Ketogenic Chocolate Fudge

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Ketogenic Chocolate Fudge is unlike any fudge you have ever eaten.

This recipe originally came from Eat Fat, Loss Fat by Dr Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell. I have made a few changes to the recipe to make it ketogenic.

This is like no fudge you have ever eaten. Normally, fudge is a super sweet dessert loaded with sugar. In contrast, this fudge is loaded with healthy fats.

1 1/4c organic coconut oil
1/4c organic creamed coconut
3-4T organic butter
5-6T organic cocoa powder
1-2T local honey
2 big pinches of sea salt
1T homemade vanilla extract (optional)
1c organic pecans, finely ground

Put the coconut oil, creamed coconut and butter into a Pyrex measuring cup. Place the measuring cup in a sauce pan half filled with water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer the mixture until melted.

In a food processor or Vitamix machine, add the melted coconut mixture, cocoa powder, honey, salt and vanilla extract. Blend very well. Add the nuts and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture into a 8″x8″ glass pan lined with wax paper.

Cool the fudge in the freezer until the it is almost solid. Remove the fudge and cut into 32 bars. If you get the cooling at the right point, the fudge cuts cleanly and easily.

Store in the freezer. Enjoy the fudge when you need a quick snack that will fuel your body for hours.

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Melt the coconut oil, creamed coconut and butter in a Pyrex cup.

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Pour the fudge into a glass pan lined with wax paper. Cool in the freezer.

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Use the wax paper to remove the hardened fudge from the pan. It’s easier to cut on the counter. I should have given the fudge a bit more time to cool because the fudge didn’t cut smoothly.

Sesame Flax Crackers

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Creamy, crunchy crackers! Mmmmm! Progress happens more by mistake than intention.

These crackers can be made in a food processor but a Vitamix machine will give a very creamy cracker that can support loads of butter, cheese or pate without falling apart. I made these crackers by accident by putting the Vitamix machine on high for a moment. I thought I had ruined the crackers but they turned out creamy and crunchy. Progress in my kitchen happens more often by mistake than intention.

2c organic sesame seeds
1/2c organic brown or yellow flax seeds
3c filtered water
2tsp sea salt
1 organic bird’s eye pepper (optional)

Soak the sesame and flax seeds overnight in the water and salt. In the morning, the mixture will have mostly congealed. In a Vitamix machine, grind the mixture at high speed for just a moment. The mixture should be quick thick.

With a tablespoon, scoop out some of the mixture and place it on the dehydrator sheet. Smooth down into rounded crackers or just let the crackers settle themselves. Don’t spread the mixture too thinly or the crackers will break. Dehydrate at a low temperature for 24 hours or until the crackers are dry. Store in a dark, dry place.

Mary’s Oil

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Mary’s Oil is good in salads, mayonnaise or in cooking.

“This wonderful blend of three oils can be used in salad dressings or as a cooking oil. When used for cooking, flavors come through beautifully, and the blend does not burn as easily as pure coconut oil. In salads, it provides all the benefits of coconut oil and does not have the strong taste of olive oil. In mayonnaise, it provides firmness when chilled.”
Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Dr Mary Enig

I have been rereading some of my old books this last month. One book I have really enjoyed is Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats by Dr Mary Enig and Sally Fallon Morell. Even though I have been following many of the recommendations of the Weston A Price Foundation, I have never made Mary’s Oil.

I haven’t made Mary’s Oil because I had trouble finding a good source of reasonably priced organic sesame oil. Recently, I learned about a local Nelson, BC business called Organic Matters that has both raw and toasted sesame oil. I purchase the both oils in 2.5 gallon containers which helped reduce the cost some. Another thing I like about Organic Matters other then their excellent quality products is the company uses excellent containers that can be reused.

For making Mary’s Oil, I use the raw sesame oil. My husband and I both like the toasted sesame oil for cooking.

1c organic cold pressed sesame oil
1c organic coconut oil
1c organic extra virgin olive oil

Use a funnel to decant the sesame oil and the olive oil into a glass bottle. I like reusing flip-top bottles for oils. Put the coconut oil in a 1-2c Pyrex cup. Add some water to a sauce pan and place the Pyrex cup into the water. Bring the sauce pan to a boil, and simmer the coconut in a water bath until completely melted. Add the melted coconut oil to the other oils. I was surprised that at room temperature the oil mixture did not congeal.

Mary’s Oil is a great way to get more coconut oil into your diet.

