Delicious Obsessions was founded by Jessica Espinoza in 2010. Jessica is passionate about real food, natural living, and more. She helps people see how to eat nourishing food, without breaking the bank. Her motto is "baby steps" -- making small, lasting changes, one at a time, is the best way to ensure long-term success.

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Delicious Obsessions was founded by Jessica Espinoza in 2010. Jessica is passionate about real food, natural living, and more. She helps people see how to eat nourishing food, without breaking the bank. Her motto is "baby steps" -- making small, lasting changes, one at a time, is the best way to ensure long-term success. This website contains "affiliate links" where appropriate, on which, I may earn a small commission or referral fee on your purchase. This has no effect on your price. The monies earned help maintain and support this website's hosting, maintenance, and the development of free content. The content shared on this site is for informational and educational purposes only. Statements/products discussed have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease or illness. Please consult your own health care practitioner before making changes to your current diet or before beginning any herbal or vitamin supplement regimen or exercise program.

Triple Ginger Cookies (gluten, grain, dairy, seed, and nut free)


The Second Opinion Thyroid Summit

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{Oh boy! Look at these AMAZING ginger cookies that Lydia from Divine Health shares today! I am a huge fan of ginger and can’t wait to try these! I hope you enjoy! ~Jessica}

Attention all ginger lovers, I’ve got a healthy cookie just for you!

I created these triple ginger cookies by accident one day whilst fiddling around in the kitchen trying to make myself a healthy ‘treat’. The sweet tooth had hit me at the time, but more than that I think I was really just hungry for a snack. The super cool thing about these cookies is that they are low in added sugar (in the form of honey) and full of good healthy fat. These triple ginger cookies make a healthy snack for those with blood sugar issues and adrenal issues alike.

I consider these cookies a special ‘mom snack‘.

What’s a ‘mom snack’ you ask?

Well, it’s a snack that none of the kids like that you get to enjoy all to yourself. No fighting off those dirty little paws! Nope, this one’s just for you momma! I knew none of my kids would like these cookies when I created them <evil snicker>. I’m no dummy! I hope some other mommas out there enjoy these cookies all to themselves as well.

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You can buy candied ginger or make your own if you want to avoid any sugar and use honey instead. I get my candied ginger from Trader Joe’s, as it’s not crystallized and way less sugar than the crystallized ginger.

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Triple Ginger Cookies (gluten, grain, dairy, seed, and nut free)
 
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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Soften 2 cups of coconut butter by placing the jar into a pan of simmering water.
  3. In a mixing bowl, stir together all ingredients. Taste as you go to find the amount of ginger you like. I like ginger a LOT, so I used the higher amounts listed. If you don't want a potent ginger flavor start with the lesser amount and taste it first. The cookies get more gingery once they are baked and set.
  4. Let the mixture firm up a bit once it's all mixed together. 10 minutes in the fridge is helpful.
  5. Form the dough into 1 inch balls and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  6. Press the balls down lightly.
  7. Bake at 350 10-12 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and allow to cool fully before transferring -as they will be very soft.
  9. I often put the whole cookie sheet in the freezer (for about 10 minutes) after it has been out of the oven enough to cool a bit.
  10. Store these cookies in the fridge and allow to sit at room temp. for a few minutes before eating.
  11. This recipe makes 24-30 cookies.

About Lydia
Meet Lydia - Contributor for Delicious Obsessions //deliciousobsessions.comHello, my name is Lydia and I am a single mom of four fabulous boys. I’m on a mission to share my passion for whole, healthy, real foods with the world!I enjoy living life one day at a time, from the inside out!

I believe that health is a choice, a right and a gift that we cannot take for granted, and in this day and age, unfortunately, must fight for! I am also a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. You can find me on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest.

 

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Come to the Table: Can Family Meals Solve the World’s Problems?

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{Today, Amy Thedinga shares a fantastic post on the importance of family meals. I am a strong believer in the power of family meals to help solve problems and create confidence and comfort within the family unit. Amy takes it a step further in this post and shares more insight on just how important these family meals could be. I hope you enjoy! ~Jessica}

It was a nice day and we had some errands to run so we piled our family of five into the car and headed out.

In our too often characteristic way of miscommunicating, my husband and I had very different focal points for our day. Mine was, as usual, centered on food. His was, also as usual, centered on getting stuff done.

