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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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Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

Astragalus IV: Anti-Aging Potential Tonic Herb

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The wonderful folks at Imperial Wisdom know their business when it comes to researching, acquiring quality herbs and creating a powerful tonic blend that will take your health and wellness to a whole new level.  If you are a “tonic herb” geek like me, then you will love this information.  Take some time and peruse this amazing research that Marcus Schneider, creator of Imperial Wisdom, has shared with me to share with YOU! 

Don’t just go by what you’ve heard about a tonic herb such as  “It’s great stuff, take it.”  Go deeper and discover WHY.  Why is this herb good for you?  What are the health qualities that deem this herb special?  What are the ancient and scientific studies boasting these claims?  These are questions I ask myself when I come across a tonic herb that I am interested in.  I don’t just read one article, I read many.  I get intimate with the herb.  Finding out as much about it as possible so that I can make my own informed decision about it.  Therefore, today I offer you some well researched and proven information about one of my favorite tonic herbs that I take daily. 

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Astragalus IV Studied
for its Anti-Aging Potential

A little-known compound found in certain species of shrubs has scientists fascinated: could it be the fountain of youth that humanity has been longing to find for millenia?

Astragaloside IV : An Anti-Aging Miracle?

Astragaloside IV is a saponin extracted from the root of Astralagus membranaceus.  Recent studies have shown that Astragaloside IV may have a strong anti-aging potential by preserving telomere integrity and actively destroying free radicals that lead to cell damage.1,2  Telomeres are protective structures on the end of each chromosome. Recent research has found that the length of telomeres influences the aging process and likely play a role in age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease, osteoporosis and cancer.3   Cells multiply by replicating their DNA to form new cells.  When the DNA strands split to create copies of themselves, the process damages the genetic material a little every time and the strands can eventually be pulled apart, leading to all kinds of dysfunctional cells. Telomeres cap the ends of DNA strands to help prevent them from being pulled apart but over time, telomeres shorten as a result of normal DNA replication and oxidative damage, preventing them from effectively playing their role of protecting DNA integrity.4

To counter this effect, our bodies naturally have a telomere-preserving enzyme called telomerase.  Its role is to regenerate telomeres as they shorten in order to maintain their protective effect against cell degeneration. However, most cells lack sufficient telomerase to counteract the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress and thus telomeres are gradually destroyed. This leads to the common signs of aging — disease, reduced tissue regeneration and loss of tissue function.  Stress can greatly accelerate this process.1

Not only does telomerase activation prevent age-related cell and tissue degeneration, studies have also found that it helps reverse it.4  This is huge — if we could find a way to scientifically create a powerful telomerase activator, telomeres would never get short enough to allow cell replication and oxidation to damage the cell’s DNA.  With perfectly undamaged DNA, we could  potentially extend our lifespan by a significant amount.  As we know, aging is related to the degeneration of cells and tissue that can no longer perform their function adequately. If increasing telomerase activity allows the regeneration of dying or damaged cells, we could very well see the beginning of a new era in terms of regenerative medicine.  Recent studies are showing that we may be on the right track with Astragaloside IV.

What Science Has Discovered About Astragaloside IV

Breakthrough research has indicated that Astragaloside IV counteracts cell aging by activating telomerase, thus increasing the rate of telomere regeneration.  A study reported that 40% of subjects showed an increase in mean telomere length after one year of taking an Astragaloside IV supplement.  Furthermore, telomerase seems to act primarily on the shortest telomeres.  This is significant because the shortest telomeres are usually the ones that become dysfunctional. Increased telomerase activity could therefore contribute to maintaining a minimal telomere length in order to prevent tissue degeneration.1  A brand-new study has also been able to prove that Astragaloside IV has enough telomerase activation power to restore a more youthful cell profile by reducing the overall amount of cells with very short or damaged telomeres.4

