Today's valuable post includes: a natural remedy for belly aches, a pumpkin pie spice recipe, a breakfast spice muffin~Jamaican ginger cake~pumpkin cookie recipe, a trick for a flavorful, chemical and sugar-free cup of chai tea, and an amazing benefit of ripe bananas!
Improve quality and save $$$ by making your own homemade pumpkin pie spice with Whole Foods Market organic spices!
Organic Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 c organic cinnamon
1/2 c organic ginger
1/2 c organic nutmeg
1/4 c organic cloves
1/4 c organic allspice
Combine and store in spice container. I use this old cinnamon container from Costco shown below. Great in desserts, oatmeal, muffins, coffee, and more!
Breakfast Spice Muffins OR Jamaican Ginger Cake OR Pumpkin Spice Cookies
1 1/2 c pitted dates
1 1/2 c hot water
1/4 c canola oil (optional)
3 ripe bananas (optional...in case you don't like banana flavor)
1/2 c pumpkin puree (Costco's organic ~$1/can!)
3 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice (recipe above, OR Whole Foods bulk)
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1 inch cube fresh ginger, peeled (optional)
1/4 c ground flaxseed
1 tsp baking soda
1 Tbsp baking powder
2 c whole wheat flour
|Jamaican Ginger Cake|
Pre-heat oven to 375 (convection: 350). Blend dates through fresh ginger in blender (I use my Blendtec); next add flaxseed. Pour mixture into mixing bowl. In separate bowl combine last three dry ingredients, and then add dry to wet ingredients, and gently mix only until dry ingredients are wet. Pour batter into baking pan (I love my silicone collection), muffin tin, bread pan, or simply scoop spoonfuls on baking sheet (again silicone rocks!). Bake for around 20 min, or until it looks done on top. Cuts better when cool. You can eat the batter!!! The beauty of no raw eggs. Yes, this is a sugar-free, vegan recipe, that we've made probably a half dozen times in the last two weeks!
|Pumpkin Gingerbread Ginger Cake|
Quick and Easy Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea
After you've prepared your treat, you should sit down for a cup of chai tea. Simply pour a cup of black tea or a cup of hot water (for caffeine free) into your blender, give it a quick spin, and viola! Either way, you have a perfectly delicious cup of chai tea AND your blender has had a good rinse :)
Do you ever get tummy aches? Mine come when I eat a piece (or more!) of candy, too much chocolate or cheese...and usually my belly-ache worthy choices come in batches, so I use this really great remedy, which works for me nearly every time! I can only think of once when I took a second piece of ginger (because I was still uncomfortable) and that tummy ache turned into a few days of me being very sick, so maybe nothing was stopping that one. Anyway, as soon as my belly starts to hurt, I pop one of these candied ginger pieces! Shortly after, I feel so much better :)
Of course it'd be better if there wasn't added sugar, but I am not sure I could eat a large chunk of ginger on it's own. Each candied ginger piece is like a spicy gummy bear :) Even candied, they are still really strong. I could see the benefit of eating a piece daily, but I can really only bear the strong flavor when I get the instant payback of belly relief.
See MebMD for it's many helpful USES. They discuss studies which have found nausea following surgery to be greatly reduced with use of ginger. It's also been used to help relieve morning sickness, and been found to be as effective as anti-nausea drugs following chemotherapy (this provided insufficient evidence, but if it may work AS WELL as someone on chemotherapy taking another medication, that seems a pretty good choice).
Last, but not least, the really ripe bananas that are so great for their sweetness, are also much more effective in boosting the body's immune system than bananas with a green skin, according to Japanese researchers. Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) is produced when the brown spots appear, and the more brown spots, the more TNF. TNF helps to break down cells that aren't needed, such as, and most importantly, cancer cells. Wanting to find that original source, I came across this well-written description of the research/benefits.
COMMENTS: when I was first married, my hubby and I lived in London, and came across Jamaican Ginger Cakes, yum! My recipe reminds me of that treat from long ago, and the fun times we had in London. Have you ever had a McVitie's Jamaican Ginger Cake? Or is there a food that brings back memories, like these do for me? Happy weekend everybody!