Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
I so enjoy waking up early on Saturday mornings and heading over to the Kapiolani Farmer's Market (held at KCC). For those of you who don't live here in Hawaii, it's a beautiful location with the Pacific Ocean all around and famous Diamond Head Mountain so close you could reach out and touch it.
Some other vendors that are fabulous are~
With all of the fresh produce and yummy treats, I am always a little more excited to go home and cook...I'm eating my pesto, tomato, and goat cheese sandwich right now!
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
What is "Bon Appetit", "House Beautiful", and "Everyday with Rachel Ray" saying about cleaning green?
Twist! They are all twisting- are you?
Twist makes naked sponges, loofah sponges, bamboo cloths and more. But here is the real twist - they are natural and Eco-friendly cleaning tools without the harmful chemicals and dyes other sponges and cloths contain. I use their loofah sponge to wash dishes and their super soft bamboo cloth to dust. Their packaging can be converted into bird feeders and mobiles~ what a great way to encourage people to recycle! They are sold at Target, Whole Foods and many local grocery and specialty stores.
A question I am often asked is how can you kill mold, mildew, bacteria and fungus with natural products? There are several essential oils that will do the trick. Something I just found at the "Made in Hawaii Festival" this weekend is "Green Max Pro."
I loved the story behind the product and just had to try it. Jeani, the maker of Green Max Pro, was poisoned with chemicals where she worked and prayed to God for a cleaning solution that she wouldn't react to. He gave her the recipe for this amazing cleaner. It's made of organic kelp, tea tree and grapefruit seed extract and it smells like fresh peppermint. It's even safe enough to use on your skin as a bug repellent. I have been spraying it everywhere in my house! It REALLY works!
Here's to you and safe cleaning:)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Ahhh...it is utter bliss to sip a great tea accompanied by yummy delectable treats, while watching the sea. It's even better when what you are eating and drinking is good for you.
I was getting ready for an afternoon tea at a friend's house and wondering what to make. Since, I have been writing about the goodness of blueberries, I decided on blueberry pie...the healthy way! I used Wholly Wholesome organic whole wheat crust from the freezer section at my whole foods market. It made the process so much easier and also semi homemade. The crust was outstanding and now I always keep one pie shell in my freezer for a quick dessert. Also, Wholly Wholesome makes a fabulous frozen blueberry pie!
• A lower risk of cancer
So, how was the high tea by the sea? It was simply lovely. I drank a cup of green tea while eating hamachi and other sushi (all loaded with omega 3) and then had a cup of roobis tea while eating the delicious blueberry pie. So sit back have a cup of tea and don't feel guilty having a piece of this pie because this high tea is an antioxidant afternoon!!
1/4 cup of sugar
4 tablespoons of whole wheat flour or tapioca flour
1 tablespoon of orange juice or a squeeze of lemon juice
1 (9-inch) wholly wholesome pie crust
In a bowl, Mix washed and dried blueberries with flour, then add the sugar and honey and orange juice. Pour the blueberry mixture into the pie shell. Another trick is to buy a second pie shell, defrost and roll the dough out and cut into strips and lay it in a lattice pattern across your pie. It really adds a homemade touch.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I have to admit, even just a sip is really strong and tastes horrible. I mix it with water or juice and swallow it down. The benefits are extraordinary, it has a strong medicinal alkaloid called proxeronine that aids damaged cells in healing. Noni has also been known to purify blood from toxins, help digestion, and make your immune system stronger. The brand I take is Hawaiian Herbal Blessings from Haiku, Maui. If you have ever been to Haiku, then you know how beautiful and lush it is! Their Noni is 100% pure and organic with no other juices or fillers and is fermented for 3 to 4 months before pressing following a 2000 year old Hawaiian tradition (I like that part). They also sell amazing smelling Noni lavender soap!
Thursday, August 20, 2009
1/3 cup honey
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup organic 1/2 and 1/2
1 organic egg
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl and mix and add butter. In a separate bowl, mix cream with egg then add to the dry mixture. (put in dried fruit if desired). Mix well and roll dough out. Then and cut into triangles . Bake for 15 minutes
We made these numbers yesterday out of leaves, scraps of materials, and the labels off of cans. What a great way to teach your child numbers, collaging, and about recycling all at the same time. It also makes a lovely wall display when finished.
a hard price of cardboard
pieces of anything outside or inside your home that is relatively flat and easy to glue...the possibilities are endless!
