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FOOD for the SOUL

Nourishing our bodies with food is like tending to a garden. If we want to be healthy, we need to provide the nutrients that will allow our bodies to generate healthy cells. In times of stress this is even more important because stress depletes our bodies of vital nutrients. At the same time, for many of us, stress triggers cravings for sweet comfort foods. Fortunately we can easily create treats ourselves. Fast, easy, and delicious is my kitchen motto. Here is one of my daughter’s favourites – no bake, gluten free cookies.

NUT/SEED BUTTER – OAT – COCONUT COOKIES

Ingredients:
1/2 cup nut butter (I use almond butter)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup cacao powder
1/4 – 1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups quick rolled oats (gluten free)
1/2 cup shredded coconut

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for oats and coconut;
Add oats and coconut, stir until well mixed;
Drop one spoonful at a time on a cookie shoot (prepared with parchment paper);
Place cookie sheet in freezer (30-45 minutes);
Store cookies in airtight container in fridge or freezer

Be CREATIVE and come up with your own variations of this basic recipe. ENJOY but remember, these cookies are still treats!

CURRIED ZUCCHINI BROCCOLI SOUP

This soup is fast and easy to prepare – as always, my preference. It has become one of our favorites during the winter time. Even the grand children enjoy it immensely.

The soup is lightly curried to allow the delicate flavor of the zucchini to come through. You can adjust the flavor by adding more, or less curry powder.

Curried Zucchini Broccoli SoupINGREDIENTS

  • 2 tsp. butter or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 5 cups fresh broccoli
  • 2 pounds fresh zucchini, sliced
  • 2 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1 tsp. curry powder
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • Salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. Melt coconut oil/butter in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add onion and cook until it begins to soften
  3. Add remaining ingredients except for sour cream (vegetable/chicken broth, zucchini, broccoli, curry powder; if using unsalted vegetable or chicken stock add large pinch of salt)
  4. Bring to boil
  5. Reduce heat and simmer until vegetables are tender (about 25 minutes)
  6. Allow soup to cool slightly; then transfer to blender or food processor
  7. Puree soup until smooth but still has some green flecks
  8. Return soup to saucepan and stir in sour cream.
  9. Reheat gently over low heat
  10. Adjust seasoning to taste
  11. ENJOY

YUMMY – NUTRITIOUS – FAST & EASY

Chia Seed Jello
Another one of my favorite recipes, packed with valuable nutrition that is easily absorbed. As always be creative and adjust the recipe to your individual needs and favourite flavours. Great snack to bring to a pot luck which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all regardless of age.

RECIPE
Ingredients:

– 1 part (cup) raw chia seeds
– 2 parts (cups) high quality water, high quality juice, or my preference, 1 cup water
and 1 cup juice 
– Chopped fresh or frozen fruits (apples, pears, mangoes, berries, etc.) – adjust type variety of fruit and amount to personal preference; I add lots
Optional: seeds, raisins, nuts, goji berries etc.

Instructions:

– Soak all seeds, raisins, goji berries and nuts for about 2 hours (not necessary but preferable for enhanced absorption of nutrients)
– Mix all ingredients in large bowl
– Chill in fridge, freezer or right now in the snowy winter wonderland
The mixture will gel by itself because Chia seeds can absorb an incredible amount of liquid

Serve and enjoy!

The Latin name for Chia is Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It is a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family (Laminaceae). It is rich in calcium, manganese, phosphorus and a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and protein. Check the internet for a more complete description.

Green blessings,

Gudrun

CRAVINGS FOR CHOCOLATE?

Healthy Chocolate Treat – WARNING: ADDICTIVE!

Here is your answer for the times when the cravings for chocolate are overpowering but you do not want to eat junk.

Thank you Crystal for introducing me to the basic recipe! It is so fast and easy to make and absolutely delicious. Be creative, the recipe allows for many variations.

Combine the following ingredients, slowly heat and stir until well mixed:

1/4 cup peanut butter (organic; I like chunky)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. honey

Add the following and simmer mixture for about 5 minutes and take off heat:

1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup, high quality coconut or agave syrup or a combination
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract

Options:

1. Fast and easy (my favorite): pour mixture into a dish lined with parchment paper, or,
2. Pour/spoon into small candy moulds or cup cake paper cups. Place in fridge or freezer.

