Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Homemade "Gatorade" Recipes

Well, with all of this flu going around I thought it would be perfect to share some recipes that would help with dehydration.  And with spring sports starting up these recipes are doubly perfect.  :-)  

Let me begin by saying Gatorade is poison.  And I do not mean that jokingly.  Please do not buy it, drink it, or give it to your kids.  It is full of artificial food coloring, that has been proven to increase ADD and ADHD in our kids (and in adults too).  And has an ingredient list on it that only a scientist could explain.  Pepsi has made millions off of Gatorade.  Millions.  If in doubt of what to give your kids, give them water.  Please.  We get enough sodium in the food we eat.  They are not going to dehydrate because water doesn't have salt in it.

Read this article about kids and ADD (this article is good, but don't give soy milk to your kids or drink it yourself either) and this article on ADD is good too.  

Honestly, you don't have to believe me.  Just watch your kids behavior.  I was together with a group of teachers a few months ago and they referenced the "Fruit Punch test," I asked what they were referring to?  They told me that when there are class parties, parents will send in the big plastic containers of Hawaiian Fruit punch for the kids to drink.  And they said like clockwork, after the kids drink it they become out of control.  The combination of sugar, red food coloring and the other harmful ingredients in the Fruit Punch create out of control kids.  (Do your teacher a favor, don't send in anything with artificial food coloring in it (even those cute little colored cupcakes), go with white icing on mini cupcakes.  They kids will love them just as much.  And for a kid drink buy Honest Kids from Meijer.  It comes in pouches or large plastic containers.  (It isn't perfect, but is a lot better than red fruit punch.)

And you know the rule:  IF there are more than 12 ingredients in a "food" and/or you can't pronounce or understand what they are.....then you should not be drinking or eating it.  Very simple.  And if there is food coloring, especially Red 40...DO NOT drink or eat it!!

Why would you want to put poison in your or your kids body when you can make your own healthy version of Gatorade??  I just don't understand.

I ALWAYS recommend glass or stainless steel water bottles.  Plastic is not good.

So, here are a few recipes to pick from......

Homemade "Gatorade" Concentrate
1 cup lemon juice (about 6-8 organic lemons)
1/2 cup raw honey or maple syrup (Farmers market)
1 teaspoon Redmond Real sea salt (Meijer or WalMart)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Place in a pint mason jar and shake to combine.  Store concentrate in the refrigerator.  You can either add this entire recipe to 1 gallon of water or add 1-2 tablespoons to 8 ounces (2 cups) of water as you need it.  

Homemade Energy Drink
2 cups water or coconut water
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
Juice of 1/2 organic lime
Pinch of Redmonds Read sea salt
Stir, add ice and enjoy.

Homemade Sports Drink (ginger is great for the flu)
3-4 slices fresh organic ginger (or 2-4 drops "do"Ginger essential oil)
1 cup r.o. water + extra
Juice of 1/2 organic lemon
1/4 tsp Redmond Real sea salt
1-2 tablespoons raw honey

Slice the ginger and put it in a small stainless steel saucepan with 1 cup water.  If your ginger is very large only use 2 slices.  Place on stove and boil for 5 minutes.  Turn stove off.  Let ginger steep in hot water, on hot burner, for an additional 5 minutes.

Meanwhile juice your 1/2 lemon.  Please use fresh lemons.  Most bottled lemon juice contains preservatives.

Pour the hot ginger water into a glass jar.  A quart mason jar works great.  Anything glass.  Then add your honey, lemon juice and sea salt. Put lid on and shake until honey and sea salt are dissolved or stir with a spoon.

Then add enough water and ice to make 3 cups.  Some who are sick with the flu prefer this warm or room temperature.  Do what you like.  

Homemade Orange Sports Drink
1/2 cup fresh organic orange juice
2 tablespoons organic lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Redmond Real Sea Salt
7 cups r.o. water
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 c raw honey or 1/4 tsp clear liquid stevia or 1/8 tsp. powdered stevia

Mix the salt, baking soda and water until dissolved.  Some people put this in a small stainless steel saucepan and warm until all if perfectly dissolved.  But stirring should be good enough if you don't have time.