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Another study examined the relationship between Astragaloside IV and free radical damage to determine its potential use as a treatment for multiple sclerosis.  This study found that Astragaloside had a strong antioxidant action by neutralizing free radicals and increasing the levels of antioxidant enzymes.6  Free radicals are unstable molecules that are formed when atoms containing weak bonds are split, often during normal metabolism or as a result of stress.  Because of their unstable nature, free radicals seek to bond with electrons from surrounding molecules, creating more free radicals. This process is called oxidation.  Eventually, this leads to the disruption of normal biological processes and accelerates cell aging by destroying telomeres.  Antioxidants are stable compounds that neutralize free radicals by scavenging unstable molecules and freely offering an electron to stabilize them, effectively ending the free radical creation chain.7

These studies suggest that Astragaloside IV has a dual action in telomere preservation.  On one hand, its telomerase activating properties help lengthen the shortest telomeres on each chromosome, preventing them from becoming too short and dysfunctional. Furthermore, its oxidation-fighting action contributes to the prevention of free radical damage to telomeres and other cell components.  Because telomere length is thought to be a major factor in the prevention of cell degeneration associated with aging, research surrounding Astragaloside IV as an anti-aging compound seems very promising.

Astragaloside IV and Disease Prevention

Many age-related diseases are directly related to the loss of telomere integrity and free radical damage.  For example, multiple sclerosis and dementia (Alzheimer’s disease) are the result of nerve and tissue destruction.  Cancer is caused by the rapid replication of abnormal cells, which are probably created from oxidation damage.  Hepatitis, cirrhosis and liver failure are also linked to the loss of normal tissue function. Astragaloside IV plays a role in the prevention of these diseases and many other conditions by contributing to the preservation of cell integrity on a microscopic level.  Studies are currently being conducted on this potentially powerful age-fighting compound in order to reduce the effects of aging on humans.  With more research, could it be possible that humans will soon find a way to preserve their physical and mental capacities for an extra few decades?

Looking and Feeling 25 Forever?

A clinical experiment on mice revealed that activating telomerase appeared to make the subjects age backwards, repairing their tissues and even regenerating neurons.8  Neurons are key components of the nervous system and are the only cells in the body that do not naturally replicate — we are born with a set number of neurons.  As they get damaged, they eventually die and do not get replaced.  In another experiment, scientists discovered that a topical gel enriched with Astragalus IV helped with collagen formation, wound healing and dramatically improved the appearance of scars.9  Since wrinkles and aging skin come from the loss of collagen throughout the years, could it be possible that we have potentially discovered a way to look youthful and have the sharp memory of a young adult well into our advanced decades? This is what scientists are currently attempting to find out.

Despite the many questions that remain, one thing is certain: Astragaloside IV has great scientific and medical potential. Many studies already account for its extraordinary effects on human health, and the future will eventually reveal if we have finally found the cure against aging.

(See sources at bottom of page.)

OK, I hope you read all this awesome information!  I have been taking tonic herbs for years and can justify to their medicinal and healing  qualities.  It is my passion to continuously learn more about them and share the information with you.  Herbs have a place in our present life and our future.   So, if you are interested in sourcing a quality product for this anti-aging herb, let me guide you to Ancient Wisdom – Imperial Tonics Superfood that I take daily.   Taking a scoop of this potent blend by mixing it in your morning and/or afternoon smoothie, daily tonic drinks, adding to your raw desserts, and so much more.  Get creative.  It is just the same as taking your daily multi-vitamin.  Herbs are food and are to be taken daily to get the best results.  Not just once in awhile.  Remember, daily practices are the ones that give you the best results and feed your body-mind.  You are worth it.  You really are!

Learn more about Ancient Wisdom from my past articles (links below) and ways to incorporate this superfood tonic blend into your dietary lifestyle with some great recipes. 

Have fun!  Get your tonics on and prosper!

