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Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY ‘N CREAM Ice Cream

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Well, hi there Sunshine!  It’s hard to believe it is already September.  I hope you all had a great summer.  I did.  It’s been interesting though.  I have had several lessons in what to let go and allow in life.  I have learned to let go of old thought patterns, mind sets and behavioral patterns that go back to childhood (that s*it gets ingrained early!), what I don’t want in my life, what doesn’t serve me anymore, people that are not healthy to be around and more.  Upon all that awakening and embracing the courage to face it all and DO IT – BEST THING EVER!  I have felt such freedom and joy since all that came up for me to see.  After saying NO to things, people, situations and thoughts, I have had such beautiful energy to replace it.  I had to clean out the muck that was holding me back for the next level of GREAT to get through.  It’s not that the energy didn’t want to come in, it just couldn’t till I faced the other stuff and did something about it.  That’s how it works.

“Dig within. Within is the fountain of good, and it will ever bubble up, if you will ever dig.”  -Marcus Aurelius

So, enough of that for now (let me know if you want more – cause you know I’ll share it if you want it) and let’s get to that strawberry recipe I lured you into this post with.  I was at the local farmers market this past Saturday morning and one of my favorite farmers (local family who doesn’t spray pesticides or use chemical on anything) had some hydroponic organic strawberries. 

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He’s had these little beauties all season.  They are AMAZING.  As I was picking up some items amongst the booth, those strawberries were teasing me with their sweet intoxicating aroma.  I kept looking over at them and they were beckoning me.  The price was right and a joyful container came home with me.   When I got to the house, it was time for breakfast, so I made up some gluten-free oatmeal and added some chopped strawberries and dates to the finished product and WOW!  Delicious!  I had plenty of strawberries left over and I was contemplating on what else to do with them.  Well, like I said at the beginning of the post that it is hard to believe it’s September already.  It is still hot and humid here in North Georgia right now.  Then I immediately saw in my head what to make with those scrumptious strawberries. 

Strawberry ‘N Cream Ice Cream! 

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When I was a kid, I stayed with my grandmother for two weeks in Atlanta during the summer and she would always make THE BEST strawberry ice cream in the old fashioned ice cream churns during those visits.  We had to wait hours for it to finish but MY GOD it was so worth it.  I wanted to re-create that taste, consistency and texture as best I could in a healthier version.  I think I got it.  You could substitute peaches, blueberries, raspberries and such for the fruit portion and it will make a stellar ice cream.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Scott and I do.  Let’s get to that recipe for heavens sake.

 

Raw Vegan STRAWBERRY 'N CREAM Ice Cream
A creamy dreamy strawberry ice cream reminiscent of the old fashioned style.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can full fat coconut milk (organic if you can)
  2. 1 1/2 cups almond milk or nut/seed milk of choice (I used homemade almond milk) or use more coconut milk for a nut-free version
  3. 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder OR 1 TB. vanilla extract
  4. 1/4 to 1/3 cup maple syrup - Grade B (more for personal taste) - see notes below for substitution
  5. pinch of pink himalayan salt - to bring out the flavors
  6. 1 to 2 cups organic strawberries (I opted for 2 cups b/c I like a rich strawberry flavor)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth (about 10 or so seconds). Taste and tweak flavors to your liking.
  2. Pour into a container (I used a glass measuring cup) and chill in fridge prior to adding to ice cream maker. It works more efficiently this way. Also, you can make this part ahead of time and have it ready for adding to machine at any time of the day.
  3. Pour chilled mixture into prepared ice cream maker.
  4. Churn for 30 minutes (or according to ice cream maker instructions).
  5. You can eat it now (like soft serve) or transfer it to a container and freeze for 2 hours for ice cream that is nice and firm (like in the photos). See notes below for leftovers.
Notes
  1. 1. Any leftovers can be put into a freezer-proof container for later enjoyment. Keep in mind that the container will need to pulled out prior to eating for thawing (it hardens) - a good 20 minutes.
  2. 2. You could use liquid stevia as a sweet substitute - 1 dropperful (15-20 drops to taste)
  3. 3. You can also make this without an ice cream maker. After blending ingredients till smooth and creamy. Pour into a freezer-proof container and put into freezer. Every 20 minutes, stir. do this till you have the consistency you want - normally an hour or so.
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Chilled strawberry cream mixture ready for ice cream maker

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Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk + Maca Product Review

Maca Product Review

 photo Maca_zpsd5c53896.jpg I have to admit, I have a superfood crush.  Well actually, I have several, but this little cutie is a part of my daily dietary intake for many good reasons. I have tried many Maca’s over the years.  The Maca that I have been purchasing and using recently just wasn’t cutting it anymore. I normally use the gelatinized version of Maca because it is easier to digest.   The potency, taste and texture had changed.  I wasn’t getting the same results that I used to.  So, that sent me on a search for a new Maca product.  I was looking for QUALITY, reasonaby priced, organic, sustainably farmed and 100% GMO free.  I found THE MACA TEAM.  I contacted the company with some extra questions and I was fortunate to receive some samples of Maca from them.  I got a box containing the organic raw red maca and raw black maca.  I was excited and a little hesitant.  Why was I hesitant? Well, I have a sensitive digestive system and my experience with most raw Maca left me gassy and bloated.  Not pretty, right!?

I have tested these two items honestly and proficiently with many recipes to make sure.  Guess what?  It’s THE ONE!  My crush is back for The Maca Team – Maca!  They have far surpassed any of the other Maca’s I have used in the past.  The smell is not overwhelming.  It is quite pleasant and aromatic.  The taste is fresh and smooth. The Maca Team – Maca is harvested one time per year – between June and August.  They only sell Maca from the current year’s harvest.  Because they order in smaller lots, their Maca powder is continually made fresh.  The proof is there.  OK, so my #1 win for this Maca was the raw version DID NOT upset my stomach.  You read it!  I tried it so many different ways just to be sure and no discomfort, bloating, gas, pains or the like.   Just positive results. Therefore, I just HAD to share this great find with you.  Woo Hoo!  They have an amazing array of raw and gelatinized products – red, black, and blend in powder and capsules.  I am super happy with the red and black raw versions.  I will try out the gelatinized version once these are gone. 

If you sign up for their email notifications (Exclusive News, Updates, Deals, & More!), you will receive a 10% off coupon for your first order. 

