Quick Healthy Biscuits

Ingredients

2 cups all purpose flour (not bleached, not enriched)
1 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup oil (I use 1 tbsp olive & 3 tbsp canola)
3/4 to 1 cup soy milk

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Sift the flour, baking powder, and salt together into a medium sized bowl. Stir the dry ingredients together. Then cut the oil into the flour: meaning add the oil very slowly to minimize the little balls formed. Pouring with one hand and using two knives in the other hand to stir will get the job done. Use a spoon to stir in enough of the soymilk to create a batter that is just past sticky to slightly moist. Form the mixture into a ball in the bowl.

Flour a surface and rolling pin before dropping the ball on the floured surface. Using floured hands, knead the dough twice don’t over-knead. Using the rolling pin, roll the dough out to about 1/2 inch thickness. Use a 2″ cookie cutter to create about one dozen biscuits. Place the biscuits on a lightly greased cookie tray and bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until they just begin to brown on top.  I use an air pan so the tops and bottoms taste like the tops.

While they are hot use a sharp serrated knife to cut the biscuits and butter them.  I use Canola in the blue container; the brown container has something we want to avoid. For a change of pace consider using agave or a fruit spread instead. Enjoy!

Quick Healthy Biscuits

Organic Apple Salad

Ingredients

Juice of 1 orange

2 yellow delicious apples, chopped (or apple of choice)

½ cup organic raisins

¼ walnuts, crushed

Instructions

Mix juice, apples and raisins together.

Top with walnuts when serving. Serves 3.

Can be made in advance. The orange juice will prevent the apples from browning and reduce the tartness of the apples.

Variation:

– cinnamon can be added to taste

– maple syrup can be added to taste

Organic Apple Salad

Wild Rice Stir Fry

Ingredients
1 ½ cups of Lundberg Wild Blend rice, cook as directed rice (best when leftover or thoroughly chilled)
¼ cup canola oil
1/2 cup chopped kale stems, broccoli stalks or chopped celery
1 cup of mushrooms, chopped (optional)
1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 small red onion, chopped
1 cup broccoli
½ cup snow peas or organic sweet corn
¼ cup low sodium tamari

Instructions
In a wok or large pan, heat oil using medium heat. (Be very careful because olive oil burns quickly). Add garlic then let cook until brown (reduce heat if popping). Add onions and stir. Layer the vegetables in the following order: celery, mushrooms, broccoli and snow peas. Add 1 tbsp. of tamari and cover for 2 minutes. Remove cover. Toss vegetables together and continue cooking to allow some of the liquid to evaporate. Make a well in the wok by moving vegetables up to the rim of the wok. The well will have some remaining liquid. Add remaining tamari and bring to a boil. Add rice. Mix in the vegetables. Serves 6.

Variation:
Use brown rice, wild rice, long grain or short grain rice.

As main dish (for protein), add shaven tofu or chicken with vegetables.

Copyright – Zima Health, 2009

Wild Rice Stir Fry

Black-eyed Peas

Ingredients

2 cups of peas, rinsed and soaked or dry — if using a pressure cooker. 4 cups of water or 4 cups vegetable broth

2 bouillon cubes or 2 tbsp. Soup Starter (if broth is not used)

½ tomato, chopped

4 cloves of garlic, minced

1 small green pepper, chopped (optional)

1 small or ½ cup onion, chopped

½ cup carrots, shredded

¼ cup kale or spinach, chopped

2 tbsp. canola oil

1/3 tsp. thyme

dash of  black pepper

Instructions

Pressure Cooker

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft.  Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute.  Add kale to top — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed.  Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and pressure on high for 7-8 minutes. Release pressure using the quick method.

Conventional Cooking – Stove Top

Heat oil. Sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato. Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top, — do not mix in.  Add a little more oil or water, if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute.  Stir.  Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Cover and cook on low for approximately 3 hours or until peas are tender.

