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  • Easy Peasy Apple Muffins

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    I took my oldest to the Toronto Waldorf School to the Parent and Tot program and am currently back there with my little one. Both of my girls have loved every moment of it. I enjoy getting to talk to other mama's, discuss parenting issues and things that come up with my little ones, and I am "kind of" learning how to knit. I say kind of because I think I might just be knitting challenged. I am always messing things up and needing help. One day I might just have a bunny out of all of this though. I will post the finished product.

    Anyway's, you might be wondering why I am taking about the Waldorf school in a post about apple muffins. Well, the snack at the school is spelt apple sauce muffins. All of the kids love them and the best part, they are made with wholesome ingredients including organic applesauce, honey, flaxseeds, etc. When my oldest was going there I had tried to make the muffins a few times and they just didn't taste the same so I gave up. Now that I am back with my little one I was re-inspired to try. I used to have the recipe but I do not anymore. I just asked the lady who makes them if she has any tips and all she said was to not over mix the batter. Well, guess what? I was an over mixer. That was my problem all along. Such a simple trick to make muffins lighter and fluffier.

    I made these muffins by checking out a few apple sauce recipe ideas and then making my own. My kids really can't get enough of them.

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    I am going to take a quick moment here to explain why I am using spelt flour;

    - Spelt contains gluten but much less than conventional wheat flour that has been altered to contain even more gluten

    - Spelt is easier to digest for many people although should not be consumed by anyone who is celiac, has a gluten allergy or are trying to strictly avoid gluten

    - Spelt is a light fluffy flour and may be used for an easier transition for those who feel sensitive to wheat products

    - I typically cook with grain free flours such as almond and coconut flour however do use spelt as a treat. My kids tolerate it well and love it. I use spelt when making homemade pizza dough, muffins and birthday cake's.

    - It is easy to adapt recipes that contain wheat flour with spelt flour 1:1.

    I also have a gluten free version for those of you who can not tolerate any gluten at all. 

    Anyways lets get back to the muffins! These would make a great addition to packed lunches!

    Apple Sauce Muffins

    • 1 cup organic apple sauce
    • 1/2 cup of full fat coconut milk*
    • 1/3 cup maple syrup
    • 3 tbsp avocado oil**
    • 1 egg***
    • 3 drops of Jade Lemon (food grade essential oil)****
    • 2 cups of sifted spelt flour*****
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt
    • 1 tsp cinnamon

    Directions

    1. In one bowl mix the wet ingredients
    2. In another bowl sift the dry ingredients and mix well
    3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry bowl and gently fold the ingredients together until just combined. As I said it is important to not over mix for a light and fluffy muffin.
    4. You can either add muffin liners, grease pan with butter/coconut oil or use the silicone muffin tray I used (see picture). They pop out easily without having to grease pan. I filled 24 of the mini muffin silicone liners and 4 medium size muffins. The amount of muffins the batch will make depends on the muffin tray you use. Fill muffins moulds 3/4 of the way full.
    5. Option - top with diced apples (or pears), cinnamon and chia seeds.
    6. Cook mini muffins 12-15 minutes and medium muffins 20 minutes. Let cool and then remove from tray. Enjoy!!

    Recipe Note

    * Any type of milk would work here. I really like the thick and creamy texture of the full fat coconut milk. And the extra fats from the milk will help to slow the absorption of the carb's from the flour, also known as lowering the glycemic index

    ** Melted butter or coconut oil would also work. Or olive oil would also work well

    *** Flax egg can be used instead of egg - 1 tbsp ground flax + 3 tbsp water, let sit for 5 minutes before using

    **** Using the food grade essential oil is optional, you can also use a squirt of fresh lemon juice

    ***** Use Bob's Red Mill all purpose gluten free flour to make these gluten free - so 2 cups of all purpose gluten free flour + 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (this helps to hold the muffins together so they don't crumble. You can omit if you don't mind a crumbly muffin) The pictures with the chia seeds and apples were made with the gluten free flours.

  • Top 5 Reasons to Eat Kale and a Delicious Way to Enjoy

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    Here are my top 5 reasons to eat kale;

    • Kale is incredibly detoxifying - Kale contains indole-3-carbinols, sulforaphane, among many other super powdered plant nutrients that keep your liver and hormones happy.

     

    • Kale is low in calories and packed with nutrition - Kale contains more nutritional value for fewer calories than almost any food on the planet.

