Is dairy the right thing for you? Many of our patients feel a lot better after eliminating dairy from their diet. For many people – dairy causes fatigue, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, weight gain, acne, mucous and the list goes on!
In the same breath, there is nothing better than dairy, as we can all attest. For years, the replacements for dairy were truly laughable. The good news is, things are looking up… There are several companies now delivering a much better product that actually tastes great too!
Here are a few of our favorite dairy alternatives:
SIETE – Cashew Queso
YUMMM – this stuff will blow your mind especially heated up and served with Siete grain free tortilla chips. These people know what they are doing.
TREELINE – Treenut Cheese
We love the herb and garlic flavor, esp. when enjoyed on Jilz Seed Crackers.
KITEHILL Cream Cheese–
We love chive flavor the most, but plain is great too.
HEIDI HO – Cashew Cheese
Another good alternative to traditional cream cheese.
OATLY OAT MILK
To die for! I like the “Barista” version. When I first tried it, I thought I was mistakenly drinking whole milk… It is that good! Unfortunately, it seems they are sold out everywhere; so finding it can be another story.
Most of these products can be found at Whole Foods and New Seasons.
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.
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.
- 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
- Preheat Oven to 425°F.
- Combine all ingredients, except pie crust, in a large bowl and beat until smooth
- Pour wet ingredients into 2 pie crusts. Bake at 300°F for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the filling is firm.
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.
- 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
- Preheat oven to 300°F.
- Take the first 6 ingredients and mix together into a bowl. Set to the side for later use.
- Take the last 6 ingredients and mix together in a bowl and microwave for 30 seconds
- Pour on top of oats mixture. Stir together and then pour onto a cookie sheet. Spread onto pan evenly.
- 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!
- 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
- Blend thoroughly and salt to taste
- Keep it in the fridge, it tastes better with age.
I hope you enjoy! Sarah
These 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!
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.
1 cup almond butter
3/4 cup unrefined coconut oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 – 3 teaspoons stevia powder extract
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
Patients 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.