EAT THIS INSTEAD OF THIS: Quinoa vs. White Rice

It’s time for our next “Eat THIS instead of THIS”!

Check out the following infographic on why you should be swapping out that white rice for quinoa! And that includes reading those supposedly “gluten-free” ingredients on boxes… Remember, every day you can change your life one bite at a time!

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Snack: Sweet (Sugar-Free) Dark Cherry Popcycles

imageSnack: Beat that sweet craving with these sweet and good for you Dark Cherry Pops!

You’ll need 2 cups of frozen cherries, 1 cup of dark Black Cherry Juice, and a ripe plantain. Mix in blender until smooth and spoon into your pop-cycle mold. Place in freezer. Have these ready when you need a healthy something sweet or post workout.

If you have joint pain or arthritis, you need to be adding cherries to your diet. Dark Cherries not only fight inflammation in the body, but dark cherries have been found to reduce belly fat! Cherries also reduce post-workout pain. Dark cherries have anthocyanins which have been found to block two enzymes (COX-1 and COX-2) involved in the production of inflammatory compounds known as prostaglandins. Plus, they help to fight cancer – important to women suffering with PCOS as we are higher risk for ovarian cancer. A 2011 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that dietary intake of anthocyanins may help prevent high blood pressure. If you can’t stand the taste of the dark cherry juice, you can also take Tart Cherry Capsules as an alternative.

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With so many benefits, you need to be making this for the freezer now! 😘

– Erin

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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Lunch: Tossed Romaine Salad with Hummus

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Lunch: Tossed Romaine Lettuce with red and yellow sweet peppers, feta, #raw pumpkin seeds, #gojiberries , topped with fun-spiralized carrot and a dollop of sun-dried tomato hummus to the side.

Tip : you don’t use as much dressing if you mix it in a tossed salad. Stretches your dollar and lowers your caloric intake.

And those pumpkin seeds… Super beneficial for type O or A Blood Types! Sneak them in whenever you can!

“With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, 1 which can give your health an added boost.” – Mercola

If you are blood type B or AB – leave them off as they will cause agglutination in your blood.

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This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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Snack | Side Dish: Gluten-free Fried Green Tomatoes

Fried Green Tomatoes

Today’s dish is a result of me getting in the test kitchen sort of mood, as I decided to make lemon-aide from lemons you might say — or in this case, Fried Green Tomatoes from a “whoops” in the garden.

Five days ago, my husband and I were in the garden tending it and noticed that the Early Grow Tomato plant was very happy and becoming heavy-laden by four tomatoes it had produced on one vine. Our original support was just not doing the job and it needed something stronger to support the growing fruit. So, we tried adding a sturdier cage while gently lifting the vines. We were able to manipulate it in such a way that we felt confident the new structure was secure. He walked away satisfied, but no, I had to go give it one more little push into the ground. That’s when my ears heard a ***snnnnnap!!!***  and my heart dropped to my stomach. Sure enough, the stem that was heavy laden with four beautiful Early Grow Tomatoes had snapped at the base and was separated from the main plant. Ugh! I stared at my mishap. Double UGH! I thought.

So, I pulled the tomatoes off the broken vine and put the broken stem and leaf in my compost pile and hauled my four (very green) tomatoes up to the house sad that I had just spoiled my first crop in an aim to put that support in the ground perfectly.  They sat on the counter all week as I didn’t have the heart to throw them out. No ripening, they just sat there, staring back at me and reminding me of my mishap. But then I got an idea…  Remember that recipe that I used to coat chicken breast that my kids loved? What if we did a Southern thang’ and tried it on my green tomatoes?!

Fried Green Tomatoes

I sliced into those Early Grow (very green) tomatoes and they were beautiful. I gave them a bath in one whipped egg and coated them with my Gluten Free Breaded-but-without-bread Chicken Strips recipe. I backed off on the cayenne pepper by half and left out the turmeric (although it would be great in there as well.) And threw it in a hot pain sizzling with some bacon grease (my ghee wasn’t ready yet – ghee would be healthier, but the flavor was fantastic using the bacon grease.)