Just a few good reasons why you should choose The Maca Team… they were mine:

  • Fairtrade
  • 100% Non-GMO
  • 100% Organic
  • Premium quality
  • Excellent customer service and support
  • Great price

So what’s all the hype about this ancient Peruvian root?  It has been hailed as a superfood for numerous reasons.  Well, look at some of the facts:

  • Increased energy
  • Athletic endurance
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fertility
  • Regulating hormones
  • Reduces anxiety and stress
  • Improves circulation
  • Mental clarity and focus
  • Clear skin
  • Stronger teeth and bones
  • Muscle gain
  • Over 20 fatty acids
  • 20 essential amino acids
  • Numerous minerals and vitamins
  • Helps with hormonal balance…the list of benefits goes on!

Nutrition Profile

  • Maca is rich in quality carbs, which, combined with its alkaloids and other nutrients make it a great choice for sustained energy
  • Maca is loaded with bio-available plant protein that is easy for the body to assimilate
  • Maca contains relatively high levels of cellulose and lignan, both of which stimulate intestinal function.  Fiber is a key component to a healthy digestive and elimination system.
  • Maca contains 17 amino acids. These drive many cellular functions in the body including sexual and fertility functions.
  • 20 different free fatty acids have been found in Maca.  They work to support cellular function. The most abundant fatty acids adding to Maca’s nutritional value are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and steric acid.
  • Maca has vitamins: B1 (helps the body convert carbohydrates into energy.  Essential for good heart, muscle and nervous system function.) B2 (important for body grown and red blood cell production), C (supports anit-oxidant activity), Niacin (supports healthy circulation)
  • Maca has minerals:
    • Calcium—maca contains higher levels of calcium than milk.  Calcium is crucial in bone development as well as for nerve and circulatory system health.
    • Phosphorus—important for the hemostasis of calcium as well as for transmitting electrical stimuli for brain and muscle action.
    • Magnesium—essential for the synthesis of protein and for muscle and nerve activity.   Crucial for heart health.
    • Potassium—works within the cells to help maintain healthy osmosis.
    • Sodium—along with potassium can support positive circulation
    • Copper—supports enzyme health.
    • Zinc—helps in clarity of thought and mental function
    • Manganese—supports healthy growth
    • Iron—vital component of hemoglobin.  Supports health muscle growth.
    • Selenium—protects cells against free radicals.
    • Boron—supports proper metabolism.

Maca has been a blessing in my diet for several years now.  It has been a boon to increasing energy, replenishing my body with nutrients when needed, balancing hormones (it’s an adaptogen that works for men and women alike), helped physical endurance with outdoor work and more.  I can tell a difference when I don’t take it.  It is therefore my daily comrade. 

Disclaimer:  I tried samples of this product, provided by the company at no cost to me.  Opinions found in this post are mine and were not influenced by The Maca Team. They are honest and true.  I was so impressed with the product that I became an affiliate seller. Should you choose to click on a link connecting to The Maca Team site and make a purchase, I would get a referral fee for the sale. Thank you!

How do you incorporate Maca powder into your diet!? I add it to my morning smoothies, oatmeal, soups, dips, homemade dressings, etc.  Check out my Happy Hormone Tonic, Vegan Chocolate Superfood Protein Smoothie, and Tonic Superfood Smoothie.

Try out this creamy, healthy tonic milk below.  This milk is made with organic raw Red Maca and Lucuma powder – both of which are potent Peruvian foods that are full of nutrients and fuel the body on a cellular level.

Lucuma Powder is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste that’s a delight in a variety of recipes.  The lucuma fruit is naturally sweet, but low on the Glycemic Index, making it a healthy choice for individuals seeking to decrease their sugar consumption.

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 Almond Lucuma Maca Tonic Milk

 Ingredients:

3 cups homemade almond milk (quick version – 3 cups water + 3 TB. raw almond butter – blend)

2 TB. raw lucuma powder

1 TB. raw Red Maca (or any of THE MACA TEAM products)

2 medjool dates – pitted (soaked if using a standard blender) or sweetener of choice – raw honey, liquid stevia are also nice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy – 30 seconds or so.  Tweak flavors to liking. Pour into a large mason jar or glass bottle with flip top lid.  Will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

 

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Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

Imperial Wisdom Tonic Herbal recipes

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I want to share some wonderful herbal tonic recipes with you today from my friend, Marcus Schneider from Imperial Tonics. I have shared with you before about this amazing superfood herbal tonic blend called Imperial Tonic Superfood (Tonic smoothie included) that I have been using since last Summer.  It’s a potent blend and has you covered on all bases.  As I have mentioned in the past, tonic herbs are not a quick fix.  Tonic herbs are by definition herbs that safely promote ones health and healthy aging through regular consumption.  That’s where these healthy smoothies and tonic drinks come into play so easily in our daily diet.  I like having a blend on hand that utilizes my favorite tonic herbs so when I am in a hurry, I can just add to other ingredients, blend, pour into a glass and savor. 

“Tonic herbs are defined as “herbs that promote a long, healthy, vibrant, happy life, without side effects, even when taken over a long period of time.  Essentially, the tonic herbs are wonderful, healthful “super-foods” which benefit our well being in ways that more common foods cannot. They have a protective, balancing, vitalizing quality beyond that of any other herbs. They are generally consumed as a supplement to a well balanced healthy diet for the purpose of completing our nutritional needs and enhancing our nutritional profile.   The tonics are used to promote over-all well being, to enhance the body’s energy, and to regulate the bodily and psychic functioning, to protect the body and mind so as to create what the Chinese call “radiant health.” (source)

So, what is in this tonic blend you might ask?  I know you are.  Let me give you details, for it is what I love to do.  Research, educate and share.  This blend consists of some of the most powerful tonic herbs for longevity and overall well-being. 

Here is what’s in Ancient Wisdom Tonic Superfood and why it’s so good for you:

Astralagus IV Extract

  • An excellent immune booster, thought to slow down the aging process, could play an important role in treating cancer, and normalize disturbances in the body.

Duanwood Reishi Spores

  • Improves how we handle stress, promotes balance, supports digestion which therefore stimulates our immune system and boosts energy levels. Duanwood Reishi is more potent and beneficial to conventional Reishi mushrooms. Reishi is my FAVORITE tonic herb!

Schizandra Extract

  • Decreases fatigue, enhances physical performance and reduces stress levels.  Helps with concentration and even offers liver and kidney protecting benefits.

Goji Berry Extract

  • Strengthens the immune system, increases vitality, reduces irritability.  It’s a nutritional powerhouse and super antioxidant loaded with vitamin C, minerals such as calcium, zinc, and selenium, and iron.

He Shou Wu Extract

  • An effective blood tonic to support healthy aging, healthy muscles, tendons and bones.  It builds essence, builds blood, and enhances fertility for men and women alike.

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Here are 5 recipes that Marcus has so graciously shared.  They are fantastic.  Enjoy!

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Instructions: Peel aloe vera leaf leaving just the pulp and juice. Empty pearl capsules along with all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until aloe and kiwi are liquified.

