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Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookie Candy Alternative

September 26, 2016

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Are looking for a healthy cookie recipe for Halloween to give as an alternative to candy, look no more!

 Halloween Cookie Recipe Candy Alternative

Ingredients:Healthy Halloween Pumpkin Oatmeal Cookies

  • 2 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 tsp organic baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons black strap molasses
  • 1 tbs kefir or plain yogurt
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) butter (softened)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned cooked pureed pumpkin
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup cranberries
  • 1/3cup dried  cherries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Get ready two lightly greased baking sheets.

Mix the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon; add sugar, oil (or butter), molasses, pumpkin. Mix thoroughly and add raisins, cranberries, cherries and walnuts. Put a mix on the baking sheets with a spoon. Bake for about 15 minutes.


Happy Healthy Halloween to you and your kids!!!

 

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Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health Counselor, Nutrition and Relationship Expert

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Two Super Healthy and Simple Detox Recipes with Cleansing Spices

January 12, 2012

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Are you ready to keep your body toxin free? Then you may want to start by by including more  detox herbs and cleansing spices in your recipes.

For a super simple detox diet, incorporate the cleansing spices, such as Turmeric, Cumin, Coriander, Cayenne, Ginger, Fenugreek, and Clove. Here are some reasons why.

  • Turmeric – contains the flavonoid curcumin, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties. It helps detoxify the liver, cleanse the blood.
  • Cumin – contains oils that are effective in helping to detoxify the liver and aid digestion
  • Coriander- contains oils that are effective in helping to detoxify the liver and aid digestionNatural and Simple Detox Recipes with Cleansing Spices
  • Oregano – liver and gallbladder cleanser
  • Rosemary – colon cleanser, may help reduce levels of the carcinogenic heterocyclic amines
  • Fennel – colon and liver cleanser
  • Fenugreek – cleanses the stomach, bowels, kidneys and respiratory tract of excess mucus
  • Clove – parasite cleanser
  • Ginger- stimulates circulation, relieves congestion
  • Cayenne – blood and tissue purifier

Are you ready to use these spices to make some super healthy simple detox recipes to help you detox your body and feel and look fabulous?

Dip / Dressing Detox Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1/5 (or less) cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbs almond butter
  • kelp with sea salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly. You can use it as a dressing for salads, as a dip, with fish, meat, etc.

Curry Detox Recipe

  • 2 tbs turmeric
  • 2 tbs cumin
  • 2 tbs coriander
  • 1 tbs ginger powder
  • 1 tbs pepper
  • 2 tsp cardamom
  • 2 tsp mace
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Mix well and place in airtight container.

Bon Appetit!

P.S. find more easy detox tips and recipes in the e-Book “Detox – 101 – Super Simple Detox, The Ultimate Guide for Beginners.”

 

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©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach

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Natural Detox Cleansing Salad Recipe with Herbs

January 9, 2012

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Are you ready to detox?  Why not go natural and detox with herbs?

Some herbs you may want to add to your diet are: as red clover, garlic, echinacea, dandelion root, yellow dock root, burdock root, milk thistle, parsley, cilantro, peppermint, licorice, and flax.

The combination of vitamins, minerals and special chemical compounds in these herbs make for a perfect super simple detox.  Here is a list of some of detox herbs and their benefits.

  • Red clover – blood cleanser
  • Garlic– blood cleanser, natural antibiotic
  • Echinacea – lymph cleanser, antimicrobial
  • Dandelion root – liver and blood cleanser, diuretic, filters toxins
  • Yellow dock root– skin, blood and liver cleanser
  • Burdock root – skin and blood cleanser, diuretic, antibacterial
  • Milk thistle – liver cleanser
  • Parsley leaf – diuretic, flushes kidneys, breath freshener
  • Cilantro helps in the chelation of heavy metals such as mercury and lead
  • Peppermint – skin cleanser
  • Licorice – colon cleanser
  • Flax seeds – colon cleanser
  • Oregano – liver and gallbladder cleanser
  • Rosemary – colon cleanser, may help reduce levels of the carcinogenic heterocyclic amines

********************************************Simple and Natural Detox with Cleansing Recipes with Herbs

Simple and Natural Detox Cleansing Salad Recipe with Herbs

Ingredients:

  • 1 small burdock root, thinly sliced(you can find it in Whole Foods or any Health Store)
  • 1 cup dandelion greens, rinsed and dried
  • 2 tbsp prunes chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped or 
  • 1tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds or sunflower seeds or pine nuts


For the Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp plain yogurt
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1/5 (or less) cayenne pepper
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Mix all ingredients thoroughly, add the dressing and serve.

