RANT: Big Bags o’ Candy

Remember when ‘needles in candy’ were the big Halloween scare?

Now I find it frightening to see the pounds of Halloween candy that line the aisles of our already sugar laden grocery stores.

Did you ever have the neighbor gave out apples each year? I hated that.

I now want to high-five that neighbor.

We also had a dentist in our neighborhood that gave out toothbrushes, as a kid, I found that hugely disappointing….

Disappointment quickly forgotten once we found the neighbor next door wasn’t home and had left a large bowl of unchaperoned candy for the taking.

Years later, while in medical school, on Halloween night, I had run out of candy.  I turned of the porch light, which I believe is the universal sign for ” No more candy-I’m not home- I’m done for the night”.

Some pesky high schoolers continued to knock on my door, unrelentingly. I finally acquiesced, explaining through a cracked door, I was all out of the good stuff but  I managed to dig up some microwave popcorn and Big Red Chewing gum.  An exceedingly  altruistic offering, I might add, only to find the wrappers of the above offerings all over my lawn the next morning.  Ingrates!

That was the end of my candy giving career. Now there are only tricks at this house!

So, how many pieces of candy is it reasonable to give out? for your kids to eat? And at want point is it OK to trash the Halloween bounty? How many treats do we allow? Do we trick our kids into being healthy? How many tricks must we play to treat our kids healthfully?

RECIPE: Salad Smoothie

 

Remember how I told you getting in green every day is one of THE BEST things you can do for your health!?

Well, this smoothie is super task AND is the perfect morning fix for those of us a little tire of salads. It is clean and crisp, and actually doesn’t taste at all like a salad.

The carrot juice adds just enough sweet and will curb sweet cravings all day long! the celery and cucumber are alkalinizing, which raises your blood’s pH and wards of disease! As does the spinach, which also packs in Protein, Iron and Magnesium.

Give this nutrient rich powerhouse smoothie a go, and let the healing begin!

salad smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup organic carrot juice

1 handful organic spinach

2 thick slices of cucumber

1 long celery stick

1 handful of ice

combine and mix for about 60 seconds in a blender. serve immediately.

1 serving

 

 

RECIPE: Spinach, Grape and Berry Smoothie

Alas Summer’s gone.  Hopefully you’ve frozen some strawberries to get you through the winter months.  Some folks feel you should only eat what’s in season.  I agree with this to some extent, but this smoothie recipe is one to enjoy Summer, Spring and Fall!  It would probably be fun with a splash (or two) of Rum in a daiquiri form, but that may negate some of the healthy potential of this delicious treat!  That’s for you, not me, to decide!  Use the optional superfood ingredients below if you are looking for that healthy, energy boost, but don’t worry they’re not essential to the YUM-factor or the Healing Power!

In a blender combine the following:

Spinach Grapes and Berry smoothie

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup filtered water

1 handful of spinach

4 frozen organic strawberries (or ripe, if you’ve got them)

1 handful of organic red grapes (mine were frozen)

1 Tbsp of goji berries (optional)

1 tsp of plant-based protein powder (optional)

 

 

RECIPE: Peaches and Cream Cups

My friend Lisa returned from her family’s organic peach farm in Colorado with these phenomenally good peaches.  They were magically delicious by themselves, but I was in charge of a dessert for a dinner party, so I thought I’d somehow incorporate them in to a sweet treat.  I used to use store bought or canned peaches, a tube of ‘slice and bake’ sugar cookies and grocery store vanilla ice cream as a summer dessert before I knew any better.  So that chemical-laden, highly processed treat, oddly, was the inspiration for this healthier, more tasty dish.peaches peach crumble ingredients

It’s pretty simple if you just want to sprinkle a granola “crumble” on top—MUCH EASIER and same taste, by the way.  But if you are aiming to impress, have some extra time, or just like to shoot for the stars, try the home made granola cups.

INGREDIENTS:

Organic Peaches

All Natural Vanilla Ice cream

All Natural  Granola

But if you want a granola cup, not a granola crumble, here’s how you make your granola cup:

Preheat your oven to 375

GRANOLA CUP INGREDIENTS:

1/2 c rolled oats
1/2 c sunflower seeds (raw or salted)
7-8 medjool dates (pitted)
2 Tbsp organic coconut oil
4 dashes of cinnamon
Combine all of the above in a food processor and then mold in to cup cake pan with baking cups.
Option to glaze with maple syrup and olive oil (1 Tbsp of each combine and then brushed on)
crumble cups

Bake on 375 for about 10 minutes. Remove from oven.  At this point you can save the cups for future use in the fridge, or go ahead and add a few pieces of your chopped peaches, and return to oven for another 10 minutes.

peach crumble cups

Pull your peach granola cups and let cool a few minutes. Then serve with organic vanilla ice cream. Only the good stuff!  If your cups crumble, trust me, no one will notice, because these are mind-blowing good!

peach crumble dessert