 

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Instructions: Cut open a young thai coconut and use the liquid and meat from it. Add to a high speed blender along with all the other ingredients. Blend till smooth and creamy.

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Simply combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until hemp seeds are dissolved and ice is blended.

 

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Instructions: Boil water and let cool 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm.

 

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Instructions: Blend Chai tea and let cool for 5 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend on high until coconut oil is emulsified and hemp seeds are dissolved. Serve warm. Chai Latte is a supertonic elixir.

 

I hope you enjoyed these recipes from Marcus at Imperial Tonics.  Feel free to learn more about this fantastic Ancient Wisdom superfood tonic blend HERE Connect with Marcus at marcus@imperialtonics.com.

 Have a great weekend and get your tonics on!

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Detox Beet Tonic Salad

Detox Beet Tonic Salad

Beet Tonic Salad for Healthy Liver and Lymphatic Cleansing

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 As the temperature warms up, liver energy is activated in the Spring, which becomes the perfect time to nourish and cleanse a toxic or overloaded liver. Liver congestion leads to lethargy since this amazing organ can become overwhelmed with how much it needs to process. It is a work horse!  When natural cleansing processes slow down, toxic substances start to accumulate in the bloodstream. Lifestyle choices such as experiencing too much stress, anxiety or anger, emotional purging, exposure to chemicals, drinking alcohol, taking medications, eating too many fried, processed or otherwise inflammatory foods, or not getting enough physical activity can all contribute to a liver that becomes sluggish and congested.

Let’s look at a healing vegetable that is a comrade to our liver, gallblader, lymphatic system and more.

In comes our friend, the BEET.  During my 14 day at-home Colorado Cleanse/Detox last month, I was encouraged to eat one beet a day (spread out through all 3 meals).  This simple little beet tonic salad became one of my favorite dishes.  It tastes wonderful and does so much for those organs needing support and cleansing.  Try eating one fresh beet a day for the next 3 months to help thin the bile and flush the liver and gallbladder. Beets are best grated raw with lemon juice, but also have benefits when eaten cooked or roasted.  It is the raw beet that packs the REAL punch.

According to Dr. John Douillard, Ayurvedic physician: “When the bile flows, the digestive system can break down fat and neutralize digestive acids and the liver can remove toxic fat soluble chemicals. Optimal bile flow may be the most important piece of the digestive puzzle when it comes to weight loss – so eat your beets and reap all the benefits!”  

NOTE:  Now, keep in mind when you are eating beets, your poop will be red.  So don’t look down in the toilet and freak out.  You’re OK!  It’s those beets working through you.  It’s all good. ☺  

Some top reasons to eat Beets:

  1. Fight Inflammation.  Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.
  2. Anti-Cancer Properties.  The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.
  3. Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber.  Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.
  4. Detoxification Support.  The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

Don’t throw those beet greens away!  If you do, you are doing yourself a dis-service.  They are among the healthiest part of the plant.  Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself.  Sautee them with some coconut oil, natural salt and fresh ground black pepper – YUM!  Chop and add them to your soups, stews and I even add them to my morning smoothies. I try to encourage rotating greens in your daily smoothies to ensure a diverse nutrient profile for your body.

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Ginger root

Ayurveda gives ginger the status of a virtual medicine chest. That’s because this wonder spice has time-tested, digestion-friendly properties, in addition to its numerous other health benefits. In India, ginger is liberally used in daily life.  Read more about its healing benefits HERE.

Lemon

There are many health benefits of lemons that have been known for centuries. The two biggest are lemons’ strong antibacterial, antiviral, and immune-boosting powers and their use as a weight loss aid because lemon juice is a digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain many substances–notably citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids, pectin, and limonene–that promote immunity and fight infection.

 Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds are high in antioxidants and are nutrient dense with selenium, which is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.  One teaspoon of white mustard seed, which is the kind used for the yellow condiment, is packed with 87.1mg of omega-3 fatty acids, 84.2mg of omega-6 fatty acids, 22.2mg of potassium, 27.3mg of phosphorous, 9.7mg of magnesium and 16.9 mg of calcium. These high amounts of body beneficial substances in the seeds when consumed encourage the body to speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis.  Mustard seeds have antiseptic as well as anti-fungal properties. This makes them very useful for purging the digestive system and increasing the body’s natural defense system. (source)

 
Detox Beet Tonic Salad
Serves 1
A delicious tonic salad that will help assist the liver, gallbladder and lymphatic system to rid your body of toxins and build up. So tasty and good for you.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 raw beet, peeled
  2. Juice from half a lemon
  3. 1 TB. organic dijon mustard
  4. 1/2 to 1 inch knob of fresh ginger root
Instructions
  1. Cut beet into small pieces and add to a food processor along with the ginger root and pulse till finely grated - just a few seconds. Scrape the beet/ginger mixture out into a bowl and add the mustard and lemon juice. Stir to incorporate.
  2. Eat immediately or save covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. This tonic salad can be eaten as a side dish or as topping to an entree, soup, salad, or steamed or raw veggies.
Adapted from John Douillards Colorado Cleanse
Adapted from John Douillards Colorado Cleanse
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Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie from The Blender Girl Cookbook

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 It’s here! 

The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! Cookbook!

I received my copy of my dear friend, Tess Master’s AMAZING cookbook last week. I spent several hours upon opening this beautiful book immersing myself in all the vast knowledge that Tess so easily shares.  And the recipes!  Oh, my goodness.  Be still my beating heart.  (Southern Belle over here fanning herself with delight).

If you don’t know Tess, she is a woman you want to check out and get to know.  She has the wildly popular blog – Healthy Blender Recipes.  Tess came into my life several years ago when I started visiting her blog consistently for blender recipes.  I started communicating with her – sharing my feedback, gratitude and appreciation for her and the recipes.  We had much in common and became online friends.  She helped me get started with my blog and has been so supportive, encouraging and inspiring in all areas of my life.  She is the “real deal”.  I look forward to meeting her in person someday. She’s down to earth, funny, smart, witty and can she whip up some breath taking meals in her kitchen that she so graciously shares on her website Healthy Blender Recipes. (go visit)

Tess offers easy plant-based recipes that anyone can whip up fast in a blender.  Her newly released cookbook offers 100 whole food recipes that are gluten-free and vegan, and rely on natural flavors and sweeteners.  Many of the recipes are raw and nut, soy, corn and sugar free.  Of course, in a blender cookbook there are fabulous smoothie, soups and spread offerings, yet also include appetizers, salads, and main dishes with a blended component in the versatile collection.  One of the things that I adore about this book is that Tess encourages and guides you that these recipes can easily be adjusted to your personal taste: Add a little extra of this,  leave it out, an extra squeeze of that, etc.  These recipes are so flexible and forgiving.  You are guided to find your own inner “blender babe”. 

