Sinfully Delicious Coconut Whipped Cream … Times Two

Coconut whipped cream offers all the health benefits of coconut oil (MCT’s, Lauric Acid, etc.) while providing you a novel and tasty way to enjoy these benefits.  Why not try a recipe for your Valentine’s Day desert?  Coconut whipped cream is great with heart shaped (gluten-free) brownies, organic fruit, or even chocolate almond pudding.  Honestly, I eat it a bit too often!!!
You can make two types of whipped cream – a soft whip, or a firm whip.  Here’s how to make each version:
Makes 2-3 cups whipped cream
Ingredients
  • Firmer Whipped Cream:
  • 2 cans (15.33 ounces each) organic coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • Softer Whipped Cream:
  • 1 tetra pak of coconut cream, refrigerated over night
  • 2 Tablespoons Grade A organic maple syrup or local honey
  • 1 Teaspoon organic vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. For the firmer whipped cream: scoop off the solid coconut cream from off the top, leaving the liquid behind for another use (add it to your smoothie).
    Place the coconut cream, maple syrup or honey, and the vanilla in a mixer and beat on high for 10 minutes until the whipped cream is fluffy.
  2. For the softer whipped cream: pour the entire tetra pak of coconut cream into a mixer bowl and add the maple syrup or honey and the vanilla. Beat the mixture on high for 15 minutes until the cream is light, fluffy, and holds a very soft peak.
  3. Serve both types of whipped cream as soon as possible for best results.
    The softer whipped cream will usually hold in the refrigerator up to 2 days without separating.
    The firmer version usually starts to separate in a day.
  4. TIP:  Keep all your tools ice cold (put your mixing blades and bowl in the freezer for a while before starting this recipe)

We found these tips on: Homemade Coconut Whipped Cream – Food | GI 365 http://gi365.co/food/homemade-coconut-whipped-cream/#ixzz3xkpUAiOp

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RECIPE – Vege-Pro Energy Bites

OHP_Vege-Pro_Recipe_EnergyBitesIngredients:

½ cup              organic almond butter

½ cup              organic dark chia seeds

½ cup              organic goji berries

¼ cup              organic & fair trade cacao powder

½ tsp               organic vanilla extract

1  tbsp              honey or organic agave nectar

1  scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

Steps:

  • Mix ingredients in a food processor
  • Roll into golf ball size
  • Add topping such as a coconut shavings / crushed almonds / cacao powder

Recipe Supplied by Organika – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.

RECIPE: Chunky Monkey Smoothie

OHP_Vege-Pro_Recipe_Smoothiev1Ingredients:

1 cup               organic chocolate (almond/soy/coconut) milk

1 scoop           Organika® Vege-Pro®

1 tbsp              organic almond butter

½                     organic banana

½                     organic avocado

2-3                   ice cubes made from alkaline water

1 tsp                Organika® Maca Powder

Steps:

  • Add ingredients into the blender
  • Blend until smooth

 

Provided by Organika Health Products – Copyright © 2015 Organika Health Products Inc.

PGX for Weight Loss & Blood Sugar Balance

PGX isn’t just for weight loss & blood sugar control.  PGX is beneficial on so many levels for:

  • Normalizing and stabilizing blood sugar
  • Lowering insulin secretion
  • Improving insulin sensitivity
  • Lowering after-meal blood sugar levels
  • Reducing the glycemic index of meals
  • Controlling appetite for healthy weight loss
  • Burning body fat
  • Balancing cholesterol and reducing triglycerides
  • Improving regularity

Lean Green Smoothie

 

The PGX Ultra Matrix softgels provide an advanced delivery system for superior results. This complex matrix, when combined with stomach acid, disperses better than any other tested delivery system for soluble or insoluble fibre.  Take before or with each meal. The softgel capsules take a little time for full effect, but they’ll give you a longer-lasting feeling of fullness.

 

The PGX granules mix easily and dissolve into food and beverages. Sprinkle them on cereal, soups, yogurt or salads, or just add to water or any beverage for a simple way to get your PGX with every meal. The fast acting granules go to work quickly to give you a feeling of fullness.

 

Consider adding PGX to every meal to really see the benefits of it’s use!   Try this Lean Green Smoothie with PGX Satisfast Protein by Natural Factors:

 

Ingredients:

1 scoop PGX Satisfast Dark Chocolate Whey/Vegan Protein
1 Cup Organic Milk / Milk Alternative
1/2 Cup Organic Spinach
1/2 Cup Organic Cucumber
1/2 Organic Banana

Method:   Blend it all in your blender!  Pour & Enjoy

RECIPE: Energy Bites by A.Vogel

Ingredients:

Makes about 20-25 balls – 1″ in diameter

  • 1 cup oatmeal
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation:

Stir all ingredients in a bowl until thoroughly mixed.
Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like.

Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Note: If the mix seems too dry, add in an extra tablespoon or two of honey or peanut butter or almond butter.  If the mix seems too wet, add extra oatmeal.

What is Your PMS Type?