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Sources
Scientific articles(1) A Natural Product Telomerase Activator As Part of a Health Maintenance Program
        Calvin B. Harley, Weimin Liu, Maria Blasco, Elsa Vera, William H. Andrews, Laura A. Briggs, and Joseph M. Raffaele. Rejuvenation Research. February 2011, 14(1): 45-56. doi:10.1089/rej.2010.1085.(2) Anti-aging effect of astragalosides and its mechanism of action
LEI Hong, WANG Bin, LI Wei-Ping, YANG Yan, ZHOU Ai-Wu, CHEN Min-Zhu. Institute of Clinical Pharmacology, Anhui Medical University. October 2002.(3) Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging
Fernandez, Elizabeth. University of California San Francisco. September 2013. Retrieved from https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/09/108886/lifestyle-changes-may-lengthen-telomeres-measure-cell-aging(4) Functional Assessment of Pharmacological Telomerase Activators in Human T-Cells
Molgora B, Bateman R, Sweeney G, Finger D, Dimler T, Effros RB, Valenzuela HF. Cells. 2013; 2(1):57-66.
(5) Oxidative Stress Shortens Telomeres
von Zglinicki T. Trends in Biochemical Science. July 2002, 27(7) : 339-44.

(6) Astragaloside IV Attenuates Experimental Autoimmune Encephalomyelitis of Mice by Countering Oxidative Stress at Multiple Levels
Yixin He, Min Du, Yan Gao, Hongshuai Liu, Hongwei Wang, Xiaojun Wu, and Zhengtao Wang. Shanghai Key Laboratory of Complex Prescription, Institute of Chinese Materia Medica, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. August 2013.

(8) Telomerase Reactivation Reverses Tissue Degeneration in Aged Telomerase-Deficient Mice
Jaskelioff M., Florian L. Muller F.L., Paik J., Thomas E., Jiang S., Adams A.C., Sahin E., Kost-Alimova M., Protopopov A., Cadiñanos J., Horner J.W., Maratos-Flier E. & DePinho R.A. Nature 469 : 102–106. January 2011.
(9) Astragaloside IV-loaded nanoparticle-enriched hydrogel induces wound healing and anti-scar activity through topical delivery
Xi Chen, Li-Hua Peng, Ying-Hui Shan, Ni Li, Wei Wei, Lian Yu, Qi-Mei Li, Wen-Quan Liang, Jian-Qing Gao. International Journal of Pharmaceutics, Volume 447, Issue 1, Pages 171-181

Websites

(7) Health Check Systems : Understanding Free Radicals and Antioxidants

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

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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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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Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Butter Me Up! – Ellovi Body Butter review

Ellovi Body Butter Review

Ellovi Body Butter

I am a huge supporter and fan of natural skincare, makeup and body care. During the beginning of my journey of healing, dietary and lifestyle changes, I went to great lengths researching and educating myself about eating well and taking care of my body (I still do). After awhile, I decided to address skincare. I learned that what you put ON your skin (the outside) is just as important as what you eat (the inside).   To me, it was a real eye-opener! I look at everything I put on my skin and decide if it is something I would be willing to eat.  Why you ask?

Our skin is the LARGEST organ of the body.  What you put on it or come into contact with, the skin absorbs, assimilates and processes right into the bloodstream going full circle throughout the body.  Did you know that the commercial body care industry is one of the leading toxic industries in the WORLD? The very products that we shop our grocery stores and malls for consisting from hygiene, shampoo, soap, makeup, skin and body care are actually extremely toxic to our bodies in the way of carcinogens!  Synthetic chemicals, found in conventional body care products, are harmful to the human body and our planet.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehydes. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals. (source) Pretty scarey, right!?

It means the choices we make today are going to have a real impact on the way we’re going to live our lives tomorrow, especially with these kinds of products that we use daily, over 10 to 30 years or our whole lives. So even though it’s a small quantity of use, it’s chronic exposure. And that is all it takes.

Want to avoid applying known carcinogens to your skin and hair? 

Can a Product be Carcinogen-Free?

ABSOLUTELY!

I was recently contacted by Kelly Winterhalter, founder of Ellovi, to sample and review her natural body butter. She mentioned there were only 6 ingredients in the product. I did a quick review of the website and I said “Yes, please!” ~ Hands clapping in excitement ~ 

Ellovi is a company founded on the grounds of integrity, ethics and offering the finest quality ingredients from around the world in a single product that TRULY delivers.  They are passionate about crafting pure and nutritional skincare products from plants.  My kind of company! Over the years, I have tried many organic, natural, eco-friendly products and Ellovi body butter is one of many that I can honestly claim THIS IS IT! 

