How to Do a Thyroid Self-Exam Neck Check – Deliciously Organic

Most of us are aware of the need to do a breast self-exam each month, but did you know you should also do a thyroid self-exam? This easy neck exam can help you identify thyroid issues such as thyroid cancer, cysts, nodules or goiter early and the self-exam only takes about 60 seconds to do.

How to do a Thyroid Self-Exam

Your thyroid is on your neck just below your Adam’s apple and above your collarbones, and spreads across your neck like a butterfly.

Here’s how you do a thyroid self-exam:

  1. Stand in front of a mirror, or hold a mirror so you can see your lower neck. 
  2. Tip your head back and take a drink of water and swallow.
  3. As you swallow, look at your neck and check for any bulges or protrusions in the area where you swallow. Remember, don’t confuse your Adam’s apple with the thyroid. 
  4. Next, using your hands, slowly feel the area over your thyroid and see if there are any lumps or bulges. You can do this with or without a mirror. 
  5. If you find any lumps or bulges, make an appointment with your practitioner.

Thyroid nodules are usually round and will move with the gland when you swallow. You might also be able to feel the nodule rolling underneath your fingers or see it when you swallow. Thyroid nodules can come and go, so don’t panic, but it is important to make an appointment with your practitioner. 

Goiter will feel like swelling or a bulge. Sometimes it’s on just one side of the thyroid, but it can also be felt on both sides. 

It’s good to keep in mind that finding a lump or nodule does not always mean you have a serious issue with your thyroid.

Here are some at-home therapies you can talk to your practitioner about for thyroid nodules, cysts and goiter:

  1. We’ve found in our practice that iodine is very helpful for almost all thyroid issues, but it’s important to take a look at your TSH and T4 levels before deciding how much iodine to take. Getting 3-4 servings of sea vegetables, wild seafood, pastured eggs, and fish are great natural sources of iodine. If you’re concerned about eating iodine-rich foods or taking an iodine supplement when you have thyroid disease, read this article.
  2. Use unrefined Celtic sea salt in your cooking throughout the day because it contains over 80 different minerals that are nourishing to the thyroid.
  3. Stay away from all processed foods and eat a nutrient-dense diet. Click here for lots of recipes!
  4. Avoid bromines found in breads, pasta, refined cereals, pool treatments and pesticides. Bromine interferes with the utilization of iodine in the body and will compete with iodine receptors, displacing the iodine.
  5. Castor oil packs done for 10-15 minutes over the thyroid daily can have a profound effect on cysts, nodules and goiter. One of my clients came to me last year with a thyroid cyst that was documented by her doctor, so she was diligent with her diet, took the proper amount of iodine supplementation for her body and did daily castor oil packs. When she went back for her follow-up appointment, the doctor was happy to inform her that the cyst had shrunk!If you would like to do castor oil packs over the thyroid, I highly recommend you first do them over the liver daily for 3-4 weeks first, and then try doing a pack over the thyroid for 10-15 minutes at time. If you get any kind of rash or your neck starts to itch, this is a sign that you liver still needs some detox. So, do the castor oil packs over the liver for an additional 3-4 weeks and then try again over the thyroid. 



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These Smoky-Sweet Stuffed Grilled Peaches are the Best BBQ Dessert

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Here’s how to win at every summer barbeque: whip up these grilled peaches stuffed with granola and served alongside vanilla ice cream – in less than fifteen minutes. Hello sweet, smoky, and delicious goodness.

How to Elevate Peaches: Grill Them!

Peaches are nutritious summer treats. These fuzzy fruits are good sources of a variety of vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, E, C, and K, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. Peaches also contain ample antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-cryptoxanthin. These plant compounds are known to reduce free radical damage and lower inflammation.

While delightful raw and bursting with juice, peaches are also amazing grilled. The sugars in peach naturally caramelize on a hot grill, which makes the fruit even more fragrant and delicious.

When selecting the perfect peaches to grill, look for firmer fruits. Too soft of fruits can result in mushy grilled peaches, and can oftentimes stick to the grill.