Let me take on a brief tour of some the recipes you will find in this beautifully photographed cookbook:

Antioxidant Avenger

Antioxidant Avenger

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls with Orange-Almond Sauce

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon Gazpacho

Incredibly edible edamame dip

Incredibly edible edamame dip

You can watch Tess make this incredible edamame dip at Blythe Natural Living HERE.

raw chocolate-orange torte

Raw chocolate-orange torte

 I have been making the Perfect protein power smoothie from the cookbook every day for about 5 days now.  We have been working outside a lot and I appreciate a healthy, plant-based protein smoothie to assist in recuperating and healing the body.  This recipe delivers and packs a punch to those muscles and I feel great upon drinking it. Tess graciously gave me permission to share this decadent and powerful smoothie with you all today.

 

Perfect Protein Power Smoothie
Serves 2
This blendsation tastes like ice cream and is a protein powerhouse containing spinach, almond butter, and hemp seeds. Pears pair beautifully with the earthiness of the other ingredients, and ginger wakes up the party. If your pears are really sweet, you could leave out the date. Note that the ginger mellows as the smoothie sits. So, if you are not a fan of its flavor, let the blend chill in the fridge for a half hour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened almond or hemp milk (strained if homemade)
  2. 1/2 tsp. probiotic powder (optional)
  3. 1 TB. vegan vanilla protein powder (hemp, rice or other) - I used Sunwarrior Blend Protein Powder
  4. 3 ripe pears, cored and diced
  5. 2 cups (86 g) firmly packed baby spinach
  6. 1/2 banana
  7. 2 TB. raw almond butter (not peanut butter - it's overpowering)
  8. 1 TB. freshly squeezed lime juice, plus more to taste
  9. 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger
  10. 1 tsp. shelled hemp seeds
  11. pinch of natural salt
  12. 1 cup (125 g) ice cubes (I omitted this)
  13. 1 date, pitted and soaked
Instructions
  1. Throw everything into your blender and blast on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak lime juice to taste.
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 At such an amazing price right now – get this inspiring book that contains a variety of mouth-watering recipes, helpful tips on health advice, and much more at a mere $11.75 on Amazon.com.  What a deal!  If I had to keep only one cookbook in my kitchen, it would be this one without a doubt!  It covers all the bases. 

Thank you, Tess for sharing this special part of you with the world.  You are a rock star!

Recipe reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

 

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Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk + Spring Smoothie

Violet Weed Walk

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I was walking up the pathway to the front of the house yesterday and noticed all the fresh blooming violets in the garden beds and along the rock borders.  How beautiful!  Spring is really here! The common wild Violet is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. There are dozens of species of Violet, in various colors that include blue, purple, white, and yellow. I immediately thought to gather these gorgeous little leaves and flowers and put into a salad for dinner.

Yep! I go around the yard picking and gathering weeds and herbs to incorporate in our meals and diet.  With the cold, harsh winter we had, I am so excited that Spring is here offering up fresh food for the picking. This is better than anything that you can purchase in the grocery stores or farmers market right now.  When your food is FRESH, nothing is better. The nutrients are so potent.  Your body takes in the life force of the plant and in turn, feeds and raises your energy.  I always give thanks to the plants I harvest for their gift and offering.

The most IMPORTANT thing to remember that if you’re going to start eating violets (or anything for that matter), please make sure wherever you harvest them, they haven’t been sprayed with any chemicals or by the family dog.

Violet leaves and flowers are loaded with minerals and vitamins, especially A and C.   Both of these important vitamins are associated with increased immune function and wound healing.  Violet roots reach way down into moist spring soil and pull up vital nutrients and minerals such as Calcium and Magnesium. The leaves become little green vitamin tablets – a phytonutrient powerhouse. The leaves are tasty both raw and cooked. The flowers are edible, sweet and tangy, and make a gorgeous garnish on salads, smoothies and desserts.  The leaves have a mucilaginous (slippery) quality when chewed and apparently can be used to thicken soups and stews.

Violet is a gentle but potent medicinal remedy.  Violet is a strong blood purifier.  Violet leaves have been used throughout the centuries as a soothing, cooling, anti-inflammatory demulcent. Violet also supports the immune system, helping to clear infections of all kinds. They can be a very effective first aid remedy for hot, inflamed conditions of the skin. Simply chew up a fresh leaf and place it on the effected area. A remedy gentle enough for use with children, violet can also be used to soothe hot irritating coughs or headaches. Just make a hot tea of the leaves and sip slowly.

Violet leaves can even help to shrink tumors and cancers, specifically those in the breasts. They are most effective when taken both internally and used externally as a poultice. They are also helpful in clearing up other growths and lumps such as cysts, mastitis, and fibrocystic breasts.  Susan Weed’s excellent book Breast Cancer? Breast Health! details the use of violet for various breast conditions.  Violet is also a  gentle lymphatic tonic, aiding the body in removing waste products from the bloodstream.

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Violet propagates itself by seed and throwing out scions, or runners, from the main plant each summer after flowering, and these in turn send out roots and become new plants, a process that renders it independent of seed.

I like to add a handful of violet leaves to fresh salads for a vitamin boost.  Take a bowl and scissors and go out into your yard (or a neighbor’s – with their permission, of course and NO chemicals) and begin harvesting fresh cut greens for a salad.   Other amazing wild herbs and greens coming up right now are yard onions, dandelions, chickweed, plantain – just to name a few.  Mother Nature is saying “Come and get it folks!”  She is providing food to assist us with the changing of seasons.  Bitter, astringent, chlorophyll rich greens that will help us reduce excess water in the body, cleanse, detoxify, boost immune system, purify the blood, and so much more.

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Salad last night consisted of fresh violet leaves, organic baby spinach, yellow and red bell peppers, hemp seeds, fresh sprouts, scallions with a creamy hemp seed dressing.  It was wonderful!

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Another fantastic use for these bountiful greens is to use in smoothies. I made up this low-glycemic Spring green smoothie this morning with produce that is IN SEASON.

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Spring Violet Smoothie
Serves 2
A light, nutrition packed smoothie filled with Spring's freshly emerging harvest that is low in fruit sugar, high alkaline and rich in healthy fats.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 small organic pear
  2. 1 small organic granny smith apple
  3. 1/2 lemon, peeled
  4. 1/2 cup organic parsley leaves
  5. 4 cups organic spinach, kale, swiss chard (or combination of all)
  6. 1/2 cup fresh violet leaves (toss in some flowers too!)
  7. 1/2 avocado
  8. 2 cups water
  9. sweetener of choice ( I used raw honey)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Add toppings of choice - I used fresh, local bee pollen and a few violet flowers (eat them first). Enjoy!
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Violets are bountiful right now freshly emerging with vibrant green leaves that are probably right next to your door and in your yard.  Seek them out and you will be rewarded delightfully with nutrition and healing medicine straight from Mother Nature herself.

