The Little Hemp Cookie That Could

I’m going into my ninth year living gluten free and dairy free. In that time I have also had phases of going egg free, corn free, night shade free, etc…I regularly practice how to be free.

One thing I still experience is the ‘loneliness’ of being one of the people at the party with dietary restrictions. Imagine being a foodie surrounded by mountains of food that you can really just look at and watch other people eat while they may or may not comment on how and what you are eating compared to everybody else. Then, every gracious host will try to make something that will suit your diet, getting it right 7/10 times.

I’ve had more than one occasion where somebody I adore will specifically make for me a gluten free dessert but that still has dairy in it. Should I eat it even though it will make me feel slightly cruddy in the short term and very cruddy in the long term? Saying no to food kindness is extremely hard and socially awkward for me still after all this time.

When the holiday cookie season rolls around I would like to be treated, like everybody else, to a hot, chewy, crispy, sweet cookie too. I just request that cookie to not be rough on my digestive system and body.

Meet the Little Hemp Cookie that you can likely eat if you don’t eat gluten, dairy, or eggs.

Like a great little black dress, the little hemp cookie can be ready to go within minutes and can also be dressed up for special occasions. For its unveiling, I give you the chocolate chunk version.

The Little Hemp Cookie

Chocolate Chunk Version

Yield: 12 cookies

  • 1C almond flour
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 3T coconut sugar
  • sprinkle of salt
  • 1/4C hempseed hearts
  • 2T water
  • 1t vanilla extract
  • 1/4C chopped dark chocolate
  • 1/4C chopped pecans

Mix all dry ingredients. Sprinkle wet ingredients onto mixture and stir until halfway blended. Sprinkle in nuts and chocolate and finish stirring completely. Spoon onto a silicone or parchment paper lined cookie sheet and flatten or shape as desired. Bake at 350F for 10-14 minutes until lightly browned and somewhat firm to the touch. Remove from oven and cool slightly before enjoying with tea and hemp milk.

By the way, this cookie dough is safe to eat from the bowl and the cookies will freeze great if they make it that far.

Let me know how they turned out for you!

Raw Cannabis And Spirulina Smoothie Recipe

For those of you who know how much I like to eat the color green AND how much I enjoy all things marijuana, you know that I am in heaven when I can eat raw cannabis. I use it in all sorts of things from smoothies to salads.

One important thing I’ve learned about eating cannabis (and any leafy green vegetable, actually) is that you will get a better nutritional payback when you eat it raw. When you cook a green many of the nutrients are destroyed that work synergistically with each other in your body. Consuming your greens raw ensures you get all the plant has to offer.

When you are eating greens it is worth your time to completely chew (even if it is a smoothie) and allow the food you eat to really mix with your saliva before swallowing. This allows the enzymes in your saliva to mix with the food, start the digestive process, setting you up for optimal nutrient absorption and digestion.  Take your time, chew, breathe.

The smoothie recipe that follows was my breakfast one day this week. It gave me energy and filled me up without any psychoactive effects from the cannabis. And it came out the prettiest color of green.

IMG_0706Raw Cannabis and Spirulina Smoothie

30g cannabis leaves

1 blood orange

1 banana

1T hemp seed

1T spirulina

1C coconut milk

1/4C fresh coconut (totally optional)

IMG_07111) Blend.

IMG_07102) Drink immediately and enjoy.

IMG_0719The deep green color of this smoothie is amazing. It screams vitamins and minerals and healthy energy.

Eat Raw Cannabis!

Pam Dyer is a Holistic Health Coach who trains people with scoliosis and chronic illness how they can improve sleep, gut health, immunity, and brain function to live full and hurt less.  To book a consult with Pam please email:  butterflysessions@gmail.com  

Foodie Tips For Eating More Plants And Less Animals

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I woke up one day this summer with a different disposition. Change was definitely in the air and it really hit me when I went to the grocery store and got a nauseous feeling in my stomach walking through the meat section. Ugh.

Oh yes, I’ve had this feeling before. Suddenly the idea of eating animals completely grosses me out and I must adjust my food to being plant based. In the past I have quit eating all animal products for experimental and environmental reasons so when this feeling hits me now its not so bothersome because I regularly transition in and out of a vegan diet and would say 90% of my food already comes from plants.

Eating mostly plants takes practice because many of us have been raised to eat animal products as the main source of protein in each meal. Not only that the majority of food choices when you eat out are animal based: Bacon and eggs, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese, salmon dinner, steak and potatoes. If you are striving to eat less meat and more veggies, the following list is for you.

Plant-Based Foodie  Tips:

  1. Eat the Rainbow. Fill your plates and smoothie glasses with colorful plants at each meal (green, white, red, orange, purple…). Each group of colors brings to the table a different set of vitamins and minerals essential for healthy body function. Variety is key to achieving balance while avoiding food boredom.
  2. Plan for your meals ahead of time so you never find yourself starving and without an idea of what to eat until your plant palette is expanded and not eating animals as a staple becomes easier. Think about what you want to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks this week and stock your fridge and pantry with those foods.
  3. Prep your fresh vegetables to be used for snacks when you bring them home so they will be readily available to grab anytime. Spending 20-30 minutes to prep and cook your food every few days can save time and money, if you eat the food.
  4. Eat whole fruit. Make sure you are getting the fiber by eating the whole fruit and skipping the fruit juices or watering them down to reduce the high sugar content.
  5. Be hydration conscious. Try flushing your kidneys and your digestive system with water and lemon juice upon rising in the morning for a month. Pour your water the night before to set you up for success. Eating more plants equals more fiber that needs to gets moved through you. Aim for a good 1.5 liters of fresh water per day.
  6. Freeze or juice foods you won’t likely be able to eat before they go bad.
  7. Stock up on protein staples like hemp, rice, beans, lentils so you can put together a meal in minutes.
  8. Boost your gut microbes with probiotic rich fermented foods such as sauerkraut, miso, kimchi, kefir, etc. or alternatively take a regular probiotic supplement.
  9. Explore new vegetables and different ways they can be eaten. Most people will tell you they hate Brussels sprouts but many have never tried eating them raw before, its like a totally different food.
  10. Emphasize the whole food part of a plant based diet. You can be an unhealthy vegan by eating processed food products and not enough actual vegetables, it happens all the time.
  11. Stock up on plant fats. Think nuts, seeds, avocados, olives…foods that add texture and balance to the meal to provide long lasting energy.
  12. Treat yourself and explore the vegan restaurants in your area for new inspiring recipes and innovative ways to eat plants.
  13. Think about being the kind of plant based foodie who leads by example. There is nothing worse than that chick at the party going on about her superior way of eating but when she could be changing minds sharing amazing food.
  14. Put herbs on everything. Not only are they cleansing to your organs, herbs add the flavors that will make you forget that you don’t have delicious animals on your plate. Condiments are your best friend at the dinner table.
  15. Don’t limit yourself. This is not a restrictive, calorie-counting diet that gets you nowhere. Eating a plant based diet is a conscious choice to feed and nourish your body on a cellular level so you function at peak performance.
  16. Ask for the Vegan menu when you go out to eat. More and more restaurants are accommodating this ‘trendy’ demographic and the more you request it, the more they will serve it.
  17. Pat yourself on the back for being a conscious human on this planet.