The recipe for these grilled peaches couldn’t be easier. Simply cut peaches in half and twist gently to separate. Remove the pit of the peach, lightly drizzle with coconut oil, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Grill peaches on a clean grill over direct grill heat for five to eight minutes, or until peach flesh caramelizes and grill marks appear.

To make sure the remainder of the peach softens and warms, move the peach to indirect heat and cook for five minutes more. Serve peaches straight from the grill with homemade granola, coconut flakes, and a scoop of ice cream.

Granola provides a sweet and salty crunch and is a delicious balance to the warm and fragrant fruit. If you don’t have any batches of homemade granola lying around, pick up a grocery store version with minimal added sugar and ingredients.

This grilled peach recipe is summer simplicity is at its finest.

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Kate Gavlick

Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Green Kitchen Stories » Smörgåstårta – Savory Rye Sandwich Cake

Hey friends and happy midsummer! We spent midsummer eve at a friends house, dancing like frogs around a flower covered midsummer pole. It’s one of many weird traditions that we do in Sweden on this longest day of the year. Today we are off to Noma (as in one of the coolest restaurants on earth) to test their new plant focused menu that is launching next week. We’re very excited – obviously for Noma, but also for eating a fancy dinner together with zero kids around. Before we are leaving, I wanted to post this little recipe that we uploaded to our youtube a few days ago.

Just like frog dance, this savory layered sandwich cake is also a very Swedish thing. It is called smörgåstårta and is traditionally made by layering white bread with mayonnaise, creme cheese, whipped cream, dill, chives, shrimps, salmon and a bunch of other stuff. It’s basically like a sandwich gone wild. Even if we are not completely sold on the very heavy traditional version, there is something intriguing about the concept of a sandwich cake. So we made our own version, using rye bread and three colorful and fresh (but still quite rich) spreads in between. One green spread with avocado, dill and peas. One white spread with egg, sauerkraut and creme fraiche. And one purple spread with beans, beetroot and sunflower seeds. We cover it with cream cheese with a sting of horseradish and lots of finely sliced veggies and flowers. It looks great, is fun to make and really delicious. Sandwich cake FTW!

Check out this recipe video to see how we make it.

This is the perfect savory dish to make for a party, brunch or gathering with friends. You can easily half the recipe or make it vegan by skipping the egg layer and replacing the cream cheese with coconut cream. If you want to try a gluten-free version of this cake you could either simply use a gluten free bread, or bake 4 trays of our vegetable flatbreads (this option is a little time consuming but would probably taste amazing).

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Smörgåstårta (Savory Rye Sandwich Cake)
Serves 12-16

Green Spread
300 g / 2 cups cup green peas
1 small lemon, juice
1 bunch dill, chopped
2 avocados, flesh scooped out
2 tbsp olive oil
1 large pinch salt

White Spread
6 hard-boiled eggs
250 g / 1 cup creme fraice or sour cream
2 tbsp capers
4 tbsp sauerkraut
a pinch black pepper

Purple Spread
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked for an hour in water
1 x 400 g tin white beans, drained and rinsed
2 cooked beetroots, roughly chopped
1 small lemon, juice
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper

Assembling
36 slices of sourdough rye bread (or bread of choice), thinly sliced
500 g cream cheese
1 tbsp grated horseradish

Decoration
1 avocado, sliced or shaped into a rose
1/2 cucumber, sliced thinly
1 small bunch of asparagus, thinly shaved
1 lemon, halved and thinly sliced
mache lettuce
chives, finely chopped

Start by making the spreads. Add all the ingredients for the green spread to a food processor and mix until smooth (or use a bowl and a hand blender). Taste and adjust the flavour to your liking. Transfer to a bowl and clean the food processor.

For the white spread, peel and roughly chop the eggs, place in a bowl and gently stir through crème fraiche, capers, sauerkraut and a little black pepper. Set aside.

Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds for the purple spreads and add them to the food processor (or use bowl and hand blender) along with beans, beetroot, lemon juice, olive oil and a good grind of salt and pepper. Pulse a couple of times until combined but still a little chunky.

