Green Smoothie for Energy and Brain Support

Energizing and Brain Supportive Green Smoothie

This Smoothie recipe is shared by Sarah S, a Cross Fit Coach and Elementary School Teacher.  I like this smoothie recipe for several reasons (see below).

Smoothies are a great way to start the day to boost your nutrients and they are quick and simple (and not just for breakfast!)

This Recipe is gluten, soy and dairy free with a nut free option

Ingredients

  • 1 c. of unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ c. filtered water
  • ½ avocado
  • 1 T. homemade walnut butter or nut butter of choice (see note below)
  • 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein Powder, chocolate flavor. Get one type here and here
  • 1 tsp. Four Stigmatic Matcha and Lions Mane Powder. Get it here
  • 2 c. organic raw spinach

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and serve.
  2. Makes two servings

Tip: If you don’t have time in the morning to put a smoothie together, put everything into the blender right before bed. Place in fridge. Put the base on the counter with your smoothie cup.  In the morning turn it on, go and do something for a minute, come back and there you have it.  Let the blender soak in water in the sink while you head out the door. When you get home, just rinse it out and make a fresh smoothie for the next day. 

For Homemade Walnut Butter: Soak walnuts for 2 hours, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Puree in food processor or blender with an added a pinch of cinnamon and coconut oil and puree until smooth. 

Quicker Option: There are many health stores that now carry freshly ground nut butters.  Look at the container for the date they processed it and try to find one ideally on the day of or day before your purchase for freshness. Store in fridge

Allergies: Sunflower seed butter makes a great alternate option if you cannot eat tree nuts. 

Almond Milk: You can make your own too.  Many boxed milk alternatives have added ingredients.  But they are super convenient.

If you want to make your own almond milk: Soak raw almonds overnight in filtered water.  Drain the water and rinse the almonds.  Combine almonds and fresh filtered water in a blender.  Blend at high speed for 2 minutes.  Line a strainer with cheese cloth (or like I do, buy paint strainer bags and use as nut milk bags), and after the milk has been poured through, twist the bag and squeeze out as much as possible.  Add a little honey or monk fruit to sweeten if need be. 

The longer you soak the almonds, say even for 2 days, the creamier the milk will be.  Almond milk only lasts about 2 days in the fridge so only make as much as you will need.  Use a ratio of 1 cup almonds to 2 cups of water.  

Collagen Protein Powder Benefits: Collagen protein powder is good for your joints, bones, skin, hair and nails. 

Matcha Benefits: Matcha is the young green tea leaves that have been steamed, dried, and ground into a fine powder. One cup of Matchan green tea can have the antioxidant benefit for 10 cups of regular tea.  It is not only antioxidant rich, but also boosts metabolism, can aid with anxiety, and can enhance mood and concentration. 

Lions Mane Mushroom Benefits: Lions Mane is considered a medicinal mushroom and for good reason.  It is knowns as being supportive for brain function and improving mental health and overall feelings of well-being. It also, it antioxidant rich and can reduce systemic inflammation. 

The Four Sigmatic Matcha Lions Mane powder (this brand has become of my new favorite product lines) also contains ginger and Astragalus.  Ginger has many benefits, everything from helping digestive issues to easing pain and inflammation to sea sickness and fungal infections. Astragalus is a powerful plant for its immune boosting properties.  It also has anti-inflammatory properties and can be used as a cold and flu remedy.  I also like from Four Sigmatic this one that my son drinks and this one I add to my tea and to foods  

Collagen Walnut Green Smoothie
Serves 2
This green smoothie has matcha for an antioxidant energizing lift, lions mane mushrooms for immune, mental health and brain support and collagen for bone, joint, hair, nails and skin support. The walnut butter provides healthy fats and additional protein.
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366 calories
26 g
6 g
25 g
12 g
7 g
348 g
80 g
13 g
0 g
16 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
348g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 366
Calories from Fat 208
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 25g
39%
Saturated Fat 7g
33%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 80mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 26g
9%
Dietary Fiber 9g
35%
Sugars 13g
Protein 12g
Vitamin A
69%
Vitamin C
40%
Calcium
46%
Iron
21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. of unsweetened almond milk
  2. • ½ c. filtered water
  3. • ½ avocado
  4. • 1 T. homemade walnut butter or nut butter of choice (see note below)
  5. • 1 scoop Bulletproof Collagen Protein Powder, chocolate flavor.
  6. • 1 tsp. Four Sigmatic Matcha and Lions Mane Powder.
  7. • 2 c. organic raw spinach
Instructions
  1. 1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth and serve.
  2. 2. Makes two servings
Notes
  1. Tip: If you don’t have time in the morning to put a smoothie together, put everything into the blender right before bed. Place in fridge. Put the base on the counter with your smoothie cup. In the morning turn it on, go and do something for a minute, come back and there you have it. Let the blender soak in water in the sink while you head out the door. When you get home, just rinse it out and make a fresh smoothie for the next day.
  2. For Homemade Walnut Butter: Soak walnuts for 2 hours, then roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. Puree in food processor or blender with an added a pinch of cinnamon and coconut oil and puree until smooth.
  3. Quicker Option: There are many health stores that now carry freshly ground nut butters. Look at the container for the date they processed it and try to find one ideally on the day of or day before your purchase for freshness. Store in fridge
  4. Allergies: Sunflower seed butter makes a great alternate option if you cannot eat tree nuts.
  5. Almond Milk: You can make your own too. Many boxed milk alternatives have added ingredients. But they are super convenient.
  6. If you want to make your own almond milk: Soak raw almonds overnight in filtered water. Drain the water and rinse the almonds. Combine almonds and fresh filtered water in a blender. Blend at high speed for 2 minutes. Line a strainer with cheese cloth (or like I do, buy paint strainer bags and use as nut milk bags), and after the milk has been poured through, twist the bag and squeeze out as much as possible. Add a little honey or monk fruit to sweeten
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Chcocolate Avocado Pudding, Raw, Fermented

Raw Fermented Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I made this as a treat for my husband who is going Ketogenic for this month. This would make a healthy but really good Valentines Day treat.  

