If you don’t like them, hide them in a fruit/berry smoothie! Great way to get your children to consume their veggies!
I like veggies but I prefer them raw for health reasons and my favorite way to get raw veggies everyday is in a smoothie! But I don’t particularly enjoy veggie-flavored-smoothies, so fruit and berries are in there with added health benefits and yumminess!
I just posted to my online vasculitis support group a couple days ago how much better I feel when I have my daily nutrient-dense-superfoods smoothie! I had gone a few days without and felt run down. Had a smoothie and felt more energetic, less lethargic, had better mental clarity – and so of course I was happier!
It really makes a difference in how you feel! Smoothies are a great way to get your veggies everyday!
Get a good blender if you don’t have one and make it part of your daily routine!
My smoothie today has all organic, all raw: mixed baby super greens, broccoli, mixed berries, banana, pineapple, carrot, acai, watermelon.
I don’t taste the veggies! Sometimes at first I do, but after marinating for a few minutes, all I taste is fruit and berries.
Note: If your smoothie tastes too green, add more pineapple.
I use mostly frozen organics from Trader Joe’s. Convenient, affordable and produces an ice-cold smoothie!
I buy organic bananas and when they get nicely spotted, I peel and slice them and toss them in a container and freeze them. If you buy them already spotted, they are discounted and perfect for smoothies – and spotted bananas have anti-cancer nutrients that unspotted bananas don’t have! Most people don’t care to eat them once they’re spotted but they are wonderful in smoothies!
So are avocados! They make your smoothie smoother! And add health benefits!
Adding chia seeds and other seeds to smoothies is great, too!
Eat your veggies or drink your veggies! Fruit and berries too! You will feel better!
A superfoods smoothie is the healthiest energy drink there is!
But they are pricey away from home. Investing in your own good blender is a great way to have them everyday and not break the bank.
Other great resources for affordable frozen organics are Grocery Outlet (opening soon near me, can’t wait!), Walmart and Costco.
For fresh produce this time of year, support your local farmers market! It just feels good to shop at them!
So that’s exactly what I’m doing for National Egg Day today!
What’s Up with That Bad Reputation?
What About the Yolk?
Did You Know…
Free-range eggs vs cage-raised eggs
Fun Fact about Refrigeration of Eggs
How to Successfully Peel Boiled Eggs
One of My Favorite Egg Recipes: My Momma’s Poached Eggs
What’s Up with That Bad Reputation?
Eggs have a bad reputation for cholesterol but it’s a very unfortunate reputation as organic free-range eggs actually help regulate and control cholesterol, as free-range hens lay omega-3 eggs! And omega-3’s regulate cholesterol!
Part of the reason free-range hens’ eggs are higher in omega-3’s is because they feed on natural food sources provided by nature!
What About the Yolk?
The entire egg is good for you! Yes, even the yolk! The egg white without the egg yolk is not as beneficial as it is with the yolk! I would like to shout that from a mountain top! Eat the whole egg! You’re seriously missing out on health benefits when you only eat egg whites!
“If you toss out your egg yolks, you’re also tossing out some of the most nutritious parts of the egg. The good cholesterol and saturated fat in animal foods like egg yolks are quite beneficial for your health.” – Dr. Mercola
Did you know…
that the protein in eggs is especially beneficial for preventing muscle wasting and recovery? It’s used in geriatric supplements for this reason! Very good for athletes!
Following a severe illness, my son had an extremely hard time retaining muscle. We started loading him up with eggs and he was able to build and retain muscle!
If you’re allergic to chicken eggs, or you want an egg with even more protein and health benefits, consider duck eggs. As pictured above. Most people who can’t tolerate chicken eggs can tolerate duck eggs. And they are wonderful to bake with! Makes a run-of-the-mill cake amazing! They are wonderful for everything except scrambling. The texture of the yolk when boiled is just so nice! There’s an Amazon link below. That’s a pretty good deal on them and if 4 dozen is too many, split the order with a friend or two!
