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Hummus 4 different ways: Essential oils included

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Summer eating is the best. Farm fresh, local, organic food is abundant. It’s a time to relax and unwind with simple casual meals. Viva! One of my favorite summer staples is hummus.  It’s perfect side dish or welcome accompaniment to any picnic.

My hummus is pretty famous. I thought you would like to know my secrets. There are a few.

Soak your Beans

Cooking beans fresh as opposed to using them from a can makes a huge difference in the tastiness and quality of any bean dip or dish. It requires a little bit of pre-planning but once you try homemade (and soaked) beans, it’s difficult to go back to the salty, lifeless goop found in cans. The benefits of soaking your beans include: less cost, more nutrition, less sodium and a reduction of the farts. Sensual lovers are not tooting  machines. Additionally, soaking beans remove the phytic acid that naturally occurs on beans, nuts and seeds. It benefits the plant because it acts as a natural pesticide but not so good for you because it blocks absorption of key minerals such as iron, zinc and calcium. By soaking your beans (nuts and seeds), you are awakening the life force within the plant making it available to you and your thirsty cells. It’s magical.

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A Book Launch, a Big Announcement and a Night to Remember

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Sensual Lovers,

Wow, it has been an epically amazing week in my life. Firstly, my book baby is out in the world. Hurray! I did it. All the work of developing a book from concept to reality is complete and with it, a gigantic sigh of sweet relief. My hope for the book is that you learn to use and love the essential oils as much as I do so that you too can Be the Flower. I believe that essential oils are some of the most precious and powerful healing and beautifying tools on the planet, and we get to use them to make everything better. Viva Nature!

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Rock that Stock: Flavor Filled Vitality in a Bowl

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The other day, I posted this photo of a soup stock bubbling away on Instagram. I simply love the smell of them cooking  and the tremendous healing powers they impart. Stocks rock so much, that I was inspired to give you my super-star superfood stock recipe.

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There is an expression that a good stock will bring a dying man back to life. While that is a slight exaggeration, I have consistently seen their value in my personal and professional life. Even when I was a staunch vegan, I would regularly recommend bone broth stocks to my chronic (and even terminal) clients to restore their vitality. Stocks are easy to digest and are full of vital minerals and nutrients that are essential for healing.

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Detoxing with Essential Oils

Detoxing with Essential Oils

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I am in here in Toronto at the end of February waist-deep in snow on the coldest day on record. Grump. It is hard for me to imagine the generous warmth of spring but from what I can see on Instagram, flowers are shooting up all over the world and people are shedding their layers. When that happens, our bodies leap to life. It is essential to open detoxification pathways to help our bodies be as productive as possible in this time of transition. Of course, I turn to essential oils to assist me.

Here are some ways to use essential oils to be your most juicy moving into spring. Viva!

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Raw Chocolate Balls: Little Mouthfull of Love

Raw Chocolate Balls: Little Mouthfull of Love

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I present to you Raw Chocolate Balls.

I love this recipe because it is delicious, healthy and easy. If you making desert for your lover or looking for a midday pick-me-up, these salty balls will definitely do the trick. I only use powdered raw cacao (chocolate) because it maintains its nutritional profile that would be otherwise lost when cacao is exposed to heat.  

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Cacao is a super-food powerhouse, full of magnesium, calcium, and potassium. Pumpkin seeds are high in testosterone-producing compounds and protein. Coconut oil is rich in medium-chain saturated fats. They break down more quickly than long-chain saturated fats, and give you long-lasting slow-burning energy. Rice bran powder is excellent brain food and gives this recipe a creamy consistency.

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Juicy in the Afternoon: Aromatic, Superfood, Enlightened Passionfruit Juice

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For many, there is nothing more depressing than a Monday morning in January in the Northern hemisphere? From this vantage point, there are at least six, probably closer to eight more weeks of winter’s wrath. To be a Canadian, one needs to know how to survive with lightness in our hearts.

Eating tropical or raw food in the winter is not something I generally recommend for myself or for my clients. Cold causes constriction in the body and the last thing we need in the winter is more tightness… However, every now and then, we need to break the rules. We need to remember that even in the bleakness of winter, somewhere, life is growing and thriving. We can feast on that inspiration.

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Easy as Gluten-Free Service Berry Pie

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I love Summer! One of my all-time favorite things to do in the summer is casually stroll around my neighborhood and feast on the abundant fruit trees and bushes. Toronto is full of them. Every morning Bodhi and I go on our morning walk and stop off at a huge Mulberry tree in the park. It’s a great and healthy way to start the day.

photo 2My parents have a gigantic Service berry bush in their backyard. Every year, I harvest it to make gluten-free pie or jam or simply eat until I simply cannot eat any more (one hour is usually my max). Service berries are also called Saskatoon berries. They are native to Canada and simply delicious. They are a deep purple or dark blue berry that is the size of a large blueberry. Recent research indicates that Saskatoon berries have higher levels of antioxidants compared to other more common berries such as wild blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. The most perfect Service berry is sweet and juicy with a small center seed that tastes like almond marzipan. It’s sublimely delicious.

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Brazilian Herbalism- Alchemy in Action

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On Saturday, I made the long trek from Vidigal to Santa Teresa to meet with a nutritionist friend to discuss teaching an Aromatherapy workshop in her space (we booked March 22 if you want to come). Santa Teresa is an amazing neighborhood, full of old, decaying, pillared buildings and vibrant, eclectic artists. In addition to having an inspiring boho-chic house, Sissa, my nutritionist friend also has a huge roof-top garden filled with Brazilian medicinal plants. I immediately asked for a tour.

Brazilian Medicinal Herbs
Brazilian Medicinal Herbs

Peixinho da Horta

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3 Scandalous Ways to eat a Mango

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I think that we can all agree that mangos are sexy fruit. They are sweet, juicy, and have the most delicious, fleshy appeal. In addition to being high in fiber, and folic acid, mangos are an excellent source of anti-oxidants; they are packed with Vitamins A, C, and E. You can even use the flesh as a face mask to tone skin, improve acne, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles. 

I ate my first mango when I was 10 years old. I remember having no idea how to extract the fruit. I have since learned a thing or two of which I’ll share with you.

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Rock and Roll Tapenade

Rock and Roll Tapenade

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Dinner for two

Of all the blissful things I love to do, cooking for is high on the list. Lucky for me, I had the pleasure of cooking for my sister-friend, Nicole the other night. Nicole is transitioning from a strict 13 year vegan diet to one that includes some animal fats. Having recently transitioned myself, Nicole entrusted me to make her a beautiful meal that would be healing, easy to digest and oh so delicious. Mission accomplished.

I won’t go into all the details of the meal but I do want to share my interpretation of Olive Tapenade. It was a total home run, especially with fresh cherry tomatoes and fragrant thyme from my garden. You can put this tapenade on just about anything from fish to raw crackers to steamed greens. We managed to eat almost a whole jar in one sitting. Make lots.

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