Monday, August 30, 2010

Green Juice Recipe from Martha Stewart

Even Martha is on the raw wagon and notice she is mixing fruit and vegetables

1/2 pear
1/2 apple
handful of spinach
handful of parsley
1 celery
1/2 cucumber
little bit of ginger
wedge of papaya

she uses our Breville juicer!

Green Juice with Taylor Wells

Phoenix is now 3 and Taylor has just had twins! Phoenix is a raw baby, and her twins are also.

Here's her green juice recipe:

then add agave to sweeten (instead of apple)

Prana Cafe-

Check this out- this is Taylor! And this is her raw food restaurant.

More on SALT

We watched a documentary on salt the other night-coincidence? There is a restaurant that specializes in salt! I learned a lot. When we call in the information, it shows up in all sorts of ways.

While the spoke of table salt being refined and processed, they didn't mention that it is poisonous to the human body or detrimental in any way. I'm still not convinced that the bad publicity isn't a marketing ploy but hey, I like the taste of sea salt so we are experimenting.

My husband thought Morton's started around the 1930s. Do you know? The Umbrella girl first appeared in 1914-before our time. It's been around a long long time! And everyone knows that little symbol-that's a good one. BTW-it's registered, along with the slogan-when it rains it pours.

Even if you don't use it with your food, it has other uses so don't throw it out:
1. use it to clean. You can put it in your coffee pot with ice and lemon wedges and swish-we used to do this in the restaurants to make our coffee pots gleam.
2. freshen your cutting boards by sprinkling salt on them.
3. put salt in a large plastic bag and put your silk flowers in it. Close the bag and shake for awhile and the flowers will come out fresh!
4. If you are cooking fish and don't like that fish smell on your hands-rub salt on them to remove the smell.
5. Leave small dishes of salt in a room to absorb odors. You can add some essential oil or spice to it.
6. It's great at absorbing-pour it on spilled wine or on a dropped raw egg to make clean up fast and easy.
7. It removes rust-mix salt with lemon juice.
8. Mix with white vinegar to clean hard water deposits out of flower vases (white vinegar alone will do this too but you have to fill it)
9. you can even patch walls with it-mix with cornstarch. fill the hole, sand and paint.
10. we all remember salt dough don't we?
11. add a pinch to your coffee to cut the acid.

Just some of the ideas for what to do with table salt other than sprinkle it on your food.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stuffed Portabello Mushrooms - Raw Recipe

I made a cooked version the other night and then thought it could be easily adapted to raw. I was right!

3-4 Large Portabello Mushrooms - stems removed (and reserved for something else)
In a bowl with a lid, layer the mushroom caps with olive oil, balsamic vinegar. Cover and turn every few minutes while making the stuffing. Allow to marinate at least an hour, or overnight.

Chop baby spinach leaves - a couple of handfuls
6 sprigs of fresh cilantro-chopped
4 leaves of basil - chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried cherries
(or you can use raisins)
Balsamic vinegar and olive oil
salt, pepper, sprinkle of red peppers or cayenne to taste
Allow to marinate about an hour
then add:
1/2 cup feta cheese

Stuff the mushroom caps, and add some fresh raspberries to the top and serve!
And this is great the next day for a lunch on the go.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Salty Thoughts

The other day I spilled some salt on the counter. I took a pinch and threw it over my shoulder, to which my husband looked aghast at me and said "WHAT are you doing?" I had done it without thinking, instinctively, reflexively. I always have. I think I have. I can't recall, but I did this time.

I said, "My grandmother always did it. And my mother. Didn't yours?" An old English belief was that spilled salt meant future tears-so you throw a pinch over your shoulder so the tears are behind you. My Grandmother was English. I don't think the Italians have the same belief.

Apparently, because I googled it, the French and Germans think that the spilled salt is the work of the devil so you throw the salt to hit him in the eye. The Norwegians felt it meant you would shed many tears, and most felt that it was bad luck. I'm Greek. The Greeks worshipped salt and used it to make friends by eating salty foods with them. Ok so I'm half Greek. I feed people and I throw it over my shoulder for good measure.

Monday, August 23, 2010


Pink Himalayan Salt – 250 million year old salt.

What About Table Salt?

Table salt or sodium chloride is extremely toxic. Some table salt contains aluminum hydroxide (a toxic metal and a known cause of Alzheimer's). Regular table salt is usually iodized. Naturally occurring iodine is essential, but added iodine is considered a toxic metal.

What About Sea Salt?

