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11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific

11 Ways Mainstream Medicine Became Unscientific

 

how mainstream medicine became unscientific

 

 Working in the medical field as a RN for several years I have become keenly aware of the lack of scientific integrity behind much of what practitioners in mainstream medicine do on a and day-to-day basis. I also have studied in great depth holistic health ideas and approaches, and it is here that I see real promise and hope for the chronically sick patients that fill our waiting rooms, desperate for answers.

 

Those who ascribe to the natural health paradigm versus the mainstream medicine paradigm can’t get very far sharing their findings without hearing ‘oh those things are so unscientific, don’t waste your time”. Anything outside the direct promotion of the AMA, AHA, ADA, ACS, AAP….is quickly deemed and written off as “UNSCIENTIFIC”. Many in mainstream medicine go as far as clumping any approach that is different from their own, together and throwing a big “dangerous” stamp of disapproval on them.

 

The tables have turned in medicine.  If a drug can be approved by the regulatory agencies, found to not kill/disable too many individuals in preliminary studies and then can be featured in the pharmaceutical-funded ‘scientific journals’……we say ‘THIS drug is a great scientific approach to handling this medical problem”.  The irony of the whole system is the VAST majority of the time it is never explored WHY this medical problem is occurring in individuals.  Therefore, the treatment is always a band-aid, and the REAL science behind the matter is never uncovered.

 

I would like to propose that mainstream medicine has fallen FAR from it’s once scientific roots.  Detailed here are some of the sad realities that define mainstream medicine in the 21st century.

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1. Medicine became unscientific when medical doctors programs dropped nutrition training and subsequently doctors have little understanding of what fuels the body they are treating.

 

 

2. Medicine became unscientific when doctors began handing out prescriptions per patient request (drug commercials anyone?) Come now.

 

 

3. Medicine became unscientific when doctors order tests, perform procedures and surgeries that are unwarranted, for fear of liability, rather than the individual patient’s best.

 

 

4. Medicine became unscientific when scientific literature says one thing, and doctors individual practice looks completely different, seriously lacking in scientific integrity.

 

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6. Medicine became unscientific when patients are not aware of any other option than the one their practitioner is suggesting, and informed consent is no longer a value that is upheld.

 

7. Medicine became unscientific when serious drugs are licensed by the FDA for certain medical indications, and yet they are used liberally for other medical problems that they are not licensed for.

 

 

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9. Medicine became unscientific when a doctor, trusted with his patient’s well-being, gives medications that cause a variety of adverse effects, and to remedy the situation, prescribes more pills, with more harmful effects, for those new symptoms, continuing a vicious cycle.

 

 

10. Medicine became unscientific when access to promising treatment options are intentionally kept from the public’s view, for the sake of the perpetuation of traditional treatment options (whether they work or not).

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These realities can cause one to really reconsider their approach to their own health.  With a system so broken, and a paradigm that has deviated so far from its once largely scientific foundations….the weight falls on the consumer.  It is no longer possible for a person to maintain or regain vibrant well-being without taking ownership of their own health.  This call to ownership is no easy road…it requires mindfulness in all health decisions and a strongly proactive approach to prevention. Please, let me remind you that the road of disease and chronic sickness is a terribly lonely, painful road. Spend one day in the hospital and this devastating reality will become crystal clear.

 

Put all your health eggs in the basket of mainstream medicine and the reality is you WILL be using them often, now or in the future, regardless of whether or not that is your intention.  Rather, put your heart and energy into living a natural lifestyle that supports and fortifies your body, and you will have FAR less need to utilize mainstream medicine to be healthy.

 

 

Shared on Natural Family Today, Nourishing Joy, Real Food Forager, Fight Back Fridays

Chili Makeover: Italian Style

Chili Makeover: Italian Style

 

If you have been around my site for anytime now you may notice that I have this strange compulsion to turn every recipe Italian.  I can’t help it, it’s in my blood (well, 50% of my blood.)  If I could eat foods with an Italian flare for the rest of my life, I would be a happy girl. I suppose I would miss Asian flavors, and Indian…then there’s Mexican cuisine…well nevermind, I don’t want to eat only Italian food, but the point is—Italian food contains some of the best flavor combinations ON EARTH. Tomatoes and basil? Are you kidding me.  Garlic and juicy meat?  Unbelievable.

Here, in my great love and tribute to incredible Italian flavor, is a chili makeover you won’t want to pass up. I was inspired by this recipe from The Freckled Foodie.  This is a GAPS-friendly chili and Paleo if you omit the beans (which it really doesn’t need).