Ten Health Benefits of Free-Range Organic Eggs
Reduces risk of heart disease
Reduces chances of developing metabolic syndrome (fights disease)
Improves eye health
Promotes weight loss
Protection against muscle wasting
Free-range eggs vs cage-raised eggs
Free-range eggs contain:
⅓ less cholesterol
¼ less saturated fat
⅔ more vitamin A
2 times more omega-3
3 times more vitamin E
7 times more beta-carotene
“I would strongly encourage you to AVOID ALL NON-ORGANIC eggs which are labeled “omega-3 eggs,” as they are some of the least healthy for you. These eggs typically come from chickens that are fed poor-quality sources of omega-3 fats that are already oxidized.” Dr. Mercola
Organic, free-range, farm-fresh, is your best choice. Check your local farmers market or health food store.
In many parts of the world, eggs are not refrigerated! It was so surprising when we were in the U.K. to see eggs in the grocery stores and markets, on shelves, without refrigeration! The reason is that eggs have a protective cuticle that keep them fresh without refrigeration! Once the egg is washed, the cuticle is removed and the egg requires refrigeration, which is common practice in the U.S. But we buy farm-fresh, unwashed eggs, and so now, into the pantry they go – no longer taking up space in the refrigerator!
How to Successfully Peel Boiled Eggs
Add baking soda to your water
Bring to a boil before adding eggs
Add eggs gently with a slotted spoon or a spaghetti/egg spoon
Boil to your specified liking
Place them in ice water, keep adding ice as needed – this halts the cooking time so if you prefer your yolks well-done, add to the cooking time
Chill in ice water for at least 15 minutes before peeling
Roll the egg to create many cracks
Note: The fresher the egg, the harder to peel.
I’m going to share with you one of my favorite egg recipes, a little different than the usual poached egg method, the way my momma made them, in milk!
Poached Eggs in Milk
A slice of bread of your choice, gluten-free, etc 1- 1 1/2 cups milk, as needed Salt and pepper and your favorite egg spices 2 eggs
Toast the bread and set on a plate. Butter lightly, if desired. Meanwhile, liberally season milk and bring to a simmer in a sauce pan over med-high heat. When it begins to simmer, drop in eggs, 1 at a time. I like to crack them into a small bowl and then add them to the milk. Once the milk begins to simmer for the second time, poach for 2 minutes more. Do not let the milk boil over. Use a slotted spoon to remove eggs from the milk. They will be done once they look solid on the outside. Drop the poached eggs on top of the toast, then pour about ½ cup or less of the hot milk over the eggs.
Not only is this cinnamon toast medicinal, it really is delicious! It’s the recipe recommended in my “Bag of Tricks” for fighting colds, flus and allergies!
Another one of my recipe makeovers! Simple, Delicious, and extremely healthy.
Even yummier than the old-fashioned-traditional cinnamon toast which was heavily laden with processed white sugar and often made with refined white bread. Really unhealthy! This recipe is not only healthy, it’s medicinal! It fights colds and flus and pollen allergies! And more!
Toasted organic non-gmo whole grain bread of your choice or gluten-free, etcetera (nonorganic GMO bread is pro-inflammatory, avoid it!)
Organic virgin coconut oil (virgin is yummy while refined is not yummy)
Raw local honey (available at farmers markets, local apiaries, and natural food stores)
Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
Drizzle liberally with honey
Sprinkle liberally with cinnamon
Note: For added health benefits and flavor, try Chocolate Cinnamon Toast by sprinkling with organic cocoa!
I’ve had this when I feel a cold coming on and I feel it being stopped in its tracks upon eating a slice of this delicious medicinal toast! Don’t wait for cold and flu season, enjoy it year-round, as it has many health benefits! Raw local honey fights seasonal pollen allergies!
*You may want to cut back on the quantity of honey though, if consuming regularly, or if you have diabetes.
*Increase the cinnamon if you have diabetes!
Some of the Benefits
Organic non-gmo whole grain toast: anti-inflammatory, reduces chronic inflammation, gastrointestinal health, lowers risk of diabetes, high in fiber
Coconut oil: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, long list of health benefits
Raw local honey: cough suppressant, anti-allergen, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, rich in enzymes
Cinnamon: antimicrobial, fights colds and flus, anti-inflammatory, protects against diabetes
Cocoa: fights allergies, antioxidants, blood vessel health
Note: I’ve included some links to some my favorite brands. That is a great deal on the coconut oil!
