Nov 052013
 

Warm Harvest Apple Breakfast features warm apples, pie spices and lots of healthy seeds over a bed of any grain you choose. In this case I chose my favorite grain – oats – but in their purest form. The oat groat.

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Can you feel it in the air?

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Harvest Apple Breakfast

The cooler weather, scents of sage and thyme, fall leaves and the holidays just around the corner.

Before you (and I) start hyperventilating about all the things we need to get done, let’s stop and take a breath.
Are you the kind of person that can’t wait for the holidays or one that gets so stressed out that you wish they would go away? (Not mentioning any names – my husband Chris.)

I saw this well-timed Jim Rohn quote on facebook and it reminds me to stop and focus on the important people and things in my life. Obviously there needs to be a balance of getting things accomplished and having time; instead of plopping down in front of the TV, this quote motivates me to use that time to be with people that mean something to me or do something nice for myself instead.  I remind myself that I’ll never get that hour back that I watched TV.

Jim Rhone

Instead, maybe I’ll do something like this with my daughter (ironically I also got this off facebook so it looks like I need to put the facbeook down. See, look at how aware I’m becoming. Ha!)

Hand Ornament

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Harvest Apple Breakfast

This breakfast is one of those ways you can slow down and share a warm meal with the people you love.  Oat groats take about 45 minutes to cook but you won’t have to babysit them. Put them on the stove with the other ingredients and know that in just under an hour a very hearty and delicious will be ready for you and your family.  Oat groats are stick-to-your-ribs filling so the serving size is 2/3 cup.

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Cheers to you, my readers and many thanks for all the times you visit me and share in my life. May your holidays be warm and blessed!

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Harvest Apple Breakfast

Warm Harvest Apple Breakfast

Serves 4
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe

Ingredients

2/3 cup oat groats (Gluten Free for Celiac)
3 cups water
1 banana, chopped
1 apple, chopped
1/2 cup unsweet vanilla almond milk
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp Mila chia, ground
2 Tbsp flax, ground
2 Tbsp unhulled sesame seeds, ground
2 Tbsp raisins
2 Tbsp dried cranberries

Directions

1. Heat oatmeal, water, banana, apple, milk, salt, cinnamon, chia, flax, unhulled sesame seeds, raisins and cranberries in a small saucepan over medium high heat until bubbling; cover, reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes; remove cover, stir and simmer an additional 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts 
4 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 228.4
Total Fat 8.6 g
Saturated Fat 1.1 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 171.6 mg
Potassium 238.6 mg
Total Carbohydrate 37.6 g
Dietary Fiber 9.4 g
Sugars 9.4 g
Protein 8.0 g

Vitamin A 1.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 8.2 %
Vitamin C 5.5 %
Vitamin D 3.1 %
Vitamin E 7.2 %
Calcium 15.7 %
Copper 11.1 %
Folate 2.1 %
Iron 15.5 %
Magnesium 6.3 %
Manganese 9.0 %
Niacin 1.7 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.7 %
Phosphorus 4.4 %
Riboflavin 2.3 %
Selenium 0.7 %
Thiamin 3.4 %
Zinc 2.6 %

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

Jun 182012
 
I have more good news and bad news.
The bad news is that we’re all so busy.  Who the heck has time to 1) eat healthy, and 2) wash the stupid blender?
Between working full time, spending time with family and friends, working out at the gym and going to yoga, writing a food blog, planning farm events, going camping, and starting my business, I don’t have much time left.
The good news is that I have found the solution to breakfast on those days you don’t have a spare minute.
Or at least my mom has.  She came up with this idea to mix Mila, a type of sliced, non GMO, organically grown blend of chia seeds, in with pre-made smoothie, unsweet almond milk and a bit of ice-cold water to thin.  I’m sure this has been done by someone else; but mom, you’re getting the credit this time.
Everyone knows how great Omega3s are for us and everyone says they don’t have time to eat well but lucky for us Mila has more nutrition in one scoop than some people get in a week.  The trouble is that some folks aren’t sure the about the texture of this little, raw, nutrient packed seed, so this is a way to get your Mila in that is easy and tasty.  Mila is smooth – not gritty like regular chia can be, the almond milk is creamy and the smoothie mix adds a bit of fruitiness (or fruit and veggie-ness); they all blend together to make a satisfying smoothie that is great to take on the go.
This no-blender smoothie will make your life easier and your health better.
Cheers!
Mila Almond No-Blender Smoothie
Serves 1
Vegan, Gluten Free

