Monday, January 28, 2013

A Few of Our Favorite Things

Wheat and corn are in almost everything these days it seems. And whereas corn is okay for blood type A's, I try to only feed my A's organic, non-GMO corn. So walking through a regular grocery store can be frustrating. So I do most of my shopping at Trader Joe's, Amazon, and Hansen's, our local organic market. These are some of our fast and easy snacks that are blood type diet compatible and delicious.


Where to Find It

My kids LOVE pretzels and these taste like regular pretzels. Newman's uses spelt flour which is an ancient grain variety of wheat so the taste is almost identical to regular pretzels.
Henry's Marketplace Mother's Market Whole Foods
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Vanilla Blueberry with Flax Seeds  
We love them with a little soy or almond milk in the morning. With a hint of sweetness, they also make a great little afternoon snack.
Henry's Marketplace Ralph's
Whole Foods
Annie Chun's Seaweed Snacks, Roasted Sesame  

Seaweed goes fast in our house. Asian markets have the best prices. Just be sure to check the ingredients list because other companies are starting to use coconut and corn oil.
Annie Chun products are carried in a variety of stores


Where to Find It

  Dark chocolate in general is delightful but these are amazing. They're not 100% acceptable by blood type diet standards but they're close enough. Amazon
Brown Rice Snaps, Unsalted Plain with Organic Brown Rice  
These are the all around chip for O's. Dip them in Tahini, salsa, edamame hummus, and more for a quick and easy snack.   
Henry's Marketplace Whole Foods
Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky, Original  

Beef jerky is perfect for in between meals. Golden Valley Naturals has a great selection of traditional and buffalo jerky made with the best ingredients.


Where to Find It

Day or night, this is the perfect blood type A snack. If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you try to find a similar product somewhere else (not sure why Amazon's prices are high for these).
Trader Joe's

Great as a quick afternoon snack with a little bit of peanut butter or used to make a turkey sandwich, this is a staple in our house.
Costco Ralph's
Trader Joe's Whole Foods It's in many stores
EnviroKidz Organic Peanut Butter Panda Puffs Cereal  

It's usually served in the morning, but I will send it to school as a snack item too.
Trader Joe's In many stores
Disclaimers: Like many of my posts, this post contains Amazon affiliate links. I have turned to purchasing more and more through Amazon since starting the blood type diet. I have decided to use them as an affiliate site because I trust them and find they can deliver on many of my special shopping needs.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Blood Type A Recipe Favorites

My husband has been much happier eating for his blood type this week.  With birthdays and all the post holiday craziness completely out of the way, I was able to spend more time in the kitchen.  These were his favorite Blood Type A recipes at this point in the journey:
  1. Blueberry Friands (will post soon)
    • Blood Type A and O
  2. Black Cod with Miso by RasaMalaysia
    • Blood Type A (we O's ate it too even though the sake and mirin are probably avoids)
  3. Tofu French Fries by White on Rice Couple
    • Blood Type A and O
    • Modifications:  I added a couple tablespoons of Sweet Rice Flour to make them a little crispier
  4. Crock Pot Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili by
    • Blood Type A (using modifications) and O (as is)
    • Modifications: leave out the chili powder, green chiles, and pepper
      • Note: I used White Northern Beans, Black-eyed Peas, and Mung Beans and opted not to use canned beans
  5. Avocado Chicken Salad by Becoming Betty
    • Blood Type: A
    • Modifications: leave out the mayo and pepper
  6. Persimmon Smoothie by The Gracious Pantry 
    • Blood Type A and O
    • Modifications:  use almond or soy milk
  7.  Fluffy Spelt Pumpkin Pancakes by One Messy Kitchen 
    • Blood Type A and O
    • Note:  Spelt Flour can be used in place of regular flour in any recipe
  8. Avocado Hummus by The Lovely Cupboard
    • Blood Type A
  9. Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal by Prevention Rd
  10. Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce by Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom
    • Blood Type A and O
    • Modifications:  we left out the black pepper and balsamic vinegar and added a squeeze of lemon
Even though it has only been a couple weeks, he is finding it easier to eat right for his blood type as he is discovering what he enjoys packing in his lunch and for snacks.  Next week, I'll share some snack favorites for both blood types.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Better Weeks

So this probably wasn't the best week to start my husband on this way of eating.  We have two January birthdays in the house and my focus was on that and not on blood type A food preparation.  I don't think I've seen him look so hungry and dissatisfied ever.

There were a few successes though.  One was a Miso Glazed Fish that he enjoyed and the boys loved.  We'll definitely be making it again (if I can find the recipe).  His new lunch go to will probably be an Avocado Chicken Salad that I found on Becoming Betty.  We left out the mayo and pepper and he still loved it.  We also tried baking eggs in avocado halves with a little bit of cilantro and sea salt... another success and recipe keeper.

Despite, my lack of culinary planning this week, he did fantastic staying as close to 100% beneficial and allowable foods as he could.  He even called me from Monster Jam with the two younger boys to check if certain foods were allowed!  I promised him I would bake some treats this week, blood type A beneficial of course.  So check back next week because my husband has requested Bite-Size Blueberry Muffins.  I'll have pictures and the recipe for these breakfast treats that are to die for!

Monday, January 7, 2013

The Journey Begins

This marks the first day of my family's journey with the blood type diet.  I have actually been on this journey since April of 2012 and absolutely love, love, love the results. I feel more energetic, my skin feels great, and I've learned how to prepare and cook foods that are right for my blood type AND taste great! My husband has agreed to try this way of eating for the next three months. My hope is that he'll love the results and stay with it. 

So the biggest challenge for our family is going to be the fact that we are not all of the same blood type.  I am an O+ and according to Dr. D'Adamo's Live Right 4 Your Type and his blood type diet theories, blood type O's are supposed to eat a high protein diet with lots of lean meats. My husband, an A- (who wishes he were an O), is supposed to eat the vegetarian diet of blood type A's.  Using Dr. D'Adamo's work, I made three different food lists... one for O's, one for A's, and a third that combines beneficial and allowable foods for both blood types.  If you want to join us on this journey of living and eating for your blood type,  I've shared the guides below.

Blood Type Diet Guides
Disclaimers:  This post contains Amazon affiliate links.  I have turned to purchasing more and more through Amazon since starting the blood type diet.  I have decided to use them as an affiliate site because I trust them and find they can deliver on many of my special shopping needs.