PeanutButterCookies

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1/4 cup brown rice flour

1/3 cup evaporated cane sugar

1/4 cup rice milk

Bake on 350 for 10 minutes

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You might want a little more sugar, and you can vary the amount of milk for make soft or more crispy cookiesImage

Chickpea and Eggplant Burger…kind of

As usual, I needed to use my eggplant, which was going bad too soon. I also had a taste for a lettuce-wrapped burger, so my search for dinner recipes began. I found this video. The woman in the video is quite annoying, but the burgers she made looked really good. I didn’t have all of the ingredients that she used, and I am not eating soy or sugar or dairy, so some things that she used I left out. Now that I think about it, my recipe was nothing like hers. I just used it as inspiration. 🙂  I hope the pictures explain what I did well enough.

 

Eggplant

1.00 cup, raw

82.00 grams

19.68 calories

Nutrient Amount DV

(%)

Nutrient

Density

World’s Healthiest

Foods Rating

fiber 2.76 g 11.0 10.1 excellent
manganese 0.20 mg 10.0 9.1 excellent
molybdenum 4.10 mcg 5.5 5.0 very good
potassium 188.60 mg 5.4 4.9 very good
folate 18.04 mcg 4.5 4.1 good
vitamin K 2.87 mcg 3.6 3.3 good
copper 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
vitamin B6 0.07 mg 3.5 3.2 good
tryptophan 0.01 g 3.1 2.9 good
vitamin C 1.80 mg 3.0 2.7 good
magnesium 11.48 mg 2.9 2.6 good
vitamin B3 0.53 mg 2.6 2.4 good

The “kind of” in the tile means that the burgers didn’t come out as firm as an actual burger (meat, veggie or bean). They were soft, and a little crumbly. it may be a good idea to add something like oatmeal to absorb the liquid and hold the burger together. I added some brown rice flour (as you’ll see in the picture) to make the burgers a little dryer. They were still really good on the lettuce!

Thanks for reading!

 

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Crazy-Good Quinoa and Black Bean Warm Salad

I threw some ingredients together and created this really tasty quinoa salad:

Red Quinoa

Black Beans (warmed)

Orange Bell Pepper

Raisins

Slivered Almonds

Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Curry, Cumin, and other Indian Spices

Be unique, Be creative

100 Best Health Foods #4: Figs

Figs are high in Vitamin B6 and are a great source of soluble fiber! Dried figs have lots more nutrients, and are “easier” to come by and keep compared to fresh figs. Also high in potassium, beta-carotene and calcium.

Fig Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 1/2 sprigs rosemary, stems discarded
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 ounces arugula
  • 6 white dried figs, stems removed
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese

 

  • Toast walnuts on a baking sheet in the oven at 300 degrees until they are just fragrant, about 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  • 2 In a food processor, or metal bowl, combine rosemary, honey, vinegar, water, mustard, salt, and pepper. Slowly blend in the oil.
  • 3 Combine arugula, figs and walnuts in a salad bowl. Give the dressing a final whisk and toss with salad. Divide salad onto four plates and garnish with one tablespoon of goat cheese.
  • Foods for that Hair!

    I used to take lots of different vitamins, and they seemed to work after a long (at least 6 months) time. I used to take Borage oil, Fish oil, Vitamin E, Echinacea, Biotin, and Zinc. I have discontinued (I ran out, and did not buy anymore) taking all of these except… Biotin. But I did buy some B12. I heard that along with Biotin, B12 is supposed to help with hair strength and growth. But of course no vitamins can substitute for the nutrients that you can and should get in a healthy diet! So here is a list of the benefits of certain vitamins and what foods these nutrients can be found in that will really help your hair do what it do, baby! Thanks to “The Worlds Healthiest Foods”  

    1. Biotin

    Biotin Found in: Biotin Benefits
    almonds Healthy skin due to proper fat production
    cabbage Sugar and fat metabolism
    carrots Maintain energy supply to nerve cells
    cauliflower  
    Chard (mega source)  
    chicken eggs  
    cow’s milk  
    cucumber  
    goat’s milk  
    halibut  
    oats  
    onions  
    raspberries  
    romaine lettuce  
    strawberries  
    tomatoes  
    walnuts  
       
       

    Interesting tidbits:

    • Biotin is required for function of an enzyme in the body called acetyl Co-A carboxylase. This enzyme puts together the building blocks for the production of fat in the body. Fat production is critical for all cells in the body since the membranes of all cells must contain the correct fat components to function properly. Fat production is especially critical for skin cells since they die and must be replaced very rapidly, and also because they are in contact with the outside environment and must serve as a selective barrier.
    • The U.S. Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academy of Science’s Institute of Medicine recommends a daily Adequate Intake (AI) of 30 micrograms in adults 19 years and older

     

     

    2. Omega 3- fatty acids

     

    Omega- 3 Found in: Omega- 3 Benefits:
    Salmon Promote healthy cell membranes (especially skin cells)
    flax seeds Anti-inflammatory
    walnuts Prostaglandin production
    scallops  
    cauliflower  
    cabbage  
    cloves  
    mustard seeds  
    halibut  
    shrimp  
    cod  
    tuna  
    soybeans  
    tofu  
    kale  
    collard greens  
    Brussels sprouts  
       
       

    Interesting tidbits:

    • Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega 3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega 3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids aren’t a part of your hair’s composition, but they are a part of the scalp cells that are responsible for generating the hair follicles and sebaceous glands. We would emphasize the fact that omega-3 fatty acids will not help you grow hair. They can, however, improve the integrity of your skin cells, including the cells of your scalp. The health of your hair depends in part upon the health of these cells.

