Curried Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup

I recently found this delicious recipe on Food Renegade. To see this wonderful blog go to,

http://www.foodrenegade.com

It’s super easy and satisfying. It’s a quick weeknight meal packed with nutrition.

  • curries sweet potato soup2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 large leek (white and light green parts only), thinly sliced
  • 1.5 lbs carrots, peeled and coined
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon madras curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 Japanese sweet potato, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • chopped chives for garnish
  • red pepper flakes for garnishIn a large pot, melt the coconut oil. Add the leeks and carrots, stirring often. Cook until the leeks are soft and the carrots are fragrant, about 10 minutes
    1. Add the garlic, salt, curry powder, ginger and cayenne, stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the sweet potato, coconut milk and chicken broth. Bring the soup to a simmer and cook for 45 minutes or until the carrots are tender and the sweet potato is cooked through.
    2. Allow the soup to cool slightly. Puree with an immersion blender until smooth.
    3. Garnish with chives and red pepper flakes

Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Every year I try a new pumpkin pie recipe. I love pumpkin pie and thanksgiving is my favorite holiday since it revolves around food, and food is my favorite hobby:) I found this recipe from Elana’s Pantry, my favorite food blog. Elana’s recipes are amazing, gluten-free, dairy free and delicious!. I made this pie last night and ate the whole pie, luckily it’s a highly nutritious dish filled with protein and beta carotene.  This is so easy to make.

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  • 1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup coconut milk (from a can) I used the thick top part
  • ⅓ cup honey or agave
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 Paleo Pie crust unbaked (below)
  1. In a food processor combine pumpkin puree, and eggs
  2. Pulse in coconut milk, honey, cinnamon, and nutmeg
  3. Pour filling into Paleo Pie Crust
  4. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes
  5. Allow to cool then refrigerate for 2 hours to set up

Makes 1 pie

Paleo Pie crust

  • 2 cups blanched almond flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  1. Place flour and salt in a food processor and pulse briefly
  2. Add coconut oil and egg and pulse until mixture forms a ball
  3. Press dough into a 9-inch pie dish
  4. Bake at 350° for 8-12 minutes

Makes 1 pie crust

Enjoy!

References- http://www.elanaspantry.com

Abhyanga Ayurvedic Massage

The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much, even if subjected to accidental injuries or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts, and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age.
-Charaka Samhita:Sutrasthana:V88-89

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Healthy Green Juice

3 celery stalks
1 stalk of broccoli
3 green chard leaves or Kale
1 handful of baby spinach
1 large piece of green cabbage
1 lemon peeled
1 fuji apple

 

green juice

 

Green juice is a great way to get instant vitamins right to your blood stream. It’s much healthier than taking a multivitamin, although I take those too. I use my juicer at least three times a week as well as drink my green smoothies. Going on a juice cleanse for one,two,or three days is a great way to restart your metabolism, cleanse your liver and clean out heavy metals from the body, especially when combined with mineral rich seaweeds,wheat grasses,and chlorella. This is great when combined with detox Ayurvedic bodywork sessions like Swedana (Steam), Abhyanga (Oil Massage), and Garshana ( Dry Massage).

Shirodhara Treatment

I just recently returned from a life changing training in Ayurveda. I’ve always been interested in Ayurveda and the beautiful ancient lineage of it. As you know, I’m in love with beauty. Ayurveda is focused upon beauty from the inside. For example, acne, in Ayurvedic wisdom, is caused by poor digestion and high pitta. Pitta is one of the Ayurvedic body types.

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Kale and avocado salad

This is my all time favorite salad. It’s so easy and healthy, the avocado is rich in protein and healthy fats, which makes this a satisfying meal by itself. I like to prepare this with some lean protein to balance out my meal. This is a great way to bring kale into your diet on a regular basis. I can’t stress enough how good kale is for you!

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Chocolate avocado smoothie

This is seriously so freaking good you would never know it was actually healthy. I had this for a desert last night. It tastes just like a real chocolate milkshake that I used to love so much as a child, without the nastiness of dairy and sugar. It’s a great way to use up a ripe avocado that will otherwise go bad. Avocados are a regular staple in my diet. I have one almost every day.

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Clear, glowing, beautiful skin!

Glowing skin has always been something I longed to have my entire life. I’ve suffered from acne on and off for many years and it is absolutely devastating. Not to mention humiliating and tragic. Many years ago I was prescribed accutane for my acne. I didn’t realize then how toxic it was to the system. It cleared up my acne, but had serious side effects that were not very pleasant. If I had known then what I know now, I could have stopped it before it started. I still suffer from occasional flare ups that can really get me down. One of the main causes is hormonal changes. Others are stress (which messes with our hormones!),toxins, and poor diet.

