Cashew Cheese Loaf for a Healthier Christmas!

November 23, 2021

Holidays, Christmas, and socializing are coming up soon. Why not take the time to make a few goodies ahead of time that will build your immune system, reduce inflammation, and taste oh so good! This recipe has too many benefits to mention, such as lowering blood sugar, maintaining blood pressure (cashews are loaded with magnesium), and a great source of the good fat and protein needed to maintain healthy weight. I will be posting several ideas for you in the next month.

This loaf is very easy to make, is gluten-free, and you can vary the flavor by changing the type of cheese. The one pictured below was made with goat feta, so it had a tangy flavor which I love. Using mozzarella or cheddar makes a good loaf, and for dairy-free why not try the Earth Island Swiss slices? I recommend goat cheese as it is so much easier to digest than cheese made from cow’s milk. The natural food section of Superstore now carries several options for both goat cheese, and the dairy-free Earth Island cheese. I also purchase the goat feta at Superstore in the regular cheese section. It comes in a huge block, and can easily be grated.

Cashew Cheese Loaf

Cashew Cheese Loaf: (from Cook Your Way to Health, page 19)

This yummy loaf freezes well, and makes a great toast.

2 1/2 cups ground raw cashews (purchase whole or broken cashews from a store that keeps these in the fridge, and grind in a Nutribullet or blender)

1/4 cup soft butter (or ghee or coconut oil for dairy-free)

1 cup grated cheese of choice

1 tsp. baking soda

3 beaten eggs, organic or free range preferred

  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Mix butter or substitute, nut flour and cheese.
  3. Add slightly beaten eggs and baking soda.
  4. Pour into a well oiled loaf pan (approx. 4″ x 8″) and bake until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean. 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Cool well before slicing. I like to slice and place parchment paper between slices before freezing.

I found parchment paper loaf pan liners at the dollar store, and these work great.

On a different note, many of you know that I love quilting, obsessed with it in fact, and so now I have a few spares I am willing to part with.

Floral Magic Quilt

This quilt is 79″ x 61″, made with 100% cotton pieced top, 100% bamboo batting, and 100% cotton flannel backing. It is longarm custom quilted (by me) with butterflies. Machine washable on gentle; dry on gentle. Great for cuddling under while watching Netflix, makes a great wall covering, or bed cover. Price is $350.

In good Health,

Paulette.


Cool Salads for Hot Weather!

June 28, 2021

Wow! the temperature here is scorching! I’m grateful for my freezer with prepared items I can put together quickly. Wild rice and long grain brown rice are cooked ahead, cooled, and frozen lying flat, then placed in a ziploc bag or glass container if possisble. Making the salad in the video today then takes minutes.

Kim’s Wild Rice Salad page 92 in Eat Away Illness.

The weather was great for the Thickwood Hills Arts and Crafts day held June 12 and 13. Thanks to Doreen and Bryant for inviting me to present on Immunity – keeping us healthy.

Big thanks to Sylvia who helped out all weekend.

A reminder that you are invited to book a retreat here at Heartwood Healing Center, whether a quilting retreat, a healing retreat, a writing retreat, or just to relax and experience healing foods and  time in the country.   The cool basement is calling now that there are sleeping rooms available! Call 306-244-8890 for more info.

Keep cool.  Keep healthy.

Paulette.


Make Ahead Picnic Salad!

May 24, 2021

I LOVE to have healthy salads made ahead in my fridge, whether for an impromptu picnic or for these busy gardening days when you just want to have a quick fresh cool meal between bouts of planting. This video White Bean and Coloured Pepper Salad is very easy to prepare, and keeps well in the fridge for several days.

Other salads I frequently make in the summer are Take A Walk On The Wild Side (Cook Your Way to Health page 73), and Awesome Cauliflower Salad, (Cook Your Way to Health page 97) and Chicken Macaroni Salad (page 78 Eat Away Illness). All of these keep for a couple of days in the fridge, so it is worth while taking the time to prep these before gardening days, or a long weekend in the sun.

