Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Recipes: Turmeric Almond Milk and Pumpkin Spice Curcumin Chia Pudding (Raw Vegan)

Curcumin Almond Milk - Anti-inflammatory goodness

Turmeric Almond Milk – Anti-inflammatory goodness

I recently shared a popular almond milk I made using lavender and rose. Check it out.

I was inspired to take my raw almond milk in another direction…

Turmeric Almond Milk.

Turmeric has some amazing health benefits from being anti-inflammatory to boosting your overall health. (My husband has an injured shoulder and I’ve been giving him a decently high dosage of curcumin (in supplement form), plus all the turmeric I douse our food with… and it’s helping immensely.)

Turmeric Almond Milk is easy to make and delicious. I like to drink it by the glass usually, but I also use it in soups, smoothies, and chia pudding (see picture below for that recipe).

And, let’s be real… I make fresh homemade almond milk because it doesn’t have any of the risky preservatives or emulsifiers. (<– yuck.) So, remember, natural almond milk will separate and you need to simply give it a shake before using.

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Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

Recipe: Lavender Rose Almond Milk (Raw Vegan)

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

Lavender Rose Almond Milk

I was inspired to make this beautiful floral almond milk.

It was so simple… I had some almonds soaking to make a raw vegan almond milk. I grabbed my jars of organic dried lavender and rose petals. (I bought the lavender and rose from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

It was really easy.

I soaked the raw organic almonds overnight, and then let them sprout a bit the next day.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

A lovely, calming almond milk.

I put them in my Vita-Mix high-speed blender with a bunch of my favorite spring water, Castle Rock Water. It was my first time using spring water in my nut milk. I also added a pinch of sea salt.

At this point I added a couple hefty 3-finger pinches of the lavender and then of the rose petals.

I blended this beautiful concoction for about a minute.

I strained out the milk.

Now… I’m enjoying it.

Where's my coffee and gluten free granola?

Where’s my coffee and gluten free granola?


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Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie. I Love Fat.

A "healthy" green smoothie.

A “healthy” green smoothie.

This delightfully fatty and low carb smoothie is a regular in my life. Who would’ve guessed that people would start going all gaga over fat?

The day has come. Fat is a star (healthy fats, of course).

You should make this smoothie.

It’s amped with nutrition… check it out.

  • Broccoli sprouts. Those are powerful.
  • Ginger —> anti-inflammatory.
  • Avocado is fiber, fat, nutrients, and helps us absorb the other nutrients in the smoothie.
  • Spring water is a no-brainer for me these days. I finally bought into that whole thing. Literally. I ordered a pallet of it.
  • Cucumber is hydrating and good for the skin.
  • Celery is tasty and has potassium and folate.
  • Lime is fun. (vitamin c, bioflavonoids, etc)

Go make one!

Recipe: Low Carb Fatty Green Smoothie

  • 1 to 1/2 cups spring water (I like Castle Rock)
  • Fresh ginger
  • Sea salt
  • Lime (peel and all)
  • Avocado (no peel… or pit)
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Broccoli Sprouts!

Blend it up in a Vita-mix (<– A Vita-mix is worth the hefty price tag – I’ve had mine forever).

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Saturday, August 22nd, 2015

Simplicity from The Tao of Daily Life Inspires Watermelon and Ginger Essential Oil Elixir

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

Simplicity at its best: watermelon and ginger essential oil.

In my search for a more calm life, I find myself immersed in books and teachings of the Tao.

While reading this week from the book The Tao of Daily Life (<— it’s so good), I came across the story of Empress Tz’u-hsi and the teaching of simplicity.

Essentially, the story told that if Empress Tz’u-hsi wished to experience the joy of simplicity, she had to reduce complexity in her life.

I took that to heart. So often I’m making recipes and adding a little of this and a little of that… then more of something else, and more of something like that. The result can be good, but the process elaborate and time intensive. And, sometimes, the individual simple flavors cease to shine as they become muddled and mixed with everything else.

I was inspired to make a watermelon elixir where I blended watermelon with only one other ingredient: Living Libations Ginger Root Essential Oil. (<— the best essential oils)

The result was a delicious marriage where I effortlessly experienced both flavors, two of my favorites: watermelon and ginger. The drink was beautifully pink and vibrantly refreshing. It taught me that, yes, some things (probably most, in fact) are better left simpler.

I’m eager to apply this to other areas of my life outside of the kitchen. It bears repeating that The Tao of Daily Life is great. It’s one of my favorite books right now.

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Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

(Recipe) Carrot Ginger Blended Soup

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

Carrot Ginger Blended Soup. Almost Raw-Vegan.

I love soup. They’re (usually) easy to make, easy to digest, and fairly portable. I can carry my lunch around the house in a mug, while I get everything done. Multi-tasker extraordinaire here. (Though we really should be more mindful when we eat – relaxing, noticing the flavors and textures with each bite and swallow. Sigh, a girl can dream.)

