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Tummy Tamer Tea

As I have mentioned before I have been struggling with a gluten intolerance and have cut out gluten from my food, unless something slips in there I don’t know about. I have been gluten-free for almost 2 months and my stomach still HURTS! Even with the medication I am taking I am having issues and can not figure out what the problem is. I understand I have a food slip (where there is gluten in something I was not aware of) probably once a week but the stomach pain is daily. I called the pharmacy where I get my stomach medicine to find out what else is in the pill other than the drug its self and the pill is not gluten-free… Damn it!

So I talked to my midwife and she recommended papaya enzymes. I am going to go get some tomorrow. I guess most of the people in her family have celiac and that is what they take when they have gluten issues.

I went to the herbalist and told them my problem, and that I needed a tea to help assist with my digestion problems and healing and this is what they suggested, I thought I would share.

Equal parts of:

Calendula: Soothes and heals intestinal lining and reduces inflammation.
Fennel: Helps treat indigestion, calming to the intestines and stomach.
Marshmallow root: Soothes irritation of the mucous membranes, coats the stomach and other digestive regions, protecting their soft walls from acid and other irritants.
Chamomile: Anti inflammatory, calming.

She mentioned the tea mix they usually recommend has other herbs in it that are not safe for pregnancy/lactation so we stuck with this simple tea. Lets hope it helps. I have had a nice big 24 oz of it so far today and my stomach does feel better. Lets hope it lasts!

How do you soothe an angry stomach? Any natural celiac tips?

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SNAP Challenge Week 1

My day to day accounting of food is below. I would like to mention a few observation and a change to the plan here though, before we get into the nitty gritty detail of it all. Mike has been sick most of the week and has not been eating much. I do not put his daily intake in here because he does not usually eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch as Ellie and I do but his groceries are included in the plan. I keep finding random food stuffs that we are using in our menu that are not included in these grocery bills. Seeds, fruit, nuts and rice I buy in bulk and do not believe to be enough of a cost to make a huge difference, and they are pantry items that live for months at a time in the pantry, so I am not including the cost in the budget. Meat, cheese, and other larger cost items are being added to the weekly end total to be as fair as possible.

Also someone mentioned last week that feeding us on the cost for a family of four is unfair and cushy. I can see her point. I will do my best to stay within the maximum budget for a family of 3 for the month, which, according to the math done last week, is $501.

This week the adjustment to eating more frugally was very hard for me. I have been having I MUST EAT NOW PREGGO NOM NOM moments that have most definitely gotten in the way. Thankfully my cravings have not been too bad so I can eat an apple or pear with some peanut butter and be fine. It is when I am out and about that I have a problem. Also, Mike won an award at work and got a gift card to Outback, which meant we splurged. As I explain on the day I believe anyone on the SNAP program would have also used the gift card and not waited until the end of the month to prove a point. We deducted our out of pocket cost for the dinner ($12) but not the cost of the gift card as that did not come out of our pocket.

Grand totals for the week:

107.50 Sprouts
19.56 Lunch at Chipolte 
12.00 Outback (tax and tip)
6.95 Big Lots
 17.32 at Whole Foods
30.64 at Costco
2.95 Target
26.68 Extra food lying around the house
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223.60 Weekly total spent

Day 1: February 1st

I was not able to get out of the house to the grocery until later in the day so did not get a lot of grocery shopping done, although we did get to Sprouts and hit their double sales and stocked up on some expensive things we might not have been able to afford otherwise. We did splurge a bit on non necessities which will probably bite us in the ass later. I did buy some supplements too for $20 (they were super reduced price) and will subtract that amount from my food total. We spent $127.50 at sprouts, $107.50 was on food.

For breakfast we had (GF) oatmeal with yogurt, blue berries, sun flower seeds and honey. Ellie’s snack was frozen blue berries (a godsend for a teething toddler by the way) and a piece of cheese. For lunch we had “pizza” with GF bread toast as the “crust”, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella cheese we had left over from last week, and mushrooms and buffalo sausage left over from last week. This particular type of GF bread was not palatable to me as bread but made great pizza crust because it did not get all soggy. Do I get bonus points for using food I would have otherwise fed to the dog? Snack was a pear. For dinner we had left overs. I know I said we were not going to use old food but we just didn’t eat it all on time. Don’t worry we are pretty close to done now.

