Friday, August 19, 2011

Baba Ganoush

So if you haven't had or heard of Baba Ganoush before, you're probably just thinking "what a weird name"... So for today, I'll just call it "Eggplant Dip". It's great with Pita bread, crackers, a vegetable platter, or whatever you want. Try it with your favorite flat-bread and diced tomatoes... ( I've come up with a new recipe for flat-bread which I'll post soon.)



1 large eggplant, about 1 1/2 pounds
1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
2 cloves garlic (or to taste)
1/4 cup lemon juice (or to taste)
3 tablespoons tahini (or to taste
ground cumin
1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)


Preheat oven to 425 F. With a fork, punch a bunch of holes in the eggplant and place it on a baking dish or sheet. Cook for about 45 minutes, until the eggplant is all sunken in. Remove from the heat and let it cool until you can peel it without burning yourself. Peel and put it in a food processor. Add the salt, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, and process until it’s smooth. Sprinkle with cumin, and serve. 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Fruit Tart

 Summer's almost over, but it's still pretty warm outside, so it's nice to have a cool and fun dessert with some of your favorite fruits...

I decided to do a little experimentation in the kitchen today and came up with this recipe. Use your favorite pastry dough recipe, roll it out, bake it, top with yogurt, whipped cream, and fruits of your choice.





I made a coconut-lime cream:

1 cup coconut milk (refrigerated first)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
a pinch of stevia powder or to taste
1/2 tsp vanilla (optional)
1 - 2 teaspoons instant clear jel

Blend until creamy and thick. Add some fresh or frozen strawberries for fun. :)

Top with your favorite fresh fruits. I used pear, peach, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, kiwi. I ate this with watermelon fresh picked from our garden...and i gotta say, it was yummy. :)
My family requested me to make it again, so I the next time, I added fresh strawberries to the cream, and topped it with more strawberries, pears, nectarine, mango, and blueberries.

buon appetit :)

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vegan Sushi:

Sushi:
You will need:
Nori Seaweed Sheets
Jasmine or Sticky Rice, cooked (Or you can use brown jasmine or short grain brown rice)
1 package of tofu, cut into thin strips, fried, and marinated in soy sauce.
Avocado, sliced into thin strips
Cucumber, sliced into thin strips
Red Bell Pepper, sliced into thin strips
Carrot, sliced into thin strips
Any other vegetables of your choice.
Nutritional Yeast Flakes
Soy Sauce (for dipping sushi)

Directions:

Place 1 sheet of nori on a board, spread about 1/4 inch thick of rice all over the seaweed. Sprinkle about 1 Tbsp. of Nutritional Yeast Flakes on the rice. Then on one end of the rice, put desired amount of tofu and vegetables on your rice...But not too much, or you won't be able to roll your sushi correctly. You may also sprinkle a small amount of soy sauce on the rice. Firmly, yet gently, roll your sushi starting from the end with your tofu and vegetables and working toward the other end. Once you've rolled your sushi, you may slice it, put your sushi onto a plate, and enjoy. Don't forget to dip them in soy sauce for added flavor. :)

Below is a step-by-step photo how to roll sushi if you've never done it before:

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Udon Noodle Miso Soup

1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
chopped ginger to taste (very important for flavor)
2 carrots, diagonally sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 package of tofu, cut into cubes and fried in small amount of oil
2 bunches of scallions, chopped
1 bunch of spinach
Shitake mushrooms to taste OR what I used was shitake mushroom seasoning (you can find it in an oriental market)
soy sauce to taste
vegetarian chicken style seasoning to taste or favorite seasoning for broth
enough water (amount depends on if you want a thick or brothy soup)
Udon noodles, precooked. (add as much as you want)
Fresh Cilantro for garnish

Saute onions, garlic, ginger, shitake mushrooms, and celery in a large saucepan with olive oil until tender. Then add tofu, then carrots. Add enough water, seasonings, scallions and pre-cooked udon noodles. Adjust seasonings (chicken style seasoning and soy sauce) according to taste. Add remaining ingredients like spinach or your favorite green vegetable. For example; bok choy, kale, cabbage, green beans, etc. You can also add other of your favorite vegetables. Once everything is cooked, Garnish with Fresh Cilantro. I don't usually follow recipes exactly, So be creative. :)
These are the ingredients you will need.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

