Diabetic Friendly Pumpkin Pie & Almond Flour Pie Crust

Diabetic Friendly Pumpkin Pie & Almond Flour Pie Crust

Step 1: Almond Flour Crust

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup almond flour or almond meal
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cap vanilla extract
  • 1 TBSP coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • Maple syrup to taste
  • Pinch of salt

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix all ingredients together until they form a ball. The ball should have a little moisture to it, but not liquid. Taste the mixture to make sure it has a hint of cinnamon.

Smooth pieces of dough into the pie tin with fingers until crust is made.

Bake crust until just golden brown.

Step 2: Pumpkin Pie

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/8 Cup Grade A (Dark) maple syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 12 oz canned, full­ fat coconut milk
  • Almond flour pie crust (recipe above)

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Mix maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, ginger, and cloves in a small bowl.

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and spice mixture. Gradually stir in coconut milk. Pour into the pie crust. Bake for 15 minutes.

Reduce temperature to 350 degrees; bake for 40­50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 2 hours. Cut and serve.

Use Organic and NON-GMO ingredients where possible.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

Sweet Potato Casserole

INGREDIENTS:

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  • 3 cup mashed, cooked sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp Grade A (Dark) maple syrup (1/8 cup)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and cook for 20­-30 minutes.
  • Serves 6­-8
  • Topping:
  • 3 TBSP coconut oil
  • 1/8 cup Grade A (Dark) maple syrup
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans

DIRECTIONS:

Mix the oil and maple syrup thoroughly. Add pecans and toss to coat.

After the casserole is golden brown add topping and bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Serve immediately.

Use Organic and NON-GMO ingredients where possible.

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Brussels Sprout Hash

Brussels Sprout Hash

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Serves 6-­8

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 bunches of Brussels sprouts, roughly chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pkgs applewood smoked bacon, cut into ¼ inch pieces
  • salt and pepper

DIRECTIONS:

In a large skillet cook bacon over medium-high heat until almost done, about 7 minutes.

Add Brussels sprouts and sauté over medium heat until soft; add garlic, salt and pepper. Continue to sauté until just brown. Serve immediately.

Use Organic and NON-GMO Ingredients where possible.

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Spiced & Roasted Winter Vegetables

Spiced & Roasted Winter Vegetables

Serves 6­-8

INGREDIENTS:

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  • 2 butternut squashes, peeled and sliced into wedges
  • 3 parsnips, peeled and sliced into 1­inch pieces
  • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 3 carrots peeled and sliced into 1­inch pieces
  • 2 red onions, peeled and cut into wedges
  • 8 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 TBSP Grade A (Dark) maple syrup
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • 6 whole star anise
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP fresh thyme, minced (thick woody stems removed)
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DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400. In a large mixing bowl, mix the vegetables, salt and pepper with enough olive oil just to coat.

In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, cardamom and star anise.

Put the vegetables in a roasting pan and bake for 25 minutes.

Add the spice mixture to the vegetables, then add maple syrup. Stir well and continue to roast another 10­-15 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Stir in fresh thyme and pour over the cooked vegetables. Serve immediately.

Use Organic and NON-GMO ingredients where possible.

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Understanding the 6 Primary Threats to Brain Health

Alzheimer’s Disease: Understanding the 6 Primary Threats to Brain Health

Alzheimer’s disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Knowing this, it may come as a surprise to learn that only 16 percent of seniors are given cognitive evaluations during their routine medical check-ups.

Until recently, forgetfulness, lapses in judgment, and difficulty reasoning or solving problems have been thought to be a natural part of the aging process. Science is now coming to understand that what we often call “senior moments” are being caused by a downsizing of the brain’s neural network. These reductions within the brain can lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Read the original article posted on Senior Outlook Today.

Tzatziki Salad & Sauce

Tzatziki Salad & Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cucumber
  • ¾ c.  coconut milk yogurt- plain & unsweetened (Coyo brand or your favorite brand)
  • ¼ c. Primal Kitchen mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp. dried dill
  • 1 Tbs. basil, cut in ribbons
  • 1 Tbs. mint, minced
  • 2 Tbs. chives, minced
  • ½ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
  • 1 Tbs. lemon juice
  • Fresh cracked pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS:

Slice cucumber into very thin slices on a mandolin, or with a knife.

In a medium-size bowl, toss cucumbers with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

In a small bowl combine remaining ingredients, then fold the herbed yogurt mixture into the cucumbers. Enjoy as a side dish with perfectly grilled kebabs!

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Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 eggplant, medium size
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp spice hunter Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Tbs. tahini
  • 3 TBS lemon juice
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 Tbs. parsley
  • ½ tsp red pepper chili flakes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice eggplant in half lengthwise. Brush eggplant with avocado oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Put eggplant & garlic cloves in the oven and let it roast for 20 minutes.

Remove eggplant from oven & let cool for 10 minutes. Place eggplant (with the skin on) & garlic in a blender or food processor with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. Garnish with extra parsley and serve.

Enjoy with fresh-cut vegetables or perfectly grilled kebabs!

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Kofta Kebab

Kofta Kebab

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound 85% ground beef
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  •  2 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  •  1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 teaspoon ground green cardamom
  •  1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Pre-soak 16 wooden skewers in water for at least 1 hour prior to grilling.

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, fold the spices and herbs into the meat mixture until very well combined.

Divide the meat mixture into 1/4 cup portions (about an average handful of the meat mixture) and press onto the skewer in a log shape.

Grill the kebabs until completely cooked through or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Remove the kebabs from the grill, cover with foil and allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes prior to serving.

Serve with grilled vegetables, baba ganoush & tzatziki salad & sauce for a delicious meal.

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Q&A with Dr. Candice Hall – What is Functional Medicine?

Dr. Candice Hall is bringing her knowledge of functional medicine and nutritional based healthcare to the Keiro Symposium on Oct. 5th. As their keynote speaker, Dr. Hall will discuss the value of treating the contributing factors and causations of chronic and degenerative diseases, not just treating the symptoms. 

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Dr. Hall specializes in functional medicine which focuses on using integrative therapies to put the patient at the center of their treatment plan. Functional and integrative medicine aims to restore and manage a patient’s health and wellness across an entire lifespan. We address a broad range of physical, nutritional, emotional, mental and environmental influences that can be negatively impacting one’s health.

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By shifting the focus off of the disease and redirecting our efforts towards the patient, Dr. Hall has found it leads to improved health in the long term. Our collective goal is to find the source of the problem and provide lasting wellness through personalized healthcare solutions and achievable lifestyle changes.

Five Ways to Shift the Direction and Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease

Dr. Candice Hall recently published an article on shifting the direction and progression of Alzheimer’s Disease on ThirdAge.com.

It is estimated that 5.8 million Americans are living with the effects of Alzheimer’s dementia. With a new case developing every 65 seconds, that figure is expected to surge to 7.1 million people by 2025.

People who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease experience a progressive escalation of symptoms that increase like the temperature of a pot of water over an open flame. The most common manifestations include memory loss, challenges solving problems, difficulty completing tasks, misplacing things, general confusion, and mood swings. When these signs reach a boiling point, it’s often too late to address them with any hope of long-lasting success.

However, there is hope for cases that are diagnosed and managed with early, customized treatment programs. Research has identified that combining the foundational tools of a keto diet, exercise, brain stimulation, sleep, and supplements is a useful way to start shifting the direction and progression of the disease.

To read the entire article, please click here

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