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Chai Spiced Candied Nuts

Chai-Spiced-Nuts

Chai Spiced Candied Nuts

 

Satisfy your sweet tooth without sabotaging your diet! In our Chai-Spiced Candied Nuts recipe, the glorious goodness of chai tea teams up with the sugary deliciousness of candied nuts. Savory spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger powder offer a host of health benefits. When combined with real maple syrup, they form a sugary coating that makes these scrumptious treats irresistible!

 

The outer layer cracks open with every bite, giving way to delicious, decadent nuts. Packed with protein and healthy fats, this snack is one your body will thank you for! Did we mention they’re a snap to make? Simply toss ingredients together in a bowl, roast until browned and fragrant, and enjoy.

 

These special treats make a delightful gift-giving snack. Just scoop some nuts in a jar and add a lovely ribbon for a nice touch. The nutritious nibbles also make a killer appetizer at your next dinner party, so be sure to make enough to share!

 

Chai-Spiced Candied Nuts

 

Ingredients

Chai spice coating

3 tablespoons real maple syrup

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom

1/2 teaspoon ginger powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil

Nuts

1 1/2 cups cashews

1 1/2 cups pecans

Directions

 

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

 

Whisk together all ingredients for chai spice coating. Toss nuts in chai spice mixture until well-coated.

 

Spread nuts in an even layer on a nonstick or parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast for 15-20 minutes, stirring nuts every 5 minutes during cook time to cook evenly.

 

Nuts are done when golden and fragrant.

 

Yields: 12 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 cup | Calories: 213 | Total Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 100mg | Carbohydrates: 10g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Protein: 4g | SmartPoints: 7 |

 

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Sweet Potato Bread

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Sweet Potato Bread

 

Ready in: 1 hour and 10 minutes Serves: 1 (9- by 5-inch) loaf

 

■ 2 tablespoons coconut oil

■ 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced ■ 1⁄2 cup coconut flour

■ 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

■ 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

■ 1⁄2 teaspoon ground mace

■ 1 teaspoon baking soda

■ 1 teaspoon baking powder

■ 1/8 teaspoon sea salt

■ 4 large eggs

■ 1⁄2 cup almond butter

■ 4 tablespoons unsalted, grass-fed butter, melted ■ 1 teaspoon organic almond extract

 

Step 1: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 9- by 5-inch loaf pan with the coconut oil. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit in the bottom of the pan and lay the parchment in the pan.

 

Step 2: Place the sweet potato slices in a medium saucepan and cover with about 1 inch filtered water. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain the potatoes in a colander, then return the slices to the saucepan. Using a potato masher, mash the potatoes until smooth and allow to cool to room temperature.

Step 3: In a bowl, combine the coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, mace, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

 

Step 4: In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until combined. Add the mashed sweet potatoes and the almond butter, melted butter, and almond extract and whisk gently until well combined. Add the coconut flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula until evenly moistened. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 to 60 minutes.

 

Step 5: Invert the bread out of the pan onto a wire rack and allow to cool completely. Cut the loaf into 1-inch slices and serve. Store tightly wrapped in plastic wrap at room temperature for up to 4 days.

 

Nutritional analysis per serving (1 slice): Calories: 405, Fat: 19 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 95 mg, Fiber: 43 g, Protein: 9 g, Carbohydrates: 70 g, Sodium: 323 mg

 

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Foods, Health and Disease, Uncategorized

The Importance of Cucumbers!

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The Importance of Cucumbers !

 

Cucumbers contain bioactive compounds that help fight cancer, heart disease and more

From adding a crunch to your summer salad, to fighting cancer and heart disease, the humble cucumber is a great ally in your quest for optimal health. This wonderful low-calorie fruit (yes you read that right, cucumber is not a vegetable but a fruit) has so much more to offer than electrolytes and water.

 

It is the fourth most cultivated vegetable in the world, and has been around for ages. Originally grown in northern India around 4,000 years ago, cucumbers are part of the squash, melon and gourd family.

Cucumbers as medicine

 

As reported by The Old Farmer’s Almanac, in ancient times cucumbers were used as a medicine, rather than as food, to treat nearly everything. Recently, cucumbers have come to the attention of many modern laboratories for their potential medicinal purposes.

 

While cucumbers do not house impressive amounts of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals, they thank their superfood status to high levels of bioactive phytochemicals such as cucurbitacins, lignans and flavonoids.

 

Many of these compounds have anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, painkilling, wound-healing and laxative properties, making cucumbers an ideal cure-all.

Cancer-fighting cucurbitacins

 

Scientists found that cucurbitacins could block the signaling pathways that are essential for cancer cell growth and survival. According to a 2010 research review published in Scientific World Journal, these findings may lead to the possibility of cucurbitacin being used as a future anticancer drug.

 

Another study, published in the Journal of Cancer Research, found that cucurbitacin B inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells by up to 81 percent.

 

According to the researchers, unpurified cucurbitacins have been used for centuries as folk medicine in Asian countries such as China and India. Pancreatic cancer is poorly treated by conventional therapies. Cucurbitacin B’s ability to inhibit tumor growth and induce cancer cell apoptosis may lead to new and efficient cancer treatments to fight pancreatic cancer.

Disease-fighting lignans

 

Lignans are a unique type of polyphenols found and extensively studied in cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage. Recent research, however, has found that other vegetables, including cucumbers, are a good source of different types of lignans too.

