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Friday, June 20, 2014


Chia seeds are a real superfood. Chia is rich in fiber, oOmega 3, calcium, manganese, and phosphorus and protein. Because it is tasteless, it's easy to add to all kinds of recipes from smoothies to bread. In previous posts I have included a recipe for Chia pudding, because of Chia ability to absorb up to 10 times it's weight in water it's a great way to fill fuller without filling up on calories.

Try this drink to get you going in the morning.

1. 8 - 10 ounces of spring water.
2. teaspoon of Chia seeds
3. Juice of one lemon.
4. Tablespoon of raw honey.

Simply add all the ingredients to the glass of water & mix it all with a spoon or put in in a blender and blend. If you mix it in the glass let it sit for a few minutes for the Chia seeds to soften.

Then drink slowly.


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


I love poached eggs! But I have switched from adding buuter and shredded cheddar cheese to olive oil and Nutritional Yeast. The olive oil is heart healthy and the yeast is loaded with  nutrition, particularly B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and protein.Best of all it has a chessy nutty taste that's a great substitute for chesse.

Try this twist on poached eggs.

1. Poach 2/3 eggs
2. Toast 1 slice of whole wheat bread
3. Crumble toast into bottom of bowl.
4. Dribble small amount of olive oil on toast.
5. Add poached eggs.
6. Dribble small amount of olive oil.
7. Sprinkle 1 tbs of Nutritional Yeast.
8. Salt & pepper to taste.
9. Give thanks.
10. Enjoy!

Here are some other tasty Nutritional Yeast Tips.
  • Sprinkle it on popcorn.
  • Stir it into mashed potatoes.
  • Add a little to the cooking water for “cheesy grits” or polenta.
  • Sprinkle on any pasta dish.
  • Add a tablespoon or two to bean dishes to enhance flavors.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014


Yesterday, I got the results of my blood test. Everything was okay LDL a little high, but  the big red flag was that my PSA was 9.1 up from 5.4 the year before! AS we men get older our PSA levels (Prostrate Specific Antgen) increase along with a enlargement of the prostrate. There is no absolute normal levels or for that matter no absolute abnormal. However a spike from 5.4 to 9.1 is a concern as it might indicate prostrate cancer.

There are other factors besides cancer that could increase PSA levels: infection, enlarge prostrate and inflammations can also effect levels. Interestingly high HDL cholesterol counts can also cause a rise, which might be the what's going on with my count. (I'll talk about cholesterol in another article.)

There's also a lot of debate on the effectiveness of the PSA test and whether the benefits of the screening outweigh the risks and pain of follow up test and treatment.

The bottom line is I made an appointment with an Urologist to discuss the levels, causes and options.
Prostrate cancer is highly treatable when caught early and is also usually slow growing. So I intend to proceed cautiously with whatever option I take.

I'll keep you all updated.

Saturday, June 14, 2014


Here's a great and simple recipe for dairy free Coconut Ice Cream.

2 cups Coconut milk (I use the non sweeten milk.)
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries

Dump into a blender and blend till smooth. Pour into glass bowl and put into freezer for 3-4 hours. If you want you can take it out after 1 hour and mix with a fork. Do this every hour till frozen and you'll have a creamier ice cream. I like to pour it into popsicle molds. You can also use a sweenter and vanilla, but I think they're sweet enough especially if you use a nice ripe banana.

Have fun experimenting with other fruits and milks. I just tried Coconut and Almond milk & it's great.

These pops are a great way to cool off after a workout.

Low fat, no bad stuff just a great summer time treat!