Friday, 28 February 2014

40 Days of Dieting Better - Prep&Planning

A few things before embarking...
There are some foods I want to incorporate that take a bit of a head start... 

Kefir - I love having Kefir around for a treat. With frozen fruit, it's the perfect ice cream replacement for my palette!
(*Note: I have seen some strict anti candida diets refuse to use milk-kefir. Water-kefir substitute would be a great replacement)
1. Keep your kefir grains in a glass jar or plastic container (NOT metal)
2. Pour while milk over the grains and let sit about 24 hours until slightly stiff (it won't be quite as stiff as yogurt. Liquids separating is normal. I use 3.25% milk).
▶Remember to take the grains out for your next batch before you use it.
▶The grains will keep multiplying so share them with family and friends! (I'd recommend at least dime-sized chunks)

Sprouts- Easy enough to grow at home, making your own sprouts will save money too! I grow mine in mason jars with mesh around the lid. They take a few days to get going so I'm starting ahead of time. I bought my seeds from my local health food store. Make us much or as little as you want! 
1. Start in the evening...Put 1-2 tbsp seeds in a quart jar and fill with water to cover the seeds and let soak all night.
2. In the morning dump the water (easiest if you have a mesh piece covering the lid. I used a small piece of screen door replacement) and rinse seeds one or twice with fresh water and let drain.
3. Sit jar leaning upside down in the sink (they don't need a lot of light) to allow any extra water to drain. Repeat morning and night for a few days and your sprouts with be growing in no time! (Mine usually take 3-4 days)
▶Once they're green and mature you can store them in your fridge. 

Sauerkraut - This is a new one for me! Fermented foods have a number of great benefits that I want to take advantage of during this challenge and beyond! Benefits to your immune system, digestion, detox, and they are packed with vitamins. Because I'm not sure how much I'll consume, bellow is 1/2 the recipe:
3 Large Cabbages
5 Carrots
1/2 qt. Celery Juice (I juice my own)
1 Large Golden Beet
2" Fresh Ginger
4 Cloves Garlic
1 Granny Smith Apple
1 Medium Sweet Potato
1/2 Large Bunch Parsley (or 1 small bunch)
1 Red Pepper
1/2 Hot Pepper
1 tbsp Probiotic Culture (I'll use my capsules)
Watch the video for this recipe here.

Snacks - I just know that eating in a different way, inevitably will leave me with the munchies! Now is the time to research and make snack recipes (preferably ones that will keep or can be frozen) so they'll be handy when you need them in a pinch.
Here I chose recipes that didn't have allot of complicated ingredients:

1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder or cacao powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp liquid vanilla stevia
small pinch of sea salt

Combine all of the above ingredients in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 20 – 30 seconds or until the coconut oil is just melted through.  Stir, and pour into a parchment lined cake or pie pan.  Freeze until solid (about 20-30 minutes).  Break apart and enjoy.  Store in the refrigerator or freezer, otherwise the chocolate will easily melt because of the coconut oil.

4 Apples

Preheat oven to 250. core Apple and cut into thin slices. Lay out on a baking sheet and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Bake 45 min. Turn slices, sprinkle cinnamon, and bake 45 min more. 

2 1/2 cups pitted dates
8 bananas
3 cups almonds - chopped in a food precessor
3 cups dried shaved unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup flax meal

Blend bananas dates amd flax. Add almonds and coconut. Roll out mixture (between 2 pieces of wax paper would help) and cut into portion strips. Lay out (without the paper) in dehydrator on 105° for 12 hours or in the oven (how I did it) on a baking sheet on 170° for 4 hours, flipping the strips half way through. Store in an air tight cobtainer.

  My greatest challange at this moment is getting my taste buds ready. As tempting as it is to stuff my face with bread and sugar, now is the time to start cutting that down! 

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