Magnificent Mung Bean Nourishing Bowl

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Oh baby! I do love mung beans! These green babies have a cooling (yin) affect in our body and provide us with a ton of vital nutrients, packed with protein and fiber. Mungs are known to clear toxins out of our body which helps with clearing our skin!

you will need

  • 1 cup mung beans
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tbls of ghee
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • avocado
  • himalayan pink salt to taste
  • thyme to taste
  • cayenne pepper to taste

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– rinse under cold water and set aside, as you boil 3 cups of water

– add your mung beans to the boiling water, cover it and allow it to simmer (reduce heat). it should take about 30 minutes to fully cook your beans, however keep a watchful eye on it and stir occasionally

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– cut up tomato and mince garlic

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– add a table spoon of ghee (clarified butter) to cooked mung beans and stir

– pour beans in a bowl, add tomatoes, minced garlic, pumpkin seeds and spices to taste

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-squeeze lemon on top and add avocado

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so satisfying and nourishing!

bon appetit my dearest!

Dry Body Brushing

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Skin…..the body’s largest organ. We must nourish and take care of our skin just as we do the organs it envelops. Anything we put on our skin is immediately absorbed into our bodies, so why would we eat clean foods only to apply conventional products filled with toxins on our skin? Our skin needs detoxing so it can breathe and allow for beautiful things to occur such as cell renewal to give us delicious supple skin.

I love body brushing! When I have the chance to brush, I get immediate results such as stimulating my skin and leaving me feeling energized and invigorated! Guys, you will feel the sensation all over your body, its amazing!

D.B.B. aids in:

-Cellulite reduction by removing toxic build up stored in our fat cells.

-Lymphatic drainage and vascular blood circulation.

-Silky soft skin by shedding dead skin cells and encouraging cell renewal.

-STRESS RELIEVER!

-Tones our skin

Before you begin D.B.B.

know that our lymphatic fluid flows through our body towards our heart (lymphs have a 1 way valve), so it is imperative that you ALWAYS brush towards your heart and NEVER the opposite direction, as it may strain your lymph vessels. Unlike our cardiovascular system, our L.S. does not depend on automatic pumping so D.B.B.-ing it up gives our L.S. the helping hand it needs.

make sure to use a non-synthetic, preferably vegetable derived body brush

Here is how I personally D.B.B.

I begin at the bottom of my feet by brushing in a circular motion towards my heart.
I then begin brushing my legs, the back of my legs, thighs,and the back of my thighs in upward strokes towards my heart.
My tummy and underarms I brush in a circular motion along with my glutes.
You continue on with your back brushing from the bottom of your back up towards your heart.

use just enough pressure where your skin will turn red

try to brush in each area at least 7 times and focus on areas which are highly concentrated with lymph nodes such as our underarms, groin area, and neck.

after I am done with D.B.B. I jump in the shower to remove all excess dead skin cells which I have just removed. I love using this new body wash I bought by a company called Soapbox. I love using their tea and ginger body wash which has shea butter, aloe and jojoba oil….yummmm, some of my favorite! This stuff smells so delicious and really leaves my skin feeling so soft, and I happen to have very dry skin! After my shower I immediately apply a nourishing body oil such as almond or jojoba oil.

If you really want to detox and pamper yourself, grind fresh ginger and turmeric, pour warm water over it and enjoy

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Our exquisite lymphatic system is linked to our immune system, so I hope that you can make time for this detox pampering session in your morning routine to help kick start your day!

“Every day I am a new person” -Brian I. Weiss, M.D.

Goddess Hair Mask

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Growing up with curly, dry hair has never been easy for me. When I was younger I thought if I prayed often and hard enough I would one day wake up and miraculously have straight, silky hair. As I grew up I discovered the blow-dryer and curling iron, but long before that my girlfriends and I would actually use a clothing iron for straightening purposes! Talk about frying your hair! Several years ago I even succumbed to the Brazilian blow out twice (not knowing about the harmful toxins it contained). All of those things gave me the temporary satisfaction of having straight, manageable hair, but completely diminished its integrity. This past year I really began embracing my true natural self; that meant nurturing and loving my curlies on my head. The first step I took was trimming my hair consistently, using less heat on my hair (which meant no more straightening irons) nourishing my insides with whole foods and pampering my hair with essential oils. I have noticed such a big difference in the quality of my hair and felt super proud when my super amazing hair dresser Kimberly, from Aveda, told me that my roots were incredibly moisturized, and to keep doing what I was doing! My persistence with caring for my hair was really paying off! So I want to share with you my beloved hair mask.

WARNING: Smells like cookie dough, so you may want to eat it instead.

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Ingredients:

1 cup castor oil (cold pressed)
1 cup coconut oil (please use organic, unrefined, fresh-pressed virgin coconut oil to ensure that it contains the highest amount of nutrients it has to offer. I personally love the Dr. Bronner’s brand)
2 tbs of rosehip oil (organic)
1 tbs of argan oil (organic)
1 cup sweet almond oil (organic)
half an avocado

Mix them all up! I used my nutrabullet to whip these ingredients together. I love giving myself a scalp massage while applying this mixture onto my scalp and hair. It’s such a therapeutic process! Put your hair up in a high bun like I did in the picture and leave the mask on for as long as you would like, as you do your thing around the house and then wash it off with shampoo (preferably a brand that is natural and free of toxins, my favorite right now is Shea Moisture)

(these measurements are perfect for my long, dry curly hair, so you may want to play with the measurements to see what works for your hair type)

Why Almond Oil?

