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Classic Basil Pesto

Pesto is packed with one of my favorite herbs, basil! 

This beautiful green herb offers the body many benefits as it is: 

  • anti-inflammatory
  • contains lots of antioxidants
  • supports our immune system
  • helps reduce pain
  • helps prevent diabetes
  • can protect the liver

It can also provide protection against bacteria growth and has been shown to inhibit resistant strains of bacteria! 

I try and include as many herbs as possible in my diet, as they not only provide us tons of health benefits, but they add flavor and depth to almost any dish! 

One of the main things I do to stay on track is to make things in advance for hangry Becky that tend to show up once in a while. 

I absolutely love dips like hummus, pesto, and guacamole, as they can be made in advance and devoured with cut-up veggies and gluten-free crackers. 

This pesto recipe can also be combined with spiralized zucchini noodles, grain-free pasta, or mixed into sauteed veggies or added to a marinara...

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Buckwheat Porridge

Did you know that buckwheat isn’t wheat… it’s a seed. 

So crazy, I know :) 

This naturally gluten-free seed is nutrient-dense and is high both in protein and fiber. #boom

Buckwheat seeds, also called “groats” are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and are often referred to as a “superfood”. 

They are also a high source of amino acids, vitamins, minerals all with relatively few calories.

What else do you need in life?! 

This high fiber and easily digestible food can be made into a yummy porridge to mix up your breakfast. 

I always recommend mixing up what you eat! 

Just like I do in my oatmeal, I always add an egg, or two, to this porridge a few minutes before it's done. 

The egg(s) make it fluffy and adds protein! Our bodies love and need protein and adding healthy protein will keep you satiated longer!

Okay, let’s do this.

BUT FIRST! SOAK YOUR BUCKWHEAT!!

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Veggie Infused Marinara & Grass-Fed Meat Balls

One thing I love about marinara & meatballs… is that the WHOLE family enjoys it.

It's an easy dish to batch cook, make in large quantities, to feed us a couple of meals. This is my top tip to eating healthy. 

When you are making a healthy meal, make more of it to bless your future self with leftovers. 

Kids tend to take time trying new foods., at least mine do… especially those with LOTS of veggies!

I make this to accompany a yummy clean pasta, grilled sourdough bread, spiralized zucchini noodles, or top on the top of steamed veggies!

I always douse it with tons of high-quality parmesan cheese too! Yummy! 

I add lots of veggies! You can pick and choose what you like, but garlic, onions, and peppers are never optional in my mind :)

A little tip I love to share too is that you can blend, using a blender or immersion blender, up to 1/2 of the mixture so a thicker texture. 

Let’s do this.

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Homemade Bone Broth - Recipe & Video!!

 
Bone broth people!!
 
This trend is legit!
 
Humans have been consuming bone broth for thousands of years! It has SO many healing abilities as it's extremely good for gut health and contains so many vitamins and minerals in the most bioavailable form so our body can digest, assimilate, and absorb them easily and with less effort!
 
I usually make my own with chicken bones, but it never comes out as gelatinous as the broth I buy from @azgrassraisedbeef . I spoke to the owner of the company and it's due to that many of us don't use all parts of the animal.
 
For example, chicken feet are extremely gelatinous.
 
Beef stock when made with beef marrow and knuckle bones, feet, neck bones, also create more of a gelatinous broth.
 
For those who don't know gelatin is what helps the gut heal and bone broth is chock-full that AND SO many bio-available nutrients! Check out my homemade Jello recipe that uses this highly healing protein!
 
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Classic Chicken Vegetable Soup

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Our Grandmother's knew what they were doing when they went straight to make  chicken soup when some someone was sick. 

Although, if you are like me, you probably didn't grow up eating homemade chicken soup but rather soup poured straight from cans. 

Well, let's just be happy how far we've come.

Broth is one of the best examples of wisdom in food. Broth is rich full of nutrients the body can use right away and contains gelatin which is highly healing to the gut and body. 

Humans have been making broths for thousands of years. It's also a way to use ALL the animal and extract beneficial nutrients from bones that we could not get to, without broth. Can you see why it's good for our bones? 

I make this SO much during fall and winter months where virus's spread and people's immune systems tend to decline. However, if you take care of your gut you will strengthen your immune system (which up to 70% is located in your... can you guess? GUT!) instead. 

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Gut Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie

 If you don't think chocolate and peppermint belong together, we can't be friends. 

