Rustic Apple Galette

This warm and homey dessert is perfect for fall weather. A galette is a French word for a flat, round cake or pastry, usually open faced with fruit piled in the middle. This rustic dish is a healthy version, created by Anthony William, meaning it can be enjoyed without guilt or the ill effects sugar or gluten would cause.

Rustic Apple Galette

Apple Galette Recipe

For the crust:

1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds

3.5 tablespoons water

1 1/2 cups almond flour + more for dusting

3/4 cup tapioca flour

1.5 tablespoons coconut sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 – 3 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons almond milk (optional)

1 tablespoon maple syrup, to serve

For the filling:

3 red apples, cored and thinly sliced

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cardamom

2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Directions:

Make a flax “egg” by mixing together flaxseeds and water. Set aside.

In a food processor or blender, combine the almond flour, tapioca flour, coconut sugar and sea salt. Process until combined. Add coconut oil and flax egg and  mix again, adding water bit by bit until the dough comes together. Not all of the water may be needed. Refrigerate dough for 30 minutes. Mix apple slices, lemon juice, spices and coconut sugar together in a bowl.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet and lightly dust with almond flour. Roll the dough into a 1/4 inch thick circle and place apple filling in center, leaving 2 inches around the edge. Gently fold edges up, using the parchment paper to prevent tearing, creasing the edges of the dough as you go.

Brush dough with almond milk, if desired, and bake for 35 – 45 minutes, until browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before cutting. Drizzle with maple syrup, if desired. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic Apple Galette

Rustic Apple Galette

Taste of Autumn

The galette came together and was in the oven quickly. As I washed dishes I enjoyed the fragrant aroma of cinnamon and cardamom and bubbling apples. This wholesome fruit is not only full of health boosting nutrition, apples have a grounding effect as well. We feel more connected to the earth and to ourselves when we eat apples.

I brewed a cup of herbal tea as I anticipated savoring the galette. I was not disappointed. What a delicious and satisfying afternoon treat. I did not drizzle maple syrup on my slice of galette. For me, it wasn’t necessary.

Rustic apple galette is already a favorite, and worthy of company or potluck dinners. I think my favorite way to enjoy this fall treat though is during an afternoon break with a hot cup of tea.

Rustic Apple Galette

 

Milk Thistle Benefits

I have a fondness for any type of thistle plant, with it being Scotland’s national flower. Milk thistle not only reminds me of that bonnie country, it also offers powerful properties that benefit my body.

Milk Thistle Benefits

What is Milk Thistle?

This flowering herb is native to the Mediterranean region and it is a member of the Aster plant family, which includes sunflowers and daisies. Milk thistle has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The Greek physician and botanist Dioscorides was the first to describe milk thistle’s healing properties back in the year 40 AD.

Milk thistle gets its name from the milky-white liquid that beads up on the plant’s leaves when they’re crushed. The leaves have a spotted white pattern as well that makes them look as if they’ve been dipped in milk.

Silymarin, the active ingredient in milk thistle, is an antioxidant that protects against the depletion of glutathione, which is a “master antioxidant” that’s extremely important in preventing disease. Glutathione helps fight oxidative stress that can lead to cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases.  It also prevents damage caused by free radicals to important cellular components.

The typical American diet, pollution, toxins, medications, stress, trauma, aging, infections and radiation all affect liver function and also deplete glutathione in the body. Milk thistle increases glutathione levels by improving liver detoxification. Milk thistle also strengthens the liver cell walls, protecting them from toxins, and supports liver regeneration and glutathione formation.

Milk Thistle Benefits

Benefits of Milk Thistle

This herb offers the following health benefits:

• Detoxifies the liver by rebuilding liver cells while removing toxins from the body that are processed by the liver.

• Aids the function of the gallbladder, kidneys and spleen and helps to prevent gallstones by ridding the body of metabolic wastes.

• Controls blood sugar, which can help prevent diabetes.

• Slows the aging process due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to prevent heart disease, cancer, liver and kidney disease, and age related vision problems. Milk thistle nourishes the skin and eases the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

• Lowers high cholesterol.

