Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Pink Salmon Croquettes

1 (2.6-ounce) pouch Pink Salmon
1 tablespoon  finely chopped chives
2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon  lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon  ground black pepper
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs, divided
Coconut oil, for sauteing
Place the salmon, chives, mustard, eggs, lemon juice, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs into a medium mixing bowl and stir to combine. Divide the mixture into 8 rounds packed firmly and set aside on a parchment lined half baking sheet. Allow to rest for 15 minutes. Place the remaining bread crumbs into a small bowl. One at a time, coat each round in the Panko on all sides.
Heat enough Coconut  oil to cover the bottom of a 12-inch saute pan over medium heat until simmering. Add the croquettes and cook 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove to cool.  Allow to cool for 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

*  I used  a half a cup of plain greek yogurt and stirred in 1 tsp. of dill for a dipping sauce.

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

Coconut oil and pet health

Many people don’t know about natural remedies to help their animals survive different health problems.
Adding coconut oil to your pet's diet is one of the healthiest things you can do for your pet.

Summer can be a season when it’s likely your pet will contract something and there are also more problems with fleas. I would recommend  feeding your animals a small teaspoon of coconut oil at least once or twice a day, especially in the summer months or if they have come down with something that can’t be treated.    

Skin and Coat

  • Coconut oil can be very beneficial for  pets when taken internally. Adding the oil to their food is the simplest way to include it in their diet. Just a few drops a day can be very beneficial to the coat, moisturizing the skin and hair. Coconut oil can be used in its semi-solid form or warmed slightly to make it liquid. For dogs and cats, add 1/4 teaspoon of oil for every 10 pounds they weigh. Slowly increase to 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of weight per day, or 1 Tablespoon for every 30 pounds. Increase the dosage slowly, and if you notice any irregular bowel movements or an upset stomach, decrease the amount you're giving them. Allow your pets time to adjust to smaller amounts before attempting to increase it again.

Healing Properties

  • Externally, coconut oil can be applied to cracked paw pads, wounds, scratches and cuts, like a healing salve. It can be used inside the mouth on sores and on teeth as a toothpaste. Coconut oil may also be applied to fungal infections, bites and stings--skin ailments of almost any kind.

In the Ears

  • Slightly warmed coconut oil may be dropped inside your pets ears to treat ear mites and infected ears. If using a cotton swab, be careful not to place the swab very far into the ear--use it only to apply the oil to the outside of the ear canal, where it can get into the ear on its own.

Skin Irritations

  • Coconut oil may get rid of odors on your pet's coat and help cats to eliminate fur balls. It can also benefit pets with difficult skin conditions such as eczema, allergy to fleas or other allergies.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Healthy Breakfast cookies

1 cup of whole wheat flour

½ cup of self rising flour

½ cup of grape nut flakes

¼ cup of wheat germ

½ cup walnuts

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup dry cranberries

1/2 cup dry blueberries

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

2 teaspoons of vanilla

1 egg

¼ cup of melted coconut oil

¼ cup of apple sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Makes about 14 large cookies


Mix together egg, vanilla, coconut oil, applesauce
And cinnamon.  Then add in the fruit and the nuts and mix and then add the flours, wheat germ and the grape nut flakes and mix together thoroughly

Use a  tablespoon  heaped to drop the cookies on a  baking sheet, moisten hands to flatten cookie a little.
About 6-7 cookies per pan.  Bake for about  10 min. or until the cookies are golden on the edges. Remove from the oven and cool for about  5 min. before transferring a plate.

* notes… fruit and  nuts of your choice can  be substituted in the recipe.  Ex.  apricots, dates, golden raisins, choc. chips, almonds, pecans.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Soy/ Edamame Can Cause Allergic Reactions for Years

This 'Beloved' Food Can Cause Allergic Reactions for Years - and Infertility for Generations!

Posted By Dr. Mercola | March 14 2011 
soy beansSoy can be found in almost every product on your grocery store shelves -- corn chips, ice cream, canned tuna and every packaged food you can think of. It goes under names like yeast extract, soy protein, soybean oil, soy lecithin and soy flour.
But soy is one of the top eight allergens that cause immediate reactions such as coughing, sneezing, runny nose, hives, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and anaphylactic shock.
Delayed allergic responses can also occur several hours to several days after the food is eaten.
According to Mannie Barling and Ashley F. Brooks-Simon on the Blogger News Network:
"To make soy more appetizing, the manufacturers added sugar, synthetic sweeteners, genetically modified high fructose corn sugar, refined salt, artificial flavorings, colors and MSG. So the soy isn't really soy. It is a Frankenfood created for the sole purpose of making a profit from health conscious people trying to live a healthier life."



Dr. Mercola's Comments:

The fact that unfermented soy is widely regarded as a health food in the United States is a perfect example of how a brilliant marketing strategy can fool millions.
It all started when the food industry, presented with a quandary over what to do with the byproducts of their ever-growing soybean oil industry, had an idea.
With some processing, and some added flavorings, preservatives, sweeteners, emulsifiers and synthetic nutrients, they turned soy protein isolate (the key ingredient in most soy foods that imitate meat and dairy products), "the food processors' ugly duckling," as Sally Fallon put it, "into a New Age Cinderella."

