Sunday Morning Smoothie

My husband and I came up with this recipe on a Sunday morning after the sad realization that we had no eggs and bacon in the fridge. We gathered all of the ingredients we had left in our fridge and in our fruit basket and decided to make a smoothie. The result was absolute deliciousness! This recipe has a ton of nutrients and good fats to last you until lunch time. Avocados are a great addition to smoothies; they contain Folic Acid, Vitamin E, K, B5, B6, Potassium, and monounsaturated fats that help increase the HDL, good cholesterol, levels in the bloodstream.   Ingredients: 2 Cucumbers 1 Pear 2 Avocados 2 cups of frozen blueberries 1 cup of raw cream, if dairy intolerant you can replace the cream with coconut milk or just make extra cucumber and pear juice. You will probably have to double the juice recipe.   Directions: Wash all the produce. De-seed  the avocados [...]

March 31st, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , |3 Comments

The Problem With Milk – Part 1

Recently while flipping through a magazine I stumbled across a "got milk" add featuring Taylor Swift with a milk mustache. On the one hand I was glad that such a teen idol was using her fame to encourage healthier habits in teenagers; on the other hand I couldn't help wondering what kind of milk was she advertising for. Skim milk, irradiated, homogenized, 2%, or raw? There seem to be so many different choices for milk now-a-days that simply advertising for "milk" is not enough. The food industry has created so many varieties, each with it's own myriad of  "health benefits" that it completely baffles the consumer. In this post I will begin to explore the origins of milk pasteurization and the real reasons for the huge switch from raw to pasteurized milk at the turn of the century. Before the advent of pasteurization the milkman would distribute jars of fresh, raw milk on every porch around [...]

March 29th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , |5 Comments

What’s for Desert?

Honey Sweetened Banana Cream Pie Ingredients: 4 overripe bananas 1/2 cup honey 2 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 whole eggs 2 tsp real vanilla 7 honey-sweetened graham crackers 4 tbsp butter Recipe: Process graham crackers with butter; compress onto baking dish to form crust. Blend bananas with 1/2 cup heavy cream, 1/4 cup honey, 1 tsp vanilla, and eggs; poor into pan, on top of crust.  Bake in preheated oven for 10 min at 375*; when done, refrigerate until cold throughout.  Whip 2 cups heavy cream with 1tsp vanilla and 1/4 cup honey; pour on top of banana layer; sprinkle with cinnamon. 

March 28th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |6 Comments

Early-Season Saturday Market: A Photo Essay

Yesterday we went to the Eugene Saturday Farmer's Market. Yes, it is finally open! While it is pretty early in the season, there is still plenty of produce to choose from. For now they are only open from 9am to 2pm. The first thing we enjoyed was some tasty homemade salsa made by one of the local farmers. It was delicious!  Each stand is loaded with fresh produce ready to be taken home. For now, mostly cruciferous veggies.  Fresh carrots for soups, juicing, and salads. Gargantuan cabbages for sauerkraut, soups, and salads. Beautiful beets for salads and garnishes.  Bright red-stemmed chard for steaming and soups.  And fresh kale, mixed greens, and herbs for salads and steaming.  We talked to the farmers about their produce. They were eager to give us details and answer any of our questions. We bought most of our produce from this farm because of how fresh and vibrant [...]

March 25th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Why I Take Antibiotic Prescriptions Seriously

This past weekend I went in to have my two lower wisdom teeth removed. While some of you might cringe and shake your head in sympathy, the experience was not bad at all. I opted for conscious sedation, the doctor categorically refused to preform the surgery with only local anesthesia even though I tried to explain to him that in Europe it is a common practice. The whole experience was short and efficient. Post Surgery Face Afterwards, I was sent home with prescriptions for 15 Hydrocodone and 30 Keflex antibiotics. Before the surgery the nurse talked to me about the medicine I was to receive afterwards. Nurse: You will take the antibiotic after the surgery in case you get any infections in your mouth. Me: What if I don't get any infections in my mouth after the surgery? Nurse: We advise our patients to take it just in case. After mouth surgeries most people develop [...]

March 22nd, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , |10 Comments

The Lexicon of Sustainability

I have recently stumbled across The Lexicon of Sustainability while I was reading Food Renegade. In my last post I tried to lay out some alternative options to industrial produce. This is a blog that also describes what those choices are via pictures and videos. It is the story of two photographers who traveled across the country for a couple of years in search of people who abandoned the industrial system of food production and are building a new one! Lexicon of Sustainability: This is the Story of An Egg from lexicon of sustainability on Vimeo.

Steroids for Dinner Part II – Happy Meat

This is part 2 of Steroids for Dinner. I will be exploring alternatives to eating industrial meat products. However I will first explain a few things about the labels on meat products. They can be both confusing and misleading. What's What 100% Grass-fed It means that the animals were fed a diet of grass and hay which is the natural diet for ruminants.There was no corn or soy in their diets. This is a safe label if you are looking for animals that were not raised on steroids, corn, soy, or other alternative foods. The cattle will be given very little antibiotics if any.   Grain-finished Animals were fed grass and then fattened with corn and soy before being slaughtered. This label is confusing because there are no strict rules as to how much corn/soy was used or how early it starts to supplement the animal's diet. I already mentioned this in an earlier [...]

Pizza (W/ Gluten Free Dough)

Pizza is one of my favorite foods. It is easy to throw together, delicious, and, if done correctly, can be very healthy too! Conventional pizza crust, while it can be absolutely delightful, especially if made by a master baker, doesn't do all that well after it goes down the hatch. The starches and gluten cause terrible inflammation. Fortunately for me and for my husband I discovered Natasha Campbell's almond flour dough recipe; since then it seems like we make pizza every chance we get! After dinner I never experience indigestion, and the pizza is every bit as delightful, in its own way, as if it had been made with the finest italian bread. The dough is very simple and a good deal easier to make; you don't have to use yeast or wait hours for it to rise. I have also made some slight alterations to the recipe to make the crust less [...]

March 15th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |10 Comments

Steroids for Dinner

See Part II here.  Most of us know by now that while a McDonald's or Wendy's burger tastes delicious, there is something about the quality of the meat (not to mention the other ingredients!) that wreaks havoc on our digestive system. I sort of knew about that aspect for a long time but that didn't stop me from eating at fast-food joints, until I made some very concrete discoveries about the meat I was eating.   The whole concept of cattle-raising farms changed in the fifties with the advent of antibiotics, selective breeding, cheap pesticides, and nitrogen fertilizer - remnants from World War II. This was the dawn of a new era for the food industry. Farmers began raising animals fed on cheap genetically modified corn and soy. Meat products became a common staple food in American households. While before the 50's meat was on the tables three or four times a week, [...]

March 12th, 2012|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , , , , |2 Comments

What’s For Breakfast?

  If you are looking for breakfast ideas.This is a delicious and easy to fix breakfast if you have some mashed potatoes left overs and some fresh farm eggs.   Garliky Latkes with Parmesan Cheese Sunny Side Up Eggs Blueberries

March 11th, 2012|Categories: Recipes|Tags: |1 Comment
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