Do you suffer from allergies? Or digestive issues (constipation, gas, bloating or diarrhea), joint pain, skin rashes, asthma, excess weight, depression or brain fog?
Maybe you are gluten sensitive or gluten Intolerant?
I remember when I first learned that I had gluten sensitivities. When I removed gluten from my diet, the bloating, tiredness and fogging thinking went away within days.
These days we are hearing more and more about people with severe gluten allergies, or celiac disease. Do you know someone that has celiac disease?
Do you know what Gluten is?
Not really? Well you’re not alone, watch this hilarious video from the US TV show Jimmy Kimmel Live highlighted, the public is really doesn’t know what gluten is?Well
Well we know what food Gluten is in, So what is Gluten?
Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue“) is a protein composite found in wheat and other related grains Gluten is actually composed of two different proteins: gliadin (a prolamin protein) and glutenin (a glutelin protein).
That is correct, gluten is a type of protein naturally found in wheat (including spelt, kamut, bulgur, barley, rye, cereals and even salad dressings, seasoning mixes and loads more. Great article here
Why is gluten bad?
Gluten isn’t really that bad, unless you are gluten-intolerant, celiac disease, When someone with celiac disease consumes gluten, it triggers an immune response that damages their intestines, your body produces an abnormal immune response when it breaks down the gluten from wheat and other gluten grains during digestion, preventing them from absorbing vital nutrients. As a result the protective lining of the small intestine becomes compromised, potentially leading to ‘leaky gut’ and a endless amount of other symptoms.
What to eat on a gluten free diet?
A lot of people who go gluten-free focus on what they can’t eat, I believe in crowding out and upgrading which is important to emphasize what you do eat for complete nutrition value. Seek out some and try some superfoods, you’ll also be embracing a wide variety of nutrients that will help you look and feel your best.
Add some fresh veggies and fruits, bone broth, beans, lentils, and nuts are also gluten-free, so if you used to nibble on crackers, cakes and cookies, trade them for wholesome snacks, like veggies with hummus, berries with nuts, or yogurt try roasting kale or chickpeas.
If you love a side dish of pasta, replace it Jen’s Noodles they are gluten free and safe for people with celiac disease.
Yes Jen’s Noodles are awesome to help you lose weight.
But weight there is so much more!
Besides its role with the benefits of weight loss, this super fiber found in this amazing plant are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease and steadily lower cholesterol levels.
Jen’s Noodle are a perfect choice. ideal for diabetic diets or those suffering from excessive insulin production. Konjac also helps to slow the rate sugars from food are absorbed after meals. Jen’s Noodles are Grain free, gluten free they suit any diet, weather you are on a low carb diet, sugar free, Paleo, Dukan, Gluten free, Coeliac, Diabetic or Detox Diet.
Jens Noodles are made from the root of the Konjac plant. The Japanese have been using Konjac for over 1,500 years. It was originally introduced to Japan as a medicine in the sixth century.
Amorphophallus (the Greek name for konjac) underground tubers. The main active ingredient in konjac food is glucomannan 97% percent of Konjac is water and 3% is Glucomannan a dietary fiber.
Glucomannan is highly absorbent and a proven ingredient to combat hunger pangs and sugar cravings, It is Truly a Gift From Nature, the answer to healthy sustainable slimming without any harmful side effects.
Listed below are some of the known benefits from adding Jen’s Noodles to your diet.
Top 10 Benefits of Eating Jen’s Noodles.
- Ideal for Diabetics– They Control glucose spikes — the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodle delays the absorption of glucose and fat. Glucose and lipid levels are gradually decreased. As a result, high blood sugar and high blood lipids are decreased and prevents blood glucose from spiking (clinically proven to be more effective than xanthan gum and psyllium). Controls insulin surges— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles, by slowing glucose uptake in the small intestine, reduces the body’s need for insulin.
