Recipe: Peach Cheesecake Muffins

ingo was right:  we get by with a little help from our friends.In God, Health, and Happiness, Church Health Center founder Dr. Scott Morris writes, “It’s incredibly hard to live a healthy life all by yourself. Being healthy only occurs in the midst of a community, and having friends, family, coworkers, and fellow seekers of the life well-lived is essential to optimum health.”...more

A Paleo Breakfast: Banana Bread & Gordon Ramsay's Scrambled Eggs with Pomegranate

The snow is finally melting, spring has sprung, and detox time is upon us!  I have been detoxing every spring for the past 6 years now and I look forward to it with great zeal.  I love experimenting like a mad scientist, discovering new, healthy dishes and afterwards I feel revitalized and full of energy.  While I love my carbs, coffee and cows, after a cold winter hibernating and packing on the "winter fat" as I lovingly call my excess padding, by the time spring rolls around I feel sluggish and start craving all kinds of sugary foods.  These are some major indicators that it's time for me to reset my system.  So for the next three weeks I'll be avoiding: processed sugar, corn bi-products, beef & pork, coffee, dairy (except for Greek yogurt, goat cheese and feta in limited amounts), alcohol - and the hardest one for me: gluten.I can go without caffeine and alcohol without a problem, I love teas and have grown quite fond of a club soda with lime.  I don't have a big sweet tooth, so sugar is never an issue.  But to have breakfast without toast?!  Sacrilege! In previous years I have found some decent brown rice bread.  Food For Life's brand was the best of the bunch, but it's expensive and the loaves are small.  Last year I discovered a paleo bread recipe from Elana's Pantry and while the density resembled more of a loaf, the bread was still flavourful, packed full of nutrients and held together well.  This year, my boyfriend requested banana bread for our first detox breakfast, so I modified this recipe by adding a banana, cashew butter (almond butter would work as well, but cashew is his favourite), whole flax seeds for a bit of crunch and I doubled the coconut flour and baking powder.  The result was a really addictive and filling banana bread!  We polished the whole loaf off in two days (and are half way through another...but who’s counting).  Topped with my favourite apple butter, this paleo bread makes my stomach forget about toast...for the moment.Banana bread is not optimal for yolk dipping (annddd I'm back to missing toast) so for our breakfast I made scrambled eggs.  Not just any scrambled eggs - Gordon Ramsay's scrambled eggs.  When I discovered Gordon's recipe, I realized that I had been incorrectly scrambling for years.  First off, I was using a fry pan instead of a pot that allows you to contain the eggs and mix them properly.   Second, which was the biggest change for me, is that the eggs are cracked directly into the cold pot along with the butter and are scrambled in the pot as it heats up slowly over medium heat.  This ensures the fluffiest of scrambled eggs, and the butter gives them a velvety finish.  Finally, the eggs should be seasoned at the very end, otherwise the salt will break down the eggs and make them watery.  Gordon's eggs call for a tablespoon of creme fraiche, but we're on a detox so no dairy for us!  I added tumeric to our eggs which gives them a bit more of an "eggy" flavour, and tumeric is a strong antioxidant as well as an anti-inflammatory, perfect to help cleanse the liver.  Gordon tops his with some chives, but I like adding either some spice or sweetness to my eggs and will top mine with hot sauce & avocado or pomegranate.  I sprinkled some pomegranate arils over today's scrambled eggs to compliment the sweetness of the banana bread.  Our bellies were happy and full after this breakfast, and we still have lots of banana bread and pomegranate to munch on for an afternoon snack!Ingredients For the Paleo Banana Bread2 cups blanched almond meal flour4 large eggs1 large ripe banana, broken up and smashed into small pieces¼ cup golden flax seed (raw, whole)¼ cup coconut flour2 tablespoons cashew butter, slightly melted   1 tablespoon coconut oil1 tablespoon raw honey, slightly melted1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar½ tablespoon baking soda¼ teaspoon sea saltApple butterFor the scrambled eggs:5 eggs1/4 cup pomegranate arils1 tablespoon unsalted butter¼ teaspoon tumericsalt and pepper to tasteFor the printable directions on how to make this sweet and hearty breakfast head over to I See Hungry People and happy detoxing!...more

HOW TO INCLUDE HEALTHY GRAINS IN YOUR DIET

You can’t. There’s no such thing as “healthy grains.” STOP EATING THEM RIGHT NOW.Just kidding. When I used to be strict Paleo, that’s what I believed. This isn’t completely true. I think one of the main reasons some people get turned off by the Paleo diet is its restriction on grains. However, there are ways to include them in our diet that are healthful and helpful. [Read more]...more

Buckwheat Kasha with Mushrooms & Onions

Buckwheat has been my best friend over the last couple of months. I’ve been making buckwheat as a side dish anytime we would normally have quinoa or rice. I find buckwheat to be yummier than both quinoa and rice – it has such a nice, earthy taste. Maybe it just reminds me of childhood – we never heard of quinoa in Ukraine, and buckwheat kasha was definitely a more traditional side dish than rice....more

Bacteria - The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

When we hear the word "bacteria" I would bet most of us think of it in a negative sense.  "Gross! Stay away or I'll get sick!"  What if I told you that many of our current illnesses are, at the root, caused by an imbalance of bacteria in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract?  That's right, we need bacteria for optimal health, but we need the right balance....more

3 new gluten-free cookbooks to satisfy your baking whims

Whether you need to or just want to, baking up gluten-free goodies keeps getting easier and easier. Check out this new crop of cookbooks....more

Time To Get Fit | Finding Motivation

For as long as I can remember I've struggled with finding and keeping the motivation needed to lose weight. It's always felt odd to me that I could want to lose weight so badly (for years in fact) but have never been able to just make it happen. Since my Meniere's Disease diagnosis I've been forced to realize how long I've taken my good health for granted....more
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Extra Thick and Healthy Overnight Oats!

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Baked Oatmeal

I have been addicted to this baked oatmeal recipe eating it every morning for the last 3 weeks straight. It’s that good. I’m not a huge breakfast person, but I know that if I don’t have something to eat it will be a bad start for the day. Eating breakfast is well known to provide fuel for the day and by starting off healthy there is a good chance you will continue on that path for the entire day. For those who are breakfast people, this recipe is great!...more

Warm Red Potato Salad

This Warm Red Potato Salad just came to me at the very last minute….and ended up being really delicious!  I originally was making basic baked red potatoes in the oven…...more