Get your SPRING greens on!

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FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie

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In the interest of eating with the seasons, I have some gorgeous Fall fruits – that I came across at the grocery store (and on sale – SCORE!) that I wanted to share with you so that you could incorporate these little beauties into your seasonal dietary rotation.  The autumnal oranges and reds of the fruit hint at the fact that these fruits are ripe for the picking in the leaf-changing months (or in our case – already dropped).  Their nutritional profile is jam packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, Fiber and more. 

I was looking to change up my morning smoothie and with the Fall fruits sitting on my counter, I came up with this smoothie concoction.  Let me tell you, it’s a real winner.  Filling, sweet/tart and pretty too.

Let’s check out the star players in today’s Fall smoothie recipe.

Persimmons

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When choosing persimmons, keep in mind that there are two different varieties: hachiya, which are orange-red, shaped like acorns, and soft and jelly-like (feels like a water balloon) when fully ripe (this is the way you want it); and fuyu, which are yellow-orange, shaped like tomatoes, firmer when ripe, and can be sliced like apples.  I still like my fuyu persimmons soft and mushy – super sweet at this point.  Choose organic if you can.

Persimmons contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. These nutrients are extremely important to protect eye retinal damage. Also it protects from cataract or age related macular degenerationPersimmon contains highly beneficial nutrients which protect from free radicals – which protects the body from common disease.

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Now, just one persimmon contains six grams of fiber (can we say healthy poop’s), which is already about a quarter of your recommended daily value. Fiber digests slowly, so it keeps you fuller longer.   The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.  My kind of fruit!!

** Note:  Eating persimmon fruit with an empty stomach can cause diarrhea. Also eating in excess also cause diarrhea due to its high tannin content. So be safe and eat persimmon in limited quantity or blended with other ingredients to buffer the effects.  Also, Diabetes patients should stay away from it as it contains high amount of sugar.

Cranberries

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I adore this tart, little berry because it is an all-star food, and with good reason. Cranberries contain a powerful cocktail of protective phytonutrients; plant chemicals that contain protective, disease-preventing compounds (flavonoids and phenolic acids) that act as antioxidants in the body.  I have you liking them too already, right? 

Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.  In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract ( contains natural chemicals that act as antibacterial agents and preventing E. Coli which is the bacteria largely responsible for urinary tract infections, from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract.)  AND Cranberries are especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).  Liking them more and more!  Again, choose organic if you can.  With the Holidays around the corner, they are available right now, so stock up while they are available – I am.  Keep an eye out for sales – That’s how I found mine.

This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more.  The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels.  It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.

 

FALL Cranberry Persimmon Orange Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is full of vitamins (especially Vitamin C and A), minerals, phyto-nutrients, healthy fat, and more. The fiber will help with the waistline along with the cinnamon powder to stabilize blood sugar levels. It is a perfect way to start off your day with nutrients to fuel your morning (or afternoon) with energy.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. organic cranberries
  2. 1 large organic orange - peeled - See NOTE below for TIP
  3. 1 organic persimmon - ripe - cut off top
  4. 1/2" knob fresh ginger root
  5. 2 bananas
  6. 3 TB. raw honey or liquid stevia to taste (8 drops) - I used NuNaturals brand
  7. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp. vanilla extract or 1/4 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  9. 1 cup organic coconut milk - canned
  10. 1 1/2 cups fresh water
  11. (optional) heaping TB. of greens powder of choice
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend until creamy and smooth. Top with favorite toppings if you so desire.
Notes
  1. If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding. You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe. If you don't have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container. I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals. Don't waste. Use as much of your food as possible.
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** Tip:  If using an organic orange, zest the peel before peeling and discarding.  You now have fresh orange zest to use in any recipe.  If you don’t have anything to use it in right away, FREEZE it on a small plate, then wrap frozen zest ball in foil and keep in freezer storage container.  I love to use orange zest in smoothies, tonics, desserts, and savory meals.  Don’t waste.  Use as much of your food as possible.

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I wanted to share this picture of the dogs the morning I made this Fall Smoothie recipe.  They don’t usually line up all together like this so I thought it was sweet.

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From left to right: Meg, Gigi and Blackie. The furry kids say “WOOF” – Hello!

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My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

My Healing Protocol for Candida

This post is long overdue to share with you all.  I have had many emails and friends asking me what I did to get my Candida overgrowth under control.  So, here it is.  Every little detail I researched, experienced and healed from.  I had candida for YEARS and didn’t know it.  I hope this post helps you on your quest to diagnose and heal yourself.   Be prepared – it is very long.

What is Candida?

Candida albicans (its official name) is a yeast that inhabits the mouths and intestinal tracts of all humans. That’s right! Everyone has candida. When you are healthy, the candida in your body lives in a symbiotic relationship with you. It will help to detect and destroy other harmful bacteria from harming your body, as well as helping to clean up any excess sugar that may be floating around in your bloodstream that your cells are not able to absorb.

Every time you eat, there will be a small candida “bloom” as the candida feeds on the sugars that are in your blood stream waiting to be ushered into the cell with the help of insulin to be used for energy. Then, once that sugar has been processed, the candida will reduce in number back down to their normal levels.

When there is an imbalance in blood sugar levels, candida will be given the opportunity to grow to a level that is not optimal for the human body.  It has the ability to morph into different structures and will take advantage of its host. 

While it is normal to have some candida in the gut, an overgrowth of candida is problematic. Like everything else, candida creates a byproduct. In this case, the byproduct of candida is toxic to the body. The more candida you have, the more toxicity it produces.  I had several of the symptoms listed below.   My symptoms were classic:  gassiness and bloating upon eating a meal – especially fruit, INTENSE itching all over body and especially in my nose (? I don’t know, but I did!) to the point it drove my crazy at times, lethargy, funked out, foggy headedness, stiff joints).

Candida  has been lead to several common issues such as:

  • Thrush – in the mouth or other areas of the body
  • Athletes foot
  • Poor Digestion (gas and bloating)
  • Headaches
  • Loss of appetite
  • Extreme sugar cravings
  • Rectal itching
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Brain fog – lack of ability to focus the mind
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Mood Swings
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Rashes
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Soar throat
  • Low sex drive
  • Muscle weakness
  • Chronic pain
  • Weight gain

Other imbalances in the body can cause similar symptoms as well.  I feel it is important to rule out other issues like gluten or dairy sensitivity, adrenal burn out, blood sugar imbalance issues, emotional issues and even general fatigue before diagnosing yourself with candida overgrowth.  There are always “layers” to our healing process.