How YOU can become Acne Free:

So a lot of my friends struggle with this problem of getting those "ugly spots" on their faces commonly know as acne.. How can you get rid of them?? Well...what I want to ask you is...., "Do you know why you are getting acne?" It could be for a number of reasons depending on your age, hormones, skin type, your lifestyle, your diet, what you use on your skin, and more. I am going to share with you how to get rid of this problem that affects so many people. You may be surprised..Most of my friends are surprised when I tell them that acne is NOT from the surface of your skin. It's a symptom of something that is going wrong deep inside within the body. And in order to heal most conditions in the body, we must take care of it properly! We take care of our bodies by keeping them clean, eating properly, exercising, getting enough rest, drinking water, etc.. Our bodies are God's temple. We are a living sacrifice. So let's take care of ourselves and get rid of impurities on our skin! Our skin is the largest organ on our whole body. It's a living, breathing organism. It has the ability to repair and cleanse itself just like any other organ in our body...but sometimes we are causing our skin more harm and damage rather than good and not allowing it to repair and cleanse itself because of our unhealthy habits. As I've learned about health and made changes in my lifestyle, I can honestly say that I haven't suffered from any skin problem since! My skin has been completely clear. And you can have clear skin too. :)

People frequently ask, "What foods cause acne? What things should I eat and what things should I stay away from?"
1: Stop eating processed foods. Don't eat anything that comes from a box or a bag and "fast foods." Eliminate Sugar from your diet as well as saturated and hydrogenated fats. Although we do need *healthy fats* in our diet to help produce hormones and other important components of a healthy body. We must balance our omega 3 and omega 6 ratio. By decreasing our intake of omega 6 (get rid of the commercial snack products, meat, etc) and increasing our intake of omega 3. Examples of healthy fats containing Omega 3's that we need to take daily; They are found in: Flax Seeds, walnuts, avocados, and EFA (essential fatty acids) supplements (I personally take an Evening Primrose supplement). Borage herb is good too.

Eat more vegetables and fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. Eat more raw fruits and vegetables more than anything. Salads. Preferably more raw foods than cooked. There is nothing wrong with cooked food, but you need to eat more foods that are "alive". They will give you so much benefit. :) They cleanse your body.

DRINK WATER. At least 8 cups daily. If you don't like water, then add some lemon or lime to it. Stop drinking soda and things with sugar and artificial colorings and flavorings. You can read my article on water. "Click Here." 

Follow the 8 natural laws of health! I wrote an article about this before. Here is the page: "Click Here."

Make sure that you don't have a nutritional deficiency. Some nutritional deficiencies that lead to acne problems may be a lack of some of these things:

Chromium:
chromium helps to balance blood sugar levels and several studies have found a link between low chromium levels and acne outbreaks. Onions, romaine lettuce and tomatoes are good sources of chromium.

Selenium:
When selenium is taken along with vitamins A and E, it can help reduce the severity of acne and the scarring that can occur afterwards. Selenium is also found in Brazil nuts, button mushrooms, and shiitake mushrooms.

Vitamin A and B2:
Vitamin A is responsible for the conversion of fatty acids into the oil in skin and can help to balance hormones but it is toxic when taken directly by itself. Vitamin B2 converts the toxic forms of vitamin A into the forms our body needs and uses. Natural sources of vitamin A include carrots, cruciferous vegetables, leafy greens and yellow-orange fruits. Good sources of vitamin B2 are asparagus, broccoli, chard, collard greens, mushrooms, Romaine, spinach and turnip greens.

Zinc:
Zinc is known to increase the production of male hormones and is also needed to renew skin cells on a daily basis. Zinc has brought “dramatic improvement” to acne sufferers, says author of The "Encyclopedia of Natural Healing" by Mark Pritkin.
Zinc is present in Brazil nuts, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds, spinach and whole grains.

Magnesium:
Magnesium is vital for the release of insulin, the creation of glucose receptors and the production of enzymes and proteins necessary for skin cells.
Good sources of magnesium are broccoli, mustard greens, blackstrap molasses, peppermint, pumpkin seeds, squashes and turnip greens. Celery, cucumbers, green beans and kale, along with other seeds are also good sources of magnesium.