• Boosts the immune system and fights DNA damage

Milk Thistle Benefits

How to Take Milk Thistle

Milk Thistle is available in capsule form, as seeds, or dried for tea. To make tea, brew dried thistle in very hot water for at least 15 minutes. Sweeten with raw organic honey if desired.

Milk thistle is available in health food stores and health conscious grocery store and online. See links below.

While milk thistle is excellent for detoxing the liver and fortifying the immune system, it does my heart good as well. It’s very name transports me back to a country I dearly love. More thistle tea, please.

Milk Thistle Benefits

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The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

I’ve heard of hemp seeds for years. Until I shifted my diet, I was never quite sure what the benefits were or whether hemp seeds were even safe for consumption. If you’ve wondered about hemp seeds as well, read on!

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

What are Hemp Seeds?

For a long time, hemp seeds were ignored for their nutritional benefits because of hemp’s botanical relationship to medicinal varieties of cannabis. It is a variety of the cannabis plant. However, hemp seeds don’t cause any psychotropic reactions, nor will they cause you to get high. Instead, they provide significant health benefits.

Hemp is one of the most widely utilized and diverse industrial crops in the world. Its fibers are considered the longest and most durable of all natural fibers, and it can be grown without deadly herbicides and pesticides.

Hemp seeds are an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which support cardiovascular health. They are high in GLA, an essential omega-6 fatty acid that’s been proven to naturally balance hormones. And hemp seeds are considered the perfect protein, containing all 20 amino acids, and also each of the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce.

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Eating hemp seeds brings these benefits:

• the GLA aids people suffering from ADHD, breast pain, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, multiple sclerosis, obesity, premenstrual symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis and skin allergies.

• relieves joint pain and arthritis symptoms

• natural appetite suppressant that creates a feeling of being full longer and reduces sugar cravings

• provides enough bulk to keep the gastrointestinal system regular and feeds the probiotics in the gut, helping to support a healthy immune system

• improves dry, red, flaky skin, easing eczema and psoriasis

• lowers inflammation and combats cancer

• lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol, raises HDL cholesterol and improve triglycerides

• improves heart health

How to Use Hemp Seeds

Hemp seeds, also known as hemp hearts, are readily available in grocery stores, health food stores, and online. The seeds have a slightly nutty flavor.

Add one to four spoonfuls of hemp seeds to smoothies or sprinkle over smoothie bowls, salads, gluten free pasta bowls or any other plant based meal. I add hemp seeds to my morning smoothies. And I like to sprinkle them over salads and cooked greens or use them in place of grated cheese. Yesterday I topped raw lettuce tacos with hemp seeds. They were delicious.

I no longer question whether to include hemp seeds in my diet. My only question is…what else can I add them to?

The Benefits from Eating Hemp Seeds

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Parsley Tabbouleh

Day 3 of the 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse and I am feeling great! Much of my afternoon was spent restocking my supply of fresh fruits and veggies, visiting various stores to get the best deals. And, I picked up the ingredients for a recipe, one from Life Changing Foods by Anthony William…Parsley Tabbouleh.

Parsley Tabbouleh

Parsley Tabbouleh

Ingredients:

1/4 cup almonds

4 cups parsley, tightly packed

1/8 cup mint leaves, loosely packed

2 cups tomatoes, cut into chunks

2 cups cucumbers, cut into chunks

1/2 cup chopped red onion

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

Instructions:

Pulse almonds in food processor until roughly chopped. Set aside.

Pulse parsley in food processor until finely chopped. Set aside.

Combine remaining ingredients in food processor and pulse until chopped and well combined. Transfer mixture into a large bowl. Add parsley and almonds and stir together. Makes 2 – 4 servings.

Use flat leaf parsley, if available, for maximum health benefits.

Alkalizing Parsley

I’ve been craving alkalizing foods this week, as I enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables. So I’ve added lots of green leafy veggies to my meals.

As it turns out, parsley is one of the best foods for alkalizing all of the systems of the body. Its mineral salts bind onto unproductive acids in the body and drive them out, making parsley helpful for preventing all types of cancers. It also keeps bacteria, parasites and fungus at bay.

