Sunday, April 17, 2016

Vegan Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

Vegan Spinach Alfredo Lasagna

Alfredo Sauce:
18 oz. Silken Tofu, well drained several hours
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/3 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. sea salt
2 tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup plant-based milk

Blend all ingredients in a blender until thick, smooth and creamy.  Set aside.

1 box of lasagna noodles cooked, drained and rinsed
4 cups of fresh baby spinach
1/4 cup nutritional yeast or vegan Parmesan cheese

To assemble the lasagna layer the noodles, then some of the sauce, then a couple of handfuls of spinach.  Continue repeating the layers until you reach the top of the pan and end with a layer of noodles.  Cover the top layer with remaining sauce.  Sprinkle generously with nutritional yeast or vegan Parmesan cheese and a little bit of sea salt.  Cover with foil and bake @ 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Slice and serve with garlic bread and a salad.
Love life and be well,

Vegan Peanut Butter French Toast

Vegan Peanut Butter French Toast

3/4 cup plant-based milk
3 tbsp. Powdered Peanut Butter
1 tbsp. Agave Nectar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 slices of bread

In a small bowl combine all ingredients except the bread.  Whisk until well combined.  Add bread slices and coat them evenly with the mixture.  In a hot griddle or fry pan cook the french toast until it is golden brown on both sides.  Serve with dark agave nectar, berries, or any other toppings of your choice.

Love life and be well,

Friday, March 25, 2016

Low-Fat Homemade Parmesean Cheese Crackers

In my journey to eating healthier, I have decided to make as much of  my food and meals from scratch as possible, including our snack foods.  We love chips, pretzels, crackers, etc.  Unfortunately, most of these items that you buy in the store are LOADED with a bunch of junk, preservatives and chemicals to make them shelf stable.  My motto has been for a long time, "If I didn't make it, I don't eat it." and "If  I can't pronounce it, I shouldn't eat it."

Cooking from scratch is not difficult.  It takes some forethought, time and preparation, but the end result is REAL food that you can feel safe eating, because you know what's really in it.  A lot of people have concerns about eating white flour, store-bought cheese and dairy products and anything that is not organic.  My response is, if you can afford the "good" stuff (aka organic), then go for it.  But, for those of us on a food budget who don't have money falling all around us, just do the best you can with the money God gave you.  I do buy whole wheat flour (I keep white flour on hand too), low-fat cheese and dairy product and the healthiest versions of real whole foods that our budget will allow.

Having said all that, let's get on to the real reason for this post and make some healthy, super yummy, cheese crackers!  Here is what you'll need:

2 1/2 cups white flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 tbsp. unflavored organic coconut oil
1 to 1/4 cups water
1 cup shredded low-fat cheese (Any kind will be fine, but I had some reduced-fat Colby Jack on hand so that's what I used)
Parmesean cheese in a jar for sprinkling
Sea salt for sprinkling

In a food processor combine flour, baking soda, salt, coconut oil and water.  Process until the mixture is starting to combine.  You may need to stop several times and scrape down the sides.  Add the cheese and continue to process until the mixture forms a well-formed dough ball.  The dough will be pretty sticky, yet it will have a nice smooth creamy texture, yes I tasted it...smiles.

Divide the dough in half.  On a well floured surface (I used parchment paper to make the transfer to the baking sheet easier) roll out one half of the dough in to a VERY THIN rectangle (or as close as you can get to that shape).  Use a pizza cutter to cut the dough into tiny squares.  Then, using a skewer or a chopstick or something like that, poke a single hole in each cracker.

Next, transfer the crackers to a baking sheet.  Lightly spray the crackers with some non-stick baking spray.  Liberally sprinkle them with salt and Parmesan cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until they are a dark golden brown and crispy.  You don't want to over cook these or they could burn and they will crisp up as they cool, but you want them to be pretty crisp when you take them out of the oven.

Let them cool completely and then store them in an airtight container.  This makes a lot of crackers depending on how small you make them.  They are really good and cheesy with a nice crisp toasty flavor and sooo much healthier for you than the ones on the shelf at your grocery store.  I was so excited to find it was so easy to make these at home and be able to save my $$$ at the store!

Love life and be well,

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Back To Basics: Healthy Eating Challenge

Hey friends!  Over the last few months my life has been changing.  I have been making a lot of the changes.  My social media preferences have changed.  My attitude towards life has changed.  My gratefulness and thankfulness for what God has given me has changed.  I am changing.  God is changing me.  I am doing a Healthy Eating Challenge and would love for you to join me!  To join me in the challenge, read through this post, let me know in the comments that you are doing the challenge, get your copy of "The Bible Cure" and head over to Basic Reset to check out the great products there that we will be using.  We will begin the 30 day challenge on Monday, March 28, 2016.

