A flavourful and delicious Saffron rice

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Many people steer away from cooking rice as they find it hard to cook or think that it is boring.


So when I came across this recipe from a book that I am reading entitled, The Blood Type Plan, I decided to try it and share the recipe with you.


You will need (all ingredients are organic):


•3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.

• 1 red onion.

• 1 tablespoon ground coriander

•1 teaspoon nutmeg

•2 cardamom pods

•1 teaspoon saffron threads

• 2 tablespoons rose water

• 2 cups Basmati rice

• 4 cups filtered water (to boil)


How to:


1. Heat the oil by putting heat on high.

2. Sauté onion with all spices except saffron for 10 minutes on low heat.

3. In a separate dish, crush the saffron threads and add to simmering mixture

4. Add half of the rose water to the onion mixture.

5. Simmer for another 15 minutes and then add the rice with boiling water.

6. Cool for 35-40 minutes.

7. Add extra rose water before serving.


*Makes servings.

The different myths about gluten and why you should limit it or take it out of your diet.

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Someone asked me the other day if it is possible to allergic to gluten. It got me thinking how much misinformation there is out there about it. I hope this article helps clear up any confusion.

 

So, let's start with what it is. Gluten is the common name for combination of two proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains.

 

In the past twenty or so years, Gluten has been scientifically linked to Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Gluten intolerance, autoimmune diseases and other stomache issues. So, gluten allergy and intolerance is not a myth. It is very much real.

 

Another myth that I often hear is that people say, 'My ancestors ate gluten and they were fine. Why only now do people have sudden intolerances and diseases?' There are different reasons for this; however a simple answer to this is that the gluten process was more natural than it is now. We are at all time high of 'fake foods'. I call them fake foods because they contain many preservatives and unnatural substances to increase shelf life of food. We all know that the fresher something is, the better it is for us. In a nutshell, adding a ton of chemicals can create problems digesting foods. Which, could also be a cause for intolerances. Furthermore, we are living longer than we did since the mass production and consumption of gluten. So, previous and adequate recordings of how it

 

I get asked often what is Celiac Disease. I am not a doctor but as a health coach, this is my understanding. Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that has been scientifically proven to be linked to the consumption of gluten. People have different symptoms but, just like with other diseases, if a person with Celiac disease does not follow a gluten-free diet, they could die. Celiac is different to an intolerance.

 

Most doctors recommend that Celiacs are never exposed to gluten; however, they recommend a little exposure to gluten for those who have a gluten intolerance so that the body will not react extremely to exposure after a long time. So, yes! Gluten-free is a real thing.

 

The other question that I get asked from my clients is, 'How do I stop eating gluten?'

Honestly, I don't believe that everyone needs to stop eating it. However, unless you have Celiac Disease, I recommend eating gluten in small amounts.

 

You can do this by eating rice, quinoa and amaranth. Which are other healthy grains. However, some rices contain gluten. Also, trying veggie noodles is a great option.

 

*For more information or help with limiting your gluten intake, e-mail info@biologiquelife.com

Organic and gluten-free walnut granola

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I love granola! If it doesn't contain too much sugar, it is healthy and can fill you up for a good 3-4 hours.

If you feel like making something fun this week, try this simple granola recipe that makes for a delicious morning.
You will need ( all organic ingredients)

 

 •4 cups of rolled oats

•1 cup rice bran

• 1 cup sesame seeds

• 1/2 cup dried cranberries

• 1/2 cup dried currants

• 1 cup chopped walnuts

• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

•1/4 cup canola oil.

• 3/4 cup maple syrup.

 

How to:

 

• Pre-heat oven to 250 degrees F.

•In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, rice bran, seeds, dried fruits, nuts and vanilla.

• Add the oil and stir evenly.

• Pour maple syrup into mix and mix well. Make sure that mix is evenly moistened.

• Mixture should be crumbly and sticky.

•Spread mixture onto a lightly oiled cookie tray and bake for 90 minutes.

