Almond Butter Bombs – Sarah’s Favorite Snack

IMG_1541These healthy treats are Sarah’s favorite snack. After you eat one, you will say “these are so good” about 4 times, just like Sarah did the first time she bit into one. They are healthy and so simple! No cooking…There is 1-2 minutes of mixing ingredients, 2 hours in the freezer and bam you are popping one into your mouth!

    Highlights:

They contain no sugar and promote stable blood sugar via healthy fats with a touch of carbohydrates. This recipe came from the book Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore and Eric C. Westman.

    Ingredients:

1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 – 3 teaspoons stevia powder extract

    Directions:

1) Place everything in a microwave safe bowl
2) Microwave for 45 seconds
3) Mix everything together
4) Pour mixture into ice cube trays
5) Freeze for 2 hours
6) Enjoy!

Food As Medicine

photoPatients are always asking how to eat for their health, whether it be to prevent illness, or deal with a current ailment. For many reasons we may find ourselves unable or unwilling to take a prescription medication or herbal formula in order to assist our body in overcoming an illness or condition.  It is important to remember that we can strongly influence our health based on what foods we put in our body.

We have all heard the phrase “you are what you eat”.  As nutrition research continues, science is further corroborating what we have known intuitively for years…that the foods we eat have a distinct impact on our health.  As unique individuals, no one food is best, but there are some general guidelines that will benefit everyone:

Stick to whole foods. Eating processed or refined foods not only reduces the nutritional value of a food, but can change the way our body metabolizes the food, creating more stress on the body.

Eat organic whenever possible. Choosing organic fruits, vegetables and meats will help reduce the amount of chemical exposure, as well as hormones in your foods.

Eat seasonally. Choosing foods that are in season help ensure you have variety in your diet and get the essential nutrients your body needs. From a Chinese medical perspective, it is also beneficial to eat certain foods during their seasons based on temperature variations. For example, during the summer, we crave lighter, cool meals, as opposed to the winter, when we want hearty, warm meals.

Use food as medicine. Here are a few great ways to use food as medicine in your day to day life:

    • Ginger and oranges are used to balance digestive issues
    • Green onions, garlic, and mint assist in the treatment of the common cold
    • Cucumber and dried fruits treat constipation
    • Olives are effective at treating cough with blood in the phlegm
    • Guava and leek stop bleeding
    • Cayenne pepper is great as a first aid for treating internal and external bleeding
    • Peaches treat dry cough and slow digestion
    • Beets strengthen the heart, calm the overactive mind, and improve circulation
    • Broccoli is great for eyesight, red eyes, dry eyes and inflammation of the eye
    • Cabbage is used to treat digestion and skin issues
    • Celery improves digestion, and benefits urinary tract imbalances

These are just a few of the many ways you can treat your body with foods you eat everyday.  When using foods as medicine, just increase the amount and frequency so it can have a therapeutic effect.  Pay close attention to the changes you see so you do not overeat any one food.  For more information about food as medicine, read Healing with Whole Foods by Paul Pitchford.  It is a great book to use as a guide for healthy eating and a wonderful resource for those times when your body needs extra care.

Delicious Chicken Salad – Dairy Free and Gluten Free

Here is great and simple lunch salad I made up today for Sarah to satisfy her lunch prerequisites: a) no heating required, c) low or no carbs, d) low fat, e) high protein, f) gluten free, g) little to no dairy… and phew that is it.

Recipe:

1  1/2 cup cooked chicken breast

1  cup diced dill pickles

1 cup chopped kale (remove spines)

Kale which is rich in Dietary Fiber, Protein, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Folate, Iron, Magnesium and Phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper and Manganese

1/8 cup finely diced red onion

1/4 cup cilantro

Cilantro which is noted for having anti-cancer properties, detoxifies the liver, high in Vitamin K.

2-3 tbsp Veganaise

1/2 tsp Paprika

dash of salt to taste

Mix them all together well so that everything is nicely blended and coated with Veganaise. Bon Appetit!

Getting Rid of Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Guest Blog:

Thank you Sarah! Wow what a transformation I have seen in my health and overall comfort level… I came to Sarah for help after the onset of chronic heartburn which was making my life miserable. Before  coming to see Sarah I saw my Primary Care doctor and he prescribed me a common heartburn medication without much of any other treatment suggestions. I picked up the prescription and began taking it… However quickly thereafter I abandoned the prescription due to side effects and my concern that I was only applying band aide and not addressing the root of the problem.

So off I went to see Sarah at Acupuncture Northwest. Sarah’s very straight forward advise was to stop drinking coffee and begin taking an herbal formula. Keep in mind I have a very healthy diet that is low in saturated fat, high in fiber and is whole food oriented, which made it even more perplexing as to why I acquired Acid Reflux.

My coffee intake was modest and typically it consisted of only a single shot soy latte each morning. However even that modest amount was enough to give me persistent Heartburn. Why? Because as Sarah explained – coffee is highly acidic. Unfortunately for those of us who are sensitive, coffee is a problem and should be avoided and consumed only occasionally if at all. While it seemed impossible to almost entirely eliminate the morning latte, I feel so much better now that I did.

Thank you.

J.J.