The problem with sea salt is that many of the oceans waters are polluted with heavy metals like lead, cadmium, arsenic, mercury and more. Oil disasters and leaking tankers pollute our oceans even more. Today sea salt is not as good as it was in the past.

Himalayan Salt Contains Electrolytes

Electrolytes such as sodium, calcium and potassium help restore your bodies' fluids. Electrolytes are what your cells (especially nerve, heart and muscle) use to maintain voltages across cell membranes and to carry nerve impulses and muscle contractions across themselves and to other cells. Electrolytes have to be continually replaced whenever you sweat.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

A Healer In Your Spice Rack

Healthy spices in a market photo: SudamshuIn your spice rack you have an array of healing medicines. They have no harmful side effects and for the most part, will play nicely with others. You can cook with them, make teas and infusions, and you can add them to just about anything to boost your health.

Our Grandmothers were practical. They kept things on hand to take care of minor health imbalances and knew what they had on hand to help ease their children. We've forgotten so much of that simple wisdom. There were practical reasons for spicing foods besides flavor.

1. Bay leaves help with muscle aches and migraines. You can make a simple bay leaf olive oil by steeping 25-30 bay leaves in a small bottle of virgin olive oil and leaving it in a sunny window for a month. Smooth on joints and muscles to relieve pain.

2. Pour hot water over cinnamon sticks to make a medicinal tea to soothe an upset stomach and it aids with diabetes as it lowers blood sugar levels.

3. Garlic can lower cholesterol and is anti viral and anti bacterial.

4. Basil, oregano are powerful antioxidants and anti-parasiticals. They help with digestion, gas and bloating. Basil also benefits the brain and the heart as it increases blood circulation.

5. Turmeric has the ability to detox and support the liver. Turmeric is also a blood thinner. Curcumin is in curry powder and turmeric, and it is being studied for its ability to reduce brain plaque which causes among other things, Alzheimer's.

6. Sage is good for psoriasis. Steep into a tea and then put in a spray bottle and spray on.

7. Ginger can be made into a tea as a remedy for nausea and motion sickness. It's great if you are pregnant.

8. Peppermint is another good herb for indigestion as it soothes and relaxes the stomach. Make peppermint tea for nausea. Peppermint is also good for heartburn and for headaches.

9. Thyme is for coughs as it breaks up mucus. Did you know it's an ingredient in Vick's vapo rub?

10. Honey and cinnamon has so many positive benefits. Best to keep it on hand and use it all the time. Insect bites, blood thinner, arthritis pain, helps the immune system, helps the stomach. Add it to any of the teas above. Let's put it this way-honey is medicinal and white sugar does nothing positive for us.

Explore the world of herbs and understand what you have available at your fingertips. Enjoy learning about this amazing world! And it's so tasty too :)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Nectar of the Gods

I love this smoothie. I would have one everyday if I could handle that much sugar.

One ripe fresh peach
One frozen ripe banana
One cup homemade almond milk
TBL of sweetener if not sweet enough from banana and peach

Blend until everything is smooth.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Zucchini Chips

It's the zucchini time of year!
Day before yesterday I made three different recipes with zucchini. So this is why I over planted zucchini this year! Two of them need to be tweaked a bit but these chips were really good.

Zucchini Chips

Slice two or three medium sized zucchinis in thin slices. Thick enough that there is meat all the way through but still quite thin. Spread on dehydrator trays and brush with the following mixture.

Olive oil
chili powder
small amount of cayenne (leave out for kids BBQ chips)
small amount of sweetener, I used coconut sugar from Essential Living Foods. You can purchase at Whole Foods.

As you can see I don't have the amounts down yet. I cook by feel and that works best for me. Maybe in the future I will get the amounts down.

Dry until crispy and put in an air tight jar or container as soon as they are dry. If you leave them out they will get soggy.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Sunflower seed recipe

Health Benefits Of Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are power-packed with healthy fats, proteins, fibers, minerals, vitamin E, and phytochemicals - all important to the nutritional quality of the diet and of fundamental importance to human health.

I sprouted raw sunflower seeds that had been hulled in a jar for about six hours. Drained, rinse well and dry in dehydrator until dry.

Half of the seeds I coated in coconut syrup, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and a little water.

The other half I put on a little oil, mixed well, and then added salt, cumin, chili power, onion powder, and garlic powder.
Put back in the dehydrator on 108 until very dry.

The kids like the flavored seeds and eat them up.

The spicey seeds can be ground into a "taco meat".