To assemble: Trim any hard ends off the bread and line up the rye slices so you have a rectangle, 3 slices wide and 3 slices long. Spread the green spread evenly on top and then place another layer of bread. Now layer they white spread evenly on top. Place another layer of bread, followed by the purple spread. Place the final 9 slices of rye on top. Add cream cheese to a mixing bowl and grate in the horseradish. Whisk to make sure it’s incorporated, taste and add more if desired. Use a palette style knife to cover the cake with a layer of cream cheese. Decorate with an avocado rose, ribbons of cucumber, shaved asparagus, machet lettuce, slices of lemons, chives and flowers. Or whatever you think looks good.

Tip: You can make this cake 12-24 hours ahead and store in the fridge to let the spreads soak into the bread and soften it up a bit. Then add the cream cheese and decorations right before serving.

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee (Plus Secret Ingredients You Need to Try)

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

Here’s a little secret: Cold brew coffee sounds artisanal and hipster café chic, but in reality is as easy to make as one, two, steep. Want to learn how to make cold brew coffee in your own kitchen? You’ll simply need a large mason jar or French press, filtered water, and coffee beans. Who knew that being coffee savvy was this easy?

Cold Brew Vs. Iced Coffee

First thing first, what’s the difference between the two types of cold coffees? Iced coffee is simply hot coffee brewed normally, cooled down, and poured over ice. On the other hand, cold brew is brewed at room temperature and never heated. The final product is smoother, less acidic, and slightly more sweet than iced coffee.

Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

1. Bye Bye Bitter. In traditional coffee making methods, boiling water is poured over ground beans releasing volatile oils and fatty acids. Translation: a bitter cup of joe. With cold brew, ground coffee beans brew in cold water for up to 24 hours at room temperature before being filtered. This creates a distinctively smooth cup of coffee without the bitter bite.

2. Coffee: Batch Cooked. We’re big on sanity-saving batch cooked meals, especially when it involves our morning hit of caffeine. Once prepared, cold brew coffee will keep in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for two weeks – hello easy summer mornings!

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

3. Digestive Friendly. One of the woes many people face when drinking coffee is its not-so-friendly effects on their digestive systems. Those with tummy troubles take note – cold brew may actually be better suited for your sensitive system. The reason lies in the acidity levels of cold brew versus regularly brewed coffee. Due to the coffee beans never being heated, cold brew is 67 percent less acidic, according to The Daily Beast.

4. Health Benefits: Although specific research on cold brew coffee is minimal, what we do know is that coffee provides a nutritious morning boost. Just one (8 oz) cup of coffee provides 11 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin B2, 6 percent of vitamin B6, and 3 percent of manganese and potassium. Along with nutrients, certain compounds in coffee may also have skin-loving benefits as well. A 2015 study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute notes that drinking four or more cups of coffee per day is associated with a lower risk of developing melanoma, a deadly form of skin cancer.

Even more, drinking coffee is associated with reduced motor and cognitive deficits in aging thanks to coffee’s polyphenols and other bioactive compounds. Of course, coffee is not a health panacea, and its high caffeine content is often linked to cardiovascular issues and insomnia. If you are pregnant or sensitive to caffeine, it’s best to avoid coffee in all forms.

5. Choose Your Own Adventure. Hot coffee + ice = a watery and weak cuppa. The good news about cold brew is that you can choose exactly how intense or diluted you’d like your cup to be. If your cold brew ends up a bit too strong for your liking, the addition of ice, water, or nut milk won’t weaken your coffee flavor.

6. Wallet Friendly. Remember those aforementioned hipster cafes? They tend to charge an arm and a leg for cold brew, while picking up a bottle of cold brew at your local health food store is oftentimes even pricier. To reap the most bang for your buck, make your own cold brew at home.

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee

Step 1: Start With a Good Bean. The secret to a good cup of cold brew coffee? Good coffee beans, of course. Stick with organic and fair-trade coffee beans, as coffee crops are often the targets of heavily sprayed pesticides and linked with labor issues. Local health food stores and retailers like Whole Foods have wonderful selections of quality coffee beans for you to find your favorite.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Step 2: Grind Baby, Grind. It’s best to grind your beans right before prepping the cold brew in order to make the freshest and most flavorful brew. Although the ratio of beans to water is entirely dependent on personal taste preferences, a good starting point is one-cup of ground beans to four cups of water. This roughly means grinding a heaping ¾ cup of coffee beans into a coarse grind. The coarser the better, as finely ground beans result in a cloudy and less flavorful concoction.

