Golden Healing Elixir

 

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This is by far one of my favorite and most popular recipes among my clients! I always love hearing about how quick relief comes (typically after a few days!)  I’m big on using SPICES in my foods, drinks, smoothies, juices, etc!!!! Super potent & healing, the Golden Healing Elixer contains both turmeric & ginger; Its a take on the Ayurvedic Golden Milk Tea (which isn’t a tea at all) and its amazingly delicious!  What makes this uber healing is that it not only quells inflammation, but it conquers candida (thanks to a healthy dose of coconut oil AND turmeric & cinnamon!) and balances blood sugar & hormones, in addition to be antioxidant and a whole lot of other anti’s!

To get started melt in a medium sized saucepan:

  • 1 tbs coconut oil

Once melted add:

  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp fresh grated Ginger or 1 tsp dried

Stir well to combine and let sizzle a bit

  • sprinkle with a bit of fresh ground black pepper (optional but amps up the turmeric’s power)
  • Pour in 1 cup of Non Dairy Milk – I love coconut milk or almond but any can be used

Whisk all ingredients together while adding

  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Pour into a fancy schmancy mug & ENJOY!

Fluffy Green Tea Smoothie

Say goodbye to processed protein powders – your body doesn’t recognize them as food anyhow!! A great whole food replacement is AVOCADO! Rich in natural mono unsaturated fats, abundant in fiber,  good source of vegetarian protein (18 essential amino acids and readily absorbed by your body!),anti inflammatory and great source of vitamins and minerals including carotenoids  – these gorgeous green gems can’t be beat.

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How to: Add the following to a blender

  • 12 oz coconut millk
  • one large ripe avocado
  • 1 serving green tea matcha powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or extract
  • Stevia to sweeten
  • ice cubes

Blend in low a few secs to combine then add ice – I use about 8 cubes and blend away on high until nice & fluffy.

Tropical Berry Cheesecake

Who doesn’t LOVE cheesecake?  Somehow the motto as “American as apple pie” just never seemed fitting to me – but cheesecake – lush, rich, overindulgent, semi sweet – has America written all over it doesn’t it? While standard cheesecake is a pure, creamy,  fat indulgence, the same can be said of its raw counterpart, until now that is.  Introducing my Raw Vegan Cheesecake “Light”.  By adding a few “extra’s” the typical nut heavy cake has taken on a lighter form – never sacrificing for creaminess or flavor.  A definite must. Feel free to play with the ratios – I literally concocted this off the top of my head as I was preparing it and it still came out DIVINE.

I like to begin with cultured cashews – soaking is a must and taking it one step further will lend a true cheescake flavor. To culture cashews soak them first for about 4 hrs.  Then blend with 1-2 capsules probiotics and allow to sit loosely covered overnight.  This is one of the few recipes where I don’t have exact measurements – the reason being is that most everyone has different size springform pans (recommended) and being the ingredients come together sooo nicely – you really can’t go wrong. Just be sure to make enough crust to fit the bottom of the pan and enough “batter” to fill.

Crust:

  • dried apricots
  • pecans
  • coconut oil (2 tbs max)
  • cinnamon
  • mesquite powder (optional but adds a graham crackery flavor)

Blend crust ingredients in food processor and press into greased springform pan.

To make the cake:

Using a high speed blender or food processor add the following:

  • cultured cashews
  • coconut oil – 1/2 cup
  • cacao butter – 1/4-1/2 cup (the more, the firmer the resulting cake will be)
  • irish moss paste – 1/2 cup
  • chopped zucchini (1 large, peeled)
  • mango (peeled & chopped)
  • water or coconut water if really thick

Pour 1/2 of the batter onto the crust, freeze 1 hour until firm.  Top with 3/4 of the Strawberry filling. Back to freezer – 45mins.  Top with remainder of batter.  Chill to firm.

 

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Strawberry Layer & Swirls

  • fresh strawberries
  • thai coconut meat (about 1.5 cups)
  • coconut oil (2tbs)

Blend all of the above in a blender

Probiotic Parfait – aka “Flatten Your Belly Dessert”

How many foods can actually make the claim that not only do they taste sinfully rich and delicious but they will also flatten your tummy? I thought soo….but this really does it – additionally it will add luster to your hair, help digestion, clear toxins, support your thryoid and stop aging…too good to be true? Not at all….

Take:

  • meat from 5-6 young thai coconuts
  • 6 probiotic capsules (be sure they include l-plantarum
  • bit of coconut sugar (optional)

Add the above to a high speed blender with 4-6 oz of the coconut water (the texture should be thick and creamy – think heavier than yogurt but not as thick as greek yogurt).  Pour into glass mason jar, secure lid and leave in warm place (ideally 70-75 degrees) for 8-12 hrs (the longer will product a tartier mix {yes, tartier is a word – it means extra tart!})  Layer in parfait glasses with berries….and Enjoy (ummm, how could you NOT?)Image

Mushroom Avocado Noodles

What is the fascination with noodles?? All I know is that I can’t get enough – whether kelp, zucchini or yam flour – there are many healthy variations to choose from other than the standard gluten free grain based ones.  My go-to noodle for the cooler temps are either kelp noodles or pasta zero (yam flour) – both have great textures; for the warmer temps there is nothing like zucchini noodles!  Each of my recipes can be interchangeable – feel free to use the “noodle” of your choice. Below is a great kelp noodle recipe:

Rinse & drain noodles – set aside

Saute sliced portabello mushrooms in a bit of coconut oil, when tender add the noodles. Season with a few tsp of coconut aminos and gomasio.