If you have several of the symptoms for a candida imbalance, following some simple steps for re-balancing your body should help move you in a healing direction whether or not the root issue is a candida imbalance, or if the candida imbalance is a symptom of another issue.  If you are experiencing many of the symptoms mentioned above, you may also want to go see a Naturopath or holistic practitioner just to be sure that there is not a deeper imbalance going on that needs professional attention. Never feel bad about seeking help. 

What Causes Candida To Grow Out Of Control?

There are several things that support a Candida overgrowth and thus lead to an imbalance.  Some of them include:

  • Blood sugar imbalances – Poor insulin receptivity of the cell or other reasons that keep sugars in your bloodstream too long.
  • Bacterial imbalance.
  • Over use of antibiotics without replacing lost beneficial bacteria (probiotics).  (All my life I had been off and on antibiotics till my early 30’s). I’m now 43.
  • A nutrient poor diet that is rich in refined carbohydrates (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.), processed foods, cola drinks, etc.
  • A compromised immune system
  • Birth control pill (I took for over 10 years when I was on it – have been off it since age 29).
  • STRESS! depletes everything in the body on a physical, cellular and energetic level.
  • Lack of sleep and poor sleeping patterns.
  • These two things (stress and poor sleep) in particular will compromise your good bacteria balance, as well as your blood sugar balance.

As you can see, the causes can be multifaceted.   Our bodies are very wise and have many systems in place to protect us from things becoming unbalanced. It is when the body becomes overloaded with influences that are counter-intuitive to health and balance that issues like candida arise.  Our bodies are brilliant energy sources and if we just listen more and pay attention to little nuances and symptoms of it speaking to us – we would be far better along our healing journey. It took me a long time to listen (or even be aware of the fact), so just take it one step at a time and “be there” for yourself.

Do I Have A Candida Overgrowth?

Questions to determine if you may have Candida Albicans

1. Have you used antibiotics or birth control pill in the last 2 years?
2. Do you have gas or bloating?
3. Do you have sugar cravings?
4. Do you have low blood sugar?
5. Do you have history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
6. Does your partner have a history of yeast infections, vaginal, oral, athletes foot, or jock itch?
7. Are you sensitive to smells?
8. Are you sensitive to alcohol?
9. Do you suffer from symptoms that your doctor cannot explain like; headaches, migraines, depression, diarrhea, dizziness, IBS (Irritable Bowel syndrom), itching, menstrual or sinus problems?
10. Do you feel fatigued all the time?
11. Do you have a hard time concentrating?
12. Do you just not feel right?

I had candida for several years (if not longer).  I sort of suspected it for several months, but the symptoms had gotten worse and (upon learning more about Candida), I thought it was worth a try to do a cleanse.  I was able to confirm that I “officially” had Candida from an iridologist back in April 2011.  Muscle testing can also be utilized by a qualified holistic practitioner, yet if you don’t have access to these avenues, there is a simple test to do at home.  If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time to do the At Home Candida Spit Test.

Candida Spit Test

This is an easy way to test for yeast overgrowth in your gut. When you wake up in the morning (before you eat or drink anything or brush your teeth) fill a glass with room temperature water. Then work up at least a dime-size amount of saliva in your mouth and spit it into the glass of water. You will be watching what happens over the next 30-45 minutes, looking for where the saliva goes.

  1. If it stays on top it indicates that there is not excessive mucous in your mouth harboring candida.
  2. If it grows tentacles that hang down toward the bottom you have some candida in your gut that likely needs to be addressed.
  3. If it sinks to the bottom you likely have significant candida overgrowth in your gut and you need to take action.

OK!  So, if you suspect or you’re pretty sure you have Candida overgrowth to some extent, what to do about it?    It starts with altering the diet.  A few dietary and lifestyle changes can go a long way to bringing your body back into the balance it naturally wants to be in. Remember that your body is designed for health. It wants to be and fights to be in balance. Choosing dietary and lifestyle habits that support your bodies natural balance will help lead your body back to balance.   You want to remove anything from the diet that will help feed candida albicans.

This includes:
  • all forms of sugar (white sugar, honey, maple syrup, dates, yacon syrup, coconut sugar, etc)   ** STEVIA is really the ONLY safe alternative and NuNaturals STEVIA was a life saver for me during this time (and still continues to be!)
  • gluten (wheat, barley, rye, spelt, oatmeal) –  No crackers, breads, etc.
  • packaged or processed foods (including meats)
  • condiments (ketchup, BBQ sauce, pickles, mustard, soy sauce) – hidden sugars and refined ingredients.
  • dried or candied fruit
  • Reduce or Eliminate Dairy – Dairy is one of the worst offenders when it comes to candida imbalances.
  • alcohol (no beer or wine)
  • Vegetables that are high in carbs (potatoes, peas, corn, winter squash)
  • non-gluten grains.  ** I didn’t have quinoa or millet just to be sure.
  • nuts, and fruits should be limited.  ** (green apples, pears and bananas (yes, BANANAS are OK) in moderation.  Even the iridologist guy said bananas were OK when on a candida cleanse.  Good!
  • These are the basis of the diet.
 
So you’re thinking, “What the heck DID you eat?!”  I used the following protocol for 60 days and it got those little buggers under control – back to being my friend rather than my foe. 
 
1)  Lots of veggies!  Any way you want it:  steamed, raw, blended, juiced.  I stayed away from carrots and beets during this time, just to be sure!  Avocados are great!  I did a lot of steamed broccoli and roasted veggies during this time.  Sweet potatoes and winter squash are great baked with goat cheese.  Baking the carrots and beets really cut down on their sugar content, I put those in from time to time.  LOTS of salads!  See RECIPES page for ideas.
 
2) More protein.  (No meat for me!)  I did opt for some organic eggs in the form of HEAVY VEGGIE frittata’s once a week with a large green salad prior.  Just practice proper food combining.  Food combining is also a HUGE factor in digestive health and made such a HUGE difference for me when I implemented it.  Still does.
 
3) Herbal teas and tonics are fabulous at strengthening the system and body.  Boosts immune system and increases energy levels.
 
4)  Have regular colonics (talk with your therapist about this) the first few weeks to flush the candida out of your system quicker.  If you don’t have access to colonics,  just implement enemas during this time and you’ll be fine.    With the higher protein usage, I got constipated a little more, so the enemas were good.
 
