Matcha Mamma’s Goddess Milk

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MATCHA ❤ The new love of my life is high in antioxidants, Vitamin B-complex,E, K, A and other trace minerals. It is also rich in polyphenols, chlorophyll, L-theanine and theophylline. The elements of matcha help to boost the immune system. The high antioxidant components help diminish free radicals in the body which allows the body to remain young and healthy looking. Matcha is a green tea which originates from Japan and has often been used for aid in diabetes, cancer, lethargy, and heart function.

Here, I have a delicious recipe for you which is full of such sweetness. The goddess milk is jam packed with highly nutritive ingredients that allow you to get that yummy, sweet taste without having to go on a sugar binge.

Ingredients

2 cups Rice Milk

1 tsp Spirulina

1 tbsp Matcha

A pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt

1 tsp-1 tbsp Honey

3-5 drops Stevia

Serves: 1-2

Place all ingredients into a cup, stir well and enjoy ❤

 

Homemade Pesto & Chicken Pasta with Asparagus

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I’ll let this recipe speak for itself…

 

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Ingredients

1 Bunch of Asparagus

1 lb of Chicken

1 dozen sundried tomatoes

1 1/2 Cups Penne Pasta

1 tbsp lemon juice

2 tsp Salt

2 tsp Pepper

Olive Oil

Pesto:

1 Cup Basil

1/2 Cup Olive Oil

1/2 Cup Parmesean

1 Pinch of Salt

1 Pinch of Pepper

1/2 Cup Pine nuts

3 Cloves Garlic

2 tbsp lemon juice

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Begin by taking your chicken and dicing it into bite sized pieces. Cover base of a frying pan with olive oil and add chicken. Season Chicken with salt, pepper, and lemon juice on medium low heat. Meanwhile, cut off bottoms of asparagus and add then cut the asparagus in half. Add to chicken pan and mix well. Let cook and check frequently.

Get a medium size pot, fill with 4 cups of water and turn on high heat. Once the water is boiling add pasta. Let cook on medium heat for 6-10 minutes or as package directs. Once cooked, strain, and butter with olive oil of coconut oil.

To make the pesto, place basil, olive oil, salt, pepper, parmesan, pine nuts, garlic and lemon into a food processor or blender. Blend well for up to 30 seconds.

When the asparagus is soft and the chicken is full cooked, mix pasta, asparagus, chicken, pesto, and sundries tomatoes in a large mixing bowl. Once the contents is evenly distributed, serve and enjoy. ❤

 

 

Kickass Cabbage, Kale & Chicken Bowl

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YES! Kale and Cabbage have successfully been conquered by this wonderful dish to be so tasty and good! This is a great, beautiful, and colorful dish ❤ Haven’t you heard?!? You are supposed to be eating all of your colors in order to have a fully balanced diet. No, this does not include skittles.

Please comment bellow! Let me know how this tasted to you! Thoughts? Opinions?

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Ingredients

1 Sweet Potato

1 lb Organic, antibiotic-free Chicken Breast

1 Cup Rice

1/2 Cup Cilantro

1 Lemon

1 head of Kale

1 Bell Pepper

1 tsp Turmeric

1 tbsp Chili Powder

1 tsp Cayenne

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

Coconut oil

1 tbsp Olive Oil

Toppings

Purple Cabbage

Avocado

Cilantro

Salsa

Sour Cream

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Start your rice by taking 2 cups of water in a small pot on high heat. Once boiling, add in one cup of rice, turn down to medium heat, and cover with a lid. Once your rice is finished, remove from heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil, 1 tsp salt, cilantro, and half a lemon.

Then, set the oven to broil. Skin and dice sweet potato into bit size pieces. Place into a small bowl with a large spoonful of coconut oil. Season with a pinch of salt, pepper, and chili powder. Mix well. Place on a baking sheet lined with tin foil and place it in the oven for 6-8 min. Meanwhile, dice up your kale, mix with coconut oil, salt and pepper, then place it on the baking tray with the sweet potato and place in the oven for another 3-5 minutes.

