Nourishing Hot Cocoa

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It's time for a delicious cleansing and balancing cozy drink. With the colder weather and darker mornings, sipping this has made me feel very warm and safe inside.

It contains, Dandy Blend which is a coffee alternative made from chicory root and dandelion. The chicory feeds the good gut bacteria in your digestive tract and the dandelion stimulates your liver to function optimally. The maca root and raw cacao powder has uplifted my spirit and given me sustainable energy, so I don't even really need a caffeine pick-me-up. 

  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp. maca powder
  • 1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. Dandy Blend
  • 1/4 alternative milk - I alternate between cashew milk and coconut milk
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of cardamom (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. collagen hydrolysate from Great Lakes (optional)
  • 1 date (optional)

Heat up the water in a small pot. Add the powders, Dandy Blend, and spices. Let it heat up slowly. Don't bring to boil. Once it's hot, add it to the blender with the milk and date (if using). Blend for a few seconds to completely mix and add foaminess (part of the fun).

Tip:  You can make the blend ahead of time to make it real quick and simple. Feel free to change the ratios to your liking as well. 

Chai Cashew Milk

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked for 8 hours, rinses and drained
  • ½ inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp cardamom
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 2-3 tbsp maple syrup or 1-2 dates
  • 3 ¼ c purified water

 METHOD
Soak cashews in warm water for 8 hours. Drain the soaked cashews. Place cashews, spices, and optional sweetener in a high speed blender. Blend it all up until creamy and smooth.

Milk lasts about 4-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge.

Rose Almond Milk

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups raw organic almonds soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 cups dried unsprayed rose petals I use pink but red makes the color pop.
  • 6 cups pure water
  • A couple of pitted dates or 2-3 tablespoons of raw honey or maple syrup for sweetness *optional*

    Method

Drain the soaked almonds. Place almonds, rose petals, and water in a high speed blended. I use a Vitamix. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes. Drain mixture through a cheese cloth, give it a good squeeze. 

Keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. Use this rose milk to make Chia Pudding recipe, add to your smoothies, or simply sip on this gorgeous drink. 

Sweet Potato & Spinach Smoothie Bowl

After a long week of work with little time to hit the supermarket, I find myself assembling some odd yet sweet and nutritional concoctions. I feel pretty confident to say that they usually turn out to be hit.

Delightful mix of sweet potato, spinach, tiger nuts, turmeric, dandy blend, collagen powder and coconut milk. 

Topped with hemp seeds, cacao nibs, bee pollen & a drizzle of honey. 

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen spinach. I bake the sweet potato ahead of time, usually the night before while I start to settle for bed. Buying frozen organic spinach has been key in my life. I don't have to worry about it wilting before I get to eat it and it's perfect in smoothies because it has a neutral taste yet is packed with health benefits. The dandy blend is such a liver lover with its detoxifying qualities. And I use Great Lakes beef collagen powder for protein and amino acids. It's easily digestible and doesn't have a flavor, making it perfect to add to any smoothie or beverage. 

1 small sweet potato or half of a large one

1 cup of organic spinach, frozen or fresh

5-6 tiger nuts 

1 tsp of turmeric, fresh or powder

1 tsp of dandy blend

2 tbsp. Great Lakes beef collagen powder, the green label

4 oz. of full-fat coconut milk

4-6 oz. of purified water

Staple up your pantry and you'll never go hungry. 

Turmeric Coconut Milk

Turmeric & Ginger Coconut Milk • 

Full fat coconut milk, lots of ground turmeric and ginger and a dollop of your local honey. Bring to a low simmer and drink. 

Healthy fat is food for your brain and protects your organs, turmeric and ginger have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and gut protective properties. Really good for cancer prevention. Plus, it offers super powers 

There is no wrong way to make this. But I do recommend getting full fat canned coconut milk, use only half of it save the rest for another warm cup. Canned coconut milk is richer and tastier than the refrigerated kind. 

