Jan 202015
 

The buzz words for this year are detox and cleanse! If you are jump starting your system this year, these Cleansing Cucumber Rolls will fit the bill perfectly.

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Who isn’t detoxing or cleansing these days?

People have all kinds of methods of rebooting their internal systems. One of my favorite ways is to combine real, whole foods with organic cleansing systems. I have done a 7 day detox and a 21 day detox and feel AMAZING after booth – but the key is to continue with the clean foods after your stricter detox period ends. Right now I’m mixing some herbal cleanse products along with fresh lemon and raw apple cider vinegar in warm water each morning, followed up by a green smoothie of filtered water, raw kale, citrus and a greens product that has organic dried mushrooms for increased vitamin D, improved immune function, as well as weight management.

One thing to keep in mind - if you are in it for the weight loss you’re doing it for the wrong reason.

Doing something for temporary weight loss is never sustainable. Make the decision to cleanse and eat healthy so you feel better. The weight loss will come along with it, and you won’t be stressing about every pound. In fact, I don’t even weigh myself any more. I simply notice difference in sleep, energy, and as an added benefit, my clothes are a bit looser.

Which foods are the most cleansing? There are so many! Here are my top 10 and why. 

Top 10 Cleansing Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Top 10 Cleansing Foods ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Lemon: Aids in breaking up built up toxins so your body can flush them away. Clears digestive tract.
Chia: Acts like a sponge, sucking up acid and toxins and scrubbing your intestines. Use organic chia grown along the equator that has been opened for highest nutrient content and absorption. My favorite pick!
RAW Apple Cider Vinegar: Natural cleansing and healing properties. Antibiotic and antiseptic.  Alkalizes the body.
Garlic: Used in traditional medicine to cleanse colon and liver.
Greens: Super high in antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and nutrients. Scrubs intestines of junk and makes you glow!
Red Bell Pepper: One of the most powerful sources of Carotenoids and Vitamin C on the planet. Has fiber and nutrients to help fuel the body’s natural cleansing functions.
Pink and Red Grapefruit: Ranks among the highest in antioxidant content. May slow the progression of atherosclerosis. High in Limonin which is a cancer fighter. Clears digestive tract.
Cayenne Pepper: Stimulates circulation and neutralizes acidity. My grandfather used to drink two teaspoons in water every morning (among other macrobiotic regimens) and lived for over 25 years with ALS. Coincidence?
Cucumber: 
Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. High water content to flush toxins.
Broccoli:
Cleansing for the liver

These Cucumber rolls are perfect to go along with your cleansing regimen!

They are light, crisp, raw and satisfying – the hint of lemon gives it a perfect balance of acid and carrots add a bit of sweetness. Use any kind of hummus you like – even a raw one made from soaked cashews.

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Cleansing Cucumber Rolls

Makes 8 Rolls, or 2 Servings of 4 Rolls Each
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 cucumber, sliced thinly lengthwise
2 carrots, chopped into matchsticks
1/2 cup sunflower seed sprouts
1/2 cup thinly sliced purple cabbage (about 4 leaves)
3 Tbsp hummus (plus extra for dipping)
Sea salt (Optional)
Juice 1/2 lemon

Directions

1. Lay out each of 8 cucumber slices; divide evenly and layer the carrot, sprouts, and cabbage towards one end of each cucumber; spoon 1 teaspoon of hummus over the vegetables; sprinkle with sea salt if desired; roll cucumber slices around vegetables to make a roll; finish with a squeeze of lemon over all rolls.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 91.7
Total Fat 2.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.4 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 208.7 mg
Potassium 534.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 15.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.9 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 4.0 g

Vitamin A 158.7 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 12.2 %
Vitamin C 50.6 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 2.2 %
Calcium 6.3 %
Copper 10.4 %
Folate 14.3 %
Iron 7.5 %
Magnesium 11.3 %
Manganese 21.8 %
Niacin 6.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 5.6 %
Phosphorus 10.1 %
Riboflavin 6.4 %
Selenium 1.2 %
Thiamin 9.2 %
Zinc 6.4 %

*Percent Daily Values for Cleansing Cucumber Rolls are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Eat Whole Foods

Eat Whole Foods

 Posted by at 2:37 pm
Jan 112015
 

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing is perfect for the beautiful, sun-drenched Florida citrus that is in season right now. It is delicious massaged into a kale salad, or even just over a bed of lettuce.

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

Let’s Talk Trends

There are TONS of 2015 trend predictions out there. Some of them I’m not so sure about, such as the new MC Hammer Yoga Pant.

MC Hammer Yoga Pant

MC Hammer Yoga Pant

And a disturbing food trend towards butter – not only for the ethical reasons, but also for health reasons.

Others are so tremendous that they should be adopted as classics. My three favorite such trends for this year are…..

1. Whole Foods. It’s about time! Predictions state that we will start turning our backs on processed foods and start focusing our attention on REAL FOOD. I can’t tell you how many times I am checking out at the grocery store when someone behind me has soda, Gatorade, chips, frozen dinners, breads and desserts – spending exorbitant sums of money on nutrient deficient food-like substances.

2. Unique Produce. Kholrabi, Daikon radish, Calabaza squash, Romanesco cauliflower – things most people don’t normally eat. Consuming this variety of produce will give people a diversified number of vitamins and minerals that are so beneficial for health.

This is the perfect time for me to mention joining a CSA/Farm Share. CSA is called shot for Community Supported Agriculture. People come together at the start of the growing season and pay a farmer for a share of their vegetables that season. You pay up front and then collect your vegetables every week, or every other week, depending on what you decide. If you are in North Florida be sure to check out KyV Farm as well as my Green Resources page for additional options.

