt
4 medium bananas, about 1 1/2 cups mashed
1/2 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
2 tsp natural vanilla extract
1/2 cup honey or agave (more if you like it sweeter)
Add in ideas -
grounded or sliced almonds
dark chocolate chips or carob chips
dried cranberries, blueberries or cherries
Preheat over to 350*
Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. In a sauce pan warm up the mashed bananas and add the peanut butter and vanilla. Mix in till peanut butter is melted. Add the peanut butter mixture to the dry ingredients. You may need to use you hands to knead these together. Now mix in your sweetener of chose and any add ins. (For the bars above I used honey, sunflower seeds and mini dark chocolate chips)
Spray a 9x13 baking dish. Spread out your dough nice and smooth in the dish. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool and cut into bars.
These keep well covered on the counter but to keep longer store in the frig and you can also freeze these for later use.
This recipe is very versatile. Play with it and experiment with new add ins. See what you can come up with. And don't forget to share your ideas with us!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Ahhh, I am so sorry. For our Solay giveaway this week I was given a 10% off code for all Simply Healthful readers. When you make a purchase at Solay make sure and type in the code: Thanks, to receive 10% off your order.
Also, this is your reminder to enter into our Himalayan Salt Lamp giveaway. You have until Thursday at midnight PST to post a comment. Click here to enter.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
¼ cup fresh Lemon Juice
1-4 Tb Coconut Cream Concentrate
2-4 Tb Agave Nectar
1-2 tsp Vanilla Flavoring
1 tsp fresh Lemon Zest (optional)
Combine all ingredients into a Vitamix Blender or a good high speed blender. Start blending the lemon mixture on medium speed and gradually work up to a high speed for about a minute. Scrape sides of blender if needed and check consistency. It should be a nice smooth mixture. Chill in refrigerator for at least one hour.
Monday, March 16, 2009
In my adult years I have lessened the amount of animal meat I eat for health purposes and such. I usually will only eat meat around the holidays and even then in small amounts (if you want to know some of the health reasons why I do that, go here).
It's a must for me to have corn beef once a year right around St. Patrick's Day though. I'm sure it's a must for many. It may not be the healthiest choice yet I do it out of festive tradition. But, I wanted to share another option that could fall underneath healthy, for those who cannot or will not eat red meat for St. Patrick's Day. I'd suggest for our veagans and strict vegetarians to omit the fish and start the meal with some fresh fruit salad using kiwi or other green fruit, it being festive. The roasted veggies can definitely stand on their own. Enjoy!
Seasoned Cod Fillets
When seasoned right these fillets will have a slight buttery taste.
4 Wild caught frozen or fresh Cod Fillets, if frozen, thaw them completely
1 Tb Fresh Thyme
A few sprigs for each fillet of Fresh Rosemary
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/4 tsp Real Salt or Himalayan Salt
Take thawed cod fillets and combine all spices and oil in a medium sized bowl. Use enough oil to coat fish completely.
Place fillets on a medium high heated skillet taking excess herbs and placing them on top of each fillet. Cover fillets and cook fish until done, about 7-10 minutes. The fish will flake easily when it is done. Serve immediately.
Best Ever Cabbage
This recipe was given to me by this wonderful women and contributor on Simply Healthful. I also used a Meyer lemon that was locally grown. To achieve Best Ever Cabbage I would suggest doing the same!
1 head of Cabbage, sliced and washed
1 tsp fresh Thyme
1/2 tsp Marjoram
1/2 tsp Rosemary, fresh or dried
1 clove of Garlic, minced (optional)
Juice from 1/2 Lemon
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
In a large skillet put 1 tsp oil and turn heat to medium. Add cabbage and all other ingredients except for the lemon juice; sauté for about 3 minutes until cabbage is just barely beginning to wilt. Turn off heat and sprikle lemon juice on top of cabbage. Season with pepper and Real Salt or Himalayan salt to taste.
