No Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Power Balls

These are great snacks for kids and adults alike! Super easy to make, and yummy to boot. 

In a mixing bowl, mix 1 cup dry oatmeal, 1/2 cup raisins (or other dried fruit), 1/2 cup peanut butter (look for one without added sugar or oil), 1/2 cup flax seed, 1/2 cup hemp seed, 1/3 cup raw honey, 1 tsp vanilla, and 1 tsp cinnamon. When fully mixed, use your hands to create little balls. Eat immediately or store in the fridge for later. Yummmmm!   

Quick & Easy Apple Crumble

On The Rhode Show, I demonstrated how to make a delicious nutrient dense skillet apple crumble. This crumble looks beautiful, but takes some time to make- so it's perfect for a family dinner, or even an event like Thanksgiving. However, sometimes, I just get a hankering for an afternoon apple snack, so here is my 15 minute version of apple crumble.

Cut up 1 apple, throw it in a saucepan over medium heat with 1 tsp grass-fed butter or bacon grease, a sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg and a splash of maple syrup. Let the apple cook down until it's a little mushy. While it's cooking, take 2 tablespoons cassava flour, 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, 1 tablespoon of butter, 1 pinch of salt and 1 small splash of vanilla and mix it up (I do this in a mug with a fork). When apples are ready, pour them in a bowl and top with the crumble. Eat and enjoy!  

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

As seen on The Rhode Show! These are one of my favorite recipes, and I eat them often. Sweet potatoes are a good healthy source of carbohydrates- I love to eat them either before or after a workout- they give me lots of energy. 

1.     Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

2.     Cut 2-3 sweet potatoes into thin slices or chunks, place them on a baking sheet or in a cast iron skillet.

 3.     Slice a medium white onion, add that to the potatoes.

 4.     Cover with sea salt and the fat of your choice- butter or lard (or both!). I like to use a half of a tsp of bacon fat with 2 tablespoons of grass-fed butter.

 5.     Put in the oven. While in the oven, stir occasionally, so that the fats covers all of the vegetables.   

 6.     Cook for 45 minutes, or until they seem soft to you. Cool and eat, or put in a container and store for later.

This technique can be used for many other vegetables, like white potatoes, squash, eggplant, beets, zucchini- just check on them more often because the different veggies may not need the whole 45 minutes cook time.   

Pomegranete Cranberry Cabbage Slaw

I made this slaw last night and am so obsessed with it I had to share. It's a lighter vegetable option than the roasted veggies and mash I have been making all winter. Great as a bbq option, goes with almost any meat pairing, and most importantly, only took me 10 minutes to make.

1/2 head organic red cabbage

3/4 organic red onion

1 cup pomegranate seeds (If you have time you can buy the real fruit and remove the seeds- I was in a hurry so I bought the prepared seeds in a cup. 

1 cup organic dried cranberries

1 carrot, peeled and shredded (I used a carrot peeler to peel the whole carrot)

2-3 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 lemon (just the juice)

salt and pepper to taste

Slice the cabbage, throw in a large bowl. Slice the onion (and try not to cry!), add to the bowl. Add in the carrot, pomegranate seeds and cranberries, coat with the olive oil and lemon, salt and pepper. Toss and taste- add more olive oil, lemon, salt or pepper if you think you need it. Otherwise, serve and enjoy! (Note: If raw cabbage is too much for your digestion, you can keep it in the fridge for awhile and let it soften in the lemon/olive oil- then you should be able to eat it just fine)  

Healthy Gummy Snacks for Kids

My kids love gummy snacks. So I made healthy homemade gummy snacks that are super easy, quick and fun to make. Seriously- my boys and I laughed so hard while squeezing the clementine juice.  It was a bit messy (actually, it was very messy!) but they loved it and so did I.  Eli wanted clementine flavor, but you can modify this to be any fruit flavor you like- you can either squeeze out the juice or puree the whole fruit into a liquid. And, by the way, these snacks aren't just great for kids, they are great for kids of all ages!

Gelatin is a naturally occurring protein- it promotes healthy skin, hair and nails, as well as joints and bones. And it's a great source of protein! (Just a note of caution though- there may be a healing reaction when first using collagen, so ease them into it- which means let them have 1 or 2 a day rather than eating the whole batch all at once. If you find their bellies can handle it just fine, you can let them eat more).  

Ingredients

3 Organic Clementines

2 tablespoons Great Lakes Unflavored Gelatin (the red kind)

1-2 tablespoons hot water 

Peel and squeeze the clementines through a mesh strainer. Put the gelatin in a separate bowl and mix with hot water. Then pour the gelatin mix into the clementine juice and stir. Pour into Lego molds (or whatever molds you like) and refrigerate for 1/2 an hour. EAT & ENJOY!!!!   