Raw, Paleo, Vegetarian, gluten and soy free (Dairy free option)

Serves 4/ took me 5 minutes to make 

Ingredients

2 soft avocados (peeled, pitted, scooped out of shell)

1/3 c. cocoa powder

2 T. almond butter (see note)

1/2 T. raw local honey* (see note below)

1/2 cup goat milk kefir* (see note below)

1 t. vanilla extract

Toppings (optional): sprinkle on sliced almonds, sunflower seeds, grated chocolate, strawberries or shredded coconut 

Directions: Add all to food processor and process until smooth. Spoon into dessert cups. Top with topping of your choice and serve or chill until ready to serve.  

Notes:

  1. Opt for pure almond butter. Many local stores now grind almonds fresh daily.  Otherwise read the back label and choose a brand that does not have added oils and sugar. 
  2. If you are using honey, raw and local is best.  If not using honey, you can try liquid stevia or pure monk fruit and play with the amount according to your taste preference.  
  3. Kefir: this is what makes it a fermented food.  You can use cow milk kefir if you can tolerate it or try coconut kefir (if you can find it in your stores-I can never find it locally).  You can also use almond or coconut milk but then it will be a fermented food.  
  4. Ketogenic: If you are trying out the Ketogenic diet, I personally only suggest it for 4 to 8 weeks in duration and then bumping up the carbs to closer to 80-120 grams per day, depending on your dietary needs.  If you are on the Ketogenic diet, on non-exercise days, your carb content should be 20 grams. On exercise days, you can bump this up to 40 grams per day.  

Health Benefits

Raw Honey: Can reduce your seasonal/pollen allergy symptoms, natural source of energy, immune system booster

Fermented Kefir: Supports gut health, supports your immune system, may improve IBS and IBD, may improve brain health, mental health,  cognition, focus and mood disorders, can aid in weight loss.  

Avocado: Rich in healthy mon0-saturated fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Great for healthy skin and hair and eye health to name a few benefits.  

Almond Butter: Rich in healthy fats and protein.  Good for healthy cholesterol levels, combatting heart disease and providing you with energy.  

 

Raw Fermented Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Serves 4
This is a delicious chocolate pudding that has the benefit of fermented foods and healthy fats.
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Prep Time
5 min
220 calories
15 g
3 g
18 g
5 g
4 g
143 g
24 g
3 g
0 g
13 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
143g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
18%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Cholesterol 3mg
1%
Sodium 24mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g
5%
Dietary Fiber 9g
38%
Sugars 3g
Protein 5g
Vitamin A
4%
Vitamin C
17%
Calcium
7%
Iron
9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2 avocados (flesh scooped out of shells)
  2. 2 T. pure almond butter
  3. 1 t. vanilla extract
  4. 1/2 T. raw honey
  5. 1/3 c. cocoa
  6. 1/2 c. fermented goat milk kefir
Instructions
  1. place all ingredients in your food processor and process until smooth. Spoon into 4 custard dishes. Sprinkle on top your choice of topping
  2. Serve right away or chill until serving.
Notes
  1. 1. opt for raw, local honey. If you do not want to use honey, you can try liquid stevia or pure monk fruit and play with the amount according to your taste preference
  2. 2. choose almond butter that is just almond not some of the processed products that have a lot of added sugar and oils.
  3. 3. kefir: you can use cow milk kefir if you can tolerate cow's milk. If not, and cannot tolerate goat kefir either, try almond or coconut milk but it will not be a fermented food if you do this.
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10 Ways To Reduce Your Toxic Load

10 Ways to Successfully Reduce Your Toxic Load in 2018

It is the beginning of another new year with new goals (or maybe the same ones again).  This year make your “detox” goals a success by following these step by step guidelines with product suggestions included.

We are exposed to toxins daily from the water, air, soil, food and products.  While at times we cannot avoid it such as walking by an area just heavily sprayed for weeds and inhaling it in or the chemicals used to sanitize your work environment.  There are, however, many areas that we do have control over and we can do a great deal to reduce our toxic load. 

While the EPA may report that many chemicals and toxins you are exposed to are not harmful, they typically look at these chemicals in isolation and consider the harm of just that one dose of one chemical.

Stop and think for a moment. A non -organic piece of fruit, such as an apple, may have 10, 12 even 20 or more chemicals on it.  What happens to your body when you consume all those chemicals at once? As of now, no one still knows.  (and by the way, don’t think you can wash them off, since on thin skinned fruits and veggies, these chemicals get absorbed)

What happens when you consume those chemicals from your food over years and years?  Then add to that the chemicals in the water, soil, air and in your cleaning products to name a few?  This is a toxic burden to the body.

Your liver is meant to remove toxins, but our modern lifestyle is also a toxic lifestyle. Our livers are in overdrive, constantly trying to keep up.  Often it is a struggle.  To support your liver, your health and your, start by slowly reducing the toxins that you do have control of. This will make a huge impact on your overall health!

