Sunday, November 11, 2018

Crock Pot Bread

This has got to be the easiest bread to make.  It just might be on the Thanksgiving dinner table!

Crock Pot Bread

* 2.25 teaspoon or 1 envelope active dry yeast.
* 1 tb sugar( I used coconut palm sugar).
* 1.5 cup of lukewarm water.
*3.75 cups of all-purpose or whole wheat flour.
1 tb olive or melted coconut oil.
1 tsp sea salt.

Line a large crock pot/slow cooker with parchment paper.  Set on high temperature.
Combine yeast and sugar in a large mixing bowl.
Add water and continue to stir until combined.
Add flour, oil and salt.
Hand mix until dough begins to form.
Put dough on working surface and knead for least 5 minutes, until dough is soft and smooth.
IF dough is sticky, add a bit of flour at a time, continue to knead.
Place the dough ball in heated crock pot. 
Cover and cook for 2 hours or until golden brown.
Remove bread and parchment paper, place on baking sheet.
Put in oven on "broil" for 2 minutes for a golden brown top.
Remove from oven and let cool for 20-30 minutes.
Cut and serve.


Have a great week.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Recommended Reading 11/04/18

These posts always seem to be my favorite ones.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Let's start with some wellness:
Life IS Stressful, why we are tired, cranky and overwhelmed.
6 Secrets To Live The Longest, Some surprisingly simple secrets that increases life's longevity.
 Foodscape 101, Not only are there "Food Deserts" but "Food Swamps".
Greening School Lunches, If you are a parent or grandparent you need to read this.

On the environmental side:
Weather: 2050, Our world is getting warmer, this we know.
Humanity Has Wiped Out 60% of Animal Populations Since 1970, threatening the survival of our own civilization. 
Still Think Humans Are The Most Intelligent Animals?, Maybe we aren't the brightest crayon in the box.
The Taylor Oil Spill has been spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico since 2004, six years before Deepwater Horizon spill.

On the fitness side:
Burpees Exercise 101: Don't say you have no time to exercise.
These Office Spaces Will Actually Get You Fit: SRAM, a bicycle outfitter's office is incredible.

To help with all these issues we can start here: Why Choose Vegan


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Celery; The Unsung Hero

Celery is the unsung hero(One who does great deeds but receives little or no recognition for them)of vegetable kingdom.
Did you know celery leaves were found in King Tut's tomb who died in 1323 B.C.?  Ancient Greeks used the celery leaves for garlands for the crowns of winners of battles and even for the first Olympians.  Today celery is known in the wellness field as a natural detox tonic.  Full of antioxidants and fiber, its hydrating properties help to rid our bodies of environmental toxins.  Celery is one of the most chemical-sprayed vegetables, so make sure you purchase only organic varieties.  Every part of the plant is edible, leaves can be used salads, stalks in stir-fries and of course with nut butter spread on them as snack.  The seeds are used in many recipes as spices.  Celery is one of the few vegetables that does not lose much nutritional value when steamed or cooked, actually it increases its value, making it a great addition to vegetable stews and soups.  Celery is high in sodium, but is a good kind: organic, natural and essential for our health.  
Here are some benefits of celery:
*Aids in weight loss: one stalk is only 10 calories and loaded with fiber.
*Reduces inflammation: high in flavonoid and polyphenol antioxidants helps in reducing inflammation which often contributes to chronic disease.
*Calms you down: Celery for stress relief? YES, the minerals in celery, especially magnesium and its essential oil soothe the nervous system.
*It regulates the body's alkaline balance: protecting us from problems caused by an overly acidic diet.
*Aids in digestion: "Crunchy water", the high water content and insoluble fiber makes it great for the digestive system.
*Reduces bad cholesterol: a component called Butylphthalide reduces LDL cholesterol, only 4 stalks can reduce it by 7%
*Lowers blood pressure: an active compound called phthalides has been proven to boost circulatory health which lowers blood pressure.  Raw celery is even better. 
Combats cancer: studies show that a powerful flavonoid called luteolin inhibits the growth of cancer cells.
*Protects liver health: by reducing the amount fat buildup in the liver and improves enzyme function and blood lipid levels.