As the lunch hour came and went, the rumbling in my tummy became a little more than a distraction. My casual mentions of food went unnoticed by my husband, intently focused on our to-do list.

Around two o’clock, my low blood sugar got the best of me and I blew up, losing my temper in a spectacular way.

You see, I don’t do well without food. I get hangry when I don’t eat. You know, an ugly combination of hungry and angry.

It turns out, I’m not alone in this. An estimated one billion people in the world are hungry. Every single day. If you look at the world hunger map, you will see that some of the most unstable areas of the world area also the hungriest. I can imagine that if I feel the way I do when I am hungry, it would only be compounded if my kids were hungry and all my neighbors were hungry – all the time.

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So it would seem that there’s a connection between hunger and some of the worst realities of our world: war, terrorism, and human trafficking to name a few.

But hunger isn’t the only global problem related to food. There are also one billion obese people on our planet. Which may seem like an opposite problem, but it’s not. Stick with me for a moment.

Our global food system is broken.

Because of poor agricultural practices which are perpetuated by problematic government policy related to food, more and more people subsist on a diet that is making them fat and sick. Not only has there been a sharp increase in diseases related to obesity in recent years, but cancer and mental illness are on the rise as well. And America has imported this defunct food system around the world.

So what’s the solution?

Well that’s a complicated question with an even more complicated answer, but in short, the people who have the means to do so need to stop eating off the grocery market shelves or going through the drive-through where 3/4 of the food is made from processed soy, corn, and wheat.

If we stop buying the subsidized commodity crops, the food industry will be forced to change their way of doing business and our nation can shift back to a food system reliant on small, diverse, local farms. Which is exactly what needs to happen to feed the people of impoverished regions.

For more information on how YOU can help change the current food system, I strongly encourage you to read this post.

Could the alternative be as simple as local, whole food, home cooked meals.

You might be thinking you don’t have the time for that and maybe you don’t like to cook. But what if you believed that the solutions to some of the world’s most troubling problems lie in that one simple change?

And the benefits are not just global either.

Children who eat regular, whole food family dinners are not only less likely to develop obesity and other eating disorders, but they are also less likely to give into peer pressure, try drugs and alcohol, or get arrested for a crime. Children who don’t come to the family table are proven to be more likely to have bad grades, experience teen pregnancy, and suffer from overall lack of self esteem (source) (source) (The-importance-of-family-dinners VIII).

So could the solution to the world’s scariest problems be as simple as ditching the junk food and gathering your family around the dinner table for home cooked, whole food meals?

It’s sure worth a try.

If you need help finding the time and money to feed your family real, organic food, check out my free resource by clicking here.

About Amy

AmyThedinga_0250_resizedAmy Thedinga is on a mission to help busy people discover the healing power of whole foods and a non-toxic lifestyle. After a series of catastrophic health events served as her wake up call, Amy was desperate to learn what it took to be healthy, vibrant, happy, and well. Through study, research, and lots of trial and error, Amy was able to heal her body and now teaches others to do the same. She blogs about her journey on her site, and you can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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WIN an AquaVida Whole Home Water Filtration System (a $4,995 value)!

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What if I told you that there was an incredibly generous gentleman named Dan, owner of United Environmental Solutions, who is willing to give one of you a Whole Home Water Conditioning with Two-Stage Filtration System? One that is valued at $4,995? Well, I wouldn’t be lying. Just recently, my friend Jennifer from Hybrid Rasta Mama partnered with Dan to do this massive giveaway for a whole home water filtration system.

WOW!

This is the giveaway to top ALL giveaways! I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited to be part of this and share it with you!

This. Is. Awesome.

We have used the Berkey Water Filtration system in our home for a couple years now. We love ours and I wrote a detailed review on our experience that you can read here. Having fresh, clean water is key to optimal health. While we love our Berkey,it does have some limitations and I dream of having a whole house system. As soon as we move into a home where we will stay put permanently, I am getting one of these!

18 amazing bloggers came together, partnering with Dan, to make this happen. Because we know that everyone deserves the cleanest, safest water possible.

Before I get into the specifics of how you can win (and also how you can purchase one of the systems at a wholesale price), I want to take a moment to tell you a little bit about this system and what it can do for you and your family.