• Stir every 15 minutes until the mixture is golden brown and dry.

•Cool thoroughly and store in an airtight container to avoid over-drying.

 

 *Recipe inspired by Eat Right 4 your Nlood Type.

Carob chip cookies that are delicious and easier than expected.

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Recipe from Eat Right for Your Blood Type

What you will need:

• 1/2 a cup of organic canola oil

•1/2 a cup of organic pure maple syrup

 •1 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract

 • 1 organic egg

• 1 3/4 cups of organic oat or brown rice flour

 • 1 teaspoon of baking soda. 

• 1/2 cup of carob chips

• dash allspice (optional) 

 

How to:

 •Oil two baking sheets and pre-heat oven to 375 degrees F.

• In a medium-sized bowl, combine the oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Beat the egg and stir into the oil mixture. 

 • Gradually stir in flour and baking side to form a stiff batter.

 • Fold in carob chips and drop the batter into the baking sheets by tea-spoon. 

 

•Bake for 10-15 minutes into cookies are lightly browned.  

•Remove from oven and cool.  

 

*Makes 3 1/4 servings

Shrimp Rice Bowl that takes less than 15 minutes

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This dish is one that I make often, I would say at least twice-a-week. It's inspired by my favourite cuisine, Thai. It shouldn't take you longer than 15 minutes to make and can serve 2-3 people. Whip it up and serve with some sake to bring out the flavours of the dish.

 

You will need ( all organic) can be found at Wholefoods Market:

 

• Pre-cooked jasmine or basmati rice. 4 cups.

• a cup of bok choy.

•a cup of dandelion greens.

• a cup of mini peppers, the sweet kind.

• 3 cups of pre-cooked shrimp.

• 1/2 a teaspoon of crushed ginger

• 1/2 a cup of crushed peanuts.

• 3 dashes of soy sauce.

• a cup of carrot ginger miso dressing.

• a spoon of mango chutney.

• a tablespoon of grape seed oil.

 

How to do it:

1. Pre-heat your wok on high.

 

2. Add grape seed oil.

 

3. Lower heat to medium. Then add rice.

 

4. Add vegetables and shrimp

 

5. Add sauces and peanuts.

 

6. Stir well.

 

7. Enjoy

5 teas to help you detox

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With our End-of-Summer-detox on the way, it is only fitting that we tell you about the great teas that can help anyone on a  detox.

I, myself, detox every three months. It is a physical and mental detox where I do hot yoga everyday for a month, honouring gratitude or love, and I streamline my diet. I don't drink alchohol and avoid unhealthy fats.

These are the teas that I drink throughout my detox, how and when I drink them and their benefits.

1. Hibiscus Tea

Hibiscus tea is a deep red colour. It is meant to be steeped for 3-5 minutes. This tea has been linked to lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol and clearing the liver of saturated fats (the bad fats). I drink this in the evening an hour after dinner.

2. Ginger tea

Ginger Tea is a golden colour. It is meant to be steeped for 2 minutes, no more than 3 minutes as ginger can be strong on the stomache. Ginger tea has been known for centuries to help with the digestive tract by helping to regulate the biomes. I drink this tea in the morning when I wake up, instead of lemon water. Lemon water is too acidic for me. If it is for you, I recommend drinking this tea too.

3. Dandelion tea

This sounds strange, I know but this tea is derived from dandelion greens and is known for it's amazing benefits. These greens have been linked to detoxification of the liver, promotion of blood cells and increase of mineral intake. I recommend an hour of lunch. As, most of our bodies absorb nutrients the most in the middle of the day.

4. Lavender tea

Yes, you read right! Lavender tea! It's one of the latest phenomenons and it is one that is worth all the craze. Lavender has been shown, scientifically, to reduce stress. Which, is great on a detox as we want to alleviate any stresses or disruptions to the nervous system while you are cleaning out your blood system and organs. I recommend alternating the evenings that you drink this tea and hibiscus tea. So, drink it every other night.