My favorite green juice right now

I have made this juice a couple of times and enjoy it. This would be a great juice to make in the winter as the hot pepper and ginger heat the body up.

2 apples
1 to 3" piece of ginger
1 lemon
1/2 bunch cilantro
1/2 bunch parsley
1 bunch spinach
1 small hot pepper, no seeds (optional)
1 cucumber

Chia Seeds

I have been buying a lot of products from: Below is what they have posted for chia seeds.

I want to try the chia seeds milk, the recipe is below.

Chia Seeds 1 lb (Chemical Free)

Product 3/26


Add to Cart:

No Gluten No Flour

The Chia Seed is an amazing food. For centuries many have used the seeds for a host of different reasons. Native Americans would take a pouch of seeds and a gourd of water on their trips. The seeds were their food source and taken with the water they would hydrate their bodies for endurance. When you hydrate the seeds in water the seeds shell opens up and absorbs up to nine times its volume in water. This then forms a gel, which is called Chia Seed Gel. The gel helps keep your body hydrated. The gel is also 90% soluble fiber, which is beneficial for your digestive track. People use the seeds when they are involved in sports or physical activities for endurance.

The seeds have twice the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, boron which is trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones, omega 3 and omega 6 which are essential oils for the body. They also have a very long list of valuable nutrients in them naturally. The soluble fiber in the gel forms a wall between carbohydrates and the body, releasing them slowly into the body. This has been found to be very helpful for people who have trouble controlling their sugar levels like Diabetics. Dieters love the seeds because it can be added to any food or drink in a ratio of 75% to the volume of food or drink and will not change the taste. Because the carbohydrates are released slowly you will get the feeling of being full. Many use the seeds as a way to control their appetites. The gel has no taste.

The best way to use the seeds is to take the seeds already hydrated so they will not absorb your own body fluids to hydrate. The seeds may be added to anything from water to juice and any food. Any age bracket could benefit from adding the seeds to their diet. Whether it is for physical activity, added nutrition, controlling weight or sugar levels, the seeds have been known to help all of these The most unique part is that it is only a seed, nothing artificial and the cost is minimal. I have many satisfied customers who swear by the Chia seeds. The seeds speak for themselves. When you receive the seeds, first hydrate them and store them in the refrigerator. They will last for three weeks, just use as needed and add to any food or liquid. They may be taken plain as well. Some of my customers will take the dry seeds to work with them and then add them to their drinks or food if they aren’t able to store the gel. If you take the seeds dry make sure you use some kind of liquid so that you wont use the liquids from your own body. I can’t say enough about the seeds and just how beneficial they can really be. I have seen my customer’s response to the seeds and it has been very overwhelming. Finally, there seems to be a way to help your body stay hydrated, control sugar levels, maintain or lose weight and supply your body with the much-needed nutrients all naturally and at a low cost.

I personally take the seeds to help with hydration and my digestive tract. I also feel better now that I am getting the nutrients my body needs without all the additives it doesn’t need. I hope you will try the seeds for yourself. Once you try them you will be able to judge for yourself the benefits. You do not need too much protein or omega 3 and 6 so the maximum of the gel you will need is three tablespoonfuls three times a day of the gel. Once a day you may substitute one tablespoon of dry seeds in place of the three tablespoons of gel. Along with the seeds you will receive directions on how to make the gel and their nutritional values. Directions for using Chia Seeds

Put 1/3 cup dry seeds into two cups of warm water whisk, wait fifteen mins then whisk again then store gel in refridgerator .Use three tablespoons three times a day of the gel (seeds hydrated). You can mix them into any drink or food and may even just take the gel. Once a day you can take up to one tablespoon of the dry seeds and add them to fluid or sprinkle them on food and drink fluid at the same time so the seeds hydrate from the fluid. Depending on the reason you are taking the seeds you may choose the time to take the one-tablespoon of dry seeds. Either before a workout or meal or in the morning. If you are taking the one-tablespoon daily in fluid you can do what I do with mine. So not to have to mix it every day and wait for the seeds to hydrate I take seven bottles (20oz.Size) of purified water, and seven tablespoons of dry seeds and mix in a bowl. Whisk and then fifteen mins. whisk again. Pour back into bottles and refrigerate. If you want to have juice added to your bottle just add two cans of juice concentrate into the water and seed gel and mix before you place back into bottles. (You will need two empty bottles for the extra due to the juice concentrate) Every day I just take out the bottle already prepared and drink it. The rest of the day I take three tablespoons of gel at lunchtime and at dinnertime. You will know your body and what is right for you. The most you need to take is three tablespoons three times a day of the gel with one serving being replaced with one tablespoon of dry seeds with liquid if wanted.

