6 Super Healthy Diabetic Friendly Recipes

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Earlier today, on my main site, Purple Almond Wellness, I featured an article about managing blood sugar for diabetes. Here is a list of 6 super healthy diabetes friendly recipes to help do just that! Each recipe uses at least one of the foods on THIS LIST of diabetes friendly foods. In some cases, more than one food is in the recipe. ENJOY!

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Sardine and Lemongrass Salad

From: Saveur.com

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Spinach, Beef and Egg Hash

From: Saveur.com

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LIGHT BERRY FROZEN YOGURT

From: Sugar Free Mom

Broccoli with Parmesan and Walnuts

From: Martha Stewart

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Roasted Garlic and Butternut Squash Soup

From: The Hungry Hounds

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Raw Zucchini and Flaxseed Wraps

From: The Full Helping

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5 Whole Food Breakfasts in 5 Minutes or Less

Okay, I know, when you think of whole food, you don’t think of quick, convenient food. Admit it, that’s the excuse we all use. “Making food from scratch takes too much time. It’s easier to throw a Pop Tart in the toaster!” Maybe you’re the type of person  who doesn’t eat breakfast at all.

It’s okay if you’re not. I’ve been doing intermittent fasting for at least a year. However, my first meal, to “break” the fast, is always a breakfast style meal. Just because I wait 16 hours between my last meal one day and my first meal the next day, doesn’t mean I don’t need breakfast. In fact, with intermittent fasting, that first meal is even more important! What you eat when you break the fast needs to be healthy and nutritious. Breakfast, especially with intermittent fasting, is still the most important meal of the day.

Well, now you don’t have any excuses. Here are 5 super healthy breakfast ideas (Videos-no less. I mean who doesn’t love those quick recipe videos?). They are jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fat and they’ll be ready in the same amount of time as a Pop Tart or toast and Coffee.

Green Smoothie-The first time I ever heard of a green smoothie, it sounded disgusting. I mean why would anyone in their right mind blend leafy greens, with perfectly good fruit and drink it? It’s better than it sounds. In fact, they can be down right delicious. And what better way to eat those all important leafy greens? (Especially if you don’t like them). This video shows the basic smoothie technique. Feel free to get creative and, remember my motto, use what’s on hand. Let me know if you make a green smoothie so good, you just have to share. Watch this post on the 10 best blenders, for tips to pick the right one for you.

Smoothie bowls-Take smoothies to the next level by combining smoothies with fruit and granola. This video makes a basic fruit smoothie, using soymilk. If you are allergic to soy, or just try to avoid soy, (like me) use ANY liquid, such as water, nut milk, rice milk, coconut milk or coconut water, or even yogurt. Feel free to take the green smoothie you just made, and make it into a smoothie bowl.

Overnight Oatmeal-This recipe is prepared the night before, in just a few minutes and placed in the fridge. Then, when you wake up in the morning, you can grab  it and go. Once again, this is a basic technique and very versitile.

“Magic” Eggs– I was fascinated by this technique when I first saw it. I admit, it’s very cool, but takes a bit of practice. I did try this, and was not successful the first time…or two. A few tips: 1) don’t add in the extra items the first time you make it, just the egg,  2) make sure your pot is big enough, with plenty of water. 

Sweet Potato Toast-Take that magic egg you just made, and put it on a slice of sweet potato “toast”, along with some steamed greens. YUM! (Sweet potato toast tip…It’s not as quick as it looks in the video. In my experience, It takes 2-3 “toast cycles for the sweet potato to properly cook,)

Featured picture is via 9 Smoothie Bowl Recipes You’ll Want to Eat Every Morning

20 DIY Pantry Staples That Are Even Better than Store-Bought | Kitchn

As more and more places around the world decide to implement lockdowns, it’s likely many of us will run out of many of the pantry staples we are used to purchasing at our local grocer. We take advantage of the fact that our favorite ketchup, mayonnaise, crackers, spice rub, bbq sauce, etc will simply be on the shelf when we want it. Unfortunately, I’m finding that not to be the case and I began to look for ways to make my own. When I stumbled across this article from Kitchn.com, I wanted to share it with all of you, because it has recipes for everything from mayonnaise and ketchup to spice rubs and crackers. Here are links to a five I think you’ll like:

How To Make Mayonnaise with an Immersion Blender

Homemade Ketchup

How To Make Crackers at Home

Inside the Spice Cabinet: Chili Powder

How to Make Homemade Nutella

You’ll find the other 15 recipes at the link below. Eventually, we’ll get back to business as usual. For now, I’m enjoying delving into making my own things. After all, the adventurous and creative nature of all humans is inside us. Our pioneer ancestors made do with what they had on hand, and we can do the same.


Think about some of the staples you keep in your pantry or fridge and use on a daily basis — peanut butter, marinara sauce, tomato paste, mayonnaise, granola, chicken (or vegetable) stock, spice blends. The list could go on and on. Have you tried to make these things yourself? If not, you should! You might not always save time making these everyday items, but they’ll taste fresher, you’ll have fun making them, and it might even save you a little money.

