Posts Tagged ‘butter’

What’s Healthy?

June 19, 2012

OK, here we go… I was browsing around Pinterest (check it out, it’s a great place to find everything: recipes, decorating ideas, geeky pictures) and I came across another seemingly great healthy recipe.  Breakfast cookies they are called, so I dutifully followed the link to see for myself.  The first line of the blog entry: “When I first saw this recipe I was intrigued by the fact that these have NO sugar, butter, eggs or anything that can be considered unhealthy.”  Well, despite the fact that eggs and butter ARE healthy, I continued on to the ingredient list:

Rolled oats, check… coconut flakes, check… salt, cinnamon, allspice, check…  almond meal, mixed nuts, dried fruit, check… bananas, check… vanilla, check… canola oil … WHAT?!  Canola oil?  Really?  You’ll demonize real unadulturated butter but praise a chemically altered GMO oil that turns toxic once heated?

Sorry, epic recipe FAIL.

Let’s start over.  I will try baking these cookies using my own healthy ingredients: coconut oil instead of canola, and I may add an egg in place of some of the banana (Bananas are good, but egg gives extra protein and a better consistency for baked goods).  I will post an update with pictures so stay tuned…

In the meantime, consider food.  Real food, not a food-like product.  Can you identify where it came from (it grew in the ground naturally, it is a part of an animal or came from an animal)?  Would your grandparents recognize it is a food product (whether or not it came from their country or was part of their diet)?  Could it be reproduced at home, from scratch (like making butter from unpasturized cream)?

So many healthy and natural food products are declared  unsafe, yet they are the foods that our country’s founders ate.  Did the settlers have homoginization and pasturization processes?  No, they didn’t need them.  Unclean, profit-driven factory farms didn’t exist.  Just the family cows, who may have even had names and were taken care of in clean barns and fields.  Milk came straight from the cow.  The cream that separated naturally was churned into butter, not hydrogenated spread.  But butter and whole milk and animal fat cause heart disease, you might be thinking.  Well, think again and do the research for yourself.  Look up “lipid hypothesis” and then make your own decision (rather than relying on what the pharmaceutical companies are feeding to the medical industry).

I could continue (and don’t you worry, I will in future posts!) but for now, suffice it to say that what the average American believes are healthy foods are not.  But don’t just listen to me. I encourage you to do your own research (from a variety of sources, including sources not funded by big pharma, the processed food industry, and the FDA) and decide for yourself.

Food For Life

June 18, 2012

So, another blog about food.  There are many with healthy recipes (yup, this is one).  There are many with quick and easy recipes (yup, this is one).  There are many with fun, new ideas about eating (yup again, this is one).  Seems like there are so many out there these days, what makes this one any different?  Well, for starters, my definition of healthy eating is somewhat different than most others.

I do not promote low-fat, low-cholesterol, diet, low-calorie, light, low-carb or any other food-like substances.  I believe in whole food in its whole form (as much as possible).  My theory on healthy eating is that if my grandparents recognized it as food, then it’s food.  If it comes from a plant or ate plants, then it’s food.  If it was made in a plant, I’ll pass thank you.  I promote food that keeps you alive and healthy.  Food for life.

More about my theories and feelings about food and nutrition in future posts.  For today, let’s take a look at comfort food.  I’m home for a couple of days with a back injury and really not up to doing much of anything except trying to be as comfortable as possible.  Is it possible for comfort food to be healthy?  Absolutely!  Comfort food is food that invites you to hunker down with a big bowl of something simple and delicious.  No frills.  No mess.  While there are plenty of other healthy, comforting recipes, this one is a favorite of mine and I hope will become one of yours too.

One key to keeping this recipe (and many others to come) quick and easy, is to always have a few key items on hand.  One of my kitchen staples is a pot of cooked rice.  A rice cooker is a beautiful thing and I almost always have a pot of rice in the fridge ready for stir-fry, fried rice, soups, or whatever.  A few other staples: butter (REAL butter from a cow, not hydrogenated or soy based butter-like product that is nothing like butter), avocados (a true superfood that goes in everything from chocolate pudding to breakfast smoothies to nachos), lemons and limes (both versatile flavor enhancers as well as alkalizing and cleansing).

OK, enough already, the recipe…

Avocado Rice

Ingredients:  rice (I mix 1/2 brown basmati and 1/2 white basmati), avocado, butter, salt (Himalayan or Celtic preferred), pepper, lime

Method: Scoop hot rice into a bowl.  For the purpose of this recipe, let’s say 1 – 2 cups.  Add about a tablespoon of butter (yes, a whole Tablespoon, maybe two if you’re using 2 cups of rice) and stir so butter melts into rice.  Cube the avocado and add to the rice.  Add a squeeze of lime juice and salt and pepper to taste. Toss gently with a fork and enjoy.

So simple and so satisfying.  Serve warm on a cold day or let cool to room temperature on a warm day.  Either way, it’s nourishing and comforting.