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JUNE 26, 2017, Dr. Dan’s opens for business at 3 New Pasture Road!

Posted June 15, 2017 in: Uncategorized

The countdown is on!!
Beginning Monday, JUNE 26th we will see you at our new office location at 3 New Pasture Road, Newburyport MA
Dr. Dan’s new office building at 3 New Pasture Road is located in the Newburyport Industrial/Business Park, with easy access from downtown via Low Street, or from Route 95 via Scotland Road.

From downtown Newburyport, take Route 1 South.
Turn right on to Low Street at the lights, then take your first left onto Graf Road.
Then take your first right onto New Pasture Road.
 
We are so excited for the opportunity to better serve you at our new location.
Please see below for upcoming events that will be held in our brand new Classroom!
 
And follow us on Facebook & Instagram for the countdown to June 26th!
 
Dr. Dan’s QUICKSTART Nutrition Program
July 13th or August 10th, at 9am to 12pm
Learn the basics of healthy whole foods eating in a 3 hour session that includes:
* Fundamentals of Whole Foods Nutrition
* Shopping & Kitchen Transition Guidelines
* Nutrient Dense Foods sampling
* Nourishing Steps Shopping Trip
 
Dr. Dan’s INTRO TO REAL FOODS Program
Monday, July 10th or August 7th at 5:30-6:30pm
At Dr. Dan’s Intro to Real Foods you will you will learn the difference between traditional and modern diets, and the dramatic impact each has on your health.
In this 1-hour session, you will learn the basics of transitioning your kitchen to include whole, nutrient-dense foods that will nourish your family. We’ll also provide resources to you, including handouts, book suggestions, & online resources for eating out, reading labels, and shopping locally.

Why and How to Soak and Dehydrate Nuts, Seeds, and More!

Posted May 25, 2017 in: Uncategorized

Soaking and sprouting grains, lentils, nuts, seeds and legumes makes them easier to digest and absorb. It neutralizes anti- nutrients (which impair digestion and nutrient assimilation) found in all of the above. See below for our easy prep solutions for grains, raw nuts and seeds and legumes!

 

Soaking Solutions: 1-2 Tbsp whey, yogurt, lemon juice, or vinegar.

Oats – 1 cup steel cut oats soaked in warm filtered water, ¼tsp. sea salt and soaking solution over night. Boil water (make adjustment for how much you soaked in) and cook oats for 15-20 minutes. Add butter or coconut oil once reduced to simmer! Stir every couple minutes for very creamy oatmeal.

 

Rice – 1 cup rice soaked in warm filtered water and soaking solution for at least 7 hours. Drain, rinse for one minute until water is clear, and follow cooking directions on bag.

 

Quinoa – 1 cup quinoa soaked in warm filtered water and soaking solution for at least 12 hours. Rinse and drain well, follow cooking directions on bag.

 

Pecans – 4 cups raw pecans soaked in filtered water and 1 TBSP sea salt for at least 7 hours. Drain and rinse in colander. Spread pecans on dehydrator trays and place in dehydrator at 115 degrees for 24 hours. If you don’t have a dehydrator, place in oven on stainless steel baking tray at 150 degrees for 12 – 24 hours.

 

Almonds – Follow directions for pecans. The time for dehydrating almonds is recommended for 24 hours to 36 hours.

 

Pumpkin seeds – Same directions as pecans. Vary amount as you like, and only keep in oven for 12 hours.

 

Popcorn – Heat 3 Tbs. coconut oil in medium size heavy pot. Poor in organic white popcorn kernels to cover bottom of the pot – one layer of kernels and not more. Shake around to ensure full oil coverage of each kernel – make sure the kernels are swimming in coconut oil! Once popping starts, reduce heat and continue shaking until you hear the popping diminish – don’t wait until you smell the scent of burnt popcorn. Transfer to a bowl and shake with sea salt. Add melted butter, if you wish.

 

Nut butter – take 2 cups of soaked and dehydrated nuts, and place them in a food processor with 1 tsp. sea salt and grind to a fine powder. Next, add ¾  cup coconut oil (warmed to liquid is easiest) and 2 Tbs. raw honey until butter becomes smooth.

 

Lentils – measure out lentils, soak in warm water. Stir in soaking solution, and let sit in a warm place for about 7 hours. Drain and rinse, follow directions on box.

 

Sprouts – To properly sprout grains, beans, nuts, lentils and seeds, all you’ll need is: a quart size mason jar, a “sprouting screen” available at most health food stores, and filtered water. Fill jar 1/3 full with any grain or seed. Add filtered water to the top of the jar, screw cap on with screen. Allow for soaking overnight, rinse in the morning (with the screen still on) and drain at an angle until you rinse again. Length of time varies based on each item, so please refer to Nourishing Traditions for full preparation details.

