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WordPress 5 Upgrade: Why I Broke My Site With It

Gutenberg sounds like the place that a hard fought battle took place in Europe maybe during the “Great Wars” or during the Middle Ages but Gutenberg is not connected to history its the name given to the new WordPress editor that WordPress 5 brings to the blogosphere. 

I fully expected and was prepared to backup before upgrading, I have multiple sites so I had tested the upgrade on other sites.  I figure though the best way to fix something is to break it first so I went ahead with it and upgraded https://matthewleffler.com to the newest and greatest and YES … it broke a lot of stuff.  I’m using it now to post, and I can add stuff to the site, I just cant really edit anything like the homepage or any post or page made with the previous editor I used.

I suspect Gutenberg will allow you to edit previous classic editor pages and posts with no fuss, but if you use a 3rd party plugin builder I’d recommend caution.  Sometimes when I entered a page I made in a third party page builder it would show in classic form as the familar collection of short codes and strings of letters that arent even in html or css or php for that matter.  Its not the 11th hour here, I just suspect the association between the 3rd party builder and building pages has been severed.  

I expect that a reinstall of the builder or an update from the builder will resolve this issue. Now some of you may be in trouble though.  What if your builder came with the theme you may have purchased?  As in you didnt purchase the builder…if you have been able to update it then I’d hope you’re headed for smooth calm waters, but of the themes I own thats not the case with any one of them.  Gutenberg therefore may be headed to breaking all the themes we’ve gone out and bought.

Now Gutenberg is associated with a battle.  I personally didnt like it in WordPress 4.  My reasons are that as they add features in a sandbox play pen I cant seem to break out of the play pen and do the actual coding I know.  Its been my main distaste for Divi and any builder.  They make it easier by making it less accessible.

So backup your site.

If you used a third party builder proceed with caution or wait for updates from your builder’s builder. 🙂 

And if you knew html and css and built your site in the classic browser you’re good to go!   

I am going to be able to get out of having to update my homepage for bit. :-). Thanks Gutenberg.  I’m not the only one who is a detractor of this editor.  Most of you all are too.  The WordPress plugin rating is pretty damning.

Gutenberg Rating Sucks

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Should You Go After That Keyword

Determining When You Have A Chance At A Keyword

So as I was reading for fun I stunbled across an often cited and well referenced Neil Patel article.  So this isn’t my work but I wanted to share the excerpt from his much bigger article on how long it takes to rank.

 

6. Decide which keywords you should win before building out content based on those keywords.

Some content marketers set out to win ranking for a given keyword, without doing their due diligence on that keyword.

This can be a mistake.

Why? According to our data, websites that sought rank for a given keyword had difficulty ousting a competitor site that had a similar link profile.

Let’s say we have two websites, yours and Mr. Competitor.

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Mr. Competitor already ranks in the number one position for “top 10 types of grass to feed your zebra.”

Should you try to rank for this keyword as well?

Yes. Your sites are equal and you have a fighting chance.

But, should you compete for the term “zebra?”

Probably not.

Why not? Because the websites that rank first in the SERPs for this term have a DR that exceeds yours by a considerable margin.

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How should you know whether or not to pursue ranking for a certain keyword?

There’s a simple method. It’s the “If they can rank, I can rank” method.

Look at your competitors and ask yourself the following questions:

    1. Are they in the same niche? If yes, proceed to question 2.

    2. Do they rank for your chosen keyword? If yes, proceed to question 3.

    3. Is their domain rating within 5 points of mine? If yes, then you are on a firm competitive footing.

So there is a good take away in that piece. He is referencing Domain Rank which is similar but a different metric than Moz Domain Authority but both attempt to predict how well your content will rank. And thats the take away I wanted to make…pick a keyword or phrase you want. Find out what your Domain Authority is or Domain Rank and if your site is a DA 19 and you want to out rank a site on the same keyword that is a Domain Authority 66 … you need to focus on building your Domain Authority because its gonna be hard to reach that top spot.

Publish Content Often

Another take away which I use already … if you want to rank for a keyword don’t rely on old content to do it.

Web content is NOT like cheese or wine. Think of content as a jello mold at a picnic, the longer it’s out the less likely anyone is going to take a bite, unless encouraged by others. Those encouragements are the backlinks of other sites. So if you want to rank for keyword x and you wrote this content 2 months ago and no one linked to it…you need to move on from that content and post something new thats still relevant. It’s also going to help you in the long run, if your site has 20 articles on say Nuclear Propulsion you’re going to be seen as more of an authority than someone who has 3 articles.

