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Yes, At My House We Eat Cookies For Breakfast!

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As the morning air starts to turn cooler, I tend to move away from having a green drink in the morning. I begin to look for breakfast ideas that will warm and nourish my body as I head out the door for the day. Let’s be honest: when it’s cool outside, the last thing you want to put into your body is something cold. This is where these breakfast cookies come in!

 

As I started to think about developing these cookies, I was searching for a healthy alternative to the sugary donuts we all crave. These warm cookies with a cup of coffee will start any day, warm or cold, off to a healthy start.

 

They contain dairy but are gluten-free – unless the oats purchased have been contaminated by being grown close to wheat or any other crops that contain gluten. Anyone with a gluten intolerance should use caution when selecting oats. I am sure there will be some who question the healthiness of the cookies when they find out there is butter in the recipe. However, there is some research that shows it is not as bad as we have been led to believe. (Here are a couple links from Body Ecology and Authority Nutrition giving a little background on it.)

 

The oatmeal carries many health benefits for us. Oats are filled with fiber and minerals, like selenium, magnesium, and zinc. Oats have been shown to lower your risk of heart disease and colorectal cancer. Oat flour is ground up oatmeal and can be used in the same amounts as all-purpose flour.

 

To sweeten the breakfast cookies, I used coconut sugar and dark chocolate, as well as raisins that are naturally sweet. I’ll let you in on a secret about chocolate: I don’t buy chocolate chips anymore! In fact, I use Trader Joe’s 72% dark chocolate bars. I break off a few larger pieces and put them into a plastic bag. Then, using my meat tenderizer, I can break the pieces into smaller ones for the cookies. I have found that this works well and it’s better for you than chocolate chips. The coconut I use is unsweetened, which adds flavor without the sugar.

 

Below you will find my recipe and I hope you enjoy it. Feel free to omit the optional ingredients that your family doesn’t like. You could change out or add ingredients that your family likes. The point to cooking is to have fun and make it your own. I love looking at recipes as just a suggestion then change them to suit my preferences all the time!

 

For more quick breakfast ideas check out the article I wrote earlier this year called “6 Quick Healthy Breakfasts for On The Go”.

 

 

Happy Cooking,

Patricia

 

 

Breakfast Cookies 

 

2 Organic Eggs                                                                     IMG_1142

¼ Cup of Water

¾ Cup Organic Butter

¾ Cup of Organic Coconut sugar

1 tsp. Vanilla extract

3 Cups of Organic Oatmeal

1 tsp. Sea Salt

½ tsp. Baking Soda

1 ¼ Cup of Organic Oat Flour

1 Cup of Dark Chocolate pieces (Optional)

½ Cup of Organic Raisins (Optional)

¼ Cup of Organic Unsweetened Coconut (Optional)

 

  • Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the first 5 ingredients and mix well.
  • Add the oatmeal, sea salt, and baking soda.
  • Add oat flour and combine well.
  • Add dark chocolate, raisins, and unsweetened coconut.
  • Mix until well combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of dough on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Serve hot or cooled.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One of the Great Superfoods: Chia Seeds

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Do you remember the Chia Pets of the 70’s? Well, who knew they were healthy seeds that we should be eating and not planting in the terracotta animal figures to look at in the windowsill. Chia seeds are listed as a superfood and promote overall health.

What is a superfood? Superfood is a marketing term that means the food is a nutrient powerhouse. They are packed with large amounts of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These foods have shown to lower the risk of chronic disease as well.

Chia seeds come from a flowering plant that is part of the mint family. They come from Mexico and Guatemala. In fact, the Aztec warriors ate Chia Seeds to increase their stamina and endurance.

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6 Quick Healthy Breakfasts for On The Go

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It’s very apparent that we are all on the run these days, and most of us forget to have breakfast while we’re on the go. But eating just a little something will aid in kick starting your metabolism for the day. By simply planning ahead a little bit your mornings can run more smoothly, which is especially important as you are trying to get you and your family out the door.

Here are 6 ideas for quick and healthy breakfasts that are easy to grab and go in the morning.