A good ratio is 1 cup coarsely ground coffee beans to 4 cups filtered water.

Step 3: Brew. Simply place your ground beans into a large mason jar, glass bowl, or at the bottom of a French press. Fill with measured water, give everything a good stir, cover, and let sit at room temperature for 12 or more hours. If using a jar or bowl, cover with cheesecloth. If using a French press, simply place the lid on top, but do not press down the strainer.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee with french press

Step 4: Strain. Once your coffee has brewed, the last step is to strain the coffee mixture from the grounds. If using a French press, simply press down the strainer and pour. If using a bowl or mason jar, grab a separate bowl and place a strainer lined with the cheesecloth on top of it – this helps to nicely strain out all ground coffee particles. Pour the coffee into the cheesecloth and let sit until the liquid is fully drained through.

Step 5: Drink! Once your coffee is strained, you can dilute it with more water if the flavor is too strong for your liking. You can also add in ice, nut milk, cream, or any of our other favorite additions, found below.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew Elevated: The Secret Ingredients You Need To Try

Once you have a delicious cup of cold brew ready to go, adding in goodies, superfoods, and other ingredients ups the fun factor. Here are our favorite ways to elevate your morning cold brew:

  • Spice it up: Add a few small pinches of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cloves to the coffee grounds before adding water and steeping. This will result in a delicious and spicy coffee drink that tastes amazing with almond milk.
  • Plant powered milks: Not only will plant milks boost the protein content, they’ll also keep the recipe vegan and deliver a creamy taste. We love almond, cashew, coconut, and brazil nut milks.
  • Very vanilla: Add in a drop or two of vanilla extract to the finished product for a warming taste, or try almond extract for a nutty and sweet flavor.
  • Go Coconuts: Mix 1 cup cold brew with 1 cup coconut water for a refreshing and energizing morning drink.
  • Ch-ch-ch-chia: Turn your brew into a coffee chia fresca drink. Mix 2 cups cold brew with 1.5 tablespoons of chia seeds and sweetener to taste in a large mason jar. Cover jar, shake, and let sit 10 minutes. Enjoy your energy drink!
  • Get Superfoodie: Add in collagen peptides for joint health benefits, cacao powder for a rich chocolate taste bursting with antioxidants, maca powder for an energizing boost, or lucuma powder for a hint of sweetness and micronutrient powers.
  • Sweeten The Deal: Add in raw honey, coconut sugar, or maple syrup for a hint of satisfying sweetness.
  • Bulletproof it: Blend cold brew with a teaspoon of coconut oil or grass-fed butter and a splash of coconut cream on high for 30-50 seconds. Sip that frothy, iced latte goodness.
  • Spike it: We suggest these alcoholic brew blends after 5pm if caffeine in the evening doesn’t cramp your sleeping schedule.

How to Make Cold Brew Coffee

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Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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BBQ Vegan Pizza Recipe with Pineapple and Gluten-Free Pizza Crust

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Karissa Bowers is a fashion and food blogger living a compassionate lifestyle. Karissa is the blogger of Vegan À La Mode where she shares her favorite vegan and gluten-free recipes and also her eco-friendly cruelty-free style. Her love for photographing food and her outfits, drove her to develop a passion for photography. After a few years of honing in on her photography skills, Karissa launched her business, Karissa Bowers Photography, where she shoots weddings and portraits. When she’s not taking photos or in the kitchen, you can find Karissa traveling and trying new vegan restaurants.



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Is it just a phase? – Nutrilicious

Your daughter declared she wants to become a vegetarian. What were your first thoughts? Do any of these resonate with you:

  1. What am I going to feed her?
  2. She’ll never get enough protein on a vegetarian diet
  3. How are we going to eat out?
  4. It’s just a phase, she’ll grow out of it

When my daughter decided to become vegetarian at 9 years old I was prepared as I had been following a mostly vegetarian diet for quite some time. However, many parents worry when their children decide to become vegetarian because they are not familiar with this way of eating. I am sure some of you hope it is just a phase your child is going through and that they will begin eating meat again soon.

