Quinoa… an Ancient Grain?!? Yummy Recipe for You & Baby!

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Welcome back Yummy Amigos!

Although my family and I strive to eat primarily whole foods consisting of fruits and veggies, we do indulge in various Gluten-Free grains, seeds and nuts.

Quinoa… is another Super-Food I had never even heard of until my adulthood. I think I pretty much was in a big fat bubble while I lived in my small town in Texas!!!

Quinoa… pronounced keen-wah, was considered an Ancient Food by the Inca Empire. The Quinoa crop was actually considered sacred by the Inca, how cool is that?
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So not only is Quinoa Gluten-Free, it is also considered one of the special complete protein type of foods. Yes, it actually contains the 9 essential amino acids the body needs! Wow, my family and I totally missed the boat on this ride!!! Yep, Quinoa is loaded with Protein, Fiber and Minerals!

Now before we get too excited, it is important to point out that although it is technically Gluten-Free, it’s chemical structure mimics that of gluten, so it does seem to affect many Celiacs in the same manner… so proceed with caution!

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In addition to being loaded with Magnesium, Iron and Zinc, it is pretty high in carbs, so please be cognizant if you are on a low carb or no carb diet. If you are diabetic, it does seem to convert to sugar pretty rapidly, so watch it baby! 😉

Although there are about 120 different types of this pseudo-grain, the yummiest types appear to be the Red, White and Black Quinoa. Although we cook and use it as a grain, it actually is a sprouted seed that is more like a Beet than a grain! Who knew?!?
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So the big question for mommies & daddies is, will the kids eat it?!? Yes, yes, yes!!! Black quinoa tends to have an “earthier” and sweeter taste, but my kids prefer the red and yellow.

I pretty much use the same 2:1 ratio instructions I use when cooking rice. Most Quinoa packages come with easy instructions. Here is a yummy yummy Baby-Friendly recipe I use when serving it to my family!
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It is critical that you rinse and soak your Quinoa for a minimum of 30 minutes. Quinoa can be dirty and taste bitter if you don’t rinse it well.

Heat 2 Cups of Water or Broth or Coconut Water to just boiling.

Add 1 Cup of Clean Raw Quinoa.

Cover and reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.

Turn heat off and allow to sit for an additional 10 to 15 minutes (until liquid is absorbed).

While the Quinoa is cooking, I sautee our favorite veggies in 2-3 Tablespoons of Veggie Broth and Sea Salt.

Once the veggies and quinoa are ready, I fluff up the Quinoa with a fork, mix it all with 1-2 Tablespoons of Coconut Butter and Sea Salt and it’s ready to eat!

🌴 Another option for lil ones it to add Fresh Young Thai Coconut Chunks!

*Big Kid Options

🌿 Fresh Rosemary in Sautéed Veggies
🌿 Diced Tomatoes
🌿 Black or White Pepper
🌿 Minced Garlic in Veggies
🌿 Coconut Liquid Aminos (Soy Sauce)
🌿 Chopped Red Onions
🌿 Chopped Bell Peppers
🌿 Diced Cucumbers
🌿 Lemon Juice

🌱 Chopped Tofu

Quinoa can be served hot or cold and with your favorite dressing! The possibilities are endless… 🙂

I know you and your lil ones will really enjoy this Yummy Ancient Food!

See ya soon my friends! Xoxo
~ Dr. Dee


Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Pudding! Easy & Yummy Vegan Recipe!

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Oh my goodness… My entire family is in love with this “no-guilt” Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Pudding!

This decadent pudding is Creamy and Smooth, but it is so Healthy that even babies can enjoy this as a meal! ☺

The Avocado and Raw Cacao in this yummy recipe create a treat full of healthy protein and antioxidants! By adding Raspberries and Nibs on top, big kids like me can take this Chocolate Pudding to a super decadent level! 🍇

Chocolate Raspberry Pudding Ingredients:

🍘 2 Ripe Avocados (remove pits)
🍘 ¹/³ Cup Raw Cacao Powder (Or Cocoa powder)
🍘 2 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (or Maple syrup, Agave)
🍘 1 ½ Ripe Bananas (not too ripe)
🍘 ¹/8 teaspoon Sea Salt
🍘 ¼ teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
🍘 1 ½ teaspoons Vanilla extract
🍘  ¼ – ½ Cup Coconut Milk  (or Rice, Almond, Soy)

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5 Yummy Secret Tips:

* Cinnamon is optional, but so healthy & yummy!

* Milk is optional, omit or reduce for thicker pudding. Add more milk if too thick.

* For more Chocolate taste, use Vegan Chocolate Milk instead of plain vegan milk!

* Add 2-3 Medjool Dates if you want more sweetness! Nectar & Dates can be omitted for less sugar content.

* Tofu instead of Avocado is another option. (We like Avocado best 🙂

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3 Easy Instructions:

1) Place all ingredients in Food processor or Blender.