- Low calories— Jen’s noodles are starch-free noodles, and they have only 6 calories per serve, which doesn’t get absorb by the body, therefore they are NET ZERO CALORIES. (Konjac Glucomanna) has been shown to delay and block the absorption of some of the fats in your diet. It binds to fat in the intestines, preventing some fat absorption. This means that you absorb less fat from the foods you eat, decreasing your overall calorie intake.
- Lowers calorie uptake— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles increases the viscosity of the gastro-intestinal content and reduces rate of food (calories, fat, cholesterol, sugar) absorption in the small intestine. Consuming a meal with Jen’s Noodles is that one absorbs less calories from the other foods eaten with it, Glucomannan pushes more calories out through your colon, rather than letting them be absorbed. creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat.
- Promotes satiety— the glucomannan in Jen’s Noodles is made up largely of water and soluble fibre. The fibre attracts water and forms a gel, which slows down digestion and can reduce the heat absorption of nutrients.. Soluble fiber delays the emptying of your stomach and increasing the feeling of fullness, They prolong digestion and which can help achieve weight loss goals.
- Surprisingly Lowers cholesterol- Glucomannan can effectively dissolves fluids in the large intestine and forms a gel that binds with bile acids in the intestines. As a result, the liver converts more cholesterol to bile acids, and blood cholesterol levels are reduced . A meal containing Jen’s Noodle can flushing out cholesterol from the GI tract will also contribute to reducing cholesterol in the blood.
- Reliefs Constipation / laxative effect— glucomannan is a dietary fiber and prevents constipation by increasing bulk in the colon, stool softening, speed up the defecation rate, reduce the intestinal pressure, promote gastrointestinal peristalsis and relieve the pain of constipation. without the discomfort associated with most other dietary fibers. They often recommended as a gentle laxative to assist people with intestinal and digestive problems.
- Probiotic /Prebiotic Activity— while keeping the intestines clean and assisting the movement of the bowels, serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus, It feeds the good lactic acid bacteria in your intestines so they multiply. These lactic acid bacteria inhibit Candida, which is a good thing The fibre is like a gentle scrub for your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.
- Amazingly High in Alkaline- According to a Japanese Researcher, Dr. Kotaro Nishizaki, when measured up to all of the foods on the pH Value chart, the konjac powder indicated to be the highest in alkaline value, Alkalinity on the whole foods chart. The food with the highest alkalinity on the chart is Wakame Seaweed.
- They Help Detoxification- in order to shorten the time that food stays in the stomach, in general, ordinary food needs 28 hours to empty from the intestine, this super fibre only need 14-16 hours, which greatly reduces harmful substances absorption, that can help the body get rid off and dilute carcinogenic and toxic substances, which to some extent, provides anti-cancer functions.
- Prebiotic activity— serves as food for bacteria in the colon and helps enhance immunity. Encouraging Lactobacillus bifidus growth in the lower intestine, according to the Konjac Foods website. The fibre scrubs your intestinal tract, aids digestion and assists with weight loss.
These are just 10 benefits, there are so many more, please check out my website to read what the studies are saying. Jensnoodles
Dr Oz talks about weight loss with Glucomannan (Jen’s Noodles)
What is in our food?
It’s been over a week since I ate out. I don’t eat out very often; I decided to have fish on the stunning Noosa river with some friends. I had yummy fresh grilled wild caught fish & salad and I stole a few chips with chicken salt off my friend’s daughter pate, forgetting that they were loaded with MSG, let’s face it they do taste good. That night I had a bad reaction (surprised) today I am still I’m reacting to a lot of foods, I could normally eat.
This is the reason why I always make my own food at home; I know exactly what I am eating. I share my newsletters/blogs to help you and myself learn more about food and the ingredients that we may be feeding ourselves or our children thinking they are safe, not really knowing what is in them, some of these ingredients are even in organic labeled foods.
