12/27/13

The Very Best Turkey Salad Wrap: NO Mayo

 
Looking for a way to use up the left over turkey from your holiday dinner? This recipe is a treat. It also takes less than 5 minutes to make, even less to eat. Not your regular turkey sandwich at all. It is spicy and sweet, tangy and delicious all in one bite.
 
Start with a tortilla. There are numerous varieties. I like wheat tortillas myself. You can even make your own. Next, fill it with a generous scoop of spicy turkey salad and top with sweet and tangy cranberry sauce. I can't get enough of this home made version. 
 
For the turkey salad, mix 3 oz cream cheese with 1 T Pepper Butter Spread/Dip. I love Pepper Butter Spread/Dip. I got the medium, and it is really spicy. You may want to go for the mild. You could also use jalapeno jelly or just chop up a few jalapenos to mix into the cream cheese.  I love this brand and it is made right here in Oklahoma. I bought mine at a craft fair, but you can get it on Amazon for about the same price.  A little goes a long way. (It is not gluten free.)
 
Once you have made the "dip," chop up 1 cup or so of turkey and mix it all together. That is it! So simple and so delicious. A great way to have your turkey and eat it too.
 
The very best turkey salad wrap
1 cup chopped turkey
3 oz cream cheese
1-2 T Pepper Butter or chopped jalepenos
1/3 cup cranberry sauce
Optional: chopped pecans or almonds
 
Mix cream cheese and pepper butter together. Add the turkey. Spoon the mix onto a tortilla and top with cranberry sauce. Roll it up and enjoy.
 
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12/26/13

Ten Things to Eat for Breakfast that are NOT Cereal!

Please join me as I count down to 2014 with some of the best real food recipes I have created in 2013. Looking forward to more great health in the coming years!

Today it is BREAKFAST! The most important meal of the day. Here are 10 cereal free breakfast ideas.


1.  Pumpkin Pie Pancakes
2.  Buckwheat Waffles
3.  Cranberry Orange Oatmeal
4.   Pumpkin Muffins


 
 
5.  Whole Wheat Pancakes
6.  Breakfast Cookies
7.  Banana Dogs
8.  Zucchini Muffins
9.  Breakfast Chocolate Milk (reader favorite)
10.Orange Julius

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12/18/13

Make Your Own Chocolate Truffles!

The kids asked for candy in their stockings. I am not a fan of candy. Not that it doesn't taste good, because it most certainly does. But because I am not a fan of artificial colors and flavors. I detest high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified "whatevers" found in commercially produced candy. So, this year, the kids will have candy. But it will come from Mrs. Claus' test kitchen, not Walmart. I had a little help from my elf.

I have already shared my simple chocolate covered pretzel recipe. Here are two more winners with my two favorite holiday flavors. Wild Orange and Peppermint. And also a little lemon because well, YUM! You can't buy this kind of delicious at the store.  Plus they contain butter and cream and so how can that go wrong?



Orange/Chocolate and Peppermint/Chocolate Truffles:
2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
12 T butter
4 cups Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Melt the butter into the cream on medium heat. Then, stir in the chocolate chips. Continue to heat until melted and all ingredients are incorporated. Pour into two separate dishes. Add 4 drops peppermint essential oil to one dish and whisk well to combine. Add 4-6 drops of  orange to the other and whisk well to combine. Start with the oil one drop at a time and taste to make sure it is to your preference. I like a little more orange, a little less peppermint. Place the dishes in fridge until cooled and hardened.

Scoop out bite sized pieces and form into balls. Roll them in cocoa powder, coconut, powdered sugar or coat them in melted chocolate and allow to harden.

White Chocolate Lemon Truffles
2 T Heavy Cream
2 T Butter
1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Melt the butter and cream together. Add the white chocolate. Whisk all together until incorporated. Add 2-4 drops of lemon essential oil and mix well. Refrigerate until hardened. Form into balls and roll in lemon flavored powdered sugar.

Lemon infused powdered sugar:
2 T powdered sugar
1 drop lemon essential oil
Put in a baggie and shake until well combined. Pour on a plate and roll truffles in. Alternately, you can melt more white chocolate and roll the truffles in, let harden and serve.

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12/17/13

Orange Infused Chocolate Pretzels

Here is a fast, fun, and delicious recipe that is sure to please any chocolate lover in your life. You could also sub out peppermint or cinnamon oils too, whichever your like best!!


Orange Infused Chocolate Pretzels
4 oz chocolate chips
2 drops wild orange essential oil
Pretzels in any shape and size

Melt the chocolate over low heat. Add 2 drops of the essential oil, and dip the pretzels to your heart's content. It is a messy job, but it is finger licking good! Allow to cool on parchment until chocolate is set. 

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12/6/13

Hormone Killers


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I was in the security line at the airport in October and debating the whole scanner thing. I had just spend a week learning about the effect xenoestrogens have on our hormones and was concerned about the levels of radiation emitted from the machines. Also, I have been afraid of them since my mom suggested that someone might put the image of my naked body on YouTube for others to enjoy.

