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Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic + Video

Longevity Energy Tonic

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It’s TONIC time!  I have been creating a lot of new tonic recipes and wanted to share this one with you.  The other recipes I am saving for my TONIC ebook that I am working on.  It will be full of indepth information about tonic and longevity herbs, where to purchase them (top quality for BEST price), recipes and much more.  I am passionate about tonics and their benefits and it is due time to share all this acquired knowledge and share with you how to make your own.

What do think!?  Would you be interested in this book?   I would love your input, feedback and comments. 

Herbal 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”.

In the meantime, let’s take a brief look at the ingredient list for this tonic and its benefits for you.  (*Click on the name and see where I purchase mine).

Hemp seeds - Hemp seeds offer raw nutrition, rich nutty flavor and a tender crunch.  Hemp seeds contain more protein and omegas than a similar serving of Chia or Flax.  These seeds make a great alternative to milk – hemp milk.  They lend a creamy texture when blended with water.

Dandy BlendThe Easiest Way to Get Dandelion (Good for your liver) in Your DietRich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness. May provide increased energy – use with discretion before bedtime.

Raw Cacao PowderKing of cacao – Raw chocolate.  Cacao 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.

Gynostemma Extract powderGynostemma is a sweet and slightly bitter herb. The list of benefits of this “magic grass” as it’s called are amazing. It has a strong anti-fatigue affect, strengthens the mind, increases vigor, improves digestion, eases pain, strengthens the immune system, fights off pathogens and helps reduce inflammation.  An adaptogenic herb, this means It helps to calm the system when overactive and stimulate when under active or depressed.

Maca (Gelatinized) - The maca root has potent adaptogenic properties helping each body differently based on individual needs. Maca is most often regarded as a powerful stamina booster, libido enhancer, hormone regulator and exhaustion buster. Unique alkaloids found in maca, called Macainas, have been shown to nourish and support the endocrine system, which regulates many of the body’s important functions. Maca also provides an abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols that can support general health and immune function.

Astragalus Root powderAstragalus herb is thought to boost overall vitality. In Chinese medicine it has been historically used to promote healing and reduce fatigue.

TriphalaTriphala is recommended and used more than any other Ayurvedic herbal formulation. Popular for its unique ability to gently cleanse and detoxify the system while simultaneously replenishing and nourishing it, this traditional formula supports the proper functions of the digestive, circulatory, respiratory and genitourinary systems. Translated as “three fruits”, it is composed of the dried fruits of amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki. Containing five of the six tastes (all but salty), Triphala readily removes excess vata, pitta and kapha from the body, bringing balance and proper functioning to the system. It is commonly taken as a daily supplement to help maintain balance of the doshas.

Organic Ghee Ghee is essentially clarified butter, which means it has had the milk solids and water removed.  Ghee helps with digestion, prevents inflammation, promotes intelligence and memory and lubricates the body’s connective tissues, promoting flexibility. Modern Western medicine has found that ghee resists free radical damage, and that it contains phenolic antioxidants that are known help strengthen the immune system. Ghee is also lactose-free and contains no salt.

Chaga mushroom ( I used as a tea base for this recipe) -  Chaga mushroom can be used as a remedy for chronic inflammation, diabetes, hypertension, cancers, stomach illnesses and improving the immune system.

Longevity Energy Tonic
This creamy tonic is loaded with energy enhancing and longevity herbs. You will feel ready to take on the day in a balanced and energetic way. If you need a "pick-up" drink in the mid-afternoon, this is THE ONE!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cups liquid of choice (water, herbal tea, nut or seed milk of choice)
  2. 1/4 cup hemp seeds (Manitoba Harvest)
  3. 1 tsp. Gynostemma extract powder (Vimergy)
  4. 1 tsp. Maca - gelatinized (Navitas Naturals)
  5. 1 TB. Dandy Blend
  6. 1 tsp. Astragalus Root powder
  7. 1/2 tsp. Triphala (Banyan Botanicals)
  8. 1 tsp. or more Raw Cacao powder (Navitas Naturals)
  9. pinch of cayenne
  10. 1 tsp. coconut oil (Nutiva) or ghee (Ancient Organics)
  11. NuNaturals liquid stevia - 8 drops or to taste
  12. pinch of pink himalayan salt
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and BLEND till smooth and creamy - about 30 seconds. Pour into a saucepan and heat on LOW for a few minutes to desired temperature. Enjoy!
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Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries & Coconut Flakes

