Oatmeal Coconut Hemp Pancakes

coconut hemp pancakes

 

I have been trying to find healthy alternatives for my family for a long time. Pancakes are something that I have ALWAYS LOVED!  When I wrote about the Banana Pancakes, I think I detailed my love for pancakes and how I used to smell them from all the way upstairs when my father made them for me as a kid!  But, the problem with pancakes is that they stick to my rear-end, and not in a good way.  And, on top of that, they are full of empty calories, white flour, and no nutrition whatsoever. If I am going to make pancakes for my family , I want them to have the experience that I had except I want those pancakes to be LOADED with NUTRITION!

 

that our bodies need. They provide everything that we need to start the day right! Our bodies require proper nutrition in order to get through the day, and to keep our blood sugar regulated.  When we eat empty calories, it causes our blood sugar to spike and we get an instant rush from the sugar, especially when we load pancakes up with cheap maple syrup (which usually contains over 70 grams of sugar per serving!!).  About an hour or so after eating all of that sugar, we become exhausted and hungry again, because our body now blasted through all of that sugar and was never given any REAL nutrition to begin with, and we virtually have to start over.

  • Oatmeal:  Oats are a great grain because they are an excellent source of nutrition, as they contain essential enzymes, iron, dietary fiber, vitamin E, and B-complex vitamins. Because the body absorbs grains slowly, it provides sustained and high-quality energy. The slow absorption also helps to stabilize your blood sugar.  When cooking with oats, always try to use steel cut oats or quick cook oats.  The slower the cook, the better, but when in a pinch, PLAIN quick cook is always better than the microwave type.  
  • Hemp seed:  One of the amazing attributes of hemp seed is that there is no other food substance that contains such high amounts of essential fatty acids.  Hemp seed actually has a perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in a 3:1 ratio. Hemp is also an excellent source of protein, and is easily digestible. Studies in the recent past have shown that consuming hemp seeds whether raw or in oil form, has the capacity to aid in the healing process of diseases related to immune deficiency.  Yes, hemp seed does come from Cannabis, however, the amount of THC found in commercial hemp seed is less than 1%, so there is no worry about “getting high”. Enjoy your hemp seed without worry people! The brand I love is from Nutiva or Manitoba Harvest.
  • Coconut: We all know the MANY benefits of coconut oil, but the coconut that I use in the recipe is coconut manna, or also called coconut butter. Coconut butter contains similar nutritional characteristics to coconut oil, but since it is comprised of pureed, raw coconut meat—not only the oil—it is not made exclusively of fat. One tablespoon of coconut butter provides 2 grams of fiber as well as small amounts of potassium, magnesium, and iron.

 

THE RECIPE:

Oatmeal Coconut Hemp Pancakes

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How to make homemade almond milk

homemade almond milk

 

Making you own homemade almond milk is really easy. I never realized it until we started doing it ourselves.  I was spending tons of money at the supermarket every week on organic almond milk, and then we got a Nutribullet 14-Piece Nutrition Extractor 600 Watt Blender Juicer NBR-1401 Nutri Bullet! The Nutri Bullet has completely changed our lives in so many ways, I can go on and on about the thing, but today is all about almond milk!

 

First, why almond milk?

  1. IT’S A GREAT ALTERNATIVE FOR THOSE WHO CAN’T DRINK MILK OR CHOSE NOT TO:  While almond milk does not contain as much calcium or protein for it to be a COMPLETE substitute, it does contain enough to fill you!  So it’s great for smoothies, for your cereal, your coffee, your cookies and milk, heck, just about anything really!
  2. IT HELPS WITH WEIGHT MANAGEMENT:  1 cup has about 60 calories as opposed to about 140 calories in whole cow’s milk.  Again, winner in my book!
  3. IT’S GREAT FOR YOUR TICKER! (YOUR HEART): There is no cholesterol or saturated fat in almond milk. It’s also low in sodium and high in healthy fats, the omega fatty acids that are so good for us.  Those are the things that help to prevent high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
  4. IT MAKES YOUR SKIN GLOW: Almond milk contains Vitamin E, about 50% of the recommended daily amount. Vitamin E contains antioxidant properties essential to your skin’s health, such as protecting it against sun damage.
  5. IT’S GREAT FOR DIGESTION: With 1 gram of fiber per serving, it will keep things moving in the right direction!
  6. IT KEEPS YOUR MUSCLES STRONG AND HELPS TO HEAL THEM:  Almond milk contains plenty of B vitamins such as iron and riboflavin, both important for muscle growth and healing.

HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

 The Recipe:

1 cup of raw almonds (organic if possible)

3 cups of filtered water

A splash of vanilla extract (if you prefer)

Blend to desired consistency, or, if you have a Nutri Bullet, run for about 3 cycles (depending on the consistency you like your almond milk to be) and your done!

* Don’t over mix or you will end up with the milk being too frothy! *

Here is what our homemade almond milk looks like:

homemade almond milk

Homemade almond milk tastes so much better, and probably has more fiber than store bought almond milk, because it’s not strained!

 

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Are YOU what you eat? Sugar and how it hurts your adrenals

We eat WAY too much sugar in this country.  Over the last 200 years the average American has gone from eating 1-2lbs of sugar per year to consuming around 150lbs. In October of 2011, the health department launched a campaign and showed that drinking just one 20 ounce soda a day equals 50 pounds of sugar in a year! And most people don’t stop at one soda a day! What about the sugar that we DON’T know about?  You know, the HIDDEN sugars? Though you may be very conscious of your daily sugar intake, there are several foods on the market that you may not be aware are so high in sugar content. Everybody knows that sweet goods such as cake and candy are to be consumed in moderation, but people may not be aware of that fact that foods such as tomato sauce, tonic water, bread and even fat free dressing are all guilty of being ‘hidden sugar’ products. It is really worth doing your homework on the weekly shop to make sure you are purchasing the very best and healthiest options for you or your family, it really can make a difference. Reading ingredient labels carefully is one of the most important things you can do for your health.

When we eat excess sugar, our pancreas and adrenal glands produce extra insulin and cortisol to handle the influx of sugar and empty calories. Over time, and especially if combined with other factors like a stressful lifestyle, the stress on these organs begins to tell. A long-term high-sugar diet can contribute to lower levels of key hormones and neurotransmitters like cortisol, aldosterone, and even the sex hormones. This leads to Adrenal Fatigue – tiredness, low energy levels, and a general lack of vitality and enthusiasm.

With the holidays coming up, I think it’s safe to say that NO ONE is going to give up holiday baking or eating (including myself) because lets be real. You need to live a little, and enjoy this time!  I don’t drink soda, and I don’t eat or drink excessive amounts of sugar.  However, if you stick a cookie or piece of cake in front of my face, YOU BETTER BELIEVE that I am going to eat it!  So, I think we should all make a promise to ourselves that after the holidays are over, that we do what we need to do to get healthy for us!  To decrease the amount of sugar and toxic substances that we put into our bodies. That we take better care of ourselves.  So, lets make a diet plan, so that we can wipe out adrenal fatigue from the diet standpoint.  So that we can go from this:

TO THIS

Where do we begin in 2015?  Well, one thing I learned from seeing my nutritionist is this: WHEN you eat is almost as important as WHAT you eat. By eating the right combination of natural, high quality food at frequent, regular intervals, you can help avoid low blood sugar and make a difference in your adrenal health and energy levels.

WHEN TO EAT:

Many people wait too long to eat after waking up in the morning, or, skip breakfast all together! This is a BIG no no!! If you have adrenal fatigue, it is very important that you eat before 10:00 AM. This is important to help replenish the waning stored blood sugar supply after the previous nights energy needs.  Makes sense, right?