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Carrot Ginger Dressing

I recently found this dressing on Gwyneth Paltrow’s website goop. She has some great recipes for detox that I like to make. This dressing is one of them. It’s really satisfying and healthy. I make it real quick in my mini food processor. I love it over mixed greens and avocado.

carrot ginger dressing

  • 1 large carrot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 large shallot, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon sweet white miso
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon roasted sesame seed oil
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 2 tablespoons water

For salad:

  • 1 head of baby gem lettuce (or any greens), roughly cut
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 avocado, diced

Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I made this vegan alfredo last night for dinner and it was so amazing I had to share. It’s been awhile since I’ve had any inspiration to write about my healing adventures. Sometimes we go through periods in life that I like to call “The Void”. The void may enter our lives in many different degrees. We may feel generally down about life,  feel depressed, and tell your friends things like “I feel so blah”, “Nothing is happening”. I think to myself a lot, “God I wish this waiting was over”. But what are we waiting for really? Isn’t it about what is unfolding for us in the moment? That’s where the real joy is. Being present in my life in ways I never was before.That’s what meditation does for me.

The void gives us an opportunity to end some part of our development, and to prepare the ground for some new growth. It is a period of death and regeneration.

In the meantime, enjoy some Vegan Alfredo!

Ingredients
1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons raw pine nuts
1 1/2 cups water
4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/16 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
4 cups cooked fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)
3 tablespoons freshly minced parsley

1. In a blender, grind cashews and pine nuts into a fine powder. Add water, lemon juice, garlic, nutmeg, and salt. Blend until completely smooth.
2. Transfer sauce to a small saucepan over medium heat and whisk as you bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 7 minutes, whisking regularly. Stir in black pepper.
3. Serve over hot pasta and garnish with parsley and fresh ground pepper to taste.

Recipe created by Allison Rivers Samson, Maven of Mmmm… at www.AllisonsGourmet.com.  Originally printed in her award-winning column, ‘Veganize It!’ in VegNews Magazine. Reprinted with permission.

I found the recipe from my favorite blog www.thekindlife.com

vegan alfredoNote: the sauce seems a little thin at first, but it thickens as you whisk it and heat for 7 minutes. I think you can add a little less water and it would be thicker. It’s delicious the way it is though!

Green nut milk

This pretty green nut milk was surprisingly sweet and tasty. It’s a great way to eat your greens! It’s also great on a cleanse. I had this for dessert and was very satisfied:)

Green Nut Milk

serves 2-3
1 2/3 cups water
1 cup cashews
2 soft pitted dates
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large handful of spinach
Put all ingredients in a blender and blitz until completely smooth

green nut  milk

Photo credit -www.yummly.com

My picture didn’t look so pretty so I used this one. The green milk looked exactly the same!

Garlic oregano yam oven fries

I made these from the recipe from Brenda Brazier’s book Thrive. Even though I’m not vegan anymore I really love vegan cookbooks, and I especially love this book because it concentrates on whole food nutrition.

thrive foods

This recipe is so easy and delicious I make it at least once a week. It’s great on my cleanse too. It’s very filling and the pumpkin seeds add healthy protein. Here it is..

2 yams
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons chopped pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon oregano
11/2 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 tablespoon basil
Peel and cut up the yams. In a food processor chop the pumpkin seeds and garlic then mix with the oil and spices. Coat the yams with mixture and bake in the oven at 300 degrees. Bake 35 minutes. Enjoy!

sweet potatos

Cleansing

February is a great time to do a cleanse. Over the holidays and winter months I’ve kinda fallen out of my healthy eating routine. One cheat leads to another and another and before you know it your diet has changed. I crave more rich cooked foods in the winter and not so much raw food. I also just feel more tired and want warming, nurturing foods. The good news is you can still cleanse and eat healthy cooked foods. I still like a balance of raw and cooked food. I think 50/50 is a good goal and easy to do if your juicing and doing your green smoothies every day. I am recently into Dr. Alejandro Junger’s program called Clean. I really like his program because you can still eat fish and chicken which is important for me because I need a lot of protein to get me through the day. I have a very physical job and I feel tired and worthless without high quality protein. If you are vegan then you can do it without the meat. Check out the blog Goop for some of the recipes.

and Dr. Oz has a great 30 day meal plan…

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/clean-program-30-day-meal-plan?page=2#copy

alejandro junger

Dr. Alejandro Junger, a cardiologist who initially began the research that led to the development of the program because of his desire to get away from the toxic foods, drinks, and thoughts weighing on his own health. He found that modern medicine often takes a “band aid” approach to “fix” or cover up a health problem, but the key is really to nurture our body from the roots with the right foods and nutrients. And by creating the right conditions, our body will begin to naturally heal itself.