We finally had a good rain here last night, 1 1/8″! So wonderful, as yesterday a friend came out and helped me plant about half of the garden beds. She also brought the most delicious Butternut Pear Soup; I so enjoy someone else’s cooking these days!

June will free up some time for retreats, so if you are interested in a couple of educational, healing, peaceful days in the country, call to book this space. (cel – 306-244-8890)

In good health,

Paulette.


Breakfast Without Bread!

April 27, 2021

I’m continuing my quest for healthier breakfasts…. so check out the video below for Quinoa Spoon Bread!

As we begin to find yummy whole food substitutes for breads and refined flour products, and we begin to eliminate flour products from our diet, our cells begin to heal. This lifestyle change will benefit you in many ways, as healing the cell linings promote better all around health, whether it is allergies, weight gain, and/or diagnosed illness.

Begin be choosing one recipe at a time to implement into your lifestyle, and if you and your family like it, plan to enjoy it weekly, thereby increasing your nutrient dense food considerably over the course of one year.

Quinoa Spoon Bread recipe is on the video and on page 328 in the healing manual Eat Away Illness. If you don’t own this book, it can be purchased as a book or as a pdf download from my website.

I will be doing consulting over the phone for the near future; feel free to call 306-244-8890 to book an appointment.

Finally getting out into the yard, and dreaming of the garden and wonderful produce to come.

Flowers and veggies!

Take care of your health, and keep safe.

Paulette.


Saskatoon Berry Pudding for Breakfast???

April 20, 2021

What a treat! And better for you than toast and jam……. gluten-free and dairy-free as well.

Why not have something this good for breakfast if it is made with whole foods, is nutrient dense, and better for you than the run of the mill cereal and/or toast and jam? Using whole grain fresh flours, fresh or frozen fruit, natural sweeteners, and balancing the macro nutrients is a sure way to balance your hormones, keep your weight in check, and satisfy your body and your taste buds!

In this recipe I used a little chickpea flour along with the grain flour to enhance the quality of the protein by bringing up the amino acid balance. Adding a cup of bone broth to your breakfast completes the protein needs of your body. And what better way to get rid of caffeine and other not so good stimulants.

Using natural sweetener instead of sugars amps up reasons to eat this treat. The recipe originally was called Blueberry Slump, my mother’s recipe, and my altered healthier version is in the healing manual Eat Away Illness page 356. This was a favorite dessert of mine growing up; and we picked blueberries in the wild every summer.

Not only have I increased the nutrient value, but I added another 1/2 cup of milk substitute to make it pudding like. Hot or cold, breakfast, snack, or dessert, rest assured you are getting great nutrition.

Here is the revised recipe:

Saskatoon Berry Pudding:

2/3 cup whole grain flour (choose buckwheat, brown rice, quinoa plus 1 tbsp. quar gum) (or use 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour if gluten is not an issue)

1/3 cup chickpea flour

1 tbsp. coconut sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tbsp ghee, coconut oil, or butter if dairy is not an issue

2 1/2 cup rinsed and drained Saskatoon berries

2 tbsp. honey

1 cup warm filtered water

1 tbsp. lemon juice

1 cup milk substitute of choice

  1. Mix together flours, 1 tbsp. coconut sugar, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  2. Cut in the 1 tbsp. of ghee or butter until mixture resembles a coarse meal
  3. In a large saucepan, bring berries, honey, and water to a boil.
  4. Cover and simmer 5 minutes; then add lemon juice.
  5. Add milk to flour mixture and stir until moist and batter like.
  6. Gently pour batter over hot berry mixture, and lightly spread to cover.
  7. Cover tightly and simmer until batter is cooked through, approximately 20 minutes, depending on flour use.
  8. Alternately you may bake this, uncovered, in an oiled 9 x 9 inch pan for approximately 20 minutes in a 350 F. oven.
Serve with bone broth, and organic whipping cream or coconut cream.

A taste of home! Enjoy.

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Nutrition Month Celebration #4 – Supplements!