Follow this link for the main article: 20 DIY Pantry Staples That Are Even Better than Store-Bought | Kitchn

Until next time, Namaste my friends

Vintage Recipes: 4 recipes from my grandma weisbeck


Just a quick post today. My youngest son is home from college for spring break, so I’ll be spending the week with him. Thus, this will be my one and only post for the week on both of my blogs: Purple Almond Wellness and The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen.

Grandma Weisbeck on her 100th birthday!

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My maternal Grandmother’s birthday was this past week. She would have been 103. She passed away in May, 2018 at the age of 101, but her memories live on in her 10 children, and dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren and great- great grandchildren.

Back in 2018, I published 4 of her recipes, in a series called “In loving memory“. Today, I decided to remember her once more in honor of her birthday, by reposting all 4 recipes here in one article.

Cheese Buttons (Kase Knepfela)

My Grandma came from a large German family, who farmed on the beautiful South Dakota prairie. Born in 1917, she talks about the lack of running water and electricity in their farm house, when she was a girl. Part of their daily chores involved hauling buckets of water to the house each day, and reading by oil lamps in the evening.

Hard work and exercise are the key, she says. The farming and chores they did each day weren’t enough exercise. So they would take walks to the road and back, each night after dinner.

Cheese buttons, an affectionate American name for German Kase Knepfela, were a frequent food at the dinner table. I have fond memories of making these delightful treats, a traditional German cheese dumpling, with my Grandma, Mom and sister. AND, I’d like to share her recipe with you now. ENJOY!

INGREDIENTS:

  • DOUGH:
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 2 eggs
    • water (to make a soft dough)
  • FILLING:
    • 2 cups DRY cottage cheese (MUST be dry!)
    • 2 eggs
    • salt and pepper

Roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness and cut into 4 inch squares. Place a spoonful of filling on each square and seal. Drop into boiling water to which salt has been added. Boil aout 10 minutes, and drain. Fry with butter and chopped onion.

Summer Sausage

My absolute favorite meal was my grandmother’s fried potatoes, German sausage and her homemade dill pickles. I can still picture her in the kitchen, the smell of onions, potatoes and sausage lingering in the air. When I first posted the articles about my favorite meal, people asked about the recipe for German sausage. The recipe from the small town grocer is a secret family recipe. In the past, they would ship sausage across the country. However, sadly, they no longer make this sausage, which I consider the best I’ve ever tasted.

While researching recipes and sources for German sausage, I came across the recipe above, which is from NDSU German’s From Russia Heritage Collection. The recipe below is for my Grandmother’s personal summer sausage recipe.

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Dill Pickles

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My Grandmother was famous for her dill pickles. Of course the cucumbers and dill were always fresh from her own garden.They were amazing…of course I’m a bit biased. 🙂 My Grandma would give my mom several jars, and my friend Bobbie and I used to sneak some from my mom’s fridge. Bobbie loved these pickles…I think everyone did. Anyway, here is the recipe!

  • 16 cups water
  • 1 cup pickling salt
  • 2 cups vinegar

Bring all 3 ingredients to a boil. Wash cucumbers and pack them in jars. In each jar place the following:

  • Dill
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • Jalepeno pepper (if you like heat)

Pour boiling water over mixture in jars and seal. Put in a 200 degree oven for 1 hour.

Jam

Good morning sunshine!” This was what greeted me each morning when I stayed with my Grandparents. I would walk down the stairs of the old farmhouse, on the beautiful South Dakota prairie, and into the kitchen, the smell of cut grapefruit and freshly toasted bread in the air.

My Grandpa would be at the kitchen table, to greet me and my sister, eating cereal, grapefruit and toast with my Grandma’s homemade jam on it. These are such precious memories for me, and I’d like to share them with you in the form of two recipes: 1 jam recipe and 1 fruit butter recipe. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have over the years.

Closing thoughts…

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this little vintage recipe trip I’ve taken down memory lane. So often, we get caught up in modern times, modern conveniences and, worst of all, our modern day problems. I find it calming and comforting to take a look back at simpler times, a time of hard work, family, good times and delicious, nutritious food made from scratch. Hopefully, these four recipes from my beautiful Grandmother will inspire you let go of things that complicate life and return to that simplicity.

Until next time… Namaste my friends

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10 Smoothie Recipes to Boost your Immune System Using the Vitamin C Powerhouse~ Camu Camu – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

Are you worried about getting sick this winter, with the flu, or worse the coronavirus? Boost your immune system with CAMU CAMU, which has the highest vitamin C content in the world. Here are 10 smoothie recipes using this vitamin C powerhouse. Find the links on my little recipe blog…The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen. (article link below)

Here is the link to the main article: 10 Smoothie Recipes to Boost your Immune System Using the Vitamin C Powerhouse~ Camu Camu – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

20 Fruit Infused Water Recipes

We talked about the importance of water this week…I wanted to inspire you to create some fruit infused water. Infusing water not only adds flavor, but also adds vitamins, phytonutrients, enzymes and antioxidants to the water. It’s a wonderful way to boost, not only water intake, but nutrients as well. There are 4 videos and 20 recipes total.