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This is such a lovely and tasty superfood dish!  I got the original recipe from my friend, Fern Langham from Yoga With Fern that she posted on Facebook a few months ago.  The ingredients and combinations intrigued me, so what do I do – pop into the kitchen and whip it up for dinner.  Of course, when I find a WINNER, I must share it out.  So, in turn, YOU’RE A WINNER!

This gluten-free dish is packed with lots of great plant-based proteins from the quinoa, goji berries and Spirulina.   Scott and I have been doing a lot of landscaping and outdoor work lately, and this is just what our bodies have been needing.  This recipe is easy to make! It makes A LOT for left overs (my kind of meal!), easy to pack (mason jars are great for transporting dishes like this), easy to digest and tastes WONDERFUL!  The fennel seeds act as a digestive stimulant and POPS a great flavor to the dish.  It’s great warm or cold.

Spirulina

Spirulina is a “Superfood.” It is the most nutritious, concentrated whole food known to humankind. One 3 gram serving of Hawaiian Spirulina provides more antioxidant activity than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables! Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach, 3900% more beta carotene than carrots, 300% more calcium than whole milk, and 375% more protein than tofu. Comparing phytonutrient levels, Spirulina is 31 times more potent than blueberries and 60 times more potent than spinach!  

Goji Berries

The goji berry is one of the most nutrient-rich foods on earth. It is a vegetarian form of protein, packed with essential amino acids, rich in vitamin A and a good source of vitamin C. Goji berries possess over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, Riboflavin (B2), vitamin E as well as carotenoids, including beta-carotene. 

I use Goji Berries from Navitas Naturals.

Quinoa

Quinoa (pronounced as kinwah) is an incredibly nutritious grain-like seed.  Quinoa grains provide 14-18 g of protein per 100 g.  It composes all the required essential amino acids for the human body at excellent proportions.  Quinoa is a rich source of soluble and insoluble dietary fiber.   Quinoa grains are indeed very good sources of  B-complex group of vitamins, vitamin E (α-tocopherol) and essential fatty acids such as linoleic and α-linolenic acid.

Come watch me show you how to put it together along with some inspiring words and thoughts.

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Spirulina Quinoa with Goji Berries and Coconut Flakes
Serves 4
This gluten-free dish is packed with lots of great plant-based proteins from the quinoa, goji berries and Spirulina. This recipe is easy to make! It makes A LOT for left overs (my kind of meal!), easy to pack (mason jars are great for transporting dishes like this), easy to digest and tastes WONDERFUL! The fennel seeds act as a digestive stimulant and POPS a great flavor to the dish.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups Quinoa - prepared ahead of time
  2. 2 TB. Spirulina powder ( I use Pure Hawaiian Spirulina)
  3. 1 organic cucumber, sliced thin
  4. 1 tsp. Pink Himalayan salt
  5. 1 TB. fennel seeds
  6. 1/4 cup organic goji berries ( I used Navitas Naturals) - soak in 1/2 cup water for 10 minutes
  7. 1/4 cup organic raw shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
  8. 1/2 cup (or more to taste) fresh chopped basil
Instructions
  1. Cook your quinoa according to package directions. I used 2 cups dried quinoa (soaked for several hours or overnight), rinse WELL and add to 4 cups of boiling water in a large pot. Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 - 15 minutes. Add 1 TB. of fennel seeds. Stir periodically. Turn heat OFF. Put lid on pot and let quinoa absorb water and become fluffy.
  2. Thoroughly mix 2 TB. Spirulina powder into 4 cups of cooled, prepared quinoa.
  3. Fluff quinoa and add 1 tsp. of pink himalayan salt - or to taste.
  4. Soak goji berries in water, then strain (SAVE this liquid!) I keep a jar of "soaking" goji berries in fridge and change out every 3-4 days. This juice is GOLD health wise. Drink it or add to a smoothie.
  5. Toss goji berries into the quinoa.
  6. Add sliced cucumbers.
  7. Mix everything well and top with raw shredded coconut flakes and fresh chopped basil.
  8. Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Leftovers can be refrigerated for several days. Tastes great cold, room temperature or warmed up.
Adapted from Fern Langham
Adapted from Fern Langham
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Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie + Video

