Almond-Chocolate Truffles

 

Almond-Chocolate Truffles

From: The How Not To Die Cookbook, by Michael Greger, M.D. & Gene Stone 

Servings 24

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup chopped and pitted soft dates
  • 1/3 cup raw cashews soaked in hot water for 3 hours and then drained
  • 3 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 c date sugar
  • 1 2-3 inch piece vanilla bean, split and scraped or 1 teaspoon extract
  • Ground almonds for coating

Instructions

  1. Combine the dates and cashews in a food processor and process to a paste.
  2. Add the almond butter and process to combine. Add the cocoa powder, date sugar, and 1 teaspoon of water. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Pinch some of the mixture between your fingers to see whether it holds together.
  4. If it’s too dry, add a little more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until the mixture can be shaped into balls.
  5. If the mixture is too soft, refrigerate it for 20 minutes or longer to firm up. If it’s still too soft, add a little more cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon at a time.
  6. Use your hands to shape and roll a small amount of the mixture into a 1-inch ball and transfers to a plate.
  7. Repeat until all the mixture has been rolled into balls.
  8. Place the ground almonds in a shallow bowl. Roll the truffles in the almonds until they’re coated, pressing on them if needed to cover completely. Transfer the coated truffles to a plate and refrigerate until firm before serving.

Recipe Notes

Note: If your dates are not soft, soak them in hot water for 20 minutes; then drain and pat dry before using.

Proven Benefits of Dark Chocolate

 

If you’re going to be eating chocolate, buy a high-quality dark chocolate that contains 70-85% cocoa and eat it in moderation…

High-quality dark chocolate (serving size 100g or 3.5 oz) contains:

  • 11 grams of fiber
  • 67% of the RDA for iron
  • 58% of the RDA for Magnesium
  • 89% of the RDA for Copper
  • 98% of the RDA for Manganese
  • It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc, & selenium
  • Lowers the susceptibility of LDL to oxidative damage while increasing HDL and improving insulin sensitivity
  • Has shown a drastic reduction in heart disease risk, for people who consume the most chocolate
  • Studies show that the flavanols from cocoa can improve blood flow to the skin and protect it against sun-induced damage.

Homemade Cilantro Chutney

 

This Chutney is typically served with an Indian meal as an antioxidant and a digestive. Cilantro is a powerful detoxifier and chelator. You will feel its powerful effects after you eat it.

Ingredients

  • 2 bunches chopped cilantro
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic
  • 5-6 raisins
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Blend in blender or food processor.
  2. Serve as a condiment with lentil soup or Dal

Roasted Beet Hummus

 

Roasted Beet Hummus

Here’s a very popular middle eastern bean that used in hummus recipes. It’s the garbanzo bean! Aka - chickpeas. Eating this colorful hummus is a great way to take advantage of beet root’s anti-inflammatory properties, the bean’s fiber and concentrated source of protein.

Author Maryanne Riege, Certified Holistic Health Coach

Ingredients

  • 2 medium beets (or 1 large)
  • 1 can (16oz) chickpeas, unsalted
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 3 T tahini
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Rub beets with a small amount of olive oil, wrap in foil and roast at 375 until very soft.

  2. When beet is cool, slice and add to food processor and blend to desired texture. (A hand mixer will work as well)

  3. Add remaining ingredients to beets.

  4. Serve drizzled with olive oil (optional). 

Recipe Notes

This can also be used for wraps and as a veggie dip!

Healing Masala Chai

 

Healing Masala Chai

In India, we boil loose black tea in the spice water for a few minutes with sugar and milk, then strain it before drinking. 

Ingredients

  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons coriander seed
  • 2, 2 inch sticks of cinnamon
  • 1/8 cup of peeled and chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed cardamom pods
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 5 cloves

Instructions

  1. Boil all ingredients for 20 minutes once water begins to boil.
  2. Serve with a tsp of honey.
  3. You may add a black tea bag, steep for 2 minutes and then add the milk of your choice.

Dr. K’s Organic Almond Milk

 

Dr. K’s Organic Almond Milk

This milk is delicious when tasted right after it is squeezed. I have also made golden milk with it. Add ¼ tsp of turmeric, 2 to 3 crushed cardamom pods and a few strands of saffron to a cup of almond milk. Heat and add honey to taste and enjoy.

Make sure the almonds and dates are organic.

Author Rose Kumar M.D.