Ellovi Body Butter is an intensely hydrating body moisturizer made from macadamia nut, coconut, marula nut, hemp seed, and shea. There are no synthetic ingredients, preservatives, parabens, or other secret ingredients. 

From the Ellovi website:

What’s really special about Butter is that we don’t add water. That means it’s highly concentrated, can’t evaporate like other moisturizers, and we don’t need preservatives. Butter soaks in deep and moisturizes your skin better from the inside out. Even after washing your hands or bathing, Butter will keep your skin intensely hydrated and nourished for days.

This is all true!  I can usually moisturize after a shower and the next day or so upon cleaning again will need to re-apply.  I don’t have to do this with Ellovi Butter. My skin stays hydrated and happy.  I have used it all over my body – head to toe (elbows, hands, legs, face, feet, hair).  Yes, hair! I have used a small amount and rubbed into my palms and applied by gently squeezing to the ends of my hair (before drying or after, as needed).  Great moisturizer and leaves a healthy sheen to hair.  Oh, yeah, it’s also a nice personal lubricant.  Say no more.

I use this luxurious butter on my face as a moisturizer, around my eyes and it doesn’t clog my skin (mine is sensitive) and give me pimples.  My skin looks fresher and clearer.   It has actually started to heal some old scars on my face and body.  Woohoo! 

Ellovi body butter is also safe to use on pets.  It helped clear up a rash on my dog, Meg’s back in just a day.  Score!

You don’t need to use a lot of it, unlike many body butters.  So a little goes a long way and the jar will last longer than most other butters.  It spreads nicely and evenly. It is ultra hydrating and light.  It isn’t greasy or heavy like many other butters.  Ellovi has a fresh light scent – ever so subtle – so it won’t interfere with anything else you are wearing or great for sensitive folks like me. 

So what are the 6 wonderful ingredients (all wildly harvested):

  • Macadamia Nut – Full of youth enhancing fatty acids that are naturally present in young skin
  • Coconut – Provides proteins, amino acids, and vitamins that revitalize skin
  • Marula – Used in Africa for thousands of years as an anti-aging regimen
  • Hemp Seed – Loaded with antioxidants that cleanse skin of environmental toxins
  • Shea – Considered sacred by ancient African natives for its natural healing powers

Ellovi body butter is an all-in-one product for skin, hair and body.  I LOVE it and hope you take the opportunity to try it out for yourself.  Packaging was beautiful, simple and the jars are reusable.  Oh yeah, FREE SHIPPING! 

Just as I teach and promote with education of food – The best way to change your “toxic load” is to be aware of the products you are using by reading the labels and knowing the ingredients.  Check your skin care products at www.ewg.org/skindeep to see how they rate. Reducing the number of products you use is also an effective way to lower your exposure to unwanted ingredients. Simplify, baby!  Again, my philosophy -  if you wouldn’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin. Using paraben-free, chemical free, holistic skin care is key.  Either purchase from reputable companies such as Ellovi or make them yourself (DIY).  I do both!

Thank you Kelly for offering me the opportunity to try your body butter.  You’ve got a new customer and I look forward to trying your Lip Butter soon – luxury on the lips!  Kelly is a real sweetheart and feel free to contact her with any questions at Ellovi.com.

I was not paid for this review. This was purely an honest assessment about a product that I feel passionately about and use myself.  I wanted to share with you!

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Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Afternoon Delight Herbal Tonic

Energy Enhancing Immune Boosting Herbal Tonic

The weather outside this week has been cold, dreary and snowy.   I whipped this tonic up on Wednesday afternoon to warm me up, boost my energy (cabin fever going on here!) and enhance my immune system.  Our immune systems are so delicate and easily influenced by many external AND internal factors.  Daily strengthening of this system is key to radiant health.  This tonic lends not just to “physical” health but to “mental” health.  I have been doing a lot of work on the computer lately and needed some L-dopamine boosting.  What is she talking about, you ask?  L-dopamine has to do with mental focus and can also help with depression, SADS (seasonal affective disorder) – AKA winter depression, winter blues or “I can’t get outside and GROUND, soak up the sun and be with nature.” 

