Super Easy Energy Protein Bites!

Super Easy Energy Protein Bites ~

Warning: these Super Easy Energy Protein Bites are addicting!

Another easy and delicious anti-inflammatory recipe makeover!

You can whip them up in a matter of minutes! So easy and so addicting, I made two batches today!

I raised my step-daughter on this recipe and when she moved out on her own, it was the first recipe she asked me for! She knew the ingredients, just wasn’t sure about the measurements.

I found this recipe in the 80’s!

Sans the chia seeds because back in the day, chia seeds were just for chia pets! Almost every child and grandmother received them as a gift! I made DIY chia pets with my students and we made them at my children’s birthday parties! Both an activity and a party favor!

We didn’t know what the Mayans and Aztecs knew – that chia seeds are a superfood for human consumption! But now we know! And so I’ve added them to the recipe!

Ingredients

Per 1/4 cup of raw organic oats:
1 T organic nut butter of your choice
1 T raw local honey
1 t organic chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together by hand
  2. . Use a cookie-dough scoop for uniformity and drop onto a plate
  3. Chill for 30 minutes (optional)
  4. Roll into balls (optional)

Variations

When my son went to Search & Rescue Training Camp for a week, I made as much as would fill the peanut butter jar (not rolled into balls) and sent it with him with a spoon. He ate a little each day and said it really got him through the long physically demanding days!

We also used it as edible play dough when I had littles and students!

You may want to omit the chia seeds for littles unless they have an athletic event! Or maybe just limit consumption after say about 1pm!

Some of the Health Benefits

Oats: lowers cholesterol, heart health, high in fiber, anti-inflammatory

Raw Local Honey: counters pollen allergies, increases energy, digestive enzymes, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory

Nut Butter: protein, healthy fats, energy, heart health, anti-inflammatory

Chia Seeds: pack a punch of energy. Aztec and Mayan warriors ate chia seeds for high energy and endurance. They claimed that just 1 spoonful of chia seeds would sustain them for 24 hours. Warriors would consume chia seeds as fuel for battle and running long distances. Chia seed benefits also include promoting healthy skin, heart and digestive system health, building stronger bones and muscles, and more. They have even recently been linked to healing diabetes. Anti-inflammatory.

I’ve included some links below to make your shopping easier. For raw local honey, check your local Farmers’ Market!

Enjoy ♥️

 

Eat Your Veggies?

Yummy Nutrient Dense Superfoods Smoothie

Happy Nat’l Eat Your Vegetables Day!

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!

For more tips on healthy eating without breaking the bank, go here.

This started out as a status update to just say: Happy Nat’l Eat Your Veggies Day! But I got carried away ♥️

My Travel Blog ~ Nubble Lighthouse & New England Fried Clams

Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams ~
Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams ~

Another Timehop inspired travel blog post! Nubble Lighthouse and New England Fried Clams!

Last year I was forced to take a road trip upon being discharged from Cleveland Clinic! I went there for a procedure on my trachea and on the flight there, I survived a heart attack… and so I was unable to fly home for two weeks… and so it resulted in a mandatory epic road trip!

We visited a few lighthouses, including this one, with the added bonus of the nearby Fox’s Lobster House. I highly recommend New England Fried Clams! At Fox’s Lobster House adjacent to the Nubble Lighthouse in Maine!

There’s nothing on the west coast that compares to New England fried clams! I don’t get it! Come on California! We can do better!

New England fried clams are so good that you can’t even carry on a conversation while eating them! Seriously!

While visiting the lighthouse, there are great photo opportunities! There’s easy walking and light hiking all around, easy access. It’s just very cool and lovely and easy – even for disabled folks!

If you’re in Maine, you have to visit the beautiful and famous Nubble Lighthouse in York Harbor and get some fried whole belly clams a block away at Fox’s!

It’s worth planning your next vacation around!

And just up the road thirty minutes is the most charming town of Kinnebunkport, go there too! You will want to move there!

Stay at the Franciscan Monastery! You don’t have to be religious, it’s just a great and affordable place to stay! Drive or walk around the grounds, it’s really cool and beautiful with statuary and shrines. And if you so choose, they have outdoor services in a very lovely setting. And enjoy the town and dining!

In Kennebunk, New Morning Natural Foods has the most amazing organic hot fresh baked blueberry muffins in the morning made with wild Maine blueberries! They are a must have! They also carry Yerba Mate for your travel needs! They also have organic produce and snacks to stock up on for your travels!

Fun Fact: the town is called Kennebunk until you cross the river and then it’s Kinnebunkport!

Happy Travels ♥️

I’ve included some links below to enhance your travels! Including a passport cover with built-in cell phone charger! I want one!

‘My Travel Blog’ is a subsidiary of ‘Family Heath and Wellness.’ The views expressed in My Travel Blog are most definitely those of Family Health and Wellness. Travel, it’s good for your health ♥️

My Travel Blog: Breakfast When You Travel

Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~
Irish Breakfast and New England Breakfast ~

My first travel blog entry ~ inspired by Timehop!

A year ago today, my son, Dillon, had breakfast in Ireland, and my son, Hayden, and I had breakfast in New England (Maine). The Irish breakfast is on the left.