The main reason is because I don’t want to feel, sick, tired and annoyed anymore, I don’t know about you, I really care about my health, I want to feel the best I possibly can in life, with abundant energy and radiating vibrancy. I don’t want to burden my family to take care of me when I am old because I didn’t take care of myself.
Reading food labels can be very confusing and tricky the manufactures are becoming very sneaky. Often we don’t have the time to spend trying to work out what they mean.
So lets have a look a just a few this week.
What is it? Monosodium Glutamate is a salt of the amino acid – Glutamic Acid (glutamate). Flavour enhancer (621)Glutamic acid literally excites your brain cells to death.Learn more here
Food manufactures use deceptive tactics to hide ” the word MSG.
Other names; “yeast extract, autolyzed yeast, sodium caseinate, barley malt, and natural flavor” look here for a comprehensive list
Side effects; Glutamic Acid is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract, causing brain cell damage and neurotoxicity, migraine headaches, reproductive disorders,allergies, fibromyalgia, sleep disorders, arrhythmias, tachycardia, chest pain, palpitations, dizziness, panic attacks, autistic, ADHD) go here to read more.
What is it? Wood pulp,it is cheap and is used to thicken and stabilize foods. It is a Wood-by-product, however cellulose can also comes from vegetables, but will be listed on the label as such. Take note when the label says “Added fiber” this fiber the body cannot digest.
Uses “anti-caking” agent in shredded and grated cheeses, spice mixes, and powdered drink mixes, endless. This lovely form of sawdust can also make ice cream creamier.
Other names; Cellulose can be listed by these on the ingredients label: Carboxymethyl cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose, or MCC, and Cellulose Gum. Don’t want to eat saw dust Watch this quick video .
They are just 2 stay tune next week for a few more.
Have you had any reaction to foods lately? I would love to know what they were.
Are all milk substitutes healthy?
In my opinion, not really!
With so many of us looking for dairy alternatives like Soy, Almond, coconut, oat,rice or hemp milk… there have been so many new varieties of non-dairy milks popping up in our food stores.
While these milk substitutes sound good according to the claims on the packages, the ingredients in these processed products tell a different story.
Here are some reasons to think twice before buying non-dairy milks:
Does it contain CARRAGEENAN?
Carrageenan sounds seemingly harmless right?– after all it’s natural as its is derived from red seaweed found throughout the coasts of North America and Europe. It is used in some organic products, as a thickener, stabilizer, and/or emulsifier, it is used in dairy products (sour cream, yogurt, ice cream, etc),dairy alternatives (non-dairy milk, non-dairy cheese, jams jellies etc), deli meat products, toothpastes, prescription pills, and a heap of other things.
As it turns out, several studies in the early 2000s suggested that a certain type of carrageenan — degraded carrageenan, which has been hydrolyed, or broken down by acid. Some research links carrageenan to gastrointestinal inflammation, lesions, and even colon cancer in animals. Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease or other gastrointestinal disorders are cautioned to avoid this ingredient as it can make symptoms – and inflammation – even worse.
For many people the stomach acid is a little stronger than other people and so their stomach breaks the molecule down further, allowing it to be passed into the blood when it normally wouldn’t be, and as a result it turns into a carcinogen that the body attacks with an immune response, which in my case is inflammation of the digestive tracks and then inflammation of the skin.
Like many other food additives, carrageenan has been deemed safe for consumption in small quantities. As it’s in many process foods (even the good organic ones!) just limiting your intake of these foods will limit your intake of additives like carrageenan.
With all my allergies I will always continue my research (if you’re doing the same, here‘s a great place to start) and be more mindful of the additives that are in the products that we buy.
Check out this research on carrageenan see this PDF document
If you have any tummy bloating, pain, discomfort please look into this ingredient and make your own informed opinion.
What about Natural flavours”?