 

italian style chili

 

 

RECIPE:

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground beef

10-12 cups of crushed tomatoes

2 bell peppers (red and green)- chopped

1 onion- chopped

2 T. bacon fat

1/4 C. sun-dried tomatoes

1.5 C soaked/cooked white beans (optional)

4 garlic cloves- minced

1 t.oregano, 2 bay leaves, 2 t. basil, 1 t. thyme, dash cayenne pepper

3 T. fresh parsley

(opitional 1/2 c. broth for thinner chili)

 

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 INSTRUCTIONS:

 

  1. Brown pork and beef together in pan. Set aside.
  2. Saute garlic and onions in bacon fat in large pot until fragrant.
  3. Add in all of the ingredients and simmer on low for 2 hours. until fabulously delicious.
  4. Top with fresh parsley/basil and fresh parmesan.

 

 

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Asian Pork and Rice Noodles

Asian Pork and Rice Noodles

rice noodles

 

 

RECIPE:

2 pork chops- cooked and chopped into small pieces

2-3 C. homemade chicken/fish stock

1 lb. wide rice noodles ( I used this brand)

1 bunch of bok choy

1 inch knob fresh ginger- minced

5 green onions-minced

1 T. pork fat

1 juiced lime

coconut aminos/fermented soy sauce

real salt & pepper

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak rice noodles in really hot water for 20 minutes.
  2. Saute pork fat, ginger and green onions  in large pan, adding 1 cup of stock to simmer.
  3. Add rice noodles and bok choy to simmer in liquid until al dente, about 8-10 minutes. S&P.
  4. Add more liquid as needed as the noodles will absorb it, creating a thick sauce.
  5. Take off heat and toss with coconut aminos, lime juice and sesame seeds.

 

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Morning Detox Smoothie Kid-Friendly

Morning Detox Smoothie Kid-Friendly

 

morning detox smoothie

 

In this very toxic world, we all desperately need assistance with our detoxification pathways..  Medication, pollution, dirty meat, pesticides, unclean water, chemical foods, stress….in this modern society, even when living a more ‘natural lifestyle’, the list of daily toxins goes on and on and on and on and on……

 

 

Avoiding these toxins is the first line of defense, if they aren’t in your body, you don’t have to detox them!!  While avoidance of all toxins is literally not possible, the second very important line of defense is supporting the detoxification pathways in your body through good food.

 

 

REAL FOOD is a great source of detox support!  This smoothie is JAM-packed with nutrient-dense foods that aid the detox processes in the body.  Kids will enjoy the tasty flavors and bright purple color of this detox-smoothie recipe!

 

 

RECIPE:

1 C frozen blueberries

1 C. homemade yogurt (or coconut milk for dairy free)

1 C. packed spinach

1 inch knob fresh ginger (take skin off)

1/2 C. fresh pineapple

1 banana (frozen is best)

2 pastured egg yolks (optional)

1/2 lemon’s juice

splash water, stevia, vanilla extract

dash cinnamon, nutmeg

INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Throw all ingredients into good quality blender (I use this one).
    2. Blend until completely smooth. Serve cold or freeze in individual cups for future breakfast meals.

Cheater Dill Pickles- Fermented

Cheater Dill Pickles- Fermented

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The popularity of fermented/cultured foods have made their way back to the spotlight for many modern families eating real-food nutrient dense diets.  The health benefits of fermented foods are well documented, and many modern people are missing out greatly from their vast benefits.  Fermented foods are teeming with probiotics (healthy bacteria), contain detoxifing agents, aid in digestion, and multiply the amount of nutrients in various foods. (Here is an article on probiotics and how lots of details on how to make a variety of kinds!)

 

You can take a oral probiotic to receive some of these benefits, but food sources of probiotics far surpass the amounts found in supplements and the freshness only available through food.

 

Fermented foods such as homemade yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and fermented veggies (such as pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi) should ideally be eaten on a daily basis.

 

Now when life is going *as planned* this is not a difficult thing to accomplish, but as we ALL know life gets crazy sometimes and the demands of a real-food kitchen can catch up to you quickly!  Here is a way I have found to continue getting cultured veggies into our diet, while cutting a few steps. What you are doing here is simply buying a jar of REAL cultured pickles (this will NOT work for plain store-bought pickles) from a local health food store or online…. eating the pickles and when you are done using the jar and liquid left in it to RE-DO another batch of cultured pickles. Hows that great bang-for-your-buck!?  They are tasty and a quick thing you can do to provide your family’s bodies with a really vital health food.