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie

 

I love starting my mornings off with a HUGE Green smoothie.  This one has been a favorite of ours lately.  With all the lovely sweet mangoes in season along with pineapples, it’s just a winner!  I love pairing the tropical taste of the fruits with the healing and detoxifying properties of zesty cilantro.  Cilantro is most often cited as being effective for toxic metal cleansing and rightfully so, this herb is a powerful, natural cleansing agent. The chemical compounds in cilantro bind to toxic metals and loosen them from the tissue. Many people suffering from mercury exposure report a reduction in the often-cited feeling of disorientation after consuming large and regular amounts of cilantro over an extended period.

Cardamon is a lovely aromatic spice. In terms of Ayurveda, cardamom increases Pitta dosha and decreases Vata and Kapha.  It is a heart tonic and an expectorant for respiratory diseases.  While it is called for in a wide range of conditions, owing to its carminative properties, one of its most common uses is for digestive health, including the relief of indigestion and flatulence.

This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more!  ALL easily digestible and assimilable.  Tastes like a tropical paradise.   Now THAT’S how to start off your day right! 

Tropical Detox GREEN Smoothie
Serves 2
This smoothie is packed with Alkaline rich greens, powerhouse superfoods, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fatty acids, protein and more! ALL easily digestible and assimilable. Tastes like a tropical paradise. Now THAT'S how to start off your day right!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 3/4 cup fresh water
  2. 3 LARGE cups of organic Kale (or your choice of greens - organic spinach is nice)
  3. 1 large handful of cilantro
  4. 2 bananas
  5. 1 mango
  6. 1 cup fresh pineapple
  7. 2 TB. chia seeds
  8. 1 knob of fresh ginger root
  9. 1 tsp. cardamon powder
  10. several drops of NuNaturals liquid stevia (to taste) - optional
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix) and blend till smooth and creamy. Pour into large cups and top with toppings of choice ( I used raw cacao nibs, fresh/local bee pollen and mulberry/goji berry mix). So satisfying and filling.
  2. May the GREENS be with You and Be Inspired!
Notes
  1. Feel free to substitute kiwi or apple for the pineapple. Make it your own!
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How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

How To Make Coconut Butter – Nectar of the Gods!!

DIY Coconut Butter + Video

 

I ADORE coconuts!  I am a fiend when it comes to the sweet water upon cracking a fresh young thai coconut open.  The meat is creamy and perfect for smoothies, puddings, and ice creams.   Then the dried coconut flakes are fantastic sprinkled on top of green smoothies, in a warm oatmeal, mixed in superfood protein bars, raw granola, and more!  I went for YEARS without trying the much talked about “coconut butter” or AKA “coconut manna”.  I didn’t think I was missing out on much.  It’s a pricey item in the stores so I just glossed over it.  Then, recently in a store, I came across a jar that was discounted and I thought I would give it a try. 

Upon opening the jar, I was lured by the sweet, creamy smell (yes, I smell in textures and such).   I immersed the spoon into this thick luscious cream and put it into my mouth.  I melted!  “Where have you been all my life.”  OMG!  NOW I knew what people were raving about when they spoke of coconut butter.  It was all I could do to NOT eat the entire small jar.  It’s a sure–fire way to get the maximum concentration of rich, velvety coconut flavor and texture in each bite.

Coconut butter is not like coconut oil.   Coconut oil is made from the extracted fat of the coconut meat, whereas this butter includes the fibrous shreds of the coconut meat, just in dried form.  Coconut butter solidifies around 70 degrees, and it is best used as a topping on anything from savory to sweet dishes. It can also go from melted to solid and back again without adverse effects — and you don’t even need to store it in the fridge!