High concentration of vitamins A, B, and E, plus essential fatty acids 9, 6, and 3. This delicious oil breathes life into your hair by adding shine and protecting the tips of your hair from breakage.

Why Coconut Oil?

Extremely moisturizing and a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial (which are one of the causes for stunted hair growth). Rich in Vitamin E and K. Many people use this coconutty goodness to prevent and eliminate dandruff.

Why Castor Oil?

This powerful oil is known for stimulating hair growth and increasing blood circulation to the follicles. Castor oil is also a natural astringent, and many find it to be extremely effective as a cleanser for their skin.

Why Argan Oil?

This liquid gold tames frizz and makes your hair silky soft. I love using argan for locking the cuticles at the tips of my hair after I shower.

Why Rose Hip Seed Oil?

Just like all the other oils it contains tons of vitamins and essential fatty acids to moisturize your locks, prevent dandruff, and make your hair shiny.

“To help a flower grow well, we must understand her nature”- Thich Nhat Han

Enjoy my darlins!

*All of these products can be found at your nearest health food store

Garlicy-Quinoa Nourishing Bowl

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Oh garlic, garlic, how much doth I love thee? A TON! Natural source of antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, these are a few reasons for my deep love of GARLIC! Especially during these cold winter months, I eat a ton of raw cloves each day to help keep my immune system up! I was feeling slightly under the weather the other day from lack of sleep, and I could not get home fast enough to make this delicious, nourishing quinoa bowl. So flavorful and filling!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • fresh cilantro and parsley
  • as many garlic cloves as you desire
  • slivered almonds
  • tsp grapeseed oil
  • pink salt
  • 1 lemon

Directions

  • boil quinoa, reduce heat and simmer until water is mostly absorbed and you are able to see little white rings formed
  • in a small sauce pan toast slivered almonds in grapeseed oil until it is golden brown (I love when mine is burnt a little)
  • you can do whatever you please with the garlic cloves–grind them, cut them, etc.
  • chop up the cilantro and parsley and combine all ingredients together in a bowl, add freshly squeezed lemon/salt and enjoy!

{I particularly love extra garlic, and drenching my quinoa bowl with a ton of lemon juice}

Flourless Banana Pancakes

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It has taken me many attempts to finally come up with a recipe that produces fluffy, healthy, gluten free pancakes. The banana really neutralized the taste of the eggs and almond flour and gives it that doughy taste. This is delicious when you drizzle maple syrup over it, honey or my personal favorite, raw chia seed rasperry jam!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond, coconut or whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana
  • coconut oil

Directions

  • mix all ingredients in a bowl and make sure to cut up the banana to make the mixing process easier
  • the desired texture should be slightly thick, I find that the more liquidy it is, the less fluffier and harder to flip over
  • melt coconut oil in pan
  • pour about 3 table spoons of the pancake batter into pan
  • wait about 15 seconds and with a spatula slightly lift the pancake to see if it has turned golden brown, if so, then proceed to flip the pancake over to the other side

Baked Apple Stuffed with Cinnamon Quinoa Porridge

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One of my fondest memories in middle school was taking home economics with my bestfriend. We had so much fun in that classroom and managed to receive the two highest grades two years in a row. I will never forget the time we baked cinnamon apples! The smell and taste of cinnamon baked apples was like Christmas in your mouth!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • tsp of cinnamon
  • handful of walnuts
  • your favorite type of apple (I personally love gala apples)

Directions

  • cook quinoa and almond milk for about 10 minutes, until mixture reaches boiling point (stir occasionally)
  • lower the heat and add rest of the ingredients and simmer
  • take your apple and cut the top part and scoop out a little bit of the inside so it forms a hole to pour the quinoa inside and voila!

Tips

I love adding fresh fruit like pomegranates or raspberries on my porridge depending on the season.

The Hiker’s Peach Oat Bar

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I love the rewarding feeling of finishing a hike and what I love more is having a delicious, nutritious snack to give me the fuel I need. I made a bounty of these delicious oat bars for a mini road trip with my boyfriend to the picturesque Carmel, CA and Big Sur. This bar consists of only 6 ingredients packed with healthy fats and some good carbs! I loved using dried peaches because it added a little bit of tartness to the equation.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1 cup dried peaches
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1/2 cup almonds

Directions

  • Toast your oats for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. You want them a light golden brown color, so depending on your oven it might take more than 10 minutes
  • Cut up the dried peaches into four sections
  • Toss all the ingredients into a bowl and mix! mix! mix! I got down and dirty and mixed it with my hands
  • Once the ingredients are all mixed together, flatten them out on some parchment paper and cut them up into squares. Sometimes I like to smush them into little globes
  • You can keep them around for a few days but I highly doubt they will last that long. Yum!