I know a few moms who have teenage daughters that were vegetarian for a few years so it may have been a phase. However, whether it is a phase or not, parents still need to ensure their children are eating properly for their growing bodies at any age or stage.

Here are a few tips to save your sanity if your daughter declares she wants to become a vegetarian:

  1. Be accepting and supportive- discuss why your daughter wants to give up meat. Make sure there isn’t an underlying eating disorder.
  2. Do some research to quell your concerns – there is tons of scientific evidence these days that vegetarian diets are very healthy and good for the environment.
  3. Borrow some vegetarian or vegan cookbooks from the library  to help you better understand how to cook without meat.
  4. Get your child involved in the meal planning and preparation so she too can learn which foods she should be eating and how to prepare them.
  5. Talk to a healthcare professional about getting your daughter tested for some of the nutrients that may be more challenging to get on a vegetarian diet like B12 and iron.
  6. Sign up for my newsletter for ongoing tips, tricks and recipes!

 

 

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Baked Wild Salmon With a Zesty Summer Tomato, Avocado, and Corn Salad

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The sweet taste of summer is highlighted in this simple and seasonal cherry tomato, avocado, and corn salad recipe served alongside wild salmon.

Celebrate the last fleeting weeks of summer with flavor, color, and a recipe that takes ten minutes to make – tops.

Salad doesn’t always have to mean lettuce, and this simple corn salad proves it. Made with fresh sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, avocado, and red onion, it is a flavorful and seasonal dish bursting with zest and texture.

Sweet corn is a summer staple. There’s nothing like driving to a local farm or farmers market to pick up a few ears for the week. Although sweet corn is commonly grilled, steamed, or boiled, it’s quite delicious raw, too. I like to carefully slice the corn kernels straight off the cob and toss into pasta, salsa, and this delicious corn salad.

Sweet corn is rich in fiber, phosphorus, and B vitamins. It also contains an array of phytonutrients including anthocyanins, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. These phytonutrients function as antioxidants to reduce inflammation and free radical damage to cells.

Sweet corn shines in this corn salad alongside cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, avocado, and red onion. Cherry tomatoes are a great source of iron, potassium vitamins A and C, fiber, potassium, and lycopene.

Basil is a delicious complement to the fresh summer vegetables and provides trace vitamins and minerals as well. Red onion packs in pungent flavor, as well as B vitamins, fiber, vitamin C, and potent phytonutrients. Finally, avocado adds a dose of healthy fats, creamy texture, and a buttery flavor to this corn salad.

Drizzle the sweet corn salad in red wine vinegar and olive oil, serve alongside of grilled or baked wild salmon, and have dinner on the table in ten minutes. Because summer supper should be simple, easy, and delicious.

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Kate Gavlick

Kate is a Nutritionist with a Master’s of Nutrition from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon and the blogger and photographer of Vegukate. Kate believes in nourishing the whole body with real, vibrant foods that feed the mind, body, soul, gut, and every single little cell. Her philosophy is simple when it comes to food and nourishment: cut the processed junk, listen to your body, eat by the seasons, eat plates and bowls filled with color, stress less, and enjoy every single bite. When she’s not cooking in her too tiny Portland kitchen, Kate can be found perusing farmer’s markets, doing barre classes, hiking, reading, and exploring.


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Yasss! There’s Wine in This Kombucha Recipe

Yasss! There's Wine in this Kombucha Recipe

Move aside sugary mixers and artificially flavored juices and sodas, the tastiest wine spritzer ingredient is filled with gut-loving bacteria instead. With kombucha providing a healthy and bubbly kick, you’ll sip this kombucha recipe all day long.

All About The Booch’

Kombucha, or fermented tea, has been a household name for the better part of the last decade. No longer found solely in local health food shops kombucha can now be found at large grocery chains and even Costco. Kombucha is available in a multitude of mouthwatering flavors – everything from ginger to lemonade, berry, greens, and everything in between – making the bev a perfect mix-in for cocktails and spritzers.

The Healthy Way to Get Your Spritzer On (With Kombucha, of course!)