The first batch got a little burnt (see below pic), because I kept it on too high of heat (it was just above medium heat) for too long. The next batch turned out perf’ after I turned the heat to just below medium heat and then flipped the green tomato after about 40-seconds of grill time in my little sauce pan.

Test kitchen results

I only did a few at a time as they cook quickly.

Frying Fried Green Tomatoes

Flip when the edges start turning light brown. I added a little bit of ranch on the side to balance out the spices in the Gluten Free Breaded-but-without-bread Chicken Strips recipe. My guys LOVED it! My picky 6-year-old and my sometimes picky 11 year-old both gave me two thumbs up! And their father came back for seconds! Whoop whoop!

Gluten-Free Fried Green Tomatoes

Tomatoes have long been linked to heart health. Fresh tomatoes and tomato extracts have been shown to help lower total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, and triglycerides. Tomatoes help in the regulation of fats in the blood — numerous phytonutrients in tomatoes have been shown to help prevent excessive clumping of our platelet cells. (This ability is usually referred to as an “antiaggregatory effect.”)Tomato Nutrients

Tomatoes also have outstanding antioxidant content, including, of course, their oftentimes-rich concentration of lycopene. Research has shown that there is an important connection between lycopene, its antioxidant properties, and bone health. In a 4-week study of post-menopausal women, it was shown that those who did not consume lycopene-containing foods (like tomatoes) experienced increased signs of oxidative stress in their bones and unwanted changes in their bone tissue.

They are also very low on the glycemic index which means you can enjoy without worrying about a spike in your insulin levels.

And lastly, there have been some studies that show that tomatoes have anti-cancer benefits. As you know, in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), there is a greater risk for Ovarian Cancer, so tomatoes may be beneficial.

One word to my PCOS Cysters — if you are experiencing severe joint pain and suffering from an arthritic condition, you may want to skip this snack/side dish idea. Joint pain can be caused by high uric acid in your body or because of arthritis. Night shades (which tomatoes are considered) are pro-inflammatory in some body types so you may want to check with your physician treating your arthritis before consuming this type of dish.

If you try making this recipe, I hope you share your pic and feedback in the comments below! Enjoy! (PS: Maybe even watch the movie “Fried Green Tomatoes” while eating this! Ha!)

Gluten-free Fried Green Tomatoes

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:Fried Green Tomatoes
Gluten-Free Coating Mix:
• 1 cup Almond Flour
• ½ tsp Garlic Powder
• ½ tsp Onion Powder
• ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper, Ground
• 1 tsp pepper
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 TBSP Organic Kelp Granules
• ½ tsp Thyme
• ½ tsp Turmeric(optional)
• 1 tsp Ground Cumin
• Ghee or Bacon Grease for frying

Main Ingredient:
• Organic Green Tomatoes

Egg Bath:
• 1 Egg

TOOLS:
• Cutting Board and Knife
• Frying Pan
• Spatula for flipping fried green tomatoes
• small open bowl large enough to place tomato into for egg bath
• small open bowl large enough to place tomato into for coating mix

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Heat your frying pan at just below medium heat.
2. Slice green tomatoes to about 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick.
3. Whip one egg in a small open bowl that is large enough to place a tomato into the egg bath coating both sides of the tomato with raw egg.
4. Move green tomato immediately into the gluten-free coating mix and coat both sides of the green tomato with gluten-free coating mix.
5. Add a ½ tsp of bacon grease to the hot pan (make sure the pan isn’t too hot or it will splatter). It should melt quickly. You want to move the pan so that the bacon grease coats the entire bottom of the pan.
6. Add your green tomato coated with the egg batter and gluten-free coating mix into the pan.
7. Allow your green tomato to cook in the pan for about a minute. The edges will turn a light-brown. Flip and cook for about the same time on the other side.
8. Remove from heat and serve with a little bit of ranch dressing (optional).
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This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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Snack: Aaaamazing Homemade Beneficial Nut Butter

When you have seven people eating out of one fridge, getting creative about cost-savings becomes essential when it comes to snacks. At $10+ for a 12 oz. jar, feeding a family of seven a healthy treat can get expensive — fast!

