Sarah’s Family Favorites

The Holidays are here again!!! 

We thought we would give you a couple of our favorite recipes to try if you’re looking for something new to whip up.


Pumpkin Pie

I have been making the same pumpkin pie recipe for the past 15 years for Thanksgiving. It is a definite crowd pleaser, it even calls for a whole pie pumpkin that you cut up and bake in the oven, AND it’s easy! If I can make it, you can make it. Give it a try, you will be happy you did.

IngredientsPumpkins

  • 2 Pie Crusts – home-made, gluten free, frozen, or whatever you please
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pie pumpkin to equal 1 1/2 cups cooked pumpkin, mashed or pureed
  • 2 cups scalded whole milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

Method

  1. Preheat Oven to 425°F.
  2. Combine all ingredients, except pie crust, in a large bowl and beat until smooth
  3. Pour wet ingredients into 2 pie crusts.  Bake at 300°F  for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the filling is firm.

 


Family-style Granola

My mom has mastered a granola that is delicious, full of healthy ingredients and so much lower in sugar than most anything you can find in the store. It feels so good to make your own granola and you can play around with it and add your favorite nuts or seeds. It is the perfect thing to have around if you are entertaining the family or it makes a great hostess gift if you are being entertained!  Let us know if you come up with your favorite version.

Ingredients

granola

  • 8 cups of oats (gluten free is you prefer)
  • 2 cups of sliced almonds
  • 1 cup of raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups of coconut flakes
  • 3 Tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons of vanilla

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. Take the first 6 ingredients and mix together into a bowl.  Set to the side for later use.
  3. Take the last 6 ingredients and mix together in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
  4. Pour on top of oats mixture.  Stir together and then pour onto a cookie sheet.  Spread onto pan evenly.
  5. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes.  Check to see if browned, if not stir and let cook for additional time.

Jake’s Caesar Dressing

Who doesn’t love a great Caesar dressing? But oil based, not creamy!! Fresh greens are such a great addition to any meal and so simple. My husband always has a batch of his Caesar dressing in the refrigerator ready and waiting.  We can always quickly bring a salad to anyone’s house or include it in a meal at home. I never get sick of it. Let me know what you think!

 


Ingredientsceasar-dressing

 

  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (or more to taste)
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Method

  1. Blend thoroughly and salt to taste
  2. Keep it in the fridge, it tastes better with age.

 

I hope you enjoy! Sarah

 

 

Drink Up for Health!

Water is our ultimate life force. Staying hydrated has unlimited benefits for your health including weight management, supple skin and improved kidney function and digestion. As crucial as it may be, it is easy to forget to drink water throughout the day. As the weather heats up, it is time to make drinking water a priority. Your life depends on it!

Picture your house plant that you’ve forgotten about. It has dry soil and the plant may be starting to wilt. The first time you water it, the water runs right through and out of the pot. As you continue to water it, it is hydrated and able to HOLD ONTO the water you pour while the plant begins to stand upright and come back to life.

Now picture the inside of your body- is it hydrated and able to absorb water in order to nurture your mental and physical daily tasks? When you first start to drink the necessary water your body needs, it may go right through you. Frequent bathroom trips will likely lessen as your body becomes more hydrated and is able hold onto the water you drink.

Here are some tips to increase water intake:

-Find a BPA free water bottle you LOVE
-Take that water bottle with you everywhere you go
-Drink a glass of water first thing in the morning and before every meal
-Use an app that keeps track of intake, and sets reminders on your phone to drink
-Start a “Water Challenge” at work or home. Set a goal that everyone must meet, such as 3 water bottles a day. Discuss  the changes you all notice, tuning in to things like increased energy, decreased appetite and improvements in digestion
-Jazz up your water! Adding cucumber, mint, orange slices or lemon can make drinking water more enjoyable and had added nutritional benefits.

Remember, we live in Oregon, home to some of the best water in the country! Take advantage of that and drink up!

Treat Your Kids to Pediatric Acupuncture

People are very familiar with using acupuncture as adults, but many people don’t realize how beneficial acupuncture can be for their kids. Acupuncture can treat a multitude of conditions for children (more on conditions treated here), and kids can start getting treatment as young as a couple weeks old. Because children are considered to be very yang (active, dynamic, energetic), they respond very quickly to treatment methods, and often recover faster than adults.

Needles can be a part of the treatment….but they don’t have to be. Most often, kids enjoy the idea of using tiny needles to help heal their body. They get excited about learning how acupuncture works and how to take control of their own health. We also have many other tools we use in practice that effectively treat pediatric conditions. Acupressure is great for kids, and pressing on specific acupuncture points is a technique we often teach parents to use at home. Pediatric massage or qigong can be used as well, and helps treat children who are especially sensitive to stimulus and their environments. In some cases, we use a line of pediatric herbal formulas, and they add enormous benefit to the treatment plan.

No two treatments look the same when treating children. It is always about meeting the child where they’re at that day, and we all know that when it comes to kids, you don’t always know what you’re going to get.  We can treat kids on the treatment table, in a chair, on the floor, or in their parent’s lap. Books or toys provide great distractions, and we often make a game out how we are treating that day.

For children, just like adults, you can use acupuncture and Western medicine together, in fact they are very complimentary. We often use acupuncture in combination with other conventional treatments, each method reinforcing the other. For example, we will treat a child for an ear infection or upper respiratory tract infection in conjunction with the child taking antibiotics. Kids see faster healing times, and parents see happier children.

If you have questions about how acupuncture can help your kids, call us anytime. We understand how important health care is for your little ones!

Stop Smoking Now

Do you or someone you love need to quit smoking?

We have a specific protocol and plan for you! We have helped many patients kick the habit at Acupuncture Northwest. Most people have tried other treatments without success, but are able to be successful with acupuncture. It is really amazing to help someone get something they have always wanted, to be a nonsmoker, to not be dependent on cigarettes, to have their lungs feel clean and clear and healthy. Patients describe it as a new lease on life. Our protocol is simple and painless, and we have many other tools to help equip you during situations when cravings are high. We ask patients to make three consecutive appointments after an initial appointment to build a solid foundation towards recovery. Now is the time to make the decision to quit, you have nothing to lose and we are here to help you!