|Coconut Breaded Chicken||Servings: 4|
|4 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch thick strips||2 eggs|
|½ c coconut flakes||Cooking fat|
|½ c coconut flour||Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste|
|Combine the coconut flakes with the coconut flour in a bowl and season to taste with salt and pepper.|
|Whisk the eggs in another bowl.|
|Coat the chicken strips in the egg mixture and then in the coconut mixture before frying them in an XTREMA® 10″ – 100% Ceramic Open Skillet with some cooking fat until golden brown on the exterior and well cooked inside.|
|Recipe adapted from the “Quick and Simple Paleo Meals” by Sébastien Noël.|
|Vegetable Beef Soup||Servings: 10|
|1 lb grass fed ground beef||½-1 t Italian seasoning (to taste)|
|2 – 32 oz containers of organic vegetable broth||¼-1/2 t black pepper (to taste)|
|2 T butter||Sea salt to taste (about 2 t)|
|5 stalks celery, chopped||2 tomatoes (preferable blanched & peeled)|
|½ large onion, chopped||1 bunch spinach, coarsely chopped|
|Melt butter in a XTREMA® 5.5-Quart Sauce Pot and add celery, onions, and ground beef.|
|When the beef is browned through, add the vegetable broth, Italian seasoning, black pepper, sea salt and tomatoes.|
|Let cook for about 10-15 minutes.|
|Serve. – This soup is even better re-heated the next day.|
|To blanch and peel tomatoes, boil a pot of water and drop the tomatoes in for a few minutes.|
|When you see the skins begin to split apart, remove them from the water. Then they are easy to peel.|
|Once peeled, cut the tomato in half and remove as many seeds as possible then chop.|
|Adapted from MaximizedLiving.com|
You eat aluminum every day. While it may not be on the menu, aluminum finds its way into our diet through myriad channels including food additives, as a leavening agent, in teas, in medicines, and as a byproduct of cooking with aluminum pans.
Aluminum has long been thought of as a safe, non-toxic metal; new research is beginning to question its safety. Aluminum exposure has been linked to diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s diseases. While none of these connections have been proven, it is wise to avoid any additional exposure whenever possible.
The main source of ingestion by Americans is through food additives, often found in baked goods prepared with chemical leavening agents, aluminum-based food dyes and colors, and some processed cheeses.
Aluminum is also found in certain antiperspirants, baking soda, antacids, some children’s aspirins and many foods, especially tea.
The choice of what you cook your food in may be just as important as the food you are cooking. This may never be truer then when you are cooking in aluminum cookware. Aluminum is a fairly stable metal, until it is exposed to heat or acids; cooking often does both. Cooks should proceed with extra caution when preparing acidic foods such as tomatoes or rhubarb. Cooking with fluoridated drinking water – like tap water – in aluminum cookware also increases the concentration of ingested aluminum.
True aluminum toxicity is rare and usually occurs in people who work around aluminum in some form. This does not mean, however, that a sub-toxic dose will not cause health problems. If you suspect you might have elevated levels of aluminum, you should get a hair analysis, along with blood and urine tests by a reputable lab. If you have high levels of aluminum in your body, “chelation” can help to remove heavy metals from your bloodstream and body tissues. There are numerous ways to chelate, including IV injection of EDTA (a manmade amino acid), certain seaweed extracts and other dietary and nutritional supplements (for slow, but safe, chelation), and even high dose combinations of zinc and vitamin C.
How Can We Limit Aluminum Intake?
Read food labels and try to avoid food additives. In general, the less processed the food, the better. Have your water tested, or use a good filter to protect yourself.
While you’re at it, avoid or limit how often you use aluminum cookware. Silicone coated, unbleached parchment paper is a good alternative to aluminum foil. We recommend You Care’s brand. It’s oven safe to 450 degrees and can be used in the microwave. It can also be reused many times, saving on landfill waste.
Another option — good old fashioned, unbleached waxed paper. Our favorite is Natural Value waxed paper and waxed paper bags.
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• Banks WA et al: Aluminum-induced neurotoxicity: alterations in membrane function at the blood-brain barrier. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 1989 Spring;13(1):47-53.
• Miu AC, Benga O: Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: a new look. J Alzheimers Dis. 2006 Nov;10(2-3):179-201.
repost from www.naturalpath.com