Friday, December 8, 2017

Doc: Chemiracal gets you thinking about all the chemicals in your home - from cleaning to personal care products.  The doc follows one family's journey from chemical-ridden zone to toxic-free home! 

"Chemerical" explores the life cycle of everyday household cleaners and hygiene products to prove that, thanks to our clean obsession, we are drowning in sea of toxicity.  This film tackles "the toxic debate" in a truly informative and entertaining way, not only by raising awareness, but most importantly by providing simple solutions."  

How toxic is your home?

Check out the trailer!

Friday, December 1, 2017

5 Day Overnight Oatmeal Mix

5 Day Overnight Oatmeal Mix
Yields: 5 days worth
dairy-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

Mix Ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 cups Old-fashioned Oats (gluten-free)
  • 2 cups Steel Cut Oats (gluten-free)
  • 1/2 cup dried chopped Dates
  • 5 tbsp. Coconut Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Chia Seeds
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon/Apple Pie Spice
  • 1 tsp. Sea Salt

Mix Directions: 
  1.  Dump all ingredients into a airtight container
  2.  Shake to combine

 Overnight Oatmeal Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Mix
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup frozen Blueberries (optional)

Overnight Oatmeal Directions: 
  1. Add all ingredients in a small bowl, I don't bother to stir
  2. Place in fridge overnight
  3. Next morning, microwave for 2-3 minutes
  4. Add additional Water or Plant-based Milk to reach desired texture

Hoff Thoughts: Yes, Oats are naturally gluten-free, but due to cross contamination during processing they are one of the highest contaminated foods - so if you have issues with gluten, spring for gluten-free Oats.  I like my Oatmeal with Blueberries, feel free to add any fruit or no fruit that you want.

Friday, November 24, 2017

DIY Quick & Easy Almond Milk

This recipe has been "borrowed" from Chef AJ.

DIY Quick & Easy Almond Milk
Yields: 3 cups
dairy-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 3 cups Water
  • 1 tbsp. oil-free Almond Butter
  • 1 pitted Date
  • Optional 1 tsp. Vanilla (great for cereal, not so great for cooking)
  1. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender
  2. Start low, then up to high quickly
  3. Blend for about 1 minute
  4. Store in refrigerator for up to a week
  5. Shake before using

AJ Thoughts: Only need 1 cup?  Blend 1 cup of Water with 1 tsp. of Almond Butter.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hoff's Chickpea Dressing

Hoff's Chickpea Dressing
Yields: 4 cups
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, gluten-free

  • 1 15oz. can Chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Braggs
  • 1/2 cup Honey Mustard
  • 1/4 cup Maple Syrup

  1. Using a high speed blender, blend all ingredients until smooth
  2. Keep in the fridge up to 1-2 weeks

Friday, November 10, 2017

Doc:The Connection Connection is a documentary that dives into the mind, body, medicine connection. It explores the health benefits that meditation has been documented to have over chronic illness.

The film includes an internationally recognized lineup of scientists, including Dr. Herbert Benson; researchers, including Dr. Dean Ornish; writers, including Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn; and renowned medical doctors, including Dr. Andrew Weil.

The film also features compelling true stories of recovery such as ProfessorGeorge Jelinek, a Professor of Emergency Medicine who has recovered from multiple sclerosis, and Dr. Ian Gawler who recovered from an aggressive bone cancer.

The Connection is a film that proves we have more influence on our health outcomes than we ever thought possible.

Check out the trailer!

Friday, November 3, 2017

Apple Sauce (IP)

Apple Sauce (IP)
Servings: 5
dairy-free, egg-free, oil-free, soy-free, gluten-free

  • 4-5 organic Apples (McIntosh, Jonathan, Gala, Fuji, Cortland, etc.)
  • 2-3 organic Golden Delicious Apples (Gala, Fuji can also be used)
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon

  1. Core & stem Apples, cut into chunks (I cheat with an Apple slicer)
  2. Place Apples & Water in the IP
  3. Lock lid in place and make sure pressure release valve is closed
  4. Press "Manual" button
  5. Decrease cooking time to 8 minutes
  6. Natural Release for 3 minutes; then Quick Release
  7. Add Cinnamon
  8. Use an immersion blender to reach desired consistency
  9. Store in the fridge
Hoff Thoughts: I'm calling for organic Apples with this one, because the wax used on conventional Apples is too heavy/hard to remove and you're going to be eating the skins (lots of nutrients).  Nevertheless, be sure to soak your Apples in a salt or vinegar bath before using in order to clean.  The Golden Delicious will make up for the lack of Sugar.  You want medium to large Apples for this recipe.