 Coconut butter can be made in a food processor but will take approximately 10 minutes.  That is where a high speed blender helps out (time and efficiency).  Make it however you can, but MAKE IT!

 Coconut Butter

* makes one small jar *

What You Need:

Ingredients

3 cups organic, dried, shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes (Bob’s Red Mill Coconut flakes and see source link below)

Equipment

Vitamix blender or a food processor

Instructions

1. Process the Coconut – Put the dried coconut in the blender. Mix on high speed, scraping down the sides with the tamper for approximately 1 minute (give or take) until a thick paste is formed.  OR Put the dried coconut in a large food processor, then turn on and process until it’s buttery smooth, about 10 minutes.That’s it.  Scrape this lovely cream into your mouth a small glass jar and use as needed. 

* Tip:  Always use unsweetened shredded coconut — never the sweetened, sulphured or low fat kind. So read your labels carefully.  Make sure your coconut is fresh by starting with an unopened bag.

Coconut flakes

 

Getting creamy in the Vitamix in no time!

 

Ready to go into a jar – YUM!

 

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Coconut butter is great spread on top of bread and muffins,  added to soups, in desserts, in smoothies, as a nut milk substitute, as any nut butter substitute, in tonics, raw puddings, raw cheesecakes and by the spoonful. Have fun with it in your own kitchen.  It is fantastic stuffed into a medjool date with raw cacao nibs – I KNOW!! 

Now, WATCH the video and see how easy it is to make your own.

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Watch Me From “Food is Medicine” Seminar

Watch Me From “Food is Medicine” Seminar

Food is Medicine

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Discussing the importance of a plant based lifestyle.

Last week, I posted that I was speaking along with Dr. Micheal Gallo at his office regarding “Food is Medicine” contributing to his Revive & Thrive Seminars. I discussed my journey with healing myself with plant based foods and how I continue to do so.  I also made two smoothies for everyone attending to sample.  People were blown away by the taste and creaminess of the concoctions and how simple they were to make and incorporate into a daily lifestyle. 

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Preparing smoothies for everyone and having fun.

My wonderful husband, Scott videotaped the whole seminar and we have it provided here for you to watch.  Part 1 is my one hour segment and Part 2 is Dr. Gallo’s segment talking about digestion – it is a MUST watch.  I learned so much from him.  Enjoy and let us know what you think.  Smoothie recipes from video included for you below video links.

Part 1 – Kibby Miller

 

Part 2 – Dr. Michael Gallo

Blueberry Banana Superfood Smoothie

  • 2 – 3 bananas (frozen or fresh)
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 TB. chia seeds
  • small handful of goji berries
  • 3 Medjool dates
  • vanilla stevia to taste (optional)
  • 3 cups organic spinach or kale
  • 1 TB. organic coconut oil

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, I use a Vitamix, until smooth. Enjoy!

Tropical Detox Green Smoothie

  • 1 – 2 cups coconut water or fresh water
  • 2 cups organic spinach  (or greens of choice)
  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1 cup fresh mango
  • 2 bananas (frozen or fresh)

Simply blend all ingredients in a high speed blender, I use a Vitamix, until smooth. Enjoy!

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Rebounding 101 + Video of My Routine

Rebounding 101 + Video of My Routine

Get Your Rebounding ON

 I LOVE rebounding! 

Many of you may be asking “What is rebounding and what is she talking about?”  I am here to inform you and hopefully get you interested in this fantastic form of movement and exercise.  Rebounding is the therapeutic movement on a mini-trampoline. Because it moves all parts of the body all at once, it can also be called cellular exercise.

