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What I ate wednesday and a few new recipes

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For breakfast today I had some steel cut oats cooked with raisins, cranberries, turmeric , and cinnamon and topped it off with some ground flax seeds, coconut milk and a few drops of stevia. Steel cut oats don’t seem to react the same in my body as any other type of oats such as water retention,bloating, acne etc. I forgot to take a picture of it because I was busy with the hustle and bustle of getting my son to school on time ( clean clothes, combed hair etc). I spent all day playing around with several recipe ideas I had that I forgot to eat lunch. Or I guess you could say I had one of my apple cinnamon muffins and some dehydrated apple chips for lunch today. I am really trying to use less sweeteners in my recipes and sweeten foods with apples, orange juice and stevia. My body’s digestive flora is really off since I had to take antibiotics last summer (daughter had whooping cough) so I need to up my probiotics and fermented foods like sauerkraut and kefir and decrease my sugary food intake.

Apple cinnamon muffins (vegan/grain free)

1 peeled apple

1/4 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup freshly ground coconut flour

1/4 cup ground sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons tapioca flour

1/4 cup ground raw buckwheat groats (a seed not a grain)

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

1 packet stevia

1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

pinch of sea salt

Puree the apple and orange juice together. Combine all ingredients together and pour into muffin papers or in greased baking tin. Fill to the top, these will expand slightly so don’t over fill. cook at 300 for about 30-40 minutes or until slightly firm but bouncy. some optional add-ins could be chopped walnuts , a few table spoons of shredded apples, or dried fruit. This makes 6 small or 4 regular sized muffins so you may want to double or triple the recipe.

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For dinner I had cooked some pollock fish( with olive oil, lime juice, coriander, cumin, and garlic) and baked some fries with skins in the oven. I also made a cilantro citrus smoothie instead of a salad tonight.

Cilantro citrus green smoothie

Large handful cilantro

handful of red cabbage

1/2 orange peeled

juice of 1/2 lime

1 apple

handful of green grapes

1/2 avocado

pinch of turmeric

handful fresh blueberries

1″ chunk fresh ginger

2 cups water


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vegan orange muffins with raw glaze/frosting and eating for your body type

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I had to make these because I have been craving orange flavored foods for some reason lately, maybe my body needs more vitamin C.  Oranges are actually fairly heating for my body type so I need to eat/drink them in moderation. In East Indian and Chinese medicine eating foods with the correct thermal nature is very important in keeping your body/organs functioning properly. That is why I eat more cooling/drying foods in the spring and summer such as raw foods, and warming and nourishing in the fall and winter such as soups and seafood. I also live in an environment that has all 4 seasons so I have a pretty big contrast in my diet from summer to winter. Whereas someone from a warm climate would stick to mostly cooling foods all year to keep their body balanced. If for example someone with a heating constitution (called pitta in Ayurveda) were to eat large amounts of  red meat or coffee and also living in a warm climate such as the southwest united states their body would be on “fire” and many health issues could result such as heart disease, diabetes etc. You can read more about that at this link: http://app1.chinadaily.com.cn/star/history/00-04-18/l02-chinese.html. The Ayurvedic(East Indian) explanation of body constitutions and diet seems to be the most layman’s friendly. I strongly suggest taking an online quiz to find out your dosha type so you can be working with your body and not against it. Here is a link to a the quiz from the Dr. Oz website  http://www.doctoroz.com/ayurvedic-body-type-find-your-dosha

Orange muffins (vegan)

3/4 cup coconut flour (I grind the shredded coconut instead of buying coconut flour, it tastes better)

1 1/2 cups brown rice flour

3/4 cup garbanzo/fava flour

1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon apple puree/sauce

1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon raw honey

3/4 cup coconut milk

zest of 1 medium sized orange

about 40 drops vanilla stevia or to taste

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 1/2 tablespoon vinegar

1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

pinch of sea salt

Mix ingredients together and fill muffin molds to the top and bake on 350 until soft and springy. Makes a dozen muffins.

Raw orange frosting/glaze

Blend or process:

1/3 cup soaked raw cashews

1 1/2 bananas

3 tablespoons of avocado

1/2 cup soaked shredded coconut

12 soaked dates

1 cup nut milk (I used coconut)

zest of 1 medium orange

1 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice

3 tablespoons raw honey

about 30 drops vanilla stevia or to taste

pinch of sea salt (optional)

1/2 carrot and/or pinch turmeric for orange color(optional)