Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes – Week 2

With the burden of detox week 1 behind us, we’re beginning to reap some benefits of the “Clean” lifestyle.    Skin irritations are clearing up, sleep has turned into an amazingly perfect experience for one of us, energy has bumped up and evened out for one of us, eliminations (we are talking poop people) have become as described in the book for one of us, a pound or two have fallen off.  These things are nice to experience but what’s better is there’s a sense of freedom that comes with this program – like you can drop the chains of cravings and junk food.  You don’t have to be a slave to mood swings (which I now see have loads to do with what I’m eating).

So does that mean I’m “healed”?  Will it be a life without pasta and cheese or bananas, strawberries and yogurt or bread – warm, flaky, lovely bread?  Probably not, possibly not?  Let’s just see where the three weeks takes us, baby steps, right?  Right now I’m very happy writing with my warm cup of ginger tea  instead of my old friend jo, so that’s some major change!

But at this point a lot of folks, my husband and I included, start talking about making these “Clean” changes for good (or at least 80% of the time).  That calls for research – gotta build up the recipe folder and get inspired, here are some links that if not completely “Clean” things could be easily modified.

Dr. Oz tried “Clean” and put together a whole manual of recipes and menu plans, some of these are repeated in the book but some are new, especially at the end!

My New Roots continues to be a resource I go back to again and again, her “winter abundance bowl” is on my list for this week.

Dr. Frank Lipman just blogged a week’s worth of Detox friendly meals.  I plan to finally attack the Nori Roll, except I’m giving up on the roll, it’s too intimidating for some reason, my roll will look oddly similar to a rice bowl.

Heidi Swanson, is new on my radar but I’ve read about her on Rip+Tan, Dishing Up the Dirt, Valleybrink Road and Pamela Salzman – her online journal 101 cookbooks has me very interested and her book “Super Natural Every Day” looks like a work of art and I love the title.

That should tide us all over for awhile, happy gathering.


Baby it’s cold outside

Haute Chocolate from My New Roots

Well, it’s not really so cold in Dallas, but a few mornings have been chilly.  And when it’s chilly, an icy cold nutrition filled smoothie just doesn’t fit the bill.  So I’ve complied a few warm eats and sips for your cold (or mildly chilly) holidays.

Warm Sips

Mint/Chocolate Shake (Adapted from goop)
1 1/2 cups warm peppermint tea
1 heaping tbs cacao
1 scoop vega (vanilla chai), chocolate would also work (they have
single packets at whole foods if you want to sample)
1 TBS gently melted coconut oil
2 TBS whole raw cashews
1 scoop amazing greens powder (choc. would be good here but I’d use
whatever, including spinach or kale)
1/4 tsp stevia or agave
1 pinch sea salt
spirulina tabs (optional but gets crazy green)

Pour warm tea into blender, add cacao, cashews, salt, stevia,
spirulina (if using) – bend until cashews are broken down.
Add powders and while blending drizzle in coconut oil.

*My sis added a banana for sweetness and gave it two thumbs up.

**Don’t blend HOT stuff, it could EXPLODE, so let me emphasize the “warm” part again.

Spicy shake (Adapted from goop)

While this one is still cold due to frozen fruit, the spices are a nice nod to warm.

2 cups almond milk
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 tbs carob or cacao
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 freshly grated nutmeg or ground (or allspice)
1″ peeled ginger
1/4 tsp stevia
pinch sea salt

Blend and serve.

Banana bread shake (room temp.)
1 1/2 cups Almond Milk
1 Banana
1/4 Avocado
1/3 cup Gluten-free Rolled Oats (uncooked)
1 TBS (heaping) Almond Butter
Squirt of flax seed
Squirt of honey (raw, local)

Blend and serve.

Superfood Haute Chocolate (from My New Roots)
Serves 1
Ingredients:
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
2 tsp. maca powder
1 Tbsp. coconut sugar
pinch sea salt
pinch cinnamon powder
pinch cayenne pepper
pinch ginger powder
small piece vanilla bean, scraped (optional)
1 ½ cups milk of your choice or water

Directions:
1. Boil water or warm milk on the stove and let cool slightly. If using raw nut milk, do not heat above 118°F/42°C.
2. Whisk in dry ingredients. Serve immediately with a cinnamon stick, if desired.

*This is quickly becoming my most favorite thing ever.

Warm Eats

 

Baked sweet potato (400 degrees, poke holes, bake for 40 minutes (pan underneath to catch the drips))

Split open, drizzle with coconut oil, shake “Spike” (a LOW sodium spice blend) or your favorite spice blend.