Almond nut butter

Nut butter is a great to use for a quick spoon full when you feel your sugar-levels dropping. (I sometimes eat two scoops before I make dinner to hold me over until it’s time to eat.) You can use on Life Changing Crackers or even on a slice of Ezekiel Bread toast. I don’t recommend eating this (found in the freezer section in the health food area of your grocery store) sprouted grain bread more than one time a day, 3 times a week at the most. Ezekiel bread is a great transition if you are just starting to go gluten-free, but your goal should be to be off all bread if at all possible if you suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).

This recipe makes about 3 small 12 oz. mason jars full.

Aaaaamazing Beneficial Nut Butter

  • Servings: About three 12-oz jars
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:

• 1 full cookie sheet of Almonds

• 1/3 cookie sheet Pre-shelled Walnuts or Pecans (whichever you have on hand)

• 2 tsp Finely Ground Pink Himalayan Salt

• 1/4 cup of Date “Sugar” (optional – leave out if going for sugar-free, but this will have a low-glycemic response compared to other sugars)

• 2 TBSP Honey (optional – leave out if going for sugar-free)

• 15 shakes of Cinnamon (a great inflammation fighter)

• 1/2 pkg of Dried Blueberries or 1/3 cup of Craisens or 1/3 cup of dried Cherries (helpful antioxidants)

 

OTHER TOOLS YOU MIGHT NEED:

• High-power mixer/blender

• Bowl

• Rubber Spatula

• Mason Jar

• Small spoon for compacting nut-butter mix into your jar as you add it.

• Knife and cutting board if you’re chopping up dried cherries into smaller bits. No knife needed if you are using dried blueberries or Craisens.

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Take a large cookie sheet (the kind with a lip all the way around them) and place a sheet of parchment paper on the bottom of it. Pour your almonds on top of the parchment sheet, spreading as a layer so that the almonds cover the entire cookie sheet. Place in the hot oven for about 10 min. (This will heat up the almonds/walnuts/pecans and allow the oils to break down faster when you go to break them up.) Nuts for nut butter
  2. When timer goes off, remove almonds from heat transfer your almond/walnut/pecans into your high-power mixer/blender adding 3-4 shakes of cinnamon in-between scoops of nuts as you add until you get to 15-shakes of cinnamon total.
  3. Add you date sugar at this point as well so it can incorporate into the nut blend as it breaks down in your high-power mixer/blender.
  4. It will take about 15-minutes on high for the almonds to begin to turn to a nut butter state; just keep stopping periodically to scrape down the sides and keep things blending.
  5. Begin to blend your nut mix on high. Be sure to pause periodically and “scrape down sides” times and add about 15 shakes of Ground Cinnamon.
  6. It will take several minutes for your nut mix to begin to break down the oils in the nuts to the “butter” stage. You’ll begin to see it change slowly. Keep blending until the entire batch has been converted to a smooth consistency.
  7. Pour in about 2-3 TBSP Honey to preference and add your salt. Mix to incorporate everything.
  8. Pour nut butter into a bowl and fold in 1/2 pkg of dried blueberries (or any other type of add-in you prefer) until they are completely incorporated.
  9. Transfer nut butter to a canning jar or recycle your old almond butter jar. Cap with a plastic lid and place in fridge.
  10. You’re done! Put a lid on your mason jar and keep your nut butter in your fridge. It should be good for about 4-5 days (if it doesn’t get eaten before then!) Our family loves this as a little snack each day!

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Above:Beginning to turn to butter.

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Above: Almost all converted into nut butter

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(Above: Incorporate any mix-ins you desire.)

