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Need more Omega 3's and Fiber?
Check out this great Apple & Flax Seed Muffin recipe from Carrington Farms which features non-genetically modified 100% Organic Milled Flax Seeds and Flax Chia Blend.
Makes 12 to 24 muffins depending on your preference.
· 1 and 1/4 cup milled flax seed
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1 Tablespoon cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon nutmeg
· 1/2 teaspoon salt
· 3/4 cup sugar or sweetener
· 4 large organic cage-free eggs (hopefully eggs from well-cared for chickens from your backyard or a friends) or egg substitute
· 1/4 cup oil
· 1/2 cup liquid (syrup or water)
· 1 Tablespoon vanilla
· 1 medium apple, chopped fairly finely
· 1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-muffin tin very well.
2. Mix the dry ingredients together, then add the rest of them.
3. Let batter stand 10 minutes, then put into the muffin pan and bake for about 18 minutes until toothpick comes out clean and muffins just barely start to pull away from the sides of the tin
I'm very grateful to have met Lynn Chen lynnchen.com during a Stanford Film Lecture Series, and her inspiring background, spirit and good energy inspired me to share her story with all of you!Lynn Chen began performing on the Lincoln Center Stage at the age of 5. She made her feature debut in Sony Pictures Classic's Saving Face, a role that won her the title of "Outstanding Newcomer" at the 2006 AXAwards. Since then, she has become a fixture on the film festival circuit - including Sundance, Toronto, Tribeca, SXSW - setting an unofficial record at the 28th LAAPFF with five concurrent movie roles. Here's the Interview: GG: Please share a bit of your background, your career and why you started your food blogs. Lynn Chen, Mary Vincent
Lynn Chen: I’ve been performing for over 30 years, and blogging for just over 4. I started www.theactorsdiet.com as a way to hold myself accountable to eating issues I’ve had my entire life, and also as a way to be productive - there is so much out of your control as an actor and I was tired of waiting for permission to be creative.
GG: What inspires you everyday in your career and food writing etc?
Lynn Chen: It’s always surprising to me – still – that I never get writers block. Even if the eats are uninspired I still find something to say. Food itself has so many stories – and I get inspired discovering other people’s relationship with food – whether it be through a cookbook, a blog, TV, or in person. It’s what makes us all unique, isn’t it? Our individual tastes.
GG: What would you like to see improved in this world?
Lynn Chen: This question has me breaking out in hives! I’d like a cure for THAT freakiness. So much needless anxiety. There are some real problems – I wish more of us (myself included) had the stomach and strength to address them.
GG: How can Gratitude Gourmet help get your message out?
Lynn Chen: Well, you do make fabulous chocolate. That helps! Fortune cookie chocolate?
[GG: Let's work on this! :)]
GG: What new things are you working on?
Lynn Chen: I narrated my first audio book, “Crazy Rich Asians” written by Kevin Kwan, which is currently available through Random House. I am about to begin filming “Sutures” with Tzi Ma and first-time director Tiffanie Hsu. And I have travel plans this summer – family and fun time is important to me. I’m working more on enjoying that without guilt.
Good News from Pew Charitable Trusts:
"The University of California at San Francisco Medical Center has committed to phasing out purchases of meat and poultry products that were raised with routine antibiotic use.
Because the hospitals and other medical facilities are directly affected by dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the medical center has a strong business case to support policies and purchasing decisions that promote judicious drug use for both people and animals.
For the medical center, which serves more than 650,000 meals annually and has a food budget of $7 million, this decision sends a strong message to both policymakers and the animal agriculture industry."