L-Dopa is an amino acid which is a precursor to dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter manufactured by certain neurons in the brain. Dopamine neurons are triggered by good feelings.  In short, dopamine makes you feel good. Since dopamine itself can not cross the blood-brain barrier, it is delivered in a precursor state – a form which causes the brain to produce dopamine. L-Dopa is just such a precursor. L-Dopa has been found to be effective in alleviating depression, increasing focus and in treating Parkinson’s Disease. One of the best natural sources of L-dopa is Mucuna Pruriens.

Mucuna is an herb (a bean actually) that grows wild in many parts of the world and is reputed in Indian medicine for its therapeutic properties. It is more of a traditional medicine that has still to find its place among modern medicines however it has proven itself valuable and effective in many parts of the world. It has a long history of use in traditional Ayurvedic, African and Caribbean medicine. (source)  It is recommended to take it as needed.  A few days on, a few days off.  One week on, one week off.  See how it works for your body and adjust.  I add it to my tonics when I am focusing on a project (writing), doing a smoothie class or socially interacting – as needed.

Other Mucuna Pruriens Benefits:

  • Improved mood and feeling of well-being
  • Mental clarity
  • Better sleep
  • Anabolic: increased lean muscle mass, decreased fat
  • Increases bone density, helps reverse osteoporosis
  • Smoother skin
  • Stronger immune system
  • Helps regenerate organs
  • Healthier cholesterol profile
  • (source)

The best quality Macuna I have found and use myself is from Hyperion Herbs.  You can get it here.  Great results!

There are other superstar herbs in this tonic blend – but overall they synergize to balance and enhance one another to warrant you one HEALTHY, powerful, grounding drink. 

Maca is a wonderful hormone balancer.  It is important to remember that MACA does not itself contain any hormones, but its action on the body jolts the pituitary gland into producing the precursor hormones which ultimately end up raising estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels, as well as helping to balance the adrenal glands, the thyroid and the pancreas. This occurs naturally while increasing energy. (sourceI take Maca daily to keep those hormones in check.  I usually increase the dosage a bit during “that time of the month” and it makes life (and Scott’s life) more enjoyable. 

Reishi Mushroom   This prized fungus may be able to boost your immune system, fight cancer, ward off heart disease, calm your nerves and relieve both allergies and inflammation.   According to Eastern thought, the body needs to defend itself against threats to its “equilibrium.” These threats can be physical, such as viruses and bacteria that cause infection; emotional, such as stressors that cause anxiety; or energetic, in that they reduce alertness. Whatever the threat, reishi helps the body maintain its defense against these threats to its equilibrium, helping the body to maintain balance. In this sense, diseases like heart disease and cancer mean that the body is out of balance, which is why an equilibrium-enhancing remedy such as reishi can help so many diverse ailments.  Read more here for some astounding proof of this mushroom. (sourceI take Reishi daily.

King of cacao – Raw chocolateCacao is increasingly being consumed for its nutritive and health enhancing properties as it has been in many cultures for thousands of years.  If you feel exceptionally good when eating it, you can thank the “bliss” chemical anandamine along with theobromine and phenylethylamine for boosting your mood. Pure cacao powder also contains a good dose of magnesium, which plays an important role in maintaining a healthy heart.

Dandy Blend is so versatile that, depending on how much powder you use, it can be everything from a pleasant, nutty roasted tea to a rich, strong espresso. It also is the easiest way to get the benefits of dandelion root into your diet.   Dandelion root aids the liver.  Add one spoonful in a cup of hot or cold liquid, stir, and it is ready to drink. It makes a particularly good iced coffee for use in warm water.  Rich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.  I LOVE this stuff!  It’s also great to add to raw ice creams, puddings, pies, hot chocolate drinks,etc. for a coffee-like taste with NONE of the coffee side-effects.

