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How to Make Homemade Nut / Seed Milk

Once you taste homemade nut milk, you will NEVER buy synthetic vitamin, carrageen infused, and chemical-laden nut milk again.

There’s just no turning back.

It’s SO easy and absolutely delicious… It takes a little foresight since soaking the nuts/seeds with a little bit of sea salt is an important step in the creation of this nut/seed juice. So think ahead and make it happen.

I switch up the types of nuts (or seeds I use)… as using the same nut/seed milk over a long period of time can build an intolerance to it.

So I highly recommend mixing it up!

My favorite nuts/seeds are (all organic and raw):

  • Brazil nuts
  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Pistachios (kinds pricey)
  • Tiger Nuts
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Flax Seeds 
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Hazelnuts

Quick note when using cashews: When cashews are soaked for over 8 hours they become very soft. When pulverized they leave very little (if any) nut “flour” behind. This makes it so that straining isn’t...

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My Morning Cleansing Tonic (Recipe)

hippie kitchen hydration Mar 03, 2021

Waking up to water is one of the first piece of advice I give to anyone looking to move themselves towards optimal health!

It is estimated that over 75% of American adults suffer from chronic dehydration!

Don't be a part of that 75%! Dehydration causes a multitude of health issues and keeping hydrated is one of the most important things you can do every day of your life!

Rule of thumb drink 1/2 your weight in ounces of water every day! For example, a 120 pound woman would need to drink 60 ounces of water every day.

120/2 = 60 ounces. Simple as that!

Waking up to water can be an incredibly beneficial habit to create in your life!

This morning tonic combines anti-inflammatory spices and detoxifying lemon to help kick start your health! It's extremely cleansing and will get things moving, if you know what I mean!

What's also key is that the active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is highly anti-inflammatory and has a myriad of health benefits. Pairing it with black pepper helps us...

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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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How to Make Homemade Popcorn More Healthy & Delicious!!

hippie kitchen recipes Dec 04, 2020

Popcorn is one of those snacks that is irresistible to include in a family movie night or just to create a quick snack for you or your kids! 

I love to make a big batch on the weekend or before the kids get home from school, when they are always so HANGRY! 

Who doesn't love popcorn? There are actually some health benefits to this snack, but beware many varieties and packaged options are not healthy! 

First let's talk about the pros.... 

Popcorn:

🌾Is high in fiber, protein, AND carbs. 🤷‍♀️
🌾High in polyphenols (super antioxidants) that make it relatively healthy.
🌾Has many nutrients like manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, vitamins B3 & B6 and potassium.
🌾 While 90% of corn in the US is GMO, popcorn is not (at least for now)!

Now the cons...

There are some downfalls to previously popped packaged popcorn (say that 5 times fast!) which can contain chemicals and toxins that we really don't want in our our our kid's bodies. 

Just like: ...

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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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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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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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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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Simple Sweet Potato & Zucchini Hash

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...

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