 

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RECIPE:

5 baby cucumbers- sliced into rounds
1 T. liquid whey (optional, if you don’t use add 1 more tsp of salt)
1 t. real salt
dill- dried or fresh
Finished bottle of store-bought cultured pickles (like these ones)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

After you finish your jar of store-bought cultured pickles, DON’T EMPTY the juices!

1. Slice your cucumbers and put them in the jar/juices.

2. Add liquid whey and salt and a little extra dill to top it off.

3. Leave on counter for 2-3 days until it tastes like a dill pickle. Don’t wait too long because they will get too soft.

 

 

Overwhelmed by your kitchen duties?  Read here for some helpful tips!

 

 

Cashew Hot Cacoa Milk and Cookies

Cashew Hot Cacoa Milk and Cookies

 

cashew milk and cookies

 

Are you familiar with the magical powers of cashews?
O, you’re not?  Let me introduce you to your new best friend.

 

Raw cashews have a SERIOUS CREAMINESS factor going on.

 

Since creating my new favorite desserts, Turtle Cheesecake and Chocolate Swirl Pumpkin Cheesecake, I have become amazed with the unique ability of these little suckers.

 

I wanted to take this obsession a little further and make hot cacoa with cashews.  After reviewing several recipes I have adapted this one here from ‘The Gentle Chef’ site, and I think I have my masterpiece.

 

 On top of the marvelous drink that comes from just one cup of cashews, you can whip up this super yummy cashew cookies recipe with the leftover cashew pulp! 

 

THAT is way too exciting for this frugal, real-food-loving kinda mama.

 

Make the cashew milk hot cacoa first, then use the pulp for the cookie recipe below. 

Two tasty treats for the price of one!

Sounds like my kind of winter delight!

 

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 Hot Cacoa: (makes 1 quart)

1 C. raw cashews

4 C. filtered water

¼ C. raw cacoa powder (more if you want really dark hot cacoa)

¼ C. maple syrup/honey (adjust for your biggest sweet tooth)

2 t. real vanilla extract

½ t. real salt  

  INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Soak raw cashews in warm water for 6-8 hours.
  2. Rinse cashews and put in blender with 4 cups of new water.
  3. Blend for 3 minutes on high.
  4. Strain milk through a nut bag or cheese cloth, squeezing pulp dry and catching milk in bowl below.
  5. Set aside cashew pulp for cookie recipe below.
  6. Add remaining hot cacoa ingredients to blender, mix well. (Can store in fridge for a couple of days )
  7. To drink warm, simply place in pan on stovetop, heating on low for just a few minutes.  If it’s too hot for your finger to touch, it is not longer ‘raw’.   Enjoy with cashew cookie recipe below!

   

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Cashew Cookies:

1 C. cashew pulp (leftover from cashew milk recipe above)

1 C. unsweetened shredded coconut

1 ripe banana

2 T real maple syrup

3 T golden raisins (optional)

1/4 t. baking soda, ½ t. real salt, 1 t. real vanilla extract  

  INSTRUCTIONS:

    1. Combine ingredients in food processor until well combined. Stir in raisins.
    2. Form small-medium drop cookies on a cookie sheet covered in parchment paper.
    3. Bake for approx 20 minutes in 325 degree oven, until firming and browning.  (Decrease heat to 300 degrees if they brown too quickly).
    4. Let cool. Makes 12 medium delicious cookies.

 

 

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Easy Paleo Indian Chicken

Easy Paleo Indian Chicken

Easy Paleo Indian Chicken

Easy Paleo Indian Chicken

In case you haven't noticed, I LOVE easy meals! With the pace of our life, I NEED quick and easy go-to meals, and I'm finding myself going to those favorites more and more, and leaving anything fancy for special occasions. Buy this rich and flavorful Indian spice and you can bang this chicken out any night of the week. The sweet undertones of cinnamon, will make your kids ask for more!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Sprinkle S&P and Indian spice blend over chicken, rubbing in with fingers. Place in 9X13 glass pan.
  2. Pour melted oil over seasoned chicken.
  3. Bake on 410 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  4. For the last couple of minutes, flip over to the side that is less done and place under high broiler for 2-3 minutes.
http://mindfulmama.org/2013/12/12/easy-paleo-indian-chicken/

Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies- Grain/Dairy Free

Chunky Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies- Grain/Dairy Free

 

I don’t know about you but I can’t stand making grain-free cookie recipes that yield 8-12 cookies….c’mon! If i’m going to go through the process of making homemade cookies, i’d like them to last more than 30 minutes please.
 
