We always see peanut butter and now almond butter and occasional sun butter or chocolate hazelnut butter in the stores. Not many of us have seen pistachio butter! But it’s simple to make.
1. De-shelled pistachios (this makes much more sense than trying to to do it one by one)
2. 2-3 tablespoons of water
1. Blend ingredients in a food processor until moist just like the consistency of other nut butters.
What do you eat this with? You can top it on cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers. Even baked sweet potatoes and mashed cauliflower!
These Ginger Cacao Coconut Protein Balls can be part of your daily breakfast with a healthy high-fat coconut protein smoothie (https://kuintegrativepediatrics.wordpress.com/2013/12/12/more-smoothies/)
1. 1/2 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate (72% and above)
2. 9 slices of crystallized ginger
3. 1/4 cup coconut butter (melted with coconut oil) or may use 1/4 cup almond flour/coconut flour
4. 1/3 cup sesame seeds
5. 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
6. 3/4 cup hazelnuts
7. 1/3 cup water
8. 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
9. 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon
1. This part is easy: Just throw all the seeds, nuts, chocolate, ginger into a food processor.
2. Then add the 1/3 cup water and cinnamon.
3. slightly melt the coconut butter and the coconut oil and add it in to food processor
4. Roll up into balls onto a piece of parchment paper and refrigerate for up to two hours prior to eating!!
And PLEASE PLEASE Let me know if you have any suggestions or other protein balls that you would like to add to the recipe list!! I’d love to create new recipes and share them!
More research is showing that environmental chemicals are disrupting hormones, immunity, and nervous system in children. Parents are starting to ask questions what they can do to prevent their kids from exposure without going overboard.
FOOD: Foods that are nutrient dense (think vibrant vegetables and fruits, grass-fed and free-range meats, raw nuts and seeds) provide the vitamins and minerals that help you detoxify every day. It’s that simple.
1. Avoid pre-packaged and processed foods
2. Buy Local and Organic when possible
3. Reduce intake of large fish (i.e. tuna, swordfish)
1. Avoid plastic containers when possible
2. Filter water with reverse osmosis (most good reverse osmosis filters can be installed in your kitchen – can buy from your local hardware store).
In the Kitchen:
1. Avoid chemical treated pans and Use stainless steel, cast iron, porcelain (provided that there isn’t toxins in the paint in ceramic/porcelain dishes)
2. Use Glass storage containers instead of plastic
Home and Garden:
1. Of all the tips, this is the most IMPORTANT: Avoid pesticides, insecticides, fungicides and weed killers.
2. Change furnace filter monthly if possible
3. Avoid new carpeting or chemical cleaners on carpet
4. Keep home ventilated, open windows when possible
5. Use ionizer and Hepa air purifiers
6. Avoid cleaning chemicals and use DIY vinegar/baking soda cleaner or good brands are seventh generation and meter’s.
7. Buy Low VOC Paints
Personal Care Products and Hobbies:
1. Avoid Parabens, Phthalates, and BPA in your lotions, makeup, and haircare products
2. Avoid fragrance, perfumes
Please add any comments or other tips that you might find in your home useful!!
Teen Cooking Class was a success with a growing number of teens who love to cook and eat healthier foods!
The menu with recipes for the cooking class included a multitude of Mason Jar Salads:
1. Mediterranean Mason Jar Salad
First add salad dressing in jar:
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard or ½ tsp salt + ½ tsp pepper or 1 tsp herbamare
Now, the veggies, protein, and carbs:
- ½-1 sliced cucumber
- 1/4-1/2 cup quinoa (see recipe below)
- Add several chopped slices of deli meat (salami/turkey meat or garbanzo beans/veggie “meat”)
- Add several sliced cherry tomatoes
- Add several sliced, pitted Kalamata olives
- Add a handful of pine nuts and chia seeds (for healthy dose of magnesium and Omega-3 fats)
- And lastly, add your Greens to fit in the jar
2. Fiesta Mason Salad Jar Recipe:
- 3 tbsp vegenaise (or mayo)
- Juice of 1/4 a lime
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 3/4 tbsp salsa
Mason Jar Salad:
- ½ cup bell pepper
- ½ cup black beans
- ¼ cup quinoa (see recipe below)
- Southwestern Chicken (can buy veggie protein strips or make your own southwestern chicken with chili powder/lime/salt)
- ½ cup diced tomatoes
- And your salad greens!!
3. Asian Thai Peanut Mason Jar Salad:
- Can buy any Thai peanut salad dressing or ginger sesame dressing
- 1/3 cup chopped carrots
- 1/3 cup diced cucumbers
- ½ diced bell pepper
- 1/3 cup edamame
- 1/3 – ½ cup Stir-fried Chicken
- ¼ cup peanuts, sunflower seeds, or almonds
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- Mixed Greens
4. Berry Apple Chicken Salad
Balsamic Vinaigrette (see above)
Mason Jar Salad:
- 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
- 1/2 chopped red pepper
- 1/3 cup chopped celery
- ¼ cup cranberries, blueberries, currants, or raisins
- ¼ cup diced apple
- 1/3 cup chicken shredded and stirred with 2 heaping tbsp vegenaise
- Then, add your salad greens
This one is different because you don’t want nuts/seeds touching moist chicken to avoid soggy nuts/seeds
- At the end, add ¼-1/3 cup sunflower seeds
You can make quinoa ahead of time and use it in most of your mason jar salads as your complex carbohydrate!
- 1 cup of quinoa (there are different colored varieties)
- 2 cups water
- Sea salt, pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil or ghee (clarified butter)
- Rinse the quinoa very well using a strainer
- Place well-rinsed quinoa with water and salt in a saucepan, cover and bring to a boil
- Turn the heat to low, keep covered and simmer for approx. 15 minutes
- When done, the quinoa will have a cute spiral tail
Fun fact: Quinoa is from the Andean mountain regions of Peru, Chile, and Bolivia and was originally cultivated by the Incas
- 1-2 chopped up Chicken breast (amount depends on if you want leftovers)
- ½ chopped yellow/white onion
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
- Stainless steel stir fry pan
- Use separate cutting board for all uncooked meats to avoid contamination
- Make sure to wash your hands after handling chicken before touching other foods
- Bring 2 tbsp of coconut oil to melt on medium-high heat
- Add chopped onions until sautéed which means light brown color (tip: keep onions moving, so they don’t get charred)
- Add chopped up chicken breast, and stir every 2 minutes until golden brown on all sides (takes about 7-9 minutes)
- Add salt and pepper to taste (or other seasoning of your choice)
Stay tuned for our next cooking class that will include Paleo Baking of healthier versions of baked goods. We will also be using advice and the help of young teens whose passion is to BAKE!!!