Keep in mind that when you post your first article on a topic seeking that top spot…you’re likely that site that has 3 articles wondering why you aren’t out ranking someone who has published many times more content on the topic.  You’re going to have to put your time in and build your authority.

How do you build authority?  Well I’ll publish an article on that again here shortly.  It really is the secret sauce.

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Adding A User To Bing Ads

Adding A User To An Existing Bing Account

 

Adding A User To Bing Ads

You can add an Admin to your account in Bing by clicking on the green gear next to your email address in the upper right-hand corner of the screen after you’re logged in.

Adding A User

 

Notice on the left-hand side of the main menu the second option is Users.

Select Users

Bing Ads

Click the green button “Invite user”

 

You’ll be asked to enter First and Last Name as well as Email address.  Choose a role.

My Information

Adding Matt Leffler

 

  • Advertiser Campaign Manager. This role has permissions to view selected accounts and add, edit, or delete campaigns within the selected accounts.

 

  • Standard User. This role has permissions to manage campaigns, perform some billing activities on selected accounts, and manage users (except Super Admins).

 

 

It’s likely best to start off with the most restrictive and if you need to give more access you can later.  I suggest Advertiser Campaign Managerthis role has less permissions than Standard and Super Admin

 

Click Send

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Adding an User to Google Adwords as an Admin

 

The easiest way to allow someone else to administer your Google Adwords campaigns is likely to add them as an Admin to your existing account. This allows you to own the campaigns and keep the records long after the user has ended their work on your project. It also leaves you still in charge of the budget and keeps you in an oversight role of your campaign.

Google has made it easy

to add an Admin to Adwords.

Step One. In Adwords click the wrench, labeled “TOOLS” you’ll be able to then select “Account Access”

Adwords Account Access For Adding An Admin

From the Account Access screen click the blue circle with the plus in it on the left-hand side of the page. A lightbox opens with four options.
To add an Admin who will be able to manage the accounts campaign you will likely need to select “Standard”
This gives them access to the make changes to the campaigns but doesn’t allow them to manage who has access to the account, that stays with you.

After selecting “Standard” you can enter their email address. If you’ve hired me, you can add me using the following email address:

Giving Rights To An Adwords User

Once you have completed this all you need to do is set back and keep up with what’s happening. Don’t be afraid to ask why someone is doing something either…

Common Metrics

As a general rule of thumb these are the metrics people consider good.

CTR = Click Through Rate = 2%
Video View Rate = 15%
CPC = Cost Per Click and CPI = Cost Per Interaction are variable and what is good depends on the product or service you are engaged in…

Remember that your Ads are ranked for quality 1-10 10 being the best quality. The higher that number the less you will have to pay to present your ad. It makes sense, if someone has a good highly effective ad and another person wants to show their low-quality ad more they have to pay a premium. You either need quality or more money to get your message out. If you have both then watch the Impression Share metric. This number tells you how much of the supply you are taking advantage of for your keywords. Obviously if you have a high-quality ad, that doesn’t cost a lot you’ll want to run that even more often. If someone else has a low-quality ad they’ll have to pay for the right to push you down on the page.

Friendly advice

You should make lots of ads for the same keywords, Google will find which gets the best reaction and show it more and more.
Use negative keywords. Its actually almost more important to know what you don’t want to advertise towards as it is to know what you do. Common negative keywords for almost any Adwords campaign include:

Common Negative Keywords:

-craigslist
-directions
-ebay
-facebook
-free
-free sample
-game
-games
-lyrics
-map
-maps
-myspace
-nude
-porn
-recipe
-samples
-sex
-sexy
-utube
-you tube

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4-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

Growing up in the Midwest, I always used to love the little mint fudge squares from Marshall Fields. Any time of year, they were great, but especially around the holidays. Do you know the fudge I’m taking about? This Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge is like that – only healthier.

Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

I made these with my daughter, who fancies herself more of a baker and less of a dish washer or “cleaner upper.” Regardless who did the work after this dessert was complete, these Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge turned out exactly as I wanted them to.

They taste great, but they also don’t require refrigeration (like some of my bar recipes do) and they’re easy to cut – like fudge should be.