ENJOY!

Variations:

Add hemp hearts, dried cranberries or cherries, shredded coconut…

Green blessings,

Gudrun

Wholesome, Healthy Treats – Fast and Easy to Prepare

Christmas is approaching fast and so are the temptations to indulge in treats that we know are detrimental to our well-being. Below is a recipe for a healthy alternative – one of my favorite creations. Be creative and have fun experimenting with the ingredients.

BASIC RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 cup medjol dates, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2-3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to about 330 Fahrenheit
2. Process dates and walnuts in food processor until crumbly
3. Add all remaining ingredients except raisins (cranberries)
4. Process in food processor until all ingredients are well mixed and
stick together like “dough”
5. Add raisins and briefly pulse
6. Place dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; you may want
to spoon it but I prefer to use my hands and shape the cookies. You may
need to wet your hands if the dough is too sticky.
7. Bake at 330 Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes.
8. ENJOY!

Be creative and play with pecans, sunflower seeds, shredded coconuts etc.

Green blessings,
Gudrun

DELICIOUS SUPERFOOD POWER BALLS

This recipe is a treat packed with powerful nutrition, providing energy while satisfying the desire/craving for sweets. It is a delight to watch my grand children devour this true treat. If I want this treat to last for a few days, I have to hide it in the fridge – away from anyone – small and large!

Why is it that the “treats” commonly used to reward children for “good behaviour” etc. are in most cases damaging to the children’s health? I have always been puzzled about this phenomenon while raising my own children.

As always, every time I create this recipe, it turns out a little different. I suggest you use the recipe as a guideline and be creative. Work with what you find at home in your pantry. Many of the ingredients are interchangeable. The consistency of the dough is what is important in order to be able to roll it into balls.

RECIPE – ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients

  • 20g Powder: spirulina, mushroom, kale etc.– any one or any combination
  • 20g Chi seeds
  • 100g Shredded coconut
  • 80g Almonds
  • 80g Walnuts
  • 150g Pitted dates
  • 20g Cacao powder
  • 50g Dried fruit: goji berries, apricots, cranberries etc. – any one or any combination
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • Shredded coconut for decoration

Instructions

1. Cut dates in small pieces and soak for about 30 minutes
2. If using dried apricots for example, cut them into smaller pieces as well
3. Process soaked dates, nuts, seeds and dried fruit in food processor until somewhat crumbly
4. Add cacao powder, vanilla, coconut oil and maple syrup
5. Process in food processor until the mixture has a dough like consistency. I may add a bit of honey, extra vanilla etc. to get the right sweetness and consistency
6. Form into small balls
7. Decorate by rolling each one in shredded coconut
8. Keep in fridge in an airtight container

ENJOY!

HOME MADE BREAD – NO FLOUR OR YEAST YET DELICIOUS AND WHOLESOME

As there was quite a bit of interest in my post from last week about commercial bread, I decided to re-post the recipe for the ancient grain bread. The bread is simple and fast to prepare. The list of ingredients looks overwhelming initially but once you figure it out, it really takes only about 15-20 minutes. Usually I mix the dried ingredients for two loaves at the same time. However, I will only bake one loaf and keep the ingredients for the 2nd one in the fridge. This cuts the prep time for every second loaf at least by half.

Anyone having challenges digesting oats (even gluten free ones) can replace them with Quinoa flakes. With some creativity you can also change the recipe into a dried fruit, seed and nut loaf. Have fun and enjoy.

Ancient Grain, Seed, and Nut Loaf
from The Greenhouse Cookbook

This is the best bread ever because it is packed with nutrition, extremely fast and easy to prepare and does NOT contain any flowers or gluten. It has become a staple in our life. Try it and spread the wealth of health.

Makes one loaf, or about 10 slices.

