The plant-based community has discovered some amazing alternatives to mainstream meals and desserts. The first time I went to a RAW restaurant, it was about 4 years ago in LA, I was not having it. The menu included familiar items like pizza and burgers. Of course I knew it wouldn’t exactly be like the pizza I was use to at the time, but I wasn’t prepared for what was coming.
Meal prep and planning has been in full force lately. I enjoy making making healthy recipes as a general attempt to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but the food I typically make is geared towards managing or healing certain conditions. Particularly digestive conditions. I’m currently doing another treatment for SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth), so this means I’ll be following the SIBO specific diet. Regardless of your health status, recipes I post are accessible to anyone looking for healthy alternatives.
At heart I’m definitely a coffee lover, but having it everyday for me is too much. Everyone is different but I can feel how it impacts my cortisol levels, too much buzzing and crashing. Although incorporating fat in the coffee helps provide steady energy. I like to rotate between different teas, and lately I’ve been on a Matcha fix. I typically make it with some MCT oil and 1:1 ratio of water and almond milk. Matcha takes and acquired taste, unless you’re adding tons of sugar like the matcha lattes at certain coffee/tea shops. If you’re not familiar, Matcha is stoned ground green tea leaves. So you are actually just consuming the “leaf” when having Matcha. I’m sure you’ve heard of some of the benefits that green tea has to offer, well 1 cup of Matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea. (1)
This is probably pretty lame, but I find perusing the grocery isles or farmers market fun. I know that probably doesn’t add to my cool points, neither does counting cool points I guess. Obviously it’s exciting to find new things to add to recipes, but food can be so pretty too. Like this black rice I made with this curry soup. It’s really more of a deep purple when you cook it. Either way I’m into it.
Black rice, also known as “forbidden rice,” contains the highest levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin when compared to other grains. That’s the same antioxidant that is found in blueberries, purple grapes, plums, tart cherries and beets, but black rice contains less sugar. It also contains some fiber and iron. Research has found that anthocyanin may help with reducing inflammation, aiding in cardiovascular disease, cancer that may be caused by free radicals, and improving brain function. (1) It also contains the antioxidant vitamin E, think hair, skin, eye health, and so much more.
There’s an increasing number of people that are experiencing digestive distress and chronic digestive disorders. Even if this isn’t a frequent thing for you, it’s likely you have experienced uncomfortable digestive symptoms like acid reflux, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. More and more research is finding the importances of the role gastrointestinal integrity plays in the rest of your health. Links have been made between GI health and blood sugar regulation, hormones, skin integrity, the immune system, cognitive processing, etc.
Even though this recipes is simple, I realize some of the ingredients may not be staples in your kitchen. Continue reading “Beauty and Brain Boosting Energy Bites”
When I first looked into how to make various alternative milks at home I was surprised at how easy it is to make coconut milk! It literally takes 2 ingredients and 10 minutes. The result is fresh “milk” that is 100% free of any additives. Continue reading “Homemade Coconut Milk”
This bowl is full of healthy fats, protein, and fiber that makes for great pre-workout fuel.
If you’re a regular to oatmeal for breakfast, this is for you. It’s important not to get stuck in a rut with eating, or anything for that matter. Our bodies appreciate diversity, this prevents food intolerances from developing and ensures that you are getting all your vitamins and minerals from your diet. Continue reading “Pear+Quinoa Breakfast Bowl”
These loaded nachos are a light-fresh version to your typical nachos. They contain fresh and healthy ingredients with a wide range of flavor. Continue reading “Loaded Nachos”