 

A Life Without Milk Chocolate

A lot of fudge recipes call for semi sweet or sometimes milk chocolate chips. I always use dark chocolate  – usually capping off around 85% cocoa – and used dark for this recipe, too.

A lot of people prefer milk chocolate because of the texture, as it tends to be smoother. But also because it contains more sugar.

From a nutrition perspective, the benefits of dark chocolate far outweigh milk chocolate. A few of these benefits include:

Dark chocolate contains more cacao

At first blush, you not think of this benefit as much, but cacao has been shown to improve heart circulation,  lower bad cholesterol and improve mood.

Cacao beans (which are actually seeds) contain about twice as much antioxidant activity as blueberries.

 

Dark chocolate contains less sugar

Let’s be honest, we don’t need to add sugar to have a good time, do we?

The longer you go without sugar, the more sensitive your tastebuds become to them. If you can wean yourself off of sugar-laden milk chocolate for heart-healthy dark chocolate, you’ll eventually get the full flavor of the chocolate along with the sweetness without the sugar overkill.

 

Milk Chocolate has more stuff in it

Not to be vague, but do you really know what you’re getting in milk chocolate. You know you’re getting more sugar, that’s for sure. But your’e also getting a good amount of milk solids, cream and other ingredients.

These are the ingredients in a Hershey chocolate bar:  Milk chocolate (sugar, milk, chocolate, cocoa butter, lactose, milk fat, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, vanillin, artificial flavor).

The artificial flavor labeling is less-than-transparent, which always concerns me, and the PGPR* is there primarily to make the chocolate smoother. PGPR stands for polyglycerol polyricinoleate. In all fairness, it’s not harmful, but now we know how Hershey gets their chocolate to be smoother!

A Totally Dairy-Free Fudge

Fudge usually contains condensed milk. To keep this recipe dairy free, I added condensed coconut milk. In addition to the condensed coconut milk, this recipe also contains dark chocolate chips, a little bit of coconut oil and of course peppermint extract.

If you’re not a fan of peppermint extract, then you can just omit it. It won’t affect the consistency, but will make the flavor come through as 100% dark chocolate fudge.

I double boil my chocolate. I stay away from microwaving it because I’ve had a bad experience a couple times with the chocolate overheating and things not turning out right. 

I’ve included a simple way to double boil in the notes. I high recommend using this method to melt chocolate. 

Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge

Yields 42 squares

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool Time: 4 hours or overnight

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 can condensed coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp coconut oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon peppermint extract

 

Preparation:

  1. Line 8×8 pan with parchment paper
  2. Add chocolate chips to a medium-size bowl.
  3. Fill a small to medium-size sauce pan with about 1 to 2 inches of water.
  4. Place the bowl over the top of the sauce pan. The base of the bowl should be nowhere near the water and should not touch.
  5. Bring the water to a boil, stirring the chocolate regularly.
  6. When the chocolate is about 90% melted (you’ll still see a few clumps), turn off heat and continue to stir until completely melted.
  7. Remove from the stove and place on a heat-resistant surface.
  8. Add condensed coconut milk, coconut oil and peppermint extract.
  9. Pour into a parchment-line 8×8 pan.
  10. Either refrigerate for a few hours or allow to cool overnight.

 

Notes:

  • If you’re not dairy-free: No problem. You can substitute regular condensed milk and butter in lieu of the coconut condensed milk and coconut oil respectively – and get the same results.
  • Double boiling trick: I use a vegetable steamer as my double boiler. I should buy a double boiler, but this is just too easy. I place my bowl in the steaming basket, which holds the bowl nicely over the water without touching. The key is just to make sure that you’re using a bowl that is wider than the pot.
  • Slicing: Don’t use a serrated-edge knife to cut the fudge into tiny squares. Use a smooth knife surface for a cleaner cute and nice, neat pieces.

 

 

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Why is AWS beating Google, Microsoft, Oracle and IBM?

Matt Leffler
Matt Leffler, Freelance Cloud Computing, SEO and Data Analysis at Upwork (2017-present)

I believe Google Cloud was launched after AWS so a head start helps for one.

AWS also has a free tier, it’s like giving the first hit of ecstasy to someone free. Why not use this free server. Then that server needs to expand and you make plans and youre hooked and know the AWS cloud better than Google.

