I get by with a little help from my friends….

Like so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so many others my family and I are getting geared up for a winter detox.  For my husband and I the main aim is nutrition, giving our bodies a break from all the wonderful indulging we’ve done all season long.  Our kids need a bit of a reset as well, like the reminder that sugary sweets do not typically come with every meal, i.e. hot chocolate for breakfast!  Shows over kids, time to pack up the sugar for awhile.

Before we begin I like to do research and gather a little pile of inspiration and support during our detox journey.  Finding folks that live in a perpetual state of what I consider “detox” makes it all seem so reasonable and therefore less of a sacrifice.  One source that’s got me in detox training mode is The Chalkboard Mag.

Photo via The Chalkboard

Photo via The Chalkboard

Their “Green Goddess Guide” series (like May Lindstrom above) is exactly the kind of support and inspiration I’ll need next week and is also the reason that as I sit here and type my hair is slathered in coconut oil.  For my next trick, raw honey all over my face, oh yeah all the green goddesses are doing it!  Really the whole site has been like sitting down with a cup of tea and  a treasured friend that knows about EVERYTHING and is also really damn cool.

Another one that never disappoints is good old Goop.  The latest post includes a few warm smoothie recipes which sound downright inviting as I look at next week’s chilly temperatures.  Also in the post is an interview with Dr. Habib Sadeghi about his upcoming book and a nice take on self-love, (hint: it’s got nothing to do with bubble baths).

Photo via Goop

Photo via Goop

Lastly, when double checking if cauliflower is a nightshade (it’s not by the way) I came across this blog.  This woman’s profile picture alone intrigued me, she looks like a human lightbulb, gorgeous and just radiating health and happiness.  Although the blog looks like it’s been left dormant the information it contains is alive with greatness, lots on Ayurveda and simple, healthy recipes.

Photo via Food for Awakening

Photo via Food for Awakening

I’ll try whipping these bars up for the kids as an alternative to the cinnamon muffins that have been in constant rotation since Thanksgiving.

There you have it, a small snippet of my support posse for our upcoming detox adventure!  Good luck to me and to you on any and all adventures for 2014.


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
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

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.