Monthly Archives: November 2013

Holiday Cranberry Muffins

Fresh cranberries give everyday recipes some holiday flare!  These cranberry muffins are gluten and sugar-free, and quick and easy to prepare for a crowd.  Enjoy them for breakfast or dessert this season!

Ingredients (Makes 12 muffins):
12 paper muffin liners
2 cups of gluten-free flour blend (Bob’s Red Mill or Gluten-Free Pantry are good bets)
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup all-natural applesauce
4 tbsp melted butter
1/2 cup agave nectar or honey
1 egg
zest of one orange

Your muffin batter can be whipped up in minutes.

Your muffin batter can be whipped up in minutes.

Preparation Instructions:

  • Put flour blend and baking powder in a flour sifter and sift. 
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the wet ingredients and set aside. 
  • Add the cranberries to the flour mixture and gently toss.
  • Add the wet to the dry ingredients and gently stir.  Be careful not to over mix.
  • Arrange muffin liners in a 12 tin muffin pan, and put 1/4 cup of batter into each tin.
  • Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
The combination of orange and cranberry will be sure to get you in the holiday spirit!

The combination of orange and cranberry is sure to get your family in the holiday spirit!

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Combat Stress with Adaptogens

By Seneca Anderson, DOM, ND, L.Ac.

The majority of people we see today have maladaptive stress response (MSR).  This manifests as adrenal fatigue or failure.  MSR is even affecting young children today.  It is no wonder, given the sorry state of the standard American diet, loaded as it is with refined sugars such as high fructose corn syrup, and poor quality saturated fats.  Add to this mix an over exposure to electromagnetic pollution from our computers and cell phones, a generous sprinkling of heavy metals (powerful neurotoxins), and it’s a wonder any of us can function at all. Unfortunately most multi-vitamins aren’t of much value in dealing with MSR.  It is essential that we eat foods that are really nourishing to our bodies, get good quality sleep, exercise, and protect ourselves from electromagnetic and other forms of pollution.

Between 1960 and 1982 there were 1009 clinical and pharmacological  studies on medicinal plants useful in increasing stamina and survival in harmful environments.  The Russian Toxicologist Lazarev introduced the concept of Adaptogens, medicinal plants that could safely increase the state of “non-specific resistance” in stress.  The stress protective activity of the adaptogens is associated with regulation of homeostasis of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis.

Adaptogens are defined as, “Herbal preparations that increase attention and endurance in fatigue, and reduce stress-induced impairments and disorders related to the neuroendocrine and immune systems.” Additionally, the Adaptogens are metabolic regulators that have been found to improve carbohydrate metabolism, and counter the catabolic processes associated with any form of stress on the body. The Neuro protective effects are especially important, and could be of value for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

I personally regard Holy Basil, Rhodiola Rosea, and Ashwaganda as the “Holy Trinity” of Adaptogens.  These products are found in Adaptocrine, a reasonably priced product suitable for most people.

Adaptocrine

At Longevity, we carry several other adaptogenic blends in our nutrition shoppe.  Call to speak with one of our knowledgeable staff members for a recommendation.