Healthy Food for Breakfast


Best homemade granola ever! Easy to make, my slightly-revised take on Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s Diet by Blood Type recipe – left out the 2 Tablespoon’s of flour for one thing, used a little less oil, and I used organic, cold-pressed olive oil. Also, I used a stainless steel cookie sheet, found in kitchen supply stores for about $8. As always when possible, no aluminum or non-stick.

4 cups rolled oats
1 1/2 cups raw nuts – I use walnuts and almonds
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 cup honey
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups diced dried fruits (I use dried cranberries and raisins; use what you love).

Preparation: Spread oats on cookie sheet or large shallow pan and bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Add nuts and bake for 5 more minutes.
Mix together in bowl: brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.
In a separate bowl, mix honey with olive oil and vanilla.
When oats and nut mixture is removed from the oven, stir in brown sugar mixture. Then add oil/honey mixture. Return to oven for 10 minutes.
Add cranberries and raisins and let cool.

I leave it in a tightly sealed container for two days and if any is left (rarely!) I refrigerate it.

Healthy Food Megastar! The body loves radishes!!

How beautiful are these locally-grown radishes from Marando Farms? Red on the inside, white on the outside! And they're they're a love letter to your liver, as well.

How beautiful are these locally-grown radishes from Marando Farms? Red on the inside, white on the outside! And they’re they’re a love letter to your liver, as well.

Much like friends, food can have a positive benefit, a negative effect or no effect at all.

Also  recognizing that not every food, even healthy food, is for everybody; personal reactions to food require careful monitoring. Always consult your medical professional regarding matters requiring medical authority.

Health Benefits of the Radish:

Five reasons why you should fall in love with radishes:
1. A radish’s red colour comes from the red plant pigment, anthocyanin. This pigment doesn’t just give these veggies a pretty colour, but also acts as a powerful antioxidant in the body that prevents cardiovascular disease by protecting our cells from damage.

2. Radishes are part of the cruciferous family that provides a unique molecule called indol-3-carbinol (I3C). I3C reduces inflammatory intermediates in the blood. These intermediates are what signal increased blood flow to an injured area, causing inflammatory symptoms.

3. Radishes are an excellent source of potassium. This mineral supports proper fluid balance in the body by acting as a diuretic in opposition to sodium. The symptoms of a sodium/potassium imbalance include swollen ankles or fingers, extreme thirst and irregular heartbeat to name a few. A long-term fluid imbalance like this can contribute to high blood pressure.

4. Radishes contain a special compound known as RsPHGPx that acts as an antioxidant in the phase 2 liver detoxification pathways. This detox pathway disarms harmful chemicals such as pain relievers, nicotine, insecticides and other cancer-causing molecules.

5. It turns out that black radishes do the best job of assisting the liver with its job of detoxification. In The Way of Ayurvedic Herbs, Karta Purkh Sing Khalsa and Michael Tierra explain the traditional universal use of radishes to stimulate bile synthesis in the liver. Bile carries toxins into the gallbladder then on into the small intestine so they can be excreted.

Pressed radish salad recipe
This salad is almost like making a fresh pickle. Pressing veggies with some vinegar and salt has the same effect as cooking. It makes the dish more digestible yet preserves the active living enzymes in the plants.

4 cups red radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup black radishes, thinly sliced
1 cup apple, thinly sliced
2 tbsp tamari
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
2 tbsp Gomasio (ground sesame seeds and sea salt seasoning)

1. Place sliced radishes and apples in a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing and mix well.

2. Place another bowl over the vegetables and press down. Weigh the bowl down with a jug of water or other heavy object.

3. Press vegetables for 25 minutes. Remove bowl, and drain off excess liquid (about 1/3 of a cup).

4. Top with chopped basil and Gomasio

Serves 6

Nutritionist Julie Daniluk hosts the Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show that looks at the ongoing battle between taste and nutrition. Her first book, Meals That Heal Inflammation, advises on allergy-free and healthy food that both taste great and assist the body in the healing process.