*buttons work great too
note: for a very young child, make sure not to use small items. Larger materials work better and parents do the cutting :)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 13, 2009
I am always looking for ways to make a good recipe more nutritious. So, I decided to add pumpkin to an old banana bread recipe and make some substitutions with a few ingredients. It was an experiment but turned out great.
Here are are few of the ingredients I added:
- Buckwheat flour - according to Dr. Andrew Weil, it's a superfood. It's one of the healthiest sources of complex carbohydrates and is high in all eight amino acids, it’s close to being a complete protein and is gluten free.
- Pumpkin - rich in vitamins and minerals, especially beta-carotene, vitamin C, and potassium.
- Honey - high in minerals
- Xylitol - lower in glycemic index, helps prevent tooth decay
- Walnuts - high in omega 3 fatty acid, good source of protein
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 stick of organic butter or coconut oil
1/2 cup honey or agave
1/2 cup xylitol or organic sugar
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour or white flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup of buckwheat flour
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1 can of pumpkin puree
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a loaf pan.
In a large bowl, stir banana, eggs, butter (or oil), pumpkin, honey and sugar. Mix the rest of the dried ingredients and stir into the banana mixture. Add chopped walnuts if you desire and pour batter into the greased pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. I had to bake it for an extra 15 minute- so check using a knife or toothpick to see when its ready. Bon Appetit!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
9. Epipiremnum aureum, golden pothos
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Move over Rachel Ray! Food Network watch out!
My 3 year old can cook!
We make a lot of "creations" together and this is a quick snack she likes very much. The possibilities are endless for this snack, so use whatever healthy dried or fresh fruits, nut butters, and/or veggies you have. The bread we used is one of my favorites : Rudy's ancient grain spelt bread. We love this bread because it tastes great and contains sesame, sunflower and flax seeds, different grains, and 4g of protein. For a round face use their Multi grain with flax English muffins. We just tried them today-Excellent! It also has a slight sweet taste and is soft inside when toasted. This recipe makes for a great activity at birthday parties. Because they are making a face it's kind of an art project too- so have fun!
Silly Monkey Recipe
slice of Rudy's bread or English muffin (great for fiber)
banana slices (great for potassium)
frozen or fresh blueberries, strawberries (antioxidants)
dried goji berries (antioxidants:beta-carotene and zeaxanthin)
almond or cashew butter (high in protein and calcium also cashew butter has been known to prevent plaque on teeth)
honey (contains minerals :copper and magnesium)
flax seeds (high in omega 3)
****an alternative to honey substitute natural jam, agave nectar, or black strap molasses
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Also, hummus works great instead of tahini sauce or in addition.
1 can chickpeas
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1/4 cup diced onion
1/2 cup parsley leaves
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 tablespoon tahini
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
1 cups grape seed or canola oil
Mint leaves, for garnish
· 3 tablespoons tahini
· 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
· 1 tablespoons honey
· 2 tablespoons water
· 1 teaspoon Bragg's amino
· 1 teaspoon lemon juice
· 1 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves
· Pinch garlic/parsley salt
***Put all ingredients into a bowl and whisk
Put chickpeas, garlic, onion, parsley, salt, cumin, tahini and lemon juice into a food processor and blend. Then add flour and baking powder and blend again. Roll into balls and fry all sides until golden brown, ***drain on paper towel and serve plain, in a pita, or lettuce wrap
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Everyone is different, but one thing that research has shown is eating a good breakfast is important. So, these are some of my favorite ways to start the day.
I never underestimate the power of a shake, especially if I'm going to workout in the morning. I have tried quite a few protein shakes and really like Fit Food Lite (vanilla) by Health Masters. It is 100% Bio active whey protein from New Zealand sweetened with xylitol. I have had the privilege of speaking with Dr. Broer, the founder behind this great protein shake and learned a great deal about the benefits of whey. I am happy to say that it fills me up and I feel great with tons of energy.
Later on in the morning I'm ready for an omelet or yogurt with fruit. I really like yogurt and my favorite is Oikos by Stonyfield. This Greek yogurt is strained which makes it rich and creamy and easier to cook with because it's less likely to curdle when heated. It also has twice the protein than regular yogurt, lower in lactose, and its organic. It comes in a lot of yummy flavors but I prefer plain topped with berries.
My daughter loves smoothies, so below is a recipe for her good morning smoothie:
Good Morning Smoothie
1/2 cup of yogurt (Oikos)
1/2 cup of frozen berries (we use blueberries and strawberries)
1/4 cup of acai juice (or favorite juice or water)
half of a frozen banana
Blend together and serve. Happy drinking:)