5. Mint tea

This tea is made from dried mint leaves. In the aromatic world, mint is synonymous with cleansing and refreshing, definitely well-suited for our detox. Drink mint tea throughout the day if you feel like being refreshed and feel like your energy levels are depleting. You can also replace mint tea with coffee.

Join us on September 4th for our End-of-Summer detox. Sponsored by KindGirlco and UltimaReplenisher.

Why Omega oils/fats are great for you!

I am obsessed with Omega Fats. I remember when I was a kid, my mom would take daily capsules of it so I knew that there was something to these Fats. As, our mothers are usually right about these things.

 


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Images by Getty images

As I have grown older, I have become more and more interested in healthy fats vs. unhealthy fats. Or, as some may say, saturated fats vs. non-saturated. There are many forms of both. However, to put it simply, saturated fats are harder to digest and are usually unnatural- made in a laboratory; non-saturated are often natural and easier to digest. Non- saturated fats can help you with digestion, joint pain and cholesterol.

In my heath coach studies, I learnt a lot about Omega oils/ facts and I would like to share them with you. Here are the amazing benefits of Omega oils:

Omega oils can improve eye health.

Fight depression and anxiety.

Help against cardiovascular diseases.

Release antioxidants and stop free radicals.

Prevent joint diseases and muscular degeneration.

Helps with lubrication of joints.

Helps clear up your skin, if you use topical Vitamin E with it.

Scientifically proven to reverse and prevent aging, internally and externally.

May improve liver health by cleansing the liver.

Been shown to help with sleep.

Many scientists back Omega oils/fats as an Alzheimer's prevention.

I recommend taking Omega oils/fats as a supplement.

*Please consult your doctor/physician if you are ill or become ill, with or without these supplements.

The perfect melon summer salad

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 Summer can be hot, annoying and having you wish that you were away on a beach sometime, all Summer long.

 

Well, why not bring the beach to you? With this yummy salad, you can create a beach atmosphere at home.

 

You will need:

• An organic honeydew melon

• An organic English cucumber

• 1/2 an organic raw red onion

• 2 tablespoons of organic sunflower seed oil

• a teaspoon of balsamic

• a teaspoon of mesquite barbecue seasoning.

• 2 tablespoons of crumbled goat cheese

 

How to make it: 

 

• Cut melon into cubes, removing the skin. 

• Cut cucumber into cubes too.  

• Slice red onion into thin slices.

• Mix onion, melon and cucumber into a bowl with balsamic, sunflower seed oil, seasoning.

• Add as much goat cheese as preferred, we recommend 2 tablespoons. 

 

•Enjoy!  

 

*Serves 3-4 people

3 fun ingredients to add to your smoothie

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I am a huge fan of smoothies, especially in the summertime. There's nothing like a fruit-filled, icy and delicious smoothie to add fun to your day.

A daily smoothie can be so nutritious and add a little extra to your day. I highly recommend these fun ingredients to liven up your smoothie:
1. Protein powder
For the past fifteen years, I have loved adding vegan protein powders to my smoothies. I recommend a low sugar and low calorie powder.

2. Cocoa nibs
Go for the organic nibs! They are full of potassium and magnesium. And, they add sugar that has a low-glycemic index- meaning that it doesn't affect your body as much as other sugars do.

3. Maca Powder
This powder is dehydrated from the maca plant, which is from South and Central America. It is high in nutrients. It is said to balance our hormones and increase energy levels. Add a teaspoon to your smoothie and enjoy!

A fresh and delicious stir-fry from scratch

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To me, stir-fry can be made in any season. The taste of fresh vegetables, a little protein and slight seasoning can be wholesome yet light.


This is how I make my stir-fry, try it! All ingredients are organic.


You will need:

• A tablespoon of any oil: canola, grape seed or olive oil.

• 1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper.

• 1/4 sea salt.

• 1/2 a cup of dark agave.

• 3 tablespoons of soy sauce.

• 1/2 a bunch of bok choy.

• 3 cups of red bell peppers.