During the holidays last year and into the new year I really went off track with my eating habits.  I started eating a lot of things I knew weren't good for me and justifying it by telling myself, "Well, it's okay because, I need to GAIN weight."  I do need to gain weight.  After several years of chronic illness (no I am NOT anorexic nor do I have an eating disorder.  I get asked that a lot) I had gotten to an unhealthy weight.  Not quite underweight, but very close.

Two things that I had cut out of my diet was gluten and dairy.  After I realized that I don't have an intolerance to these foods I began to eat more of them.  I also began to eat more processed foods, refined sugar and flour.  Now, gluten, dairy, flour and sugar aren't necessarily bad for you (unless you have a food intolerance), if eaten in moderation, but I have a serious love for floury, glutenous, sugary foods.  I have a hard time eating these things in moderation.

I have gained about 10 pounds over the last few months with is REALLY good.  I fit into a size 8 pair of carpi's now that I haven't been able to wear in three years because they were too big.  So, I am on my way to being a healthy weight again.  However, I have decided that I really need to get my eating habits better control and make sure that the food I am eating is healthy and good for me, not just eating foods that I like even though I know they are not healthy.

I am growing tired of the everyday meat-cycle two or three times a day.  Now I LOVE me some meat and I eat meat and I like meat, but sometimes I just get tired of eating it everyday.  The last couple of weeks I am finding that my food preferences are more along the lines of the Mediterranean Diet, where I only consume meat a few times a week rather than daily and I eat more whole grains, fruit, veggies, dairy, etc.

One of my favorite books that I am currently re-reading is "The Bible Cure" by Reginald Cherry.  This is an excellent read on how to use foods to improve your health and well being. Dr. Cherry goes over all kinds of great stuff including specific illnesses that some of his patients have overcome using the eating plan outlined in "The Bible Cure."  You can get a paperback copy here or a Kindle version here.

Another thing I am doing to improve my health is changing the water that I drink.  A good friend of mine introduced me to a company called Basic Reset at the beginning of the year.  Basic Reset includes two products, Aqualyte and Ionyte, that you add to your drinking water.  These products transform drinking water, even TAP WATER, into healthy, alkaline, tasty drinking water while giving your body the MINERALS it is missing.  My household has stopped buy bottled water and now we only drink tap water with Aqualyte and Ionyte in it.  Those who know me well know that I HATE tap water.  I don't like the chlorine, chemical tasted of it.  I have been drinking tap water with Basic Reset products for several months now.  We are saving a lot of money just by not buying bottled water.

Ionyte is a powerful "electrolyte" of coral minerals combined with organic complexes from plants. Organic complexes contain the basic "building blocks" that plants use to create the nutrients in fruits and vegetables. Adding Ionyte to your drinking water helps to make up for what's missing in our food. It is also treated with a proprietary "energizing" process to further enhance its benefits. Some have referred to it as "liquid acupuncture". It will boost your energy levels without the side effects of caffeinated drinks. It is effective at relieving aches and pains whether taken internally, or applied topically. Ionyte can be used to speed the healing process of cuts, burns, bumps, bruises, insect bites, leg ulcers, bed sores, toothaches and muscle cramps. It even dissolves kidney stones and bone spurs! Ionyte is our #1 selling product because it works so well for just about any problem.

Aqualyte is a sachet (tiny tea bag) of specially processed coral minerals and is known as "The Secret of the World's Oldest Man". In as little as 5 minutes, it transforms ordinary drinking water into antioxidant, alkaline water, rich in ionic minerals. Once you put a sachet of AquaLyte into any kind of water, that water is quickly transformed into "healing water". Drinking AquaLyte water gently helps the body rid itself of toxins and brings your body systems into proper pH balance. Now you can have the very water that the people of Okinawa drink, which is attributed to their excellent health and longevity.....without the trip to Japan! You will never want to drink "ordinary water" again. One AquaLyte pack contains 30 sachets which makes a total of 15 gallons of healthy water.

Here is what one woman had to say about how Aqualyte and Ionyte have helped her, but don't our word for it.  Read more testimonies here.