Google Cloud offers a credit of $300 right now to try and get you involved but its not the same as a free tier of service. Once the $300 is gone its always going to cost you whereas you can downgrade a server back to the free tier if ya decide to do that.

There are also some wonky decisions that Google made that leave me annoyed almost daily. The fact you cant utilize smtp ports of the servers leaves me having to go all around to get a WordPress site to send emails…or the inability to easily transfer a project between accounts. I’ve landed myself in a situation where I transferred ownership but I didn’t remember to transfer billing but was no longer a project owner so I couldnt transfer billing anymore, customer service just acted like it made sense that I couldn’t use or config the resource but that my credit card was still going to be used.

SSH and SFTP into AWS fairly standardized and it is relatively seamless. Google makes these difficult.

The way they only give out one static ip address per zone. They have a BETA project and decide if its to allow multiple IPs but…what took so long?  IP Aliases or multiple network ip addresses … on AWS I just added the IP addresses, why do I need more than one?  Because my name servers need to have different IP address, but again I cant do it right now.

So with all these limits here and there I personally pay for my servers with AWS (its just easier to use) but I use Google Cloud for short experiments where I may need more than 1 IP, and a site that doesn’t ever send an email. Configuring Alias IP Ranges is new and overdue.

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Free Recipe E- Book Just for You!

Make the holidays easier and a lot healthier with my free e-book, Healthy Holiday Sides. As a busy mom with three kids, I know how important it is to make healthy food – especially over the holidays!

Kid-Friendly Healthy Holiday Recipes

Healthy Holiday SidesI love to get my kids involved in the kitchen, and encourage them to help me create healthy recipes. They’re opinions matter, which is why they helped me pull together every recipe in this ebook.

I’d love to share it with you!

Every recipes is grain free, gluten free and dairy free. Easy to make and full of flavor, all recipes are free from refined sugars, too!

Recipes include:

  • Grain Free Dinner Rolls
  • Caramelized Maple & Sea Salt Sweet Potatoes
  • Mashed Potatoes & Cauliflower
  • Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts
  • Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce (just 4 ingredients!)
  • Pecan Pie Muffins

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Global Point – IT Managed Services

IT Managed Services

Happy to work with a business to business organization in Chicago Global Point LLC.  They currently offer IT Managed Services, AWS Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery and more.

From their website, Global Point was launched by corporate IT consultants who wanted to bring their skills and experience to companies that need them, helping businesses grow and avoid growing IT headaches. They bring a comprehensive understanding of technology, from small offices up to multinational corporate infrastructure. We emphasize working with customers to identify their immediate needs, as well as to anticipate growth. As a business ourselves, we understand how critical it is to dependably meet the needs of your growing businesses we support. Global Point Works with you and for you as a business partner.

Global Point IT Managed Services

If you’re looking for a help desk, cloud computing, disaster recovery IT services company I encourage you to consider them.

Help Desk Support

Global Point lists the benefits of their business to business Help Desk Support and they include:

Global Point’s technical advisers understand your business
With our engineers holding years of experience in their respective fields, our clients are given access to exceptionally high level engineers with qualifications in migrations, integration, support engineering, and much more. All our technicians take the time to understand your environment. This is solely for the reason of enhancing efficiency of the resolution of all your issues.

Fixed monthly rate
Our fixed monthly rates ensure that you are not incurring any unexpected costs along the way. That way we can provide your business with updates of when you are nearing your limit or if the support is unlimited and we have a contract that doesn’t require so much work, we will advise you on the better options.

Have agreements built on your terms
We know how important it is to transparently communicate expectations. After understanding your business needs, we’ll suggest best practice ideas for responding to issues. However, all our clients are given the autonomy to dictate exactly what they expect from their computer systems. The SLAs simply enforce them!

Reduced financial risk
When you upgrade your support from casual support to a fixed monthly rate, it becomes an operational expense. This allows for more cash flow to occur without the massive bumps in the budget. This also allows us to understand your environments better than providing your business with ad-hoc support.

All-year round support of your IT
We know the importance of having a range of support options. But what about ensuring consistency? Throughout the year; we make sure that your team is supported and your systems are managed accordingly.

Highly responsive turn-around time
We often have new clients approach us because they are frustrated with their current IT. Our personal aim is make sure that your business receives the highest level of service, especially during the critical time-periods.