Cordyceps is one of the oldest Chinese remedies to boost the immune system, fight disease and fatigue, promote more energy, and induce vitality!  This herb increases the natural killer cells in your body that help to treat, protect, and prevent harmful activity in the body- whether it be from sickness, disease, stress, free radicals, or other environmental pollutants.  The polysaccharide content is also a key factor in not only the strengthening of the immune system, but also the powerful anti-oxidant properties, which in turn, help to slow oxidation and aging of the body. Cordyceps is highly effective in attacking the pathogens that take harmful action on your immune system.  It is a leading herb for its energy supplementation, with no contradictions like those you would get with herbs like ginseng.  Cordyceps is used as an energy tonic, for sustainable and lasting natural energy, without affecting the heart, as it is used in some cases to nurture and treat the heart.  This is truly indicative of cordyceps amazing adaptogenic qualities, making it one of the safest and most effective herbs on the planet, providing absolutely no side effects, as it is naturally non-toxic. (source)  Cordyceps is part of my daily tonic intake also. 

Hemp seeds make a tonic super creamy and pack it full of nutrition.  One of the most nutritious and easily digested foods on the earth is the hemp seed. Hemp seeds contain all of the following: protein, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids. Hemp is truly a food that can sustain all of man’s dietary needs. 

  • Hemp contains more of the beneficial amino acids than proteins such as milk, eggs or meat.   Hemp is a complete source of protein and is easily digestible.    Hemp seed contains almost seven times more omega-3 fatty acids than fish. It also provides an option for those unable to eat gluten, meat, sugar and milk. It is a good addition to a diet for those concerned about avoiding carbohydrates. (source)   Try my Vanilla Cacao Hemp Seed Milk.

This herbal tonic tastes and looks like a mocha cappuccino.  This is just a sneak peak of the tonic recipes that I am creating for you for the Tonic eBook.  You will have such amazing recipes to fuel your body, mind and spirit to a whole new level. I am so excited to be able to share it with you. 

Tonic recipe:

(serves 1)

Double the recipe for two people – which is what I did (Scott loves these tonics also).   Or make a double batch – one serving in a.m. and one later mid-afternoon, if need be. (I just keep the extra in a small thermos to keep warm for hours when I am ready for it).

Directions:

Heat your liquid in a small saucepan on the stove (NOT THE MICROWAVE please).  While liquid base is heating (warm/hot, never boil – so keep an eye on it),  add all the other ingredients into a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix).  Once your liquid base is warm/hot, add it to your blender, fit lid on tightly and blend for about 20 – 30 seconds till smooth and creamy.  Taste and adjust flavors.

( * Tip: The reason the liquid is best warm/hot for this tonic drink is that it synergizes all the herbs to work more efficiently.  Best taken on an empty stomach.)

Want to learn more about tonic herbs, access amazing tonic blend recipes, learn the basics to make your own blends and so much more?  My Tonic Alchemy eBook will be available soon!

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Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Giveaway Winner announced

Imperial Tonics Winner

 photo tonicsmoothie2_zps1e36f49e.jpgWith the weather across the nation going crazy with snow storms, rain and the like, NOW is a great time to protect yourself and your immunity with healing herbs through a tonic blend such as Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom.  I love making my blend into a hot drink that warms my body, mind and spirit.  This blend gives me energy (not bouncing off the wall energy) but a stable, uplifting, balanced energy.  It supports and backs my immune system so I know I can fend off and kick those germs to the curbside.  Can’t touch this! 

Thank you for all the lovely comments and entries.  I wish I could gift everyone of you a bottle of this Wisdom.  However, I only had one bottle to gift,  so the lucky winner is:

John Santos

Don’t forget, Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics is gifting a lovely sale and offering a discount of 25% off all orders of Ancient Wisdom. Free shipping on multiple bottles.  Use coupon code HOLIDAYS2013 from NOW through January 8th, 2014.  Take advantage of this sale/deal while supplies last.  

**  Click to Order YOUR Imperial Tonics ANCIENT WISDOM NOW! **

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I’ll see you on Thursday with the THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY post.  

