Monthly Archives: September 2013

Perfect Breakfast Recipe for Fall: Oatmeal Waffles

I had a hankering for waffles this morning. It got me thinking, how could I make some waffles that won’t A. make me feel sick afterwards B. are healthy(ish) C. taste good!

I started with this recipe from Mavis. (she feeds a family of 4 on $100 a month! and she has some pretty tasty recipes too) I’ve made this recipe before and its tasty, here is my adaptations to help nourish the lung/large intestine system for fall.

What you need:

2 cups quick oats (lungs/large intestine system)

3 tablespoons ground flax seed

1/4 cup flour

1 beaten egg (lung/large intestine system)

1 tablespoon local honey (lung/large intestine system)

1 tablespoon baking powder

2 tablespoon coconut oil

1/2 cup water

1 cup almond milk  (lung/large intestine system) I used store bought but almond milk is super easy to make yourself

Directions

In a large bowl, soak oats in milk or water for 10 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and mix until there are no lumps. Then follow your usual waffle making instructions.

We like to add raw almond butter (almonds are great for the lungs) on top of our waffles with a little honey or homemade blueberry lemon syrup.

This is a great base recipe. Next time I will add some cinnamon, apples and walnuts. Cooked fruit is the best way to get fruit in your diet as the weather becomes colder.

Enjoy!

p.s. if you are nursing this is a great recipe for supporting a healthy supply (oatmeal and flax seed are galactogogues)

p.s.s. We eat on small plates so visually it looks like we are eating a lot of food. It helps us feel full on less food. sneaky sneaky ūüôā

p.s.s.s this recipes has lots of fiber so you might enjoy an extra trip to the bathroom!

Natural Medicine Cabinet Essential: RC

Keeping with our theme this week of allergies and lung health today’s Natural Medicine Cabinet Essential is the essential oil blend RC.

 

RC contains  Eucalyptus globulus leaf oil, myrtle, pine, spruce, marjoram, eucalyptus radiata, eucalyptus citriodora, lavender, cypress, tsuga, and peppermint.

When I think of RC I think of congestion. Back in the days when I was doing straight massage therapy I always dropped a RC on the face cradle while clients were face down so they wouldn’t get plugged up. When I would have them turn over I would massage some RC around the sinuses (either side of nose, around cheek bones and across forehead) and let them know the oil would help open their sinuses and 9 times out of 10 they would tell me it already had! If a cold comes through our house I will even put a drop of RC on my pillow case so I’m breathing it in all night.

According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference RC offers relief from colds, bronchitis, sore throats, sinusitis, coughs and respiratory congestion. It can also decongest sinus passages, combats lung infections and relieves allergy symptoms.

How to use:

Diffuse/humidify, inhale directly from bottle, apply on chest, neck, throat, or over sinus area. Use as a hot compress. Put 4-8 drops on cotton balls and place in vents at home or in your car.

Especially for sinus and lung congestion:

Add RC, Raven, dorado azul or eucalyptus blue to a bowl of hot, steaming water. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam. Combine with Raven  (alternating morning and night) with Thieves to enhance effects.

***RC is recommended to dilute 1 part essential oil to 1 part vegetable oil (coconut, olive etc) if skin sensitivity use vegetable oil to dilute NOT water

What else can you do with RC? 

Studies have shown that RC can also help with bone spurs! There are several people that have come to NAP that can attest to RC helping their bone spurs. Massage it right into the area!

Need to order some RC? You can buy here or send me a message and I will help you set up your account.

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Yellow Tomato Salsa

I’m overrun with tomatoes in the garden and wanted to share how I cook because a lot of you ask. I started with the thought that a yellow tomato salsa with be a great spleen/stomach dish due to its yellow color and sweet flavor. I¬†googled a yellow tomato salsa recipe¬†and then adapted it based on what I had on hand. As I was cooking and grabbing new ingredients I realized I had a balanced dish full of great things to keep my family healthy this fall. We plan on enjoying this salsa with our morning eggs, enjoy!

What you need: 

A bowl of yellow tomatoes (spleen/stomach)

A handful of tomatillos (liver/gall bladder)

A small red onion (heart/small intestine and lung/large intestine)

8 cloves of garlic (lung large/intestine)

2 jalapenos (de-seeded)  (liver/gall baldder)

A handful of fresh, hand picked basil (liver/gall bladder)

olive oil and apple cider vinegar to drizzle (liver/gall bladder)

salt and pepper (kidney/urinary bladder)

Prep:

Preheat oven to 375. Wash your goodies. For this batch I didn’t cut the tomatoes but I think next time I might halve them. I cut the tomatillos in quarters. I roughly chopped the onion, garlic, jalapenos, and basil.

I put foil on 2 cookie sheets and layed the tomatoes down first then sprinkled the rest of the ingredients on top ending with olive oil and apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper.  Cook until roasted apprx 45 minutes. Fill jars and enjoy!

What is Vita Flex Acupuncture

Vita Flex Acupuncture is a new treatment offered at NAP. Consider it a flu shot alternative!

Acupuncture has been shown to have higher concentrations of white blood cells at the acu-point sites. Stimulating these points with an acupuncture needle or pressure gives a natural boost to your immune system.

Vita Flex means “vitality through the senses” and is a specialized foot massage. In this treatment 9 Young Living therapeutic grade essential oils are massaged into the spinal vita flex points of the feet to gently detox the system on a cellular level. These 9 oils (basil, thyme, oregano, cypress, marjoram, wintergreen, peppermint, aroma seiz, and valor) support both the respiratory and immune systems. These oils have antibacterial and antiviral properties.

After the oils are massaged into your feet, enjoy an immune boosting acupuncture treatment and continue to inhale the benefits of the oils applied. This treatment will continue to work in your body for up to 7 days.

Now until September 30th bring in a friend or family member that is new to NAP and get 2 vita flex acupuncture treatments for the price of one! *offer good for new patients only

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe

As we move into the fall season its time to focus on the lung/large intestine system. The color of the season is white and the taste is pungent so now is the time to incorporate white foods as well as pungent tastes into your diet to strengthen the lung/large intestine system.

Cauliflower Pizza Crust Recipe with roasted garlic yellow tomato sauce

If your garden is overflowing with tomatoes like mine is here is a simple sauce. Grab some garlic and tomatoes (I used yellow pear) and roast in the oven or grill. Then cook on a low heat until tomatoes become soft. You can puree if garlic cloves are still hard. Garlic is both white and pungent: a perfect fall food!

 yellow tomatoes

Cauliflower Pizza crust:

head of cauliflower

1 egg

1 cup of shredded cheese

fresh Basil

  rice cauliflower

 

Rice cauliflower in blender. Mix ingredients together until well blended. Lay parchment paper down on pizza pan. (parchment paper is key to success of your crust!) Gently pat cauliflower mixture into pan.

crust

Bake at 425 for 10- 15 minutes until edges brown

Take pizza out of oven and put toppings of your choice. We like yellow tomato sauce, black olives, artichokes, spinach, mushrooms and a little sprinkle of cheese.  pizzatoppings 

Put back in oven until cheese is melted another 10-15 minutes. Enjoy!

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5 Minute Meditation with Sarah Canga

Here is the first installment of 5 Minute Meditation. This is perfect if you need a moment to center to start your day, to end your day or any time throughout the day! Take a deep breath and enjoy!

 

5 Minute Meditation with Sarah Canga