Cinnamon-Almond “Milk”; a drink to keep you warm this winter!

Cinnamon-Almond “Milk”; a drink to keep you warm this winter!

We’ve strayed away from milk products, not so much to ride the vegan-wave, but because milk just ain’t what it used to be. It has become a processed food, yes even the “organic, pasture raised” brands. Pasteurization and milk fat removal not to mention the containers and plastics that dairy products are sold in…. You get the idea. If I had a cow/sheep/goat, I would consider milking her sustainably, that is, if she was ok with it. That said, milk has a very nurturing effect and affect on us, and there are certain days when I have a calling for a warm cup of milk. (Especially in the winter). While we use a lot of coconut milk in recipes and baked goods, I don’t usually like drinking it straight. That is why we make fresh almond or almond/cashew milk every other day, which we use in oatmeal, pancake and vegan  nacho “cheese”. (which is a lot more delicious than it sounds). Fresh almond milk is not only much healthier (no carragean etc.), but yummier, more environmentally friendly (no packaging) and more cost effective than any store bought variety, and making it takes about 5 minutes! Here is our almond (almond/cashew) milk DIY, followed by the wonderfully warming cinnamon milk! MYLK: Ingredients: 1/4-1/2 cup almonds or cashews 5 cups filtered/spring water You will also need: BLENDER, PITCHER and NUT BAG (extra fine nylon mesh bag, do NOT use cheese cloth!) SOAK 1-2 handfuls of almonds or combo of almonds and cashews in a cup of filtered/spring water over night. Maybe 3-4 handfuls if you have little hands. DISCARD soaking water....
Too much Kale? Make Omlet Roll-ups!

Too much Kale? Make Omlet Roll-ups!

Overly enthusiastic on my most recent trip to the farmer’s market, I made three bunches of kale and chard for dinner last night. Flavored in three different ways: garlic/ginger, sesame, and lemon/chive. While we all ate heartily, my husband wearily eyed the left overs.  “Kale brownies,?” our daughter asked, as I managed to make a delicious coffee cake from last weeks left over sweet-potato soup (flavored with bone broth).  Nope, too much garlic, but I will repurpose this tomorrow some how, I vowed. The result:  Kale Omelet-Roll Ups for lunch.  Basic steps:  1) make too much Kale 2) beat 4 pasture raised eggs  3) heat pan with a few drops avocado or coconut oil 4) pour the least amount of egg in, while still coating the entire pan with a thin layer of egg 5) cook with lid on, medium heat for 30 seconds- or until egg is no longer slimy on top layer 6) remove from pan, sprinkle with cheese (optional) fill with re-heated kale 7) roll up, EAT!  NJoy, we...
Many paths to Health

Many paths to Health

** alert, vegans and vegetarians you may not stomach this ** First and foremost I’d like to acknowledge that there are many, many, many paths to health and healing through nutrition. Each of us has the opportunity and responsibility to explore what exactly that looks like for us, given our current lifestyle, location and needs. Raw foods, paleo, macrobiotics, vegan, green juices etc etc.  As a holistic epidemiologist, and nutritionist I see the direct link between all diseases and the food we eat. That is not to say that food is the cure all, but food is medicine. With this in mind I’d like to share with you an approach that will bring rapid healing to your gut. The gut is the center of the spotlight for researchers, clinicians and holistic practitioners alike who all agree that our digestive system plays a central role in systemic bodily inflammation.  Inflammation is like an open invitation for dis-ease, both chronic and infectious. Inflammation is what keeps our immune system busy, but given the levels of inflammation in our modern society, it’s more than ANYBODY’s system was set up to handle. We have too many internal fires burning, often like wild fires inside, all at once!  That’s right if we could turn our guts inside out and examine it like our skin, it  would be as if we all had a varying degrees of a really bad internal rash with scratches all throughout.  Internal rug rash-caused by the foods we eat as well as the toxins all around us that we are constantly trying to excrete, via gut, skin and breath. In an effort...
DIY-Non toxic Deodorant

