|lucy's clever creation 10/31/2012|
We are Amy and Gail Shingler, sisters-in-law and friends!
We are passionate about living authentic and intentional lives!
We are enthusiastic about healthy eating!
We created a space to share our favorite recipes & the life philosophies from which they stem!
Our desire is to inspire,
may you be edified by what you read here!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
i used to think and say, "my vote doesn't count."
that whether i vote or not,
my vote will not make a difference,
it might have been true, and it may be true today...
i don't know enough about the inner workings of politics
to know if it is true or not...
when i believed that my vote didn't make a difference
i was also believing and saying,
"i don't make a difference!"
and while i don't know a lot about politics,
there is something i do know for sure...
anytime we say,
"my vote doesn't count"
we perpetuate the idea that many of us live with daily,
that WE don't count,
that what we think, feel, believe, and say, doesn't count,
that we don't matter, that our being here does not make a difference,
and these are just more phrases and thoughts
that add to many we say and think
that tell those around us and fill space in our heads
with the horrible and WRONG idea that
WE DON'T COUNT!
OF COURSE WE DO!
so, i'm asking you to go out and vote
even if you don't want to, even if you think your vote doesn't count
or matter or is going to make a difference regarding who fills offices-
make the effort to VOTE
if for no other reason than to say
to yourself and to others
"I MATTER! I COUNT! IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD THAT
I AM HERE!"
we have to fill our minds and spirits
with these kinds of words and actions
in order to leave no room for words and actions
that keep us from realizing our absolute value,
our birthright, THE TRUTH,
WE BELONG HERE...WE MATTER...WE COUNT!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
"Love like you've never been hurt."
This is a really tough thing for me. It is not about keeping a record of wrongs or building up walls that only separate us from people who need to see love in action. I know I need to see it! I have a tendency to want to keep some people at an arms distance because of the discomfort they bring me (or my own petty insecurities). I desire more than anything to leave a fingerprint on this world that revolves around love, no, screams LOVE IN ACTION! This is a journey for me. Some days it is two steps forward and then the next it is one step back, but I hope I am always growing into the person that will reflect that pure love. Any ideas?
please click on the link below to view a website i have just discovered, 1) it's beautiful to look at, and 2) it calls me to pay attention and make choices that ADD to the world, so that i become part of the solution to the world's problems and not a part of the problems themselves! warning...it's REAL WORK taking to heart what sites like this are calling us to do and be! BUT SO WORTH IT! take a baby step and change something, one little thing, in your life that doesn't honor ALL life on the planet...i promise it gets easier and easier and easier, and tho' it may SEEM expensive, our hard work now will save so much money, time, energy, and suffering in the future...you have our support and encouragement here at 2sistersshare! the link below is a post, and it's a good one, go to their home page for a better overview and current additions!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
2+ cups chocolate almond milk
1 ripe banana
1 heaping TBSP peanut butter
1 cup ice
1-2 cups of spinach
1 scoop chocolate protein powder (optional)
Blend and enjoy. I mean really enjoy! Not too fast because you don't want brain freeze. :)
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Awesome Almond Milk
5 cups filtered water
1/2 cup soaked almonds (just soak overnight in some water)
1/2 cup dates
1/2 vanilla bean (I didn't have a bean...who has these just laying around, I used a splash of van. extract)
Pinch Sea Salt
Blend for about 1-2 minutes until it looks all creamy and yummy. Consume! This will keep in your fridge for 4 days, if it lasts that long.
But if you really want a crowd pleaser, I know you do, your giving me those scary glances. It is this:
Chocolate Almond Milk
Same recipe as above just add 3 Tbsp. of Cocoa Power or Cocoa Nibs. My kids drank it all up as soon as I made it, if I let them they would have put a straw in the blender.
There you have it. No sugar, whole foods, just plain old fashion yumminess.
this was an accidental pizza...i tossed a bunch of strange things on a ready-to-bake round from the health food store, where, by the by, i can now buy RICE pizza rounds...but i digress...i'm glad i decided to take a picture pre-baking just in case it turned out well...because, it did! here's what i put on it:
- sauteed sweet onions, red bell peppers, mushrooms, purple onions
- chopped spinach (you could also use kale and get its health benefits while its hidden under all the other flavors if you don't like kale yet!)
- chopped up DATES! ???!!!???!!! just sprinkled them around...
- DAIYA brand soy cheddar cheese...the pizza tasted amazing but i think i will use the DAIYA mozzarella next time so i get more of the flavors of the vegies...below is a picture of the three bags i try to keep on hand...they really do melt and are a great substitute for real cheese!
- and before i put all that on, i spread the pizza round with a bit of lentil curry simmer sauce instead of red pizza sauce! if you are a vegetarian and not a vegan you could use a creamy coconut curry sauce, found in the international foods section of most grocery stores...
|soy based, meltable "cheeses"|
the pepper jack is great for quesadillas!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Folic acid in multivitamins is linked to breast cancer
Women who take conventional multivitamins may be
endangering their health. A 9 year study in Sweden
found that women who took multivitamins were actually
more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Why?
The researchers think that it could be the high dose of
folic acid found in most multivitamins.1
Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, one of the B vitamins.