I also created a swap chart to make it easier.  Get the Toxin Swap chart here

Product Switch to Help You Reduce Your Toxic Load

And

How to Reduce Your Toxic Load This Year

Focus on just ONE of these on the list!  Then move on to another one on the list.  In one year, look at how much you have reduced your toxic load

Reduce the Amount of Times You Order Food at Work

These foods are not typically healthy.  Even if you order a salad, the dressing has refined, rancid, inflammatory oils. The food is cooked in these same oils. Sometimes the oil in the fryers are not changed daily-yuk (and very unhealthy).  Cold cuts are from animals that are fed a GMO, heavily processed diet and these animals are given hormones and antibiotic.

 It is very challenging to avoid toxins when eating out or ordering in. If you order in every day, try to reduce this to 4, then 3 etc. If you must eat out often for business meals or travel for work, order grilled foods and instead of the fries or rice on the side, ask for extra serving of vegetables and order a salad to start the meal. 

Some people make their own salad dressing and then bring it with them in a very small container.   Skip the bread as it will fill you up, and raise your blood sugar and it does not provide you with any nutrients.  For more on gluten go to  Go Gluten Free or is it a Fad?

 

Cleaning Products

Cleaning products can be so harsh that they can irritate the lungs, eyes, throat and the skin. When I used to work in long term care, on the deep cleaning days, the place had a very strong chemical odor that caused asthma flare ups for one and made me cough and itch and gave other headaches and burning eyes.  Some felt lightheaded from the breathing in of the chemicals. 

The best website to use to find out what are safe products to use in your home is www.ewg.org.  They state that just 7% of cleaning products disclose their contents adequately.  According to the EWG, 53% of the products they reviewed contained lung harming ingredients. 

Go to their site to see which products they gave an “A” to.  I also like Air Biotic for cleaning products. They have travel sets and natural hand sanitizer if you are like to carry hand sanitizer with you. You can find their cleaning product here

Otherwise, you don’t need harsh chemicals to clean your home.  White vinegar, lemon juice, borax and baking soda can often do the trick.  Some store- bought brands that I like are Ecover All Purpose cleaner and Sevenths Generation All Purpose Cleaner. You can also buy them here and here

 This site is also a good resource for a list of safe products to use, many of which you can find in your local store. https://www.organicconsumers.org/news/how-toxic-are-your-household-cleaning-supplies

Plastics

We are now aware that a chemical in plastic called BPA (Bisphenol A) is harmful.   It is a known endocrine disruptor. In fact, it was once used as an estrogen replacement drug for women.  BPA can interfere with estrogen, testosterone, thyroid, insulin and other hormones so it is best to avoid it.  Since it is an endocrine disruptor, it can impact your weight, insulin levels, and may increase your cardiovascular and cancer risk. 

Mothers with high levels on BPA in their urine during pregnancy have children who are more likely to suffer from behavioral problems than children of mothers with low levels.

But did you know that even if a product says BPA free, the odds are that it contains other harmful chemicals in the plastic.  These other chemicals known as BPS and BPF can be just as toxic for you and can have similar hormone disrupting effects.

Avoid bottles with the number 3,6, or 7 on the bottom.  Avoid Styrofoam cups with the number 6 on the bottom.  Avoid plastic containers that have 1, 2, 4 or 5 on them. 

Don’t put plastic in the microwave or the dishwasher.  Don’t put hot liquids into plastic. Minimize the amount of canned goods you use.  If your plastic container is scratched, toss it. 

Also, thermal receipts have chemicals on them such as the BPF and BPS. When you touch the receipt, these chemicals can be absorbed via your skin.  Ask for the receipt to be emailed to you instead.

Avoid buying water in plastic water bottles.  Use your own bottles and fill up with filtered water instead.  (see info on water below).  While you may not think your plastic, store bought, water bottle has been exposed to heat, this is untrue. You may have kept your bottle at safe temperatures, but think about the back of the truck that the water travels in to stores.  Just the heat alone in the truck could cause toxins from the plastic to be released into the water. 

Make the switch to glass and stainless steel.  Spend some time going through your cabinets and tossing most of your plastic.  Save money by buying a glass or stainless-steel water bottle and filling it up at home.  Replace your plastic containers with glass or stainless steel. Pack lunch in healthier container options. 

I personally like Life without Plastic and these

For water bottles I like glass and stainless steel water bottles

Dry cleaning

When you get your dry cleaning, take the plastic off before you come into the house and leave the clothes outside for a few hours, if you have a covered area.  To dry clean your clothes, harsh chemicals and solvents are typically used.

If a dry cleaner calls itself “Green” or “Organic” do your homework first as it may sound too good to be true.  Another option to consider is wet cleaning which may be safer and just as effective as dry cleaning. 

Water

As said above, use your own filtered water instead of spending your money on water in plastic bottles.  In the end you will save money and it is healthier for you.  Your city water contains numerous chemicals and can also contain residue from medications.  Most city water adds fluoride which can suppress the thyroid and suppress IQ in children. https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/#.Wh30q7hlCf0  is a site to plug in your zip code to see results of your water.

If you want to know why fluoride should not be in your drinking water, read Fluoride and its Impact on your Health

I personally like Berkey products and use the Berkey water bottle when I am traveling and use the Big Berkey in the home and fill up my glass and stainless -steel bottles with that water.  We also use the Berkey shower filter.  The Big Berkey is perfect for a family of four. Get it here and the here for the filtered water bottle.  For the shower head click here

Shower Products/Body Care Products

We often do not think that what we put onto our bodies is a big deal but your skin in one of your largest organs and these creams, soaps, lotions and hair products all get absorbed.

