Sugarfree Zevia Protein Muffins, with beets! (and other options)

As promised, here is a fun Zevia muffin or bread recipe from www.zevia.com! The original recipe on their website used Cola, but since I prefer Dr. Zevia, that’s what I used.  Adding the cola to the ingredients makes a fizzy “concoction” in your mixing bowl, that my 8 year old son thought was WONDERFUL! The recipe suggests opening the soda early, so it’s not so fizzy, but all that fizzy action was the fun part for us!:) We had a great time making this. Go to the link above for the ingredients and directions, and here are my suggestions and what I used:

I prefer to make grain-free recipes if possible, so I used almond meal that I buy at Trader Joes. Almond flour or another gluten free flour may have given it a slightly better texture, but they were still good with almond meal.

I did not have enough protein powder at the time, and they still turned out fine. I used a stevia-sweetened vanilla whey powder.

We made both bread and muffins, and I think the muffins turned out slightly better. Only, don’t use cheap paper baking cups like I did, because they stuck to the bread, which ashamedly, did NOT prevent us from eating every bite (yes, we scraped the paper to get every last bite, I admit it.)

BEST PART: I had an organic beet I wanted to use up, and since the recipe offered that as an ingredient option, I said “heck yeah, we’re usin that beet!”

Well, that’s what makes this the perfect Halloween baking experiment for all of you mad scientists out there! It turned the ingredients a beautiful dark red, (like blood, Halloween, get it?) and when we added the fizzy soda, it was a bubbling cauldron of bloody red goo (insert evil laugh here)! Look at all that awesomeness below!

Now, that bloody red color changes as it bakes (unfortunately), but it was fun while it lasted! So, here’s my full confession: while the beet made it super fun and a really cool color, it wasn’t sweet enough, so I would suggest using the applesauce or banana OR you could add frosting like I did in the picture below! (it was stevia sweetened cream cheese frosting). If you don’t have ingredients (or time) for frosting, you could always add honey on top instead. I especially love www.cloisturehoney.com ‘s whipped cinnamon honey! O MY Amazing!

My last bit of advice would be to make sure you chop/process your beets small enough, if that’s what you use for this. I left a few chunks, and it wasn’t my most favorite bite when I found them:) If you are a huge beet lover, then by all means, leave the beets chunky!

I loved the way this recipe offered so many options, so it has the potential to taste many different ways, depending on what you use. Chocolate chips and pecans would be a nice addition, if that works for your family. If you try this, I hope you have as much fun as we did making it! And please let me know how it turns out, since there are so many varieties possible! Happy Halloween! Enjoy!

Please go to this post  to enter the GiveAway for FREE Zevia! They generously offered TWO free 6packs to the winner, so you can drink some and cook with some! Check out the Zevia website for all kinds of recipes for no sugar foods and drinks.

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Kombucha recipe from Anna’s Favorite Things

Note from OrganicEater: If you are in the Charlotte area, the blog post above is by a Charlotte blogger, so you can get cultures from her! If you follow my Instagram account, you know I love me some kombucha. Reed’s Kombucha is my very favorite store bought brand! I am so excited to have found a site that will teach me how to make kombucha (and other healthy fermented goodies). I’m posting this to share the goodness with you guys too!! Let me know if you try this!

Here are a couple others that have great kombucha making information and videos:

Kombuchakamp.com

Culturesforhealth.com

thehealthyhomeeconomist.com and she is on YouTube with videos that are helpful

Get your kombucha brewin’,

OrganicEater

Anna's Favorite Things

I love ferments!  Our gut has anywhere from 600-1000 different microbials working to keep us healthy.   We tend to do a lot of things that negatively impact these microbials – diet is one and antibiotics is another.   I don’t do antibiotics any more and am grateful that my youngest (12) has never had them and my oldest (14) hasn’t had them since we got her out of the hospital!!

But many of us have taken them over the years and they effect our gut balance for YEARS, some any say generations as we pass our gut issues on to our babies.

