Just Enjoy Food

Providing Recipes and Resources to Support a Healthy Life


I love the grocery store. Now that may not be the same sentiment that everyone shares, but I do. I love walking around and looking at all of the food (healthy or unhealthy). I love to read labels, I love to compare prices. Now just because I love to be in the grocery store doesn’t mean I spend hours and hours in there over the course of a week. Now that I’ve read most labels (seriously!!) I know what I buy. And because most of our food is fresh and not boxed it makes it even easier.

I know that the sound of grocery shopping can bring thoughts of confusion, overwhelm and frustration. What is healthy? What is unhealthy? Where do you shop? And how do you afford healthy food that doesn’t break the bank?

My webinar will answer those questions and give you my favorite healthy shopping places along with my favorite foods at the grocery store.

 

Grocery Store Guide Webinar Replay

 

Where are your favorite places to shop? What are your favorite foods to buy?

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Breakfast food is one of my favorite kind of foods. Breakfast for breakfast or breakfast for dinner. It’s pretty much good any time. This is a great recipe to make for breakfast, dinner or ahead of time for a brunch.

Simple, grain free and something the whole family will love.

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Cinnamon Raisin Scones

Cinnamon Raisin Scones


Oct 25, 2014

IMG_6421Baked goods can be healthy too!

One of my favorite things about being grain free is that I can still have some of my old favorites… one of them being scones. Yes, some of the texture may be different and you can’t buy them readily at a store or coffee shop, but it’s worth it. It’s worth feeling good after eating something, and once again, you can still enjoy delicious flavors.

This recipe is a fall based scone but can be made (and enjoyed) any time of the year.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup or 1 stick organic grass-fed butter, slightly softened

1 1/4 teaspoons stevia

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 cups almond flour

1 Tablespoon flax meal

1/2 teaspoon gelatin (I use this brand)

1 Tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/3 cup raisins

 

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and put parchment paper on a baking sheet
  • In a food processor add the butter, stevia, salt and almond flour and mix until combined.
  • Add the flax meal, gelatin and cinnamon and pulse until combined
  • Mix the raisins in by hand either in the food processor bowl or another bowl
  • Put the scone dough on the parchment paper and flatten it into the shape of a pizza
  • Cut the scones like a pizza (into 8 scones) and gently separate the pieces and set on the baking sheet. If the scones are too fragile to move, then put them in the fridge for about 15 minutes
  • Bake the scones for 12-15 minutes and cool before eating (they are very fragile and want to fall apart easily)

 

 

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Healthy Oils. Does the words bring terror to your mind? Oil… Fat… can it be healthy? Can you eat it without actually getting fat?

Let me first off start by saying that our bodies need fat. Our brain is about 60% fat, fat coats our nerves, our cell membranes have a bi-lipid layer. Having a diet high in healthy fats are critical to a healthy body. It is necessary for a brain to function well, for our nerves and for our 10 trillion cell membranes.

A diet low in healthy fats can starve our brain and cell membrane which can lead to brain fog, a hard time with memory, fatigue, low immune system and inflammation. And inflammation is the foundation of any and every disease process. Knowing which oils are healthy and should be used in daily living is essential for a healthy body.

There is a major difference between healthy oils and unhealthy oils. And it’s a good think to know the difference between them too. Healthy oils consist of fats that nourish and heal the cell membrane and other tissues in the body. Unhealthy oils lead to dangerous inflammation. They keep the cycle of inflammation going and often times we don’t know we are eating an unhealthy or bad oil. The problem with unhealthy fats is that they are often touted as being healthy from the governing bodies and mainstream media. You can’t turn on a cooking show, the news or watch a commercial without an unhealthy oil being marketed as being healthy in one way or another. For example: vegetable oils. Vegetable oils are only healthy in vegetables. When extracted and bottled up they are known as PUFA’s (Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids) and they are very inflammatory to our bodies. Every TV commercial tells you how amazing canola and vegetable oils are. Even the news shows tell you to replace the oils you cook with currently with canola oil. Let’s get to the truth about oils!

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I have to say, I’ve never been much of a pasta person. Even when I ate grains I never felt good on pasta. (I guess I was listening to a few clues about my body?). But I love sauces and the flavor of really any kind of sauce you can slather on pasta. Since hearing about vegetable noodles and the Spiralizer I love all things veggie-noodles!

This dish uses my Cilantro Brazil Nut Pesto recipe. You can also use the more classic basil pesto too. This is a simple and easy side dish everyone will LOVE!

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Did you know that Pesto is really easy to make? And it’s seriously a fraction of the cost of what you can buy at the store? Plus, you get to control the ingredients you put into your pesto too. One of the things I love most about making my food at home is the ability to control the quality and quantity of ingredients. I mean, let’s take pesto as an example. I’ve seen so many pre-made pesto brands that have canola or another type of inflammatory vegetable oil in them. I don’t have that in my house, why would I spend money to buy that product? At our health food co-op we have some great pesto that they make fresh. If I am in a hurry and need a quick and fast dinner I will buy their pesto. I approve of the ingredients and it tastes great. But the price is about $6.00 for less than 8 ounces. It’s a little spendy. Especially when I can make over double the pesto for about the same price. And it’s simple, quick and easy to make!

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Today I had SO MUCH FUN recording my first webinar. I love teaching! And teaching classes are one of my favorite things to do. And the best way for me to do that and reach the most people is in a webinar format.

I want to share the recording with you. In this webinar I go through my current favorite essential oils that go beyond the basic Everyday Oils. I hope you learn a ton and find some new favorite oils!

Click Here to learn more about Essential Oils

Click Here to learn more about building an essential oil business

Click Here for my Essential Oils 101 Class

 

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Why I Write

Why I Write


Oct 6, 2014

I was nominated by by my friend Chloe of How We Flourish to explain why I write my blog. I thought the topic was amazing because I love sharing personal stories about the WHY behind what I do.

Let me begin!

Why I Write Dr. Meghan Birt

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