Ingredients

1 scoop Mila  (To buy Mila)
1/3 cup smoothie Mix (I used Bolthouse Farms Carrot, Berry or Green Goddess)
1/2 cup unsweet almond milk
1/4 cold water

Directions

1. Stir all ingredients together.

Nutrition Facts (Based on Bolthouse Farms Carrot Juice)
1 Serving
Amount Per Serving

Calories 111.0
Total Fat 5.5 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 4.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 135.0 mg
Potassium 278.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 9.2 g
Dietary Fiber 5.8 g
Sugars 4.2 g
Protein 4.1 g

Vitamin A 215.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 0.0 %
Vitamin C 7.5 %
Vitamin D 12.5 %
Vitamin E 25.0 %
Calcium 19.2 %
Copper 9.0 %
Folate 1.0 %
Iron 7.6 %
Magnesium 13.0 %
Manganese 12.0 %
Niacin 5.0 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.0 %
Phosphorus 13.0 %
Riboflavin 0.0 %
Selenium 5.0 %
Thiamin 10.0 %
Zinc 3.0 %

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

May 312012
 

Wondering what is inflammation? Omega 3s can help!
(Plus a bonus recipe: All Natural Zucchini Muffins with Mila Chia)

“I hurt all over but nothing is broken”, a good friend recently said to me.

What is all this talk about inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s attempt to defend itself against bacteria and viruses and to heal damaged tissue, however; chronic inflammation is not a good thing-it is what is involved in atherosclerosis which is what can lead to clogged arteries.  This can cause everything from memory loss to strokes. Info source, Harvard Medical
The food that you eat can exacerbate inflammation or calm it.  Unfortunately the SAD diet, or standard American diet and lifestyle, is one that exacerbates inflammation.

Refined oils
Fried foods
Processed foods
Alcoholic beverages
Lack of exercise
Cigarette smoking

What are some foods that counteract the SAD diet?  Foods that contain omega3s

What is Inflammation and How Omega 3s Can Help

How can Omega 3s help?
I’m going to be speaking a lot about Omega 3s in the upcoming months as I learn more and more about the importance.

Omega 3s are essential fatty acids that our bodies can not produce-we need to get them from food.

According to Harvard Medical, “Omega-3 fats help protect the heart from lapsing into potentially deadly erratic rhythms, ease inflammation, inhibit the formation of dangerous clots in the bloodstream, and lower levels of triglycerides, the most common type of fat-carrying particle in the blood. An excellent way to get omega-3 fats is by eating fish two or three times a week. Good plant sources of omega-3 fats include chia seeds (sold as Salvia), flaxseeds, walnuts, and oils such as flaxseed, canola, and soybean.

Notice the FIRST plant based source of Omega 3s.  Chia.  Chia is the one ingredient in Mila.  Notice the non plant-based suggestion is to eat fish. Mila has eight times more Omega 3s than wild farmed salmon.  The reason Mila is better than standard chia is because it’s grown in specific climate conditions in super nutrient dense soil.  Here is a study done on Mila vs standard Chia.  In the area of Omega3s it scored MUCH higher in a study done by the Dole Institute, which is why I’m now recommending it.
Web MD states “When possible, try to get omega-3 fatty acids from foods rather than supplements.”

If you decide you must take a supplement – “The most common side effect from fish oil is indigestion and gas.” 
How can you incorporate more of this anti-inflammatory?  Bake them into wholesome goodies for your family.   Mila paired with the super fresh zucchini from KYV farm pack a nutrient punch that can’t be beat.  I guarantee that if you join a CSA/farm share, incorporating more fresh veggies, and then add the anti-inflammatory properties of Omega3s on top, you will feel better than ever. 