I will list the veggies I used this time but you can always put in your own favorite veggies. We often use cherry tomatoes too.
3 medium sized Beets, reserve beet greens and stems for another time
1 yellow Onion, sliced
3-4 Zuchinnis, sliced thick
3-4 medium sized Carrots, peeled and sliced lengthwise
6 small Red Potatoes, quartered and sliced
2-4 Tb Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1-2 cloves Garlic, minced (optional)
1-2 Tb of your Favorite seasoning, I used an Herb de Province combination
Real Salt or Himalayan Salt
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Chop and slice all veggies to be thick but bite size. In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly making sure all veggies are coated in oil and seasoning.
Dump veggie mix onto a cookie or jelly roll pan and spread them out, creating one layer of prepared veggies. Put pan in preheated oven and cook for 2o minutes or until lightly browned on edges.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Solay Wellness Inc. is sponsoring our "illuminating" giveaway this week. They are giving away one Himalayan Salt Lamp (5-7lbs) to one lucky winner.
Have you ever taken note of the way you feel when you have been on the computer for long periods of time? For me, I usually end up with a headache and my eyes feel like they're going to bug out. It is especially bad when I'm on my laptop. Well, there is a great solution for that and many other wellness issues. . . Himalayan Salt Lamps.
I recently bought a lamp to try out and have loved the results from it! If ever I feel any discomfort while working on the computer or watching the television I just light it and the feeling goes away. Am I sounding a little hokey? Possibly. When I first heard about them my first reaction was, yeah right. Over time though I caved in, more so because I like the look of them. Now, I'm saving up to buy more! Wow, I didn't expect to write a testimonial.
Here is a little about how they work from Solay:
If you'd like further information on how the salt lamps work, go here.
Our beautiful salt lamps, from the foothills of Himalayan Mountains are more than just pretty to look at - they're good for you. Salt crystal lamps generate healthy negative ions that cleanse the air. Ever experienced the change in the air after a good rain? That's from negative ions, and that's what these lamps do, and they don't lose their power over time.
So, draw on the luck of the Irish and make a comment!
Okay, here are the Giveaway Guidelines:
-To enter just leave a comment
-You'll have until midnight PST on Thursday the 19th to enter your comment
-The winner will be announced Friday the 20th in the morning
Friday, March 13, 2009
Marleen here . . . I won't be able to post something fabulously healthy today but check back Sunday evening for an illuminating giveaway.
Now go have yourself a big salad and enjoy your weekend!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
¾ cup Dates, soaked in 3 Tb hot water or ¾-1 cup raw Agave Nectar
¼ cup raw Almond butter or raw Hazelnut butter (if using Agave up the amount, making it more than the Agave Nectar)
3 Tb raw Cacao powder or raw Carob powder
4 Tb+ cold pressed Coconut Oil
1 tsp Vanilla extract or Vanilla flavoring
¼ tsp Real Salt
In a food processor combine all ingredients. I usually like to do the coconut oil last, adding tablespoon by tablespoon until it is the consistency that I like. To avoid heating you could also fold in the oil after processing all other ingredients.
If stored in the refrigerator this recipe will harden into a nice fudge! Enjoy!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Growing up my family ate fish a least once a week. Sometimes it was Salmon steaks, sometimes it was Salmon on a nice big salad or some nights we cooked up some yummy, fresh Tilapia. These were my favorite dinner nights. I have always loved fish.
As I started my family I wanted to carry on this tradition of eating fish at least once a week because I feel like it is one of the healthiest choices when it comes to nutrition. Especially for my children's growing bodies. Fish is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein so that makes it the perfect brain food.
