Sunday, May 5, 2019

Powerful Anti Cancer Smoothie

Dr. Kristi Funk is a cutting edge doctor/surgeon who has treated many celebrities including Angelina Jolie! She does extensive research on the effects of food and lifestyle on cancer!

She is convinced by research that she can reduce women's risks of getting cancer by diet and lifestyle.
She has written a book called " Breasts" - The Manual -


In addition, she is all over Youtube with really interesting information everyone could benefit from. Kristi is  personable, motivational, and a joy to hear. 

I was so inspired by the work of Dr. Kristi Funk that I'm sharing her uplifting Youtube Video that she says is a cancer kicking smoothie-

New Book - Breasts: The Owner's Manual- by Dr. Kristi Funk


She explains each ingredient and shares what

Watch This Video


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Sunday, April 28, 2019

Which fruits have the most pesticides?

basket of strawberries

Do you know which fruits and vegetables are the heavily sprayed with lots of pesticides and potentially dangerous? 

Every year the EWG (Environmental Workers Group) publishes a list of the twelve foods that are most heavily sprayed with pesticides. They call it the Dirty Dozen. They also publish a list of the Clean 15. 

These guidelines are very helpful. I have been following their research and suggestions for years.

Since strawberries are always top on the list, I only buy organic strawberries. Other fruits that is heavily sprayed are grapes, apples, and peaches. 

I feel it's important for us to be aware of what we are eating or not eating.  We have to educate ourselves. Sometimes I think oh does it really make a difference? Well Yes it does!

Many doctors, scientists, and researchers are beginning to see the connection between what we are eating and how we are feeling and disease! You can reduce your risks ! Start with cleaner food choices.. 

Like who is teaching ways to reduce cancer risks ? Dr. Kristi Funk- a breast surgeon - I'll be reviewing her new book on Breast Health and what you can do to reduce your risks in my next post 

Meanwhile trust me on the pesticides and get your list from the EWG.. 

You can get a free digital copy at their website right now.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How To Make Almond Flour in Minutes

Got Almonds? You can make almond flour in minutes in your food processor.

bowl of almonds

Use raw unsalted almonds, blanched almonds, or slivered almonds. Any of those will work.

For each cup of almonds that you process, you end up with a little more than a cup of almond flour.

almond flour

It's that easy and simple. You can make your own almond flour in minutes.

How do I use almond flour?-

I make gluten free cakes and cookies.

I made my almond flour in my food processor. I pulsed for 3-4 seconds at a time for about 20 times. Suddenly, I had a very workable flour that is gluten free, kosher for Passover, and healthy.

You do not want to allow the food processor to run too long as you may end up with almond butter.

1 cup of almonds

Use the metal blade in your food processor. Place almonds in the food processor, close lid and pulse about 15-20 times for about 3-4 seconds each burst until your almonds turn into a meal/flour type texture. Use in recipes that call for almond flour or almond meal.

Amazing Baked Donuts
baked gluten free donuts

Almond Shortbread Cookies

gluten free almond cookies

Gluten Free Batter Challah

gluten free challah

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

5 Minute Red Pepper Soup-Zero Points

vegan roasted red pepper soup

Red pepper soup is one of my favorite soups. But I often don't have the time or interest to heat up the oven to slow roast the peppers. After eating this delicious soup at a friend's house, I asked for the recipe. I was shocked to find out that she actually made this soup in just 5 minutes in the blender using a jar of roasted peppers! The results are a rich tasty soup that is both high in protein and flavor.

Anyone who knows me,  knows that I love soup anytime of the day or year. I'm partial to easy recipes that get me in and out of the kitchen fast. This recipe is top on my list of convenient easy recipes.

The recipe calls for a can of chick peas. If you prefer to cook your own chickpeas, use 3 and 1/2 cups of cooked chick peas.  I prefer not to use cans, so I frequently make my chick peas in the Instant Pot. I soak my dried chick peas overnight and then cook them for 20 minutes with some herbs and spices. Directions for making chick peas in the Instant Pot.

red pepper

My motto: Quick, Easy, and Healthy

In addition, I was happy to realize that this beautiful orange soup is only zero points on my Weight Watcher program! That means I can eat a serving of this soup without having to subtract the points from my daily point allowance. Yay!!

roasted red pepper soup

This soup goes great with a salad and some crunchy bread or crackers ( all gluten free of course).


1 can of chick peas ( 15 ounce)
1 jar of of roasted red peppers ( 12 ounce)
4 cups of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of parsley or cilantro, chopped
Salt and cracked pepper to taste
Optional: 1 clove of fresh garlic


Place the ingredients in the blender. Whiz until well blended. Season to taste. Heat to serve, garnish with sprouts of greens.

healthy and gluten free soup

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Skinny Dip Hummus

Are you concerned about eating too many caloric snacks and might be looking for some healthy alternatives? 