Rebounding is a lymphatic exercise.  The lymphatic system is the metabolic garbage can of the body. It rids you of toxins such as dead and cancerous cells, nitrogenous wastes, fat, infectious viruses, heavy metals, and other assorted junk cast off by the cells. The movement performed in rebounding provides the stimulus for a free-flowing system that drains away these potential poisons.   Rebounding’s bouncing motion effectively moves and recycles the lymph and the entire blood supply through the body many times during the course of the rebounding session.   Rebounding has the same effect on your body as jumping rope, but without any jarring effect to the ankles, knees, and lower back that comes from hitting the ground. (source)

As an exercise it is superior to any other because it not only uses gravity but also two other forces, acceleration and deceleration. At the top of the bounce you experience weightlessness, and at the bottom your weight doubles pulling you into the center of the rebounder.

Urban Rebounder

 

Rebounding is an exercise that reduces your body fat – which is highly beneficial for diabetes and a host of other diseases, provides an aerobic effect for your heart, and gives your body energy when it’s tired.   I jump on my rebounder when I NEED energy, not just when I HAVE energy!    You can easily jump on your mini-trampoline in your living room, your office, or in your backyard.  Rebounding is the most convenient form of exercise around.

The mini-trampoline and safety

Everyone should start with the gentle “health bounce” which means your feet remain IN CONTACT with the mat while the body moves up and down. The health bounce is sufficient to obtain all the benefits of rebounding while gently strengthening the entire body. The health bounce can be done while talking on the phone, listening to podcasts on your ipod or watching TV.  Adults can start with 5 minutes of rebounding and increase their time as their fitness level improves.

When I have been working at the computer for awhile and know that I need to get my circulation going, or feeling sluggish or stagnant – REBOUNDING to the rescue.  I usually start slowly with some gentle bouncing and then work up from there.  Some days are gentle according to what my body wants and some days are more active and vigorous.    I love to turn on some good tunes and have FUN!

You need a quality rebounder

I bought my Urban Rebounder at Buy.com (now known as Rakuten.com) 3 years ago and you can also get them at Amazon.com.  Another quality one is Reboundair.  Just don’t go to your local Walmart and buy one – they are cheap, will not last that long and some people claimed to have gotten injured on the “low quality” rebounders. 

Check out my video below for more information and a 10 minute bouncing routine that I do.  Hope you pick up some moves to incorporate into your own routine, if you own a rebounder.  If not, watch how fun it is and save up for one.  

I wear my Vibram five finger toe shoes when rebounding during the cold months because my feet are cold!  We keep our house on the cool/warm side to save gas.   I prefer to rebound barefoot – which happens when the temps are warmer.   Find what works best for you.

 

Other benefits of rebounding

  • Increases oxygen delivery and blood flow.
  • Promotes Mind-Body Unity – better learning, intuition, balance of two hemispheres of the brain.
  • Creates homeostasis which is the general balance of all systems of the body. Sickness represents blockages in the body. Rebound Exercise can help to remove the blockages, return blood flow and circulation back into the diseased parts.
  • It also increases the white blood count, thus strengthens the immune system. One most important aspect is the return of the trapped blood proteins. (source)

Various movements on the rebounder

Health Bounce

 This move bounces you gently without leaving the mat. Just the up and down movement starts the flow of the lymphatic. 2 minutes will increase the lymph flow up to 14 times.

  • warm-up
  • relieves tension, relaxes
  • rehabilitates after bed rest
  • stabilizes vestibular (inner ear)
  • stimulates the nerves in the joints, ligaments, and muscles.
  • creates balance between mind and body, slows the brain waves to alpha level which is the level where we connect with the inner world, learn better and can relax
  • improves vision

Strength Bounce

The body weighs 1 G at resting point. The higher you jump, you increase the G force where at 4 G you access the maximum oxygen absorption.

For this bounce you want to spread you legs shoulder-wide and move up and down leaving the mat. For more fun you can kick your legs up and forward. By leaving the mat, even your feet get the benefit of massage when you touch the mat again. That stimulates all the reflex point on the bottom of the feet. You can try to land on your toes and roll the foot down toward the heels. That is added stimulation to the internal organ. (source)

Aerobic Bounces

For this bounce you want to get your heart rate up. By moving vigorously on the rebounder, this can be accomplished and should be kept up for 20 minutes to get the most benefits. By adding the deep diaphragmatic breathing it can be accomplished with any move.   To avoid getting bored, do a variety of bounces. Lifting the arms above the heart will increase the heart rate and the oxygen flow.  (source)

  • jogging
  • sprinting
  • twist
  • shuffle
  • kick legs
  • curling legs
  • criss-cross legs and arms
  • jumping jacks, etc.