Add the orange and lemon juice and sweetener and shake or stir well until combined.  If the honey is too difficult to mix in, add it to your bullet  and blend.  Drink as desired.  Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week.  

**Tips:  Freeze lemon, oranges and limes (individually) and free in ice cube trays in 1 tbsp servings.  Pop out and store in a glass pyrex bowl or ziploc bag in the freezer.  Pull out as you need.

For more recipes Google "Homemade Sports Drinks."  Or click here or here or here for a very indepth article. (One of my favorite blogs is at www.kitchenstewardship.com/ ).

Let me know which is your favorite!!

Happy and healthy drinking!!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Living Beyond Organic with Jordan Rubin

I have recently stumbled upon a show on TBN called Living Beyond Organic by Jordan Rubin.  And WOW am I in love.  He teaches all of the eating principles I live by and has taught me many new things.  Watch his first episode here and his second episode here.  Go to YouTube and type in Living Beyond Organic to watch more of his videos and tv shows.  His story is amazing.

Fortunately, I recorded 4 of the Living Beyond Organic tv series and I just keep watching them over and over.  He gives a website for their recipes, but when I go there I can't find many of the recipes.  So, over the course of a few days I have re watched the cooking portion of the tv series and have written down the recipes and ingredients.  They are not perfect but they are close.  So, when you see a recipe below and there are no measurements, that is why....just go with your gut.  :-)  

Later I may go back in and create a Living Beyond Organic button and singly file these recipes under that button, for today you are getting all the recipes in one place.  :-)

Below I am posting Jordan's recipes (and The Juice Lady).  They are not only juicing recipes but main course recipes too.  All things that I want to try.

Hope you enjoy them.  I am getting ready to go juice right now.  :-)

I did contact the website asking for them to give the recipes, if they do I will come back in here and update these.  

Jordan is part of a Direct Marketing program with Living Beyond Organic which I think is very cool.  We can buy top of the line foods from him and sign up if that is something you are interested in.  I love how, he doesn't only point out the best foods to eat, but he has taken the steps, has his own farms and creates the healthy foods for us to buy (top of the line from what I can see).  I may buy Amaise in the future if I can't find it at EarthFare or WholeFoods.  But for now I am shopping and making due with local products.

Amasie is a new cultured dairy beverage, easier to digest and packed full of probiotics and tons of other good for us vitamins and minerals. If you can't find it use organic kefir or yogurt.  I will be receiving Milk Kefir grains in 2 weeks and I will be making my own Raw Milk Kefir.  I can't wait!!!! 

Jordan's Raw Smoothie
2 cups Amaise Cultured Beverage(Organic Kefir or Organic Yogurt)of Goat or Sheep milk
½ c Organic Strawberries
½ c Organic Blackberries
2-3 tbsp Coconut Cream
1 tbsp Flax seed oil
1 tsp-1 tbsp Raw honey
Raw Protein Powder (organic, sprouted beans)
Can make Popsicles or ice cream with this too.

Juice Blend (The Juice Lady. Cherie Cabom, MS.  Wrote The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution)
1 Organic Cucumber Peeled
Organic Kale (1 stalk)
Organic Collard Green
Organic Swiss Chard (1 stalk)
3 whole organic carrots
1 organic lemon, peeled but leave white pith
Chunk of organic ginger root
Green powder (super food)
Place this juice in the blender.
Then add 2 organic avocados, peeled and sliced and blend.

Curb Your Cravings (The Juice Lady)
First juice to get….
½ cup Organic Spinach and celery juice
½ cup Organic apple juice
½ cup organic spinach
1-2 tbsp Tahini
¼ c-1/2 cup frozen banana
Ice cubes

Probiotic Pancakes
3 cups Amaise (honey flavored), Yogurt or Kefir
2 Eggs (beaten)
1 cup Whole Grain Flour (grind if you can yourself)
1-2 tbsp Honey (if you do not use honey flavored Amaise)
1-2 tsp Vanilla
½-1 tsp Cinnamon
Coconut oil on the griddle
Topping: blueberries (wild are the best for higher antioxidants), yogurt (Greek) and real maple syrup, honey butter.