I happened to be in a line with 4 other like minded strangers who were refusing to go through that thing, which gave me courage to do the same. So, we waited patiently until a female officer was available to give a pat down. The three ladies in front of me went with the first TSA officer and I watched and thought, that doesn't look so bad. Then Brunhilda the Nordic Viking stepped up and glared at me as if I had just ruined her only coffee break in 12 years. She commanded me to come in. I didn't want to. I cowered a little bit. I wanted that nice lady who didn't take her job quite so seriously, not the Nazi woman who was planning to break me by putting her hands in places I didn't know existed. I wondered while she scrutinized every millimeter of my waistline if I had inadvertently smuggled in more than 3 oz of harmless H2O in the form of the sweat from fear. It took about an hour for her to be satisfied that I was not a terrorist or a drug lord, or the uni-bomber. I wasn't sure who I was anymore after that violation.

But I knew without a doubt that my naked body image would not be put on any one's YouTube account since I didn't step foot in the body scanner. It may have all been for naught as I read after my return that the body scanners used now have replaced the radiation zappers completely this year. New millimeter wave scanners have replaced them, but I will still use caution until I know what that means. The last machine was supposed to be completely harmless, until they realized that is wasn't!

I do what I can to not expose myself directly to a myriad of xenoestrogens that laugh as they enter the body, yelling, let's wreak havoc with this lady's hormonal balance!! Oh, and maybe cause cancer while we are at it.

Our environment is full of xenoestrogens. Nasty little buggers that mimic true estrogens and enter men and women, boys and girls at alarming rates. Our bodies don't seem to know the difference and accept these invaders as the real deal. They live in plastics, hormone filled meat and dairy, pesticides, cleaners, makeup and other cosmetics. They look identical to natural estrogen in the body. This is significant when we realize that when estrogen is up, progesterone and testosterone are down. The hormonal imbalance! Also known as estrogen dominance.

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Complete avoidance is impossible, but there are things we can do to help. We can start by cutting out foods that contain xenoestrogens.

For example:
Pesticide laden fruits and veggies.
Food stored in, and especially heated in, plastic.
Meat and dairy treated with hormones.
Coffee and caffeinated drinks...including cocoa (say it's not so!)
Red food dye (sorry M&Ms!)

Cut out beauty products, cleaning products, and detergents that contain xenoestrogens. A great resource is EWG Skin Deep. Most people get the need to have less carcinogenic products, but xenoestrogens that mess with our hormones are every bit as significant. It is so easy to make your own.

In particular, avoid:
Fabric softeners
Cosmetics with parabens
Nail polish and polish remover
Hand Santizers (make your own).

Other things to avoid:
Xrays....and possibly those scanners in airports
Teflon...I hate this one, I sooo miss my griddle.
Tin cans and Styrofoam
Marijuana and Tobacco

Start with baby steps and see which things on the list you can replace. Stay tuned for the rest of the story....

Note: I did not have to seek counseling due to my experience in the airport. No person was harmed, scarred or maimed as a result of the pat down. But if it had come down to a brawl, I gotta be honest here, I think Brunhilda the Hun would have broken my pitiful body over her massive knee. But I will do it again. Next month....Oh heaven help me.

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Sources:
Energetic Nutrition
Seminar on Women's Health with Dr. David Hill, SLC UT, Oct 2013
Hub Pages
Interesting article on body scanners

12/2/13

How to Make Holiday Sugar Scrubs

I went to Wal-Mart on the day before Halloween and noticed as I walked in the door that all the Halloween items were on clearance. Yea, like I need more candy to hide from the kids. Of course Wal-Mart already had Christmas on sale that day. Now that Thanksgiving is over, I can start thinking of our next favorite holiday. Gift giving is the most wonderful part of the season, especially home made gifts. I had a great time putting together these holiday sugar scrubs.

Make your own sugar scrubs
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Here are two of my favorite scents of the season: Peppermint and Orange! I am sharing my recipe for some great sugar scrubs that clean, exfoliate and soften the skin. I have cans and cans of white sugar in the house that we rarely use for eating, so this is a great way to use it up. Talk about wonderful gifts!! Both Orange and Peppermint have the ability to lighten mood, energize, and get your day started off right!!

 
Peppermint Sugar Scrub

candy cane sugar scrub
Photo Courtesy of davidandcarriephoto.com
 
6 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Coconut or Olive Oil
15-20 drops of  Peppermint Essential Oil
Optional: Red dye for soaps
Optional: Crushed Candy Canes

Mix the sugar, soap, and oils. Then take 1/3 of the mix and transfer to a separate bowl. Add a splash of red color. Or, if you are opposed to color, just add some finely crushed candy cane. Layer the white and reddish/pinkish to resemble a candy cane.
This recipe makes 2-3 pint jars, depending on how hard you pack it down.

Orange Sugar Scrub
 

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6 Cups Sugar
1/2 Cup Organic Citrus Orange Castile Soap
1/2 Cup citrus essential oil
1/2 Cup coconut or olive oil
30 drops Orange
1/3 Cup dried, finely chopped orange peel

Mix all the ingredients together and store in air tight jars. Use within 4 months.


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