March 29, 2021

I often get asked the question “Do I need supplements? I have a healthy diet and do not eat a lot of junk food.”


It is clear we are not getting all the nutrients we need from our food and the reasons are many.  Food production is less than stellar in terms of nutrition and quality, many foods are harvested before they are ripe, soils are exhausted of valuable nutrients and many foods are refined and processed.  Refining means taking away some of the nutrients, for example, the seed coat, where much of the nutrition is stored, and processing means the addition of all kinds of products that have no nutritional value, and in fact sometimes are hazardous to our health.


Often people are unaware of the macro nutrients, (see the last three posts for info), or they do not eat breakfast, and/or regular meals, or they neglect to find ways to get the 4 to 5 cups of fruits and veggies recommended.  All of these contribute to the body suffering a lack of nutrients, and therefore becoming deficient, leading up to disease.
Stress affects nutrient absorption and some drugs deplete the body’s stores of nutrients.  Our Canadian winters keep us inside, contributing to Vitamin D deficiency, a precursor to illness.


For those suffering with nutritional deficiencies, illness or trauma, an assessment by a holistic nutritionist or other qualified person could help rectify this situation with supplements, diet, and lifestyle.  For the average healthy person, a few key supplements will make up for the shortfall in diet, and help build the immune system, and support some of the body’s systems.


Today, I will discuss several supplements that are often helpful. If you own Eat Away Illness, second edition you will find lists of suggested supplements for many health concerns, such as digestion, immunity, inflammation, hormones, thyroid insufficiency, and more. If you wish to purchase this book, you may do so from my website, http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca or call or email me.

Probiotics: help to establish a healthy environment in the intestinal tract. Antibiotic use increases the need for healthy bacteria.

Swedish Bitters: a mixture of bitter herbs that increase bile production, remedy sluggish digestion and alleviate gas.

Apple Cider Vinegar: liquid or tablets is often a good choice for those of us experiencing stomach distress.

Turmeric liquid or capsules: excellent antioxidant, aids in digestion, and often helpful with inflammation.

Oil of Oregano: one of my favorite immune boosters.

Vitamin D and magnesium: many benefits; notably for building immunity.

Fish oils (pharmaceutical grade): for inflammation, joint pain, memory, to name a couple of benefits.

Lugol’s Iodine: support for the thyroid.

Broken Cell Wall Chlorella: benefits are many, including possibly aiding in detoxing heavy metals, enhancing immunity, support for the thyroid, and more.

There are natural supplements available for many of your concerns, whether it be elimination, bone loss, thyroid insufficiency, heart issues, joint pain, and much more. Consult a qualified person for help; purchase the best quality supplements you can find; and check with your pharmacist for possible interaction if you are on any medication.


GET HEALTHY WITH FAT!!!

March 19, 2021

March is Nutrition Month! We are celebrating by learning about the three macronutrients of protein, carbohydrates and fats.

Did you know that eating good fat keeps you from getting fat??? Try this interesting “cheese” made with raw cashews for a great serving of healthy fats, as well as many other health giving ingredients. It is good sliced, or melted and used as a dip for corn chips. Try mixing a little salsa with it, and enjoy. Read on for reasons to eat good fat.

“Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) are the major building blocks of the fats in human bodies. The membranes surrounding cells are composed of these fatty acids, as well as the cell interior, making EFAs very important in building and maintaining healthy cells.

Fat is essential to health, and essential fatty acids are necessary for maintaining health and healing. Many serious health conditions result from an essential fatty acid deficiency. EFAs nourish the brain and nervous system. The increase of children with behavior problems and learning disabilities, and the number of people (particularly women) taking anti-depressants are often a result of this deficiency. EFAs improve energy, elevate mood and lift depression, improve immunity, alleviate stress, increase calmness and reduce hyperactivity while improving mental function, thereby accelerating learning. EFAs are necessary for weight loss, healthy skin, hair and nails, for digestion and to support hormone balance. They help prevent and ease allergies, skin conditions, arthritis (they are anti-inflammatory), diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Stock your pantry with raw nuts and seeds (buy these from a store that keeps them refrigerated) and keep them in the fridge or freezer. Organic cold pressed olive oil, organic cold pressed coconut oil, avocados, and the natural fats in high quality proteins such as pasture raised red meats and poultry, and organic dairy all contain natural fats.