"Ants on a Log"


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Fall Super Foods

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When we think of pumpkins we think of  carving a spooky face into one.  The hassle of scooping out the slimy flesh and seeds and getting our hands sticky comes to mind.  Usually that all goes into the trash and we are left with hollowed out shell that shrinks and collapses before Halloween even arrives.  Good times.  Unless we enjoy a slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving or Christmas, its the only time most of us have ever eaten it.  
Pumpkins are more than just a "pretty face".  They are a nutritional powerhouse and moderately priced superfood.   They are full of vitamins and minerals like: 
Vitamin A and C, which promotes healthy vision and sustaining wellness.
Cancer fighting beta-carotene.
Potassium, which helps balances electrolytes (more than bananas).
Fiber, (3 grams per cup) which fills you up, slows digestion keeping blood sugar level and keeps you feeling fuller.
For a great bonus, SEEDS packed with nutrients and  phytosterols which help protect your heart and immune system.

Here's a easy way to prep a pumpkin. for roasting or mashing etc.  Don't forget to roast the seeds.  There are many ways to enjoy pumpkin, check out: How to cook with Orange Beauties.

You can even get a workout with your pumpkin before cooking it.

You can even grow one at home


Have a great week.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Recommended Reading 10/07/18

Lizzie says, Its "Recommended Reading" time.
Let's get started with an article from Outside Magazine with Dan Buettner on "Life Tips from a Happiness Expert"
Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena has a new formula for success: "Happiness=Success.
Also from Spartan Race, How to Workout in 10 Minutes, you have to be gritty and determined to accomplish it. NO EXCUSES.
Forests are home to a wealth of biodiversity, here are 3 Things You Didn't Know About Trees.
There are over 660 million in the world who do not have access to clean water!  This solar powered postage sized device could change all that.
The Keto Diet is becoming more popular as a way to lose weight. Consuming low carb, high fat, moderate protein, you burn more stored fat for energy.  Mostly related to animal products, there is a vegan alternative: Vegan Keto Diet Guide.
If you haven't heard yet, Turmeric has become a popular remedy for about everything that ails you.  Its benefits are amazing and has been used in Ayurveda medicine, for over 3000 years.  One of the easiest and most beneficial ways to consume turmeric is "Golden Milk"
Everyone loves pizza!  Make your own at home with this easy recipe for whole grain, oil free and vegan pizza dough from Forks Over Knives.
On the post workout or race recovery soreness here is a great article from Athlinks on the benefits of  CBD Oil.  Remember you can get all your CBD oil needs from us at:

That's all for this week. Hope you enjoy my recommendations.

There was no post last week, as Kris and I were enjoying are 27th wedding anniversary in Asheville, NC.  


Have a great week.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Is It Time For A Detox?

With our world growing increasingly toxic, the question is not if you should do a detox; its when.  It's true our bodies are built to naturally eliminate toxins.  The problem, however, is that the effects of modern life: pollution, poor dietary choices, contaminates in our food and water, stress and even a sedentary lifestyle will compromise the body's ability to effectively detox the way it supposed to.  The tragic result of this toxic internal congestion is that we develop diseases, gain weight and lose our natural energy and vitality.

While its true our livers are constantly detoxing our bloodstreams, they are not necessarily coping as well as they could be.  From pesticides and fertilizers in our food, to heavy metals in the skincare products we use and the over-eager medicine prescribing, our wonderful modern world is a bit of a minefield waiting to explode.
Here are a few signs you need a 'detox', even when you think you are healthy and can't figure out why you are:
*Constantly Fatigued. 
This could be a sign your body is working too hard to get rid of the toxins you're pouring into it. If your answer is more coffee or something sweet, you're only making the problem worse.
The intestines get rid of a lot of toxins everyday.  When that is compromised we store up all those toxins.  Allowing them to negatively affect our bodies.  This is related to consuming a lot of processed foods filled with chemicals, pesticides and preservatives.
*Skin Reactions.
Acne, rashes and skin problems may signal a toxic overload.  The skin is our largest organ responsible for detoxification. Get out there and sweat!
*Muscle aches and pains.
Chronic inflammation can be influenced by the environmental toxins we come into contact each and every day. Use only natural skin care products that are free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens and any other potentially toxic ingredients.
*Bad Breath.
Bad breath is often related to digestive issues and can also mean your liver is struggling to get rid of the toxins.