I really love this for a light meal – the textures & flavors are great – earthy mushrooms, creamy avocado and salty gomasio & aminos.

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{Vegan} Ice Cream Float

Ohhh…cool…creamy….delicious ice cream floating in bubbly soda! Just makes my heart pitter patter – but traditional ice cream can do some serious damage to a healthy diet.  Enter the ubiquitous “banana” ice cream – which is simply frozen bananas whipped into creamy decadence in a food processor.

The ridiculously easy how to:

  • Fill a cup 1/2 way with GT’s Kombucha – any flavor but I find strawberry to be fizzier than the rest
  • Add one large scoop of banana ice cream to large glass and top with more GT’s, adding more ice cream as needed to fill glass.

Serve! Simple. Sinful. Delicousness.

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3 Steps to Zap Inflammation

Chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and health issues, everything from heart disease and Alzheimer’s, to fibromyalgia and even obesity!  

While many doctors are finally jumping on the bandwagon, offering anti-inflammatory diets and supplements, there are many practices you can do at home that will help in the fight.  
Here’s a quick primer on my 3-prong approach to an inflammation-free body!  
Start to integrate a few of these strategies today to see a difference within a few days. The more you do, the better you’ll feel!
 
1. Eat a healthy diet. 
Anyone dealing with chronic issues needs to choose organic as much as possible. While some doctors recommend eliminating carbs in general, I feel there is an easier and more sustainable way to quell inflammation while enjoying life! 
  • Aim to eat 80% unprocessed foods. Shoot for only 20% of your food coming from processed items – this would include pastas, breads, snack foods etc.
  • Give gluten the heave-ho! Even people who aren’t gluten intolerance see marked changes once they eliminate this toxic grain! 
  • High veggie diets are the way to go. Be sure to limit the infamous nightshades that increase inflammation – such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes. (Limit to 2 times a week.)
  • Choose sprouted grains and legumes. Many health food stores and even Whole Foods carry a wide array of sprouted products, from pastas to breads and even legumes. While sprouting doesn’t change the flavor of these products, it does enhance the body’s ability to digest them and unlocks the nutrients that wouldn’t be available in the un-sprouted form!

2. Be sensible about supplementation. 

There’s no need for a giant supplement arsenal here. All you need are a few key products: 

  • Whole foods multi vitamin. This should be part of everyone’s regime, it will pick up where a less than stellar diet drops off. Even those uber-healthy eaters should include a good multi from time to time.
  • Whole food Stress B formula. This is generally a broad spectrum B that helps the body defend against stress. Extras such as Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamins D & E can also be helpful. 
  • Omega 3’s. They’re THE inflammation busters when it comes to supplements. I like to include more than one and rotate every month or so. Ideally the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 should be 3:1 or better yet 2:1. Some great choices besides the standard fish oils are seeds such as flax, chia and hemp.
  • Spice it up! Spices as supplements? You betcha. Two great ones that are in the forefront as anti inflammatories are ginger and turmeric – use these as often as possible! Fresh or dried, in foods or desserts. 
3. Take some “Me time.” 
Stress is a big contributor of chronic inflammation. One of the easiest ways to combat added stress is to get in touch with yourself and really take care of your body. 
Taking a few minutes out of each day to meditate is a great start as is taking up yoga. Striking a pose not only helps with physical symptoms of inflammation like sore, tight muscles but pranayama (yoga breathing) increases oxygen and lowers stress.  
Finishing up your day by soaking in a tub also helps the body release stress and by adding a few everyday items you can increase the power of the bath tenfold – try some Epsom Salt & Hydrogen Peroxide.
While this list isn’t exhaustive and seems simple, it’s a step in the right direction and shows you that fighting inflammation can be achieved cheaply and easily at home!  
And to start out on your anti inflammatory quest try out my delicious  Anti Inflammatory “Cure All” drink that I recommend to all my clients to quell their inflammation (also kills candida!)
 
Enjoy this Anti-Inflammatory Cure-All
  • 1 cup non dairy milk alternative (coconut, almond or other nut/seed milk)
  • 1 tbs Coconut Oil
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 2 tsp fresh grated ginger or 1 tsp dried
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp cardamom
  • Stevia to sweeten
Simply drop 1tbs Coconut oil in small saucepan on the stove. When melted, add grated ginger and turmeric. 
Stir to combine and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes.  Add non-dairy alternative, stir to combine, and finally whisk in other ingredients.  
Simmer to warm and enjoy!