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September 25, 2017

Craving something sweet? Wait until you see this amazingly delicious and yummy recipe for vegan hazelnut brownies below. 

But first, let's talk a bit about food prep and cravings.

When I have a hankering for a sweet, I try to prepare my own dessert as it truly helps for so many reasons. 

When you have to prepare your own food, you are prone to create something super elaborate and/or unhealthy.  It has to do with the delayed gratification that seems to help cut down on the craving. In my case, when am the one to put it all together AND clean up the mess, I will either not make it or potentially simplify to something else. 

Additionally, when you prepare your own food you visually witness how much sugar, butter, oil, salt, etc. is going into the finished product and I also believe that must help the brain to register portion control. (This is a non-scientific assumption on my part, by the way!) 

Lastly but pertaining to the above, you have control over what is put in, can...

February 19, 2017

How to make an easy and delicious plant-based avocado dressing.

January 3, 2017

Turmeric has been the “It Girl” of the superfood party scene the last few years due to its amazing ability to decrease inflammation along with many other things. It will not only help with inflammation but aid in repairing existing free radical damage. It is also great for increasing the anti-oxidants in the body to help protect from free radicals. 

I didn’t  know that turmeric root existed (duh!) until I moved to the Middle East in 2014 and mistook it for ginger root in the market. Now, I am a huge fan and try to incorporate it into our diet on a regular basis. 

I find that fresh turmeric root is not only wonderfully aromatic but also doesn't have that bitter, coppery taste like the powder. Putting it in smoothies definitely adds a distinct flavor, but it's really wonderful. This smoothie is so refreshing and will give your energy to move through your day like a superstar. 

Below is a delicious recipe for a smoothie using grapefruit. If you don’t prefer grapefruit, yo...

November 17, 2016

⚡️Hydration. ⚡️Detoxification. ⚡️Nutrition.
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Simply mix chia seeds (1 tbs) with coconut water (2 cups). Use regular water if you don't like coconut water. Let sit in fridge for 10-15 minutes and then consume. Optional - add Slice of 🍋 lemon.
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This is a great snack choice between meals.
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Chia seeds are full of omega-3 fats, which are good for for promoting a healthy heart ❤️ AND reducing inflammation.

November 16, 2016

Have you heard the news that dairy is not good for your body? I know many are not full believers. I totally understand. Most of us were raised to believe that "Milk does a body good" and "You get calcium from dairy" etc. etc.

My suggestion to anyone is to take one week with no dairy whatsoever and observe what changes, if any, happen. That is all! 

Everyone in my family has a sensitivity to casein, the protein in dairy that comes from a cow. For this reason, all of us try to avoid dairy as much as possible. When we are off dairy we have less bloating, allergies, colds, etc. 

I really love incorporating cashew cheese into many of our recipes. This recipe is one of my favorites as I love the smoky taste. It is good as a spread on sandwiches but can also work with Mexican food. Win win!

Make a jar of this and store in your fridge for a few weeks. Recipe below.

Smoky Cashew Cheese

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup raw, unsalted

    cashews (soaked for at least 30 minutes in cold water)

  • 1/4 cu...

November 11, 2016

I know some of you will remember the old chia seed commercials in the US - not sure if they still air and sell chia pets? Either way, chia seeds are enjoying a renaissance due to them being an uh-mazing source of plant-based protein. 

The word "chia" means strength or energy in the Mayan language. They pack fiber, protein, omega 6 and 3, calcium, etc. These little dudes are mega packed with so much goodness, which is why they have been deemed the [sometimes annoying] title of superfood

Have you tried chia seeds yet? If not, I highly suggest you buy a bag and start to incorporate these into your daily life. We eat them a lot lately as a breakfast pudding (recipe below) BUT you could also add them to a smoothie, oatmeal, salad or even water (recipe coming soon!). 

This recipe is wholeheartedly "kid approved" in my household. The little ones in this family eat this for breakfast a few days a week with gusto. 

Let me know how you like it! 

Chia Seed Pudding

- 3 cup unsweetened n...

November 7, 2016

Are these USA elections leaving your with a bitter taste in your mouth? For those of you in the United States and even those [of us] abroad, this election has been some major drama! I cannot even imagine what it's like at home [in the US] but I've heard from some great sources that it is intense, to say the least.

Since we cannot control the election results let's instead talk about a great way to reduce acidity in your beautiful body. Did you know your system is always working to strike a perfect pose of neutrality? The normal and healthy temperature of the human body sits at 98.6F/32C, normal blood pressure is 120/80 and also your pH balance should be 7.  

The pH scale goes from 0 - 14. A healthy body's pH balance is 7.365 between acid and alkaline. The body is always striving to hit that midline target but you can easily defeat its efforts by eating a burger, a chocolate bar or drinking a cup of coffee. It is said that if you drink one cup of coffee or cola and wanted to rev...

October 18, 2016

Have you heard of matcha tea? It's a green tea that is said to have three times the antioxidants of regular green tea. Good stuff, eh? It also helps to support memory, boost metabolism (winning!) and increase immunity. 

I want to introduce you to a delicious way to prepare matcha tea. I discovered this recipe a few years ago and have reintroduced it into my routine recently as I've gone off coffee as part of an elimination diet. 

I have adapted the recipe from the following website: http://www.mahdimd.com/blog/morning-mojo-in-a-cup-the-1-minute-metabolism-boosting-beverage. Definitely have a read this for the great benefits of all the ingredients.

Recipe

- 1.5 cup water

- 1 tsp organic matcha powder

- 1 tsp cinnamon

- 1-2 tsp cocao butter

- 1 tsp vanilla

Place all ingredients into a saucepan, cook until hot and cacao butter is melted. Pour into a cup and enjoy! 

Matcha, vanilla, cacao butter and cinnamon ...

The finished product. Delish! 

September 15, 2016

1 small head white cabbage

1 small head purple cabbage

3 carrots

4 tablespoons sea salt

1.5 tablespoons caraway seeds

Large glass container with lid

Sauerkraut is a relatively new discovery for me but I absolutely love it! It is so delicious and tangy and excellent on a sandwich, added to a salad, etc.

When we still lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, I would buy it fresh at the local health food store and it was one the most expensive items I would purchase. Later, when we moved to the Middle East, this luxury was no longer afforded since I could only find the canned version that looked nothing like the delicious fresh stuff we had back in the US. 

Out of necessity, I took the plunge into fermenting at home and started making batches at home. I followed the guidance of some friends on the basic "how to" of fermenting and also pulled from recipes online and have successfully made multiple batches in the last year. 

Fermented foods are very good for gut health and this is all mor...

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