You may have noticed that I use Carob a lot in my cooking. So I thought I would share some things about carob. People use it mostly for a chocolate substitute, I do. It actually is in the Legume family. This picture is of a carob tree. Carob does not taste like chocolate. If you bite into carob thinking it is chocolate, well lets just say that it is not a good thing. Really carob has a very good flavor, but you do have to be careful. I bought carob chips before that were not as good as others. Carob also comes in bars and in powder form just like chocolate does and can be used in cooking just the same. Most people that I know that use carob in place of chocolate do so only because carob doesn't have caffeine like chocolate does. But really carob is very good for you. It is naturally more sweet than cocoa, what chocolate is made from, so you don't have to add as much sugar to it. It is naturally fat free. It has "as much vitamin B1 as strawberries; as much niacin as Lima beans, lentils, or peas; and more vitamin A than eggplant, asparagus, and beets" reports the Gilead Institute. Carob also has some trace minerals and compared to chocolate has three times more calcium. Carob is protein rich and also has vitamins B2, B3, and D. So if you haven't tried carob, buy some, give it a try.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Wash potatoes. Place potatoes in large pot, cover with water, and boil on stove top until you can insert a butter knife easily into the potatoes. Drain water and let cool. In the mean time, in a medium bowl combine Mayonnaise, celery salt, mustard, honey, and pickle juice. Make sure the honey gets completely dissolved. Set aside. Once the potatoes are cooled, peel and then cube. Then cube hard boiled eggs. Combine potatoes, eggs, and sauce in a medium size bowl, making sure the potatoes and eggs are completely covered. Place in fridge until ready to serve.
Friday, June 25, 2010
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
I've used ground turkey before but to be honest I didn't know that much about it. I know that's not the smartest thing to do so I did some research to see what I could find. To see if it really is that much better for you than ground beef. Now don't get me wrong I like ground beef and I feed it to my children. As long as it is hormone free. In fact every year we have an organic cow killed. Really it's the best way to go if you are going to eat meat in your home. You get to choose how much fat is in the ground beef and all of the cuts of meat that you want. And you get to save money too. Not to mention you never have to worry about 'mad cow disease'. For myself my body can not handle ground beef right now. Okay enough of that soap box.
So on to turkey. To start off with I want to make sure you know what kind of ground turkey to buy. It should say on the package the amount of fat that is in the turkey. But just in case, always buy ground turkey breast. Just like in chicken, the breast is the most lean part of the bird. If you buy just ground turkey the fat in it is the same amount as most ground beefs that you would buy. Three ounces of turkey has 65% of your daily value of protein. Turkey also is a good source of selenium, an important trace mineral that is essential to your body for thyroid hormone metabolism, immune function, and your antioxidant defense system. I was happy to find out that turkey is a great source of vitamin B6 and niacin (B3), both of which are important for helping your body produce energy. Red meat has a lot of the B vitamins in it. It also has iron which turkey does not. So if you are cutting red meat out of your diet, make sure you are getting the rest of the B vitamins and iron that your body needs.
I like the taste of ground turkey. Some say that if you replace ground meat with ground turkey in some recipes you can't tastes the difference. I haven't made a ton of different things with it, mostly I've made turkey burgers (recipe will post later). So if you're looking to mix it up a little or if you want to cut red meat out of your diet, turkey is a great alternative.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Homemade Agave Suckers
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
A few weeks ago I had a comment from Gwenever. She was thinking about using Goat's Milk instead of Rice Milk. I didn't know that much about Goat's Milk so I thought it was time to start researching. Today I'd like to share with you what I've learned.
I'm going to start off by saying that as much as I looked for the dangers of goat's milk the only thing I could find dangerous was if it was raw. The FDA suggests that no one should consume any milk product unless it has been pasteurized. So that being said I found some amazing things about goat's milk. I am going to reiterate that I didn't know anything about goat's milk. Well I did know that my Grandma never had her breast milk come in and was unable to nurse her children. So my father was raised on goat's milk along with his other siblings. After reading about goat's milk I understand why my Grandma used goat's milk. It is the closest milk you can find to a mother's breast milk. The one thing that it doesn't have is folic acid, which is very important in a baby's development. I was still amazed at how close the two milks are. Go here to see a side by side comparison of cow's, goat's, mother's, and formula milks.
Unlike cow's milk, goat's milk doesn't need to be homogenized. The fat globules are so much smaller in goat's milk that they stay suspended in the milk and do not raise to the top. Goat's milk has more shorter chained fatty acids than cow's milk making it more nutritious and also much easier for our bodies to digest. One thing that I loved finding out is that goat's milk is alkaline just like mother's milk is. Cow's milk is acidic. We are told over and over again that in an acidic environment bacteria and other harmful things can grow. So we are supposed to eat a more alkaline diet. Now you can add goat's milk to your list to help alkalize your body.
Also the protein in goat's milk is much easier for your body to digest. On top of that goat's milk contains ''13% more calcium, 25% more vitamin B-6, 47% more vitamin A, 134% more potassium, 3 times more niacin, and 27% more of the antioxidant selenium than cow's milk does" reports askdr.sears.com. But like I said before goat's milk doesn't have the folic acid or vitamin D that cow's milk does, so it is fortified. With all of that being said I personally would still stay away from goat's milk if you have mucus or candida problems.