As a fermented food, kombucha is a bubbly probiotic bursting with healing properties. Probiotics that help to keep the good bacteria balanced in our gut are vital for a healthy functioning system.

Consuming probiotic-rich foods (hello sauerkraut, kimchi, tempeh, and kombucha!) may be helpful for those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), providing relief from gastric ulcers and allergies, repairing environmental damage and oxidative stress by functioning as an antioxidant, and as an overall boost to the immune system. Even more, fermented foods are thought to aid the liver in detoxification and keep the digestive system moving along.

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Along with a plethora of health benefits, kombucha’s effervescent quality may be an easy swap for those trying to cut soda or other sugary sports drinks from their diet. Of course, when purchasing your bottle of booch’, know that all kombucha isn’t created equal. Look for refrigerated, dark glass bottles of unpasteurized and raw (and local!) kombucha made with organic sugars and teas.

This kombucha spritzer is sure to provide a bubbly kick to your next cocktail hour all while fitting in with your healthiest and happiest lifestyle. Cheers!

The Healthy Way to Get Your Spritzer On (With Kombucha, of course!)

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Kombucha Spritzers Recipe

Ingredients

10 minutes
4 to 10
40
  • 1 bottle chilled white wine, such as Pinot Grigio
  • 16 ounces kombucha, flavor of your choice
  • Squeeze of fresh lemon
  • ½ cup seasonal fruit (berries, peaches, citrus, etc.)

Instructions

Prep
5 minutes
Cook
5 minutes
Ready in
10 minutes
  1. Combine all kombucha cocktail ingredients into a large glass pitcher or Mason jar. Stir well to combine.
  2. Serve spritzer garnished with a few pieces of seasonal fruit in the glass. Enjoy!

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 glass
Calories per serving: 40
Fat per serving: 0.1g
Saturated fat per serving: 0g
Carbs per serving: 5.7g
Protein per serving: 0.2g
Fiber per serving: 0.4g
Sugar per serving: 1.9g
Sodium per serving: 5mg
Trans fat per serving: 0g
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg

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Zucchini Bread Oatmeal — Oh She Glows

Would you believe me if I told you that, before today’s post, I had two other recipes written, photographed, and ready to share…only to scrap them at the last minute?! I think I was cursed these past couple weeks because I just couldn’t develop a recipe that I could 100% get behind. I have to say it nearly killed me to finish all the work on those new posts only for them to be put on the shelf, never to see the light of day. I hope you know that I only share recipes I’m crazy about (and that my testers are also crazy for) because I want to be absolutely sure you can trust and love them too!

So, with my tail tucked between my legs, I moved on from those two recipes…and I’m glad I did! I’m in love with this Zucchini Bread Oatmeal. Some of you may recognize the original recipe from way back in 2011 (how was that 7 years ago!?). Although this oatmeal fell off my radar for a while, it’s made a serious comeback in our morning rotation. This breakfast is a delicious, creative way to fulfill your weekly zucchini quota all summer long! I know it’s a bit early for summer squash season, but I’ve personally been on a huge zucchini kick this month. The recipe will be a good one to tuck away for later in the summer when you have zucchini overload—but I don’t think you’ll be able to wait that long.

I decided to revamp my old recipe and give the post a facelift complete with some snazzy new photos for you. This bowl is one of my favourite ways to sneak veggies into my oatmeal…if you’re crazy like me, you may even find yourself doubling the amount of zucchini for extra morning veggie goodness (just be sure to reduce the liquid accordingly). Sometimes I’ll even use instant oats (gasp! lol) and those work great as well. Leftovers can be enjoyed straight from the fridge, which will be a nice option on those steamy summer mornings too.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to thank you so much for taking the time to complete the Oh She Glows Reader Survey! We went through every single response with a fine-tooth comb. One of our big takeaways is that you want even MORE RECIPES!!! *Wipes bead of sweat from forehead*, lol. So in the future you’ll be seeing a bit of a shift in blog content—Ask Angela and Things I’m Loving Lately posts will be less frequent so that I can focus more time on recipe creation. I’m going to try my best to zero in on the content that really matters to you. Oh, and not to worry if you haven’t had a chance to fill out the survey yet…it’ll be live for the next little while for you to chime in!