How Did Soy Become so Popular?

Years ago, tropical oils, such as palm and coconut oil, were commonly used in American food production. Spurred by financial incentives, the industry devised a plan to shift the market from these "exotic" tropical oils to something more "homegrown." As a result, a movement was created to demonize and vilify tropical oils in order to replace them with domestically grown oils such as corn and, primarily, soy.
For the most part, they've been very successful in their campaign to paint soy in a healthy light, and this belief was further propagated by the FDA's 1999 approval of this health claim for soy foods:
"Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol that include 25 grams of soy protein a day may reduce the risk of heart disease."
Unfortunately, according to the survey Consumer Attitudes About Nutrition 2008 (by the United Soybean Board):
  • As of 2007, 85 percent of consumers perceive soy products as healthful
  • 33 percent of Americans eat soy foods or beverages at least once a month
  • 70 percent of consumers believe soybean oil is good for them
  • 84 percent of consumers agree with the FDA's claim that consuming 25 grams of soy protein daily reduces your risk of heart disease
Soy's glowing healthy image is not based on science, however, but rather shrewd marketing and outright lies that have taken root among the masses. The end result is enormous profits for the soy industry and impaired health for most who have been deceived into using unfermented soy long-term.

What You Need to Know About Unfermented Soy

First and foremost, unfermented soy -- the type found in soymilk, soy burgers, soy ice cream and even tofu -- is not a health food.
If you were to carefully review the thousands of studies published on soy, I strongly believe you would reach the same conclusion as I have -- which is, the risks of consuming unfermented soy products FAR outweigh any possible benefits.
Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility -- even cancer and heart disease.
Here is just a sampling of the health effects that have been linked to soy consumption:
  • Breast cancer
  • Brain damage
  • Infant abnormalities
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Immune system impairment
  • Severe, potentially fatal food allergies
  • Impaired fertility
  • Danger during pregnancy and nursing

8 Top Reasons to Avoid Unfermented Soy

If you're eating soy because you believe it is healthy, please do yourself and your family a favor and click on some of the links above as well as read through the list that follows. You'll quickly see that soy, in its processed form, is not a food you want in your body.
  • 91 percent of soy grown in the US is genetically modified (GM)

    The genetic modification is done to impart resistance to the toxic herbicide Roundup. While this is meant to increase farming efficiency and provide you with less expensive soy, the downside is that your soy is loaded with this toxic pesticide. The plants also contain genes from bacteria that produce a protein that has never been part of the human food supply.
  • GM soy has been linked to an increase in allergies. Disturbingly, the only published human feeding study on GM foods ever conducted verified that the gene inserted into GM soy transfers into the DNA of our gut bacteria and continues to function. This means that years after you stop eating GM soy, you may still have a potentially allergenic protein continuously being produced in your intestines.

    Even more frightening is the potential for GM soy to cause infertility in future generations, which has been evidenced by recent Russian research.
  • Soy contains natural toxins known as “anti-nutrients”

    Soy foods contain anti-nutritional factors such as saponins, soyatoxin, phytates, protease inhibitors, oxalates, goitrogens and estrogens. Some of these factors interfere with the enzymes you need to digest protein. While a small amount of anti-nutrients would not likely cause a problem, the amount of soy that many Americans are now eating is extremely high.
  • Soy contains hemagglutinin

    Hemagglutinin is a clot-promoting substance that causes your red blood cells to clump together. These clumped cells are unable to properly absorb and distribute oxygen to your tissues.
  • Soy contains goitrogens

    Goitrogens are substances that block the synthesis of thyroid hormones and interfere with iodine metabolism, thereby interfering with your thyroid function.
  • Soy contains phytates

    Phytates (phytic acid) bind to metal ions, preventing the absorption of certain minerals, including calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc -- all of which are co-factors for optimal biochemistry in your body. This is particularly problematic for vegetarians, because eating meat reduces the mineral-blocking effects of these phytates (so it is helpful -- if you do eat soy -- to also eat meat).
  • Soy is loaded with the isoflavones genistein and daidzein

    Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which is a plant compound resembling human estrogen. These compounds mimic and sometimes block the hormone estrogen, and have been found to have adverse effects on various human tissues. Soy phytoestrogens are known to disrupt endocrine function, may cause infertility, and may promote breast cancer in women.
    Drinking even two glasses of soy milk daily for one month provides enough of these compounds to alter your menstrual cycle. Although the FDA regulates estrogen-containing products, no warnings exist on soy.
  • Soy has toxic levels of aluminum and manganese

    Soybeans are processed (by acid washing) in aluminum tanks, which can leach high levels of aluminum into the final soy product. Soy formula has up to 80 times higher manganese than is found in human breast milk.
  • Soy infant formula puts your baby’s health at risk

    Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can irreversibly harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day.
    Infants fed soy formula have up to 20,000 times the amount of estrogen in circulation as those fed other formulas!
    The best way to eliminate non-fermented soy from your diet is to avoid all processed foods and instead purchase whole foods that you prepare yourself. If you do buy packaged foods, you can check the label to see if it contains soy.
You can also keep this list of soy foods to AVOID handy:
  • Tofu
  • TVP (texturized vegetable protein) or soy protein isolate
  • Soybean oil
  • Soymilk
  • Soy cheese, soy ice cream, soy yogurt
  • Soy "meat" (meatless products made of TVP)
  • Soy protein
  • Edamame
  • Soy infant formula

Is There a Healthy Way to Eat Soy?

