Jackfruit Taco Recipe: Healthy & Yummy!

JACKFRUIT

The first time I had something similar to Jackfruit was in Jamaica, about 13 years ago. A street vendor in Kingston sold yummy Breadfruit plates for about $2.00. Although it didn’t taste like bread to me, it was starchy, unique and delicious.

Jackfruit is actually bigger than Breadfruit, is the largest fruit produced on trees and can keep us healthy in so many ways!

•Jackfruit is filled with Vitamin C and can help fight against viral and bacterial infections. In fact, one cup of jackfruit supplies our body with enough Vitamin C to support the function of our white blood cells, resulting in a stronger immune system and overall greater health.

•Jackfruit’s phytonutrients and antioxidants can help rid your body of cancer-causing free radicals, which can treat cell damage and build a resistance against different types of cancers.

•Jackfruit’s high fiber can soothe digestive disorders including constipation and ulcers. Every hundred grams of jackfruit is about four grams of fiber, so eating jackfruit can protect the colon by removing carcinogenic chemicals found in your large intestine.

•Jackfruit can also help you keep great skin, great eyesight, good blood pressure and healthy bones!

And as if all these amazing health benefits were not enough, jackfruit is also low in calories and free of fat! Yes, that’s right, you can eat a ton of sweet jackfruit without gaining a ton of weight!

The next time you have a hankering for something healthy and delicious, consider Darshana Thacker’s healthy jackfruit recipe!

CHIPOTLE JACKFRUIT TACOS:

INGREDIENTS:

🌮1 medium potato, cut into ½-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮1 medium onion, cut into ¼-inch dice (2 cups)

🌮2 cloves fresh garlic, minced (1 teaspoon)

🌮1½ cups of diced tomatoes with juice

🌮1½ cups fresh cut jackfruit or one 14 oz can.

🌮3 tablespoons taco seasoning

🌮1 tablespoon smoked paprika

🌮¼ teaspoon minced chipotle in adobo sauce

🌮2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

🌮2 tablespoons lemon juice

JACKFRUIT TACO TOPPINGS:

🌮12 corn tortillas

🌮2 cups shredded lettuce

🌮1 medium tomato, cut into ½-inch dice (1 cup)

🌮2 stalks scallions, thinly sliced (1/2 cup)

🌮1 avocado, cut into ¾-inch diced

PREPARATION:

1. In a skillet over medium-low heat, sauté the potatoes, onions, and garlic in ¼ cup water for 10 minutes or until the onions are tender.

2. Add the diced tomatoes, jackfruit, taco seasoning, paprika, and chipotle in adobo sauce, and continue cooking for 10 minutes until the juice from the tomatoes is absorbed.

3. Using the back of the spatula, break the jackfruit into smaller pieces. Stir in the cilantro and lemon juice.

4. Place half of the tortillas in a stack on a heated non-stick skillet. Cook each side of the stack on medium-low heat, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until the tortillas in the middle are heated through. Wrap warmed tortillas in a damp cloth to keep warm. Repeat with remaining tortillas.

5. To assemble the tacos, place the filling in the center of each, and top with the lettuce, tomatoes, scallions, and avocado, then serve immediately!

Doesn’t this Forks Over Knives recipe sound so Yummy Yummy Baby?!?

There are so many ways to eat Jackfruit, explore and let me know what you come up with!

Thank you to Forks Over Knives and Health Team Trista for the awesome recipe, pics and info!

🍈~ Dr. Desy


Vegan Coconut Yogurt Recipe: Probiotics Benefits You & Baby!

yogurt bianco e fragolaWhat Are Vegan Probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms, that scientific research has shown to benefit our health. Most often they are good bacteria, but they may also be other organisms such as yeasts.

Vegan Probiotics are similar, or the same, as the “good” bacteria already in your body, especially those in our tummy, but without allergens such as dairy products. These good bacteria are part of the trillions of microorganisms that already inhabit our bodies.

This community of microorganisms is called the microbiota. Some microbiota organisms are known to cause disease and others are known to aide in digestion and good health.

Some Foods with Natural & Dairy-Free Probiotics:

Homemade Coconut Yogurt, Miso Soup, Kambucha, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Tempeh, Kimchi & other fermented food. 豚キムチ As you can see in the list and the photos, foods that have natural probiotics are not foods babies or children can or would like to eat… This is why is important to learn about Probiotic supplementation for infants & kids.

The two kinds of Bacteria used most often in Probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These GOOD BACTERIA are also far more abundant in infant poop then in adult excrement.

Each group of bacteria has different species and each species has different strains. Different strains have different benefits for different parts of your body. Most importantly, in order for Probiotic Bacteria to work, they must survive the acids in the Digestive Tract.

