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    • What's the deal with Whey any-whey?

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    •  9/2/2013 12:42:12 PM
    •  I recently went to a convention of a multi-million dollar health product company.  Their main product is an acaii drink, boasting numerous health benefits.

       

      I had a chance to talk to one of the doctors that help developped the product line.  Overall I was incredibly impressed with whole event.  They thoroughly explained their elite products and the unmatchable quality of each ingredient.

       

      I was all ears.

       

      I had a chance at the end of the day to look at the ingredient list of their product line.  The first thing I picked up was their protein powder.

       

      The first three ingredients were different forms of whey protein.

      Now this is where I had a problem!

       

      It seems that we no longer even question the high-protein food fad we live in, but what is worse is that many of us don't even care how we get that protein!

       

      Here are a few reasons that I don't use whey protein anymore (after about 10 years of using it everyday):


      • harmful antibiotics and hormones that are given to the cows also affect the whey
      • highly processed at high temperatures (killing all "natural" ingredients)
      • it is  incredibly acidic
      • often there are harmful fillers added to the whey powder

       

      I could go on and on about the dangers of too much whey (or animal protein for that matter), but I suppose you can google those.

       

      The next time you are in need of a protein powder, check out the many different plant based protein powders on the market.

       

      My favorite one right now is the Raw Protein Powder by Sun Warrior that I buy on Amazon.

       

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    • Another Great Snack for kids

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    •  8/24/2013 10:52:42 PM
    •  A good friend of mine told me about a snack that her kids loved and I thought I just had to go home and test it out on my kids.

       

      It is a little twist on the age-old favorite - Cinnamon & Sugar Toast

       

      The difference is that instead of butter she uses Coconut Oil, and instead of sugar she uses Stevia Crystals.  I didn't have any of the crystals and hoped the powdered stevia would work.

       

       

      I had one daughter who saw the coconut oil out (which she hates) and wouldn't go near the toast (maybe a few too many experiments on the kids).  But luckily it was a big success with the others.  Fantastic - another mom approved after school snack for the kids!

       

      2 pieces of whole wheat toast (make sure it says 100% whole wheat)

      1 TBS of coconut oil

      a sprinkle of cinnamon

      a sprinkle of stevia

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    • My Favorite Raw Corn Tortilla Chips

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    •  8/17/2013 12:26:34 PM
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      Unfortunately you do need a dehydrator for this recipe....sorry.  I have the 5 tray Excalibur that I love!!!

      I love chips and salsa (and guacamole) but as we all know, chips just aren't that good for you (sigh).  But don't worry, this guile-free recipe will have not missing a beat.  It is a little labor intensive I admit, but one batch will last for months in the pantry!

       

      corn cut from 2 cobs of corn

      1 cup of almonds, soaked overnight and drained

      1 cup of ground flax seed

      1 red pepper, seeds removed

      1/2 sweet onion

      juice from 1/2 a lime

      1 tsp cumin

      salt and pepper

       

      All of the ingredients need to be run through a food processor (except the flax seed).  You can do this all together or do it in batches.  Once you have done this add all of the ingredients into a large bowl.  Add the ground flax seed and thoroughly stir together the mixture.

      Spread the "dough" onto 2 Teflex sheets about 1/4inch thick.

      Place in the dehydrator at 115 degrees and dry for 8-10 hours.  Flip in over and dry the other side for another 4-6 hours.

      Store in an airtight container.

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    • Powerhouse 3 Seed Breakfast

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    •  8/10/2013 5:58:28 PM
    • There are numerous superfood breakfast options available at stores these days.  My main problem with some of these is that their prices are outrageous.  This is a quick and simple way to get the same type of breakfast for a fraction of the cost.  It contains 3 "superseeds" that are wonderful to add into your diet.

       

      Hemp Seeds  -   these little seeds are packed with protein, and are rich in calcium, iron, zinc and Vitamin E.  They are also the perfect balance of essential fatty acids Omega 3, 6 and 9....so eat up.  I love them in smoothies as well as breads and oatmeal.

       

      Chia Seeds    -   also a great source of Omega 3s and loaded with fibre.  They are great for athletes and keeping the body hydrated.  When soaked, they absorb up to 9 times their weight in water, and will later realease this water in your body.They are also known for boosting energy, stabilizing blood sugar, aiding digestion, and lowering cholesterol.

       

      Flax Seed  (ground) -  another great source of fiber (just 1 TBS has 8 grams!) as well as Omega 3's. Flax also contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.

       

      Powerhouse Breakfast - 1 serving

       

       1/2 cup old-fashioned oats

      1 TBS chia seeds

       1 TBS hemp seeds

      1 TBS ground flax seed

      3/4 cup unsweetend Almond milk

       

      Before you go to bed simply combine all of the ingredients in a breakfast bowl and refrigerate overnight.  When you awake just add the fruit of your choice and you will have a hardy breakfast that is not only good for you, but will help lower your cholesterol and keep you full :)

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

       

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    • Quinoa Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

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    •  8/5/2013 2:29:57 PM
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      Quinoa Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

       

      I've said it a hundred times, but I'll say it again....I love sweet potatoes!!! 

       

      This is a wonderful salad that is loaded with protein (yup, the plant kind...think quinoa, and beans :).  This is another dish that I could eat breakfast lunch or dinner!  It might seem a little tedious, but you can easily make the quinoa ahead of time as well as roast the sweet potatoes. Then simply stick them in the fridge until you are ready to assemble the salad.  I use my Cuisinart Pressure Cooker (which you can read more about here) for effortless quinoa.

      The trickiest part about the sweet potatoes is peeling them and chopping them....so I don't :)!  I have a SaladMaster and I simply wash the sweet potatoes and then use the #3 cone to quickly chop/shred them.  Of course the good old fashioned way of peeling and chopping into cubes will work just fine here too.

       

       

      2 sweet potatoes 

      1 small sweet onion 

      2 cups of cooked quinoa, cooled  

       

      1 avocado 

       1 cup of chopped tomatoes (I used garden grape tomatoes)  

      1can of black beans, rinsed and drained

       

      1/2  bunch of cilantro, roughly chopped  

      5 large basil leaves, thinly sliced       

       2 green onions, thinly sliced  

      juice from 1 lemon

        1 TBS olive oil    

      1 TBS balsamic vinegar

       

      Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into roughly 1-inch cubes.  Chopped the onion into roughly the same size.  Put the potatoes and onions into a bowl and drizzle olive oil over the vegetables.  Stir well.  Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the vegetables onto the tray.

       

      Roast for 20 minutes, flip them over and roast for another 20 minutes.  You want to make sure the sweet potatoes are very tender.  When the vegetables and the quinoa have cooled, combine in a large bowl with the rest of the ingredients.

       

      The salad will keep for a few days in the fridge (the avocado is the first thing to go bad, so if you've made a lot, simply add the avocado to the salads you serve rather than to the entire batch).

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