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Are peanuts good for you? (+ a delicious noodle recipe)

Are peanuts good for you? (+ a delicious noodle recipe)

Are peanuts good for you? The answer is yes and no. Here’s what I found. 

I’ve spent time researching the topic and wanted to share it with you. I hope this information helps you understand what the controversy is all about so you’re able to choose what works best for you and your family – enjoying peanuts or staying away. Plus I love to geek out on food controversies and learn from both sides. Don’t you?

I’ll start by highlighting that peanuts aren’t nuts,, they are a type of legume related to beans, lentils and soy.  Yup, mind blown, I know. And because peanuts are a legume there is a lot of controversy around the topic especially in the Paleo world where legumes are off limits.  

So, What Are The Experts Saying? 

 Those arguing against peanuts say:

  1. Peanuts are high in omega-6 fats which can cause inflammation in the body.
  2. Peanuts contain lectins, a type of protein that binds directly to the lining of the small intestine, blocking the absorption of nutrients and potentially causing lesions on the intestine and leaky gut. 
  3. Because peanuts are “groundnuts” which means they grow in the ground and are exposed to soil-based fungus. One type of fungi peanuts encounter produces a toxin called aflatoxin.

While those in favor say:

  1. The American Heart Association reviewers found that eating more omega-6 fats doesn’t increase  inflammation. Instead, eating omega-6 fats either reduces inflammation or leaves it unchanged. (I dont know how I feel about this, but ok.)
  2. The lectins in peanuts are mostly deactivated by heat and proper preparation.
  3. Legumes can be a nutrient-dense source of resistant starch and other prebiotic fibers.

Honestly, you can spend hours researching the peanut controversy – it’s a hot topic these days. Some say, go for it! Others say, No! It’s toxic.

Personally, I’m not against legumes. I think they provide important health benefits that are good for the body + Carolina and I are vegetarian and often depend on legumes for protein. 

I say, as long as you pay attention to the quality of peanuts/peanut butter it’s ok to enjoy them in moderation. After all, life is about balance and enjoying the pleasure that comes with eating foods we love and make us feel good.   

Having read this what do you guys think? Are you team Peanuts? Or team No Peanuts?

Well! Whatever you decide, this recipe Simple Almond Butter (or Peanut Butter) Noodle recipe will work for you! I hope you enjoy it! 

 Until next week, friend! xo 

Ingredients 

 1/4 cup creamy almond or peanut butter (use one without added oil/sugar)

1 tbsp coconut aminos or non-gmo soy sauce

2 tbsp lime juice

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2-3 tbsp water

1 tsp grated ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

Toppings (optional)

1 tsp sesame seeds

green onion to garnish

Instructions

1. Prepare noodles as per package instructions 

2. In a bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients until combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more water.

3. Pour sauce over noodles and toss to combine.

4. Add toppings (optional).

5. Serve and enjoy!

Announcements 

Excited to announce my next workshop on Saturday, October 19th from 1pm – 3pm at Freshmade! click the flyer to event details and to reserve your seat.  

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¿Los maníes son toxicos? La respuesta es sí y no. Les comparto lo que encontré…

Estuve investigando el tema y quería compartirlo con ustedes. Espero que esta información te ayude a comprender de qué se trata la controversia para que pueda elegir qué funciona mejor para ti y tu familia – disfrutar del maní o mantenerse alejado. Además, me encanta explorar las controversias alimentarias y aprender de ambos lados. 

Comenzaré destacando que los  maníes no son nueces, son un tipo de leguminosa relacionada con frijoles, lentejas y soja. Sí, alucinante, lo sé. Y debido a que el maní es una leguminosa, existe mucha controversia en torno al tema, especialmente en el mundo Paleo, donde las legumbres no se deben comer.

Entonces, ¿qué dicen los expertos? 
 