Bon Appetit!

Breathe, smile and be happy.

©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Relationship Expert

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Healthier Substitutes for Your Holiday Cooking and Baking Ingredients

December 21, 2011

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So, how healthy are your cooking and baking habits these days?

Sooner or later you may start looking for healthier ingredients for you recipes.

Be ingredient and health smart during the cold and flu season as well as holiday time you will be spending in the kitchen; that is why I  want to remind you about some healthier alternatives and healthier substitutes to the ingredients you normally use in your kitchen:

  • 1 whole egg can be substituted with 2 egg whites Healthier Substitutes for Your Cooking and Baking Ingredients
  • white flour can be substituted with whole grain flour (rice, barley,millet, buckwheat – basically you can grind any whole grain)
  • sour cream can be substituted with low fat plain yogurt or low  fat sour cream
  • milk can be substitute with skim, 1% milk or powdered milk
  • ice cream can be substitute with frozen yogurt
  • heavy cream (not for whipping) – 1:1 ratio of flour whisked into non fat milk (eg. 1 cup of flour + 1 cup of non fat milk)
  • whipped cream can be substituted with chilled evaporated skim milk or other low fat whipped products
  • cheese can be substituted with low-fat cheese (please note: non-fat cheese does not melt well if use in cooking or baking)
  • margarine can be substituted with butter
  • butter can be substituted with light butter, vegetable oil or ghee
  • sugar ( brown or white) can be substituted with date sugar, barley  malt, blackstrap molasses, pure raw honey; don’t forget that 1 tsp = 4 grams.
  • table salt can be substituted with sea salt

Happy and Healthy Cooking and Baking !!!

 

Breathe, smile and be happy,

© Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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Three Fantastic Fat Dissolving Recipes for Weight Loss and Glowing Skin

August 7, 2010

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Are you ready for three homemade recipes made with cooling, fat-dissolving and green leafy vegetables. 

You can use these fantastic recipes to improve your kidney functions, for weight loss, detox your intestines and circulatory system, lower blood cholesterol and high blood pressure, and glowing skin.

Watercress with Almonds and Grapefruit Salad Recipe

Watercress with Almonds and Grapefruit Salad Recipe

  • 2 cups watercress
  • 1 cup radishes, sliced
  • ½ silvered almonds or pumpkin seeds or pine nuts
  • 1 cup red grapefruit membrane discarded
  • ½ avocado sliced
  • 1/2 cup Detox Turmeric Dressing

Mix watercress with radishes, grapefruit and avocado in large bowl. Add Detox Turmeric Dressing and toss gently. Season to taste with salt and pepper I f needed.

 

Swiss Chard with Zucchini and Shitake Mushrooms Salad Recipe

Swiss Chard with Zucchini and Shitake Mushrooms Salad Recipe

  • 1 bunch of Swiss Chard chopped
  • 1 zucchini sliced
  • 1/2 cup green onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup shitake mushrooms
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Sauté mushrooms in olive oil for 5 minutes, add garlic, Swiss Chard, zucchini and saute covered for 5 more minutes. Add onions and serve.

 

Arugula, Summer Squash and Blackberry Salad Recipe

Arugula, Summer Squash and Blackberry Salad Recipe

  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1 summer squash sliced 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
  • 1 cup blue cheese or goat cheese sliced
  • 2 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (you can use Detox Turmeric Dressing instead of apple cider vinegar and olive oil)

Mix all ingredients, top with blue cheese (or goat cheese), season with salt and pepper and serve.

Bon Appetit!

P.S. For more recipes listen to the Celebrity Chef Maria Liberati on Healthy Summer Recipes, click to listen.