What is Your PMS Type?

 

For starters, premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is not a diagnosis per sé, but a group of symptoms associated with fluctuating levels of estrogen and progesterone during the luteal phase of a woman’s cycle.  Alright, so what does that have to do with you? Not every woman experiences the same symptoms, onset and severity.

There are four groups of PMS symptoms:

  • PMS-A: which includes anxiety, mood swings, nervousness, irritability;
  • PMS-C: which is marked by cravings, as well as hypoglycaemic (i.e. low sugar) symptoms like headaches, dizziness, brain fog;
  • PMS-D: which combines depression, insomnia, poor memory, heightened emotional states (e.g. crying); finally,
  • PMS-H: where weight gain, edema, bloating, and hyperhydration are present.

So which PMS type are you, and what can you do?

It is especially important that you work alongside a qualified healthcare professional in order to determine whether conventional intervention is needed. This is done in order to rule out any underlying serious conditions (e.g. hypothyroidism, depression, etc.). The next step is minimizing any obstacles to your healing. This involves reduction of potential environmental contaminants, stress management, promoting proper digestion and liver function (for effective hormone excretion).

Some sources state that, when compared to symptom-free women, those with PMS tend to consume1:

  • 62% more carbs
  • 275% more refined sugars (including juice and sodas)
  • 79% more dairy products
  • 78% more sodium
  • 53% less iron
  • 77% less manganese
  • 52% less zinc

While this may sound very appealing, it is not always that easy; it usually involves lifestyle modification and dietary changes (e.g. caffeine and sugar elimination). However, I could not stress it enough how important it is to adhere to such changes in order to see longstanding positive changes in your symptoms.

Your healthcare provider may request blood work, usually on day 3 or 4 of your cycle in order to see if there are any discrepancies with estrogen and progesterone levels. Acquiring a thorough history about the peculiar signs and symptoms can give further insight as to what PMS category you fall under and thus support those other systems.

It is important to rule out other conditions like endometriosis, fibroids, PCOS…the list is expansive! And most importantly, disclose any personal and/or family history of cancer. This makes it possible to come up with a safe, comprehensive and effective protocol.

Now on to the good stuff

Clearance problem: If the PMS symptoms arise from a clearance problem, high-dose vitamin B6 may be prescribed alongside magnesium and vitamin E. Vitamin B6, in particular, is involved in estrogen clearance. It is theorized that estrogen alone is not the culprit, but the by-products of its metabolism—on other words, when your liver “deactivates” or changes estrogen from one form (e.g. estradiol) to another, this other form may be involved in exacerbating your symptoms, so it’s important to promote the excretion of these metabolites from the body.

Cramping, breast tenderness: If  progesterone appears to be lower than normal (as seen with cycle length variation, breast tenderness, cysts, cramping), chaste berry (Agnus vitex-castus) may be added to the protocol. Other herbs, like dong-quai (Angelica sinensis) could be included to ease cramping, and if water retention is an issue, licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) can be added.

Fatigue & Nervousness: If your symptoms include fatigue, an adaptogen like rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea), ashwagandha (Withania somnifora), and/or licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) may be added, but check first with a licensed naturopathic doctor if you have thyroid of blood pressure problems. For calming the mind, flowering oats (Avena sativa) could be considered.

Bloating: If bloating and indigestion is a problem, fibre, fermented foods, and probiotics may also be part of the protocol. Herbs that support liver function as well as those that help with stomach acid production (i.e. “bitters”) can help reduce symptoms of bloating and distention.

Perimenopause: For women entering perimenopause, black cohosh (Cimifuga racemosa) may be indicated as well.

Pain (general): Many people are not fans of needles, but it would be a great injustice not to give acupuncture merit when it comes to alleviating PMS pain. From a herbal perspective, devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) and nettle leaf have been shown to have broad anti-inflammatory properties; this is definitely something to consider if you wish to decrease the use of commonly prescribed—and over-the-counter—pain relievers (e.g. acetaminophen and/or ibuprofen).

Please note that while the herbs mentioned form part of a large repertoire of medicinal plants indicated for PMS symptoms no two cases are alike, so dosing, frequency and potency may differ from woman to woman.pms

In traditional herbalism, some herbs are more indicated in conditions of “excess” (e.g. cramping before the period, heavy flow) and others more so in conditions of “deficiency” (e.g. feeling drained, fatigued, hopeless). It’s not always easy deciding for yourself which is better for you, so do speak with licensed naturopathic doctor or a qualified health professional.

For women experiencing longstanding menstrual issues, it may be a good idea to check iron and its storages in case supplementation is needed.

If you feel like a chocolate bar, go ahead, don’t be ashamed, you’ve earned it. And if you feel like biting someone’s head off…they probably deserved it. But on a serious note, regardless of your PMS type, there is always a practitioner out there very happy to support you.

by Sonia Chartier, on 5 October 2015, Women’s Health;  co-written by Rick Olazabal, BSc, BN

Gleaned from the A.Vogel Blog 

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