There is nothing pure or natural about the flavors they produce – strawberry and vanilla can come from a “beaver’s backside,” according to the Givaudan scientists. Most of us know artificial flavors derived from petroleum aren’t good for us,
Natural flavor can legally contain natural occurring “glutamate” bi-products like MSG, some of the chemicals that cause your taste buds to experience irresponsibility when it comes to food.
I want to know EXACTLY what is in the food that I eat. That is why I prepare most of my food from scratch.
I highly recommend watching this clip below
Meet the scientists who create flavors that make foods and beverages so tasty that critics say they’re addictive
Any Added Synthetic and Isolated Vitamin?
Vitamin D2 is a synthetic and isolated form of the vitamin and, as a result, is extremely poorly absorbed (here’s the study). It offers no viable benefit to the body and may actually be harmful. Some experts believe that D2 actually desentitizes the D3 receptors, making us more prone to vitamin D deficiency.
Vitamin A only creates toxicity in uber-extreme doses, moderate overdoses of synthetic vitamin A can cause toxicity (read more about synthetic vs. natural vitamin A) efficiency!
Isolated calcium, is not going to be optimally absorbed by the body. Best explained on this post
What about Locust bean gum and Guar Gum?
If you have gut issues, it would probably be best to avoid locust bean gum and Guar Gum.
Do they contain refined vegetable oils?
Most nut or seed milks contain refined canola oil, corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower seed oil, and/or soybean oil.
Corn and soy oils are heavily-sprayed and 90% is from GMO crops.
Vegetable oils are extracted with toxic solvents as well as high heat and pressure, that become rancid and toxic.
What about Soy Milk?
When it comes to non-dairy milk options, soy milk is by far the worst choice.
Soy contains high amounts of phytoestrogens which may cause hormone damage by consuming soy products.
Over 90% of soy produced in the U.S. is genetically modified and the crops are sprayed with the herbicide Roundup, which may be associated with adverse effects on health.
Read more about soy here
- Soy is super high in mineral-blocking phytic acid.
- Soy impairs thyroid function which lowers metabolism. This leads to hair thinning, skin problems, and weight gain.
- Soy contains substances that interfere with protein digestion. This can cause serious pancreas problems, including pancreatic cancer.
What about coconut milk?
Coconut has an excellent fatty acid profile with lots of fat burning medium chain fatty acids and very little PUFA. But we have to be careful when buying coconut milks because they can have the same problems of other milk substitutes.
I don’t recommend buying cartons of coconut milk, because these often contain carrageenan. The best option coconut milk in BPA-free cans and additive-free, although the can lining likely still leaches chemicals into the milk.
So what can you use instead!
Find some brands that don’t contain any of these ingredients, now that you are armed with this knowledge read the label.
In my option, the best non-dairy milk is homemade is best, it is super easy!
I love coconut milk.
Make a couple of batches and keep some in the freezer. It will last about 3-4 days in the fridge, and months in the freezer.
Homemade coconut milk instructions
- 4 cups water
- 1.5 – 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- Heat water until hot (but not boiling).
- Add shredded coconut and water to blender (preferably a Vitamix!) If all of the water won’t fit, you can add it in two batches.
- Blend on high for several minutes until thick and creamy.
- Pour through a colander to filter out the coconut pulp, then squeeze through a cheesecloth
or nutmilk bag to filter the smaller pieces of coconut.
- If you separated the water into two batches, put the strained coconut back into the blender with the second batch of water.
- Drink immediately or store in the fridge. Fresh coconut milk should be used within 3-4 days of making it for the best flavour and texture.
So why are these ingredients allowed in our organic foods? watch this quick video
Mark Kastel Presentation About Organic Watergate
- Jen’s Noodles Fettuccine
- 1 generous-sized fresh wild caught barramundi fillet
- 2 organic egg yolks
- zest and juice of 1 lime
- Himalayan salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 large handfuls of baby rocket (arugula)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
- Turn on the vibs
- Rinse Jen’s Noodles as instructions
- Pop the barramundi into a steamer and gently simmer for 5–6 minutes, or until the fish flakes when gently touched with a fork.
