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5 Healthy Recipes for 5 Unhealthy Foods

By | 2017-10-29T15:40:15+00:00 January 23rd, 2014|Health Tips, Recipes|

These healthy recipes for unhealthy foods are tasty as well as being good for us.  I am sure you have noticed how unhealthy foods are being offered to us every day so it is good to have substitutes that are healthy.
Looking at the most unhealthy foods, here are 10 of the most unhealthy ones from in 2 posts:  Top Foods to Eliminate From Your Diet and MORE Foods To Eliminate From Your Diet

Here are my 5 super healthy alternative recipes to keep you satisfied!

1. Eliminate that Bacon and Bacon Bits with all its fat and additives.

Get that salty crunch from healthy seeds.

Seed Topping for Salad, Rice or Vegetables

This is a quick way to add some extra flavour to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack.
Pumpkin seeds are the only seeds that are alkaline forming. 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup pumpkin seeds*
1  – 2 tsp. tamari or soy sauce or Braggs

Directions:

1.    Dry roast seeds in frying pan.
2.    Stir constantly until golden brown.
2.    Remove from heat.
3.    Add tamari or soy sauce or Braggs.
4.    Sprinkle on top of rice or vegetables.

*You can use sunflower seeds instead but they are not alkaline forming.

2. Replace Oreo Cookies or a Snickers bar with this easy homemade chocolate bar

Cherry Pecan Dark Chocolate Bar
This is a totally decadent chocolate that everyone loves.

Ingredients:

4 squares (approx 112 gm) unsweetened chocolate*
3 Tbsp organic virgin coconut oil
2 Tbsp unpasteurized honey
1/4 teaspoon liquid stevia
1/4 cup pecans, roasted and chopped
1/4 cup dried unsweetened cherries chopped in half’s

Directions:

  1. Dry roast pecans in a toaster oven or in frying pan (stir frequently so they do not burn).
  2. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or very carefully in a saucepan.
  3. Oil with coconut oil a small pan of approximately 8 inches square.**
  4. Sprinkle evenly the cherries and pecans in the pan.
  5. When chocolate is melted; remove from heat.
  6. Mix in coconut oil and stevia.
  7. Then mix in honey.
  8. Pour melted chocolate mixture over the cherries and pecans.
  9. Let cool in refrigerator or freezer.
  10. Once set, cut into squares.
  11. Store in covered container in refrigerator or freezer, if desired.

This recipe is just one of the many recipes in the Healthy Chocolate Project.  This video course teaches you n how to make an assortment of amazingly delicious chocolates that uses only small quantities of healthy sugars and healthy oils.

2. Instead of store-bought salad dressings that are full of unhealthy fats, salts, sugars, artificial flavors, and colours.

We eat salads to be healthy. The problem is, the salad dressing can make the salad into an unhealthy meal. Make a big jar of this easy-to-make,  low-calorie dressing. It’s alkalizing and healthy.

Light Lemon Oil Salad Dressing 

This is a base recipe that you can make up different each time with […]

Lentil Stew

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:11+00:00 December 17th, 2012|Gluten Free, Main Courses - Vegan Gluten Free, Meatless Monday, Recipes|

Lentil soup has all the benefits of the mighty powerfood lentils plus much more.  And it tastes great.

Ingredients:

1 large onion, chopped
3-6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pieces celery, chopped
2 tsp almond oil or vegetable oil
1 cup green whole lentils: soak over night and cook according to directions here: Cooking Beans & Lentils
1 piece Kombu*
2 carrots, diced
3-5 tsp salt
1 tsp each of thyme and basil
3 tsp marjoram
Fresh parsley

Directions:

  1. Soak lentils overnight and follow instructions: Cooking Beans & Lentils (if you would like to have gas free lentils)
  2. Sauté onion, garlic and celery in oil.
  3. Add remaining ingredients.
  4. Simmer for 45 minutes, adding more water if necessary.
  5. Remove Kombu and chop; return to soup.
  6. Serve in bowls garnished sprigs of fresh parsley.