Day 2: February 2nd

This morning we had oatmeal, yogurt, sunflower seeds, and frozen black berries. I have to say pregnancy has kicked my ass today and I have been dizzy with a killer head ache. I had to leave the house though, with child and husband in tow, to pick up some necessities that we could not live without.  When we left I felt sick and nauseous and not hungry at all. When we were out and about I WAS STARVING and HAD TO EAT or pass out. So I fell off the wagon. We ate lunch at Chipolte and spent $19.56 on lunch for the three of us. We splurged and got drinks. I need to stop splurging since it is only day 2. Obviously I am a bad food budgeter, or maybe doing this during the last 9 weeks of pregnancy was not the best idea.

My husband won an award at work today for meeting the company pillar of “urgency” over almost 500 candidates! For this he got a $50 gift certificate to Outback Steak House. This is free bonus money we didn’t count on so I am un-abashed to say that we got steak for dinner. We went over and spent $ 12 of our food budget. I would say it was well worth the delicious steakey goodness. I also vow to get back on the band wagon but it WAS free food and anyone else in that situation, I think, would have indulged too.

Tomorrow is supposed to be a big snow day. I was hoping to go out and get some eggs and potatoes today at the grocery store but the migraine from hell and the teething child of doom prevented this. Should be fun.

Day 3: February 3rd

This morning we had some tasty GF Banana, apple oat muffins from a recipe I modified to fit our diet and needs. We also had some yogurt with blue berries and seeds.  

For a snack we had cheese and a pear. I then had a preggo binge of Pop chips. Don’t judge. They were on sale and I wanted salty crunchies. For lunch we had bun-less hamburgers with cheese, avocado, tomato, and yes, more pop chips. The tomatoes I got from Sprouts were on sale but VERY disappointing. They were “vine ripened” but had no real flavor and a very un ripe, mealy texture. Needless to say they were on the plate, but not eaten.

Dinner was Coffee Pot Roast with sauteed asparagus and mushrooms. All in all a pretty well rounded day.

We went to big lots and got 2 cans of coconut milk and 1 bag of Bobs Red Mill GF brownie mix for $6.95.

Day 4: February 4th

This morning we had a modified apple crisp for breakfast (1 1/2 apple, gf oats, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, butter, honey mixed and baked) with yogurt and tea. For lunch Mike and Ellie had cheese crisps, Ellie had hers with avocado and salsa. I had sauteed asparagus and mushrooms with whole mozzarella cheese on top (not the store bought grated stuff). For dinner we had pot roast soup which did not turn out as well as I had hoped since the pot roast was cooked in coffee the day before, the stock from the pot roast was too much coffee not enough beef. It was ok and good to use the left overs but if I were to make it again it would be with regular pot roast, not the coffee pot roast.

I still need to go to the grocery store but I did go to ross and get a cake pan for $5 so that I can properly make a GF chocolate cake for recipe club on Monday.

The Mozerella cheese was left over, big pack of 2 from costco for about $7.

Day 5: February 5th

This morning we were desperate for groceries. In a pinch we had yogurt, old granola from the back of the cupboard, and blueberries. We went to a friends house for a play date and had GF blueberry muffins and GF sausage (thank you friend for that), then went to Costco to get eggs, sprouted wheat bread (for Mike and Ellie), potatoes, and sharp cheddar cheese for a grand total of $30 and some change. We had to make a run to urgent care, which took 2 hours. Ellie and I went to Whole Foods to see if anything was on sale and scored a great price on chicken. I am very excited for this. I see chicken being a big staple for the next week. Because of the long urgent care visit we had baked potatoes with left over pot roast soup for dinner when we got home. I think the rest of that soup may be going in the garbage though. It still is not that great. I hate to waste it though.

Spent $17.32 at Whole Foods on 5lbs chicken legs/thighs, chocolate truffles, carrots, and dark chocolate chips (bulk) for recipe club.

Spent $30.64 at Costco for Organic Eggs, Tillamock Sharp Cheddar Cheese, sprouted wheat bread, and fingerling potatoes.

Day 6: February 6th

For breakfast we had sauteed asparagus and mushrooms, eggs, and pork loin. Ellie got a pear too. She didn’t eat most of her breakfast so the dog got a nice snack.

