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Not Just Plain Oats

Oatmeal may appear to be just a bowl of warm carbs, but “oh contraire!” While oats certainly do contain carbohydrates, they’re a little more complex than that. (aahh, how’s that for a pun!)

Anyway. Unlike simple carbs like refined sugar and white flour, oatmeal is full of fiber and digested slower which means two very good things. One…it makes you feel full longer, perfect for those trying to lose weight, and two…it won’t raise your blood sugar levels as much as quickly, making it a good choice for diabetics.  My favorite reason for eating oats in the morning, they go great with an array of toppings.

I went all the way with this morning’s oatmeal recipe. It was so good. Even the All-Star, an old lover of crappy instant packaged oatmeal, filled with sugar and dehydrated fruits, wished for seconds. Houston, we’ve made contact!

So this recipe was inspired by a can of pumpkin that’s been sitting in my cubbard since we moved in.

Just a couple tablespoons…

Organic Pumpkin

Some blueberries I picked up yesterday, which aren’t local but are SO good…

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A touch of vanilla extract, some crushed walnuts, coconut flakes and voila…

pumpkin and blueberry oatmeal

sprinkled with cinnamon…Breakfast deliciousness!

blueberry and pumpkin oatmeal

What’s favorite addition to oatmeal?

Laura

The Mother of Whole Grains

While giving a look around the internet for some healthy starch choices, I happened upon the website for the Whole Grains Council. Man, there’s a council for everything.  Anyway. The folks over at WGC have come up with the “grain of the month” and for March it’s quinoa.  Clap clap clap.  Congratulations to the mother of all grains! (That’s what the ancient Incas called it.)

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I also learned that 1/2  a pound of quinoa seeds is enough to plant a whole acre which can yield 1200-2000 pounds of new seed. The United Nations calls it the super-crop because it’s drought resistant and can grow in poor soils.  AND the seeds have a bitter flavor coating which acts as a natural pesticide. Nice!

Nutrition wise, it’s my grain of choice.  High in potassium, fiber and gluten-free, it can be served as a side, an addition to soups, stews and salads, and its flour can be used to make many a baked good!

Not sold yet? Studies have suggested that quinoa is useful in preventing and managing Type 2 diabetes. Most likely because it serves as a healthy alternative to starches with a high glycemic index. But also because it has high levels of quercetin, an anti-oxidant that also acts as an anti-inflammatory and an anti-histamine. Studies are examining quercetin’s ability to prevent cancer.

To learn more about this “mother grain” visit the Grain of the Month page on The Whole Grain Council’s website.

They’ve got some good recipes there too. It’s super easy to cook and only takes 15 minutes! I use my rice-cooker. 1 part quinoa, 2 parts water is all you need. One cup of uncooked seeds yields 4 servings. Just make sure you rinse the seeds a couple of times before cooking. Remember that bitter coating I mentioned? You want to avoid bringing that flavor to your food.

Enjoy and be healthy!

Laura

Eating Well

I found this website that I really like: EatingWell.comeating well webpage

I think Eating Well started as a magazine but who needs paper when you’ve got all their delicious recipes and diet help right at your web-browsing fingertips.  I especially like their Diet, Nutrition and Health section where you can find descent information about food and your health as well as special recipes for those with specific diet needs, ie. gluten free, diabetes, low calorie, etc.  They also include nutritional facts, which is always good.  I’m certainly not saying this is the end all website of healthy cooking but like I say, “when in doubt, go home-made” and this is another great resource for adding healthy choices to your personal recipe collection. 

As always, use your discretion and make healthy diet choices that are best for you.  When in doubt, follow the advice of your doctor.

Laura

Who will Bail out your At-Risk Heart?

I’d like to follow-up on my post entitled Your Personal Health Care Reform.  I said it then and I’ll say it again…We need to now more than ever start looking towards prevention to save our lives.  I know, I know, we can’t run around like Negative Nancys, worrying constantly about random calamities.  Those we can never prevent.  What we can prevent is serious life threatening conditions like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.

In an article recently posted on the New York Times website, the writer  recommends acupuncture as a resource for your personal health care reform.  As a licensed acupuncturist I can agree that this popular form of Alternative medicine plays an active and successful roll in the art of prevention, but it doesn’t start there, and it does not need to be that costly.  Prevention starts with each individual.  It’s the choice between a burger or a salad, between a walk around the corner or an hour on the couch in front of the tube.  Did you know that 1 extra serving of fruits or vegetables each day (that’s 1/2 a cup!) can prevent your chances of heart disease by 4%?!  Think of the possibilities you have to save your life: that’s 1 apple, 10 baby carrots, 6 strawberries, half a sweet potato, 3 celery sticks, 1 banana…the list goes on and on and on.

Prevention is a commitment, it’s true, but not to your job or to your teacher or your government.  It’s a commitment to yourself and to those that love you, that you will try to make your life as healthy and happy as you can.  No more easier said than done people.  I will not admit that it is more convenient to clog your arteries than to snack on a carrot.  Or that being a couch potato will bring you more joy than a bike ride with your child.  Those statements are simply erronious.  I will admit that change can be a challenge and I invite you to accept the challenge.  You don’t have to run a marathon (unless you want to), and you don’t have to cut out every guilty pleasure that passes your lips (although the more, the better.)  It starts with a little each day.  You know what you have to do!

For those of you who are on the path, 2 kudos to you.  Now spread the word and share with others your success.  Help bail your brothers and sisters out of their personal health crisis through education and compassion.  We can beat the terror of heart disease and cancer, but it starts at home, and it doesn’t have to cost billions of dollars.   In fact, it can cost less than a value meal.

Read The NY Times article: An Economy in Need of Holistic Medicine…

Laura

Diabetes Act Now

Another GREAT resource for those living with diabetes is DiabetesActNow.

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On this website you can watch short, entertaining, and highly informative videos, called Easy Actions, which contain easy suggestions for you to better improve your health.  You can also sign up for a free account and receive emails that help you track your progress.  The truth is that anyone can benefit from the Easy Actions recommended on this website!

Laura