If you want to try another version, make just as directed above, but instead of blueberries, put in dried chopped cherries or Craisens and 1 tsp of Vanilla.

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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BREAKFAST: Gluten-free Waffles

Gluten-free Waffles

My guys love waffles. I enjoy them too, but I don’t like making them for a large crew, because they are painfully slow to crank out. I stand there for about 40 minutes slowly feeding child after child. Pancakes are more my speed for feeding a hungry crew fast. So waffles are an exercise in patience for me.

But, today, for some strange reason, they just sounded better than pancakes. I was determined to feed my hungry crew some gluten-free waffles. I adapted a recipe I found online by Gina Matsoukas.  First off, when I followed the recipe I had found (I was doubling it), it would stick to my waffle iron, even though it seemed fully cooked through. My solution was to add some tapioca flour and that seemed to help it release. I also felt like it needed something more and added some raisens for a little bit of sweetness in every bite. You could also use carob chips or blueberries to mix in — whatever you fancy!

Gluten free waffles

Kids had one each and there was enough to feed all seven of us a 6″-7″ size waffle. I served peaches with it and my littlest gobbled hers up and the crumbs her big brother (age 6) had left. Definitely a kid-friendly recipe.  As a Mama with PCOS, I would go lightly with the toppings as maple syrup can create an insulin response.

Tip: If you don’t have as large of a family to feed, make the whole batch and throw the extras in the freezer for a quick breakfast on another day!

Gluten-free Waffles

  • Servings: 7-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:
• 2 cups almond flour
• 4 TBSP coconut flour
• 1 1/2 tsp of finely ground pink Himalayan sea salt
• 2 tsp of ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp of ground nutmeg
• 4 small to medium sweet potatoes, cooked, skin removed
• 4 eggs
• 3 tsp vanilla extract
• 4 TBSP pure maple syrup
• 1 tsp of canola oil or avocado oil
• 2/3 cup of almond milk
• 1 tsp of tapioca flour
• 3/4 cups of raisins (other mix-in ideas: blueberries, chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, or carob chips)

OTHER THINGS YOU MIGHT NEED:
• Waffle Iron
• A non-stick spray
• Spoon (to scoop out sweet potato from skins)
• Mixing bowls (one for dry and one for wet ingredients)
• Whisk (for wet ingredients)
• Spatula (to scrap the bowl and scoop onto the waffle iron gluten-free waffle batter)
• Cookie sheet (for cooking your sweet potatoes on)
• Parchment paper (for cooking your sweet potatoes on)

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Place 4 small to medium sized sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with parchment. Poke the sweet potatoes with a knife towards the center about 5-7 times in various spots throughout each sweet potato. Bake for about 40 min or until soft in the center. Remove from heat and cool.
2. Take a spoon and scoop out all cooked sweet potato and place into your blender. Once you’ve emptied all the sweet potatoes from their outer skin, blend until a smooth puree. Set aside.
3. When sweet potatoes are finished cooking, plug in your waffle iron to preheat while you mix the ingredients.
4. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
5. Whisk together all the other (wet) ingredients in a medium bowl.
6. Combine the wet and dry ingredients. Fold in your pureed sweet potatoes into your bowl of mixed ingredients. Combine until fully incorporated.
7. Open up your waffle iron and spray upper and lower sections with a non-stick spray. Add a small scoop of gluten-free waffle batter to the center and spread. It should only cover about 1/2 of the bottom. When you press down, it will expand to make a larger waffle.
8. Set your timer for about 7 minutes.
9. When timer goes off, take a fork and gently pry around edges all the way around until it lifts out of the waffle mold.
10. Top with your choice of fruit and/or maple syrup. Enjoy!

 

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hashbrowns & Egg

This morning, I tried a recipe that I’d seen floating around Facebook. I had never tried making sweet potato hash browns and I loved the idea of doing a whole pan full to feed my crew of 5 + my hubby. It took about 10 minutes to prep the sweet potato hash browns.