It is important to buy good quality REFRIGERATED probiotics, which can not be found at regular grocery stores!

Why Babies feel better with Vegan Probiotics!

  • They Boost immune system by enhancing antibodies to vaccines.
  • Prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to gut lining & growing there.
  • Send signals to cells to strengthen mucus in intestines
  • Helps mucous act as a barrier against infection.
  • Inhibit/Destroy toxins released by “bad” bacteria.
  • Produce B vitamins necessary for metabolizing food
  • Reduces anemia caused by deficiencies in B6/B12.
  • Maintains healthy skin and a healthy nervous system.

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Other Possible Benefits of Vegan Probiotics for Babies:

  • Prevention of necrotising enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue).
  • Prevention of fevers & diarrhea.
  • Increased immunity in infants infected with Rotavirus & Diarrhea.
  • Reduces chances baby will develop atopic Eczema & Asthma.

Signs your Baby/Child may need Vegan Probiotics!  

  • Colic
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloody stools
  • Mucous in stools
  • H-pylori in the family
  • Repeated respiratory infections

Other Important Questions!

  • Was baby born premature? Was baby given antibiotics?
  • Was mom given antibiotics during pregnancy/delivery/breast feeding?
  • Was baby born through C-Section? Did mom drink dairy while pregnant?
  • Did mom lack fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy?
  • Did your baby get sick after he/she was vaccinated?
  • Did biological mother have a vaginal infection during birth?

If your baby/child has any of these symptoms, it is critical to consult with someone who can do an assessment and who is truly aware of Probiotic benefits. (Functional Med Dr/Homeopath/Naturopath/Nutritionist). IMG_20141123_092914

Possible Consequences of a Damaged Digestive Tract:

If the mother had an undiagnosed vaginal infection during a vaginal birth, it is possible the baby’s gut could have been damaged by this infection.

If your baby was adopted or was not breast-fed then your baby did not receive all of the natural and healing properties that are in breastmilk. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Neurologist & Neurosurgeon, if your baby has a damaged digestive tract, it will further damage the integrity of his or her gut wall. This damage allows Pathogenic microbes and all sorts of toxins and microbes to flood your child’s bloodstream, and then enter the brain and disrupt development. This can result in ADHD, GAPS, Schizophrenia, Autism and Mood Disorders.

Which Probiotics are best for Baby?

Vegan Lactobacillus Species

  1. Lactobacillus casei Shirota: Supports the immune system & move food.
  2. Lactobacillus bulgaricus: Relieve symptoms of lactose intolerance.
  3. L. rhamnosus increases colonic B. breve & matures immune system.
  4. L. paracasei produces L(+)-lactic acid & antagonizes Rotavirus, Staphylococcus Aureus.
  5. L. gasseri is native to the human gut & is in breast milk.
  6. L. salivarius in intestinal tract, helps calcium absorption & helps intestinal barrier.

Vegan Bifidobacterium Species:

  1. B. breve promotes growth of B cells in Peyer’s patches in the ileum
  2. Antagonizes rotavirus & reduces intestinal anaerobic Bacteroides & Clostridium.
  3. B. infantis reduces the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in babies.
  4. B. lactis enhances normal immune function
  5. Modifies gut microflora against allergic inflammation.
  6. B. bifidum suppresses total & allergen-specific IgE secretion.
  7. B. longum regulates immunity to respiratory antigens & inhibits neutrophil elastase.

Vegan Lactobacillus and Vegan Bifidobacterium are the two species designed to safely meet the metabolic and intestinal support needs of infants up to the age of 2 years. It is important that Infant Probiotic Formulas produce predominantly L(+)-lactic acid that can be safely metabolized by infants. An infant’s gastrointestinal tract is not fully mature at birth and cannot metabolize the D(-) isomer of lactic acid produced by many lactobacilli.

Secondly, studies show that using a multi-strain, allergen free Probiotic that has some or all of the strains listed above, work best to bring healing and digestive support. IMG_20141118_081653

Dairy-Free (Vegan) & Gluten Free Probiotics are Best!

Many babies are allergic to dairy and gluten so it is best to use a probiotic that is cultured on a Vegan growth media that is free of common allergens, including dairy, wheat, gluten, egg and soy. It is also important to make sure that the label states:

  • No Dairy
  • No Egg
  • No Sugar
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Coloring
  • No Flavors
  • No Preservatives.

Where To Buy Good Vegan Probiotics! Klaire Labs, Prothera, Designs for Health are some of the good ones!  Consult a Natural Care Provider. It is important to buy Probiotics that are ALIVE & KEPT REFRIGERATED and not dead and can sit on a shelf.