*(I got some of these resources from www.draxe.com) :)

CHEMICALS... 
Also, I would strongly suggest you stop washing your face with all these horrible soaps and putting all kinds of creams, makeups and stuff on your face. They are toxic and only make your skin worse and cause premature aging! LET YOUR SKIN BREATHE! It's suffocating underneath all that makeup you're wearing, girls! And those harsh chemicals in the soaps and lotions are irritating your skin by drying it out and stripping it from it's own natural oils. When you're constantly washing your face with these "soaps" that you see on commercials or wherever, you are really drying out your skin and stripping it of it's natural oils. Therefore, by drying your skin out, your skin's oil glands are forced to produce more oil, thus causing your skin to be oilier than it was before, leading to breakouts! Let your skin balance itself. Only use natural soaps that DO NOT CONTAIN harsh chemicals like "sodium laureth sulfate or sodium laurel sulfate", etc. Don't give up. Eventually after about a week or so, you will see changes. Your skin will eventually balance itself and you will notice a change if you keep your body healthy. It is best to choose some other type of soap - herbal, natural or organic. They don't contain harmful chemicals. If you would like to know what soap I use, just ask me. :)

Another very important thing I would like to mention is GETTING ENOUGH REST and having a regular sleeping routine. Believe it or not, your body has it's own biological clock. It's called "circadian rhythm". Your body is set for a 24 hour cycle.  It's a daily cycle of biological activity based on a 24-hour period and influenced by regular variations in the environment, such as the alternation of night and day. Circadian rhythms include sleeping and waking, and eating. There are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to this 24 hour cycle. Pretty amazing, right? :) Your body knows exactly when it needs to rest, wake up, etc. That's why we must go to bed on time. Preferably before 10 p.m. and getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep for adults. Children getting at least 10 hours, and developing adolescents (up to 21) need even more sleep! If you are not getting enough sleep at the PROPER time, you are going against your body's circadian rhythm, thus confusing it and wearing it out. It's not just about how much sleep you get, it's about WHEN you get it. Don't be an owl. :-/ Get some sleep. :)

I would also strongly recommend taking a whole body cleanse at least once or twice a year. I personally have taken the "Renew Life - Organic Total Body Cleanse". You can search it on Google. Or if you eat a lot of raw food, your body naturally will detox itself! That's why I say that it's very important to include as much raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds in your daily diet.

Now, nothing goes away overnight, so don't expect changes in your skin's appearance immediately. It's a process. Your body needs to detoxify itself and get used to this new lifestyle. If you haven't taken good care of your health previously, then you may feel a little strange at first because your body is cleansing all of it's impurities out of your system! Don't give up though, you will be sure to see amazing results in proper timing. 

Most of all, be regular with EVERY habit! Eat at the same time each day, and don't eat too close to bedtime. Do not eat between mealtimes. Your body will not be able to digest properly, Thus causing the food to go rancid in your body and it will become toxic.

Alright...Basically, this is the whole health message in a nutshell! And remember to keep God number one in your life. Pray and ask Him to help you make these changes..and you will be on your way to a happier and healthier you! Bye for now. :)    - Jade

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Better Health!

I'm going to share with you some tips that have totally helped me and changed my health for the better! God understands the challenges we go through. That's why he's given us simple guidelines. Some of you refer it as the acronym "NEWSTART" and others simply call it the 8 natural health doctors. And it will really give you a new start. Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest, & Trust in Divine Power. All of these simple guidelines, if you put them to use. We are told by the prophet Ellen White that the people who follow these simple rules, 9 out of 10 will recover from whatever illness they have.

First, I'd like for you to take a look at your diet and food choices. You are what you eat. Your diet should be balanced. You should practice temperance and AVOID processed, oily, sugary foods. Instead, go for the foods that God has provided straight from nature. Unrefined fruits, vegetables, whole grains,, nuts, seeds, legumes, etc. Try to eat a lot of raw. And whenever you get a craving; STOP, pray, and choose a healthier alternative like a fruit, or vegetable platter. I would strongly recommend to AVOID eating in between meals. Snacking is not good for you at all. It slows down your digestion by interrupting it every time you eat. You should space your meals at least 4 or 5 hours apart and giving your body some time to digest food before bed time.