Next, take a frying pan and another dollop of coconut oil. Add diced chicken breast to medium/high heat. Season with 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp pepper, cayenne, chili powder, turmeric, and the other half of the lemon. Mix well. Turn heat down and cover with a lid. Check frequently and stir until finished.

Take rice, kale, sweet potato, and chicken and top with salsa, sour cream, avocado, salsa, and serve!

 

Enjoy ❤

 

 

Banana Bread: Sweetened by Nature

Here is a Banana bread we can get really excited about, it’s moist, delicious and sweetened with honey! ❤ Check it out!

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Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Vegan Butter

1/2 Cup Honey

3 Eggs

4 ripened banana’s

2 tsp vanilla extract

2 Cups gluten free flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1/4 Cup Coconut or Flax milk

1/4-1/2 Cup Lily’s Chocolate chips sweetened with stevia

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Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Begin by taking out a large bowl, mixing butter, honey, eggs, bananas, and vanilla. Mix till smooth. Then add flour, baking soda, salt, milk, and the chocolate chips. Stir until dough is slightly soupy. Add more milk if needed.

Vegan butter an 8×9 pan. Pour in batter and place it in the oven. Allow the bread to cook for 40-45 minutes or until golden. To check and see if it is done, stick a toothpick or a fork in the center of the bread, if it’s doughy, let it cook longer.

Once finished, take out of the oven and let it cool. Serve with butter and honey, or eat as is!

❤ Enjoy

Clean Eating Fajitas

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Having to give up cheese, gluten, and corn, I find myself missing the good ol’ southwest mexican meal. The truth is though, I can still eat what I want and it still tastes just as good! So here is my take on gluten free, corn free, dairy free fajitas!

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Ingredients

1 lb Carne Asada meat, pre-seasoned

1 red bell pepper

1 white bell pepper

2 green chili peppers

1/2 White onion

2 tbsp olive oil

1 pinch of salt

1 pinch of pepper

Toppings:

Salsa

Avocado

Serves 2-3

Time: 20 minutes 

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To begin, take out a medium frying pan. Chop your meat, onions and peppers. Add olive oil, meat, onions, bell peppers, and chili peppers to the frying pan. Turn on medium heat and cover with a lid. Let simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir pan. Allow the meal to simmer until the meat is fully cooked and the peppers are soft. Once done, serve and add toppings of your choice. Enjoy ❤

Cherry Chicken with Rosemary & Garlic Quinoa

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Ingredients

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Chicken

1 Chicken Breast

4 Cups 100% Cherry Juice

A Pinch of Salt

A pinch of Pepper

1 tbsp Rosemary

Quinoa

1/2 cup Quinoa

2 cloves Garlic

3 tbsp Olive Oil

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Take your cherry juice and put it in a slow cooker on medium heat for 3-4 hours or until finished. I used a regular pot and put it on low. Add your chicken If you are going the pan version, the chicken take about 30-40 minutes. Take the chicken out and strain. Add salt, pepper, and rosemary.

In another pot, take one cup of water and put it on high. Once boiling add in quinoa and turn down to medium heat for 10 minutes or until done. In a skillet take your olive oil and chopped garlic. Let it simmer on low for 1-2 minutes, add quinoa. Serve with chicken and greens (I Chose spinach). Eat and enjoy!

 

Brightening Juice

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Start your day off right with a glass of juice! I was super grateful to be given a juicer for Christmas! I use it all the time! It’s so easy do do and is jam packed with nutrients!

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Ingredients

1 Cucumber

1 Apple

1/4 Lemon

1 tbsp ginger

4 stalks of Cellery

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Get your ingredients together and blend! ❤

Vietnamese Pho: An Organic Take

 

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Pho is by far one of my favorite meals! And it is jam packed with nutrients. The broth itself is said to have amazing healing properties, especially for the muscles and joints. Unfortunately, most pho that we can by at a restaurant is not organic and often it contains MSG. To solve my dilemma to determine whether this food is my friend or pho (get it 😉 ) I decided to make my own.