  • Overnight Oats- This is the ultimate on the go breakfast. Before going to bed combine ½ cup of milk (whatever kind you prefer), 1/3 cup of oatmeal, ½ of a mashed banana, ¼ cup of chopped nuts (whatever kind you prefer) with a little cinnamon. Just make sure to place all the ingredients in a jar or a Pyrex glass container so that it will be ready to be warmed up in the microwave. In the morning, simply place the jar in the microwave right before you leave the house or save it and heat it up at work.
  • Greek Yogurt Parfaits- The night before take a small jar or Pyrex glass container and layer in some Greek yogurt. On top of this layer, put your favorite fruit and then another layer of yogurt. Then add in the raw nuts of your choice or a combination of raw nuts. Refrigerate and grab this delicious parfait on the way out your door. Just don’t forget a spoon!
  • Apple Slices topped with natural Peanut Butter- If you cut apples into round pieces they can be put together like a sandwich after the apple has been cored. If you prefer natural Almond or Cashew Butter that works well in between the apples. Just put the butter on your apples and add raw nuts or raisins between the apple slices if you’d like for a tasty breakfast.
  • Breakfast Cookies- Usually cookies are not a good breakfast, but if the cookies are made with vitamins, why not? These types of cookies are filled with oatmeal, raisins, and nuts, which makes them a healthy choice for breakfast. Most of the recipes are gluten-free and can be found online, so pick one that your family will like.
  • Breakfast Wraps- The floured tortilla shells for breakfast wraps are filled with an egg done your favorite way. However, keep in mind that scrambled eggs seem to work very well and then you can add celery pieces or chopped red peppers with a small amount of cheese of your choice. Right before rolling it into the whole-wheat tortilla shell top it off with salsa. You can vary it each day to keep it interesting.
  • Quick & Easy Granola- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine ¾ cup of raw organic pumpkin seeds, 1 1/2 cups rough-cut oatmeal, ¼ cup Chia seeds, ½ cup dried cherries, ½ cup of raw silvered almonds, and ½ cup of shredded unsweetened coconut. In another smaller bowl, mix together 3 Tbsp. Natural peanut butter, ½ Tsp. Sea salt, ½ cup of grade B maple syrup and ½ tsp. Pure vanilla extract. Pour liquid over all the dry nuts and blend well. Put mixture onto a parchment lined pan or cookie sheet. Bake for 40 minutes. Cool and put into containers for a grab and go.
  • Muffins- The variety of muffins recipes online are many. Be adventurous and try different kinds to not only keep it interesting for you, but also your family.

Even though it is better for all of us to sit down and eat our breakfast together, this is not always possible. When families do not have time to eat together because of their busy schedules, these are great go to healthy breakfasts for you to make and enjoy.

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The Great Health Benefits of Cedarwood Essential Oil

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Cedarwood essential oil has a woody, balsamic, soft, yet sweet aroma. This essential oil is a deep amber color and is distilled from the wood and sawdust. Cedarwood essential oil comes from a strong scented evergreen tree that grows to about 50 to 100 feet tall and can have a lifespan of more than a thousand years. Most of the essential oil produced today comes from Morocco.

The scientific name for Cedarwood is Cedrus Atlantica. When you see both the common and scientific name on the bottle label, it is telling you that the essential oil is pure.

Cedarwood has a long history of being used for incense and in perfumery. The Greeks and Romans burned the wood to give the air a pleasant fragrance. The ancient Egyptians used this essential oil often for cosmetics and in Tibet it was used in traditional medicine.

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Health Benefits of Acupuncture

 

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More Americans are realizing that to be healthy you cannot just pop pills. So, they are checking into alternative medicine to find healing.

It is estimated that 14 million Americans have used acupuncture; this is according to statistics from the National Health Interview Survey. With this growth with acupuncture, more insurance companies are covering complementary care.

Acupuncture began in China over thousands of years ago. Acupuncture is not just randomly placing tiny needles into your skin. In fact, it is a complete medical science focused on correcting the imbalance flow of energy throughout your body. It has been used to prevent illnesses, diagnose, and treat diseases, along with improving overall health. Acupuncture is all about restoring and maintaining health through pressure points on the body, where these tiny needles will release energy for healing.

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Let’s Get Running: Treadmill vs. Road

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There is a big divide amongst most runners about running inside on a treadmill, versus getting outside on the pavement. We all remember the commercial that Nike ran ‘Just Do It.’

It doesn’t matter if you run inside on a treadmill or if you choose to get outside on the road. The truly important step is lacing up your running shoes and starting running. There are many subtle differences between the two types of running, but both will give a good cardiovascular workout to your body. Most runners use a combination of treadmill and road running, for a variety of reasons. Here are a few things to keep in mind either style you choose.

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Ayurveda Tongue Scraping: The Health Benefits

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Have you ever noticed when you get up in the morning, and your mouth feels musty tasting? Have you ever looked in the mirror to notice your tongue has a strange color? If not, you might want to take a look one morning. You might be surprised. Ayurveda tongue scraping is a process to take off all strange musty taste from the tongue.

Ayurveda is the science of life from the ancient civilization of India. Ayurveda practitioners base their philosophy on the systems of knowledge and practical wisdom, which is the art of healthy living that combines body, mind and spirit for holistic health.

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Fibromyalgia: Symptoms and Alternative Treatments

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Living with Fibromyalgia is painful. There are an estimated 5 million Americans diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, according to the National Institute of Health. Most of them are women. Individuals who suffer from rheumatic illness such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and scleroderma have a higher risk of being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. The risk is also higher for individuals who have suffered from neck trauma due to car accidents. For doctors, Fibromyalgia is a puzzling condition and difficult to diagnose.

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COMFORTING AND HEALTHY MAC & CHEESE

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Everyone needs a comfort food every now and then. Here is a recipe that I originally got from a Fine Cooking Magazine years ago. Although I really loved it, I needed to make some changes to the recipe to fit with some dietary changes that I was making to my food choices.

I feel I kept the comfort food taste, but achieved making it a little more light and healthy. My family agrees.

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GLUTEN-FREE SCONES

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Who says that going gluten-free is tasteless and not fun? Not me.

It has been a challenge, this is true — but you just have to change your thinking a little.

This recipe originally came from Elana’s Pantry website, but I started working with it. I don’t use agave nectar in my cooking or baking. There are questions floating around that it may raise a person’s blood sugar level and so I would prefer not to use it. I also have found that the maple syrup-Grade B gives a comforting flavor to gluten-free baked goods.

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