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Ham and Pineapple Rollups

Prepare a flavorful dipping sauce (see instructions below) or serve with your favorite condiment.

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  1. Make a Dipping Sauce by combining to taste: coconut milk, fresh lime juice, chopped fresh basil, chopped scallions, and a dash of salt. Blend well. Before serving, let sit for flavors to combine.
  2. Layer slices of ham, avocado and pineapple. Lay on lettuce leaves and roll like a cigar. Secure with a toothpick, if desired. Serve with dipping sauce.
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Paleo Waffles

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Cook Time 15 minutes
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  1. Mix collagen and coconut water, and set aside to let dissolve.
  2. Mix the remaining dry ingredients together. Add cinnamon to taste.
  3. Mix together the coconut milk and oil; stir in the dissolved collagen mixture.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix well.
  5. Pour 1/3 cup of batter onto a hot waffle iron set on medium-low, cook until golden.
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Should You Avoid Microwaves?

I remember the first microwave we had in our house.  It was the mid-70’s and my Dad worked for a company called Winchester Electronics based in Watertown, Connecticut.  I have no idea if they’re still around, but one of their biggest consumer product lines was microwave ovens.  Since he worked for the company he got one at a steep discount for about $550, which was a fortune back then.

Microwaves have come a long way, but ultimately they haven’t changed that much. The principle is still essentially the same. They use radiation to manipulate the food at the molecular level, making them vibrate by the short radio waves emitted into the food. The vibration creates energy which heats up the food. This is why the food cooks quickly — because all the molecules on the inside are cooking at the same time as the ones on the outside, unlike conventional heat which starts on the surface and makes its way inside the food.

So that’s all I’m gonna say about how microwave cooking works. Now I want to talk about why you might want to avoid using them, or at least minimize their use. Continue reading “Should You Avoid Microwaves?”

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

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  1. Blend all ingredients in a mini food processor or magic bullet until thoroughly combined.
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Food Additives to Avoid

The vast majority of packaged foods have some kind of additive or preservative to give them a longer shelf life.  And I’m not even talking about the bad processed food that all of you know by now is unhealthy. I’m talking about pre-packaged food that you might think is “safe,” such as olives, cereal, spinach wraps, or canned tuna fish.

I challenge you to read the label and see if you can find a product that doesn’t have an ingredient that ends in -ate, -ite, -ade, or -ide.  Also anything with artificial colors, sweeteners (especially artificial), and BHA and BHT. These are all chemicals that are added to food to give them a longer shelf life.

But at what expense? Nitrates and nitrites have been linked to both cancer and Alzheimer’s. Bromide can build up in your central nervous system and cause mental health issues. Bromine depletes iodine which can damage your thyroid by affecting your T3 and T3 hormones.

Additives take many names and are used for many reasons. Not all of them are harmful to everyone, as each of our bodies have varying capacities to adapt to environmental factors. But unless you know what your body can and can’t fight off effectively, you’ll want to avoid these additives wherever you can.

Deli Cold Cuts

The subject of cold cuts has been one of conflict, confusion, and downright fear. So what’s the deal?

Cold cuts (aka deli meats) are pre-cooked, sliced meats intended to be eaten on sandwiches or in other quick meals. You can buy pre-sliced, packaged meat in the cooler section of the grocery store, but the best way to buy cold cuts is from the deli, where they slice the meat fresh to order.

 

Pre-packaged cooked meats need to have an extended shelf life, which requires preservatives (sodium nitrate is the most common one). Commercial brand pre-sliced meats are highly susceptible to bacteria and almost always have these preservatives, so it’s best to stay away from them altogether.

Many people (including myself) will not eat products with these preservatives in them. It’s best to buy organic, nitrate-free meats, and if possible choose meat that has been cooked right there in the store.

Here’s a bonus tip: If you’ve had cold cuts in your refrigerator for just a tad too long (say, 6 or 7 days), you can cook the slices before eating them. I fry them in a pan, but you can also microwave them. This will kill any new bacteria growth, and render the meat safe to eat. If it’s been more than 7 days , though, it’s best to toss it. “When in doubt, throw it out.”

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