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Homemade Elderberry Tonic

hippie kitchen immunity Nov 07, 2020
 

Elderberry is one of the most powerful plants I keep in my medicinal “chest”, especially during the winter season.

Check this out, a new study, “has shown that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus. It inhibits the early stages of an infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.” (Source)

Australian scientists discovered how elderberry compounds inhibit the flu virus’s replication and entry into our cells, at the same time it strengthens the body’s immune response to the virus!

Elderberry, known as Sambucus, is a kind of flowering plant that contains antioxidants that can help relieve colds, fight the flu, and help balance the immune system. You can find many options at your local health-focused grocer OR you can make your own!

Some of the benefits of taking elderberry are: 

  • Immune Support
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Shortens cold &...
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Easy Veggie Breakfast Combos

Greens and veggies for breakfast may sound a little ridiculous…
 
I remember when I first heard about this idea of eating plants first thing in the morning, I thought, "why?"!
 
I was beginning each day with a bagel or scone and up to 5 cups of coffee. One of which was some high sugar fancy drink from Starbucks.
 
I had gained 20 pounds in one year due to this poor morning habit. I look back and just think how crazy it was that I had no clue why I was:
 
1. Always tired
2. Had low energy around 10am and 2pm EVERYDAY!
3. Bloated and gassy (so gassy)
4. Irritable
 
These were not the only symptoms going on. I had indigestion and my body constantly ached.
 
You see, what I realized was that when I began each day with processed simple carbohydrates and tons of caffeine, I set my day up for disaster.
 
The thing is our body will continue to crave sugar (that what those simple carbs turn into) and...
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Divine Smashed Acorn Squash

This is one of the simplest Fall squash recipes ever!

Acorn squash is vibrant in color and packed with nutrients. This is just one of the MANY plants Mother Nature has blessed us with that not only tastes divine, but is SO good for us! 

The bright orange flesh is full of vitamins C, A, and B... it has minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron, and manganese, which are ALL critical for health!

It's also ample with antioxidants that protect cellular health. 

Acorn squash is also a great source of fiber, which we all need more of in our diet!

Fiber feeds our good gut bugs, and if you are in my 14-Day Gut Reset Program, this recipe is for you (just skip the maple syrup!). 

This recipe is almost like dessert!

It's sweet, savory, and easy to pair with a clean meat!

I could eat it all day long. It's also a perfect and versatile carb that can take place of other starchy veggies, and is perfect in both sweet and savory recipes. 

Okay enough of it's magnificence, let's do...

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One SIMPLE Thing That Will Raise Your Vibration

Want to know a super simple thing you can do to increase your vibration and just overall feel better about yourself??
 
Do you? Are you ready?
 
This secret was revealed to me a couple years ago by my dear friend and mentor Angela Ferrari. I was going through her Shift Process (which is absolutely transformative) and this was just one of the many guided advice she shared...
 
She told me to stop leaving all my cute and fun clothes in my closet waiting for some event, occasion, evening, and/or gathering to happen in order to wear them. Wear them now!
 
What? That's stupid (legit response in my mind).
 
I thought that was completely ridiculous. I mean, I'm a mom of 2 boys, always in the kitchen, cleaning up after their messy asses, and tired (I looked it too).
I loved wearing my worn out sweat pants (or shorts), white tanks then turned gray with stains, and my favorite purple sweatshirt accompanied with holes galore.
Why would I wear my "nice"...
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Grain Free Granola

Granola has a bad rap. Most store-bought are full of processed oils, tons of sugars, and ingredients that aren't recognizable by mother nature. Many also have GMO's which wreak havoc on our digestive system and make pesticides even harder for the body to break down!

I have yet to find a legit granola I like. So of course, I had to make my own! 

This is a yummy granola recipe I love to serve with sliced apples, bananas, raisins,  cinnamon (even more!), hemp & chia seeds, and cashew milk. It's super quick and simple to throw together, bake, enjoy. It's yummy and filling!

When I was inspired to make this, I was literally in the middle of cleaning and a craving for granola came on strong. I dropped everything preheated the oven and went to work... unsure of what kind of granola I was going to create.

I wanted to make it simple... I've created granola with lots of dried fruits but it just seemed to limit how we could use it. Personally I prefer the oats and seeds more than...

