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Today is National Pie Day

January is host to a myriad of interesting holidays, including National Hot Tea month, National Soup Month, Oatmeal Month, AND…National Pie Day!

To celebrate, here are some ways to make your pies wholesome and healthier, and Dr. Laura’s recipe for Apple Pie from The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook. Mmmmmm. Enjoy!

Making Healthier Pies

  • Use fresh, wholesome, organic ingredients instead of canned pie filling, which often contains large amounts of refined sugar. Also, when making apple pie leave the peel on for color and nutrition.
  • Make a whole grain crust using spelt flour, whole wheat or other grains. If you opt for a whole wheat crust, look for a good recipe that will give you a flaky crust. Unrefined coconut oil can add the texture and flakiness you’re looking for.
  • Opt for healthier sweeteners such as agave, honey, maple syrup, molasses, chopped dates, and whole evaporated cane sugar when making your pies.

APPLE PIE

(from pg 91 of The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook)

“I like to leave the peel on the apples for color and nutrition. This pie is so yummy with the natural tartness of the apples, the slight sweetness from the agave syrup, and the gentle, warming spices. This is delicious with Natural Whipped Cream (pg 102) or Vanilla Ice Cream (pg 109).” Laura Trice

Apple Pie with Organic Butter Piecrust (from The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook by Dr. Laura Trice)

Apple Pie with Organic Butter Piecrust (The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook by Dr. Laura Trice)

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients:

1 recipe Organic Butter Piecrust or Organic Oil Piecrust (see below)

8 cups unpeeled thinly sliced apples

1/2 cup whole evaporated cane sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon unprocessed sea salt

1 tablespoon organic butter, at room temperature

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a 9-inch pie pan with one of the piecrusts.

In a large bowl, combine the apples, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Mix well.

Pour the filling into the pie pan and dot with the butter.

Place the remaining piecrust over the apples. Crimp the edges and cut slits to allow the steam to vent.

Bake for 20 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes, or until the crust is light golden in color.

NOTE:  For a shiny crust, brush the top with egg white, oil, or butter before baking.

 

ORGANIC BUTTER PIECRUST

“Using a fat that is hard at room temperature results in a slightly flakier crust. It’s really a personal choice. When my mom was growing up, her mother saved chicken fat to use in piecrusts. If you love a flaky crust, then use butter.” –Laura Trice

Yield: 2 (9-inch) crusts

Ingredients:

2 cups spelt flour

1 teaspoon salt

2/3 cup organic butter

1/4 cup water

Instructions:

In a bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.

Add the water slowly until the dough gathers into a ball.

Roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper to the desired thickness, laying the pie pan on top and allowing 1 inch extra for overhang.

ORGANIC OIL PIECRUST

“If you prefer a crust made from a vegetable oil, this one is good.” –Laura Trice

Yield: 2 (9-inch) crusts

Ingredients:

2 cups spelt flour

1 teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons cold water

1/2 cup expeller-pressed oil

Instructions:

Combine the flour and salt in a bowl. Work the oil into it with a fork. Add the water slowly until the dough gathers into a ball.

Roll out the dough between two sheets of wax paper to the desired thickness, laying the pie pan on top and allowing 1 inch extra for overhang.

 

For more delicious, wholesome pie recipes such as Fresh Blueberry, Cherry, Cranberry Pecan, Milk Chocolate Cream, Rice, Pumpkin, Strawberry-Rhubarb, and more, check out The Wholesome Junk Food Cookbook.

“Spontaneous Happiness” by Dr. Andrew Weil helps readers achieve emotional wellness

In his latest book, Spontaneous Happiness, Dr. Weil walks readers through the steps necessary to create the conditions for emotional well-being.  He defines happiness as as feeling of bliss or joy, but emphasizes that ceaseless joy is neither obtainable or desirable, and that variations in mood is normal. The key is not to get stuck emotionally, but to achieve a “sort of affective emotional sea level,  a place characterized by serenity, calm and a sense of contentment. “

 

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, MD

Below is a summary of 10 tips Dr. Weil outlines as helpful to those struggling with mild to moderation depression:

  1.  Exercise:  Studies have shown that depressed patients who stuck to an aerobic exercise routine improved as much as those on medication. In healthy people, exercise can also boost your mood and appears to prevent depression. A fan of integrative exercise (exercise that occurs when doing a productive activity, such as gardening), Dr. Weil says people may find it easier to stick with this type of workout.
  2. Follow an Anti-Inflammatory Diet:  Recent research indicates there may be a correlation between inappropriate inflammation and depression.  Managing this kind of inflammation is important for both mental and physical health.
  3. Take Fish Oil and Vitamin D:  ”Adequate blood levels of these nutrients has been strongly tied to emotional health. They are so necessary and deficiencies are so common in the developed world that I believe everyone, depressed or not, should take them,” states Dr. Weil.*
  4.  Take Depression-Specific Herbs: Dr. Weil recommends several different kinds of herbs for those with mild to moderate depression, such as: St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum), SAMe (pronounced “sammy”) and Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea).*
  5. Do Breathing Exercises:  The 4-7-8 (Relaxing Breath) is one of Dr. Weil’s favorites, and is a “natural tranquilizer for the nervous system.” Conscious breath control is helpful for achieving a relaxed state and clearing one’s mind.
  6. Try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):  According to Dr. Weil:  ”This relatively new form of psychotherapy helps patients overcome habitual negative views of the world and themselves, and has been shown to be among the most effective psychological interventions for anxiety and depression. A full course of treatment is 14 to 16 sessions, with occasional booster sessions during the following year to maintain improvement. CBT can be done individually or in groups, and people can also get started with self-help books and online programs.”
  7. Laugh: Smiling and laughing can help elevate one’s mood.
  8. Limit Media Exposure: Too much exposure to digital media results in fractured attention spans and attenuated human relationships. Dr. Weil suggests cutting down the time spent on digital media and instead spend more time with friends, outings, nature, or exercise.
  9. Forgive: Modern research shows those individuals who can forgive when appropriate benefit from better emotional well-being.
  10. Practice Gratitude: You can foster gratitude through regular practice. Dr. Weil suggests keeping a “gratitude journal” by setting aside a specific time each day or week to record things for which one is grateful.  One can also simply take a few minutes each morning to reflect and give thanks for all the good things in ones life.
For more information about the book, Spontaneous Happiness, please see the website, SpontaneousHappiness.com

* for Dr. Weil’s dosage recommendations, please see his book 

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