An early lunch, right before noon, is better than a late lunch because your body quickly uses up the morning nourishment and is ready for more. Between 11 and 11:30 AM is usually the best time for lunch. You should also eat a nutritious snack between 2 and 3 PM to sustain yourself for the cortisol dip that typically occurs between 3 and 4 PM. Your evening meal should be eaten between 5 and 6 PM.

A few bites of a high quality snack, like nuts, or celery and hummus,  before bed can help get through sleep disturbances.

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK:

A fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) at every meal and snack. This combination helps provide a steady stream of energy throughout the day. It is important to remember that foods that are converted too quickly into energy (like sugary snacks or highly processed foods) will quickly let you down.  Protein should be good quality from meat, fish, eggs, dairy, or plant sources.  Try to avoid processed sources like packages lunch meats or processed cheeses. And they say salt in moderation is good for people with adrenal fatigue as well, unless you suffer from High blood pressure.  When choosing veggies, always choose brightly colored ones, and be creative.  Try new things, keep it interesting so that you don’t get bored.  They are good for you, experiment. Share ideas and tips in the comment section of my blog, or on my facebook page.  i always love new recipes, and I’m sure everyone else does too!

I found this recipe for Adrenal Recovery soup online:  Try it!!!

Adrenal Recovery Soup
The following vegetable soup recipe has proved helpful in adrenal support. It is rich in minerals and alkalinizing to help balance the acidity that usually occurs in people experiencing adrenal fatigue and stress. It has a calming, settling effect. This soup, called “Taz,” comes from Dolores S. Downey’s “Balancing Body Chemistry with Nutrition” seminars.

  • 16 oz. green beans
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 cup tomato juice
  • 1 cup spring water
  • 2 tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1 cup chicken broth

Combine ingredients and simmer for one hour until vegetables are tender. Pepper to taste.

FRUIT:

They say that people with adrenal fatigue should go light on fruit, I guess because of the extra sugar in fruit, even though it’s natural. Fruits contain a significant amount of fructose and potassium, which is a detrimental combination for those with exhausted adrenals. However, it is preferable that any fruit that you do eat is organically grown. Below is a short list of fruits people with adrenal fatigue tend to do well with, and ones they should avoid.

Preferred Fruits Fruits to Avoid
papaya bananas
mango raisins
plums dates
pears figs
kiwi oranges
apples grapefruit
grapes (only a few)
cherries

Summary of What to Eat 
Here are 9 easy rules to follow:

  1. Eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods
  2. Combine a healthy fat, protein and carbohydrate source with every meal
  3. Eat lots of vegetables, especially the brightly colored ones
  4. Salt your food to a pleasant taste
  5. Eat mainly whole grains as your source of carbohydrate
  6. Combine grains with legumes (beans), or legumes with seeds or nuts to form a complete protein
  7. Avoid fruit in the morning
  8. Mix 1-2 tablespoons of fresh essential oils (cold pressed olive, grape seed, safflower, flax, etc.) into grains, vegetables and meats daily
  9. Eat high quality food; it becomes you.

By following these simple guidelines, your food intake can help support your adrenals and prevent low blood sugar.

GMO’s: OMG!

Did you know:

Do you know what GMO’s are?  A genetically modified organism (GMO) is a bacteria, yeast, insect, plant, fish, or mammal whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food.  GMOs are used in biological and medical research, production of pharmaceutical drugs, experimental medicine (e.g. gene therapy), and agriculture (e.g. golden rice, resistance to herbicides).

In agriculture, currently marketed genetically engineered crops have traits such as resistance to pests, resistance to herbicides, increased nutritional value, or production of valuable goods such as drugs (pharming). Products under development include crops that are able to thrive in environmental conditions outside the species’ native range or in changed conditions in their range (e.g. drought or salt resistance). Products that existed and have been withdrawn include those with extended product shelf life, such as the Flavr-savr tomato.