 

Luscious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

Luscious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

3. Fermented Foods. I recently received my copy of the Beauty Detox Solution by Kimberly Snyder that I had mentioned in my last post (yay!) and in one of the chapters she discusses fermented foods – fermented vegetables in particular. She has a recipe for a probiotic and enzyme rich salad made by sealing raw cabbage in container and allowing the natural lactobacillus bacteria to grow and create a wholesome, probiotic-rich food.

The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You

I can’t wait to try all her recipes – including a fermented salad recipe. You can find lots of her yummy recipes here.


 

This Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing fits well into the first two categories. I simply combined a variety of vegetables from my own garden and my CSA with KyV Farm such as several kale and lettuce varieties, heirloom tomatoes, green onions etc. and topped them with this mouth-watering, fresh citrus vinaigrette made from Meyer lemon and a variety of fruits pulled off the trees around my home. I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does!

Do you have any food predictions for 2015? What would you like to see? Are there any that disturb you?


Lucious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

Lucious Lemon Citrus Vinaigrette

 Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing

About 5-6 2-Tbsp Servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1/4 cup fresh citrus juice (I used Meyer lemon, orange and Satsuma)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp agave, coconut nectar or local honey
1/4 to 1/3 cup cold pressed, unrefined olive oil

Directions

1. Blend fresh squeezed citrus, salt, pepper, mustard and sweetener in a blender; slowly drizzle olive oil until emulsified.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
5 Servings (2-Tbsp)
Amount Per Serving

Calories 117.9
Total Fat 11.2 g
Saturated Fat 1.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 188.7 mg
Potassium 32.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 5.6 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 4.0 g
Protein 0.1 g

Vitamin A 0.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.7 %
Vitamin C 18.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 0.1 %
Calcium 0.2 %
Copper 0.4 %
Folate 0.8 %
Iron 0.1 %
Magnesium 0.4 %
Manganese 0.3 %
Niacin 0.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.3 %
Phosphorus 0.2 %
Riboflavin 0.2 %
Selenium 0.1 %
Thiamin 0.5 %
Zinc 0.1 %

*Percent Daily Values for Luscious Lemon Citrus Dressing are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Make Time to Do What You Love

Make Time to Do What You Love

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Jan 052015
 

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta is my new seasonal favorite dish – easy to prepare, full of flavor and is versatile enough to continue changing with the seasons.

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

It was like stepping into another planet when we got out of our truck to visit our friends from college, Don and Kathy, who live in South Florida. It was a world of Ferraris and Lamborghinis, of personal shoppers at Neiman Marcus, thousand dollar shoes, of late night partying, glitz and glamour.

Being a girl from New England that grew up in a middle-class American family I am amazed at the differences between how people live.

Everyone I met was so nice and genuinely were caring people. I just couldn’t help but feel out of place. I’ve come across people with wealth – my next-door neighbor lives in a beautiful home on the river and is rich by definition.

 I can’t say I live in poverty either. I have been very blessed and Chris and I have worked very hard. But compared to the group we met, we are paupers.

We knew Don and Kathy from the time they lived modest lives, working hard to get them to the point of affluence. We are so proud of them and are so grateful to know such genuine and loving people. They have a BEAUTIFUL home and tons of nice things – yet are so grounded.

It was their friends, Craig and Melanie that we were visiting on New Year’s Eve that are off the charts wealthy. They live in a huge, extravagant development employing an army of landscapers, maids, butlers, and other various staff. As the story went, Melanie’s grandfather had started a business and later sold it for $400 million.

 Four. Hundred. Million. Dollars.

 It’s hard for most of us to even imagine. All of the money was then willed to Melanie’s dad who shared it with his family. They spend their days doing philanthropy work and run an event business.

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been reading Napoleon Hill’s book, Think and Grow Rich. In the book, the plan encourages one to set the level of wealth they wish to acquire and fixate that in their mind with a clear plan of what they intend to give in return. As a diehard lover of camping, and the show Tiny House Nation, I began to grapple with the idea of desiring such a lifestyle. People in this community live in cavernous homes, most of the rooms never to be used. Here I am, reading my book and supposedly planning for wealth beyond my wildest imagination when I suddenly began to struggle with the question:

 Do I really want all this?

I suppose you don’t have to have such a large house and attend swanky soirées. But do I even want the responsibility that goes along with obtaining such wealth?
I mean, how does one know if one’s friends are real or if they only associate with them because of wealth?

I suppose just by writing this I have answered my own question.

I don’t ever want to try to keep up with the Joneses. It is exhausting.

It would be one thing if the money dropped in my lap, and a totally different scenario to desire it enough to focus on that amount and make the decision to do anything it takes to get there.

 I know in my heart that I do have a burning desire for a significant income so that I can help others and live a comfortable life myself, but not necessarily to obtain more stuff. After working for so long in corporate America, sitting in a cubicle in order to acquire material things, I realized what I really value is time, a connection with nature, and my family. It was never more apparent than when I lost my dad so suddenly.

He passed away and all his material things were still left. You can’t take them with you.

Though I’m not where I want to be as far as income goes, I’ve made the decision to enjoy the ride, to always be learning, and to make real connections with people.

I’m so glad we went to visit our friends because it helped me make a few decisions about the direction I want to go. And I even learned a few things that inspired me.

 Kathy is a healthy eater too. She prepared a delicious pesto pasta dish before our night out at Melanie’s. The pasta was so delicious that I knew I had to recreate it when I returned home. The pesto was the perfect dressing for the warm pasta – and she used fresh tomatoes from her garden.