2) Blend/Process until it is all smooth & creamy.

3) Transfer to a bowl and allow to set in fridge for 1 hour +.

Chocolate Pudding Garnish:

🍇 Raspberries are a healthy & yummy topping!

🍇 Raw Cacao Nibs add a fun & healthy texture!

🍇 Rice Whipped Cream is a fun creamy twist!

🍊 Orange Zest in/on top is another Yummy idea with a punch!

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Raspberries are considered a Super-Fruit and really carry a lot of healing power in every little berry. Like Cacao, the Raspberry is filled with yummy but healthy antioxidants!

According to a study in the “Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry” published in 2003, antioxidants are especially concentrated in cocoa, a product of cacao beans.

In this study, researchers compared the antioxidant capacity of black tea, green tea, red wine and cocoa, concluding that cocoa has the highest antioxidant activity among the four products and the greatest potential for health benefits.

Woohoo!!! 😆☺☺☺

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Yay! This means you can enjoy this decadent treat for breakfast or dessert! Your entire family will love every yummy healthy bite! ☺

Let me know if you have any other interesting twists!

Sending you everlasting health and wellness, xoxox!

~Dr. Dee


Dragon Fruit Roll Ups

Our 3 year old Baby Vegan loves Dragon Fruit Roll ups! 🌱🍉🍑🌱

Try new healthy foods with your loved ones… 💖🌞💖

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🌱Seaweed
🌱Dragon Fruit
🌱Sesame Seeds
🌱Cabbage
🌱Carrots
🌱Avocado
🌱Cilantro
🌱Sea salt

🌱Your favorite Vegan Sauce!
🌱 L💜VE

Just roll it up from corner to corner & Voila!

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How’s your Phytonutrient Health? Raw Tomatillo Tacos!

The various colors of Fruits and Vegetables can be thought of as complementary forces that interact to form a dynamic system in which our body can achieve vital nutrients.

Fruits, Vegetables and other plants provide essential Phytonutrients as well as essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that each color group has to offer.


Phytonutrient Examples:

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Phytochemicals, also known as phytonutrients, are a large group of plant-derived compounds believed to be responsible for much of the disease protection derived from diets high in fruits, vegetables, beans, cereals, and plant-based beverages such as tea and wine.

Of these phytochemicals, flavonoids are the most diverse group of phytochemicals. Research suggests that flavonoids, in particular, may be an important phytochemical group that contributes to the reduced mortality rates observed in people consuming high levels of plant-based foods.

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How many Fruits & Veggies do you actually need?

Children 2 to 6 years old should get three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit, for a total of five.

Children older than 6, teenage girls, active women and most men should get at least four servings of vegetables and three servings of fruit, for a total of seven!

Teenage boys and active men should get five servings of vegetables and four servings of fruits, for a total of nine!

According to the CDC, more really does matter and it truly depends on your particular body and your particular genetics and life-style. Are you sensitive or intolerant to certain fruits & veggies, have you had your DNA tested for MTHR Polymorphisms? Consider really getting to know your food genes!

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Research reveals that if you create a variety and balance of Fruit & Veggie Phytonutrients in your daily life, the result will greatly contribute to:

• Strengthening your immune system
• Lowering your risk for certain cancers
• Warding off Type 2 Diabetes
• Reducing High Blood Pressure
• Preventing some Eye Diseases
• Maintaining Urinary Tract health
• Maintaining Heart Health
• Improving Memory
• Helping build Strong Bones & Teeth

Start eating a Rainbow of Colors everyday and you raise your chances of having Optimal Health & Phytonutrient Power!

Here is a Yummy Yummy recipe for Tomatillo Tacos. This Deelicious recipe has so many colors of nature’s rainbow, you will be well on your way to receiving some of your daily requirements.

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Tomatillo Taco Ingredients:

1 Head of Radicchio
1/2 cup of Cilantro Leaves (de-stemmed)
3 Medium to Large Ripe Avocados (peeled, pitted, diced)
2 Cloves of Garlic (peeled)
1/2 Red Onion (chopped)
1 teaspoon of ground Cumin
3 Tomatillos, (husked, chopped)
2 Medium Tomatoes (diced)
2 Limes (juiced)
1/2 Lemon (juiced)
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
2 Cups Cucumber (diced)
1/4 Chopped Basil (optional)

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Tomatillo Taco Instructions:

1) Combine the Tomatillos, Cilantro, Avocado, Red onion, Garlic, Lime juice, Lemon juice, Cumin, salt and pepper in a food processor or blender and pulse until combined.

2) Separate Radicchio Leaves

3) Dice Cucumber

4) Coarsely Chop Tomatoes

To serve Tomatillo Tacos:

1) Place the Radicchio leaves on a platter.

2) Gently place a heaping Tablespoon of diced Cucumber on each leaf.

