Harvest Your Health Bundle Final Call and Giveaway!

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All week I’ve been doing book reviews on the blog for the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale.  Maybe you’ve missed it, or maybe you’ve been on the fence.  Either way, the time to act is now!  This offer is over at midnight on Monday night!

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Victoria

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Simplifying Life: A 2 for 1 Green Idea Book Review

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Simplicity.

What a quiet, restful, refreshing thought!  That’s the kind of Green Life that I crave:  Natural, Restful, Simple Life.

Today I am reviewing two books on the theme of simplicity:

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Now, I will be the first to tell you that with a family of small children and a full time job outside the home (and this little blog), my life is not exactly simple.  Not even close.  But, as I look at others in my same situation, I see that it could be much more complicated if I let it!  I think the path to simplicity is one part attitude, and two parts intentionality.  You have to chill out, and then you have to take action!  Today, I want to introduce you to two books that can help you do just that!

One Bite at a Time by Tsh Oxenreider, and Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott are both great resources on simplifying life.  I really enjoyed both books, which were similar in some ways, but refreshingly unique in others!

Both books offer the following great ideas:

  • Simplification is a process!
  • It’s easy to break down the work of simplification into smaller tasks – tackling just one problem area at a time.
  • Simplifying little bits can make a huge difference!

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simple is a comprehensive, specific task list.  The author, Tsh, alternates between new habits, and specific tasks that all work towards de-stressing and simplifying life.  The overall project list was overwhelming to me at first, until I noticed that I’m already doing a few of these. #5 Menu Planning?  Check!  #26 Cook staples from scratch?  Check!  # 24 Switch to non-toxic cleaners?  Check!

However, Tsh suggests tons of “opportunity” areas for me.  # 25 Organize your photo collection? # 33 Streamline your kid’s art collections?  #11 Clean as you go?  #27 Streamline your email? #51 Get help?  It’s like she peeked into my house and wrote the book for ME!  Maybe I should start with #39: Create a Daily To-do list!

My favorite feature of One Bite at a Time is a big chart in the book that breaks down all the projects into different categories like Living Green, Money Management, Organizing Your Mind, Taking Care of Yourself, Relationships and Time Management.  Many projects fit into several categories.  I love the way she organized them, because then I can focus first on the project categories which are most important to me.

Tsh advocates taking your time, and skipping around: starting with improving on projects you already have going, or maybe jumping headfirst into the one that would be the most impactful for your life.  This is a great read for the detail oriented, take your time and do-it-right kind of person.

Simple Living is a one month crash course on simplification.  The author, Lorilee, provides 30 lessons, with a 30-60 minute assignment for each one.  She guarantees a huge difference in your life if you work your way through the lessons.  Minimalism is the way to go, and at times, Lorilee is harsh!  (Clear EVERYTHING off my kitchen counters?!)

I found that the lessons in this book tended to be a little more metaphorical in nature.  There are lost of ideas, and lots of encouragement to reflect on how you want life to be.  For example, Lesson #3: Quiet suggests lots of different ways to incorporate quiet into your life, and then assigns you to practice immediately.

My favorite lesson was Lesson #15: Dead Plants.  In this chapter, Lorilee notes that we all have these things sitting around our house that are good (like plants!).  But because life is busy and complicated, we don’t get to them, and they become unhelpful clutter (like dead plants!).  Even though our intentions are good, the stuff just makes everything more complicated, and probably adds guilt to the emotional pile as well.  Immediately upon reading this I knew I have to get rid of my immersion blender, which has been sitting in it’s unopened box on my kitchen floor for a YEAR!  It’s a perfect example of good intentions (pureed real-food soups) gone bad (box on the floor in my way every day).

Lorilee cuts straight to the chase, hits you right between the eyes, and empowers you to make some tough choices.  The hard hitting, fast pace of this book makes this a great read for the get-it-done kind of person.