 

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Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Maple + Sea Salt

Roasted sweet potatoes are delicious on their own without any help at all. But when you add a little real maple syrup and sea salt, they’re amazing.

I’ve been working on a bunch of recipes for the holidays and wanted to come up with something as an alternative to sweet potato casserole or sweet potato pie. More importantly, I wanted to make a healthier side dish that had less white sugar. Both casserole and pie tend to be quite high in the white stuff.

I also wanted to make something that was fairly easy. As much as I like to cook and bake, I also like to spend a little time with my family. These roasted sweet potatoes take about 40 minutes to make, including only 10 minutes of prep time. Not bad.

Roasting sweet potatoes is a natural way to bring out the sweetness. Boiling sweet potatoes, the first step in making sweet potato casserole, really mutes the flavor of the potato, increasing the need for more added sugar and fat.

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes 101

I really like making sweet potato fries – yet another version of roasted sweet potatoes – but putting out a dish of sweet potato fries on a holiday table doesn’t exactly scream “festive,” does it.

I’ve also made roasted sweet potatoes with parsnips. If you haven’t tried this, you should. Parsnips are a close cousins to carrots, just white with a bit of a woodier flavor. They go well with sweet potatoes, so keep that in mind if you’re ever looking for a little vegetable variety.

You can get a really nice caramelization on the roasted sweet potatoes without adding any maple syrup or sea salt at all. The sea salt does help to pull the moisture from the sweet potatoes, but it’s not an absolute requirement. A good olive oil and sweet potatoes is really all you need to get them roasted nicely. Just an option if you’re not looking to add any sweetness to this side dish.

 

Benefits of Sweet Potatoes

These roasted sweet potatoes come with a pretty big nutritious bang for your buck. Here are a few reasons you should keep sweet potatoes in a bowl on your counter at all times.

  • Bone Health and More: Who would have guessed that sweet potatoes have a over 350% of the daily value of Vitamin A. Vitamin A can help vision, skin and bone health. This nutrient also helps support our immune system, which is perfect over the cold season in the winter months. Pairing sweet potatoes with a little fat, like the olive oil in this recipe, significantly helps your body absorb this nutrient. 
  •  Antioxidant Protection: Some vegetables are better than others at protecting our body from all the damage it endures – both on the inside and out. Sweet potatoes are no exception. Think of antioxidant foods are soldiers that hep fight off the enemy, aka: free radicals, that harm our body on a cellular level.
  • Inflammation & Obesity: Another really valuable quality of sweet potatoes is in what gives this tuber it’s beautiful orange color. Anthocyanins are a compound found this vegetable that have a very powerful effect on controlling inflammation. The correlation between obesity and inflammation is quite strong. When we can control inflammation in our own body, we stand a better chance of combatting obesity.

Regardless of how you prepare them, sweet potatoes are a great addition to any diet – and certainly make for a great side dish on any table.

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Maple & Sea Salt

 

Yields: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peel and cubed (about 3 cups total)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt + 1/4 tsp sea salt

(See notes for scaling this recipe below)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Peel and cube sweet potatoes
  3. Toss sweet potatoes in a bowl with maple syrup and 1/4 tsp sea salt
  4. Roast sweet potatoes on a sheet pan for about 30 minutes, or until the tops of the sweet potatoes are brown.
  5. Remove from oven and add to a serving bow. Sprinkle with remaining sea salt and serve.

 

Notes:

  • Add about 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon maple syrup for each sweet potato. If your sweet potatoes are exceptionally large (and they can be), then add a little more maple syrup and olive oil. Add about 1/8 of a teaspoon of sea salt for every sweet potato. If you’re looking for a more savory flavor, then simply salt to taste, but wait until it’s out of the oven. The moisture is drawn from the sweet potato in the roasting process, bringing out the flavor of the salt even more. Be careful not to over salt.
  • Use real maple syrup, not maple flavored syrup. Maple syrup is a little more expensive, but you’ll end up using a lot less and the sweet potatoes will caramelize nicely. You also won’t pick up any other flavor that might be present in the maple flavored syrup.

 

Let me know what you think of this recipe. I’d love to read your comments below.