My delicious Skinny Dip Humus is tasty, filling, healthy and won't pack on the pounds. It's weight loss friendly.

I've been following the Weight Watchers Freestyle program for about 8 months. I initially lost 25 pounds in the first 4 months, and have been maintaining ever since. 

I find the Freestyle program adapts well to almost any eating style, including my vegetarian gluten free requirements.

Basically, the program is based on points and allows me to eat a specific number of points each day based on my height, age, and weight. Every food is given a point value . Usually the higher the sugar and fat, the higher the point value of the food. I get to choose whatever I want to eat.

It's kind of like being on a budget. I have x amount of dollars to spend and I can budget it anyway I want. The healthier the food, the lower the points. 

For example: all fruit,  non starchy vegetables, beans, lentils, and white meat chicken ( there may be more non vegetarian ) are ZERO points.. That means I can eat  chickpeas and not have to count them into my daily points. I can eat a banana, butternut squash,  or my homemade lentil soup and they are all ZERO points.

Ok- can I eat as much as I want of those zero point foods?
No, I can eat a portion or two and call it zero points.. and yes- I lose weight.

Today's recipe for Skinny Dip Hummus is made with ALL zero point ingredients. 
I can have a cup of this humus with celery sticks, carrot sticks, or carrot wedges and not even have to count it into my daily point budget!!

The bonus is all the ingredients are healthy and good for me. 

4 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/2 carrot, sliced
1/4 cup of fresh parsley
2 cups of cooked chickpeas
3 tablespoons of salsa 

Using a food processor, add garlic, carrot, and parsley. 
Whiz until chopped fine. Add chickpeas and salsa and whiz until well blended.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Gluten Free Honey Cake Muffins

If you love honey cake, you will love these healthy honey cake muffins. They are gluten free, dairy free and have an egg free option.

When I was growing up, my mother used to make a delicious honey cake. Her cake was intentionally a little on the dry side and firm, but had a great flavor and it was usually eaten with a cup of tea.

honey cake muffins

The other day my neighbor, Yda, brought me some of her gluten free " healthy" muffins.. As soon as I took a bite, they reminded me of my mother's honey cake . Sure enough when I asked for the recipe, my neighbor's muffins had honey in them.

The flavor was delicious and the texture was perfect to go with a cup of tea, glass of nut milk, or coffee. .I prefer my muffins a little dryer and firmer than the soft fluffy ones just don't fill me up.

What made these muffins "healthy"?

gluten free muffins

My neighbor used my all purpose Bob's Red Mills gluten free flour that I gave her. It's made from chickpea flour and rice flour and has a good texture, fiber, and protein. In fact 1 cup of this flour provides 16 gms of fiber and 12 gms of protein. In addition, she used unsweetened applesauce, honey, blackstrap molasses, walnuts and raisins.

There are lots of healthy ingredients in these muffins. Blackstrap molasses has a unique flavor and is rich in vitamins and iron. In fact

The recipe makes 18 muffins. Enough to eat some, share some, and freeze some.

gluten free muffins

They are easy because they are made in a bowl, mixed with spoon and baked for just 20          minutes.

Healthy muffins are a great grab and go breakfast or a great gluten free snack.

These muffins are made with walnuts and raisins, a combination that I find crunchy and delicious.

It doesn't get much easier than simply mixing some batter with a spooning and spooning it into muffin tins to bake.

Everyone will love them.

2 cups of gluten free flour ( I used Bob Mills All purpose which is heavier than a rice flour)
1/4 cup of honey
1/4 cup of black strap molasses
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 cup of raisins
1/4-1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup of olive oil
1/4 cup of almond milk
2 eggs, beaten ( or egg replacer)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Combine gluten free flour, baking soda, and salt. Add honey, molasses, oil, almond milk, and eggs.
Mix with a spoon and spoon into an 18 count greased muffin tin.
Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove from tins after cooling for 20 minutes. Place muffins on a rack to cool.

Blackstrap molasses contains vitamins and minerals especially iron.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Why I've added Moringa Powder to my Smoothies for Breakfast

I've started to make a smoothies again for breakfast. This time I've added moringa powder which is very rich in calcium.
I know it's winter, but I'm in Florida, it's hot, and I just don't feel like eating much in the morning. In addition, I LOVE  the taste and the boost I get from my delicious smoothie.

Smoothies are easy to make, contain lots of nutrients, and easy to digest. It's a great way to start the day especially for anyone with gluten intolerance who may have difficulty digesting and absorbing nutrients.

When I wake up, I first have a glass or two of water with lemon.
Then I take an hour walk.
When I return, I make my smoothie which is usually about 9:30 am.