It’s important for me to listen to my body and give it what it needs. Apparently, I required this aromatic herb this week. I’m happy to oblige, as I have wanted to try parsley tabbouleh. This salad is perfect as a side dish partnered with other healthy foods or enjoyed on its own.

I loved the flavorful tabbouleh, and intend to make it often…anytime my body lets me know I need alkalizing food!

Parsley Tabbouleh

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Day 1: What Did I Eat?

In a departure from sharing about different supplements on Sundays, today I began a 7 Day Raw Food Cleanse. For the next week I’ll be sharing menus and recipes, health tips and what did I eat days, and report on how I am doing.

I did a 28 day healing cleanse in 2016, which ultimately launched me into a plant based lifestyle that brought great healing to me. I’m looking forward to experiencing this 7 day raw food cleanse, eating only uncooked fruits and veggies.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Why a Raw Food Cleanse?

Fruits and vegetables in their raw state provide the body with the highest level of nutrition in the form most easily absorbed. Nutrients flood the body, cleansing, nourishing and strengthening every system.

The digestive system processes uncooked fruits and vegetables quickly. These foods also contain live enzymes which smooths digestion even more. When the body isn’t expending energy processing heavy fats, proteins, additives, chemicals and allergens, it is free to rebuild itself, on a cellular level.

A raw food cleanse allows me to get to know myself in a deeper way. I discover how my body reacts to certain foods, and even more important, how it responds when other foods are eliminated.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Morning

I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies yesterday, making meal prep today simple.

Pre-breakfast

8 oz lemon water, using freshly squeezed lemon juice

16 oz celery juice (1 bunch of celery through the juicer)

Breakfast

20 oz fruit smoothie (1 banana, fresh aloe vera gel, 2 cups of frozen fruit that included strawberries, wild blueberries, blackberries and dark cherries)

Snack Apple slices

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Afternoon

Lunch

Spinach Soup (from Anthony William)

Ingredients

2 cups grape or cherry tomatoes

1 stalk celery

1 garlic clove, minced

1 orange, juiced

4 cups fresh spinach

2 fresh basil leaves

1/2 avocado (optional)

Blend tomatoes, celery, garlic and orange juice in blender, until smooth. Add spinach, a handful at a time, blending well. Add basil and avocado, if desired, and blend until creamy. Serve immediately. Makes 1 serving.

Top with raw mushrooms, fresh herbs, or zucchini or cucumber noodles.

I added fresh dill to my spinach soup and topped it with raw mushrooms and more dill and basil. It was delicious. I like that the recipe can be changed up simply by adding different herbs or veggies.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

Day 1 Evening

Dinner

Zucchini Noodles

Raw Marinara Sauce

Run 1 – 2 zucchini through a spiralizer, creating zoodles.

I tried adapting a marinara recipe, making it raw. It was good, however I want to adjust it. I’ll post the recipe when I perfect it! I used two small zucchini and that made a HUGE pile of zoodles. One zucchini would have been sufficient.

Snack

Bowl of mixed berries (fresh strawberries and blackberries, frozen wild blueberries)

16 oz hot herbal tea (immune support tea from Yogi)

The first day is completed. I’m full, and satisfied, with no hunger or cravings. I drank plenty of water, to keep hydrated. I’m looking forward to trying new recipes this week and giving my digestive system a break while nourishing my body at a cellular level.

My intention is to complete a 7 day raw food cleanse and then decide whether to continue for another week…and so on. I’m excited to see how my body responds.

Day 1 What Did I Eat?

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The Powerful Benefits of Spinach

My first awareness of this dark green leafy vegetable came as a result of cartoons about that feisty sailor, Popeye. When he emptied a can of spinach into his mouth he instantly transformed into a strongman with muscular biceps.

Perhaps because I was inspired, or perhaps because my mother liked spinach, I grew to like it too, cooked and served with vinegar. I was an adult before I ever tried eating raw spinach. What a difference between fresh, crisp spinach and the stringy stuff that came out of a can. My appreciation for this vegetable increased.