We also sent out a brand new issue of In The Glow a couple weeks ago (complete with a fun new look too). I had a lot of positive feedback about the “Hello from Angela” message in this issue, so I just wanted to thank those of you who sent me DMs about it. I was also asked by a few readers who didn’t get a chance to sign up in time whether issue 21 would be available online. I’m happy to say that it’s available here! We send out a new In The Glow every 4 to 6 weeks, and if you’d like to receive future issues, you can sign up here.

Last but not least, I have to share this with you here because it kind of blew my mind and made my entire week! Does anyone recognize a certain app icon below?

The Oh She Glows Recipe App icon was featured in Apple CEO Tim Cook’s recent presentation at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference. You guys, I almost died when Eric plopped this paper in front of me at my desk. His uncle texted him saying we might want to pick up a copy of that day’s Globe and Mail newspaper. (Thanks Uncle Steve for your newspaper sleuthing!) It’s so wild and wouldn’t be possible without your incredible support!


Yield
2 generous bowls
Prep time
Cook time

Ingredients:

For the oatmeal:
  • 1 (14-ounce/400 mL) can light coconut milk
  • 2/3 cup (66 g) gluten-free rolled oats*
  • 1 cup (125 g) packed finely grated zucchini (1 medium)**
  • 2 tablespoons (20 g) chia seeds
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg or a dash of ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (22.5 mL) pure maple syrup or 1 large ripe banana, mashed
  • Small pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Topping suggestions:
  • Chopped pecans
  • Raisins or chopped pitted dates
  • Pat of coconut oil or vegan butter
  • Pure maple syrup or coconut sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Shaved dark chocolate

Directions:

  1. Add all of the oatmeal ingredients except for the vanilla to a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium. Cook uncovered for 7 to 9 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Adjust spices and sweetener to taste, if desired.
  3. Divide the oatmeal into bowls and top with your desired toppings. Leftovers will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 to 5 days. To reheat, add the leftovers to a small pot along with a splash of coconut milk. Stir and heat over medium until heated through. Alternatively, you can enjoy leftovers cold too!

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Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Mayo Recipe

Trade the tacos for this vegan taquitos recipe at your next Taco Tuesday. These crispy baked taquitos are a healthier choice since they are filled with nutrient-loaded sweet potatoes. Once topped with guacamole, lettuce, lime, and cilantro, you’ve got yourself a delicious meal rich in greens. Up the nutritional content by swapping romaine for vitamin-packed kale instead. The drizzle of chipotle vegan mayo is key to adding flavor to this Mexican dish. With vegan mayo, you’re leaving out the cholesterol found in traditional egg-laden mayonnaise. When choosing vegan mayo, you can’t go wrong with tried and true brand favorites Just Mayo and the original Vegenaise. Sprinkle in some chipotle powder and lime, and you’ve got a spicy, creamy dip that’ll kick up the flavor.

Healthy Vegan Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Mayo Recipe

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Sweet Potato Taquitos with Chipotle Mayo Recipe

Ingredients

1 hour
12 servings
188
  • For the taquitos:
  • 1 sweet potato, rinsed and scrubbed
  • 12 non-GMO corn tortillas
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter or coconut oil
  • Garnishes: Chopped romaine, cilantro, and lime
  • For the guacamole:
  • 2 large avocados
  • ½ cup pico de gallo
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • For the chipotle mayo:
  • ¼ cup vegan mayo
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • ½ lime, juiced

