The Parsley Diet

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

These pumpkin pancakes are naturally sweet (no added sugar), hearty and satisfying. The almond flour adds a bit of protein and substance, and the apple cider lends an autumnal sweetness, which eliminates the need for sugar.These pumpkin pancakes are naturally sweet (no added sugar), hearty and satisfying. The almond flour adds a bit of protein and substance, and the apple cider lends an autumnal sweetness, which eliminates the need for sugar. For an extra flair, add a few chocolate chips to the batter, warm, diced apples to sprinkle on top of the finished pancakes, and drizzle with maple syrup. If you don’t have all the ingredients on hand, there are ideas for substitutions below. It’s a breeze to whip these pancakes up in the blender by mixing the wet ingredients and then adding the dry ingredients. Having only to wash the blender and the griddle makes this pancake recipe quick to prepare and easy to clean up.

PUMPKIN PANCAKE RECIPE (12 pancakes)

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup milk, whole
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp apple cider
  • 1 tbsp buttermilk powder
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • diced apples to top pancakes, warmed

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add pumpkin, milk, egg, butter, apple cider, and buttermilk powder to the blender (or mixing bowl). Mix well.
  2. Add the remaining dry ingredients (almond flour, white flour, salt, baking powder, salt, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice) to the blender or mixing bowl. Pre-mix if you prefer and then add to wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Add chocolate chips if you are craving a little cacao.
  4. Pour onto stove top griddle. Batter will be thick. Spread out pancakes with the back of the spoon or spatula you are using to 1/2 inch thick.
  5. Flip when lightly brown. Do not squish down with the spatula. Pancakes are best served warm, light and fluffy. Top with warm, diced apples and maple syrup.
  6. Store extra pancakes (after they have cooled) in a sealed container or ziplock bag in the fridge. Reheat in toaster for an quick, easy and delicious breakfast.

SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Buttermilk is not necessary, but more a nice extra ingredient.
  • Apple cider- replace with applesauce
  • Pumpkin pie spice- replace with 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp allspice, 1/8 tsp nutmeg

NUTRITION

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe (without apple topping and maple syrup)

  • Per pancake: 81 calories total, 3 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 11 grams carbs, 2 grams sugar, 1 gram fiber
  • Per pancake with chocolate chips: 112 calories total, 5 grams fat, 3 grams protein, 15 grams carbs, 5 grams sugar, 1 gram fiber

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Homemade Apple Cider with a Juicer

The air is crisp, the sunlight filters through the red and orange leaves, and best of all, the apple trees are laden with fruit. Tis the season to make applesauce, apple pies, and a delicious, steamy mug of fresh apple cider.Homemade apple cider recipe using a juicer. Warm and delicious!

 

Apple cider is a favorite fall treat of mine, but with kids’ soccer games, dentist appointments, and the start of school, and various activities that consume the entire day, let’s just suffice to say that my house is a wreck and the last thing I have time to do is to watch apples boil for three hours and strain them through cheese cloth. Until today. Today I decided to make it a magical fall day for the kids and we were going to do every fall activity I had put off because we were so busy previously….starting with apple cider. It was morning and I was mentally preparing for the day-long event, (by making a full pot of coffee) staring into space waiting for the morning brew to be ready when I realized I could totally pull this off and it would be pretty easy afterall. I was looking right at the solution to my endeavor sitting on the counter. Aha! Why not make apple cider using the juicer?!

Using a juicer to make fresh, homemade apple cider was easy and fun for everyone! Here is the recipe for homemade apple cider with a juicer:

  1. Acquire a variety of apples. Any type will do. Go ahead and get wild. Mix different varieties from various apple trees. (When picking apples from other people’s trees you may want to ask if they spray for worms or bugs. If so, avoid those trees or wash the apples really well.)
  2. Chop apples small enough to fit in your juicer.
  3. Juice the apples. Easy!
  4. Add a dash of cinnamon and allspice to the apple juice to taste- approximately 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp allspice per 4 cups of juice.
  5. Pour apple cider in pot and heat on stove top for hot apple cider, or simply warm cider in individual mugs in the microwave.
  6. If you actually have leftover apple cider, pour into large mason jars and store in the fridge. Use within a few days.