My one resistance towards fish these days is that a lot of fish and seafood is contaminated with stuff like mercury and other toxins. Did you know that? Unfortunately our oceans, lakes and rivers aren't what they used to be. They are contaminated with different toxins which is of course contaminating the living life with in them. So you see eating fish really can be a complicated thing. Yes fish is a healthy choice, but not ALL fish is healthy for you. It really depends on it's contamination levels, weather it was wild caught of farm raised, what part of the world it came from, and so on. For example Wild Alaskan Salmon has been tested with very low levels of toxins, however Farmed or Atlantic Salmon has been tested with high levels of mercury. Also fresh Tilapia from the US and Central America is a healthy choice however most, not all, but most frozen Tilapia is farmed in China and is high in toxins. Make sure you are asking were it's from or reading labels.
Well it may be a complicated thing but don't let it overwhelm you. I still feed my family fish once a week and I have found a resource that has helped me to feel confident about buying and feeding my family the healthiest fish. It is a website called Kid Safe Seafood. You can read here about why we should be worried about the toxins in our fish.
Kid Safe Seafood also says the healthiest choices when it comes to seafood are...
~ Wild Alaskan Salmon
~ Tilapia (US/Central America)
~ Farmed Blue Mussels
~ Northern US and Canadian Shrimp
~ Farmed Crayfish
~ Farmed Bay Scallops
If you would like to look up the toxin levels in seafood your family may be eating look here.
For another great site and resource go here. They even have a pocket guide you can carry with you when your doing your shopping or eating out.
I hope this will be helpful to you and just remember that if you are educated about the fish you eat and buy it will not be so overwhelming and the next time your at the store buying a fresh, yummy salmon to grill up, just make sure he's from the wild Alaskan oceans and not from a fish farm in the Atlantic's.
And if your looking for a really yummy seafood marinate go here.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Water is so important for our health and well-being that I felt there should be a post about it. A great resource to find out about water and frequently asked questions is, The Water Cure. My doctor has advised me that I should drink about 2.5 liters a day because of my health problems, but each person is different. Below is a guideline of how much to drink.This reference was taken from The Water Cure
“To better determine how much water you need each day, divide your body weight in half. The answer is the approximate number of water ounces you should drink daily. You should drink half of your body weight in ounces. If you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces water (3.13 quarts, 2.98 liters or about 10-12 cups of water a day). If you weigh closer to 100 pounds you will need only about 50 ounces of water or about four 12-ounce glasses daily. Individuals who are physically active or live in hot climates may need to drink more.”
There are so many benefits of drinking water. Here are just some of them:
- It has been known to decrease the risk of colon cancer by 45%.
- It slashes the risk of breast cancer by 75%.
- It will reduce the chance of catching a cold or flu.
- It helps prevent constipation.
- It will prevent the risk of kidney stones.
- It maintains blood volume, therefore reduces the risk of cardiovascular or heart diseases.
- It will prevent urinary tract infection.
- It maintains blood volume which maintains your energy; prevents blood thickening that leads to high blood pressure and other heart diseases. Your blood should consist of 92% water.
- It improves your concentration and reaction time, which is important for our daily activities.
- It helps with the skin and wrinkles.
- It will flush out the toxins in our bodies through urination and sweat.
- It will help you lose weight.
When I was sick as a child, I remember my mom always advising us to drink every hour. We would have our glasses out on the kitchen counter and we would take some sips every hour. As an adult, every morning I get my pitcher out and fill it up with water, so I make sure I drink 2.5 liters a day. I know now at the stores they have big water bottles that you can fill up and take with you when you are away from home.
There is a lot of information about the benefits of drinking water.It is clear that in order to have our bodies working at its optimal level drinking water is vital. Keep water with you at all times and drink throughout the day. You will notice that your overall health will be better.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Fruit is an amazing food! It is where the 'sweets' world meets the healthy. They are usually vibrant in color and smell fabulous (with the exception of papaya, those who have had it know what I mean). I think many of us have made the statement, "well if it is really good, it must be bad for me." Yet, fruit (and of course all our wonderful recipes, right), proves us wrong.