Coconut milk has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Coconut fights stress and eases muscle tension because it is rich in the mineral magnesium. Coconut improves digestion and relieves constipation by hydrating the digestive tract, nourishing the lining with its high electrolyte content. Its healthy fats improve gut health, preventing irritably bowel syndrome. One of the best parts of consuming coconut products is that it naturally increases energy, burns fat, increases metabolism and satiates you.

Turmeric is a spice native to India that belongs to the ginger family. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory. Turmeric neutralizes free radicals and stimulates antioxidant enzymes. The antioxidants fight pathogens and bacteria and help repair damage. Its main compound is curcumin, which is a fat soluble, so I recommend taking it with a fatty meal for better absorption. Black pepper increases the bioavailability and potency of turmeric, so cracking some black pepper is also recommended. Note* too much turmeric can upset the stomach and can drop blood sugar levels on those who take diabetic medications. 

Ginger has powerful medicinal properties that have long been used for relieving digestive ailments like nausea, indigestion, and loss of appetite. Ginger also reduces menstrual pain and fights infection.

References: www.dr.axe.com/coconut-milk-nutrition/

Cumin, Coriander, and Fennel Tea

Cumin, Coriander and Fennel, also known as the CCF tea is a traditional blend of spices that is good for all constitutions. CCF naturally reduces gas and bloating, beneficial for digestion and is detoxifying.

In ayurvedic perspective, CCF tea burns up excess moisture. The rejuvenating blend warms up the circulation and clears out water retention while also cleanses the urinary tract and reduces water weight. CCF tea boosts metabolism and fires digestion while also reducing agitation and inflammation. It restores a calm clarity and spaciousness to a tense mind.

Use ¼ teaspoon of coriander seed, ¼ teaspoon of cumin seeds, and ¼ teaspoon of fennel seeds. Put them in a pot with 1½ cups of water. Let it boil in a covered pot then turn to low and simmer for 10-20 minutes or until tea is golden in color and seeds start to sink. Strain and drink warm before or after meals.  Make a fresh cup daily.

References:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea,” Joyful Belly, Healthy Digestion Made Easy with Ayurveda.                                                                                                  www.holistic.ly.com

 

 

Homemade Almond Milk

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Alternative milks like almond, hemp, rice, and coconut are the way to go if you are lactose intolerant or dislike soy milk. Nowadays most store brands contain additives and preservatives that we don’t necessarily want to be putting into our bodies. It’s hard to know which brands to trust. For example, many popular brands contain carrageenan, a thickener that is often added to almond and coconut milk. Carrageenan is linked to intestinal and digestive problems such as ulceration and inflammation.

          Optimal health comes from a clean gut. So, eat clean.

I like to make almond milk because it is delicious, simple and I can reuse the pulp for making baked goods after. I like to add almond milk to smoothies, overnight oats, or alone as a snack. Let’s get you started.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds - soaked for 8-12 hours
  • 4 cups of pure filtered water

 Optional

  • A vanilla bean
  • A date or two depending on your taste

What you’ll do:

  • You will want to soak the almonds with ¼ teaspoon of sea salt in a bowl of filtered water for 8-12 hours. At the twelth hour, they begin to sprout. Nuts and seeds contain phytates (phytic acid) that are nutrient and enzyme inhibitors. In other words, without them we are able to digest and absorb the vitamins and minerals that the almonds hold.

  • After 8-12 hours, rinse them with clean water and dry them.

  • Toss them in a Vitamix or other high-speed blender with 4 cups of pure filtered water.

  • Optional for some sweetness, you can add a vanilla bean or a date or two.

  • Blend until it is smooth and creamy and there aren’t any chunks left.

  • Now, use a clean nut bag or small towel to strain over a bowl or a 2-quart Pyrex. Pour the milk into a glass jar and store in the fridge for 5-7 days.

Pulp Tip:

You can always use the pulp for something else. The pulp contains fiber and nutrients. For almond pulp, you can dehydrate it on low in the oven or in a dehydrator. Once it’s dry, grind it up in a blender, food processor or coffee grinder and you got yourself homemade almond flour!