A Foodie Issue (Strawberry Tarts, Food Additives)
Strawberry Summer Tarts
by Todd Pelan
Mmmm summer never tasted so good. I found this recipe to share for all from an Icelandic band “Sigur Ros”. The lead singer actually created his own raw food recipes! Following is a well-deserved summer treat to be enjoyed in moderation.J
To make the crust gather the following ingredients and combine in a food processor:
* 1/2 cup almonds
* 1/2 cup of dates
* 1/2 cup of dried coconut
* 1 tbs. of coconut oil
* pinch of salt
From here find a small baking pan used not for full sized muffins, but for mini muffins (2-3 inches in diameter).
For the creamy filling blend the following:
* 1 cup of dried coconut
* 1 cup frozen strawberries
* Stevia to taste, “use sparingly this stuff is very sweet”J
* 1 tbs. Coconut oil
* pinch of salt
Once completed, garnish with strawberry. Place in the fridge for 2 hours and enjoy.
The above photo is of a strawberry pie, but I like mini tarts as they ensure proper portion size.
8 Ingredients to Avoid on Food Labels
by Todd Pelan
If you can’t pronounce it, it will have no problem being left on the shelf. After all that’s what it was designed for…
“If it’s not Fresh, it’s not Food”.
Artificial Colourings: Making there way into most beverages, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, and Yellow 6 have been linked to cancer. Also showing up in candy, baked goods and many other pre-packaged products.
Artificial Sweeteners: Acesulfame-K, aspartame, and saccharine, Sucralose “a.k.a.” Splenda. Artificial Sweeteners just haven’t been around long enough consider them safe, although being told otherwise.
(MSG) Monosodium Glutamate: A flavour enhancer, MSG is otherwise known as hydrolyzed vegetable proteins, autolyzed yeast, hydrolyzed yeast, yeast extract, soy extracts, and protein isolate. disodium inosinate and disodium guanylate, which are nucleic acids. May be linked to neurological disorders.
(Trans Fat) Partially Hydrogenated Oil: Commonly found in frozen foods, bakery, as well as pre-packaged items, trans fats are absolutely more harmful to your heart and blood vessels than saturated fats.
Propyl Galate: A preservative added to meat products, chicken soups, and chewing gums. Studies suggest it may be linked to cancer.
Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite: Nitrites: Serve also to enhance colour and flavour, acting as preservatives in many prepared meat products. They are potentially cancer causing.
Sugar: This familiar ingredient can appear on the label as natural sweetner, cane sugar, fructose, corn syrup, glucose, and high-fructose corn syrup.
Salt: Added in generous amounts to foods such as potato chips, soups, and crackers, salt adds flavour and acts as a preservative. High salt diets have been linked to high blood pressure and a greater risk of a heart attack.
Get in the habit of reading food labels and try to stick to the “cleanest” foods possible. If you don’t know what it is or can’t pronounce it, better leave it behind.