* Kombu is seaweed makes beans more digestible but you could easily leave it out.

More Delicious Stews & Soups:

                                 Warming Vegetable Stew with Peanut Butter

Warming Vegetable Stew with Peanut Butter

Red Lentil Soup

Pumpkin Soup

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Copyright © Diana Herrington www.RealFoodforLife.com

Pear Upside Down Cake – Vegan Gluten Free

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:16+00:00 October 12th, 2012|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

Gluten free, dairy & egg free

Pears grow in Edmonton! They are small but they are tasty and juicy.  A friend lets me pick bags full of pears from his big tree. Thus, I get to make this very yummy gluten free cake made with healthy ingredients.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp molasses

Mix together the next 4 ingredients for a gluten free flour mix:

1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
1/4 cup white rice flour

Then add:

5 Tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water

For bottom of cake:

2 cups sliced pears for bottom
1 tsp arrowroot
3 tsp fresh ginger grated

Directions:

1.    Preheat oven to 350º F.
2.    Oil 8” X 8”cake pan.
3.    Slice 2 cups of pears.
4.    Arrange pears into bottom of cake pan.
5.    Sprinkle pears with arrowroot.
6.    Sprinkle ginger over the pears.
7.    Mix oil, rice syrup, and molasses.
8.    Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
9.    Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
10.  Add 1 cup of gluten free flour, mix in well.
11.   Add 1/3 cup water, mix in well.
12.   Add 1/4 cup of gluten free flour.
13.    Mix in well and quickly.
14.    Immediately pour batter into cake pan on top of the pear mixture.
15.    Spread the batter evenly over the pears.
16.    Bake at 350º F. oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
17.    Leave cake in pan for 5 minutes on a cooling rack; it is too light and fragile to turn over. Once it cools a bit it will become firmer and easier to turn over.
18.    Gently turn cake over onto a cooling rack. (loosen the edges of the cake with a knife first.) It is important to get it out of the pan as the pears on the bottom will make a soggy cake if you do not.

Another very good pear recipe: Pear Hazelnut Crumble

Learn about the 9 Healthy Gluten Free Flours

Healthy Online Baking Class – Gluten, Soy, Dairy Free and White Sugar free

Learn the skills and have  confidence in the knowledge to bake healthy.

Apple Cake with Cinnamon – Gluten Free – Vegan

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:17+00:00 October 1st, 2012|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

Practice Makes Perfect!

It took me FIVE TIMES to get this recipe just right!

All my happy taste testers liked it right away but I knew it could be even better…and the following recipe is.

This is a deeply satisfying cake filled with healthy ingredients. Apples being one of them!

Apple Cake – Vegan Gluten Free (dairy & egg free)

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh apples + 1/2 cup sliced apples for top
1/2 cup vegetable oil or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1 tsp stevia
4 Tbsp chick pea or soy flour
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup Potato flour
1/2 cup arrowroot starch
5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
2/3 cup water or 1/2 cup if you like a drier cake.
3 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375º F.

2. Oil and lightly flour 8” X 8”cake pan.

3. Chop 2 cups of apples into one inch pieces.

4. Sprinkle apples with 2 tsp of cinnamon.

5. Slice 1/2 cup apples into slices to decorate the top of the cake.

6. Blend vegetable oil, rice syrup, and water in blender.

7. Mix flours, baking powder and sea salt in a separate bowl.

8. Add chopped apples to dry flour mixture.

9. Pour liquid mixture into dry ingredients.

10. Mix quickly.

11. Immediately pour batter into cake pan.

12. Decorate top of cake with apples.

13. Sprinkle 1 tsp cinnamon on top of apples.

14. Bake at 375º F. oven for 35 To 40 minutes.

To top this cake off ice it with Coconut Butter Icing

Tasty Tahini Cream Sauce

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:39+00:00 April 20th, 2012|Meatless Monday, Recipes|