3) Place a generous tablespoon of Tomatillo mixture over Cucumber.

4) Sprinkle some diced tomato over Tomatillo mixture.

5) Slice Basil strips on top of tomatoes.

6) Sprinkle Sea Salt on top.

*mixture makes about 30 tacos

Mmmm… I can’t wait to eat these Deeelicious tacos!

I look forward to hearing what you think of these tasty treats! Ohhh, they are so Yummy Yummy Baby!

Stay Healthy & Happy ~ Dr. D.


Raw Nasturtium Blossom Salad!

NASTURTIUM BLOSSOM SALAD
Potent Antibiotic, Potent Satisfaction!

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Welcome back to Yummy Yummy Baby!

During long hot summers such as this, I can not help but dream of our family vacation in the Mayan Riviera. I remember the blue waters, the Mayan Pyramids we climbed and the beautiful foliage that surrounded us.

Most of all, I remember the young kids and toddlers that walked around the pyramids, smiling, laughing, playing barefoot and selling little trinkets. I was 5 1/2 months pregnant with my second child, in awe at how these toddlers and kids could thrive without shoes, medicine, vaccinations, while exposed to such elements… These young children were so bright eyed, had perfect smiles and the vision of perfect health.

These kids in “impoverished conditions” are thriving, why is America having such a problem with low birth weights?

We stayed at a very quaint and historic hotel built right on the same grounds as the Chichen Itza Pyramid… It was a dream come true… I was touching, smelling and walking on these historic grounds, somehow wishing that I could go back in time and speak with a Medicine Man for just one day!  Well maybe half a day, those were some scary times…

I woke up everyday to the present, but had the fortune of connecting with locals who inspired me! I had not met a Mayan medicine woman/man, but I was given their powerful message… All we need for good physical health is to understand our foods, plants and herbs and how they are here to help us thrive.

One of the most special plants I learned about was the Nasturtium…

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Nasturtium is an edible flowering plant that not only has a high concentration of Vitamin C, but also has been considered a fast acting natural antibiotic by Meso-Americans for a very long time.

I also learned that eating a couple of the peppery leaves at the onset of a cold or flu can potentially instantaneously heal. The Nasturtium is considered a gentle and natural antibiotic and is believed to have major healing effects when eating 1 or 2 leaves- three times a day.

These bright, happy, wonderful little flowers originated in South America and were widely used by the Meso-Americans for urinary tract infections, kidney problems and for their general antibiotic action. In fact, it is reported that the Nasturtium was considered such an important part of the medicine cabinet, that no home was without a nasturtium plant if they could avoid it.

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The Nasturtium leaf has mild citrus notes with a peppery tang. Although the leaves were very popular, it is the seeds that are considered a prized delicacy.

The Nasturtium inspires me to ask you whether you are truly aware of your Kidney Health? Does your family have a history of poor kidney health? Are you adequately filtering your body ON A DAILY BASIS? Do you know that you should be drinking a minimum of half your body weight in water ounces in order to maintain adequate kidney health?

So for example, if a person weighs 100 pounds, they typically need a minimum of 50 ounces of water per day… yes per day. This water is what is needed to rid your body of 2 quarts of toxins by sifting out 200 quarts of blood.

In honor of your kidneys, I bring you Nature’s gift… Nasturtium Blossom Salad! So yummy for your taste buds, so healing for your kidneys… Mmmm, enjoy before the nurseries run out, for their season is coming to a close!

NASTURTIUM BLOSSOM SALAD!

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Potent Antibiotic, Potent Satisfaction!

INGREDIENTS:  

6-8 Nasturtium Blossoms

17 small Nasturtium leaves, approx 1-2 inches in diameter

1 head of Organic Butter Lettuce

3-4 cups of Mixed Greens (Organic Radicchio, Baby Spinach, Red Romaine)

1 cup of Organic Raw Fresh Snow Peas

1/2 cup of Organic Raspberries

1/2 cup of Organic Walnuts

1 small Organic Red Onion

Instructions:

Wash, crisp and break greens.

Wash Nasturtium leaves well and pat dry.

Carefully wash Nasturtium Blossoms.

Slice Red Onion in thin slices.

Place greens, Nasturtium leaves, Onion Slices, Peas, Raspberries and Walnuts in a salad bowl and toss lightly with the Balsmic-Coco dressing.  Garnish with Nasturtium Blossoms.  6-8 Servings.

Balsamic-Coco Vinaigrette:

3 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 teaspoon of Stone Ground Mustard

2 Tablespoons of Coconut Agave

1/4 teaspoon of Sea Salt

Ground Pepper to taste

1/2 Garlic Clove minced

2 Tablespoons of Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions:

Toss all of the vinaigrette ingredients into a bowl and then whisk.

You are going to love this healing Nasturtium Salad… it’s absolutely Yummy Yummy Baby!

Sending you Love & Light, Dr. Dee  🙂