To order Mila you can click here. Click “shop” and enter US11065661
Remember those zucchini muffins I made?  The all natural ones -vegan, gluten free, sugar free and 100% delicious? Well I re-made them with Mila and they came out even better, which I didn’t think was possible.  These are soft, moist, sweet and HEALTHY!
p.s. Stay tuned for the next post – What is Oxidative Stress?

All Natural Zucchini Muffins with Mila Chia

Serves 12
Vegan, Gluten Free
Printable Recipe



Ingredients

2 tbsp Mila + 6 tbsp water (vegan “eggs”)
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 c agave (or honey for non-vegan)

1 1/4 cup shredded zucchini from KYV Farm
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon and/or pumpkin pie spice

1 1/2 cups gluten free all purpose flour (or whole wheat or brown rice flour would also work)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup loosely packed raisins
Rounded 1/2 tsp sea salt

Optional
Turbinado sugar to sprinkle on top (but if you do this you can’t call them “sugar free”.

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350F. Mix the chia egg and set aside for about 5 minutes. Mix the olive oil, agave, zucchini and vanilla in a medium bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and sea salt; mix until just wet and ingredients are combined; fold in raisins. 

2. Pour patter into 12 muffin tins, sprayed with cooking spray (I used organic coconut oil spray). Sprinkle with Turbinado sugar, if using.  Bake about 18 to 20 minutes or until browned and a knife comes out clean.

Nutrition Facts
12 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 133.4
Total Fat 9.4 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.0 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 98.7 mg
Potassium 115.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate 13.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Sugars 10.9 g
Protein 0.6 g

Vitamin A 5.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.8 %
Vitamin C 2.2 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 5.9 %
Calcium 1.5 %
Copper 2.1 %
Folate 1.1 %
Iron 2.4 %
Magnesium 1.8 %
Manganese 5.8 %
Niacin 0.8 %
Pantothenic Acid 0.3 %
Phosphorus 2.5 %
Riboflavin 1.1 %
Selenium 0.2 %
Thiamin 1.3 %
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.

May 162012
 
I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
Let’s start with the good news.
If you have sleep problems, lack of energy, elimination and digestion problems, depression, excess weight, joint problems, skin issues and a host of other ailments, I have found something that can help!
Even better, it’s not some pill or potion, shake or powder.  It’s simply a whole raw food.
The bad news is you’re going to be mad that I kept this to myself for over a month.  I waited to tell you guys because after I tried it and loved it within the first week, I researched more and wanted to test it out on my skeptical self to see if eating it really did anything.
I was already eating seeds – ground flax and chia – every morning and never really noticed anything.  I just ate it because I knew it was good for me.
After a month of eating this food, I am so excited. I know this is going to help so many people in so many different ways.  As you may already know, I’m all about promoting health and nutrition – hence all the CSA/farm share events I do.  I volunteer to do that because I LOVE it and I want to make not only my family, but your family healthier too. 
Supporting the small farmer is what it’s all about.  REAL FOOD is what it’s all about.
Have you heard of Mila?
It’s mymost favorite food find yet. I came across it through Megan, my mom’s nurse practitioner at her neurologist.  (My mom has Multiple Sclerosis and is now eating Mila daily!) After talking back and forth about some recipes involving chia, she sent me a sample. After the first week , I liked it so much that I asked her for more info on it and she sent it over to me.  I’m now backing it and have even started a business that revolves around it!
Mila and Weight loss
So what is Mila?
 It’s a special blend of raw seeds that are sliced to make them super easy for your body to suck up all the nutrients.
This seed blend has 2x the potassium of bananas
6x more calcium than milk
More antioxidants then blueberries
2x the fiber of bran flakes
15x more magnesium than broccoli
4x more selenium than flax seed
6x more protein than kidney beans
9x more phosphorous than whole milk
8x more omega 3s than salmon
3x more iron than spinach
Mila is Heart Healthy
Talk about a PERFECT food to get tons of nutrition into our kids. Especially for busy moms like myself.
Mila has perfect nutrition for kids.