This dish is my version of the one she made; but using kale from my garden and sweet peppers from my CSA at KyV Farm since I didn’t have tomatoes on hand.

Kathy’s fresh pesto inspired me to make a few positive changes in my diet.

A few of the changes I want to make when it comes to diet are to eat more raw, dehydrated and fermented foods.

Raw:
While we were there visiting, Kathy pulled out a book to try and find a recipe before she made the pesto. I browsed through and fell in love and ordered it right away! SO many simple, fresh and raw recipes – stay tuned for variations of them this year!


The Beauty Detox Foods: Discover the Top 50 Beauty Foods That Will Transform Your Body and Reveal a More Beautiful You

Consuming raw foods is such a great way to preserve the enzymes that are lost in the cooking process.

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Dehydrated:

Next I plan to use my Excalibur dehydrator more. It is a great way to add variety to raw foods and to preserve extra fruits and veggies.

 Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Fermented:

Finally, I want to add more fermented foods. My daughter’s naturopathic doctor has added fermented foods as part of the recovery of her diagnosed Leaky Gut. I think that fermented foods would do us all good. Fermentation is when a food goes through a lactofermentation process that preserves the food, creates enzymes, probiotics, B-vitamins and Omega 3’s. The key for my 6-year old is the probiotics to aid in digestion. I was told these German fermentation crocks are the best – but one can also ferment in glass jars as well.

7 L (1.9 Gal) K&K Keramik German Made Fermenting Crock Pot , Kerazo F2

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

 

Ingredients

8oz quinoa pasta noodles
1 bunch kale, de-stemmed
Handful fresh green onions
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup cold pressed olive oil
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp pine nuts
2 Tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 cup sliced sweet peppers

Directions

1. Cook pasta to package directions and set aside.

2. Blend kale, green onions, garlic, olive oil, salt and pine nuts in a blender; toss over pasta; stir in sweet peppers.

Estimated Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 275.3
Total Fat 11.5 g
Saturated Fat 1.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3.6 g
Monounsaturated Fat 5.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 226.6 mg
Potassium 548.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 39.7 g
Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
Sugars 2.8 g
Protein 7.7 g

Vitamin A 485.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 16.9 %
Vitamin C 229.9 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 12.1 %
Calcium 12.7 %
Copper 20.8 %
Folate 8.2 %
Iron 17.1 %
Magnesium 17.1 %
Manganese 67.0 %
Niacin 6.6 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.4 %
Phosphorus 9.9 %
Riboflavin 12.5 %
Selenium 2.5 %
Thiamin 14.3 %
Zinc 10.7 %

*Percent Daily Values for Garlic Kale Pesto Pasta are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Please note:
The names in my story were changed for privacy.

This post contains affiliate links. These are products I love or that I’m saving for. My dad left me his gorgeous Excalibur dehydrator when he passed away and it is something I treasure. The fermentation crock is something I’m saving for. For now I am using jars. Should you choose to purchase any of these items I would be so grateful if you would use the links I provided. This will support the cost of running this blog – I receive a few pennies on the dollar at no additional cost to you. Many thanks!

Do the Best

Dec 292014
 

Time to get back to my roots with Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice. Simple. Seasonal. Delicious.

Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

…one of the tricks of opportunity. It has a sly habit of slipping in by the back door, and often comes disguised in the form of misfortune or temporary defeat. Perhaps this is why so many fail to recognize opportunity. ~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

A shocking email landed in my inbox just before Christmas. My consulting work with one local business that I really enjoyed had been absorbed into other internal roles. After a year of event planning – cooking demos, workshops, dinners and more, that experience had come to a very sudden end.  Though I knew there would be changes coming, and it was not personal, my ego was bruised because I wasn’t told in person and the timing of the holidays made it tough to answer questions about how my favorite consulting gig was going.

Thoughts are things.~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

Instead of being defeated, I got up and brushed myself off. I made the decision to shift my focus. I picked up my book “Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill”, about the power of positive thinking and visualization.

I took a moment to be grateful for the side business that I started in 2012.

My network marketing business. I can feel the eyebrows raising, so let me first explain. Network marketing, the REAL network marketing, is something everyone should do. Not the hyped up, over the top, say-anything-to-swindle-me kind of thing that exists in everyone’s imagination (that exists in corporate America too), I’m talking about the develop yourself, empower yourself, confidence building, seek to help others, overcome negativity, give hope and health kind of business. If it wasn’t for that business, I would never have come across this book. Though my side business doesn’t define me, it is not all I’ll ever do, it is part of how I have become who I am, and as I shift focus to my passion of finding a way to help children, animals, the environment and people in general, I use my business knowledge as a stepping stone to get where I want to go.

One of the weaknesses of mankind is the average person’s familiarity with the word “impossible”. ~ Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich

For 2015 here is what I’ve decided to do.

Business:
I will gather myself, take a step forward every day towards my dreams and goals, and always be open to opportunity. Working with this business was only part of my consulting role (though a large part that I loved). I also enjoy educating others about food, cooking, essential oils etc. I will continue on with that, as well as continue with my own education.  I will always consider myself a student.
I am working on a product that will combine all the areas I’m passionate about. I will finalize and launch this year.
I will consider and make a decision about creating a mastermind group – a group of business minded and open minded people just as concerned about health, environment, animals and people as I am. Once the decision is made, I know we will find each other.

Blog:
I will finish the cookbook I spent the day working on after I received that email and will have it published by the end of January.
I will figure out how to revamp this blog to get rid of formatting issues. Somehow the photos end up scattered and I can’t figure out why!
I will continue to seek ways to increase my photography skills.

