3 easy fun organic summer drinks

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Summertime is a time for fun. Fun people, fun drinks and fun parties. Sometimes, the idea of fun can make us think of being unhealthy and falling out of our healthy routines. Which, does not have to be the case. 

You can still have organic fun that has less preservatives and will not strain your kidneys and livers as much as non-organic and heavily processed alcoholic drinks. They are not 100% healthy; however, they are healthier than your conventional drinks- AND delicious. 

1. Tequila spritz- serving for one drink.

You will need: an ounce of organic Tequila, I recommend 3 amigos Organic Tequila, a cup full of organic frozen fruit of your choice, sparkling water. Organic mint leaves as a garnish. And ICE!

How to: Place cup full of organic frozen fruit in a glass, pour an ounce of Organic Tequila over fruit. Fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water and stir. Place organic mint leaf in the drink as a garnish. 

 

2. Organic fresh mojito- for a serving

 

You will need: an ounce and a half of organic rum, we recommend twisted path rum, half an ounce of dark agave, organic mint leaves and organic limes. AND ICE!

How to: Cut two limes into halves and then muddle them with three mint leave in a glass, add organic rum and organic agave. Add ice cubes and stir until tasty, cool and yummy.

 

3. Rosé Sangria

 

This one is really easy! 

You will need: Half a glass of organic rosé, sparkling water and ice. 

How to: Place half a glass of organic rosé, we recommend Patsch rosè, into a glass. Add sparkling water and ice to fill the glass. Give it a stir and ENJOY!

 

If you would like to purchase any of these organic liquors online, the link is below:

http://www.totalwine.com/tequila/blanco-silver/3-amigos

https://m.wine.com/product/pratsch-org

 

by Hali Tsotetsi

Hali was born in New York but raised in South Africa, her parents native country, and England. She now resides in New York. She is the CEO and founder of BiologiqueLife. She is a skin specialist, certified health coach, certified yoga teacher and CEO/Founder of KindGirlco.- an organic cosmetic company. She believes that everyday has been sent to us in order for our souls to flourish through challenge and gratitude.

 

How to make a tasty vegan, organic and gluten-free dip.

Cashew Herb Dip.

Organic, Gluten Free, Vegan

*All ingredients are organic.

2 1/2 cup cashews

1 cup cold water

1 cup fresh scallions, chopped

1 clove fresh garlic

1 generous splash of lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

  • Add cashews and water to your food processor and let soak for 30 minutes.
  • Pulse to combine. 
  • Add scallions, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice and more water as needed to reach desired consistency. 
  • Dip can be prepared as thin as a salad dressing or thicker, similar to a hummus. 
  • Toss in a few chickpeas to thicken and for added fiber and nutrition.

Substitute scallions with fresh arugula, spinach or basil, or switch lemon juice with lime or orange juice for a fun, summertime spread.

 

Erika Mallory is a certified natural foods chef and graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts.  An executive chef by age 22, Erika has cooked professionally in New York and Los Angeles, providing health-supportive, personalized food therapy for recovery, healing, weight management, special diets, allergies and other food issues.  

Erika is represented by Minc Talent in Los Angeles.

Simple yet delicious Green Matcha Bowl you can make for yourself

Blend together, in a Vitamix or Blender:

1 C coconut or almond milk

1 C spinach or kale

1 frozen banana

1/2 frozen cauliflower

1/4 avocado

2 Tbsp matcha powder

1/2 tsp mucuna pruriens powder

1/2 moon juice brain dust (optional)

Top with fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds! Enjoy!

Benefits: antioxidants, enhanced brain function, supports the nervous system, improves energy and endurance! 

By McCauley Tawpash

Bio:

My name is McCauley Tawpash and I am a graduate from the Natural Gourmet Institute and the Institute For Integrative Nutrition. As a certified holistic health counselor and health-supportive chef, my food philosophy is all about eating whole, seasonal, local, organic, nutrient dense foods. I have experienced first hand the benefits of consuming a mostly plant-based diet. After being diagnosed with PCOS at the age of 19, I began my health journey. I then decided to take my health into my own hands by learning to heal my body naturally with food and alternative medicine practices. Today, I reside in Los Angeles, CA where I am a private chef, health coach, and wellness-influencer. 

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3 ways to spruce up your water this Spring and Summer

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Hydration is very important. Our general lack of hydration can lead to bad breath, headaches and joint pain as we are made up of 75-80% of water- depending on your diet and if you retain water easily.

For those of you who don't drink water because you think it's boring, I hear you. And, I would like to share with you some fun ways to spruce up your water. 

 

1. Add some electrolytes

These are great for optimal hydration. You can buy electrolyte powders in sachet or container forms. They replenish your magnesium, potassium and other salts that we lose during sweating and urinating. I highly recommend Ultima, as it has no caffeine and low sugar. Remember, caffeine is a diuretic: it will dehydrate you. 