• 2 cups of cooked basmati rice.

• 1/2 cup of chopped green onions.

•  Tofu or chicken


How to:


1. Cook the amount of tofu and chickenthat you choose to cook, I recommend 1/2 a pack of tofu or 6oz of chicken. Cook tofu till brown or chicken till it is white.


2. Combine agave and soy in a small bowl. Add oil and vegetables into a pan. Cook in a pan for over 3 minutes.


3. Cook as much as you desire, if you like your veggies crispy, cook for under 5 minutes and if you like your veggies moist, cook for up to 8-10 minutes.

4. Serve with basmati rice. Can serve up to 2-3 people.


5. Enjoy!

3 teas that I highly recommend for a detox

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 Summer fun can sometimes take on a life of its own. Although Summer is fun, it may be coupled with some bad habits.


That's why I recommend doing a 7-day-detox in the middle of Summer so that you can cleanse your organs and not become attached to habits that may not be healthy for you but become so easy to keep doing during The Summer.


These are SOME of my Go-to Teas while I am on a cleanse, all of these teas are caffeine-free:


1. Yogi Tea


The name may sound a bit cliché; however, this tea really gives you value for your money. My favourite is a Mango Ginger, however, they do have an array of different teas. They also have specific teas for detox like the 'Skin Detox' and 'Liver Cleanse'. Also very affordable.


2. Numi Tea


Although Numi Tea doesn't have specific detox teas, they use a lot of ingredients in their teas which are great for detox. My favourite is the Rooibos, it is so clean and fresh. I recommend starting your morning with a rooibos tea and some fresh ginger while you are on a detox.


3. Choice Organic Tea


The same goes for Numi Tea, Choice Organic does not have specific teas for a detox; however, they offer tea flavored such as Blackberry&Hibiscus. Which, are ingredients that are known to detox one's body. As with the other two teas, I recommend them as they are inexpensive and are worth the value for your money.

A fresh, clean and easy summer salad

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You will need (all organic ingredients)

• A bunch of romaine lettuce.

• Mini sweet peppers

• 3 stems of Parsley w/ the leaves

• A teaspoon of olive oil

• A pinch of salt

• Some black pepper

• sunflower seeds

• Optional add tofu or tuna as extra protein.

 

How to make it:

1. Wash all veggies, please?

2. Chop lettuce, sweet peppers and parsley and place in a bowl.

3. Mix olive oil, salt and black pepper into salad.

4. Garnish salad with sunflower seeds

5. Add extra protein if you like.

6. Enjoy! 😀

 

Serves 1-2 people.

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A refreshing and delicious summer drink

As we swiftly approach the equinox, the warmer days beckon us to turn on our Frose & Moscow Mule appetites.  Though I am not a believer in the rules of seasonal drinking (i.e. Manhattans in winter, G&Ts in summer), there is no denying that summer inspires me to drink what grows as trite as that might sound.  Therefore, here are a smattering of uncomplicated, charming cocktail ideas for a relatively healthy and lightly debaucherous summer of tipples! All the recipes are alcohol substitution friendly, as almost any spirit combination will succeed pending your personal fancies. They are also mocktail proof (just as refreshing and fulfilling in abstention), but in championing a balanced life, a moderation of alcohol paired with the nature's summer offerings can be nourishing for the body and soul!
MIDSUMMER'S MOSEY 
The inhale of herbs are simply intoxicating on a breezy, summer night.  Herbs have time tested healing properties - dill supports healthy digestion and lavender is renown for its anti-inflammatory properties: both are stress soothers.  An effective way to showcase herbs in cocktails is by effortlessly infusing them in a simple syrup while still hot.  Just add fresh or dried herbs to the hot syrup (1 part h20 to 1 part sugar) - adjusting to your potency - and infuse uncovered for 6 to 24 hours.  Strain before use and store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.  If you're strapped for time, simply pick some fresh herbs and add them to the shaker - making sure to release their herbaceous oils by "smacking" the herbs in your hands prior. 3/4 oz lemon juice
3/4 oz dill/lavender simple syrup2 oz american gin, with floral characteristics like Dorothy Parker or Brooklyn GinAdd ~3/4 oz club soda over ice in collins glass, Shake other ingredients, Strain into glassGarnish with a sprig of dill

by Weisi Li Basore  

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A quick and delicious Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

Uliya Tsybulka.