Spiritual:
I will spend time each day reading a motivational and inspirational work.
Each morning I will continue my focus on visualizing the future I desire as if I have already achieved it; focus on gratitude and spend time being present.
Once per day I will watch a video that enriches my spirit. I found Gabrielle Bernstein’s website and signed up for her email updates at http://gabbyb.tv/

What I’m letting go of:
Self judgment
Self doubt
Worry and anxiety


 As Marie Forleo says, the best discussions happen after the post. I would love to hear from you.

Have you been dealt a surprising setback at an inopportune time? How did you deal with it?
or
What are your focuses for 2015? What do you want to let go of?

Leave a comment and someone else that has experienced the same thing!

Did something in this post resonate with you? If so, share with others!


These greens were perfect to get me back on track. Tender zucchini and flavorful and nutritious beet greens were just what I needed. It is so nourishing for body and spirit to eat simply and seasonally. Beet greens are rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene and lutein/zeaxanthin ~ high in antioxidants and provide wonderful benefits for the eyes. They may even aid in the prevention of macular degeneration.

Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

Sautéed Beet Greens with Zucchini and Brown Rice

 Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves 4
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/2 onion, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 zucchini, chopped (Kyv Farm CSA)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Fresh ground pepper
4 cups of beet greens (KyV Farm CSA)
2 cups cooked rice
1 tsp cider vinegar
Hot Sauce or crushed red pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Heat skillet over medium high heat; add olive oil; add onion, sauté about 4 minutes; add garlic sauté 2 minutes, add zucchini, cook 7 minutes; add beet greens 5 minutes; add cooked rice and vinegar; taste and re-season if necessary.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 163.3
Total Fat 4.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 2.5 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 234.4 mg
Potassium 512.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 27.9 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Sugars 1.0 g
Protein 3.7 g

Vitamin A 58.1 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 6.0 %
Vitamin C 25.1 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.2 %
Calcium 5.7 %
Copper 6.3 %
Folate 4.0 %
Iron 7.7 %
Magnesium 9.7 %
Manganese 14.4 %
Niacin 1.9 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.7 %
Phosphorus 4.2 %
Riboflavin 6.3 %
Selenium 1.2 %
Thiamin 4.4 %
Zinc 1.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


You have the power

You have the power

Dec 182014
 

Everyone is looking for last minute gift ideas – how about an idea for some last minute homemade gifts that are super easy and everyone will appreciate?

Just for you I paired everyone’s two favorite scents together to bring to you my top secret formula.

Lavender Peppermint Holiday

This is my FAVORITE of the last minute homemade gifts I have created. Peppermint is wonderful for cold and flu fighting, is great for focus, memory enhancement and stress relief.  Pair this with the relaxing smell of lavender – with it’s wonderful anti-anxiety properties, and you have a winning combination that everyone will appreciate.

I use this during and after my yoga class to promote focus, after bath or shower, and even in my car to add a lovely fresh, scent.

You can use the same formula to mix up any scents you like and make a variety of gifts. Try clove for men and fresh for air freshener and cleaning.


Lavender Peppermint Spray ~ Florida Coastal Cooking

Lavender Peppermint Spray

Lavender Peppermint Spray

Vegan
Serves 1
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

10-15 drops lavender essential oil
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin
Filtered Water

Directions

1. Add essential oils to bottle; add vegetable glycerin, fill remainder of bottle with filtered water; shake well.

2. Tie twine around the neck of the bottle; print free downloadable labels or any label; using a hold punch a hole in the label and secure with the twine.


Where to Purchase Ingredients On Line:

Essential Oils:

The brand of oils I use is called Genesis Pure – they are 100% certified organic and ultra-pure, but feel free to use any brand you like – just be sure to stick with the purest forms. They should smell like the plant – not synthetic home fragrance. If you wish to order Genesis Pure, you can use my number US11065661 to do so.

Here are a few other brands you can try:

NOW Foods Lavender Oil, 4 ounce

Peppermint Essential Oil 4 Oz Quantity!

Everything else you’ll need:

Twine to hang your tag!

Vegetable Glycerine, 4 Ounce

4oz Cobalt Blue Bottles – Set of Four

 

Find Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags Like These on Pinterest

holiday1 Tags

These are by InkTreePress


Finally, remember to be present during the holiday season. So many times we are in such a rush that we forget to enjoy ourselves and the festivities.

DISCLOSURE: This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. That means, if you use that link to buy something from Amazon, I will earn a few pennies on the dollar at no additional cost to you. I only like to products I like and use myself.

Aug 192014
 

Last year I was mad as hell seeing what kids at my daughter’s school were eating. It could NOT be called food! Join my crusade to FIGHT BACK. This is my post on healthier plant-based vegan back to school lunches.

You guys – we need to start getting PISSED about what kids are eating. Let’s control for ourselves and make the time to help our children eat healthy. We cannot rely on the government with their “do as I say, not as I do” mentality. On one hand they support eating fruits and vegetables, on the other hand, all the crop subsidies go to GMO corn, wheat and soy. They consider fruits and vegetables a “specialty crop”. What?! Talk about mixed messages. For those of us not on subsidized meal programs it’s time to boycott school lunch!  Support programs such as Tour de Fresh – organizations working to bring fresh salads and education to schools.

This is a real example of a kindergarten school lunch last year. These children are not in an impoverished area. Compared to the rest of the world, this district is considered affluent, with some of the best schools in the country. What a great “balanced lunch” option.