I had to run by Target and pick up some medicine, and also picked up milk for Mike for $2.95 (hormone and antibiotic free). Lunch we had deconstructed sushi  (sesame seaweed, rice, avocado, smoked salmon, some laughing cow cheese I found in the back of the fridge and braggs liquid aminos). For dinner we had bun-less cheese burgers (mommy was feeling pregnant/lazy) with avocado, sauteed mushrooms, and spicy baked potato “fries”. We are almost out of ketchup and I am excited to make some fermented ketchup from a recipe I found!

The seaweed paper we had laying around the house. It was about $3.50 (ish) a pack so we will add that to the grocery cost. The salmon was also left over. The package was $11.25 and we will add that as well. The pork was $4.93

Day 7: February 7th

For breakfast I had 3 eggs and some cheese and coffee with coconut milk and honey. Ellie had a bowl of yogurt, granola, dried fruit, and nuts. For lunch we had improved deconstructed sushi (sesame seaweed, rice, avocado, smoked salmon, sauteed asparagus, braggs liquid aminos and a package of spicy mustard we got from the Chinese delivery place last time). It was actually pretty delicious. For dinner we had Chicken, sauteed carrots, and roasted potatoes.

Banana, apple, oat muffins of tasty goodness (GF)

A friend of mine posted a recipe that looked pretty darn tasty an said her son (who is the same age as Ellie) loved it. I modified the recipe to be a little more healthy and gluten-free.

These muffins are delicious, moist and smell divine! We will most definitely be making them again. I had old bananas I had to use up anyway so it worked out well.

*note* I added an extra egg because I have been craving protein in a bad way. The texture was just fine I just made sure to beet the eggs thoroughly before adding everything else.

Banana, apple, oat muffins of tasty goodness 
 
2 eggs
3 mashed ripe bananas
2/3 cup honey (or brown sugar)
1/3 cup organic applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Cup Bob’s red mill all purpose (gf) flour
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I used pumpkin pie spice because that is what I found first)
1 cup GF oats
1/2 cup coconut flakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine egg, bananas, brown sugar, applesauce and vanilla. In a separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, xanthan gum, salt and cinnamon. Stir the oatmeal into the flour mixture. Gently stir flour mixture into the banana mixture. Pour batter into the prepared muffin cups. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and place on a wire rack to let cool before serving.

Shared on Weekend Gourmet Blog Carnival, and Allergy Free Wednesday

Outback Steak House gluten-free goodness.

My husband won an award from work today for being super awesome. Apparently he was more “urgent” than the other 400+ people nominated for this award for one of the pillars of excellence. There was a lot of corporate chatter attached to the award but it boils down to the fact that he is super duper and got a $50 gift certificate to Outback Steakhouse. I can not tell you the joy this filled my pregnant belly with.

As I have briefly mentioned I have recently been diagnosed with a “gluten intolerance” and have yet to be determined if I actually have Celiac or not. My blood tests came back positive but the procedure involved to confirm diagnosis is one I would like to avoid as long as possible. I do know that if I avoid gluten I don’t feel like crap. My indigestion is much more manageable, I have more energy and am more emotionally stable. Ask Mike he agrees that I am “less crazy” than I was. We will call that progress.

This gluten issue is usually manageable as long as we don’t go out to eat. When we do it is a big game of Russian Roulette as to weather or not the meal is actually gluten free or not. For example, although Pho (the soup of the gods) is gluten free and no flour is added to the meat or broth, made with rice noodles, if you add the brown prune sauce to your soup (which adds a delicious sweet flavor) you have just caused your self a world of pain. The sauce has wheat flour in it. Gladly siriacha sauce does not.

Anyway, most restaurants that we frequent(ed) do not have a gluten free menu and you are at the mercy of the chef or waiters to know what the hell gluten free really means.

I heard rumor of a gluten-free menu at Outback from Jared at http://paleogeek.wordpress.com and was very excited to check it out.

When we got to Outback I asked for the gluten-free menu and there was a printed menu! It is also available online.  It told you what dressings were gluten-free (all but the blue cheese and honey mustard) and to ask for no croutons. It mentioned the seasoning they use for veggies is not GF and to ask for them without it. It had a list of GF alcoholic beverages that I plan on working through once I am no longer supporting a life with my own body. There were a lot of great choices but we were at Outback and I wanted steak!