I love Ireland but their breakfasts leave a lot to be desired. The sausage is like a bland meat pudding in a casing and that black thing next to the egg that they call pudding is some sort of pastry made with blood. Yes, blood. I suppose it’s really good for you. The breakfast is usually served with copious amounts of toasted white bread. It’s also usually served with beans and tomatoes! That sausage though… I’m quite sure the breakfasts are why my ancestors left Ireland!

I really love Ireland, but when we road-tripped the U.K. as a family, we really preferred the wonderful markets packed with fabulous organic fruits that we stocked up on for breakfasts and snacks in the car! The berries in the U.K. are the best! 

I highly recommend buying fresh organic produce when you travel anywhere, especially the U.K.! It will save you money, plus it’s much more nutritious than restaurant food – and it saves time – you can eat between destinations! You can see more in a day that way!

The food in New England, on the other hand, is fabulous and wonderful – everywhere you go! If you’re a foodie, New England should be a destination goal! Plus it’s gorgeous and awesome! Go in the fall! Ireland is gorgeous in June, great weather in June!

I want to go back to both places everyday of my life!

I’ve included some links below to enhance your travels! Including a passport cover with built-in cell phone charger! I want one!

‘My Travel Blog’ is a subsidiary of ‘Family Heath and Wellness.’ The views expressed in My Travel Blog are most definitely those of Family Health and Wellness. Travel, it’s good for your health ♥️

Mom, You should Blog about Eggs!

Mom, you should blog about eggs!

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…
  • Duck Eggs
  • Health Benefits
  • 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!

Duck Eggs

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

  1. Anti-inflammatory
  2. Reduces risk of heart disease
  3. Reduces chances of developing metabolic syndrome (fights disease)
  4. Improves eye health
  5. Promotes weight loss
  6. Liver health
  7. Brain health
  8. Skin health
  9. Protection against muscle wasting
  10. Muscle recovery

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.

Fun Fact

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

  1. Add baking soda to your water
  2. Bring to a boil before adding eggs
  3. Add eggs gently with a slotted spoon or a spaghetti/egg spoon
  4. Boil to your specified liking
  5. 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
  6. Chill in ice water for at least 15 minutes before peeling
  7. Roll the egg to create many cracks
  8. Peel carefully

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

Organic Ingredients

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

Directions

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.

Click here for another great recipe using eggs!

And watch for more egg recipes to come!

Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr Joseph Mercola, Dr. Josh Axe

 

Delicious Medicinal Cinnamon Toast 

World’s Best Cinnamon Toast

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!

Ingredients

  • 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)
  • Organic cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Spread toast liberally with coconut oil
  2. Drizzle liberally with honey
  3. 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!

Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dr. Andrew Weil

Easy Delicious Anti-Inflammatory Superfoods Oatmeal 

World’s Yummiest Oatmeal

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!

Organic Ingredients:

  • Oats (not quick oats) (preferably thick cut)
  • Coconut oil (a delicious brand such as Nutiva)
  • Walnuts
  • Chia Seeds
  • Raw local honey
  • Cocoa

Optional:

  • Cinnamon
  • Other healthy toppings/mix ins of your choice

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Walnuts: brain health, anti-cancer, omega-3

Chia Seeds: increases energy, digestive health, omega-3

Raw Local Honey: counters pollen allergies, increases energy, digestive enzymes

Coconut Oil: fights infections, brain health, overall health

Cinnamon: lowers blood sugar, fights infections, brain health

Cocoa: promotes blood vessel health, improves blood pressure and cholesterol

Here’s to deliciously fighting inflammation! Enjoy ♥️

References

Dr. Josh Axe, Dr. Andrew Weil

6 Ingredient Delicious Energy Boosting Anti-inflammatory Superfoods Chocolate-Coconut-Banana-Nut Pancakes 

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6 Ingredient Delicious Energy Boosting Anti-inflammatory Superfoods Chocolate-Coconut-Banana-Nut Pancakes

They look like chocolate cookies!

They will keep you satisfied until lunch!

Alternative names: Gluten-free Dairy-free No-added-sugar Paleo Pancakes -or- Fabulous Flourless Fritters!

I’m always tweaking recipes to make them healthier. Some of my goals are to make them:

  • delicious
  • simple
  • anti-inflammatory
  • nutrient dense
  • non-gmo
  • organic
  • health-enhancing
  • wholesome

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!

Recipe 

Organic ingredients

  • A ripe banana
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 2-3 T cocoa powder
  • 1/4-1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • Coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Heat enough coconut oil to cover the bottom of your pan, liberally, over medium heat
  2. Mash banana on a plate with a fork
  3. Add cocoa and mix
  4. Whisk eggs in a bowl
  5. Add banana mixture
  6. Add nuts and seeds and whisk or stir
  7. Drop mixture into hot coconut oil, keeping them small: think silver dollar pancakes! I use a cookie dough scoop: 1-2 scoops per cake
  8. Cook 3-4 minutes and carefully flip, I usually use two spatulas as they are more delicate than traditional pancakes.
  9. Cook 2-3 minutes more
  10. 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

Click here for how to eat healthy without breaking the bank!

Enjoy and follow my blog for more recipes and health tips. Adding new posts every week ♥️

References:

Dr Mercola, Dr Axe

 
 
 
 
 
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