Crock pot

In a pot, sauté the onions, garlic and green pepper until soft. Stir in carrots and tomato.  Cook for 1 minute. Add kale to top — do not mix in. Add a little more oil or water if needed. Cover and cook for 1 minute. Stir. Add water, bouillon and stir.  Add peas, thyme and black pepper. Bring to a slight boil. Pour into crock pot.  Cook on low setting for 8 to 10 hours and on high setting for 4 to 5 hours.

Remove 1 cup of the peas. Puree peas in a blender or mash with a fork. Add to pot of peas.  Mix and serve over brown rice. Top with large raisins. Serves 4.

Variations

Add other vegetables.

Add a bay leaf for additional flavor.

For more color and taste, try wild rice instead.

Note: If not using a pressure cooker, soak peas for about 8 hours.

Copyright – Zima Health, 2009



Black-eyed Peas

Kale Salad Recipe

2 bunches of organic kale
¼ cup of olive oil
4 Tb nutritional yeast
6 cloves of crushed garlic
2 tsp Braggs Liquid Amino or tamari sauce or soy sauce

Soak kale for 15 minutes in large bowl of water with a cap full of vinegar. Rinse thoroughly. In a food processor or with a knife, shred kale finely and put in a very large bowl for mixing and tossing. Make a well in the middle of the kale by spreading kale to the sides of the bowl.

In a measuring cup, mix all ingredients olive oil, nutritional yeast, garlic and the Braggs Liquid Amino. Mix well until mixture is a paste consistency.

Pour half of the mixture into the well. Pour the rest of the mixture over the kale moving it with a spoon as you pour. With two large spoons toss the kale until it is covered with the mixture. Adjust seasoning with nutritional yeast and Braggs.

Let rest for at least one hour. Toss and serve. Serves 8 to 10.

Tip:
-If you want to eliminate the appearance of the garlic, blend garlic and oil in a blender or food processor.
-Braggs Liquid Amino is a healthier version of soy sauce. It contains naturally occurring proteins and sodium and can be purchased at a natural foods store.
-Nutritional Yeast is a non-leavening yeast that is high in iron and B vitamins, with a nutty, cheesy flavor. A great cheese taste.

Copyright 2009, Zima Health, all rights reserved.

Kale Salad Recipe

Maintaining colon health

Some physicians believe that a healthy colon can prevent many diseases.  Our colons can contain a lifetime of accumulated wastes that our body has not released.  The colon is the perfect breeding ground for parasites. These wastes also become toxic and can release poisons to many other areas of the body, which can negatively impact every organ in our body.

The colon is like a straw or a pipe that runs over 50% of the length of your body. Think about what a milkshake does to a straw. A lot of the residuals from the milkshake remain on the inner surfaces of the straw. Just like that straw the inner walls of the colon over time are lined with lots of residual matter.

If you eat the typical American diet, most of this matter is toxic. The American diet is low in fiber, high in fat, and contains many nonfood items. This diet is dangerous due to the clogging affect these foods have within the colon.

The key to a healthy colon is healthy eating. Healthy foods are chemical free and plant-based. Exploring the exciting variety of foods available to us from all over the world can easily help us change. Our diet should consist primarily of fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Good fats, like olive, fish and flaxseed oils are essential. The best source of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals is from plants.

A healthy diet is free of fried foods, white sugar, white flour and excessive meat. These items contain few nutrients and no roughage or fiber to scrub the colon. They also increase the time wastes remain within the colon, which increases toxins and the potential for disease.

If you do eat meat, limit yourself to small portions only a few times a week. When you have meat with a meal make sure you eat an abundance of the quality foods listed above.  These foods help nourish your body and move the meat more quickly through your colon and out of your body before it gets toxic.