Yes, and that's by choosing fermented soy.
After a long fermentation process, the phytate (which blocks your body's uptake of essential minerals) and anti-nutrient levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.
Traditionally fermented soy is the form that has been very popular in many Asian cultures for centuries, and numerous studies suggest it aids in preventing and reducing a variety of diseases including certain forms of heart disease and cancers.
One of the main benefits of fermented soy, especially natto, is that it is the best food source of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is essential to preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diseases of the brain such as dementia, and protecting you from various cancers including prostate, lung, liver cancer and leukemia.
For these reasons, I strongly recommend adding fermented soy to your diet, in varieties such as the following:
  • Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
  • Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
  • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
  • Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.
These are the soy varieties that will actually support and nourish your health -- unlike the vast majority of processed soy products on the market, which will do nothing but detract from it.

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Monday, March 7, 2011

5 natural moisturizers

When you think of adding some moisture to your skin, think about ingredients derived directly from nature that nourish and rejuvenate the skin. You may already have some of these ingredients already in your kitchen cupboard. Some of the most popular natural moisturizers include olive oil, coconut oil and shea butter.

Olive Oil

Olive Oil for Best Face Moisturizer
This is one of the very basic natural skin moisturizers that continues to be popular because it adds moisture to the skin and promotes a healthy glow.  If you prefer your oil scented, you can add some essential oils to add a calming or uplifting scent. Olive oil is also high in antioxidant content, which will help repair damaged skin and protect it from free radical damage.

Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil for Best Face Moisturizer
Coconut oil is one of the very best natural moisturizers because it works wonders on rough and damaged skin. Because coconut oil contains antioxidants, it helps the skin heal itself and repair any damage. Using coconut oil on a regular basis as your primary body moisturizer may also lessen the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Coconut oil also assists the skin in its natural renewal process, assisting with the shedding of dead skin cells and promoting healthy skin. It's best to apply coconut oil after you have showered.

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Shea Butter

Shea Butter for Best Face Moisturizer
Shea butter is considered to be a very good natural moisturizer because it is readily and easily absorbed into the skin. Once you apply shea butter, it continues to work throughout the day and opens your pores to allow you to continue to absorb moisture from the air. Shea butter also improves the elasticity of the skin.

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter for Best Face Moisturizer
Cocoa butter is the sweet smelling "fat" that is extracted from cocoa seeds. It is considered as being one of the best moisturizers because it is readily absorbed into the skin. When you apply cocoa butter to your skin, it creates a layer of protection that protects your skin from outside influences (dry air, etc). Cocoa butter is also recommended as a body moisturizer for those with eczema or dermatitis.

Vitamin E Oil

Vitamin E Oil for Best Face Moisturizer
This happens to be one of the best natural treatments when it comes to minimizing wrinkles, fine lines and even age spots. Vitamin E is high in antioxidants, so it protects the skin of free radical damage. Applying this oil to the skin will moisturizer it to some degree, but it's best to use this in addition to another oil.

When you use a natural moisturizer, you can be sure that your skin is truly getting the best care without any harmful preservatives that can be found in other lotion products. These options are also sustainable moisturizers because they contain no ingredients that would negatively impact the environment. People with sensitive skin will also benefit from using these organic moisturizers. Remember to choose a moisturizer that appeals to you so that you will look forward to applying it daily to protect and nourish your skin.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A Mess-Free Way to Eat POMEGRANATE guaranteed 
pomegranate is a fruit that you should try to eat each week. It may also be a fruit that many have not yet tried. You can find pomegranate at your local grocery store. You may also find the seeds in a container or the juice. But, as I mentioned previously, the seeds are more nutritious than the juice.
The pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber and potassium. They are great for vomiting or diarrhea to help replenish potassium. You can eat the seeds directly or add them to different meals such as hummus or salads. Another key aspect is that they are low in calories.
One complaint about pomegranate is that it is quite messy to eat. Below I have listed below a four step process to make it mess-free.
Step 1: Cut of the crown of the pomegranate, and cut it into sections where the skin is thick to minimize damage to the seeds.
Step 2: Place pomegranate in a bowl of cold water. Submerge the pomegranate in the water and gently pry it open into sections to pull the seeds out. (the seeds will sink to the bottom and the skin will go to the top of the water).
Step 3: Throw away any extra pieces of skin and skim off anything extra. Leave only the seeds in the water.
Step 4: Take seeds out of the water and place onto a paper towel to dry. You can refrigerate the seeds for 3-5 days in an airtight container and they will remain fresh.
ENJOY you low calorie, highly nutritious snack!!!
Do you have another method to eat a pomegranate??? Let us know.
Is this your first time or are you an experienced pomegranate eater ?? :-) Let us know

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