I admit, I have not tried the cleaner shampoos and conditioners yet. I do buy mine from Natural Grocers, but I know there are still better options out there.  The one I have set my sites on to try this month is called Morroccon Method. 

As for soap, I love Dr. Bronner’s soap. They come in bars and liquid soaps. I use the tea tree one, but they have many options.  Tea Tree has antibacterial properties.  I also will cut the large bar into a smaller piece when I travel as I do not like the hotel soaps that are loaded with perfumes. 

Your deodorant is another one that can be toxic for your body. Regular daily use of deodorant and antiperspirants can influence the bacteria amount and varieties in the arm pit.  Antiperspirants can wipe out the bacteria and also wipe out odor but studies suggest that since these products disrupt the microbiome balance in the armpit, it can lead to even more foul smelling sweat. Aluminum is a common ingredient in these products and may play a role in breast cancer. 

There are several clean deodorant products out there such as  Fat and the Moon that people seem to really like.    I personally make my own just using coconut oil, baking soda and arrow root. The nice thing is, that it lasts a very long time so you make it once and forget about it.   If you are used to it having a scent, add in an essential oil that you like.  Once you start to minimize toxin exposure, you will notice that you need deodorant less and less often.  A shower with soap and water may be all that you need. 

Oral Health

Toothpaste, even ones that look healthier such as Toms of Maine, will still contain fluoride. See the link under water to read more on fluoride. 

My personal favorite and the one that I use and sell in my office is Revitin and you can also buy it here

For a toothbrush, I recommend Dr. Tungs Ionic Toothbrush and this is the one that I use.  

For oral health, you can also swish 1 T. of coconut oil in your mouth daily for 15-20 minutes. Avoid the store- bought mouthwashes.  Read 6 Reasons Why You Need to Ditch Your Mouthwash

Laundry Detergent

Avoid the harsh laundry detergents, and again, go to www.ewg.org as they will have the best recommendations.   Recently I switched to the Magnetic Laundry System (MLS)  which are magnetic balls. It is more expensive than detergent up front but I don’t need to buy detergent anymore so in the long run it is worth it.  

Coffee

 

Coffee is a heavily sprayed crop. Up to 250 pounds of chemical fertilizers are sprayed per acre of conventional coffee.  Some say the residue is burned off during roasting and others say it is cooked into the beans. 

If you are a daily coffee drinker, consider switching to organic coffee to reduce your toxic load.  Coffee has its benefits so if you are not dependent upon it for functioning daily, you don’t necessarily have to remove it from your diet. 

This brand gets top marks for its care for people and the planet and it is organic.  

If you are trying to cut back on coffee intake, you can try Teccino which I know some people love and say it taste similar to coffee.  Another favorite option is ground mushroom coffee  

Food And Cooking 

Many toxins are on and in our foods!  Reduce the processed food in your diet, as well as foods that are heavily packaged.  When you reduce processed foods, you will automatically reduce a lot of extra packaging. There is no way to get around foods packaged in cans and plastics but by eating more whole foods you can minimize your exposure. 

Look at the dirty dozen and clean 15 list on www.ewg.org to help you shop.  Some foods you can save money on and not buy organic and others splurge on.  Think of your meats, poultry and fish and what is added to conventional products such as hormones, antibiotics and GMO feed, on top of these animals not living in healthy conditions. 

Glyphosate is now associated with intestinal permeability which can lead to a host of health conditions and some are now questioning if glyphosate is a contributing factor in celiac disease.  I know organic can be expensive so do the best you can and avoid the conventional foods that are the most heavily sprayed.  

If you are going gluten free, minimize the gluten free products since these often contain brown rice. Brown rice is high in arsenic, so you want to limit the amount you regularly consume. Gluten free foods also contain processed non- gluten fours and can be high in refined sugar.  Save them as treats.

www.naturalhomebrands.com has some great products to use for at home cooking and food prep that are free of plastics and many are made with bamboo.  

Try to not use tin foil if you can when cooking.  It has been shown when used with acidic foods or when wrapped around hot foods the aluminum can leach into the foods.  Aluminum has been associated with dementia and Parkinson’s. ( Aluminum can also be found in your deodorant and drinking water too). Instead of tin foil, use parchment for cooking or use cooking ware with glass lids for oven use.  To store foods use glass containers instead of storing in foil.  You can also wrap foods in wax paper and then seal in a bag.  

 

Bottom Line: 

This should be a process and could take a year to gradually remove toxins from your life.  I can help you if you find the process to challenging or don’t know where to start. 

Many of you will need to then address toxins at the cellular level. This applies to those of you with chronic fatigue or sleep issues, can’t lose weight, have an AI condition, have a mood disorder and those of you who just “feel like crap”. If this sounds like you, contact me for a more detailed detox approach.  

Sources

http://time.com/3742871/bpa-free-health/http%3A%F%2FT.com%2F3742871%2Fbpa-free-health%2F

http://ipen.org/documents/introduction-endocrine-disrupting-chemicals-edcs

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26121921

https://www.nutritionaction.com/daily/food-safety/bpa-still-a-big-deal/

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/02/17/deodorant-chemicals.aspx

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/31/benefits-drinking-coffee.aspx

 

If you are sick and tired of feeling sick, tired, fatigued, depressed, anxious and more and have given up hope then Karen’s simple, effective, individualized and sustainable approach may be what you need. 

Karen Brennan, MSW, CNC, Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition and Herbalist is the author of Tru Foods Depression Free Nutrition Guide; How Food Supplements and herbs can be used to lift your mood and If Life is So Good, Then Why AM I Still Depressed? Discover the root cause for your depression and learn what to do to feel better and owner of Tru Foods Nutrition Services, LLC. 