The Powerful Benefits of Spinach

What is Spinach?

Spinach is a leafy vegetable that is believed to have originated in Persia, and is now commonly grown in China and the US. It belongs to the amaranth family and is related to beets and quinoa. In my area of the Midwest, it is considered an early spring crop, easily grown in home gardens.

High in fiber, which aids digestion, spinach is also a rich source of vitamins A, B6, B9, C, E and K. It’s a great source of iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium, nitrates, lutein and antioxidants.

The Powerful Benefits of Spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach

Including more spinach in the diet brings these health benefits:

• Creates an alkaline environment in the body and nourishes the nervous system.

• Removes jelly like viral wastes from the liver that causes mystery weight gain and heart flutters.

• Rejuvenates the skin and helps to heal eczema and psoriasis.

• Improves eyesight and prevents age related macular degeneration.

• Prevents osteoporosis, atherosclerosis and strokes.

• Maintains normal blood pressure.

• Boosts metabolism

• Reduces oxidative stress which slows aging and helps to prevent diabetes and cancer.

• And it does, indeed, strengthen muscles.

The Powerful Benefits of Spinach

How to Enjoy Spinach

Spinach is most beneficial when eaten raw. Combine with other veggies and fruits in salads, add to juices and smoothies, or create spinach pesto.

As one who embraces a plant based lifestyle and follows Medical Medium protocols, an extremely tasty and beneficial way to enjoy this powerful veggie is in raw spinach soup. Combined with other fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, celery, cilantro and garlic, and the surprise ingredient, oranges, this soup can be customized by topping with freshly chopped herbs. Spinach soup is a mainstay of Anthony’s 28 Day Healing Cleanse, and for good reason. It provides an incredible boost to the overall health of the body.

Which is why I featured spinach today for Food Friday. I’m about to begin a 7 Day Cleanse, eating only raw foods for the next week. I may very well continue on for another week, or three or four. Spinach will play a vital role in my cleanse.

I won’t develop huge biceps like Popeye, but like him, consuming spinach daily I will be strong, and full of health and vitality.

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Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Every morning, I enjoy a fruit smoothie for breakfast. I alternate between regular smoothies full of a variety of fresh and frozen fruits, and the heavy metals detox smoothie. It contains additional ingredients such as Hawaiian spirulina, Atlantic dulse and barley grass juice powder.

Occasionally, after a long day, or when I am craving something cold, I have a second smoothie for the evening meal. These smoothie bowls combine the goodness of fruit with fun, healthy toppings. It’s like having dessert for dinner!

Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Easy Fruit Smoothie Bowls

Follow these simple steps to create a smoothie bowl.

• Begin with an assortment of frozen, unsweetened fruits. My smoothie base tonight combined frozen bananas, strawberries, mangoes, peaches and pineapples. Using frozen fruit creates a thicker smoothie. Blend 4-6 cups of frozen fruit, adding small amounts of water or almond milk, until a smooth thick mixture forms.

Fruit Smoothie Bowl

• Spoon smoothie mixture into bowls. For a firmer texture, pop bowls into the freezer for 30 minutes. I rarely do that, preferring to top my bowl and eat it right away.

Fruit Smoothie Bowl

• Top smoothie bowl with an assortment of fresh or frozen fruits, unsweetened coconut, nuts, seeds, dulse, spirulina or drizzles of raw honey or maple syrup.

I topped my bowl with freshly sliced banana, frozen wild blueberries, unsweetened coconut, walnut pieces and chia seeds.

Fruit Smoothie Bowl

Meal Replacement

Replacing a meal with a fruit smoothie bowl gives the digestive system a break, as fruits are so easily digested. The nutrients are assimilated quickly, nourishing the body and supporting the immune system.

And variations are endless! Try different combinations of favorite fruits, nuts, seeds and even herbs and edible flowers. Be creative. Play with your food. Then enjoy this smoothie bowl that tastes like a cold creamy dessert. Enjoy, without one bit of guilt or regret!

Fruit Smoothie Bowl