This batch will yield a lot (3 dozen medium cookies), and they are dense, chocolaty and satisfying! LOADED of good fats, proteins and carbohydrates—-THIS is the way to eat a treat folks.
 

CHUNKY CHOCOLATE HAZELNUT COOKIES

 

RECIPE:

4 eggs
1 C. coconut flour
1/2 C. raw cacoa
3/4 C. real maple syrup/honey
6 T. butter/coconut oil- melted
1/2 C. cashew/almond butter
1/2 t. real salt, 1 t. baking soda (aluminum free), 1/2 T. vanilla extract
3/4 C. chopped hazelnuts (properly prepared)
3/4 C. raisins/currants/cherries
1/2 C. large coconut shreds

 

1. Beat ingredients together (except nuts, raisins and coconut shreds) in electric mixer.
2. Stir in the chunk factor ingredients listed in #1. Let mixture sit on counter for 5-10 minutes.
3. Grease cookie sheets with coconut oil and drop cookie dough onto sheets in drop-cookie style.
4. Bake on 350 degrees for 9-12 minutes until still soft but no longer wet. Cool to harden.

 

chunky chocolate hazelnut cookies

Shared on Natural Family Friday, Holistic Squid

Pork Fried Rice (without all the crazy ingredients)

Pork Fried Rice (without all the crazy ingredients)

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RECIPE:

2-3 C. cooked organic white rice (left over works great here!)

1 lb. ground pastured pork sausage

1 ½ C. shredded carrots

1 C. colored chopped bell peppers (or peas)

¼ C. chopped green onions

4 eggs (S&P)

3 T coconut oil, ½ t. dried ginger (or fresh), 3 T coconut aminos, ½ of a lemon/lime juice

Garnish: sprouts, cashews and green onions

 

  1. Cook sausage (S&P) on stovetop with carrots, peppers, onions and ginger.
  2. Heat up coconut oil in a separate large cast iron pan until very hot, pour into cooked rice and stir while its ‘frying’ in the oil for a few minutes.
  3. Make a donut shape of the rice around the perimeter of the pan, add beaten eggs in the center, stiring while they are scrambling on pan.
  4. As soon as eggs are scrambled add meat/veggie pan to rice and combine together.
  5. Once off heat stir in coconut aminos and lemon juice. Garnish with toppings.

 

 

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How We {Graciously} Handled Halloween On a Refined-Sugar Free Diet

How We {Graciously} Handled Halloween On a Refined-Sugar Free Diet

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This year was the first time we really participated in Halloween. We went to a trunk-or-treat event at a nearby church and the kids had a blast. We have been on the GAPS/paleo diet for over a year now, and Halloween was the first time that our kids have had ANY candy in that time. It was quite the event in their eyes.

 

We have a 5 ½ year old, 4 year old and almost 2 year old. Prior to the diet our kids hadn’t yet developed any real chronic childhood conditions, and I say yet, because most children have at least one. But, since being on the GAPS diet our kids overall health has clearly improved. Infectious processed like colds or stomach bugs come and go without making us flinch and they are MUCH less frequent than when we were eating a more typical American diet. My sons lactose intolerance has improved greatly as he can now drink raw cows milk without diarrhea and is eating cultured dairy without a problem. All three of their stools (very important indicator of overall health) are as perfect as can be (yes, we talk A LOT about poop around here!) and they seem to be functioning at an optimal level for kiddos their age.

 

 

Lets face it: Kids LOVE candy.  Even if they never eat it, they still love it.  Adults do too (even though I tried a M&M this halloween and was so disappointed how fake it tasted!)  We don’t tell our kids not to love junk food- we explain to them why they should avoid junk food and what it does to their bodies.  They are not at all expected to think its nasty. But they are expected to follow our lead when it comes to what they put in their mouths, and one day hopefully when they are older they can make wise choices based on knowledge, not rules.

 

Since our children’s health is at a very stable place, we thought eating a little Halloween candy would not jeopardize that any, but we also wanted to be pretty careful here as they have not had any refined sugars in over a year, and candy is nothing but bad news to your health.