Without further adieux, here they are!!

 

5 REFRESHING INFUSED WATER RECIPES FROM CLEAN & DELICIOUS

5 INFUSED WATER RECIPES BY MIND OVER MUNCH

4 FRUIT INFUSED VITAMIN WATER RECIPES BY FULLY RAW

6 DETOX WATER RECIPES BY: ONE WITH NATURE

10 DIY Herbal Tea Recipes

We’ve been discussing water this week. One way to get water is through herbal tea. You get double benefit through herbal tea as well. When discussing food as medicine, herbal tea is an excellent way to immerse your body in healing and rejuvenating anti-oxidants, micro-nutrients and phytonutrients.  Making your own herbal blends is the best way to do this.

So, why not just throw a tea bag in some hot water? The tea bags are getting newer, better and fancier, with special pyramid shapes for better “infusions”. However, these new fangled tea bags come at a cost. According to an article from Dr. Joseph Mercola, research indicates many tea bags contain a variety of plastics including, nylon, rayon thermoplastic, PVC or polypropylene, all cancer causing agents. You may be asking if these  “plastic” bags are dangerous. Let’s put it this way, water boils at 212 degrees. Nylon breaks down at a temperature below 169 degrees. So, chances are, if you’re using a tea bag, there’s plastic in your tea. That’s why I encourage you to make your own blends.

Making your own blends is very easy and fun. When you make your own blends, you can tailor it to your taste, and they taste amazing. It’s fun to experiment with different combinations. All you need is a tea pot and a strainer. You can get fancy tea stuff if you want, but that’s not necessary. You can get a set of 3 tea strainers at Amazon for $10 and a nice stone teapot for $15. To make the tea, just put a few spoonfuls of your blend into the pot, add boiling water and let it steep. Then, pour the tea into a mug, using one of the mini strainers to catch the loose leafs.

There are literally an infinite number of combinations, when it comes to blending tea. You really are limited to your imagination. But, to get you started, I’ve gathered together 9 delicious combinations, as well as one recipe to make your own chai tea concentrate. That’s right, now you can make your own Chai Latte’s at home…without the added sugar or artificial sugar that comes in the pre-made store bought versions!  ENJOY!

From: Recipes to Nourish

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From: Real food Outlaws

From: The Greenbacks Gal

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From: A Delightful Home

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From: Real Food Outlaws

Immunitea (Wellness herbal tea)

From: Real Life Outlaws

Immunitea (wellness herbal tea)

Anti-Inflammatory Weight Loss Tea

From: Natural Fit foodie

Anti-Inflammatory Weight Loss Tea

The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Heart Healthy Fall Dinners – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

Here is the latest post from my new blog, THE PURPLE ALMOND WELLNESS KITCHEN! 


One of the first lessons I learned at Hawthorn was the benefits of eating locally grown, SEASONAL produce. It’s fresher and packed with more nutrients than produce shipped across the country.…

Source: The Wellness Mindset ~ Recipes: 10 Heart Healthy Fall Dinners – The Purple Almond Wellness Kitchen

I tried it: Keto Vanilla Pound Cake by Hey Keto Mama

My first “I tried it” posted on The I just found a typo. Note the second “baking soda” should actually be “baking powder”.

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Baking has long been a love of mine. I remember as a teenager, baking cookies, which is when my love affair with food began. I didn’t want my continuous efforts to lose weight inhibit my love of baking. So I’m always on the look out for good recipes to use, while I try to lose weight.

I found this recipe, a Keto Vanilla Pound Cake by Hey Keto Mama, as I searched for a quick and easy dessert for dinner last night. The above photo is actually my second attempt. My first attempt was hindered by a rookie mistake. I accidentally put 2 teaspoons of baking soda in the first cake, instead of 2 teaspoons of baking soda. I didn’t realize it until after the “cake” came out of the oven. As you might imagine, the results were quite disastrous. The cake quite literally fell apart as I unmolded…

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15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail

Just think about riding in a covered wagon across the United States. Weeks upon weeks of travel in all sorts of terrain and weather conditions. The early settlers were a hardy and brave group of people. 

One route traveled was the Oregon Trail. This was a 2,170 mile wheeled wagon route which connected the Missouri River with Oregon. The trail crossed the current states of Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon.

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The route was first laid out by fur traders beginning in 1811. The first wagon trains filled with emigrants set out in 1836 from Independence, Missouri. 

That begs the question…what type of food or recipes did these adventurous groups of people prepare along the way? I found a wonderful article from homesteading.com which lists 15 recipes that survived the Oregon Trail. 

Here are a few of those recipes:

Potato Cakes

Johnny Cakes

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Molasses Stack Cake

Side Pork And Mormon Gravy

Chocolate Caramels

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 Butterless, Eggless, Milkless Cake

Swiss Apple Cherry Pie


Check these pioneer recipes handed down from generation to generation and from one continent to the other–a gifts from our forefathers!

For the complete list along with the recipes, follow this link:

15 Pioneer Recipes That Survived The Oregon Trail