Many tests have been conducted and the refrigerated kind are a lot more active, powerful and effective! Dosage of Probiotics: It is critical that you follow the instructions that are on the bottle of the Probiotics, however, it is also important that if your baby is having serious gut issues, you should be working with a person who is very aware of how to use dairy-free probiotics.

According to an Australian study published in BMC Medicine on August 2, 2011 by the Department of Neonatal Pediatrics in Nepean Hospital along with several other Australian hospitals, the following guidelines are best for premature babies: The probiotic should be diluted with breast milk or water, to about 1.0 to 1.5ml per dose. • Neonates less than 32 weeks gestation: 3 x 109 cfu/day (“cfu” stands for colony forming units) • Extremely low birth weight neonates (ELBW): 1.5 x 109 cfu/day until they reach enteral feeds of 50-60 ml/kg/day.

When to Start and Stop Your Baby on Vegan Probiotics!  

According to Dr. Mercola, Probiotics should be started as early as possible, before pathogens can colonize your baby’s intestinal tract and before antibiotics destroy his natural flora. Dr. Mercola reported that in most scientific trials, probiotics are typically started with the start of enteral feedings, but they have been started as early as in the first four hours of life. In addition, many mothers start probiotics during pregnancy if they themselves have stomach problems, allergies, reflux or other intestinal dysbiosis. fruit cup

Recipe for a Vegan Probiotic filled Yummy Yummy Coconut Yogurt!

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time:  24 hours Makes: 1 quart Ingredients:

11 ounces of Homemade Coconut Milk or 2 cans full-fat Organic Coconut Milk 2 Probiotic Capsules Instructions:  Blend coconut milk with contents of probiotic capsules. Transfer to a 1 quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store somewhere warm, like an oven or a window sill. After 24-48 hours, it should smell like yogurt. It may be runny, more like kefir than yogurt. If you prefer, leave it out longer. After 48-72 hours, it should be thick and have a more tangy flavor. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

*** Side notes:

  1. Use an oven light to help create more warmth.
  2. If you want a sweeter yogurt, mix in Coconut Nectar or Fruit.
  3. Some Probiotics work better than others. please experiment.
  4. The homemade coconut milk doesn’t work as well, but BPA free.
  5. If you are ok with BPA, canned milk works really well & is thicker.

Stay Healthy & Happy! ~ Dr. Dee


Food Allergies & Children: Why Fresh is Best!

Why Fresh Food is Best! Part I

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Babies deserve the best of everything that can be offered. The first year of life is the most critical for a child, particularly from a nutritional standpoint. Since parents are primarily responsible for their baby’s health, it is extremely important for them to understand Allergies and the unique nutritional requirements of infants & children.

During this period, an infant experiences the most rapid growth and development period in their entire lifetime. Nutrition is critical at this time, as the baby’s diet must support this rapid growth rate by getting adequate Phytonutrients and Complete Nutrition.

For at least the first year of life, Breast Milk is essential for a babies complete nutrition to be met. Nursing moms are giving their baby essential phytonutrients through their own diet and breast milk.

Healthy pregnancy eating saladSome women have been told that their baby is allergic to their milk, when 99% of the time they were actually allergic to the food mommy was eating while pregnant & breastfeeding, as opposed to the breast milk itself.  If a mommy removes the top allergens from her own diet, chances are, the baby will begin to tolerate her milk, colic will stop and eczema and rashes will likely disappear.  If not, it is important to have baby checked for inborn genetic errors.

If you have adopted your baby or have some other reason why breast milk is not available, please consider making homemade Coconut Milk Formula, instead of synthetic store bought formula. Please see my recipes page.

Bodhi holding mixed fruit

The most common allergies in babies are dairy, eggs, citrus, gluten, soy and nuts.  Allergies are common in babies who have parents or relatives with allergies, so if you or a close relative has food allergies, skin disorders, auto-immune diseases,  environmental or pet allergies, please observe your baby closely and do an elimination diet.

According to BabyCentre Medical Advisory Board and The Department of Health, although many people start feeding babies food at 4 months of age, the majority of baby’s digestive systems are immature and may not be ready for solid foods. Babies usually still lack digestive enzymes and early solid foods may actually induce allergies.  In addition, if they get food poisoning or a food born illness, their immune system may not be ready to handle it, especially if they are a preemie baby.

*Unless your baby has started losing weight and seems very very hungry after a good good milk feeding, then consider waiting until 6months before adding solid foods.  Age 6-8 months old may be a more appropriate time to start introducing foods, ONE FOOD AT A TIME- ONE WEEK AT A TIME!  It is essential that you don’t get too excited and give your baby another food, drink, oil, herb or spice, without truly observing him/her for a week.

