Celebrating The Season With Cannabis Maple Candy

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As somebody who is sugar intake aware I spend the holiday seasons in awe of how much processed sugar in the form of candy and baked goods is pumped out at every store and in every kitchen. Facetiously I ask, “What would Jesus think of people gorging themselves on sugar (in some cases, the very thing that is causing them disease) in the name of celebration and tradition?”

Valentine’s Day, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas…all times of the year that it becomes socially acceptable to mindfully and mindlessly consume sugary treats. 

Now, I am not bashing sugar or celebrating but I am suggesting that as a society and as individuals who desire good health it is worth the time to think about how we consume sweeteners in quantity and quality. What if we treated sugar like alcohol? 

Dr. Lustig suggests that sugar be treated like alcohol because it does the same thing to your liver. He points out that it used to be only alcoholics developed fatty liver disease but now doctors regularly see it in children because of the amount of sugar being regularly consumed.

The average American is consuming 22 grams of sugar per day even though the World Health Organization suggests that people should only consume 6-12g of sugar per day and the FDA suggests that you only get 6-9g of sugar per day- how much is a in the average candy serving?

I recently browsed through several different kinds of sugary candy, the average serving size seemed to be between 15-30g of sugar in a couple ounces of treat. The bottom line being you may want to limit the number of sugary treats for the health of your liver and endocrine system. 

Now that I have said all of that, I realize it is the holiday season and you may be needing something sweet and special so you don’t feel left out when every body around you is filling their faces with processed crap. I have also added a bonus step to add a cannabis concentrate so that you can double this treat to also mellow out your stress and maybe give Christmas a healthy new vibe this year. Maple syrup, while yes, is high in sugar, it comes with vitamins and minerals and is a whole food. I add hemp and walnuts to not only help balance the sugar’s absorption in your body with nuts or seeds but also to help your body metabolize the cannabis.

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Maple Walnut Maple Candy 

2C maple syrup

1/3C hemp seeds

1/4C chopped walnuts

1 gram cannabis concentrate (optional)

1- In heavy bottom saucepan, bring the maple syrup to a boil on med-high heat and stirring occasionally. **Add your cannabis concentrate here and stir in until fully melted. Boil syrup until it reaches 235F (110C) on a candy thermometer. Watch your pan closely to make sure it does not boil over.

2- Remove from heat and cool to 175F (80C) without stirring, about 10 minutes.

3- Stir rapidly with a wooden spoon for about 4-5 minutes, adding hemp seeds and walnuts until the color lightens and the mixture becomes thick and creamy. 

4- Quickly Pour out onto a sheet of parchment paper (or into candy molds) and spread to about 5mm thick and let cool and harden. Cut into 2-3cm squares and store in a refrigerated airtight container for up to one month.

To figure out how potent your candies will be:

1000mg X concentrate potency \ number of candies

For example, my gram of concentrate was 80% THC (800mg) and I got 40 servings making each of them about 20mg/THC. 

I recommend enjoying this maple candy sparingly and giving it out as thoughtful gifts in small portions. With intention and a solid food snob attitude you will make it through the holiday feasts without the average 10 pound increase and keep your health in tact. 


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.

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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  

Boxing Day Coleslaw

Happy Boxing Day, the day after Christmas that is reserved for relaxing and unwinding after the holidays.

As I looked in the fridge for leftovers today I found yesterday’s Christmas Coleslaw. It dawned on me this is really more of a Boxing Day Salad because it will last great for leftovers and save you a day of cooking while providing the fresh produce and nutrients you may be craving by the end of holiday meals.

It is crunchy, balancing sweet with sour, and uses fragrant fresh herbs to make you feel it is a special holiday meal. It’s also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats which qualifies it as a meal all by itself.

It is also gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and delicious.

Boxing Day Coleslaw

1 small/med cabbage, finely chopped or shredded

1 red apple, chopped or shredded

1/3c dried cranberries

1/3c hemp seeds

1/3C pumpkin seeds

Dressing

1/3C avocado oil

1/4C Apple cider vinegar

1/2 lemon, squeezed for juice and zested

1T honey, to taste

Salt and pepper

Fresh sprigs of rosemary, thyme, and sage, finely chopped

1. Combine all dressing ingredients into a small jar with a lid and shake until well combined.

2. Stir dressing into salad ingredients until fully combined.

3. Store covered in fridge until ready to eat. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for what is coming in 2018 and exciting health improving projects. Happy new year!!