 Los que argumentan en contra del maní dicen:

1. Los manises son ricos en grasas omega-6 que pueden causar inflamación en el cuerpo.
2.  Los manises contienen lectinas, un tipo de proteína que se une directamente al revestimiento del intestino delgado, bloqueando la absorción de nutrientes y potencialmente causando lesiones en el intestino y el intestino permeable.
3. Porque los maníes crecen en el suelo y están expuestos a hongos a base de suelo. Un tipo de hongos que se encuentran con el maní produce una toxina llamada aflatoxina.

 
Mientras que los partidarios dicen:
 
1. Los revisores de la American Heart Association descubrieron que comer más grasas omega-6 no aumenta la inflamación. En cambio, comer grasas omega-6 reduce la inflamación o la deja sin cambios. (No sé cómo me siento al respecto, pero está bien).
2. Las lectinas en los maníes se desactivan principalmente por calor y preparación adecuada.
3. Las legumbres pueden ser una fuente rica en nutrientes de almidón resistente y otras fibras prebióticas.
 
Honestamente, puedes pasar horas investigando la controversia del maní: es un tema candente en estos días. Algunos dicen, ¡Si! Otros dicen que no! Es tóxico

Personalmente, no estoy en contra de las legumbres. Creo que proporcionan importantes beneficios para la salud que son buenos para el cuerpo + Carolina y yo somos vegetarianos y, a menudo, dependemos de las legumbres para obtener proteínas.

Digo, mientras prestes atención a la calidad del maní/mantequilla de maní, está bien disfrutarlos con moderación. Después de todo, la vida se trata de equilibrar y disfrutar del placer que conlleva comer alimentos que amamos y hacernos sentir bien.

Habiendo leído esto, ¿qué piensan ustedes? ¿Eres del equipo de maní? ¿O el equipo No maní ?
¡Decidas lo que decidas, esta receta de fideos simple hecha con mantequilla de almendras (o mantequilla de maní) funcionará para ti! ¡Espero que lo disfruten!

 Hasta la semana que viene! xo

 

 

Ingredientes

1/4 taza de almendras cremosas o mantequilla de maní (use una sin aceite / azúcar)

1 cucharada de aminos de coco o salsa de soja sin OMG

2 cucharadas de jugo de lima

1 cucharada de vinagre de manzana

2-3 cucharadas de agua

1 cucharadita de jengibre rallado

1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo

Ingredientes (opcional)

1 cucharadita de semillas de sésamo

cebolla verde para decorar

Instrucciones

1. Prepare los fideos según las instrucciones del paquete

2. En una taza, mezcle los ingredientes de la salsa hasta que se combinen. Ajuste la consistencia agregando más agua.

3. Vierta la salsa sobre los fideos y revuelva para combinar.

4. Agregue coberturas (opcional).

5. ¡Sirve y disfruta!

 

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¡Emocionadisima de anunciar mi próximo taller el sábado 19 de octubre de 1pm a 3pm en Freshmade! Haga clic en el flyer de arriba para ver los detalles del evento y reservar su asiento.

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes

Zucchini Pancakes! An easy recipe made with clean, simple ingredients. If you love potato pancakes you will love this recipe too. Healthy, low in carbs and a great way to incorporate summer vegetables into your diet.   

Hi, guys! Happy to be back on the blog after a few weeks (you can watch my daily updates on INSTAGRAM). I’ve been a little busy with school (last time I shared that I’m working towards my certification as a holistic health coach at IIN) plus I was getting ready for last week’s workshop which was a huge success.

It was my first time co-hosting a workshop entirely in Spanish and while I was a ball of nervous at first, the love and energy in the room gave me the push and confidence I needed to execute a successful event!  Thank you to all the ladies that joined us (below are some pictures). It was magical and epic and I can’t wait for the next event on October 5th in Miami with the ladies of The Mpire.

Ok, now let’s talk about this week’s recipe, Zucchini Pancakes! This yummy dish is an easy and budget-friendly way to get a healthy meal on the table. Think Potato Pancakes with less carbs and more nutrients!  

