Posts tagged ‘wheat-free’

April 29, 2014

The Tough Questions

Have you tried…? Have you heard about…? Did you know…? Thank goodness people everywhere are talking more about health and wellness. It’s becoming “cool” to shop at the Farmer’s Market and to add greens to your meal. At happy hours, I see organic drink specials and skinny versions of some traditional favorites. I appreciate that there’s a serious focus on self-care reform. With healthcare costs rising, and people having less time to get sick, a laser focus on self-care is inevitable.

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Two books by Rusty Gregory, I’d take a look at for a holistic health perspective. http://www.rustygregory.com

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I love the discussions I have with my girlfriends about health and wellness strategies. Building each other up is one of my favorite past times.

I had the opportunity to read: Self Care Reform, by Rusty Gregory. This author, out of Austin, Texas, asks the questions that go a step further from, “have you tried…?” I relate to his perspective that traditional medicine and strategies aren’t reaping the long-standing benefit of improved health. Too often, Americans are losing weight and inches, only to gain it back or expose new medical issues. Product A may help you lose inches and sustain your energy, but your liver is over-taxed or your colon is toxic. Too often, we attack a surface issue only to unveil a chronic issue limiting absorption of our fuel. As Rusty mentions in his book, even after decades of scientific research and study, Americans are getting bigger and sicker. Why? And, even more, why don’t more people ask this question of medical doctors? If you do, please let me know what they say. I am genuinely interested. (Email: info@laceypruett.com)

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With more Americans choosing natural remedies over prescription drugs for healing, I’m excited to see people doing what they can from where they are today. Resources are popping up everywhere, and you only have to go to your neighborhood bookstore to find reputable resources of instruction and encouragement. As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I am happy to be a resource to my detoxification clients, and I proudly suggest reading Rusty’s book, Self-Care Reform.

Within the book, you’ll ask yourself questions like the following:

  • What has derailed your past health goals, resolutions?
  • Which areas of wellness are most important to you?
  • How can you pull yourself out of a negative (un-motivated) slump?
  • What strengths do you have to draw upon during your workouts?
  • What would it take to change some negative habits you have?

Throughout the book, the reader has the opportunity to dig inward and identify some areas of strength and some challenging areas. With Rusty’s help, you’ll identify your wellness story; whether or not you’re alive and well and what exactly that means; identify enemies and goals, and you’ll build routines and strategies for lifelong change. What a gift! Check out Self-Care Reform today and start asking yourself the tough questions; the questions that matter most. Doing so, will take your wellness to another level. –Lacey Pruett

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Asking myself thought-provoking questions is therapeutic exercise for me. It’s healthy to check in with your mind and spirit from time-to-time.

Learn more about Rusty Gregory at: www.rustygregory.com or Tweet him @MaximumWellness

 

January 7, 2014

Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

almond butter cookies

I’m not much of a cookie eater these days, and while I don’t have a sweet tooth in the normal, eat-every-baked-good-set-before-me kind of way, I DO like both my green juices and my cocktails pretty darn sweet (the HH ladies can attest to that!). However, when the holidays come a knockin’, I love to buy 3 shiny, new Christmas cookie magazines and just lose myself in all the recipes and pictures. Mind you, I will only ever make exactly 1 cookie recipe out of the 100 I look at, but this process works like a mental pacifier for me. I can’t explain why I love it so much, but if you take a look at Martha Stewart’s annual Christmas cookie issue, I really don’t need to give you a reason. Her photos are so beautiful, it could be a freakin’ coffee table book!

Each season, I like to find a new go-to cookie that I can make over and over again for all kinds of occasions and gifts. This year, as I prepared for a cookie exchange party, I decided to look for a healthier cookie a bit out of the ordinary. Boy, did I find one—it’s vegan and it’s scrumptious! This little gem is wheat free and dairy free (although not sugar free*), so it’s a perfect treat for those people in your life with dairy, wheat, or gluten sensitivities.

*Note about sugar: This recipe calls for brown sugar, so I used organic brown sugar, the healthiest I could find at the store where I was. However, you might be able to substitute either stevia or coconut sugar for the brown sugar and come out with a crazy-good cookie as well. Good luck!

Vegan Almond Butter Cookies

Makes 36 cookies

  • 1 Tbsp ground flaxseeds or flaxseed meal
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • 1 c. smooth almond butter
  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

1. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper, if needed.

2. In a small bowl, mix the flaxseeds with the water and let stand for at least 5 minutes.

3. In a large blender bowl, with the mixer on low, blend together the almond butter, brown sugar, baking soda, vanilla, salt, and soaked flaxseeds until thoroughly combined.

4. Using your hands, gather about a tablespoon of dough and shape the dough into a round ball about ¾-inch across. Place the balls on your cookie sheet about 1½ inches apart. Bake until relatively flat (not a rounded puff), about 11 or 12 minutes. These cookies are delicate, both before and after cooking and tend to crumble easily. I found it helpful to leave the cookies on the sheet for a minute or two after taking the sheet out of the oven before using my spatula to transfer the cookies to a wire cooling rack.

5. Repeat Step 4 with the rest of the dough.

6. Store your cookies in an airtight container.

(Adapted from Good Housekeeping Christmas Cookies!)

I’ve shared these cookies with many friends and family members, and I have yet to find someone who doesn’t love them. Happy baking and sampling!

XO, Brooke