Chocolate Fondue
1 cup Italian organic, chocolate unsweetened dark chocolate (it has flax seed in it and probiotics)
1-2 tbsp raw honey
½ cup Amaise
½ cup raw cream
Serve with dates, strawberries, apricots, walnuts, blackberries, dried cherries, pineapples and pecans.

Eggs Benedict
Get water boiling.  Gently pour from a small bowl/dish raw egg into 3 inches of boiling water.  Cook for a few minutes.  Remove with a slotted spoon.  And lay on an English muffin (sprouted preferred).

Hollandaise sauce
3 room temperature egg yolks
Lemon juice
Dribble in hot hot boiling butter while blender is running.

Salmon Burgers
2 eggs
Lemon juice
¼ c Parsley fresh
½ tsp-1 tsp Cayenne pepper
Mush it up.
2 cups Wild Caught Salmon (Sockeye is the best)
(Snapper, Sea bass, Flounder, Sole)

Sauce for Burgers
Organic Mayo (no canola oil!!)
Lemon juice
Ginger juice (small amount)

Rainbow slaw serve/salmon burgers
¼ c Mayo
2 tbsp Raw honey
Apple cider vinegar
Celery Seed

Purple and Green Cabbage
Purple Onion
Shredded Carrots

Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Onion (sauté in wok)
Coconut oil, olive (do not go beyond the smoke point)
2 cups Precooked pastured organic chicken (dark meat)
Minced Garlic
Water chestnuts
Green onion
Red pepper flakes
Rice wine vinegar
Light soy sauce or Tamari (namashoyu) (miso is good) (nato) Fermented ONLY

Miso paste red or yellow (comes from fermented soy)
Sesame oil
Ginger, fresh

Snow Pears
Grated Carrots
Radicchio lettuce
Bib lettuce to hold the chicken, roll the bib lettuce.

Halibut Dijon with Quinoa Pilaf and Veggies
Cover the top of the halibut with Amaise (substitute with whole milk, yogurt or kefir) mixed with Dijon

Sauté already cooked quinoa, red pepper, chopped green onions and she added something else…looked like some sort of nuts.

Roast broccoli, zucchini, peppers, carrots and asparagus in a stainless steel pan with coconut oil or butter or water.

Healthy Raw Ketchup
Studies involving the tomato have cropped up all over the world. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene and antioxidants. This ketchup makes for a healthy addition to your Green Fed burgers or hot dogs. 

1 cup organic tomato, chopped
1 cup organic sun-dried tomatoes, soaked for 30 minutes, drained, and chopped
1 Tablespoon fresh organic garlic, minced
10 fresh organic basil leaves
3 organic dates, pitted
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
1- 2 Tablespoons Bragg’s raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Blend all ingredients together until it forms a paste.
Makes about 2 1/2 cups
From The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution by Cherie Calbom

Ranch Dinner
Ranch Dinner Menu: Green Fed Steak with Delicious Garlic-Herb Rub, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and Roasted Veggies.

Green Fed steak – 1-2 pounds
3-4 medium sized sweet potatoes
Mixed veggies of your choice

Garlic-Herb Rub:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely minced garlic
1 teaspoon crushed sage
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
Pinch cayenne pepper

Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl. Use about 1 teaspoon of the rub for each side of the meat. Let the meat marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour at room temperature before cooking.
Grill the steak to the desired temperature, along with the vegetables. Peal sweet potatoes, cut into small pieces and boil until tender. You can add butter, coconut oil or even plain Amasie or yogurt. Honey is a great option to sweeten up the mashed potatoes even more.
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Healthy Power Burgers
We love this recipe because it “sneaks” vegetables into your burger, which makes it great for your little ones. Feel free to substitute in different veggies—Portobello mushrooms and eggplant make for a hearty burger!