The process can be a bit intimidating because the ingredients may be slightly unusual and it can be time consuming. Fear not, it is simple, delicious and makes a ton! So you will be able to share the meal with your family.

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Ingredients

1 lb beef or pork bones

1 White onion, Large

4-5 quarts of water

1 tbsp Ginger, fresh

1 1/2 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Pepper

2 tsp Chili Powder

2 pods Star Anise

2-3 tbsp Fish sauce

1 1/2 lbs choice of meat (Shrimp, Tofu, Pork, or Beef)

1 tbsp Sriracha

1 tbsp Hoisin sauce

1 lime

Toppings:

1 1/2 cups of bean sprouts

1 head of Cilantro

2-3 Jalapeños

1 package Thai Basil

Green Onions

2 limes

1-2 packages Rice Ramen Noodles

Sriracha

Poison Sauce

Cherry Tomatoes

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IMG_3304.JPGPreparation:
Many health food stores sell beat sprouts, however, if they are not in
season or if you would like to sprout your own, you can take about 1/2 cups of beans (I chose
mung), cover them with water, and place a folded paper towel and rubber band over the top. Allow them to sprout over the course of 5-7 days (other beans take less time). Once they have sprouted, strain them and add them to this meal or the next!

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Start by taking your beef bones and cooking them in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 hour. This will rid the bones of any parasites and will ready the bones marrow to be pulled out when making your stock.

In a large pot, place in water, onion (shopped),ginger, and bones. Simmer on low for 6-10 hours.  Then add pepper,salt, chili powder, star anise, and fish sauce then stir. Add in your meat either by cooking it in the broth or in a pan. I prepared mine in a pan to avoid any contamination and to individually season the meat to my liking. Once finished, take out the bones and add the meat to the pot along with the Sriracha, 1 lime, and Hoisin Sauce.

In a separate bowl, cook the amount of rice noodles you would like to eat by following the instructions on the package. Then, disperse the noodles into each serving and add the broth (NOTE: the rice noodles are fragile and will break/disintegrate if you cook them all at once and place them in the pot). Then, add the toppings of your choice, I recommend adding them all.

Eat and Enjoy ❤

 

 

 

 

The Potential “Cure-All” Diet

rose-1082542_640I would like to introduce a diet that has changed my life and is beginning to change the lives of many others.

MY STORY

In October of 2015 I entered the hardest month of my life….I was experiencing gut/intestinal pain, severe acne, adrenal depletion, an overloaded liver, depression, warts, fatigue and an inability to sleep.

To sum it all up, everything hurt physically, mentally, and emotionally. I was distraught that my body was preventing me from showing up in the world the way that I truly wanted to. I didn’t want to eat, cook, be productive, blog, go out, go to school, any of it!

Two months went by like this until I went to see a local naturopathic doctor. It was suggested that I go on what is called an elimination diet for 3 weeks.

This diet was probably the most amazing thing I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. For three weeks I challenged myself to get completely off of:

Dairy   Gluten   Sugar  Soy   Nuts   Caffeine  Alcohol  Corn   Legumes     Nightshades   White Potatoes

So what does that leave me with? Basically milk substitutes like coconut or rice milk, fruits, gluten free grains, meat and vegetables. I’ll admit that it was tricky. I began by taking out the things that I was already impartial to and didn’t mind taking out such as caffeine, alcohol, white potatoes, nuts, corn, legumes, and gluten. For me, all of those things were easily substituted. A couple of days went by like this and then I began to take out nightshades. Then the hardest part came: Dairy and sugar. I am completed addicted to both of theses things so it was incredibly tricky to get off of them. I gave myself the space to have my cravings and just started by decreasing my intake. Another week or two went by like this until I was able to finally get off of both of them.

Five days went by with out eating any dairy for the first time in 4 years and  I could hardly believe what I saw:

  • my acne was gone (for the first time in 4 years)
  • my energy was back
  • my gut didn’t hurt
  • nausea, diarrhea, gas — gone!
  • depression subsided
  • warts disappeared

I had my life back and it felt so good to know that the power was in my hands and it was something as simple as a shift in diet. So here I am at the end of my 3 weeks and I have amazing skin, energy, and vitality to show for it.