- While that is simmering add the noodle into a fry pan and dry fry for a few minutes
- Quickly stir through the egg yolks, lime juice and zest, and a generous pinch of Himalayan salt and pepper.
- Gently stir through the flaked barramundi and add the olive oil.
- Remove from the heat mix the noodles, rocket, chives and extra olive oil
- Serve with love and eat mindfully
with Jen’s Noodles
- 1 pkt Jen’s noodles fettuccine
- 200 g minced beef
- 1 onion sliced
- ½ green capsicum, sliced
- ½ yellow capsicum, sliced
- ½ cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp. Thai green curry paste (opt)
- 1 tsp. fish sauce
- ½ tsp. ground cumin
- ¼ tsp. turmeric
- 1 T. fresh minced ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- Pinch Himalayan salt
- Fresh lime wedges, optional, for squeezing before eating
- 1 Tlb ABC butter (any nut butter work well)
- 1 T. sesame oil
- 1 T. soy sauce
- Turn on the Vibes
- Prepare Jen’s noodles as instructions
- Add the oil to the heated pan
- Pop in the onions, capsicum, cumin, turmeric, ginger and garlic allow to sauté
- Add the beef, coconut milk /cream and the rest of the other ingredients
- Stir well and let is simmer for about 5 minutes
- Remove from the heat and add Jen’s Noodles
- Serve with love and eat with awareness
The two Japanese characters that make up the word daikon (Japanese radish) mean “great root.”
Although daikon is usually associated with Asian cuisine, botanists believe it originated in the eastern Mediterranean region. From there it spread east, arriving in China about 500 B.C. and in Japan around 700 A.D.
Daikon looks like a white carrot,A long white crunchy vegetable from the radish family, daikon is similar in appearance to fresh horseradish but packs a lighter peppery punch similar to watercress.It is used mainly in Oriental dishes, Unlike other radishes, it is as good cooked as it is raw.
Daikon radishes have numerous health benefits like aiding in weight loss and cancer prevention, as well as being an anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antibacterial food. It’s also great for digestion, as well as bone, skin, and respiratory health.
10 Health Benefits Daikon Radish:
- Good source of vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant that not only combats free radical activity in the body but also offers great immune system support and helps prevent illness such as the common cold.
- Weight Loss; Not only because they are extremely low in calories, the digestive enzymes amylase, diastase and esterasein daikon will convert fats, proteins and complex carbohydrates into compounds that are easy to digest. This support the traditional Asian belief that eating daikon radish will help with weight loss. We know that no one food is a cure-all for extra weight. View overweight as a sign of an overall imbalance in the body.
- Contains active enzymes to aid digestion; Raw daikon juice is abundant with human digestive enzymes diastase, amylase, and esterase to aid the digestion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins all at once.
- Antioxidant-rich to help fight free radicals and boost immunity; Daikon like its relative’s broccoli, cabbage and kale, daikon is a cruciferous vegetable that offers cancer-protecting potential. Daikon contains several great antioxidants linked in studies with successful cancer prevention.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-viral; In another study by scientists
- they confirmed the enzyme, Myrosinase, is present in daikon, having antimicrobial and antimutagenic properties. Hence, eating daikon will assist you in fighting viral and bacterial infections.
Research suggests that high levels of vitamin C and B, such as found in daikon, help to prevent chronic inflammation in the body which can lead to problems such as arthritis and heart disease.
A natural diuretic Daikon helps the kidneys discharge excess water, Raw daikon promotes increased urination and resolves edema.
- Respiratory Health
Raw daikon juice may help dissolve mucus and phlegm and aid in the healthy function of the respiratory system. Its ability to combat bacteria and viral infections may make it an effective combatant of respiratory disease such as bronchitis, asthma and flu.
