Use Egg Wrappers Instead of Tortillas for Protein-Packed Sandwiches

I have a thing for pinwheel sandwiches; they’re just so pretty and such perfect finger foods. What if you could skip the tortilla or traditional wrap and use protein-loaded eggs instead? These wraps take the trifecta of breakfast foods, ham, eggs, and cheese, and turn them into portable bites that can work as breakfast or lunch.

Source: Recipe: Egg Wraps with Ham and Greens

Better yet – don’t use flour or cornstarch, but add a little bit of cream cheese and a bit of almond flour to do the same thing without cranking the carbohydrates back up.

  • two eggs
  • tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon of the almond flour

Put it all in a small bullet blender, and blend the snot out of it.  Then pour into a large pan so it’s nice and thin. Adjust the ingredients to make it thinner or thicker, as needed.

Another good use, do the same recipe – add a 1/8th tsp of cinnamon and vanilla but pour in a smaller pan to make basically crepes that area fantastic replacement for pancakes that have almost no carbs in them or for use with sweet instead of savory.

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Toast and Season Your Rice Before Boiling for Unbelievable Flavor

The secret to a better pot of rice lies in seasoning and flavoring the grains before they even hit that pot of boiling water.

Source: The Tastier Way to Cook Rice

Instead of transferring it to the boiling pot, you could combine this tip with Alton Brown’s pour-over method to really take your rice to the next level. Either way, it’s an easy enough step, and it makes for extra tasty rice.

Have Granola Whenever You Please With This Super Quick Stove Top Recipe

The only drawback to homemade granola (superior to store-bought, on all counts, in my book) is finding the foresight to make large batches of it in advance. Maybe it’s just me, but my motivation for making anything is pretty closely tied to how soon I’m going to scarf it down.

Source: The Shortcut to Homemade Granola

The basic sequence of events is this: Add your fat and sweetener to your pan over medium-low heat and blend until everything is nice and liquid. Add in the grains and a pinch of salt and toast until golden (8-10 minutes). Mix in whatever nuts and seeds you like and cook for another couple of minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet and sprinkle with your favorite spices (or toasted coconut and chocolate chips!) and let cool for 5-10 minutes. Break it up and throw it in some yogurt or milk and you have a tasty homemade breakfast.  Or anytime snack; granola shouldn’t be confined to the morning.

Make Granola from Anything You Have On Hand With This Ratio

Memorize this technique, and you’ll never buy granola again.

Source: Granola Is Better and Easier to Make Without a Recipe

Having trouble finding cost effective rolled oats?  Look for Quaker Rolled Oats in the cereal aisle.

Bonus: If you are making granola and you want big chunks, pack all your ingredients tightly together on a baking sheet (I find it easier on a lipped baking sheet but plain should work fine). Once the granola is baked and cooled, you can break it into chunks.

Switch to Coconut Oil for Its Fat-Burning Properties

What really takes the (coconut) cake is that [coconut oil is] super affordable—a 14-ounce jar can cost as little as $7, making it the most wallet-friendly all-in-one product yet. Seriously, it’s a beauty product, household cleaner, and more. Check out these 76 ways to use coconut oil in your day-to-day life.

Source: 76 Genius Coconut Oil Uses

I had to look – there is vitamin K in coconut oil, but very little:

  • 1 cup/218 grams of coconut oil contains 1.1 mcg of vitamin K, 1% of the Daily Value (DV)

Looking at the other nutritional “value” the article claims – 0.1 mcg of iron for 1 cup of coconut oil is 0% DV.  And 2% DV of vitamin E.  Coconut oil has a lot of calories, from fat.

Recipe: Guaca-Mousse

I have to give credit for this recipe to foodbycamilla’s Banana and Avocado Chocolate mousse

My co-workers are to thank for the name.  I called it as it was – vegan chocolate mousse, which turned out to be vegan chocolate banana mousse.  When co-workers learnt about the ingredients, it was initially dubbed “choco-mole”, but the reverse is more accurate.

Dessert doesn’t get much simpler than this – add to food processor, blend until smooth.  Chill for at least an hour before serving.  I had most of the ingredients onhand, and had co-workers who couldn’t/wouldn’t partake in the Lego jello I made earlier in the week.

Here’s the recipe.  I did double the recipe, let it chill overnight before serving at work.  I was worried no one would like it, but it was gone once word got out.

Forgive me, I’m still chuckling at the name… 🙂

Green Juice Will Not Cure Your Cancer

Cancer misinformation runs rampant on the internet. Headlines on “natural living” websites expose the alleged truth about doctors and scientists in cahoots with Big Pharma. According to the self-styled experts behind these stories, so-called studies claim that everything from baking soda to coconut oil to green juice can cure cancer.

Source: Green Juice Will Not Cure Your Cancer

The thing to keep in mind about cancer is that it is a catch-all term.  There are numerous cancers, and what works for one doesn’t necessarily work for another.  Some, we aren’t predisposed to – the expression of our DNA and cells changes over time due to mutation or environment.  Sometimes both…

Our technology gets better, so we can detect and treat earlier.  This leads to better survival rates.

Foods to Reactivate Your Pineal Gland

There’s two articles – the second is a continuation of the first.

As we age the pineal gland begins to calcify and become sluggish. This rate varies considerably by person and lifestyle, but consuming excessive amounts of fluoride is considered to be a risk factor. This is partly because fluoride collects in extremely high amounts in the pineal gland causing faster calcification. Fluoride can also decrease melatonin production, two things we certainly don’t want to happen. Research has shown that this calcification of the pineal gland shows a strong correlation in the developing of Alzheimer’s disease (Mercola 2011). A poor diet laden with preservatives, chemicals, and pesticides are a major risk factor for calcification and premature aging as well.

What can we do to fight the aging process and calcification of the pineal gland? Eating a healthy, preservative/chemical free diet that is rich in healthy fats, should be a no-brainer (pun intended), but what else can we do?

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10 Foods to Supercharge Your Sport?

In their quest for the ultimate performance nutrition, cyclists and sports scientists will turn their taste buds to anything from a cousin of cannabis to the afterburn effects of a curry.

Source: 10 foods to supercharge your cycling

The info about celery is new to me.  I understood celery to be a “diet” food – it was one of the few that took more energy to consume than you got from it.  Hemp seeds have been fashionable, but you could get similar benefits by using a combination of sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds.  Similarly, there’s been a push for Maple syrup uptake…  But flat coke?  Given that soda pop has been shown to shorten telomeres

Coconut oil: 10 Options You Didn’t Know About

Here’s a direct link to the infographic:

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Deodorant
  • Shave cream/after shave
  • Eye makeup remover
  • Chapstick
  • Moisturizer

Just in time for me – my next culinary challenge is Marbled Chocolate Espresso Cinnamon Vanilla Creme Banana bread.  I’m sure my co-workers would appreciate me testing out a new deodorant 😀