Monthly Archives: November 2014

Interesting Link: Fluoride Information Website *Everything you ever wanted to know and more*

Enter the web address above (in bold) to your browser to link to an amazingly thorough website on the mineral, Fluoride.  This website links to tons of abstracts on studies done on the effects on Fluoride, as well as, some full research papers and studies!  If your thinking, “well who cares about Fluoride,” I should tell you, if you don’t already know, that in Western countries like Canada, the US, Australia, and NZ, the government puts fluoride into the public’s drinking water. Throughout all the studies I have read, fluoride is a non-essential nutrient, which means humans do not need it to survive.  It is put into our water to reduce dental caries, which yes it has been shown to do, but the side effects of long-term ingestion might not be worth it!  Check out the website and do some exploring to come up with your own informed conclusions about fluoride.  Thanks, happy reading, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Break Blog Wk.2: Human biology is no easy pass ;)

So this week was all about prep for my final human biology exam which is on Nov.26th.  I had to diligently go through the conceptual questions to figure out why some people had wrote the answers they did. *Just to let readers know, we get our final exam questions, do the answers as a class, and then we have to memorize and learn them for the exam.  Sounds simple enough, even sounds too easy!  Well let me assure you that it’s not.  The conceptual questions are 15 long answers, which mean that every answer is short essay format.  We get 5 out of the 15 questions given to us (randomly chosen, so we have to learn all 15), at which point we have to choose and finish 3. Technically for the final we have to write 3 essays in 2 hours, and memorizing the material is no easy task.  These questions are very technical and full of biological/medical jargon.  Pretty much what it comes down to is that; if you didn’t come to class, didn’t do the readings, and didn’t learn the material through the semester, then you will probably fail or do poorly, and who wants to be treated by a naturopath that doesn’t understand basic human biology!!??  Thankfully I assure my readers, maybe even potential future clients, that I have attended every class, did my readings, and all assignments, whilst passing at a high distinction level.  You can call me a nerd or overachiever if you want, but I want to do better then most because I need to be able to help my clients to the absolute best of my ability.

I don’t have much else to say about this week other-than that I have been keeping up with my exercise routines as best I can and I am loving my morning yoga.  My vegetarian diet regime is going swimmingly and I have come across some great information, given to me by my naturopath, that helps to break down protein sources in grams to determine if I am getting my daily amount needed (I’ll try to post it if I can).  I’ll have to do my own diet analysis to figure that out, so that will be a nice little project for after my exam is finished.  Thanks for reading, hope you are all happy and healthy, and be aware and eat with care 🙂

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls :)

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls

Nutty and Nice Protein Balls:        *makes 12-20

-food processor or blender

-small handful of cashews, walnuts, macadamian nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp hearts (measuring is not necessary, just grab a handful!) *any nuts you have on hand can substitute 

-1 tbsp of chia seeds

-1/4 cup of puffed rice

-1/2 cup of raisins

-4 dates (if using medjool dates, then separate the pits from flesh and chop finely, add later to dry ingredients as these are very sticky and will not blend well)

-1 tbsp of pea protein powder (or whatever protein powder you have/like)

-2 tsp of organic honey or agave nectar (use agave to make this recipe vegan)

-250g of peanut butter or any nut butter preferred (almond butter is nice)

-2 tbsp of protein powder in separate bowl for ball coating

Add all the nuts/seeds, puffed rice, raisins, dates (unless using medjool dates), 1 tbsp of protein powder, and chia seeds into a food processor or blender.  Blender until just fine, but still slightly chunky (not all the ingredients will blend finely, which gives this recipe its texture, *see picture below).

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Add blender ingredients into mixing bowl.  Add the dates (if you used medjool dates), honey or agave nectar, and peanut/nut butter of choice, to the dry ingredients.  Using washed and dried hands, combine the mixture until everything is incorporated.  The mixture should be malleable, but not sticky (*see picture below).

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Have the separated bowl of protein powder next to you.  Shape the protein balls….into balls 🙂 and coat with extra protein powder (so they do not stick together, *see picture below).

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Give the coated balls a little tap to shake off excess powder and place into a container.  This recipe makes anywhere from 12 to 20 balls, depending on how big or small they are made. Refrigerate and your done!

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I recently became a vegetarian and I noticed I was starting to crave protein. I made this recipe so that I could have a easy and convenient snack when I did get cravings, as well as, a quick energy boost before a workout.  They are gluten-free, vegetarian, raw, and can be made vegan.

These Nutty and Nice Protein Balls are great for a quick snack, can be made with kids, are convenient, healthy, and taste great!  Hope you enjoy this recipe.  Thanks, and be aware and eat with care 🙂