I used to eat white and red potatoes and loved the hash browns from Waffle House. But, here’s the deal — sweet potatoes are such a better choice if you’re going to eat a potato. Here’s a quick infographic comparing the two. Which is better to put in your body? (Hint: Check out those Vitamin A numbers!) I disagree with one thing on their infographic — where they say not to forget about white potatoes (towards the bottom)… if you have PCOS, forget the white potatoes. They will make your pancreas work harder to produce more insulin which then if unused turns to fat. Steer clear of those white and red potatoes.

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Vitamin A is GREAT for kids especially, because they are GROWING! It is an essential vitamin needed for growth and development, cell recognition, vision, immune function and reproduction.

The recommended intake of vitamin A varies according to age and sex. Because vitamin A is available in several forms, the vitamin A content in foods is often measured as retinol activity equivalents (RAEs). One RAE is equal to 1 microgram of retinol, 12 micrograms of beta-carotene or 3.33 IU of vitamin A. The recommended intake of RAEs for people of different ages according to the National Institutes for Health (NIH) are as follows:

  • 0-6 months*: 400 mcg/day
  • 7-12 months*: 500 mcg/day
  • 1-3 years: 300 mcg/day
  • 4-8 years: 400 mcg/day
  • 9-13 years: 600 mcg/day
  • 14+ years (male): 900 mcg/day
  • 14+ years (female): 700 mcg/day
  • 14-18 years (pregnancy): 750 mcg/day
  • 14-18 years (lactation): 1,200 mcg/day
  • 19-50 years (pregnancy): 770 mcg/day
  • 19-50 years (lactation): 1,300 mcg/day.

* Adequate Intake (AI), equivalent to the mean intake of vitamin A in healthy, breastfed infants.

My kids (ages 3, 6, 11, and two 15-year-olds) all ate this for breakfast — even my picky six year old son! I like how this sort of portion-controls the sweet potato for the insulin response. I encourage you to give it a try and see what YOU think! Once you make it, be sure to leave your review in the comments below! 🙂

Sweet Potato and Egg Cups

Sweet Potato Cup and Egg

Sweet Potato and Egg Cups

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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INGREDIENTS:
• 1 medium sweet potato, shredded
• 2 TBSP Coconut Oil or Canola Oil or melted Ghee
• 12 large eggs
• Kelp Seasoning
• Fresh Parsley
• Pink Himalayan Salt
• Pepper

NON-FOOD ITEMS YOU WILL NEED:
• Cupcake Tin
• Grater
• Bowl
• Peeler
• Pair of kitchen shears (to cut up your parsley)

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Grease a muffin pan with a TBSP of oil of choice or ghee.
3. Peel your sweet potato and then grate the sweet potato into a bowl, so you have a little over one cup.
4. Mix in 1 TBSP of oil of choice, salt, and pepper with the sweet potato and even coat the shredded potato with mixture.
5. Evenly divide the grated sweet potato into each muffin hole (however many you wish to make) and press the grated sweet potato down the bottom and sides so they form cups.

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Tip: If you don’t have a large crew you’re needing to make these for, just fill in the number of cups you need and put the remainder in a Ziplock bag and place in the fridge to use in another dish or the next day.

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6. Bake sweet potato cups for 15 minutes.
7. When the sweet potato cups are done baking, crack an egg into each cup carefully without breaking the yolk.

Egg in partially baked sweet potato cup

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8. Return the pan to the oven and bake another 15-20 minutes until the egg whites are set.

Hint: You want it to be a little glossy on top when it comes out as it will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat.

9. Let it cool for 10 minutes before taking them out of the tin.
10. Top with some freshly chopped parsley (simple fold the parsley together and cut with your kitchen shears), sprinkle on some kelp seasoning for iodine benefits, and ground Pink Himalayan Salt and ground Pepper.

