Monday, September 20, 2010

Saturday Morning Breakfast

Breakfast at our house on Saturday morning . . . nothing fancy - 
just eggs, toast, juice & coffee but it was a beautiful morning so I wanted to share! 

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sweet Tooth Satisfied

I hate it when people look at my kids like they are starving children in Africa when my children (who, by the way are total believers in the movement), tell them that we don't eat sugar.  "You mean you never get treats?"  HA!  We have treats all the time!  Like the last 2 afternoons....this fall-ish treat takes 10 minutes and is SUCH  a treat.  Enjoy!

Healthy Carmel Corn

8 cups popped popcorn
1 cup nuts
1/3 cup honey
3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
2tbsp. butter

Spread popcorn and nuts out on greased baking sheet or 9x13 pan.

Heat honey and maple syrup in a small saucepan on medium-high heat to boiling.  Boil for 5 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in butter until melted.  Pour mixture over popcorn and nuts, stirring until popcorn and nuts are covered evenly.  Try not to let the mixture sink to the bottom of the pan while stirring.

Let cool and enjoy!

This also makes a nice homemade gift at Christmas time, when nicely wrapped.

I don't often add the nuts.  I prefer the popcorn to be more heavily covered in the sweetness.  Either way, this totally satisfies my afternoon sweet tooth!!!

Posted by Danneca

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dairy & Wheat Allergies

Everyone knows someone who has food sensitivities or allergies.  Chances are you have one in your household.  This doesn't have to be the end of the world.  Recently, I've had lots of questions on recipes, etc. for this dilemma.  Here are a few suggestions and thoughts. 

First of all, a short word on causes.  If you are wondering why your grandparents didn't have these sorts of problems, one reason to blame are drugs and vaccines, which strip your gut of it's ability to be the healthy part of your immune system it was designed to be.  Holes are created in the gut, which allow scary things to leak into the rest of your body, creating things all the way from food allergies, to AD/HD, to autism.  I won't elaborate on this point further today, as I'm not a doctor and can't diagnose or treat you, but if you wish to learn more, I recommend the following books:  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon, and Unraveling the Mystery of Autism.  The second book is not just for those dealing with autism, it goes into much, much more.  A very enlightening read.

That said, I'd like to touch on how to strengthen your body to dealing with food sensitivites.  Many times, those who have sensitivities to wheat don't have trouble when the wheat has been properly soaked, releasing it's natural digestive enzymes.  Read up on this in Nourishing Traditions.  Basically, our ancestors didn't have to do this, b/c the wheat sat in the store house, where it became damp and it's enzymes were released.  You can buy sprouted wheat bread, at your health food store.  This bread has like 5 grams or more of protein per slice! 

Dairy sensitivities have a similar remedy sometimes.  Raw cow's milk doesn't usually cause problems, because it hasn't been stripped of it's natural digestive aids, and lots of other properties that were meant to help digest and use the milk for the body's good.  Without these, milk is terribly hard for anyone to digest.

It's all about enzymes.  Taking digestive enzymes are essential for those with food allergies/sensitivities.  I like the Whole Foods brand, "Wholezyme," but there are a million others.  Just follow the package directions, and take extra when you're eating food that you know gives you trouble. 

Finally, avoiding the foods you're highly allergic to is best, as your body is getting stronger.  Focus on building up your immune system and especially things that will restore your gut.

In the meantime, spelt is a nice substitute to wheat, but I still recommend soaking it.  Almond flour is nice too.  Goat milk is marvelous and goat cheese is divine.  Raw goat milk is the closest to mother's milk, full of antibodies and enzymes.  Goat butter (ghee) is a very nice butter substitute. 

Once again, I'm not a doctor and none of my suggestions are meant to treat, diagnose or prescribe remedies for illness or disease.  You need your own doctor's advice.

Posted by Danneca