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Are You Going To Age On Purpose Or Be A Victim To Time?

The language around aging and disease blows me away. Think about it. How many times do you say something negative about yourself, or think fearful thoughts about getting a life threatening disease? How often do you pass the mirror and say you look terrible?

Don't worry, you are not alone. I do it too. Yet, I am becoming more and more aware of it, while also witnessing the power of being responsible for the gratitude and love that I give my body. I am also aware of how much harm we do to ourselves without even knowing it - without catching ourselves.

We have tremendous power to eradicate our patterns and it starts inside with our self talk and the feelings that correspond to them.

Every day we age, and every day we have a new opportunity to steer our vessel and life to where we want to go. How easy is it to walk in the kitchen to make a cup of jo? Easy, right? Well, creating a healthy, vibrant and beautiful life can be easy too. We just have to be on "purpose" with the process and learn new skills.

Now is the time to strengthen the skill of aging on purpose, of getting in the habit of a new self talk and self care that paves the way for aging with vitality and beauty.

Check out my FB live today on this very subject (only about 10 minutes long).  There is also a gift for you to get going on this new practice. You can also watch it below on YouTube in case you don't use Facebook.

 

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Baked Ulu (Breadfruit) Pancakes

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If you can possibly get breadfruit, you will think you have died and gone to heaven. This starchy fruit can be used for so many dishes you will not believe it! Did I mention, delicious? OMG.

See the goupy stuff on the cookie sheet below. That is just ripe breadfruit, also known as Ulu. It can be cooked and used to eat like a potato, or in a stew, curry or whatever. When it is soft and goupy like in the picture below it can be used for puddings, pancakes, or any dish you want to be sweet. You would not believe how sweet this fruit is when it is ripe.

When we baked the cakes below and/or fried them in coconut oil (Barlean's Culinary Oil), they are so sweet you do not need any additional sweetener.

In the photo above, I cooked a chopped apple and then added some yogurt and cinnamon on top for an incredible breakfast or meal.

Ingredients:

One ripe ulu (breadfruit)
Coconut oil

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.

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Ulu Instructions:

Peel off the skin and remove the core (it's very easy to do so when it's ripe).

Kneed the flesh on a board to make dough.

Grease the surface of a baking sheet with coconut oil to prepare for baking instead. Take a scoop and place the dough onto the baking sheet and spread it flat. 

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Place the baking sheet in the oven at 350.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on each side (time depends on how thick the dough is).

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Optional:

It's tasty plain but you can also top it off with fruits and yogurt like I did. Experiment and see what works!

You can also refrigerate that which you do not eat, then have them available to pop in the toaster to warm and use with nut butter, avocado or just plain!

YUM!!

 

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Coco Berry Chia Pudding

Just recently I discovered Chia seeds and how to use them. I know they have been the rave for some time, but I sampled what a friend made a few times and really didn’t like them very much, so I believed that I did not like Chia seeds. Well, I finally made my own and now I am on a roll.

Seriously, using them is so simple and the truth is that food made with them is so fulfilling. I am in love with the exploration.  This recipe takes about 5 minutes at most and keeps in the fridge for several days to grab anytime I feel like it.

 

Coco Berry Chia Pudding

Coco Berry Chia Pudding

 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp        coconut crème concentrate

1 ½ cups    water (or use coconut milk instead – see below)

1 tbsp        sugar, honey or sugar substitute

½ cup        assorted berries (frozen will do fine)

¼ cup        chia seeds

Directions:

Place all the ingredients with exception of the chia seeds in the blender. You can hold out the berries and add them whole, if you like, after all the other ingredients are blended.

Add the chia seeds and blend gently - just breaking them apart.

Pour mixture into one large bowl or individual bowls and refrigerate for a few hours until firm. Depending on how much the chia seeds were blended, the mixture may need a stir now and then.

Note: If you are using coconut milk instead of coconut concentrate, replace milk with water.

Optional Ingredients:

Colostrum Powder

Lime Juice

Mint

Ginger

Fresh fruits of all kinds!

