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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Green Smoothie POWERHOUSE!

I need to share my GREEN SMOOTHIE POWERHOUSE today because it’s THAT GOOD!!

I’ve told you that I’m addicted to my Nutribullet 14-Piece Nutrition Extractor 600 Watt Blender Juicer NBR-1401 Nutri Bullet.  It’s the truth, I am.  I’ve been making awesome smoothies with it. I was making them before with a regular blender, but SERIOUSLY, this thing just takes it to another level.  UNREAL.

 

Anyway, this is not a advertisement for the nutribullet, so lets move on.

 

greensmoothie

The Recipe:

1 banana

1 frozen organic peach

1 handful frozen organic spinach

 less than 1/3 cup organic flaxseed

10 ounces of almond milk

1 scoop of  vanilla protein shake (ask me what my favorite one is!)

Organic Dark Maple Syrup to taste (just a little)

Blend in your blender or your nutribullet and Enjoy!!!!!

You can add any of your favorite essential oils to that, and it would be delicious!! I’ve added a drop or 2 of Wild Orange to it, Lemon and Lime, sometimes Cinnamon!  Be creative!  When you’re sick, it’s great to add a protective blend essential oil to boost your immune system!  It’s a great way to get your essential oils internally and get your fruits and vegetables in at the same time as well.  Add 2 scoops of protein shake, and then you can drink half in the morning, and half in the afternoon!  Great for people who are on the go, and want to prepare their shakes ahead of time!

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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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!!

making water kefir!!

Today I have taken on the task of making water kefir!

What is water kefir, and why is it good for you? Many people are familiar with milk kefir grains, but what about water kefir grains? Where did that culture originate, and how does it differ from milk kefir? Although both products are made from “grains,” these are not actual grains like wheat or rye, but rather clusters of bacteria and yeast living in a symbiotic relationship and held together by a polysaccharide (dextran) produced by Lactobacillus higarii.1 These clusters of bacteria, yeast, and polysaccharide look like little crystals, or “grains” of jelly. The bacteria and yeasts in the grains utilize sugar to produce lactic acid, ethanol (a small amount), and carbon dioxide.2

Water kefir grains are known by a variety of names, but most commonly are called tibicos, Japanese water crystals, and California bees. They may also be referred to as Australian Bees, African Bees, Ginger Bees, Ginger Beer Plant, Sea Rice, or Aqua Gems, to name a few. Different countries call them by different names. In Germany they may be called Piltz; in Italy, Kefir di Frutta; and in France, Graines Vivantes. In Mexico, tibicos (or tibi) is used to make a fermented beverage called Tepache, made from pineapple, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Because of the highly active nature of the bacteria and yeasts, there are many variations of the exact culture that produces the fizzy water kefir drink.

It is not completely clear where or when water kefir grains originated, but speculation points toward Mexico as the most likely place of origin. According to some research, the tibicos culture forms on the pads of the Opuntia cactus as hard granules that can be reconstituted in a sugar-water solution as propagating tibicos. There is documentation from the late 1800s of water kefir grains being used in fermented drink made from the sweetened juice of the prickly pear cactus in Mexico.

There are, however, stories that place their origin, or at least their use, in Tibet, the Caucasus Mountains, and the southern peninsula of the Ukraine. Pinpointing a place of origin is made even more difficult because water kefir cultures can be found throughout the world and no two cultures are exactly the same. Lack of recorded history also makes it difficult to place an origin date, but it seems likely these grains have been used for many centuries.

Regardless of what name is given to water kefir grains, or the exact makeup of the culture, the technique for using them is basically the same throughout the world.

If you cannot tolerate dairy, or if you are just looking for an alternative to commercial sodas, water kefir beverages can be a fun, easy, and tasty way to quench your thirst while adding more probiotics to your diet.

Ready to Get Started Making Water Kefir?  Order it here!!

Here is my water kefir that I am starting:
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Making water kefir is a process, but it is worth it, because once you get it going, you can use the grains over and over again. It’s a great experiment that you can do with your kids, and teach them about health and wellness in a fun way! You can flavor the drinks with what ever you like. It ends up being a fizzy, delicious drink that has so many health benefits for the entire family. It’s a great alternative to soda. Soda is probably one of the worst things we can put into our bodies, because it is all chemicals, and does nothing but make us sicker and sicker.
Join the Kefir madness people!  You can order your water kefir starter kit here .  It’s a great project to start with the kids, and doing a second fermentation and learning how to make kefir soda is so much fun, and so delicious and healthy for you too!