 

Cucumbers contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresino – three lignans associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several types of cancer. These include breast, uterine, ovarian and prostate cancers.

 

A 2010 study, published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases, found that these three compounds could protect your heart by lowering vascular inflammation and endothelial dysfunction.

 

Furthermore, cucumbers consist of 96 percent water, which is more than any other fruit or vegetable on our planet, making it an excellent food to keep you hydrated all day long. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, an average-sized cucumber contains the equivalent of a 10-ounce glass of water, and only adds 16 calories per cup.

 

In addition, cucumbers are well known for their ability to soothe sunburns, reduce puffy eyes and freshen the breath.

 

What are you waiting for? Start growing fresh, organic cucumbers in your own backyard or on your balcony. It’s easy, fun, chemical-free and super cheap.

 

Cucumbers are so important in reversing so many diseases and conditions.  Please call us if you have any questions or concerns, or possibly need help with a condition you or your family have.,

 

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Toxic Chocolate

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Toxic Chocolate

 

Consumer health watchdog As You Sow released results today showing that 35 of 50 chocolate products tested, including chocolate bunnies and eggs, expose consumers to lead and cadmium above levels set by California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

Testing commissioned by As You Sow, and conducted at independent laboratories, indicates that the chocolate products contain lead and/or cadmium, and they fail to provide the legally required warning to consumers.

 

As You Sow has filed legal notices against chocolate manufacturers, including Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Green and Black’s, Lindt, Whole Foods, Kroger, Godiva, See’s Candies, Mars, Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Ghirardelli, Earth Circle Organics, and more, for failure to warn of lead and/or cadmium in their chocolate products.

 

“Lead exposure is associated with neurological impairment, such as learning disabilities and decreased IQ, even at very low levels. In fact, there is no safe level of lead for children,” said Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, As You Sow’s Environmental Health Consultant.

 

“As underscored by the Flint disaster, humans have contaminated our environment with lead, and now we must do everything in our power to protect ourselves and children, who are the most vulnerable of us, from every possible exposure,” said Sean Palfrey, MD, a pediatrician and Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Boston University School of Medicine. “Young children and pregnant women especially should avoid exposure to lead.”

“Lead and cadmium accumulate in the body, so avoiding exposure is important, especially for children,” explained Danielle Fugere, As You Sow President. “Our goal is to work with chocolate manufacturers to find ways to avoid these metals in their products.”

 

Scientists have linked chronic cadmium exposure to kidney, liver, and bone damage in humans. Children are more susceptible to especially susceptible to even from low doses over time. Animal studies associate cadmium exposure with decreased birth weight, neurobehavioral problems, and male reproductive harm.

 

Recent revelations of lead contamination in water in Flint, Michigan raised awareness that lead is irrefutably linked to neurological impacts in children.

 

Since 1992, As You Sow has led enforcement actions resulting in removal of lead from children’s jewelry and formaldehyde from portable classrooms.

The brands involved are:

Bissinger’s

Bissinger’s All Natural 60% Dark Chocolate Whole Almonds Lead

Earth Circle Foods dba River Canyon Retreat Inc.

 

Earth Circle Organics Organic Balinese Cacao Nibs Cold Pressed Cadmium

Ghirardelli Chocolate Company

 

Ghiradelli Intense Dark 72% Cacao Twilight Delight Chocolate Bar Cadmium

Ghiradelli Chocolate Premium Baking Bar 100% Cacao Unsweetened Chocolate Lead & Cadmium

Godiva

 

Godiva Chocolatier 50% Cacao Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Lead

Godiva Chocolatier 85% Cacao Extra Dark Chocolate Lead & Cadmium

Godiva Chocolatier 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead & Cadmium

 

The Hershey Company

 

Scharffen Berger Semisweet Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) Cadmium

Scharffen Berger Extra Dark Fine Artisan Dark Chocolate (82% cacao) Cadmium

Dagoba

 

Organic New Moon Rich Dark Chocolate (74% cacao) Lead & Cadmium

Lake Champlain Chocolates

 

Lake Champlain Chocolates Dark Chocolate (57% cocoa) Lead & Cadmium

Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc.

 

Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Excellence Extra Dark Lead & Cadmium

Mars, Incorporated

 

Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate Bar Cadmium

Mondelez International, Inc.

 

Green & Black’s Organic 85% Cacao Bar Lead & Cadmium

Moonstruck Chocolate Co.

Moonstruck Dark Chocolate Chile Variado (68% cacao) Lead

See’s Candies, Inc.

 

See’s Candies Premium Extra Dark Chocolate (62% cacao) Cadmium

The Kroger Co.

 

Private Selection 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Swiss Bar Lead & Cadmium

Theo Chocolate Theo

 

Organic Fair Trade Pure 85% Dark Chocolate Cadmium

Trader Joe’s Company

 

Trader Joe’s Swiss 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate Bar – Toffee With Walnuts and Pecans 70% cacao Lead

Trader Joe’s Pound Plus Dark Chocolate Lead

Trader Joe’s Pound Plus, 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Lead

Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate 73% Cacao Super Dark Lead & Cadmium

Trader Joe’s The Dark Chocolate Lover’s Chocolate Bar (85% cacao) Lead & Cadmium

Vosges, Ltd. Wild

 

Ophelia All Natural New Orleans Chili – Dark Chocolate Bar (70% cacao) Lead

Whole Foods Market, Inc.

 

365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate (56% Cacao) Lead & Cadmium

 

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us for help.

 

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