 

 

So this Halloween:

  • they were each allowed to pick one piece of candy the night of halloween
  • for the next 3 days they will eat 1 piece a day, after their tummies are full with lunch (help reduce blood sugar fluctuations)
  • they enjoyed homemade marshmellows, caramel apple pudding pie (recipe coming soon!), and a grain-free chocolate cookie the night of Halloween

 

“The Baby” Camden didn’t eat any candy, and didn’t even know he was missing out. He has his own little bag of homemade marshmellows and chocolate cookies and he thought that was just the greatest thing. Since he was born he has had breastmilk/homemade formula, and nutrient dense foods without grains until we introduced rice around 18 months. He has not had any refined-sugars whatsoever. He has definitely been fed the ‘best’ as we have learned with each child the importance of real-food for babies and the connection to their development of chronic problems.

 

The kids really liked searching through all the candy they collected and picking the three ever-most-cherished candies to savor over the next three days. The rest was thrown out.

 

This might seem rather extreme to some who let their kids just have a blast and eat whatever Halloween candy, and might seem liberal to others who didn’t allow their kids to eat any junky candy.

 

The reality is, this worked great for us and they certainly enjoyed lots of tasty sweets during our fun night. They were not lacking in the least, and I felt comfortable with what I was letting into their little bodies.

 

The best comment of the night from the newly-candy-eating-kids was from Lucas my 5 year old while eating a tootsie roll:

“Mom, I can’t believe I’m eating cardboard….and it tastes so sweet still. I can’t believe this fake food is tricking my brain into thinking it tastes so good!!”

Ha! The ways we try to teach our kids about taking care of their bodies and how much they really try and listen… On how they can savor life is so precious.

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Anti-Flu Yogurt Poppers

Anti-Flu Yogurt Poppers

Flu season is almost here, and like always, there is urgency to PREVENT oneself from getting the flu.

Well a lot of people have ideas of the best way to do that…and I’m all for the ones that are natural, safe and have a history of working!

I got the great idea to make these from Sarah at The Winthrop Chronicles. Here is the original recipe. I wanted to try them for my kids, but I wanted to use homemade yogurt for all its benefits and elderberry for flu prevention…..There couldn’t be a more TASTY or EASY way to help prevent the flu this season!

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ELDERBERRY for Flu Prevention

A versatile herb, black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been known throughout the ages as a potent immune booster — tackling colds and influenza, heart disease and even cancer. Used for centuries as a folk remedy in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa, modern science has begun to take notice of the exceptional healing properties of this berry. Jammed packed with organic pigments, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals, elderberry is an excellent addition to any herbal medicine chest.
Natural News

YOGURT for Immune System Strengthening

 Homemade yogurt is CHOCK full of beneficial bacteria that fortify the intestinal track from pathogens (viruses: flu) and toxins (among dozens of other benefits!). It offers nutrients in an easily usable form and is high in calcium, iodine, B-vitamins along with other trace minerals and vitamins. It is a great source of protein and fat, and if it’s from grass-fed cows it also offers high levels of beneficial omega-3 and CLA (anti-cancer). The fats and proteins present in yogurt are essential in building and maintaining a strong immune system, and the fat-soluble vitamins play an intricate role in immune function.

RECIPE:

1 C. of homemade yogurt

2 T. elderberry syrup

Sweetener to taste (with honey, maple syrup or liquid stevia)

 

  1. Stir ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Pour into a small zip-lock bag, cutting off the tinniest snip of the corner of the bag.
  3. Squirt out small drops of yogurt onto parchment paper until yogurt is gone.
  4. Freeze until solid.
  5. Flip off parchment paper and store in container in freezer.
  6. Eat quickly once out of freezer! These Anti-flu Poppers will melt if they are in warm little hands for too long!

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Sources:

http://www.naturalnews.com/038659_flu_epidemic_elderberry_prevention.html

http://mindfulmama.org/2013/04/28/homemade-1-gallon-yogurt/

Mostly Homemade Mondays

Mostly Homemade Mondays

I am thrilled to be part of a really great link-up!   It’s called ‘Mostly Homemade Mondays’ and its filled with lots of treasures!!   Link up or simply enjoy this abundance of great information!! 

 

♥Mindful Mama

 

Homemade Mondays is a series for people that are on a journey to better living, via healthier eating and a more natural lifestyle. We realize that there are different paths that we all take to get to that place, and this bloghop celebrates that. Whether you’re a seasoned raw foodist who has banned all things unnatural, or a rookie who is starting out by cutting out junk food, we’d love to hear from you! Link up with your favorite recipes, projects, crafts, or rants and raves.