 Secondly; I'd also like to cover exercise. EXERCISE to chase away the pain! Regular bodily exercise can help reduce the symptoms of PMS. Now, what i want to emphasize here is REGULARITY. All these tips I'm giving you is not only for you to do only when your symptoms are present, but rather to practice these tips on a daily basis. IT'S NOT JUST A REMEDY, IT'S A LIFESTYLE. It's what you do everyday that gives you the maximum and enjoyable health benefits.

THIRDLY:
Stay hydrated! That in itself is a no-brainer. We all need water to survive. It cleanses the system from all the toxins and impurities. There is a section on my blog about drinking water, just search WATER on the search tab on the side of my blog. So drink up!

Fourth. SUNSHINE. Getting Sunlight is another important key to health. Too many people have a vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is produced by your skin in response to the sunlight. By going out in the sun for a few minutes daily can help prevent numerous diseases!

5th: TEMPERANCE. It's defined as; Everything in MODERATION.

Sixth Tip: Get Fresh Air as much as possible. Take some deep breaths. Concentrate on breathing sometimes...put one hand on your chest, and your other hand on your tummy. take a deep breath. Slowly inhale, you should feel your hand on your tummy go up as you inhale. Exhale, you should feel your hand go down. Too many of us breathe the wrong way! Make sure your stomach expands as you inhale, and contract as your exhale. Breathing fresh air gives you better circulation, helps you relax, reduces the risk of cancer due to free flowing oxygen, lowers body temperature, and many more amazing health benefits.

Seventh Tip: REST: We must sleep to survive. Sleep is just as important as food for surviving. It's best to go to bed regularly at the same time every night and wake up the same time in the morning. Your body needs at least 8 hours of sleep per night, and even more for children and teens. Lack of sleep impairs your coordination, judgement, and immune system. Remember to be sure not to eat too close to bedtime. So just make sure to get your ZZZ's :)

Eighth Tip: Last but NOT LEAST...Trust in Divine Power! The Lord is who gives us life and these simple guidelines. He created us. He knew we would need a "user's manual" for life. That's why He's given us His Holy Word to guide us in our lives. We must pray and let Him speak to us through His Word. He will be sure to help you! By lowering your stress levels, increasing your energy, give you peace, and ultimate happiness!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Vegan Hummingbird Cake

So I've gotten a couple of requests for this recipe. It's called Hummingbird Cake...and no, it's not made from hummingbirds, but rather I'd call it a "Banana-Pineapple Cake" with a slight "tropical" flavor. The picture to the side isn't a picture that I took, and I personally, never add icing to this cake because it's really sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. I almost hesitated posting this recipe on here because of that. You may cut back on the sugar like I would. So I'd only recommend this ONLY if you MUST have something sweeeeeet and do not eat it often. Also, I cut back the amount of oil from the original recipe:


2 cups plain, unbleached flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup Florida Crystals
1 cup Sucanat 
1 teaspooon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup canola oil (or 1/2 to 1 cup applesauce if you choose not to use oil)
3 Ener-G Egg Replacers (you can find that in a health food store or the health section in some grocery stores)
6 Tablespoons soymilk
One 8 ounce can, crushed pinapple, with juice
3 medium, ripe bananas mashed
1 cup chopped nuts of your choice (optional)
2 teaspoons Vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon or coriander


Sift dry ingredients into bowl. Add liquid ingredients and stir till mixed thoroughly. Pour into prepared cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees F. until done. Cake will pull away from edge of pan. Test the center with a toothpick. Let it cool and ice it if desired. 

Monday, May 17, 2010

All Better. :)

Hey all. :) Can't stay on long here, but I just wanted to say...THE OREGANO GARLIC TEA totally worked...Honestly I only drank like 2 cups of it, but really I believe that if I would have taken more, it would have totally knocked the cold that day. So yep, Moms know what they're doing. :) It's usually the grossest natural remedies that work the best. :)

P.S. I also just wanted to say; Thanks "Emily Rose" for your comment on my last post:


"Hi. I enjoy your blog. I agree, our mothers can come up with the most, ummm, uh, Unusual (in italics) herbal concoctions. Fortunately, none I have tried have killed me yet. They just taste very strange. :) I am thankful for my Mother, though, because she knows what to do to help me feel better when I am sick, without using drugs/pharmacuetical (spelling?) stuff.
Keep Writing!" - Emily Rose



I totally agree with that..because those things like antibiotics and Tylenol, etc that most people take when they are sick don't really help and also give us some pretty bad side effects...and I can definitely say that from my own bad experiences! That's why it's best to eat healthy and take care of our bodies and take healthful herbs is the best medicine. Good food is our true medicine. They not only help us get better with whatever sickness we have, but also give us other wonderful health benefits with no harmful side effects!  