Tip: Add some sort of protein to this as well on the side, like a chicken or turkey sausage.

 

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and lactose-free.

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Source: Medical News Today and Cleveland Health Clinic.

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Lemon Water

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Get in the habit of buying a big ol’ bag of lemons from the grocery store. I get mine from Sams or Costco. Lemon offers a lot of nutritional bang for the buck.

Here’s a short list of what lemon will do for you…

  1. IT FIGHTS CANCER. Lemons are an excellent source of the powerful antioxidant Vitamin C and fights the formation of free radials known to cause cancer.
  2.  HAPPY SKIN. Vitamin C plays a vital role in the formation of collagen. Collagen is the support system for your skin. Adding lemon to what you eat/drink each day will help fight wrinkles, reduce acne flares, and improve overall skin texture.
  3. INCREASES IRON ABSORPTION. Iron deficiency is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in developed countries and the leading cause of anemia. Choosing foods that are high in Vitamin C with foods that are iron-rich will help your body’s ability to absorb iron. So if you’re drinking lemon water, whatever else you eat with iron (like spinach or chickpeas) will nourish your body.
  4. BOOSTS YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM. Vitamin C will help your immune system fight germs that cause a cold or flu. Making this a daily habit — especially during the winter months — will give you the healthy edge against infections.
  5. HELPS YOUR DIGESTION.
  6. FLUSHES YOUR LIVER OF TOXINS. A happy liver means a happy lymph system. The liver is very active while you sleep as it is the body’s time to restore and regenerate. So, drinking enough water, especially first thing in the morning, will help stimulate proper stomach acid and bile production.
  7. INCREASES YOUR METOBOLISM. If you have PCOS, I don’t need to tell you how difficult it can be to move weight off your body. Researchers in Germany found that drinking enough water increased metabolism. “After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. (source)” It provides your body with plenty of hydrating electrolytes in the form of potassium, calcium and magnesium.
  8. HELP REDUCE BOTH JOINT AND MUSCLE PAIN. If you’ve got high uric acid, you may have gout symptoms. One way to lower uric acid is to add lemons to your cup or plates.
  9. REDUCE DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY SYMPTOMS. It is not uncommon for women with PCOS to fight depression as you battle the symptoms of PCOS. Depression and anxiety are often linked to not having enough potassium in your blood. Lemon water has a high potassium content so you may find your mood is happier as you fuel your body with lemon water.

According to the USDA National nutrient database, one raw lemon, without peel (about 58 grams) provides 17 calories, 0.6 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, 5.4 grams of carbohydrate(including 1.6 grams of fiber and 1.5 grams of sugar, 51% of daily vitamin C needs as well as small amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese.

One fluid ounce of lemon juice provides 7 calories, 0.1 grams of protein, 0.1 grams of fat, 2.1 grams of carbohydrate (including 0.1 grams of fiber and 0.1 grams of sugar) and 23% of daily vitamin C needs.

Be advised, that when I first started adding lemon to my water, I started out slow… it takes awhile to get used to the tart taste. Now, if I drink water without it, I taste all of the metals in the water. (Not kidding!)

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Drink lemon water for a week and then do this one thing… add a 1/2 teaspoon of organic apple cider vinegar. When I first started this, my nose argued with my taste buds. I didn’t really taste it, but I could smell it. Enter the magnificent 30 oz. Yeti. Filled my Yeti up with ice and put a lid on it with a straw. The straw helped me get it down fast and the lid kept my smeller happy. What I noticed is that after a couple of days, I became more accustomed to the taste.  You can gradually work up to add 1 tsp over a period of time.