It holds me until around 11: 30 ish when I start to prepare lunch.

The smoothie I've been making is only 1 point on Weight Watchers. It's part of my wellness and self care program, and it can be part of a weight loss program as well. Many times I'm asked what can you have for breakfast when you are gluten free. This is a delicious and power packed breakfast.

In addition to fruit ( blueberries and banana) and vegetables ( kale), I add cocoa powder and calcium rich moringa powder. Sometimes I top it with diced mango and some fresh mint and eat it with a spoon!!

What is moringa powder? The Moringa tree is considered to be one of the most nutritious plants world wide. Aside from being a good source of antioxidants, moringa powder is rich in calcium, Vit A, and iron. It's a popular supplement to help boost the nutritional content of smoothies!

I was first introduced to moringa by the knowledgeable owner of my local Russian health food store. I live near a Russian community part of the year and they seem to be very interested and knowledgeable about herbs. OMG! Superfoods Organic Moringa Powder - 

I also have become interested in the writings of Anthony Williams, the medical medium.
His Book: Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods: Save Yourself and the Ones You Love with the Hidden Healing Powers of Fruits & Vegetables  - I was able to find a copy at my local library- He has other books too that focus on thyroid. 

He is a big advocate of the power of fruit for healing. I used to cut down on fruit, but he has convinced me of it's amazing benefits. I find all of his books very informative. His most recent book is Liver Rescue :  

Medical Medium Liver Rescue: Answers to Eczema, Psoriasis, Diabetes, Strep, Acne, Gout, Bloating, Gallstones, Adrenal Stress, Fatigue, Fatty Liver, Weight Issues, SIBO & Autoimmune Disease- It's a great read!

I feel like my smoothie is a simple way to boost my nutrition and immunity-

My Daily Smoothie: 

1.5 cups of almond milk
1 cup of frozen wild blueberries
1 ripe banana
1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons of moringa leaf powder
1 stalk of kale
1 small piece of organic lemon peel
a few drops of liquid stevia

Place almond milk, frozen berries, banana, cocoa, moringa powder, kale, stevia and lemon peel in a strong blender. Whiz util smooth and blended. Drink and immediately.

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Eat Pasta; Lose Weight

Book Review: The Mamma Mia! Diet

Can you eat pasta and lose weight?
Anything is possible!

The Mamma Mia! Diet is a book and cookbook which explains how you can eat pasta , enjoy wine, and still lose weight. 

This less restrictive approach to dieting boasts better health with Italian flavors and the proven benefits of the Mediterranean Diet. 

According to the authors, Dr. Paola Lovisetti Scamihorn and Paola Palestini , PhD, " The more doctors test it, the more they find that eating Mediterranean is the absolute best way to lose weight".

Of I course I only use gluten free pasta!

The Mama Mia!Diet supports eating olive oil, fruits, and vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish and poultry, whole grains, and wine! 

It is not a vegetarian cookbook, yet there are many vegetarian recipes.

The recipe for spaghetti with pesto and cherry tomatoes used 5 cherry tomatoes, 5 ounces ricotta, and 3 Tablespoons pesto mixed and tossed with the cooked pasta. Simple and easy, yet delicious.

This book was divided into three sections. 

Parts one and two of this book explain the premise of the diet in its entirety emphasizing nutritional information, do's and don'ts, and how to make smart choices for a healthy balanced diet.

Although the book encourages eating pasta, it is not the cornerstone of the Mama Mia! Diet. The menu suggestions are varied and focus on balanced portions of fruit, vegetables, healthy fat, animal protein, etc. Pasta can be eaten but does not have to be eaten.

In addition, the book reviewed individual vegetables, noting their benefits and how to shop and select the best quality. Actually, I found lots of interesting information that was helpful.

Part three is the actual cookbook which features a good selection of recipes and suggested seasonal menus. I found the recipes uncomplicated and fairly basic.

Of course for anyone gluten free, like me, you would need to use gluten free pasta.

If you are looking for a weight loss plan that is healthy and allows for variety in eating, this book may be a good one for you to explore.

Here are some examples of the vegetarian recipes. 

Pasta with Eggplant looked delicious as well as the Chickpea Salad. 

The Tagliatelle with Peas and Asparagus,  Lentil Salad, Pasta with Broccoli and Pasta with Kale all were dishes I would consider trying.

In addition the Veggie Balls, Beets and Ricotta Dumplings all looked tempting. 

For those who are not vegetarian there were lots of choices using chicken, fish, and beef. 

I love Mediterranean cooking. This diet seems like a healthy and satisfying way to eat. 

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Disclaimer: I was sent this book for free in exchange for an honest review-

I am not endorsing this book and all opinions are my own.