What exactly is the AquaVida (Water for Life) Whole Home Water Conditioning with Two-Stage Filtration System?

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The AquaVida (Water for Life) Whole Home System is one of the only companies that separates the media with its dual chamber tank. This makes it 10 times more effective. They use only the best carbon and resin on the market to filter and condition your water. There is no mixing, and the resin regenerates weekly so it is practically like getting a new system!

The BEST part is that the AquaVida Whole Home System requires NO FILTER CHANGES! You add salt to the system once or twice per year and that is it for maintenance. The system will last 10+ years! Yep – 10 or more years and NO FILTER CHANGES. Epic right?

What will this Whole Home Water Filtration System remove or reduce?

  • Chlorine
  • Chloramines
  • Hexafluorosilicic acid (which is the human made fluoride added to water)
  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
  • Trihalomethanes (THMs)
  • Pesticides
  • Pharmaceutical residues
  • Arsenic
  • Bacteria
  • and much more

What else can it do?

It will soften your water too which is excellent for those of you living with hard water. (And oh how soft and shiny your hair will now be!)

I’m sure you have heard of Berkey and Propur. While these are two great water filtration options (and Dan offers both so visit his site if you are in the market), they can only be used on a small scale – not a whole house scale. Sure, they are not nearly as expensive but honestly, I would rather have something that can manage ALL the water I use and not just some of it.

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Want To Own an AquaVida Whole Home Water Filtration System For 70% Off?

I am super thrilled to not only be giving away one of the Whole House Systems but also to give you the opportunity to own one for next to nothing.

Dan has agreed to open up a “co-op” opportunity for anyone interested in owning one of these systems. Up to 15 people can get in on this amazing deal. Dan is willing to offer the system for the wholesale price of $1,498.50.

This does NOT include installation but Dan can help you find reputable installers who typically charge between $200-$500 depending on how complicated your plumbing is.

Let me make sure that you got all that.

You can OWN a WHOLE HOME WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM for $1,498.50.

You will NOT find a better deal on this caliber of system. Even Costco, known for good prices, can’t touch that. And Dan also stands behind his products so you know he will be there when you need him.

If you want to take advantage of this deal, you need to email Jennifer who is the mama behind Hybrid Rasta Mama. She set this all up so I’ll let her work out the details with you and Dan. You can find her at Jennifer [at] hybridrastamama [dot] com. But you need to email her before May 20th. And I suggest doing it soon. Remember, only 15 people can get in on this and I already know several slots are spoken for. If you are in Canada, you are eligible but there is an additional $300 shipping and customs fee.

The giveaway and how you can win!

Well, it is pretty easy. You just need to use the Rafflecopter Entry Widget below.

This giveaway opens TODAY, April 21, 2014 and closes on May 11, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.

Winners will be selected within 72 hours after the close of the giveaway from among all eligible entries received during the Giveaway. Winners will be announced on the giveaway post and contacted by Jennifer at HybridRastaMama.com via email. Winners will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents without restrictions and Canadian residents with restrictions. Canadian residents must pay a $300 shipping/customs fee if they win. The winner of the unit will be responsible for paying for installation (ranging from $200 to $500). Dan is connected with installers across the country and will happily help you get set up with a certified installer.

Be sure to show some love to all 18 of the bloggers participating! If you visit their blogs, be sure to say “thanks.” They would appreciate it.

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The Nourished Kitchen Cookbook Review + Exclusive Recipe!

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I want to share this brand new cookbook with you today from Jenny McGruther. She was kind enough to send me a copy of her new book late last week to review and I was so excited to receive it. Jenny not only writes The Nourished Kitchen website (which was one of the very first blogs I ever read), but she is also a fellow Coloradoan!

I received the book last Thursday and was so excited to dig into it. I had high expectations of making a bunch of stuff over the weekend, but ended up being quite under the weather, so my recipe testing got pushed back. I’m not concerned though, because I have tried a lot of Jenny’s recipes and they are wonderful, so I know her new book’s recipes are going to be just as great.

This is Jenny’s very first cookbook and I am so excited to help support her. The book launched on this week and you can find it on Amazon here.

One of the things I love about Jenny’s website is her fantastic photos. They are so warm and inviting and really capture the essence of the food she is presenting. It is so true when they say we eat with our eyes — if it looks good, we want to taste it.

