• Microbiome, bacteria, virus, fiber, food, health, support
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    What Is The Microbiome?

    Our gastrointestinal (GI) tract is an ecosystem – a collection of microorganisms that differ in number, type, and function throughout it. There are approximately 10 times as many microorganisms in it (approximately 100 trillion) as there are cells in the body. While most of the microbes are bacteria, the gut can also harbor yeasts, single-cell eukaryotes, viruses, fungi, archaea, and small parasitic worms. The majority is found within the large bowel where they contribute to digesting food, fermentation of undigested food components, especially carbohydrates/fiber, absorbing and synthesizing nutrients like phytonutrients, and to fecal bulk. Some of the most commonly found or recognized genera of gut bacteria in adults are Bifidobacterium,…

  • Brownies, cocoa, dates, sweet, dessert, creamy, fudgy, sweet alternative, modification
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    Black Bean Brownie Tarts with Chocolate Avocado Frosting

    15 soft dates soaked overnight in water 1 ½ cup cooked black or kidney beans, soaked overnight in water and rinsed before mixing them with all the other ingredients ½ cup fresh butter ½ cup plant milk (almond or rice, no sugar added) 3 eggs ½ cup of rolled oats, mixed into a flour ½ cup rice flour 6 tbsp. 100% cocoa powder 1 tsp. baking powder 1 pinch salt 2 handfuls crushed hazelnuts (optional) Chocolate Avocado Frosting 5 soft dates, soaked overnight in water 3 tbsp. avocado oil 2 tbsp. cashew butter 4 tbsp. 100% cocoa powder 2 middle-sized avocados Sea salt flakes Instructions Preheat the oven to 180°C.…

  • health, healthy, creamy, easy, tasty, hummus, cold, winter, nutritious, plant-based, homemade
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    Hummus

    1 cup chickpeas* (uncooked / soaked overnight) 3 cloves garlic (crushed + skins removed) 1/3 cup tahini 1 ½ tbsp. lemon juice ¾  tsp. sea salt 1 tbsp. olive oil (if avoiding oil, sub water) ¼  cup fresh herbs (such as cilantro, parsley, or basil – optional) Instructions Add (uncooked) chickpeas to a large pot and cover with 2 cups of water and cook uncovered for 40 – 50 minutes or until tender but not mushy. Drain. Add the cooked chickpeas to a food processor or high-speed blender along with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, sea salt, and olive oil (or water). Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. At this point, you can add herbs if you want. Blend and taste. Adjust flavor as…

  • Food, Healthy, Healthy food choices, Healthy lifestyle, Human body, Healthy food choices, Wholefood, Organic, Recipe
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    Spicy Cocoa

    Ingredients for 4 people: 4 tsp. cocoa 65 – 75 % 8 cloves and ¼ tsp. ground cloves ½ tsp. cardamom 1 tsp. cinnamon 1 tsp. vanilla extract ½ tsp. grated ginger ¼ tsp. ground pepper 2 cups of almond or oat milk* 2 cups of water *If you want it to be sweeter use rice or rice-coconut milk instead.   Instructions Turn on the stove at the lowest temperature (1 – 3). Mix all the ingredients in a pot. Put it on the stove and simmer for 7 – 10 minutes. Let it rest for a couple of minutes. Serve and enjoy!  

  • Healthy, Healthy food choices, Healthy lifestyle, Health, Wholefood, Food, Vegetables, recipes
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    Green-nutty Quiche

    Crust recipe Ingredients 1 ¼ cups whole grain teff flour and ½ cup whole grain rice flour ½ tsp. dried rosemary and ½ tsp. dried thyme ¼ cup olive oil ½ cup cold water 1 tsp. fine sea salt     Instructions Grease the pan lightly. Combine the flours, herbs, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the oil and water. Mix with your hand until just combined.     Knead lightly until the dough comes together into a ball. If the dough is still sticky, add slowly ¼ cup of the whole grain teff flour, until it gets the desired texture.      Transfer to a work surface. Sprinkle a little flour on the rolling…