- Skin Health; Myrosinase, is present in daikon,having antimicrobial and antimutagenic properties.This will help if you suffer from skin problems such as eczema and acne. You can also apply daikon juice directly to the affected skin area, or ingested, daikon juice has proven effective in preventing and treating acne and other skin conditions.
How to use Daikon
- You will get the most benefit from your daikon if you serve it raw. It will assimilate best grated or shredded, and eaten as an accompaniment to a meal.
- It should be eaten as soon as possible after shredding The enzymes will dissipate quickly once the daikon is shredded, so. After only half an hour, about half of the enzymes will be gone.
- Add a few drops of soy sauce to your grated daikon to use as a garnish for your meal. This blend is also recommended to relieve sore throats.
- If your daikon seems too spicy for you to handle raw, cooking tends to mellow them out quite a bit. They are a popular addition to soups, stews and curries.
- Make a broth by simmering chopped daikon with a piece of kombu (a type of seaweed) together to help your body eliminate excess dairy foods.
- Add some shiitake mushrooms to this same broth, and it may be used as a fever reducer.
- When you eat carrots, sweet potatoes, dark leafy greens, and other good sources of beta-carotene, add a little daikon. Your body’s ability to absorb the beta-carotene will be much improved.
- You can make daikon pickles overnight by marinating chopped daikon and carrot
- 5 Daikon Detox Recipe; Here are five great daikon kitchen remedies for asthma, bronchitis, cold relief, indigestion and weight loss.
Jen’s Daikon Detox Soup
1 pkt Jen’s Noodles
200g Chicken diced
1/2 of a daikon chopped1 onions sliced
1 garlic cloves
1/2 zucchini chopped
5 Kale leaves
3 cups of Home made bone broth or 1ltr box vegetable stock
Juice of half a lemon
2 sage leaves
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp coriander
Few leaves basil,
Ginger, and cayenne
Salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare Jens Noodle rinse and drain
- Chop all your veggies –
- Pop the vegetables and chicken into the steamer and steam for about 5-6 min
- Add vegetable stock with the garlic, sage, thyme, basil, ginger, cayenne, lemon juice, coriander, salt, and pepper to the blender
- Once all your vegetables are soft (you can easily pierce with a fork), and the chicken is white
- Add them into the blender/food processer
- Blend/puree for a few minutes
- Pop noodles into a bowl
- Serve with love enjoy with awareness
Wow 2013…what a year!
Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas Happy & New Year.
This week, we are keeping it short and sweet we all have a lot of stuff to do!
It’s hard to focus on your health right now, you’re busy shopping for that special gift, and going to lots of parties.
But I know that in a few weeks, you’ll be VERY interested in some nutritional repair, and ready to soar into 2014 in a abundant way.
You’ll notice below that there are three questions, which I would love your feedback on, so that I can inspire you to amazing health in 2014.
I have 3 easy question I would love for you to take 2 minutes and give me your thoughts.
- What area or topics would you love Jen to cover in her newsletters in 2014?
- 2. How do you most prefer to consume information?
- 3. If you could ask Jen 1 burning question to answer, what would it be?
Please answer by CLICKING ON THE SURVEY LINK
The 4 Holiday F,s
Holiday time is about The 4 F’s – Family, Friends, Fun and Food
WE all love food and I know that people who are conscious about what they are eating fear the most about the holidays.
What can I eat! Well Just Relax!
Below are a few of my favourite healthy recipes from my favourite foodies.
My Favorite Healthy Christmas Recipes
Tis the festive season. So let the hunger games begin.
They are devilish and are loaded with healthy ingredients.,Superfoods!
Dairy-Free Egg Nog Recipe
I LOVED egg nog try this dairy free egg Nog it is so yummy
Breakfast Lunch or dinner this trifle is so versatile, healthy and yummy
WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT IT:
Pomegranate is high in antioxidants especially C to nourish your immune system. Figs are low GI and high in fiber to help keep you full and support healthy digestion.