Andrea's Dark Chocolate Cherry Sauce

Such a good healthy dessert! Chocolate and cherries are full of antioxidants, while the bacon and butter give you good filling fats that slow the sugar absorption. A win-win for a dessert!  

Ingredients

1 bar stone ground fair trade dark chocolate (70% or higher)

1 tablespoon salted grass-fed butter

½ teaspoon nitrate free bacon fat (optional)

1 tablespoon pure (organic) maple syrup

½ cup organic dark cherries (fresh or frozen)

In a saucepan or double boiler, melt dark chocolate, butter, and bacon fat over a low heat, stirring constantly so it doesn’t burn.  Once melted, add in maple syrup and cherries. Cook until cherries are warmed all the way through (especially if frozen).

** This can totally be eaten by itself. You can eat it hot, like a little cup of liquid chocolate, or you can put it in the fridge and make a fudge out of it. Or, it can be used as a sauce- drizzle it over fruit, or over a shortbread cookie. You can even get adventurous and drizzle it over bacon! Or remove the chocolate and it becomes a great sauce for duck or pork. 

The Healing Powers of Bone Broth

As seen on Andrea's cooking segment on The Rhode Show. To watch, click here

Those of you who know me know that bone broth is a food I feel especially passionate about. Perhaps it's my Jewish heritage, but I truly believe that bone broth can heal all- it is nature's penicillin. It can be used in a number of ways: to help digestion, to boost the immune system, to heal and prevent leaky gut, to speed up the body's natural healing process (specifically related to tissues building) , to increase joint lubrication and to ease effects of arthritis, just to name a few. It can even reduce wrinkles and saggy skin by providing a natural collagen boost!  

But how does it do all these miraculous things? Well, bone both is made of animal bones, cooked over a long period of time, with a dash of apple cider vinegar. The AVC is used to draw out all of the good minerals and stuff from the bones, which then get transferred to our bodies when we eat it. Plus, it makes food taste super rich and yummy. It can be added to rice, sauces, braising liquids, vegetable mashes, or you can just sip on it like tea. 

My family typically roasts a chicken on Sunday night, and then we have a delicious chicken dinner, with leftover chicken to use for the week, and we throw the bones in a pot and cook up the broth for the week. Here is my recipe: 

Gather up the chicken carcass, all the bones, any leftover gizzards or juices. Throw all that stuff in a dutch oven pot. Add enough water to cover the carcass. Throw in any vegetables you want, we use a medium onion, 2 celery stalks, and 2 carrots, all rough chopped. Sometimes we throw in kale stems or broccoli stalks if we have them leftover from other meals. Add salt, pepper, and a bay leaf. Most importantly, add 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (we use the Bragg brand). Bring to a boil on the stove top. Once boiling, turn it down to a simmer or put it in the oven at 235 degrees. Cook for 6-12 hours. Remove it from heat, let it cool slightly, and strain it out. Pour into a mason jar and store in the fridge. If you've done it right, after it cools in the fridge, it should be thick and gelatinous. It can live in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 3-6 months. Storage tip: freeze it in ice cube trays so you only have to thaw out a little at at time. Yummy and healthy. 

Don't let fear dictate your decisions... Grab hold of your dreams and make them happen!

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Fear of failure is a powerful driving force. It holds us back, keeping us from reaching the stars. 

I have always dreamed of running a mud run, but I never thought I was strong enough to finish it. Every time I thought about signing up, a little voice in my head spoke up- I'm not good enough, strong enough, fit enough, thin enough, cool enough - to even attempt a mud run. I was concerned that I would get there, surrounded by incredibly fit perfect people, and they would breeze by me on the course, leaving me to flounder by myself. So, I never even tried.

I have promised myself that this year I would be different. I am no longer going to let fear and insecurity be my driving force. I am going to be strong and face the things I am fearful of, and go out and grab the things I want. So, I put aside my fear, and, with my heart pounding, I booked the race. The night before, I came up with every silly excuse not to go through with it (the weather, my health, my lack of sleep, the kids, my messy house) but I just closed by eyes and imagined myself at the finish line, covered in mud, with my family cheering me on. 

Last week, I accomplished this goal. I ran the whole race- up hills, through the woods and muddy lakes up to my belly, carrying boulders, pulling tires and climbing over rope walls. I realized that I was stronger and more capable than I thought. And when I crossed that finish line, I couldn't believe I had ever doubted myself. I had run the race well, with a good finishing time, and had completed every obstacle. I felt exhilaration, euphoria and exhaustion all wrapped up into one.

So now I ask you- what do you dream of accomplishing? What's holding you back? Don't let fear and insecurity get in your way. Instead, embrace the fear and go for it! You'll surprise yourself. You are better than you think.