Ready for your newest obsession? This magical drink will have you cheating on your morning cup of coffee whether you like it or not! It’s super easy to make and the health benefits are endless:
- decreases inflammation and pain caused by arthritis
- detoxifies the liver
- boosts blood circulation while thinning blood
- boosts brain function by promoting healthy cell function
- soothes the digestive system and ease acid reflux
- prevents some cancers
It’s called “Golden Milk” or “Turmeric Boost” and it is a powder that contains turmeric and pepper as well as other additional spices. I add this every morning to a glass of nut-milk (warmed up via espresso machine). I am OBSESSED with Silks Almond Protein milk! It’s low calorie and contains added protein which ALSO makes this a perfect post-workout drink if you exercise early in the morning like I do! After drinking this everyday, I’ve felt:
- More centered and calm
- More energized
- Better digestion
- Less achey after working out
In addition, I have been told that eating something high in fat increases the benefits reaped from drinking golden milk. So what I like to do is add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee and sometimes 1 teaspoon of honey that we get from our own honey bees! Here is the recipe below:
- 1 cup of almond milk (hemp or coconut are also good options)
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil or Ghee
- 1 tablespoon of “Golden Milk” or “Turmeric Boost”
Combine ingredients and warm it up just before you start to see it boil.
The winter months can definitely do a number on our bodies so we’ve decided to share a little secret with you about how we kickstart our health and get our bodies working optimally. This Anti-Bloat Green juice, which we drink every morning, totally gets rid of that winter bloat belly from all those holiday parties! Try it and see for yourself!
1 organic cucumber
3 stalks of organic celery
3 organic kale leaves
1/2 organic lemon
1 inch of organic ginger
1 organic green apple
Just throw it all in a juicer and you’re good to go.
Cheating never felt so good.
- 1 bag of Gluten Free Ginger Snap Cookies
- 6 tablespoons of salted butter
- 1/4 cups of white sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 15oz can of pumpkin pie puree
- 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice
- 7 tablespoons of maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon of grass-fed gelatin
- 7 oz of organic plain greek yogurt
- Crust: Smash an entire box of gluten free ginger snap cookies until the consistency is as close to flour as possible. In a medium bowl, mix the ginger cookie crumbs with butter, white sugar and ground cinnamon.
- Press into a pie pan and place in the oven at 350 F for 5 minutes. Let cool before filling.
- Filling: In a sauce pan over low heat, combine the pumpkin pie puree with pumpkin pie spice and maple syrup. Stir until all the ingredients are completely mixed together. Remove from heat and add grass-fed gelatin and plain greek yogurt. Mix well (use a blender if possible).
- Pour the filling into your gluten-free-ginger-snap-cookie-crust of deliciousness and let harden in the fridge for 4-6 hours (overnight recommended).
- Wow your guests.
It’s called “candida” and some of us have more of it and some of us have less. Candida is a type of yeast that naturally lives in your stomach and intestines and feeds off of sugar and dead tissue. However, if there is an overgrowth of it, this can lead to a host of problems such as:
- bad breath
- sugar cravings
- poor memory
- low sex drive
The scary thing about candida is that you can look completely normal without ever knowing you have an overgrowth or infection! In addition, diagnosis can be tricky so doctors often prescribe medications to minimize the symptoms (laxatives for constipation, antibiotics for acne and anti-depressants for depression) without ever curing the infection, further exacerbating the situation.
If you think you may have candida overgrowth, your doctor can test for it by looking for certain candida antibodies in blood, stool or urine samples.
For healing candida, it is critical to begin with your diet. There is a special Anti-Candida diet which is composed of 3 stages: a cleanse, eliminating sugary and starchy foods, and reintroducing certain foods back into your diet. The only thing about living with candida overgrowth is that the bacteria can grow back if you eat sugar again, which is the main ingredient it thrives on. So this diet isn’t really a diet, it’s a lifestyle. But it’s the path you choose if you want to live a long and healthy life!
All you have to do is:
- avoid sugar (see food list below)
- take probiotics to put healthy bacteria back into your body
- incorporate anti-fungals which fight off the candida cells
For a more detailed list of the do’s and dont’s of this diet visit: The Candida Diet!
Kombucha is one of my favorite go-to drinks whenever I’m feeling sluggish, sick or sore. It is a fermented and carbonated drink that consists of yeast, water, sugar, tea and vinegar. You can buy it at most grocery stores or make it at home, but I prefer to buy it in store because making it at home can be a bit of a hit-or-miss process. Read on below to see why you should incorporate it into your diet!
The reason why I drink Kombucha is because it detoxifies the body! It contains gluconic acid and probiotics which work to remove any toxins and cleanse the liver and kidneys.
Since this is a fermented drink, it works like a probiotic by promoting gut health and relieving stomach ulcers and constipation. It also contains beneficial enzymes from the vinegar, which can help to balance your stomach PH by neutralizing any acid.
After the fermentation process, Kombucha contains a small trace of iron, caffeine and sugar, which can help to energize the body by increasing oxygen circulation to cells and other tissues.
An antioxidant known as D-saccharic acid-1, 4-lactone was discovered in Kombucha after the fermentation process. This antioxidant supports the immune system by protecting and strengthening cell walls.
Kombucha contains glucosamines which have been known to preserve collagen, relieve joint discomfort, and smooth wrinkles.
Note: There are many different brands and flavors of Kombucha, but one thing to be cautious of is the sugar content. The ones that I have found to be lower in sugar are GT ‘Ginger’ and Health-Aid ‘Pomogranate’.
We all know almonds have incredible health benefits. They increase memory and heart health; decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and weight; and contain calcium, vitamin E, magnesium, omega-3s and zinc. Having said that, they are the ultimate superfood! However… Did you know that the brown skin surrounding the almond contains an enzyme that prevents the human body from absorbing its nutrients? See, here’s the thing: almonds are just like other seeds and their skin is designed to protect them until there is enough moisture in the environment to allow them to germinate (a process whereby it begins to grow). This is the reason we soak almonds in water–to remove the skin so we can eat the part that is good for us! Not only do they taste better, but they are easier on your digestive system as well.
You only need raw almonds, water, and a bowl! Soak them for 4-8 hours, drain them, and place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator. If properly stored, they will last up to a week.
It’s not the holidays without warm mugs of hot cocoa to sip on. This tasty treat can be a bit of an indulgence with all the sugar, so we thought we’d give this healthy version found on toneitup.com a try. It has all of the taste and none of the guilt.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond mild
- 2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tbs. stevia
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Warm up almond milk and cinnamon stick in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a light simmer.
- Slowly stir in the cocoa powder stirring continuously until completely dissolved.
- Remove from heat and pour into a mug.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick
The only ingredients are banana, honey, olive oil, and cinnamon. It’s totally healthy and tastes like heaven! It’s mouthful of crispy goodness and satisfies a sweet tooth without ruining your diet. Thanks Rachel Schultz for this easy little recipe.
1 slightly under-ripened banana, sliced
1 tablespoon honey
Olive oil or coconut oil
1. Lightly drizzle olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Arrange banana slices in pan and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
2. Meanwhile, whisk together honey and 1 tablespoon of water. Remove pan from heat and pour honey mixture over banana.
3. Allow to cool and sprinkle with cinnamon.