ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with

Think you can avoid glyphosate by buying organic? Think again. A new investigation by Tropical Traditions reveals that many products in the organic grain market in the U.S. contain glyphosate residue at levels almost the same as conventional grains.

Source: ALERT: Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with

Day 7 (final) ~ 7-day Desserts and Snacks Challenge ~ Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.
Bliss Balls ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

Bliss balls are taking the health food world by storm lately, and most health food nuts have their own special recipe. While you may pay a premium price for one of these in stores or at your local health food restaurant, making them at home will not only save you money but will also give you an opportunity to create your own unique flavour combinations.

This is a super basic recipe that lends itself well to experimentation. Try adding in fun things like chopped dried fruits, other nuts, different extracts, citrus zests or even switching up the nut butters! Play around and have fun 🙂

Raw Bliss Balls (Makes 4-6 balls – can be frozen for 3-4 months)

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup raw nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp coconut butter
  • 2 tbsp dried shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp chopped hazel nuts
  • 6 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • any add ins you like  – chocolate chips, dried cranberries, raisins, carob chips etc.

Directions: 

1. Blend dates and nut butter in a food processor or blender until smooth.

2. Transfer date and nut butter mixture to a bowl. Add remaining ingredients and combine with your hands. Your mixture should now form balls. If it is too crumbly add more nut butter. If it is too loose add more shredded coconut.

3. Form into 1 inch balls. Refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

Day 5 ~ 7-day Desserts and Snack Challenge ~ Apple Crisp (4 servings)

Apple Crisp ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.
Apple Crisp ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

Apple crisp was one of the first desserts I ever learned to make on my own when I was a little girl. I have fond memories of standing in my grandmothers kitchen in the summer time, chopping apples, mixing the butter into the oats and watching as my grandmother pull  recipes together without ever touching a measuring cup.

As I grew up and began eating a healthier diet, I started to experiment with different ingredients in order to clean up the apple crisp my grandmother taught me to make. I found that apple crisp is one of the best desserts out there if you are in the mood to experiment, because it is not an exact science like baking is. Have fun with this basic recipe, adding in anything that you think would taste good to you and your family.

Apple Crisp

Ingredients:

  • 3 apples, cored and chopped
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup dried shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.

2. Toss diced apples with 1 tsp cinnamon and pinch of sea salt. Place in lined baking dish.

3. Combine remaining ingredients. Mix in a large bowl with your hands until a crumble forms. Place crumble on top of chopped apples in an even layer.

4. Bake for 30-40 minute or until apples are fully cooked and fork tender.  Allow to cool and enjoy!

Day 4 ~ 7-Day Dessert and Snack Challenge ~ Simple Raw Apricot Crumble

Simple Raw Apricot Crumble
Simple Raw Apricot Crumble ~ If you want info about this challenge and the shopping list, click on the image.

Baking can be fun, but sometimes you just want a simple dessert that comes together quickly and does not require that you heat up the whole house by turning the oven on. If you are in a warmer climate or it is still summer weather where you are right now, I have a feeling you are going to really enjoy todays recipe.

This crumble takes advantage of the natural sweetness of dates and fresh apricots or peaches to create a stunning dessert that will take you less time to make than it would for you to preheat your oven. You can also use peaches, plums, pears, nectarines or even thinly sliced apples in this recipe if you do not have access to fresh apricots. Get creative and have fun with this one!
Ingredients:

  • 1 ½ cup Fresh dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 4 tbsp dried shredded coconut
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • 7-8 apricots, pitted and diced or 2-3 large peaches
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • pinch sea salt

Directions:

1. Place ½ cup dates, 2 tbsp maple syrup, ½ tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 pinch salt and 1 apricot in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour mixture over remaining chopped apricots, toss and set aside.

2. Place walnuts in a blender or food processor and pulse a few times to chop. Add your remaining dates and pulse until a sticky mixture forms.

3. Remove date walnut mixture from blender or food processor and place in a bowl. Add coconut, remaining maple syrup, remaining vanilla, remaining cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Combine with your hands.

4. Crumble date walnut mixture over apricot mixture. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours. Enjoy!

5. Makes 4-6 portions – can be frozen for 1-2 months if well sealed.

 

Creating a Personal Seedbank

Rural Spin

You have probably heard of seed saving, where you save a plant’s seeds or tubers at the end of a growing season to serve as the seed source for the following year. This is great because choosing the proper plants and practicing proper seed-saving methods gives you to a free, self-perpetuating garden year after year. Saving seed also means you can share seeds with friends and neighbors, so everyone can start growing their own.

Many people, however, are not as familiar with the concept of a personal seedbank. A personal seedbank is like seed saving on steroids. You save seed for the coming season’s planting, but you also bank seed for longer storage, just in case.

What that “just in case” might be varies. Some people have created a personal seedbank as insurance against crop failures. Others believe a personal seedbank is necessary in the event of a partial (or…

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Health ~ Cow’s Milk Has *Never* Been Fit For Human Consumption!

You May be Surprised or Shocked by this Video about Milk or,

Then again, if you are informed about the hazards of milk, especially homogenized, pasteurized, loaded with hormone and anti-biotic milk, this comes as no surprise.

I personally gave up drinking milk a long time ago. I do occasionally have some cheese or butter, but certainly not everyday.

I have several friends who have an allergy to dairy. This is beyond just lactose intolerance.  What about the proteins that are in the milk?

There are a lot of people who might have an issue with milk sensitivity and don’t even realize it. For a self experiment, I am going to avoid dairy for 3 weeks. That means cutting out cheese, yogurt, butter and all milk products. That means reading food labels carefully.

Personally, I haven’t had a glass of milk in over a decade. I haven’t missed it one bit.

There are much better and healthier sources of calcium:

  • leafy green vegetables
  • broccoli, kale, spinach
  • Salmon, sardines
  • Sesame seeds,
  • blackstrap molasses
  • corn tortillas
  • almonds
  • oranges

Milk is not the only source of calcium on the planet. This list of calcium containing foods contains some good healthy options.

Milk is certainly on the “Acidic” side of the alkaline diet chart.

Goat milk product are a better option for some people. Others are better off giving up milk and dairy altogether. Sometimes self experimentation is the best way to figure out just what is right for you.

Raw Goat Milk is slightly alkaline. Almond Milk is an excellent alkalizing choice. Almond milk also has much less chance of food allergy/sensitivity issues.

Check out what Dr. Hyman has to say about dairy and inflammation on the Dr. Oz show.