UNDERSTANDING THE DIET

The Elimination Diet is great for anyone with any kind of food sensitivity or GI disturbances as well as arthritis, ADD/ADHD, narcolepsy, migraines, issues with the kidneys, cardiovascular disease, allergies, asthma, and others. It’s best if the diet is adhered to for a minimum of 2 weeks. Big dogs like gluten and dairy should be eliminated for 28 days.

It should also be understood that these dietary changes are not permanent and that these foods can be reintroduced. It is recommended that you begin to introduce one of the eliminated food groups for one day and then notice your symptoms for the two following days. If you show no symptoms or reactions you can introduce another food group. This process can take up to 5-6 weeks.  At the end of the process you will know a great deal about your body and your allergies. I learned that I was allergic to dairy and nuts, I could tolerate gluten and sugar, and appear to have no symptoms concerning soy, beans, nightshades or caffeine.

Consult your physician or registered dietitian if you find that there is a certain food group you’d like to introduce, but have an allergic reaction to.

 

Here’s my advice for trying it yourself:

  • Give yourself space to do it at your own pace and don’t beat yourself up when you “relapse”
  • Understand that you WILL go through withdrawals and that they WILL pass and you WILL make it
  • Consult your doctor or physician if you have any questions or concerns
  • Find a community or a friend to support you in your process
  • Switch to organic foods
  • Get on a Probiotic, Multivitamin and/or a B Vitamin complex
  • Supplement with essential fatty acids (i.e. EPA or Fish) and CoQ10
  • Remove other toxins that your not digesting such as perfumes, chemical fragrances, artificially scented lotions, cremes, shampoos and conditioners.

Tips and Tricks for getting through the withdrawal symptoms:

  • Epsom salt and lavender essential oil bath
  • Charcoal (to bind toxins being produced in the body during detox)
  • Broccoli Sprouts
  • Getting body work at least once a week (ex: yoga, massage, chiropractor, acupuncture, etc.).
  • Don’t keep what you crave in the house and resist the urge to buy them when you shop.
  • When a craving appears, drink a large glass of water and wait 30 minutes. Often, the craving will go away.
  • Don’t let yourself get too hungry. When you get hungry you’ll want to eat what you crave, so try to keep an emergency snack or meal prepared.

Check out this link for more information about the Elimination Diet, what to eat, how to reintroduce, recipes, and for more general information:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/articles

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/elimination-diet

For literature on the Diet I suggest exploring:

https://wholelifenutrition.net/books

 

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather is cold and the body needs nourishment, Chicken Soup is the way to go. Here is a recipe I made using a chicken from a dinner the night before. It’s great to get mileage out of your ingredients and your time in the kitchen. Feel free to bake a chicken and throw in the bones and  leftover meat into the pot or start from the beginning!

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Ingredients 

1-2 lb Chicken (with bone)

4 Carrots

3 stocks Celery

6 small potatoes (option: 3 white and 3 purple)

1/4-1/2 White Onion

2-3 Cloves Garlic

1 package Rice Ramen Noodles

1/2 lemon

1/2 tbsp Rosemary

1/2 tbsp Thyme

1 tbsp Pink Himalayan Salt

1 tbsp Black Pepper

1 tbsp Cumin

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Begin by making your stock: Pull out a large pot and fill with 5-6 cups of water. Cut up chicken, potatoes (leave skin on), carrots, onion, garlic and celery. Turn stove on medium/high heat for 40-45 minutes, adding water as needed. Check to make sure your chicken is fully cooked. Let it cook for more time before adding in your seasoning.

Once your stock has been created, turn on medium/low heat, add in squeezed lemon, rosemary, thyme, salt, pepper, and cumin to taste. Adjusting quantity as needed. Finally, add in 2-3 cakes of rice ramen. Let Ramen cook for 4-6 minutes and then take off heat. Serve and enjoy ❤