Avoid all margarine and all heat processed oils such as canola, sunflower, corn and all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Avoid low-fat and reduced-fat dairy products as fat is necessary for complete nutrient absorption and satiety.

Read the ingredients of processed foods and purchase from suppliers that use good fats in their products. Be especially careful when purchasing peanut butters, mayonnaise, salad dressings, chips, nachos and other sauces and snacks. Most pre-baked goods use hydrogenated fats, as well as unhealthy white flour and sugar. Making your own is ideal, or purchase those made with whole grains, natural sweeteners and healthy fats only.” (page 119, 121, 123 Eat Away Illness ).

Do yourself a favor, eat and enjoy good fats! Your body will love you for it. If you want an overall assessment of your nutritional deficiencies and/or other concerns, feel free to call and book an appointment.


Nutrition Month Celebration Week 2!!

March 8, 2021

Macronutrient #2: Carbohydrates.

After all the media hype, are you surprised to hear carbs are essential? Read on….

Carbs are a source of energy, the main source of blood glucose and a major fuel for all of the body’s cells. Carbs are essential to fighting infection, maintaining health and growth of bones, skin, nails, cartilage and tendons, and important in normal metabolism of fats. Carbs are our source of dietary fiber, of great value in helping balance blood sugar, necessary to regulate gastrointestinal transit time and facilitate efficient elimination. (Eat Away Illness p.67)

The trick is to learn to use whole, nutrient dense carbs, no small feat considering the thousands of refined, processed, and ready to eat products out there just waiting to make our life easier, and our symptoms worse!

55 to 150 grams of carbs is the recommended daily intake and the minimum required per day is 35 grams. A guideline for one serving is equal to one small slice of bread or one half cup cooked cereal, rice or pasta. Important to remember is that the recommended daily allowance of fiber is 25 to 30 grams for women and 38 grams for men. Reading the nutrition label on products gives you the total carbs, but does NOT give you the value in terms of nutrient dense whole food versus junk food.

Check out this awesome cereal made with whole grains, nuts and seeds. As you will see, this product ensures intake of all of the amino acids as well will the addition of eggs. (remember last week’s post on the importance of Macronutrient Protein.) Recipe below.

Liz’s Breakfast Cereal

Simple carbohydrates are simple sugars, for example fructose, sucrose, lactose, honey and molasses. Fruits and berries are composed of mainly simple carbohydrates. Complex carbohydrates contain fiber and starch and are found in veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, peas, and legumes. Refined carbohydrates are usually complex carbohydrates that have had much of their nutrition removed and often have undesirable ingredients added, for example most flours, baked goods, desserts and snacks. (Eat Away Illness p. 67)

Learning to purchase, store and cook with ingredients in their primary state is easy, and well worth the effort which results in a tremendous opportunity for your body to heal. My healing manual Eat Away Illness has lists, charts, recipes, and ideas on getting healthy carbs and fiber into your dietary program. See http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca to order or download.

Liz’s Breakfast Cereal

This cereal will keep in the fridge for several days.

1/3 cup quinoa

1/4 cup hemp hearts

1/8 cup chia seeds

1/3 cup chopped almonds

1/3 cup unsweetened coconut shreds

cinnamon to taste

optional: pieces of dried fruit

1 1/3 cup almond milk or milk of choice

2 scrambled eggs

1. Stir together first six ingredients.

2. Then add milk and eggs.

3. Cook in rice cooker or on top of stove until quinoa is fluffy.

Serve with blueberries and coconut milk.

Optional: maple syrup, yogurt if diet allows dairy.

Thanks to Liz for this great breakfast!


March is Nutrition Month!!