Thursday, May 13, 2010

It's been a while...again!

I thought I was getting better yesterday...So I went to bed hoping that I'd wake up feeling better in the morning...But I could not sleep! I felt so congested...Then woke up at 3 a.m feeling like an elephant was sitting on my chest... Anyway, I got up, drank 2 cups of charcoal slurry...then went back to bed. HAD THE WORST NIGHTMARE and woke up at 5:30 and jumped into the shower...So..basically i've been up since then. Mom is a good mom...supposedly..'cept for the fact that she gave me the most horrible horrifying tea I've ever tasted. Oregano and Garlic Honey Tea. And I've been taking Goldenseal and Echinachea. OMG...no comment. enough said...but wait...

My QUESTION IS:...What the heck is oregano good for? I've always hated that stuff.

Well I did my "research" and basically Oregano has quite a few amazing health benefits. One of them happens to be that it's very helpful with respiritory health, and helps in the treatment of sinus or lung congestion...and that's just what i need..hope it works.

***
So maybe my mom isn't as mean as i thought she was :)

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

AppleJack Pancakes

So far, pancake week is going great! My sister has been doing most of the cooking. lol..after all, this was her idea!

3/4 C. apples grated
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 C. flour
1 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP raisins (optional)


Place the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium mixing bowl, and stir them together. Pour the milk and vanilla extract into the dry ingredients, and stir them together. Stir in the grated apple, then stir in the raisins, if using. Mist a large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot, spoon in the batter. Spread out each pancake using the back of a spoon. You will need to cook the pancakes in several batches depending on the size of you skillet. Cook the pancakes until the bottoms are brown, adjusting the hear as necessary. Carefully loosen the pancakes, and turn them over. Cook the second side briefly, just until golden.

Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes:

( We needed to make a few batches since we have a big family. lol)

3/4 C. flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/3 C. mashed banana
1/2 C. milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 TBSP sugar

In a mixing bowl, mix together flour baking powder, and sugar . In a separate bowl, mix together mashed bananas, milk, and vanilla. Stir liquid mixture into flour mixture, mixing until ingredients are moistened. Heat griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with oil. Add batter about 1/4 cup at a time, but do not crowd. Cook until bubbles form, and edges are lightly browned, then turn and cook the other side until the bottom side is lightly brown. Yummy!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Blueberry Pancakes

Hey everyone..Some of you might know that my sis wanted us to celebrate National Pancake Week, . Keep checking back every day! LOL. Ok so here's the recipe for today:

1 1/4 cups flour
2 TBSP sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 cup milk
2 egg substitute
2 TBSP oil
1 cup fresh blueberries or thawed frozen blueberries, rinsed and stems removed.


In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs, milk,and oil. Stir liquid mixture into flour mixture, mixing until ingredients are moistened. Fold in blueberries. Heat griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with oil. Add batter about 1/3 cup at a time, but do not crowd. Cook until bubbles form, and edges are lightly browned, then turn and cook the other side until the bottom side is lightly brown.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Gardening

I don't really like to garden, but I should learn to! I guess I just like to cook the things from our garden, and of course, eat them! For more updates on our garden, go to my sister's blog @ http://www.simplycountryliving.blogspot.com/ !








Fresh Veggies & Overgrown Zucchinni!

Here are some pictures of what we picked today. We picked some Swiss Chard, Zucchinni, Collard, Yellow Squash, Bok Choy, and Broccoli.


^ Here is an OVERGROWN zucchini! Huge, isn't it? ^ For more info about our zucchini, go to my sis' blog :) @ www.SimplyCountryLiving.blogspot.com
<Bok Choy>(below






Zucchini Bread


Have you ever tried zucchini bread? We grew lots of zucchinis in our garden and we've been looking for some interesting recipe ideas. My mom remembered that her mom used to make zucchini bread when she was a kid. So I thought I'd make it. It sounds like a savory bread, but its a dessert bread similar to carrot cake, except we used zucchini instead of carrots. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. You can cut down or replace some of these spices and sugar, and use applesauce instead of the oil.