Here is a great article from Dr. Will Cole: 16 Signs its Time For a Detox

Here are some suggestions for healthy detoxing:
*Support your liver with  warm lemon water, dandelion tea, eat more parsley and cilantro.
*Drink more water(I Need a Drink   Thirsty?)
*SWEAT! Exercise at least 30 minutes daily. It gets the circulation going, helping move toxins along.
*Get a good daily dose of probiotics (Gut Bomb) like non-dairy yogurts,kimchi, kombucha, sauerkraut, tempeh and miso soup.
*Always brush your teeth, even better use a tongue scrapper while brushing.
*Practice deep breathing.
*Choose clean organic whole foods.  Start with these: FoodsTo Naturally Detox Our Body.

CBD Oil has been shown to help in detoxing the liver along with many other benefits: 4 Natural Remedies to Detox and Heal The Liver.  We offer high quality CBD Oil products at Please check them out.


Have a great week

Sunday, September 16, 2018

The Power of Potatoes

September is National Potato Month.
Potatoes are one of the most beloved and most produced foods on the planet.  The humble healthful potato is popular for a number of reasons. They are relatively inexpensive to grow, available year round and are rich in nutrients.  You can easily grow them at home!   Potatoes are tubers that belong to the nightshade family which strangely include tomatoes, eggplants and bell peppers.  With over a hundred edible varieties, they come in an array of colors, sizes, shapes and flavors.  Potatoes are classified as either 'mature' or 'new'.  New potatoes are harvested before fully grown, obviously smaller in size.( New Red potatoes or Purple potatoes)

The History of the Potato

Potatoes originated in the Andean Mountain area of South America where historians believe they have been cultivated for over 7000 years.  They were one of the few crops that could survive the harsh climate.  The Spanish brought them to Europe in the 16th century, but were not widely consumed until farmers discovered they were much easier to grow than wheat and oats.  They also found them to be vitamin-rich and produced more yield per acre.  Potatoes' popularity was greatly aided by Antoine-Augustin Paramentier, a pharmacist by training was imprisoned during the Seven Years War.  He was forced to eat only potatoes and was surprised how he emerged with excellent  health.  He launched a public relations campaign on their benefits, organizing an all-potato dinner for some high society guests, which included Thomas Jefferson.  He was so excited, he brought the "French Fry" back to America.  Now you know!  
Paramentier also persuaded Marie Antoinette and husband Louis XVI to wear potato flowers in her hair and him to adorn his suits.  Finally, he planted acres of potatoes outside Paris so that starving peasants would steal them.

By the 18th century potatoes had become a staple around the world, but in 1845 a potato blight virtually wiped out the entire crop overnight.  The Potato Famine in Ireland was the worst, where 40% of the Irish ate only ate potatoes as their solid food.  Millions died and millions more migrated to America to escape the famine.  America was the last country to adopt it to its cuisine.  We now grow more then 17.1 million pounds per year and consume as much as 126 pounds per person.  
Potatoes are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in fiber,low in sodium and packed full of vitamins and nutrients.  Andrew "Spud" Taylor  lost 114 lbs eating only potatoes for a year. 

Here's an easy recipe any time of the day:
Fall Breakfast Bowl
1 sweet potato
1 white potato
Cube in 1/2" bite-size pieces.
Lightly cook-until tender- in olive oil with fresh rosemary and sage.
Top with pepitas and dried cranberries or raisins.

The affordable potato(even organic) should always be on your list of healthy food choices.


Have a great week.