I’ve been eating it every morning now for a month and feel amazing – I have better sleep and way better digestion (and all aspects of digestion and elimination).  It also awesome for weight loss, is an anti-inflammatory and is the perfect fuel for workouts.Two of my friends, Sarah and Sandra, sampled it for me this past week had a dramatic increase in energy.

 

It’s got lots of backing from the medical world -
Dr. Bob Arnot, Dr. Gutierrez, Dr. Clement, Dr. Ford, Dr. Lamm are all behind this seed.

In comparison to other grains and the standard chia it wins out, hands down, every time. I did a bunch of research to convince me of this but the reason I’m so confident is that I used myself as the guinea pig. In fact, I had been eating both flax and bulk bin chia daily and never noticed a difference until I began eating this seed blend.

Want to try some for yourself?
Click here.

I am looking for positive people with an entreprenurial spirit to join my team. If this is something you feel you embody, please get in touch with me to dicuss this opportunity.


For more info on these amazing seeds and the business opportunity, please contact me at chefdawn@hotmail.com.

Nutrient Packed Mila Cereal

Serves 1
Vegan, Gluten Free
Ingredients
1 cup kamut puffs, I use Natures Path
1 scoop Mila (2 Tbsp)
2 Tbsp chopped walnuts
2 Tbsp raisins
1 cup unsweet vanilla almond milk

Optional
Fresh berries

Directions
1. Mix all the ingredients in bowl.
Nutrition Information
1 bowl
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274.6
Total Fat 12.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.5 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.7 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.7 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 181.2 mg
Potassium 522.3 mg
Total Carbohydrate 34.4 g
Dietary Fiber 12.6 g
Sugars 5.6 g
Protein 8.0 g
Vitamin A 12.50%
Vitamin B-12 0.00%
Vitamin B-6 5.20%
Vitamin C 33.90%
Vitamin D 25.00%
Vitamin E 53.90%
Calcium 23.50%
Copper 12.40%
Folate 8.00%
Iron 14.50%
Magnesium 22.30%
Manganese 60.70%
Niacin 2.60%
Pantothenic Acid     2.20%
Phosphorus     20.00%
Riboflavin 2.80%
Selenium 1.20%
Thiamin 4.10%
Zinc 3.00%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Apr 162012
 
My very sweet friend Suzanne is back at work from maternity leave and looks amazing – leaner than before she was pregnant! Everyone was amazed.
We all asked, “How did you do it?!!”
I was so happy to hear the weight just fell off after she and her husband watched Engine 2 and Forks Over Knives while she was out on maternity leave. She already ate a natural foods diet and was my “recipe buddy” with who I would share tips and tricks for adding more whole foods to our diet. I was surprised to hear that her husband was actually the one that wanted to make the jump to a plant based diet and she said he has lost 30 pounds. Everyone has been asking her for recipes and she shared one for an apple dessert that her family loved. I decided I had to try it this morning for breakfast; a simple mixture of fruit, nuts and a bit of maple syrup. The apples were just what I expected – warm, lightly sweet, crunchy and nutty. I can’t wait to have it again tomorrow!

To go along with breakfast, I had a small cup of coffee/teeccino in my favorite cup from the Key West Butterfly Conservatory. I love that it reminds me of my trips to the Keys. Growing up in Massachusetts, the Keys sounded like a fancy vacation and now we are close enough to go several times a year. In fact, I promised my daughter when I finished working on my little teardrop trailer that we would head down to go camping. I had extensive water damage and decided to do all the repairs myself to save money. I’ve learned how to use a jigsaw, chop saw and circular saw, repair all sort of things with liquid nails, wield a caulk gun, install flooring, use a power drill and build a bunk bed – I’m so proud of how far I have come! You can check it out at http://tabtrailer.blogspot.com/. If you visit the website, be sure to go back to the very beginning to see the extent of the damage. She was in rough shape. I’m now building shelves for the closet; I created a cover for the sink for extra counter space and have several other modifications I’m thinking about. HOPEFULLY, next weekend I will be getting the exterior painted. I’m so close to the end of the repairs now that I went ahead and made reservations to go camping in the Keys including visiting our favorite Key West Butterfly Conservatory.
I hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as I did. It’s perfect for a light dessert or, as I had it, a nice breakfast.