1/4 cup organic veggies such as yellow onion, green onion, zucchini and yellow squash
chopped 3/4 pound Beyond Organic Green Fed ground beef
2 Tablespoons organic parsley, chopped

Sauté the vegetables over medium heat until tender, about 8-10 minutes. In a medium bowl, combine the sautéed vegetables with the ground beef and parsley. Work the mixture with your hands until well combined. Form into four patties and grill until done—when no pink remains and the juices are clear.
Serve on sprouted whole grain buns, as an open-face burger on lettuce leaves or between two lettuce leaves Serves 4 Adapted from The Coconut Diet by Cherie Calbom.
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Ranch Breakfast
Eggs sunny-side up with Turkey Sausage, AMASAI parfait, and Fresh Orange-Carrot juice with greens. 

Organic or pastured eggs
Turkey sausage
Fresh fruit
Amasai (or another cultured dairy like Kefir or Greek Yogurt)
6 oranges
4 carrots

Cook the eggs sunny side up in a pan, with coconut oil or a healthy butter from a local farm. Be sure not to break the yolk if possible. You can season with sea salt or organic seasoning of your choice.
For the turkey sausage you can cook in a pan or a grille machine that drains the fat. Place fresh fruit on top of a bowl of Amasai. Combine carrots and oranges in a juicer for a refreshing ranch breakfast morning drink.

(A lot of these ingredients you can buy from Beyond Organic Living or sub your own.
The concept behind this sweet blend is to help people prepare and break a period of cleansing/fasting. This will help minimize the symptoms of a detox reaction and provide a gentle way to reintroduce solid foods to the digestive track. From the kitchen of Chef Mandy.

NuVino Super Soda Grape, 1/2 cup
Plain Amasai, 1/3 cup
Gold SueroViv, 1/4 cup
Frozen Cherries, 1.5 cups
Frozen Banana, 1 chopped
Lacinato Kale, 2 medium leaves chopped
Celery, 1/2 stalk, chopped
Cucumber, 1/4 cup chopped with skins
Lime, 1 slice with rind
Raw Honey, 1- 2 tablespoons - optional
EA Live™ Sprouted Seven Blend, 1 tablespoon

Mix all ingredients into a high speed blender until smooth. Yields 3 cups.

Chef Mandy's Beyond Organic Ranch Dressing to complete your Ranch Flatbread sandwiches!
Healthy mayo, 1 cup (I prefer soy-free Vegannaise)
Plain Amasai, 1/2 cup
Dried chives, 1/2 teaspoon
Dried parsley, 1/2 teaspoon
Dried dill weed, 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Onion powder, 1/4 teaspoon
Pink Crystal Salt, 1/8 teaspoon
Black Pepper, fresh ground, 1/8 teaspoon

In a small mixing bowl, whisk together all ingredients. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Yields 1 cup.


Find most of these recipes click this link http://beyondorganicnetwork.blogspot.com/search/label/recipes

Happy GREEN Eating!!!!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What the heck do I do with that LIVER in the deep freeze??

Make healthy dog treats.

Here's how....
Thaw liver
Cut into small pieces.
Dehydrate for 4-6 hours at 155 degrees* (longer time creates a more crispy treat)

Pictures below are of raw meat.  FYI my tender tummy friends.  :-)

Have you ever read the ingredient list on a bag of dog treats??  Toxic.  I do have a friend that has found some healthy ones though.

I have had beef liver in my deep freeze for a few years now.  Tried to give it away.....no one wanted it.  Then one day when I was reading the ingredients our dogs treat bag, the idea occurred to me...dehydrate the liver in the deep freeze.

It was very easy.  And our Snow is a very happy girl when it is treat time.

*You can use your oven to dehydrate.  If your oven does not go down to 150 degrees, set the oven on the lowest temperature (most ovens that is 170 degrees) and use a wooden spoon to prop the oven door open, which will create an environment close to 150 degrees.

And of course we only buy our beef from Becker's Farms.

Keep living GREEN!