     

    • Anti-inflammatory- one of the reasons kale helps combat inflammation is the omega 3’s it contains. In only 100 calories of can your get 350mg of omega 3’s. Vitamin K is also a key nutrient in reducing inflammation and kale happens to be a star in this nutrient.

     

    • Kale is an excellent source of fibre and magnesium - both help keep bowels happy and healthy. Fiber gently sweeps the colon keeps it clean and helps food pass along at an ideal speed and magnesium helps draw water into the bowel keeping it hydrated. Trust me you don't not want a dehydrated bowel, think pebble poop that is hard to pass. No thank you!

     

    • Antioxidant Rich - In addition to familiar antioxidants like vitamin C and beta carotene, kale provides us with at least 45 others (probably much more as we continue to learn more and more about foods). Antioxidants are important for so many things including keeping our heart healthy, immune systems happy and each one of our trillions of cells thriving.

     

    • Ok, so now that we understand why our bodies and each one of our trillions of cells love kale, let make it taste amazing so we love to eat it. I think this recipe does just that. It is my current fave way to enjoy this leafy green. And best part is the salad can store in the fridge and stays good for at least a day. I love that. I make it for dinner and have a salad ready to go the next day for lunch.

     

    Here is the recipe!

    Creamy Dinosaur Kale Salad 

    Ingredients 

    • 1 bunch of Dinosaur Kale, washed, dried and chopped finely (also known as Lacinato or tuscan kale)*
    • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • a pinch of sea salt

    Place all ingredients into a large bowel and massage lemon juice, olive oil and sea salt into kale. Set aside and make dressing**

    Dressing 

    • 1 cup of cashews (preferably soaked for at least 4 hours and then drained, but not essential)
    • 3/4 cup water
    • 1.5 tbsp of apple cider vinegar (or more to taste)
    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 garlic clove

    Add all ingredients into a high powdered blender of food processor and mix until smooth and creamy.

    Putting It All Together 

    • 1 chopped apple
    • 1/4 cup dried current
    • 1 grated carrot
    • 2 celery stalks, chopped

    Add the dressing and the rest of the ingredients. Mix and Enjoy!!

    Please not all extra salad ingredients are optional. Add whatever you like!

    *Can also substitute for your favorite variety of kale

    **Sprinkling with lemon juice before letting them sit can further enhance its beneficial phytonutrient concentration and makes it easier to digest because the lemon breaks down the hard fibers.

     

    Now go ahead and buy kale! Let me know in the comments below how you feel about kale. Have tried it? If not, what stops you from buying it? If you have, what is your favourite way to enjoy?

     

    Source - http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=38

  • Happy Dance & Strawberry Lemonade

    Its here, its really, really here! Finally my brand shiny, new website is up and ready to go for all to see! And I am doing a very happy dance! In light of this exciting news my first post is a refreshing drink to toast you with.

    Hi everyone! Welcome to my new online space designed to help empower you to live your best, most healthiest life possible! I am bursting at the seems with excitement to have such a beautiful space to share information with you! This has been such an amazing learning curve for me and I know it will continue to be.

    If this is your first introduction to me or you just want to learn more please hop over here to learn more about me and what brought me to this place.

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    It is my absolute favourite time of year; strawberry season that is! In light of strawberry season I am going to share with you one of my absolute favourite ways to hydrate myself using seasonal organic strawberries.

    Strawberry picking has become a yearly ritual that I look forward to. I go to the local organic farm in Stouffville Ontario. It is now my daughter's (who will be 2 in a week) second time going and she loves it just as much as I do.

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    It is so much fun (and way cheaper) to get out there and pick your own. It is also a great way to teach kids where food comes from! In my opinion, in the age of supermarkets filled with packaged "food like" products, it is more critical than ever. More to come on that topic in future posts!

    Strawberries are packed with vitamins (especially vitamin C), fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols making them a delicious way to boost your health and protect your body from free radical damage. They are also a sweet low calorie treat that is great for those who are watching their waist lines!

    Now back to the recipe.

     

    Strawberry Lemonade

    1 cup strawberries (frozen)
    1/2 lemon, juiced
    1 tbsp pure maple syrup or raw honey or 10 drops of stevia
    water to cover or coconut water
    add a pinch of high quality sea salt (optional)

    Add all ingredients to a high powered blender and blend until well combined. Enjoy on a hot day while soaking up the sun!

    Please share with me below, what are some of your favourite ways to enjoy strawberries?

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