  • Grains (wheat, barley & rye) – rinse 2-3 times per day. Sprouts are tiny and white and will be ready in 3-4 days, reaching a maximum length of ¼ in.
  • Beans (mung & adzuki) – Fill jar only ¼ full. Rinse 4 or more times per day. Sprouts will be ready in 4 days. Mung – 2 inch sprouts, Adzuki – 1 inch sprout.
  • Almonds – Use whole or skinless almonds. Rinse 3 times per day. Sprout is tiny, approximately 1/8 inch.
  • Lentils – Rinse 3 times per day. 2-3 days until sprout is about ¼ inch long.
  • Pumpkin seeds – Use hulled seeds. Rinse 3 times per day and sprout for about 3 days until sprout is ¼ inch long.
  • Sesame seeds – Use unhulled sesame seeds. Rinse 4 times daily. Tiny sprouts are ready in 2 to 3 days.

*Please refer to Nourishing Tradition for suggestions on how to cook with your sprouts, proper storage and for freshness dates.

 

Whey – Three options for whey

  1. Purchase whole milk yogurt at a local farm or grocery store. Pour yogurt into a cheese cloth and let strain over night. The result – thick “greek style” yogurt and whey. Enjoy the yogurt as is, and use the whey as we have recommended above.
  2. Make kefir and you’ll have an abundance of whey.
  3. When shopping for mozzarella, save the yellow liquid that the mozzarella balls are kept fresh in – that’s (usually) whey!

 

 

The majority of the resources found on these pages come from Nourishing Traditions Cookbook, by Sally Fallon.

 

 

New Recipe: Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Wings

Posted May 11, 2017 in: Uncategorized


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • Pastured Chicken Wings
  • Melted Ghee
  • 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt
  • 1tsp Ground Cumin
  • 1tbs Smoked Paprika
  • ½ tbs Melted Garlic Powder
  • 2 tbs Grass-fed Butter
  • Cilantro
  • Lime Zest

 

Directions:

  1. In mixing bowl, combine Celtic sea salt, cumin, paprika, and garlic powder.
  2. Toss wings in melted ghee and then coat with spices.
  3. Grill Wings on greased stove grill top, flipping until fully cooked.
  4. Combine melted butter, chopped cilantro, Celtic sea salt, and lime zest in a mixing bowl and toss cooked wings in mixture.
  5. Serve hot or cold!

*Also can just use ghee in this recipe for a Paleo version!

New Market Basket Find: B-Tea Raw & Organic Kombucha!

Posted May 2, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Market Basket find, B-Tea Organic Kombucha! This was found at Westgate Market Place in Haverhill,MA so keep an eye out at your local store. Discover more foods we recommend at Market Basket by taking our Quick Start program coming up on either Thursday May 11th or June 22nd from 9:00am-12:00pm. Please call the office if you would like to sign up! You can check out our other classes by clicking here.

Paleo Beef and Broccoli

Posted April 24, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Grass-fed beef (sirloin, skirt steak, boneless short ribs)
  • 1-2 heads broccoli, broken into florets
  • 2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 pieces finely chopped ginger
  • Ghee or animal lard of your choice
  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • 1 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Beef marinade:

  • 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
  • ½ tsp Celtic Sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seed oil
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp arrowroot
  • ¼ tsp baking soda

Directions:

  1. Cut beef into ¼ inch thin slices. Mix all the marinade ingredients together and put the slices of beef into the mixture. Let this sit for about 20 minutes.
  2. Steam broccoli until tender in preparation for stir frying while your beef marinates.
  3. Heat a wok over medium heat with 1 ½ Tbsp of ghee or fat of your choice. When hot, lower the heat and add the garlic, ginger and a pinch of sea salt and fry until fragrant.
  4. Turn the heat back up to medium/high and add the marinated beef. Spread the beef evenly and let it cook until the edge of the beef is slightly darkened. Using tongs, flip to the other side and let cook for about 2 minutes.
  5. Add the coconut aminos, fish sauce, sesame oil and black pepper and stir fry for 1 minute.
  6. Lastly add the broccoli and toss everything together and fry for another 30 seconds.
  7. Serve with some cauliflower rice if you’d like and enjoy!

 

*Adapted from iheartumami.com

 

Fig & Chocolate Chip Cookies

Posted April 18, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup butter/ghee/coconut oil, melted and still very warm
  • 1/3 cup grade A dark amber maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1 Tbsp Great Lakes gelatin (red/orange can)
  • 1 TBSP cardamom powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp Celtic/Himalayan Sea Salt
  • ½ cup Enjoy Life chocolate chips
  • ¾ cup dried figs, cut into small raisin-size pieces (about 15 black mission figs)
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut
  • ¾ cup coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoons almond extract
  • Optional: ½ cup chopped pecans or other nut

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

In a small bowl combine the melted butter/ghee/coconut oil with maple syrup, vanilla and almond extracts and set aside.

