Coconut, Nut And Seed Butter

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Healthy Living, Recipes

Are you a nut and seed lover? Nut and seed butters are a wonderful way to get your proteins. Plus if you are careful about what is found in your food, you will love this easy, one step recipe that applies to all nuts and seeds.

Instead of running out to the store to buy one of those unhealthy nut butters or still yet, a really healthy one that is so very expensive, know you can actually transform all your favorite nuts and/or seeds into a yummy, healthy to hassle butter.

Today I chose to go with coconut. I bought a huge bag of Prana organic coconut shreds because I love it so much. Aside it being crazy yummy, here are some great benefits of coconut.

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Ingredients
Coconut, that’s it!
You can use any quantity you wish, just know that it will reduce as it turns into butter.

Directions

1- Add small coconut pieces or shreds into a a food processor and mix for a few minutes. Wait a few moments and mix again.

2- Be patient, it take a while for the mixture to become creamy and butter like.

3- Pour into a jar and use on EVERYTHING!!!

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One small side note: because it is coconut, it will harden a bit once the mixture cools. You may want to heat it a bit before spreading. This is also why it’s so great to mix in with other nuts or some organic cocoa when mixing in the food processor. If you mix cocoa and coconut, you will get a chocolate-coconut spread that melts when you add it to a hot, organic and healthy toast!

Other ideas include mixing almonds in your food processor to create almond butter. Or how about some almonds, cashews and cocoa! Maybe some hazel nuts, cocoa and coconut!!!

Whatever you choose to mix, when you add a bit of coconut, you know you are getting something healthy!

Do you have some great nut/seed mixing combinations to share? Please comment and share below, we all would love to hear all about them!

Buckwheat Surprise

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Healthy Living, Recipes

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This is a great, quick, healthy, gluten-free and vegan recipe that even kids can make!

My son decided to cook for us last weekend and he wanted to try something new. So we got creative and it was sooo yummy! We called it the Buckwheat Surprise. We love buckwheat, it is such a tasty flour and it’s packed with great nutrients! Not only does it offer a great source of protein, but it has full of vitamin B6 content (the perfect vitamin for the nervous system). It also offers a huge quantity of fiber and omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. As far as minerals go, it offers 122% of manganese and 75% of magnesium per serving! No wonder it is so good for the nervous system (aka, your brain!)

SERVES 4

Prep Time: 15 minutes (this of course is without the participating of the kids!)

Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

Egg Replacer for the equivalence of two eggs (you may also want to try some grounded flax seed and water)
1.5 cups of almond milk (or the milk of your choice)
30 ml of grape seed oil
30 ml of maple syrup
1/4 cup of applesauce
3/4 cup buckwheat flour
1/2 cup cup brown rice flour
10 ml of baking powder
1 pack of Soyganic smoked tofu

Directions:
1- Slice the tofu into strips as to make it look like a bacon strip.
2- Cook the sliced tofu in a skillet till brown and set aside.
3- Whisk the egg replacer, milk, oil and maple syrup together.
4- Add the applesauce.
5- In a separate bowl, stir in the flours and baking powder.
6- Incorporate the dry mixture to the wet and stir till you get a smooth texture.

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7- Using the same skillet, add extra oil (grape seed or coconut are great choices) and pour a small amount of batter in. Let cook untill the mixture starts to bubble.

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8- Add a strip of tofu and cover with more batter.

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9- Let cook for about an extra minute and turn over.

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These are great with extra maple syrup, but you can also have them with applesauce, cooked fruit, agave nectar or some vegan butter. All yummy!

Let me know what you think, I will pass your comments onto my chef!

How About A Little Green In My Drink?

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Healthy Living, Naturopathy, Recipes

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I just love Kale!  I love the way it looks, feels, tastes and what it offers as benefits.  You can have it fresh, dried, cooked and even frozen!  It is so versatile that you can add it to almost everything: soups, stir fries, omelets, salads, etc.  I get it in my summer veggie basket, grow it in the garden and freeze it for the rest of the year.  Yes, I freeze it!  Actually, I pretty much freeze everything so it will keep.  The best part is when you can add your garden & tree frozen fruits & vegetables into your smoothies.  It actually tastes great and gives it a nice texture.  It feeds you well during the winter months and is so refreshing during the summer.

So because of all it wonderful benefits, that you can find here

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I love to have it, especially in my smoothies in the morning.  Here is a simple smoothie recipe I have been making all week.

Ingredients:

1 cup coconut water

1 cup water

1 table spoon (15 ml) groud flax seed

1/4 cup of frozen organic blueberries

1/4 cup of frozen organic strawberries

1/2 an organic banana (optional)

1/2 cup of frozen organic kale leaves

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender at high speed for at least 2 minutes and serve right away.  And there you have a green smoothie at it’s best!

You can vary the fruits as you wish and you can substitute coconut water for 1/4 coconut milk and 1 and 3/4  cups of water.  Either way, you will love this high vitamin and mineral, great tasking treat!

Let me know what you think, leave me a comment below or share with us your ideas!

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Butternut Delight

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Recipes

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With this cold weather, it is so very nice to sit down to a warm, soothing, beautifully colored and delicious meal.  My favorite on a fast past day is some sort of soup.  Although it is winter, you still want to eat what is in season and root vegetables are by far a great choice.  I especially love this recipe because it is fast, easy, inexpensive, respects great food combinations, so good for you and tastes heavenly. Here is what you will need;

Ingredients:

3 Tbs. of olive oil
1/2 of a butternut squash
1 red Onion
3 celery branches
1/2 a celeriac
4 Cups of water
1 Tbs of Miso (I use gluten-free, rice miso… soooo good!)
Parsley
Herbamare, cayenne pepper and almond milk to taste.

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Instructions:

1- Chop up the onion, squash, celery and celeriac and add them to the warmed olive oil in the pan.
2- Fry over hot stove for 3 to 5 mins.
3- Add the water and bring to a boil.
4- Let simmer for about 20 minutes.
5- Add the miso and cook for another 5 minutes or till the veggies are soft.
6- Blend all the ingredients from the soup pan, the Herbamare and pepper together until it is completely smooth.
7- Pour into warm dishes, add a touch of almond milk and parsley to garnish.

Enjoy!!
Love & Light!

Calming Effects with Herbal Tea

Written by Isabelle Giroux ND on . Posted in Blog, Natural Healing, Recipes

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The other morning when I got up, I could feel that my mind/Spirit was in need of some calming effects. Sometimes this sensation is due to a lack of sleep, poor eating habits and even stress. In any of these situations, it often leads to unbalanced pH level in the body and a lack of stillness, clarity, focus and strength. So, I decide to quick fix this.

I prepared for my regular meditation time, did a little yoga, drank my full glass of water and made sure I ate properly. To this I added my very simple brew:

Freshwater, chamomile, and stinging nettle. Two great medicinal plants to help strengthen and calm the nervous system and balance out the pH levels in the body.

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To create this great and potent herbal tea;
1 Tble organic, fresh or dried Roman chamomile
1 Tble organic, fresh or dried stinging nettle
2 cups fresh water

Put all the ingredients together and bring to a boil. Just before the boiling point, remove from the heat source and let steep for 5-6 minutes. You can easily drink up 4-5 cups a day. Enjoy!

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