To Seed or Not To Seed

Should you remove the apple seeds before you juice the apples? As I understand, most apple orchards and serious apple cider makers do not remove the seeds prior to crushing the apples. When using an apple cider press, the apples are typically thrown in whole, mashed and filtered. Also, I have been to juice bars and watched as the baristas juice entire apples and do not remove the seeds. Personally, at home, I core my apples and remove the seeds, especially if I am juicing quite frequently because apple seeds in uber large quantities can be toxic.

Today we did not remove the seeds before juicing. We made apple cider the old school way, living on the edge, and juicing the whole apple. We are still here to tell the tale and it was delicious!

Need a juicer? Check out our favorites and learn about the different types of juicers available…Choosing a Juicer

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Natural Alternative to Deodorant: Parsley

Take the Parsley Challenge! Trade out toxic deodorant for parsley for one week and see what happens!Most people want to smell fresh each day, so applying deodorant is a part of the daily hygieneroutine. However, conventional deodorant is full of harmful chemicals, and these chemicals are soaking into your body through your skin. What about “natural deodorants”? Check the label. Even these can contain harmful chemicals, but there is a simple and easy natural alternative… Parsley! You don’t have to subject your body to harmful toxins and you can still smell fresh by taking a daily parsley supplement.

Does Your Deodorant Contain Any of These Harmful Chemicals?

Aluminum Compounds (tetrachlorohydrex gly, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum zirconium)

Aluminum compounds are the active ingredient in antiperspirants and they act as a plug within the sweat ducts to temporarily block the flow of sweat. Research suggests that aluminum-based compounds are easily absorbed through the skin and can disrupt the naturally-produced hormone, estrogen, which is a possible risk factor for the formation of breast cancer. Aluminum exposure has been linked to health issues that affect the brain, kidney and liver. Great, you don’t sweat, but now you have cancer….or you can take parsley.

Parabens (ethyl, propyl, benzyl, methyl, buytl)

A variety of parabens are used as a preservatives in deodorant and antiperspirant to prevent bacterial growth. Turns out that these parabens may be linked to breast cancer. A study was conducted that showed that 99% of tissue samples collected from breast cancer masectomies had at least one paraben in the tissue.

Triclosan

Triclosan is a skin irritant that can cause contact dermatitis. Our bodies have good and bad bacteria on and in them, and Triclosan kills them all. It is also a possible carcinogen and is listed as a pesticide by the EPA. (registered pesticides – Triclosan)

Propylene Glycol

Considered a neurotoxin. Also referred to as PEG and Polyethylene Glycol. It is known to cause contact dermatitis, delayed allergic reactions, liver and kidney damage. Also not good.

Talc, Silica, Phalates (fragrance), Steareth-n….

More carcinogens, neurotoxins, and hormone disruptors.

The Natural Alternative Solution to Deodorant: Parsley!

Parsley? Yes! That little garish that comes on your plate at restaurants is actually an amazingly beneficial supplement. Consume a few sprigs of fresh, dried or juiced parsley each morning and your body will stay fresh. You will still sweat, but there will not be an unpleasant odor emanating from your armpits. Taking a couple parsley capsules in the morning with your vitamins is easy and is a natural alternative to toxic-laden, chemical deodorant.

Take The Parsley Challenge!

Skip your deodorant and antiperspirant for one week. Consume parsley each morning with a glass of water. Visit the link below to choose which parsley source will work best for you: dried, fresh or juiced parsley. You may need to adjust the amount of parsley you consume each day to find the minimum amount that works best for your body. You will be amazed at how much you can workout, sweat and still not smell. Leave a comment below before you start the Parsley Challenge with your current method of deodorant or antiperspirant, and then come back after and share what type of parsley you used and how much you consumed each morning.

Parsley Sources – dried, fresh or juiced parsley. How much do I need?

Parsley Benefits – If I eat parsley I won’t stink, but tell me more about the health benefits of taking a parsley supplement.

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