One thing we can do to help is to consume a variety of ferments.  There is NO need for expensive store bought probiotics.  Not only are they unnecessary and expensive but really don’t do the job.   Most store bought probiotics only have a few strains and that just…

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Blender Pancakes

Taste is Trump.: GAPS Blender Pancakes.

I made these this morning, like many weekend mornings in the last few months. They are awesome. They’re my favorite grain free pancake recipe because it all goes in the blender, then I pour the batter from the blender. Couldn’t be easier. Seems like I’m all about sharing the “easy” recipes with you guys:) I guess that’s because it’s GOT to be easy for me to like it! And because one of my goals here at OE is to encourage everyone that cooking healthy food is not difficult!

I use her exact recipe, so go to the link and print it. Notice her disclaimer that a regular blender MAY not work on almonds. I used my Blendtec. Here are my other tips:

1. you don’t HAVE to soak your almonds. I have used soaked raw almonds and I have used raw almonds out of the bag. Didn’t seem to make a difference. Her blog should have more info as to why you do want to soak them for better nutrition,  if you plan ahead well enough. That’s not usually me.

2. keep the heat on medium,  the butter can scorch easily. Use grass-fed butter if you can, or organic. At the least, use real butter rather than a processed oil fake butter tub of gross. (hey Dana, why don’t you tell us what you really think of imitation butter!!??!) IF you need convincing on using grass-fed butter see this page. If you are vegan, well, I just remembered this recipe has yogurt in it, so I suppose you won’t be making this one anyway…. Oh! Wait! There is almond milk yogurt now. And you can use the coconut oil to fry them instead of butter. Oh, you’re all set!   Update: I forgot about the eggs since the recipe wasn’t right in front of me:).  Vegetarians would eat these, but vegans won’t. Sorry, I tried.

3. the batter will thicken as it sits. The first batch may be a bit thin but they will still taste great, don’t worry. After the batter gets thicker you may need to do this: after you pour a “blob” of batter onto the pan, take a spoon and spread it out a little. If you leave them too thick, they won’t cook properly.

4. I like to add some almond extract if I have it.

5. To make these an extra special treat, you can add chocolate chips, but don’t blend them. Add at the end. Same for blueberries or other fruit that is in season. We used blueberries today and they were heavenly.

6. Use REAL maple syrup, (grade B is more nutritious) not the fake stuff. I’m sure Aunt Jemima was a wonderful person, but she makes some crappy syrup (Hey Dana, why don’t you tell us what you really think about fake syrup?!!?). It makes no sense to go to the trouble of making these awesome pancakes and then top them with high fructose corn syrup. You simply defile these healthy pancakes by doing so. Do not defile the pancakes.

7. I also added  a few pecan pieces on top of my blueberry pancakes today. Brilliant.

8. this recipe makes enough for my hungry family of 4, with plenty of left overs, which we love.

9. In her recipe she also tells us that if you leave out the sweetener and vanilla, these can be used like pieces of “bread” to make pizzas or sandwiches. I can’t wait to try that!

REMINDER: chocolate chips and maple syrup are not on the Maximized Living “Advanced Plan”. They are a rare treat after weight goals have been attained, or if you’re a healthy kid who gets pancakes on Sundays like mine do! We eat healthy breakfasts all the other days, but Sundays are always a treat breakfast because it’s our favorite day of the week!

Enjoy! We surely did! In fact, hubs had all the leftovers for dinner tonight!:)

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater

Strawberry Sorbet loaded with Vitamin C, and every other fruit possibility! (only need a blender)

STRAWBERRY “SORBET” WITH CHOCOLATE CHIPS
from http://www.OrganicEater.com

I just whipped up a monstrous portion of Vitamin C filled organic strawberry “sorbet”, and I had to share it with you asap because it’s so stinkin easy you won’t believe it! Strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C, and this sorbet is filled with strawberries, so here ya go. Here’s the fastest, easiest sorbet you’ve ever made. Hope you have a good blender!