Health Benefits of Zucchini

  1. High in fiber and potassium
  2. Rich in B vitamins especially folate, riboflavin and B6
  3. High in vitamin C and polyphenols (especially in the peels) *if eating the peel try to buy organic*

Bonus: It’s zucchini season which means lower prices and better quality! Winner!

Double Bonus: Double the recipe and freeze what you don’t eat. They come back to life in a pan with a little ghee or grass fed butter!  Enjoy them plain or as part of a bigger dish – anything goes!  

Ingredients

3 cups grated zucchini (takes 4 medium zucchini to make 3 cups)

1 cup + 3 tablespoons arrowroot four

1/2 cup coconut four

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of each: smoked paprika, cumin, salt, pepper

Ghee or grass-fed butter for frying

Toppings

Fresh, chopped chives, scallions or cilantro (optional)

Dairy-Free Tzatziki (optional)

 

Instructions

  1. Grate zucchini. Squeeze the water out of the zucchini and place in a medium bowl, discarding the zucchini juice.
  2. Add in the arrowroot four, coconut four, eggs and spices and mix until combined.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the zucchini batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  4. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

¡Pancakes de Zucchini! Una receta fácil hecha con ingredientes limpios y simples. Si te encantan las Pancakes de Papa, te encantará esta receta también. Saludable, baja en carbohidratos y una excelente manera de incorporar vegetales de verano en su dieta.

¡Hola chicos! Feliz de estar de vuelta en el blog después de unas semanas (pero me pueden seguir en INSTAGRAM para ver mis posts diarios). He estado un poco ocupado con la escuela (la última vez que compartí que estoy trabajando para obtener mi certificación como asesor de salud holística en IIN), además, me estaba preparando para el taller de la semana pasada, que fue un gran éxito. Fue la primera vez que fui anfitrión de un taller totalmente en español y, al principio, super nerviosa, pero el amor y la energía en el estudio me dieron el empuje y la confianza que necesitaba para ejecutar un evento exitoso! Gracias a todas las chicas que se unieron a nosotros (a continuación hay algunas fotos). Fue mágico y épico y no puedo esperar para el próximo evento el 5 de octubre en Miami junto a las chicas de The Mpire una colectiva de mujeres, mamas emprendedoras.

Ok, ahora vamos a hablar de la receta de esta semana, Zucchini Pancakes (o Pancakes de Zucchini)! Este delicioso plato es una manera fácil y económica de obtener una comida saludable en la mesa. ¡Piense en pancakes de papa con menos carbohidratos y más nutrientes! Que les parece? 

Beneficios para la salud del Zucchini

1. Alto contenido en fibra y potasio.

2. Rico en vitaminas B, especialmente ácido fólico, riboflavina y B6 

3. Alto contenido de vitamina C y polifenoles (especialmente en las cáscaras) * si come la cáscara, intente comprar productos orgánicos *

Bono: es temporada de zucchini, lo que significa precios más bajos y mejor calidad!

double bonos! duplica la receta y congela lo que no comes. ¡Vuelven a la vida en una sartén con un poco de ghee o mantequilla alimentada con hierba! Disfrútalas simplemente o como parte de un plato más grande. 

Ingredientes

3 tazas de zucchini rallado 

1 taza + 3 cucharadas de harina de arrowroot 

1/2 taza de harina de coco

3 huevos

1 cucharadita de cada uno: pimentón ahumado, comino, sal, pimienta Ghee o mantequilla freír

Para servir (opcional) 

cebolla fresca, picadas o cilantro

Tzatziki sin lácteos (opcional)

Instrucciones

1. Rallar el zucchini. Exprima el agua del calabacín y colóquelo en un tazón mediano, desechando el jugo de calabacín.

2. Agregue las cuatro flechas, el coco cuatro, los huevos y las especias y mezcle hasta que se mezclen.

3. Caliente una plancha o sartén ligeramente engrasada a fuego medio-alto. Vierta o coloque la masa de calabacín en la plancha, usando aproximadamente 1/4 taza para cada panqueque.