5)  Taking food grade diatomaceous earth can assist in killing the candida and allowing it to be removed from the system.  You can mix it in water  and drink it (neutral taste) to incorporate it into your diet.  First thing in the morning and before going to bed – for best results.   DE is great at killing parasites in the body also.  I periodically add this to my dogs food to assist with critters in their gut.  You can also go to your local feed and seed store and purchase very inexpensively – just ask for FOOD GRADE quality.
 
6)  I took a product that did wonders at speeding up the KILLING of those little buggers and getting the population under control.  It is called A.D.P. by Biotics Research Corporation – it is emulsified oil of oregano -natural anti-fungal, anti-biotic.  I started with one tablet at every meal then after a week, I went to taking 2 tablets with every meal.   I still keep a bottle on hand to use if I ever feel the symptoms pop up – not very often at all.  Within a few days of these supplements and changing diet, I am back to normal.  Remember, listen to thy body. 
 
 7) Coconut oil was very helpful!  I started with 1 tsp./day and worked my way up to 2 TB./day.  You want to start slowly, b/c it is so effective, the “die-off” from the yeast might be too fast and you’ll experience really bad detox symptoms – you don’t want that! 
 
8) I also employed SWEATING to detox and cleanse more effectively.  Infrared saunas are nice or just get out in the sun and sweat.
 
9)  Reduce stress and rest more!  This means taking more time for yourself in a loving, compassionate, SLOWER way.  Learn to slow down by practicing deep breathing (your yoga practice should have this down for you), but practice it when you are traveling to and from work, during work, during food preparation, anytime that you can consciously be aware of it.  When you sit down to eat, relax before you put food up to your mouth so that your body is calm and NOT stressed.  Eat in awareness – slowly – chew more – act like it is foreplay – take your time with it – make your meal something that is beautiful to you and for your body (I know this sounds weird, but it has been helping me).  Take a bite, put down utensil and enjoy the food, enjoy your company and chat, make meal time fun, with no distractions of smart phone, internet, tv, chaos, etc.  Some good music in the background is great!   
*SLEEP – When you sleep your body is busy repairing damage, filtering out toxins, absorbing nutrients and generally healing. Without adequate rest it is very difficult for the body to bring itself back into balance. Try to aim for at least 7.5 hours or more, if you can swing it.
 
10) Take a quality probiotic to replenish the GOOD flora and bacteria in the body to help balance out bacterial imbalances, and help to fight candida.  I made almond milk kefir (see recipe link below).  Great way to drink your probiotics and it tastes great (especially with lemon or orange slices in it).

 
 
Here’s the green smoothie I made every a.m.:
(serves 1 +)
 
Tons of GREENS (kale, spinach or whatever you have) – more cilantro or parsley
1.5 cups of water (or almond milk kefir or coconut water kefir) – natural probiotic
2  bananas (less if you want)
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 tsp. Spirulina
2 TB. chia seeds
NuNaturals Stevia to taste
Blend and enjoy!
 
I had some days where I felt sluggish and slow – it was a way my body was telling me to slow down, rest and let the healing occur.  This is part of the detox – cleansing the candida out of the system.  Don’t push yourself on these days.  Listen to your own intuition and not your ego. 
 
Once I felt comfortable that the candida was back in its box, I slowly started incorporating some quinoa into my diet and saw I how I felt/reacted.  I did the same for sweeter fruits (mangoes, pineapple, persimmons, etc.) in my green smoothies – as long as I didn’t get any symptoms or reactions, I continued with them.  Always listen to your own intuition and body response. 
 
 I know this is a lot of information, but once you get it down, it’s very do-able.  It’s only temporary and will spark you to get a bit more creative in your life.   Some of you will probably lose some weight during this candida cleanse.
 
I look back on it and say “Thank You” to my candida overgrowth and healing protocol journey. It taught me so much about myself, my lifestyle patterns and habits (that needed tweaking and changing), stronger connection with my body – deeper intuition and so much more.  So, embark on this cleanse with a positive attitude of “What can I learn about myself and draw from on a deeper level?” 
 
 What it boils down to:   having a balanced lifestyle is your best defense against a Candida overgrowth.  Take care of your body and it will take care of you. 
 
Don’t hesitate to connect with me if you have any other questions that I might be able to address for you. 
 

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Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust AND NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust AND NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust

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NuNaturals Stevia GIVEAWAY

 photo orangepie1_zps29675108.jpgI’ve got two SWEET TREATS for you today – in several senses.  One is a fantastic new creation from my kitchen.  Scott’s birthday was last weekend (Nov. 9th) and I had asked him what kind of birthday cake he wanted this year?   This AMAZING pie is what came out of his request – something with chocolate, orange meringue-like texture and taste – so I let my creative and intuitive side come out in the kitchen – I give you Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut crust.  This DIGESTIVE FRIENDLY sweet treat is full of healthy fats and ingredients, so there is no guilt at eating a slice (or two).  I shared this slice of heaven with a friend and she was blown away by the taste, texture and then knowing that the ingredients are healthy, gluten-free, low sugar – made it EVEN BETTER.  Yay! 

Thank Scott!  If he didn’t present me this opportunity to step outside of my box and take on a challenge to create something wonderful for his birthday, I might not have gone there on my own.

My next TREAT for you is a way of saying THANK YOU! to all of you who read, share, comment and interact with me on the blog.  I am SO THANKFUL for YOU!  Yes, you!  This is a little way for me to show my appreciation for you being here and for us sharing our inspiration, words and life with one another.  It’s about CONNECTING and helping each other SHINE.  So, I am shining some sweetness on you with an opportunity to win a lovely gift set from my FAVORITE Stevia company, NuNATURALS.

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If you have been with me for awhile, you will know that I love using and implementing stevia in many of my recipes (savory and sweet).  I actually grow the plant in my garden each year, using the fresh leaves in my green smoothies and harvest the leaves at end of season (dry and grind  into a powder) for certain uses in the kitchen.    I cut sugar out of my diet MANY years ago – especially when I went on a Candida cleanse (post coming soon!).  Upon research and experimenting with several different brands, NuNaturals won my approval and my taste buds squealed in delight.  Also, stevia is a life-saver on a Candida-friendly lifestyle – keeps those little buggers in their place and manageable.   I’ve been using NuNaturals stevia for several years because of their quality, integrity and “no bitter aftertaste” finish. 

Check out my RECIPES page for all the different ways to utilize this little sweetener into your dietary lifestyle.  It changed mine for the better.

I am so thankful to Ron at NuNaturals for sponsoring this lovely GIVEAWAY to you all. 

He is awarding 4 LUCKY readers a chance to win:

* one bottle liquid Orange Stevia 

*one bottle liquid Cherry Vanilla Stevia

*one bottle liquid Vanilla Stevia

*PLUS a 50pkt. box of their NuStevia White Stevia Powder Packets. 

SWEET!!!