#lunchFAIL

#lunchFAIL

Yes there was a vegetable option but do the kids choose it? NO! Kids need EDUCATION. Studies show they are more likely to choose healthier options if they are taught what the healthier option is and why. Getting them involved is also essential. Join a farm share and have them pick vegetables for themselves!

Ha! Good timing. KyV’s Farm Share is available for fall right now!  

TAKE BACK LUNCH

Let’s give up the excuses and start packing a variety of healthy lunches that aren’t packed with puss filled dairy and nitrate-filled processed meats and GMO wheat.

WE need to eat healthy first. Use these ideas for your own lunch!

Do not let your child end up like THIS:

 

GREAT LINKS:

Tons of Bento Box ideas, Veggie Bento Love

Vegan Lunch Recipes (with downloadable cookbook), Eating Well

50 Vegan Sandwiches, Connoisseurus Veg

 Veg Kitchen, ideas and recipes!

FCC TIPS:

  • Make lunches for two or three days in a row so you can grab-and-go.
  • Ditch the plastic bags! Use re-usable containers, utensils and washable napkins. You will save money in the end. Promise.
  • When in doubt try Pinterest for ideas.
  • Use your muffin tin to create quinoa, NON-DAIRY cheese and veggie meal muffins.
  • Break out the cookie cutter to cut fun shapes out of fruits, veggies and sandwiches!
  • DO be sensitive to kids with allergies. Even if your child doesn’t have them – it is horrific for parents that do. I just paid $253.00 for an epi pen AFTER insurance AND a coupon. It SUCKS so don’t complain if you can’t give your kid peanut butter. You could be buying epi pens instead.
  • For children on subsidized lunch programs – there are ways to make very inexpensive and healthy lunches. With planning it can be done. Contact me and I will walk you through it.

RECIPES:

SANDWICHES, WRAPS AND ‘ZA

Collard Sushi

Collard Sushi

Crazy Collard Sushi (Minus Sprouts)

 

Fu Wrap

Fu Wrap

Fu Wrap

BB, Banana and Hummus Wrap

BB, Banana and Hummus Wrap

Black Bean, Banana and Hummus Wrap (subtract the onion)

Mini Pizzas (Photo care of Lunch Box Bunch)

Mini Pizzas (Photo care of Lunch Box Bunch)

Mini Pizza from Lunch Box Bunch!

BBQ Bella Tempeh Joe

BBQ Bella Tempeh Joe

Is your kid a Sloppy Joe lover? Try this BBQ Bella and Tempeh Sandwich

SOUPS

Watermelon Gazpacho, Eating Well

Watermelon Gazpacho, Eating Well

Gazpacho Recipes (Cold Soups), Eating Well

Bowl Licking Good Lentil Soup

Bowl Licking Good Lentil Soup

Bowl Licking Good Lentil Soup. Kid tested, mother approved.

GRAINS

Apple Fried Rice

Apple Fried Rice, from Swasthi’s Recipes

Apple Fried Rice from Swasthi’s Recipes

Sweet Citrus Barley

Sweet Citrus Barley

Sweet Citrus Barley with Pistachios

Pineapple Fu with Basmati Rice

Pineapple Fu with Basmati Rice

Pineapple Fu with Basmati Rice

SALADS

Nut butter, Raisin and Barley Salad

Nut butter, Raisin and Barley Salad

Nut butter, Raisin, Apple and Barley Salad (Sub sunflower seed butter for peanut butter.)

Quinoa Salad in a Jar

Quinoa Salad in a Jar

Salad in a Jar

Veggie Pasta Salad

Veggie Pasta Salad

One of my favorite pasta salads! Add any protein. Use brown rice pasta for gluten free option.

Snazzy Salad

Snazzy Salad

I love this idea for making a “salad” with fun shapes they can dip. Photo care of Parenting Mag.

CRAZINESS

Breakfast for lunch!

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Overnight Oats

Fruit and Yogurt Calcium Bowl

Fruit and Yogurt Calcium Bowl

Plain, non-dairy yogurt with fresh fruit

Cereal for Lunch

Cereal for Lunch

Cereal for lunch! I love these ONE INGREDIENT puffs. Add a side of homemade non-dairy milk and fresh fruit. Fun!

SNACKS

All Natural Zucchini Muffins

All Natural Zucchini Muffins

All Natural Zucchini Muffins, All-Time Top Reader Fav

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus

Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus,
Serve with celery, carrots, broccoli, tomatoes etc. (See that snazzy salad above!)


Nut and Gluten Free Granola

 Here is a delicious snack and topping idea for yogurt or banana ice cream. It is nut, grain and dairy free. Enjoy!

Nut and Gluten Free Granola

Nut and Gluten Free Granola

Nut and Gluten Free Granola

Serves about 8 1/4 cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 Tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup dried bananas
1/4 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chopped crystalized ginger (optional)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup non- dairy chocolate chips
1/8 tsp sea salt

Directions

1. Spread coconut oil over a small baking sheet; toss all remaining ingredients together directly on the baking sheet to coat with coconut oil; toast 3-4 minutes, or until just browned.

Nutrition Facts
8 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 151.2
Total Fat 8.8 g
Saturated Fat 4.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.4 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 36.8 mg
Potassium 97.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber 2.0 g
Sugars 13.2 g
Protein 2.4 g
Vitamin A 0.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 2.2 %
Vitamin C 0.4 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 10.2 %
Calcium 0.8 %
Copper 4.5 %
Folate 2.4 %
Iron 3.7 %
Magnesium 1.7 %
Manganese 5.4 %
Niacin 1.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 5.1 %
Riboflavin 0.9 %
Selenium 4.6 %
Thiamin 0.8 %
Zinc 1.5 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


For the grand blog-post finale, my biggest secret surprise is that my daughter and I just self-published our first children’s book together on Amazon and Kindle……

It is called The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian!

