archive for February, 2007

Butter Cookies

Posted on February 27, 2007

A simple butter cookie recipe made with heart healthy almond flour.

I love baking cookies. This easy gluten free cookie recipe is one that my friend Mary and I like to bake when we are together. She likes it because it’s full of high protein, healthy ingredients that are Paleo/primal friendly.

I met my friend Mary on the very first day of college. She is one of the smartest, funniest people I know. A savvy foodie, she and I spent some ... read more →

Product Review: Agave Nectar

Posted on February 27, 2007

Sweetness is the first taste we experience in life, the primal taste of our infancy, of mother’s milk.

For several years I researched delicious, healthy alternatives to sugar that held up well in the baking process, yet did not substantially raise glycemic index levels. Enter agave, the nectar of the agave cactus plant –a golden liquid readily available in health food stores.

I prefer agave because as you can see below, it is lower on the glycemic index (GI) than other sweeteners:

sugar ... read more →

Future of Food

Posted on February 24, 2007

Did you know that farmers are being sued for growing food? Did you know that a company can purchase the genetic “patent” for a seed that has existed for thousands of years? Did you know that one company could eventually “own” all of the seeds in the world and that you could be arrested for planting them in your own backyard?

Multinational corporations are genetically engineering “impotent” seeds, ones that are incapable of reproduction –altering, no, stealing the life-giving energy ... read more →

Kale with Cranberries

Posted on February 22, 2007

More kale mom!

Say hello to Kale with Cranberries! This salad recipe contains: kale, a cancer fighting superfood packed with flavonoids; cranberries, high in vitamin C; and pine nuts, the edible seed of the pine tree, and higher in protein than any other seed.

My boys fight over this one. The four of us can finish off the 2 bunches of kale that the recipe calls for in one sitting. Even when their dad is not home for dinner, the three of ... read more →

Product Review: Blanched Almond Flour

Posted on February 20, 2007

NOTE: Please see my updated Almond Flour ingredient page.

Why almond flour? I am asked this question at least once a day. Almond flour is highly nutritious, easy to use and readily available. For those of us watching our glycemic index, almond flour is high in protein and low in sugars.

Unlike other alternatives to wheat flour, almond flour is moist and delicious. After having tested just about every gluten-free flour out there, I can save you a lot of time and ... read more →

Valentine’s Day Cookies

Posted on February 13, 2007

We have been working away on our Valentine’s cookies this week. The ones pictured above are my younger son’s.

This recipe for heart shaped sugar cookies is gluten and dairy free, Paleo/primal friendly and does not use refined sugar. Further, this cookie recipe uses coconut oil, of which I am a big fan.

My older son did not want to give out paper valentines, so he made cookie valentines, as pictured above. Because the children in his class have a myriad of ... read more →

Bush to Sell Woods

Posted on February 8, 2007

The Bush administration’s federal budget proposal contains a recycled, yet innovative idea. A tree sale! Sell more than 300,000 acres of federal forest land, then use the cash to finance rural schools.

What I like best about this plan? The little Bush can kill two birds with one stone!

Once he finally succeeds in selling our trees, no rural areas will remain. The country will become one big strip mall and those cumbersome rural schools won’t weigh us down anymore. Really ... read more →

Ginger Licorice Tea

Posted on February 6, 2007

Warm and healing ginger licorice root tea for colds and adrenal health.

This Ayurvedic recipe for Ginger Licorice Tea is a life saver, or least a throat saver.

When it gets cold outside and our throats begin to get a bit scratchy, I put up a pot of ginger licorice tea. Sweet and spicy, the boys love it on a cold day. The last time they went up skiing, they asked me to put some in a thermos for them.

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Book Review: Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child

Posted on February 1, 2007

Written by Dr. Robert Rountree, Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child is the final word on conventional and alternative treatments for your family.

Dr. Tyrone Hayes

Posted on February 1, 2007

Dr. Hayes, a professor at the University of California Berkeley, studied the hormone disrupting effects of the pesticide, atrazine on frogs. In reaction to the study’s results, Syngenta, the manufacturer of atrazine, went on a witch hunt to discredit Dr. Hayes and his research.

I have seen Dr. Hayes speak at conferences; he is a knowledgeable and captivating presenter of fairly dry information.
For more on Dr. Hayes and the scary stuff on drug companies read this article entitled US: It’s Not ... read more →

Easy Veggie Snack

Posted on February 1, 2007

Liberté, Egalité, Crudité

This kid friendly snack is as healthy as it gets. Just don’t tell your children it’s also Paleo/primal fare.

It’s a vegetable revolution! They’re back. Vegetables, that is. They never really left, actually. Sometimes we just forget about them. This quick and easy veggie snack recipe takes about 10 minutes to make. The boys will eat them the moment they walk in the door from school. That bowl is usually empty by dinner.

Easy Veggie Snack

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5 carrots
5 stalks celery
1 ... read more →