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Should You Go “Gluten Free” If You Feel Fine

Should you go Gluten Free or Is It a Fad?

I have read many articles stating why we need to eat whole grains and then these articles go on to say we need to be eating wheat unless you are celiac or have a gluten sensitivity. They state that we miss out on vital nutrients if we don’t eat wheat and other gluten containing grains such as rye, barley and spelt.  

These articles are misleading and don’t do you any favors.

Should you go gluten free if you do not have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity?  Read on and I will let you decide the answer to that question. 

Gluten, Wheat, Your Body

Nutrient Deficient and Processed

When articles supporting gluten and wheat talk about why you should consume it, they always say “Whole grains”. This is important.  Yes, whole grains contain important nutrients such as iron, B-6, folate, and magnesium. 

Who reading this eats wheat as a whole grain, that you can actually see?  Didn’t think so? 

No, you eat wheat and other gluten containing products in a highly refined and processed form. When you consume it in this form, such as in your bread, bagels, pizza and pasta, you are consuming the starchy part of the grain. The nutrient dense portion along with the protein and the fiber have been removed. 

What you are left with is a nutrient deficient starchy product that raises your blood sugar rapidly since now it does not have the fiber, nutrients and protein to slow down the process when it enters the blood stream. 

But wait, the package mentions all these vitamins!  Read the label closely. It will say “enriched with” or “fortified with”. To be clear, enrichment means that nutrients that have been lost in processing have been added back in.  Fortified means added nutrients that the food never contained in the first place. 

Why would they need to add these nutrients into the product if it is such a healthy product to begin with?  They add it back in(enrichment) because the product is so refined that is has been stripped of all its original nutrients.  And do you think they are adding nutrients back in, in a high quality and absorbable form?  No, they add back synthetic forms of these nutrients. For instance, they may add back in folic acid. This is the synthetic form of folate and not as absorbable. 

The argument that you need whole grains to reap the benefit of vital nutrients is false.  Instead, eliminate these processed, packaged foods from the diet (even GF options) and instead add in more whole foods. 

Whole grains are not the only source of B-6, magnesium, iron and folate to name a few.  You can get these mineral and vitamins from other, much healthier sources, such as fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, beans, legumes, quinoa, teff, steel cut oats, nuts and seeds and grass fed, organic or wild caught meats, poultry and fish. 

Nutrients found in its whole food form is the way mother nature intended us to absorb and utilize our nutrients.  For instance, in an apple you have vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, fiber and phytonutrients in this perfect form. You don’t get that from a processed and packaged product. 

 Trust me, your diet is not going to be deficient if you skip the bagels, donuts, crackers, pasta and bread! In fact, your body is going to thank you once that blood sugar stabilizes, and you replace the nutrient deficient, highly empty caloric foods with healthier options. 

Chemicals/Heavily Sprayed Crop

Wheat is not a GMO crop. Many people will state that wheat is a GMO crop, and this is not true. However, wheat, along with barley, oats and edible beans, is a heavily sprayed crop right before harvest.  Many of you avoid GMO foods because they are heavily sprayed, wheat does fall into this category. 

What you don’t see can still hurt you.  The glyphosate that is spayed on the wheat crop is now classified as a probable carcinogen according to the World Health Organization.  California also classifies glyphosate as a probable carcinogen. 

If that is not reason enough to avoid wheat, then also know that research is showing that glyphosate can act as an endocrine disruptor and it can kill gut bacteria and lead to leaky gut syndrome. 

While the glyphosate residue in your bread may be small, think of the toxic load on your body over time when you consume wheat daily for years and years.  Add on top of that all the other ways that you are exposed to toxins daily. Your body and your liver may have a difficult time keeping up to remove these toxins from your body.  You are going to read elsewhere that the amount of glyphosate residue in your food is safe, but they never look at this in addition to the other toxins you are exposed to such as from water, soil, air and other foods.  Studies only look at the burden of one product, one chemical.

Chlorpyrifos is a organophosphate insecticide that can disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, reduced IQ, neurological issues and aggressiveness in children. This chemical is used in crops such as wheat and corn and non-organic fruits and vegetables.  

For this reason, I think everyone should at the very least, reduce the amount of gluten containing foods they consume to reduce this toxin overload.   Not every farm sprays wheat and barley right before harvest. If you order flour from a direct source, ask them.

 

Blood Sugar Disruptor

Gluten containing products can cause your blood sugar to soar and then crash.  Gluten Free foods can be just as bad for your blood sugar as they are also made from refined carbohydrates.  To support a balanced blood sugar, minimize or greatly reduce the amount of processed and refined products that you eat.  When you eat foods or meals that are high in simple and refined carbs with little to none protein or healthy fats in the mix, then your blood sugar can surge from these carbs that convert to sugar once they enter the bloodstream.  Eat carbs in the form of whole beans and legumes, vegetables and fruit. 

Wheat contains amylopectin A, a complex carb.  Having two slices of bread can increase your blood sugar higher than it would if you ingested 6 tablespoons of sugar.  At the very least, take off the top of bottom to your sandwich or have one half a bagel rather than a whole one. 

 

Addictive and Increases Your Appetite

Yes, gluten containing products (mostly from wheat) are highly addictive!  It is right up there with processed sugar. Every time you consume gluten containing foods such as a bagel it lights up your dopamine receptor just like sugar and cocaine does. When you come down from your processed grain rush, guess what, yup, just like cocaine or sugar, you want more to get that dopamine rush again.