The important thing is to have fun! 

 

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Vegan Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat + VIDEO

Vegan Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat + VIDEO

Spaghetti Squash with Marinara & Italian Nut Meat

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This is one of my favorite meals!  I just had to share it with you, finally. It is snowing outside and COLD!  This is a perfect COMFORT FOOD dish that doesn’t leave you feeling heavy, bloated or sluggish after eating it.  My kind of meal!  This recipe is gluten free, healthy, nourishing and tastes AMAZING!  For those of you working towards a weight loss goal, replacing spaghetti squash instead of rice or pasta is a great idea.  – You will definitely notice how you look and feel.

Spaghetti squash contains many nutrients and is a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, Vitamin A, beta carotene, potassium and dietary fiber – plus, it’s low in saturated fat and cholesterol and has a high water content.  

Watch the easy “how to make” video!

Roasted Spaghetti Squash:

Take one spaghetti squash -  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds. Place on a baking sheet, cut side down and bake for 30-40 minutes.

via Linda Wagner.net

 While the squash is cooking, prepare your marinara sauce (if making from scratch) and the Italian walnut meat.

Homemade Marinara:

  • 3 Large organic tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes (soaked if dried and not in olive oil)
  • 2 – 3 garlic cloves
  •  1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne (optional)
  • 3 dates (pitted and soaked)
  • 1/8 cup extra virgin olive oil

Place all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender (Vitamix) and blend till smooth.  Taste and adjust seasonings. 

Italian Nut Meat:

(Makes about 1 cup)

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 2 TB. Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • Bragg’s Liquid Amino’s – squirt
  • cayenne – to taste (optional)

Place walnuts in a food processor and process into small pieces.  Add the remaining ingredients; pulse to mix well.  That’s it!  Easy-peasy!  This mix will keep well in the refrigerator for about a week.

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When the squash is ready, remove from the oven and with a towel, hold the squash and scrape the interior flesh with a fork or spoon into a bowl or on plate.

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Top with marinara, fresh cut basil and Italian nut meat.  You can add chevre goat cheese if you so desire.   Enjoy!

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Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce + VIDEO

Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce + VIDEO

Spicy Vegan Cheese Sauce

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This is my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE vegan cheese sauce recipe!  A special “Thank you!” goes to Sara C. in South Carolina for inspiring me to share this recipe with you all.  She contacted me asking for a good sauce to put over raw broccoli and cauliflower to assist eating and digesting it.  If you don’t digest raw veggies very well, it’s OKAY to gently steam them to assist digestion.  Proper digestion is KEY to assimilation and absorption of nutrients from our food.  So, let’s work WITH our body and not against it.

Steaming softens vegetables while maintaining most of their nutrients, especially water-soluble compounds that are easily damaged by heat.  Vegetables will retain more texture, flavor and nutritional value when you prepare them with this indirect form of heat and moisture.  Then adding a healthy, tasty sauce or marinade just accentuates the pleasure factor in eating, which in turn assists our digestion and kicks up that digestive fire.  :)

Cashews

Cashews are a good source of copper and magnesium. Copper is an important component to many enzymes in our bodies, involved in many important functions such as developing bone and connective tissue, producing melanin, and the utilization of iron in our body. Magnesium is also extremely important in keeping our bones strong and healthy. A quarter cup of cashews supplies 22.3 percent of the daily value of magnesium, and have a lower overall fat content. The majority of fat found in cashews is unsaturated fatty acid, or the good fat and if eaten in moderation, monounsaturated fats can have a beneficial effect on your health helping to reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood, as well as lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. The majority of the monounsaturated fat found in cashews is oleic acid, a heart healthy fat also found in olive oil.  For individuals on a low cholesterol diet, cashew milk is a great alternative to dairy milk as cashews are cholesterol free. (source)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 3 hours) or raw sunflower seeds (also soaked)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup Nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 TB. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. Chipotle pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt (more to taste)
  • 1 tsp. cumin (more to taste)

Directions:

Place all ingredients into a high powered blender.  Blend till smooth and creamy.  Adjust seasoning to taste and add more water for preferred consistency.  Use in veggie wraps, on kale chips, nori rolls, over steamed veggies, as a queso dip, mixed in quinoa, millet and amaranth, over quinoa or brown rice pasta noodles – SUBLIME!, etc. – the options are endless.