Ingredients:          

  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ¾ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup raw slivered almonds
  • 1/8 cup buckwheat groats
  • 1/8 cup millet seeds
  • 1/3 cup amaranth seeds
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
  • ¾ cups gluten-free steel-cut oats
  • 1/3 cup whole flax seeds
  • 1/3 cup psyllium seed husks
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbs pure maple syrup
  • ¼ cup virgin olive oil
  • 2 ¾ cups filtered water

 Steps:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine and evenly spread the sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds, buckwheat groats, millet seeds, and amaranth seeds on the prepared baking sheet. Toast for 10 to 12 minutes, or until golden.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, steel-cut oats, flax seeds, psyllium seed husks, chia seeds, and salt.
  4. When the toasting seed mixture is golden, remove from the oven and add to the bowl of dry ingredients; stir until combined. Add the maple syrup, olive oil, and water to the bowl and mix well. We use our hands for this (wet them first). The mixture should feel quite soggy; the seeds will absorb more water as they rest.
  5. Line the bottom and sides of a 8- x 4-inch or 9- x 5-inch loaf pan with parchment paper. Pour the dough into the pan and shape the top into a smooth dome with wet fingers. Cover the dough with a clean tea towel or napkin and let it sit at room temperature overnight or for up to 24 hours. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400 F.
  6. Uncover the dough and place the loaf pan on a rack in the centre of the oven. Bake for an hour and 15 minutes, or until the crust is dark brown and sounds hollow when you knock on it. (It may take an hour and a half, depending on your oven.) Remove loaf from the oven and let cool completely, at least 2 hours.
  7. Slice and serve toasted. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

COOLING OFF WITH DELICIOUS HOMEMADE POPSICLES

The heat of this summer has many people reaching for ice cream and popsicles. Unfortunately most of what is commercially available is full of chemicals and sugar. Here is a recipe that should do the trick. Be creative and adjust it according to your own taste buds.

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 peach/nectarine, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup frozen berries of your choice
  • 1 banana, cut into chunks
  • 1⁄2 tbsp ginger root, finely grated
  • 13 1⁄2 oz full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 – 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 – 1⁄2 cup real maple syrup or coconut syrup
INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into container or popsicle moulds and freeze.

ENJOY!

YUMMY – NUTRITIOUS – FAST & EASY

Chia Seed Jello

Another one of my favorite recipes, packed with valuable nutrition that is easily absorbed. As always be creative and adjust the recipe to your individual needs and favourite flavours. Great snack to bring to a pot luck which is guaranteed to be enjoyed by all regardless of age.

RECIPE

Ingredients:

– 1 part (cup) raw chia seeds
– 2 parts (cups) high quality water, high quality juice, or my preference, 1 cup water
and 1 cup juice 
– Chopped fresh or frozen fruits (apples, pears, mangoes, berries, etc.) – adjust type variety of fruit and amount to personal preference; I add lots
Optional: seeds, raisins, nuts, goji berries etc.

Instructions:

– Soak all seeds, raisins, goji berries and nuts for about 2 hours (not necessary but preferable for enhanced absorption of nutrients)
– Mix all ingredients in large bowl
– Chill in fridge, freezer or right now in the snowy winter wonderland
The mixture will gel by itself because Chia seeds can absorb an incredible amount of liquid

Serve and enjoy

The Latin name for Chia is Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant that is native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. It is a flowering plant that belongs to the mint family (Laminaceae). It is rich in calcium, manganese, phosphorus and a great source of healthy omega-3 fats and protein. Check the internet for a more complete description.

JUNGLE JUICE

My very own JUNGLE JUICE video is on YouTube now!

Remember: start the day out right with the JUNGLE JUICE. JUNGLE JUICE provides an instant increase in vitality.

The nutrients are easily assimilated and every single cell of your body will benefit and feel its revitalizing and nutritional effect. It is true “Cell Food!”

Green drinks, using fresh plant materials, provide concentrated nutrition full of enzymes to the body. They are easily absorbed and provide vital building blocks to the body for the (re)generation of healthy tissue. The nutritional value will vary with the choice of ingredients and is enhanced by the addition of fresh ginger root. Both Ginger and honey serve as “carriers” for the herbal ingredients.

Watch the video:

Jungle-Juice-Video