Obviously, you don’t get the same high as you see in a heroin or cocaine addict. The addiction is instead that it makes you hungry and hungry for more wheat, starchy refined gluten containing foods. This is due to a protein in wheat called gliadin (an opioid). It was altered back in the 1970’s to increase yield.  This shift in amino acids produced not only high yield but also a food that can increase your appetite!

If you” have to have” white flour products on a regular daily basis, consider the fact that you may be addicted to these foods. 

Are There Health Reasons Other for Avoiding Gluten?

Just because you do not have stomach issues, does not mean you do not have a reaction to gluten. Look at the list below to see some more common conditions that can be caused or exacerbated by gluten. 

Testing is available for gluten sensitivity. But doing a trial elimination of gluten for 30 days can help to see if any of your health issues improve. 

Going Gluten Free may help with the following conditions

  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Skin Issues
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • IBS
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Joint Pain/arthritis
  • Fatigue

 

What To Do If You Don’t Want To Give Up Gluten.  The 80/20 Rule

It is not easy to give up entirely for most people as gluten is in everything now.  If you are traveling, out to eat or at someone else’s house, it can be difficult to avoid it.  Therefore the 80/20 rule works best.

For instance, Monday through Friday you avoid gluten and on Saturday night you have pizza and on Sunday night you have pasta, or you only have one piece of toast at breakfast and no gluten the rest of the day. 

Once you stick with the 80/20 rule long enough, you will start to notice that when you avoid the refined processed foods you don’t feel as bloated or you notice you have more energy.  For many, you just “feel better” but can’t really pinpoint why.  Being prepared always helps. Keep gluten free snacks,such as nuts and seeds and whole foods protein bars in the car, in your purse, in your desk at work.  Travel with your own snacks such as protein bar options and bags of nuts and seeds.  When ordering your sandwich or burger, ask for a lettuce wrap. 

Don’t Replace with Gluten Free Products

When you take out the gluten containing processed foods, replace them with whole foods that will fill you up, give you energy and balance your blood sugar. These foods include more protein and fats and whole food carbs. 

Do not replace your gluten containing bread, pasta, bagels and cookies with gluten free options.  Yes, there are many gluten free options out there and they can be useful for on occasion but don’t make these a daily habit. These products contain a high amount of sugar and non- gluten starches, so they will raise your blood sugar just as much and leave you to crave more.  Reserve these for treats as part of your 80/20 rule. 

Bottom Line

If you consume wheat based refined products or even gluten free processed products such as cookies, donuts, bread, pasta and pastries, you are not eating them for their health benefits but for pure pleasure or because you are addicted. 

There is nothing wrong with that, but minimize this to 20% of your diet.  If you are not able to reduce the amount because it is so addictive for you, then you may need to remove processed gluten products long term until you break the vicious cycle. 

If you want to consume whole grains, then do so. This means the grain you can see such as in rice, quinoa, millet and teff.

Going off the gluten is not easy since it can be so addictive.  Seek the help of a holistic nutrition professional who can guide you and who knows some tricks in how to reduce cravings and the “flu like” symptoms when you remove it. 

 

Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257612/

https://www.ecowatch.com/why-is-glyphosate-sprayed-on-crops-right-before-harvest-1882187755.html

http://www.nature.com/doifinder/10.1038/nature.2015.17181

https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2017/11/21/chlorpyrifos-found-in-newborns.aspx

 

 

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Three Homemade Salad Dressing That Are Quick, Easy and Healthy

Quick, Easy, Healthy and Tasty Salad Dressings

Below are three different salad dressing to bring life back into your salads.  Home-made dressings are easy and quick and much healthier. Even the healthy store- bought versions contain processed sugar and soy or canola oil which are inflammatory processed oils. 

For any homemade salad dressing, a high quality EVOO makes all the difference. I splurge on my EVOO because I use it only on raw dishes and use it almost every day.  I have tried store bought EVOO and they just don’t compare in taste.  Beware of many fake EVOO’s on the market.  In this case it is very true, you get what you pay for. 

A serving of dressing is 2 tablespoons.

 

Asian Style Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 T. coconut aminos
  • 1 T. raw local honey
  • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger

Directions

Combine all in a mason jar. Seal with lid and shake to blend.  Store in fridge and wait at least 30 minutes until use so that flavors can combine. 

Asian Style Salad Dressing
Serves 8
A nice change of pace from Italian dressing all the time
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91 calories
1 g
0 g
9 g
0 g
1 g
19 g
2 g
1 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
19g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 91
Calories from Fat 84
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g
15%
Saturated Fat 1g
7%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 1g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/3 c. EVOO
  2. • 2 T. sesame seed oil
  3. • ¼ c. rice vinegar
  4. • 1 clove garlic minced
  5. • 2 T. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 T. raw local honey
  7. • 2 T. grated and peeled fresh ginger
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake well to blend. Store in fridge. Let sit in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. use a high quality EVOO for superior taste
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Italian Salad Dressing

Store bought ones have extra sugar, and refined oils. This one is so easy and still taste good with dried herbs if you do not have fresh ones on hand. 

Ingredients (for one cup)

  • 2/3 c. EVOO
  • ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  • 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 T. dried parsley
  • ¼ a medium red onion diced
  • 2 T. pure lemon juice
  • 2 T. dried basil
  • 2 T. dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  • s/p to taste

Directions

Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.

Note: if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.