Ingredients

  • 1 c almonds soaked over night
  • 3 c filtered water
  • 2-3 dates
  • 1/2 t vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions

  1. Discard the water after soaking the almonds in the morning. Put almonds in a blender or Vitamix with remaining ingredients. Blend for 2 to 3 minutes on high.  

  2. Place the nut bag in a pitcher or a 4 cup measuring cup and pour the blended mixture through. Squeeze the almond milk out of the nut bag into the pitcher or measuring cup till all that remains in the bag is moderately dry almond pulp.

  3. Pour the milk into a glass bottle or mason jar and store in the refrigerator. It will last about 1 week.

  4. There are scores of recipes on the internet for almond pulp that is left over from making almond milk.


    https://www.pinterest.com/torriepattillo1/almond-pulp-recipes/?lp=true

    https://www.culinarynutrition.com/uses-for-almond-pulp/

Simple Nourishing Vegetable Broth

 

Simple Nourishing Vegetable Broth

I have made a gallon of this broth every week for the past month. I use only organic vegetables and have found that the fresher they are, the more nourishing the broth tastes. It is an infusion of an alkaline, nutritious, electrolyte replenishing broth that is cancer-fighting, anti-inflammatory and Yin supporting.

You can use it as a base for soups, stews, lentils or just heat it up to hydrate on a cold day.

If you don’t have all of the ingredients, use whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator but do not skimp on garlic, ginger and onions

I hope you love it as much as my family and I do.

Author Rose Kumar M.D.

Ingredients

  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 inches ginger skin on,chopped
  • 2 onions chopped with skins on, tops and bottoms cut off
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard roughly chopped
  • 3 carrots roughly chopped with tops off
  • 1 large turnip quartered, with top and bottom cut off
  • 1 medium parsnip oeeled and roughly chopped with top and bottom cut off
  • 2 medium orange beets quartered, tops and bottoms cut off
  • 1 bunch parsely rough chopped with stems
  • 2 red potatoes quartered, unpeeled
  • 1 small red potato quartered, unpeeled
  • 1 small sweet potato chopped, unpeeled
  • 12 peppercorns
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp wakame flakes
  • 1 gal water

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in a Dutch oven or large pot and boil on medium low heat for 2 hours.

  2. Strain the broth and compost the remaining vegetables.

Miso Soup

 

Miso Soup

Consider making this quick and nutritious miso soup, using dulse, to keep you warm on a cold winter's day.

Course Soup
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 1
Author Maryanne Riege, Certified Holistic Health Coach

Ingredients

  • 10 0z filtered water
  • 1 T light colored miso (or to taste)
  • 1/4 c dulse
  • 2 tsp sliced scallions
  • 1 oz cubed organic tofu (optional)

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil and remove from heat

  2. Add miso and stir to dissolve

  3. Add remaining ingredients

  4. Enjoy!

The Medicinal Qualities of Dulse

Dulse, also known as sea lettuce, is a sea vegetable that is soft, chewy and reddish brown in color.  It doesn’t really require any preparation.  Just chop and sprinkle on vegetables, grains or legumes for extra flavor.  You can also buy Dulse flakes which require no chopping. The upside is it happens to taste like bacon. Yes, it has a savory, umami, and salty taste that is even more bacon-like if it is smoked

Sea vegetables are often overlooked for their many health benefits.  Dulse has measurable amounts of minerals such as calcium, copper, iodine, magnesium and potassium just to name a few, as well as being high in protein.  The minerals found in sea vegetables closely match the mineral composition of human blood.  Dulse also promotes heart health by helping to lower total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, and it helps to reduce oxidative stress.  

The Medicinal Qualities of Oats

Oats are a safe substitute for gluten but only if they are organically grown.  They are one of the most heavily sprayed crops second only to soybeans and corn, so in order to prevent hormone and microbiome disruption by eating them choosing organic whole oats or steel cut oats is the most healthy and safest option.

Oats are one of the healthiest grains available.  They are rich in the soluble fiber called beta-glucan and also contain antioxidants called avenanthramides, which increase nitrous oxide in the blood, increasing blood flow and oxygenation to tissues 7.

These lower blood pressure, cholesterol, skin inflammation and constipation.  They also lower blood sugar levels 17, 18.  They improve insulin sensitivity and improve metabolic syndrome.

Some studies suggest that early introduction of oats in children’s diets may be protective for asthma and allergies 32.

Oats are rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc, folate, B1 and B5.