There are some great fruit guidelines I have appreciated in my life that I'd like to share with you.
First off, fruit is best to eat on an empty stomach or before your meal. Fruit is easily digested in the body and when you have other foods in your intestines beforehand, it makes it harder for your fruit to digest and could cause fermentation and indigestion in the body. When eaten alone or before your meal, fruit will easily digest and be used for energy. This is great for those of us who feel bloated or have digestive upset after eating fruit for dessert or during a meal.
It is great to eat fruit as a snack after exercising. Instead of drinking that protein shake or eating yogurt, fruit will give you added hydration and needed energy from the natural sugars.
Fruit is actually alkaline-forming in the body. Even citrus fruits too! Lemons are my personal favorite. I could probably do a whole post just on lemons.
It is best to eat your fruit whole, unprocessed, and fresh. When heated, the digestive enzymes and nutrients are cooked out. When you eat your fruit with the skin or pulp, unprocessed and fresh you are getting fiber, nutrients and vitamins that the body can utilize and use.
So, eat up and use wisely. I'm going to go eat that fruit right now! Yum.
Friday, March 6, 2009
We have our winner! This number was generated from random.org.
Julie! who said, "Sounds delicious. I've been wanting to try your recipes!" You are our lucky winner.
Go ahead Julie, and send us an email letting us know your address information and we'll forward that to Tropical Traditions.
A huge thank you to Tropical Traditions for putting on such a great giveaway for us.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Legumes are one of the best and cheapest foods to consume to become more healthy. They are one of the best sources of soluble fiber. Because of this, legumes help lower levels of damaging LDL Cholesterol in the blood. In other words, beans can lower the risk of having heart disease.
Beans are high in protein.
A helpful conversion to use when cooking: one-fourth cup of any legume is equivalent in protein to an ounce of meat.
They are not only high in protein but also in calcium and folic acid. Some of the best legumes high in these areas are soy, lima beans and white navy beans.
The cheapest way to have this food is by buying it dry and in bulk. The following recipe is made from dry beans and is so easy with little time on your part. Enjoy!
Lime Cilantro Black Beans
I love this in a "Mexican" salad similar to Cafe Rio's salads without the cheese and corn tortilla chips.
2 cups dry Black Beans, rinsed and sorted
1 yellow or white Onion, diced
2 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Tb Real Salt or Himilayan Salt
1 Tb fresh Lime Juice
2 Tb freshly chopped Cilantro
In a slow cooker cover rinsed beans with 6 cups water and cook on low setting for 8 or 9 hours. After they have cooked for 8 hours check beans by tasting to see if they are soft and done. If done, turn slow cooker to warm and cover beans with lid. If beans look cooked but dry, add more water.
In a skillet on medium heat cook onions with oil for 2 minutes. Add onions, salt, lim juice and cilantro to beans and stir. Serve immediately if you'd like it warm.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
2 3/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
1/4 cup Ground Flax Seed
1/2 tsp Real Salt
1 tsp aluminum free Baking Powder
1/2 cup Olive Oil
1 cup hot water
Start by mixing all the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the Olive Oil and mix well with your hands. The mixture will start to form into little pea shape balls. Then add the hot water slowly and start to knead until smooth. You may need less or more water so be careful and just add it slowly. You want your dough to be moist and soft but not sticky.
Next form your dough into golf ball sized balls. This recipe makes about 17 tortillas.
Before rolling out your tortilla, it makes it easier if you take a dough ball and flatten it a little in your hand to make a 3 inch circle.
Then flour up the surface you will be using and roll out your tortilla. You can make them as thick or as thin as you like. After you have one rolled out place it in a warm pan and brown on both sides. No oil in necessary in your pan because of the oil in the tortilla. These can also be frozen.
