Flax Hot Breakfast Cereal

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image taken from alldayidreamaboutfood.com

½ cup coconut milk, unsweetened almond milk
½ cup ground flaxseeds
¼ cup mix-ins which could be unsweetened coconut flakes, cup slivered almonds, chopped walnuts or pecans, sliced berries. (or you can do 1/4 cup of each)
1 rounded Tbs coconut cream (optional)
Ground cinnamon

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat until warmed through or microwave for one minute. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired or for some added crunch poppy or chia seeds.

Add Some Spice to your Life

Satisfy your palate with real flavor!

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When our palate starts craving some interesting flavor all too often we take the easy way out and give it sugar. We all know sugar tastes really nice but so can spice!

 

If you’ve gotten in a meal rut and your bored with the same old flavors try a new spice or spice combination, instead of carbs and sugar. Wouldn’t you rather have flavor and satisfying complex taste instead of the low quality fats and sugars that we turn to when we lose inspiration in the kitchen.

 

For a couple of fun combinations try…

Cinnamon, nutmeg and black pepper on chicken. (recipe later this week)

Yogurt with rose extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and golden raisins (recipe will posted tomorrow)

Lemongrass with ginger and coriander on veggies ( Safeway sells a nice lemongrass paste.)

Swaps to Live by #2

There is always a slow carb option for a fast carb craving.

Can you tell…

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which of these desserts…

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is actually grain-free, low carb, and low sugar?

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Hint: ALL OF THEM!!!

All-Purpose Wheat Flour
1 Ounce
eGL = 15
Sugars .1g
Carbohydrates 21.4
Protein 2.9g

Almond Flour
1 Ounce
eGL = 0
Sugars 0g
Carbohydrates .4g
Protein 1.6g

Coconut Flour
1 Ounce
eGL = 3
Sugars 1.9g
Carbohydrates 16.6g
Protein 4.9g

(if you need help thinking of one COMMENT I will make a post for you)

Foods That Fight Inflammation: Turmeric

Turmeric Powder

Over the last ten weeks I have gotten quite a number of injuries (it seems that an initial injury lead to a chain reaction that I had a hard time stopping). And since I am not one for taking pain medications on a regular basis, I’ve decided to pack my diet with some inflammation fighting super foods and I thought I would share.

Turmeric: 


If you eat curry this is probably a familiar spice. It is what gives curry that distinctive yellow color and a good portion of the taste.

Turmeric contains Curcumin (the active portion) that fights inflammation.

Curcumin/turmeric has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine to treat all sorts of ailments (skin conditions, depression, digestion problems, and wounds just give a few examples). Lucky for us there have also been numerous studies done by the modern medical community and it turns out this spice packs a powerful punch. It has antiseptic/antibacterial, anti-cancer, and anti-inflammation properties as well as digestion benefits. And it may help protect from liver damage! Remember that after Christmas and New Years 😉 For more reading – the University of Maryland has a nice article http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/turmeric-000277.htm

Personally I love making curry and this is just one more reason to add it to my diet (plus the ginger in curry is a strong anti-inflammatory). For some yummy curries tryindianfoodforever.com

Or try sprinkling turmeric over steamed veggies or baked chicken (it’s also really good with hard boiled eggs)

If turmeric just isn’t your thing I think it is worth stopping by the health food store and picking up some turmeric capsules.

If you have any questions or would like to see a post on a particular topic let me know!

Favorite Products: Maranatha Roasted Creamy Almond Butter

Almond Butter vs. Peanut Butter  –  and my favorite brand (Maranatha)

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I love this stuff. It is tried and true and is perfect in its simplicity. Want to know what the ingredients are?…Almonds…Dry Roasted Almonds…Done.
Its smooth creamy goodness and somehow they eliminated that grainy feel so many brands struggle with. Oh and the best part…look up – it’s the ingredients. They don’t add any oils preservatives or sweeteners (Start checking labels because many of your favorite brands do).

Additionally – while there are many brands that are also just pure almonds (look for local brands or your health food stores in house offering) this particular brand is by far the most cost effective if your local Costco carries it ( it comes in at $8 for around 3 cups of almond butter). Thought the brand offers many different versions ( crunchy, creamy etc) Costco only carries creamy…because it’s awesome.

To be honest I’ve been buying this since long before Costco had it and I could still justify the Whole Foods / Trader Joes price tag.

Here is how the nutritional info stacks against peanut butter

Almond Butter
Serving size: 2 tablespoons

Ingredients: Dry Roasted Almonds

Calories: 180
Sugar: 2g
Carbohydrates: 6g
Protein: 7g

Skippy Creamy Peanut Butter
Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

Ingredients: Roasted Peanuts, Sugar, Hydrogenated Vegetable oils (Cotton seed, soybean and rapeseed), Salt.

Calories: 190
Sugar: 3g
Carbohydrates: 7g
Proteins: 7g

So side-by-side the Nutritional information looks pretty close. Almond butter has the same protein, less carbs, less sugar and less calories and NO hydrogenated vegitable oils.

Hydrogenated oils are not the way to go and they are using the worst kinds. In addition to the oils, peanuts are very inflammatory

(here is a link on that:http://lisabryant.hubpages.com/hub/What-is-the-Anti-Inflammatory-Diet-and-How-Can-it-Treat-Diabetes–Relieve-Arthritis-and-Prevent-Cancer)

If you could make a healthy swap today why wouldn’t you? Give almond butter a try!