If you hate oatmeal, this is the recipe for you! Try it!
I used to hate oatmeal! And I still can’t stand traditionally prepared oatmeal.
But I know how nutritious it is so I was determined to make it palatable. I have an issue with textures and traditional oatmeal is over-cooked in my opinion and the texture is unbearable for me! So I experimented until it was not just bearable, but delicious!
Highly recommended for anyone with a chronic inflammatory condition.
All ingredients are anti-inflammatory!
Note: I’ve included some links to some of the ingredients. They were the best deals I found on some of my favorite brands!
All ingredients have a long list of health benefits – superfoods!
Oats (not quick oats) (preferably thick cut)
Coconut oil (a delicious brand such as Nutiva)
Raw local honey
Other healthy toppings/mix ins of your choice
Barely cook the oatmeal in a small amount of water. I cook it for a minute or two tops. If you have excess water, add more oats or pour water off and cook a few more seconds.
Add other ingredients and enjoy!
My brother’s secret is to cook it in chai tea! But pure water is good to keep it simple.
Just a few of heath benefits in addition to being anti-inflammatory:
Oats: lowers cholesterol, heart health, high in fiber
Another delicious, simple, anti-inflammatory, superfoods recipe! Salmon Sandwiches!
My sons even liked these healthy salmon sandwiches when they were little!
An excerpt from Dr. Josh Axe:
“When it’s wild-caught and not farmed, salmon is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. It’s credited with everything from extending a person’s lifespan to preventing heart attacks and cancer. Not only does salmon possess one of the highest omega-3 contents, it is also packed with tons of other vitamins and minerals as well.
Yet most salmon on the market today are farm-raised, and millions of Americans that are eating it are being contaminated with deadly toxins such as mercury. Farmed salmon is on my list of fish you should never eat. Despite the numerous health benefits of wild-caught salmon, farmed salmon is not only not as nutritious, it’s actually dangerous for your health.”
Ingredients (measurements are estimates, make according to your preference)
Organic whole grain, sourdough, or gluten-free, dense bread of your choice
Canned or fresh wild Alaskan salmon, about 3-4 ounces per sandwich
Organic Mayo (made with olive oil if possible), 1t-1T per 3-4 ounces of salmon
Organic Fresh ground flaxseed and/or organic chia seeds, 2-3t per 3-4 ounces/salmon works well (link at end)
Organic Garlic – fresh or granulated, to taste
Grated cheese of your preference
Pumpkin Seeds (link at end)
Chia Seeds (link at end)
Tomatoes – fresh and/or sun-dried
Slice the bread
Chop and mix the salmon, seeds, garlic, and mayo
Top bread with salmon mixture
Sprinkle with garlic and grated cheese – broil until golden brown and enjoy!
After broiling, be creative – add your favorite toppers, or mix-ins! Try to choose anti-inflammatory mix-ins and toppers, such as the ones suggested.
Top with bread or enjoy open-faced
It is also delicious on garlic rosemary bread! Hubby likes it with pepper jack cheese. My sons each have their own favorite way to top them & eat them!
Serve with fruit or salad.
Wild Salmon: high in omega-3’s, anti-inflammatory superfood, high quality protein, whole body and brain health, long list of health benefits
Garlic: anti-inflammatory superfood, long list of health benefits
Seeds: omega-3, anti-inflammatory superfood, long lists of health benefits
Avocado: omega-3, anti-inflammatory superfood, long list of health benefits
I’m always tweaking recipes to make them healthier. Some of my goals are to make them:
Anti-inflammatory is a goal as inflammation is a global epidemic that causes a myriad of health issues, including the one I battle. The medications to control inflammation often fall short.
Implementing an anti-inflammatory regimen will do wonders for your health.
Simple is a goal as those of us with serious/chronic illnesses need quick, simple, nutritious foods we can prepare because we often lack the energy and stamina to prepare more involved recipes.