Italian Salad Dressing
Serves 8
Store bought Italian dressing is filled with refined, processed oils and sugar and lots of extra stuff that you do not need
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171 calories
2 g
1 g
18 g
1 g
3 g
33 g
14 g
1 g
0 g
15 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
33g
Servings
8
Amount Per Serving
Calories 171
Calories from Fat 161
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 3g
13%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 13g
Cholesterol 1mg
0%
Sodium 14mg
1%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
3%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 2/3 c. EVOO
  2. ¼ c. red wine vinegar
  3. 3 T. grated parmesan cheese
  4. 1 T. dried parsley
  5. ¼ a medium red onion diced
  6. 2 T. pure lemon juice
  7. 2 T. dried basil
  8. 2 T. dried oregano
  9. 1 clove garlic minced
  10. 1 t. raw local honey (optional)
  11. s/p to taste
Instructions
  1. Blend all in a mason jar and shake until well combined. Store in fridge for at least 30 minutes prior to use.
Notes
  1. if using fresh herbs, reduce amount to 1 T.
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Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing

Ingredients (for one serving)

  • 1 small clove garlic minced
  • 1 t. Dijon mustard
  • 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ t. cumin
  • 2 t. lemon juice
  • s/p to taste
  • 1 T. EVOO

Directions: mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend.  Store in fridge. 

Garlicky Mustard Salad Dressing
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0 g
5 g
0 g
1 g
29 g
62 g
0 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
29g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 51
Calories from Fat 42
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
7%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 62mg
3%
Total Carbohydrates 2g
1%
Dietary Fiber 0g
1%
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
0%
Vitamin C
6%
Calcium
1%
Iron
1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. small clove garlic minced
  2. 1 t. Dijon mustard
  3. 1 t. apple cider vinegar
  4. ¼ t. cumin
  5. 2 t. lemon juice
  6. s/p to taste
  7. 1 T. EVOO
Instructions
  1. mix everything in a mason jar and shake to blend. Store in fridge.
Notes
  1. Choose a high quality EVOO for your raw dishes and dressings
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Creamy Garlic Cauliflower (low carb, paleo, gluten and soy free)

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower

This is adapted from Cleanplates.com

Gluten, soy free and Paleo friendly, Keto friendly

I do not like mashed potatoes so this is a great substitute at the holiday table for me

Ingredients

  • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  • 1 T. avocado oil
  • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  • Dash sea salt and pepper
  • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed.  Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks. 
  5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.

Note: I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste.  You can also use less butter.

Creamy Garlic Cauliflower
Serves 4
A great keto/low carb and paleo substitute for mashed potatoes
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65 calories
9 g
6 g
3 g
3 g
2 g
169 g
118 g
3 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
169g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 65
Calories from Fat 26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
5%
Saturated Fat 2g
8%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 6mg
2%
Sodium 118mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 3g
13%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A
2%
Vitamin C
120%
Calcium
4%
Iron
4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 3-4 cloves garlic not peeled
  2. • 1 T. avocado oil
  3. • 1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
  4. • ¼ c. organic chicken broth
  5. • 2 ½ T. grass fed butter melted (I like Kerry Gold brand)
  6. • Dash sea salt and pepper
  7. • Chopped fresh herbs such as thyme and rosemary
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. 2. Place the garlic in a heat proof pan, drizzle with the oil and cover and roast for 15 minutes. Then set aside to cool.
  3. 3. While the garlic is roasting, put the cauliflower into a steamer pot with ½ inch water on bottom. Cover and steam for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain and then place in the food processor.
  4. 4. Process the cauliflower until smooth. Add in the broth, melted butter, s/p and garlic with skins removed. Process again until garlic is incorporated and not in chunks.
  5. 5. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with fresh herbs.
Notes
  1. I liked this with 4 cloves, but my husband thought it was too garlicy so adjust according to your taste. You can also use less butter.
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Almond Butter Brownies (gluten, soy and dairy free, Paleo Friendly)

Chunky Almond Butter Brownies

Gluten, dairy and soy Free, Paleo Friendly

You can use creamy almond butter, but I like that added crunch

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ t. Baking soda
  • ¼ t. sea salt
  • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips

Directions

  1. Line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes

 

Almond Butter Brownies
Serves 12
A healthier version of a brownie with added protein
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263 calories
23 g
16 g
18 g
6 g
4 g
55 g
111 g
16 g
0 g
12 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
55g
Servings
12
Amount Per Serving
Calories 263
Calories from Fat 155
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g
28%
Saturated Fat 4g
21%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 16mg
5%
Sodium 111mg
5%
Total Carbohydrates 23g
8%
Dietary Fiber 4g
16%
Sugars 16g
Protein 6g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
0%
Calcium
9%
Iron
10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1 c. almond butter (creamy or chunky)
  2. • ¼ c. plus 2 T. cacao (you can sub in cocoa powder)
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • ½ c. honey or maple syrup
  5. • 2 T. coconut oil melted
  6. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  7. • ½ t. Baking soda
  8. • ¼ t. sea salt
  9. • ¼ c. chopped nuts (optional)
  10. • ½ c. dark chocolate baking chips
Instructions
  1. Line a 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. 2. Mix all the ingredients together and pour into the pan.
  3. 3. Bake for 30 minutes
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Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry

Cheesy Garbanzo Stir Fry

Gluten, soy, dairy free, vegetarian, vegan

This is a good recipe to make a large batch of and use for lunches for the next few days. It is also good cold!  Whether you are a vegetarian or not, it is good to have some meatless meals on occasion.  

Ingredients

  • 2 T. avocado oil
  • 1 t. dried oregano
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 large zucchini chopped
  • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 bell pepper chopped
  • 2 T. nutritional yeast

Directions.

