Cast Iron Toast

If my experience is any indication, once you toast your bread in an iron skillet, you’ll never go back to the dried-out toaster toast again! The crunchy grilled outside with the soft-fluffy inside is an amazing way to start the day, and no more difficult than using the toaster! Simple instructions below.

Cast Iron Toast

How to make Cast Iron Toast:

Heat a cast iron pan over medium high to high heat – you want your toast to sear! If desired, add a bit of coconut oil, ghee, olive oil, or butter to the pan – you don’t need much, and actually don’t need any at all for most breads.

If you’re slicing your own bread, cut a slice a little thicker than usual – this allows you to really enjoy the layers of crispy outside, warm chewy inside, then crispy outside. I’m a huge fan of long-fermented sourdough from my local farmer’s market, but any bread will be delicious.

When the pan is really hot, drop the bread onto the fat if you’re using it, and let it cook a couple of minutes on each side until golden brown. Enjoy immediately!

If you’re making bread to go with dinner, feel free to add spices, garlic, etc. to the oil before adding the bread. My favorite, though, is just a tiny dab of olive oil or ghee … amazing! Enjoy, and please let me know your thoughts below!

Let’s get back in the kitchen!

What better place to be than in the center of the household, where we fill our most basic need for food and water, multiple times a day?

I really hate that food marketers got away with introducing the flawed idea of “slaving away in the kitchen.” The real slavery is being chained to food packagers and restaurants to get your meals, because you’re missing the skills or courage to prepare simple, fresh foods on your own. Kitchen prep and simple meal assembly/cooking can be one of the most life-affirming, creative, and delicious things any of us can do for ourselves and our families. So, let’s get into the kitchen – ALL of us!

We should all be in the kitchen

7 Tips in 7 Days: Eating Consciously, Day 4

It’s no secret that we’re a world hooked on sugar. In the US:

  • The average adult eats 130 lbs of sugar a year, which is more than 4 times what we ate 100 years ago.
  • The American Heart Association recommends an upper limit of 9.5 tsp of sugar per day, but the average adult consumes 22 tsp and the average child, 32 (yes, higher than adults!).
  • Added sugars (those not present in whole foods) account for 500 calories per day in the average adult’s diet.
  • Excess sugar intake is linked to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, acne, depression, violent behavior, increased risk of cancer, chronic fatigue, migraines, and more.
  • So, how do you break the addiction that the food marketers are desperate to keep you on? Here are a few important tips.
    7Days, Day 4: Eating Consciously

    Sources:
    www.onlinenursingprograms.com
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2012/08/30/how-much-sugar-are-americans-eating-infographic/

    7 Tips in 7 Days: Eating Consciously, Day 1

    One of the first steps to healthier eating is to become more aware of what and when you’re eating.

    For most of us (me included), mealtimes can devolve into a handful here, a handful there … and before you know it, you’re full and you don’t even really remember enjoying food at all! One simple step to help break this pattern is to commit to lighting a candle before taking a bite, any time you have a meal or snack. This one small change has helped lead many people to seemingly effortless changes in their habits … simply by bringing awareness and focus to the food in front of them.

    7 Days of Eating Consciously, Day 1

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    NOTE: If you love the sea glass candle shown in the graphic, click here to see how to make one.

    Friendly Foods: Eat what your body knows

    Friendly Food!

    You know that feeling you get when you see fresh, local, in-season food at the farmer’s market? How it almost has an aura of life around it? That’s your body’s way of signaling that it knows that food, knows how to process it and get nutrients from it … and welcomes those “friendly foods.”

    In contrast, most of the packaged foods of today contain piles of ingredients that your body can’t recognize and is unable to process. Scientists once considered these chemicals “inert” because they tended to leave the body intact, and didn’t bind with your cells and cause immediate damage. What they missed, however, is the impact of the consistent assault of unrecognizable substances would have on the body.

    This would be similar to your boss piling 20 boxes of paper on your desk, but just two of them contained real work that you knew how to do. How much more “sluggish” would you be in completing your tasks, just because you had to process all the “non-work?” That’s what is happening in your body when it has to process all the non-food … and the physical result is our ugly friend, inflammation.

    Instead, take a cue from your body’s natural response to the real, friendly food it sees, and give it a week, a month, or a lifetime to show you how spectacularly it can work for you when it doesn’t have to deal with the chemical assault of packaged non-foods!

    Build Your Hydration Habit

    Everything works better when you drink enough water: your brain, your heart, your skin, your immune system, your liver, etc. It’s easier to make hydration a habit if you make it beautiful and delicious, too. Try a few of these flavor combos, and let me know what you think! Hydration Habit