 When I was little I'd always order chocolate mint ice cream. No matter what. 

This creation has taken years to come to perfect. I was always awarded with food or offered it when I wasn't happy. For so long I was an emotional eater and I had the extra 20 pounds to prove it. 

In the last 10 years, I have completely changed my relationship to food and my body. I've had a lot of healing (and still so much more to go). This is why I'm so passionate to share delicious, nutritious, and healing recipes and messages. When we become our own advocate for our health and reclaim our power, everything shifts. 

 Along the way, I've also learned that, smoothies can serve many needs. They can be a quick and nutrient-dense meal, snack, or dessert! 

This recipe is so yummy, even the kids love it! 

Let's do this...  

Gut Healthy Chocolate Peppermint Smoothie 

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White Bean Hummus

Do you love dips? 

I LOVE dips... I love using clean ingredient chips like Siete brand or sliced veggies as vehicles to get the dips into my mouth. 

Making dips like this one, classic homemade hummus, and cilantro-infused guacamole is a strategy so that when I am STARVING and HANGRY, I can find a satiating, delicious, and healthy snack. I swear by simple lifestyle hacks like just preparing for when you know you will be weak! 

Just keep it simple. Food is to be enjoyed AND nourishing. Yes it can be both! 

Let's do this... 

White Bean Hummus 

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cans organic white beans (cannellini beans
  • 2 small to medium garlic cloves, whole
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh oregano 
  • 1 tsp sea salt (My favorite it Celtic Sea Salt)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin 
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 4 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 
  • Black pepper to taste 

Instructions: 

  1. Put all ingredients in a food processor or high powered blender. 
  2. Process...
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Divine & Delicious Burrito Bowls

What I've learned about fueling the body with whole, real, clean food is that you can eat all the things you love, all you have to do is elevate and upgrade the ingredients! 

This is a dish the whole family loves! When I'm not on a cleanse, I'll put the beef into Siete brand tortillas or taco shells. On cleanse, I just put it all in a bowl and go to town! 

I was born in, and currently live in New Mexico where these dishes are staples in our weekly menu. The question is always, red or green chile? 

Whether you like spicy food or not, you can modify this dish the way you like it! I give you three beautiful parts to this dish and you can modify as you see fit! 

Let's do this... 

Divine & Delicious Burrito Bowls 

Serves 4 

Meat Base Ingredients: 

  • 1 pound grass-fed beef
  • 1/2 yellow, white or red onion, diced 
  • 1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, diced 
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed or minced
  • 2 tbsp of high heat oil, I use avocado oil or...
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Detoxifying & Anti-Inflammatory Kitchari Recipe

 

I LOVE this dish… It truly is healing.

I first tried this recipe on a yoga retreat. My beautiful step-mother-in-law created it for dinner one evening and I was hooked!

I LOVED how delicious and nurturing the dish felt. The smell, texture, and brightness of the spices lures any human, who is pulled to healing, right in.

Kitchari (kitch-a-ree) is a healing soup that is gently formulated with mung beans and rice along with other ingredients to restore proper nutrition back into the body. The soup itself is meant to calm the intestinal track and relight the ‘angi,’ or fire, in the belly.

In Eastern Ayurvedic teachings, proper health and nutrition begin in the digestive tract. Kitchari cleansing involves a mono-diet that is easy for the body to break down and process with each day targeting a specific organ.” (Source)

There are several variations to a basic kitcheri recipe and the one below is basic, easy to start with, and balancing to all three doshas (vata,...

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Gut Healing Miso Broth

 

I'm always looking for delicious and nourishing dishes that not only make me feel good, heal my gut, but taste freaking amazing! 

This miso bone broth is SO simple, requires only 5 ingredients! Well only 2 if you nix the gelatin and sea salt! Gelatin is totally optional, it just provides more support and healing for the gut! 

Miso does 5 things for our body: 

  1. It contains probiotics that supports our gut's natural balance and helps promote healthy digestion
  2. Supports our immune system. Up to 70% of our immune system is housed in our guts! So keeping our gut healthy supports our immune system! Boom! 
  3. It's good for our brain! Miso contains choline & b-vitmains that support cognitive function and development. 
  4. Good for our blood! Rich in vitamin K, miso can help our blood clot! 
  5. Great source of electrolytes! Full of minerals it can help replebnish our electrolyte stores! Combined with hydrating broth, it's a win/win for our soul-home! 

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