So now on to the taste testing part. I bought some vanilla ice cream made from goat's milk. I found it to be very yummy. I thought it tasted just like any other vanilla ice cream made with cow's milk. I also bought some goat's milk. When I gave it to my children they didn't like it. They said that it had a funny after taste to it and dumped it down the sink. Remember that my children have been raised on rice milk after they were breast fed. So they don't like the taste of cow's milk either. I didn't think that taste test was very fair, so I took a small glass to two neighbor boys who drink a lot of cow's milk in their homes. Both boys did not like it and one even spit it out. So after that I decided to have my nephew try it. He, and his dad, are huge cow's milk lovers. They would probably have cow's milk at every meal. When my nephew tried it he really liked it. He said it was "good". I was raised on cow's milk but I haven't had any, not even a sip, for over 4 years now. I didn't find the taste that bad. I tried hard to remember what cow's milk tasted like and I just couldn't remember. But I really didn't think it had a bad flavor to it. It was creamy like I remember cow's milk being. Of course I'm not going to buy it tons. It is very expensive. I paid over $5 for one quart and when my children will not drink it, it is not worth it to me. I will, however, experiment with what I have left over. It would be nice if I could make some yummy white sauces with it.
So there you go. That is what I've found out. Part of me wishes that my children liked the taste. It really does have so many more nutrients than rice milk does. It was still fun and and exciting to research and to try something new.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Friday, June 11, 2010
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
Today I wanted to talk about Vitamin D. It is very important to our bodies. It helps our body to absorb calcium. It helps our body to regulate that calcium between our blood and our bones. Vitamin D promotes healthy cell growth, and helps maintain hormonal balance and a healthy immune system. It also helps us have more energy.
A lot of people don't think much about this vitamin. They think that if they go outside for a few minutes every day that they'll be okay. And yes that is true, kind of, but most people are not going outside everyday. You need to go outside for 15 minutes every day in order for your skin to get the UV-B rays it needs to convert into Vitamin D. But there are also many variables to consider if you really are getting enough sun light. For starters if you live above 40* latitude, which is about where New York is, then the sun's rays are only strong enough from May through September to trigger the vitamin D process. If you have darker skin you need to be in the sun longer. If you are overweight then the fat makes it harder for your body to process the rays into vitamin D, so you need to be in the sun longer too. And one of the biggest factors is Sunscreen. Putting sunscreen on stops the UV-B rays from absorbing into your skin, which is what sunscreen is supposed to do. By putting on sunscreen, even the low 8 SPF's, you are not allowing your body to work as it should. Now I'm not saying to go without sunscreen. I have two boys that are very fair skinned and on a hot enough day can burn very quickly. I'm just suggesting that you first go outside and get the exposure your body needs and then apply the sunscreen. For my kids, especially in the early morning, I let them play outside for about a half an hour before calling them back in to put on their sunscreen. In the spring I try to make it go longer or not apply at all depending on how hot the day is.
Some might say that I'm crazy, that I'm increasing the risk of my children having skin cancer later on in life. Well through research they are finding out that many, even children, are vitamin D deficient. There are many health issues related to being vitamin D deficient. Some of these health issues are; rickets in children, osteoporosis, prostate cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, asthma in children, depression, energy loss, high blood pressure, and obesity to name a few.
So really sun exposure is extremely important. It is the best form of vitamin D for your body because your body is making it. There are only a few other ways that you can get vitamin D. You can take a supplement. You can eat a few foods including, some fish, fish oils, egg yolks, beef liver, and some green leafy vegetables. More and more they are fortifying foods with vitamin D, though that is not the best source.
Whatever you do make sure you are getting enough vitamin D. Some of the signs and symptoms of being vitamin D deficient are, bone pain, muscle weakness, low energy and fatigue, getting sick more often, symptoms of depression, mood swings, weird sleeping patterns, and in women that have IBS or Chrohn's Disease there is a very good chance they are already vitamin D deficient because they can not absorb adequate nutrients through their intestinal wall in their colon. Now just because you have some of these symptoms doesn't mean you are vitamin D deficient. If I felt some of these I would change my diet and get more direct sun light. If symptoms didn't leave then I would call my doctor and see if he could run some tests. There are tests out there to determine if you are vitamin D deficient. But above all, and the point I'm trying to make, is vitamin D is extremely important for your health. So go outside enjoy the warm, lovely sunlight and make some vitamin D.
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Last week I talked about Rice milk vs. Soy milk. I mentioned that they were both a better alternative to Cow's milk. So today I am going to talk about Cow's milk and why I don't drink it and I don't give it to my family. You can decide for yourself and for your family.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Mix Soups, celery salt, and garlic powder in a small bowl. Salt and pepper the chicken. Pour 1/2 of the soup mixture in the bottom of the crock pot. Add Carrots, potatoes, and chicken. Pour remaining soup mixture on top. Cover and cook on high for 3-4 hours or until chicken is cooked through and potatoes are soft. With 30 minutes left in cooking time, stir and then place bell peppers on top and cover. When finished cooking stir one more time before serving to coat peppers. Enjoy!