The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian

The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian

Most parents want their children to be able to discover and live their passion, achieve their dreams, and succeed at what they put their mind to. 

One year ago I left my 13-year corporate job to take on the world and make it a better place, and wanted to pass that determination on to my daughter. Together we created our book, the Adventures Agnes and the Martian.

This book is our way of inspiring children on the path to following their dreams.

As a thank you for getting this far in the post and listening to me blather on, for a limited time I would like to offer – drum roll please -

A free digital copy of our book, The Adventures of Agnes and the Martian!

 email me at dawn(at)floridacoastalcooking.com for your copy!

I know, I know, you are overcome with emotion. Seriously though, it is a cute book if I do say so, and since I love ya – I just have to share. It is for readers from preschool through 1st grade. Preschool and kindergarten my need some help with the reading.

Camping MADNESS

Camping MADNESS

I would love to get your thoughts on this book as I attempt to learn how to market a self-published book with no background in marketing. Who knows, I might fall flat on my face, or I might help my daughter soar with the eagles!

If you like it, and could share it on social media, or even better, review on Amazon, I would forever be in your debt.

She acted out the scenes in all the photos, and then (with a bit of help) tried her hand at drawing in the “Martian”. This was a bedtime story my Nana used to tell me as a child, and now I get to pass it on to my daughter, and children everywhere. We are even planning the next book already and I’m thinking we might call it, Camping Madness with the Martian and Agnes. What do you think?

Jul 302014
 

 Your alarm wakes up out of a dead sleep and you hit the snooze button…. four times. Finally you drag yourself out of bed, get dressed and when you walk out the door a wall of heat and humidity hits. It is time to fight back naturally with hydrating FOODS for Summer.

Hydrating Foods

Hydrating Foods

Recently I led a workshop at Native Sun about fighting summer fatigue and having more energy naturally.  The research is so surprising, I just can’t keep it to myself!.

Interestingly, one of the primary ways to fight back is through proper hydration, and hydrating foods should always be first on your list. The chart above shows some top hydrating foods. One of the BEST and simplest salads to hydrate is mixture of fresh berries, cucumber and watermelon.

Now let’s talk about the effects of dehydration.  Dehydration impairs your thinking, digestion, energy, how you move, aches and pains and can even age your skin.  It can be one of the main reasons for headaches, dizziness and irritability.

Taking in too little fluid is a major cause – your body loses fluid and electrolytes. Electrolytes are minerals in your body fluids that carry an electric charge. Why is this important? Because they affect the acidity and pH balance in your body, they regulate the amount of water you retain, and they are not found in water. They are in natural sodium, calcium and potassium to name a few.

Water Content of Fruits and Vegetables

Source

In turn, one great way to hydrate properly in the summer is not only through water, but also through sodium balance!

The right kind of sodium is key to proper body function. It keeps fluids in balance, maintains blood pressure, digestion and metabolism, supports muscles and nerves, and is key for calcium absorption. It has even been called the “youth mineral” because of it’s benefits for our joint and ligaments – keeping them young and healthy.

A word of caution when it comes to sodium balance and endurance athletes or anyone working outside in the heat – you are at higher risk of hyponatremia. Hyponatremia is when your blood sodium falls below a level 135 of milliequivalents per liter (mEq/L). According to the National Institute of Health, the normal range is 135 to 145 mEq/L from depleting your sodium stores through sweat and drinking too much water. Because you lose sodium through sweat, drinking too much water during endurance activities, such as marathons and triathlons, can dilute the sodium content of your blood.

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Don’t simply add table salt.

Table salt (NaCL) is mined from underground salt mines, processed, refined and stripped of the natural sodium and then anti-caking agents are added. What you want is the true organic sodium (Na). Most Americans are actually deficient in Na and consume way too much NaCl. While table salt stores in our bodies, any excess in natural sodium will be excreted.

Instead of adding table salt to your diet, add some foods that naturally contain sodium. Natural sea salt, fruits and vegetables.

  • Beets 65 milligrams sodium per beet
  • Celery and Carrots 50 milligrams in one stalk or one carrot
  • Spinach 125 mg per cooked cup
  • Swiss chard 300 mg per cooked cup
  • Also, asparagus, barley, lentils, coconut, okra, kale, raisins, red cabbage
Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

The organic sodium in these foods actually alkalizes the body and helps neutralize acidity from fried foods, meats, cheeses, alcohol and any processed foods etc. Without organic sodium, our bodies are clever, they will neutralize the acid from the mineral stores in our bodies – including our bones.

Finally, add Omega 3’s to your diet. Many people think flax when they think Omega 3’s; however, flax is a phytoestrogen like soy, and can alter the body’s hormone balance. The best form of plant based Omega 3 I have found is milled chia. I eat two tablespoons daily of a blend called Mila and have been doing so for three years. Mila specifically has been cleaned of mold, dirt and insect pieces that you find in generic chia. It is then carefully milled, or sliced open, to create more surface area for your body to suck up the nutrients. Finally, each crop is tested for nutrient content and blended for consistent levels of fiber, Omega 3 and other vitamins and nutrients. The fats in Omega 3 foods hold on to hydration in the body and help it from being excreted. Chia has extreme absorption qualities and can absorb many times it’s weight in liquid, keeping you hydrated longer. If you have ever heard of the book Born to Run, chia is the food utilized by the Aztec Indians of the Copper Canyon. They would take chia on their long and arduous runs for nutrition and hydration!