These simple seared Scallops with a Vodka and Lime Dressing make for a great canapé or a shared starter, especially beautiful when served on their half shell.
Not Christmas without Mangoes and Prawns
Chocolate Mint Truffles
These are winners take to your next party!
This is amazing,I make my own ice cream. If you want to make the dessert a little more quirky and finger-foody as well.
Try adding the mixture into pop molds and wrap them in paper like theses from Wholesome chef.
Hope you have enjoyed these amazing dishes as much as I have ?
Share with us some of yours!
They are so yummy and are loaded with healthy ingredients. Raw Superfoods!
Antioxidant-rich raw cocoa and coconut they are belly-flattening monounsaturated fats… sweetened perfectly with coconut sugar
If you want zero-calorie, zero-glycemic, use xylitol or stevia.
If you want White Chocolate use white sweeteners like xylitol or stevia. These are blonde because I use coconut suagr. Blondes have more fun anyway! HA
They are so nice to sit back with a hot cup of chocolate after dinner or lunch
60 g cacao butter
60 g powdered coconut milk
1 cup mixed nuts/seeds/fruit( I use raw activated nuts and organic berries)
1-cup shredded coconut
1/3cup coconut sugar/honey/maple syrup/xylitol
pinch Himalayan salt
Pistachio nuts and dried cranberries look good as Christmas mix
- Heavy bottom saucepan or double boiler
- Chocolate mold (for bars) or a parchment-lined cookie sheet
1. Chop up the cocoa butter into small pieces
2. Add the cocoa butter to a double boiler.
3. Stirring until melted.
4. Add the the sweetener remove from the heat
5. Mix in the coconut milk powder, nuts/seeds/fruit and salt in melted cocoa butter mix bowl. Stir well
6. Pour the chocolate into mold press it down firm
7. Refrigerate for 4 hours or freeze if you can’t wait
Of course, you could always add unsweetened dried berries… macadamias, almonds, mint extract, cacao nibs – there is no limit!
Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin with a deep orange flesh. You properly already have tasted turmeric before, it is a major ingredient in Indian curries, and makes mustard yellow. Turmeric is a member of the same plant family as ginger.
Not only does this, yellow, warm, peppery spice brighten your meals. There have been over a 1000 studies, which concluded that turmeric helps against several chronic debilitating malignant diseases, like diabetes, allergies, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and many others and does so with virtually no adverse side effects.
For centuries people have been using it in their cooking as is a powerful medicine. Turmeric boasts a wide range of antioxidant ant-carcinogenic, antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Here are a few reasons why to add this amazing spice into your food as medicine.
Helps with Alzheimer’s disease: A number of studies have suggested that curcumin, the biologically active constituent in turmeric helps protects the brain against oxidative (free radical) injury. Also helps to clear the amyloid beta plaques that can help prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Relives Arthritis: Turmeric contains more than two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds, that are great for treating both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint disease find relief when they use the spice regularly.
Cancer Prevention: There has been over 1,000 separate studies have found turmeric to have potent anti-cancer properties, from Prevent prostate cancer to shrinking or even, stopping the growth of existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. And these results weren’t found with just one cancer, but with a whopping 22 of them, including breast, colon and lung. It also has a preventive effect against tumor cells such as T-cell leukemia. By adding onions with turmeric may help prevent colon cancer, when it is teamed up with cauliflower can halt prostate cancer.
Boosts Immune System: Turmeric is a super-spice that has a high antioxidant value and boosts the immune system. Turmeric contains a substance known as lipopolysaccharide, which helps stimulate the body’s immune system. Its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents also help strengthen the immune system. A strong immune system lessens the chance of suffering from colds, flu and coughs.
Many other reasons are According to Web MD: “Turmeric is used for, heartburn (dyspepsia), diarrhea, stomach bloating, stomach pain, intestinal gas, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems and gallbladder disorders.
