Thursday, October 23, 2014

Do This One Thing To Improve Your Health


Do This One Thing To Improve Your Health



You can do one thing to improve your health!

Sometimes I get off track and do not do all of the the healthy things I know I should and want to be doing for my health. It's usually because I get too stressed, busy, or tired. During times that I get offtrack, I like to remember to do at least this one thing to improve my health: Drink more water.

I'm basically a healthy eater, but I don't drink enough water. 

Drinking water has many benefits. Hydration is important for many reasons:

  • detoxification
  • elimination
  • proper thinking
  • weight loss 
  • and all bodily functions
  • How well can our minds work when we hold onto our toxins? 
  • How well can we feel if we hold onto our toxins? 
  • We may not feel it right away, but in time the proof will be in the pudding. 


Water is a great flusher of toxins and essential to good health. In addition, I've read that students should drink water before a test, it helps them make better thought connections.

The only water that I know that I get every morning is because of a healthy habit that I've developed.  I find when I make it a routine, I do it without thinking. It's like brushing your teeth. No thinking or planning is involved.

My morning routine. 
I get up early . My daily routine includes drinking a 16 ounce glass of water with a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar.

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Apple cider vinegar is really good for you and helps detoxify and balance body ph. It's a habit I developed, and I just do it every morning . I sip it as I get dressed, check my emails, check my blog etc. It's like my morning coffee. but healthier.

Then I make sure that I exercise before I do anything else. If I don't do my morning run or exercise machine first thing- I usually get distracted with other things or  too lazy and just don't exercise. That's why 5-6 mornings a week- I just get up and do it!

Since I have those habits in place, I stick to them but I need to develop an afternoon routine to drink water. As the day progresses and I'm busy,  I don't always feel as good about my choices and I certainly forget to drink water!

So my new mantra is if I do nothing else- I need to drink more water- 


Not drinking enough water is where I fall short and yet it's so easy. I am going to get into the habit of drinking another 16 ounce glass of water ( maybe with fresh lemon ) before I begin to cook dinner around 4:30 or 5:00..

That is my new habit to develop. It's simple and very beneficial. My message for today is
" If you do nothing else, drink more water"



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Monday, October 20, 2014

Chocolate Donut Holes with Coconut Flour

Rolled donut holes


These simple bite size little chocolate donut holes are a healthy treat and a cinch to make.
You won't need any special equipment and can be enjoying one in no time. 

Who doesn't love a chocolate donut hole?
These are especially good because they are grain free, healthy and quite tasty.
They are made of coconut flour ( buy in the health store or online) and very quick and easy to make.

If you do not want to use coconut flour, any kind of gluten free flour or regular flour will work.
However, if you decide not to use the coconut flour, reduce the almond milk to 1 Tablespoon instead of 3 Tablespoons. However, there are health benefits to baking with coconut flour.








chocolate donut holes






I like baking with coconut flour for many reasons.
  • Coconut flour is packed with fiber and therefore more filling and satisfying( The fiber also helps better elimination) 
  • Coconut flour is tasty- has a unique appealing taste
  • Coconut flour requires a lot more liquid in the recipe which makes for a moist, silky product. 
  • Coconut flour is rich in nutrients 
  • Coconut flour is grain and gluten free
  • Coconut flour is lower in carbs which doesn't raise insulin levels as high as reg flour
In addition, coconut flour is very easy to use to bake cookies, cake, and these donut holes.

I like baking with coconut sugar because: 
  • It is lower in carbohydrates than brown sugar or regular sugar
  • It creates less of an insulin spike
  • It contains nutrients

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Serves : 12

Ingredients: 
1/2 cup coconut flour 
1/4 tsp baking powder 
4 Tablespoons of coconut sugar ( health food store) 
1 Tablespoon of cocoa
1 tsp cinnamon
3 Tablespoons of almond or coconut milk
2 large eggs, beaten
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil  or olive oil 
pinch of salt

Optional Toppings: chopped nuts, additional coconut sugar and cinnamon mixture, shredded coconut 


Directions: 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
In a medium bowl combine the eggs, almond milk and oil and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients and then add the dry to the wet ingredients and stir until smooth. 

Roll into balls, and then roll in unsweetened coconut, additional coconut sugar, chopped nuts or  just leave them plain. Bake on a parchment lined cookie sheet for about 10 minutes, or place rolled balls in greased mini muffin pan. 


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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Pumpkin Pudding Bars- Grain Free



This simple little seasonal snack can be made quickly and enjoyed by all. I called this recipe pumpkin pudding bars since they can be cut nicely into firm bars, yet have the consistency of a creamy pudding-like texture.

This tasty dessert will satisfy anyone's pumpkin craving.  Let's face it who isn't craving pumpkin this time of the year?  ! It seems to be everywhere right now.

In addition, this is a perfect snack for kids. It's not too sweet and can transport easily in a lunchbox, or it makes a perfect after school snack that provides some protein and nutrients. A little whipped cream or whipped coconut cream topping wouldn't hurt!

This recipe is grain free, gluten free, nut free and dairy free.

Author: Judee Algazi
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes tops
Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
Note: I use whole food ingredients ( the recipes will work with regular sugar and flour)
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Ingredients: 
2 cups of pumpkin puree or ( 1 can of pumpkin puree)
1/2 cup of coconut sugar ( get in the health food store- it looks and acts like brown sugar but is lower in carbs and higher in fiber  and more nutritious)
4 large eggs, beaten
2 Tablespoons coconut flour ( or any gluten free flour)
2 Tablespoons coconut or almond milk ( if using coconut flour which needs extra liquid)
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice ( or mix your own  - see directions below )
Optional: Add chocolate chips if you must! ( I did)

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 
In a medium bowl, using a large spoon, cream the pumpkin and coconut sugar until smooth. Add the beaten eggs, almond milk and mix well. Then add the spices and coconut flour. Mix well, smashing any lumps from the flour..
Line a brownie pan with parchment paper and pour in batter. Bake for about 30-40 minutes until set , but slightly wiggly. Cool on wire racks.




     

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