Whenever summer transitions into fall, I take full advantage of the new seasonal produce coming into play. Just so you know, peak season for sweet potatoes is October through March.
Sweet potatoes are such a beautiful source of complex carbohydrates. They help stabilize blood sugar, are high in antioxidants, and are packed with Vitamin A, the immune system LOVING vitamin!
Whenever a diet removes any macro-nutrients, I recommend you run the other way! Our body needs ALL of these to function properly. So instead of consuming simple processed carbs, focus on the plethora of beautiful Mother Nature made complex carbohydrates to satiate you carb-cravings. Not only do we need complex carbohydrates to balance our hormones, but also to create balance in our appetite and metabolism!
Pair this root veggie with zucchini (also loaded with nutrients - vitamin C & antioxidants), garlic, and onions (both which the gut/microbiome LOVE, you get...
"Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness." - Howard Murad M.D.
Not only is our skin the largest organ in our body (16% of our total body weight) it protects us from the world around us. Our skin is always letting us know what's going on in the inside. It is truly a reflection of how our body's systems are operating.
Have you heard of face mapping?
Face mapping is an ancient medicinal technique that makes connections between problems on the face and overall health. If you want to learn more check out this article by Dr. Axe, Face Mapping; What Your Skin May Be telling You.
Paying attention to what our skin is telling us is vital! We are always receiving messages about what's going on inside of us. Symptoms are simply messengers urging us to pay attention and take action! Instead of opting for over the counter meds or countless and expensive doctors appointments, we must learn how to support our body with what it needs and help heal from the...
This herbaceous salad is one nourishing powerhouse meal! Loaded with TONS of nutrients, antioxidants, polyphenols, and most importantly it's fucking delicious.
Summer and salads are meant for each other. There is nothing like a crisp, cold, and satiating salad in the summer evenings. I ALWAYS double the batch. This is a huge batch and fed my husband and I twice, with about one serving left over.
I added lots of herbs to this salad. Parsley is super rich in antioxidants, has antibacterial properties, super rich in nutrients that supports eye health, and is high in vitamin C!
Basil is also an important component in the salad and dressing. Basil is great for digestion, anti-inflammatory, high in antioxidants, is great for our skin, and promotes a health gut! It's also a beautiful addition to make this salad even more freaking yummy!
Last but not least, I added just a bit of fresh oregano. Oregano is one powerful herb. It's a really great antibacterial agent, has...
This is such a simple and delicious dish. I always make extra, so I can eat more of it tomorrow. I always add green chile, I'm from NM, and it's an absolute staple! You can always up the spice with red peppers or even jalapenos. Make it easy and batch cook, so you can eat more tomorrow too!
Just a little insight, all my meals consist of four important components:
This chicken fajita salad checks all the boxes, especially number 4! I love meals that not only taste fucking delicious, but are satiating and savory. Okay, let's do this.
A journey to clean living will always bring you into the world of essential oils.
Mother Nature infused plants with the ability to heal. Essential oils are literally the plant’s life-force, it’s blood per se. This plant ‘blood’ supports our own health and wellness.
Historical use of essential oil date back over 5,000 years ago as there was Anthropological evidence that aromatic plant life used with carrier oils like sesame and olive oils created ointments!
These beautiful oils work directly with our very own cells. You can use them topically, internally, and/or aromatically.
According to her book, The Essential Oil Truth, Jen O’Sullivan, states that:
"The human body is composed of around 100 trillion cells. Essential oils are composed of around 40 million trillion molecules per single drop! That is 40,000,000,000,000,000,000! Can you even fathom that number? Why and how can that many molecules fit into one single drop of essential oil?...
This has been one of my favorite salads FOREVER! It's perfect to just eat as is or as a side dish to clean meat... my top two are grilled wild caught salmon or pasture-raised chicken. You can even serve on a bed of greens or just eat with some good tortilla chips (SIETE BRAND!). Chips are the perfect vehicle to get this delicious salad in your mouth!
I usually double the batch and munch on it for 2-3 days. It's filling, nourishing, and SO delicious! Okay enough chit chat, let's do this...
The first time I ever about CBD was when I read an article discussing how this particular molecule helped a little girl, Charlotte Figi. Charlotte was plagued with extreme and traumatizing seizures. She was having 300 grand mal seizures a week! After using CBD, seizures stopped. I learned that scientists believe CBD oil helped suppress seizures by slowing down messages being sent to the brain, changing calcium levels in brain cells and decreasing inflammation in the brain. Source
It was miraculous!! I was so excited for this little girl and the promise CBD holds for countless symptoms and sufferings.
Already a believer in holistic plant medicine, I became really curious about CBD. I began researching and digging... I discovered that not only has CBD shown to help with seizures, research has shown that it is effective in treating pain and inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, and cancer...
It truly is.
Hydration is key to every element of our health and our microbiome is greatly impacted by whether we are hydrated or chronically dehydrated.
It is estimated that over 75% of American adults suffer from chronic dehydration! Common symptoms of dehydration are:
Our bodies are 55% - 60% water! Water is the medium in which all other nutrients are found and is the most abundant and important element (besides Oxygen) on earth and in the human body. It is also involved in almost EVERY bodily function:
It is also the primary component of all our bodily fluids:
Drinking enough clean water is essential to life and our overall wellness.
This salad is my most loved. It's my go-to when I'm headed to a BBQ or a get together... because no matter what is served, this salad is a meal in itself! Packed with fiber, antioxidants, and TONS of nutrients... it's worth EVERY amount of effort.
I highly recommend making 2 batches of this. The dressing is SOOOO freaking yummy and is good on any vegetable known to man. It can even be used as a marinade.
The base of the salad combines super antioxidant rich vegetables that nourish your body. Red cabbage boosts the immune system as it is one of the top vitamin C foods on the planet!! It helps fight inflammation, arthritis, AND promotes a healthy gut!
Cilantro is AMAZING at removing heavy metals from our body such as aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium! (Source) Also this salad is full of plant protein! The amount of quinoa in this salad boasts 12 grams of protein! Combing with raw garlic and ginger? Come on! What more do you need in a salad? NOTHING!
Serving food that...
I must say that making your very own coconut yogurt feels like such a huge accomplishment! As I discussed in another blog post, The Benefits of Fermented Foods and How to Eat More of Them, making your own coconut yogurt can be an easy way to get good probiotics and healthy gut-healing properties into your and your family's bellies!
Check out my video above to learn how you can easily make this in 12 hours!
Here's what you need:
Starter Yogurt - This can be a store-bought coconut yogurt like GT's Cocoyo or another clean option. You just need a couple tablespoons. Once your batch is ready you can always use that as your starter to make your next batch!
Coconut Cream - I love Trader Joe's organic canned options. It's affordable and super fatty and yummy! Any coconut cream will do, just make sure it's void of any gums or preservatives!
Hand Mixer or Blender - This is helpful when you have coconut cream that is separated, especially when it's cold......
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