Peaches and (Cashew) Cream

Peaches are one of my favorite summer fruits. I have always loved adding them to my cottage cheese, but since I have switched to an anti-inflammatory diet, I no longer eat dairy. My solution: cashew cream! Super easy, slightly sweet and better than any dairy product available.

Cashew Cream

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews

  • 1/2-1 cup Water

Place cashews into a cup or bowl. Fill with water just until covered. Let soak about 2 hours (or longer). Place cashews and water into a blender. Add an additional 1/4 cup of water into the blender and blend on high. Add a little bit of water at a time to get the mixture turning and then to reach your desired consistency. The blending process should take about 3-4 minutes to get it creamy. Add cinnamon or vanilla extract if you would like. Place in a mason jar and store in the refrigerator or several days.

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Drink Daily

For an anti-inflammatory drink, I was using turmeric powder. However, I was informed by a friend how much more beneficial the extract is, so I switched over to using the extract (you can order it from Amazon or make your own with a few tablespoons of grated turmeric and 8-10 oz of vodka and let stand about a month before using). The ginger is an anti-inflammatory like the turmeric and the lemon is great for an alkaline gut. The frankincense and black pepper are a must for complete absorption of the turmeric into the body. This is a slightly sweet drink and very refreshing. You can make a large batch and keep it in the refrigerator.

My Favorite Homemade Salad Dressings

I often am asked about what I use for salad dressing. These dressings below are my “go-tos”. They are simple to make and last in the fridge for 1-2 weeks (if they aren’t used up by then!) Simply click the links to get to the recipes. Don’t forget that ripe avocados, hummus (olive oil based only please 🙂 ), a drizzle of vinegar, fresh herbs, or just loads of juicy vegetables also add creaminess, moisture and flavor to any type of salad. I hope you find these to be delicious and easy so you can forgo the store-bought bottles which often are loaded with bad oils (canola, soy, corn, and other GMO oils), preservatives and added sugar.

 

 

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Mulberry Mania

I have a mulberry tree. It is huge. Therefore, I have tons of mulberries this month which I absolutely LOVE! Besides the fact that they are perfectly sweetened, here are other reasons I love them.

Healthalicious Easter Side Dishes

When it comes to holidays, our family always serves buffet style, and everyone brings a dish or two to share. The best way to ensure that healthy choices will be available is to bring them yourself. My girls are making desserts, and I am making two sides. Here is what I will be bringing. Click on the links for the complete recipes. And both can be made the day before!

  1. Fajita Quinoa – I’m going to add fresh tomatoes and avocado to the top as well this time.fajitaquinoa

2. Cool Zucchini, Carrot, and Radish Salad – You can substitute any root vegetable here. This is definitely better once it has had a chance to sit overnight.

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National Chia Day!

Today, March 23rd is National Chia Day. Here is my favorite way to eat chia. It’s my daily treat to myself. I hope you give it a try – it’s high in protein, good fat, and it’s slightly sweet and overall simply delicious!

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I love chunky peanut butter, but I want to get more than just peanuts into my daily diet, so I’ve been creating my own chunky nut butter. I make a large batch of this, and then I put a big dollop of it in a jelly mason jar. It is then ready for me to take (along with a spoon) for an easy snack on a busy day. You can use any variety of nuts and seeds and spices.

  • 2 cups of organic peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Method 1:  Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the nuts and seeds are mixed.

Method 2: Place peanut butter into a large glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and add all the remaining ingredients and stir until mixed.

Store the chunky nut butter in a air-tight container in the refrigerator.

 

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Americans are Over-medicated

“We are 4.4 percent of the world population but we use 52 percent of the drugs in the world.  These drugs further damage our bodies and we continue to form diseases that rob us of our quality of life and life itself.”  In an article by Dr. Sue Aery, we are reminded of the poor choices the average American makes especially in regards to lack of exercise and gut-destroying food. My girls have been learning the importance of gut health in terms of pH levels where acidic stomachs promote disease and guts in an alkaline state help combat disease. As we have studied the gut, we have been reminded that our main goal is to stay far away from processed foods, dairy and meats and opt for a plant-based diet. It is then that we are better equipped to fight off infections, sickness, and disease. May your week ahead be a jumpstart for a diet that promotes a healthy gut!

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The Importance of Omega 3s

Our girls have been studying nutrition in science. We recently discussed the differences in fats with an emphasis on the Omega 3s vs the Omega 6s. Omega 6 fats are consumed heavily here in the US putting our ratio of Omega 3s to Omega 6s at a dangerous level. The imbalance of the Omega 6s cause inflammation within the body. It is vital that we stay on top of attaining a high dose of Omega 3s in our diets and keep our consumption of Omega 6s (soy, corn, safflower, sunflower, canola oils) low.

Enjoy the slideshow they put together!

Ultimate Chunky Peanut Butter

ChunkyNutBotterThis is one of my go-to snacks each day. I love chunky peanut butter, but I want to get more than just peanuts into my daily diet, so I’ve been creating my own chunky nut butter. I make a large batch of this, and then I put a big dollop of it in a jelly mason jar. It is then ready for me to take (along with a spoon) for an easy snack on a busy day. You can use any variety of nuts and seeds and spices.

  • 2 cups of organic peanut butter

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds

  • 1/4 cup chia seeds

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Method 1:  Place all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the nuts and seeds are mixed.

Method 2: Place peanut butter into a large glass bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Microwave another 30 seconds and add all the remaining ingredients and stir until mixed.

Store the chunky nut butter in a air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Food is Thy Medicine 

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This meal of Wild Alaskan Salmon (3 oz), sauteed mushrooms (2 cups before cooking) and broccoli (1 cup) is one I eat every Monday. Due to a certain medication that I am on to treat an on-going eye condition, I need to follow up with 5 mg of pantothenic acid (Vitamin B5) 24 hours after the medicine is taken. While I do not like using medicine to treat the body, I know there comes a time when one has to use it to assist the body in healing. So rather than relying on another lab-produced pill (that was prescribed for me), I did my research and found what foods would give me the amount of B5 that I need. I chose the foods I liked from that list and adjusted the serving sizes to make sure I get what I need. In addition to the 100% of the Daily Recommended Value for B5, it also has the DRV for these vitamins:

  • More than 100% of B12

  • More than 100% of Vitamin D

  • More than 100% of Vitamin C

When you eat a diet high in plants with a small side of a nutrient-rich protein, you are building up the respiratory and nervous system, your muscles and bones, your immunity, and all other processes your body does in order to remain healthy. Go for more green and have a happy body!