The original recipe was called “Runners’ Pancakes” by athletes, as they boost energy for running. The original recipe was just a banana and an egg. My version includes even more delicious energy boosting, anti-inflammatory, super foods!
Great for breakfast or snacks or a pre-workout snack for athletes!
Good hot or cold!
But don’t eat them too late in the day, as they are energy boosters and may make it hard to fall asleep.
A note about coconut oil: it is not all created equal! Some brands are not yummy! Nutiva is yummy!
A note about eggs: free-range organic eggs are actually very good for you! Yolk and all! I will be blogging about the myths and many health benefits of eggs soon! Watch for it!
A note about cocoa: it’s really good for you! I was so excited to learn this as I LOVE chocolate!
A ripe banana
2 free-range eggs
2-3 T cocoa powder
1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 T chia seeds
Heat enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of your pan, liberally, over medium heat
Mash banana on a plate with a fork
Add cocoa and mix
Whisk eggs in a bowl
Add banana mixture
Add nuts and seeds and whisk or stir
Drop mixture into hot coconut oil, keeping them small: think silver dollar pancakes! I use a cookie dough scoop: 1-2 scoops per cake
Cook 3-4 minutes and carefully flip, I usually use two spatulas as they are more delicate than traditional pancakes.
Cook 2-3 minutes more
Top with additional coconut oil, sliced bananas, nuts, and seeds. For a decadent treat/dessert, top with Nutiva Hazelnut Spread and raspberries – or top your own favorite toppers!
Just ‘Some’ of the Health Benefits:
Bananas: energy booster, potassium, magnesium
Cocoa: energy booster, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, blood vessel health
Coconut oil: long list of health benefits including anti-inflammatory and increased energy
Walnuts: energy booster, omega-3, anti-inflammatory
Chia Seeds: energy booster, anti-iinflammatory
Eggs: protein, omega-3’s, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, increased energy
When you love hazelnut and want a healthy, hearty, simple, quick snack; this yummy, four-ingredient recipe hits the spot!
It’s packed with omega-3’s, antioxidants, fiber, protein, and potassium! And it’s non-GMO and organic and you can make it gluten-free! Yes, there’s fats and sugar and carbs, but they’re the good ones and much less sugar than the average sweet snack.
Organic whole-wheat or gluten-free tortillas/wraps
Nutiva Organic Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa: dark or classic (link at end)
Organic bananas, sliced
Organic chia seeds (link at end)
Heat tortilla/wrap in pan over medium heat, flipping a few times until hot
Spread with desired amount of hazelnut spread as shown in pic (nutrition info listed below based on 2 tablespoons)
Who doesn’t want healthy food that tastes like dessert!?
I’m always looking for recipes I can tweak to make healthier, while keeping them delicious! This is one of my favorites!
I recently attended a meeting where I needed to bring a dish from another country, so I Googled Irish recipes because my ancestors are from Ireland and Scotland and I’d just done a Scottish recipe for a previous meeting.
I came upon Irish Raspberry Fool! It’s absolutely wonderful, delicious, simple and healthy!
My recipe is an even healthier version as I replace traditional whipped cream with organic nondairy coconut whipped cream!
Raspberries and coconut cream are superfoods!
And I’ve discovered so many ways to serve it! It’s traditionally served with shortbread cookies, but they’re optional. It travels well and keeps well. Great for picnics and potlucks!
A little history
Fool is first mentioned as a dessert in 1598, and while England claims rights to other Fools, the ‘Raspberry Fool’ originated in Ireland.
Why it’s called “fool” is unclear.
8 oz frozen organic raspberries
Fresh organic raspberries
8 oz organic coconut whipped cream (homemade or purchased, I use the organic coconut cool whip)
1-2 T organic coconut sugar or other organic sugar (optional). It’s just as good without sugar!
Place frozen berries on a dish in a single layer and sprinkle with sugar, if using. Let sit at room temp for one hour.
Pour into blender and purée.
Mix raspberry purée with coconut cream, by hand. Mix completely or partially for marbled presentation. Both are pictured.