Ingredients:
3 egg replacers
1 cup oil or applesauce
2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
2 cups coarsely grated zucchini
1 can (8oz) crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1 cup raisins (optional)


1. Preheat oven to 350° F. In a mixer, beat eggs. Add oil, sugar, and vanilla; continue beating mixture until thick and foamy. with a spoon, stir in the zucchini and pineapple.

2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg, A third at a time, add dry ingredients into wet and gently stir (by hand) after each addition. Add the walnuts and raisins, blend gently.

3. Divide the batter equally between 2 greased and flour-dusted 5 by 9 inch loaf fans. Bake for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in to the center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Turn out onto wire racks to cool thoroughly.

Makes 2 loaves.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Are Cell Phones Worse Than Smoking?


Have you ever heard that cell phones could be harmful, but you don't know why? Here is a really interesting article that my mom found and I read on Mercola.com. Mom says I really need to cut down on my cell phone usage...and she's right! I hope this will be helpful to you!

Here is a link to the article since it would take up too much room on my blog.............. "Click Here"

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Cran-Apple Granola

This is another recipe I make in my business. I even took this pic when I baked some this morning. :)


Ingredients:

7 cups quick oats
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup chopped dried apples
1 cup dried cranberries
1 banana
1 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup sucanat or turbinado sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup water
1 1/2 tsp salt

1. Place dry ingredients (oats and nuts) in a large bowl.
2. Blend banana, dates, sugar, oil, vanilla, water, and salt in a blender until smooth and pour over dry ingredients.
3. Mix both mixtures together. Fold in the chopped dried apples and cranberries. When thoroughly mixed, spread out on two cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
4. Bake at 125, with the oven setting on "warm", overnight or for two hours at 225, stirring every 30 minutes. Store in airtight container. Makes 24 servings. Serve with soymilk, and your favorite fruits.

For my favorite "Tropical" Granola, add: chopped apples, apricots, pineapple and dried coconut. after baking. Leave out the cranberries. Mmmm!

Per 1/2 cup: Calories 202, Protein 5 g, Carbohydrates 33.6 g, Fiber 3.9 g, Fat 6.3 g, Sodium 151 mg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Today's Trip to the Oral Surgeon

Today (like I said yesterday) I went to the oral surgeon for an exam..they took another x-ray..and said that I definitely will need oral surgery and now is the best time, since the roots are not fully developed and they would be easier to take out. They explained the whole procedure..and of course I asked about the IV sedation, and a couple other things.... Now it doesn't sound so bad, although it sounds scary!! If you want to see and example of what the doctor will do, check out Animated Teeth! This is really cool! Check it out. It's an animation of how of how the doctor is going to take the wisdom tooth out piece by piece. Now I also thought that it would be interesting for you to see how it will be for me after the surgery as well. The doctor gave me a brochure about the surgery, as well as these instructions on a sheet of paper. Here's a summary of what the sheet of paper said..I just typed up what would apply to me since I don't smoke, drink, and will not be taking any narcotics. And of course I won't be driving home after the procedure! My mom will have to. I thought that this would be great to learn, and educational..As you can tell, I am very interested in medical stuff..lol.

BEFORE SURGERY:


You mush come for your surgery with a completely empty stomach. This means taking NO FOOD OR FLUID (not even water) :( for eight (8) hours before your appointment.


Clothing should be loose and short-sleeved. ( I guess so that way the can put the IV in easier, do my blood pressure, and put on the EKG Electrodes)


AFTER SURGERY:


In order to promptly with a minimum amount of discomfort and decreased chances of infection, it is necessary to devote detailed care to your body.


Diet: Cold and mushy..and cool food that doesn't require chewing is appropriate. Most any foods are OK, but if it hurts to eat a certain food, don't do it!


Activity: The patient should spend the rest of the day after the surgery propped up and quiet, wearing an ice pack on the jaw. An ideal setting would be in a recliner watching videos and DVDs and eating ("SOY!") ice cream..What a life! Talking moves the very thing that had surgery, and it should be avoided to prevent a return of bleeding. Use a notepad.