(I realize it looks like ketchup in the picture, but it’s not. promise.)

1 bag (12-16 oz) frozen organic strawberries. I’m gonna tell you that it DOES matter if you use organic here. Strawberries are one of the most pesticide covered fruits according to the Dirty Dozen list. But if you can’t find/afford them, it’s still healthier than eating processed sorbet that used non organic strawberries at the factory! So, go for it. (no guilt here, remember)

1 cup almond milk (may need a little more, test as you go). Almond milk is a fantastic source of calcium! You should be able to substitute other milks, but unsweetened vanilla almond milk gives it a great flavor with no added sugar, so it depends on “where you’re at” on the good/better/best scale. YOU decide. If you’re into it, go to www.WholeNewMom.com to look for her – almond milk recipe.

Sweetener equal to  2 TBS pure maple syrup (grade B is the healthier one actually) or honey (we use local raw honey for health benefits). Liquid stevia or raw organic agave could be used as well. If anyone tries using an apple for the sweetener, let me know. Red or yellow, not green.

Blend until smooth. Eat immediately! Melts fast. It will have the consistency of a milkshake, but we still used spoons to eat it. We topped it with chocolate chips since it’s a weekend treat, but they weren’t necessary.  If you need to make this “to go”, like a smoothie, just add more milk, then pour it in a to-go cup with a straw.

Earlier this week I made pineapple sorbet and also banana sorbet, just like this, and they were both amazing. I was originally  inspired by a peach sorbet recipe that I saw on “The Chew” earlier this week, and now I’m trying all the fruits I can think of! This is an amazingly healthy, easy, fun, and delicious treat that we will be making all summer, usually without the chocolate chips:)

If you try this or another variation, let me know how it turns out! I can’t wait to hear about some of these creations. The possibilities are endless!

update 9/14/12: Dr. Axe had this Raspberry Sorbet recipe this week, and it uses water instead, but you’ll need to freeze it after blending:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup raw honey or stevia
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
    1. Directions blend together and freeze for a couple hours (you may need to stir every 30 min to keep from freezing into a solid block of ice)

      Encouraging Health,

      Organic Eater

Paleo Pepitas, please!

Roasted Pepitas at http://www.organiceater.com

Yes, these can be Vegan, Vegetarian, or Paleo of course; I just enjoy the alliteration of “Paleo Pepitas”:) These are our new favorite snack, and the whole family loves them! Pepitas, or pumpkin seeds, are a surprisingly healthy source of manganese and several other nutrients you can read about on the link below. Of course you can eat them raw, but we prefer the crunch and flavor of roasting them. My 8 year old turned his nose up to the raw seeds, wouldn’t touch em, but gobbled down a cup of these bad boys (fast!) after they had been roasted. Hubs and the teen love em too!  I buy them (pictured above) at Trader Joes. I prefer the “green” ones, rather than the seeds with the white husk that looks like they’re right out of the pumpkin. Just add a little oil of your choice (I used coconut oil, just enough to cover them) and some natural sea salt, on a baking sheet at 325 for about 20 minutes, stirring after about 10 minutes. They will need to cool off before you can serve them, so tell your family to wait! You could roast a whole bag of these at once, and store them, to have on hand for fast snacks. You can also add cayenne pepper or any other spices to try to vary the flavors.  Here are the benefits of pepitas. I also researched the pesticide levels on pepitas, and they were not on the dirty dozen, and could not be found on the What’s On My Food site, so I think they should be fine. If you know otherwise, please leave a comment.

This is going into regular rotation here at our house now that the 8yo has declared “this is better than popcorn” (and score for the seed vs. grain. yay!) I am thrilled to find another real food, quick, easy, healthy snack idea that got 4 thumbs up here. I hope it helps you too!

Encouraging Health,

Organic Eater