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A great Starter Food is Avocado. Avoacado is a complete protein and has a mild taste. Simply mash a tiny sliver of Avocado… Wait 3 days, Observe for the following symptoms:

  • rash, hives, diarrhea, pain, vomiting, hiccups, constipation
  • personality changes, drastic mood swings, colic
  • If no reaction, proceed with 2 more slivers of Avocado, wait 3 more days.

Do this ELIMINATION DIET WITH EVERY SINGLE FOOD AND DRINK YOU INTRODUCE TO YOUR INFANT or CHILD.  If you do this with every food and drink you give your child, then you will most likely save your baby the pain of being poked and you the heartache, time & money of having to go to the doctor and have his blood tested. This method increases the likelihood of you just figuring it out yourself.

Many Doctors & Allergist forget to tell you:

  • Allergies can present as a psychological/behavioral reaction
  • ADHD, Tantrums, Brain Fog, Psychosis, can be food related.
  • Some allergies do not appear for days
  • Skin Disorders like Eczema & Psoriasis are Food Allergies.
  • Many allergies do not show up on standard allergy testing.
  • Some allergies do not show up unless they are repeatedly eaten

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According to a study by Aristo Vojdani, based on clinical presentation and antibody response, immune-mediated adverse reactions to foods can be divided into immediate and delayed hypersensitivity reactions.

Vojdani stated that immediate reactions to food antigens are IgE-mediated and dependent on activation of mast cells in specific tissues, including the skin, respiratory tract, gastrointestinal, mucosal, and cardiovascular system.  Vojdani concluded that the delayed immune reaction to food antigens are mediated by IgG, IgA and IgM. Unlike the immediate effects of IgE-mediated allergy, the IgG, IgM and IgA-mediated food allergy and intolerance reactions can take several days to appear.

Vojdani also reported that levels of IgG, IgM and IgA antibodies in the blood can be measured against different food antigens for demonstration of delayed food allergy and intolerance reactions.

If you suspect a child or anyone in your life has allergies, make sure you stand up and advocate for your right to have a complete allergy panel of the most accurate testing, such as, IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE and also DNA testing for Microdeletions and MTHFR polymorphisms that may impact what a person should eat.

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Mixed Carrots, Coconut Oil, Cinnamon

Why is Fresh Food Best? From a Nutritional & Whole Food Vitamin standpoint, store bought food, does not even begin to compare to real fresh food.

  • Harmful Ingredients banned in many countries are still used in the U.S.
  • Store Food has additives & preservatives not always listed on labels.
  • Organic Label does not always mean 100% Organic.
  • Synthetic ingredients allow Processed Food to sit on shelves for years.
  • Child may be allergic to additives & preservatives, not the actual food.
  • Nutrients are pretty dead by the time they are processed & put in a jar.
  • Baby kidneys & liver have a hard time metabolizing these preservatives.
  • Food processing includes thermal & non-thermal treatments,
  • Food Processing has a different effect on a Child’s Allergen Reactions.

Home-cooked meals and fresh Yummy Yummy Baby food has the real Phytonutrients your child’s brain and body requires and will thrive on!

  • If it’s impossible to prepare meals, please choose organic baby foods.
  • Organic store bought food still contains additives & preservatives!
  • Freeze a portion of family meals you cook in glass containers for baby.
  • Make sure to feed your baby & loved ones, every color of the rainbow.
  • Go easy on meat protein, there are many ways to give your baby protein.

Meat is only one source of Protein!  Remember, ounce for ounce and calorie for calorie, Broccoli and Kale provide more Protein than Porterhouse Steak!

I will be sharing more kid-friendly foods in the future, but here are a few simple Yummy Yummy Baby Recipes:

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Sweet Potato Delight

Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Bananas, Coconut Butter, Cinnamon!

  1. Cut & Slice veggies, Steam 8-12 minutes (medium heat)
  2. Mash Veggies & Bananas all together
  3. Mix with Coconut Butter or Coconut Oil
  4. Mix in a dash of Cinnamon
  5. Remember to TEST EACH FOOD INGREDIENT first, one at a time.
  6. Buy only Organic Ingredients for Baby Food

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Here is a toddler version she can eat with her fingers. Great thing is, you can make this as a side dish for your own meal!

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Strawberry Deelight

Yummy Yummy Baby Breakfast:

  1. Coconut Yogurt (Homemade or Store bought)
  2. Honey Dew Melon
  3. Strawberries
  4. Persimmon
  5. Sliced Walnuts (Wait one year)
  6. Sliced Bananas
  7. For an infant- Puree all together (except nuts)

Have fun, go very very slowly with each food and remember it takes only a couple of minutes to prepare.

You will spend more time & money taking care of a sick or allergenic child, so put the time in at the front end to prepare your baby a Real Fresh Organic Yummy Yummy Baby meal!

Stay Healthy & Happy ~ Dr. Dee