Her book, just like her website, is filled with gorgeous photos that make you want to dive right in. The recipes are rustic and unique, offering flavor combinations and ideas that you will not see anywhere else. There are over 160 recipes, all inspired by the different seasons, using fresh, nourishing ingredients. No matter the time of year, there are hearty recipes that will fill up your bellies and make your soul happy too. I don’t know about you, but for me, there is much more to food than just nourishing my body. Cooking and eating nourishes my soul as well.

One thing that makes this book stand apart from other cookbooks is the way it is organized. Rather than your typical sections like “appetizers”, “entrees”, “desserts”, etc., Jenny has chosen to lay her book out by  source – The Garden, The Pasture, The Range, The Waters, The Fields, The Wild, The Orchard, and The Larder.

This book focuses on traditional foods as a whole, which means it does include grains and dairy, but for me, that’s OK, because as I was reading through the recipes, many of those containing dairy can easily be modified with other ingredients to make it suitable for my dietary needs. I do have to skip the breads and baked goods section, but that doesn’t bother me, as I am more interested in the other sections anyways. Though, I sure do miss homemade sourdough bread! :)

All in all, I was thrilled with this book and already have a long list of recipes to try. At the top of my list are:

  • Roasted Beet and Walnut Salad with Spiced Kombucha Vinaigrette
  • Kholrabi Apple and Pomegranate Slaw
  • Spring Vegetable Stew
  • Sherried Chicken Liver Pate with Apples and Sage
  • Fried Roe with Homemade Tartar Sauce
  • Coriander Crusted Elk with Spiced Plum Sauce
  • Roasted Sweet Cherry Fool

Simply put, your kitchen needs this book!

The beet salad was one of the first recipes that caught my eye as I flipped through the book. I was thrilled when Jenny and her publisher granted me permission to share this recipe on my site. I’m going to be making it this weekend! I hope you enjoy!

Have you ordered The Nourished Kitchen yet? What are you most excited about regarding this book? Looking for more info? Here you go:

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Suffer From Food Sensitivities? Read This.

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{Please welcome Lauren from Mindful Meals to the site today! She is going to be a regular contributor and today is sharing her expertise on how to identify food allergies and what to do about them. ~Jessica}

A few years ago, I started getting strange stomach pains, bloating, and other digestive issues. I had never really paid attention to my digestive health before, but it started to worsen with time. I went to the doctor who offered me nothing but an acid reflux medication. I skipped it, and thankfully, I now know that it probably would have made things worse. I suggested a celiac test, which was negative, but I went ahead and eliminated gluten anyways. This was the best decision for my gut health and overall health. I no longer get sick every winter, have awesome digestion, and feel healthy and vibrant. It wasn’t the only thing I did, but I know that food sensitivities hugely impacted my health.

I’m sure there’s plenty of you reading that think food is contributing to your digestive problems, skin flare-ups, joint pain, or fibromyalgia? Maybe you find yourself bloated all day long, or in the bathroom too many times to count. Yes, your doctor may have told you that food doesn’t have an impact on your fibromyalgia or migraines, but why wouldn’t it?

Food matters more than you think. If you have changed your diet in the past and started eating a real food diet, you probably noticed positive shifts in your health or symptoms clear. It’s amazing how a few changes towards can make a huge difference.

What are Food Sensitivities?

Food sensitivities are a reaction to food or chemicals in your body. When you eat a food that your immune system reacts to, chemical mediators can be released. These can include histamine, prostaglandins, and cytokines. It’s these chemical signals that can lead to symptoms like migraines, pain, diarrhea and contribute to conditions like fibromyalgia or IBS.

The symptoms may show up within a few hours, but it also may take up a few days to notice symptoms. You may be sensitive to a food or chemical only after eating a large amount, or you may react to a very small amount.

Food sensitivities aren’t simply a nuisance; they can actually contribute to inflammation. One indicator of inflammation is CRP (C-reactive protein), and research has shown an increase in CRP with common health conditions like IBS and migraines. It’s not “normal” to have daily digestive distress or migraines.

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What’s the Difference between Sensitivities & Allergies?