If you have done “Trim Healthy Mama” then you’ve heard of Good Girl Moonshine. Same concept, but they don’t explain the medical reason why this is so important for your body. Here’s why Apple Cider Vinegar is so great to add to your water:

Here’s a short list of what organic apple cider vinegar will do for you…

  1. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL. One Japanese study found that a half an ounce of apple cider vinegar a day, lowered cholesterol in those who participated in the panel. A 2006 study also found that the acetic acid in the vinegar lowered bad cholesterol in rats.If you are not familiar with what cholesterol is — it’s a fatty substance that is made in the liver from certain fats in your diet. It acts as a crucial building block and is used to make healthy cell membranes, hormones such as cortisol, oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone, Vitamin D, bile acids and Coenzyme Q10 – a vitamin-like substance essential for processing oxygen and generating energy within cells. If you have too much cholesterol in your body that is unused, it will begin to coat the inside of your arteries — often referred to as plaque. Over time, this is what leads to the hardening of arteries.If your liver has been working overtime on a high fat/highly processed foods/sugary food diets, you will want to have your cholesterol levels checked. In the meantime, add some organic apple cider vinegar to your water and you’ll be fighting that bad cholesterol with every sip. Your liver will thank you.  Your arteries will thank you. Your heart will thank you. Need I go on?
  2. HELPS DIGESTION. Another great reason is it aids the body in digestion and stimulates the cardiovascular circulation while also helping to detoxify the liver. Look for the cloudy kind of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, where you can see a blob in the bottle — the blob is known as “the mother” and it’s full of probiotics and other beneficial bacteria that can help support immune function — and even aid in constipation.
  3. REGULATES THE PH-LEVEL OF YOUR SKIN & BODY. Research has shown that higher acid levels (lower pH level) lead to a lack of energy and higher occurrences of infection. Sipping apple cider vinegar throughout the day will bring a natural boost of energy and help your body maintain a healthy alkaline pH level.
  4. AIDS IN WEIGHT LOSS. 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar sipped throughout the day can improve weight-loss according to a 2009 study by Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry. It was found that those who had acetic acid over a period of 12-weeks experienced declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference, and triglycerides (the bad cholesterol that you want to avoid.)
  5. KICKS CANDIDA TO THE CURB. Because apple cider vinegar is rich in natural enzymes, it has the ability to assist your body in getting rid of candida — yeasts that are attributed to thrush in humans. Candida is also blamed for creating symptoms of fatigue, poor memory, sugar cravings, and yeast infections.
  6. HELPS STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS. According to Arizona State University, apple cider vinegar blocks some of the digestion starch and prevents at least some of that starch from being digested and raising your blood sugar. This is great news for those suffering with PCOS, because insulin is often over produced by the pancreas.

Be advised though… according to Tufts University’s director, if you have gastroparesis, a common problem with diabetes that slows stomach emptying, be careful. Early research has shown that apple cider vinegar may make this problem worse. If you have diabetes and want to try apple cider vinegar, let your doctor know and keep an eye on your blood sugar levels.

And never drink apple cider vinegar straight — it’s so acidic that it could harm your tooth enamel and your esophagus. Just dilute 1 to 2 tablespoons in water with a meal a couple of times over the course of the day. Start out slow. Take baby steps and ease into it and your body will thank you. Remember, one change a day, making better choices one bite — or drink — at a time.

— Erin

Sources: Medical News Today, WebMD, Wellness Mama, Dr Eric Berg, dailymail.co.uk, webMD, 

LUNCH | DINNER: Gluten-free bread-less “breaded” Chicken Strips & Sweet-Potato Fries

My Kindergartner has been a trouper coming off of gluten, sugar, dairy, and corn. I didn’t realize how much he relied on foods that had a higher insulin response until I changed what we ate. So I made tonight’s dinner with my littles in mind. As I stared at my chicken thawing out on the counter I wondered, “What should I do with this chicken tonight?” And then I thought, something “breaded” but not breaded as a treat for the kids.

Tip: When I make almond milk, I take the left over almond bits and dry them on a sheet rack on a piece of parchment paper for several days. When the almond bits are good and dry, I run them thru my Cuisanart to make “flour” out of my almonds and then I store it in an airtight container for such an occasion as this. I share all that, not to burden you with more tasks, but to help you realize how when you make almond milk, you can also use the bits that are not utilized in almond milk for other things — like this great lunch or dinner! If you are short on time, a package of almond flour works perfectly fine, too!

Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

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I like to cut the chicken into strips when it is still slightly frozen in the center. It holds it shape and you just slice right thru it easy peasy. Try and cut your chicken fingers into equally-sized strips so they will cook uniformly. The sweet potato fries were from the freezer section at our grocery store and took about the same time it took to cook the chicken strips. If you don’t want your chicken strips a yellow-tinge, just skip the tumeric in your coating mix. I added it, because I like to sneak in beneficial herbs, spices (and even some iodine with the kelp) where possible. Every little bit helps as you change your life for the better, one bite at a time.

— Erin

PS: Here’s my son’s seal of approval …

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Gluten Free Breaded-but-without-bread Chicken Strips

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Difficulty: easy
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Gluten-Free Chicken Strips

INGREDIENTS:
Coating Mix:
• 2 c almond flour
• 1 c. grated Parmesan Cheese
• 1 TBSP garlic powder
• 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
• 1 tsp pepper
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 TBSP kelp granules
• 1 tsp thyme
• 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
• 1 tsp cumin
• 1 TBSP ground flax
• 2 TBSP freshly chopped parsley


 

Note: If you want to make this dairy-free, just skip the parmesan cheese and add a 1/2 cup of almond flour.


 

Main Ingredient:
• 7 pcs Chicken breasts, skinless (frozen)

Egg Bath:
• 2 Eggs

Other kitchen tools:
• Bowl for egg bath
• Larger bowl for coating mix
• Cookie sheet
• Parchment baking paper
• Tongs

DIRECTIONS:
1. You’ll want to cut your chicken into strips when it is thawed on the outside and still slightly frozen (not rock solid but partly thawed) in the center. It will cut easily and clean thru. Try and keep pieces uniform in size so that they cook at equal rates.

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2. Take 2 eggs and whip them in a bowl and set aside.

3. In another larger bowl, combine all the ingredients for the coating mix and combine well with a whisk until everything looks incorporated.

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4. Finally, take your cooking sheet and line it with parchment paper.

5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

6. Create an assembly line order, left to right, with your chicken strips near your egg bath. Your coating mix next to the egg bath. And finally, your cookie sheet lined with parchment paper next to the coating mix.

7. Using a set on tongs, pick up several strips of cut raw chicken and put them into the egg bath. One-by-one, coat each piece of raw chicken with raw egg and transfer into the coating mix. Coat entire strip of chicken and using the tongs, transfer the coated chicken to the cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Continue process, leaving space between each chicken finger until cookie sheet is full.
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8. Place in heated oven and set timer for 20-25 minutes or until fully cooked.

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9. Remove from heat and serve with your choice of sides (like sweet potato fries).

 

This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, and corn-free.

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Lunch: Taco Salad with Quinoa and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Today’s lunch is Taco Salad!!! 👏

Tale extra 90/10 lean ground beef from hamburgers the night before, chop into bite-size pieces and tossed with some cumin, chili pepper and paprika (spices 2:1:1 ratio). Take kale/spinach/chard/carrot medley mix (Sams Club) and chop up and toss with a spicy ranch dressing along with feta and red and yellow bell peppers.

Tip #1: Always make extra when you are grilling meat. It makes it easy for lunch the next day to pull out and reheat.

Tip #2: You don’t use as much dressing if you toss your salad.

 

Place some left over quinoa and red pepper hummus (Sams Club) in two sides of your bowl and take bites along with salad as a mix in. It makes the salad more enjoyable to introduce new flavors between bites. Don’t forget to rinse your palate with your lemon and organic apple cider vinegar water! The citric acid in the water not only has health benefits, but will enhance the taste of what you’re eating!

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So filling and tasty!

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This recipe is refined-sugar free, gluten-free, corn-free, and low in lactose.

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