4. Dorar por ambos lados y servir caliente.

We had a great time!! Until next time, ladies!!! 

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La pasamos super chicas! nos vemoas la proxima! 

Karla A Salinari

Karla A Salinari

Wife, mother, creator of OurFlipSideLife
and FlipBox

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Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles)

Healthy Sweeteners (+ Easy To Make Fudgesicles): This fun, family-friendly recipe is a crowd pleaser that offers a delicious alternative to desserts made with refined sugar and other harmful ingredients.  

By now we know that refined sugar is harmful to our health. In fact, a high-sugar diet has been associated with dangerous health conditions, like diabetes and heart disease. But cutting out sugar can be challenging especially for the kids.   

Avoiding Refined Sugar

One way to reduce refined sugar at home is by introducing healthy sweeteners like organic coconut palm sugar, raw honey, maple syrup and bananas. These alternatives don’t spike our blood sugar levels like refined sugars do and taste delicious. 

If you follow the blog you know I like to use organic coconut palm sugar when I bake. Organic coconut palm sugar is unrefined, vegan, non-GMO and has a 1:1 ratio when substituting for refined sugar (i.e. if a recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar you would subsitute for 1 cup of organic coconut palm sugar or coconut sugar instead).

Raw honey has a lower GI value than sugar, meaning that it does not raise blood sugar levels as quickly. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you may use less of it. Bonus: Raw honey has numerous medicinal properties, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties to help fight infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

Maple syrup is great to bake with. Replace 1 cup of white sugar with 3/4 cup of maple syrup and reduce by 3 tablespoons the other liquid content in the recipe for every cup of maple syrup used. Baking Tip: Because maple syrup is brown and granulated sugar is white, this replacement will darken your baked goods and cause them to brown quicker.

Bananas can be substituted for 1 cup sugar in your recipes. Combine 1 cup mashed, overripe bananas with a few tablespoons water then puree until smooth, adding water as needed to get a smooth consistency.

These are just some ways we can cut back on sugar at home! Try substituting sugar with one of these heathy sweeteners and let us know what you think.

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for Fudgesicles made with bananas and maple syrup! Carolina loves making them with us. It’s a fun and healthy activity we do as a family. 

BTW – I hope you guys had a chance to download a free copy of my e-cookbook. The e-book offers 25 family-friendly recipes that are easy to make, healthy and delicious.

Click here to get a free copy.

And! I’ll be at The Children’s Museum of The East End in the Hamptons this Saturday, May 11th from 10am-12pm celebrating Mother’s with a special pop-up baking class. I’m so excited to have partnered with ShineNYC to bring our FlipBox Mini Bakers this special event. For more information click visit the Events section of the blog or click here

Ok, now here’s the recipe!  Until next week!

Easy To Make Fudgesicles

Ingredients

4 bananas

¾ nut butter

½ cup unsweetened almond milk

2 tbs cocoa powder

½ tsp vanilla powder (or 1 tsp vanilla extract)

Instructions

Add all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the mix into popsicle molds and freeze.

Related links: Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Bars  Dairy-Free Chocolate Raspberry Popsicles Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free Raspberry Muffins

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Black Bean Brownies

Black Bean Brownies! A healthy dessert recipe that is gluten-free and grain-free too. An alternative to traditional brownies that is just as delicious and as always, good for you too!

If you go on Pinterest for recipe inspiration (like I often do), I’m sure you’ve seen some version of a chocolate dessert that substitutes flour for black beans. Then, like I often do, thought to yourself “gross, this can’t be good”! Yup, I did too – more than once, actually!