 

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Mixed Vegetables

This dish was actually my breakfast one morning. Most people don’t think of eating veggies for breakfast, but I often have them and enjoy them immensely. A heavy first meal does not work for my tender digestion, so veggies set me up great for the day.
As you can see this tantalizing dish contains a variety of veggies. When you have a variety of small amounts of left over veggies, that is the perfect time to steam them all together. Or, you could be more intentional and buy a few of your favorites, then rustle up different combinations for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
My favorite topping is simple:
Ground sesame seeds, Barlean’s High Lignan flax oil, and Celtic Sea Salt.
If you don’t have sesame seeds or flax oil, drizzle a little olive oil on top, or pasture butter. Trust me, you will love it! Don’t forget your cultured vegetables!
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Beets Recipes: Raw, Cooked and Roasted

   

Beets: with butter or flax, salt and pepperAhhhh, beets. Another veggie I just can’t get enough of lately. Besides making Beet Kvass, raw beet/apple salad, roasting them, and other variations of cooked beets, beets are just divine when cooked in some water then topped with your favorite oil, butter and salt.

 Here is my favorite simple beet recipes that sings with flavor and luscious richness.

Wash and slice beets into rounds. Put into a saucepan and with enough water to barely cover them. Begin cooking on high heart, and then reduce and steam until tender. You can also slow cook them. The time will depend on the thickness of the cut beets and your desired tenderness.

Purchase hulled sesame seeds. Put about ¼ of a cup into a coffee grinder or blender/vita mix, and blend them into a soft powder. (Be careful not to over grind them as they will turn to a sesame butter, which is Tahini. Make extra powder and refrigerate for next time!

When your beets are tender, drain off the liquid they cooked in and place them into a serving dish. Top beets lavishly with this sesame powder, and then pour a tablespoon or so of Barlean’s Flax Oil. Top with Celtic Sea Salt. That's it! Trust me, the sauce that is naturally created from the rich combo of sesame and flax oil delivers the best of raw and cooked foods together. The sesame seeds and flax oil are raw, which provides value to your body. And, the beets are delicious and easily digestible.

Don't forget the beet greens. If you have them attached to your fresh beets, include them in your cooking. I love, love, love them. Chop the stems from the leaves if you like, then place the leaves on top of the beets when they are about half way cooked. Then enjoy them all together.

 

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What Do I Do With Vegetables?

Everyone knows what healthy food is. Ask any 6th grader and they will say, “fruits and vegetables”. Yet, people come to me often and say, “What do I do with vegetables?”

My next series of blog posts are going to be dedicated to the answer of that question. Here's creating great veggies the simple way.

Let’s start with green smoothies. I can’t emphasize enough how green smoothies can help nourish and refresh you everyday. Keep them simple and you will enjoy them more.

I make one every other day or so, enough so I can store some for the next day. This is my way of getting my veggies with varieties I may not eat otherwise.

My fridge is always lined with a couple of jars full of green power ready to be enjoyed. The first thing I do in the morning is to pull one out of the fridge so it can warm up a bit before drinking. I will drink half a jar, and save the rest for the afternoon when I want something cool and refreshing.  These drinks will alkalize your blood and fill you full of nutrients all at once.

 Here are a few of my favorite combinations:

Parsley – Pear

Apple – Celery – Cucumber

Cucumber – Lemon

Apple – Parsley – Cilantro

Lemon – Ginger – Kale

Apples, lemons and ginger go with everything. Add celery, cucumber, cilantro, parsley, and even lettuce leaves (Romaine is especially nice). If the lemon is too sour, add an apple or pear to sweeten. Keep them kind of watery and they become a light-refreshing beverage.

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Save Money & Eat Healthy Too!

Put Your Food & Entertainment Budget on a Diet The Top 10 Things You Can Do To Save $$ on Nourishing Food

Spend time at home with friends and family learning to cook. This is truly the most fun way to cut your food budget, gain new skills, socialize and become healthy too.

Turn a problem into an opportunity!!

1.    Make a dedicated decision to Go Green with your diet. Healthy food is really less expensive when you make a commitment to give up prepared foods – foods from the factory and foods in fancy packaging.

2.    Buy local produce and other foods from your farmers market. Pick up seasonal greens, fruits, herbs, spices and other local food products. This is also a great way socialize and teach your kids to shop. Call friend and have them meet you. If your budget is too tight for anything extra like a hot drink or prepared lunch at the market, bring your thermos full of something wonderful and bring a snack (ideas below).