Thankfully the steak seasoning they use is GF and the steak, as always, was very tasty. We also got the GF brownie with ice cream. I believe it was called the Chocolate Thunder From Down Under. It was very soft, chocolatey and nutty. Insert inappropriate dirty joke here.

I can say I did not want for more. It was perfect in every way. I also did not leave feeling slow, bloated and blegh. I feel pleasingly full, but not overly, with energy to spare. I even switched the laundry. I will call that an accomplishment.

Where do you like to eat GF? Are there other good places that make it easy to choose with GF menus that I do not know about? Please share!

SNAP- Taking the challange

A few weeks ago I was reading random news on my face book feed about how some Democratic congress people are trying to eat off of $4 a day. I don’t know how they did their math and got their numbers, and was not impressed by their food choices but I appreciated the point they were trying to make.

I believe the whole point of the exercise is to eat off of what SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients would eat off on a day by day basis. I guess they did this for a week in protest to some legislation trying to cut the funding to the program.

I have friends who work hard, have jobs and are using nutritional assistance, because they just can not make ends meet. That little bit of assistance they do get on a monthly basis is usually their whole food budget, there just is not wiggle room for anything else. I think when used correctly it is a very important program. My concern is that people who receive this assistance do not have enough money to properly feed their family a healthy, whole food diet.

I am going to attempt the SNAP challenge with my family, but we are going to cheat a bit. Maybe not cheat so much as eat on the very most money the government would give a family of four. I say we are a family of four because I am 30 weeks pregnant and am eating for two. Really if you saw our grocery bill you might say it was for more than two, but my weight gain says otherwise (thankfully).

According to the USDA the average monthly benefit families received from sap is $287 a month. Fourty percent of SNAP households receive the maximum monthly benefit of $668 a month for a family of four. This amount is for people on SSI and disability, and 20% of them are employed.  For complete SNAP statistics see reports here: http://www.fns.usda.gov/ora/menu/Published/snap/SNAPPartHH.htm .

This is the number we will be using in our experiment. The reason I decided to use the maximum benefit amount is because this must be the number the government assumes a family of four can eat healthfully off of and should be able to spend on a monthly basis.  I assume part of the process of getting an approval amount is taking into consideration house hold income and what the family “should” be able to afford to spend. Lets not get into how a lot of these calculations are unrealistic and just say $668 a month is our food budget for the month of February.

That is for four people, so that breaks out to $5.98 per day per person this month. As far as I know you can not eat out on food stamps so that is not an option in our budget. We have $167 a week to get us through. My goal is to eat whole foods including meat (hormone and antibiotic free at least, ideally organic and grass-fed as well but I wont hold my breath on that one), fruits and vegetables (organic on the “dirty dozen” at least http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#fbIndex1), yogurt, organic dairy, whole grains (we are gluten-free so add that to the expense category), and “real” non chemically processed “food”.

My plan is to shop sales where I can find them and not to compromise my family’s health by reducing our food budget. We do already have gluten-free flours and grains at home because of the big sale at Sprouts last week, but otherwise will not be using fruits, veggies, or meat that we have sitting around the house. Mostly because it will all be eaten before then.

Menu planning will be key and a big challenge for me. I am not a planner. It will be nice though to see if we can fit our food budget into this number though. We spend an average of $800 a month on groceries at the moment. By making our own whole foods, and buying less pre-packaged stuff I hope to be able to reduce it to $600 a month. Hopefully this summer when the CSA’s are up and producing we can get down there! I also can not wait until I am able to have a garden again and grow some of our own food.

Have you done the SNAP challenge? What was your experience?

How do you afford to eat healthy whole food?

Being the new year people have decided to make changes in their diet. I do not believe in trendy diets or fads. They may help you lose weight but they usually do not help you get healthy.

About three years ago I was told that I could not get pregnant because I had PCOS and endometriosis and some other problems. I was told by one doctor that I needed to go on a crash diet consisting of 500 calories a day and nutrient shots so I could lose a lot of weight fast and get “healthy”. Thankfully I did some research and decided this was not a good idea.