It is also used for headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy, fever, menstrual problems, Other uses include depression, Alzheimer’s disease, water retention, worms, and kidney problems.
Some people apply turmeric to the skin for pain, ringworm, bruising, leech bites, eye infections, inflammatory skin conditions, soreness inside of the mouth, and infected wounds.”
Be careful about buying Turmeric from regular grocery stores as many brands are not organic or have additives.
How can you get more turmeric into your diet?
One way is turmeric tea. Of course, one can simply indulge in more curried dishes, either in restaurants or at home. However you do it, adding turmeric to your diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health you can make.
A Few Quick Serving Ideas
- Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color.
- Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.
- Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a creamy, flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try mixing some turmeric and dried onion with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets.
- Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils.
- Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.
For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.
How to Use Turmeric:
thanks to the wellness mamma
- It can be used externally in poultices to sooth skin and reduce inflammation. It is often used in lotions or preparations for skin with eczema or psoriasis.
- When incorporated into the diet it can be helpful for reducing inflammation in those with arthritis.
- Turmeric can be made into a paste with water or honey to make a skin scrub that cools inflammation and helps stop acne.
- Externally, a paste of turmeric and aloe vera gel can ease pain and itching from burns, bites, chicken pox, poison ivy, or eczema.
- In a soothing Turmeric Tea to sooth during illness or improve sleep. This is one of my favorite uses! See my recipe below.
- It is wonderful to add to grilled foods, vegetables, mashed cauliflower, sauces, and spice blends. I add a pinch to my eggs in the morning and to most dishes that I cook.
- Turmeric’s high antioxidant content makes it beneficial for the skin and it is used in some natural sunscreens and bronzers. A paste of Turmeric and strong brewed black tea will temporarily darken the skin and there is some evidence that it might also provide some sun protection.
- Turmeric is said to be great for the skin and can be used in facial washes and scrubs to sooth skin and even out skin tone. Turmeric can cause hair to become less thick so it is often used my Indian women on unwanted facial hair but should be avoided on the head or by men on their faces.
- Turmeric is a wonderful spice to add to soups and stews as it gives them a rich, warm flavor and a beautiful color. If you make homemade bone broth, a couple teaspoons of Turmeric are a great addition.
- Many people take it as a supplement to help reduce inflammation and pain, especially those with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.
Ginger and Turmeric Lemonade
Dr Weil talks about the Okinawans as they drink copious quantities of turmeric tea.???
If you would like to try it, here’s a recipe that I love. Feel free to experiment with the ingredients and flavourings until you find a combination that suits your taste:
4 cups water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder (or a 3-inch strip fresh turmeric root, peeled)
1 teaspoon ginger powder (or a 4-inch strip fresh ginger root, peeled)
½ teaspoon honey
lemon slices, or the juice of a full lemon (to taste)
Put water into a small pot and bring to a boil on the stove.
Allow the water has come to a boil.
Add turmeric, ginger to the boiling water and reduce to simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
Remove the pot from the stove.
Strain the tea into a cup through a fine-mesh strainer to filter out the particles of turmeric and ginger.
Add sweetener and lemon to taste.
Prawn with Turmeric Noodles
PKT Jens Noodles
¼ tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp olive oil
- 200 gr prawns (peel shell + devein)
- 3 tbls olive oil
- 2 tbls fish sauce
- 1 tbls paprika
- 2 tbls minced shallots
- 1 clove garlic minced
- Salt to taste
- Pepper/peppercorn to taste
- Rinse Jen’s Noodles as directions and allow them to drain.
- Pop the olive oil into a warm pan
- Add the noodles and turmeric
- Put them aside in a bowl
- Add the oil to the warm pan
- Sauté the shallots and garlic
- Then add the rest of the ingredients: fish sauce, paprika, and add salt and pepper to taste
- Sauté until the prawns are fully cooked
- Add the to the noodles
- Serve with love and enjoy with awareness