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Jing Herbs Products Review

Jing Herbs Products Review

Jing Herbs Review

When I test and review products, I put it to thorough and extensive testing.  I may take a few months to incorporate it into my diet and REALLY see how it works over the long run.  I was contacted by Josh Williams at Jing Herbs back at the beginning of October asking if I would like to test and review some of their tonic herb prodcuts.  Would I!!??  Heck YES!   Tonic herb girl here – just saying!   I received 5 different lovely products to try.   That’s why I am just now posting my results – I wanted to be sure I give you accurate and informed information from my consistent usage.  Also, remember - If you don’t take the herbs, they won’t work.  So be consistent in taking these for results.

I received:

  1. Goddess Pack
  2. Pearl Powder
  3. Three Sisters
  4. Organic Cordyceps Powder
  5. STR-12 – “Support the Righteous”

Beauty Kit

Beauty Kit

 1.  Goddess Pack – Goddess Pack is a transformative blend of three formulas that together conform to the ancient Oriental wisdom of “cultivating the interior so that the exterior may radiate.” 

The first formula in this product, Timeless Beauty, is composed of legendary tonic herbs known to enhance beauty from within.  Beautiful skin requires healthy blood and this formula features herbs that nourish, cleanse, and vitalize the blood.

The second formula in this product, Beautiful Hair, is famous for promoting vibrant and healthy hair, skin, and nails by nourishing Essence, Blood, and circulation. It features the supertonic herb He shou wu which is prized as not only a beauty herb, but a longevity and anti-aging tonic as well.

The third formula contains Maca root and Pearl powder for harmonizing hormonal cycles, replenishing energy, and nourishing and grounding the Spirit.

I love how the three formulas are packaged into ONE individual packet that you take once or twice a day.  Each packet contains the following: two each of Formula 1, two each of Formula 2, and one each of Formula 3.  This makes life easy breezy while you’re getting your herbs on.  A great quality kit in my opinion!

I liked the results.  I experienced my nails growing faster and thicker, my skin seemed to glow a bit more, increased energy, a calming effect overall just to name a few.

2. Pearl Powder – Pearl powder is known to support eyesight, to support muscle, to support and nourish the skin, and to promote blood circulation.  It can help promote a peaceful spirit and a quiet mind.  Nice to incorporate into a night time tonic.   I like this tonic herb in my repertoire of supplements.  It really works.  Great quality.  I will also break open several of the capsules into a warm tonic at night.  It would work well in my Happy Hormone Tonic.

3. Three Sisters -  Three Sisters is a heavenly trinity of tonic herbs for cultivating beauty, health, and longevity. This is the ultimate Yin, Blood, and Essence tonic.  It includes Schizandra (renowned for its ability to nurture beautiful, soft, and radiant skin. It is a powerful brain and memory tonic and THE BEST liver cleanser by far – in my opinion), Lycium fruit, also known as Goji berry (brightens and strengthens the eyes, supports immune function, builds sexual fluids, creates cheerfulness, supports the legs, and enhances sexual function) and Longan fruit (Long term consumption is said to sharpen the intelligence, lighten the body, prevent aging, and facilitate enlightenment of the spirit).

This is one of my favorite products out of the five that I tested.  I use one to two droppers under my tongue, drink some water, slosh it around in my mouth and swallow.  Again, easy to take and is great to toss in a purse, back pack, carry-all for convenient usage.

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4. Cordyceps powder – Cordyceps is one of the great herbs of Chinese herbalism. It is a balanced tonic herb that strengthens the Kidneys, tonifies Yang, nourishes Lung Yin, and strengthens Lung capacity. It also promotes healthy immune function, is considered a longevity tonic, and has an adaptogenic effect on the body.   I am sure this a quality product, but I personally didn’t get much from it.  It might work beautifully with someone else though.  Just being honest.  I used it in a tonic or smoothie.

