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Cuckoo for Coconuts!

Posted in Articles, Uncategorized on September 9th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Coconuts, we’ve seen them as the savior on many a film or tv program, think Gilligan and the Skipper, too! Tom Hanks in Cast Away! Sometimes referred to as a tropical fruit, others say it is a tree nut. In any case, it packs a lot of nutritional punch. Coconuts provide protein, vitamins B and C, calcium, Iron, and phosphorus, as well as a healthy fat, essential for good health.

Coconut water is used to treat kidney and urinary/bladder issues, building muscles, treating sore throat, stomach ulcers, constipation, goiters, and is great for your skin (wrinkle remover) and hair! Almost makes you want to live on a deserted island!

How do we get more coconut in our diet in a healthy way? One thing I like to do is take an old spice jar, fill it with 1/3 cinnamon and 2/3 finely shredded coconut. In the morning, I sprinkle that on my toast or oatmeal and get that cinnamon toast taste without the sugar! (You can also add some sugar, if you want).

Another way I like to get coconut into my diet is to replace 1/4 of the flour in a bread or cookie recipe with finely shredded coconut (if you can’t find it, just get any shredded coconut and grind it in your blender at home). The healthiest choice is unsweetened and organic, of course! Start where you are comfortable. The coconut adds moisture and sweetness, yum!

I made a simple coconut flax bread using finely shredded coconut, ground flax, apple sauce, and cinnamon. So simple and so delicious toasted with a bit of Earth Balance (vegan butter substitute).

Amy's Coconut Flax Mini Loaf

Amy's Coconut Flax Mini Loaf

Amy’s Coconut Flax Mini Loaf:

1 Cup finely shredded coconut

1 Cup ground flax

1 Tsp cinnamon

1/4 Cup apple sauce

1 Tsp Vanilla (optional)

1/4 Cup warm water

Measure 1 Cup of ground flax, spoon out 2 teaspoons and place in a small bowl with 1/4 Cup warm water, set aside for 5 minutes or until the flax becomes thick ( This is used as a binder, you can also use egg whites if you like)

Mix all other ingredients in a bowl, add the thick flax. Mix together. Add more warm water or almond (or other milk) to the mixture if more moisture is needed. It should be a thick mix, not runny.

Place dough in an oiled mini bread loaf pan (available at Michael’s) and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until browned.

Let cool, eat plain, or toast with Earth Balance, cashew butter, etc…!

(double the recipe for a standard bread loaf pan)

Enjoy! -Amy Roemer 9-9-10

A great source for coconut recipes is: http://www.freecoconutrecipes.com/

Expanding Time

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Life Art Healing Fans! I’ve been so busy preparing for the Healing Power of Nature Workshop, painting my Transformation Bench for a public art project in Shorewood, WI this summer, creating a cafe press store ( which was mostly done by my amazing husband),sketching covers for a book, raising Helen, my soon to be 5 year old daughter, preparing for her birthday party…Monsters vs. Aliens or Barbie theme….her preschool graduation, quick trip to New England, being a wife, friend, sister, daughter, niece, taking care of myself through good food, meditation, getting into nature, yoga, and…..no wonder I haven’t found time to post an article to Life Art Healing! Phew!

Sound familiar? There is so much to do in this amazing world we live in and most of us are fortunate enough to have access to an abundance of ways to fill our time! Bored? Whose bored anymore with facebook, twitter, tivo, dvr, ondemand, etc…! Instead, I think we are overwhelmed! How do we find balance when there is so much to experience? One tool that I am working with is expanding time. No, I’m not casting some sort of spell, though I do have witch ancestors! I am creating spaces to do what I want and need to do. My life coach, Fran Asaro (www.thriveanyway.com), suggests to get your to do list out of your head and onto paper, or screen, file, whatever works for you. Even though I am a list girl, I didn’t realize how much I had been keeping up in my head! Today, I divided my to-do list into 4 categories, then used some of Helen’s markers to mark which tasks needed to be done first-yellow! Second-pink! Third-green! Then I marked this week as my yellow week, next week pink, and the following week green! Now it all looks so much more doable that I can even see open time in there! Look, I’m getting this done now that I put it on my list, in yellow!

What I also am getting into the habit of doing, is believing there is time to do everything on a daily basis. When I wake up, my affirmation is “I have all the time I need to get what I need to get done today.” It’s amazing how the spaces suggest themselves! Our apartment was cleaner this weekend, than it has been all month, while my husband was away and I had 24/7 Mommy duty. Helen helped me clean, had moments where she drew pictures or played by herself and wow, I was getting so much done during a time I thought things would be piling up!

That’s not to say that accomplishing everything has to be seen as the best thing one can do. Sometimes, relaxing into the attitude that you did enough, is what is needed. Animals are great at showing us that. Our cats nap most of the day, eat, and play. I think they are amazing, loving beings! I’m not judging them for what they did or didn’t do today. So, we can relax our need for an accomplishment fix and sometimes enjoy just being. There’s no better way to do that than to get out into nature, where we are away from our stuff and just placed into the present.

So, make a list, check it twice ( with colorful markers, if you so choose!) look for the surprising open spaces in your day and get out into a peaceful place once in a while!  -Amy Roemer May 17, 2010

Looking for an amazing Life Coach? Check out Fran’s website www.thriveanyway.com