Almond Milk Matcha Latte (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

IMG_20140920_115048Ingredients

1 cup Original Almond Milk

1 teaspoon Matcha powder

2-3 teaspoons Raw,Local Honey

Directions

Heat your almond milk until steaming, add the matcha powder and whisk with a bamboo whisk until frothy. Add the honey and continue to whisk until all the lumps have dissolved. Enjoy while hot!

Inflammation Fighting Turmeric Tea

Turmeric is the super spice of spices! It has many disease fighting benefits and is very well known as a way to reduce inflammation in the body. But that is not all it is used for, turmeric can also be used to:

– increase the antioxidant levels in the body

– improve brain function and help to fight brain related diseases

– lower the risk of heart disease

– prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease

– effective as an anti-depressant

– effective in treating inflammation related diseases such as arthritis and joint pain.

With benefits like that who wouldn’t use more turmeric? The great thing about this super spice is that it is very easy to add to the foods we already enjoy. For example sprinkle it into your next smoothie or shake, add it to rice dishes or make a turmeric paste and enjoy it as a tea!

20140818_090419Ingredients

2 1/2 tablespoons of freshly ground turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons of freshly ground black pepper
1 cup of local raw honey

2 tablespoons of ginger (optional, if the above is too bitter)

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Directions

To make the paste, I used a 1 cup canning jar and filled it in layers — a layer of honey with a tablespoon of turmeric and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper, another layer of honey. Continue until you have used all of the ingredients. Store this mixture in the fridge to prolong its life.

For tea, simply use about a teaspoon of paste in a tea cup of hot water. Squeeze in a bit of fresh lemon or lime to brighten the flavor.

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Spirulina/Chlorella Healthy Pina Colada

A rep from the company Prairie Naturals paid us a visit at the store a couple of weeks ago and shared an incredibly yummy recipe for a healthier Pina Colada. If you wanted to add alcohol, fee free but it would somewhat defeat the purpose of making a healthy cocktail 🙂

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Ingredients

1 cup Pineapple Juice

1/2 cup Coconut Milk (canned, you want all the healthy fats)

1/4 Ice

1/2 teaspoon Aqua Greens ( or any other Spirulina/Chlorella combination)

 

Directions

Pulse all ingredients on high in a blender for 60 seconds. Garnish any way you wish, I added shredded coconut. Serve cold. Makes 1 large serving.

 

*Recipe originally provided by the company Prairie Naturals

Yogi Juice (Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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Ingredients

1 English cucumber, roughly chopped

4 small kale leaves, washed and roughly chopped

1 organic sweet apple, cored and chopped into quarters

1 organic pear, cored and chopped into quarters

1 to 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

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Directions

In a high powered blender or juicer, combine all of the ingredients. If using a blender, pass the juice through a juice bag or fine sieve to filter out any pulp. Any left over juice can be stored in a mason jar in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

 

Recipe originally from: http://www.ohsheglows.com (Check out the Oh She Glows Cookbook, it’s amazing! She is such an inspiration :))

 

Daily Routine + Detox Plan

I have noticed lately that I have started to fall of the wagon a little bit. Routine isn’t something that I can stick to very easily, I’m more of a spontaneous personality. The thought of a structured day is enough to make me cringe, but I guess this is also why I have a hard time finishing anything that the start. Basically, I get bored easily!

With summer just around the corner I thought that it might be a good idea to “loosely” follow some simple guidelines to ensure that I am detoxed and ready for what the summer months have to offer (camping, fishing, gardening etc.)

Here is the starting of a daily routine I plan to follow, you are welcome to join me and may add and remove anything to fully personalize this plan for you! If you need assistance just leave me a comment below and I will be more than willing to help out 🙂

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Morning

1 full glass warm lemon water- cleans all channels of the body while gently alkalizing the system. This is the first step in removing the any food left over from the previous day.

1 refrigerated probiotic – if you are someone who takes their other supplements in the morning and are more likely to remember (I prefer to take this at night, so it can sit in the gut overnight)

30 minute meditation or reflection (if you are new to mediation there are many great DVDs available to help you begin- I recommend the company Gaiam.)

1 full glass of green juice or smoothie- this is where you can get creative. Here is a recipe for a chocolate mint green smoothie.

Late Morning

1 cup of fresh fruit (strawberries, kiwi, oranges etc) OR small handful of raw nut and seed mix

Afternoon

Huge (I mean HUGE) green salad with nuts, a plethora of ripe veggies and an olive oil based dressing!

Mid-Afternoon

Carrot or celery sticks with almond or hemp seed butter.

Evening

I’m leaving dinner unplanned, I am currently cooking for another person who doesn’t follow a gluten-free or vegan diet. It makes it much easier on both of us to not have to make two separate meals.

1 mug Rooibos tea-before bed.

30 minutes of yoga- to help relax and stretch before bed

* This plan is something I am going to be following very loosely and will be adding and removing items as I go. I will eat depending on what I feel my body needs that day. Also please note that you should always drink plenty of water!

What routine do you currently follow?

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Homemade Almond Milk (Vegan, Gluten & Refined Sugar-Free)

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Ingredients:

2 cups raw almonds, soaked in water

3 cups cold filtered water

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

3 tablespoons coconut sugar

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Pinch of Cinnamon

Directions:

1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water. It’s preferred to soak them overnight (for 8-12 hours) in the water.

2. Rinse and drain the almonds and place into a blender along with filtered water and chopped vanilla bean or extract.

3. Blend on highest speed for 1 minute or so.

4. Place a nut milk bag over a large bowl and slowly pour the almond milk mixture into the bag. Gently squeeze the bottom of the bag to release the milk. This took me about 3-5 minutes to get all the milk out.

5. Rinse out blender and pour the milk back in. Add the cinnamon, sea salt and coconut sugar. Blend on low to combine.

6. Pour into a glass jar to store in the fridge for up to 3-5 days. Shake jar very well before using as the mixture separates when sitting.

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