Speaking of portability, you could make this soup on the road while traveling, if you travel with your blender and a cooler full of food like I do. :)

So, you might be wondering why I’d post a warm soup recipe like this in the summer, when it would clearly be awesome for the fall and winter. Well, besides calling me a planner so I’m already experimenting with fall-flavored soups, I knew I’d be drinking it again in spite of the hot weather. I plan on putting it in my travel coffee cup and sneaking it taking it into the theater so I can keep cozy and warm in the blasting air conditioned theater.

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Sunday, July 12th, 2015

(Recipe) Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Ginger Essential Oil Green Smoothie w Flax Power

Eating healthy is what I do.

It matters to me because, well, I like to feel good. Who doesn’t?

I want to live a looooong time, too. I still have a lot to do in life. I mean, like, have you seen my skills bucket list for bad-ass-ed-ness?

At the risk of being obvious I’ll state that a key to living a long time (and feeling well, too) is eating healthy (and exercising and meditating, but let’s keep this post focused on the food part or we’ll be here all day). One way to accomplish healthy eating is getting fresh organic produce in your diet.

Enter: Green Smoothies… with smart ingredients.

Today, I’m adding an ingredient that you might not have tried in your green smoothie.

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

My Post-Barre Class Ginger Green Smoothie

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

Ginger Green Smoothie for after Barre Class.

This smoothie was so tasty that I wanted to share the recipe with you.

I enjoyed all four cups of it after my first barre class. Holy smokes was that class tough. Have you ever done a barre class? My hips, thighs, calves, and butt were on fiyaaaa! It’s all good though. I’m interested in shapely legs and a strong core. This class should do the trick.

And, let’s be honest. If you want to look good naked (in the light, let’s say), then you have to exercise (at least when you’re in your 30s and up), especially if you’ve birthed babies. Sure, a great diet can make you look good in clothes, but exercise is essential to looking really good sans clothing.

Anyway, let’s not waste any more time. Here’s a great smoothie that takes barely a minute to make.

Ginger Green Smoothie

Yield 1 quart

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut water
  • 1/2 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 hefty knob ginger
  • pinch sea salt
Blend. Enjoy or pack it in a sassy cooler bag and take it with you to go. (I just love that bag. It’s the perfect size to fill with a big lunch or food for both Kamea and me.)


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Monday, June 15th, 2015

Recipe: Apple Avocado Smoothie For Lunch

Apple Avocado Smoothie and a princess bank compliments of Kamea.

Apple Avocado Smoothie (and a princess bank compliments of Kamea).

Now that it’s getting warmer (much warmer in AZ), I’ve been making smoothies for lunch more often than not. They’re refreshing and they help keep my body cool.

Today’s smoothie recipe is a favorite of mine for a few reasons.

  • The flavor is light and has the perfect level of sweetness.
  • It’s satiating and creamy.
  • It has avocado and cucumber, which are beauty foods to me.
  • It’s easy, as most smoothie recipes are.

Recipe: Apple Avocado Smoothie

Yield 1 to 2 servings

  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 8 ounces (cold) filtered water or coconut water
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • squeeze of fresh lime

Blend the ingredients and enjoy.

PS Here are a couple of other great recipes for the warm weather: Beauty Soup and Spring Power Applesauce.

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Saturday, August 9th, 2014

Recipe: Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

Minted Mango Salad

I love cooking on the spot, where you take a look at what’s in the kitchen and throw things together. That’s what I did today when I made this Minted Mango Salad.

I recently bought a few potted herb plants so that I can always have fresh herbs whenever I need. I bought rosemary, basil, and mint. I saw the mint this morning and was drawn to it. It was breakfast time so maybe that was the attraction… something minty. I was also in the mood for the mango and avocado I had in the fridge.

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Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Recipe Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Creamy Avocado (Raw Paleo)

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Avocado Dressing #Recipe

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad w Avocado Dressing #Recipe

Summer is one of my favorite times to dive into fresh and bright salads so I can go about my day feeling light. This Grapefruit-Jicama Salad with Creamy Avocado is a delightful experience perfect for just that. Crisp jicama and celery along with juicy grapefruit and creamy avocado. Need I say more?

Grapefruit-Jicama Salad with Creamy Avocado 

Yield 2 servings

The Salad Base

  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (or lemon juice)
  • 1 small jicama, peeled and cut julienne-style
  • 2 red or pink grapefruit (or 3 oranges), peeled, white pith removed, seeded, and cut into segments
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  1. Whisk together the honey and lime juice, and set aside.
  2. Toss the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add the honey mixture and toss to coat.
  3. Plate the salad mixture, reserving any leftover honey mixture that is in the bowl.

The Creamy Avocado

  • Leftover honey mixture (from the salad base)
  • 1 avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 2 tablespoons raw macadamia nut oil (or raw olive oil)
  • 1 tablespoon filtered water (or more)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt, more to taste
  • pinch black pepper, more to taste
  1. Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Serve over the Grapefruit-Jicama Salad.

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