Food allergies are one response to food and it is an IgE antibody response. This reaction is much quicker and can produce symptoms within seconds or minutes of consuming or coming in contact with an allergen. A food allergy can be life-threatening and can lead to anaphylaxis in some cases. The most common allergens are the Big 8: cow’s milk, soy, peanut, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, and corn.

A food intolerance, like FODMAP intolerance or lactose intolerance, comes from the lack of enzymes or inability to properly digest foods. In lactose intolerance, the person doesn’t have enough of the enzyme lactase to digest lactose, and symptoms like bloating or diarrhea may occur. FODMAP intolerance is a reaction to the carbohydrates in some foods, causing fermentation and symptoms like diarrhea or bloating.

Why is it So Hard to Identify Food Sensitivities?

Self-experimentation is the cheapest and one of the best ways to identify food sensitivities. If you suspect foods are causing you problems, you can try the gold standard method – an elimination diet. There are many versions of this, such as eliminating common allergens, or a Paleo or Paleo Autoimmune Diet. After a few weeks or months, you start to introduce and trial different foods one at a time. If you notice any symptoms in the day or so after eating it, you could be sensitive. You could play around with the dose of the food and how much causes a symptom, or eliminate it for a few months before re-introducing it.

Many people have heard of gluten sensitivity, but you could be sensitive to ANY number of foods, spices, herbs, or chemicals, even healthy ones. Many people get headaches after eating a chemical called MSG, have joint pains after eating nightshade veggies such as white potatoes or eggplant, or have digestive problems from wheat or corn. They may show up hours or days after exposure, and if you’re eating hundreds of different ingredients, it can be hard to pinpoint the problem.

Head into your pantry, and pick up a few boxes or packages you have there. Take a look on the package at the ingredient list. How many separate ingredients are there? If it’s dates or almonds, it’s probably only one ingredient. If you grabbed a box of cereal or crackers, there could be a whole list of ingredients with food and chemicals. They may contain wheat, corn syrup, and different additives or preservatives. Even supplements, toothpaste, and beauty products contain various additives and chemicals that may cause reactions. Common allergens like corn and wheat or gluten can be hiding in food through different names or ingredients like “natural flavors.”

What are Common Tests for Food Sensitivities?

There are many tests out there for food sensitivities. You can start with self-experimentation, but if you’re frustrated, a blood test may be the best option.

Unfortunately, not many of the available tests are very accurate. Some test IgG levels (ELISA IgG), but a high IgG does not mean the food is causing symptoms. Another common one is ALCAT, which was designed in the 1980s. The most accurate test currently is MRT (Mediator Response Testing), which is an upgraded and more reliable version of ALCAT.

The reliability of most of these tests is poor, and one study found ELISA IgG had identical test results only 34% of the time (pretty low when you’re trying to figure out reactive foods). This means you could send in the same blood sample under two different names and receive different results. On the other hand, MRT is the most reliable and has over 90% split sample reproducibility. No test is perfect, but MRT seems to be the best one available at this time.

Another factor is the interpretation of the results. Many practitioners who run the tests just provide a print-out for patients and tell them to avoid their reactive foods without looking at the foods not tested. With MRT, you will work with a certified LEAP practitioner (CLT) to design your personalized nutrition plan based on the test results and your preferences. At first, you will eat a limited diet based on simple, whole foods cooked in your kitchen. Then, you will slowly introduce foods one at a time. Over time, you may eventually be able to eat your reactive foods. You will also look at the whole picture like spices you use, or chemicals in your medications, supplements, or beauty care products that could be causing symptoms.

There are small studies supporting the use of MRT, and many people significantly reduce their symptoms and even come off medications after a few weeks. With my history of IBS, I know food sensitivities played a role. Regardless if you use an elimination diet or food sensitivity testing, a diet change is much safer than using multiple medications that may not even work. Even better, by identifying foods or chemicals that are causing your symptoms, you have the chance to feel better than you have in years!

About Lauren
Meet Lauren - Contributor for Delicious Obsessions //deliciousobsessions.comLauren is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) who promotes a real-food, individualized approach to nutrition and health. She wants everyone to discover the power of healing food, healthy digestion, and a balanced mindset to build vibrant health. She blogs at Mindful Meals about real food nutrition, mindful eating, healthy digestion, with plenty of yoga and puppy pictures. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or Twitter.

 

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