This is a very simple and quick tahini sauce to make.  The taste will vary depending on whether you have it sweet for porridge or a dessert or savory for on your grain or vegetables.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup  Tahini (sesame butter)
1/4 – 1/2 cup Water (the reason there is such a variance in the water is that some tahini is thicker than others)

Additional possible Ingredients:

1 tsp Lemon juice
Sea salt to taste
2 drops light Stevia
1/2 tsp Braggs
Vege salt
1 clove garlic, finely chopped (optional)

Choose whether you want this sauce sweet of savory and which taste appeals to you.

Directions:

  1. Blend all ingredients together with a fork.
  2. It will make a thick sauce.
  3. Add more water if you would like it thinner.
  4. Use on top of steamed vegetables or a grain like brown rice.

Try these other great sauces:

                                                  Peanut Butter Sauce with Ginger

Peanut Butter Sauce with Ginger

Miso Sauce

Creamy Pudding Sauce

All the recipes at Real Food For Life are exceptionally balanced and healthy for all situations. I also teach people how to plan and prepare healthy meals online.

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Gingerbread Cake – Gluten free

By | 2017-10-29T15:41:52+00:00 December 3rd, 2011|Gluten Free, Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|

This cake is delicious! The heat of the ginger balances off the sweeter elements so it doesn’t feel heavy.

This was only recently perfected with some experimentation.

I must give special thanks to Randy for helping me ‘test’ the final cake creation.

He readily agreed….well actually begged to be part of the ‘testing process,’ and even bravely suggested we try seconds and thirds ‘just to be sure.’ He then creatively suggested that it would be ‘wise’ to repeat the whole process the next day on slightly older cake.

Ingredients:   

3/4 cup vegetable or coconut oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh ginger, grated (note this is lots of ginger, you can just put 1 or 2 Tbsp)
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. stevia (clear liquid Sunny Dew is best)
1/2 tsp. salt

Directions:

1.    Combine vegetable oil, rice syrup, molasses, flax meal and ginger in a bowl.
2.    Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a separate bowl.
3.    Stir half of the flour mixture into the wet mixture.
4.    Mix well.
5.    Add water.
6.    When mixed well, stir in the remaining dry ingredients.
7.    Pour into an oiled, floured 8 inch square pan.
8.    Bake at 400º F. for 35 to 45 minutes.
9.    Serve with Sugar-free Apple sauce.

Want to learn to bake Gluten Free? 

Check out Diana’s  Healthy Gluten Free Baking BootCamp.  You get a complete shopping list and video instruction on how to do all your holiday baking in just two days.  Remember not all gluten free baking is healthy!

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Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:00+00:00 July 28th, 2011|Beverages, Recipes|

mmm I love my home made almond milk and it is healthier than what you can buy.  I only use all natural healthy ingredients, no sugar and Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

DidUKnow: Almond milk is an ingredient common in Medieval European recipes, particularly in Lent dishes (milk, eggs, and meat broth all being forbidden in Lent).

The recipe below is my basic quick one.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Raw Almonds
3 cups Water
Few drops of Stevia
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla extract (optional)

Directions:

1.    Soak overnight (12 hours), pour off water & follow recipe below.
2.    Put almonds in a food processor, run it briefly.
3.    Add a little water, run it longer.
4.    Continue adding water and running the processor until you have a milky liquid.
5.    Add stevia to taste.
6.    Also you can add vanilla if desired

You can make thicker almond milk with more almonds relative to the amount of water.

I don’t mind the bits of almond skin, but you can strain if desired especially if you are planning on drinking it.

Learn why the almonds need to be Raw Almonds 

Best to use Organic Unpasteurized Almonds

To discover the benefits of almonds9 Health Benefits of Almonds

Almond is the ONLY nut that is alkaline.

That is why we teach how to use it properly in the Alkalize Your Body BootCamp and our 2-5-30  Healthy Diet and Detox.