"CIDP (Neuropathy with symptoms like MS) I have suffered for 22 years with CIDP (Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy) - The symptoms had made it very difficult for me to walk. I couldn't feel my legs from the knee down or my feet. In less than 30 minutes of drinking only about 8 ounces of water withAquaLyte and Ionyte, I could feel the shoes on my feet, and the wind blowing on my legs! I stood up and walked without first having to steady myself, and to everyone's amazement I wasn't strangely kicking out my left leg! Usually, I can only sing a few songs before sitting down, but the very next day, I rehearsed and performed for 4 hours on my feet! Another major improvement is my balance. After, only 3 weeks, I could dance a little, and could perform without holding onto the microphone stand or sitting on a stool; my doctor even lowered my medication. After 4 months my neurologist declared, for the first time ever, that I was in remission …and now I'm off all medication! WOW! This stuff is working well for me! Thank you Kim and Fred, for sharing these life-changing products with me!! My mom is having great results also!! She and I are very excited!! All glory to God!!"

Laura Dodd, Nashville, Tn.

I hope you will join me for this challenge! I look forward to seeing your successes and chatting with you in the comments below!
Love life and be well,

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Social Media Isn't So Social: Why I left My Personal Facebook Behind

My word for this year is RESTORE.  To me, this means restoring my life, my health, my passions, getting back to somethings that are important to me, having a more simplified life.  One of those decisions has included leaving my personal Facebook page and only posting from this blog Facebook on a personal level?  Here are five reasons why:

1.  Social Media Isn't So Social

The world of social media has gotten so ingrained in our personal lives that we don't socialize with others on a personal level anymore.  I have gotten to the point where I miss the connection of real-life friendships that I used to have more of before social media.  You know, when we used to call friends on the phone, get together with them in person, enjoy the company of talking with them, etc.

At one point, I had so many friends on my personal Facebook account that I couldn't even keep up with them all.  I was finding that I was "friends" with people that had pretty much been aquantaintences with my whole life, but we weren't really friends in real life.

I also got tired of those Facebook "friend stalkers".  You know the kind I am talking about.  They are the ones who never, ever like, share, comment or respond to anything that you post.  It seems as though they are just your "friend" on Facebook to see what you have to say, but the don't really want a connection with you.

2.  My Business/Blog Fan Page Keeps Me More Private

Now, you maybe wondering how my fan page can keep me more private.  One of the things that I got tired of seeing on my personal page was drama, negativity and people sharing way to much personal information about their lives, the kind of information that should NOT be on Facebook.

It is easy to get sucked into that.  It is easy to start sharing information of your own that really shouldn't be public knowledge.  Only posting from my blog fan page allows me to keep my personal life more private.  It keeps me accountable to having a more professional attitude when I post on social media.  Posting under my fan page allows me to keep my personal life annonymous.

3.  Positive Influences Make A Positive Difference

As I said earlier, I follow several pages from my fan page, people, businesses, other blogs that I like to keep up with.  When weeding through my thousands of pages that I had liked on my personal page, I chose the ones that I wanted to follow from my fan page based on one thing, people/blogs/businesses that made me feel happy and positive when I saw there posts.  I find that most people don't share all their "dirty laundry" when they are posting with a fan or business page.

What we put into our minds is what we become.  If we are constantly feeding our minds with other people's negativity, after a while we start to become more negative.  Choosing to only follow other people through their fan pages allows me to stay up to date with those that I want to stay connected with and allowing my friends on Facebook to follow me on my fan page allows them to stay connect to me, but on a more positive platform.

4.  Some Social Media Bring Out The Worst In People

Some places on social media, particularly Facebook, can be the devil's playground.  People hide behind profiles.  They can be bolder and braver when they post on Facebook and say things they might not say in real life.  I have seen so many people post things on Facebook for the whole world to see that left me with my mouth open.  Horrible, hurtful, lashing out things that was directed at their "friends" or other people in their lives.  I found that I was having a hard time not getting my feelings hurt when I wanted to be "friends" with someone on Facebook and they wouldn't accept my friend request.

As childish as that may sound, I admit it's true.  It was breeding resentment in my heart, so it had to go.  Satan loves it when we are discontent in our lives.  Social media can also be a place to breed envy, discontentment, disharmony.  When we see what others are posting about the things they have, the places they have been, their jobs or business and their financial gains it can make us see others lives and wish we had more.  I decided that had to go too.   I want to be content in my life, with my husband, my family, my job, my blog.  I don't need to compare any of those things with the lives of others.

5.  Where You Can Find Me Now On Social Media

So, now that I have stream lined my social media experience, you can find me in several places:

On Facebook at: theheathetarianwoman
On Twitter: @imhealthetarian
On Instagram:   thehealthetarianwoman
On Pinterest:  healthetarian

Love life and be well,

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