Then one day I decided to give this healthy, protein packed flip a try. I used my go-to Brownie Recipe and substituted the flour for 1 (15 oz) can of black beans and it worked. The beans blend well into the mix without funky smells, texture or taste!

Bonus: I added all the ingredients into the food processor (in two batches) and processed all the ingredients until smooth. Less mess in the kitchen which leads to more time enjoying these healthy brownies with Joe and Carolina!

We hope you love them as much we do and when you bake them don’t forget to tag us on INSTRAGRAM with the hashtag #Ourflipsidelife

Before we move on to the recipe I wanted to share some fun news. Joe and I have partnered with Fresh Direct as Ambassadors. We are huge fans and loyal customers of the online grocer that delivers to residences and offices in NYC. The food comes straight from local farmers and skilled artisans and is delivered to our door within days.

The best part – we get to try a variety of seasonal products and share new with you. If you’re in NYC and looking for high quality grocers that guarantee freshness and convenience we invite you to try Fresh Direct.

Ingredients

1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and dried

½ cup maple syrup

2 eggs

½  tbsp ground coffee

3 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp vanilla extract

¾ cup cocoa powder

2/3 cup coconut palm sugar

2 tbsp arrow root powder

1 tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

Peanut butter Swirl (optional)

3/4 cup smooth peanut butter

1 tbsp coconut palm sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 baking pan and set aside.

2. Add the beans, maple syrup, eggs, coffee, olive oil and vanilla extract into a food processor and process until the ingredients are combined and the mixture is smooth, about 2-3 min.

3. In a large bowl combine the cocoa power, coconut palm sugar, arrowroot powder and salt. Add the dry ingredient mix into the food processor and process together with the black bean mixture, 5-10 seconds until all the ingredients are mixed together and a brownie batter is formed.

4. Add about an inch of water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Set a glass bowl in the mouth of the pot, making sure the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Add the peanut butter and stir occasionally as it softens, 1-2 min. Once soft, remove from heat.

5. Add coconut palm sugar and vanilla extract to the melted peanut butter and mix well until the ingredients blend together. Then set aside.

6. Pour the brownie batter into the greased pan.

7. Drop big spoonfuls of peanut butter mix onto the brownie batter.

8. Using a butter knife, gently swirl the peanut butter mix into the brownie mix running the knife lengthwise and cross wise.

9. Bake 20-25min or until a toothpick inserted down the middle comes out mostly clean. Remove from oven and let cool.

10. Once cooled cut into squares, serve and enjoy.

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White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

White Bean Dip (vegan, gf)

Happy Thursday! How are the kids adjusting to the new school schedule? More importantly, how are YOU adjusting? We are slowly getting back into the swing of things.

As you know, Caro is in school longer hours which means I now meal prep for her too. Fresh fruit cups, veggies slices, and single serving smoothie packs are some of our favorites.

Another quick meal prep idea is this White Bean Dip. Best part? It’s impossible to mess up, creamy
and so flavorful. Plus it’s packed with protein and healthy fat which helps keep us full longer.

Double the recipe to make a big batch and store it in the fridge for 3-4 days. Feel free to skip the cilantro and substitute for fresh parsley!

Let us know what you think by sharing your comments and pictures on social media @ourflipsidelife and tagging us #ourflipsidelife

Ingredients

1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

2 garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup onion, chopped

¼ cup olive oil

¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place the beans in a food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  2. Heat a pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the olive oil, garlic, and onions and sauté until the garlic is golden brown and the onions are translucent
  3. Add the bean puree and chopped cilantro into the pan stirring frequently for 1-2min until all the ingredients are combined. Season with salt and pepper
  4. Remove from heat and transfer to a serving bowl
  5. Top with chopped veggies and more cilantro (optional)
  6. Serve hot (or at room temp) with crackers, assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, or toasted GF bread!

 

PS – those delicious crackers you see in the back are Jilz Gluten Free Tuscan Crackerz (Lemon and Herbs) and they are AH-Mazing!

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