Fortunately, we now have early detection devices to determine the condition of the colon. Many lives have been saved. However, eating natural less processed food is the best way to prevent a health crisis.

zima health …. a wellness and disease prevention company

Maintaining colon health

Help With Winter Depression

Many of us have already begun to feel the affect of colder temperatures. “It happens every year”, you might say. Think for a moment on the power of words. You could say, “Last year I was not ready for winter and it really got me down. This year I am going to prepare myself and not put life on hold just because it is winter”! Wow! How powerful that feels! Seasonal depression can be a real challenge for many of us. Here are some additional liberating thoughts and ideas to help you in your new way of transitioning into the winter season.

•    Don’t resist something that is so natural. Flow right into it. See it coming. Plan for it.  Embrace it, like an evergreen extracting all the freshness and energy of the new season.

•    Understand the purpose of winter and how important it is to your overall health and longevity. It is the time to rest and recharge as much as possible. Go to sleep earlier. In winter your body expects more sleep, which corresponds with nature’s longer nights.

•    Keep in mind that no season lasts forever. So set goals for spring. Out of that goal setting will come many indoor projects leading up to your spring accomplishments. These projects could include research (internet and library), phone calls, inquiries, and planning.

•    Keep your body loose and fit. Stretch and do some type of exercise that is good for you everyday. Raise a window and take deep breaths to clear your lungs. The lungs and the large intestine are more dominant organs during this season, so keep them clear and mucus free.

•    Schedule indoor activities, projects, and free time. Experiment with recipes to make them healthier, and write letters to catch up with friends and family. Go to the craft shop and pick up that old hobby or start a new one. For example, get those wonderful vacation or special occasion photographs out and scrapbook them. This does several things, it becomes a keepsake or heirloom, but it also gives you wonderful thoughts as you re-live what you did, and look forward to more good times.

•    Buy fresh cut flowers weekly – place them in a prominent place in the house. Make sure to discard them as soon as they start to wilt.

•    Stop criticizing yourself and others. Add the words “its going to be all right” as your everyday affirmation. Find one thing to laugh about everyday. Laughter is therapeutic and a great massage for the internal organs.

•    Avoid TV before bed or at meals, which is a primary source for reinforcing negative thinking. Buy a few easy listening CDs and get some of that reading done. Don’t give TV too much power. Schedule your TV time – don’t allow it trespass over your entire space and time.

•    Eat less meat and more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts. Nature is at rest and living inward. Our bodies respond well to those root foods because of their medicinal properties for building a healthy immune system. They include garlic, onions, beets, ginger, and burdock.  Additionally, eat those foods that are in season, including citrus, apples, grapes, pears, walnuts, sunflower seeds squash, brown rice, corn, and wheat. Our bodies also respond well to the following spices: turmeric (which is also in curry), fennel, cumin, peppers, sage, nutmeg, and parsley. Limit sweets, cheese, bread, milk, and fried foods, which promote congestion (mucus) in our bodies.

•    Drink plenty of room temperature water. Dehydration is very common during the winter months.  Water is an essential nutrient to the brain and it promotes positive thinking. Also experiment with the wonderful variety of herbal teas. Use honey, lemon or maple syrup as sweeteners. Limit alcohol, which can lead to dehydration.

•    Alcohol weakens body and brain function. Alcohol also makes us more vulnerable to depression.

•    When you do go out, take the winter challenge. How many layers of clothing will you need in order to stay warm? Keep your chest, neck, head, and feet warm. If winter wins that day, try again tomorrow. Wear a brightly colored item (scarf, hat or gloves), which is a great pick-me-up for you and others.

•    Consider planning at least one get together where you invite some special positive people over, so that they can bring that positive energy into your home.

Notice that these things do not require a lot of money. Meaningful things don’t have to break the budget.

Winter can wear you down if you let it. With a  change  of attitude, some positive thoughts along with some gentle treatment, you may be able to cancel that standing date with seasonal depression. Instead you can embraced winter like and evergreen. And the comes spring!

Note: This information is not medical advice. Please seek help from a health practitioner if you are in need of assistance.

Help With Winter Depression

The Best Gift You Can Give

The best gift you can give to yourself and to others is a healthy you! All other gifts are symbolic, but in no way compare to the time, thought, and presence that comes with you being the best you can be.