  • In a large bowl or in a food processor, combine the almond flour, gelatin, cardamom, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
  • Stir in the butter mixture and mix with a hand mixer or in the food processor until the dough starts to come together in a ball – about 30 seconds in the food processor.
  • Lastly add in the pecans, chocolate chips, figs, and coconut flakes. This may be easiest if you use your hands
  • On a parchment-lined baking sheet, use about 3 tablespoons of dough per cookie and form into a ball. Press down to form the thickness of the cookie you desire.
  • Bake for 12-13 minutes or until the edges are just barely golden brown.

 

 

 

 

*Sourced from Balancedbites.com

Defender Shield and EMFs

Posted April 6, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

We are exposed to Electromagnetic Radiation from electronic devices including but not limited to cellphones, laptops, and tablets. Pictured here is Kaylie’s Defender Shield which allows her to use her phone while being protected from harmful EMF radiation.

For more information on Defender Shield and to view more of their products Click Here!

 

Two Simple Ways to Make Ghee

Posted March 16, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ghee is clarified butter. It is traditionally used in cultures around the world for cooking and baking. Butter can be used for cooking very effectively. However, small amounts of whey in the butter can often burn. Whey also contains lactose and some milk proteins, which some people react to. Ghee on the other hand does not contain any whey, milk protein, or lactose at all. It only contains milk fat, which has a higher smoke point so it does not burn.

We also believe that Ghee is a very gut healing nutritious fat to add into the diet.

Here are two simple ways to make ghee below!

(Adapted from Practical Paleo and Gut and Psychology Syndrome)

Option 1

What you need:

  • A large non-reactive sauce pot (stainless or enameled cast iron is good)
  • 1-quart glass measuring pitcher with spout
  • Cheesecloth or nut-milk bag

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of grass-fed butter (Kerrygold/Kate’s Butter/other pastured butter)

Directions

  1. Place the butter in a medium-sized heavy weight saucepan, and melt it slowly over low heat.
  2. Allow the butter to simmer and the milk solids will begin to float and become foamy at the top of the oil.
  3. Allow these milk solids to continue to cook slowly until they become browned and begin to sink to the bottom of the pan.
  4. When there is no longer any material waiting to brown and sink to the bottom of the oil, the ghee is done.
  5. Pour it through a cheese cloth/nut-milk bag to strain out the browned milk solids.
  6. Allow to cool then poor the ghee into glass jars that you will store it in.
  7. Store these jars in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Option 2

What you need:

  • Metal dish or pan
  • Glass jars for storage

Ingredients

  • Large block of pastured butter

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
  2. Put the large block of butter into the metal dish or pan
  3. Leave it in the oven for 45-60 minutes
  4. Take out the butter and skim any white solids off the top.
  5. Carefully spoon or pour the golden fat from the top making sure that the white liquid at the bottom** stays in the pan.
  6. Discard the white liquid (milk solids) and store the ghee in glass jars and refrigerate.                                                  ** With some varieties of butter the milk solids will float to the top. If this happens, put the dish in the fridge. As it cools down the ghee will become solid and you will be able to pour the liquid off and wipe the rest of it with a paper towel.

 

Upcoming Market Basket Tour and Quick Start Program

Posted March 9, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allie showcasing some of our favorite staples from Market Basket, Stonyfield Organic Whole Fat Greek yogurt and Organic Koop’s Mustard!

Join us to find out what products to buy and where at our upcoming Quick Start Program on Thursday March 23rd from at 9:00-12pm, or our Market Basket Shopping Tour on Wednesday March 29th at 5:00-6:30pm!

For more info on these classes and other classes we offer, Click Here!

Water Filters and Why Bottled Water Isn’t the Best Choice

Posted February 27, 2017 in: Uncategorized

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many people think that bottled water is the way to go, however many brands of bottled water contain nothing more than tap water. In addition to pollutants in the tap water, you are also drinking chemicals leeching from the plastic bottles.

The good news? Here at Dr. Dan’s we use and recommend the economical Big Berkey, which is a Solid Block Carbon Filter System you can place right on your counter top. Big Berkey also offers an optional Fluoride Filter. Click this link for more information via our website  http://www.berkeyfilters.com/?a_aid=553145837ce56&a_bid=d019dd55

For a built in Reverse Osmosis filter we recommend Radiant Life water filter system, which uses a 14 stage process that removes fluoride, lead, chlorine, MTBE, chromium-6, nitrates, pesticides, pharmaceutical residues, water-borne illness and also adds the minerals back in that are lost during this process.
See EWG’s (Environmental Working Group’s) bottled water scorecard here: http://www.ewg.org/health/report/BottledWater/Bottled-Water-Scorecard/Search