Cannabis Infused Peanut Butter Fudge (Vegan)

Chocolate peanut butter fudge made without processed sugar that will help me sleep and relax my body? Yes please.

During an especially strong chocolate craving I came up with this simple, and healthy fudge version that is effective as medication and packed with nutrients.

I used a CO2 extracted cannabis oil, purchased from a local pot shop, that I know had been tested for quality and impurities. I like cooking with CO2 oils because they can easily be added to oils and because they are tested for potency making it easy to dose THC or CBD by the milligram.

MMJ Peanut Butter Fudge

1/2C cacao powder

1/2C hemp hearts

1C coconut milk

1t vanilla

6 medjool dates

1/4C maca powder

1g CO2 cannabis concentrate (option for MMJ version)

1C peanut butter

1/3C chopped walnuts

1) Blend cacao, hemp hearts, coconut milk, vanilla, maca powder, and dates until smooth.

2) Gently heat the peanut butter and coconut oil in a double boiler. Remove from heat and add the cannabis concentrate to the warm oils. Mix well.

3) Combine both mixtures then add walnuts.

4) Place in a 6″x9″ pan and chill in fridge for 15 minutes. Cut into pieces and place into freezer until firmly set. Keep refrigerated or in the freezer until ready to eat.

These turned out to be a pleasant way to medicate. Not sugary but with a rich and fudgy texture and effective daytime mmj potency.

Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea.

CBD Turmeric Bone Broth

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I spend a lot of energy promoting and consuming a plant based way of eating but that conversation shifts when we start talking about bone broths.

I swear by taking bone broth for improving immunity, moods, brain function, digestion, and reducing inflammation in my body. A good bone broth is full of beneficial minerals, gelatin, collagen, glutathione, glucosamine and packaged in a form that is easy to swallow and absorb.

I make my own because it is way less expensive than store bought, I can make it in bulk, and mine is always better.

About once a month I will cook a whole organic chicken, debone it, and put the carcass and any parts that won’t be eaten into the crockpot and brew a big batch of bone broth.

Once made it can be used in all sorts of recipes or easily frozen for later use. One of my favorite ways to take it is simply to sip it plain with a little hot water, salt, and pepper.

During this month’s batch I decided to try infusing it with a high CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis kief and powdered turmeric. The results were great. I’ve had it first thing in the morning, in the middle of the day, and for dinner and no matter what it feels like I have done something good for myself.

CBD Turmeric Bone Broth

-bones and scraps from 1 organic chicken

-1T apple cider vinegar

-1 gram kief

-2T turmeric, or more

  1. Put the chicken parts in a crock pot and fill to about an inch from the top.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar and let sit over night on low. (This helps to bring nutrients out of the bones.)
  3. Remove all chicken parts and separate the liquid through a strainer.
  4. Return the liquid broth to the crockpot, add kief and turmeric, and let sit on low overnight.
  5. Use immediately or freeze individual portions for later use.

Notice that I did not decarboxylate my cannabis, which is something you may want to do before you add it to the broth. I didn’t feel the need to do so with this recipe or this particular strain of CBD (cannabidiol) rich kief.

If you are new to taking turmeric, feel good about adding generous amounts as it is beneficial for reducing inflammation, improving digestion, lowering blood sugar, and increasing bile production. It is mild in flavor and a bright yellow color that brings extra life to food.

Good health and peace to you.

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  

 

 

Do Vegans Eat Their Chia Pets?

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Of course vegans eat their chia pets! I dare say that more than one chia pet has educated the vegan foodie to sprout their chia seeds before they eat them to maximize nutrition.

Do you eat chia seeds? You might want to as they are an amazing food for your digestive system, your heart, your skin, your brain, and your immune system.

I swear by them for how good they make my sensitive digestive system feel and for the long lasting kick of energy they predictably provide. Lately, I have found myself on a chia pudding kick where I am consciously eating them every day with the intention of using them in at least one meal for the protein, essential fatty acids, and a solid dose of fiber.

