Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Grandma Ila Reid's Buttermilk Dressing

Grandma Reid’s Buttermilk Dressing (lower salt version)
2 Cups Mayonnaise
2 Cups Buttermilk (or for lower fat and less fuss, you can use 2 cups milk, minus 4 Tablespoons with 4 Tablespoons lemon juice added to the milk. Let milk sit about 5 minutes to curdle.)

Of the following spices, I have one be a salt, and the other one a powder…Grandma often had both spices be salts so it was VERY salty!

1 teaspoon garlic powder or salt
1 teaspoon onion powder or salt
½ to 1 teaspoon black pepper
About ½ Tablespoon dried parsley

Combine all ingredients and whip with a wire beater or use a blender—whatever. Mix until smooth. It will thicken overnight.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Healthy Smoothie Recipe

Dr. Ed Fila’s Scientifically Designed Health Smoothie
The following smoothie has been based on scientific research for the prevention of stroke, heart attacks, cancer. The research relied on came from the following sources: (1) The largest study in the world on prevention of cancer sponsored by the World Health Organization; (2) the largest study in the world on the prevention of stroke and heart attacks; (3) other scientific research.
1 Cup Soy, Rice or Non-fat Milk
6 Ice cubes
2 Tblspns. Welch’s 100% unsweetened grape juice concentrate (must have American Heart Assoc. label to verify there is no corn syrup)
2 Tblspns. Mixed nuts (equal amounts of almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin, and flax seeds)
2 Tblspns. Soy protein
1 Tblspn. Udo’s Choice oil blend (buy at health food stores)
½ Tblspn. Psyllium Husks
3 Tblspns. 9 Grain Cereal (buy at Honeyville Grain, Inc.(435) 279-8197, or check local health stores or grocers). It contains red and white wheat, rye, barley, corn, millet, oats flax, and buckwheat. (Whole grains are better)
1 Cup Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
5 Fresh or Frozen Strawberries
¼ of a Fresh Banana
2 Tblspns. Groats or Rolled Oats (Groats are the oat grain before being rolled)

Place all ingredients in blender and blend well. ENJOY!

Welch’s 100% grape juice has been shown to outperform aspirin in reducing platelet clumping and keeping the blood vessel walls flexible. Do not use the Welch’s grape juice which has corn syrup added.
The Udo’s Oil Blend is a superior source of omega-3 oils which have been shown to prevent strokes and heart attacks. Note: Udo’s Oil is plant based. Some people do not absorb plant based oils very well. Those people should supplement with omega-3 oil from fish.
A handful of nuts daily have been shown to reduce the occurrence of stroke and heart attacks by about 20%. They are also a good source of plant based protein (and tryptophan).
Fruits and vegetables have clearly been shown to reduce both cancer and heart disease. New guidelines recommend eating 9-10 servings of uncooked fruits and vegetables per day. Blueberries and strawberries are very nutrient dense. You can also add other fruits.
Grains have also been shown to reduce heart attacks by 20%, as well as cancer. Uncooked and minimally processed grains are very healthy because they do not significantly increase insulin activity in the body.

Copyrighted Feb. 23, 2005

I do a modified form of this. I leave out the nuts, grains, and oil since I just eat those throughout the day(I take ground flax seed). I don't put in psyillium either, but it's great for those who need to keep their bowels moving. And I sometimes put in soy. This really is an excellent smoothie. Two people from the classes have told me about the health benefits they have noticed from doing this. One talked about her weight loss, and a man told about how it regulated his thyroid function when he went back to the doctor about 4 months after doing the smoothie, and that's all he had done differently.