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This is also the basis for vegan whole food ganache...
Mix equal parts sunflower butter, maple syrup and carob powder. Add more carob powder and work into a dough. When it's the desired consistency, roll in more carob powder and refrigerate.
Healing properties of the ingredients:
Much of their calories come from fatty acids. The seeds are especially rich in poly-unsaturated fatty acid linoleic acid, which comprise more 50% fatty acids in them. They are also good in mono-unsaturated oleic acid that helps lower LDL or "bad cholesterol" and increases HDL or "good-cholesterol" in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet which is rich in monounsaturated fats help to prevent coronary artery disease and stroke by favoring healthy lipid profile.
Sunflower seeds are high in protein, full of anti-oxidants, vitamin E, B vitamins including folic acid Niacin and pyridoxine, zinc and have a cholergenic effect in reducing blood pressure.
The seeds are incredibly rich sources of many essential minerals. Calcium, iron, manganese, zinc, magnesium, selenium, and copper are especially concentrated in sunflower. Many of these minerals have a vital role in bone mineralization, red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities.
maple syrup: full of manganese and zinc, calcium, iron and potassium.
an evergreen grown in the fertile crescent region
Carob has been consumed in ancient times. It’s name is referenced in Bible, Talmud and New Testament. According to the legend, St. John subsisted on carob beans mixed with honey during his crossing of desert. Hence, it also known as Saint John’s Bread. The seeds of carob is used to weight gold. It is eaten on the Jewish holidays and it’s juice is consumed by Muslims during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.
|Posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:25 AM||comments (0)|
Avocados and sunflower seeds are packed with high density lipoproteins (HDL), the 'good' fat.
Sprout lentils and sunflower seeds (yes! the raw shelled sunflower seeds do sprout!)
In a food processor combine 3 crushed garlic cloves, 1/4 chopped onion, and one carrot, a sprinkle of cayenne and a teaspoon or two of tamari. I also added 1/4 t tangelo zest and 2 T tangelo juice. Any citrus you like here would be nice. Pulse until finely chopped.
Add 3/4 cups each: lentil and sunflower sprouts.
Pulse until roughly chopped. (very short)
spoon into avocado half, sprinkle with whole lentil sprouts.
|Posted on March 1, 2013 at 1:30 PM||comments (0)|
Agar Agar is a gel that is traditionally used in Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Russia and the Philippines to make aspics, marmalades, gels and custards. Kanten, as named in Japanese cuisine, triples in size after you eat it, absorbing water. It is thought to relieve constipaton and be cooling on the body. Tastes good when you're hot from the sun.
Next time, more precise measuring of the agar agar will be done.
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I haven't tried this yet, but I'm going to.
How to grow your own coconut tree from a dehusked grocery store coconut.
More about coconut in the diet to come
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a.k.a. Frijoles Peruanos
These beans are a lot like white beans but sturdier; like pinto beans but less bitter. I was not expecting this bean soup to be devoured with so many compliments. It was a star! These beans are creamy and melt in your mouth, yet hold up well to this soup! So easy--the crock pot does a lot of the work.
Mayacoba Bean Soup
Soak three or four cups of dry beans in plenty of water for 30 hours or more. Bring to a boil on the stovetop and then add to a heated crock pot. Simmer all day with a tablespoon of tamari. In the last hour:
Saute one whole onion, 4 garlic cloves, salt and pepper in 1/3 of a cup of coconut oil for a minute. Turn down the heat to low and cover tightly to 'sweat' the garlic and onion for about 12 minutes or until the the onion is transparent. Add roughly chopped carrots, zucchini, celery and a tablespoon of oregano. Turn heat to medium high and saute for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Add this veggie mixture to the crock pot and continue simmering for at least a half an hour.
|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Couture Kale Chips
Named for the amazing and talented Will Couture, dancer extraordinaire, who loves these:
Wash Kale leaves.
Add extra virgin olive oil and organic tamari in a bowl.
Dip clean/gloved fingers in this and massage into kale leaves.
Place on food dehydrator trays and dehydrate for 4-6 hours.
Kale is the original solar energy panels. When you eat it, you can feel the vitamin D (and A) shining out of your face like sunshine!!
Kale helps reduce cholesterol, is high in fiber, Vitamin K (anti-cancer), anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and greatly high in calcium which we need for bones, nerve conduction and to keep our heart beating!
|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
super easy Valentine's dinner to nurture your heart
Add 3 T olive oil and 2 T coconut oil to a pan with 1 1/2 t turmeric and 1 t cayenne. Stir in 1 1/2 to 2 cups well cooked brown rice. 1 cup shredded beet. Cook for 5-10 minutes on medium high heat, stirring constantly.
and 2 cups cooked garbanzo beans.
Heat through and serve.
How is this dish for the heart?
Beets build blood, have iron, are an anti-inflammatory, have a lot of fiber, help reduce joint pain, reduces blood pressure, and are a possible aphrodisiac. Brown rice brings calmness and harmony. Garbanzo beans look like little hearts. They have fiber, potassium and thiamine to help you regulate your mood.
Coconut oil may help us build our hormones, it may help in weight loss. Olive oil is a well known anti-inflammatory, as is turmeric.
Cayenne is a catalyst herb, high in vitamin c for the health of blood vessels and other functions.
|Posted on February 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
allium sativum, has been used by humans for over 7000 years and is well known as a healing herb. Hippocrates and other early writers on healing from many different cultures recommend garlic for many different illnesses including parasites, respiratory disorders and poor digestion.
Known diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, stimulant, antibacterial, antifungal, alterative, antispasmodic, cholagogue, vulnerary, and vermifuge garlic is a valuable aid to keep the heart and blood vessels healthy. Garlic lowers you blood pressure, lowers your cholesterol, fends off respiratory infections, infections of the urinary tract and digestive tract.
The following have been successfully treated by raw garlic or garlic extracts: high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, tuberculosis, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, hypoglycemia, bronchitis, asthma, whooping, pneumonia, common cold, allergies, intestinal worms, intestinal putrefaction and gas, parasitic diarrhea, dysentery and insomnia.
The threat to our health from environmental poisons, and specifically heavy metals, is increasing every day. Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and copper poisoning are becoming epidemic. Lead and mercury come mostly from polluted air plus industrial and medical uses, such as lead containing paint and mercury containing amalgam dental fillings. Garlic helps remove these heavy metals from the body.
In addition to garlic’s sulfur compounds that boost the immune system, garlic contains a series of natural antioxidants and is a strong anticancer and antitumor activity. Garlic's antioxidants disarm reactive body chemicals that cause cancer, garlic possibly limits cell membrane damage, which is one mechanism in the aging process.
Garlic acts as a sponge when it comes to elevated LDL cholesterol, and it reduces platelet adhesion (blood stickiness). This slipperiness helps reduce the incidence of stroke, heart attack and other vessel occlusion and embolus. In a sixteen-week study that involved giving garlic to 261 patients, cholesterol levels were reduced by 12% and triglyceride levels were reduced by 17%. For thousands of years, garlic has been used in many unusual ways and for a multitude of ailments - colds, ear infections, sore throats, warts, yeast infections, sinusitis, asthma, congestion, and even impotence. Garlic lowers blood pressure and has better effects as a whole food than in supplements.
Garlic may help improve iron metabolism and is rich in manganese, B6, selenium, calcium, tryptophan, phosphorous, copper.