5. STR-12 powder – STR-12 is a potent health and immune supporting and modulating formula crafted from twelve organic mushroom mycelium.  This formula contains all the most effective immune mushrooms in a bio-available powder that is easily taken as a tea or in smoothies.  I really liked this formula and noticed enhanced results with it.  I used it in a tonic or smoothie.  I liked it in my Pumpkin Spice Coffee alternative tonic.

So there you go.  My honest, time-tested review with Jing Herbs products.   Thank you again, Josh for this opportunity to experience and share my results.  Jing Herbs is a quality company from my experience and other reviews I have read about them.  They have a fantastic resource site.  I will be purchasing some of these products again in the future.   As with anything, what might work for me, might not work for you (and vice versa). They are so worth incorporating into your lifestyle though!  Tonic herbs have really made a difference in my overall health and well-being.   Give it a try and see how you feel.

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IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend Giveaway and Sale

Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend

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It’s GIVEAWAY time!!  I love sharing with you all whenever I can. 

This is perfect timing for the giveaway offering something we can all use this time of the year (any time in my opinion) that will boost the immune system, enhance energy, help deal with stress and lift the spirits. 

I also love how the Universe works at placing opportunities in our laps (for ourselves and others).  Last week, the idea of having a giveaway for you all popped in my head.  “What will it be?” I asked myself.  I saw a bottle of Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom in my minds eye.  “What a lovely gift!”  I exclaimed out loud. Yes, I talk to myself.  Well, technically, the dogs were in the room with me, so it that counts right?  :)

A few days later, I received an email from Marcus Schneider, owner of IMPERIAL TONICS – Ancient Wisdom Tonic Blend, that he was having a sale and wanted to offer my readers the opportunity for a discount code.  Well, there you go!!  A giveaway AND a sale!  That’s my kind of Universal conspiracy of an opportunity for you all. 

If you aren’t familiar with Imperial Tonics Ancient Wisdom Tonic blend, read my review here.  I have a smashing tonic smoothie that accompanies that post.  Please check it out.  You’ll be glad you did.  Ancient Wisdom is a concentrated and standardized combination of Chinese Herbalism – Duanwood Reishi Mushroom spores, Schizandra, Goji berry, Astragalus root and He Shou Wu to empower your health.

Tonic herbs 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.”  I love incorporating the use of these healing herbs in tonic drinks.  Quick, easy, tasty and the healing properties assimilate in the body fast.  My kind of drink!

Thanks to Marcus Schneider at Imperial Tonics, he is gifting a lovely sale and offering a discount of 25% off all orders of Ancient Wisdom. Free shipping on multiple bottles.  Use coupon code HOLIDAYS2013 from NOW through January 8th, 2014.  Take advantage of this sale/deal while supplies last.  

**  Click to Order YOUR Imperial Tonics ANCIENT WISDOM NOW! ** 

In the meantime, feel free to enter for your chance to win a bottle from my own personal collection. 

U.S. entries ONLY!

(Sorry my international readers – shipping costs are way high – I love you all though!!)

For entry to win:

**  Leave a comment below why you would like to win this product and how would you use it (anything else you want to share is ALWAYS welcome). **

Let the comments begin!

Deadline for entries will be Sunday night, December 15th.  I will announce winner on Monday, December 16th.

Good luck my dears!!

Entries now closed for giveaway.

P.S. I am still working on Tonic eBook for you and will give more information in the coming weeks.

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Kibby

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.

(That’s 3 chances to win per person!)

 

You have to have a physical mailing address – CAN NOT SHIP TO P. O. BOXES

Contest/ Giveaway is open WORLDWIDE.

You can receive DISCOUNTS on all orders placed on their website :  www.nunaturals.com .

When you get to their checkout page, you should enter the DISCOUNT CODE ;  BLG1213  and you will receive – 15% DISCOUNT on your ENTIRE ORDER. This discount remains  EFFECTIVE UNTIL  DECEMBER 31, 2013 .

Online ordering customers may also receive FREE SHIPPING to the CONTINENTAL U. S. on all orders exceeding  $ 35.00 after discounts.

 NuNaturals GIVEAWAY ends Sunday night, November 24th!

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

So, go sign up (leave some comments) and then come back to get this FANTASTIC recipe. 

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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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