DIY-Non toxic Deodorant

I have crossed the line and I am not coming back. After spending hours reading labels of deodorants at Whole Foods and conducting an in-depth research of the THAI mineral crystal that I have been happily using for the last two years ( it still contains potassium alum) I have FINALLY decided to make my own deodorant. I love what I have made and it is truly keeping me odor-free, which is no small feat. I may be tweaking the recipe in summer months to make it more firm (by adding in beeswax), but give this a try and I know you will kiss you toxic deodorant goodbye!! Recipe: Melt 1-2 oz. cacao butter (yes the same stuff that I use to make raw chocolate) Mix with: 2 tablespoons of coconut oil 2-3 tablespoons of baking soda 1 tablespoon of zeolite or betonite clay 4 drops of you favorite essential oil. (I used Melaleuca and Purification, Young Living brand). Mix well and pour slushy mix into a Dixie cup. Freeze for 1-2 hours. Use once or twice daily. And as my daughter, recognizing all the ingredients asks, ” Is it edible?” Why YES it is, not sure you want to lick something that has been dragged through your underarm bacteria...
Green Chocolate Monkey~Goofy with Green Smothies

Green Chocolate Monkey~Goofy with Green Smothies

My all time favorite green smoothie is the GREEN CHOCOLATE MONKEY. This super packed nutrient dense drink takes minutes to create, and is a fantastic quick meal, on-the-go meal “replacer”. Even our Goldfish can’t help checking it out!                                Recipe (2 8oz servings) 2 cups almond, hemp, cashew, or coconut milk (preferably freshly/home made) 1 banana 2-3 cups washed organic spinach 1 TBsp bee pollen 3-4 TBsp chia (or MILA*) 4 TBsp hemp nut hearts 2 TBsp organic raw cacao powder 2-3 TBsp organic maple syrup 4-5 ice cubes Directions: put in blender and mix until it is SMOOTH… it is a smoothie not a roughy! NJOY!! Beware drinking this may make you rather goofy~ and giddy with HEALTH and VIBRANCE! *MILA is the best source of chia seeds on the market that I have ever encountered. I like to say its the Lamborghini of chia. All other chia will get your from A-B, with some fiber and some omega-3 but to use chia “medicinally” … go for MILA. It is only sold via independent distributors, or on ebay. I think my membership has expired, but will likely renew to get wholesale discount (contact me if you want more info about this).  ...
Popsicles for Breakfast?

Popsicles for Breakfast?

  As summer ROLLS to an end… (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) I played around with a recipe that has been on my Culinary-To-TRY  list for a while: VeGaN FuDgSicLeS! Though veganism “scares” some people,  this recipe is a KEEPER. I am even willing to bet that you won’t notice that this nutrient packed dessert is dairy and sugar free. (except for the natural sugar from the dates) I ate one as my breakfast this morning! For the most part I followed the recipe below. However, I like to monkey with things…because I am  aware of some nutritionally enhancing options and I have a culinary adventure streak. So here are my “extras” Elli’s HINTS: (also in green highlights in the recipe bellow) 1) Presoak the cashews (nuts, ESPECIALLY cashews contain phytic acid... you don’t want this in your body) 2) Presoak dates in hot water (any dates work fine and soaking them makes them much smoother to work with) 3) Blend nuts, coconut milk/cream (I make my own), coconut oil , and dates FIRST. Then add 1/2 cup of RAW cacao powder (yeah for extra antioxidants!) at the very end and blend for another 20-30 seconds. If using a Vitamix, you Do Not need to blend for 20 minutes. I had this mixture in the Vitamix for no more than 3-4 minutes on High. 4) Add raw cacao nibs into the popsicle containers, but coconut chunks could be nice too. I also added a few pinches of sea salt. I chose not to do the chocolate coating to avoid refined sugar. The raw cacao gives enough of a...