Uses For Chia Seeds

You can mix the chia gel with: Fruit juices, smoothies, milk, shakes, jams, jellies, preserves, syrups, lemonade, yogurt, nut butters, hot cereal, cold cereal, polenta, grits, pancake and waffle mix (use 1 tablespoon per pancake), mustard, bbq sauce, tarter sauce, dips, soups, mayonnaise, salad dressings, or used instead of oil or shortening in baking. Up to 75%, by weight, of the gel may be added to anything without loss of flavor while enhancing texture and cutting fat calories 30 to 50 percent. Add to anything you wish for reducing calories, saturated fat and sugar amounts without compromising sensory appeal. It is a dieters dream food and its use is limitless.

Digestive aid; Use of 2-3 tablespoons chia gel with each meal for better assimilation of food, increases nutrient absorption and encourages better elimination. It also prevents indigestion and heartburn without risk of harmful side effects. An exceptional food for Diabetics as it slows the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar which stabilizes blood sugar and regulates the body’s absorption of fluids, i.e. electrolyte balance, more efficiently.

Incorporating chia seeds into your daily diet will enhance the nutrient absorption of all foods, including nutritional supplements. As an Aid in GERD, Ulcers, Gastritis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome:

I myself have Gerd (Gastro Esophagus Reflux Disease), acute gastritis, a gastric ulcer and IBS. I have dealt with these conditions for almost 20 years. I have taken all the medications from Tagament to Prevacid. In using the Chia Seeds myself, I always told my customers not to use the Chia Seeds without a fluid because it would hydrate from the fluid in your stomach.

One day my stomach was hurting real bad because of the acid. I took one tablespoon of dried seeds with just enough water to get them down. I waited for five minutes and then I drank more water to finish hydrating the seeds. It worked! The seeds hydrated from the acid in my stomach. The pain stopped. :)

The part that impressed me the most was that I was relieving the pain as well as getting all the benefits the seeds have to offer. Now I do recommend taking the Chia Seeds dry only if you have a lot of acid in your stomach. At 10 cents a serving it is a natural alternative to high price prescription drugs. A lot of my customers have used the seeds this way. I also recommend them to my customers who have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) because of the high soluble fiber in the Chia Seed gel. Only if you have a lot of acid in your stomach, should you take them dry with no water till five minutes later.

Chia Milk (makes full blender jar — 5 cups)

4 Tbsp. Chia seeds 2 Tbsp. Walnuts 2 Tbsp. Raw sesame tahini 2 Tbsp. Unheated, unfiltered honey, dash of vanilla (optional) 5 cups water. In a jar or glass, soak seeds and walnuts overnight in 3 cups of water. Pour into blender jar, add 1 cup of water, and turn on blender, running it at medium speed. With blender running, add tahini, honey, and vanilla, and then add 1 more cup of water. Blend only until smooth.

Chia milk is rich in EFAs and protein. Because of the soaking, it is also particularly rich in enzymes. Because of chia seeds' antioxidants, it will keep well in your refrigerator. Use it within a week as a substitute for other forms of milk. (Maybe you'll decide that chia milk isn't a substitute for anything; rather, other forms of milk are a substitute for chia milk.)

Chia Seeds for pets: I have had many customers also give their pets the Chia seeds and have been approached by companies who sell animal food and snacks with Chia Seeds added. They will do the same for your animals as they do for you. You can take the information to your vet and he will advise you.

Some of our Q&A:
where do you get your chia seed? Mexico
How is it processed? Goes thru a shaking process to clean.
Does it see any heat treatment? no
Is the soil it's farmed on naturally rich or fortified with fertilizers? no fertilizers or chemicals used is naturally rich.
Where did you get the information regarding the nutritional factors in the comparisons you gave in the items description? from supplier. Also ours go thru testing from fda at customs and have coa along with each shipment.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

HEMP protein powder to get your protein in

If you check at Whole Foods, they have a HEMP protein powder now that is pretty darn good by Nutiva, and loaded with protein. If you have trouble with whey protein, try it. I add it to my oatmeal. 2 Tbs equals 15 grams of protein-more than 2 eggs!

And for the record: hemp is not cannabis. Hemp has been cultivated for paper products since the Egyptian days, and the US Constitution was written on Hemp paper. The male cannabis plant has no THC, and it's used for paper. The female plants...those have a different use entirely!