Giving a healthy you is a perfect gift that you can give to the people you care about and to those that depend on you. This gift is priceless. It extends the time for everyone to benefit from your vibrant energy and zeal. It allows people to learn and experience things that can only come from your unique personality and purpose.

Everyday we live impacts the quality of the health gift. Daily investments are needed in order to preserve and protect these bodies from disease and aliments that rob us of quality living. Start now, one day at a time, working on a plan to give the gift of your good health.

To prepare yourself for giving, take an honest assessment of your current lifestyle. For many of us, if we continue our current lifestyle we will never see our grandchildren. If we do live, we will be remembered as the feeble, sickly one who had no energy or passion for living.

Whatever your state of health may be at this time, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent degenerative disease and sickness. A healthier you will not happen instantly. It takes approximately four to six weeks to develop new habits. So be patient. All changes require sacrifice and planning, but it’s worth it.

The best gift you can give is absolutely a healthy you!       Merry Christmas

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The Best Gift You Can Give

New York Obesity Tax

The proposed obesity tax for the state of New York is in theory, a good idea. However it must be implemented in a more equitable fashion. In order to explain, we have to look at refined sugar as a scientific element. Refined sugar has been stripped of its nutrients due to the refinement process. As a result, the body no longer sees it as a food. It is treated as a chemical. Sugar in its simplest terms is therefore a recreational drug of sort. Not a necessity but loved and cherished (170 lbs of sugar for the average American every year). Sugar is also habit forming.

Sugar is in fact partly responsible for obesity among many populations but also other chronic diseases, like diabetes. In some research, it has been determined that sugar is the food of choice for growing cancer cells. Other research has linked mineral deficiencies and related diseases to the over consumption of sugar.

Perhaps a more equitable implementation of the obesity tax would be to first determine if a “food” item is mostly sugar. If so, than it should be taxed. This potentially broadens the scope to include several other industries, like candy and baked goods.

Do you think companies should take some responsibility for the obesity crisis? Please comment.

New York Obesity Tax

Suggestions To Obama on health care

As a health professional, mother, wife and daughter of seniors, what worries me most about the healthcare system in our country is that it has created a disease culture. The major topic of discussion in many of our homes and social circles relates to some form of health care — my MRI, getting an appointment, finding another doctor, what the insurance will or will not cover, drug reactions & interactions, surgery, screening, biopsy and diagnosis. We are sick, have been sick, or soon will be sick. We live lifestyles that move us from chronic disease to chronic disease. Most people over 40 years old average 2.5 pharmaceuticals or more. We are extending life due to medical advances, however the quality of life for many is not good.

Our young people think old age and sickness come bundled together into an inevitable fate. I believe that old age and sickness are not synonymous. It is clear why no one wants to get old.

A paradigm shift to a healthy lifestyle culture must be a critical part of the healthcare solution. All the facts indicate that 70% of the chronic diseases in the U.S. are preventable and are lifestyle related. This means that intervention can be made! We the people can change our minds and start taking better care of our families and ourselves. We can be motivated to do so!

We must also consider the nations food supply. As Hippocrates said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food “. Our food supply in general is great in volume and availability, however the nutritional quality is questionable and must be seen as the first line of defense for disease prevention and good health. More regulation and oversight will be needed to encourage the food industry to be more responsible for the 3000+ calories of food it produces for each American per day.

And finally, we need a new team of wellness and disease prevention experts to work in parallel to the existing infrastructure. If the horseshoe maker had been asked to develop the model T automobile, it would have never happen. We cannot ask the medical community to eliminate or reduce the demand for its services.

Our solution to the healthcare crisis must be one that helps the sick regardless of their ability to pay and develops a strategy for a healthy America. We cannot just throw more money at a broken system, which will provide a small band-aid at best and does nothing to eliminate the disease culture in which we find ourselves. Good health is common sense and common sense is not expensive.

Suggestions To Obama on health care