Instead I decided to make a change and eat only whole foods. No processed crap. Along with eating whole foods I decided it would be best for my health if the meat we ate was hormone and antibiotic free. I buy free range organic as often as I can but let’s be honest, we have a budget.

After about eight months of eating whole foods I got pregnant. Surprise!

So people ask how we can afford to eat healthy. Fresh whole food is not cheap nor is it subsidized by government or big business. I was emailing a friend about this the other day and there are a few things we do to make eating whole foods most affordable. I figured I would share these tips with you too.

1. Buy produce on sale at your local “natural” grocery store. We have sprouts and sunflower farmers market here. They usually have a bigger selection of organic produce (I make sure to buy the top 10 worst foods organic), but their regular produce is usually more local (even in the winter it is from Cali not south america), and usually from smaller local farms especially in the summer.

If you can’t afford organic produce there are great produce washes to get all the chemicals off. My favorite is the bio-kleen produce wash http://www.amazon.com/Biokleen-Produce-Wash—-16/dp/B001OI13VW/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1326152316&sr=8-3. It is plant-based and works very well. You can make your own but it takes too much time and effort for me.

Sprouts has good natural (hormone/antibiotic free) meat for the same price as most grocery stores have regular meat. Bonus.

If you search the sales every week you will usually find sales for items in bulk, the replacement milk you like, and canned goods. Sprouts has bulk  sales pretty often, this is when I stock up on oatmeal (we eat a lot of oatmeal), flowers, nuts, seeds, beans, dried fruit, and all that stuff. We save a lot buying in bulk anyway, but 25% off is an awesome deal. When i want chocolate I buy it from the bulk section too, you just get what you want instead of the whole big bag/bar/whatever and you save money there too 

2. In a lot of recipes you are going to find ingredients like almond, cashew, or oat flour. Do not buy the bags of pre made flour. You will pay WAY too much. Here is how to make flower with those… you get the almonds/oats/whatever… put it in the food processor (the blender will turn nuts into butter not flower if you aren’t careful so food processor is better), run in bursts until it is the flowery consistency. The end.

You can also make your own nut milk (like almond milk) but if you drink a lot of almond milk I wouldn’t because almonds have a toxin in it that they filter out in manufactured milk that we can’t take out at home.

3. When it is the season, buy food at the farmers market. Most small farms use limited or no pesticides but cant get the organic certification because it costs a lot of money that small farmers can not afford. You can usually get great prices on produce, fresh herbs, baked goods (yes most farmers markets have gluten-free/raw booths with food too yum), potted plants, and natural body care (home-made soap) stuff too.

A Saturday trip to the farmers market is a fun thing to do with the family. We usually get up early and go to the farmers market, get coffee and breakfast there off of whatever we scrounge up. It is awesome.

You can usually find local farmers who sell good meat at the farmers market. This is great because you can buy some of the meat and try it, see how it is. Ask the farmer how they raise their food, what they feed them, how they get exercise etc. From this you can usually find someone to buy a big chunk of cow from (1/4. 1/2 or even whole cow) and you will end up paying about $4-5 lb for some prime tasty meat. Totally worth it if you have room in a big freezer. You save a lot of money buying beef and pork in bulk. You can even ask for the bones for the dog and the fat to render your own lard if you are really hard-core. My friend The Spiteful Chef (http://thespitefulchef.blogspot.com/)  did that and the lard she rendered makes tasty delicious food.

Also, I found farmers markets in smaller active communities have a more diverse selection and lower prices than the huge farmers markets in big cities.

4. Join a CSA- Community Supported Agriculture. They all work slightly differently but the gist is you pay $x weekly and you get a basket of fresh produce you pick up every week. We do bountiful baskets (www.bountifulbaskets.org) and get the organic basket, which is smaller than the regular basket, but has all organic produce. It is $25 a week for the organic basket, $15 for the regular and I don’t usually have to buy a whole lot more fruits and veggies for the week. To be fair Ellie and I snack on fruits and veggies during the day but Mike does not. Your family might need more than one.

Some CSA’s you get a choice of what you get in your basket for the week but with bountiful baskets you don’t, you just get what you get. SO if we get a TON of apples or bananas I usually dehydrate them for snacks for the rest of the year. Other produce you get a lot of in the summer, like squash, you can cut up and freeze for later.