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Reusable flip-top bottles work great with oils.

Healthy Household: Activated Charcoal and Infections

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Ionic silver has replaced antibiotic cream in my first-aid kit. Lugol’s Solution can be used for infections and emergency water treatment. Activated charcoal is good for infections and poisoning. You can get ionic silver at Nature’s Fare. Lugol’s Solution and activated charcoal are both available at Glover’s Medicine Centre.

“The British medical journal, Lancet, discusses the amazing ability of the human skin to allow transfer of liquids, gases, and even micro-particles through its permeable membrane and pores, by the application of a moist, activated charcoal poultice and compress which actually draw bacteria and poisons through the skin and into the poultice or compress!”
Natural Holistic Health: Benefits of Activated Charcoal

Like most households, I used to use antibiotic cream for all minor wounds. These days, I treat minor wounds with ionic silver gel. Normally, this treatment is enough. If for some reason the wound doesn’t heal quickly I follow up with a treatment of Lugol’s Solution.

Recently, I had a wound that would not heal after these two treatments. A blister became infected and my toe became inflamed, swollen and extremely painful. I was having trouble walking and my sleep was disturbed. I had a bad infection and I was considered using an antibiotic cream. Instead I decided to give activated charcoal a chance. I had heard that activated charcoal can pull — even very serious infections — out of the skin.

  1. I soaked my foot in very hot water with sea salt for about 20 minutes and dried it off.
  2. I took about half a teaspoon of powder charcoal and added a very small amount of water. I mixed up a paste of charcoal and put it on the infected blister with a band-aid. I put a sock on to avoid making a mess. Using charcoal can be very messy. Make sure the wound is bandaged well to avoid this problem.
  3. Within 30 minutes the pain was much reduced. By the end of the day, I could sleep without pain. By the morning, the toe looked normal and the infection was completely gone!

I would highly recommend activated charcoal as a treatment for infected wounds. Activated charcoal can also be used internally as a treatment for poisoning. For more uses please see: Natural Holistic Health: Benefits of Activated Charcoal.

“When mixed with water and swallowed to counteract poisoning, activated charcoal powder adsorbs the poison or drug, inactivating it. It then carries it inert through the entire length of the digestive tract and out of the body. One of the benefits of activated charcoal is that it is not absorbed, adsorbed, neutralized, nor metabolized by the body.”

For more recipes please see Healthy Household: Staying Clean Safely and Saving Money.

Healthy Household: Licorice, Mommy’s Little Helper

“Licorice root may be used to assist with upper respiratory catarrhs and is recognized by traditional Chinese practitioners as an adaptogen, helping the body to cope with daily stress. It may also be used to relieve minor abdominal discomfort, and is used in the herbal preparation STW-5 to alleviate dyspepsia.”
Mountain Rose Herbs: Licorice Root

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Licorice Extract is very easy to make at home and the extract tastes good to most children. If you don’t have time to made your own, you can purchase extracts from a local herbalist.

“Mommy, my stomach hurts,” is the most common childhood complaint I have heard over the years. Most children’s stomachaches are over very quickly and can be treated at home. This stomachache remedy is very easy to make and will save a trip to the pharmacy.

Licorice Extract
1 part licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra), slices
3-4 parts organic vodka

All extract are made the same way. Use a small pint-sized glass canning jar with a plastic lid. Put the licorice root slices into the jar. Add the alcohol to the jar. Label the jar with the name of the plant, percentage of alcohol, today’s day, and the decanting day. Decanting day will be in six weeks. The jar will need to be gently, shaken every day for at least the first week. On decanting day, squeeze out all the liquid from the root slices. Store the extract in a dark glass bottle. If available, use a dropper top for easy dispersal.

For children one full dropper is usually enough. Most stomachaches will be gone within 15 minutes. A second dropper can be given after 15 minutes if the pain has not reduced by at least half. A hot water bottle, a story, and a nap works well to cure most stomachaches. We have also used licorice extract to treat motion sickness with good success. Ginger root works wonders for motion sickness too.

For adults, two full droppers will stop a stomach ache in about 15 minutes. People with high blood pressure shouldn’t use licorice root because it will increase blood pressure. People with low blood pressure or adrenal fatigue may find licorice root helps with symptoms of low blood pressure.

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Licorice roots slices can also be chewed to stop stomachaches and motion sickness. A few slices kept in the car can makes trips with children more pleasant. Just spit out the fiber after use.

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