Instructions

Cook
1 hour
Ready in
1 hour
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking tray with parchment paper or baking mat. Chop the sweet potato into 3-inch cubes. Bring a pot of water to boil and add sweet potatoes. Boil until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer sweet potatoes to a large bowl. Mash the potatoes until smooth and no large pieces remain. Add vegan butter, sea salt, and cayenne and mix well.
  2. Heat up the tortillas on a skillet over medium-low heat. Add one spoonful sweet potato filling to each warmed tortilla and spread evenly. Roll up tightly, careful not to break the tortilla. Place on the baking tray. Brush each tortilla with a small amount of olive oil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and flip. Return to oven and bake additional 5 minutes, or until crispy and golden.
  3. Meanwhile, make the guacamole by adding avocados to a medium bowl and mash until desired consistency is achieved. Add lime, pico de gallo, and sea salt. Set aside.
  4. Next, make the chipotle mayo by adding vegan mayo, chipotle powder, and lime to a small bowl. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.
  5. Serve each taquito on a bed of romaine and top with guacamole and cilantro. Drizzle with chipotle mayo and a squeeze of lime. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1 taquito
Calories per serving: 188
Fat per serving: 12.6g
Saturated fat per serving: 3.1g
Carbs per serving: 18.1g
Protein per serving: 2.3g
Fiber per serving: 4.3g
Sugar per serving: 1.1g
Sodium per serving: 293mg
Cholesterol per serving: 0mg

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The 5 Recipe Instructions I Never Follow (and It All Turns Out Fine): Confessions of a Home Cook
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When I first started learning to cook, I followed recipe instructions to the letter. I measured obsessively, packing my cup measure full of chopped onion or shredded cheese, and discarding or saving the rest. I timed my cooking religiously: three minutes per side ticked out by an egg timer.

It was exhausting.

But things have changed. I have gotten far more comfortable in the kitchen, and these days, when I read a recipe, I usually riff, using more or less of a certain ingredient depending on what I have in the fridge or swapping things out entirely. And even when I’m following a recipe, there are a few instructions I always ignore.

1. “Add onions and garlic.”

I never add onions and garlic to the pan at the same time, regardless of what the recipe tells me to do. Onions improve as they cook, developing a rich, brown caramelization and a beautiful sweetness. Garlic, on the other hand, just burns, turning acrid and bitter (as Serious Eats tested).

When a recipe tells me to add them both at the same time, then, I add just the onion, cooking it until translucent or brown (depending on what the recipe calls for). I only add the garlic at the last minute, cooking it for barely a minute before adding whatever liquid ingredient (wine, broth, tomatoes) comes next.

2. “Toss with spices and place in the oven to roast.”

I never add spices to the outside of anything that’s going to be cooked at high heat, such as in a pan or in the oven, before cooking. Spices are delicate, and they could easily burn instead of just toast.

When I’m cooking something wet, like a stew or soup, I have no problem toasting the spices (adding them at the same time as the garlic) before adding the liquid ingredients. But when it comes to spiced, roasted veggies, I always season simply with salt (yep, even black pepper stays off!) and toss the hot veggies with the spices directly on the pan when they come out of the oven.

This allows the spices to toast in the residual heat from the oven without burning, giving you richer, more complex flavors.

3. “Peel the vegetables.”

It’s no surprise to me that one of the main tasks I was given in the kitchen as a child was peeling: it’s tedious, but more than that, it’s wasteful.

Since I buy all organic vegetables, I never peel them: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, even rutabaga just get a good scrub before being prepared. There’s lots of great flavor and nutrients in the peels that then stay in the dish instead of in your compost bin.

4. “Wipe the mushrooms with a dry paper towel.”

Recipes constantly tell you how important it is not to wash mushrooms, lest they get waterlogged, but ever since Alton Brown disproved this myth, I’ve rinsed mine with no adverse effects. Not only does this method save you from wasting paper towel, it also saves quite a bit of time.

Whenever mushrooms have a bit of soil on them, I just rinse them under running water and wipe them dry with a dish towel before using.

5. “Add 1 tablespoon olive oil.”

When it comes to most fats, I don’t measure; I eyeball. Once you get used to the amount of oil it takes to properly sear a steak or roast some veggies, you can save yourself the hassle of washing your measuring spoons and just add the fat directly to the pan.

This is actually true of many ingredients in savory cooking. Once you get to know what a cup of sliced onion or shredded cheese looks like, it’s far easier to just eyeball rather than measure it out. It keeps you from having to save small amounts of leftover chopped veggies (which usually end up getting forgotten and binned anyway).

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Emily Monaco

Emily Monaco is an American food and culture writer based in Paris. She loves uncovering the stories behind ingredients and exposing the face of our food system, so that consumers can make educated choices. Her work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Vice Munchies, and Serious Eats.



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