I found a trick for the veggies that people don’t usually enjoy eating (like lettuce in this house, or kale) are great in green smoothies or the juicer. Just mix with your favorite fruit and you get all the nutrients without having to eat a salad. AND it doesn’t sit in the refrigerator for a week then go all nasty.

Check out http://www.localharvest.org/ to find farmers markets and CSA’s in your area as well as local farms that have activities for families like apple and pumpkin picking and all sorts of other seasonal stuff.

5. Grow your own food. Yes even if you live in a small apartment like we do right now there are some great easy foods you can grow right on your back porch. Seeds and soil are cheap and it is a great easy way for you to guarantee healthy organic produce for your family.

Well that is all I can think of right now. Let me know if you have any questions or any ways to eat whole food and save that I didn’t mention. Food is by far our biggest household expense but we save A LOT on medical bills and we feel much healthier and happier as a whole so it is very much worth it.

How do you afford to eat whole foods?

Amanda’s Amazing Raw Coconut Almond Cookies (of doom)

I am by no means a raw foodist. I like cooked food, I like meat… well I just like food! I stumbled upon raw food on my health journey. I am not into the trendy raw food thing but I was told by my natropathic nutritionist that although I was eating the right foods, my body was not absorbing nutrients appropriately. So he gave me a whole food nutritional supplement to help me absorb nutrients. I then went on a nutrient binge!

I love coconut and almonds, but did you know how good they are for you?

Coconut: From http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/

Coconut In Modern Medicine
Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:

  • Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
  • Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
  • Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
  • Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
  • Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
  • Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
  • Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
  • Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
  • Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
  • Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
  • Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
  • Helps protect against osteoporosis.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
  • Improves digestion and bowel function.
  • Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Supports tissue healing and repair.
  • Supports and aids immune system function.
  • Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
  • Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
  • Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
  • Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Functions as a protective antioxidant.
  • Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
  • Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
  • Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
  • Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
  • Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
  • Reduces epileptic seizures.
  • Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
  • Dissolves kidney stones.
  • Helps prevent liver disease.
  • Is lower in calories than all other fats.
  • Supports thyroid function.
  • Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
  • Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
  • Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
  • Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
  • Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
  • Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
  • Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
  • Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
  • Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
  • Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
  • Helps control dandruff.
  • Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
  • Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
  • Is completely non-toxic to humans.

See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.”

Almonds are pretty awesome too. I edited out the explanations for length sake. Read more on the website.  From http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html

“Almonds are also known to have great medicinal value. Few of the benefits of almonds are given below.

  • Good for brain
  • Regulates cholesterol
  • Good for heart
  • Skin care
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Prevention of cancer
  • Protection against diabetes: Almonds also help in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals.
  • Good in pregnancy: Almond contains folic acid.
  • Weight loss: 
  • Prevention of constipation
  • Boosts energy

One avoids the risk of Alzheimer‘s disease by consuming almonds. But just like any other food, even almonds have their cons. They contain oxalates and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization. So people having kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds.

So now you see why my cookies are super awesome. Oh and they taste great too!

FINALLY! Here is the recipe.

1 1/2 c almond flower (just get whole raw almonds and blend them to a flower like consistency its cheaper this way)

1 1/2c shredded coconut (get in the bulk section)

1/2 c Agave nectar (I get raw organic, you can get it cheapest at Costco 2 bottles for $8)

1/2 c Coconut oil

2 tbsp vanilla extract

Mix together and scoop onto dehydrator trays (if you have a dehydrator) or baking sheet. (I use an icecream scoop and press a whole almond onto the top because it looks pretty) Set dehydrator or oven to 140 degrees for 4-5 hours.

They will be warm and chewy and sweet just like cookies but are SO much more healthy… and tasty. So addicting!

Let me know what you think! What is your favorite recipe?

 

These are some great recipes from my mamma friends!

Caitlin – http://caitlin-lane.blogspot​.com/2011/07/cookbook-thursday-le​mon-apple-blueberry.html
Molly- http://mommyyanz.wordpress.com​/2011/07/21/recipe/
Heather: http://fearfultofearless.blogs​pot.com/2011/07/cooking-quicky​-easy-and-cheap.html
Nicole- http://babylove-toohey.blogspo​t.com/2011/07/mrs-crock-pot.ht​ml