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans.  Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through. 
  2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice. 
Cheesy Garbanzo Bean Stir Fry
Serves 2
A vegan/vegetarian dish that is gluten, soy and dairy free. A good source of protein, complex carbs, fiber, and healthy fats along with several vegetables
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262 calories
44 g
0 g
5 g
14 g
1 g
438 g
333 g
9 g
0 g
3 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
438g
Servings
2
Amount Per Serving
Calories 262
Calories from Fat 44
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g
8%
Saturated Fat 1g
3%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 333mg
14%
Total Carbohydrates 44g
15%
Dietary Fiber 6g
22%
Sugars 9g
Protein 14g
Vitamin A
55%
Vitamin C
192%
Calcium
11%
Iron
16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 2 T. avocado oil
  2. • 1 t. dried oregano
  3. • 2 cloves garlic minced
  4. • 1 large zucchini chopped
  5. • ½ c. mushrooms sliced
  6. • 1 can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed
  7. • 1 tomato chopped
  8. • 1 bell pepper chopped
  9. • 2 T. nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. 1. Heat the oil in a skillet and add in the garlic and oregano and sauté for a minute. Add in the zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms and the beans. Cook on medium heat for around 10 minutes until vegetables are cooked through.
  2. 2. Add in the tomato and cook for another 5 minutes.
  3. 3. At the end, add in the yeast and blend in.
  4. 4. Serve and enjoy! This dish would be good with cauliflower rice.
Notes
  1. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, nutritional yeast can be a good source of B12.
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Shrimp and Scallops in A Lemon, Garlic and Honey Sauce

Shrimp and Scallops in Honey, Garlic and Lemon Marinade

This is a very simple and fast dinner to make.  Serve with rice and a vegetable on the side such as green beans.  This was good but a tad too sweet for my liking. You may want to reduce the amount of honey to ¼ of a cup if you are like me.  The rest of those who ate this really enjoyed it. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  • 1/2 pound scallops wild caught
  • ½ c. honey
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • ¼ c. coconut aminos
    1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
    2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
    Green onion for garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
  4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
    Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice or cauliflower rice )
  5. Note: if you double the amount of seafood, do not double the marinade amount-it comes out too sweet. I think next time I would cut back on the honey-and use only 1/4 cup.  
Shrimp and Scallops in honey, garlic and lemon sauce
Serves 4
This is an easy week night meal. Serve with rice or cauliflower rice
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261 calories
43 g
90 g
4 g
15 g
3 g
192 g
565 g
37 g
0 g
1 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
192g
Servings
4
Amount Per Serving
Calories 261
Calories from Fat 37
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
7%
Saturated Fat 3g
14%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 90mg
30%
Sodium 565mg
24%
Total Carbohydrates 43g
14%
Dietary Fiber 1g
5%
Sugars 37g
Protein 15g
Vitamin A
8%
Vitamin C
10%
Calcium
6%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • 1/2-pound raw shrimp wild caught (not farm raised)
  2. • 1/2-pound scallops wild caught
  3. • ½ c. honey (try only ¼ cup first)
  4. • 3 cloves garlic minced
  5. • ¼ c. coconut aminos
  6. • 1 ½ T. pure lemon juice
  7. • 2 T. grass fed butter (for the pan)
  8. • Green onion for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. 1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a small bowl. Set half the amount aside and to the rest, add the scallops and shrimp and toss to coat with the marinade. Set it fridge for at least 30 minutes
  2. 2. Butter the pan and add the shrimp and the scallops. Discard the marinade that the seafood was in. Season with s/p.
  3. 3. Cook for roughly 2 minutes per side. Add in the reserved marinade and cook another minute.
  4. 4. Remove the shrimp and scallops with a slotted spoon and transfer to a dish. Let the marinade cook longer so that it thickens.
  5. 5. Once it has thickened, spoon the marinade over the scallops and shrimp and top with the green onion and serve. (goes well over wild rice or white basmati rice)
Notes
  1. The original recipe calls for 1/2 c. honey. I used this amount but felt it was too sweet. Next time I will use only 1/4th a cup.
Adapted from I modified the original recipe but cannot recall where I got this!
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calories
261
fat
4g
protein
15g
carbs
43g
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Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars

This is a soft and gooey fall treat that can be great to serve at the dessert table at Thanksgiving.  This recipe originally came from PaleoOMG.com and is slightly modified

Ingredients

Chocolate Pumpkin Bars
Serves 16
This is a moist and dense pumpkin treat with added chocolate chips. It is gluten, soy and dairy free
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
207 calories
24 g
12 g
12 g
2 g
8 g
52 g
6 g
16 g
0 g
4 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
52g
Servings
16
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207
Calories from Fat 107
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
19%
Saturated Fat 8g
40%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 12mg
4%
Sodium 6mg
0%
Total Carbohydrates 24g
8%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
36%
Vitamin C
1%
Calcium
1%
Iron
5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. • ¾ c. pumpkin
  2. • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  3. • 1 pasture raised egg
  4. • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  5. • 1 c. almond flour
  6. • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  7. • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  8. • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  9. • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 2. Line an 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. 3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. 4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan
Adapted from paleomg.com
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calories
207
fat
12g
protein
2g
carbs
24g
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  • ¾ c. pumpkin
  • ½ c. coconut oil melted
  • 1 pasture raised egg
  • 1 t. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. tapioca flour
  • 1 c. org. coconut sugar
  • 1 T. pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ c. dark chocolate chips (I like Enjoy Life or Lily’s)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper
  3. Blend all ingredients together until well combined
  4. Pour into dish and bake for 30 minutes. Let cool before lifting the parchment out of the pan

 

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