Yogini, dancer, foodie and health enthusiast based in NYC. Since I was born I had been diagnosed with numerous "chronic" diseases, treated with chemical medicine limiting my fitness and well being. When I started digging deeper into how wonderful and healing natural food was, my health has never been the same. The doctors couldn't believe the illnesses were gone and by having more energy and becoming more active, I was amazed by the strength of my body.


I love to start my day on a good note. Setting the tone, help my body and mind to activate and energize.Recently, a consistent element of my morning routine has been making a delicious matcha latte. Apart from its taste that I love, matcha is a powerhouse with amazing benefits for the body: providing metabolic support, nourishing the body with antioxidants, giving a caffeine kick with no crash afterwards, steady and focused energy.I'm about to share with you my favorite recipes, very easy to make. I prefer using a blender (which, of course, is not the traditional way of making it), it's very convenient, fast and makes a latte very frothy. Feel free to mix and match the ingredients, add your favorite spices or any type of sweetner of your preference.

 

Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

Ingredients (all organic)

Cashews soaked overnight (a few, around 7 or 8 should work, depending on your preference, add more if you want to make it creamier);

Hemp seeds (1 teaspoon)

Matcha (2/3 of a teaspoon, sifted);

Cinnamon (to taste);

A cup of hot water.

Blend!

 

The beauty of this recipe is that you don't need any store bought milk (which you can you if you like, of course) but I want to show you how you how easy it is to make it yourself, just blending the nuts and seeds with some hot water (you don't need to strain cashew or hemp milk) and enjoy the creamy taste while nurturing your body with some Omega 3's from the hemp seeds.

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Cashew Hemp Matcha Latte

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A tasty vegan Briyani made in under an hour

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by flaming vegan

 

VEGAN VEGETABLE BIRYANI

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients (all organic)

1. Spices

- 1 tablespoon curry powder

- 1 teaspoon turmeric (ground)

- 1 teaspoon cumin (ground)

- 1 teaspoon ginger powder

- 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

- 1 teaspoon cloves

- 1 teaspoon peppercorn

- 6 cardamoms 

- 2 star anise 

- 2 cinnamon sticks

- 2 bay leaves

 

2. 1 cup lentils (uncooked)

3. 1 cup rice (uncooked)

4. 1 onion 

5. 4 tablespoons sunflower oil

6. 2 cloves of garlic

7. 2 medium potatoes

8. 2 large carrots

9. 4 medium tomatoes (chopped)

10. 1 cup vegetable (vegan) broth or stock 

11. Pinch of salt to taste

12. Coconut-milk yogurt

 

 

Directions:

1. Boil lentils for 20 minutes. Drain and reserve juice.

2. Rinse rice and put aside.

3. In a large pot, heat (on medium heat) sunflower oil and fry onion in pot until soft. 

4. Add chopped garlic. Mix thoroughly.

5. Add curry powder, turmeric and cumin. Stir until thoroughly mixed.

6. Mix in rice and lentils.

7. Add remaining spices.

8. Add chopped tomatoes and vegetable broth. And add enough water to cover mixture.

9. Let simmer for 20 minutes.

10. Add chopped carrots and potatoes. Add more water if needed.

11. Let cook for 20 minutes.

 

Tip: Serve with coconut-milk yogurt.

ENJOY!!

From childhood, food has been a vital part of my life. My mother is a feeder and when I was younger she taught me in order to flourish, you need to be nourished. And as I grew older I began to appreciate that simple yet important lesson. So, now I use food to fuel the soul, mind and body.

- Imani Tsotetsi

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.

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Photo by Dana Patrick

 

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.