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I put some of this sauce over roasted veggies, organic spinach with avocado on a gluten-free brown rice wrap for dinner and YES!  That is one AWESOME sauce! 

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Gluten-free brown rice wrap with roasted veggies CHEESE SAUCE, organic spinach and diced avocados. Perfect meal!

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Delicious!!!

Go have fun making this vegan cheese sauce and let me know what you think! 

I know you will love it!

Thanks again, Sara!  ♥

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Many Ways on Making Tea and Water Heating Method

Many Ways on Making Tea and Water Heating Method

Tea Making 101

This post is a request from the beautiful, Becky M. Thanks dear! I hope all of you get something out of it.

 

 

Another purpose of this post is to emphasize the importance of the quality of water one uses in herbal/ medicinal teas. If someone is using city water that has not been filtered or purified, the benefits are not quite up to par for the body. So, is there a difference between heating water up on a stove top vs. using a microwave oven? ABSOLUTELY!!!

Let’s look at both methods. The action of heating water on a stove receives heat from the bottom, where the pan in which it’s being heated makes contact with the stove top. Water heated in a microwave gets hit with microwaves from every angle. Stove heating creates convection currents that ensure the water is heated evenly throughout. This doesn’t happen with water heated via a microwave, and since the microwave molecules hit the water at random, it’s not heated evenly. This is the reason why sometimes liquids heated in a microwave have cold and hot spots.

Heating water on a stove does take longer than a microwave, because the microwave particles very quickly cause the water molecules to vibrate, and the vibrations result in heating. When water heated on a stove reaches its boiling point, it stays at that point until you remove it from the heat and allow it to cool. If you want to read more: The Proven Dangers of Microwave Ovens.  Stove top is the preferred method of choice – health wise!  You can also use an electric tea kettle -  they are portable, efficient and an easy solution for keeping water hot for longer periods of time. 

If you are thinking about upgrading your water system, look into Ionizer Oasis.com and get in touch with Lisa at Healthy Body Now.   Lisa has some FANTASTIC articles and juice recipes that you will want in your juice rotation.  If you place an order with her and mention my name: Kibby or Kibby’s Blended Life, she will give you a 5% discount on overall order – now THAT’s some savings!

The video has ALL the information you need, so please take a moment and watch it.  I give you my tips, tricks, teas I like to use and more.  You just might learn something new.  Enjoy!!

 

 

 

So, go enjoy yourself a cup (or pot) of tea to nourish your body and senses.   Have a wonderful weekend!

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How to Make Kitchari – Healing Stew + Video

How to Make Kitchari – Healing Stew + Video

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In Ayurveda cooking, Kitchari (or kichadi) combines protein (mung dhal) and carbohydrate (basmati rice) into a single dish – it’s best known in Ayurveda as a cleansing and complete protein meal.   This amazingly tasty dish heals digestive distress, balances the metabolism, is a potent blood cleanser, liver cleanser, assists in healthy weight loss, allowing the body’s tissues to detox what they don’t need and absorb the nutrients they do and is a breeze to make!   Your body will feel so good that extra weight will fall off, you’ll sleep better, your digestion & elimination will improve and your skin will shine.

 In Ayurveda, digestion is of  #1 importance! Based on ayurvedic understanding of agni (digestive fire), white basmati is most preferred form of rice as it is lightest and easiest to digest. Specifically in terms of a kitchari cleanse, we are looking to eat light digestible food that is nourishing while also allowing our bodies to digest the accumulated ama (toxicity due to excess or improper foods that the body has not digested fully, leading to a variety of maladies from indigestion and gas to excess cholesterol and more). When your agni is stronger, you are more capable of digesting heavier foods. A kitchari cleanse will help to strengthen the agni.   Regular brown rice is actually pretty tough to digest – it takes a long time to get through the system.  If you feel heavy, bloated, are not hungry, or are not pooping, switch to white rice, like basmati. You’ll probably feel a lot better.

