CHIP – Day 14 My ‘Bad’ Cooking

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Day 14

Lunch fail. I spent several hours cooking and cleaning up the mess before and after.

 CHIP Program (Complete Health Improvement Program): My Disclaimer: This is merely for entertainment purposes only. I am not associated with CHIP program or the Sanitarium company – I am only a participant. This is not advice, it is merely my personal experience for entertainment purposes only. You should always consult your doctor before making any lifestyle changes. I know from experience when I have gone to the extreme and injured myself or made myself sick. P.S. Please don’t sue me, I am a poor amateur writer.

What is CHIP? In short, CHIP is about healthy, active lifestyle. Nutrition is from whole, plant-based sources (vegan). There are more details at the end of this post.

 Today was my first attempt at making a ‘CHIP style’ lunch that my whole family would like. The first try was a bit of a fail. I made rice, with a salad and potato bowl, with home-made peanut sauce, and fresh rice-paper rolls.

My family hardly touched the salad and veg, and hubby cooked extra eggs to go with the rice Lol!

Plus, I am such a messy chef.  I cover the bench, sink, stove and everything else with bowls and splashes of food!  Then I have to clean up the results of my creativity.

Still, I am so grateful for the CHIP program because at least I am learning what I should have learnt a long time ago – how to cook appealing, healthy food.

I’m doing so many things that I would not have done without the CHIP program. I’m changing priorities – exercise goes before cleaning. This morning I left the dishes and took the kids walking straight after breakfast, before the sun got too hot. I wouldn’t have done that before.

It was so fun, that we discussed getting up earlier tomorrow so we can do more playground exploration!

More information: CHIP stands for ‘Complete Health Improvement Program.’ It is a Lifestyle/Preventative Medicine program originally designed by Dr. Hans Diehl, aimed at improving overall health through whole-foods, plant-based eating (un-processed, vegan food), regular, natural exercise, and other healthy habits. It has proven results with helping participants who had high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

The link below has a cute time-line:

CHIP runs programs in groups, corporately and online, including online meet-ups.

Participants receive access to informative online videos, a text-book, work-book, cook-book, pedometer, and more!


Pear and Cashew Cream

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I love the taste of cream but due to the effects on my health, I have to avoid it. The pear and cashew cream is my favourite substitute and I can even feed it to my one-year-old.

1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least a few minutes in water

1 large can pears or equivalent in smooth, fresh pears, mostly drained

1/4 cup milk (of any sort) or 2 heaped tbsps coconut cream

1 pinch salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp liquid sweetener

A good blender that won’t leave chunky bits in the cream

Drain water from cashews and most of the liquid from pears. Blend and add milk if needed (sometimes it doesn’t need milk). For an extra creamy effect add 2 tbsps coconut cream instead of milk. Make sure it is smooth.


Polenta Porridge

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Tips for easy polenta porridge:

Fine polenta cooks much faster than coarse and doesn’t have any crunchy bits

I boil the water first and gradually stir it into the polenta with a whisk

A little polenta goes a long way. I only use 1/2 – to 1 cup for me and the kids

I add some milk, a pinch of salt and some vanilla/mixed spice, then serve with a little bit of extra milk/yoghurt and a drizzle of liquid sweetener.

Dried fruit and nuts combined with whole-grains add extra nutrition and balance 😉




How to Make Oat Porridge Kids Like

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First of all, I don’t call it ‘oat porridge’, I call it ‘creamed oats’ when I serve it to the kids! I blend the oats in my blender to make them smooth.  I cook it with water, milk, a pinch of salt and cinnamon/vanilla, and serve it fresh with some milk or yoghurt, liquid sweetener and a garnish of fruit. The texture of the oats has a lot to do with it, as I struggled to get my daughter to touch oats when I would keep them whole.


Peaches and Barley

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Peaches and barley – delicious! I had to cook the barley by itself until it was soft, then drain and rinse in a colander. The Chilean side of my family have a dessert like this, with the barley served cold with peaches in syrup. I used peaches in juice – simple but still yummy.