 

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©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach and Counselor

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How Fresh Are Your Fruits and Vegetables?

May 18, 2010

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You should already know that it is best to buy organically grown fruits and vegetables, but do you know that you should try to buy as many of them as you can locally and in season.   Local means that your organic produce will be less damaged via long distance shipment and storage; and as an added bonus, locally grown seasonal fruits and vegetables will usually be less expensive.

Of course, depending on the area you live in, it can be challenging to find fresh local organic produce, not only because of geographic location, but Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables to Cleanse Smart and Detox  Naturallyalso because of climate differences. For example, in NY, variations in yearly temperature makes it difficult to buy local produce all year long, in which case you should at least try to buy your organically grown produce in season.

So, if you want to enjoy 100 % of the benefits of organic fruits and vegetables, buy them local and in season.

Many of the seasonal vegetables and fruits listed below do not need to need to be purchased organic, but for some seasonal fruits and vegetables, buying organic is MANDATORY – for example: imported grapes should be purchased as organic ONLY.  You can learn which seasonally grown produce MUST be purchased as organic at Super Simple Detox, which you can use to learn how to use the seasons to cleanse smart and detox naturally using organic cleansing detox fruits and vegetables.

Use our list below to find when the most common fruits and vegetables are typically picked and harvested:

Apples – are in season from October to about late April.

Apricots – are in season from late spring to early summer.

Artichokes – are in season in spring and early fall.

Arugula – available all year long, best in spring and fall.

Asparagus – is in season from March to about June.

Bananas – are imported year-round.

Beets – are in season from about mid-June to mid-October.

Blackberries – are in season in Summer.

Blueberries – are in season from about mid-June to mid to late August.

Bock Choy – is in season from fall through spring.

Broccoli – is in season from July to October.

Brussels Sprouts – are in season late fall and winter.

Cabbage – is available all year around, but best in late fall and winter.

Cantaloupes – are best in summer.

Carrots – are available year-round, but are best from July to September.

Cauliflower – is best in fall and winter.

Celery is best in fall and winter.

Cherries – are in season from late Spring to early Summer.

Collard Greens – are available all year around.

Cranberries are in season in fall.

Cucumbers – are in season from June to September.

Eggplant – are in season from August to September.

Fennel is in season from fall through spring.

Fresh Figs (not dried) – are in season from about mid-May to mid-October.

Garlic – is in season from August to October.

Grapefruit is in season in winter and spring.

Grapes – are in season from August to September. Note: : Imported grapes are available year-round, but if you buy organic imported grapes, make sure they are organically grown.

Green Beans are in season in summer and fall.

Hass Avocados – are in season from February to October.

Honeydew Melons – are in season from August to October.

Kale is best in fall and winter.

Kiwis are in season from winter to spring.

Leeks – are in season from August to November.

Lemons are in season from winter to spring.

Lettuce is best in spring.

Mangos are in season in summer.

Mushrooms – are in season from October to November.

Onions – dry onions are in season from September to December; green onions are in season from July to September.

Oranges – California navel oranges are in season from about mid-November to late spring. They are sweetest from about January to early March.

Parsnips are in season from fall through spring.

Peaches – are in season from July to September.

Pears – are in season from August to December.

Plums are in season in summer.

Pomegranates are in season in fall.

Potatoes – are in season from September to January.

Pumpkins are in season in fall.

Radishes are in season from March to September.

Raspberries – are in season from July to September.

Red Peppers – are in season from about May to September.

Spinach – is in season from June to October.

Squash is in season in summer (summer squash).

Strawberries – are in season in June and early July.

Sweet potatoes – are in season from October to February.

Tomatoes – are in season from August to September.

Turnips – are in season from October to February.

Watermelon – peak season for watermelons is from mid-May to late August.

Winter Squash – acorn and butternut squash are in season from September to December.

Yams – are in season from October to about March.

Zucchini – are in season from July to September.

 

If you would like to find out what fruits and vegetables are in season is in your state right now, check Eat Local.

 

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©Irina Wardas, HHC

Women’s Holistic Health, Nutrition Coach Counselor and Radio Show Host

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