Open Avocado Sammy

Two slices Ezekiel or gluten free bread (I like the California Family Complete Protein also)

Veganaise, sliced avocado, sea salt, pepper, eat open faced……it makes me feel more full than just a regular sandwich – go figure.  I’ll usually have this with an apple.

Chia pudding (from goop)

1/4 cup chia seeds
2/3 cup warm water

Place the chia seeds in the water (either warm or cold, whichever you
prefer) and stir, stir, stir! Then let the concoction sit in the
fridge for 10 minutes and it will form a “pudding-like” consistency.

Top your chia pudding with some blueberries, bananas and shredded
coconut for a yummy, fast and filling breakfast.

 

 

Better than.

A small list of just a few things I believe are truly better than their less healthy versions.

1.  Cookie dough bites by weelicious for goop.  I’ve made these 4 times since GP posted this treat in October, a new family sweet treat favorite, sooooo easy and dairy free, gluten free, soy free!

2.  The breakfast taco – Sautéed spinach, mushroom and grilled onion breakfast taco.  The old egg, cheese, bacon stand-by is just boring in comparison.  Even better my Whole Foods opened a taco bar and I can get this tasty delight made to order….every Whole Foods has a suggestion box – take advantage!

3.  Chocolate milkshake from My New Roots – the dairy, sugar laden competition honestly does not do it for me any more.  My own spin – instead of her 1/4 cup hemp seeds, I use 2 TBS almond butter and 1/2 avocado instead of a whole, using a whole avocado makes it too thick IMO.

“Raw Chocolate Milkshake Miracle
Ingredients:
• ¼ cup hemp seeds (or use soaked almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds etc.)
• 2 heaping Tbsp. raw cacao powder
• 1 Avocado
• 1 very large frozen banana (or 2 small) 
• 2 Tbsp. raw honey, agave, or maple syrup
• dash sea salt 
• ¾ – 1 cup water
• 4 ice cubes

Directions:
1. Blend all the ingredients together; add water to thin if desired. It’s a thick one, folks! 
And although the urge to chug may take over, don’t forget to “chew” your milkshake for better digestion! Very important.”

4.  Cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread, someone recently offered me the Sarah Lee version……nasty.  Slather on some almond butter and it’s one delightful treat.

5.  Hummus Chips – Simply 7 Sea Salt is my preferred brand, kind of like a Funnion but not as scary and super fun to crunch.  We add them to chili, salads, anything that benefits from some crunch. Boulder Canyon makes a good version too.

Happy (healthier) snacking and Happy Friday.


Mama loves mango

For some inexplicable reason I have a freezer stocked with frozen organic mango.  I don’t particularly like it actually, but I probably stockpiled after reading this post from Sarah B. at My New Roots:

“…mangoes are an exceptionally healthy fruit. They are a good source of vitamins C and E, but they are vitamin A superstars – a single fruit can boast up to 10,000 IU of the stuff (holy cow, that’s a lot). Vitamin A can help preserve and improve eyesight, as well as help fight off viral infections.
Mangoes are also fairly rich in many minerals, including zinc to combat acne and psoriasis, boost the immune system, and speed up wound healing. They also contain magnesium to relax your nerves and muscles (especially good for menstrual cramps), build and strengthen bones, and keep your blood circulating smoothly. ”

I’ve been dutifully using it my smoothies and this little mixture has me singing along, “Mama loves mambo, Papa loves….”

1/2 cup Rice Dream

1/2 cup filtered water

2 ice cubes

1 scoop vega (Vanilla Chai)

1 large handful spinach

3/4 cup frozen mango

Give it a whirl in the blender. Enjoy.


A case of cold feet

And hands too.  It seems if the temp. drops below 60, even just during the morning hours, I am struck down with cold hands and feet all day.  Since this is 1. no fun and 2. a symptom if a sluggish circulatory system, I’ve been up-ing my GINGER intake.  Ginger is terrific in a host of dishes but (and I know you are shocked), I’ve been putting it in my smoothie!

Here’s my “Spice it Up”:

1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk Unsweetened

1 tsp cinnamon

1″ fresh ginger (peeled)

1 tbs cacao

1 cup rasberries

1 scoop Vega (Vanilla Chai,  but I bet the chocolate would rock in this)

Another amazing ginger experience is in the bathtub using powdered ginger, I did this last winter and I’m looking forward to a repeat performance this winter.  I’m not gonna lie though, it’s INTENSE and although I’m not really prescribing this for anyone, you probably wouldn’t want to do this if you are pregnant or breast feeding…..possibly even if you are alone in your house.  That said, it was crazy effective, totally a modern day sweat lodge experience in the convenience in your own home.  Of course, you can add a bit of powdered ginger to a typical bath and you’ll feel some nice warming effects without the hallucinations “detox sweat”.

Happy heating.