Are you ready for the simple life?  Both of these books are part of a collection of books on Intentional/Simple Living being offered though the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale.  The books below, together with 67 others are on sale this week for only $37! Click here to view more details

Intentional and Simple Living Books with the Harvest Your Health ebook Bundle

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How have you simplified your life lately?  Do you have any “dead plants” to get rid of?

Victoria

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Baking with Coconut Flour Review – How Does it Work?

How to Bake with Coconut Flour

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Coconut flour is a powdery flour-like substance that is made of the ground up coconut meat.  It is gluten free, grain free, high in fiber and low in carbs which makes it a popular baking choice for folks with gluten sensitivities or those on a GAPS or Paleo diet.  Proponents of this ingredient report that almost any baked good recipe can be modified to use coconut flour instead.  But how do you bake with coconut flour?  And are the results any good?

The Good:

  • Better for you 1- coconut flour is made from healthy coconut meat, and is an excellent “flour” option for gluten sensitive folks
  • Better for you 2 – coconut flour is also a great baking option for those with nut allergies and cannot bake with almond flour
  • High in fiber – makes it very filling so you eat less.
  • A little goes a long way – you only need a little bit, so even though it’s pricier than wheat flour, it’s still very economical

The Bad:

  • Coconut flour can be a little tricky – a good how-to-guide is a must!
  • The texture of baked goods is not quite the same as you might be used to.

My Experience

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I follow a lot of green living/real food types of blogs.  Many of these folks have some concerns about gluten and wheat flour, and work hard to keep it out of their diet.  My gluten-free friends still enjoy a treat now and then, and have been sharing many recipes for baked good that use coconut flour as the main dry ingredient.  These recipes always look super yummy!

Recently, I was very pleased to receive a copy of Baking with Coconut Flour by Starlene D. Stewart.  More than just a recipe book, Baking with Coconut Flour is a complete how-to guide for using this new ingredient.  Starlene spends the first half of the book introducing you to coconut flour: how it’s made, where to find it, how to correctly measure it and successfully substitute it in your favorite recipes.

Only after telling you everything you need to know about coconut flour (and WOW – there was a lot I didn’t know!), does Starlene get into the recipes.  I tried out two of the recipes: Pumpkin Poppers (pictured above) and Grandma’s Applesauce cake.  I also tested out a banana muffin recipe I found on pinterest.  All these were gluten free, dairy free, and nut free.

The recipes were all easy to make.  They all used coconut oil as the main fat, and honey as the sweetener (this is a common thing in gluten free/dairy free cooking).  In fact, all the ingredients were from whole foods, so you could feel great about the healthfulness of the baked goodies!

Here’s what I learned about baked goods made with coconut flour:

  • The baked goods were all very tasty!
  • The treats all had a noticeable coconut flavor.  So much so that you almost didn’t notice the pumpkin or apple that was supposed to be the leading flavor.
  • The texture was not what I am used to from standard (wheat flour) baked goods.  It was much more moist and dense, not crumbly or spongy.
  • The baked good shrink as they cool – my 9″x13″ applesauce cake was more like 8″x11″ by the time it cooled.

I shared my treats with lots of friend sand co-workers, asking for honest opinions.  Everyone agreed that all the coconut flour baked goods were really tasty.  My gluten intolerant friend said the applesauce cake was amazing!  All the taste testers also commented on the texture, noting it was different than they expected, but not bad.  They also mentioned the coconut flavor.  My kids took a couple bites of each treat, but did not want more (I’m sure they were expecting a standard muffin/cake texture).

Overall, I think baking with coconut flour is a great option for bakers who need to avoid gluten or nut flours!  Coconut flour is pretty easy to substitute into any recipe once you understand how it works.  Although coconut flour baked goods are not exactly like what you may be used to, they are still quite yummy!  

If you want to learn more about baking with coconut flour, then the perfect book for you is Baking With Coconut Flour by Starlene D. Stewart! Click here to view more details

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Have you ever tried baking with coconut flour?  Did it work for you?  What did you think? 

Victoria

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