     

     

    3. Vitamin A

     

    Vitamin A Found in: Vitamin A Benefits:
    Calf liver Vision (retinal)
    Cow’s milk Epithelia and mucosal cell maintenance
    eggs Growth
    Carrots Reproduction
    Apricots  
    mangoes  
    squash  
    Sweet potatoes  
    Spinach  
    Kale  
    Collard greens  
    Shell fish  
    Cayenne pepper  
    Chili pepper  
       
       
       
       
       

    Interesting tidbits:

    • Vitamin A deficiency primarily affects the health of the skin, hair, eyes, and immune system, though loss of appetite, bone abnormalities, and growth retardation are also associated with inadequate intake of this vitamin.
    • A tell-tale sign of vitamin A deficiency is hyperkeratosis, a goose bump-like appearance of the skin caused by excessive production of keratin (a protein found in skin) that blocks hair follicles. In initial stages, hyperkeratosis is found on the forearms and thighs, where the skin becomes dry, scaly, and rough. In advances stages, hyperkeratosis affects the whole body, causing hair loss.

     

     

    World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
    biotin
    Food Serving
    Size
    Cals Amount
    (mcg)
    DV
    (%)
    Nutrient
    Density
    World’s
    Healthiest
    Foods Rating
    Swiss chard, boiled 1 cup 35.0 10.50 3.5 1.8 good

     

     

    World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
    omega 3 fatty acids
    Food Serving
    Size
    Cals Amount
    (g)
    DV
    (%)
    Nutrient
    Density
    World’s
    Healthiest
    Foods Rating
    Flaxseeds 2 tbs 95.3 3.51 146.3 27.6 excellent
    Cloves, dried, ground 2 tsp 14.2 0.20 8.3 10.6 very good
    Walnuts 0.25 cup 163.5 2.27 94.6 10.4 excellent
    Oregano, dried, ground 2 tsp 9.2 0.12 5.0 9.8 very good
    Salmon, chinook, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 261.9 2.09 87.1 6.0 excellent
    Cauliflower, boiled 1 cup 28.5 0.21 8.8 5.5 very good
    Mustard seeds 2 tsp 35.0 0.20 8.3 4.3 very good
    Cabbage, shredded, boiled 1 cup 33.0 0.17 7.1 3.9 very good
    Romaine lettuce 2 cup 15.7 0.08 3.3 3.8 good
    Broccoli, steamed 1 cup 43.7 0.20 8.3 3.4 very good
    Brussel sprouts, boiled 1 cup 60.8 0.26 10.8 3.2 good
    Winter squash, baked, cubes 1 cup 80.0 0.34 14.2 3.2 good
    Tofu, raw 4 oz-wt 86.2 0.36 15.0 3.1 good
    Summer squash, cooked, slices 1 cup 36.0 0.15 6.3 3.1 good
    Halibut, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 158.8 0.62 25.8 2.9 good
    Collard greens, boiled 1 cup 49.4 0.18 7.5 2.7 good
    Spinach, boiled 1 cup 41.4 0.15 6.3 2.7 good
    Kale, boiled 1 cup 36.4 0.13 5.4 2.7 good
    Soybeans, cooked 1 cup 297.6 1.03 42.9 2.6 good
    Shrimp, steamed/boiled 4 oz-wt 112.3 0.37 15.4 2.5 good
    Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 28.8 0.09 3.8 2.3 good
    Cod, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 119.1 0.32 13.3 2.0 good
    Strawberries 1 cup 43.2 0.11 4.6 1.9 good
    Green beans, boiled 1 cup 43.8 0.11 4.6 1.9 good
    Snapper, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 145.2 0.36 15.0 1.9 good
    Scallops, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 151.7 0.35 14.6 1.7 good
    Tuna, yellowfin, baked/broiled 4 oz-wt 157.6 0.33 13.8 1.6 good
    Raspberries 1 cup 60.3 0.12 5.0 1.5 good
    Miso 1 oz 70.8 0.14 5.8 1.5 good

     

     