The Hosts

Sarah of Being Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity

Aubrey of Homegrown & Healthy

Jess from Scratch Mommy

Lauren from Mindful Mama

Joyce from the Skinny Pear

How to

Homemade Mondays will open every Monday. You have until Thursday to make your submissions. We will share our favorite posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and shout it from the rooftops.

  • Link up. Use the submission form below to add your blog posts to our gallery below. You can add as many links as you’d like, as long as they’re on topic. What’s eligible? Recipes, crafts, DIY projects, gardening, fitness, green ideas or just plain old advice. We’re pretty open.
  • Tell us about yourselves. Leave a comment telling us a little about your site and what you’ve shared. Of course this isn’t mandatory, but it’s a good way to stand out.
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Pumpkin Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

Pumpkin Brownie Cake with Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream

pumpkin brownie cake grain free

 

This rich and super moist chocolate brownie cake with pumpkin and spices added gives this dessert a fun fall twist. The brownie cake will stretch to many visitors, as it easily serves 12-16 people. The ice cream is perfectly reminiscent of pumpkin pie with delicious creaminess to pair with the rich chocolate cake. Chocolate and pumpkin? Yes, I do believe this dessert proves hands down they are meant to be together!

 

Brownie Cake

5 eggs

¾ C pumpkin puree

1/3 C. coconut oil-softened

½ C. unsalted butter- softened

1 C. raw cacoa/cocao powder

2 C. almond flour

1 C. maple syrup/honey

1 t. baking soda

½ t. real salt

2 t. vanilla extract, ½ t. cinnamon, ½ t. ginger, ½ t. nutmeg

 

  1. Combine wet ingredients together in mixing bowl.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in bowl, and incorporate into wet ingredients in mixing bowl.
  3. Pour into greased 9X13 glass pan and bake on 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.

 

 

Ice Cream

2 cans of cold coconut milk

¾ C. pumpkin puree

½ C. maple syrup/honey

2 egg yolks (from pastured eggs)

Pinch of real salt

1 T. cinnamon, 2 t. vanilla extract, ½ t. nutmeg, ½ t. ginger, ¼ t. allspice

 

  1. Beat egg yolks and combine other ingredients in until smooth.
  2. Pour into ice cream maker and process according to instructions (mine takes about 20 minutes).
  3. Eat immediately over warm brownies or freeze for a couple of hours to allow ice cream to become harder.

 


Gummi Orange Slices- No Sugar High

Gummi Orange Slices- No Sugar High

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Kids LOVE gummi candies….and I wonder why….they are a straight source of sugar right into their fragile bodies. Keeping my kids away from refined sugars, and limiting their natural sugar intake as well, I’ve found these gummi’s sweetened with stevia (naturally sweet herb) are a fun treat for them. I first got the idea to make jello with coconut milk from this recipe. Then that idea evolved into these sweet little orange gummis!

Since stevia is not a sugar in any way, it does not affect their blood sugar, which means it doesn’t lead to mood fluctuations either! Yay!! Their moods change ENOUGH, without the influence of wacky blood sugar, right?! You can use these cute little ice cube molds to make the orange slices, or if you want to make them in a jiffy you can simply pour the prepared gummi liquid into a medium size glass pan and proceed to let them harden in the fridge. Slice them in small gummi squares once hardened. You will get A LOT from this one recipe as it makes a large amount. I avoid recipes with small yield, as we just fly through stuff way too quick at this point in the game!! Enjoy these fun gummi candies for Halloween, summer parties or an ‘afternoon-I-want-something-special’ snack.

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RECIPE:

1 T. vanilla extract

½ t. natural orange flavor

Pinch real salt

1 ½ t. liquid stevia (every brand varies in sweetness, so add this ‘to taste’)

8 T. grassfed gelatin

1 can coconut milk

1 ½ C. water

Natural orange food coloring to desired color

orange ice cube tray molds

 


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Heat water and coconut milk over low heat until simmering.
  2. Continue on low heat, slowly adding in each tablespoon of gelatin, whisking the entire time.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until any clumps of gelatin are gone.
  4. Pour into molds, and pour remaining liquid into 8X8 glass pan.
  5. Put in fridge until solid. Gummis should pop out easily once hardened.

 

*You could replace the water with freshly squeezed orange juice and omit the natural food color.

 

 

Orange Gummi Squares

Orange Gummi Squares

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