Recipes

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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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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Super Food Cocoa Bliss Drink

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One of my favorite drinks to nourish my body and mind is a Cocoa drink. Here is a recipe to start with. You can adjust based on availability of ingredients and personal taste. The benefits of this drink are endless…aside from it being super extra delicious bliss.  invisible Enjoying Cocoa Drink2 tbls Cacao  1 tbls Maca 2 tbls Rice bran powder  1 tbls Shilajit 1 tbls Goji (soaked in hot water) 1 tbls Chia 1 tsp Cardamom  1 tsp Vanilla powder  1 tbls Hemp seeds  1 tbls Moringa  1 tbls Coconut oil Honey to taste invisible Toss into the Vitamix(or any serious blender) w 16oz of water. 

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Here are some notes on the various health and well being benefits of the ingredients. 

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  • Raw Cacao– highest source of Magnesium (the relaxation mineral) on the planet. Suppresses the appetite. Helps secrete bliss molecules in the brain. 
  • Maca– Also known as Peruvian ginseng. Promotes vitality, sexual potency in both men and women, clarity, endurance. 
  • Rice bran powder– High in the anti-oxidant Vitamin E. Excellent for neural functioning. 
  • Coconut oil- Provides an excellent source of medium-chain saturated fats, helps lubricate colon, provides long lasting energy. 
  • Chia seeds– Vegetarian source of essential fatty acids, reduces inflammation, helps support healthy bowel flow. 
  • Shilajit– Increases Strength, and Endurance, Powerful Antioxidant, Helps the Body Adapt to Stress.
  • Moringa– nutrient dense superfood that tastes slightly like green tea.  used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive ,  boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. 
  • Raw honey– an excellent anti-bacterial and it makes everything taste so delicious.
  • Cardamom– helps remove excess phlegm from the body, acts to warm internally and move cold stagnation. Also a sexual stimulant.
  • Cinnamon– Warms internally, provides sweetness without spiking the glycemic index.
  • Lacuma– loaded with antioxidants like beta carotene and is also a quality source for complex carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins such as niacin (B3) and minerals such as zinc, calcium and iron.
  • Goji berries– Superfood, longevity food. It is used in traditional Chinese medicine as a tea to support healthy functioning of internal organs and positive moods.
  • Vanilla powder– Delicious addition to anything, anytime, anywhere. Also a sexual stimulant, happy maker and internally warming.

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