I make these all the time. They are surprisingly quick and easy to make. Try them out and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
This is an herb that has been used for generations upon generations of women and children, and is well worth knowing of. Red Raspberry, where mothers and babies are concerned, has been called an herb made in heaven. It is definately one of my most used and most favorite of herbs, and currently a daily must have in my day because I love how I feel when I use it.
How to Prepare Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
To make a tea, or more appropriately called, an infusion, simply purchase a few ounces of Red Raspberry Leaf from your local health food store or reliable online herb co., (look HERE). If you like you can also purchase a tea ball, or a muslin bag to place your herb in while steeping it, or you can simply strain the tea through a fine mesh strainer when it is finished. To make, I usually make at least a quart a day, so I use a 1 quart canning jar with a lid. I place a generous handful of the dried herb in the jar and pour boiling water over the top. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, with the lid on, although I leave mine as long as overnight depending on preference for strength. Strain or remove tea ball, add honey if you like and enjoy.
Interesting Facts about Red Raspberry
According to the Little Herb Encyclopedia, Red Raspberry,
"builds tissue to the extent that it prevents tearing of the cervix of the uterus during birth. During childbirth, hemorrhaging is prevented, the contraction of the uterine muscles are regulated during delivery and it also reduces false labor pains prior to birth...it enriches colostrom found in mother's milk, it also cleanses and prepares breasts for a pure milk supply...it has been used as an aid in morning sickness, and to ease many menstrual problems...Raspbery strengthens the walls of the uterus and the entire female reproductive system...(and finally but not least of all)...Raspberry leaf is an excellent herb for children for cleansing colds, slowing diarrhea, easing colic and fevers."
I feel great when I drink this tea, and I know countless others who have also enjoyed it's benefits!
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, and are not intented to diagnose, prevent, treat or cure any disease.
Monday, March 2, 2009
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Sunday, March 1, 2009
I am really excited about this giveaway (okay, so I'm really excited about every giveaway), because I have been asked many times, "what is coconut cream concentrate and where do I get it?" Two of my favorite recipes I have shared with you, Dark Silk Fudge and Creamy Broccoli Soup, have this Coconut Cream Concentrate in it, made by Tropical Traditions.
There may be those people that scream, "fat!", when they hear about coconut oil and coconut food products but there are so many health benefits from this wonderful food.
Yes, the fats from coconuts are saturated, but surprisingly saturated fats from plant sources, like coconuts, will break down in the body and be used for energy. The fats found in coconuts are very similar to what appears in human breast milk, which doctors have found to be the best food our babies can eat! In those fats you will find Lauric acid, a nutrient that supports the bodies immune system.
So basically, all you people trying to lose weight (me included), this would be a great fat to eat that won't, in the end, put on the weight. It may actually help you lose it!
My new favorite place to get coconut products is Tropical Traditions. Ever since I tried their Coconut Cream Concentrate, I have been amazed at what other great finds they have on their website. They also have some great information on coconut oil and health benefits from eating it.
Are you ready to hear about the giveaway now?!
Tropical Traditions is going to give one lucky Simply Healthful reader a FREE quart sized jar of their wonderfully yummy Coconut Cream Concentrate. That's the large bottle (32 oz) people! If you're not eating it by the spoonful (which I do sometimes), this will last you a very long time.
All you have to do is leave a comment!
Also, in addition, any Simply Healthful reader who makes a purchase can enter in this code: 82, into the referral section (click on "how did you hear about us?" In the drop down menu, you will choose "Referred by a friend." Underneath this will be a place that says: "Referred by (User ID)" and that's where you type in 82), and receive with your purchase a FREE copy of Tropical Traditions' book on Virgin Coconut Oil. That is a retail value of $25! This is a special number just for our readers! Don't you feel loved?
Tropical Traditions has a wonderful referral program and a great bulk discounts site too, check it out.
Okay, here are the Giveaway Guidelines:
-To enter just leave a comment
-You'll have until midnight PST on Thursday the 5th to enter your comment
-The winner will be announced Friday the 6th in the morning