When I discovered that if you soak them before you eat them they start sprouting and become more bioavailable, easier to digest, better absorbed into your system, and help to keep you hydrated I became mildly obsessed with all the possibilities of how I could use them.

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Basic Creamy Coconut Chia Pudding (4-5 servings)

1 can of coconut milk

1/2C chia seeds

1/2C of filtered water (add more water if you prefer it to be less thick)

  1. Combine all ingredients and let sit in a covered container in the fridge overnight.
  2. Eat one serving per day.

Suggested ways to customize your pudding:

Add a tsp of vanilla, use juice instead of water, sweeten with 1-2t honey or maple syrup, add chopped fruit or berries, mix with a fruit puree, pumpkin puree and cinnamon, hemp seeds, nuts, shredded coconut…the possibilities are as infinite as your imagination.

“I’ll have the chia tenderloin with a side of garlic infused olive dipping oil.” 😉

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast

I’m in bodybuilder mode. By that I mean I’m trying to put on some healthy weight and hopefully regain some muscle that somehow disappeared somewhere. Such a project requires meal planning.

I consciously have to eat more nutrients and the only way to do that is to know what I’m having before I even get hungry. I plan ahead and do some batch cooking on Sunday to have multiple meals ready to go and make sure my pantry, fridge, and freezer are stocked for the spontaneously cooked meals that I put together later in the week. My meals plans usually work out about 90% of the time. 

I find that this type of planning virtually eliminates food waste at my house and leaves me physically running better because I have no reasons to skip meals or eat poorly due to not knowing what to have or being too busy to cook. This method also saves me a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on meals out or the purchase of unmade food that goes bad in the fridge.

This week the chosen main vegetable has been brussels sprouts and the first way that I used them was for making a breakfast bake with sweet potatoes, spinach, and eggs. I made enough for two portions and I now I also have another meal already to go for tomorrow morning or whenever.

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast

Brussels Sprouts For Breakfast (2 servings)

1 small sweet potato, sliced into 1/4″ thick pieces

6-8 brussel sprouts, quartered

4 eggs

2 mushrooms, finely chopped

2C spinach, finely chopped

Salt and pepper

  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Put the sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts in an 8″ pan and lightly drizzle avocado oil (or oil of your choice) over the veggies and give them a stir. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  3. Mix together eggs, mushrooms, spinach, and spices and pour evenly over the partially baked sweet potato and brussels sprouts mix. Bake for about 15 more minutes or until the eggs are fully cooked and firm.
  4. Eat half and store the other half in a covered container in the fridge for up to three days.

I love a solid savory meal for breakfast. This one wins in every way. Easy, filling, nutritious, and delicious.

Here is to healthy muscles!

 

Sweet Potato And Leek Ginger Soup

With a shift in the seasons from winter to spring brings an attention to a new menu of local fresh foods. In the Pacific Northwest leeks, garlic, baby greens, peas, radishes, and rhubarb are just a few of the exciting seasonal ingredients worth adding to your menu. With that in mind I bring you my latest soup recipe that is very easy to make, delicious, versatile, and really good for you.

I recently discovered a simple way to use fresh ginger to create a broth and have since been creating different versions of this soup loaded with beautiful colors and packed with nutrients. The ginger and garlic add a nice spice and serious immunity boosting qualities. The abundance of vegetables provides your digestive system with a healthy serving of fiber.

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Sweet Potato and Leek  Ginger Soup

4 inch piece of ginger, scrubbed and thickly sliced

2 leeks, chopped

1 lg sweet purple potato, cubed

3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

2-3 carrots, chopped

4 stalks of celery, chopped

salt and pepper

  1. Put the ginger in a large pot of hot water and and simmer for about 20 minutes while prepping the other veggies. Your option here is to remove the ginger before adding the rest of the ingredients, be hardcore and eat the ginger in the soup, or pick it out as you eat.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the ginger broth and simmer for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately and store leftovers in the fridge for about 3 days or freeze for future quick meals.

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This batch of soup was made with white sweet potatoes.

Cheers to a happy and healthy spring season!

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