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Here is the “low down” on how to ENTER TO WIN:

1) Visit the NuNaturals Facebook Page and “LIKE ”  – leave a comment below that you did!

2) Visit Kibby’s Blended Life Facebook Page and “LIKE” for an extra entry and leave a comment below that you did!

3) For another extra entry, leave a comment below telling me if you have used stevia before in your recipes and how you utilize it.

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 NuNaturals GIVEAWAY ends Sunday night, November 24th!

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Raw Orange Cream Pie with Chocolate Walnut Crust
A raw and decadent dessert made with healthy fats and ingredients to delight your culinary taste and senses.
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Crust
  1. 2 cups raw walnuts
  2. 1/4 cup raw cacao powder (I use Navitas Naturals)
  3. 1 cup organic raisins (a few more if needed)
  4. 1/8 tsp. pink himalayan salt
  5. 1 TB. water
Filling
  1. 1 1/2 cups young coconut meat (from 3 young Thai coconuts)
  2. 1/2 avocado
  3. juice from 1 organic orange
  4. zest from 1 organic orange
  5. 8 - 10 drops NuNaturals ORANGE liquid stevia (or to taste)
  6. 3 drops NuNaturals VANILLA liquid stevia
  7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  8. 2 tsps. xanthum powder (for thickener)
  9. pinch of pink himalayan salt (to bring out flavors)
Crumble topping
  1. 2 TB. raw pecans
  2. 1 TB. NuNaturals Coconut sugar
  3. 1 TB. raw cacao nibs ( I used Navitas Naturals)
To make crust
  1. Place walnuts in a food processor fitted with an S-blade and process till finely ground. Add cacao powder and salt and process till incorporated. Add the raisins, water and process until the mixture begins to stick together (add extra if you need). Don't over-process.
  2. Press this mixture into desired pan/dish - I used a small rectangular pyrex dish. An 8" or 9" pie dish would be fine.
  3. Chill in refrigerator while you make the filling.
To make filling
  1. Place the coconut meat, avocado, orange juice, orange zest, stevia, xanthum gum and salt into a blender (I used a Vitamix) and process until smooth.
  2. Adjust flavor and sweetness to your own liking.
  3. Pour this mixture over the chocolate walnut crust and spread evenly.
To make crumble
  1. Place all ingredients in a small food processor/ grinder and pulse till medium/fine ground.
  2. Sprinkle this crumble on top of the filling.
  3. Chill pie in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours before serving.
  4. Left overs: Cover with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.
  5. Eat within 3 days (crust will get soggy - but still tastes amazing).
  6. Enjoy!
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 NuNaturals GIVEAWAY ends Sunday night, November 24th!

I will announce the 4 winners on Monday, November 25th.

** Giveaway NOW CLOSED! **

Good luck and THANK YOU again!  

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Gluten-free Vegan Coconut Cream Scone Recipe

Gluten-free Vegan Coconut Cream Scone Recipe

Coconut Cream Scone Recipe

 photo coconutscones6_zpse9dddda7.jpgI have some exciting news to share with you before I jump into the recipe.  I’m going to California this week!  My first time!  I’m leaving Thursday a.m. from Atlanta, GA and going to California (Northern part) to visit a dear friend, Liz for 6 days, meet up with some friends that I have met thru the blog (first time meeting in person – coming your way Christine and Clare!), touring, visiting the Redwoods (can’t wait), and just enjoying whatever comes my way.  Thank you, Liz for such a generous offer to stay with you (she says my room is ready and waiting) and to share your beautiful state with me.  I am beyond grateful.  Scott is staying home watching the dogs. :(  Next time, babe!   This is just the first trip.  I feel like I will be visiting California more often in the future.  I feel it already.  Be open to possibilities and opportunities and see what the Universe provides.  I’m setting the seeds already.  Nudge, nudge, wink, wink!  You hear me Universe.  Make it so #1.  Thanks!

NOW, onto the that AMAZING recipe I have been promising.

After posting my Pumpkin Gingerbread Scones recipe last week, I have been inspired to play around with different variations that I used to make in my “baking days of old – not healthy though” and came up with a fantastic version of a cream scone using coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and using solid coconut oil in place of the butter.  I’m sure ghee would work great – might have to try that version next time. 

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Dough pressed into circle and wedges cut into shape.

 

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Ready to go into oven. My parchment paper is well used as you can see. I re-use till it crumbles – which I think is the last time for this one. :)

 

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Fresh out of the oven and cooling on the rack.

These scones are a bit delicate and crumbly, but I like that.  They are reminiscent in taste of a sugar cookie. 

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Covered in my favorite coconut butter from Dastony. Great pairing!

Slather what you want to on these scones. I chose to use Dastony’s Coconut Butter.  Their other varieties would be great too.  My Raw Cacao Hemp seed Nutella is pretty damn good too!

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Gluten-free Vegan Coconut Cream Scones
A delicious and healthy version of the traditional cream scone. Digests easily and leaves you feeling light.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup Buckwheat flour (Bob's Red Mill or make your own using raw buckwheat groats and grind them in blender to a flour-like texture).
  2. 2 1/2 cups sorghum flour (Bob's Red Mill)
  3. 1 TB. Baking powder (aluminum free)
  4. 1/2 tsp. Baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. pink Himalayan salt
  6. 6 TB. organic coconut oil (cold, solid)
  7. 2 cups full fat organic coconut milk (shake can well beforehand or stir well)
  8. 3 TB. coconut sugar
  9. 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean powder OR 1 TB. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Farenheit/ 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Mix together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl
  3. Add the coconut oil (in chunks throughout the dry ingredients) - using your hands/fingertips - quickly cut in the coconut oil solids until the mixture resembles coarse meal with a few slightly larger coconut oil solid lumps
  4. Add the coconut milk and stir together until the batter is sticky and dough-like - knead with your hands - it works best this way
  5. Flatten the batter into a large round circle on a cutting board about 1.5 to 2 inches thick
  6. Cut into 12 pizza slice shapes - lift off and transfer slices onto a parchment lined cookie sheet
  7. Bake in oven until the scone tops are light brown, 20 - 25 minutes (be sure to watch these according to YOUR oven temperature - they vary). I always start at the low end of time and check periodically.
  8. Cool on a wire rack - resist the urge to eat the scones hot out of the oven. Letting them cool for at least 10 minutes firms them up,improves their texture and sets the flavors.
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Enjoy these scones and let me know what you think.  I will be posting the Thoughtful Thursday this week, but I will be leaving my laptop at home while I am in California. I want to be able to totally immerse myself in the experience and friendships and enjoy the time without any distractions.  I will have much to share when I get back. 

See you in a few days!  Much love!

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Kibby