* Info on Mila * To try some use US11065661 * Video *


Have you heard of these ideas on fighting fatigue, tiredness and dehydration? What are some of your tips?

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Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Fresh Berry and Yogurt Bowl with Mila

Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves 2
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup non-dairy yogurt
1 pint fresh berries
2 Tbsp milled chia such as Mila
Sprinkle of natural sea salt

Directions

1.  Pour 1/2 cup yogurt into each bowl; top with 1 Tbsp Mila; divide the berries evenly; sprinkle natural sea salt.

Nutrition Facts
2 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 142.3
Total Fat 5.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.7 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 188.5 mg
Potassium 109.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 16.3 g
Dietary Fiber 7.1 g
Sugars 8.2 g
Protein 8.0 g

Vitamin A 1.5 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.3 %
Vitamin C 19.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.6 %
Calcium 0.5 %
Copper 2.2 %
Folate 1.1 %
Iron 3.7 %
Magnesium 6.4 %
Manganese 10.2 %
Niacin 1.3 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.7 %
Phosphorus 6.3 %
Riboflavin 2.1 %
Selenium 0.6 %
Thiamin 2.3 %
Zinc 0.6 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Jul 102014
 

Fresh summer produce gave me the idea for this Easy Vegan Three Bean Salad. There is nothing better than vine ripened tomatoes, hearty edamame and garbanzo beans, and crisp-tender green beans dressed simply with olive oil and sea salt.

Perfect Pot Luck Salad!

Perfect Pot Luck Salad!

For cookouts, beach days, and everyday life, this is the PERFECT summer base salad. What is a base salad? Something you can add to; sautéed tofu, cashew cheese, or any protein or cheese you like.


July 4th was a whirlwind.

There was lots of time for fun and a few points of reflection.

The holiday kicked off with a cookout, followed by a beach day complete with paddle boarding and body surfing, and later that evening we watched our daughter see fire works for the first time on the boat….now THAT was cool.  There was even an unexpected limo ride the next day!

We were at our second cookout of the weekend, when suddenly there was a limo at the front door. Our friend’s landscaper/part owner of a new restaurant had sent a limo by to fetch us to enjoy food and drinks at his new place.

Then the unthinkable happened.  I got a call from my mom who had been rushed to the emergency room with chest pain.

With thoughts of my Dad‘s sudden passing in my head, I drove to the hospital. After many tests and a weekend of hospital food, she was diagnosed with severe gastrointestinal issues (not from the hospital food, but that’s a whole other story). Since she never complains about aches and pains, the pain must have been really bad at the time.

On the way home I reflected how fragile life is. After losing Dad so suddenly, I could clearly see the possibility of losing both my parents, and what was left was devastating. It made me so grateful that she is ok and back home and that I have been able to make the changes I had yearned for – leaving Corporate America, becoming self-employed, loving every minute with my small daughter and relishing the ability to be creative. Every. Day.

Has it been easy? Not always. But worth it? Yes.

I further reflected on what kept me where I was for so long.

Fear.

Fear that I might fall flat on my face, fear that I might be embarrassed, fear that I would have to work so hard and hate it, fear of failure.

There’s an old saying, if you love what you do, you never have to work a day in your life. 

It is SO true. Yes I work hard, but I enjoy every day now.

And guess what else I found out. Failure is part of success.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. ~ Wayne Gretzky

This is my wish for you. Live every day as if it is your last. If you don’t like where you are in life now, begin to take steps to change it. Don’t stay where you are out of fear. Turn off the TV. Read books that will help you in life, like How to Win Friends and Influence People. Study people like Marie Forleo and Tony Robbins. Get up early, start dreaming, planning and taking action. Take a chance, let yourself fail, get back up and keep on going.

Don’t wait.

And while you’re dreaming, I have the perfect salad to fuel you.


Are you where you want to be? Do you have changes you need to make in life? What is holding you back?


Easy Vegan Three Bean Salad

Easy Vegan Three Bean Salad

Three Bean Salad

Serves about 10 rounded 1/2 cup servings
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved or quartered
1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
12 oz fresh green beans
12 oz shelled edamame
2 green onions, sliced
1/4 cup red onion (optional)
1/4 to 1/2 tsp coarse ground sea salt
1/8 to 1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
2 to 3 Tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

Directions

1. Steam green beans until crisp-tender; about 10 minutes; remove from steamer and run under cold water and let drain. Cut into bite sized pieces.

2. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl. Toss well.

Nutrition Facts
10 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 151.6
Total Fat 5.8 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 234.8 mg
Potassium 233.4 mg
Total Carbohydrate 18.7 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Sugars 0.8 g
Protein 7.3 g

Vitamin A 13.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 14.1 %
Vitamin C 18.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 3.9 %
Calcium 6.2 %
Copper 6.7 %
Folate 12.6 %
Iron 9.7 %
Magnesium 6.6 %
Manganese 20.1 %
Niacin 2.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.6 %
Phosphorus 6.5 %
Riboflavin 4.0 %
Selenium 2.4 %
Thiamin 4.2 %
Zinc 4.2 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Three Bean Salad 

Feb 182014
 

Simple, devilishly delicious and 100% vegan, my Vegan Chorizo Nachos with Pickled Jalapeno Relish will tame your inner junk food junkie.