    World’s Healthiest Foods ranked as quality sources of:
    vitamin A
    Food Serving
    Size
    Cals Amount
    (IU)
    DV
    (%)
    Nutrient
    Density
    World’s
    Healthiest
    Foods Rating
    Carrots, raw 1 cup 52.5 34317.40 686.3 235.5 excellent
    Spinach, boiled 1 cup 41.4 18865.80 377.3 164.1 excellent
    Turnip greens, cooked 1 cup 28.8 7917.12 158.3 99.0 excellent
    Kale, boiled 1 cup 36.4 9620.00 192.4 95.1 excellent
    Parsley, fresh 2 tbs 2.7 631.80 12.6 84.2 excellent
    Bell peppers, red, raw, slices 1 cup 24.8 5244.00 104.9 76.0 excellent
    Mustard greens, boiled 1 cup 21.0 4243.40 84.9 72.7 excellent
    Romaine lettuce 2 cup 15.7 2912.00 58.2 66.9 excellent
    Calf’s liver, braised 4 oz-wt 187.1 30485.26 609.7 58.7 excellent
    Swiss chard, boiled 1 cup 35.0 5493.25 109.9 56.5 excellent
    Sweet potato, baked, with skin 1 each 95.4 13107.70 262.2 49.5 excellent
    Cayenne pepper, dried 2 tsp 11.2 1470.24 29.4 47.3 excellent
    Collard greens, boiled 1 cup 49.4 5945.10 118.9 43.3 excellent
    Cantaloupe, cubes 1 cup 56.0 5158.40 103.2 33.2 excellent
    Winter squash, baked, cubes 1 cup 80.0 7291.85 145.8 32.8 excellent
    Apricots 1 each 16.8 914.20 18.3 19.6 excellent
    Broccoli, steamed 1 cup 43.7 2280.72 45.6 18.8 excellent
    Basil, dried, ground 2 tsp 7.5 281.24 5.6 13.5 very good
    Tomato, ripe 1 cup 37.8 1121.40 22.4 10.7 excellent
    Oregano, dried, ground 2 tsp 9.2 207.08 4.1 8.1 good
    Asparagus, boiled 1 cup 43.2 970.20 19.4 8.1 excellent
    Chili pepper, dried 2 tsp 25.5 531.60 10.6 7.5 very good
    Green beans, boiled 1 cup 43.8 832.50 16.6 6.9 very good
    Brussel sprouts, boiled 1 cup 60.8 1121.64 22.4 6.6 very good
    Cucumbers, slices, with peel 1 cup 13.5 223.60 4.5 6.0 good
    Summer squash, cooked, slices 1 cup 36.0 516.60 10.3 5.2 very good
    Watermelon, diced 1 cup 48.6 556.32 11.1 4.1 very good
    Grapefruit 0.50 each 36.9 318.57 6.4 3.1 good
    Celery, raw 1 cup 19.2 160.80 3.2 3.0 good
    Prunes 0.25 cup 101.6 844.48 16.9 3.0 good
    Papaya 1 each 118.6 863.36 17.3 2.6 good
    Green peas, boiled 1 cup 134.4 955.20 19.1 2.6 good
    Cabbage, shredded, boiled 1 cup 33.0 198.00 4.0 2.2 good
    Plum 1 each 36.3 213.18 4.3 2.1 good
    Oranges 1 each 61.6 268.55 5.4 1.6 good
    Cow’s milk, 2% 1 cup 121.2 500.20 10.0 1.5 good

     

     

     

    15 Toxic Ingredients in Personal Care: FOTE Aloe Vera Gel

    Follow the link below to find out what products to stay away from when choosing what is best for your hair.

    I am posting this link because there are many people out there (including myself) who just bought a big bottle or have been using FOTE Aloe Vera Gel.

    Ingerdients: Aloe Vera Gel, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Tetrasodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Diazolidinyl Urea

    This gel works well, but it does contain UREA. (# 3 on the list: “Ureas, formally known as diazolidinyl urea, imidazolidinyl urea, or DMDM hydantoin and sodium hydroxymethyl-glycinate, are preservatives that have the potential to release formaldehyde in very small amounts and are a primary cause of contact dermatitis.”) The FOTE brand has this ingredient last, which means it is in the least amount, but still I don’t want to make my sensitive skin even more sensitive. Do you?

    This product also contains #13 on the list. (“Chelators, such as disodium EDTA and tetrasodium EDTA, are used in personal care products to remove impurities from low-quality raw materials. They do not readily biode-grade in the environment.”) Bad for the environment is ultimately bad for you.

    Carbomer…not so good either for you or the environment. # 11 on the list (“Synthetic polymers, such as sodium polyacrylate and carbomer, come from petroleum and give viscosity to skincare products. They are highly processed and their manufacture creates toxic by-products.”)

    I must admit. I bought this product because it was cheap, and it had Aloe Vera as the 1st ingredient, but I should have put my money where my conscience was, and got the good stuff. Aloe Vera gel is great, but it is best to get it from an organic foods grocery store such as Earth Fare or maybe Whole Foods.

    Thanks Care2

    Sorry FOTE

    ~Jamii

    http://www.care2.com/greenliving/15-toxic-ingredients-in-personal-care-products.html