I really couldn’t think of a better name for these delicious raw bars, so Hippie Mom Raw Bars it is!
These raw ingredients are nutrient-dense, high in fiber, loaded with antioxidants, healthy fats, protein, and satisfy that sweet tooth with flavor and fullness.
You can always make these your own by playing with different seeds, nut butters, and toppings!
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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 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:
This is seriously such a divine treat and what's awesome is it's packed with nutrients.
I love sweets, so my strategy isn't to deny myself but to create desserts that are not only satisfying and delicious but nourishing as well.
The beautiful thing about this recipe is the whole family will love it!!
Chia seeds are:
All of the above help lower inflammation and give the body the building blocks it needs to do what it is supposed to do, keep you alive and healthy!
What's even better is when you soak chia seeds they become gelatinous and can even help prevent dehydration. Soaking them also helps rid their digestive inhibitors (all seeds have these). So basically they are better for your digestive system and are SO good for helping regulate bowel movements.
This recipe also has tons of healthy fats and magnesium, from the cacao! You...
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):
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...
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...
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....
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.
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...
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...
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:
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