Almonds, the King of Nuts

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:01+00:00 July 18th, 2011|Nutrition, PowerFoods|

Almonds are very tasty and so beneficial for our health. They are my favourite nut; most mornings I add 7 to 10 almonds to my breakfast.

9 Health Benefits of Almonds:

  1. ‘Bad’ Cholesterol is Lowered:  One clinical study showed that almonds added to the diet had a favorable effect on blood cholesterol levels and that none of the study groups experienced weight gain in the study by Dr. Gene Spiller, Director of the Health Research and Studies Center, Inc.
  2. Reduce Heart Attack Risk:  A study showed those who consumed nuts five times a week had a 50% reduction in risk of heart attack according to the Loma Linda School of Public Health.
  3. Protects artery walls from damage:  It was found that the flavonoids in almond skins work in synergy with the vitamin E thus reducing the risk of heart disease. (Research at Tufts University)
  4. Build strong bones and teeth with the phosphorus in almonds.
  5. Healthy fats helps in weight loss:
    Although nuts contain lots of fat frequent nut eaters are thinner on average than those who almost never consume nuts. (data from the Nurses’ Health Study)
    Those who ate nuts at least two times per week were 31% less likely to gain weight than were those who never or seldom at them in a study involving 8865 adults. (WHFood’s article on almonds)
  1. Almonds lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals.
  2. Good brain function:  Almonds contain riboflavin and L-carnitine, nutrients that boost brain activity which may also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. A nutrient for the nervous system according to Ayurveda; they help to increase high intellectual level and longevity.
  4. They alkalize the body: Almonds are the only nut and one of the few proteins that are alkaline forming.  When your body is not alkaline enough, you risk osteoporosis, poor immune function, low energy and weight gain.
    Learn more about the benefits of an alkaline body and the dangers of being too acid click here:  Balance Your Body with Acid/Alkaline Balance

Did you know?

  • Almonds are actually stone fruits related to cherries, plums and peaches.
  • 2.51 million tonnes of almonds were produced in 2010 according to Food and Agriculture Organization.
  • United States is the largest producer of almonds. Unfortunately, it also demands that almonds are pasteurized or irradiated. Read more at:  The Killing of California Almonds. Buy unpastuerized almonds Organic Almonds
  • From ancient Egypt to modern times, almonds have always been a popular ingredient in lotions and potions.

almonds - alkaline nut and protein

Almond Nutrition:

This is one very nutrient-dense food which we call a Powerfood.

  • Packed with protein; almonds are 13 percent protein.
  • One ounce (or about 23 almonds) is an excellent source of vitamin E, magnesium, fibre and protein.
  • Filled with minerals such as magnesium, copper.
  • Filled with B vitamins.
  • […]

Miso Sauce

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:03+00:00 June 20th, 2011|Meatless Monday, Recipes|

This recipe is an all time favourite of mine as it is so easy.

I’ve been making it for at least 31 years!   (now stop calculating my age)

miso sauce (by avlxyz of flickr)

Miso Sauce

This is a very simple and quick sauce to make.  The taste will vary greatly depending on which type of miso is used.

For a very light flavoured one use Shiro miso but really any miso will work. […]

Perfect Oatmeal Porridge

By | 2017-10-29T15:42:04+00:00 June 2nd, 2011|Breakfast, Grains, Recipes|

Oatmeal porridge has been a traditional breakfast food for hundreds of years. On a winter day  it is so warming to have a steaming bowl of porridge with raisins.  In the summer I do not cook them just soak; see my recipe below.

I like the old fashioned oats as they have a fuller flavour and are healthier.  You can eat this as a raw meal or make it into regular porridge.  As they take longer to cook I often soak them over night but you do not have to.

oatmeal - gluten free

Oatmeal & Sultanas

Ingredients:
1/3 cup old fashioned oats (rolled oats can be used)
1 cup water
2 Tablespoons sultanas
Pinch of salt […]

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