Use Mung Dhal (aka mung dal or mung dahl or moong dal…it can be confusing!)  They are yellow and split.  They have been used for centuries to detox the body. Don’t use whole green mung beans – they are not as digestive friendly and can cause extra gas or bloaties (what we DON”T want!)  Check out this article for better clarification on the RIGHT dahl to purchase – helped me immensely!

There are LOTS of variations on Kitchari, but here’s one that I especially love in the Fall and Winter months . This recipe is tridoshic friendly – healing for all doshas (balances Vata, Pitta, & Kapha).  If you don’t know your dosha (Ayurvedic body-mind type) – take the test to find out.   Stay with 2 or 3 veggies in this dish so it is more easily digestible.   Enjoy!

Kitchari

  • 1 cup white organic basmati rice OR organic quinoa (I’ve tried this and it’s great too!) – soak overnight and rinse well
  • 1/2  to 1 cup mung beans (see variations below), soaked overnight and rinse well (NOT the whole green ones)
  • 2 TB.  ghee (clarified butter)
  • 1 TB.  fennel seeds
  • 1 TB. cumin seeds or powder
  • 1 TB. ground turmeric
  • 2 TB. chopped fresh ginger
  • 5-6 cups water (more if needed – if adding extra veggies)
  • 3 leaves of Swiss chard (can also use spinach or kale)
  • 1 cup each (or more – I LOVE my veggies):  carrots, sweet potato, celery (optional veggies: asparagus, green beans, beets)
  • 2 tsp.  sea salt (more to taste)
  • cilantro for garnish – We like LOTS!  (Can also use parsley, dill or basil)
  • lime juice

Rinse rice and beans well (several times) and set aside. In a large pot, heat ghee over medium heat. Once ghee has melted, add fennel, cumin and turmeric. Stir well, (keep in mind the turmeric will stain EVERYTHING – so use stainless steel measuring spoons over plastic),  then add rice and beans and combine well.

When rice & beans begin sticking to the sides of the pot, add ginger and water.  Cover and bring to boil.  Stir and set timer for 20 minutes to allow rice & beans to cook at medium heat.

While the rice and beans are cooking, let’s chop the swiss chard, cut the carrots, sweet potato and celery and chop any cilantro you’ll be using to garnish and further assist digestion (and it tastes amazing!).

Once rice and beans are cooked, add vegetables and mix well. Add more water if necessary (depending on how many veggies you added),   then cover and allow vegetables to cook to finish the dish (about another 20 minutes or so).  The finished consistency should be rich, thick and soupy. (I show you what to look for in the recipe video).

Before serving, add the lime juice and fresh chopped cilantro (also known in herbal medicine to clear heavy metals out of the body). Season with more salt to taste.   This is a very filling and satisfying stew.  Start with a small bowl and see how it fills you up – then if you want some more, add a few more servings.  Be mindful and aware of how much you eat (at every meal) and ENJOY in a peaceful environment (no computer time, tv or loud distractions) with good, satisfying company and peaceful background music for BEST digestion and nutrient assimilation.

This pot will make enough for 6-8 servings (depending on size of bowl).  For any leftovers, it is best to reheat in a little pan on the stove (you will want to add a little water to thin out)  – for lunch and/or dinner over the next few days.  Use within 3 days. Just remember that the longer something stays in the refrigerator (or freezer), the more lifeless it will become.  FRESH is the BEST. 

Dosha appropriate variations:

  • Kaphas do well with more beans and spices and less ghee and rice.
  • Pittas do well with equal parts beans and rice, lots of cilantro, and some ghee & appropriate spices.
  • Vatas do well with more rice, ghee and spices and less beans.

This is a STAPLE in our household!  We LOVE it!  I hope you do too!

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