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How to Avoid GMO's Linked to Chronic Illness

 If you aren't already familiar with GMO's this post is for you! 

GMO's are one of humans biggest mistakes. What was once thought would be an idea that changed the world and fed the hungry, became one of the biggest lies that the world has ever known. 

GMO's are not safe. They have been linked to numerous chronic diseases. Before we dive into the health detriments of these organisms and the chemicals that accompany them, let's get a better understanding of what they actually are. 

GMOs simply stand for Genetically Modified Organisms.

These are living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a lab through genetic engineering. This creates combinations of plant, animal, bacteria, and virus genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Sound appetizing? No, this is the epitome of messing with Mother Nature. Which has NEVER ended well. 

While many countries like, Europe, have...

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Simple Curly Kale Salad

This is a simple salad that can be thrown together in a matter of minutes. It's so good for digestion and giving us the fiber we need for a healthy gut! 

 Kale has so many health benefits! It promotes detoxification, skin health, has tons of antioxidants, and has ample fiber... which we all need more of in our diets! Pair kale with lemon juice, also super detoxifying, onion, which our gut bugs love to eat, and extra virgin olive oil, the healthy fat... you have magic! 

The nuts add more healthy fat to help you absorb all of those amazing fat-soluble vitamins! 

The trick to making curly kale easier to eat, massage it with oil! It breaks down the hard fibers! Sautéing kale is also one of my favorite side dishes... I'll post that recipe soon too. 

Okay enough chit-chat... let's do this: 

 Ingredients: 

  • 1 bunch of organic curly kale 
  • 1/2 small white onion, diced 
  • Juice from 1-2 lemons
  • 4 Tbsps. grated parmesan
  • 1/2 cup roasted pine...
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How to Make Your Coffee Healthier (Recipe Included!)

beverages hippie kitchen Sep 27, 2020
 

It is estimated that 64% of Americans drink a cup of coffee every day! 

A study published in 2005 by researchers at the University of Scranton (Pa.) indicated that coffee was the number one source of antioxidants in the American Diet than from any other source. 

Our body needs antioxidants! These substances can help prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules in the body produced by a reaction or response to an environmental stressors. 

Of course, I recommend getting your daily dose of antioxidants and nutrients from fruits and vegetables, but the fact is that only 1 in 10 Americans actually get enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. 

For the purpose of this post, we will focus on coffee and how to make the most of your morning cup of Joe.  If you have a cup of coffee everyday, this post may inspire you to up your coffee-game and take baby steps to make it healthier and infuse it with super...

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5 Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

life Sep 25, 2020

The last few months I have spent a lot of time reflecting on my life... maybe it's all part of the midlife crisis phenomenon? I'm 41 and in the midst of a deep realization that my life is half way over! We won't focus on that... haha. 

Part of my process and growth has been discovering how I fell victim to the lies our culture doles out to us and the constant message that we all need to consume, consume, consume to be better, bigger, richer, have more status, and be enough. I lived for so long believing that it actually matters what people think of me and living lies is better than living our fullest and most authentic selves. 

Now maybe this is part of the midlife crisis? Self-realization? BUT why don't we just teach out kids to not even live in the matrix and become who they are meant to be NOW!? 

I truly believe there is so much unnecessary suffering and pain because of the false beliefs that we own and create our lives around. 

So, here are the...

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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

healthy food video Sep 21, 2020
 

Did you know that when we start supporting a more sustainable system and eat food that nourishes us we contribute to the healing of the collective and the planet. Too woo woo? 

One of the most common complaints I get from friends, family, and clients is that eating healthy is expensive, but is it really? What is the true cost of eating healthy... a lot less than eating like shit and experiencing a low quality of future life. Too blunt?

Being sick is expensive. Chronic diseases cost our country $3.7 trillion dollars annually and it's only going up from here. Unless, and I have hope, that we begin to create change by starting right with ourselves. There's never a good time to begin. It's always now... and now... and now. 

Okay, I got off on a tangent. Does anyone actually read blogs anymore? 

If you understand how to work the food system and do a little planning... you'll discover it's actually simple to eat healthy and not spend a fortune!

In this video, l...

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