 

If you enjoyed this recipe, then you might also like:

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts
Healthy Homemade Cranberry Sauce
Grain Free Dinner Rolls

 

 

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Hot or cold, chopped in a salad or served as a side, roasted Brussels sprouts are probably one of the best “food favors” you can do for your body and taste buds. I made this recipe as basic as possible, but wanted it give an extra boost of nutrition by adding toasted pine nuts.

All in all, this recipe takes about 45 minutes to make, and that includes trimming off the brown parts the Brussels sprouts. Whether you’re making this for a holiday dinner, or just want to have on hand as a healthy side, I promise this roasted Brussels sprouts dish will hit the spot.

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

When I’ve roasted Brussels sprouts in the past, I’ve always soaked them, thinking it would prevent them from burning or drying out in the oven too much. I took a chance and went soak-free on these babies. They actually turned out great, and for whatever reason, took about five minutes less to roast.

Do you like Brussels sprouts or do you make yourself eat them?

Even when I was a little kid, I used to love Brussels sprouts. The way they were made wasn’t anything special. My grandmother used to simply boil those frozen bags of Brussels sprouts, toss them in some butter and serve them as a side. Maybe it was a kid thing, but I much prefer the tasted of roasted Brussels sprouts to the boiled variety.

Benefits of Brussels Sprouts

You’ve probably heard this a million times, but Brussels sprouts are on of the healthiest vegetables you can eat.

  • Anti-cancer and Cardiovascular Protection: Brussels sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and an excellent source of a nutrient called glucosinolates. A rather large body of research has shown that regular consumption of glucosinolates offers protection from many forms of cancer and has the potential to protect against cardiovascular disease. You can also find this nutrient in other vegetables, including kale, broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Effect: Brussels sprouts are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids in the form of alpha-linoleic acid (ALA), which has been shown to control our body’s natural inflammatory response, but also improve autoimmune conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids are commonly found in fatty fish and walnuts. It’s nice that they’re also available in these roasted Brussels sprouts!
  • Detox Support: Another reason to eat more Brussels sprouts, or any cruciferous vegetable (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale), is that they help support phase 2 detoxification. This is a very big deal if you’re thinking of detoxifying, and probably the least understood. If you want a better understanding of phase 1 vs phase 2 detoxification, read my article here.

 

Benefits of Pine Nuts

Toasted Pine Nuts

The other star of the show is the pine nut. Not actually a nut, pine nuts are seeds that come from the pine cone of several varieties of pine trees. Pine nuts are often used to make a good pesto sauce, but I wanted to toast these to bring out the flavor and crunch.

  • Heart Health: Pine nuts are a great source of something called oleic acid, which is prominent in Mediterranean diets. A monounsaturated fat, oleic acid has been shown to have a positive effect on lowering triglycerides while holding onto HDL (good) cholesterol. This type of fat is also found in other healthy foods, including olive oil and cashews.
  • Improves Insulin Sensitivity: The oleic acid in pine nuts has also been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin sensitivity is a good thing. Think of insulin sensitivity as our bodies way of saying, “Hey, I’ve had too much sugar. I feel like garbage. Stop feeding me sugar!” The more we can keep our insulin in check, the less likely we are to develop conditions like pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. So go ahead, sprinkle those pine nuts on everything!

 

Pine nuts are on the expensive side and usually aren’t noshed on like almonds or cashews. No one ever thinks, I think I’ll grab a handful of pine nuts to snack on. Excess pine nuts are always best stored and sealed in a cool, dark space…like a cabinet. Keep them out of direct sunlight as the precious oil in pine nuts can degrade.

 

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Roasted Brussels sprouts

Yields: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 – 35 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds of Brussels sprouts
  • 1/4 cup of pine nuts
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

 

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Rinse Brussels sprouts and cut off the ends.
  3. Place in a bowl with the olive oil and toss.
  4. Lay out on a sheet pan and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
  5. As the Brussels sprouts roast, add the pine nuts to a skillet.
  6. Heat over low to medium heat for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on the pine nuts, and toss them regularly. You want them toasted, not burned
  7. Remove pine nuts from heat and set aside.
  8. Roast Brussels sprouts for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the tops of the sprouts are brown.
  9. Remove from oven and transfer to a serving bowl.
  10. Sprinkle with toasted pine nuts and serve.

 

Notes:

  • If you use more Brussels sprouts, simply add a little more olive oil. You won’t want to overdo the olive oil or you’ll end up with greasy sprouts.

 

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