 

2. Add fruit

I love adding fruit to my water during the summertime! I buy mason jars and fill them up with filtered water, leave them in the fridge over night and carry the jars with me. If you feel unsafe walking around with glass, you can put different types of fruit into any container that you usually keep your water in. I highly recommend berries, cucumbers and melons as they soak well in water and leave your water with a slight fruity taste.

 

3. Add a splash of herbal tea. 

Not only will this add flavour to your water but it will also make it a fun colour- depending on the colour of tea that you use. To achieve this, steep a bag of your favourite herbal tea for a little longer than the recommended time. Afterwards, add about 1/2 a cup to 8-16oz of water. If you like your 'fun water' cold, leave it in the fridge overnight. 'Est voila!

Easy gluten and dairy-free brownie recipe from a chef.

This recipe was for a coworker who had a lot of dietary restrictions. I came up with the idea as, I love making desserts for our staff; however, not everyone can enjoy them. Some co-workers couldn't enjoy it because it was not gluten-free or dairy-free. So, I decided that it was unfair for them not to be able to enjoy a delicious treat. 

That's when I came up with a recipe for a cookie that they could enjoy too. Then the research began, I had never made a cookie like this before using flaxseed, almond milk and pumpkin purée and a gluten free flour blend. But it turned out to be a success.

 

Pumpkin Brownies 

6tbs coconut oil

¾ c pumpkin purée

6oz coco powder

2tbs flax seed +1 tbs water

1tsp vanilla extract 

3tbs cornstarch 

¼ tsp salt

 

1. Mix coconut oil ,pumpkin and coco powder together.

2.Make flax seed eggs by combining flax seed with water , then add to mixture.

3. Fold in vanilla ,cornstarch and salt. 

4.Bake@350 degrees for around 20 min. 

About the Chef

 

I remember standing in my father's kitchen while he was cooking , the fire on the stovetop the sound of the knife hitting the cutting board. I was young, felt like I didn't belong in the kitchen but it was something magical to me . Everything about being in the kitchen excites me, I knew that it was my passion. 

 

My name is Quency A Traore ,  I fell in love with cooking at a very young age. When my father ,who is also a Chef, used to bake cookies from scratch. It was truly a wonder to see him take something as common as flour, sugar, eggs and butter and make something as delicious as cookies . 

 

I am now 22 , and still remember the taste of those cookies. Which made me want to master baking so that I could replicate it. So, I went to school for three years studying baking at Monroe college, New Rochelle . Throughout college,I have worked with numerous Chefs all across NYC to learn and gain knowledge about baking and cooking.  I enjoy being around the thrill and excitement of the busy, hot, crazy performance of working in a kitchen. It's a place where you can truly be the artist that you know you are. It also allows space to experiment with crazy techniques and ingredients. There are not many places you can do that besides the kitchen.

 

I get inspiration from the people around me , many of my associates and friends have ideas and thoughts for food . So, me being the mad scientist I am I will take an idea and transform it. Working with dietary restrictions is challenging but, as a Chef, I am always up for the challenge. 

 

How to make an organic vegan soup in 5 minutes - without a microwave!

What you will need:

1. Boxed organic vegan soup

2. 3 garlic cloves

3. 2 leek stems

4.  A cup of hot water

5. Olive oil

6. Small pot

 

How to make it:

 

1. Heat pot at high heat. 

2. Put 1/2 a teaspoon of olive oil in the pot.

3. Bring pot to simmer.

4. Dice garlic and leeks and place them into pot.

5. Place 2 cups of boxed soup into pot. 

6. Bring to boil. 

7. Place hot water into soup pot and stir. 

 

Enjoy! 

 

Can serve 2-3 people. 

3 ways to affordably eat organically.

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Trust me I know, eating organically can be expensive. As a health coach, most of my clients have difficulty maintaining healthy and organic lifestyles in the city- as organic products can cost way more than conventional ones. 

So, to save us all money, here are three places that you can find cheaper organic products- from food to cleaning products:

1. Thrive Market

I have become obsessed with this online store. I love WholeFoods; however, it can be expensive, I have often heard people refer to them as whole paychecks. Thrive Market is an online market that offers 30% discounts on all products. Due to its delivery method, fresh produce is not available but they carry many household products. It is totally worth ordering from; however, give the order a full week to arrive after ordering. Even after shipping, it is still cheaper than WholeFoods. 

2. Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's is not admired for their produce; however, they are known for their variety of organic products. You might be met with a long line of customers but if you can bypass that and them, you will find some great deals on organic products. The organics are priced competitively so they are relatively close to the same pricing as conventional products.There is a Trader Joe's in most major cities in The US and they deliver too. 

3. CSA aka Community Supported Agriculture. 

CSA is a program set up with a farm so that they provide you with fresh local produce as you, and other members, pay for the costs to keep the farm up and running. They are not all organic so make sure to look for the word organic. You will also need to pick up your produce every week and are sent what they have seasonally, which is environmentally sustainable too. If not choosing your weekly vegetables is okay with you, you will love this and save money. Visit: www.localharvest.org