March 3, 2021

What could possibly be more important than your body???? Experimenting with new recipes or new foods to enhance your vitality, your energy, your mind can be great fun! This is the perfect time to do it. This month I will be celebrating by giving you information on the necessary macro nutrients needed by your body to survive and thrive.

Today is about protein, a daily essential for healing, energy, clear thinking, and more.

Pumpkin Bison Stew

“Proteins are used to build and repair every tissue in the body. They are necessary for new cell growth. Proteins are used to form muscles, connective tissue, skin, hair and nails. This macro nutrient is also essential to forming infection-fighting antibodies, which are immune compounds that help to keep you healthy. There are 20 – 22 amino, acids, and nine of them are considered ‘essential’ because the body CANNOT synthesize them, therefore they must be supplied by diet.” (Eat Away Illness p. 33)

Foods MAY contain some or all of the amino acids. Animal foods such as bison, beef, lamb, fish, poultry and dairy contain ALL of the amino acids, making it quite simple to ensure you of this macro nutrient each time you ingest a portion. Vegetable foods must be combined with other plant foods to ensure consumption of the full range of amino acids. A safe way to do this is to combine legumes and grains at the same meal. (For much more information see the Macro nutrients section in Eat Away Illness.) For those of us who are wanting to build muscle, have lots of energy, balance our hormones, lose weight, and heal, it is a great idea to have the full range of amino acids at each meal and/or snack. Small amounts of good quality protein spread over the day best accomplishes these tasks. Building this habit also enables us to more easily eliminate caffeine, sugars, tobacco, alcohol, or drugs, as it helps to reduce cravings. A good rule of thumb is .36 grams of protein per pound of ideal body weight. My first task when consulting with a new client is to figure out the amount of protein their body needs, and suggest meal plans that address this necessity for healing.

Generally, women need approximately 50 grams of protein a day, and men 70 grams. “High protein diets put us at risk for disease. Initially the individual will lose water weight, and weight loss may or may not continue. Some people will react with more energy, whereas others may experience sleepiness, lethargy, and sluggishness. High protein diets that lack fiber and carbohydrates will likely trigger cravings for sugary foods, and may cause diarrhea or constipation. Therefore it is best to have a balance of macro nutrients. Daily consumption of meat and dairy products is at the core of excessive protein intake, associated with dehydration and heatstroke in athletes, fatal exacerbation of kidney and liver malfunctions, increased acidity of body fluids, infant deaths, premature aging, heart disease and cancer. The high protein diet creates toxic by-products, which seriously overtax the kidneys and require large amounts of water to flush them out.” (Eat Away Illness)

Breakfast with leftover veggies, a bit of salsa and poached egg.

Anyone who wishes help with balancing and ensuring adequate macro nutrients in their eating program, please feel free to call. Phone consults during this time of Covid are available, and my books are available for purchase through my website, http://www.healingwithnutrition.ca or by calling 306-244-8890.

Let’s all start building our immunity in these difficult times with NUTRITION!!!


Love Your Liver!

February 15, 2021

Did you know the liver is the only organ that regenerates itself? Well let’s get started!!

More and more people are being diagnosed with NAFLD, a condition most people have never heard of, yet many people have it and may not even know it. It stands for non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Read on.

One of the best foods for the liver is beets, so here is my video on the easiest recipe ever, Shredded Beets!

Fat accumulates in the liver, causing inflammation, and a host of other issues. It can create insulin resistance and pre-diabetes. You may not notice any symptoms, or you may have fatigue and general malaise. Although you may think excess fat in the diet is the cause, this is usually not the case, in that most often sugar and white flours are the culprits. The next time you have blood tests ordered, ask your doctor to test for fatty liver disease. Once you know, you have a whole arsenal of remedies available to you. Diet, a few specific supplements, and lifestyle changes will get you back on the road to health. Please call me if you need help and/or support for this process. As well, as soon as we are able to resume my Cookin’ in the Country workshops, I will present on this topic.

If you shred a large amount of beets, as suggested in the video, try the raw Beet Salad on page 66 of Eat Away Illness, a favorite.

Enjoy cooking with beets!