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Dangers of Formaldehyde Lurk in Everyday Products

by Deirdre Imus - The chemical and known human carcinogen formaldehyde pops up in many unexpected places, like pressed wood products such as cabinets and flooring, hair straightening or curling treatments, fertilizers, cigarette smoke, and some plastic and paper products. It is also used to kill germs, or as a preservative, which is its main function in the funeral industry. And, it is putting at risk the lives of those who deal with the dead.  Read more...

Playing Offense Against GMO's: Your Right To Know

by Deirdre Imus - Back in April the popular Mexican restaurant chain Chipotle announced it would use only ingredients free of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.  Last year, Whole Foods Market committed to “full transparency” on products containing GMOs, demanding that by 2018 all products sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores be labeled to indicate if they contain genetically engineered materials. These are noble proclamations with potentially huge implications and should not be taken lightly.  Read more...

An Angry Father's Guide To The Measles Vaccine 

Be informed. Please. I wish I had, 10 years ago, and my life and my family’s life would be much different today. I don’t want you to agree with me, I don’t need you to agree with me, and I don’t need you to change any of your plans, but I hope you’ll listen to what I have to say so you have more information to make the right choice for your son or daughter. Read more...

 

Deirdre's Book Pick Of The Week

 

Unlocked: A Family Emerging from the Shadows of Autism

A Poignant and Inspiring Story of a Family Whose Child Emerges from Autism.  Unlocked begins with a vivid depiction of the author’s life with her autistic son, Ben. Feelings of isolation, self-hate, and even moments of hatred toward her own child in response to his behaviors, as well as the impact on her marriage and younger daughter, impel her to seek solutions for his condition. Through years of trial and error, Susan eventually discovers methods that bring about radical improvement in Ben.  Read more....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Thursday
    Sep052013

    Autumn Spiced Gluten Free Waffles

    Ingredients

     

    • 1 ½ cups gluten free all purpose flour
    • ½ t xanthan gum
    • 2 t baking powder
    • 2 eggs, or egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs
    • 1 1/3 cups non dairy milk
    • 2 T coconut  oil, warmed until just reached liquid state
    • 2 T coconut nectar, honey, maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
    • 2 t vanilla powder or extract
    • 1 t cinnamon
    • ¼ t cardamom powder
    • ¼ t ginger powder
    • ¼ t nutmeg (preferably fresh grated)

    Directions

    Combine flour, xanthan gum, baking powder and spices. Stir together until ingredients are evenly distributed.

    In a separate bowl, beat togetehr eggs, milk and sweetener.

    While whisking, slowly add the melted coconut oil. *Make sure your liquid ingredients are around room temperature. The coconut oil will harden when added to a cold mixture.

    Combine the dry ingredients mixture with the liquid ingredients mixture and beat until smooth.

    Ladle 1/4 - 1/2 cup of batter onto an oiled, piping hot waffle iron and press until ready.

    Serve with maple syrup, spiced apple sauce, fresh fruit or homemade jam or preserves.

    Friday
    Sep072012

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    Thursday
    Sep062012

    Maple Nut Granola

    Ingredients

    wet

    • 1 apple chopped
    • 1 cup chia seed
    • 1 cup flax seed
    • 6 large dates
    • 1 1/4 cup maple syrup (you may use a different liquid sweetener of choice)
    • 1 ½ Tablespoon vanilla
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 2 teaspoons salt
    • 2 cups water

    dry

    • ¼ cup sunflower seeds (soaked and drained)
    • 2 cups almonds (soaked and drained)
    • 3 cups pecans (soaked and drained)
    • 1 cup pumpkin seeds (soaked and drained)

    *you may use other nut and seed combinations just maintain a similar ratio of nut/seed to wet ingredient mixture*

    added separately

    • 1 cup dried fruit (goji berry, mulberry, cranberry etc.)

    Directions

    Combine wet ingredients and blend until smooth.  Place into large bowl.

    Combine nuts and seeds in food processor and pulse to chop coarsely or chop by hand.

    Fold chopped nuts and seeds into wet mixture and stir until evenly coated.

    Add dried fruit.

    Spread on dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 110 degrees Fahrenheit for 24 hours. At this point break up granola by hand or crumble into processor and pulse a few times. 

    Place back in dehydrator until desired texture/crispness is obtained.

    Thursday
    Sep062012

    Millet/Quinoa Blueberry Muffins

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup cooked millet or quinoa (leftovers work great)
    • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
    • 4 eggs
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2/3 cup coconut oil
    • ¾ cup sugar
    • 1 cup gluten free all purpose flour
    • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
    • ½ teaspoon baking soda
    • ½ teaspoon sea salt/pink salt
    • 1 cup blueberries

    Directions

    Combine milk, egg, vanilla and process in blender or food processor.

    Add quinoa/millet and blend until smooth.

    Add coconut oil and blend until incorporated.

    Mix sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in separate bowl.

    Add flour mixture to blender and blend once more until well mixed.

    Pour batter into bowl and fold in blueberries.

    Bake in lightly greased and floured muffin tins, or use muffin papers, at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 16-18 minutes.

    Wednesday
    Sep052012

    Summertime Coleslaw

    Ingredients

    • 3 cups red cabbage shredded or finely chopped
    • 3 cups green cabbage shredded or finely chopped
    • 1 apple diced
    • ½ cup carrot shredded or finely chopped
    • ½ cup raisins
    • 2 Tablespoons chopped green onion
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Dressing

    • 1 cup raw cashew butter (or cashews that have been soaked ~8 hours)
    • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
    • 1 Tablespoon prepared mustard
    • ½ cup water
    • sea salt and black pepper to taste

    Directions

    Combine cabbage, apple, raisin carrot and lemon juice and honey.

    Prepare dressing by blending cashew butter (or soaked cashews), apple cider vinegar, mustard, water and black pepper until smooth.

    Fold dressing into cabbage mixture until everything is well coated.

    Season with sea salt and fresh black pepper to taste and chill before serving.