Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my readers affected by this holiday. Enjoy, spoil yourself, share the love, and be grateful for all you have. Ignore all the commercialism that has become associated with this day.

You may want to try out a quick and easy recipe I just developed called ‘Strawberry Romanced Shortcakes’ located here: http://myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2013/02/strawberry-romanced-shortcakes.html

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Pass the Quinoa!!

I just wrote and posted an article about a beneficial whole grain called quinoa to my natural living blog. Take a look by clicking on “My Unique Cookery” in the lower right side bar. Thanks!

Quick & Easy Energy Bars

It’s great to have a high-protein snack or drink to replenish your body after a good workout. This is especially true after doing those difficult tkr recuperation exercises. How tiring are those? Even after you’ve passed the rehab stage, you need to replenish yourself.

With so many energy bars available on the marketplace anymore, it can be confusing about what to buy. Plus, have you read the ingredients on these bars? There is a way for you to take control over what you put into your body while getting away from eating those commercially manufactured bars. Make your own energy bars. It’s quicker and easier than you may think.

By making your own energy bars you know exactly what goes into the end product. Homemade versions contain no additives, flavorings, artificial sweeteners or harmful preservatives. Since all recipes contain some sort of fat, as a binding agent, you can adjust which type you use to satisfy your personal taste and health needs. Making your own also allows you to determine how large a portion you want.

Here’s a recipe I adapted from a local television station to suit my tastes. You can also adjust ingredients to suit your taste buds.

You will need:
9×13” baking pan
medium saucepan
medium mixing bowl
cookie sheet
large mixing bowl

Dry Ingredients:
2 cups oats
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup crushed walnuts
¼ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chopped dates
¼ cup dried apricots, chopped

Wet Ingredients:
¼ cup honey
¼ maple syrup
¼ cup barley malt syrup
1 cup peanut or almond butter, creamy variety
2 T canola or sunflower oil

Preheat oven to 350.
Evenly spread oats and nuts onto ungreased cookie sheet.
Place in oven and bake for 10 minutes, until lightly brown.

Combine wet ingredients in medium saucepan.
Cook over low to medium heat until blended, about 10 minutes.
Stir continuously.

Combine wet and dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Toss until dry mixture is thoroughly coated with wet mixture.

Place mixture into 9×13” baking dish. Firmly press into place until the entire pan is filled.

Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until mixture is firm.

Cut into your desired serving sizes.

Enjoy!

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Recipe Worth Sharing

Hi my favorite readers! You know how tiring it is after doing your tkr exercises? Or, how exhausted you can be after doing any type of exercise once you past the recuperation stage? Well, you can replenish that energy by consuming some energy bars or drinks. That’s common knowledge. What isn’t quite so common, though, is there is a quick and easy solution that can be solved in your kitchen….

Click on this link to go to an article I just posted and shared with my readers on ‘The Unique Cookery’..my healthy living-oriented blog. It contains a nutritious recipe for making homemade energy bars without using your oven. Looks like you’ll have to copy and paste due to some technicality…

http://www.myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2012/07/making-your-own-energy-bars.html

Thanks and Enjoy!!
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What's on Your Food?

Found a great website that lets users check the pesticides on their favorite foods. It’s a great site. Great, but scary…:( My favorite food is broccoli and it has…47..(YIKES!) different pesticides.

I don’t know why my links aren’t working. It’s ticking me right off. Working on it…Anyways, here’s the website address:

http://www.whatsonmyfood.org

High Calcium Foods To Nourish Your Bones

I’m a firm believer in using food to heal the body of numerous health concerns. If you’re interested in getting good nutrition and taste (and who isn’t?)…here are some foods that can help with relieving, preventing, and even reversing bone loss or osteoporosis. This is a major concern to me, so I thought others would find it interesting as well. These foods are all easily obtainable, too.

Low-fat or non-fat dairy products
Canned sardines
Canned salmon
Calcium enriched soy milk
Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, collard greens and bok choy
Tofu
Tempeh
Calcium-fortified juices (Minute Maid makes a great orange juice variety)
Black-eyed peas
Blackstrap molasses
Poppy seeds and sesame seeds
Figs
Almonds

I was reading through some nutritional literature and Dr. Andrew Weil’s site and came across this list. Http://www.drweil.com. He has a great site, by the way. 🙂 Plus, I added some of my own.
Hope you found this information helpful.

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