Oral Hygiene: It is important to maintain a clean mouth during the healing period. Begin gently brushing your teeth and rinse the surgical wounds with warm water after every meal.


Pain: Take ibuprofen with a full glass of water.


Swelling: This can be minimized with the application of cold packs immediately after surgery for 24 hours.


Bleeding: If bleeding occurs, it is best controlled by pressure. Use a moist gauze, and press on the surgical site to stop bleeding.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Trip To the Dentist's Office

Sorry I haven't been on for so long..life just gets busier and busier every day! Well a few weeks ago I told you that I was going to go to the Dentist's Office. I have been having a lot of pain on all sides of my mouth. It couldn't have been a cavity because I don't really eat much candy and sugary things, and I always brush at least 3 times a day. So we went, and the dentist said gave me an X-ray, and it showed that my wisdom teeth are still under the gum, and not completely developed..they are trying to grow but there is not room in my mouth for them..haha..she said that they could grow to my ears!!..lol..! So she told me that I will have to go see an Oral Surgeon ASAP..depending on how much pain I am going through ( which is a lot!!). So we scheduled an exam in May..Well they just called us this morning and said that someone had a cancellation and we can just come tomorrow morning at 8:45! I'll keep you updated and see what the Oral Surgeon says!! The picture to the right is an example of what my X-ray showed on all 4 sides! OUCH IT HURTS MORE JUST LOOKING AT IT!!! :( :( :( :( My actual x-ray didn't show too well on my computer.

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Vegan Blueberry Muffins



This is one of the recipes that I make for my home baking buisness.
Its really easy!








1/4 cup margarine(soy or regular)
1/2 cup
unsweetened applesauce
1/2 teaspoon
salt
3/4 cup
sugar
2 cups
flour
1 tablespoon
baking powder
1 teaspoon
vanilla
1/2 cup
soymilk
2 cups
fresh blueberries
Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line muffin cups with paper liners or spray with nonstick spray. 3. Mix all ingredients together until moistened.
4. Divide batter evenly among the muffin cups. Each should be filled 3/4 full.
5. Bake 35 minutes or until the tops are firm.
6. Cool on a wire rack.
7. Eat!

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Natural, Healthy Cleaning Products

Did you know that the cleaning products we use at home, can be very damaging to your health?
Watch this video I found on YouTube, and see all the great natural cleaning products that don't harm your health, or your family's health!

Friday, February 22, 2008

More Sweets...

Yes! I looove sweet desserts! As I've told you before, I've been experimenting with different flavors of ice cream. Today I made "Coffee Ice Cream" with Kaffree Roma as a Caffiene free coffee substitute..

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Hummingbird Cake!

Today I made "Hummingbird Cake". It was really good! You're probably like; What!??...No it's not made of mashed hummingbirds; its more like a Banana-Pineapple Cake..thats all! Really yummy with "Cinnamon Apples" on the side...

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

3abn Cooking Shows Online!

Have you ever seen a 3abn cooking show, and wanted to see it again? Or maybe you missed an episode. Now you can watch them online, whenever you want! I found this site called "VegCafe'"

you can watch 3abn Today Cooking Shows, Let's Cook Together, Food for Thought, and Abundant Living Cooking Shows!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream



Lately, I've been experimenting with different flavors..I've made butter pecan, peach, and carob. Now I've finally made strawberry. It was SO good.. I got this recipe from "A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise".
Here's how it came out:




Sorry for such a crumby picture, I forgot we were going to take a pic. :)

Friday, February 1, 2008

Animals are my FRIENDS, NOT my FOOD!



Obesity


Diet is probably one of the most important part of our health! Did you know, that Americans ate eight million more orders of french fries and almost six million more hamburgers this year compared to last? I wouldn't be surprised, look at all the illness people have today....It's true-"You are what you eat!" and like my Grandma said " It's not Burger King's fault..YOU came to Burger King, Burger King didn't come to you!....


Here is some info I've found online:

In our looks-obsessed society, lots of people think that being overweight is an appearance issue. But being overweight is actually a medical concern because it can seriously affect a person's health.