Country Apples and Walnuts
Serves 2
Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free
Ingredients
2 apples, cored and chopped
2 Tbsp maple syrup

1/4 cup walnut halves, chopped
½ tsp cinnamon (and optional sprinkle of nutmeg/cloves/allspice)
Dash of sea salt

Optional
1 Tbsp ground flax
1 tsp MILA or chia seeds


Directions


1. Preheat oven to 400F. Mix all ingredients together; and spoon evenly over baking sheet covered with non stick spray. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are soft and nuts are browned.

Nutrition Facts

2 Servings
Amount Per Serving

Calories 253.0
Total Fat 11.0 g
Saturated Fat 1.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.6 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 79.7 mg
Potassium 286.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 39.2 g
Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
Sugars 26.0 g
Protein 3.9 g

Vitamin A 1.6 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 6.8 %
Vitamin C 13.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 4.0 %
Calcium 5.3 %
Copper 13.6 %
Folate 4.1 %
Iron 8.0 %
Magnesium 7.5 %
Manganese 62.2 %
Niacin 1.9 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.7 %
Phosphorus 5.4 %
Riboflavin 2.4 %
Selenium 1.6 %
Thiamin 4.5 %
Zinc 8.5 %

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

Apr 072012
 
Oatmeal for breakfast is one of my favorite things – but sometimes plain old oats can be a bit boring.  To make it more exciting I turned it into a cupcake with Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter “frosting”. 
If you have kids, this is a fun way to get them to eat their oatmeal! 
For people with various nut allergies, simply sub any other nut or seed butter.  I use sunflower seed butter for my daughter.
Here is what they look like naked.  More like a muffin.
 Add a little simple peanut butter.
 Mmm gooey right out of the oven.
Add a little fun to your life!
Breakfast Oatmeal Cupcakes
Serves 15
Vegan, Gluten Free, Dairy Free



Ingredients


Dry
1 cup AP gluten free flour, I used Bob’s Red Mill
2 cups gluten free rolled oats, I used Bobs Red Mill
1/2 c shredded unsweet coconut
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp cinnamon


Wet
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup agave, maple syrup (or honey for non vegan)
1/4 apple juice (to sub for extra oil!)
1 tsp vanilla
1 flax egg** (or 1 egg for non vegan)


Optional Mix-ins (change em up how you like!)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
3 Tbsp Mila seeds (or chia)
3 Tbsp ground flax


Frosting
15 Tbsp nut or seed butter of choice


**To make a flax egg, mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed with 3 Tbsp water and refrigerate until gooey.


Directions


1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl; add we ingredients and mix until combined. Stir in mix-ins.  Spoon into 15 muffin cups.  Bake for 30 minutes or until top is browned.


2. Top with 1 Tbsp preferred nut or seed butter.

Nutrition Facts
15 Servings
Amount Per Serving (without nut butter)


Calories 249.8
Total Fat 13.1 g
Saturated Fat 2.9 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 41.2 mg
Potassium 90.1 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.2 g
Dietary Fiber 5.0 g
Sugars 14.2 g
Protein 4.0 g
Vitamin A 0.0 %
Vitamin B-12 0.0 %
Vitamin B-6 1.8 %
Vitamin C 0.7 %
Vitamin D 0.0 %
Vitamin E 9.9 %
Calcium 2.1 %
Copper 3.1 %
Folate 1.4 %
Iron 7.9 %
Magnesium 1.3 %
Manganese 7.7 %
Niacin 1.2 %
Pantothenic Acid 1.7 %
Phosphorus 3.1 %
Riboflavin 1.4 %
Selenium 2.6 %
Thiamin 3.4 %
Zinc 1.1 %

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