Deanna

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 18:34

Homemade Pumpkin Puree

 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree 

Homemade Pumpkin Puree is a snap to make and saves you a lot of money versus the canned versions.  Every Fall I got to the local farmers and purchase lots of pumpkins for baking soups, muffins, loaves and making smoothies over the winter. Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and provides 245% of your daily requirement per cup. 

Pumpkin purree is simply cooked pumpkin, mashed or blended. Pumpkin pie filling usually has added spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and sugar.

When I make my puree, I like to add the spices but not the sugar.  Then I simply freeze in small silicone muffin trays.  When they are frozen, I pop them out and seal them in an air tight container to be used over the winter and into the spring.

 

Pumpkin Puree

2 small pumpkins, cut in half and seeds scooped out.

Place on baking sheet, cut side down and place a little water in the sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees till soft.   Let cool and scoop pumpkin out into a bowl.

Add cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger spices.Scoop into small silicone muffin containers and pop in freezer till solid.  Then store in an airtight container.  Stays good in freezer for several months.

 

 
 
Green tea extracts are promoted for both weight loss and sports performance.
 
But, do they actually work?
 
Not only this, you may have heard about serious side effects. Some cases of death have been associated with use of these supplements.
 
But you still see green tea supplements on the shelves.
 
So, let’s dig into the use of green tea extracts for both weight loss and sports performance. Then we’ll talk about how you can use these supplements safely.
Athletes & Antioxidants, is there a time I shouldn’t take antioxidants?
 
You may not be an 'athlete', but if you are like me, you do like to throw the weights around in the gym and maybe train for the odd multiport race.  Or maybe your children are heavily in to sports like gymnastics, dance, hockey, lacrosse or soccer.  It's good to know how to support optimal muscle recovery and fueling your young athlete and yourself so to prevent major injuries down the road.  As a mother to a teenage dancer/gymnast who has been dancing since the age of 4, we have encountered our share of sports injuries.  I always like to ensure that we are obtaining optimal nutrition and balance for healing.
 
You may have heard that antioxidants can help reduce your recovery time after strenuous exercise. You know the stiffness, swelling, pain, fatigue and reduced strength that your muscles experience after a good workout.
Tuesday, 01 August 2017 18:13

Nutrients for Brain Health

The best nutrients for brain health (and how to get them)
 
There are so many nutrients that you need for overall health. Vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and essential fats, just to name a few.
 
But which ones are the most important for your brain? 
You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that more stress and stress hormones promote weight gain, would you?
But what exactly is stress, and how does it keep you from your weight loss goals?

 

 
 
There may not be an obvious link between sleep deprivation and your weight, but more and more research is showing just how important sleep is for your mood, mental performance, overall health and wellness, and especially when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight.
 
Many studies show that people who have a short sleep duration simply weigh more. And, in fact, as the levels of chronic (long-term) sleep deprivation have increased over the past 50 years, so have the growing epidemics of being overweight or obese.
Saturday, 13 May 2017 13:03

3 Reasons to Stop Eating Cereal

 

3 Reasons To Stop Eating Cereal… 
And What To Replace It With
Monday, 08 May 2017 13:29

Easy Cherry 'Cheese'cake

Easy Cherry Cheesecake
Makes 12 Mini Cakes

For those who are dairy-free and gluten-free, finding a tasty dessert, let alone a cheesecake, can seem like an impossible feat.  These little cakes will tickle your taste buds and satisfy your craving for 'cheese'cake.

Theses mini desserts turn out wonderfully, as individual cakes from lined muffin tins, and are festive enough to use in place of a traditional birthday cake. The recipe certainly looks like a lot of work, but really it is all about measuring and using a food processor.

Ingredients
For the Crust
1 cup, soft medjool dates, pitted
1 ¼ cups natural walnuts
Pinch of sea salt

For the Filling
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
¾ cup coconut milk
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
¼ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup quality maple syrup
¼ cup pitted cherries, minced

Directions
1. Line muffin tins with festive wrappers or parchment paper circles.
2. Mix all of the crust ingredients together on a low setting in the food processor. It should be crumbly, but form into a ball.
3. Remove from food pro and press a heaping tablespoon into each muffin cup.
4. Take your soaking cashews and rinse well.
5. Do not shake the coconut milk can - skim the fatty part that has separated to the top and use this part.
6. Add them and the rest of the ingredients, less the cherries, to the food pro.
7. Allow it to blend on high, until a very creamy consistency has been achieved.
8. Taste for sweetness.
9. Separate the filling into the 12 muffin cups.
10. Spoon the cherry mixture evenly onto the tops of the mini cakes.
11. Place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.

12. Remove 10 minutes before you need them and serve with some fresh cherries on the side.

Monday, 08 May 2017 13:24

Black Bean Chia Brownies

Black Bean Chia Brownies
This recipe is loaded with fibre in the black beans and the chia. You can omit the walnuts or replace with hemp seeds if you wish. Great gluten-free treat that tastes delicious.

1 15 oz can black beans (drained and rinsed)
3 large eggs
2 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
1/8 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup of raw cane sugar
1/2 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup of walnuts, pecans or hemp seeds

Mix all but the chocolate chips and nuts together with a beater or in your high powered blender or food processor. Fold in the chocolate chips and nuts. Place in an 8x8 greased pan and bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

Monday, 08 May 2017 12:13

Beauty Bowl

This is a crazy good way to start the day. For an antioxidant filled breakfast this morning, I pulled a recipe from my 14 Day Eat Real Food Cleanse.
This is called the Beauty Bowl and I had it with 2 hard boiled eggs.

It was very satisfying and filling, and the taste is like sunshine in a bowl.