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

 Layers of flavor with fresh lime, zippy jalapenos, spicy chorizo and a variety of textures from crunchy tortilla chips to creamy avocado come together in this recipe to satisfy even the biggest craving.  Bring this to your next pot luck and amaze your friends that it is vegan, or halve the recipe for a fun family night.  Either way you can’t go wrong!

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

Better yet have an impromptu fiesta!

Here are some great dishes you could include:

7 Layer Dip

7 Layer Dip

Chipotle Walnut Lettuce Wraps

Chipotle Walnut Lettuce Wraps

Grilled Corn, Onion and Black Bean Salsa

Grilled Corn, Onion and Black Bean Salsa

Mexican Tortilla Bake

Mexican Tortilla Bake

Black Bean Soup with Forbidden Rice

Black Bean Soup with Forbidden Rice

For anyone that doesn’t want to use the soy chorizo, sub black beans. I was unsure if I would enjoy the Tofurky chorizo; however, it was nicely flavored and had great texture. It will be an interesting experiment to bring this to an omnivore pot luck and see if anyone can tell the difference.  The pickled jalapeno relish is what really makes this dish unique. It is spicy but not too spicy, and has a nice acidity from the vinegar to add that finished layer.

Tell me – do you eat plant based meat products every now and then or do you try and go the whole food route? I typically stick with as many whole foods as much as possible but I also realize that people switching to a meatless diet can go through an adjustment period where it is nice to have some easy options to splurge on but still stick with the program. Hopefully this gives people options!

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

Vegan Chorizo Nachos

Vegan Chorizo Nachos with Pickled Jalapeno Relish

Serves 10 (This is great for a big group!)
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

1 bag organic corn tortilla chip rounds
1 pkg chorizo style meatless crumbles, such as Tofurkey
1 cup low fat, organic refried beans
3/4 tube vegan style nacho cheese such as Teese

Pickled Jalapeno Relish
2 green onions, chopped
1 avocado, seeded and chopped
1 tomato, diced
1/4 red onion, diced
1/4 – 1/2 cup pickled jalapeno slices, chopped
1 fresh lime, juiced

Directions

1. Preheat the broiler to high.

2. Lay a bag of tortilla chip rounds on a baking sheet ; top with 1 pkg chorizo style meatless crumbles; spoon refried beans over evenly; spoon Tees nacho style cheese over evenly; broil for five minutes, or until cheese is melted.

3. Mix relish ingredients in a bowl; top broiled nachos with relish.

Nutrition Facts
10 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 319.9
Total Fat 16.2 g
Saturated Fat 3.3 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 884.1 mg
Potassium 392.5 mg
Total Carbohydrate 28.4 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Sugars 1.2 g
Protein 9.1 g

Vitamin A 9.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 3.4 %
Vitamin C 9.0 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 1.4 %
Calcium 5.3 %
Copper 2.1 %
Folate 4.7 %
Iron 10.8 %
Magnesium 1.8 %
Manganese 2.4 %
Niacin 2.1 %
Pantothenic Acid 2.9 %
Phosphorus 1.5 %
Riboflavin 1.9 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 1.6 %
Zinc 0.9 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Feb 052014
 

Stick-to-your-ribs filling, my all natural and sugar free oats with nut butter and coconut oil are full of healthy fats, fiber, zero cholesterol and only 3 grams sugar. A perfectly delicious way to start your day!

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Sugar Free Oatmeal

My Nana always told me white sugar and white flour is the devil. Back over thirty years ago she already knew so much of the information that comes out nowadays as the latest and greatest health news.

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Along with the flour and sugar comments from her, I would hear….eat mostly plants, pills are not the answer, you are what you eat, fast food will kill us.

She knew about the benefits of cayenne pepper, turmeric, macrobiotics, legumes ~ you name it, she was well versed in it.

A lot of my passion about natural food comes from my Nana. I remember browsing the aisles of small natural food stores, with their distinct earthy smell and natural light streaming through the windows. Life was slower, calmer and a little more relaxed when I stepped through the doors.  I could browse around and choose a healthy snack like dates rolled in shredded coconut.

She recently passed away right before Christmas ~ just shy of her 100th birthday. We miss her dearly but her long life was a testament to her health.

These oats are an ode to my Nana. She served me a similar breakfast every morning when I would stay with her.

Nana ~ we love you. Cheers to your long life!

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Sugar Free Oats with Nut Butter and Coconut Oil

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

 Ingredients

1 cup rolled oats**
1 3/4 cup unsweet vanilla non dairy milk or water
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 ripe banana
4 tsp nut butter
4 tsp coconut oil
1/4 cup nut/seed mix (raisins, sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds etc.)

**Be sure to use gluten free oatmeal for a gluten free meal

Directions

1. Heat oatmeal, milk, salt, coconut and banana over medium high heat, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until oats are soft, about 7-10 minutes.

2. Divide oatmeal mixture into four mugs; top each with 1 tsp nut butter, 1 tsp coconut oil and 1 Tbsp nut/seed mixture.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 252.6
Total Fat 16.2 g
Saturated Fat 4.8 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 3.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 161.3 mg
Potassium 208.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23.1 g
Dietary Fiber 4.1 g
Sugars 3.2 g
Protein 6.1 g

Vitamin A 4.3 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 5.4 %
Vitamin C 1.8 %
Vitamin D 10.2 %
Vitamin E 20.5 %
Calcium 19.3 %
Copper 7.5 %
Folate 3.3 %
Iron 10.0 %
Magnesium 8.2 %
Manganese 12.7 %
Niacin 6.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.7 %
Phosphorus 5.9 %
Riboflavin 2.8 %
Selenium 0.8 %
Thiamin 3.6 %
Zinc 3.1 %

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.