Move over fat, there’s a new culprit in town. Sugar is now the ingredient to avoid. Do you know how much added sugar you consume in one day? I didn’t. My “healthy” dessert habit got out of control. I was obsessed with the one minute mug cakes, homemade magic shell, and single servings of chocolate chip cookies. After almost every meal I’d make myself a little treat. I used maple syrup or honey as the sweetener and I tricked my brain into thinking they were “nutritious” sugar. Well ALL sweeteners, even the “pure” ones are sugar. And sugar impairs the immune system by suppressing white blood cells. Just one teaspoon impairs the immune system for up to four hours. Then there’s the blood sugar spikes and extra calories negatively impacting your body too. What are the options? Option A: Shun dessert and never eat ice cream again. Option B: Make Read More
I dream of smoothies in yoga class. The room is 105F degrees with 60% humidity and pools of sweats are making an island out of my yoga mat. I love every minute of the intensity. And after working that hard I want a reward. On the really tough days, visualizing myself sipping down a cool, refreshing smoothie is the only thing that gets me through class. I also wouldn’t hate one poured right over my head. There is an issue with smoothies though. Loads of sugar from the fruit. It is naturally occurring sugar but I still have to watch it. I can down 24 ounces in under five minutes. In real food that can equal one whole banana, ten strawberries, half a mango and a cup of coconut milk. That’s almost 400 calories and 37 grams of sugar. I wrote an article on the pros and cons of smoothies Read More
Well hello there eggnog season. Get out the punch bowl and make up a batch of this yummy and somewhat nutritious beverage. I give credit to the nutrient-rich, pastured egg yolks in this recipe, full of vitamins A, D, E and K. Eggnog hails from England back in the 17th century and was quite popular among the early American colonies. Rum was the spirit of choice back then and has evolved to cognac, brandy, bourbon or whiskey. My version of eggnog is sans alcohol so go with whatever suits your tastebuds. I must mention, please consume raw eggs at your own risk. I stress the importance of choosing pasture-raised eggs for many reasons and salmonella is the big one. Pasture-raised eggs from a trusted farmer have a lesser chance of salmonella contamination. Salmonella most often lives on the exterior of egg shells. Wash the eggs well with warm water and Read More
This is Part 2 of the Kombucha Series. Watch the first step here and follow the step-by-step guide here. Kombucha making can be a bit temperamental and uncooperative. If the weather is not quite right, the whole batch may fail. Let me know how I can help and leave any questions in the comments below!
Fermented foods are a fantastic way to get more probiotics into your diet. You can also drink your probiotics in the form of kombucha. This fizzy, fermented beverage aids digestion with acids and enzymes, detoxifies the body and promotes overall health. A Kombucha habit is a pricey one though, around $4 per bottle. Thankfully, it’s rather easy to make your own. First you need a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). It’s a jelly-fish, blob-like thing that’s actually living bacteria and yeast. You absolutely cannot make kombucha without it. WHERE TO GET A SCOBY? There are three options: 1. Buy one from here, here or here. They range from $10-30. 2. Ask a friend to gift one to you. SCOBYs grow rapidly and in layers so if a friend makes kombucha regularly they will have extras to spare. 3. Grow your own. You can do this with a bottle Read More
So many sweet summertime, summertime days to be celebrated! Warm nights call for backyard gatherings, weekly barbecues and maximizing al fresco dining. Get out your fancy glasses and cheers to longer sun-filled days. Take advantage of the season’s freshest fruits and blend up a drink to keep you nice and cool. I like to think of these festive beverages as parties in their own right. With their bright colors and fun garnishes, how can something so gorgeous not make you happy?! I wanted to highlight the very best summer non-alcoholic drink recipes. And I found THE BEST! These recipes come from some of my favorite creative ladies and one is thrown in from me. I know you’re going to love them! FRESH FRUIT SANGRIA MOCKTAIL by eatyourbeets.com EASY PALEO MOCKTAILS by stupideasypaleo.com STRAWBERRY LEMONADE WITH MINT by lexiscleankitchen.com NATURAL GINGER ALE by wellnessmamma.com WATERMELON AQUA FRESCA by iowagirleatsclean.com MACA PINA COLADA by juliedaniluk.com Read More