Archive | November 2016

Peanut Butter Cups

No matter how strict a diet I’m on, I still allow myself the occasional treat, whether a sweet, or whatever. But I also realize how important it is that the treats be organic, too, just like all my other food selections. I’ve worked diligently on my health since 2005 to get to where I am. From now on, I’ll guard my health by eating only organic. To allow myself an occasional treat is only reasonable, and I promised myself it will always be organic.

On the long road to restoring my gut health, I have learned a lot about our “conventional” food industry and what exactly it does to hurt a body. For example, all sugar, unless specifically labeled as “organic” is genetically modified, and will destroy your gut health. Sugar beets and other foods now contain the Bt-toxin. Years ago, the Bt-toxin could be washed off. But, thanks to genetic modification, it is now bred directly into the plant and will do to your gut what it does to bug guts: split their guts open and they die. Hard to believe that this toxic chemical is allowed in our food these days. Yet, the sad truth is, it is permitted, as long as we keep buying “conventional” produce. As a result, I’m allowing my food dollars to speak clearly about this important issue by buying organic food.

Before I knew better I used to like “conventional” peanut butter cups. After getting ill, I have gone without. Until now. I have now perfected my home-made peanut butter cups and here is the recipe for anyone who wishes to make this delicious and actually nutritious chocolate treat.

delicious peanut butter cups

Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients

Chocolate
1/2 cup cocoa butter* (shredded)
1/2 cup virgin coconut oil
1/2 cup (raw) cocoa powder
1 tablespoon honey (or more for desired sweetness)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)

Filling
1 cup Peanut butter (chunky or creamy, as preferred)
Drop of vanilla (optional)

Directions

Line a regular 12-muffin pan with parchment muffin cups.
Melt ½ cup shredded cocoa butter, ½ cup coconut oil, ½ cup cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of honey in a double-boiler (set a glass Pyrex measuring cup in a pot of simmering water on the stove, if you don’t have a double-boiler).
Pour 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate into each muffin cup for chocolate base.
Cool pan in fridge for 15 minutes or until hard.
Leave remainder of melted chocolate to simmer gently on stove.
Mix peanut butter so that oil is well blended.
Remove cooled chocolate muffin pan from fridge and set on icepack to keep chocolate base from melting while working with peanut butter and hot chocolate mixture.
Scoop ½ teaspoon into oiled palms (using coconut oil), form into a ball, then flatten into cooled chocolate bases.
Tip: make into “sandwiches” by flattening peanut butter right to edges of parchment or else leave room to surround peanut butter with chocolate edges, just like a real chocolate.
Pour remainder of chocolate mixture into parchment cups, making sure that all peanut butter is covered with chocolate.
Sprinkle lightly with sea salt.
Let cool in fridge.
Wrap individually for a quick snack.
Eat within 1 week.
Yield: 12 snacks.

* For best results, always use organic ingredients to avoid toxins and chemicals used by conventional farming methods.

organic produce has five-digit number starting with 9
Tip: A five-digit number beginning with a “9” in their product code means it is organic.

A five-digit number beginning with an “8” means it’s genetically-modified and contains harmful Bt-toxins.

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Yummy Baked Yam

I learned to love yams and sweet potatoes only after I moved to a gluten-free and organic diet, due to severe allergies. And only after I found out how really easy it was to make yummy organic home-made oven-baked food. And only after I discovered how really delicious these are with my scrambled eggs or over-easy organic pastured eggs breakfast!

After much resistance and arguing, “I can’t give up my breads!” I finally got to a point where I simply had to find a healthier way to eat. No more glutenous breads or grains for me if I wanted any semblance of a quality of life again.

My Naturopathic Doctor gave me a pdf list of suggested eating, which helped me let go of any resistance in order to surrender into my new state of becoming healthy. Fortunately, after a week or so I knew I would never go back to eating bread again, because I began feeling so much better. No, I wasn’t where I wanted to be, but I just knew that if I stuck to this new way of eating, I would regain my health. I then bought a paleo cookbook and began experimenting in the kitchen.

Apparently, in generations past, our ancestors didn’t eat grain. Rather, they seemed to know intuitively what to eat and what to avoid as far as food. This video claims that grains possess a strong outer layer that breaks down the gut villi and microvilli, which are small hairlike structures in the intestines. One illustration I heard that helped me understand what that might look like is to compare my gut villi to a shag carpet. If I eat grain, the shag will get worn down, not unlike a smooth office carpet. From that image, I realized I couldn’t have proper digestion if I lost my “shaggy” intestinal villi.

At the beginning of the agricultural age, the “fake-food industry” began mis-informing the population in order to promote gorging on grains. In fact, the industry-promoted food guides tells us over and over that grains are the most important diet ingredient we “should” be eating: “And eat mostly grain!” Look at the results of that propaganda. I’m here to tell you that grains can be very harmful to certain body types. One in four adults and one in 10 children in Canada are now living with obesity. This means roughly six million Canadians are affected by this condition. Please do your own research because I’m not a doctor. I only know what works for me. I would have likely died already if I kept on eating grains because it was killing my gut flora and degrading my health.

Oh, how I do digress. Back to this yummy baked yam I’ve been making since working with my Naturopathic Doctor.

yummy baked yam with herbs

Yummy Baked Yam

Ingredients

1 large yam, cut into 1/2 inch chunks (or Sweet Potatoes)
2 Tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
Sprinkle of Herbamare Original (or sea salt)
Sprinkle of organic garlic powder
Sprinkle of parsley leaves

 

Directions

Set oven at 350 degrees
Melt the Coconut Oil on a cookie sheet, which only takes a few minutes
Distribute yam chunks on cookie sheet
Sprinkle Herbamare and organic garlic powder on yam chunks
Bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
Turn yam chunks over
Bake for another 10 minutes
Remove from oven place in serving dish
Lightly sprinkle with parsley leaves

I suggest using all-organic ingredients to avoid unwanted herbicides or pesticides used by today’s food industry.

More about The Effects of Grains, Legumes and Dairy on Your Body

Yams fried with onions and eggs make a great healthy breakfast

If you’re wondering what to do with the baked yams, I fry them with onions and enjoy them with a couple of fried eggs. It’s a delicious, nutritious paleo-style breakfast!

I welcome your comments!

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