Tuesday, December 31, 2013

So Easy - Healthy Honey Vanilla Pound Cake Recipe - Happy New Year!

I  love experimenting.  Cooking and baking are craft projects you get to eat at the end.  This mornings end of the year idea - Healthy Honey Vanilla pound cake.  Feel free to do your own experiments with different oils, flours and of course you could add chocolate chips or fruits to the batter as well.  Here's to a very sweet new year!

1 Cup organic spelt flour
3/4 Cup brown teff flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. sea salt

1/2 Cup raw honey (I used white which is very sweet.)
3 Tablespoons melted coconut oil (I use the Jarrow one with no smell or taste.)
1 or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 eggs

Mix the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
Mix the wet ingredients in another bowl.
Add the mixed wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.  (don't over mix)

Pour into mini loaf pans or one large loaf pan (I used little toaster oven pans but you could use what you have - make six individual servings or one loaf to slice.)
I like to clean up while baking - bake at 350 degrees Farienheight for about 30 minutes or until just brown on top.  Do not overbake or your cakes will be dry.

Use your imagination when serving.  You could top with fruit, fruit compote, butter for breakfast or a chocolate sauce and poached pears or fresh strawberries.  These are only a few of the things you could do - Let me know what you like best.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Simple Fast Food you can make in minutes (gluten free, macrobiotic, vegan, sugar free...)

This is a picture of the veggie part of a super fast lunch.  It is good hot, cold, even pureed or rolled in a tortilla with avocado and topped with lemon or lime.  I had some leftover cauliflower and thought - now what would I like to do with it....

celery root
olive oil

Basically chop up as much or as little as you like of the veggies, saute in olive oil and a sprinkle or two of tamari.  Add a small amount of water to not only cook without burning, it marries the flavors and creates a sweet, savory dish.  Cook until the water has all evaporated and serve.  I ate it with flax waffles myself.

And nothing is as fast as making sushi from leftovers.
I had the brown rice and kinpira made already so I just rolled them up with avocado and a little bit of umeboshi.  This is one of my go-to fast and easy favorites.  The more you cook, the more of those you have at your fingertips.

If you need ideas of how to create your own fast and easy meal plan, don't hesitate about phone coaching sessions. (click here to book a session and get all your questions answered.)

 We have helped people all over the world from South Africa to Singapore, The Philippines to Portsmith.  Coaching or Cooking lessons over the phone work well as there are less distractions and you get to feel you did it yourself instead of only watched.  If you have been waiting on taking control of your health and your life - do it NOW!  Stop waiting for that one day.  Stop listening to the excuses in your brain and begin.  Take an action.  Make this your most delicious year ever.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Save Yourself from Snack Attacks

With extra holiday food around - do you find yourself snacking more?  Are the voices in your head making up stories like:

You deserve it.
It's healthy so why not?
If you are hungry you should eat.
This will fill me up so I will eat less of the bad stuff.
I have so much to do, I need the extra fuel.
This one little _________ doesn't matter....

There are countless excuses to eat extra bites that can lead to eating a little more each day until that is your new habit.  If you want to gain weight then this might be a habit to begin.   For those who are very underweight and can't eat much at one meal, then snacking can really help you to maintain a normal size.

Most people have the problem of feeling the least bit hungry and looking for something to snack on.  That might work for you if you live in the jungle and are continually hunting for food.  The amount of walking, running, climbing and other exercise you would be getting in that lifestyle would make it advantageous to snack.  In the modern world, most snacking is indulgent and not a necessity.

Keeping your digestive system working all of the time can make you tired and then guess what - yeah, you'll want to snack even more.  A nice experiment to take on is to drink something, (often we think we are hungry when we are actually thirsty - call it a signal mix up - it happens.)

To avoid extra snacks and keep looking and feeling your best:

Get plenty of sleep
Drink healthy teas, water, functional beverages instead of snacking
Be sure to get enough protein in your meals (That tempeh featured above will keep you satisfied for quite a while.)
Chew your food well at every meal (aids digestion, helps you get the most from your food so you will feel less hungry.)
Enjoy your day (snackers often rely on treats to give them a happy moment.  Find other ways to be happy and rely on food less.)

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Concentrate (The beauty of roasting in the oven) recipe inside (vegan, vegetarian, macrobiotic, gluten free, sugar free)

I happened to buy a head of organic cauliflower and an inspiring Eating Well magazine that just happened to be featuring this underrated beauty.  While touted as "brain food" cauliflower has similar benefits as Broccoli.  (cooling, good for the eyes and could reduce eye inflammation, full of vitamin C, calcium, etc...)

The best thing about roasting any vegetable is that the dehydration concentrates flavors.  The longer you roast, the sweeter the end result is.

I did this roasted cauliflower in my toaster oven since there is no oven where I am currently staying.  Ikea's perfect pyrex pans work wonderfully well to make my toaster over the ideal single girl sized portions of just about anything.

Set the temperature at about 350 degrees F.  Coat your veggies in oil (here I used olive oil) and sprinkle with a little sea salt.  Bake for about 45 minutes or until your desired color of brown.  Those dark ones do not taste burned by the way, they taste crisp and sweet. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Has the Party Food Started Giving You The Blues?

If you are wondering if this was my party - it wasn't.  I didn't nibble or nosh or slosh at this one, but I did enjoy myself and get to connect with old friends.

For all of my clients who know what I mean when I say alkalize - that's the secret to letting go of the tiredness you might experience from indulging.

That's why the kudzu tea recipe works so wonderously to erase a hangover or even the after party blues.  (click for the recipe here...)  Kuzu and umeboshi are strong alkalizing elements and organic tamari or shoyu are pretty good too.  The ginger acts like a booster to make it get into the system faster and helps with digestion.  Digestion is the root of your health.  Literally.  You have little tiny villa lining the intestines and their health affects yours.

Just because Kale is green, full of beautiful chlorophyll, does not mean that it's alkalizing power is strong enough to balance out a beer -  or a banana.  Kudzu is a good remedy just as some homeopathics, herbal mixtures or over the counter things you could buy in a box - but no remedy is a substitute for consistent good eating.  You can't nosh on the doughnuts and bagels at eight and just drink down some alkalizers at nine and think you'll feel super duper.  You'll probably still be in a stuper.  

Since the intestines rule - you also can get a bit moody the more unbalanced you become.  Get some exercise, hydrate and eat well.  The eating part means - nice whole grains, beans, small amounts of animal foods (if you eat them), lots of veggies including greens and sea veggies.  It can be simple, gourmet and quite energizing.

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Shine brightly - you've got one month until New Years so ring it out HAPPY!