Since the first commercial cultivation of genetically modified plants in 1996, they have been modified to be tolerant to the herbicides glufosinate and glyphosate, to be resistant to virus damage (as in Ringspot virus-resistant GM papaya grown in Hawaii), and to produce the Bt toxin, an insecticide that is documented as non-toxic to mammals. Plants, including algae, jatropha, maize, and poplars, have been genetically modified for use in producing fuel, known as biofuel.

Second- and third-generation GM crops are on the market and under development with improved nutrition profiles and increased yields or ability to thrive in difficult environments. GM oilseed crops on the market today offer improved oil profiles for processing or healthier edible oils. Other examples include:

  • A genetically modified cassava with lower cyanogen glucosides and enhanced with protein and other nutrients;
  • Golden rice, which was developed by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and has been discussed as a possible cure for Vitamin A deficiency;
  • A vitamin-enriched corn derived from South African white corn variety;
  • Camelina sativa that accumulates high levels of oils similar to fish oils.

For discussions of issues about GM crops and GM food, see the Controversies section below and the article on genetically modified food controversies.

Do you know what all of this means?? Do you know what Round Up Weed Killer is?  You know, that really powerful weed killer that people use to do just that, kill weeds?  IT’S IN EVERYTHING WE EAT!  It’s in the seeds that the farmers use to plants the crops that are on the shelves in the supermarkets.  It’s in the dinner you are serving to your kids.  It’s in that processed food you are making because you are too busy to cook.  It’s at the drive thru. It’s everywhere. How could that even be good for us?????? Guess what?  It’s not!

A good friend of mine posted this video awhile back, and resent it to me on friday after I posted my blog about the food industry and Cliff Walsh’s book (which everyone should read!), and I wanted to share it with everyone because her story is just like all of ours.  I think it’s important to hear, and think about. Another great documentary about GMO’s is titled: GMO OMG. It’s currently available on Netflix. Watch it.  We need to start making changes.  We need to head back to our roots.  We need to get back to the natural way of life.  Regain our health, ourselves.

The food industry, and how it’s failing us

This morning, as I drink my coffee, I am on facebook chatting with a good friend (who’s celebrating her birthday today!! Happy birthday mama!!!).  We are talking about how her daughter is suffering from a skin condition, and is not getting any better.  She has seen her doctor, a dermatologist, an allergist, has been on steroids, creams, the list goes on and on I am sure.  And guess what? Right now nothing is working.  The poor kid is so upset.  Which breaks my heart.  It would break any mothers heart. My friends child is such a beautiful child, but she thinks she’s ugly because of this skin condition. As a mother, when you can’t help your child, and the medical community isn’t helping your child, you feel like crap, plain and simple.  More than crap.  There are no words to describe how you feel. As I ask her question after question, I start to wonder what she is eating, and whether or not she is eating organically.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I have been someone who has favored organic eating for quite some time.  I don’t want unknown foreign substances in my body, or in the bodies of my husband, children, or loved ones.  You don’t understand just how many additives, chemicals, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, GMO’s are in our food.  When we were young, we didn’t see THIS level of obesity, autism, food allergies, skin conditions, autoimmune disorders, cancers, diabetes, did we???? It’s scary, this world that we live in.  It’s scary to think that certain foods that are sold in other countries by companies that sell here as well (like Kraft) are not allowed to sell those products with some of the additives that they sell them here with.  That speaks volumes doesn’t it?  So, what’s in our food, and what do we do about it?  How do we fix this, and how do we help ourselves to become healthier? A few months ago, I read an amazing book about the food industry, and honestly it was an eye opener about what was REALLY going on.  I thought I knew it all, but I certainly did not.  I think this book is an important read for EVERYONE, but especially anyone who is suffering from any type of illness or medical condition:

indexThis book is available in paperback, as well as kindle on amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/They-Put-That-Food-Navigating/dp/1502715406/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1413641235&sr=8-1

Trust me when I tell you that you will be just as amazed as I was after you read this.  We need to do something people. We need to be healthier.  We can’t depend on the medical community to do it for us.  We have to do it for ourselves.  Taking control, and reinventing our healthcare is the first step!!