Here are a the health problems of being overweight:


Blount's disease. Excess weight on growing bones can lead to this bone deformity of the lower legs.
Arthritis. Wear and tear on the joints from carrying extra weight can cause this painful joint problem at a young age.
Slipped capital femoral epiphyses (SCFE). Obese children and teens are at greater risk for this painful hip problem. SCFE requires immediate attention and surgery to prevent further damage to the joint.
Asthma. Obesity is associated with breathing problems that can make it harder to keep up with friends, play sports, or just walk from class to class.
Sleep apnea. This condition (where a person temporarily stops breathing during sleep) is a serious problem for many overweight kids and adults. Not only does it interrupt sleep, sleep apnea can leave people feeling tired and affect their ability to concentrate and learn. It also may lead to heart problems.
High blood pressure. When blood pressure is high, the heart must pump harder and the arteries must carry blood that's moving under greater pressure. If the problem continues for a long time, the heart and arteries may no longer work as well as they should. Although rare in most teens, high blood pressure, or hypertension, is more common in overweight or obese teens. High cholesterol. Long before getting sick, obese teens may have abnormal blood lipid levels, including high cholesterol, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglyceride levels. These increase the risk of heart attack and stroke when a person gets older.
Gallstones. An accumulation of bile that hardens in the gallbladder forms gallstones. These may be painful and require surgery.
Fatty liver. When fat accumulates in the liver, it can cause inflammation, scarring, and permanent liver damage.
Pseudotumor cerebri. This is a rare cause of severe headaches in obese teens and adults. There is no tumor, but pressure builds in the brain. In addition to headaches, symptoms may include vomiting, an unsteady way of walking, and vision problems that may become permanent if not treated.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Girls who are overweight may miss periods — or not get their periods at all — and may have elevated testosterone (the male hormone) levels in the blood. Although it is normal for girls to have some testosterone in their blood, too much can interfere with normal
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ovulation and may cause excess hair growth, worsening acne, and male-type baldness. PCOS is associated with insulin resistance, a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes. Women who are overweight also might have fertility problems.
Insulin resistance and diabetes. When there is excess body fat, insulin is less effective at getting glucose, the body's main source of energy, into cells. More insulin becomes needed to maintain a normal blood sugar. For some overweight teens, insulin resistance may progress to diabetes (high blood sugar).
Depression. People who are obese are more likely to be depressed and have lower self-esteem.

If an adolescent is overweight he or she has 70% chance of being an obese adult. Also, if your parent is obese you have an 80% chance of being obese as an adult. Forty-three percent of adolescent watch two hours, or more, of television each day.

Obesity has been rising in the United States for the last 20 years. The obesity level in the United States is as follows: 20 states have 15-19 percent of obese people, 29 states have 20-24 percent of obese people, and 1 state has 25 percent of obese people. An estimated 97 million adults in United States are obese. Adults now average eight pounds more than 15 years ago. One child in five is obese between the ages of 6 and 17. The rate of overweight children has more than doubled in the last 30 years.


The Solution:

Kids need to get off the couch and go outside and play sports or go to the gym and play sports. They also need to eat right to stay healthy. Eat more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, and drink plenty of water. That way obesity will stop being a problem.



Exercise is one way to prevent obesity. It helps to get outside and exercise, not just sit around and watch television. Television is one of the main reason that kids are obese. A long time ago, when there wasn't a lot of technology, there were less obese people because they didn't play video games to have fun. They had to walk to school instead of riding the bus. Also, they had to do more physically active chores than now.


* I didn't really get a lot of time to write an article, so I got some info from Kid's Health and Kid's Making Healthy Choices.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Homemade Vegan Ice Cream

I'm back again with more news from my kitchen! Me and mum were making homemade soymilk today with our Soya Joy Soymilk Maker. And I wanted to try something different..hmm.... Then I remembered that we used to make soy ice cream; and now that we make our own soymilk, why not give it a try? I actually motivated myself to go down into our "spooky" basement and get that Rival ice cream maker that only used a few times but, haven't used for YEARS!! And yep, I'm sure glad I did, because I made my own favorite flavor "Butter Pecan"..mmm.. I recommend you check out Vivacious Vegan and A Vegan Ice Cream Paradise for some recipes for Vegan Ice Cream ! Bye 4 now? Oh, and wait, I'm also working on a CD with all my cooking demo's. Wish me God's Blessings!