Natural folate, abundant in green vegetables,
is known for preventing neural tube defects during early pregnancy,
and is also important for immune function,
cardiovascular health, and cancer prevention.
Taking synthetic folic acid is not the same as
getting natural folate from plant foods.
The body processes folate and folic acid differently.
Real folate from food is protective,
fake folate from supplements may be dangerous:
A study compared breast cancer mortality rates
between women who took folic acid
during their pregnancy and those that did not.
Thirty years later those women who followed
the typical recommendations to take folic acid
were twice as likely to die from breast cancer.2
A 10-year study on women taking multivitamins
concluded that those who took multivitamins
containing folic acid increased their breast cancer risk
A study investigating both food folate and synthetic folic acid
found that only supplemental folic acid increased breast cancer risk.
In other studies, women with low levels of food folate intake
were more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer.4,5
Not enough natural folate and too much folic acid both increase risk.
Not enough natural folate and too much folic acid both increase risk.
Folic acid may disrupt the normal actions of natural folate,
resulting in increased risk of several cancers, breast cancer included
(and Americans are consuming more folic acid than ever before. Between conventional multivitamins and mandatory fortification of refined grain products (white rice, white flour, etc.), Americans are exposed to excessive amounts
of folic acid on a daily basis. Many scientists have expressed concern that this excess folic acid poses serious risks of cancer to the population.6-9
Most people (including most physicians) are completely unaware
that these issues and risks exist; and this ignorance can be dangerous.
Learn more in Dr. Fuhrman's new Position Paper, Issue #45: Folate
1. Larsson SC, Akesson A, Bergkvist L, et al. Multivitamin use
and breast cancer incidence in a prospective cohort of
Swedish women. Am J Clin Nutr 2010;91:1268-1272.
2. Charles D, Ness AR, Campbell D, et al. Taking folate
in pregnancy and risk of maternal breast cancer. BMJ 2004;329:1375-1376.
3. Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ, Chang SC, Leitzmann MF, et al.
Folate intake, alcohol use, and postmenopausal breast cancer risk
in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial.
Am J Clin Nutr 2006;83:895-904.
4. Sellers TA, Kushi LH, Cerhan JR, et al. Dietary folate intake,
alcohol, and risk of breast cancer in a prospective study of
postmenopausal women. Epidemiology 2001;12:420-428.
5. Kim YI. Does a high folate intake increase the risk of breast cancer?
Nutr Rev 2006;64:468-475.
6. Smith AD, Kim YI, Refsum H. Is folic acid good for everyone?
Am J Clin Nutr 2008;87:517-533.
7. Figueiredo JC, Grau MV, Haile RW, et al. Folic acid and risk
of prostate cancer: results from a randomized clinical trial.
J Natl Cancer Inst 2009;101:432-435.
8. Kim YI. Will mandatory folic acid fortification
prevent or promote cancer? Am J Clin Nutr 2004;80:1123-1128.
9. Mason JB. Folate, cancer risk, and the Greek god, Proteus:
a tale of two chameleons. Nutr Rev 2009;67:206-212.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
i know it looks GOOPY, but it tastes heavenly! my whipped cashew cream was thick and well formed before it hit the warm biscuits, then it 'melted' just like regular whipped cream would! this recipe can be altered many different ways; you can change the kind of flour you use, you can add cinnamon to the cashew cream or to the berry mixture or to the shortcakes, sprinkle raw sugar on the top of the shortcakes before they go into the oven, or leave the sugar off, the list really does go on...it is simply a healthier version of strawberry shortcake and my kids would say a better-tasting version, and they, of course, are the final word because they are the toughest critics!
for the shortcakes: this recipe makes 9-12 biscuits depending on the size you make them
- 3 cups flour (spelt, whole grain, gluten free, whatever you have works)
- 1 TBS baking powder
- 1/2 cup plus 2 TBS sugar (raw, cane, sucanat, maple or date sugars)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 7 TBS Earth Balance butter or other vegie oil (i used safflower this time)
- 1 cup plain unsweetened soy creamer (or nut milk, i used plain hazelnut)
- 6 cups berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, or tropical fruit; peaches, mangos, nectarines---you can buy frozen to make it easier!)
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 tsp lemon juice
- 1 TBS agave or honey
- 1 cup whole raw cashews
- 1/4 cup agave or honey or maple syrup or brown rice syrup
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2/3 cup coconut oil
- place berries in a sauce pan with salt, lemon juice and agave
- heat on low until the berries break down and are soft
- preheat oven to 425
- mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in bowl (reserve the 2 extra tablespoons of sugar for sprinkling on top of biscuits)
- cut in Earth Balance butter (or if using oil, blend that in)
- make a well in center of bowl and pour in creamer or milk
- using hands or wooden spoon mix until a sticky dough forms
- put the dough on floured work surface and cut rounds with biscuit cutter (i just flour my hands and form the biscuits right there in the mixing bowl!)
- place on baking sheet or flat stone, sprinkle with sugar if you like
- bake about 12 minutes
- in blender place 1 cup cashews, add enough water to just cover them, add agave, vanilla and blend until smooth
- heat 2/3 cup coconut oil, when liquid, with blender running, pour into cashew mixture until completely blended
- chill this in fridge or freezer while you make the shortcakes and berries (i guess i should have put the instructions for this first!)