I’m starting today and I’m going to go for it for 21 days! The plan starts with a breakfast shake every morning and two meals from the clean recipes. i will share some of my recipes with you as I go along. Check out the book too!:)

clean book

Creamy ginger tahini dressing

This is my absolute favorite dressing. I found the recipe from Brendan Braziers book Thrive. I use it on all my salads, kale, spinach, and grain bowls. It’s packed with nutrition and flavor. Ginger is amazing for us. One of ginger’s most known health benefits is its effects on digestive ailments. It can help digest fatty foods and break down proteins. It is excellent for reducing gas. Many people report that it will also relieve nausea, and can be effective in treating morning sickness as well as motion sickness.Ginger can also help reduce inflammation. So it can be used to treat any disease that is caused by inflammations such as arthritis or ulcerative colitis. Some studies show that it can even help inhibit the replication of the herpes simplex virus.

Creamy ginger tahini dressing

1/2 cup hemp oil or olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast (excellent B vitamin source)
sea salt to taste

I made a salad with kale and spinach, pumpkin seeds, and sprinkled with dulse flakes which is a seaweed rich in minerals, especially iodine.

creamy tahini ginger dressing

Happy New Year!

Well it’s another new year. I’m feeling very good about this year:)  I was trying to think about all the things I want to do better, all the new classes I want to take ( more yoga please), all the healthy dishes I’m going to prepare for myself, the bodywork I want and need so badly, and most of all make more money and create the business I desire.  In all of my racing thoughts about all of this I realized that all I want is to slow down. I realized that I’m never alone, I’m never really alone. I felt deep down inside myself that I don’t need anyone to come and fix everything for me anymore, I feel so good in my own skin right now that the desperation I felt before seems so far away, like it has transcended. I realized that all I ever need is right inside myself, and for once I don’t need anything from anyone else and I don’t need anything at all really except more spiritual progress. What I truly crave is my spiritual life and more reflection from others on the same path. I don’t need a plan for my life, I don’t need new years resolutions, my life will just unfold as it should. I don’t need to keep adding things to my schedule. Slowing down and really feeling joy in the moment is not what I strive for, it’s what I’m experiencing.

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped support my blog this year. I hope to have more valuable information for you in 2013 that’s not only healthy, but fun too! Please pass it on to others that could benefit:)

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Raw brownie bites

I made these delicious raw brownies for dessert last night and they were seriously decadent. They are so easy to make! All you need is a food processor. I love my new Cuisinart food processor that I got for myself. These brownie bites can be eaten for dessert or can be eaten as power snacks during the day. As I mentioned before, cacao powder is a super-food, which makes my list of top cancer fighting foods. The benefits of raw cacao are endless. The myths we hear about chocolate causing weight gain, cavities, acne etc. are false and are more likely the cause of additives like sugar and dairy.

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Are you at risk for pancreatic cancer?

The standard of success in life isn’t the things. It isn’t the money or the stuff — it is absolutely the amount of joy you feel.
— Abraham

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest cancers there is. The problem with this type of cancer is that it’s very hard to detect, and most people don’t know they have it until it’s too late. Some of the early signs are…

  • Abdominal/Back pain ( some complain of a pain in their side)
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Pale stools
  • Weight Loss

Studies indicate that genetics play a role in whether or not you are likely to develop pancreatic cancer, but lifestyle habits are equally important. According to a recent Dr. Oz show, alcohol and soda consumption can be very deadly. Check the videos for pancreatic cancer out on Dr. Oz’s website.

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My friend Thom

My friend Thom passed away on Sunday from pancreatic cancer. He was diagnosed in June with the cancer when he went in for what he thought was a minor pain in his side and back. He thought he had just pulled a muscle. His life was turned upside-down in an instant. At 47 years old,he had a successful business in town called Bella Boutique (which I had the pleasure of working in for 3 years), a new love in his life and the financial security he had worked so hard for, all gone in an instant. It’s crazy isn’t it, one day your trying to manage your life, make money, have a relationship, be important, all just so we can feel good. Feeling good is the point isn’t it? I know I just want to feel good for gods sake, life is hard and I just want to feel good. I’ve tried for years to fit in, get approval, make more money, be loved, fill in the empty space that takes over me. Always rushing from one task to the next, filling my day with stuff that I’m not sure even matters. I was filled with anxiety and worry almost all the time.

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Ultra Green Soup Recipe

I saw this recipe on myvega.com and I can’t wait to make this. It looks so delicious. I love blending my veggies!. Vega was created by Brendan Brazier. Brendan has a best-selling book call The Thrive Diet, great name huh? He has a wellness program called Thrive, and helps people transform their lives through plant-based nutrition. He is also a vegan endurance athlete and created the Vega line of whole food nutritional products. I personally love the protein powder!

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Gluten-free and vegan mac and cheese

I made this the other day because I was craving comfort food mac and cheese. Although I wouldn’t consider this healthy by any means, it was delicious and tastes like the real thing. I think the less processed food in your diet, the better. If you want to cheat, then this should  take care of the craving without the guilt.

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