3.    Shop in Bulk. This does not mean Costco or big box stores. It means to find a store within your area that offers foods in big bins that you bag yourself. Purchase a handful or several pounds. Most natural food stores have great bulk sections that carry, to name a few: flours, grains, rice, legumes (lentils, Mung beans, Chick peas), beans, cereals, nuts, sugar, dried fruits, and much more. With all this food in bulk, now you have to start preparing and/or cooking. This is the time to bring in the family members to learn together, or visit with your favorite friends. If you live solo, then invite a friend over or put on a movie and learn to make something new. 4.    Eat lower on the food chain. If you want to eat fish, meat, and poultry, which can be much more expensive than beans and legumes, then do so more sparingly. Most people overeat protein from animal sources anyway, and it is said that it is healthier to eat less animal products. Studies show there is less risk from most major diseases if red meat and foods full of saturated fats are used sparingly in the diet. The Centenarians, those living to be 100, live on an 80% plant based diet. So, this is an opportunity to save $ and create better health. As for socializing, here is an opportunity to have vegetarian potlucks. To learn how to eat lower on the food chain and cook from bulk, visit: http://www.chefteton.com/products/dvds 5.    Shop once a week if possible –twice for fresh produce. The more times you shop the more you are likely to buy. I personally love going to my local natural foods store. But if I am practicing prudence with my budget I am better off to clean out my food stash before I buy again.  Although mail ordering specialty foods may not seem economical, it can be if you order ahead. If you have the highest quality foods available, you will most likely save $$$ by being prepared.

6.    Get a crock-pot if you do not already have one. They are so inexpensive and great for soups full of Mung, lentils and other legumes, veggies, potatoes, squash, and powerful herbs. Crock-pots are a great way to save time. It cooks the food slowly, preserving flavors, while you do something else.

7.    Do your own baking. Whether you eat just raw food or cooked foods, you can enjoy healthy desserts, breads, crackers, etc. by baking or dehydrating your own. This is a good time to acquire Gluten Free products at much less of a price. I eat a combination of raw and cooked crackers and breads on hand. I make luscious chocolate chip cookies from organic spelt flour, coconut oil, dark cacao chips, organic eggs and brown sugar. For crackers, I dehydrate raw buckwheat pizza dough rounds and use them for everything; avocado, nut spreads, and hummus. I buy most of the ingredients in bulk and then I always have cookies on hand for the neighbor hood kids. Have a healthy bake off with your friends. Everyone can share a healthy recipe and learn from each other. For Raw Buckwheat Pizza Dough or Crackers, go to: http://www.chefteton.com/recipes

8.    Planning ahead will save you money. No doubt about it. For instance. Plan a meal with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. Pack and go is a must. Have a small cooler ready and make a habit of slipping some food in before you leave the house. When you are out and hungry, you will be prepared. Take nuts, seeds and dried fruit if you have nothing else. If you work at a place where there is a kitchen, stock it with essentials so you can make your own lunches. Get a hot plate if needed so you don’t have to use microwave. Always have a liquid on hand. Make your own coffee, carry tea bags, and a reusable water bottle. Small food purchases add up to big spending. Be prepared and you will save $$.

9.    As for dairy, RAW is best. If you are lucky enough to have raw dairy in your area, it will probably be more expensive than conventionally produced dairy. But, Raw dairy is known to be extremely nourishing. Many people who have allergic reactions to conventional dairy actually receive healing benefits from raw dairy products. You can make your own yogurt and kefir and cultured vegetable, which would be fantastic for your own inner eco system. For further information about the benefits of cultured foods, visit: http://www.chefteton.com/articles/cultured-foods. For more info on /raw dairy go to: www.organicpastures.com. 10.    Eat for nourishment. If you eat high quality – nutrient rich food you will not need as much and I guarantee you will enjoy it more. It is not a good idea to skimp on nourishment. Instead skimp on empty foods that might have been called  “treats” in the past. There is a way to nourish and have pleasure at the same time. Put your money where your mouth is.

Learn to make quick and easy sauces and dressings for vegetables and salads!!

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